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Solaris No Longer Free As In Beer

Carra The book (392 comments)

For a minute there I thought I wasted seven euros on Lems book or Tarkovsky's movie. Luckily it's only a free Solaris license.

more than 4 years ago
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The Evolution of Reading In the Digital Age

Carra Re:Problems.... (143 comments)

I rented the Dutch translated version of Peter Hamiltons "Nights Dawn Trilogy" from my local library. So after reading the first book I of course wanted to read the next book. Guess what? The library doesn't have it. Worse, the publisher has decided not to translate it. So I went ahead and bought it from an English book website who sent me both sequels two days later. I don't blame my library, they have a nice choice of books including the Sci Fi and fantasy classics. You can go ahead and rent the Dutch versions of Dune, The Wheel of time or Sword of Truth series. But English Sci Fi? There aren't enough people who read that to buy those. Since I bought that first book I bought a lot more, often works that aren't translated. And it's a lot cheaper than buying Dutch books, the average book I bought costs me about €7.5 which includes a free delivery.

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Can't Pry IE6 Out of Their Cold, Dead Hands

Carra Re:Why expect companies to "upgrade"? (416 comments)

.NET 3.5 is not supported on Windows 2000 however. This sadly means that the management forbids us to upgrade our application from .NET 2.0 to .NET 3.5 because one customer still has about ten windows 2000 pcs...

more than 4 years ago
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Is Google Planning To Fibre Britain?

Carra Download the Internet (184 comments)

Yes! I'll finally be able to download the Internet.

more than 4 years ago
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Physicists Discover How To Teleport Energy

Carra Re:Life Imitates Video Games (365 comments)

I first met it in Cards books but the term was first used by the other great Sci-Fi writer Ursula K. Le Guin.

more than 4 years ago
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A Case For the Necessity of Science Fiction

Carra Re: Faster Than The Other Side (254 comments)

One dollar sounds cheap but why would you have to pay for books in the public domain?

more than 4 years ago
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Why Movies Are Not Exactly Like Music

Carra Re:DVD Sales Gap (378 comments)

When I order a HD movie to be seen through my cable I can start watching in seconds.

It's faster than or at least on par with downloading an mp3.

more than 4 years ago
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Moving Decimal Bug Loses Money

Carra FxCop (420 comments)

Our build system now checks the code with M$ FxCop. Any problems with the cultural settings and the build stops.

We hit a brick the day our program was started in Turkey. Having that problem once is more than enough.

more than 4 years ago
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Nvidia's DX11 GF100 Graphics Processor Detailed

Carra Re:Feh. (220 comments)

1) You'll spend a lot more money on games. A game on pc is about 25% cheaper than on the consoles. And the pc gets these sweet weekend deals.
2) I use my pc for other stuff except gaming. Browsing slashdot for one.

more than 4 years ago
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Recession Pushes More Workers To Steal Data

Carra Programmers (280 comments)

I was also thinking about computer programs. Which programmer will not save some source code examples?

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Cashback Can Cost You Money

Carra Can't even find "slash dot" (333 comments)

I had to try Bing out now!

First result for "slash dot":

  • Google: www.slashdot.com, yey!
  • Bing: www.dotslash.co.za, boo!

more than 4 years ago
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Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

Carra Re:You'll enjoy the trip more (1095 comments)

I couldn't agree more.

If you're gone for two weeks do you really have to contact home? You're barely gone.

more than 4 years ago
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Chinese Court Rules Microsoft Violated IP Rights

Carra Year of Linux (237 comments)

And that's why 2010 will be the year of Linux... in China.

more than 4 years ago
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NVIDIA Ships Decent DX10 Graphics Card For Under $100

Carra Re:Yay! Re-badged 9800GT FTW! (208 comments)

The've been doing it for ages.

A geforce 4 mx was based on the geforce 2 chip set. So it was not only weaker then the other geforce 4 cards, it was also weaker then the previous, third generation. The reason that they keep doing this is quite simple, they sold even if every magazine listed is as a must avoid:

"Despite harsh criticism by gaming enthusiasts, the GeForce4 MX was a market success. Priced about 30% above the GeForce 2 MX, it provided better performance, the ability to play a number of popular games that the GeForce 2 could not run well—above all else—to the average non-specialist it sounded as if it were a "real" GeForce4—i.e., a GeForce4 Ti. Although it was frequently out-performed by the older and more expensive GeForce 3, many buyers were unaware, particularly as Nvidia was quick not to let the GeForce 3 remain on the market. GeForce 4 MX was particularly successful in the PC OEM market, and rapidly replaced the GeForce 2 MX as the best-selling GPU.".

more than 4 years ago
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No Cheap Replacement For Hard Disks Before 2020

Carra Re:Very old article (346 comments)

I wish we Europeans could buy it for that price. Closer to €100 here...

more than 4 years ago
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Sun Microsystems To Cut 3,000 Jobs As Oracle Deal Drags On

Carra Not guilty until proven? (251 comments)

Oracle failed to produce, despite repeated requests, either hard evidence that there were no competition problems

I thought the accusers have to come up with the evidence in a court case?

about 5 years ago
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Battle.net Accounts Becoming Mandatory For WoW

Carra Re:Of course, I didn't RTFA (234 comments)

I just checked their Titan quest package. 10 euros + 20 euros for expansion. Even at half price that will be 15 euros. The D2D deal was for 5 pounds (~5.6 euros).

There's competition. D2Drive, gamersgate, impulse,...

about 5 years ago
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Warez Moving From BitTorrent to Conventional Hosting Services

Carra Re:Welcome to the real world (366 comments)

Indeed. I remember the days when sites like yahoo and geocities offered online file storage, limited to 20mb a file.

Programs popped up which automatically made accounts on those services and uploaded your files. And http sites offering all new titles as geocities uploads. Those sites fought back with captchas.

Then came napster file sharing. Then came bittorent file sharing...

And now it's back to http warez.

about 5 years ago

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