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Comment how many? (Score 1) 95

"There are numerous other Duke games in various stages of development, several due out this year. We are definitely looking to bring Duke into casual gaming spaces, plus there are other major Duke games in production."

So that's multiple major Duke games plus several smaller ones with more than one due out in 2010?!

Hillarious! It's like when you ask your friend starting a business on their own how that are doing and they'll say something like "Oh yeah doing great! Got a few things on the burner, with a couple of them looking really good, and few other interesting things going on." which really means "I have no work, but don't want to admit it" :)

Anyway, good luck to them!

Comment Re:Distribute glibc then ... (Score 1) 223

It's been done before, depends what you need from the library : http://www.fefe.de/dietlibc/, http://www.uclibc.org/, etc (but these are clearly targetted at embedded systems).

That being said, dependency hell is the main reason Linux cannot get ahead of Windows or Mac for the masses - the abstraction layer may not be as optimisable as on Linux, but you can distribute small binaries and be _sure_ they work out of the box with no issues.

Comment Win 2K was the high-water mark... (Score 1) 580

It was sleek, usable, rock-solid and ran on most computers that could run 98se. It came on a single CD-ROM...that's right, CD, not DVD. It installed in 30 minutes. Then MS had to go throw on all the eyecandy and craptacularness of XP, and suddenly things started slowing down. Then we had the Vista debacle. If 7 is as sleek and slim as 2K I'd be all over it. But apparently 7 is still suffering bloat and eyecandy obsession. I miss 2K. If it wasn't so risky to run I'd still run it. Too many vulnerabilities that are unpatched in 2K.

Comment No, it's a Mac case mod. (Score 4, Insightful) 129

Hackintosh = bog standard PC running Mac OS X.
Case mod = hardware stuffed into a case that is wildly different or decorative or super-functional.
Mac case mod = Mac logic board stuffed into a case that is wildly different from standard Macs.

I still want to do a Classic Mac modded with a Mac mini inside and an LCD replacing the old CRT.

Comment Possible...heck I do it every day! (Score 1) 435

I have a 600X. It runs Xubuntu. For a 600E, Debian would be your best bet, because you can tailor-fit it to your needs. XFCE is such a good window manager I even run it on more powerful systems because it's lightweight and goes fast.

The easiest way to get sound out of one of these machines is to use a USB sound card. There are three chips inside a 600 and a 600e that look like sound cards to Linux. The 600x is better on this score, and so is the T22, but it's way easier to work around the elderly sound circuitry with a USB stick in all of these cases.

Actually another distro you should look into is Tiny Core Linux. It is idiosyncratic, to say the least, but it is the lightest Linux in a long, long time.

Comment Re:Just wondering out loud... (Score 1) 575

The reason for Einstein's initial assumption is that we have never to date observed anything which has moved faster than light. Then again, would we know such a thing if we observed it, and have we actively looked for such a thing? If so, how have we looked?

We have looked a lot for such things. For current purposes, since I gather faster than light signals are supposed to be a manifestation of higher energies, high energy physics is the best place to have noticed such phenomena. Basically, they slam particles together at high energies and look at the resulting spray. If anything travels faster than the speed of light, it'll create an anomaly in the resulting data. Even a few events out of trillions are enough to get noticed. Personally, I think high energy collisions are a very efficient way to look for these things since you cover a lot of possibilities at once.

There's also the matter of particle floods from the initial collapse of supernovas and gamma ray bursts. These are events with a very narrow window of activity and in which we see no change in the arrival of various particles (eg, gamma rays and neutrinos, for example).

Comment Re:Not possible (Score 2, Insightful) 435

Let's say the hardware DOES cost $150. I think over the lifetime of the hardware they can more than recoup the cost. I think it's in the realm of possibility to get $10 add revenue per month per user. That includes search revenue and adds splashed all over everything. They get their money back after 15 months. Let's say the average lifetime of the hardware is 2 years, they make money after a while. Of course, they make money sooner as the hardware gets cheaper.
Mandriva

Mandriva Linux 2010 Is Finally Out 267

ennael writes "We finally did it. Mandriva Linux 2010 is out and comes with many improvements and innovations. We still go on supporting in the same level of integration GNOME 2.28 and KDE 4.3.2. Support for netbooks is improved as users can now easily test Moblin 2.0 environment. 'Smart desktop' coming from European research is now fully integrated and is the first real working semantic desktop. Mandriva Control Center also brings improvements in tools: a new netprofile management tool, a GUI for Tomoyo security framework, and parental control. A big thanks to our community, who worked hard and made this release possible."

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