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Switzerland's Mega Tunnel Sets Record

Boldoran Re:What kind of trains? (163 comments)

There will be passenger trains and freight trains. The tunnel was partialy paid for by a road toll that every lorry (above a certain weight) that passes through switzerland has to pay (LSVA). The electricity. The federal railway company (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SBB-CFF-FFS) owns several hydro power plants that generate energy for the train network. I don't know if they are sufficent to provide enough power for all the train network but if not the additional power is likely to be produced by nuclear energy.

about 4 years ago
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Oracle's Java Company Change Breaks Eclipse

Boldoran Re:Using a company field to extract key VM info? (397 comments)

Yeah I have been slightly annoyed by this too. It seemed like the most important thing for them was not to advance java as a language but to kill every occurence of the Sun name on every webpage, splashscreen and hidden property field as fast as possible. I wonder when they will start to rename the package structure of the API.

more than 4 years ago
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Oracle's Java Company Change Breaks Eclipse

Boldoran Re:Using a company field to extract key VM info? (397 comments)

Huh? Vanilla Eclipse is very solid. It's the bazillion of plugins that the typical developer has installed. Sometimes you get one that is not up to par.

more than 4 years ago
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Is PC Gaming Set For a Comeback?

Boldoran Re:PC gaming never went away. (495 comments)

I suspect the difference here is in how PC and Console players view their purchases. With PC games, a game is understood to be a software purchase, something that has to be installed and configured, typically on only one machine and thereafter tied to that device. There has never been a resale market on PC games and they're not exactly the kind of thing you loan to a friend. The view of a PC game is therefore closer to the view of a MS Office disc.

I don't think this is true. When I was younger I constantly traded PC Games with my friends. Heck I am still missing my Baldurs Gate 2 disc because I lent it to a friend. Also I think there is this store for the XBox where you can buy games online too and as far as I know its very succesfull too.
I bought many many games in steam because they were on a very tempting sale. My biggest problem with steam is that they make it impossible for me to gift away my games. Steam is at the very border of what kind of DRM I am willing to take. For example I did not buy any Ubisoft game I was interested in since they tacked on their batshit insane DRM and I never will. Steam is a succsess because out of all the digital download services it offers the most useful features and a good mix of games. GOG is great but they are not useful if you want the newest indie title everyone is taking about. Impulse is on the right track too. If they manage to diversify and lower their prices a bit I can see them becoming a serious copetitor to stem

more than 4 years ago
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Linux Users Donate Twice As Much As Windows Users, On Average

Boldoran Re:Not surprising... (145 comments)

While it would be nice to conclude that Linux / Mac users are just nice people I don't think this is the only possible conclusion. I suspect many Linux users are a bit older (as in old enough to have a job) which leads to them having some money. Whereas your average kid with no money will tiyically have acces to the Family Computer running Windows.

more than 4 years ago
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Civilization V To Use Steamworks

Boldoran Re:I second that (295 comments)

Ok you are right. I agree that digital distribution is killing the second hand market. On the other hand there have been sales in these online stores with prices so low that I guess one would be hard pressed to find their match in the second hand market.

more than 4 years ago
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Civilization V To Use Steamworks

Boldoran Re:Let me rewrite the headline (295 comments)

By Test of Time I actually meant Call to Power. Got confused there for a second.

more than 4 years ago
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Civilization V To Use Steamworks

Boldoran Re:I second that (295 comments)

Correct me if I am wrong but I think steam lets you gift your games to other users so what is stoping you from doing that?

more than 4 years ago
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Civilization V To Use Steamworks

Boldoran Re:Let me rewrite the headline (295 comments)

Civ IV was the best Civ I ever played (I played a bit of Civ 1 and a lot of Civ II and Test of Time (not from Sid I know)). Periodic Internet connectivity is required for download. After tha you could turn off your Internet connection and keep playing as long as you want. Of course no DRM at all would be better but compared to the alternative soulutions by ubisoft etc steam is vastly more consumer friendly.

more than 4 years ago
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New Russian Weapon Hides In Shipping Container

Boldoran Re:The music (618 comments)

I thought I was alone in almost falling out of my chair laughing. But then it dawned to me that some of the guys that decide to buy these things might actually be psyched by this music like the 12 year old boys that they mentally are.

more than 4 years ago
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EU Conducts Test Flights To Assess Impact of Volcanic Ash On Aircraft

Boldoran Re:I live under the transatlantic flight path. (410 comments)

Well to be fair you must aknowledge that trains are paked full and there often are no rental cars available anyomre. And if you wan't to go to some place really far away ground transportation is sub optimal if you could not plan for the additional traveling time up front. Relatives of mine wanted to go on a week long vacation in Egypt. They had to cancel that plan.

more than 4 years ago
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How Did Wikileaks Do It?

