Ross154   The long, uneventful wait for Elite:Dangerous for Linux

October 5, 2010

Confused with something else…

Filed under: advocacy,gaming,linux,rant,society,technology — Victor Tramp @ 11:13 pm
Confused with something else...

Without free software, there’s no free market. In the Microsoft/Apple ecologies, there is only the PERCEPTION of a free market. It isn’t truly free to anyone if Microsoft/Apple can come around and change or impose the rules whenever they feel like it, regardless of who’s work suffers.

In the free software ecology, there is plenty of freedom for developers. Alas, freedom is not free, and that is why there  are a seemingly daunting amount of graphical user interfaces, APIs, licenses, and so on. The bottom line is; man up, Valve, make your own way. Free platforms even welcome closed source works, you know, like Steam.

March 10, 2010

The New Second Class Citizenship

Filed under: advocacy,debian,hardware,linux,politix,rant,society — Victor Tramp @ 12:01 pm
The New Second Class Citizenship

It’s that season again! Being delivered today is my new Sager 9280 notebook! I wonder how it’ll stand being indoctrinated into the Church of Debian Unstable..

Ha, notebook my chocolate starfish… This thing is more of a laptop, in the traditional sense of the word.  This monstrosity makes me think there should be yet another mobile-computing term beyond ninja, monk, and samurai.. I’m considering this one in the Sumo Class.. I’m really quite excited about it. Maybe more later on Sager’s win/lose ratio..

It took forever to find a notebook to match my requirements.. 17″, 1920×1200, no Windows pre-installed.. it was as if I could have the physical size, or the resolution, but not both, and when I did find both, I was forced to accept the Microsoft Tax, or GTFO.. Naturally I chose the latter option.


August 10, 2009

Oh looky, a rant on the internet! How original!

Filed under: rant,society,technology — Victor Tramp @ 2:37 pm
Oh looky, a rant on the internet! How original!

So, Twitter goes down and Facebook goes down, and suddenly people don’t know what hit them? I’ve never understood how so much of the Internet’s population can mistake a website for a public utility. It’s as if Twitter is supposed to be some deeply embedded component of the internet’s inherent architecture, and when it’s not working; teh OMG, Now what?!

That the majority of twitterers & facebookers don’t realize, much less care, that they’re communicating over a closed, privately owned channel (which may or may not be harvesting their information, relationships, and communications for purposes they never intended) really isn’t my point.

That the attacks were targeting one person, and wound up crippling entire social networking sites (illustrating a lack of integrity in the operating systems involved in the attack,)  isn’t my point either..

I just find it so crazy how surprising and paralyzing it can become to people when one random websites or another goes down. Like a handful of corporations think they can be their own social revolution or something. It’s odd that people have such a hard time seeing past the facade. It seems the strengths of open protocols and federated systems would be far more evident in times like these, but instead, people hardly remember email, or XMPP, or their own blogs.

Whatever. I guess I get it. It’s just so disheartening.

July 14, 2009

On galaxies which don’t even exist yet,

Filed under: elite,gaming,rant,wishlist — Victor Tramp @ 1:20 am
On galaxies which don't even exist yet,
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Originally Posted by smars View Post
It is easy – you are fans and so rule #1 applies: Thou shall buy all possible editions in all possible languages – including the £10.000.000,00 special edition supplied in a box of purest gold and comes with a meteor fragment (*).

Anyway, Frontier will always do what it can to supply the best interface for each platform we release on. I think a case in point actually is Thrillville: Off the Rails where we made good use of the capabilities of the Wii even though it was kind of unique in its control-scheme compared to the other platforms that we released the game upon.

After that it is just personal opinions. For what it is worth mine is to go with the Xbox 360 version of as many games as possible. Why? Because I stick the disc in the drive and it works, compared to the countless of hours I have spent tracking down driver-issues in PC games.

Crap.. crap crap crap..

Why in the world would a console platform possibly be acceptable for a game which is supposed to be as deep as the Elite series has always been??

Driver issues??? Are you kidding me? That’s gotta be nonsense, if you can’t handle drivers and configuration in your own computer, you probably won’t even appreciate, much less like, Elite 4.. unless.. it’s dumbed down… I guess.

