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World of Warcraft Can Boost Your Career

Boetsj And so, in the trade channel.... (272 comments)

[2. Trade - City] LolPalaDK is a NINJA!11!!!
[2. Trade - City] ~~ WTS Career boost, equivalent to MBA, pst ~~
[2. Trade - City] [Dirge]!

more than 4 years ago

White House Issues New Gas Mileage Standards

Boetsj Re:Smaller engines would be a good start. (555 comments)

My 2000 Volvo S40 weighs in at 1250kg (~2750 lbs) - it's running on a 1.8 litre petrol engine, with a manual 5-speed gearbox. The car is jokingly called 'tank' by my friends, as Volvos are known here for their nigh-excessive safety measures (both in terms of steel and airbags).

I'm averaging a petrol use of 29,4 mpg for regular everyday use (city-some highways-some Autobahn), which is about the rated use as well. Mind you, that's in a rather heavy, loaded-with-safety-features car that is about to see its 10th birthday. The only way I get crappier mileage is if I push hard on the Autobahn: If I'm doing 160kph (~100mph), my petrol consumption jumps to about 19.6 mpg. It's an awful lot of fun though :)

The current model (10 years down the road) weighs in a 1261kg (~2780 lbs) - a tiny 11kg/30lbs increase. (rated) Fuel consumption has actually become lower: 33.6mpg, for the same (somewhat more powerful) 1.8L engine.

I'd say that, at least for European my make/model, your arguments of ballooning and 'bullshit' safety measures don't fly. Based on absolutely nothing more than my gut feeling, I'm inclined to say that that is because of stricter regulations within the EU on fuel consumption.

If you go diesel, the current-day offerings are even more impressive:

  • The Volvo in a 1.6 Start/Stop Diesel version is now available: rated mileage - 58.8 mpg.
  • Without the Start/Stop technology (which I don't think anybody really uses), the 1.6 Diesel is still offering a whopping 52.9 mpg.

These both come with an automatic - which is undoubtedly optimised for fuel economy.

more than 4 years ago

On-Demand Video + CMS + Interactive Input For Museum?

Boetsj Museum with similar interactive-stuff setup (131 comments)

Almost in my backyard, Twentse Welle (site is in English) is a pretty cool interactive museum. Their site is in English as well, and you may want to get into touch with them.

more than 5 years ago

Vulnerability, Potential Exploit In Cisco WLAN APs

Boetsj Config option, not all that bad (35 comments)

Apparently you can 'just' disable Over-the-Air-Provisioning (OTAP) to remove the threat, so it's not that big of a deal I'd say.

more than 5 years ago

Harvard Study Says Weak Copyright Benefits Society

Boetsj Other studies tell the same story (326 comments)

A similar study has been conducted before in the Netherlands: Downloading benefits the Dutch economy (in Dutch, Google Translation). This study had been ordered by the department of Education, Culture and Science, the department of Economic Affairs and the Justice department.

A downloaded movie, CD or game is not equal to a product not sold, say the researchers. Also, "Amongst downloaders of music and film, the percentage of buyers is as high as with non-downloaders, in games, the percentage of buyers even higher. Music downloaders are also more likely to concerts and buy more merchandise. Downloaders buy more games than gamers who never downloaded and movies downloaders buy more DVDs than non-downloaders."

more than 5 years ago

Court Rejects RIAA's Proposed Protective Order

Boetsj Re:OK, now what... (197 comments)

argh, mis-moderated, posting to remove.

more than 5 years ago

Project Management For Beginners?

Boetsj Re:Check out FogBugz! (168 comments)

We are using FogBugz, and quite merrily. I feel it's a bit light on the project management side of things, but apparently there's a host of improvements coming up in the upcoming version. The book that goes with version 6.x even states explicitly that you'll probably need some additional tooling for project management, such as a tool to create GANTT-charts and other planning stuff.

more than 5 years ago

Visitors To US Now Required To Register Online

Boetsj And another reason not to visit the US (734 comments)

... too bad, I'd really liked to have seen those miracles of nature within the US borders. Ohwell, I'll pour my money into another country's economy. Northern Spain is pretty nice in spring, I've heard.

about 6 years ago

RIAA Gives Up In Atlantic Recording v. Brennan

Boetsj Sooo.. will it cost the RIAA? (230 comments)

Is there any way the RIAA can now be held accountable for the costs incurred by the legal system for reviewing the this nonsense?

about 6 years ago

Time To Discuss Drug Prohibition?

Boetsj Re:I wouldn't hold my breath (1367 comments)

When you get to a dealer, see if he knows someone that can get you your drug of choice. (He might even have it himself.)

For me, this is one of the key strengths of Dutch "soft" (i.e. weed/hash) drugs policy: because it has been regulated, there's a strict line between the relatively harmless weed and the stronger "hard" drugs like XTC, heroin and the likes. Availability of the latter in the so-called coffee-shops over here is non-existant, which means crossing over from weed to the serious stuff also means a whole change of setting for acquiring it, as opposed to 'just' getting it from the same dealer.

more than 6 years ago


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