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IBM Doubles Rewards For Ditching Sun

HardCase Re:Most of them... (207 comments)

W00t for the company I work for: we make products for BOTH Sun and IBM servers. I guess it's a win-win situation for us!

more than 5 years ago
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VLC 0.9.9, The Best Media Player Just Got Better

HardCase Re:Not so hot for hi def content (488 comments)

Yes, I've regularly upgraded VLC, primarily because I prefer its user interface and appearance (and I keep hoping that the codec business will change).

Now, I'm referring to Media Player Classic, not Windows Media Player - I agree that Media Player is no good.

I use a 1.6GHz C2D to play my high def content. VLC, unfortunately, cannot play 1080P without dropping frames, but Media Player Classic with CoreAVC Pro works very well. I'm sure that with a faster processor and a more powerful video card I could get VLC to do the job, but as a card carrying cheapskate, I'll stick with what I've got.

more than 5 years ago
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VLC 0.9.9, The Best Media Player Just Got Better

HardCase Not so hot for hi def content (488 comments)

VLC has been a non-starter for me because I can't use better performing codecs for high definition content. The internal codec doesn't approach the performance of several other codecs. I'm sticking with Media Player Classic for my XP system. It's a much better player.

By the way, does anybody else feel like the story's headline looks like it came straight from Digg?

more than 5 years ago
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Warner Bros. Acquires The Pirate Bay

HardCase Re:Oh well (348 comments)

Meh, I'm doing OK. Thanks for asking!

more than 5 years ago
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Slashdot Launches User Achievements

HardCase Re:Unexplained Achievement "The Maker"? (1582 comments)

Holy cow, Captain Obvious actually posts on /.! And all this time I thought that it was just a sarcastic expression!

more than 5 years ago
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Warner Bros. Acquires The Pirate Bay

HardCase Re:Oh well (348 comments)

See, back in the day, /. used to come up with one really good original April Fool's joke. It was like they crafted it over the course of a month or two, then popped it on an unsuspecting crowd. It was elegant, it was funny and it suckered lots and lots of people.

That evolved into the new philosophy of the past few years which is "if one really good joke was great, how about a bunch of really lame ones?" It's quantity over quality which, I guess, is what we want now.

I miss the old /.

more than 5 years ago
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What Has Fox Got Against Its Own Sci-Fi Shows?

HardCase Re:Duh, what's new? They're Fox (753 comments)

What does all this say about guys who pitch sci-fi shows to Fox?

more than 5 years ago
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Workable Fusion Starship Proposed

HardCase Dysfunctional Father (260 comments)

History calls him the father of the hydrogen bomb, but it ought to call Stansilaw Ulam the stepfather. Teller was the whiny "my way or the highway" guy who wouldn't believe everybody else when his design was shown to be fatally flawed. Without Ulam, who knows what would have happened. Anyway, after Teller was pushed out for being a chronic a-hole, Ulam got the job done, for better or for worse.

Oh, and don't forget what Teller did to Oppenheimer. Man, talk about some egos at work...

Just a sidenote to history, of course. Richard Rhodes has written two very good books about the fission and fusion bombs.

more than 5 years ago
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45% of Dutch Media-Buying Population Are "Pirates"

HardCase Re:There's only one possible answer. (307 comments)

At first I thought you said millions of "people". A little thrill went up my spine and I fired up uTorrent to do my part to depopulate California. Then I realized that you wrote "puppies". No more pirating for me.

more than 5 years ago
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Small Asteroid Making 400,000 Mile Pass By Earth

HardCase Co-orbital? (157 comments)

If it shares the Earth's orbit, shouldn't its speed, relative to the Earth, be zero? Objects in the same orbit travel at the same speed, don't they? Am I just being pedantic?

more than 4 years ago
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Indymedia Server Seized By UK Police, Again

HardCase Re:Your freedom stops when you hit my nose (528 comments)

And since the information is from one source (the aggrieved party), I'm gonna be a little skeptical that the whole story is on the table.

Besides, it's not like they're trampling on the Constitution! (Yeah, yeah, but this isn't the same.)

Sure as sunrise, this is gonna shoot right over somebody's head.

more than 4 years ago
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Red Hat Set To Surpass Sun In Market Capitalization

HardCase Re:Thank you Sun (221 comments)

I agree. Anyway, it's been quite a while since market capitalization has been a good comparison of companies, particularly in the tech sector and especially with the current chaotic market. I guess that market cap is good for bragging rights, you know, "Ha, ha, we're bigger than you," otherwise, it's a minor component of many others that we use to compare companies.

more than 5 years ago
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Ricardo Montalban Dead At 88

HardCase Re:Good riddance. (280 comments)

Now that there is a troll.

Well...a cut and paste troll. About George Carlin. Go figure.

more than 5 years ago
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Switching To Solar Power — Six Months Later

HardCase Re:$400 a month? (591 comments)

Nope, we're running off of cheap hydroelectric power. And there'd be more of it if it weren't for the "stop killing all the fish" hippies, etc.

I suppose the cheap power makes up for having to live in Idaho.

Indeed. And I hope that sentiment spreads because I'm tired of left and right coasters moving here and trying to turn the place into another California or New York. Idaho is a terrible place to life. It's absolutely miserable. Stay away.

more than 5 years ago
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Switching To Solar Power — Six Months Later

HardCase Re:$400 a month? (591 comments)

In his case, the math says $0.27 per KWh. The national average for September from the Department of Energy was $0.1194. Looks like location is his problem, although the DoE reports that California's average was $0.1459 per KWh. Are there enough taxes to raise that by 66%?

Lucky me, I live in Idaho. 7 cents per KWh. I whine when the power bill hits $100 in the summer.

more than 5 years ago
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Switching To Solar Power — Six Months Later

HardCase Re:$400 a month? (591 comments)

You READ the article? With your low Slashdot ID and everything? /sign of the apocalypse

Back in the day, that's what people did on /. /. today is just a social site where nerdy kids get together and share their snarky attitudes.

more than 5 years ago
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In-Depth With the Windows 7 Public Beta

HardCase Re:Hardware demands match? (785 comments)

OK, so wasn't Windows 7 supposed to be usable on netbooks? If it's got the same requirements as Vista, then how the hell is that going to work exactly?

Well, something must be different, because I have it installed on an Acer Aspire One (the hard drive version) and it feels about as fast as XP was. The "Windows Experience Index" is 2.2, limited by the processor. Now, I don't do anything crazy with the netbook, right? Just email, web and movies. So far, it hasn't crashed or locked up. It wouldn't surprise me, though, if there was some more tuning to customize the OS to the smaller performance footprint of netbooks. And, FWIW, it's probably completely inappropriate for an SSD-based netbook.

more than 5 years ago
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In-Depth With the Windows 7 Public Beta

HardCase Re:Hardware demands match? (785 comments)

I installed it on my Aspire One (the XP/hard drive version). It works fine, even with the pretty graphics turned on. The \Windows directory is about 7GB. Performance feels like it's on a par with XP. The "Windows Experience Index" is 2.2, limited by the processor.

The only thing that doesn't work is the little light on the palmrest that shows if the wireless network is enabled.

more than 5 years ago

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