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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

holiggan Of course... (386 comments)

For around 2 years I've been using an iPad 2. The experience has been great, it does it's job pretty well, it's a great way to consume content (web surfing, youtubing, social media, light gaming), etc, etc. Yes, it's a walled garden, yes, I can't "drop to the command line and get under the hood". But the fact is that my "tableting needs" are rather basic, and haven't changed much, the apps are inherited limited, and I don't use it for heavy graphic or gaming, so I don't see the need to "upgrade" to a newer version, not now and not on the next couple of years, or even swap it for a Android tablet (my smartphone is a low-cost asian THL W100, btw).

The only gripe that would make me switch my iPad 2 is the internal storage (only 16 GB without expansion). But it would be most likely and cost efective for me to replace it with an iPad 2 without 3G and with 64 GB of storage, than to get a newer, more expensive iPad "4" or "5" or whatever.

I think that the iPad "matured" so rapidly that the need to keep churning new models and for the people to upgrade every 1 or 2 years is pretty much gone.

about 3 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

holiggan Not really illustrative... (641 comments)

These examples aren't really very illustrative of the still remaining XP users. I believe that most will be completely oblivious to "end of support" or whatnot (mostly the parents and grandparents population) that know what "Windows" is ("it's the computer!"), and think that "Internet Explorer" is the Internet. A lot of then will be part of a small business where the IT literacy is low, and nobody really cares about the computers, as long as they work.

Something that worries me in all this is the quote "I am worried about security threats, but I'd rather have my identity stolen than put up with Windows 8.". Well, if you don't mind having your identity stolen, then you are not worried about security threats at all. Replace "have my identity stolen" with "became a part of a botnet" and the users starts to look a bit fundamentalist. A good analogy would be someone saying "I am pro-life but I'm fine with kill doctors that perform abortions". Dude, if you are pro-life / security concerned, you *mind* about killing another human being / having your identity stolen.

about 4 months ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

holiggan Re:Witches Are Real (470 comments)

It's a real religion with real practitioners.

So as "true" and "trustworthy" as all the other religions then...

about 4 months ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

holiggan So very true... (353 comments)

In 2010, I bought a 120 GB SSD for my aging Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 desktop "gaming machine". 120 GB is well enough for Windows, and even a couple of games (I have a separate RAID5 for everything else and the kitchen sink), and although I can't play recent games in super-duper-high resolutions (I would need a total upgrade for that), the fact is that I've postponed my 4-year-cyle-full-desktop upgrade indefinitely. I don't game as much as I used to, and the computer feels extremely responsive, specially for a 6 year old machine.
I've been evangelizing everyone about the "magical powers" of SSDs ever since, and I firmly believe that it is the single component that will cause the greatest impact on the machine performance, hands down.
So if you still have any doubts about the 120 GB SSD making any difference on a "old" machine, rest assured, it will make a *lot* of difference.

about 4 months ago
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Ask "The Fat Man" George Sanger About Music and Computer Games

holiggan 7th Guest and the dawn of digital media (66 comments)

Uau, can't believe nobody mentioned the 7th Guest and 11th Hour soundtracks, some of my all time favourite game music :)

Anyway, my question to Mr. Sanger is this: how was it to be part of some of the first "digital media" titles? To live in the middle of the hype and be part of some ground breaking works of art?

about 5 months ago
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Google Announces Smart Contact Lens Project For Diabetics

holiggan Once more, technology helping health care (90 comments)

This is amazing news... I believe we might not be far from some sort of sensor that will monitor our main "health checks" (sugar level in blood, cholesterol, blood pressure, heart rate, etc) and give us an accurate, real time report, in a non-intrusive / painful way...

about 6 months ago
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Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo Form Alliance Against NSA

holiggan Yeah, after the fact... (293 comments)

Maybe they should have thought about an alliance *before* the NSA came knocking at their door...

about 8 months ago
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Valve Announces Hardware Beta Test For 'Steam Machine'

holiggan Re:Just like Google with Android (271 comments)

Yes. We also had tablets before the iPad, they were also "PCs". The gamechanging aspect in both situations is to pack the hardware in a conveninent, atractive and easy package to gain traction. Before the iPad, nobody would give a damn about the "PC tablets". Now everyone wants a cut of a market that was pratically non-existing.
In the present case with the SteamBox and SteamOS, we have both an OS custom tailored to be used with Steam, and a (predictable) large number of hardware alternatives to use that OS, and the Steam service. Instead of jumping the hops to build a "living room PC", lots of people will apreciate the convenience. This might indeed be a gamechanger.

about 10 months ago
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North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

holiggan Re:And... it's gone (636 comments)

No, no, no! Preemptive strikes are only used against enemies that can't retaliate and that hold valuable goods inside their boundaries.

Oh, no, scratch that, I meant enemies that have "OMD" (real or otherwise)...

