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Comment Re:The fonts (Score 1) 818

It can't be the fonts themselves, though. I've installed KDE and set it to use the same fonts as Gnome - but the fonts just look worse in KDE. Much worse. It must be how they are rendered on screen.

Same thing whenever I use Windows; it's the first thing I notice. Fonts look shit, no matter which font it is.

In Gnome, they look fantastic.

Comment Personal Computer? (Score 1, Insightful) 72

Since when did PC become synonymous with "Microsoft Windows"? It seems to me that everyone is doing it, even old timers who should know better.

Writers pay attention, I've come up with some alternatives;
ICx86HW: Intel compatible x86 Hardware (which would still imply Linux support, among other operating systems, just like "PC" does)
MWXP+: Microsoft Windows XP or later (you'd probably need some trademark symbols and (R) characters in there)
IDCTIPCM: I don't care that I am in the pocket of a corporate monopoly

Probably the second one. Or you could just go back to saying "Windows", and everyone would understand perfectly well what you meant. "PC" isn't perfect, it's not even close to accurate. It's highly deceptive and flat out wrong. Of course, those of us at the pointy end of the stick are already aware of your hypocrisy and can make informed choices despite your idiocy and obvious mismarketing.

But those who are not even aware of the stick being pointed will keep on living in blissful ignorance because you perpetuate the status quo, dumbing down society to the next level.

What's the rate now? Minus one level per day? At least since 9gag and 4chan became a "thing" with the young ones. Where are the days of somethingawful - where UNIX, DOS and Windows programmers knew how to tell one operating system from another? How long until we're at Idiocracy levels? Let Luke Wilson be your Jesus.


Submission + - FBI used FedEx to sneak Dotcom information out of New Zealand ( 1

bpkiwi writes: FBI agents, working with New Zealand police on the Megaupload case, took a copy of Kim Dotcom's hard drives and then immediately sneaked out of the police facility and FedEx'ed them back to the USA. Despite the fact that removal of evidence in this manner without official approval (and a chance for the defendant to challenge it) appears to be illegal, the New Zealand government is now left arguing on a technicality — that the law only covers 'physical' items.

Submission + - Carmageddon: Reincarnation Linux Version confirmed ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: Stainless Games have been fundraising for Carmageddon: Reincarnation, a modern day remake of the classic Carmageddon racing games, on for weeks. Stainless said that if they hit 600,000 Dollars in pledges before time runs out, the would commit themselves to creating a Linux port of the game, as well as a MacOS port. Today they made it official: The fundraising has come so close to netting 600K overall, with a few more hours left to go, that they are officially committing themselves to creating a Linux port of the new game. PC gamers will get to play Carmageddon 4 first, with a February 2013 release date. The MacOS & Linux versions will follow the PC version later in 2013.

Submission + - John Carmack Is Building a Virtual Reality Headset (

An anonymous reader writes: John Carmack, co-founder of id Software, is using his spare time to develop a modern virtual reality headset. After purchasing such a device last year, Carmack became frustrated with how slowly the technology has progressed over the past twenty years. So, he decided to push it forward himself. PCGamer reports that he's been showing off his prototype behind closed doors at E3 this year, and has an interview with him about the problems with VR and the technical challenges he needs to overcome.

Submission + - Steam for Linux in a few months (

JrbuPTur writes: Phoronix went to visit the Valve office and got some good news; Steam and the Source engine are coming to Linux finally. While he was there, Michael Larabel was "busy trying out the Linux development binaries and helping them out, discussing technical details, and letting them pick my brain." Further, he writes "Listening to Gabe Newell talk about Linux for hours made me wonder whether he was a former ex-Microsoft employee or the director of the Linux Foundation."
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Submission + - When did "PC" and "Microsoft Windows" become synonymous? (

JrbuPTur writes: There seems to be a common theme emerging in game descriptions lately; they market themselves towards "PC and Mac". Naturally I'd assume that it would run on Linux — but that's not what they mean. So far I've backed 7 games on Kickstarter, and ALL of them do this. If you search the Kickstarter project descriptions for "Mac" or "Linux", you'll see it: Nekro, Leisure Suit Larry, Starlight Inception, The Banner Saga, Shadowrun Returns, Wasteland 2, and Double Fine Adventure. Many of the people who created these projects are programmers who made software for IBM compatible PCs back in the day. I refuse to believe they are unable to make this distinction, so are they just catering to the masses? As a side note, all 7 projects have actually pledged to create a Linux version of their game.

Comment Re:Most beer is too cold already (Score 1) 157

You might be sick of it, but it's still true that those well-brewed beers taste a lot better when served at their recommended temperature.

I agree it's a bit snobby, and every time I see someone sample the wine at a restaurant before saying "Yes, that'll be fine." I shake my head, but I can taste the difference quite distinctly.

However, I don't go tut-tut at the bartender or bother others about it - rather I just make sure it's served to me in a whisky-type glass and hold it in the palm of my hand to gradually heat it up until it's right.

What you say about US microbreweries might be true, I have no idea - but the Norwegian ones are excellent.

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