* Posts by RG

7 posts • joined 13 Mar 2008

Silverlight for Linux hits with Microsoft punch


Not so fast ....

The Fedora Project, which is committed to FOSS, saw fit to forbid Moonlight due to legal risk:

"There are serious concerns about Moonlight, due to Microsoft and Novell's public statements around its inclusion in their "covenant". In addition to that Groklaw has posted a FAQ from Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) on the issues with this patent "covenant". Accordingly, this technology (with, or without codecs), is considered too risky, and is not acceptable for inclusion in Fedora."

See: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/ForbiddenItems#Moonlight

Bee Gees belter may help cheat death


Fat Bottomed Girls?

Hmmmm. Actually, that doesn't so much raise the dead as just raise certain parts. Alternatively, you could try Sir-Mix-a-Lot/MC Hammer, Baby Got Back ....... "I like big butts and I cannot lie, ...."

First Merc hybrid first to use laptop battery tech


Learn to crawl before you walk

Every little bit helps. I mean, think back just three short years ago - how many people even mentioned Global Warming/Climate Change in daily conversation, let alone think that electric car technology would be a necessary part of the solution ...... Well, I did - quite vocally in fact, but then I've always been ahead of the times. If only I could figure out how to get paid good money for that .....

DARPA seeks sticky-goldenballs Casimir forcefields


Unlimited Imagination

> "... the ability to seize control of living creatures from within, allowing soulless mechanoid intelligences to wear their hapless, cored victims like fleshy cloaks."

I always wondered why the Terminators were machines with artificial skin (or even impossibly difficult to make liquid metal machines), instead of humans with nanobots controlling them from within - surely the latter would be a cheaper and more effective approach - take over a human or animal and pack explosives up his/her/its you-know-what ....

Mine's the off-smelling, skin-coloured anorak, thanks.

PS: I'm glad to see some of your smilies/icons have been restored to the old versions, but there's a few more to go .... Linux, Love, Flame and the Skull 'n' Crossbones at least. Please?

Robot airliner anti-missile escorts proposed


@David Hicks

Forgive me for saying, but that's a short memory you have. The then USSR shot down KAL Flight 007 over Kamchatka in 1983 with the loss of 269 lives. It caused an enormous international uproar with various serious threats being made and suspension or cancellation of many diplomatic activities.

Panasonic parent makes 30in OLED TV play



Well, I'm happy - the timing is good for me - by the time the screens have achieved good market penetration and prices are coming down, I'll be ready to upgrade from plasma. I trust they'll include the latest HDMI spec in the features, especially 48bit colour depth, and that source material will provide same. But what happened to SED TV?

@Tom - Projectors? For a dedicated home cinema maybe, but not in a living room. Seriously, have you tried to watch a projected picture when there's sunlight streaming through the windows? You can't see sh*t.

Still, the idea of a large screen that decends from the ceiling is an attractive one .....

Red Hat releases Enterprise Linux OS beta


@Save yourself the headache

Somehow, somewhere, everyone will have a horror story regarding every distro and every OS, including their support regimes. Over the last 20 years, the only company I remember that impressed me with their support was Central Point Anti-Virus, and that was a long time ago! The majority opinion in most knowledgeable circles is that RH is pretty good, so perhaps you got the new employee on his/her first day?

Personally, I use CentOS (in 5.1 form at the moment) and that seems pretty good to me.


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