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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux Distro features matrix? on: October 09, 2012, 11:53:46 AM
when it comes to software, what determines if it's ready to go for a certain distro?  the distro itself, or the desktop environment?  I'm confused because desktop environments to me sound like they are just "skins" for the OS.
It's really a mix smiley
What really determines if a software can run on some distro is if the OS has the dependencies and can compile the software, than it can run on that OS.
Sometimes, the dependencies are 1) at the OS level (a certain version of a library), or 2)at the desktop environment level (a version of KDE or Gnome) (or both? tongue ).

If 1), and the OS does not have the dependencies pre-installed, there are two options: you either install the dependencies from some repository (this is what package managers do automatically when you ask them to install something -hence why when you ask it to install something it may say "will install 100 other packages"), or if it's not compiled in any repository, you can install it from source.

From my experience, the DE doesn't actually limit your choices in software. If some software depends on a DE that you do not have installed, any package manager will install your software and the whole DE along with it. You'll be able to use that software on your regular DE, it will only look different from the rest of the stuff you're running. However, if it's something tied with the look of the OS (for example a taskbar clock), it will only show up if you start the correct DE.
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What web sites would deserve more attention? on: October 01, 2012, 12:44:29 PM
Uhm. What about or smth?
It does have some amusing stuff smiley Thanks
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Self-Portrait Camera - Casio EX-TR150 on: September 26, 2012, 02:08:09 PM
Man, I need one of those cameras.

Any idea how hard it was to snap this picture with a conventional IXUS? Also, I was all out of self-tan and eyeliner. #yolo #fml :-( (see attachment in previous post)
You sure have mastered the art of the duckface, though tongue
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wicked Cool Unusual Features in Software on: September 26, 2012, 03:26:30 AM
Vim can tweet.  Cool
I'm OK with that, as long as it doesn't turn into Emacs tongue
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wicked Cool Unusual Features in Software on: September 25, 2012, 01:50:16 PM
Easy. Get eyeballs installed in the back of your head. Problem solved! smiley
I can easily see a bunch of situations in which those would be handy!
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wicked Cool Unusual Features in Software on: September 25, 2012, 11:40:57 AM
On the other hand, if you indadvertedly hover the box, with someone overlooking your screen while you have something embarrassing in the clipboard.... Oops tongue
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ubuntu will now have Amazon ads pre-installed on: September 24, 2012, 04:16:16 AM
This does feel a bit wrong to me, however, I've used ubuntu for two years, and most of our test machines at work run ubuntu, and nor me nor anyone at work have actually donated anything to Canonical. So I guess I can understand that they are trying to find some other means of survival.

However, if I used Ubuntu with any graphical shell (unity in particular), I would disable this "feature". Doesn't make me feel very good about myself, though tongue
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: $10 for a Facebook Post? Huh? on: September 23, 2012, 03:46:21 PM
Actually, that's not that bad of a deal, if the post is commercial in nature...and you have over a million subscribers.

It's my personal account. I ONLY friend people that I know. I have 226 friends. I do NOT friend people I don't know. Of those, probably half are inactive. Dunno exactly.

So, $10 for a personal post? Seriously? WTF?!?

But Hell yeah! If I could reach out to a million people for $10, that would be a great deal. I'm not talking about that though. $10 for probably 100 people? For a personal post? Of no commercial nature?
Actually, I'd say that if that post is set to public visibility (if it's an ad, probably it wouldn't make much sense not to be, right?), your friend's friends might also see it, if it was promoted. Also, if any of those other friends-of-friends like or comment the post, it'd reach their friends too and so on. So, depending on how many friends your friends have and how many of those overlap, you might actually reach a pretty large number of people.

From what I read about promoting pages, the price is based on how many fans the page has, so I suppose that those 10$ are related to the potential reachability of the post too. It'd be nicer if they actually said how much people is certain to actually see the post.
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 500 Internal Server Error on: September 22, 2012, 06:54:49 AM
I've been wondering if it really is useful information, or just a little prank from the engineers?
If it was caused by an exception, it could be a stack trace? I guess if it's encrypted, there's no way to distinguish if it's random information or not, right?
60  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: A Bonehead Programming "Bug" on: September 21, 2012, 05:39:25 AM
It's even funnier when you forget to start a thread in a multi-threaded program. Just happened to me. Twice tongue
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thread to annoy mouser on: September 20, 2012, 12:24:20 PM
lol, is that posted in the wrong thread (or am I missing something?)
Well, the image is from the Wikipedia page on "Tilting at Windmills". Also, it's funny how in the smaller size, I confused the horse with a dragon..
62  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Licensing Free Software on: September 20, 2012, 09:03:27 AM
According to CC's faq (here), it is not recommended that you use their licenses for software. That's the license I use for GridMove, though. Mostly because I'm lazy tongue
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thread to annoy mouser on: September 20, 2012, 08:14:18 AM
o0, Who moved it back? lol
According to the moderator log, it was mouser himself tongue
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For XKCD fans on: September 20, 2012, 08:12:31 AM
Yep, really is too long. I also haven't seen the whole thing. But if you didn't already, try zooming out to the max just to have an idea of how large it is smiley
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For XKCD fans on: September 19, 2012, 02:50:31 PM
Anyone know how it's done?
I actually tried - to no avail - to get the large image from the source of the webpage. From what I understand, it's JavaScript.

