Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Comment Blocky scaleup (Score 5, Interesting) 367

I'm the author of Chocolate Doom, which deliberately maintains the low resolution of the original game, but has to run in modern, high resolution screen modes. One of the problems with Doom is that the graphics are designed for non-square pixel modes (the original game ran in 320x200, stretched to a 4:3 aspect ratio screen), so there's the double problem of having to scale everything up to work in a square pixel screen.

I developed a technique that does a blocky scale-up, interpolating the edges of the blocky "pixels" appropriately, so that you end up with a fairly decent looking result. I don't know if this is useful to the developers of programs like DOSBox, but the code's there if anyone wants it.

Comment Re:No Really Definite Confirmation of This Yet (Score 1) 465

So really, even if MS adds the 2 standards to their Community Promise, that still doesn't mean you get anything useful - if you write a simple app that does nothing, you're fine. If you want DB access, or web serving, or a GUI.. you're still in the same problem as before.

Not true. The main controversy recently (which presumably was what prompted this "promise") was after RMS warned people against using Mono to develop Gnome applications under Linux. This uses C# as a convenient high level language for Gnome development, with none of the Windows-only library like ADO.NET or Winforms. Assuming that Microsoft keep to their patent promise, this is a big win in that respect.

Comment The full text of David Miscavige's statement (Score 1) 567

[The neutrality of this article is disputed. Please see the discussion on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until the dispute is resolved.]

[This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.]

[It has been suggested that this page or section be merged with Space opera in Scientology doctrine (discuss)]

Like all Scientologists, I am outraged that in the 21st century, it is acceptable for Wikipedia's ArbCom to commit such a despicable hate crime as blocking Scientology parishioners from editing Wikipedia in the comfort and security of Scientology-owned properties. Blocking the IP addresses of computers located at Scientology's Pac Base, Int Base and Celebrity Centre is just a way to force Scientology parishioners into an undesired beingness [citation needed]. What's next, will Scientologists have to wear yellow, six-pointed stars on our clothing?

The goal of Scientology is a sane world, without criminals, without psychiatric terror, without war [citation needed]. Ultimately, the goal of Scientology is sanity itself [citation needed]. Only the insane would attempt to stop Scientology. With this brutal decision, not only is Wikipedia criminally attacking the world's most ethical people, members of the Scientology religion [citation needed], but it is preventing Scientologists from presenting our religion in the most positive and truthful light [neutrality disputed]. There is so much nonsense on the internet about Scientology, all of which was written by anti-religion extremists in the employ of the Psychiatric-Pharmaceutical industry [citation needed]. Many [who?] are also being paid by certain depraved, degenerate factions within the German government [citation needed]. You can't believe any of it [citation needed]. If these scumbags had their way, all children would be psych-drugged into oblivion [citation needed], most eventually becoming high school gunmen [citation needed]; vicious de-programmers would constantly be leaping out from shadowy corners [citation needed]; there would be all-night electroshock parlors on the high street of every village, town and city [citation needed]; and anyone who tried to live an ethical life would quickly receive an icepick lobotomy [citation needed]. This is why it is necessary for Scientologists to try to present a balanced perspective, by showcasing all the good things [citation needed] about the Scientology religion, and removing all the lies.

The Scientology religion is the only major religion to have emerged in the 20th century [citation needed]. It is the world's fastest growing religion [citation needed], found in over 264 countries, with tens of thousands of new people becoming Scientologists every day [citation needed]. Scientology was accepted as a religion by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 1993 [citation needed]. Scientology has also been declared a bona-fide religion by Mr. Frank Flynn, Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas [citation needed]. Scientologists in the United States enjoy tremendous tax advantages, not available to members of other religions [citation needed]. Many [who?] celebrities are Scientologists, and ordinary public Scientologists sometimes get to meet them [citation needed]. As members of a minority religion, Scientologists deserve to be treated fairly [citation needed], which means that we should be allowed [citation needed] to do things that other groups may not do. In this way, we are just a little bit compensated for all of our humanitarian efforts [citation needed] and our sharing of Mr. L. Ron Hubbard's extremely workable [citation needed] technology.

Make no mistake: WE are the ones making huge progress [citation needed] in the Global Obliteration of Psychiatry. Wikipedia is acting at Big Psychiatry's beck and call [citation needed]. We do not find critics of Scientology who do not have criminal backgrounds [citation needed].

Comment Re:Namespace collision (Score 1) 258

Incorrect. Chromium is the name of the open source project under which the browser is developed. "Google Chrome" is a browser from Google based on the Chromium source code. You can see this explained very clearly in the screenshot here. It's like the difference that used to exist between Mozilla and the Netscape browser.

Comment Not just Youtube (Score 4, Informative) 161

It's not just Youtube that has been harassed by these people. Check out the Youtube blog post on the issue for some interesting comments, eg.

... I used to run a small business specilaising in car audio. They made me pay an extortionate fee because I had radios on display in my showroom. - Well, of course I did... That was what I was selling.

... We used to listen to the radio in my workplace but we now have to work in silence because the PRS decided someone from the public might hear it so the company would have to pay.

Slashdot Top Deals

Bringing computers into the home won't change either one, but may revitalize the corner saloon.