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Comment: Re:They need more games... (Score 1) 134

I was able to hook mine up to my Windows 7-running desktop, and use it for the Steam Big Picture mode; not everything worked out-of-the-box and I didn't putz with it to get it fully functional; but a little tweaking and it'd probably be perfect. (This was ~Sept 2013 or so)

There is also an Android App "Blue Board" that lets you use your Android phone or tablet as an input device on the Ouya (You install it on both the Ouya and controlling device). Makes keyboard input much easier (if you're using it for web surfing and such).

+ - Restoring HP and other Firmware access through legislation-> 3

Submitted by DRTRLady
DRTRLady (3527921) writes "The Digital Right to Repair Coalition (DRTR) www.digitalrighttorepair.org has been pushing legislation to prevent vendors, such as HP and others, from selling equipment without a clear right to keep using it without paying additional fees. This always includes firmware but also service documentation, schematics, diagnostics, error codes, passwords, and so forth. One way we have approached legislation is for everyone to be able to know what they purchased, and know ahead of time what they must license. See SD SB136 http://legiscan.com/SD/bill/SB... for this approach. We are also working on a more forceful bill modeled after the Automotive Right To Repair Law passed in Massachusetts which deals with the identical problems of repair including firmware. See https://malegislature.gov/Bill... . Which is better? What else can we do?"
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+ - Slashdot BETA Discussion-> 60

Submitted by mugnyte
mugnyte (203225) writes "With Slashdot's recent restyled "BETA" slowly rolled to most users, there's been a lot of griping about the changes. This is nothing new, as past style changes have had similar effects. However, this pass there are significant usability changes: A narrower read pane, limited moderation filtering, and several color/size/font adjustments. BETA implies not yet complete, so taking that cue — please list your specific, detailed opinoins, one per comment, and let's use the best part of slashdot (the moderation system) to raise the attention to these. Change can be jarring, but let's focus on the true usability differences with the new style."
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Comment: Microsoft's name is tainted (Score 1) 164

by kcbnac (#45235377) Attached to: Microsoft Makes It Harder To Avoid Azure

http://semiaccurate.com/2013/10/21/microsoft-admits-image-net-consumer-negative/

Because they've realized the 'Microsoft' name has such negative connotations in the consumer market, that they don't want CxO's shooting it down based on its name, and one that wasn't directly tied to their Windows environment, since its where they want you to run your Linux VMs "In The Cloud":

  "...we knew that we needed to ensure that Windows is the best platform to run Linux workloads as well as open source components. ..."

http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2013/07/24/what-s-new-in-2012-r2-enabling-open-source-software.aspx

Comment: Trademark Rule Requirement (Score 1) 289

by kcbnac (#44952601) Attached to: Boy Scouts Bully Hacker Scouts Into Submission

BSA has Trademarks that are 'infringed' by this organization's name - which you are required to actively defend against anything that could be infringing - otherwise you lose your Trademark. (This is not true with Copyrights, just Trademarks)

As a fellow Eagle Scout, I agree it isn't wonderful or ideal behavior - but if they want to keep their name (and with all the splinter-orgs as a result of their recent decision regarding Youth membership, there are plenty) and uniqueness in 'Brand Identity' they have to do this.

+ - Questions about DRM? Visit Defective by Design's new FAQ->

Submitted by william_at_FSF
william_at_FSF (3111067) writes "Defective by Design has compiled an FAQ to address the most common misconceptions regarding Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). We hope this will serve as a reference material for those working to educate others about DRM and digital media. Even seasoned anti-DRM activists can learn something new about what DRM does and why it is so harmful to software users. Give it a read through and use this resource heavily in online discussions around DRM!"
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Comment: $1 Billion Towards THEIR OWN ARCHITECTURE. (Score 3, Interesting) 109

by kcbnac (#44873631) Attached to: IBM Promises $1B Investment In Linux Development

The phrase '$1 Billion' gets people to sit up and notice.

But most of this work won't benefit the Linux community and software at large, at least directly. It will be ancillary improvements; where something gets re-written/improved/fixed due to issues on the POWER architecture that happen to benefit everyone else too. Hopefully these are many and useful.

Still, any investment shows that Linux is Serious Business.

Comment: Re:Waste of time (Score 1) 57

by kcbnac (#44229829) Attached to: Mozilla Launches Firefox OS Devices In Stores, Opens Up App Payments

So does that mean when the servers are down, I'm supposed to pull the secretary into the meeting where we try to fix it?

How about the janitors?

You let the folks you hired for that task, work on that task. You don't reassign everyone to focus on one thing, that is overkill and a waste.

Comment: Re:As Always (Score 4, Interesting) 81

by kcbnac (#44095059) Attached to: Book Review: Puppet 3 Beginner's Guide

For situations where the agents can't talk back to the Puppet Master, you can push out the manifests (config files) to each host and apply them directly, locally. (As if it were a single, standalone machine)

Not sure if there is a way to push the results back to a Puppet Master for aggregation, but there may be a way to tackle that. (Or just back to a central logging server for parsing)

Comment: Re:Why Efficiency? (Score 1) 65

by kcbnac (#44095007) Attached to: Harvard, IBM Crunch Data For More Efficient Solar Cells

Also this way there is a globally-accessible and searchable database of all the materials and their various properties - so for your exotic project with a weird requirement, you can find the materials most appropriate to your situation.

This is useful for more than coming up with a single solar cell, it helps pave the groundwork for hundreds of varieties - each the best-fit for a different situation.

Example: Organic compounds may make sense if you can 'grow' the system for a self-repairing/expanding system, say in a biodome on Mars; or on a floating station in the Arctic; both of which you won't have an easy opportunity for a 'service call'. Identifying which one(s) work best in those environments will shave years off development time, allowing a focus on other design issues.

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