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Comment: Re:W. Richard Stevens writes: (Score 1) 479

by eugene_roux (#45112985) Attached to: Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die

Christ. This article, like so many here at Slashdot, summarizes to: Usability matters. Usability matters A LOT. Open source developers still don't fucking get it.

Here's a thought: if you want people to stop using Word, why not make something better than Word? Shocking.

Christ. This comment, like so many here at Slashdot, summarizes to: Not being a dick matters. Not being a dick matters A LOT. Some commenters still don't fucking get it.

Here's a thought: if you want people to start taking you seriously, why not stop being such an patronising dick? Shocking.

Comment: Re:Out of character... (Score 1) 132

Reading the associated Twitter account, the voice seems young and very un-South African to my mind. Seems more like US or British youf.

My initial reaction was one of incredulous fury...

And then I realised, based on last visit to my local cop-shop, that this probably had less to do with breaking in and more to do with some incompetent leaving the door unlocked...

I'm feeling sorry for the (probably last two) remaining decent cops in the SAPS. Stuff like this must be damned demoralising.

But I think you are right that this is a foreigner; but from the Twitter bio I get the feeling this is an Aussie.

Comment: Re:Never (Score 1) 255

by eugene_roux (#43602869) Attached to: How often do friends/family call you for tech support?

Playing with the clutch can easily get you out of snow without having to shovel for half an hour. Downshifting is also a lot more efficient than ABS when trying to break on an icy road.

No, it's not! Down shifting to break on ice is beyond stupid.

Two people who can't spell in a row?

Well, since I live at the southern tip of Africa (y'know: that huge piece of land on the middle of your World Map) I know very little about Icy Roads (never even seen one, thank goodness) and I have never driven an automatic car either (nothing to do with Africa, that; that was just a matter of choice)...

With that out of the way, braking on ice sounds like a keen way of breaking the ice... Though chatting her up in a bar sounds, if a lot more boring, at least a lot safer. Depending on the bar, of course.

Oh? That's not what they meant? Okay, never-mind then...

Data Storage

ZFS Hits an Important Milestone, Version 0.6.1 Released 99

Posted by samzenpus
from the brand-new dept.
sfcrazy writes "ZFS on Linux has reached what Brian Behlendorf calls an important milestone with the official 0.6.1 release. Version 0.6.1 not only brings the usual bug fixes but also introduces a new property called 'snapdev.' Brian explains, 'The snapdev property was introduced to control the visibility of zvol snapshot devices and may be set to either visible or hidden. When set to hidden, which is the default, zvol snapshot devices will not be created under /dev/. To gain access to these devices the property must be set to visible. This behavior is analogous to the existing snapdir property.'"
GNOME

GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode 267

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the extend-freely dept.
Hot on the heels of the Gtk+ 3.8 release comes GNOME 3.8. There are a few general UI improvements, but the highlight for many is the new Classic mode that replaces fallback. Instead of using code based on the old GNOME panel, Classic emulates the feel of GNOME 2 through Shell extensions (just like Linux Mint's Cinnamon interface). From the release notes: "Classic mode is a new feature for those people who prefer a more traditional desktop experience. Built entirely from GNOME 3 technologies, it adds a number of features such as an application menu, a places menu and a window switcher along the bottom of the screen. Each of these features can be used individually or in combination with other GNOME extensions."
Firefox

Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the cycle-is-nearly-complete dept.
MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.

Comment: Re:I'm insulted (Score 1) 70

by eugene_roux (#42881711) Attached to: Which Cloud System Is the Most Open?

With slashdot's 15+ year history, coming here and reading trolls this transparently bad is frankly an insult. Whoever wrote this should be ashamed. Is this your very first troll? Did you just discover this site and say "hey this looks easy, I'm not even going to try"? Please.

Typical slashdot - classify anything against groupthink as troll with no explanation.

Now see guys, this is how you troll...

Comment: Re:Mint a good alternative for traditionalists (Score 1) 458

by eugene_roux (#42656183) Attached to: Fedora 18 Installer: Counterintuitive and Confusing?

Maybe F18 should be considered VM only?

Except for one tiny problem: I can't even get it to install on VMWare over here...

Since I am a certified RHCE and have been installing and running Linux systems since before there even was a RedHat distribution I was slightly taken aback by that...

Be that as it may, Mint installed cleanly and easily, so I'll stick with recommending that to others for the time being...

Comment: Turnabout? (Score 1) 1435

by eugene_roux (#42460169) Attached to: Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

IANAA (I am not an American) but why don't they turn the tables on the Newspaper and publish the names, specialities and addresses of the editorial staff of the paper in a full-page advertisement in its biggest rival in the city?

I assume that most of that data should be "publicly available" via some means or other...

After all, turnabout is still considered fair play in most places. /evil_grin

Comment: Re:Who gives a shit? (Score 1) 119

Vernon Davis, for instance, is 6'3", 250 lbs. with abs. Bench Presses 225 for 33 reps, vertical jumps 42 inches, runs 100m in 10.7 seconds. You won't find any athlete in any other sport who is more of a well-rounded athlete than that.

Two Words: Beast Mtawarira

Have a quick look at the man here, on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1nCe9iZ2u0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0hOxFH3aC8

Then realise that this is Rugby, where a forward will tackle someone at that speed, put him down hard, and then bounce up to tackle his mate since the other bugger probably got a pass in before he went to ground.

And 6'3" and 113kg? A bit of a piker, no? <evil grin/>

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