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Comment Re:This sounds familiar... (Score 1) 378

When you design your interface in such an annoying manner that it creates emotional pain, it becomes ingrained in the victims memory and the experience never goes away - and then you win! You win, Gnome! Win!

I felt the pain from the very first release, and after awhile, the only time I spent in Gnome was trying to figure out where Redhat had hidden the desktop switcher... this time. I could never understand why they would make THAT fugly, buggy, cartoonish and damn near unusable GUI (that managed to incorporate a Windows-like registry for settings, for gods sake) the default, with crud for other options.

Sorry, not meaning to troll, but I have ALWAYS loathed Gnome, all versions.

One of the main reasons I grew away from Redhat many, many moons ago.

So much for internet polls, eh? The sheeple rule.

Comment Enterprise tablet? (Score 1) 169

I never quite got why HP never pushed the Touchpad for enterprise use.

I can't think of another tablet that had Java SE available to install.
(Ignoring the Win7 versions running on x86, mostly reskinned keyboardless netbooks)

There are a ...few... companies that use Java for many internal apps, (or at least user facing portions) and given the tablets specs it seems a natural.

I'm still hoping to score one Monday assuming HP still does the Ebay dump, the (sold) prices for the 32gb seem to have been hovering around $250, with some occasionally going for ~$150 for no apparent reason.

Perhaps HP will end up doing something "like" IBM, in the way IBM makes ...a few bucks... off Linux, perhaps WebOS will get some traction and provide some return.

Comment Re:Obvious question (Score 1) 169

Yeah, if they want to avoid fragmentation, BSD seems the way to go. (CCL == BSD, I think?) 30 years later and we don't have distributions of BSD, we have 'branches'.

Absolutely, and all 5 users of each branch love it. >;-
(come on, you know you wanted to say it )

Comment Hopefully HPs Chinese suppliers will be pissed... (Score 1) 368

Hopefully HPs Chinese suppliers will be pissed enough to release this hardware for sale at a sane price, with Ubuntu/Android dual boot.

WebOS LOOKS excellent, and Debian/Ubuntu chroots are well done, and the hardware specs are top of the current heap.

Someone also supposedly has Honeycomb running on it.

Comment Re:It's a quest (Score 1) 368

I tried from 0930 central time online and around Dallas with no luck...

Well, they DID have some in Durant OK but they wanted $499 for it, and didn't care what said the price was.
(Tried everything, store magnager... all inbred)
I would have bought it if I had $499 free/available today, as sooner than later that idiocy would be cured.


Cedega Being Replaced By GameTree Linux 124

An anonymous reader writes "TransGaming Cedega, the software forked from Wine that allows running Windows games under Linux, is being discontinued and replaced by GameTree Linux. This new software is also free. From the new website: 'TransGaming is pleased to announce the continued development of Cedega Technology under the GameTree Developer Program. This repositioning of the technology that powered the Cedega Gaming Service will allow the entire Linux community to gain free access going forward. Cedega is a cross-platform enablement technology that allows for Windows-native games to be executed on both the Linux desktop and embedded Linux platforms.'"
Open Source

Linux 2.6.37 Released 135

diegocg writes "Version 2.6.37 of the Linux kernel has been released. This version includes SMP scalability improvements for Ext4 and XFS, the removal of the Big Kernel Lock, support for per-cgroup IO throttling, a networking block device based on top of the Ceph clustered filesystem, several Btrfs improvements, more efficient static probes, perf support to probe modules, LZO compression in the hibernation image, PPP over IPv4 support, several networking microoptimizations and many other small changes, improvements and new drivers for devices like the Brocade BNA 10GB ethernet, Topcliff PCH gigabit, Atheros CARL9170, Atheros AR6003 and RealTek RTL8712U. The fanotify API has also been enabled. See the full changelog for more details."

Comment Re:Replicator (Score 1) 633

Actually we have more than enough food to go around right now. We don't have a food shortage problem we have a wealth inequality problem.....

I have to slightly disagree... Large portions of the earth have very innefficient>no trasportation infrastructure, resulting in huge inefficiencies in getting crops from where grown to where needed, resulting in the vast majority of fresh food spoiling.(worldwide)

OTOH, that's largely the result of wealth inequality and corrupt politician issues you referred to.

Just giving everybody in Saharan Africa a fat check will not fix infrastructure issues though.

(Look to Ireland for inspiration, the EU spent huge money on Irish roads to great effect)

The Courts

Man Sues Rockstar Saying GTA:SA Is Based On His Life 124

dotarray writes "From the article: 'Rockstar Games are no strangers to legal action, but it doesn't come stranger than this. An American model, Michael Washington (known as "Shagg") is suing the publisher — as well as parent company Take Two Interactive — because they based Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on his life.'" It's a good thing Washington never learned the infinite ammo cheat.

US Embassy Categorizes Beijing Air Quality As 'Crazy Bad' 270

digitaldc writes "Pollution in Beijing was so bad Friday the US embassy, which has been independently monitoring air quality, ran out of conventional adjectives to describe it, at one point saying it was 'crazy bad.' The embassy later deleted the phrase, saying it was an 'incorrect' description and it would revise the language to use when the air quality index goes above 500, its highest point and a level considered hazardous for all people by US standards. The hazardous haze has forced schools to stop outdoor exercises, and health experts asked residents, especially those with respiratory problems, the elderly and children, to stay indoors."

Comment Re:Is reverse engineering still legal ? (Score 1) 274

Aye. A Kinect would be a great tool/controller for a computer.

Then again, maybe that's it - they don't want the computer to have one more way to compete with the 360.

Aye. A Kinect would be a great tool/controller for a computer.

Then again, maybe that's it - they don't want the computer to have one more way to compete with the 360.

No, it may mean MS is subsidizing the units (at least initially) and doesn't want to lose money on extra sales that aren't linked to an XBox.

Comment Re:I can has good textadventure? (Score 1) 84

I still have hope that one day, one of the star authors (Stephen King, Ken Follett etc.) will write a "Choose your own Adventure" book, or a text adventure. I mean, the concept is so great, but all we get are "You are the hero fighting the evil wizard" style books.

I agree, we totally need more "Evil Wizard kicks everyones ass and takes over the world" books/games ;-)

(Love the idea of a King et. al. text adventure)

PlayStation (Games)

Best Buy Unapologetic About Charging For PS3 Firmware Updates 454

donniebaseball23 writes "After discovering that electronics retailer Best Buy was charging ignorant customers $30 for the 'service' of installing updated firmware on PS3s, IndustryGamers got word from the company on its policy. Best Buy sees no problem with charging for this convenience, even though it's something Sony provides to PS3 owners completely free. 'While many gamers can handle firmware upgrades easily on their own, those customers who do want help can get it from Geek Squad, and we continue to evaluate this offering to ensure it meets their needs. The service goes beyond a firmware updates, and includes user account setup, parental control setup and other components,' a representative said."

Comment Re:Yes, let's all focus on the iPhone apps... (Score 1) 524

Also note that the iPhone app works because THE AIRPLANE IS BROADCASTING THIS INFORMATION CONSTANTLY. If this information is a security threat, why did they create an air traffic control system where this information is public? If you can't be arsed to encrypt your own broadcasts, is it really shocking when someone actually reads them?

Slight correction---The aircraft is broadcasting this UNENCRYPTED information constantly.

There, clear definition of the real problem.
If the Iphone can track it, making something else track it is likely trivial.

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