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Comment: Re:Bunch of knobs (Score 1) 153

by donaldm (#48674387) Attached to: Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

That'll be the best for debugging the big UNIX problem coming up in 2038.

Ah you mean the 2^31 problem. Well in-case you have not noticed we do have 64 bit systems now so maybe in about 300 million years from now we may have another problem although I would assume by then we will have at the very least 128 bit machines and by the time we have a 2^127 problem our sun will be a while dwarf.

Comment: Re:Bunch of knobs (Score 1) 153

by donaldm (#48674369) Attached to: Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

If only the games for these systems didn't depend on Microsoft's and Sony's servers to be accessible for them to work. It's almost as if it's some kind of crazy DRM scheme.

Maybe eventually we will have the technology to make a console and games that don't depend on a server that is not in the purchasers control.

Well actually there is. It's called a non-online game and they have been around since the advent of computer/console games and there are more of them than on-line games.

Actually some on-line games may not require Microsoft or Sony systems however you are still dependent on your ISP and the site(s) that host the particular on-line game you want to play.

Comment: Re:lots of lag and will eatup your download cap. (Score 1) 42

by donaldm (#48674349) Attached to: PlayStation Game-Streaming Service Comes To Samsung Smart TVs In 2015

Or Australian? Or New Zealand? Or British? Or pick any other country in the world apart from the US?

Actually you can add the USA to that list as well since around 65% of ISP's (a quick search will confirm this) do have caps or the service is expensive. Actually in Australia you can get unlimited bandwidth relatively cheaply however unless you are close to the exchange then it won't do you much good since the speed of the network is allot slower than broadband and fibre.

Of course the bottom line is how much do you pay for the service and what does that service provide? A bit like all ISP's throughout the world.

Comment: Re:Waste (Score 1) 170

by donaldm (#48656839) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

It's his money to spend and I wouldn't stand in his way, but what a waste. Makes you wonder what kind of good could have been done or how many lives could have been saved with that $70 million.

IMHO what a waste but after-all it is his money. I can understand one bathroom per bedroom (aka en-suite) and possibly one or two bathrooms for guest access although even that is excessive. Still saying that he could save lives with his money is stupid since that could be applied to people just above the poverty line or even wealthy nations.

Ah the life-styles of the rich and famous. :)

Comment: Re:Old news. (Score 2) 281

by donaldm (#48645065) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety
My son got caught with the front wheel of my car just over the first white line (he was breaking at the time) the second picture showed the front wheels just over the second white line and he had stopped. The traffic lights where actually green although there was a red right hand turn arrow and he was not turning right. From the pictures it was a rather confusing intersection and what I can gather is he should have cleared the intersection before he could have his picture taken.

Unfortunately for him he will have to take this matter to court or face a $400 fine and three points off his license.

So I fully agree with you and the Governments counter to all this is "Think of the children" or some such trivial excuse. As for the "Children" we have school zones which require motorists to travel at 40 kph which is fine if you know when school times are active but up until a few years ago there were no flashing lights which basically meant you could be travelling in an 80 kph zone and be booked for exceeding 30 kph which in Australia you could loose your license and have to pay a fairly steep fine. Thankfully we now have school zone lights but this was only after lobby groups pushed for them.

Comment: Re:amazing to think (Score 1) 177

by donaldm (#48640991) Attached to: Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

that a country which is malnourished and still suffering from the effects of famine in 1998 has resources to devote to hacking full stop

You have heard of the Feudal System ? Well think of an extreme version of one and North Korea comes to mind. Basically in systems like this the Peasants always are the ones who suffer, the nobles or those further up the pyramid suffer the least, in fact they can live quite comfortably providing they don't question their supreme ruler.

These highly educated elites that are trained in IT and cyber warfare are capable of instigating cyber attacks and providing they tow the party line and basically worship their leader they will live very comfortably even if most of the population starves.

Comment: Re:Sony? (Score 1) 177

by donaldm (#48640941) Attached to: Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

I am the only person that thinks that vandalising millions of customers PS3's is worse (Other OS feature removal).

Lets be honest here who really needed that feature? Sure it was nice if you wanted to say I have got Linux running on my PS3 but there were much better machines you could run Linux on that would work better.

