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Comment: Re:It's a complete game changer (Score 1) 121

Aw crap. I just wrote exactly these 4 points in reply to the GP & then saw your answer before submitting.

I would just add: I consider it to be the 'silver lining' of getting type 1 (aged 35) that I think a bit more about what I eat and whether I need to eat it. My diet was already quite good, but it's improved since.

Comment: Re:Grin (Score 1) 360

by cabraverde (#41916769) Attached to: FreeBSD Throws the Clang/LLVM Switch: Future Releases Use LLVM

Not only is the poor design true, it was very intentional. This is why we need the LLVM project. KDevelop and such shouldn't have to write their own compiler front ends to get feature parity with Visual Studio; but right now they do.

I suspect that he's making retrospective excuses for poor design; I doubt it's as intentional as he claims. A GPL'd shared library would give the idealogical results he appears to want. (Which I support, incidentally)

Comment: Re:What about open street map? (Score 1) 20

by cabraverde (#39743515) Attached to: Google Earth Incorporates Crowdsourced Balloon Images

it would be better if they were to collaborate with projects such as Open Street Map and really share data.

... like Microsoft have been, for example. Open Street Map contributors have been given permission to trace features from Bing's areal photographs since 2010. No such goodwill from Google.

Comment: Re:Statute of Limitations? (Score 1) 758

by cabraverde (#36530304) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

misdemeanors typically fall under a 7-year statute of limitation, and so if you downloaded stuff from Napster's heyday, more than 10 years ago, could those mp3s even be used to legally prosecute you?

Probably not now, but if you upload those files (to which you are still not entitled) to a cloud service, then you have just committed a brand new civil offence.

Just because you can't be prosecuted, it doesn't mean you now have a license to redistribute that music.

Comment: Re:nVidia Linux driver (Score 1) 136

by cabraverde (#36336462) Attached to: Microsoft and Nvidia Have Acquisition Pact

Haven't used ATI's open source driver on their newer hardware, but I can tell you at the rate they are making progress nVidia is going to be in a world of hurt on the Linux front pretty soon.

There have been promises of decent ATI drivers "just around the corner" for many, many years now.

ATI's new documentation effort is fantastic and my last-but-one card was a 4780 based on a desire to reward OSS-friendliness and the promise of decent drivers. I struggled with driver hell for 2 years, unable to do decent compositing, watch tear-free video or even play UT2004 (yes a 7-year-old game) at a smooth frame rate. It was a truly shoddy experience and I understand that the ATI Linux drivers had improved massively to even get to that point.

At that time I think nVidia were having some 2D performance issues of their own but I'm not aware of ANY point in time where their drivers have been less than 'excellent' in comparison to the ATI ones.

So if I learned anything from that experience, it was to make your purchasing decisions based on NOW, not on "pretty soon" or "maybe". I gave that ATI card to a Windows-using friend and will continue with nVidia until they either get bought out by Microsoft or finally get some competition on Linux. It'd be great but I'm not holding my breath.

Cellphones

+ - Text messages to replace stamps in Sweden->

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99luftballon
99luftballon writes "Sweden and Denmark are running tests on replacing stamps with text messages. The writer sends a text message to a central server, which bills for the stamp and returns a code to be written on the letter. It's an interesting system but it better have very good security. Could this be the end of stamp collections and philately?"
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Comment: Re:trim/discard (Score 1) 491

by cabraverde (#35352250) Attached to: SSDs Cause Crisis For Digital Forensics
SSDs (such as the one in this study) are quite capable of examining the filesystem stored on the drive, independently, and the concept of 'dutifully' and ignorantly maintaining deleted data goes out of the window as a result.

Is there a list of SSDs that do this? I want to be sure I never accidentally buy one, or even get misled by marketing material based on such a terrifying 'optimisation'.

I already got burned with a Corsair Flash Voyager USB stick whose controller would slow down to the point of timing out out if you modified the pre-formatted partition table (this bug). Annoying, but at least it's not trashing parts of the disk because it thinks it's seen an NTFS partition.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Tofu Activists Spoof Meat-Based Indie Game 420

Posted by Soulskill
from the have-a-burger-to-celebrate dept.
Faulkner39 writes "In response to the recently released independently developed platformer Super Meat Boy, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has released a Flash-based spoof game titled Super Tofu Boy. The spoof attempts to mirror the original by featuring a protagonist made of tofu and an antagonist made of meat in a statement promoting animal rights. Ironically, however, the original game is about a human boy who is vulnerable because he lacks skin (Meat Boy), raising the question: 'is the spoof in reality really about cannibalism?'" The Super Meat Boy team posted a response on their Twitter feed.

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