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Comment Re:Complete? (Score 1) 117

You'd be surprised. "Hardcore" consoles from the past decade (PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, and Xbox One) can burn 100 W or more if made before the process shrinks incorporated in "slim" redesigns.

Don't "Fat" PS3's hit more than 250W sometimes? That thing is a powersucker...I didn't leave that thing on running Linux like I did the PS2.

[quote]unless you live in a rural area, where the monthly data allowance under the "fixed monthly rate" often isn't enough to download modern games, but wireless (satellite or cellular) home Internet plans in the United States tend to run $5 per GB or more. [/quote]

Even in rural areas, most people live in the towns...and probably have access to at least DSL, if not high speed cable or fiber. Now admittedly the actual farmers who aren't close enough to get a DSL line are screwed unless they go with a Wireless ISP... I don't mean Cellular, I mean wireless ISP....they're fairly equivalent to DSL (3-7mbps)

It is if the majority of new multiplayer games

Not even taking into account multiplayer, a modern console is most useful with a high speed internet connection. Without one you're cut off from system updates, game updates, DLC, digital only games, game streaming, etc etc. I once had to sadly tell a guy interested in a PS3 that his dial-up connection wouldn't really suffice. Heck, even with the PS2 you wouldn't want dial-up.

Comment Re:How is Inform as a writing tool? (Score 1) 25

IIRC I once ran into a Steampunk in Second Life who did a bit of writing (participating in NaNoWriMo and such), who used Scrivener, but had dabbled a bit in IF using Inform.

I wonder if it would be possible to combine the two, using Inform to maintain a "database of attributes" for characters, locations, etc etc. Something akin to:

Aragorn is a Dunedain, Dunedain are also Numenoreans, Aragorn is the Son of Arathorn, who is also a Dunedain. Aragorn is a Descendant of Elros, Elros is the brother of Elrond. Elros has another name, Tar-Minyatur. Elros was the First King of the Numenoreans. etc etc.

Comment Re:Clever design (Score 1) 269

online in pickup groups of strangers is for adults.

That's not what I said. I said you CAN play with random strangers but you can also FRIEND those strangers and play regularly with them if your play well together and your schedules coincide. You don't seem to understand the concept of "online friends". I've known certain people online for over a decade.

Perhaps being stuck in the past, you don't know about things like "friends lists" or "guilds" that exist in online games these days.

Comment Re:Clever design (Score 1) 269

This is basically a handheld that you can also attach to your TV. It looks more like a rival to the PS Vita than the PS4.

It is basically a Vita and PS TV Combo. You can ALREADY do practically everything shown in the commercial with a Vita and PSTV.

EXCEPT playing a Bethesda game. Screw you Bethesda! You do a game for this thing and never get around to finishing and releasing that Elder scrolls game you had for PSP or doing a game for the Vita...not even a port?

Comment Re:Time for a little GIMP/Photoshop (Score 1) 85

While I DO have proof I ran Linux on my PS3 (and PS2 for that matter), there is no need to doctor a pic, when you could make your own

[ninthbit@ninthbitsps3 ~]$ cat /etc/redhat-release
Yellow Dog Linux release 6.0 (Pyxis)

[ninthbit@ninthbitsps3 ~]$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported
clock : 3192.000000MHz
revision : 5.1 (pvr 0070 0501)

processor : 1
cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported
clock : 3192.000000MHz
revision : 5.1 (pvr 0070 0501)

timebase : 79800000
platform : PS3

echo "[ninthbit@ninthbitsps3 ~]$ cat /etc/redhat-release"
echo -e "Yellow Dog Linux release 6.0 (Pyxis)\n"
echo "[ninthbit@ninthbitsps3 ~]$ cat /proc/cpuinfo"
echo "processor : 0"
echo "cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported"
echo "clock : 3192.000000MHz"
echo -e "revision : 5.1 (pvr 0070 0501)\n"
echo "processor : 1"
echo "cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported"
echo "clock : 3192.000000MHz"
echo -e "revision : 5.1 (pvr 0070 0501)\n"
echo "timebase : 79800000"
echo "platform : PS3"

Open an non-unity-ish or gnome3-ish terminal say xterm, rxvt or xfce-terminal or something else that won't immediately look like something running on a modern linux, run the script, take a screenshot of the terminal using imagemagick's import -window -frame feature and bingo, looks like a screenshot of someone showing they installed linux on a PS3 to a friend or message board or something.

