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Comment: Works Great! (Score 1) 93

by musicon (#47214137) Attached to: Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

I saw the announcement yesterday afternoon, and found it listed already in my available games (since I had previously purchased it for Windows, under WINE).

It works wonderfully under Linux: it's faster, uses less resources, and doesn't crash nearly as often as it did under WINE.

I'm extremely happy, as this was one of the few reasons I still have a WINE install in place.

Comment: Re:When you turn it on... (Score 1) 125

by musicon (#44446045) Attached to: Android Tablet Gives Rare Glimpse At North Korean Tech

I did what you suggested, spent about 10 minutes looking around.

Yes, there are buildings, and yes there are cars. But, I saw hardly any cars (mainly buses, and only a handful of those), and I also didn't see any parking lots. So, either I completely missed it, or you're seeing something I'm not.

Just for kicks, I looked up a list of the world's poorest countries, and picked #1, Congo. While I don't see as many industrial/high-rise buildings in the cities (definitely many more individual homes) I see more cars and other signs of human travel and habitation.

Comment: Lazy Programmers (Score 1) 778

by musicon (#44158561) Attached to: Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory
I'm sorry, but the statement

Today there are a lot of programmers of the opinion that if the user has JavaScript off then its their own fault and consuming the page without JavaScript is as silly as trying to consume it without HTML.

is asinine. It's not difficult to put a noscript tag with a reasonable explanation for clients. All production sites should have graceful fall-back for accessibility and other client issues anyway.

Comment: Re:I'll remember the pain. (Score 1) 285

by musicon (#43394447) Attached to: Why Are We Still Talking About LucasArts' Old Adventure Games?
You're absolutely right. However, I'll admit to now being one of the people giving up. I happily spent days tweaking every config.sys and highmem option 20 years ago. Nowadays I'm lucky to get 2-3 hours a week to play, and I'm not going to waste half of it just trying to get the damn game started. Hell, I just bought and started playing the original Bioshock last week, and made sure before I did that it worked 100% under Wine before I did.

Comment: Discuss what things are appropriate (Score 2) 307

by musicon (#42484663) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Keeping Your Media Library Safe From Kids?

Unfortunately, children will explore and learn things you don't want them to regardless how much we will (or want to) shelter them.

That said, the solution my wife and I have is we tell them certain things are appropriate, and others are not. When they're older, they can view them, but for now it's not appropriate.

We have two Popcorn C-300s, and the media I don't want the kids to watch are in a separate directory called "Not Appropriate". That way, you don't have to go nuts with security and lockdowns, and your kids know what's there. Knowing the media is there but shouldn't be viewed also teaches them self-restraint.

Comment: Completely True (Score 1) 234

by musicon (#41684779) Attached to: Malware Is 'Rampant' On Medical Devices In Hospitals
I once worked for a company that produced equipment used in hospitals, and I can vouch for the issues installing updates as well. Moreover, hopelessly stupid things were done such as hard-coding the hosts file for remote diagnostics, and logging in and running applications as the Windows Administrator account. Furthermore, the hospital IT staff was equally incompetent, in that even if (by some miracle) we wanted to patch the products we had to jump through hoops to do so, and even simple things like DNS resolution were filtered for our devices.

+ - Windows 8 Tells Microsoft About Everything You Install->

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musicon writes "According to Nadim Kobeissi, Windows 8 is configured by default (using a new featured called Windows SmartScreen) to immediately tell Microsoft about every app you download and install. This is a very serious privacy problem, specifically because Microsoft is the central point of authority and data collection/retention here and therefore becomes vulnerable to being served judicial subpoenas or National Security Letters intended to monitor targeted users. This situation is exacerbated when Windows 8 is deployed in countries experiencing political turmoil or repressive political situations.

Additionally, it may be possible for a 3rd party to intercept SmartScreen’s communications to Microsoft and thus learn about every single application downloaded and installed by a target."

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Comment: No Exemptions Allowed (Score 1) 1025

by musicon (#41108149) Attached to: Study Finds Unvaccinated Students Putting Other Students At Risk

In order to drive a car, you need a government-mandated license indicating a minimum competency level so you aren't a danger to others.

In order to fly a plane, you need a government-mandated license indicating a minimum competency level so you aren't a danger to others.

The right to practice law, become a doctor, and even have a job (by requiring social security number) is mandated by law.

Why are people allowed to create a public safety problem by opting out of "required" vaccines?

Comment: Isn't it obvious? (Score 1) 394

by musicon (#40634423) Attached to: A Million-Year Hard Disk

Instead of using any existing language (written or spoken), you use mathematics and pictograms. Essentially the same as how they did the drawing on Voyager.

Just start with a basic number system, individual atoms, then a description of radiation, time periods, etc. None of those should change within a few million years.

If you want to give a start and end date, just use a star chart based on the current location of earth with of a few obvious bodies for reference and project it forward.

Comment: Diane Duane - So You Want to Be A Wizard? Series (Score 2) 726

by musicon (#40389167) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?
I'd highly recommend the series So You Want to Be a Wizard? series by Diane Duane for kids in the 8-15 age range, although they read fine for older ages as well. And before anyone asks, I'd recommend them over the Harry Potter series. For older kids (12-18), the Amber series by Roger Zelazny is great as well. There's also the old Danny Dunn series. Finally, depending on the kids' maturity level, go for the classics (Stranger in a Strange Land, A Wrinkle in Time).

+ - Pat Villani, original FreeDOS kernel author, died->

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musicon (724240) writes "Sharing the sad news that Pasquale "Pat" Villani, author of the original FreeDOS kernel, died Saturday August 27th at his home. Mr. Villani was the author of two books including "FreeDOS Kernel", a member of I.E.E.E., and the holder of numerous patents. He also wrote several articles on Computer and Electrical Engineering Designs."
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+ - Senators taking sides in AT&T/T Mobile merger->

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Sniper98G writes "US senators have no official power to block the AT&T/T Mobile merger. But that has not stopped them from making strong recommendations to the FCC and the department of justice. This whole situation has left me asking "If the US senate and house are so concerned about a Triploy in wireless communication, where are the hearings about why most US household only have access to one or two wired communication providers?""
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