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Comment Re:Video (Score 1) 1671

How sure are you that those people down there in fact are your enemies?

Or have they gone down the road of believing that everyone is their enemy?

That's pretty scary; most of the people there just want to be left alone and to live their lives in peace, you know, like you and I?

Comment Re:Expectation of anonymity? (Score 1) 476

I kind of think that way also: anything which deserves to be listened to, or read and taken seriously, should have it's authors name signed.

I know this is not a very popular opinion, but hiding yourself behind an anonymous curtain lessens the value of whatever you're expressing, since it's assumed that you don't want to sign your name on it.

Comment Re:You keep using that word... (Score 1) 1055


I've never understood the sad devotion to vi and vim and other obfuscated tools that UNIX elitists have. Sure I can use vi, but why in god's name would anyone want to unless they're forced to work over ssh for all of their development?

If you're comfortable with it, that's one thing. Recommending somebody else cripple themselves with obsolete technology that completely ignores how people actually work because it should be enough for anybody reeks of that famous Bill Gates quote.

Your ignorance about the reasons why others might want to choose a tool, it's uses and customizations, together with your patronizing attitude towards other peoples choices, does not make a compelling argument.

If vim is not the right tool for you, it's not the right tool for you, and that's the end of it. Currently, it's the right tool for many thousands of developers using ssh, windows, X11, text consoles, MSDOS (still!), and many other mediums not mentioned.

And I'm not a vim zealot, I know emacs is the right tool for thousands others; and it's an awesome tool, just not the right one for me (and many others).

Data Storage

Submission + - USB Drives in RAID0 under Linux (

Obsidian_AL writes: "With Solid-State Drives (SSD) on the verge of mass consumer adoption, we're left wondering what kind of performance we're going to see from these drives. We already know SSD's require less power than drives with moving parts, but what kind of performance gains will we see? To get an idea, we took one the faster drives on the market, the OCZ Rally2, and ran it through our benchmarking process. To make things more interesting (and see how much performance we could squeeze from the technology, we're using two drives later in this article to use the drives in a RAID0 Configuration. The results are surprising."

Submission + - ET: Quake Wars, Carmack's MegaTextures Explode (

MojoKid writes: "id Software has certainly gotten mileage out of the Doom 3 engine and the train keeps on rolling. A couple of days ago, id released a demo of their new team-based combat first person shooter — Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. The screen shots here, taken on a Geforce 8800 with high quality details and 4X anti-aliasing, show the first application of John Carmack's MegaTexture technology. This technology allows rendering of extremely large outdoor terrain without the need to re-use or tile multiple smaller textures. The trick is all in Carmack's compression technique where for example, a 6 gig environment landscape texture map can be compressed down to 8MB without any loss in image quality. The HDR-like lighting in the engine looks impressive as well."

Submission + - More digging damage during Verizon installs

netbuzz writes: "These kinds of things happen to any company that digs a lot of trenches and drills a lot of holes in the sides of houses ... but they seem to be happening a lot more to Verizon than others as of late. A fire in Massachusetts, billowing smoke near Philadelphia, and now three gas leaks in Pennsylvania and yard full of raw sewage in, well, we don't really know where that one happened."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Second Life Downtime Calendar uses Google Calendar (

magnusgrafex writes: Come on Linden Labs.... You know you want billions of dollars. And you know Google will vastly improve your software giving flight to your dreams of creating a new internet world.....
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Free Software-only SIM Unlock for the iPhone

coasterfan writes: Put away your soldering irons! Charlie Sorrel at the Wired Gadget lab reports that the iPhone Dev team has released a free, open source unlock for the iPhone. Engadget has the story behind it. A complete tutorial for use with a computer running OS X is available at MacApper.

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