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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Torp Delphi cross platform? (488 comments)

Delphi targets Windows, OS X, iOS and Android.
Does it now? When they put out the Linux version i think they depended on Wine... just for the IDE or for the compiled apps, I can't remember.

5 days ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

Torp Re:Awesome, I shall buy one in a year (114 comments)

Aye aye. AMD drivers have been shit on Linux for like forever. Your only option there is to get a NVidia card. If it draws less power than the competition like now, it's even better.

about a week ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

Torp Re:COBOL (385 comments)

... or simply something procedural but higher level, like, for example, Python?
D is a better C++, but not many people need a better C++.

about two weeks ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

Torp Re:Liberated? What about the hardware? (229 comments)

The GPL is the only license practically that lets you dual-license with a proprietary license.

You can give it freely to people who want to spread it freely, and you can charge people who want to close it. That way, you get a return on your investment either way.

Actually if you're the copyright holder for something you can license it in as many ways as you want. It doesn't make much sense if one of those options isn't GPL though.

about two weeks ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

Torp Re:too expensive (229 comments)

I guess they come with the optical drive from the factory, and removing it is extra labor. Also, now they have to store a drive nobody wants :)

about two weeks ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

Torp Re:too expensive (229 comments)

Actually it's more expensive than a retina macbook pro with the same specs. $2359 "earlier bird" price vs $1999 for a rMBP, if you configure the Librem with a 250 Gb SSD, 16 G ram and the hi res display. The CPU seems to be the same. You do get an optical drive, if you care about those things.
The 'normal' price if you miss all "early-ish" bird discounts is $2609 for the same configuration.

But considering they're only doing a 500 unit run as opposed to a few million for Apple, i think it's a pretty good price.

about two weeks ago
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Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

Torp Re:Heh (151 comments)

Thanks! I always confuse Sheckley and Silverberg :)
It seems to be available legally online on Project Gutenberg, if you found the article interesting go read it for a laugh: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebook...

about two weeks ago
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Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

Torp Heh (151 comments)

There was that old sf story by Robert Silverberg, I think, that went like this: They made automated police drones (they weren't called drones back then) that prevented any violent crime from happening. Unfortunately they had learning circuits and decided even killing animals for food or harvesting crops was violent crime, and the society ended up starving. The solution was to create a new kind of drone to kill the existing drones - but this also had learning circuits and it decided it had to kill everyone.
Looks pretty realistic these days. Anyone remember the name of the story, and the author if i got it wrong?

about two weeks ago
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Engineer Combines Xbox One, PS4 Into Epic 'PlayBox' Laptop

Torp Noise? (78 comments)

I suppose the "laptop" is usable only with high end noise canceling headphones? And if someone else is in the same building with you, they'll come and smash it with a hammer to get rid of the whirrrrr.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

Torp Re:ATI/AMD has had shitty drivers for 20 years (160 comments)

I agree with you about the unfair treatment of AMD, but Linux graphics drivers have been shitty since Ati was an independent company. Just get a NVidia card if you want 3D in Linux. Inquire about Ati in another 5 years.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Torp What Windows? (640 comments)

I run mostly OS X these days, and do work with native OS X apps or inside Linux VMs, but I have a Windows 7 installation for games. However, over the past few years an interesting thing has happened: I can't be bothered to reboot any more. If a game has a Mac version or runs in Wine, I'll play it. The rest of my Steam collection of 200+ titles is gathering virtual dust.
So not only I'm still on 7, but I don't use that at all any more.
What's that Windows 8 thing that everyone is talking about?

about two weeks ago
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First OSX Bootkit Revealed

Torp Hackintoshes are safe right? :) (135 comments)

As they don't usually have Thunderbolt, or if they do they boot differently.

about three weeks ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

Torp But but (191 comments)

What about the transparent aluminium?

about a month and a half ago
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How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

Torp Re:5G? Better get 3G sorted first (216 comments)

Exactly! I still see "GPRS" in a lot of places, in an urban area. How about they fix their 3G first, and only then finish the 4G deployment? And postpone 5G for 20 years or so...

about 2 months ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Torp Re:Is that the one... (473 comments)

Meh, Eve *was* inspired by Elite (and Privateer after Elite) but not by this particular incarnation of Elite.
And by clone of Eve Online I mean a focus on online play with cutthroat pvp, not the concept of the lone trader wandering around the galaxy.
Youngsters...

about 2 months ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Torp Is that the one... (473 comments)

... that looked in previews like a clone of Eve: Online anyway?
Or was that Star Citizen?
Both have too much money for their own good ;)

about 2 months ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Torp Re:Wouldn't they reasonably have to apply this... (642 comments)

Nope, video games are the modern scape goat. Studying movies doesn't have a 'think of the children' factor so you'll get no funding for it.

about 2 months ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

Torp I would be much more impressed... (276 comments)

To find out who's the youngest linux kernel developer who (to have some objective criteria) had a patch accepted into the mainstream line.
Or you know, anything else besides something based on multiple choice and memorization.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

Torp Not piracy? (262 comments)

I was sure it's piracy, and they will install a new version of StarForce.
TBH, if you go near an EA or Ubisoft product, you deserve what you get. They're not even worth pirating.

about 3 months ago

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