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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

prefect42 Re:Bad business practice (139 comments)

Only you normally don't need to be online, as Steam has an offline mode?

about three weeks ago
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Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany

prefect42 Re:Ahh...so this strikes again huh? (76 comments)

You were unlucky. I ran a P2-300 at 450 for years with no bother. It was a sweet spot of Intel producing much better chips than they needed, so you could easily overclock them without any special tricks. I had no trouble with MMX or anything else, stable as a rock.

about three weeks ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

prefect42 Re: Here we go... (454 comments)

No, I think it's rather different, but yes, I do think a semi-nomadic people like the bedouins have a rather different view. Given the land rights they had dated back to the Ottoman era, and were widely ignored, they're probably right not to believe in land ownership.

about 2 months ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

prefect42 Re:Here we go... (454 comments)

Peaceful coexistence on Israel's terms. That's an interesting interpretation of peaceful coexistence.

about 2 months ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

prefect42 Re:Here we go... (454 comments)

Much like in the US though, my understanding was that the residents didn't really have a concept of land ownership, so I'm not sure it was an entirely valid transaction.

about 2 months ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

prefect42 Re:This is one thing I love about it (544 comments)

There's no reason they couldn't offer a cosmetic stick as an add-on, with a soundtrack to match. It's not like petrol driven cars are above piping sound in via the speakers to improve the experience.

about 6 months ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

prefect42 Re:Lies (544 comments)

Quite, so film in front of a live audience. Red Dwarf is a good example where they switched away from a live audience, and you really notice the damage.

about 6 months ago
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New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

prefect42 Re:Why aren't we using PNG? (155 comments)

If you're talking about simple web graphics, then yes, PNG is often a good choice. Lossy compression simply makes more sense for photos, as the compression ratio is that much better. Always using PNG is idiotic, as is always using JPEG. JPEG2000 is not our saviour.

about 6 months ago
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Google Formally Puts Palestine On Virtual Map

prefect42 Re: So they're more religious... (338 comments)

Oh don't get me wrong, I'm no different. But looking at religious behaviours in contended and violent regions is, in my own opinion, quite difficult to analyse. It might make you think that religious fanatics went to war in WW1 for example.

about a year ago
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UK Benefits Claimants Must Use Windows XP, IE6

prefect42 Re: Hardly anyone affected by this (230 comments)

Also note that if you're blind, you may be applying for DLA via a website that, yes you guessed it, isn't accessible...

about a year ago
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Wrong Fuel Chokes Presidential Limo

prefect42 Re:So, uh... (612 comments)

I thought petrol in a diesel caused excessive wear of some components that expected lubrication from the diesel that they don't get from petrol. If you look into average repair bills for misfuelling, it's considerable.

http://www.mis-fuelling.co.uk/misfuelling-faqs.php

about a year ago
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The End Is Near for GameStop

prefect42 Re:lolwut (393 comments)

You've seen Cooking Mama right? ;)

about a year and a half ago
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Britain Could Switch Off Airport Radar and Release 5G Spectrum

prefect42 Re:What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (175 comments)

They can have weather radar along with a radar altimeter, but I think you're right that they don't have radar for detecting nearby aircraft.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Name Conflicts In Automatically Generated Email Addresses?

prefect42 Re:KISS (383 comments)

We go with username@domain and A.N.Other@domain as the main alias, where there are conflicts they get a number added to the end. People want a fancier alias all the time, so it doesn't make sense to generate them ad-hoc as it'd just generate too many support requests.

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

prefect42 Re:SSD (264 comments)

You must be comically RAM starved to get a frame rate boost from upgrading to an SSD (swapping of some form), or the game has to be shoddily written to be constantly hitting disk and blocking on it.

about a year and a half ago
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Fedora 18 Installer: Counterintuitive and Confusing?

prefect42 Not sure how fair the review is (458 comments)

The installer's crap, I'll give him that. I've just given it a run through to see whether he makes fair points, and I think he actually misses some, but not all his complaints make sense to me.

KDE LiveCD worked just fine for me, logging in automatically. No errors about networks, no warnings about /var being full. No complaints about audio not working. Was he perhaps running with minimal RAM such that the LiveCD couldn't work properly. I couldn't get any similar failings even with dropping RAM down to 512Mbytes, which is a half the 1Gbyte recommended. But given his screenshot and /home being on /tmpfs I don't see how else it could report less than 100Mbytes free. Running with 512Mbytes shows a nominal 220Mbytes available in your home directory. I faintly wonder whether that's actually the source of most of his liveCD issues.

The progress bar showed Installing Software 100% but the bar wasn't all the way across. But that's because the progress bar is showing all install progress, not just installing software. The progress bar seemed sane to me. All in, the installer is less functional than the old installer, and certainly less clear. Having Done and Continue buttons just isn't helpful. After clicking Done, you'll be returned to a page showing out of date information, and you have to wait for it to update. This makes no sense, I'm with him on that. I get what they're trying to present to you, and it's possibly even useful in the way they've done it, but it's definitely less clear.

Some images are oddly low resolution, but I can live with that, it's only aesthetics. It needs fixing, but it's not worth holding up a release.

His complaints with the installed system also seem a little unfair. He installs easylife (not part of fedora), the complains that the repofusion repo hasn't been set up correctly, when that's been done by easylife... His flash/mp3 complaints fit into that same category. That's very much blaming windows for itunes not playing back FLAC files.

So I'd say that the installer sucks and was a mistake to put into F18, but things aren't necessarily quite as portrayed in that review.

about a year and a half ago
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CentOS 5.9 Released

prefect42 Re:CentOS is awesome (96 comments)

Systemd isn't enough of a reason to jump distro, and gnome3 is no reason at all for servers. I'll be sticking with RHEL because they seem to employ bloody good developers who provide ace support to users of their software, and I don't just mean paying users.

about a year and a half ago

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