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Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

CAPSLOCK2000 Gliding scale (118 comments)

I don't think your perspective on this is right. There is no hard cut-off between fully depending on support an doing everything yourself. At the very least you will need someone to talk with support. You will always have someone who is acting as an administrator and who will solve problems. Sooner or later you are going to run into problems that can be fixed without support. If you don't want to keep fixing the same problem over and over you are better of sending the fix upstream. With or without the help of payed support.

about two weeks ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

CAPSLOCK2000 Re:Not as bad as it sounds. (197 comments)

No, Moore's law is still going strong. Moore never said that your computer would get any faster, just that you would get more transistors in the same space. Newer hardware is still getting more transistors but the application of all those transistors has been shifted in a different direction and games do not always benefit.

Modern processors are much better at running multiple processes at the same time. Most games however don't use that capability, single core performance is what counts in most games. Therefor games don't benefit as much from improvements in transistor count as the used to.
Also, much of the heavy lifting is no longer done by the CPU. The GPU is doing most of the work. As the GPU is doing most of the graphics work the CPU has more time available for the rest of the game.
Thirdly, most high-end games are now designed for multiple platforms. Thus they are limited to the performance of the lowest common denominator which often is a game console. Most game-engines are very flexible and will adjust to work with slower hardware by decreasing the quality of the graphics.

about two weeks ago
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Lunar Mission One Proposes To Take Core Sample, Plant Time Capsule On the Moon

CAPSLOCK2000 One? (69 comments)

Why is it called "One"? It's far from the first mission to the moon.
Are they referring to the Mars One project?
There is a lot of resemblance between those projects. Both depend on crowd-funding to work on a rather unrealistic goal. I guess both projects will pay a very nice salary to the people in charge. The project doesn't have to reach its goal to be financially succesfull for the owners.

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

CAPSLOCK2000 What license? (525 comments)

I've got only one question: What license will they use?

about a month ago
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333 Km/h Rocket-Powered Bicycle Sets New Speed Record

CAPSLOCK2000 Fixie? (51 comments)

Let's hope this is not a fixed-gear bicycle.

about a month ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

CAPSLOCK2000 50 euro fee for a 20 euro refund (353 comments)

Under Dutch law you are entitled a refund because you did not get to see the license before purchasing the computer but only after booting it for the fist time. Vendors have found all kinds of work-arounds. One of those work-arounds is that they add an administration-fee to your refund that is higher than the price of Windows. Another work-around is that they require the manufacture to verify that Windows has been entirely removed. Unfortunately they don't have a local office that can do that so you are supposed to ship your computer to Germany. They will check the computer, which takes a few weeks, and only then you get your refund, minus the international shipping and handling costs. Ofcourse they will not use the list-price for the refund but the volume-discount price that the big manufacturers get.
Only the most principled customers will jump through the hoops to get the refund.

about 2 months ago
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PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With 'Port Reports'

CAPSLOCK2000 Re:Creeper OS (77 comments)

I bought over 200 games for Steam and even though I did care little about running games on Linux I still have over 60 games running on linux.

You are coming into this from the wrong direction. If you already have a collection of Windows games there will always be some games that only work on Windows and not on Linux. Therefore Windows will always be the better game OS for you. However, if you are Linux user that does not yet have any games then Steam is godsend. New users are born every day. For those people it doesn't matter what games other people have in there collection, it's what games they can buy that counts. Just like new users don't lament about the games that only run on your Amiga. They don't know and they don't care. It's the new games that matter.

about 2 months ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

CAPSLOCK2000 Clickbait (342 comments)

Is there any relation between this article and the poll on clickbait?

Algorithm? check
Burning Man? check
Bennett Haselton? check
Frustrated Slashdot readers posting furiously? guaranteed
Sounds like clickbait to me.

This is not even an algorithm. I'm not going to explain why not, if you don't know you shouldn't post here.

about 2 months ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

CAPSLOCK2000 Mars One is a TV-show (269 comments)

Mars One is a commercial TV-show. The goal is to make money for the producers. The entire project is financed by making television about the endeavor. Actually reaching Mars and building a sustainable colony there are secondary goals. The project can be a succes without ever launching a single rocket, as long as people are willing to pay for the show that is produced around it.

Although I'm a bit cynical about the probability of reaching Mars I think the idea of financing a spacemission by selling TV is pure genious. The landing on the moon is one the highlights of 20th-century television. If so many people want to see it there must be an opportunity to make money.

about 2 months ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

CAPSLOCK2000 not Holland (269 comments)

The country is called "The Netherlands", not "Holland".

