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Posted by Nicholas Steel
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Luckily, it'll be a long time before X11 dies completely - XWayland is an X11 server built on top of the Wayland protocol (much like there are X11 servers built on the Windows and macOS APIs). At the moment it's a bit awkward for gaming, since it only supports one resolution (the Wayland desktop resolution), and it doesn't support locking the mouse to a window, so using the mouse to aim the camera in first-person games doesn't really work. However, I believe an extension for that is under development.


How is it an issue? If the program only runs at your desktop resolution than how do you mouse outside it? I suppose the title bar could be an issue. Is there no fullscreen mode?

I don’t know about Gnome or KDE, but at least Sway has already implemented an api for cursor locking to a window. It’s right in their FAQ, along with why Nvidia is evil for being proprietary and doing their own thing for Wayland support and why Sway will never support them by means other than the Nouveau drivers.
Posted on 19-11-13, 05:12 in Stupid computer bullcrap we put up with.

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I put up with all kinds of computer crap. For instance, I maintain a Windows 10 Pro for Workstations virtual machine, with Visual Studio 2019 Community installed, for my rare moments of foobar2000 development, so I can run it from my host OS.

Which brings me to my current preferred host OS, or macOS Catalina. I figured I may as well jump on this thing right away, and by right away, I mean I started with the last two developer betas, and updated to stable, and now stay on stable releases. This is an AMD Hackintosh, which means even if I had stayed on Mojave, I would not have 32 bit support unless I used the less stable 3rd party kernel, which I would have to reinstall every single point release.

I also put up with having to subscribe to bloody Apple Arcade to play a few games that I’m really enjoying, like Oceanhorn 2 and Shantae and the Seven Sirens. Oh, and the latter is only going to be part one of two or more, gotta keep subscribing until a future date when they release the rest of the damn game as a “free” DLC.

I’d also love to be giving Apple my money for their damn tv+ service, since I love The Morning Show, but I can only watch it on genuine Apple devices, because of some issue with my Hack. It’s either the cpu or the motherboard chipset, Hack devs haven’t narrowed it down yet.

I can’t believe people put up with this shit.
Posted on 19-11-13, 05:21 in Computer Operating System News

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Yeah, they’ve always required the fee for crypto signing your apps, even when distributing outside the App Store. Not a requirement to get your software on the platform at all, just a measure to make your users feel safer, or something like that.

Notarization just means you upload your Developer ID signed software to Apple for malware scanning before they’ll co-sign your stuff. It takes about two minutes or so to scan my Cog binaries before they give me the go-ahead. Then you can export the stapled binaries and distribute them to your users, same as usual.

Note I’m no longer able to afford my own paid developer license, I ride on the coattails of my friend developers at Resolute Limited, the company that is bringing us foobar2000 Mobile.

Busy bees at Apple, I find that notarization breaks every time they blacklist and force an upgrade of Xcode.
Posted on 19-11-15, 00:50 in I have yet to have never seen it all.

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You'll hate Nokia's latest "Feature" phones, too! They're actually running a smartphone OS, called KaiOS, which is Linux kernel based, and runs the Firefox browser engine, and the entire UI is a web view. Enjoy your modern "Feature" phone.

I'll just stick to something that does what I usually do on phones: Browse web pages and use apps. I so rarely actually use phones for actually making phone calls.
Posted on 19-11-15, 02:01 in Games You Played Today REVENGEANCE (revision 1)

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Shantae and the Seven Sirens. Little did I know I was about 15-20 minutes away from the End of Part One. Transition into a cliffhanger, and now you can wait until Part Two releases, some time in the future, just hold your horses and keep paying the monthly Apple Arcade fee.

E: Now cleared the Mountain of Souls in Soul Blazer, then saved and quit.
Posted on 19-11-17, 02:12 in Games You Played Today REVENGEANCE

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They could use Samsung's excellent implementation, but that would require them to either pay Samsung for alternate licensing, or somehow import GPL code.
Posted on 19-11-17, 02:39 in I have yet to have never seen it all.

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Music in the stores is highly prevalent here, because the stores want to drive your thought process absolutely batty so you're more likely to make impulse buys. Another thing they do to feed this process is periodically completely shuffling their entire inventory layout, so you have to serpentine the entire store to find anything.

Here, the local Ralphs, the local name for the Kroger chain, plays the In-Store Audio Network™. Yes, it's literally trademarked brandname of a service used by multiple stores. You'll find all the stores playing the same obnoxious selection of pop music.

This is great for people like my mom, who is usually in charge of all the shopping, because she's one of those people who absolutely cannot concentrate on anything else if she can hear music, or if she gets a tune stuck in her head. It's all she can do just to tune out the music that's playing in the stores any more, and damn do they play it hecking loud. It makes me want to pull a Duke Nukem and shoot out the speakers. Except at least the Duke Nukem theme muzak in that game wasn't terribly annoying, even if it was only like a 12 second loop.
Posted on 19-11-17, 02:42 in Stupid computer bullcrap we put up with.

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Maybe I should have been more specific: I can't believe that I put up with this shit. But I do.

I also find it highly unlikely that Apple's base of desktop users is over a billion, but I guess you were also including all their iOS/iPadOS/tvOS device owners, and possibly also all of their network service customers who are on other platforms as well?

After all, they're only controlling less than 10% of the desktop PC marketplace. But I guess the total PC marketplace is still a very small crowd to begin with, with more and more people transitioning or even just starting out as no-PC users, who are content to get all their computing from a tablet and/or a phone.
Posted on 19-11-17, 02:51 in I still HATE smartdevices

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I'm glad tomman narrowed down the issue with the tablet soft-bricking itself to SuperSU's latest version being a piece of shit, possibly just on that device, possibly on all devices it's system-installed on.

