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Comment Windows - Ubuntu - Linux (Score 3, Interesting) 413

For my 13th birthday I got a laptop and decided to try out Ubuntu on a virtual machine. I liked it, so I dual booted it with Windows 7. When I was 14, I replaced Ubuntu with Debian and got rid of the Windows partition. I'm now 15 years old and still happily using Debian. I didn't like libreoffice so I now write my assignments in Latex whenever possible. I still use Windows at school but most applications are cross-platform.

Comment Highschool students put up with this too (Score 1) 633

Last year our school gave us laptops with Windows 7 (you may have read about them Well needless to say, pretty much everybody got administrator access on the laptops within the first couple months of having them. Most of us got a three day suspension and our laptops wiped. Some were lucky bastards and either didn't get caught or managed to bullshit their way out of it.
Open Source


An anonymous reader writes: Website:
KickStarter Website:

The GCW Zero, an Open Source Gaming Console Built by Gamers for Gamers

Fed up with video game handheld technology incapable of accurately emulating classic gaming experiences, Justin Barwick, of Kansas City, MO, has created the GCW Zero, a truly open source Linux-based video game handheld. Joined by a community of software engineers and hardware testers, Barwick has encouraged the porting of many retro-game titles and computer game titles to the device. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the GCW Zero will begin mass production; also plans for a software distribution repository will begin to take shape. The goal of the project is to not only to provide great experiences for gamers worldwide, but to offer them a means to browse, download and install Open Source applications, and games with ease. The repository will also support the Indie/Commercial scene and allow customers to purchase, download and install those applications and games.

The GCW Zero utilizes a modern hardware design built around an Ingenic JZ4770 1GHz MIPS processor, a Vivante GC860 GPU, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. The system incorporates true analog controls, mini HDMI, Analog TV-Out, WiFi, and more. The system measures approximately 143x70x18 millimeters and weights 8 ounces. The choice of a 3.5 inch LCD with 320x240 pixels and a 4:3 aspect ratio, coupled with the system specs, makes the GCW Zero ideal for emulation of many game systems, retro-styled indie titles, and classic computer game experiences. Potential developers can compile code for the system by utilizing the GCW Zero Toolchain which contains typical tools for C/C++ development, such as the compiler (GCC), a profiler (oprofile), and a remote debugger (gdb). The OpenDingux operating system not only contains a vast following of coders and users, but is also commonly discussed among a variety of homebrew developer sites and forums.

Gamers have taken notice of the system specs and its potential to run many games at full speed. “The fact that the code will be optimized specifically for this platform, and it has the power to do better emulation makes me want to buy this thing”, one user posted. A supporter of the Kickstarter campaign mentioned that the “GCW Zero seems to be exactly what I'm looking for in both price and performance.” Industry professional Brian Fargo, founder of Interplay Entertainment and InXile Entertainment has tweeted his support for the project as well. It also now will be featured on a German TV show about video games running on MTV and VIVA Networks called “Game One” the show will air on January 25th, 2013.

Game Consoles Worldwide was founded by Justin Barwick in 2011 with the goal of building a video game handheld for gamers by gamers. The GCW team consists of dedicated hardware testers, talented software developers, open source Linux programmers, and homebrew game porters. Together they have nurtured a system from a 2012 prototype stage device to a well-supported, mass-production ready, video game handheld.


Submission + - Google did not run over a donkey (

iONiUM writes: "From the article: "Here’s a story you don’t see every day. Google on Wednesday has gone on record to deny reports that one of its Google Maps Street View cars killed a donkey in the Kweneng region of Botswana. Seriously, we’re not kidding: the story got big enough that the company actually had to waste resources dispelling the speculation."
How long until they have a similar debacle, but surrounding a human instead?"

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