I actually do have a FAT PS3 (still working) and even though I do like Linux and am writing this in Google Chrome running under Fedora 21 to put Linux on my PS3 was the last thing I was interested in doing, hence I was not worried abut removing the feature. In case you are wondering the "Other OS" feature was the only thing Sony actually removed via a software update. All other features such as PS2 backwards compatibility still work on the early release machines. In fact if you care to investigate the PS2 backwards compatibility was not made available in later release machines which were cheaper, but all PS3 will still play PS1 games.

BTW You did not need to remove the Other OS feature if you did not want to but you could not connect to the Sony network until you did. You could still play all your games although you would run into trouble getting network access for updates if any were needed.

Comment: Re:Already do it in Dayz (Score 1) 448

by donaldm (#48614757) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies
Most RPG's do allow you to be male or female. black or white and pretty much any colour you want, not only that but you can be non-human as well which makes for interesting talk from some of the NPC's you come across as you either help or slaughter them. In Skyrim as an example you can do this.

In games like the "Souls" series you can help, hinder or fight players without any regard to their colour, race or sex.

Comment: Re:Copied from elsewhere... (Score 1) 880

by donaldm (#48598409) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

"If you are in Sydney, do NOT tweet or post news of what Police are doing around Martin Place. Assume jihadists follow social media"

In Sydney it has become a media circus since the start of the siege. Just that alone has pandered to the terrorist(s). It must be very frustrating for the police.

Comment: Re:Don't worry guys... (Score 2, Informative) 880

by donaldm (#48598347) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

I'm skeptical of the peaceful nature of a religion founded by a warlord; but at this stage we don't know that it's not some nut-job who is trying to capitalise on the ISIS popularity.

I think you should get your facts right Muhammad was not a warlord in fact he was a merchant until he became a religious leader at age 26. Of course since it is very easy to interpret the Quran for personal reasons and many splinter groups of Islam have done just that so I can understand why many non-muslins would think Muhammad was a warlord.

The flag that is being shown is not associated with ISIS however it is what is called The Black Standard . The writing you can see on the flag is means "There is no god but the God, Muhammad is the messenger of the God", however this same writing does appear on many flags and some of those are associated with Muslim terrorist groups.

This incident is classified as a terrorist act however even the top Muslim Cleric in Australia has condemned this so it basically boils down to one or two extremists who have their own agenda. Basically this act will achieve nothing except to alienate Muslims from Australian society which I suppose is what the terrorists really want.

BTW. A simple search would have found the information I have given. I do live in Sydney as some of my previous posts have attested too however I am not a Muslim nor have I any intention of being one but lets get the "facts" correct.

Comment: Re:please keep closed! (Score 1) 50

by donaldm (#48597167) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source Cloud Framework Behind Halo 4 Services

Whatever it is that made Halo 4 (cloud-based or otherwise) should remain closed. Or better yet, incinerate it.

Well it is designed to run on .NET which is open source as well but licensed under Reasonable_and_Non_Discriminatory_Licensing which if you read this seems like a minefield full of flowers since Microsoft holds lots of patents on the all over infrastructure. Basically this will be a Microsoft only thing. Other companies enter at their peril. :)

Comment: Re:Have Both (Score 1) 567

by donaldm (#48579309) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

I have two monitors: one landscape, one next to it flipped into portrait mode. It's not fucking rocket science.

Why? All you need is a reasonable sized monitor that can display without resizing A4 or if you are so inclined A3 although I would question that. For A4 you need a 16:9 aspect ratio 24" or larger monitor. For a different aspect ratio I will let you do the arithmetic.

For commercial applications the choice of using Landscape or Portrait depends on what the application is required to display. However for home use in the majority of cases of a one monitor requirement Landscape is the best compromise. For business use the choice of a monitor or monitors really depends on business requirements.

The problem you have from a home user perspective is the physical size of the monitor or monitors since they do take up physical space and the viewing distance between the user and the monitors(s). If the display size is large compared to the viewing distance then the user could be asking for eye problems somewhere down the time track. Too small can also cause eye problems as well. Actually what I have just described can also affect the health of a user working in a business. It may be fine while you are young but as you get older your eyes do degrade (how fast or slow depends on the person) so some thought as to what display or display configuration suites you the best is very important.

