Sure, spam is no joke. But once in a while it can be really funny. Here’s one such example:
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That has got to be the most ridiculous crap I’ve ever read. It’s copy-paste from the news and then use a find-replace but man is it funny (in a broken translation machine kind of way).
Apparently as Orkut proliferates people are becoming less and less smart if spammers actually think messages like the following will get them anywhere:
This whole Orkut thing is sorta blowing my mind these days.
Anyways, you seem cool and I’d like to know more. You should check out my profile on this other site, I’m always on over there and I probably won’t be logging in to orkut everyday: http://www.thisurlhasbeenchanged.org/?id=2434&mypics . But umm, don’t mind the pics, lol!
So anyway.. message me on there and we’ll chat sometime!
talk to you soon :)
The profusion of social networking sites reminds me of the old dot-com boom when everyone was talking about how any company on the net is going to be rich and baazee and hotmail were held up as shining examples. Some people sure didn’t learn from that. Sorry people, but just doing the same thing as the most successful sites and doing it worse won’t get you anywhere. Idiots.
Incidentally Akismet has a constant 1000+ comments on that spam queue, and the shoutbox has blocked 13,000 spam attempts since I last cleared it. Marc’s filterset helped greatly with that. Vielen Danke!
The compositor is the thing that adds all the layers together to make the final image basically. So kompmgr, the KDE compositing manager manages exactly that, it allows fades, transparent windows, and shadows. It could probably do blur too, but that would be a little hard on my computer.
The reason I use kompmgr is that I don’t have a graphics card that is capable of the magic that XGL + Beryl/Compiz does but still want to have nice fading and transparency. It’s definitely not as smooth as all the videos on Youtube, but it certainly looks great and the transparency when I move the window is pretty nice.
It’s probably no longer under active development, I mean who uses a computer without a cutting-edge graphics card these days, huh? But still, I’ll say what I think is wrong with it. It’s a bit slow with both shadows and fading because apparently it draws the shadow for each faded bit. I understand OSX only draws the shadow after it’s done fading. That’s pretty neat. Transparency with shadows has the same problem. Maybe some day I’ll know enough to change that bit, after all, Free Software.
To use it, you must first enable Compositing in Xorg. Add these lines to xorg.conf: (replacing [tab] with a tab)
[tab]Option “Composite” “Enable”
Things I’m still figuring out:
- How to adjust the transparency of a window on-the-fly. Currently it makes windows which are out of focus transparent (which is really useful, your eyes just stick to the in-focus window) , and moving windows transparent. (Fixed)
- How to make it draw shadows only at the end. (Fixed)
- Why it outputs a continuous stream of error information that makes no sense.
Window behaviour under Desktop in the Control Center has all the settings necessary. No work needed. I remember looking here a long time ago and wondering why the translucency didn’t work. I installed the packages manually to have a small KDE install, so I must’ve left out kompmgr. In any case, there you have it. I changed my shortcut key for transparency to Alt + Mousescroll just like default Beryl.
Some months ago I figured out just why I couldn’t get direct rendering in Ubuntu despite all the xorg settings being what other people had claimed worked. The big difference was that I was using too high a color depth and resolution and reducing that brought me into magic DR world again. So now I can finally play a couple of games on linux (the VRAM isn’t enough for too much, so only some simple 3d), and there’ve been so many in the repositories that’ve been fun.
Still, despite the low VRAM, there’ve been quite a lot I can play at the moment.
That’s as much as I can remember off the top of my head. I’ll add in some screenshots later.
Oh, and for those who came here for Via. Direct Rendering was supported out of the box in Dapper for me, but if you use too high bpp and resolution it’ll get turned off. Mine works fine at 1024*768 and 16 or 24 bpp and it’s a VT8378 Unichrome.
With certain ‘nationalistic’ (my ass) parties trying to rewrite our history textbooks, and with leaders of powerful countries going back on their lies and glossing them over, and with people actively suppressing facts, perhaps we should start worrying about how our future will see us, and about how much they will not know.
History has a way of getting mangled by people with agendas, and the only real truth-tellers are nowhere near as capable of holding a crowd (not through charisma, demagoguery) as those who conceal lies in impassioned appeals to ‘justice’. Perhaps it is time we began to ensure that none of the major news that holds us today is ever hidden to those in the future, we must make the job of the future historian easy.
How easy it is to forget a great crime as it grows older unless we’re constantly reminded of it, and shown up to have not done anything through cowardice or disinterest. That is one offence, but to hide it is another, and to hide the sheer existence of the crime is to be an accomplice to it. And that is what we risk being. Will our descendants remember how the brave Chief Minister of Gujarat protected the state from being run over by militant forces? Or will they remember the truth? Time (and flawed memory) has a bad habit of making heroes of the worst men, and ignoring those good ones who worked silently. P.W. Botha died with a state funeral “for the steps he took to pave the way towards the eventual peacefully negotiated settlement”. Funny.
So what brought this on was actually just a series of photographs, some very interesting, by James Nachtwey. Go have a look.