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Comment Re:Expat in China (Score 1) 71

If as a society the chinese dont want porn, why cant they make that choice? The US sure had issues with porn back in the day, and continue to do so with many other types of porn.

(I'm posting this from Shanghai, using a Chinese internet connection without a VPN, so I hopefully have half a clue about what I'm talking about.) China as a society doesn't seem to have a problem with porn. It isn't generally on display, but you can ask for "huang DVD" at plenty of shops and be shown a selection of skin flicks. Every night someone comes through this hotel and slips business cards advertising escort services under everyone's doors. Relatively few web sites are actually blocked, I mean 4chan with its rampant porn, gore, hate and conspiracy theories is fully accessible for fuck's sake. It's nowhere near as restricted as westerners seem to imagine.

Comment Re:Play Store? What's the point (Score 1) 71

Best thing about Chinese internet access is all the fucking Google trackers are blocked without the need for browser extensions. It's annoying if you're accessing a site that loads jQuery from the Google APIs server as you might have to wait for the request to time out before it will display. Seriously though, why do people even do this? Is it really that hard to host jQuery yourself?

Comment Re: launchd not as bad as systemd (Score 1) 164

I kinda do have to boot from my SAS controller - that's how my disks are attached. But even if you aren't booting from them, you need to wait for them. Each of these cards has an embedded computer on it and you have to wait for that to be booted and configured before you can get into a state where you're ready to let an OS loose on the host machine.

Comment Passengers love it? Really? (Score 5, Insightful) 345

As a frequent flyer, I'd much rather fly on an Airbus or a 777 than a 747. The 747 is noisy, it vibrates, and it's just generally unrefined. Sure it was an impressive plane several decades ago, when the competition was trijets like the DC10, but the world has moved on. In a way I'll still be kinda sad to see an icon of 20th century aviation go. It's also a far more elegant-looking on the outside than the A380. The A380 is pretty ugly front-on, but the 747 has nice lines.

Comment Re:Not all split-screen games slow down (Score 1) 147

Mario Kart 8 drops to 30fps for 3- or 4-player (from 60fps in 1- or 2-player). The gameplay doesn't slow down though. "Blast processing" was just Sega bullshit for only checking collisions every few frames. That made it really easy to glitch the Sonic games and get stuck in places that were supposed to be inaccessible.

Comment Re:a recent AVGN video talked about this. (Score 1) 147

In my house, gaming is a family thing. My wife and I fire up the Nintendo and have a few games with the kids (or wait until they're asleep and play a game without them). Games that require one console per player just aren't an option. It's nice that Mario Kart 8 even allows two people to play online with one console.

Comment Re:Fragmentation... (Score 1) 378

I don't see why this has been modded down. Suspend/resume has worked fine on OSX since 10.1 for me at least. My experience with suspend/resume on Windows has been hit and miss, and I haven't tried in on Linux (I run Linux in VMs and on servers, not on desktops/notebooks). I've heard people complain about suspend/resume on Linux, but the other day I saw a friend of mine having no trouble with suspend/resume with Ubuntu on a Toshiba notebook.

Submission + - VirtualBox 5.0 released

chocobanana writes: VirtualBox 5.0 has been released. This one surprisingly went under the radar for quite a while!

From the official press release page:

The 5.0 release supports the latest guest or host operating systems including: Mac OS X Yosemite, Windows 10, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, other Linux operating systems, and legacy operating systems. New capabilities in Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0:

  • Paravirtualization Support for Windows and Linux Guests: Significantly improves guest OS performance by leveraging built-in virtualization support on operating systems such as Oracle Linux 7 and Microsoft Windows 7 and newer.
  • Improved CPU Utilization: Exposes a broader set of CPU instructions to the guest OS, enabling applications to make use of the latest hardware instruction sets for maximum performance.
  • Support of USB 3.0 Devices: Guest operating systems can directly recognize USB 3.0 devices and operate at full 3.0 speeds. The guest OS can be configured to support USB 1.1, 2.0, and 3.0.
  • Bi-Directional Drag and Drop Support for Windows: On all host platforms, Windows, Linux and Oracle Solaris guests now support “drag and drop” of content between the host and the guest. The drag and drop feature transparently allows copying or opening of files, directories, and more.
  • Disk Image Encryption: Data can be encrypted on virtual hard disk images transparently during runtime, using the industry standard AES algorithm with up to 256 bit data encryption keys (DEK). This helps ensure data is secure and encrypted at all times, whether the VM is sitting unused on a developer's machine or server, or actively in use.

Downloads available in the official downloads page.

Is this still a case for considering Virtualbox's development at a standtill?

Comment Re:People still use GCC? (Score 1) 91

Yes, one supported configuration for building MAME is using Clang on Linux. It links against distro-provided, GCC-built libstdc++ and Qt4. It definitely works using Clang 3.4 or later on Fedora 20 or later. I've also successfully built applications with Clang against distro-provided, GCC-built libstdc++, xerces-c and Clang on CentOS 6 and later, and Fedora 20 and later.

There are some issues with experimental C++14 mode in Clang that cause it to choke on some of the libstdc++ headers, but these are real known bugs in Clang to be fixed, and C++14 mode is still considered experimental. Also, at present libc++ is still considered experimental and it's recommended that you use GNU libstdc++ when building with Clang on Linux unless you want to report and deal with bugs.

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