That said, this should be a last resort if you can't find any other proof of your PS3 Linux usage.

For example if you keep IRC logs, any CTCP version of a PS3 Linux user running Xchat is going to show that they're running on a PPC64 with a 3.19GHz processor. That aint a PPC Mac, not even a G5, and it's highly unlikely to be a pSeries...which leaves ONE Linux capable PPC64 platform....the PS3. Even better if you're running YDL, which was PS3 centric.

Comment Re:Typical Class Action (Score 2) 85

I have to have my PS3 serial number.

Unless it is still registered to PSN. IIRC you can find out the serial number there.

For the higher payment, I have to have incredibly unreasonable proof that I used OtherOS functionality.

I could have that proof within minutes.

[CronoCloud@wutai ~]$ cat ps3_info.txt
[CronoCloud@mideel ~]$ cat /etc/redhat-release
Yellow Dog Linux release 6.0 (Pyxis)

[CronoCloud@mideel ~]$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported
clock : 3192.000000MHz
revision : 5.1 (pvr 0070 0501)

processor : 1
cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported
clock : 3192.000000MHz
revision : 5.1 (pvr 0070 0501)

timebase : 79800000
platform : PS3


From: "*********"
Subject: Re: [ydl-gen] Alternative Window Managers
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2008 19:43:09 -0500
Reply-To: Discussion List for General Yellow Dog Linux User Topics
X-Mailer: Claws Mail 3.5.0 (GTK+ 2.10.4; powerpc64-unknown-linux-gnu)

Note that X-Mailer line


**** BEGIN LOGGING AT Fri Jul 11 21:10:15 2008

Jul 11 21:10:16 --> You are now talking on #yellowdog
Jul 11 21:10:16 --- Topic for #yellowdog is Terra Soft Wants You! http://www/ || We're hiring, talk to Owe
n for more info.
Jul 11 21:10:16 --- Topic for #yellowdog set by owen-z60t at Fri May 18 00:4
2:18 2007
Jul 11 21:12:21 >CronoCloudCronoCloudCronoCloud Hi, does anyone know of an xchat sysinfo script that works well with YDL on the PS3? I've been googling but haven't had much sucess.

Note that CTCP version shows me using Xchat, via YDL6.1, on a PPC64, that runs at 3.19 GHz....which is most certainly not a Mac, since G5s only went up to 2.7 GHz. And it is highly doubtful that someone is going to have a IBM pSeries in their home, which means that machine is a PS3....which of course it was as I stated in the chat. I eventually did find a sysinfo script that worked to a certain extent

**** BEGIN LOGGING AT Fri Jul 11 21:25:19 2008

Jul 11 21:25:19 --> You are now talking on #cronocloud_test
Jul 11 21:25:19 --- sets mode +n #cronocloud_test
Jul 11 21:25:19 --- sets mode +s #cronocloud_test
Jul 11 21:25:23 System Information for mideel: CPU: MHz, Cache RAM: 215 MB HDD: 58 GB OS: GNU/Linux 2.6.23-9.ydl6.1 Uptime: 21:25:23 up 5:30, 1 user, load average: 0.03, 0.07, 0.08
Jul 11 21:25:54 CPU: MHz, Cache
Jul 11 21:28:34 Loading lord slapmonkey's sysinfo script (/sys, /net or /up)
Jul 11 21:28:46 SysInfo: Linux 2.6.23-9.ydl6.1 | Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported (4 CPUs) | Mem: 98MB/216MB [||||------] | Diskspace: 20GB/62GB [|||-------] | Screen Res: 1280x768 | Procs: 111 | ppp0: In: 0.0MB Out: 0.0MB | Uptime: 5 hours 33 minutes | Users: 1 | Load: 0.19, 0.08, 0.08
**** ENDING LOGGING AT Fri Jul 11 21:30:13 2008


Oh look, there's a CronoCloud who is apparently a moderator at the forum who posted a link to this story on Slashdot.

