Agree on Fireball XL5. Watched it Saturday mornings, loved the opening sequence with the Fireball horizontal rocket-sled-assisted launch, and definitely triggered my lifelong fetish for blonde marionettes.
RIP Ray Bradbury. In 1999 I waited for about 4 hours in a line that wound around the downtown Denver Barnes and Noble to meet him and have him autograph a book. At the beginning of the event the book store manager announced that he would only stay for 2 hours to autograph books. The 2 hours came and went and the line was still very long. He then announced that he would stay until every last person had his or her book signed. He stayed until long after the usual store closing and signed every book. One of America's greatest authors and a true gentleman.
On the Dartmouth Time Sharing System GE-200 series computer, I wrote a program that emulated the login using BASIC. I left it running on teletypes for users to login to. When the user hit Enter a control character was printed which turned off the teletype (I forget what control character that was) and the data was saved in a file. This was in 1969. I collected a bunch of user names and passwords just for fun. I think it was a fairly early password stealing program. Hopefully statue of limitations has run out by now.
I have a patent on patenting obvious, trivial ideas. You'll be hearing from my lawyers...
i_want_you_to_throw_ sends in a Tech Radar piece about the various portable Linux distributions, focusing on operating systems like Android, Chrome OS, and Ubuntu Netbook Remix. The article compares the distributions designed for similar purposes and discusses where they will likely go in the future. "As UNR is built on Ubuntu, it's highly likely that we'll see almost as many UNR respins as we have for the parent distribution. We've already seen one example in Jolicloud, and we'd put money on many community distributions, such as Linux Mint or Crunchbang offering a UNR overhaul alongside their standard desktop installations. It's also likely that Canonical will be able to forge stronger relationships with companies like Dell, which is already shipping a specific version of UNR on its Mini 9 platform. As Windows XP is phased out and the cost of bundling Windows 7 rises, manufacturers will be looking for a cheap and easily maintainable netbook OS, and UNR fits the bill admirably."
It's funny that people who get upset about using he as a generic pronoun probably don't care a bit when a group of people of both sexes (or even all females) is referred to as "you guys."
You mean GNU/Linus, don't you?
This was a great site; I'm surprised more Slashdotters aren't familiar with it. I've downloaded plenty of flight sim expansion stuff from it -- in the best tradition of open source the site consisted free downloads contributed by the fs community. It's very upsetting that all that work is gone, and I blame whoever did it, not the site owners. Otherwise it is like blaming the architects of the WTS for not making the towers plane-proof.
I migrated from SVN (actually SVK) to git; I used git-svn initially to keep my centralized svn repository up to date, but eventually I did too many merges of too many local branches and now I can't dcommit back to svn. But... I like git so much that I chucked svn and now use GitHub as my central repository.
Redneck Rampage -- complete with biker dudes, cheerleaders, vixens, trailer parks, cow pies, whoop-ass and toilet monsters in today's modern graphics.
I don't know if anyone else mentioned it, but apparently it is a problem with ReiserFS and the Beagle search program. I turned off Beagle and it stopped freezing. Other option is to change to a different FS like ext3. I would check and see if you have ReiserFS (this is especially likely if you upgraded from earlier Suse, as Reiser was default).
bmsleight writes "The Dutch Ministry of Finance organized an architecture competition to design not a building, but rather the new 5-Euro commemorative coin. The theme was 'Netherlands and Architecture'. The winning design was made 100% with free software, mainly Python, but also including The Gimp, Inkscape, Phatch, and Ubuntu. The design is amazing — the head of Queen Beatrix is made up of the names of architects based on their popularity in Yahoo searches (rendered in a font of the artist's own devising). In the end the artist, Stani Michiels, had to collaborate closely on location with technicians of the Royal Dutch Mint, so all the last bits were done on his Asus Eee PC. Soon, 350,000 Dutch people will use and enjoy the fruits of free software."