I have a different tale to contribute. My BF and I both own 32GB 2018 iPads, both cost about $330 (for him, $400 or so, due to import duties). Rooting is possible now, but I don't think we'd bother with that. They're both pretty stable.

I find I almost never need to reboot mine, and the only times I've ever reinstalled it during its life is when I was backing off iPadOS 13 beta to iOS 12, same for his. We now just "put up" with iPadOS for the most part. He ends up rebooting his way more than I do mine, but possibly related to his more frequent use during the day time, while I only use mine at night for about 3 hours daily, for the most part, during which we're both on our tablets, in a FaceTime call, Picture in Picture, while we use various apps.

He also uses the split screen feature, which I'm content to not bother trying to find a use for. For anything really serious, I just use a desktop, I have yet to find a use for the drag and drop modus on a tablet.

I suppose this is useless info for you anyway, was just to say that some of your troubles may be the Allwinner device being crap, and some may be "typical Android" issues. I mean, damn, I have an old Android tablet, and I don't even think I can root it, and I never thought I'd have a reason to do so. I think it just sucks that a device you intend for use by a computer novice requires so much complex preparation before it's even remotely usable.

The tech savvy in every family should help with setting up devices, but it shouldn't have to be something that requires constant babysitting. There should be a happy medium where you help them at first, but then they don't need you for weeks at a time. And when something actually comes up, it's actually something that's not the device's fault, but the user's, or the services they're using are crapping out, and you can happily explain that to them.

Computers were a mistake.

(Just kidding. I love this shit.)
Posted on 19-11-17, 02:57 in What are you listening to right now?

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I am playing through the entire history of OverClocked ReMixes, starting from #1. I'm up to 451 now.

I've also seen quite a number that were stricken from the record for various reasons, including the remixer asking them to be removed.

I have most of Brandon Strader's old remixes, if anyone wants them.

I also loved this one Paperboy remix, "Evening Jam", that was deleted because it was "too reliant on sampled phrases carrying the melody" or some shit like that.

And a "remix" or rather original song composed using the ocarina instrument from Ocarina of Time, called "Ocarina Boogie", which was deleted because it wasn't actually a game music remix.

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maddox.xmission.com

He even managed to post two whole articles this year! And two the year before that, up from the one from 2017.
Posted on 19-11-17, 03:21 in Misc. software

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https://pnggauntlet.com - a gooey in visual basic (j/k) for your Windows PNG crushing needs, losslessly.

Or if you're on macOS:

https://imageoptim.com/mac - Lossless recompression of PNG, JPEG, and GIF format images. For JPEG, it will optimize the Huffman encoding. For GIF, optimized lz encoding and also possibly frame splitting?

https://pngmini.com - ImageAlpha for Mac, provides a handy way to visually tweak the options for PNGQuant, which lets you produce lossily optimized versions of translucent PNGs. Of course, if you like the command line, it also contains a pre-built console binary of pngquant, which will work nicely with defaults for many images, producing a differently named .png next to the input.

Or if you're on Linux and still want a gooey:

https://trimage.org - Lossless recompressor frontend, written in Python. Fairly recently transitioned to Qt 5, so was one of the last things I had installed on my Arch systems that required compiling freaking Qt 4 and the Python bindings.
Posted on 19-11-17, 03:29 in Anticipating near future [politics]

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Posted by sureanem
Surely if one believes Brexit will have disastrous effects one could make political predictions off that, even if people do not take them into account while voting?


The entire so-called Brexit election was a total sham, and people were literally lied to. Half the population actually proved that they want isolationism, and that immigration is bad. Or at least, over half of the voting population.

Lest we forget that there are people who think that the United States and places like South Africa were once "bastions of whiteness" or some stupid shit like that. (Chiming in as a subscriber to /r/FragileWhiteRedditor)
Posted on 19-11-17, 08:34 in Internet numbers bragging thread

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Getting my $85 worth, of the total $250 bill.

Sharter Speculum offers 400/20 for less. They're the only competition. AT&T doesn't care, they'll never improve.
Posted on 19-11-17, 23:52 in Games You Played Today REVENGEANCE

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Maybe, if you consider the alternative for >32GB flash cards is either to format them as NTFS and use ntfs-3g to interface with them, or just not support anything that big. Well, there is the third alternative, asking users to reformat their drives as FAT32 using a third party utility, since Windows won't let you format a FAT32 partition larger than 32GB.
Posted on 19-11-18, 22:57 in Internet numbers bragging thread

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That $250 includes TV and phone service. It would probably be about $160 with Spectrum.
Posted on 19-11-19, 01:03 in Computer Technology News/Discussion

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But I already apply DoT across my whole network, pulling from Quad 9, and capturing all outbound TCP/UDP port 53 requests and NATing them to my router's DNS server.
Posted on 19-11-19, 08:09 in Computer Technology News/Discussion

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The OS uses whatever DNS that the router tells it to. The router typically either tells it to use itself (as a caching DNS proxy), or use the upstream supplied DNS servers. I stopped using per-system overrides ages ago, as I find it much easier just to tell my router to Do What I Want. I Do Not Want my OS or my browser overriding that without my permission.
Posted on 19-11-19, 08:12 in Internet numbers bragging thread

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And I can't convince my parents to switch, because they think switching will be too much of a pain, and that it will just shoot back up to $250 in a year's time anyway.
Posted on 19-11-21, 03:21 in Games You Played Today REVENGEANCE

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I'm spending time in Windows again, and I've been playing Axiom Verge. I'd be playing it in macOS, except that Epic Game Store doesn't provide a macOS port on their shop. And I only have it on EGS because it was one of the free games they gave away some months back. Definitely don't have $20 to buy it on Steam right now.
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