Also, are we to believe E4 will really be comparable to …Thrillville? I’m sure there are plenty of games which translate well onto PC and consoles, but it’s a matter of fact, not opinion, that some games are way better suited for a PC, but it’s not about that ultimately, is it? It’s about money.

E2F and FFE were really very left handed games, which didn’t have a broad appeal like doom or world of warcrack. Hell, even for 1993, the graphics for FFE were behind. Yet the people who got it, really got it, and loved those games for vast oceans of deep space fiction they were.. It was elite fans who went to the extent of taking over a usenet group, of all things. …driver issues, indeed.

Aiming for the big blockbuster smash hit of the century with Elite 4 will, in fact, require the game to be less than what it would be if it wasn’t being made to maximize profit. Will this sorely disappoint about half the elite fans that are still fanatical today? Certainly money doesn’t care about that I’ve been an elite fan since the first one I played as a teenager on the commodore 64, nor that I’ve followed since before even AOL had internet access. Money cares about fresh influxes and happy investors/shareholders.

Do I think it shouldn’t be about money? Now that is the matter of opinion, I suppose. My opinion is; labors of love stand a better chance of being great to those that would appreciate them, but businesses don’t run on Love(tm), so there’s no reason to expect E4 of not being a labor of commerce, like everything else, sadly. It would be more revolutionary for me to believe a game development house wanted to make a game not everybody would like, even though those who did like it, would love it.

Yah, I sound like a cynical crank I guess, whatever.. It’s great to have media out in the wild about E4. It’s great to know it’s not actually dead.. It’s great to see that the mother of all space flight sims might still see the light of day someday.. It’s disheartening to know my expectations shouldn’t be so high though.

Hell, some of us still have to switch from hoping to praying it works under WINE, since it’s now clear there’ll be no Linux support, and probably active antagonism to attempts to make it work. (Not to mention the crap I’ll get for even just saying the “L” word.) Fun.


Recycle or die.

June 22, 2009

Byproducts of compelxity

Filed under: advocacy,hardware,linux,rant,Stuff,technology,wishlist — Victor Tramp @ 10:53 pm
Byproducts of compelxity

So, there’s nothing like watching both Microsoft and Apple getting kicked in the balls.. Here ye, here ye, the first Linux platform running Microsoft products.. or wait, EAS? Are you serious? On a Linux based phone??


Oh, but lets not forget everyone’s favorite.. Hi, I’m an iPod.. and I’m a.. uh.. what he said.. iTunes says… ok! ^_^  …Will Apple actually try and stop them? You know that sensation when you see somebody take one in the sack? Damn…

It’s like some perverse capitalistic kung-fu movie with Palm as the down and out hero coming back full force…

All they need now is developer support.. So far, they’re not helping themselves by the SDK being so far off, but you can tell they know, since they’re expanding their early access..

We’ll see.. Its quality is quite an affront to, at least two, industry giants, but in a subtle way. It’ll be interesting to see how the dominoes fall over the next 6 months. Maybe the best of all cases, nothing big will ever come of it, and reason has one more prevailing precedent on its side.

July 14, 2008

Gargoyles are not yet among us

Filed under: hardware,rant,society,technology,wishlist — Victor Tramp @ 7:17 pm
Gargoyles are not yet among us

Even if you tell people outright, that wearable computing is real, and literally weeks away, they actively don’t believe it. I guess i don’t blame them. I guess to some folks it seems pretty far fetched.

April 11, 2008

Handbasket Jockeys (sans context)

Filed under: politix,rant,society — Victor Tramp @ 12:19 pm
Handbasket Jockeys (sans context)

Hi folks,

Hate to jump in again, but Dick Cheney, Bill Clinton, and George H.W.
Bush kinda ARE our standards… In the eyes of the rest of the world…

For better or for worse, Jesus ain’t the only game in town down here
on good ol’ Earth. So in our particular stretch of land which we’ve
arbitrarily marked as “America” which we rightly stole from the First
Nations peoples, built on the back of African, Chinese, and Irish
slaves, and have fought and defended bravely for a paltry 200 or so
years since, we are ACTUALLY held to a certain standard by the rest of
Humanity and all their various cultures and beliefs. This standard is
directly set by our leaders and their Foreign Policies..