Boldoran Re:They also left out a good deal of context (973 comments)

No it's not. If we'd actually, you know, declare war on a country that would be a different story. This was a UN police action that spiraled horribly out of control & has frankly, gone on way longer than it should have.

I don't think the UN has an active police mission in iraq. It never approved of the use of force in the first place.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

Boldoran Re:How are we supposed to understand this? (1671 comments)

Parent is absolutly spot on. Every time something like this happens there will be more angry men planing to hurt these guys that invaded their country sitting untouchable in their tanks and planes or even thousands of miles away controlling drones.
They can't hit them in conventional ways so they respond in the only way they can.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you will see every problem as a nail. The army should get some new tools.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

Boldoran Re:How are we supposed to understand this? (1671 comments)

How the hell can it this be justified by the circumstances. The attitude alone was repulsing. The gunner hoped for the badly wounded guy to crawl near a weapon so he could open up on him. In any case the ease with witch they killed those people is deeply disturbing.

Also how could all four members of those gunships be ok with the decision shoot the van? Even if it was paked full of rpgs witch it was clearly not it would have been no immediate threat to the choppers. They had it in their sight the entire time and even stated that they were evacuating wounded.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

Boldoran Re:Video (1671 comments)

Yes he deserves an award alright but it should be a f*** medal. What he did to report from a warzone took way more courage than sitting in an apache and hoping to find some guy that carries something that could pass as a weapon so you can push a button to blow him into pieces.

more than 4 years ago
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Disputed Island Disappears Into Sea

Boldoran Re:Hey, wait a minute (460 comments)

So according to you the warming is a natural process ergo it won't make any difference if we cut back our output of CO2.

more than 4 years ago
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Switzerland Passes Violent Games Ban

Boldoran Re:A is not A anymore (294 comments)

So was I. No one really expected that result (not even the initiators of the initiative).

Oh and you are of course right that we have expirienced similar tendencies before. After the second world war the largest group of immigrants to switzerland were the italians. Today they are pretty well respected and integrated. At the time however the xenophobia peaked in an initative from James Schwarzenbach which wanted to limit foreign workers in Switzerland to 10%. In the year 2000 there was again such an initiative to limit it to 18%. Both of these initiatives were turned down in a public vote.
When comenting on the problems of integration Max Frisch said (freely translated) "We wanted workers, but human beings were arriving".

more than 4 years ago
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Switzerland Passes Violent Games Ban

Boldoran Re:A is not A anymore (294 comments)

I am as much ashamed of the minarets ban as any straight thinking swiss. However I think it would be fair to point out that switzerland was the first european country to grant universal suffrage to its people in 1848.
Also I would like to point out that if other european countries would allow a popular vote on minarets I would not bet much money that the outcome would have been different there. Europe (altough not switzerland in particular) does absorb the bulk of migrating muslims. This sometimes leads to problems when the different cultures do clash and a growing sense of uneasieness in the genaral population. Especialy if real problems (lack of jobs for immigrants, tolerance on forced marriage) are not aknwledged by the politicians.
It is worth noting that the ban was only on minarets (as you pointed out correctly) I don't think that a ban of mosques would have passed. Still the ban as it stands now weakens the foundation of our democracy and I hope it will be nullified as soon as possible.

more than 4 years ago
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Switzerland Passes Violent Games Ban

Boldoran Re:there won't be ban (294 comments)

This is true. The actual law has not yet been created. This mandate may have found a majority only because the initiators played the "think of the children" card. I'm pretty sure some of the more lazy people in the parliament din't take the time to really go into the details yet. They just agreed with the general idea that we need an enforcable system to prevent children from getting M rated games. Of course this does make them look pretty bad especially since several members and even the Federal Minister warned them that the mandate is aiming at a total ban even for adults. Still I think this won't pass as a law in the end. And as pointed out even if it does we as the people can force a public vote on it (of course that won't be a cakewalk to win because the generation 45+ does not "get" games). Just pointing out that it is not time to freak out yet.

more than 4 years ago

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German buys stolen data on alleged tax evaders

Boldoran Boldoran writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Boldoran (1660753) writes "From the Article:

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, signalled her government's readiness today to purchase stolen secret Swiss bank account data on 1,500 alleged tax evaders from an informant. The informant, who used to work at the Swiss arm of the British bank, HSBC, has offered to sell the data to the government for €2.5m ($3.4m) Experts say the information, which is contained on a CD, could reap up to €200m (£278m) in tax revenue.

Thomas Sutter, the spokesman for the Swiss Bankers Association, cautioned Germany over acquiring "stolen property". He said he did not believe that the German government "would want to be seen as the recipient of stolen goods".

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