Linux was like a party that sounded fun we were afraid to go to because we didn’t think we’d know anybody there, and the Humble indie Bundle guys were like your socially fearless friend who says, “Don’t worry, we’ll go together.” And when he gets to your house he says, “Is that what you’re wearing?” and you say “uh…” and he says, “Don’t worry. I know a guy.” And he lends you a cool leather jacket and you go to the party and when you walk in there’s a needle scratch and everybody turns to look at you and your friend gives a cool nod and then everybody goes back to the party. So kind of like a John Hughes film. Hope that helps explain things. That’s about as technical as I can go.”
[…] Schafer additionally notes, “Oh and also, if you want to be cool at the party, stay away from wine.” This is a clever pun on the WINE layer that provides a degree of API-compatibility with Windows, permitting certain Windows apps to run under Linux with a degree of success.— The raw truth about Linux game ports
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Devices you can’t trust
My French neighbour had a little piece of paper permanently covering her laptop’s camera. She said she didn’t trust the IT guy who repaired her laptop and she feared to be spied with some sort of black computer magic.
Now I’m studying in the library, and a guy next to me has the same, effective approach in showing everybody how much you trust your machine. And that’s my point: every anti-DRM, anti-anti-privacy campaign should give more focus to these real threats, that even the common user may fear: your machine without your control, a machine no longer trustworthy but instead a potential little eye pointed at you.
P.S. as for my French neighbour, she’s spotting a freshly installed Ubuntu now, and she feels safe enough to remove the paper.
I’m getting the hang of Diaspora*, the pod system and everything else.
The point is: I usually read a lot (guides, FAQs etc.) and I’m studying for my Master in Computer Science. How the heck are they going to pull it off to the “common user” if I didn’t understand it immediately?
P.S. Testing Tumblr integration.
We reviewed this one back in 2008, and it’s still hard to come up with a summary of the plot. Let’s just say that the main character is living on Earth, observing a species of wraiths who are pretending to be human. While investigating this insidious plot, the hero has bad sex with a female wraith, who transforms his face into a clown mask — permanently — and steals his pants. He doesn’t notice his pants are missing for about 20 pages, and when it finally dawns on him that he’s pantless, he observes, “I must have been really bad not to have noticed that.” The girl also cuts off his “strobe,” trapping him on our planet because he can’t access his spaceship. She eventually tells him he’s destined to fight the Time Snake, which is coming to eat the world — but should he trust the girl who turned him into a clown and stole his pants? Probably not, but he does anyway. — 10 Weirdest Science Fiction Novels That You’ve Never Read
Yep, totally see it. Pink Floyd is a “healtier” drug, even though it does give you addiction and halluciantions.