What impresses me the most, though, is how the artist (Randall Munroe) managed to draw all that and include small gags everywhere. That's an impressive amount of work.
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / For XKCD fans on: September 19, 2012, 01:56:25 PM
Today's XKCD is pretty awesome:


But this makes it even better:
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Acoustic Levitation on: September 19, 2012, 02:55:49 AM
The second one isn't a hoax. Quantum levitation is real. The hoax was that the Wipeout course was computer generated and not really using quantum levitation. Or at least that's what I understood from your link.
You are absolutely right. Sorry for the mix-up, I remembered seing that one of these quantum levitation videos was a hoax and assumed the whole technology didn't exist. Then the videos are really awesome!
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Acoustic Levitation on: September 18, 2012, 05:05:22 PM
Don't know about the first video, but that second one is a hoax: http://www.robots-dreams....-hoax-revealed-video.html
Hopefully, the first one is real technology smiley

[edit] oops, not true. see bellow [/edit]
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's the name of your car? on: September 18, 2012, 12:03:22 PM
Not disagreeing with you on how the article is filled with misinformations, but here's some clarifications:

1) Laputa... The Spanish word puta means little girl. Yes, it is also being used as slang for whore, but that doesn't change the innocent original, except for the dirty-minded.
I'm portuguese and no specialist in spanish, but in portuguese puta hasn't meant little girl for at least decades, it only has the curse word meaning. I believe the same is true for spanish.

2) Pajero: "Penis"? No, it does not mean penis   in any language!
Nope, but it does mean homosexual (in an offensive way) in spanish, and it's also close to the portuguese "paneleiro" (which means the same). AFAIK, the Pajero does have a different name in spain: Montero.

5) Ascona. Ascona in Switzerland is located on the shore of Lake Maggiore. The town is a popular tourist destination, and holds a yearly jazz festival, the Ascona Jazz Festival.
Google Spanish-English Translator has nothing to say about ascona.
Actually, in Portugal this car was sold as the Opel 1604, since "Ascona" has some resemblence with the portuguese curse word meaning vagina, "cona". According to wikipedia, it was sold as the Ascona in Spain, so I assume that curse word doesn't exist in spainish.
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 500 Internal Server Error on: September 18, 2012, 11:51:58 AM
Yes, the same occurred to me. It makes sense, not only to protect themselves but also to avoid any leak of private data that might happen in an error occasion.
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 500 Internal Server Error on: September 18, 2012, 11:13:57 AM
Have you tried to decode it?  It looks like encoded data... could be an Easter egg...
Apparently not an easter egg. It looks like base64, but doesn't decode to anything readable. More info here:
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What went wrong with Linux on the Desktop on: September 14, 2012, 10:16:26 AM
@kalos: I think it all depends on what you're doing. For most of the stuff, you can just go to the "app store" (or whatever its name is), search for what you want, click install and you're done.

re:compiling: depends on the distro you choose. The most user friendly ones (ubuntu, suse, red hat, fedora?) use pre-compiled packages, so no. If you use something such as gentoo, I believe you can choose but many people compile from source.

re:dependencies: I never fully understood why this is a problem. Maybe because I arrived too late to experience the problem, but for me, the package managers always sorted out the dependencies for what I asked them to install and then installed them with no trouble.

Also, here's superboyac having fun with installing stuff on linux: http://www.donationcoder....31076.msg294867#msg294867 notice that when he uses the "app store", it's really easy. When he installs from source, well... Not so much tongue
73  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Black Mesa: Half-Life remake coming on Sept 14, 2012! on: September 12, 2012, 06:11:39 AM
Black Mesa and 9 other games have gotten the Greenlight!
Good news! Thanks for the followup!
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows system "aliases"? on: September 10, 2012, 10:05:38 AM
Will AHK allow you to execute commands via the run dialog?
I believe it does. You should only need to put the .exe in a folder that is in $PATH.
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 10, 2012, 10:04:22 AM
4. Is already part of the Apple philosophy Wink
Not really, they are just incapable of making (buying?) decent CD burners and decided to say "it's the future" not tu use them tongue
Just yesterday, my MacBook destroyed me 4 CDs (while attempting to burn linux, actually. maybe it's selective?)
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