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Comment: Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (Score 5, Insightful) 81

by Tough Love (#47524197) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

One of the big complaints that modern publishers have about releasing their games on Linux is that they can't do the same things with DRM on Linux that they can with Windows, therefore no one will pay for their games and everyone will pirate instead.

Which just demonstrates how clueless and out of touch modern game publishers really are. DRM does not stop piracy on Windows or even slow it down. As a rule, Windows game DRM is cracked and DRM-free copies are widely available for download within hours of release, sometimes even before release.

Comment: Re:OK MS bashers. (Score 2) 322

by Tough Love (#47520771) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

This may actually be a killer OS. It is the next version after a bad one!

Actually, all versions of Windows are bad, if you have ever experienced something decent. It's just amazing the crap that Windows users put up with, because they have never known anything else and think that computers are supposed to be flaky with fiddly controls. You have bad versions of Windows and really bad versions of Windows, that is the range, there is no such thing as a good version of Windows. So maybe a bad version of Windows will follow this really bad version, and maybe that will be enough to slow down Microsoft's slide into irrelevance for a while.

Comment: Re:Who would still want to work there? (Score 1) 66

by Tough Love (#47517989) Attached to: Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

There is sure to be a Dead Sea effect and MS's long-term prospects cannot be great if they have lost / will lose their best people

Having lost control of the mobile market to Apple and Google, Microsoft can now look forward to its sunset years, slowly rotting away. Microsoft employees can look forward to more cuts, sooner rather than later. The one constant will be the backlbiting culture, which will increase as the concentration of rats on the ship increases.

+ - China plans particle colliders that would dwarf CERN's LHC->

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ananyo (2519492) writes "For decades, Europe and the United States have led the way when it comes to high-energy particle colliders. But a proposal by China that is quietly gathering momentum has raised the possibility that the country could soon position itself at the forefront of particle physics.
Scientists at the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) in Beijing, working with international collaborators, are planning to build a ‘Higgs factory’ by 2028 — a 52-kilometre underground ring that would smash together electrons and positrons. Collisions of these fundamental particles would allow the Higgs boson to be studied with greater precision than at the much smaller Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Europe’s particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland.
Physicists say that the proposed US$3-billion machine is within technological grasp and is considered conservative in scope and cost. But China hopes that it would also be a stepping stone to a next-generation collider — a super proton–proton collider — in the same tunnel.
The machine would be a big leap for China. The country’s biggest current collider is just 240 metres in circumference."

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+ - Four-winged dinosaur is biggest ever->

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JonnaDelacruz (3755901) writes "A new four-winged dinosaur has been discovered, with exceptionally long feathers on its tail and "hindwings".

Changyuraptor yangi was a gliding predator which lived in the Cretaceous period in what is now Liaoning, China.

Its remarkable tail feathers — measuring up to 30cm — are the longest in any non-avian dinosaur.

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The tail would have acted as a pitch control structure reducing descent speed... which could be critical to a safe landing or precise attack on prey”

Lizhuo Han
Bohai University, China
This unusual plumage helped the creature to slow down during flight and land safely, say scientists writing in Nature Communications.

C. yangi is a new species of microraptorine, a group related to early avians.

These ancient creatures offer clues to the origin of flight — and the transition from feathered dinosaurs to birds.

Palaeontologists once thought that four-winged gliders were a stepping stone in the path to two-winged flight.

But recent fossil discoveries suggest that microraptorines were an evolutionary side-branch.

Flight probably evolved many times in different feathered species — not only the lineage which ultimately became birds."

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Comment: Re:Why ODF? (Score 4, Informative) 164

For what it's worth, ODF is XML, which nominally human readable. So is Microsoft's OOXML, a perversion that demonstrates clearly that "human readable" doesn't always mean what it says. The main difference between ODF and OOXML is that ODF actually is a credible attempt to be open and portable whereas OOXML is designed to achieve the opposite.

Comment: Re:Why ODF? (Score 4, Insightful) 164

The vast majority of their users aren't especially smart when it comes to technology. They're essentially office workers - they don't give a stuff about the underlying format, they only care about being able to do their job.

So true. And therefore we should be thankful that some knowledgeable people who do care about such important matters are willing to step forward to do the right thing.

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 2) 667

by Tough Love (#47498285) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

If they had actually identified the trajectory of the missile from a satellite, they would also easily know which side of the Russia/Ukraine border it originated on... which they do not.

That's what you think, is it? It seems that the launch site has been rather precisely determined. Perhaps you missed that memo.

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 4, Informative) 667

by Tough Love (#47498275) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Everyone seems to forget that this entire affair started because of a European/US backed coup overthrew and elected pro-russian government.

We all forgot that, perhaps because it is not true? I seem to recall a murderous kleptomaniac thug being evicted from power on the strength of popular protest.

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