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Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

Beetjebrak Re:My theory (1010 comments)

Halfway through a wite the thing goes botched.. and now your filesystem integrity is b0rked beyond all hope of repair. You might be able to clone the SSD onto a new one or onto a magnetic disk and repair the damage from there. Sure the disk may be readable, but your data may just as well be very far up shit creek by then.

about a year and a half ago
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Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server

Beetjebrak Re:I must be getting old (281 comments)

I have a SGI Octane sitting in the corner here which doubles very nicely as a room heater. IRIX is also stuffed to the brim with clever tweaks and ideas, so it's a bit of both I guess.

about 2 years ago
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Professors Rejecting Classroom Technology

Beetjebrak Re:The funny thing at my university (372 comments)

An Amiga 500 or Commodore 64 would have been a lot more inspiring, considering the huge demoscenes these platforms had in their heydays.

about 2 years ago
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Professors Rejecting Classroom Technology

Beetjebrak Re:The funny thing at my university (372 comments)

CS grads who can't remember or figure out where to find critical documents lack the basic intelligence or the motivation needed to finish the program: they should fail. Same goes for those who can't click their way around a basic OS + wordprocessor combo and manage backup copies of their docs: epic fail. Electronic courseware is a godsend as far as I'm concerned: thousands upon thousands of pages fit in a simple tablet or ereader which puts it all at your fingertips. Back when I was a student books and other paperwork took a sizable chunk out of my already cramped living space. A tablet with a usable browsing/searching app would have been most welcom.

about 2 years ago
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The Human Brain Project Receives Up To $1.34 Billion

Beetjebrak Re:Finally doing what Microsoft should have done.. (181 comments)

Why don't you get a life yourself instead of slinging insults and profanities at people you know nothing about from behind the cowardly mask of online anonymity?

about 2 years ago
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Linux: Booting Via UEFI Can Brick Samsung Notebooks

Beetjebrak Re:Typical Samsung... (232 comments)

Which patents are those, exactly, and where is it proven that they are being infringed upon by Linux?

about 2 years ago
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5 Years After Major DNS Flaw Found, Few US Companies Have Deployed Long-term Fix

Beetjebrak Re:Challenge STILL stands, unscathed... apk (313 comments)

Dude.. I've just read post upon post of agressive flaming here, mostly from you. Expressing yourself in such an insufferable know-it-all kind of way detracts hugely from any technical merit your software may have, which I'm not disputing because I haven't looked at it. I'm simply extremely distrustful of anyone who keeps repeating that they're unquestionably right on everything they say. Sounds too much like a priest I knew as a child.

about 2 years ago
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Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

Beetjebrak Re:Language is hardly relevant (437 comments)

That comment was actually better the second time I read it.

about 2 years ago
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Blizzard Reportedly Planning A Linux Game For 2013

Beetjebrak Re:Gee haven't heard that before... (353 comments)

6 isn't that far-fetched. You have Debian and its many derivatives which are extremely similar under the hood, RedHat and its seven dwarfs which will manage with the same RPM, OpenSUSE and a few oddballs like Arch, Gentoo and Slackware. If Blizzard supports these, the rest of the world will support itself right up to FreeBSD and back as long as Blizzard provides both x86 and amd64 builds and lets us know what libs they link against.

about 2 years ago
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Blizzard Reportedly Planning A Linux Game For 2013

Beetjebrak Re:Gee haven't heard that before... (353 comments)

Just release it for the most popular distro(-family), which is undeniably Ubuntu (covering Debian and Mint as well). The geeks will get it to work on everything else, no support needed or they wouldn't be using non-Ubuntu or non-Mint Linux anyway. As long as Blizzard provides builds for Ubuntu LTS x86 and amd64, the rest will be done for them.

about 2 years ago
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In Vitro Grown Meat 'Nearly Possible'

Beetjebrak Re:Processed beyond recognition (260 comments)

You just proved my point. Somehow there's a yuck-factor involved when actual meat is grown in a lab, but it's apparently not there when consumers see processed soy proteins, salt and artificial flavoring pressed together into a cheap "chicken" burger. I'd call that a double standard. If actual real chicken breast can be grown in a lab without animals suffering, I'll have that over any of the mystery meat today's fast-food chains sell.

about 2 years ago
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In Vitro Grown Meat 'Nearly Possible'

Beetjebrak Processed beyond recognition (260 comments)

I don't understand the yuck-factor. Go buy a McChicken at the big yellow M. There's nothing recognizably chicken-ish about that product at all. The taste and texture is completely different from the chicken I tasted as a kid, when my grandfather would routinely kill and prepare his own chickens for dinner. I can tell you from personal experience that the yuck-factor in actually killing a chicken with a blade is much higher than that of an electricallly stimulated nuggy grown inside a petri dish.

about 2 years ago
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Free Software NVIDIA Driver Now Supports 3D Acceleration With All GeForce GPUs

Beetjebrak Re:I want FreeBSD support... (159 comments)

Well, with the GEM/KMS work on Intel progressing I'd guess FreeBSD support for Nouveau will also come within reach..

about 2 years ago
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'Hobbit' Creates Big Data Challenge

Beetjebrak Ironic.. (245 comments)

The Hobbit, scarcely 300 paper pages of children's story in print, leads to a big data problem. Now there's excessive bloat if I ever saw any.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

Beetjebrak Re:You don't (683 comments)

I used to be 29 when working with a colleague who was 64 at the time. He learned programming in ALGOL on Burroughs mainframes. Very tight, very sparse, very unreadable when he did Perl. Perl in fact lets you do this, as does C, but it's not needed anymore. It was downright impossible to get him to rename functions and variables to something descriptive or to use comments. That stuff used to cost back when the bits of RAM were visible with the naked eye. Today the balance tips another way. Doesn't mean the old dogs see any merit in that though and they will wield their seniority when pushed too hard. Personally I can really enjoy tweaking 6502 or 68K assembly by hand, but that's a hobby. At work I deal with business applications that, when slow, usually are just fed more iron because it's cheaper. The inner geek cringes at the thought, but it's the reality of business.

about 2 years ago
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Why Do You Want To Kill My Pet? Zynga Shuts Down PetVille, 10 Others

Beetjebrak "Invest" (377 comments)

Investment implies some form of return.. Sinking time into pointless games in't an investment, it's a waste.

--Ebenezer Scrooge

about 2 years ago
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FAA Device Rules Illustrate the Folly of a Regulated Internet

Beetjebrak Re:Pilots... (449 comments)

Halon? Are those even legal anymore!?

about 2 years ago

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