Comment: Re:Depends (Score 1) 567

by donaldm (#48579207) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

I manage Unix systems so having it be wide screen helps with longer lines.

But I also write code so having a portrait screen helps when I'm reading documentation (PDFs for example)

Well I have managing and configuring Unix systems since 1981 and Linux since 1998.

Be it a tty or even a printer (and yes you can do this) you can write programs, in fact with a GUI it becomes even easier to write programs, however no matter what you use unless your display software is really stuffed you have what is called "line wrap" so you can always see what you wrote.

Using a GUI can let you configure a window to any size within the confines of the physical display area. In fact with a decent display manager you can set up virtual screens which are very easy and fast to switch between. Over the last 16 years I have been using KDE and Xfce to do just this. Going back to the early 1990 I actually use CDE to do something similar.

So I have a four monitor setup. Two Landscape (one reversed above my number 1 landscape monitor) and Two Portrait; one to the left and one to the right of the two center monitors. Works well for web browsing and coding where I want more side to side screen space and gaming and works well when coding and I need directories to the left and pdfs to the right. The top screen has my debugger or Firebug if I'm working on a web page.

Nice a 4 monitor setup. The problem with this is you are not very portable but then again that is your prerogative. As for multiple screens this really depends on what you are doing and how efficient you are in managing the displays. Four screens IMHO is definitely over-kill but to each their own after all it is your money.

As I mentioned before I use KDE and I have setup by default 4 virtual screens which I can add too or subtract in about a second. Switching screens normally takes a second and since I have a high performance laptop I am very portable although I can easily plug in a larger screen if I so desire. If I was using a desktop PC which had limited portability I would still use a single landscape monitor although I would make sure it was above A4 in height which for a 16:9 aspect ratio is 24" and above.

Ok I am going to demo some real world examples. I have a 17.4" 16:9 aspect ratio laptop and I am going to write some code, how many lines do you think I actually need in the window where I am going to write my code? How does 79 rows and 261 columns with wrap around sound? Don't like that I can still increase the size although of course I can go smaller as well. How about 24 rows by 80 columns (standard tty screen cira 1975)? I can even have multiple tty windows if I wish or smart GUI editor windows.

Using the same screen I am going to display a PDF file. Displays fine however because the hight of the screen is smaller than A4 so I have to use the scroll wheel of my mouse to view it fully although I can shrink it to fit keeping perspective. The same is also true for web page and since I use tabs I can have multiple webpages on the same web window. This really begs the question "Is this a problem?" and if so "Why"?

I have posted before on what I consider stupid articles that try to show (IMHO poorly) that Portrait is better then Landscape. The choice depends on what your requirements are however in the majority of cases Landscape on a reasonable sized display is a compromise but it is normally is the best of all worlds. Sure when displaying full sized A4 you will have some "real estate" that is not used up but again is this such a big deal?

Having made my rant I still will state that a Landscape monitor is better than a Portrait monitor providing the criteria I mentioned before is met.

Comment: Re:What if I want to KickStart a Desktop machine? (Score 1) 106

by donaldm (#48564905) Attached to: Fedora 21 Released

Why did you get rid of the "Everything" DVD image that Fedora 20 had?

The Desktop version of 21 is a live image. The Server version of 21 has no GUI.

What if I want to KickStart a Desktop machine and don't want it to be a live image?

Yes that is originally what I thought but once i selected the KDE spin and installed it along with the software I wanted I actually ended up with approx 4.1GB in "/" which is a huge reduction from my Fedora 20 DVD installation of 9GB. In addition it took me only about 90 minutes to actually download the "spin", create a bootable USB stick, install, customise, add additional software and update.

Fedora 20 actually took over 4 hours to do the same thing but without a reasonable speed network you would be have a minimal installation from the Live install. At least with the full DVD you can install allot more software although you would still need to update it at some stage..

Not sure how you would KickStart a Desktop machine although you could possible make a repo machine that contains the Fedora 21 packages which you could KickStart off. I actually have done this with Redhat servers so it should be similar with desktops.

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