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Comment Re:no more donuts for Gabe... (Score 4, Informative) 768

It's a misunderstanding/intentional mis-reading of the actual announcement. What he means to say is that the only way to install Metro apps will be through the app store; you can't just get them from websites and install them. Microsoft themselves announced this over a year ago, as referenced here http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/windows-8-app-store-will-be-the-only-source-of-metro-apps/14873.

As far as I can tell, non-metro apps (that is, regular old programs) will still be available by whatever means you prefer.

Comment Re:no more donuts for Gabe... (Score 2) 768

What, exactly, do you have problems with? "I just can't accomplish anything, ever." isn't a very helpful phrase. Is it getting on-line that gives you problems? Using any of the office suites or e-mail clients? Is it that you can't make Windows-native program X work under Wine? Or is there something more fundamental that's causing the problems (say, it won't actually fully load the OS and/or GUI)? Some of us would genuinely like to help, but when you start with such a vague description of your difficulties, it makes it incredibly hard for us to figure out how to help you.

Comment Re:Great news! (Score 1) 96

I wish I was joking, but I have clients who insist on running OpenSuSE. I think their justification had something to do with mono... Fortunately I don't manage their servers, so it never comes up except when they lock themselves out.

Comment Better or worse? (Score 2) 400

I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not, but I'm fairly confident it's better than when the professor writes the book you use for class.

Seriously though, what programs require crap like this? I never had textbooks with such insane restrictions in any of the science courses. The closest it came was a CD-ROM filled with microphotographs and a few animations that came with my sophomore-year microbiology textbook.

Comment Re:AIMP3 (Score 1) 100

For what reason, other than personal preference/nostalgia, would you boot into Linux and then run a media player in WINE? Is there some must-have function for you that Amarok, Exaile, XMMS, RhythmBox, or any of the other Linux-native players are missing? I just don't see the point...

Submission + - KDE 4.9 released (kde.org)

Stachybotris writes: KDE announces its latest set of releases, providing major updates to KDE Plasma Workspaces, KDE Applications, and the KDE Platform. Among the improvements are enhanced security in Dolphin, annotation in Okular, the ability to migrate data among Kontact, Thunderbird, and Evolution, and support for the MPRIS2 media player API.

The developers also noted that the next generation of KDE will be built upon Qt 5 in an effort to simplify the dependency stack and make the individual libraries more granular.


Submission + - GPU supercomputer could crunch exabyte of data for Square Kilometre Array (techrepublic.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers on the Square Kilometre Array project to build the world's largest radio telescope believe that a GPU cluster could be suited to stitching together the more than an exabyte of data that will be gathered by the telescope each day after its completion in 2024. One of the project heads said that graphics cards could be cut out for the job because of their high I/O and core count, adding that a conventional CPU-based supercomputer doesn't have the necessary I/O bandwidth to do the work.

Submission + - Harvard software 3D prints articulated action figures (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A team of computer scientists at Harvard University have developed a piece of software that allows anyone to 3D print their own action figures at home. Not only will the models carry the likeness of the character, they will also be fully articulated.

The software can take an animated 3D character and figure out where best to place its joints. In what is referred to as reverse rendering, the software first looks at an animated character’s shape and movement and identifies the best joint points. It then adjusts the size of the different parts of the model so as to allow a real joint to work once printed. Optimizations are then carried out to produce a model as close as possible to the on-screen version, but at the same time workable as an actual real-world, articulated 3D model.

Clearly this software is a little ahead of its time in terms of home 3D printing. Right now you’d be able to create the models and basic joints to clip together yourself, but using metal joints and being able to apply a color coating to recreate the character perfectly are desirable. Maybe that will be possible a few 3D printer generations from now.


Submission + - Is it time for an OpenGL revolution? (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "In a scary twist that reinforces Valve’s distaste for Windows 8, it turns out that the Source engine — the 3D engine that powers Half Life 2, Left 4 Dead, and Dota 2 — runs faster on Ubuntu 12.04 and OpenGL (315 fps) than Windows 7 and DirectX/Direct3D (270.6 fps); almost a 20% speed-up. These figures are remarkable, considering Valve has been refining the Source engine’s performance under Windows for almost 10 years, while the Valve Linux team has only been working on the Linux port of Source for a few months. Valve attributes the speed-up to the “underlying efficiency of the [Linux] kernel and OpenGL.” But here’s the best bit: Using these new OpenGL optimizations to the Source engine, the OpenGL version of L4D2 on Windows is now faster than the DirectX version (303.4 fps vs. 270.6 fps). If OpenGL is faster, and it has a comparable feature set, and hardware support is excellent... why is Direct3D still the de facto API? With Windows losing its gaming crown and smartphones (OpenGL ES!) gaining in popularity, is it time for an OpenGL revolution?"

Comment Re:Distros :: an annual or even unscheduled releas (Score 1) 38

Really? I found 14 to be fairly good. I skipped 15, went to 16 and found so many problems that I'm glad 17 came out a scant 10 days after my upgrade. On 17 I haven't had any issues yet aside from some KMail-specific ones related to opening external HTML in messages causing a segfault. But as far as SuSE goes, yes, I have to agree. I have too many customers who insist on using it, won't upgrade, and so lose all ability to patch one year after release. I feel for them since they can't be easily brought up to the latest security fixes, but I don't feel for them because they won't provide an outage window to do a full reinstall & upgrade.

Comment Re:It's not a tax, it's an improvement (Score 1) 842

I just want to know how this congresscritter somehow turned the biology of "excess energy (sugar) gets converted into a convenient, high-energy-density molecule (fat) and stored for later use" into "It's actually a poison for you, because your liver can't handle that huge amount of fructose.". An excess of a non-poison does not make it a poison.

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