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Comment Re:What makes Ubuntu Server unsuitable? (Score 2) 167

The only problem with Ubuntu versus some other offerings like Red Hat is that the support time of the LTS version of Ubuntu is pretty short (only 5 years). It really depends on your project whether this is good enough for your situation. Debian doesn't even have such a LTS version. You only have to guess when Debian stops supporting their OS.

Debian does have LTS support [1] which means that stable releases are supported for (at least) 5 years. You also don't have to 'guess' anything - EOL dates are also provided at [1] (and in a few other places).


Comment Re:Hopefully... (Score 1) 229

Mandatory? No. If I want to run WEP or no encryption at all, I have the right to do so. Making WPA turned on by default is another thing - cost doesn't change but you can use your AP the way you like it, not the way someone tells you to do.

Comment What about the legal part? (Score 1) 483

If I understand correctly, you are trying to build some kind of a static radar gun. I'm afraid that legal part of this venture is much more tricky than the technical stuff. In most countries I've visited, such a device must be officially approved and regularly calibrated. Have you checked if your device has to pass any tests to be allowed to produce evidence? What you must also consider is the way it will record offenders - it's likely this is also subject to some legal requirements. And then comes the support part - someone has to support it (which can be a pain under working conditions you mentioned) and someone has to take the evidence from it and issue a speeding ticket - in Poland, where I currently live, police was forced to hire new workers just to be able to send tickets to some offenders (plus keep in mind that there must be a way to identify them in a reasonable time frame). A lot of things to consider (and check) before you even start planning the tech part of this idea :)

Comment Re:Awesome game now free (Score 2, Informative) 151

Solaris VII rules were supposed to be used during "arena" games, not normal multi mech engagements. Mechwarrior series was based on the CBT (Classical BattleTech) board game which allows customizing as well as building new mechs from scratch. While it may lead to creation of some... well... monsters, it's fun and adds to gameplay. Besides, if you simply want to customize a bit, nothing holds you back - you don't have to build a multi PPC behemoth and you can stick to "canon flavors". So what is the point of taking this possibility away (if I recall correctly devs were explaining this as "it's weird to see lasers shooting from LRM racks")?

Ah, and as for small laser firing as often as gauss - keep in mind that in CBT board game 1 turn = 10 seconds. Don't try to imagine 1 turn of small laser fire as a single shot (as a matter of fact, multiple war games use "1 turn of shooting != 1 shot" principle) - it simply means that during one turn small laser will do that much damage and produce some heat, regardless of how many times it really did shoot. The same applies to ammo - 1 ammo round means that a weapon can fire during 1 turn - be it one gauss shell or designers-know-how-many machine gun rounds.
Now that I think about it, I wonder if the fast firing weapons in MW aren't more powerful than in a board game - they fire more often and probably deal the "1 turn damage" during a single shot...

Comment Re:captain obvious (Score 1) 366

Just keep in mind that while downloading from such a site you are not making any content "available" (which, to my understanding, is the main issue with all those copyright trials). Whether this is enough to protect yourself from any legal problems depends on laws in your country. For example, here (Poland) it is not illegal to download (and posses) copyrighted music/movies/etc. (software excluded!) so it's most likely safer to download from such a site than from p2p.

Comment Re:VLC (Score 1) 464

Of course, one of the biggest obstacles to linux adoption is that Windows is effectively "open source".

He called it "open source" not an open source.
Just look at it from outside - if we forget about the open source part (that is the ability to look at the code) what is left? On window$ you can use any media player you desire, even if this means breaking several licenses/laws. In fact, you can usually use any software you desire - many open projects have their windows ports and many windows apps cannot be run (without problems) on open platforms. Of course you will be using several layers of code that is closed but simply - most people don't care. And don't forget that for many users window$ is also a "free" software - either by cracking it or by getting it "for free" with a new pc. So if people don't care about ability to see the code, get windows for "free" and can run more things than on a truly open platform - why choose linux (or any other free os)?

Comment Re:Oh really? (Score 3, Informative) 221

I believe that those 64 cameras are connected to a system capable of scanning 15000 faces total - not 15000 from each camera. 15000/64 gives us about 235 faces per camera which is quite possible when using high resolution wide-angle cameras. Besides think about the future - you can easily double the amount of cameras and the system will still work without any upgrades.

Comment Optional in and removed in (Score 2, Informative) 408

+ NoScript now automatically removes the controversial "NoScript Development Support Filterset" deployed with NoScript and above on startup, permanently and with no questions asked.
+ One-time startup prompt to ask users if they wants to install/keep the AdBlock Plus "NoScript Development Support Filterset" deployed with NoScript and above

While I'll most likely check the changelog before applying new NoScript version, I doubt I'll stop using it. I have mixed feelings about this situation but at least author warned us about what he was doing and broke nothing. Some of you may remember what happened with Fast Dial - it added some spam links, which completely broke user bookmarks. While its author also informed about this change in changelog, he forgot to mention that it will totally break your bookmarks.

Comment (catchy subject) (Score 1) 572

The concern that I have is how did this get past the QA testers at CCP and into a production build?

Good question. While I doubt that this patch was not tested at all, it's possible (but unlikely) that none of their testers used XP. I'd rather say that while the new version was somewhat tested, some minor last-moment changes were made into the final version without being retested.

You cannot have a science without measurement. -- R. W. Hamming