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Submission + - Does the beard make the geek?

maskedbishounen writes: Dear /. overlords, I am a younger hacker-type. Aside from any actual hackery, what's the best way of presenting myself to peers: with or without a hacker beard?

Comment Older Consoles (Score 1) 191

This seems like the obvious choice to me.

1. Wait for newer generation consoles to become popular
2. Scoop up tons of games for bargain prices
3. ???
4. Profit!

I'm sure the missing step involves console exploits, a hard drive, and dumping all of games to said drive for much quicker loading times. At least for more recent consoles. But shhhhhh. ;-)

Comment Re:Bundling doesn't crearte market share? (Score 2, Insightful) 413

I tried that once with my father. It did not go over so well. He quickly realized the browser was "different", went back to IE, and then started blaming FF for trying to trick him into using it.

If anything, I'd say it's better to tell them up front you've switched browsers, and then change the icon.

Comment Re:You mean... (Score 1) 420

I recently set up a secondary gaming box with a limited user account for a MMO that has to be constantly updated else it won't run. It was a bit of a pain since it insists on writing a cache file in %WINDIR%. Then it has a registry setting that, by default, limited users cannot change. After a few more bumps, it has worked flawlessly.

For the most part, it's just lazy development teams who can't be arsed to "fix" their code. There's probably a moral here about open source. Who knows.

Comment Geany (Score 1) 1131

Most of my hacking is done on my Windows desktop PC. However, all my server environments are Linux. These days, my code hacking/testing is commonly done within a VM. Having using Notepad++ for years, I finally discovered there is a win32 version of the package I find myself commonly using in the 'nix environments -- Geany. The consistency of a single editor on multiple platforms is, without a doubt, very nice. That said, Geany's search dialog annoys me a bit.

For the console, however, vim.

Wireless Networking

Submission + - Atheros unveils free Linux driver for its 802.11n (

mcgrof writes: "Atheros has released a shiny new Atheros driver for all their 11n devices aimed for inclusion in the Linux kernel. This new driver has no proprietary HAL and is licensed under the ISC so the BSD community should be able to benefit as well. Note: no firmware required! Hoping rms gets to read this although I doubt he reads slashdot :)"

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