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Gestures With Multitouch In Ubuntu 10.10 185

jitendraharlalka writes "Mark Shuttleworth recently announced on his blog that the first cut of Canonical's UTouch framework is ready and will be available in Ubuntu Maverick. He goes on to talk about the development of 'touch language' by the design team. The 'touch language' will allow the chaining of basic gestures to create complex gestures. The approach is quite different from the single magic gestures implemented elsewhere. In Maverick, a few Gtk applications will support gesture-based scrolling."

Comment Re:EVE is the dickhead MMO (Score 1) 620

Actually it's the opposite in my opinion - EVE is more opportunist's paradise - what you can't buy you can steal, what you can't steal, you can bribe. A small dedicated crew can do a lot in this game, if focused on a goal or two. It's not like WoW where everyone is after just plain and simple boss drops and the only way to get them is to cooperating in perfect unison like some kind of convoluted ball dance. Sure wow has pvp, but that's not it's focus - I could get more pvp action out of guild wars. WoW is all about pressured cooperation for mutual benefit (once you max level, most participate in raiding or PvP), there is no artificial pressure in EVE - yes, it would benefit you to join a corp, yes you get some kind of benefit out of traveling in a group. But the artificial pressure of obtaining better gear is not an issue in this game, and that's how some people prefer it.
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EVE Player Loses $1,200 Worth of Game Time In-Game 620

An anonymous reader writes " has reported that an EVE Online player recently lost over $1,200 worth of in-game items during a pirate attack. The player in question was carrying 74 PLEX in their ship's cargo hold — in-game 'Pilot's License Extensions' that award 30 days of EVE Online time when used on your account. When the ship was blown up by another player, all 74 PLEX were destroyed in the resulting blast, costing $1,200 worth of damage, or over 6 years of EVE subscription time, however you prefer to count it. Ow."

Study Says Your Personality Doesn't Change After 1st Grade 221

A study authored by Christopher Nave, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, says that our personalities stay pretty much the same from early childhood all the way through old age. From the article: "Using data from a 1960s study of approximately 2,400 ethnically diverse schoolchildren (grades 1 - 6) in Hawaii, researchers compared teacher personality ratings of the students with videotaped interviews of 144 of those individuals 40 years later. They examined four personality attributes - talkativeness (called verbal fluency), adaptability (cope well with new situations), impulsiveness and self-minimizing behavior (essentially being humble to the point of minimizing one's importance)." This must explain my overriding need to be first captain when we pick kickball teams at the office.

Comment Re:Ubuntu is about Ubuntu, not about Free Software (Score 2, Insightful) 655

No one forces you to release free software - some people purport that it an idealogical struggle so by releasing software they are fighting against a future owned by corporations that create for profit software. Others do it just because the see a niche need for software they would like so they create and give it away. How you decide to release software is mostly a personal decision, but in some rare cases some business decide it would better to release the source code to some product so they no longer have to actively maintain it. So in your 'unpaid employee' example, nobody is forcing you to make updates, or commit to churning out new code. If you feel taken advantage of, the by all means don't bother really. It's not hard to do. But if your feeling moody because someone else took your work that you freely gave away and made it popular, well maybe you shouldn't have gave it away in the first place, no?

Comment Re:Ubuntu is about Ubuntu, not about Free Software (Score 1) 655

Well to be honest, Shuttleworth decided to take something that was sorta good, and then involve private corporations just like how Microsoft does it. I love Ubuntu! I used to use Debian but they were so slow to update their software, and were not focused on the desktop end user. Their main focus was stability - the server users. Open source folks have to get used to the idea not everything in a popular OS / distribution needs to be open for it be usable for the masses. The use of software is not really idealogical struggle, and personally I wish people would really stop framing it in that fashion. At the end of the day some people would / will want to be paid for their effort for creating software for your use. Other people believe that everything should open and free for everyone which very awesome, but looking at the material history of the world has never really occurred as everything created has some intrinsic value. All that free software is worth something and someone, somewhere is going to capitalize on it - i.e. Apple for example. IMO the only way that Linux or another open source OS will get big is when they accept that for somethings, you have to pay to have someone create them. Sure there will be some good hearted souls out there that will give stuff away, but you shouldn't really rely on that if you want better software variety and wide adoption. This is one of the driving reason IMO there is no AAA games for Linux, as well as other popular niche applications that are huge industries. On that tangent, if Linux is truly going to take significant market share from other OS's the ability to use other OS's programs flawless or nearly flawlessly will be key in that, as being able to run a vast library of almost anything for costing nothing is a huge advantage. I have been saying this years, if Microsoft was really wise, they would dump whatever OS they are making and like apple, and take some Linux distro and wine and make it work and then slowly phase out the old while embracing Linux as the future.

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