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Comment: Re:Proper PC support? (Score 1) 100

by Smuttley (#32885694) Attached to: Big Changes Planned For <em>The Force Unleashed 2</em>

For me it's Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast.

Bought and played when it first came out 8 years back.

I recently bought it on steam just so I could play through it all again.

Lots of lightsabers and the force powers were done very well.

Force Griping an enemy, turning so they're hanging off a building and then letting go will never get old for me :)

Comment: Lots of Free or Cheap Usenet (Score 1) 306

by Smuttley (#31933178) Attached to: Cox Discontinues Usenet, Starting In June

For those not interested in Binaries (porn, warez, movies) then there are still plenty of free or cheap Usenet suppliers.

A quick search of google will reveal a number.

If you don't trust a free server then for 5 dollars you can get 10gig access to usenet at NewsDemon. It lasts a year. 10 Gig not enough for a years worth of text based reading then for about 20 dollars you can get 100gig.

Comment: Re:That is just really cool. (Score 1) 691

by Smuttley (#31494628) Attached to: China To Connect Its High-Speed Rail To Europe

The Trans-Manchurian and Trans-Mongolian Railways let you do just that.

They connect with the Trans-Siberian railway in Siberia and travel to Beijing. The first through north east china and the second through Mongolia.

This means you can get a Train to take you all the way from Moscow to Beijing without having to change. It takes over 6 days and is a great journey.

When the train reaches china they pick it up and change the bogies (wheels) as the gauge on the tracks is different.

I totally recommend this trip, although rather than do the whole 6 day trip in one go you may prefer to stop off in Siberia and Mongolia for a few days.

Comment: the real problem here... (Score 2, Informative) 330

by ChrisJones (#28991463) Attached to: Ubuntu's New Firefox Is Watching You

... is people not really paying attention to the facts.

  * This has been repeatedly stated to be an experiment in an alpha (i.e. testing only) release
  * Revenue gathering from the choice of search engine is nothing new (it's the main way Firefox generates revenue for Mozilla Corp)
  * The data gathered is which of the search boxes you use (the default firefox UI lets you search from the search bar, in the URL bar and the default homepage).

So basically this seems to be an experiment to figure out which of the search methods people are using most.

(disclaimer: I work for Canonical as a sysadmin. I'm not a developer and I don't work on Ubuntu directly, so I was not in any way involved in the planning/implementation of this, and I speak here only for myself as an Ubuntu user who's dismayed at the anger people are unbottling with little information)

Comment: Re:It's still inconvenient? (Score 1) 235

by Smuttley (#28165969) Attached to: 20 Years After Tiananmen, China Stifles Online Dissent

How many Americans are fully aware of the secret wars the US fought in Cambodia and Laos?

I'm confused as to why these educated chinese would know of these things anyway. They're clearly not taught them in China (along with many other things as I have found out as an English teacher here), so I guess you're saying that the education they received in the west should have taught them about them. But does western history education really cover the Sino-Vietnamese war and how many Chinese died in Korea? I certainly don't recall them in my history lessons.

Unfortunately the term "overseas chinese" is such a catch all that it's hard to tell just what sort of peope you're talking about? Students from China or people who've emigrated to the West?

My wife and many of her friends would be considered overseas chinese even through they have been in the UK most of their lives and some are even born there. However, they all are very western and whilst they probably aren't aware of half the events you mentioned because we just weren't taught them in school, they certainly aren't waving the Chinese flag.

On a side note. It's fairly debatable about the Chinese losing the Sino-Vietnam war. Both sides claim victory (as is expected) but it's not like China was kicked back out of Vietnam. Neither did they surrender or sign a ceasefire. In fact on their way out of the country they did a lot of damage to Vietnam.

Admittedly their goal of getting the Vietnamese to withdraw from Cambodia was a failure but does that count as losing the war? Surely if that's the case then America lost it's war in Afghanistan when they failed to find Bin Laden.

Comment: Re:Hippocrite? (Score 1) 252

by Smuttley (#27281037) Attached to: Battlestar Galactica Hosted At the UN

I don't know why I'm even bothering to reply.

You're either a troll or just deaf. I'm not sure.

If you actually listen to his first sentence he says he finds it "incredible that we use the word race as a cultural determinant". He then expands on this further with "we've made the word race a way of expressing culture."

Need I really say more?

Comment: Re:Hippocrite? (Score 3, Insightful) 252

by Smuttley (#27265599) Attached to: Battlestar Galactica Hosted At the UN

The guy is a fraud. When he said that part, it showed his true colours. He was the biggest racist in the building.

it was pretty clear he was using the term ironically. Just listen to the tone of his voice.

There ARE different races. The world would suck pretty badly if it was one global monoculture.

you clearly missed his point about race not being the same as culture by a country mile. Do the Caucasians in America all have the same culture? How about compared to caucasians in say Hungary?

Portables

Dell's Adamo Goes After MacBook Air 337

Posted by kdawson
from the what-would-michael-do dept.
MojoKid writes "Adamo, pronounced 'A-dahm-o,' means 'to fall in love with' in Latin. Dell is certainly hoping you'll fall in love with this notebook's looks as well as its functionality. The Adamo's chassis is milled from a single piece of aluminum and features precision detailing with a scalloped backlit keyboard. Even the fan holes, which are punched out squares, have an attractive modern design. The Adamo features a thin 0.65-inch profile and weighs four pounds. The new ultra-portable will also offer Intel Core 2 Duo processors and DDR3 memory (up to 4GB), a 13.4-inch 16:9 HD display and a 128GB SSD hard drive. Pricing starts at $1,999 with Vista Ultimate 64." The Dell infomercial spokesmodel (video at the bottom of the link) concludes, "Adamo resulted from the union of technology with pleasure for the style-conscious individualist." OK, so he's no Steve Jobs.

Comment: Follow up story (Score 1) 474

by Smuttley (#26982513) Attached to: Linked In Or Out?

I'd been meaning to register to Linked In for a while but just hadn't bothered.

I'm teaching English in China at the moment so am only interested in parttime freelance work.

After reading this story on Slashdot I registered two days ago. I gave it my MSN contact list and had it invite those already on Linked In to link to me.

Today I received a job offer from the company I worked for before I left the UK. They seemed to think I was back in the UK, I set them straight and told them I was only available for part time work as a freelancer.

They've said this is fine and asked me my rates and to figure out how I'd access the system from here.

For me that wins points for Linked In.

Facebook I would never use for career advancement though. I set it private apart from for friends. I even refuse facebook invites from my Students.

Comment: Doesn't really tell them where I've been (Score 1) 289

by Smuttley (#26781181) Attached to: UK Government Plans 10-Year Database of Citizens' Travel

I'm a British citizen. I flew out of the UK on 24th December 2007 and flew back on the 31st May 2008.

I flew to Russia and back from Thailand. In between I'd traveled overland to Mongolia, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

Unless the UK has some sort of automatic data sharing with these countries then this database will really tell them very little about where I've been unless they get hold of my passport.

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