It is not very clear yet if NK is a real threat or not (perhaps when they actually fire something at someone, somebody might think about doing a "pre-emptiy")...

about a year ago
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How Power Failures Corrupt Flash SSD Data

holiggan Anecdotal Evidence (204 comments)

My ex-boss had to deal with this problem. Short version: power issues are potentially worse to SSD than to hard disks.
I got an SSD one and half year ago, for my home desktop rig, and "teased" my then-boss into getting one for his work laptop.
My SSD is up and running nicelly (with stable current, very rare power outs), always shutdown, no hibernates or something like that.
My ex-boss had to RMA 3 or 4 diferent SSDs, because he uses hibernate on his laptop and a couple of times after resuming, the SSD simply "reverted" to a previous "disc state". For example, after installing Windows 7, and the software and data, the SSD would "reset" back to the point right after installing Windows. Also, one of the times he completely formatted the SSD and after a reboot, it went back to the time it had Windows and everything else! Really odd and freakish, and usually an hibernate or even a normal shutdown was done before the SSD broke / bricked / froze...
The laptop was not very recent (was probably 2 or 3 years old by the time he got the SSD), so some SATA driver issue combined with different power requirements or improvement over those years might explain such an unlucky streak...
My SSD is still running nice and good, my ex-boss meanwhile replaced his laptop and SSD.

about a year ago
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North Korea Conducts Third Nuclear Test

holiggan Kinda scary... (270 comments)

... to see some countries still stuck in the "cold war" mindset. Worse, to see some countries trapped in the "middle ages" mindset...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming / IT Jobs For Older, Retrained Workers?

holiggan Virtualization (215 comments)

Just abstracting a bit from the age factor (as I believe some other "comenteers" will address that in much competent ways than I), I would advice you to get your hands on virtualization. It's starting to become ubiquitous in all sorts of companies (big and small) and there is much to be done in terms of management, best practices, designing, troubleshooting, etc.
Your "outside" view on IT can be a good thing, as sometimes the skewed view on this-or-that-operating-system can hinder a bit the work on virtualization. Besides, as anything related to infrastructures (both IT and non-IT), it looks easy to do, but it's hard to master.
With IT, as you might know, the constant wish to learn and evolve is a must. As long as you have it in you, and you keep it during your (hopefully) successful career, you will be fine :)
Good luck!

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon Patents 'Maintaining Scarcity' of Goods

holiggan Re:And of course ... (240 comments)

You have a choice: do your business somewhere else. That's part of the "free market" you talk about. The freedom to do business with whoever you choose. Nobody is forcing you to buy with Amazon. Just "vote with your wallet". You are part of the free market too.

about a year and a half ago
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Can a New GPU Rejuvenate a 5 Year Old Gaming PC?

holiggan I was wondering the same (264 comments)

I used to have a 4-year upgrade cycle on my gaming desktop. Last time I've upgraded it was in 2008, with a Core 2 Duo E8400 and mid range GPU (6600GTS).

However, things have changed a bit, and I'm not planing on upgrading my whole system for the near future. I've bought a 128GB SSD a year or so ago, and this was amazing for the overall performance of the system, but as my games are not installed on the SSD itself, it didn't do much for them.

So I'm considering a new GPU, in the 200 € range, to improve my gaming experience, but without breaking the bank... Any ideas? :)

about a year and a half ago
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Valve Starts Promoting Steam For Linux To Windows Users

holiggan What about Valve's own games? (474 comments)

Any word on having the Half Life / Portal / Left 4 Dead games working on Linux? These are part of my "must have installed" games, that I go back to from time to time, so I'll need them working on Linux as well, thank you :)

about a year and a half ago
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NVIDIA Unveils GRID Servers, Tegra 4 SoC and Project SHIELD Mobile Gaming Device

holiggan SHIELD's screen directly over the buttons? (109 comments)

Humm from my experience with some laptops, usually its not a good idea to have a screen directly over keys (or buttons). I've seen a couple of screens with "marks" from the keys, although this might be due to the quality or age of the laptops in question... Perhaps the SHIELD has the buttons below the level of the screen when closed?
I'm nitpicking, I know, but that was the first thing that crossed my mind while looking at the pictures :)

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe and Apple Didn't Unit Test For "Forward Date" Bugs. Do You?

holiggan Re:Why? (169 comments)

One word: DRM. I bet that some sort of validation was date-dependent and with the year rollover, it got wrecked :)

Just my two euro-cents :)

about a year and a half ago
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SSD Prices Continue 3-Year Plunge

holiggan Re:You'll be waiting a long time (347 comments)

ahahah nice! :D damn me and my awesome bilingual capabilities! xD

Anyways, yeah, you will definitely be amazed at the difference an SSD will make :)

about a year and a half ago
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SSD Prices Continue 3-Year Plunge

holiggan Re:You'll be waiting a long time (347 comments)

Agree! Currently I'm using a Corsair F120 for my SO and main games and apps. The rest of my stuff goes to normal, run of the mill HDD. This SSD was probably the most effective upgrade I've ever done, both in terms of value for money (payed around 120 € more than a year ago) as well as pure performance. I think that having a main SSD drive (a 120 GB one will be enough for having the SO + some stuff), along with one or more additional standard HDD should be next "unofficial" mandatory config any new computer nowadays.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Scientists Build a New Particle Collider In Japan?

holiggan Earthquake risks? (292 comments)

Just my 2 cents, but shouldn't the ILC be built on an area with a reduced earthquake risk?

about a year and a half ago

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Dungeon Siege, Supreme Commander, Demigod studio need our help!

holiggan holiggan writes  |  about a year ago

holiggan (522846) writes "If you have followed the PC gaming scene in the last decade, chances are you’ve played at least one game by Gas Powered Games. They are the studio behind such classics as Dungeon Siege, Dungeon Siege II, Supreme Commander or Demigod.

However, the studio is now in dire straits,having laid off several employees recently and struggling to stay afloat.

Chris Taylor launched a campaign on Kickstarter to try to fund their latest game, “Wildman”. The goal is tough and ambitious (they are aiming for 1.1 million), but perhaps we can pull it out together, fellow Slashdoter-PC-gamers!"

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