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Duke Nukem 3D Code Review

Bluecobra Re: duke nuken (128 comments)

They most certainly had onboard graphics by the time these games came out. My Packard Bell POS 9000 with a 75mhz pentium had one. The onboard Cirrus Logic card took away 1mb out of my 8mb of system memory. Quake was the reason behind my first computer upgrade - - it needed at least 8mb to run.

about a year and a half ago

ITU Approves Deep Packet Inspection

Bluecobra Yeah, well... (152 comments)

... I'm gonna go build my own Internet! With blackjack and hookers! In fact, forget the Internet!

about 2 years ago

T-Mobile Exec Calls For End To Cell Phone Subsidies

Bluecobra Re:There needs to be a way to avoid the subsidy. (355 comments)

T-Mobile does this:

For $50/month you can get 500 voice minutes, unlimited text, and 2GB of data.

In comparison to AT&T, they offer a subsidized plan for $90/month and that includes 450 voice minutes, unlimited text, and 3GB of data. Let's say with T-Mobile you get the above plan for $50/month and a phone for $550. At the end of 24 months you will have paid $1,750. If you got AT&T and paid $200 for a subsidized phone, you will have paid $2,360 at the end of 24 months. This is pretty much the primary reason why I am a T-Mobile customer.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use

Bluecobra Re:No, there's no need (671 comments)

Maybe, maybe not. There may be key-loggers installed which still grab your keystrokes.
Further, you can set up machines to prevent booting from anything other than the hard drive, then lock the bios.

How exactly will a software keylogger installed on the operating system on the local disk be able to grab keystrokes if you booted off a livecd? If you are talking about hardware keyloggers, that may make sense for a desktop computer in where the keylogger lies between the USB or PS/2 connection. I really doubt that a company would go through the trouble to install a keylogger in the proprietary ribbon cable between the laptop keyboard and the motherboard.

more than 2 years ago

Raspberry Pi PCB Layout Revealed

Bluecobra Re:Features? (112 comments)

I agree, I wish there was a kit I could buy to build a functional computer that could run a modern Linux distro. I know that they make a kit called "Replica 1" that you can build an Apple I clone, but I wonder if there is something out there more advanced. I was thinking how awesome it would be to assemble something like a Raspberry Pi and put it into a case with a similar formfactor as a ZX Spectrum.

more than 2 years ago

Solaris 11 Released

Bluecobra $1,000/year per CPU for non-Oracle hardware (224 comments)

Ever since Oracle bought out Sun, they went overboard with the licensing costs for Solaris. Remember a few years back when Sun will let you run Solaris 10 for free? Well no more, if you have a non-Oracle two processor server it will cost you $2,000 per year. You don't own a license, you are basically renting the privilege to run Solaris on a server for one year. Also, you only get one flavor of support which they laughably call "premium". Their support is a joke now, and in my experience the good Sun engineers left a long time ago. For starters, you now get to talk to an overseas helpdesk which logs your call and for severity one issues, they give you a call back in an hour (if you're lucky). It used to be you will call an easy to remember number (1-800-USA-4SUN) and you will get a live transfer to a knowledgeable engineer to fix your problem. A few years ago I used to be a staunch supporter of Sun and Solaris but it seems like Oracle has done everything to drive me away from Sun's hardware and software. I am pretty sure I am not the only one either.

more than 2 years ago

AT&T Admits Network Can't Handle iPhone, iPad Traffic

Bluecobra Re:Stupid (298 comments)

Not to mention that they charge $45/month for just 4gb of data. I just priced out an iPhone 4 with 450 voice minutes, unlimited text, and 4gb of data and it came out to a whopping $104.99/month PLUS taxes. I pay T-Mobile $70/month for the same service. I'm not looking forward to being an AT&T customer once they acquire T-Mobile.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Android For Development?

