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GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

Carrot007 Re:Warranty Shouldn't Matter (359 comments)

> If it's truly faulty hardware Apple will typically own up to it and offer repairs free of charge.

You missed one important bit.

Applies only in the US. Fuck elsewhere we do not care about you.

about 3 months ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

Carrot007 Re:CFLs Were A Waste (1146 comments)

> The problem was

Which pretty much sums up the current situation. WAS.

These days they are great and have no such issues that you mention.

Unless of course you buy cheap crap.

There the same problem as with everything such.

about 4 months ago
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NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

Carrot007 Not possible. (509 comments)

He means, how can I spy without spying?

You can't.

about 4 months ago
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Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

Carrot007 Sounds like it worked (324 comments)

> it could break some of the apps policed by it.

Is that not the entire point?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

Carrot007 Re:A European perspective (892 comments)

> Plus, it is illegal to give a negative reference in UK.

This is simply not true.

Most companies do not go into the negative just to stay on the safe side, they just stick to the facts.

However "X worked here beetween Y and Z and was dismissed for gross misconduct" does not give any specifics and is often used.

I would however argue that it is still negative.

about 8 months ago
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Why Are We Still Talking About LucasArts' Old Adventure Games?

Carrot007 Re:Because there was no internet... (285 comments)

> Because there was no internet...
> ... and the majority of people couldn't access a BBS. Walkthroughs? Tutorials?

Nonsense they were there if you wanted them.

Magazines had huge section on tiops/walkthroughs back in the day. Nowadays they know it is pointless as you have already found one on the internet if you wanted one. Also diskmags had them as well. No need for internet/bbs if you were scared to do it!

1 year,12 days
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Activision, Raven Release 2 Star Wars Games Under GPL

Carrot007 Re:Original Jedi Knight (105 comments)

Original?

Well if a sequal if original

I spent many hours at Uni on Dark Forces II.

This question has been asked many times as lots of people would love an updated version (since the hw version was very specific to the cards of the time and the software version was very low res). I'm sure the conclusion reached was that it has been lost.

1 year,16 days
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Most Doctors Don't Think Patients Need Full Access To Med Records

Carrot007 Re:Conspiracy! (659 comments)

Surely the only way to know someone is no lomger an "alcoholic" is to give them a drink.

Avoidance is not a cure.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

Carrot007 Re:Using a laptop for programming?? (312 comments)

Works all around unfortunatly!

The programmers machine shoudl be the worst in the company,

That way you know it's going to work if it works on theirs.

However we would like this kept a secret. Don't tell!

about a year ago
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Windows 7 Still Being Sold On Up To 93% of British PCs

Carrot007 Re:Would be the same in the US (295 comments)

Indeed and Microsoft gets to legitimatly inflate the number of win 8 copies out there.

Copies being used on the other hand, it does nto want to mention!

about a year ago
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Windows 7 Still Being Sold On Up To 93% of British PCs

Carrot007 Re:Wonder how Win 9 may surprise us? (295 comments)

Is that reallywhat you think? Were you even there? Maybe you have gone senile?

Are you going for a chronological order there since you are mixing the 9x and nt products?

You also missed some fairly important releases.

The windows 95 OSR reelases for a start.

The orig win 95 basically lacked apps. It was a new direction,the old ones did not use it well (I ackowledge win32 was sort of available on win 3 so it was not like there were none). However it was a good step and not crap.

Win 92 OSR2 (where fat32 support came in) was great. (released 1 year after the original, at which point people buying the retail version were getting royally shafted, but thats windows for you!)

And OSR2 +IE4 (with dekstop update (or OSR2.5 which installed it for you unless you refused) was practically win 98 (ok win 98 simplified the installation process somewhat).

NT (I shall assume you mean 4 from your order). Yes this was great. I used it for a while myself. IIRC you needed IE 4 and the desktop upgrade again for the niceties. However gam,ing moved on and lack of hardware directx support pushed me back towards.

Win 98. It was good I don;t see a problem.

Win 98 SE. Not much of an update but also good,.

Windows 2000. Yes this came next not ME. Excellect DX supprot on NT finally! used itfrom Beta2!

Me. Pointless release made for people scared of nt. Not needed as 2000 was well up to the job. Probably made to appease some idiots with obsolete hardware with no NT drivers, probably from some company too cheap to make them (NT has been around a while now, I think most people just assumed there were no drivers, I had no problems).

XP at launch. I agree with you. However mostly because win 2000 was still well supported and it really needed a lot more on the hardware front to work. (it was good but you needed money for hardware!)

XP Later on (SP1 on). Your hardware had caught up and a dfresh install was way easier than 2000 + updates. 2000 Stoppped getting some updates so it was time for XP.