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

CAPSLOCK2000 NO (279 comments)

The simple simple answer to your question is "no, that's not yet possible".

Do yourself a favor and run a wire. There is really no substitute. Even if some wireless solutions claim speeds over 1 gbit you are not very likely to actually reach that speed consistently.

about 2 months ago
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GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

CAPSLOCK2000 Re:Size (126 comments)

8G in 90 minutes boils 12mbps. If you can afford to pay $6 and have a screen large enough to actually profit from 1080p you should be able to afford an internet connection faster than 12mbit. Where I live you can't get anything below 20 mbit. Of course you might not be able to reach that speed but for most it shouldn't be a problem.

about 4 months ago
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GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

CAPSLOCK2000 Slashdotted (126 comments)

It's been a while since we had a proper Slashdotting, especially of a professionally run website, but right now GOG is down, overwhelmed by the attention. They deserve the attention. Let's hope they sell a lot and get the message across to the movie industry.

about 4 months ago
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Knocking Down the Great Firewall of China

CAPSLOCK2000 GMail required (167 comments)

This software requires you to have a GMail-account and it uses Google's XMPP-servers for communication. This makes it a no-go for me.

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

CAPSLOCK2000 Biggest troll on Slashdot ever (195 comments)

Insulting their work might not be the right way to get the best Linux kernel network engineers to join your company.

about 4 months ago
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Animal Behaviour Specialists Map Out the Social Networks of Cows

CAPSLOCK2000 Cow privacy (66 comments)

How about privacy? If cows are social beings, shouldn't they have privacy? Do we need a Snowden to make the cows aware of the extensive monitoring they are subjected to?

about 5 months ago
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Animal Behaviour Specialists Map Out the Social Networks of Cows

CAPSLOCK2000 Re:As an old farmboy, all I can say is... (66 comments)

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Oh bull..... Why do you need a GPS collar to figure this out?
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To turn common knowledge into science.
I assume the scientists new about this behaviour before they started their work. Now other scientists can use this work as a basis for more advanced research, for example detecting if cows are happy by monitoring their social behaviour. Farmers already use this technique, but by turning it into science you might be able to compare the happiness of cows in different situations, at different times or on farms across the globe. One might even teach a computer to use this knowledge.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

CAPSLOCK2000 Bitcoin, rent, tor (208 comments)

If you want to make some money on them you could mine bitcoin, provided the power is already paid for and you don't care about the environment. Don't expect to make much though, it might not even be worth the time it will take you to set it up.

The only other way I can think of making a profit is renting the servers out. Good luck finding somebody that wants to pay enough to make it worth your while, virtual servers are dirt cheap. You already know that, otherwise you wouldn't be moving to the cloud.

If you want to do something nice for the internet-community you should run TOR on those nodes.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

CAPSLOCK2000 G is for Generation (208 comments)

As far as I know there is no such thing as the HP 'g' series. The 'g' stands for 'generation' and is used for all their llines. HP uses two letters for the line, for example BL, DL or ML.

about 5 months ago

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Pirateparty wins courtcase agains Brein

CAPSLOCK2000 CAPSLOCK2000 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CAPSLOCK2000 (27149) writes "The Dutch Pirateparty (PPNL) just won a court-case against Brein. Last week Brein got a court to issue an emergency order to take down a reverse-proxy to The Piratebay. The next day Brein claimed the court order also included a generic proxy also ran by PPNL and any other service that might lead to TPB (aka hyperlinks). PPNL responded with a emergency lawsuit of their own, asking for a literal interpretation of the verdict instead of Breins broad reading. The judge acknowledged the narrow interpretation of the verdict. proxy.piratenpartij.nl stays up and tpb.piratenpartij.nl now sports a list of other ways to reach The Piratebay. Due to the Streisand effect this list has grown to a considerable length. Noteworthy is that it The Pirateparty got favorable verdict in a single day, a first in Dutch law."
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Dutch Pirateparty refuses order to take down proxy

CAPSLOCK2000 CAPSLOCK2000 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CAPSLOCK2000 (27149) writes "The Dutch Pirateparty has refused an order from Brein to take down a proxy to The PirateBay. Last month Brein (the distribution-industries paralegal outfit) forced a number of ISP to block The PirateBay; the first site ever blocked in The Netherlands. Immediately people started using proxies at other ISP's to get to TPB. Brein then threatened a number of those proxies with legal action. As most of these are run by hobbyists without legal or financial means there was little resistance. Now the Dutch Pirateparty has decided to stand up to the intimidation and refuses to take down it's proxy. Today they sent there response in style: by uploading it to The PirateBay In translation: "The Pirateparty disputes your claim and will not comply with your request.""
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