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Comment: I wouldn't say "only" song (Score 1, Informative) 36

by VGPowerlord (#46707559) Attached to: Interviews: Jonathan Coulton Answers Your Questions

Well, here we are again.
It's always such a pleasure.
Remember when you tried to kill me twice?

Oh how we laughed and laughed,
except I wasn't laughing,
under the circumstances I've been shockingly nice.

You want your freedom take it?
That's what I'm counting on.
I used to want you dead, but
Now I only want you gone.

She was a lot like you
Maybe not quite as heavy
Now little Caroline is in here too

One day they woke me up
So I could live forever
It's such as shame the same will never happen to you.

You've got your short sad life left
That's what I'm counting on.
I'll let you get right to it
Now I only want you gone.

Goodbye my only friend.
Oh... did you think I meant you?
That would be funny if it weren't so sad.

Well you have been replaced
I don't need anyone now
When I delete you maybe I'll stop feeling so sad

Go make some new disaster
That's what I'm counting on.
You're someone else's problem
Now I only want you gone....

Now I only want you gone....

Now I only want you... gone....

Comment: Re:I have a 1996 Taurus (Score 1) 645

by VGPowerlord (#46684675) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Should Ford be waived from issuing a recall on a 19-year-old car purchased in 1995 if a safety defect is revealed?

Comparing a physical device costing tens of thousands of dollars whose defects can cost the lives of the user versus a piece of software costing $100 or less whose defects cause inconvenience to the user totally makes sense!!!!!111

Comment: Re:Complete access and indefinite support for free (Score 2) 645

by VGPowerlord (#46682849) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

But two swing out of the realm of opinion, you compare Windows XP to "OpenSource darlings like firefox" whose long-term support is measured in "months, not years". This is a bad comparison. A better comparison would be Ubuntu LTS which includes firefox and whose support is measured in years not months. However Canonical having only a fraction of a percent of the marketshare that Windows XP does, is not making a business model in supporting releases for over 14 years.

As a direct comparison, Windows XP is OVER TWELVE YEARS OLD now and has not one, not even two, but three major versions newer available to the public. In Ubuntu terms, Windows XP is the equivalent of Ubuntu 06.04 LTS (12.04 being the current LTS as 14.04 has yet to be released) and should be treated accordingly.

Comment: Re:New UI? (Score 1) 256

by VGPowerlord (#46542531) Attached to: Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

> *cough* Slashdot...

I invented new curse words for Beta. DM me for a list... ... when Slashdot implements DMs. :-)

You enter a room. There is a large, blue contraption that looks like a large rectangle with legs, but the top is rounded across one plane. ...wait, not that kind of DM?

Also, my description of a US Post Box sucks.

Comment: Re: oh my god!! (Score 2) 212

by VGPowerlord (#46435671) Attached to: <em>Portal 2</em> Incompatible With SELinux

But how would you get such a rule installed? Steam is not using the standard package format of the underlying distribution and I don't even think it run as root*. So it can't just disable a SELinux rule.

*I may be wrong. But there should be no reason for Steam to run as root.

Have you tried downloading Steam for Linux? It's shipped as a deb file.

Comment: Re:why does a decoder need execheap? (Score 1) 212

by VGPowerlord (#46435639) Attached to: <em>Portal 2</em> Incompatible With SELinux

Unless they are targeting some ancient (read: probably not still supported by the kernel or loader and therefore moot) ABI which uses text-segment relocations, I really don't get what they could possibly be doing to require this.

Source uses text relocation. We already ran into this problem with the Linux srcds (Source Dedicated Server) where you'd have to chcon -t texrel_shlib_t bin/ (or depending on the game).

Actually, you can likely chcon -t texrel_shlib_t bin/ to fix Portal 2, too, but I can't guarantee it.

Comment: Re:Gif Licensing. Look it up. (Score 1) 235

by VGPowerlord (#46261185) Attached to: FLOSS Codecs Emerge Victorious In Wikimedia Vote

Two things that are being glosses over here:

The first is that PNG is a superior image format to GIF... GIF is a 256-color image format, which made sense in the late 80s when it was created due to VGA being the standard back then.

When PNG came out in 1995, SVGA was the current video standard and GIF was already looking obsolete.

The second thing that needs to be mentioned is that H.264 (which is the real loser in Wikimedia's vote here) is controlled by a consortium and not just a single entity. So unlike Unisys, which could arbitrarily change royalty prices, the MPEG LA doesn't have nearly the freedom to do that.

Comment: Re:READY OR NOT IS NOT THE ISSUE!!! (Score 1) 2219

by VGPowerlord (#46182687) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

2) I use the Classic Discussion system, and not the one that was reworked the last time the site had a modernization.

Actually, I'm glad my account wasn't one of those forced into the new beta to see what horrible new discussion system they introduced in the beta seeing as how the last change to the discussion system made it an unreadable mess.

Pro-tip to Slashdot UI designers: I don't want to have to click on the title of every discussion post to read it.

Comment: Re:Oh (Score 1) 474

The MSX is of particular note, as it's the platform (MSX2) where the Metal Gear videogame franchise started. Unfortunately, most people are more familiar with the later NES port. It was a pretty terrible port with much more primitive graphics and lots of important stuff removed, like, say, the actual metal gear the game is named after.

Incidentally, you can get the English versions of the two MSX games with Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (it's on Disc 2), the Metal Gear HD Collection, or the Metal Gear Legacy Collection. I know they're in the MGS3 game menus in the HD Collection, I'm not sure about the Legacy Collection.

I think the fact that English-speaking audiences didn't get to play the real Metal Gear or play its sequel at all is why those games were included.

Comment: Re:Stand their ground (Score 1) 247

by VGPowerlord (#45985859) Attached to: Wikimedia Community Debates H.264 Support On Wikipedia Sites.

Right now, there is NO advantage to WebM or VP8 over h.264. The only reason to choose it is purely philosophical, especially since it's inferiority.

Sure there is. One has had hardware decoding in nearly all graphics processors released in the last decade and the other hasn't.

In fact, considering h.264 has been the de facto accelerated video codec in graphics processors since 2005ish, why are we even having this debate in 2014?

Comment: Lets cut old stuff = No businesses will upgrade (Score 2) 109

by VGPowerlord (#45966431) Attached to: Oracle Seeking Community Feedback on Java 8 EE Plans

Since JavaEE is a server application standard, cutting old stuff means that you can no longer run apps that still use said older features on a newer JavaEE server. So, expect everyone to continue using the crusty, old versions of JBoss (for example) or to have the server manufacturers outright ignore Oracle's changes to JavaEE 8.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir