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Comment GPL LiveDVD/USB Distro + NDS Homebrew (Score 1) 799

My solution to this problem that I've been working on for years, but still has further to go is LiveDVD linux distribution, that includes all the source code to rebuild itself (the iso image) from scratch. Add to that, a cool interaction with some NDS homebrew, including all the source and compilers needed to modify that. Currently what I have is a fedora derived LiveDVD/USB that boots a PC into an electric guitar-f/x preamp, which when combined with speakers and a guitar, lets you easily start jamming with Rakarrack. For the NDS homebrew side, I have an application that lets the NDS talk via wifi to control Rakarrack in realtime. A TouchScreenWhammyPad implementation.

For the long term goal to achieve what you described, I intend to add more simple GPL homebrew games, and a book walking a kid through the process of tweaking some little aspects of the existing games, maybe just text strings. That would get them familiar with the development process. Then maybe a complete tutorial implementing tic-tac-toe or such (from good overcommented template code of course).

If you want to check out what I have so far-

(developer build of new f11 based version will upload today, and an f12 version should be coming pretty soon)

Comment 'blame taking position' -- nailed it (Score 4, Interesting) 104

Anyone else (unemployed and looking like me) feel like a disturbing portion of the job market is constituted of 'blame taking positions'?

It's probably paranoia, but I feel like the businessworld is composed of corrupt people who will lie and bullshit, and then the poor saps that get stuck with the 'blame taking positions'.

In my youth, I had naive libertarian beliefs about talented and competent people winning out in the free market against those types. Now that I've witnessed the naked annihilation of even the illusion of capitalism, via the bank bailouts... I just have no real hope that there is any way to make a living without either being one of those bullshitters, or poor blame taking saps. I guess the honorable thing is to just accept a sequence of blame taking jobs, and survive and get fed until we see a better age.

Comment Re:My favorite solution: (Score 1) 528

You sound dangerously close to the kind of young people screwing up Linux distributions. But I do find the core of this idea to be brilliant. I've had similar thoughts in the past, but you've really nailed the heart of the issue. I would love to see a niche distro do this, to let the idea catch on (somehow finding yourself with the authority to make it a new default for a mainstream distro, would be criminal however).

I suppose one implementation would be a filesystem, that stores metadata of application state along with each file. Really, the userspace memory image of the application with the file open would be overkill sufficient. And OS smarts along the lines of VMWware/recent-linux memory de-duplication.

Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 206

If you had browser uptimes that averaged weeks, and performed roughly a dozen google searches a day, you'd see it isn't as simple as that. (auto deleting cookies at end of session/exit)

Sure, I can vote with my feet. I certainly will for my habit of 'wikipedia' prefixed google searches that seemed to shave a few tenths of seconds over the overall latency, versus native wikipedia search. But the problem is that google is google because they are a damn good search engine. Having to change my use due to a new pro/con balance will hurt. I know several people that work there. I'd like to like google. But it's gotten harder over the years, and this feels like the tipping point to me.

Lightning fast (non personalized) high quality search results were why I got addicted to them in the first place nearly a decade ago. First usenet, now google. Next thing you know, slashdot will require you to set a cookie, to opt-out of cookies being used to by default serve you a selection of articles based on algorithms. Algorithms approved by their paying advertisers. Algorithms with knowledge of your browsing history. It's sad. It's not what I want.

Comment Re:oh c'mon (Score 1) 206

The point of the original poster was not about google or your ISP nefariously spying on you. The poster is clearly that paranoid already. The point was about not wanting your search results skewed by previous searches, _by default_.

With browser uptimes of weeks and a dozen plus searches a day, that quickly adds up to very skewed results for each subsequent search. Auto-deleting of cookies on browser close, or 'allow cookie for session' is not enough.

I may be in the Global Warming alarmist camp, but I don't want my search results for scientific data skewed by google's knowledge of my prejudice gleamed from prior search terms.

Forcing users to set a cookie in order to opt-out of having search results skewed by cookie tracking, is absolutely rich.


Submission + - It's a Man's Man's Man's World

theodp writes: James Brown sang it, but Newsweek offers proof that it is indeed a man's world. In investigating the question of whether men are smarter than women, British researcher Adrian Furnham came up with some startling results. His analysis of some 30 studies showed that men and women are fairly equal overall in terms of IQ, but women underestimate their own intelligence while men overestimate theirs. Surprisingly, both men and women perceived men being smarter across generations — both sexes believe that their fathers are smarter than their mothers and their grandfathers are more intelligent than their grandmothers. And if there are children, both men and women think their sons are brighter than their daughters.

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

LHC Shut Down Again — By Baguette-Dropping Bird 478

Philip K Dickhead writes "Is Douglas Adams scripting the saga of sorrows facing the LHC? These time-traveling Higgs-Boson particles certainly exhibit the sign of his absurd sense of humor! Perhaps it is the Universe itself, conspiring against the revelations intimated by the operation of CERN's Large Hadron Collider? This time, it is not falling cranes, cracked magnets, liquid helium leaks or even links to Al Qaeda, that have halted man's efforts to understand the meaning of life, the universe and everything. It now appears that the collider is hindered from an initial firing by a baguette, dropped by a passing bird: 'The bird dropped some bread on a section of outdoor machinery, eventually leading to significant overheating in parts of the accelerator. The LHC was not operational at the time of the incident, but the spike produced so much heat that had the beam been on, automatic failsafes would have shut down the machine.'"

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."

Comment Fedora/CentOS LiveCDs do contain native extX fsimg (Score 1) 507

While probably not a solution to the original problem, an answer to the specific question about native ext2 images instead of LiveCD iso images is this-

The Fedora and CentOS LiveCDs do contain a native ext3/4 filesystem image embedded within a squashfs image. The normal Fedora anaconda/liveinst installer works by copying this image directly to the target destination then using resize2fs to expand it to the destination's size.

My ZyX-LiveInstaller at goes one further and does this process with the running copy-on-write version of the filesystem, allowing for a rebootless LiveOS installation.

But of course these LiveCD sized filesystems are on the order of 2G (compressed about 3:1 by squashfs). You can probably find a minimal spin that brings that down a bit, but not enough for your needs. A real answer of course is as others have said- get a distro of the same vintage. Linus himself commented on the bloat recently didn't he?

Comment Re:Slashdotted - Google Cache the real links (Score 1) 909

"Linux is a great product, and that is the result of the magnificent work of all the coders and contributers. But sometimes they just act like children."

When used in this sense, it is equally valid to say that everyone on the planet acts like children. Really, it is the control freaks that are good at repressing their inner child that worry me the most. They come off as professional, work their way into positions of real power an authority, and then you discover how much they can _really_ screw things up for the rest of us.

I for one am reassured by Obama's stupid 'stupid' comment. Sure, it was stupid of him, but it convinces me he isn't going to do anything WW3 level stupid because he can no longer repress every natural aspect of his human nature.

Submission + - Star Trek DVD to Hide Secret Webcam Hologram (

suraj.sun writes: Paramount Home Entertainment's "Star Trek" DVD and Blu-ray release is about to again boldly go where no one has gone before — with a bonus feature on the packaging that opens up an interactive tour of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

With the packaging feature dubbed "augmented reality," consumers will be able to hold their disc packaging in front of any standard webcam to unlock an interactive hologram on the computer screen, through which they can tour five cabins on the Enterprise, even shooting enemies from the ship's deck.

Users will have to log in to a website to access the feature, but they control the hologram by holding the disc packaging.

"If you took the visual cue in the package and turned your hand, then you're turning the ship," Paramount homevideo senior VP of brand marketing Bob Buchi said.

The technology has been used before for magazine covers and other types of product packaging, though this is a first for a major home entertainment release.

An early version of the feature, which Paramount tried for the international theatrical release of the film, can be accessed at

Variety :

Comment Re:it's called functional programming (Score 1) 124

yeah, looking at the (current) wikipedia breakdown, I guess 'declarative' would have been the better choice. Though under declarative they only have 'functional' and 'goal-oriented' as members of that class, with the latter not yet having a wikipedia page yet. So I don't think 'functional' is too bad a choice. In fact, when I consider the classes of programmings from the best intuitive definitions of the words, I think 'functional' is better at conveying the meaning to people familiar with traditional imperative programming (who have used 'functions' before), than 'declarative'.

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