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Comment Neat Idea (Score 1) 179

Being a Gentoo user, I already have quite a bit of flexibility rergarding stability vs. experimental packages. Still, Bedrock appeals to me. In my case, for the abillity to get other-distro-specific candy.

I have a question that's not handled by the FAQ, so I'll ask it here before I dive into the docs (though I probably will dive in anyway). On my machines, I already keep multple "/" partitions around with different distros installed (rarely used, but just in case). Could I just put Bedrock on one of these "/" partitions and have it "combine" the others that are already installed? Or does it want me to install the distros it "manages" from scratch? Combining what I've already built into one streamlined meta-distro is attractive, and just might be worth the effort.

When I say "have it combine", I of course wouldn't expect anything automagic (i.e. extra configuration is acceptable). But is this even possible?

Comment Re:Support these guys! (Score 2, Interesting) 290

Agreed. It's offers like this where we Linux users can show we're a growing market, and we deserve games, too. I bought WoG during its previous name-your-price sale. It was good enough that I took the Humble Bundle plunge based on its inclusion, despite me knowing nothing about the other games offered here. I just figure they have to be good if they're next to WoG. The charity options really sweetened the deal. What's not to love here?

Comment Re:How about Nintendo? (Score 1) 292

Thirded and Fourthed. I had my DS's hinge crack despite taking very good care of it (padded carry case and all). After sending an email to Nintendo, they offered free repairs + free shipping both ways. Also, my first gen Wii had the common faulty GPU issue that caused minor graphical glitches/random "snow" effects. Same deal with the free repair & both-ways-shipping. Both repairs were quick, reuniting me with my goods within about a week per go. I was really impressed and it definitely made me feel like a valued customer. Although my story makes it seem like Nintendo makes crappy stuff, I can't really blame them for either defect. The hinge issue seems like something that could happen to any company, even one with a good QA department because it only happens after a LOT of use. And I the GPU issue falls more on AMD's shoulders.

Heck, when a control pod for my Logitech speakers broke recently, Logitech wanted me to pay shipping to/from their repair center. I stood firmly against this (my unit was well within warranty). I brought up Nintendo as an example of a company that did customer service right, and then they agreed to cover all costs. For setting the bar high enough to convince other companies to up their game, Nintendo deserves praise.

Comment Too little, too late; I'm with Linus (Score 3, Insightful) 432

As a windows user for my entire life making the switch to Linux over the summer of 2007, I was nothing but thrilled with the looks, functionality, and personalization (through customization) KDE 3.5 had to offer. At the time, I wrote off Gnome as too different from what I was used to. After several months of falling completely in love with my OS/KDE, I began to strongly evangelize the use of Linux on the desktop, convincing a small handful of friends (doing my part for the whole "Year Of.." thing).

I went with the flow when KDE 4 took over. Although I was pretty disappointed with a lot of things (removal of a ton of Konqueror functionality that Dolphin sure as heck didn't replace/replace well, plasma crashing all the time, list could go on but I'm not trying to bash KDE or anything here), I kept patiently waiting for the promise of a stable, beautiful, better-than-3.5 desktop. When even 4.2 didn't fix a lot of the things wrong with my system, I finally decided to switch desktops until they got their act together.

KDE's problem is that my original plan has changed. I've gotten so acquainted to my new environment, that I can't see myself switching back to KDE anymore. It's not just inertial that's a factor here, I genuinely like my current setup. I used the word problem there not because I believe a single user matters to KDE, or any other F/OSS project for that matter, but because I wonder how many people are just like me: Hopped off the KDE bus, originally planning to get back on a few stops down the road, but have now opted for a different mode of transportation altogether (do I get points for bad car analogy here??). To boot, I am relatively young, and a sworn lifelong Linux user; there are many years of my life of Desktop Environment usage left.

At any rate, when Linus slammed KDE months ago, I was still on the fence. Now I'm pretty much in full agreement with him, minus the whole flamewar thing.

Here's the part where I'm pouring out champagne on my floor. "Thanks for the memories, KDE". I loved you, and I'll miss you.

Submission + - Movie Misnomers

RogueSeven writes: I recently watched Terminator 3, as I hadn't seen it yet, in order to prepare myself for the latest offering from the series. In the scene where Skynet goes online, some lackey Air Force programmer happily declares the sentient network "running at 60 TeraFLOPS per second". The redundancy in the line evoked a chuckle from me, but the laywoman watching with me had no idea why. I'm asking Slashdot for other memorable movie lines where a butchering of science/technology-related terminology occurs, perhaps only noticeable to those very familiar with the subject area. I'm specifically asking for incorrect terminology only, not the much broader spectrum of unrealistic, infeasible, or impossible situations. For instance, ignore that the aforementioned line doesn't make sense (according to the story, Skynet is a decentralized network, not a supercomputer). The other obvious line that comes immediately to mind for this category is "ten-point-twenty-one JIGGA-Watts!", but I'm sure there's no shortage of other juicy errors.

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