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Comment I like Vim because... (Score 1) 271

I like Vim because it integrates well with Linux, Solaris and Windows environments and has great syntax highlighting (by default!) for languages associated with the Cadence IC design tools we use at work (i.e. Skill and DIVA).

On *nix systems I like to compile it myself using Motif. Gives a common appearance across all the systems I use that resembles the Windows GUI.

Comment GPL (Score 1) 666

If Redhat are not happy with organizations like CentOS benefiting from the contributions they make to GPL protected software they have a simple solution: stop distributing Linux and write their own proprietary Unix clone from scratch. If they choose not to do so CentOS are free to build and distribute their Redhat based distro and users - commercial or otherwise - are free to use it as they wish,

Submission + - Gaddafi killed as Libya's revolt claims hometown (

syngularyx writes: Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya's interim rulers said.

His killing, which came swiftly after his capture near Sirte, is the most dramatic single development in the Arab Spring revolts that have unseated rulers in Egypt and Tunisia and threatened the grip on power of the leaders of Syria and Yemen.

Comment Re:Fast remote X connection... (Score 1) 286

We use this at work. We have a collection of fast servers which run complex semiconductor simulation jobs that can take days to complete. The engineers start these in an NX session then detach. They can subsequently re-attach to check the progress of this work from any site or by connecting into the company network from home via VPN. The performance of NX is acceptable for the graphical applications which display and manipulate the data.

Comment Re:Not lefties (Score 1) 507

Me too. I am baffled that this seems not to be the norm for right handed people. It is not as if holding a phone to your ear requires a lot of manual dexterity. The other things I might be doing whilst on the phone (taking notes, clicking a mouse, peeling a banana, cooking dinner) do so I always hold my phone in my left hand.


Can You Fight DRM With Patience? 309

As modern DRM schemes get more annoying and invasive, the common wisdom is to vote with your wallet and avoid supporting developers and publishers who include such schemes with their games. Or, if you simply must play it, wait a while until outcry and complaints have caused the DRM restrictions to be loosened. But will any of that make game creators rethink their stance? An article at CNet argues that gamers are, in general, an impatient bunch, and that trait combined with the nature of the games industry means that progress fighting DRM will be slow or nonexistent. Quoting: "Increasingly so, the joke seems to be on the customers who end up buying this software when it first comes out. A simple look back at some controversial titles has shown us that after the initial sales come, the publisher later removes the vast majority of the DRM, leaving gamers to enjoy the software with fewer restrictions. ... Still, [waiting until later to purchase the game] isn't a good long-term solution. Early sales are often one of the big quantifiers in whether a studio will start working on a sequel, and if everyone were to wait to buy games once they hit the bargain price, publishers would simply stop making PC versions. There's also no promise that the really heavy bits of DRM will be stripped out at a later date, except for the fact that most publishers are unlikely to want to maintain the cost of running the activation, and/or online verification servers for older software."
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An Early Look At Civilization V 286

c0mpliant writes "IGN and Gamespot have each released a preview of the recently announced and eagerly awaited Civilization V. Apart from the obvious new hexagon shape of tiles and improved graphics, the articles go on to outline some of the major changes in the game, such as updated AI, new 'flavors' to world leaders, and a potentially game-changing, one-unit-per-tile system. No more will the stack of doom come to your city's doorsteps. Some features which will not be returning are religion and espionage. The removal of these two have sparked a frenzy of discussion on fan-related forums."

Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game 196

suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Engadget: "Microsoft's Eric Rudder, speaking at TechEd Middle East, showed off a game developed in Visual Studio as a singular project (with 90% shared code) that plays on Windows with a keyboard, a Windows Phone 7 Series prototype device with accelerometer and touch controls, and the Xbox 360 with the Xbox gamepad. Interestingly, not only is the development cross-platform friendly, but the game itself (a simple Indiana Jones platformer was demoed) saves its place and lets you resume from that spot on whichever platform you happen to pick up."

Comment Re:About damn time (Score 1) 300

My Centro will likely be replaced by either a Palm Pre or something running Android. I am leaning towards the latter as I am now hosting my domain on Google's servers. It seems likely there will be a number of interesting Android devices from many manufacturers hitting stores this year.

The Pre is Palm's last throw of the dice and if it doesn't work out you are left with fancy, expensive kit and no company to support it.

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