Bluecobra Re:Nexus S (203 comments)

This is false. I own both a HTC G1 and a Samsung Vibrant which both have the US T-Mobile 3G frequencies and I had no problems using T-Mobile's prepaid 3G network in the UK. The only caveat is to make sure that the phones are unlocked so they will accept a UK SIM card.

more than 3 years ago

Oracle Could Reap $1 Million For Domain

Bluecobra Re:Destroying the brand? (183 comments)

What brand? Oracle has already re-branded everything that has to do with Sun. Try installing the latest update of Solaris 10 and looking at /etc/release:

                                        Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 s10x_u9wos_14a X86
                                        Copyright (c) 2010, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
                                        Assembled 11 August 2010

Granted, they haven't renamed all of the acronyms (built-in packages are still SUNW*) but I wouldn't put it past them. Sun Microsystems is a completely dead brand and means nothing now. I kind of wish IBM would of bought them after all.

more than 3 years ago

Nintendo Warns 3D Games Can Ruin Children's Eyes

Bluecobra Re:What I have been telling people. (229 comments)

Nintendo didn't pull the Virtual Boy because of its headache inducing red LED display, they pulled it because it was a shitty console that nobody bought.

more than 3 years ago

Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings

Bluecobra Re:UK gasoline (petrol) currently approx $6.60 (762 comments)

Part of the reason why your petrol prices are so high is that your government charges 56.19 pence per litre in taxes. In the US, the taxes are far less and vary by state. In my state (Illinois), the taxes come out to about 0.10 pence per liter. If you buy 100 liters of fuel, you will be paying 56.19 GDP in just taxes while in Illinois it will only be 10 GDP. If we raised taxes to the same levels here, it would definitely force to buy more fuel efficient fuel cars today instead of waiting until the next fuel crisis (and subsequently whining about fuel prices).

more than 4 years ago

Android 2.0 — Competition Against the iPhone and the Rest

Bluecobra Re:Article already out of date (347 comments)

What about rural villages where electricity is scarce? Wouldn't you rather have more talk/standby time then a color screen? What about poor people who can't afford a basic phone? The cheaper mobile phones become, it enables more people who never had a phone in their entire lives to get one. And by the way, Motorola isn't the only maker of cell phones. For example, Nokia has a whole line of low-cost phones including the super-cheap 1203, which has 636 hours of standby and 9 hours of talk time.

more than 4 years ago

Android 2.0 — Competition Against the iPhone and the Rest

Bluecobra Re:Article already out of date (347 comments)

I think it would be possible, you have to remember that there are still a lot of developing countries that are being introduced to mobile phones for the first time, and they have to be affordable. For example, Motorola released the F3 a few years ago and it has an eink display: It's super cheap and it's not sold in the US or Canada. I thought about ordering one online to serve as a backup phone or for when I want to go on a bike ride and don't want to lug around my expensive smart phone.

more than 4 years ago

Android 2.0 — Competition Against the iPhone and the Rest

Bluecobra Re:One problem killing the iPhone... (347 comments)

I would argue that one weakness is that Apple is the only maker of the iPhone and thus you are stuck with their hardware if you like it or not. With Android you have choice of hardware. I like hardware keyboards myself, so I can buy a phone that has one, like the HTC Dream, or Motorola Droid. For people that like software keyboards, you can get the HTC Dream or Hero for example. I can guarantee that Apple will never release a version of the iPhone with a hardware keyboard.

more than 4 years ago

Linux Games For Non-Gamers?

Bluecobra OpenTTD (460 comments)

OpenTTD (which is based on Transport Tycoon Deluxe) is a great game and you can quickly loose track of the time building intricate train networks. You do need the original game files but this is pretty easy to do with the help of Google.

more than 4 years ago

Palm Frees Up webOS Development

Bluecobra Re:Not reviewing them in any way? Really? (117 comments)

No, Palm shouldn't be checking apps and they should keep webOS as open as possible. Anybody in the world should be able to write an application for a phone and the end user should be able to run it with no restrictions, just like I can on my computer. I am not a baby and shouldn't be treated as such by my phone company/headset maker. I can download applications to my Android phone from anywhere (by enabling a checkbox in my phone's settings) and yet to encounter any malware. I like how people keep throwing this argument that by letting users download any application is going to perpetuate malware/viruses when it doesn't. How many people do you know gotten malware/viruses from Android?

more than 4 years ago

Wii Gets Price Cut To $199

Bluecobra Re:It's not the console, it's the games (320 comments)

This is why I love digital distribution platforms like Steam or Direct2Drive on the PC. I have gotten so many fantastic deals in the past from them. They heavily discount top rated games too, I've seen games like Bioshock go for $5, Fallout 3 for $25, Team Fortress 2 for $10, etc. It's too bad that console games stay so expensive, maybe the next generation of consoles will really push digital distribution to keep costs down so they can compete with Steam/Direct2Drive on their prices.

more than 4 years ago


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