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BATTLETECH for Linux to leave beta on November 27th, along with the Flashpoint expansion
22 October 2018 at 2:32 pm UTC Likes: 1

SchattenspiegelHaving completed the campaign with 90 hours on the clock in the Linux beta I can happily declare the singleplayer part well worth playing.
Only gamestoping technical issue I came across is that LC_ALL=C %command% in the launch options is required for none US players.
A bit like the Shadowrun titles this game does a lot of things wrong but for some reason it's still incredibly fun to play.
That's pretty much how I feel about the Shadowrun paper & pencil roleplaying game. But for the computer games I'm not really a seasoned enough gamer to make that critique; what do they do wrong?

Game developer revokes a user's Steam key after negative review
22 October 2018 at 7:03 am UTC Likes: 1

chancho_zombieMy favourite principle of common law is Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos which translates to "whoever's is the soil, it is theirs all the way to Heaven and all the way to Hell"

bluntly putting it: If you f**ck with land property we will drink your blood and take your soul.
I'm pretty sure the principle refers to the land owner's rights to the air above and the ground below their plot. I like your dramatic interpretation though.
Of course many other laws do not agree with that principle of common law. I'm pretty sure that in Canada, mineral rights are/can be separated from general land ownership, even though we are a country which has sort of inherited the British common law. And I'm pretty sure most jurisdictions do not allow most private property owners to stop planes from overflying their property; things would be tough for the airline industry otherwise.

A statement from HOF Studios about the Depth of Extinction Steam key removal, plus thoughts
22 October 2018 at 6:43 am UTC Likes: 7

That was a pretty handsome apology. There are apologies where the person is totally trying to either duck responsibility or not actually admit it was a wrong thing to do. Like there's those "I apologize if anyone was offended" type ones (subtext being they shouldn't have been offended but I'm saying something so my critics will shut up), or the classic cheating evangelical "I strayed" (so like, it's not that I chose to do anything wrong, I was just walking along, took the wrong fork in the path by accident and next thing you know I'm screwing someone who isn't my wife, it could happen to anybody). My recent favourite is "That's not who I am" (Really? Who the hell are you then, and could you bring in the person who it is and have them apologize?).

This was not that kind of apology; no ducking, no weaseling. I appreciate that.

Valve just put out another (smaller) Steam Play beta version
18 October 2018 at 5:47 pm UTC Likes: 2

skinnyrafHave we leapfrogged the year of Linux on the desktop and jumped straight into the year of Linux VR?

Well Linux-native VR titles (both OpenGL and Vulkan) worked for quite some time, we even maintain a list here:

Now, Windows VR games are another story. So far, these are running fine for me (or have been a week ago):
- Beat Saber (is on the official Proton compatibility list)
- Star Trek: Bridge Crew
- Star Wars Droid Repair Bay
- Far Space VR
- Budget Cuts
Where I work, I really wish Budget Cuts wouldn't run.

Embrace, extend, and protect? Microsoft joins the Open Invention Network to 'protect Linux and open source'
17 October 2018 at 4:00 am UTC Likes: 2

cprnDirectX can't be ported to Linux per se, it's a bunch of Windows core calls. Its API can be re-implemented on Linux, that's what wine does and yeah, maybe wine folks would benefit but nobody else, really.

Hypothetically DirectX would be suitable as an open standard, replacing Vulkan, right? I mean from a purely technical stand point, they could open source it and turn it over to some standard's body or something. I ask because I am not well informed enough on the technical aspects.
Neither am I, but I infer from what cprn said that DirectX is fundamentally different from Vulkan in that Vulkan is a sort of set of specifications of how stuff is supposed to work, which is then implemented in different OSes and stuff, whereas DirectX is instead an implementation of thingies that tell Windows specifically what to do in language Windows specifically understands . . . an implementation which no doubt has some documentation which may superficially look like a specification, except they aren't, because the specific code comes first and the description of what it does comes second.
If I'm right about that, it means that DirectX is inappropriate for being a standard for much the same reasons the Word .docx format is inappropriate to be a standard. All non-Windows implementations would be second-class citizens because the Windows implementation would be the real thing, and anywhere the "specification" varied from the actual behaviour of the Windows implementation (which would be plenty of places), it's the Windows implementation that would be the reference. And since what it's hooked into is closed code (Windows) it may be hard even to know precisely what the implementation is actually doing.