Vista. Good direction, bad implementation. XP Still good enough. So mostly agreeing there!

Vista SP1. Vastly improved here and because it was getting to be an issue, was the only op[tion is you had anything but under specced hardware. By than I mean 64 bit. XP 64 was good, and I admit I missed that even though I used it for a while myself, however it was nothing more than a test and was abandoned without updates. I went back to xp 32 bit. But the next time I upgraded I wanted to use my full 4gb (it was cheap enough to have that then even if lots of available machines gave you less (ram is cheap don't let it be a bottleneck, 16gb is my recomended minimum these days, just because you can for not a lot). So to sum uop Vista SP1 (especially 64 bit). Good.

Windows 7. Just a slight polishing of Vista Sp1. Nothing special. Only reason I moved is because I was given a free key! I admit there are a few nice improvements. But not a lot over vista sp1 and most are just default configuration settings!

Win 8. I agree. Big steaming pile of something. I am dual booting with 7 (a free key again) but cannot remember the last time I booted 8. Yes 8 is faster. (muchly though the configuration defaults again). But metro (or tifkam) I don't need or indeed want. A win 7 start menu I do, and yes the typing is there in win 8 but I resent having to go to the metro screen to do it. No thanks.

I may have to use it one day though. If something I have to use ends up needing it then I will just have to put up with the pain of configuting it my way but untill then no thanks.

about a year ago
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Why Linux On Microsoft Surface Is a Tough Challenge

Carrot007 Re:Another reason not to buy Surface (561 comments)

> Which OS market ? There's more than one.

I agree.

However splitting the market by chip makes no sense to anyone except microsoft as it gives them a get out clause.

Windows is windows regardless of which chip it is running on! Allowing them to do things they otherwise would not just becase its not x86 is ridiculous. How come they cannot do what they want with x64 windows? It is also not x86. (and please don't try to excuse things by backwards compatibility, they could put a layer in arm windows if they wanted. Yes it would be slow but it is certainly possible).

about a year ago
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VLC Running Kickstarter Campaign To Fund Native Windows 8 App

Carrot007 Re:Not for me (252 comments)

> For instance, I hardly ever use my video player non-fullscreen, so I can see the idea here.

This has got me thinking.

Can someone please clarify something for me?

Can you run a "metro" all (for instance VLC) on one screen and run the desktop and associated apps on another. I usually have vlc full screen, but on a second monitor.

about a year ago
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Sony DVR Useless After Rovi Stops TV Guide OnScreen

Carrot007 Re:Why accept this? (321 comments)

and a used car of 10 years of age wasn't something where you're surprised if it still starts on a cold and/or rainy day

You were making sense up until this point.

Old cars rusted and the engine wore out. On the other hand modern engines tend to go forever and the cars no longer rust due to the materials used. However if you don't look after the rest then the car will become useless but that is true of any mechanical device which needs regular servicing to keep running, this was true then as well just that the car engine would die or the car rust away first!

Of course you could only be 16, in which case your other points did not make sense (20+ years) as very modern cars seem to have added a lot of unnececery nonsence that appears just to have been added to go wrong and be so expensive to fix you may as well buy another car.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Retrain?

Carrot007 Re:VB.NET ? Seriously ? (418 comments)

What's with all the language negativity?

It's all the same but different anyway.

A proper developer can just pick up whatever.

My first exposure to OO.

Boss says you will be upgrading this. it's in OO Pascal. (DOS based, can;t remeber much else now)

My first exposure to c++.

Boss says. You will be writing a new app in this.

My first exposure to VB(5)

Boss says here you go write something in this. it will be using a touch screen.

95% of languages are pretty easy to pick up if you are a competant deleloper. the other 4% are a bit harder. Thre remaining 1% are not used by the sane.

about a year and a half ago
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I go through keyboards ...

Carrot007 How to choose a keyboard. (341 comments)

1. Decent enough to not be a pain to use.
2. Cheap enough to replace when the enevitable beer falls on it. (Or to have a replacement while the other drys out if you are quick enough!)

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

Carrot007 Re:Steam (1154 comments)

Steam will fix the desktop.

It might go a long way to be honest.

My main machine is a windows box purely because I like to run games.

My laptop is windows again for the same reason.

My other machine which is the only one on 24/7 runs debian. I store my files on there so I can access them. Also do a bit of web browsing etc on there when I need to and my other machines are busy.

I spose "work" is also an issue. I use MS Access quite a bit (shut up you lot!), but if I had my games on linux that could easily be in a Windows VM so is not as big of an issue.

about a year and a half ago
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The Motivated Rejection of Science

Carrot007 Re:Wow (771 comments)

I can't think of a bigger insult than "socialist."

"Capitalist"

Happy to help.

about a year and a half ago

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