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Comment Re:GNOME keeps falling further and further behind. (Score 1) 224

I'm a long time GNOME user myself, and have tried the new KDE release for a couple of days... I absolutely have to disagree. I was happy coming back to GNOME. I find the performance of KDE to be on par with GNOME, with GNOME far outperforming KDE in terms of stability. Also I don't like the overkill KDE is using in its interface, I find it too distracting to get any real work done. It probably all comes down to personal preference? I like running more minimalistic GUI's as opposed to having the GUI in your face all the time.
PC Games (Games)

How PC Game Modders Are Evolving 98

Lanxon writes "Wired has a lengthy investigation into the state of PC game mods, and the amateurs keeping the scene exciting in the wake of draconian DRM placed on many PC titles by major studios. It highlights a number of creative modders, such as Scott Reismanis, founder and editor of Mod DB, and his community-driven alternative to Valve's Steam — Desura — which is 'a distribution system, and, like Steam, will sell games and champion indie titles. But the way it handles mods makes it even more exciting.'"

Grateful Dead Percussionist Makes Music From Supernovas 57

At the "Cosmology At the Beach" conference earlier this month, Grammy-award winning percussionist Mickey Hart performed a composition inspired by the eruptions of supernovae. "Keith Jackson, a Berkeley Lab computer scientist who is also a musician, lent his talents to the project, starting with gathering data from astrophysicists like those at the Berkeley Lab’s Nearby Supernova Factory, which collects data from telescopes in space and on earth to quickly detect and analyze short-lived supernovas. 'If you think about it, it's all electromagnetic data — but with a very high frequency,' Jackson said of the raw data. "What we did is turn it into sound by slowing down the frequency and "stretching" it into an audio form. Both light and sound are all wave forms — just at different frequencies. Our goal was to turn the electromagnetic data into audio data while still preserving the science.'"

Building Left 4 Dead Maps With Google Sketchup 44

notthatwillsmith writes "If you're a fan of Left 4 Dead and you've ever wanted to build a zombie-filled map of your hometown, office or grocery store, Maximum PC just posted a how-to that shows you how to convert photos of real-world locations into ready-to-play L4D 1 or 2 maps. It's everything you need to know in order to kill zombies with your friends — in the comfort of your own backyard."

Comment Not convinced about the rocket story (Score 1) 418

Several things contribute to me not going for the rocket explanation:
  • - Highly symmetrical pattern. Most if not all rocket explosions you can find footage of, show erratic patterns instead.
  • - Same thing happened in 2006 in Russia and another poster linked to a Chinese video of this phenomenon. These look exactly the same though different occasions.
  • - Why would Russia fire a missile from their (and the) largest submarine this close to Norway? It would be too dangerous this close to population especially if it's a test launch.
  • - On these pictures as well as the older footage, the larger spiral seems to be radiating light (not just the center or one point which could be an exhaust - the whole spiral emits light).

It's probably just me, but I smell a cover up in the guise of a failed Russian missile launch ;)

Comment Re:Is this related to this wormhole .. (Score 1) 347

Images still not showing up here, not even after a refresh... Did anyone figure out in the mean time if this was a real event or not btw? It looks too perfect, which makes it stand out of the footage as something that shouldn't be there. I'm going to call hoax on this one. If its's not - all the better :).

Comment RE: I like it. (Score 1) 219

There's a perfect solution for this: manufacturers really need to stop preloading Windows on everything... Leave the OS disconnected from the HW and offer it as a separate item, + installation costs if you can't install it yourself. And while they're at it, they can take that ugly Windows key and stick it where the sun doesn't shine. Really.

Comment Filesystem vs drive size (Score 4, Interesting) 175

Slightly off topic, but it's often forgotten that the filesystem also plays an important role in drive performance. Newer filesystems like NILFS (http://www.linux-mag.com/cache/7345/1.html) are created to suit SSD's instead of the legacy rotating media. It claims to hold the same performance, no matter how large the filesystem is.

Back on topic: We're seeing the same evolution with SSD's now like we saw it with spinning media several years back, when they started to increase the drive size ever more. Eventually these performance differences between larger and smaller drives will disappear: they will simply not be an issue anymore at all when you won't be able to get SSD's smaller than 200GB, like the similar trend with spinning media.

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