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Comment Re:Yours is deeper and browner (Score 1) 277

He's just not mincing words. It's time we started calling lies what they are. You're ignoring his facts because they're inconvenient for you and blaming your willful ignorance on the fact that he's calling a liar a liar. If you have a problem with that, prove him wrong. Otherwise, you're just lying about your motivations for not wanting to consider his argument.

Comment Re:Why not actually try IT (Score 1) 797

They're the GNOME UI team. GNOME lost me years ago, when they decided to shove that stupid "spatial file browsing" thing down everyone's throats. I still don't see how it was any different from the default settings in Windows 95, which I would immediately change every time I used a new windows box. Some people think of their files in terms of a position on their desktop. Some people have a lot of files and don't want to put everything eight folders deep, so they put them in one directory and then have the file manager alphabetize them. Sometimes people even want to see advanced details, like how big their files are and when they were last modified. Around that time, they were also having discussions about doing away with tabs in applications.

Essentially, if GNOME says something in the UI is "too complicated", then there's a very good chance that it's something I use and like. So I just use KDE. :)

Comment The W3C needs a big reality check. (Score 5, Insightful) 205

Web developer here.

First off, HTML 4 has plenty of browser interoperability issues. Just try to develop something that works on IE and any other browser.

Secondly, for the love of God and all that is holy, HTML is primarily a visual medium that people look at on a computer screen! Separating content (html) from presentation (CSS) was an excellent idea. Failing to allow vertical centering without dumbass CSS and javascript hacks is not. Seriously, what the hell?

Third, why can't CSS styles inherit other styles or use constants? You were *finally* going to add that into CSS, and then some jackass decided not to include it because it would make it more *complicated*. Do you know what's complicated? Having to change 40 instances of a color in a CSS file because I can't define a damn constant. This is exactly the kind of shit CSS was supposed to *solve*. Safari implemented this briefly and removed it because *they were afraid people would like it too much and usage would become widespread before there was a standard*. Add it to the standard! Right now, we have to use ridiculous workarounds like CSS compilers, which don't fit very well into a lot of modern CMSs.

Fourth, stop deliberating and start releasing official standards, otherwise Microsoft will just run off and do its own thing and we'll all be boned *again*. You're doing way more damage than you're preventing.

Finally, your failure to support as standards things (like the aforementioned CSS vertical centering) that people need to do in the real world on a regular basis just leads web developers to use non-standard code and bullshit like Flash, which circumvents your standard altogether.

End rant.

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 1) 1695

Those of you who are making this argument, please think about whether you support the idea of corporate personhood and whether you believe that there is a corporate right to free speech and to decide which customers they want to service and which ones they don't.

Unfortunately, this isn't a black and white issue. The founders were all about free speech in the federal government, but the original intent of the constitution was to allow the states to make their own laws that might place additional restrictions on peoples' rights. This turned out to be a very bad idea (slavery, segregation, etc), and the constitution was eventually amended to allow the Federal government to step in and enforce the bill of rights in a way that would *supercede* state laws. But to say the the founders would have necessarily supported forcing a private company, Rackspace, to broadcast someone else's speech is just wrong. They weren't even in favor of forcing the *states* to allow free speech.

All that being said, it's a very legitimate idea that the right to express oneself supersedes property rights, *particularly in cases where there are few options for expressing yourself*. This is the whole idea behind Net Neutrality. Since the Internet is controlled by a few large companies, at some point it becomes necessary to step in with legislation and preserve the *de facto* right to free speech, since if these few private companies decided to arbitrarily restrict political speech (or any other kind of expression) it would put a serious dent in our ability to express ourselves.

All told, Rackspace's obligations to respect the free speech of other groups ought to be tied directly to how many other real, useful alternatives exist to their service. If it would be relatively easy for this site to pick up and move to another server farm, then I think Rackspace's policy ought to stand. On the other hand, if all hosting providers have this policy, or Rackspace is the only one big enough to handle hosting their website, then it becomes a Net Neutrality issue.


Submission + - Let's make FOSS game content creation simple! (opengameart.org)

Lendrick writes: I'd like to step up onto my soapbox for a moment and address something that I find somewhat lacking in FOSS games — namely content creation and editing. In one sense, FOSS games have a leg up on the competition because all open source software is innately moddable, which is kind of the point. However, the practical reality of software moddability is that it's extremely dependant on the tools you provide.

Comment Re:The graphics in FOSS games.. (Score 4, Informative) 103

Hey folks!

Founder of http://opengameart.org/ here. I noticed the bandwidth spike, so I thought I'd take a look at the referrer link, and I'm glad to see someone finally mention us on Slashdot. Honestly, I'd love to have a *real* slashdotting. The server's hefty enough to handle it, and the publicity would be immensely helpful. :)

At any rate, one of our underlying missions is to help FOSS games move beyond "programmer art", and we do that by taking donations and then using those to commission artists to do art. I run the site mostly out of pocket, and with all the commissions, it costs me a good $500 monthly, in addition to the roughly $100/month in donations that we bring in (mostly community members with recurring subscriptions). Shameless plug: If you subscribe, even for $3/month, that's money we can use to buy art for everyone that will never go away. :)

One of our current projects is an art revamp for a Smash Bros. clone called Ultimate Smash Friends. ( http://usf.tuxfamily.org/wiki/Main_Page )

Here's are the first two characters we've commissioned:

Xeon: http://opengameart.org/content/xeon-ultimate-smash-friends
Awesome Possum: http://opengameart.org/content/the-awesome-possum-ultimate-smash-friends

It's a lot of work, and it's not cheap, but there's a lot of FOSS game code out there with a lot of potential, and I think it's worth it. Plus, all of the assets we commission are CC-licensed, so they're reusable as part of the commons.

Feel free to hit me up if you have any questions or ideas. If you have thoughts about the site interface (we're still working on it), there's a forum thread discussing planned changes for OGA 2.0. I'd love to hear what you think!

Bart K.

Comment Re:Boo fuckin' hoo (Score 1) 409

While it's true that politicians do tend to pander to their base in the primaries, this one did it to a much more alarming extent. Obama pandered to the left and went center right after he was elected. McCain pandered to the right and probably would have gone center right also.

Saying "I can't help but think how your response may differ if the political parties were flipped" is a broad and utterly baseless assumption about that particular person making the post. Yes, there are some people for whom it would be true, but may of us on both sides of the political spectrum at least make an effort to hold our candidates to the same standards as we hold the other party's.

Politicians of all affiliations need to be prepared, particularly in the information age, to answer what they said during the primaries. Shoving it under a rug by misusing copyright law is just cowardly.

Comment So who thinks this has to do with ACTA? (Score 1) 505

The treaty passes, and suddenly we're in violation of said treaty because unlicensed copyrighted content is moving over our network. O NOES! ITS AN EMERGENCEY!!! WE MUST LOCKS DOWN TEH NETWERKS!!

I'm sure the Obama administration will be in favor of this bill, since they're basically in bed with the content distribution industry already.

Full disclosure: I'm a liberal, and this pisses me the fuck off. I favor government involvement, but only when it's done well and to the benefit of the people of the United States.

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