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  1. Well now, your opinion is noted. But I'd play the heck out of an iPad version, provided they successfully implement a usable touch-based interface. In fact, I'd love to see first-class ports of more old isometric games (e.g. JA2).
  2. NSA introduced SELinux, which Read Hat ships with by default. Of course they approve it! But I do rely blindly on the opinion of such organizations. Sorry, you are right. I did not read some of your posts. So, in the end, that's tools support and PowerPC support? (NSA endorsement count for zero points, if not adding negative points ) It certainly seemed this way from the way you structure your posts, glad we cleared that up. But I'd like to add, that, contrary to your experience, Debian-based distros may appeal to embedded programmers.
  3. Really? Major online newspapers have searchable archives, as far as I can see. Other sites tend to not delete their articles and posts, it's not like they are taking any space. A lot of blogs do not have extensive archives, because they did not exist all that long. May I ask what exactly do you archive news for? Except for gratifying your OCD, that is. Are you going to datamine them? It's rather hard to find anything in a few gigabytes worth of text if you don't precisely know what you are looking for. If I was to do something like this, I'd run a script to periodically scrape text from H
  4. Not a reply to help you, but to actually discourage you. Speaking from my experience, I think that's a huge waste of your time. I used to pile the articles and documents I read "for future reference", and guess what? I have never ever ever ever read them again. Not once. If is worthwhile material, it gets propagated or replicated throughout the web, so there is little chance of it becoming unavailable. If it does become unavailable 5 years down the road, you wouldn't care (or remember, for that matter). Today, if I need some textual information, I find myself turning to Google 99% of
  5. I think it has more to do with simplicity. Not everyone is a control-freak/tech-geek who cares about or would even use/utilize all the stuff that pc's supposedly are "better" for. (Edit: ie, they don't care about "performance" but functionality/ease of use in what they use a computer for, and that's it ) Now, I'm just generalizing here...I'm sure there's lots of Mac users who pant "ooo pretty," as well as those who want more Mac software support and like to tinker, but well .. then they'll either buy a PC as a 2nd rig or switch to the type of computing that works better for them. I thin
  6. any OS that is more user friendly is necessarily less powerful. i don't use linux to play games or have fun. i use linux to develop signal processing systems. at one point red hat was the only NSA approved linux distribution for carrying out the types of missions i'm interested in (and fedora/red hat are essentially the same minus support). taks We do embedded development and use mostly Debian/Ubuntu and their variants. Though only as a development host, target is a custom Linux-based system (on ARM and PowerPC). We could use any other distro, because it does not really matter wh
  7. I think running X remotely is an overkill. I just run rtorrent in a screen session. You can scp torrent files into a folder watched by rtorrent and it will automatically pick them up.
  8. I can't really comment on how to do it, but this default behaviour is actually a Good Thing and is an improvement in security over XP. A lot of malware spread via removable media using Windows' autorun "feature". Among the first things I do on a fresh XP installation is disable autorun.
  9. Hint: if you don't want to risk partitioning your drive, install VMWare Server (it's free!). Then you can try out various flavours of Linux inside virtual machines.
  10. Yet you are using DNN, and now you are posting on PHP-based forum hosted on Apache server. Probably even using Firefox? Heck, even Windows still has some traces of BSD-licensed code in it. As for quality, lack of polish is not unique to OSS, there is plenty of commercial crapware too. Alas, with general trends it's Java, if you trust Tiobe's index.
  11. In the other news, C dominated new 2008 open-source projects. Need I say more?
  12. Yes we are. Python is prettier. C is even prettier. I'd argue C# would has a Java-esque feel to it. *bzzzzt* Wrong! Maybe this was said in jest, but I'll bite. C is THE programming language for systems programming. All production-quality drivers and operating systems are written in C. C++, even when being marketed as "better C", has gained very little traction in the systems programming world. C produces more compact code (to my experience, up to 3 times smaller!), which is important for embedded systems, where both RAM and firmware flash space are at premium. C++ bloats up du
  13. As a side note, I'm a KDE fan, but I hate, hate KDE4. For me, it's just too unstable, experimental, has too many rough corners and bugs, and not ready for everyday use (I tried, I really did). The only reason I have not switched to Kubuntu 9.04 is that it comes with KDE4 and no option to switch to KDE3. I think I will stick will 8.10 (LTS) until KDE4 matures.
  14. Yeah, I have used both Synaptic (Gnome) and Adept Manager (KDE), but I find them less responsive and harder to automate compared to command line.
  15. Uhm... just ask your co-worker to refactor his project in a sane way (or do it yourself): a core class library + a thin executable wrapper. This way you can actually reuse his code. That's the entire point of having a library.
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