Christianity might be a fine set of ideals to live by, but it’s not
what the founding fathers based this country on (many of them weren’t
even that religious themselves), and therefore shouldn’t be a big
surprise that our political system has fought tooth and nail to keep
them separate from any one given belief system since its inception.

So in the end, it’s not what you believe that affects how this country
is shaped, but what you do for your country (whether in the name of
those beliefs or not) that matters. Even if you hate the US, if you’re
a citizen of the US, your hatred should be allowed and embraced.
People confuse hatred for the US by its own citizens for
ungratefulness. This is misguided, because if you are trying to make a
difference to this country, whether to your government or your flock,
your hatred can and will have the opportunity to be transformed into
love and respect if you can perceive that your efforts are being rewarded.

I realized recently what the saying “freedom isn’t free” really means
lately, as I fight my own social battles to promote and produce a free
society around me. As society slowly embraces my ideals and those of
my compatriots, my personal disdain for this country slowly recedes.
I’m sure if my (or anyone’s) ideals that they’ve fought for are wrong
or bad for this country, that the other freedom loving citizens of
this country will keep the debates alive and the hardheaded will be
routed or silenced, or best ignored and freedom will still find a way
to prevail.. But I can’t stress enough that even those who are wrong
in their thinking ought to be free to be wrong, and be free to be
proven wrong, and be free to change their minds..

So while I wholeheartedly disagree that Jesus should have anything
directly to do with my country’s politics, and while I respectfully
can’t fault people for disagreeing with me, I am still compelled to
remind people that we are one of very few countries [if any] that HAVE
based our whole political system on the idea that our sovereignty is
not God given. We’ve fought for the freedom of ALL faiths have a
place in our society, and for ALL people to be seen as created equal.

Let’s keep up that good fight an stick to peoples’ actions for this
country, and for their communities, in -whomever’s- name. Nobody’s a
perfect Christian, nobody’s a perfect person, so what if people stay
stupid things, it’s what they do that counts, isn’t it?

All that being said, I should disclaim that i don’t give a damn who
Jeremiah Wright is, or what he’s done or said.. But confusing
political propaganda and religious sentiment is what got us 8 years of
Dubya.. and Democrat, or Republican, (or independent like me), can we
not go thru that again please?


love ya,


December 19, 2007


Filed under: politix,rant,society — Victor Tramp @ 3:47 pm

An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds.. A pessimist is afraid that’s true.

December 8, 2007

The Music (and Movie) Industry’s Guide to Saving Its Own Ass

Filed under: advocacy,politix,rant,society,technology — Victor Tramp @ 11:35 pm
The Music (and Movie) Industry's Guide to Saving Its Own Ass

…or, a glimpse at how silly the concept of “intellectual property” really is.

Walking the streets of San Diego’s Gaslamp District on a Saturday night during toorcon, a thought occurred to me that cascaded into a long monologue into a fellow hacker’s ear (sorry ’bout that, Aftershock.)

Watching the music industry embarrass themselves by suing the pants off their own customers in light of changing market conditions was exceedingly amusing for the first 40,000 headlines, but then it began to get old. Being myself, a tiny part of the technology fabric weaving its way ubiquitously through human society, it was obvious what was going to happen in 1998 when encoding music from CD’s into MP3s became all the rage among technology enthusiasts. By 2007 everybody and their grandmother (literally) was doing it, except apparently, the recording industry.

Copying music from CD to computer, from computer to device, from device to phone, to email, inadvertently to tape backup, across the internet to 60,000 computers at once, getting 60 songs from your friend, or giving 32,000 songs to a complete stranger you met at a party who happened to bring his external USB drive too (usb drives? at a party?)… Well it’s practically every day stuff.. It’s the information economy. Send an email, send a spreadsheet, send a song.. How often do people write to each other “you gotta see this!” followed by a VideoSift or YouTube link, or with an attachment..

