Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Dec 2012 00:32 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Now that the holidays are upon us (happy holidays!) and the year is about to end, we at OSNews thought it time to finally lift the veil a little bit on the next version of OSNews - OSNews 5. I've hinted at this next version of OSNews here and there in the comments, but we think it's time to make it all a little bit more official by taking in some initial feedback.
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RE[3]: Feedback
by WereCatf on Thu 27th Dec 2012 03:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Feedback"
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Something like Gravatar maybe? I believe it generates a 'random' thumbnail for people, but they are also able to customize it.

I was thinking about randomized avatars myself, too, earlier today. One would really only need a randomized bunch of greyscale images, then randomize the colour the image should be shifted to, and then assign that to any new account. Since even the basic 32bit colouring scheme yields ~4 billion different possibilities and each new greyscale template would add another ~4 billion different possibilities the system would basically never run out of avatars. Quick, dirty, and yet surprisingly efficient.

There's a whole lot of various avatars and templates available under Creative Commons - licenses, so it doesn't really seem that big of a problem to me.

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