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Comment Are you 12 years old? (Score 1) 113

I don't think there exists a single pro gamer that uses Intel graphics hardware. The Nvidia driver on Linux is more than adequate - and considering AMD/ATi's drivers are crap on Windows it's hard to produce any meaningful comment on that area. Also, if Direct X is so essential and magical then why don't consoles use it?

Comment Re:The cost and use of plastic bags (Score 1) 470

In Australia plastic bags are generally gratis. The cost of them is just factored into prices whether you use them or not... So, rather than buying bin liners I use the bags from my shopping. I wish more stores would use the biodegradable variety - then I'd have the best of both worlds!

Comment Re:EVE Online (Score 1) 555

You don't have to join a corp at all - but without a corp space is a *really* empty place. Also, most of the gameplay is driven by groups of players, so unless you purely want to do NPC oriented stuff (and even then, only small enough to do solo) you're gonna have a bad time. The value really comes from other players.

You die when you are stupid. There's nothing more and nothing less to it.

Comment Stop and consider... (Score 3, Interesting) 83

FreeBSD probably isn't useful to you every day. Maybe some of your net traffic will go through a FreeBSD box, but that box could be replaced by just about anything really. However, I'm not trying to say that FreeBSD is useless or irrelevant - what I want to say is that FreeBSD has some excellent out-of-band uses.

I think people should consider the value of the educational, developmental, experimental and competitive opportunities that FreeBSD provides. We need projects and communities which have low hanging fruit for beginners and we need projects that are ready to give different approaches to problems a go - so that the rest of us on whatever OS can learn from it regardless of the success of the implementation.

The same goes for my favourite alternative OS - Haiku which also contains some bits and pieces from FreeBSD for networking/wireless IIRC. (BTW, it has package management now and a lot of improvements to the native browser, and more.)

Comment Missing Option: Cowboy Neal's nipples (Score 1) 283

Though, it's worth noting that in the age of Call of Duty, EVE Online, Team Fortress 2, etc. Pinball is still extremely relevant. Bringing Pinball back to Windows would be a really smart thing for Microsoft to do because it's the only thing that would be likely to entice me into upgrading.

Comment Who are these scrubs? (Score 1) 453

They should be fired, or have their pay cut.

Sincerely, a 22 year old.

Though, maybe there is a case for just checking notifications. I have a Pebble so these come through on to the watch where it is silent and can be discretely checked. The problem with the Pebble is that if you're caught looking it may appear as though you're rudely looking at the time and thinking "when will this fucking asshole stop talking?". A device such as Google Glass would be the victimless crime in this case (maybe, I have never actually seen one) - but I'm reluctant to be in the presence of somebody who is wearing one (a clearly visible physical shutter for the camera is in dire need!).

Comment Re:Other good paid email providers? (Score 1) 435

In the recent buy-back by the employees, it was said that they're looking to improve the offerings in terms of value - because obviously their quotas a quite small. I'm thinking that more details on this should emerge within 6 months.

I have a paid account ($5 a year IIRC) because I need an email account besides that of my self-hosted email so that if my server goes down I can send emails to get it sorted out (or recover passwords that I've forgotten!). I didn't want to be "the product" for some gratis service provider so I decided to pay for service from the best provider I could find (within reason)... I was really surprised that it was hard to find a decent cheap personal email provider. Decent non-gratis email seems to be aimed purely at businesses and never at individuals.

Although I believe the future of email should not lay with providers, I really encourage people to take a look at Fastmail just to see the fact that there are providers besides Google can offer awesome services.

Comment Similar proposal (Score 1) 234

A few days before I first heard of SQRL (a few weeks ago) I came up with a very similar proposal, which I published on my blog

SQRL works around the biggest hassle with my proposal which is linking the browser and the certificate to a session. The QR code idea really streamlines the workflow. My proposal could probably adopt this idea. Where our proposals really differ is that I believe that keeping your keystore anonymous is important. With SQRL they know your keystore location (and can directly attack it, or steal it, or whatever) because of the way it uses the keystore in an out-of-band manner. I also think that when the keystore is identified this is likely to also reveal some clues as to your identity, which sucks balls.

I also think that the keys could/should be used for encrypting messages/notifications that can be published publicly but only read by the holder of the private key. This avoids email addresses which may leak your identity.

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