It was a mystery to me (and still is for most people,) what possible successful survival schemes exist for record labels. Could record labels hold on to their coveted positions as middlemen, scouts, and distributors for talent while the internet made it abundantly clear that artists could finally speak for and represent themselves to the entire developed world? How does, what amounts to, a broker industry thrive when, over the internet, artists can now even collaborate with each other, on a professional scale, simultaneously or time shifted, while continents apart, and distribute the results to millions of others worldwide?

Turns out, the labels’ answer is pretty easy.. Expensive as hell, but easy.

Now the question is, will businesses catch on in in time? The law is as antiquated as the music world’s industrial age business practices are, and criminalizing customers certainly isn’t turning out to be very good for the ol’ bottom line. Will some other economic force blossom which changes law and business in order to do what is needed to move music and society forward?

Let’s break down the problem in more depth and explore some avenues towards graceful, profitable solutions.


October 18, 2007

Nokia needs Viagra

Filed under: hardware,linux,rant,wishlist — Victor Tramp @ 1:08 pm
Nokia needs Viagra

Nokia is releasing the N810 soon.

It’s the win in every category, except that it’s smaller.

Why can’t they (or anyone) make an internet tablet which is steno pad sized??? What the hell is wrong with people that every devices has to be right out of Zoolander ??

Full size tablet notebooks fail because they are too large.

PDA “tablets” fail because they’re too small..

This N810 device has REALLY NICE specs considering.. It’s a handy tool for folks like me who already have 3 notebooks, like to have (access to) one wherever I go, but it’s not practical to take a notebook everywhere (without looking like a tool.) The N800 has always been attractive, because of it’s swissarmyknife like features, but it was impractical to me without a keyboard (ssh anyone?) and some size .. now the N810 is coming, and it’s got a KEYBOARD, and even BETTER features, but it’s !@$#%@#$% SMALLER!??!?!?!

I hate you Nokia; you’ve invented a wonderful, very attractvive information tool that does nearly everything I could think to ask for in a tablet (except maybe some nice USB master ports) and you’ve wrapped it in complete fail!


August 30, 2007

Shortcomings of Monoculture

Filed under: rant,society — Victor Tramp @ 11:47 pm
Shortcomings of Monoculture

In light of recent news about the Storm botnet, I find myself all wound up again about the state of the world’s futureshock…

July 21, 2007

Putting to bed the ol’ Pirates vs. Ninjas debate

Filed under: rant,society — Victor Tramp @ 5:56 am
Putting to bed the ol' Pirates vs. Ninjas debate

For the uninitiated, there’s an ongoing lighthearted debate in the hacker world… It’s a little old (as hacker memes go), but essentially it boils down to; who’s cooler, Pirates or Ninjas?

I’m personally tired of hearing about it, so I’ll make thing’s painfully clear for everybody..

ninjas are cooler. Obviously

July 14, 2007

Shouting into the nothingness, again…

Filed under: rant,society,technology — Victor Tramp @ 12:33 am
Shouting into the nothingness, again...

So I’m listening to NPR, and they’re doing a piece on WiFi access at KOA (Kampgrounds of America) campgrounds. And I’m irritated to no end. But why? A hand full of people with tons of knowledge and experience, discussing; why this isn’t camping, the technical difficulties of putting up wireless in the wilderness, and whether or not the internet’s an addiction.

Hmm, well first of all. The internet isn’t an addiction, in the same sense that fire isn’t alive. Oh I’m sure there are some poor whackjobs out there that are indeed addicted to things on the internet, and when they’re taken away they’ll cry like little babies, but that’s any real, actual, addiction.

The internet itself is just a bunch of computers strung together granting various degrees of access to one another.. That’s a pretty esoteric concept to get addicted to.. I’d hope this would help put to bed some of this silliness, but nobody in charge of psychology is reading this.


April 26, 2007

Sometimes it’s me…

Filed under: rant — Victor Tramp @ 10:40 pm
Sometimes it's me...

I swear my I.Q. must be on a trampoline.. with a hole in it… over quicksand… Sometimes my brain just falls right in and just keeps sinking..

all my email was erased. All of it.. and where was my backup? looking at another partition!

tra la la, backup over heeere, backup over theeere..

one bad debian package remove, and WHAM..

i ar teh st00pid!