Grand strategy game AI War 2 is now available in Early Access
16 October 2018 at 7:09 pm UTC

TiedemannCan you disable the ship icons?
. . . In case you want to play the game without being able to see ships?

Embrace, extend, and protect? Microsoft joins the Open Invention Network to 'protect Linux and open source'
13 October 2018 at 8:34 pm UTC

Purple Library Guyshouldn't all that FAT stuff be running out at some point? It's friggin' ancient!

exFAT != FAT. Their patents are still effective for at least 10 years.
Purple Library Guyshouldn't all that FAT stuff be running out at some point? It's friggin' ancient!

exFAT != FAT. Their patents are still effective for at least 10 years.
Oh well.

Embrace, extend, and protect? Microsoft joins the Open Invention Network to 'protect Linux and open source'
13 October 2018 at 7:25 pm UTC

So I looked at the techrights article. It spends a whole lot of words saying little, and it's hard to tease out exactly what it's saying is bad about this. Frankly I think it's quite bad writing. But ultimately it seems to come down to a few things:

1. The OIN itself is problematic because it gets everyone to treat software patents like they're OK. I can see that point, but that isn't Microsoft's fault and I'm not going to consider Microsoft unusually bad just because they're not coming out backing software patent abolition.
2. Microsoft is holding back certain key patents, noticeably FAT-related ones. I'm not quite sure that's actually true, we've talked about the FAT issue, he seems to be relying on the same source, and what it says is not that Microsoft is holding back those patents but rather that relevant FAT-related code is not in the Linux kernel proper and so not protected by what OIN technically does. This again is not Microsoft's fault. If they are holding back those key patents, that is an issue. But it doesn't make all the other patents they are including in OIN irrelevant.
3. Microsoft have been systematically funneling patents to sort of deniably-affiliated patent trolls and siccing those patent trolls on its opponents rather than getting its own hands dirty, thus allowing it to have its propaganda cake and eat its enemies too. Joining the OIN makes no difference whatsoever to use of this tactic. This is a very important point if true, and would indeed make MS joining the OIN a worthless and deeply cynical move. I have seen techrights articles making this claim before. I've never seen anyone else discussing it, whether to agree or debunk it, so I'm not sure if it's true or not.

Side note . . . shouldn't all that FAT stuff be running out at some point? It's friggin' ancient! Have they been pulling those tricks like the pharma companies do where you tweak it a little and get a bunch of extra time?

Saturday Mag: Linux gaming news odds and ends plus a look at a few things on sale
13 October 2018 at 4:34 pm UTC Likes: 3

QuoteFinally, a question! What have you been playing this week and what do you think about it?

I've finally been able to compose myself and play Anmesia: The Dark Descent. I think I got it on sale or in a humble bundle a fair while ago. Now i'm into it, i'm quite enjoying it due to the atmosphere and story. Just wish I played it sooner!
I might have played Amnesia . . . can't remember.

Embrace, extend, and protect? Microsoft joins the Open Invention Network to 'protect Linux and open source'
13 October 2018 at 4:26 pm UTC

A more in depth answer about what it is not a good news as it may seems superficially.
Basically, Microsoft still does tons of patent trolling, he does not have given to OIN the patent used on patent trolling and the move can be seen as a way to legitimate software patent.
I'm never sure about techrights. Their basic position tends to agree with my prejudices, but the style is ranty and the articles always seem mostly to link to other techrights articles; generally it comes off too dodgy for me to trust even though it caters to me.

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