For my sake, proving that I used OtherOS is VERY easy. I think I have screenshots too.

Of course, there are a few config files on my current Fedora machine that date back to my PS2 Linux days.

Comment Re:That is poor compensation (Score 1) 85

We had a "Nettop" that ran alongside our PS3, it might have cost $299, and it was definitely a better PC than the PS3. ......Other than that, it was a mostly frustrating PC experience.

Well it partly depended on what Linux version you used, which desktop, which applications, etc etc. If one had some Linux experience one could tweak it to perform better.

The big limitation was RAM. Sure the PS3's 256MB was better than the 32MB Linux on the PS2 had (yes, I also had the Linux kit), but it only went so far. VRAM swap helped though, I think that came with YDL 6.1? I don't know if say Fedora or Ubuntu on the PS3 supported that.

On the default YDL, the default desktop was an E17 version, which performed like crap for some reason. Even Gnome 2 performed better! Most YDL "power users" switched to something like xfce or fluxbox or something. I was used to that sort of thing on the PS2 so adapted better to YDL than some of the newbies whose first Linux experience was YDL.

Comment Re:"Proof" required for the full payment (Score 2) 85

So, I'm one of the "OtherOS" users who was directly impacted by this - forced to dump OtherOS because I had an active PSN account that required me to update to continue using it - basically choose OtherOS or games, couldn't have both anymore.

I thought about using a two PS3 solution, getting a new slim PS3 for games and keeping OtherOS on the FAT model, but decided to go another way and go X86 for Linux and update the PS3.

Sadly, for those that don't know, OtherOS partition methods weren't optimal, either you had 10GB for games, and the rest for OtherOS which would basically cripple the PS3 for gaming because of teh HUGE for the time cache files some games install (I had an 80GB CECHE and seriously started thinking about an HD upgrade after a year), or else you have 10GB for OtherOS which SRSLY limits OtherOS (You had to be rather frugal with yum and certain compiles were impossible because you wouldn't have enough swap space with the default Linux partitioning of that 10GB....unless you manually added more to swap which reduced the space / and /home even MORE.

I'd be absolutely shocked if they didn't have some indication in their records of my OtherOS usage.

AFAIK, PS3's booting into OtherOS don't contact the PSN servers.

Comment Re:Good for India (Score 1) 813

We are perfectly capable of organizing without oppressive ideas, such as nation states, countries, territories and governments.

PEOPLE organized to create those things. They even created such things where they didn't exist before.

We voluntarily trade what we produce for what others produce, that's what the most important and the only needed level of organization is.

Really? So you're going to trade the pharmaceuticals you make in your garage for the iPad someone makes in their garage?

And what happens if your next door neighbor decides to go into pharmaceuticals and hires a private army to blow up your house? Are you going to have a private army too?

Are gas stations going to have to hire armed guards 24/7 to prevent rival stations from damaging them? After all, in your perfect anacho-capitalistic world, there are no countries or governments, and thusly no police, no courts.

Or they might decide to charge you a floor use fee when you go in to pay for the gas, and a handling fee for touching anything, and an air fee if you breathe in the station for more than 30 seconds.

or maybe toll gates on sidewalks, because after all in an anarcho-capitalist world there is no "public land" everything belongs to somebody.

No sir, I don't want to live in a "Friday" or "Cat Who Walks Through Walls" kind of world.

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