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Comment: Re:More info (Score 2) 403

by merky1 (#48823969) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

I run gentoo for my home server so that I don't have to worry about a major upgrade every few years. That "package churn" is what happens when you want the latest code running the latest fixes.

Yeah, some of the upgrades get dicey, but I laid out my current root filesystem in 2008, and haven't reinstalled anything since. Yes, every once in a while I need to spend a weekend fixing package collisions, but that is the ticket I paid for when I chose not to use a package based distro.

So in a nutshell, Gentoo will nickle and dime you to death to keep current, where RHEL/Ubuntu will combine all of that fun into a a few days every 2-3 years.

Comment: Re:Haters Making Much of Nothing ... (Score 1) 189

by merky1 (#44741581) Attached to: <em>Mechwarrior Online</em> Developer Redefines Community Warfare

So what would call someone like me, who isn't a "hater", but is sorely frustrated that we are weeks from release and so far we have none of the features we were sold on.

You call out Hit Detection as a bug, but you missed some pretty significant bugs:
1 - Movement / stuck on terrain. Getting stuck on cigarette butts is getting old
2 - Heat. PGI has severely mismanaged the heat system due to a lack of understanding of the IP they bought.
3 - Built in Comms.
4 - Community anything. A lobby? anything?
5 - Jump Jets. No ability to add directional movement, just up/down and coasting if your moving before jump. Defeats the purpose of sitting behind a terrain feature, jetting up and over and raping your opponents back armor.
6 - NO REPAIR / REARM - this pretty much removed the ability to constrain resources. Want to reduce the prevelance of AC/40's, reduce AC /20 ammo stocks or jack the price up like the XL engines.
7 - HSR / hit detection. I play a spider, and I get tired of being hit by rounds that go wide away from but HSR decides that the shooter's screen is the authority.
  (I play a spider because it is about the only mech that I can play a "phoenix hawk" type of role. The blackjack was a horrible implementation of that role)
8 - game modes.
9 - Terra Therma - the pinnacle of PGI demonstrating the complete lack of testing / program management.

Of course the biggest issue, PGI basically completely reversing decisions on things like 3PV. The outrage has been turned into "haters" on 3PV thanks to PGI spin. The reality is, this is the most measurable aspect of the community realizing that PGI is unable/incapable of delivering on the originally advertised game by "release in september."

+ - PDFCreator: malware and alternatives->

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An anonymous reader writes: Recently some friends reported me that they had malware installed by PDFCreator. At first I didn't believe them, but even the official forum confirms it. Although the authors of the software say the installation asks for permission, I cannot recommend this kind of software to anyone. Now I'm looking for alternatives. Which free software would you recommend? What do you think of the tactic of using toolbars, spyware and other suspicious extras coupled with open-source software installations?
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Comment: Re:All Chemicals (Score 1) 452

by merky1 (#39820619) Attached to: Organics Can't Match Conventional Farm Yields

And I'm sure you have well documented and certified research to back up your statements... Especially the nutrition ratio magically is increased in organic farming. I think that has been debunked about a billion times, including the documented research from Penn and Teller.

Organic food is a luxury, and will kill millions of people if it is mandated worldwide.

Comment: Re:Whitewash (Score 1) 74

by merky1 (#37712718) Attached to: Air Force Comments On Drone Malware

If you RTFA, you would have determined that the flight control system is not infected, and the the systems that are in question are ancillary information systems. Think of a monitor with google maps...

The reason they use removable HDD's is probably so they can model the necessary mission data offsite, and then "replay" it at mission time.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.