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Comment: The CAS is really about how stupid some people are (Score 1) 288 288

Really... how many of those angry people in the CAS did install Yellow Dog Linux and actively used it on a regular basis? With satisfaction?

I bet none. Due to the memory restrictions it was dog slow, also because the SPU's weren't utilized by many applications, making it a pretty slow performer. And that's what OtherOS gave you, a very restricted space in which you could install linux but it didn't gave you a great, powerful machine with Linux to use as a desktop machine.

that's the sillyness of this. Some people cry like a little baby that their life has no meaning anymore because, oh the horror, OtherOS has been removed from the _play_station!.... A group which is really stupid among those crybabies joined forces with a group of shark lawyers to sue sony to get some money. For what? all the damage that was inflicted upon them by the removal of this marvelous option called 'OtherOS'? Gimme a break.

If you want to run linux so badly, buy an ASRock with a BR drive, install linux and be happy. Oh, of course, everyone in that CAS was part of a supercomputer project, right? ...

Comment: What are you whining about? (Score 1) 288 288

Sony's stuff has been actively hacked by a couple of people. The legal team of Sony gets the order to stop this so they do their job and Sony, if you like it or not, tries to protect what they think is theirs.

The hackers knew this could happen, and they thought it would blow over. Well, they made a miscalculation. Boohoo.

And please. all the whining about 'oh this is so bad!', no it isn't. It has nothing to do with you nor any other consumer who buys the product for what's it suppose to do, nor will this lawsuit affect your life in any way.

That you now will never purchase a sony product again... where have we heard that before? Oh that's right. The CoD boycott. Yeah that worked out fine, didn't it?

Comment: You're an idiot. (Score 1) 797 797

Sorry, but I can't put it in another way. Here's why:

Option1: LEFT Click a button.
Option2: Right-click on title bar, then LEFT click option in context menu
Option3: Press ALT-F9

Which one is easier, option1, with 1 left click, or option 2 which forces you to fiddle with a menu and right-clicking? You say: option 2. Sorry... what?

Oh, of course, minimizing isn't used, right, you should move the window to another workspace by using... right-click, and then left click option in context menu. One LEFT click is easy, it's deterministic and it's well known.

In windows I use 2 monitors and ultramon. It adds (!) 2 buttons to every window bar: one for moving the window to the other monitor and one for maximizing the window across two monitors. No offense to you, but they are very very easy and add usability to using window objects on a desktop.

Comment: Sorry, but glossy screen == no buy (Score 2) 627 627

The reviewer doesn't even enlist the glossyness of the screen. If you look at reviews over at, you'll see this review is just 'lame'. A laptop is taken outside, how does it behave under conditions with a lot of light (even indoors)? Stuff a buyer would want to know.

Ok, maybe not a mac-user, but still.

Comment: Github won't put them back online. (Score 3, Insightful) 266 266

Do you really think Github can afford a lengthy trial with mammoth Sony? Not in a million years. The legal team of Sony will bury Github's with so many documents they either have to give up or will lose.

Big corporations have big law departments. The only purpose of these law departments, which cost a lot of money each year, is to make life as easy as possible for the employer, Sony in this case. This means: they'll do everything they can to make the life of the opponent as miserable as possible: lawsuits, burying with massive amounts of documents etc. Github doesn't have a chance.

Comment: Medicine isn't an 'elite', it's a numerus fixus (Score 1) 391 391

Several courses on dutch universities have 'numerus fixus', which means only a limited number of students are accepted, as the universities can't accept more due to the facilities and the nature of the courses. This doesn't make them 'elite', as the selection isn't really a selection, but a lottery. In other words, it's not 'hard' to get into, you just have to have luck. It's sad it's this way, really, but on the other hand, it's fair.

We have 1 elite university in the netherlands: Nijenrode University, but compared to Harvard and Princeton, it's very small scale and relatively less expensive.

You as a law student in Amsterdam should know there IS small elitism among law graduates in the netherlands: Leiden University and Utrecht University law students are considered 'higher educated', by many people, which is of course prejudice bullsh*t, but you know how people are. It's however not the same as with the USA system, as you could have applied to study law in Leiden as well, without any extra effort.

Comment: I think you missed the point... (Score 1) 391 391

The point isn't which university / college you should choose based on what the quality of the program they offer, but whether it's worth the costs.

You say you had the 'elite route', and I hope for you that if you had to take a huge debt to make it through college/grad school, you can afford to pay it back. But what if you didn't have the job(s) you had after you graduated, simply because there aren't that many jobs for people with your skillset/knowledge? Not everyone becomes a researcher (most people don't).

One should really wonder whether it's worth it to take a debt of $100,000+ to visit an Ivy League college/gradschool, as there's no guarantee you will land a job to pay it back.

Comment: RISC has downsides... (Score 1) 326 326

Because of the limited number of instructions, you have more instructions for a logical operation, e.g. multiply (although many risc cpu's have that operation), so this means you have to load more bytes from ram to do the same thing as a CISC instruction with lesser bytes than the whole piece of code for the risc. As cpu speed vs. ram / bus speed is skewed, it's more efficient to have instructions which take maybe a bit more bits, but on average they don't really take that much more and have microcode on-die to handle them, instead of having to load alot of risc instruction bytes from ram for doing basic operations a cisc can do through microcode. As long as the memory speed/busspeed is not exactly the same as the cpu speed (like on the ps3 where memory/bus runs at 3ghz, equal to the cpu) but slower, risc isn't always more optimal.

Comment: Finally the US citizen gets what they do to others (Score 1) 647 647

For years, people flying to the USA have been treated as criminals when they entered the USA, with questioning at the home airport, scanners, photos taken, fingerprints taken, several times questioning by assault-rifle carrying border patrols what the F*** you're doing in the USA, laptops searched (and taken), camera's searched, shoes that have to be taken off, belts that have to be taken off, no water you could take with you on board, you have to register on a website which costs 14 euros if you want to be left I need to go on?

Now, the USA citizen gets what others have been punished with for years. I'm glad the USA citizen finally experience this and hopefully they'll realize what kind of crap they have forced upon foreigners for years. Because, make no mistake: we in europe now have to get new passports because the USA demands passports with biometrical information. The USA demands that people boarding for the USA in europe are questioned by a security officer who asks questions like "Who packed your bag" and if you answer "My wife" he'll respond with "Do you trust your wife?". What the **** is that kind of shit?.

I do remember the days when I was boarding for Amsterdam on a greece island and all passengers were in a single hall, security was as tough as "Oh is that your bag? Looks ok, carry on!" and everyone had a great time. Did anything ever happen on one of those flights? no.

Comment: Of course they're interested in Java (Score 1) 388 388

... simply because most Oracle client stuff runs on it/is written in it. Oracle depends on Java in a lot of ways, and I think it's strategic for them as well, especially against IBM which also relies heavily on Java.

That some high-end people leave Oracle now is not a surprise nor do I think that Oracle will give a hoot: Oracle hasn't become big by sitting on their hands or because they hired only stupid people, they have a lot of clever people on staff as well, they know the brains will come in sooner or later or maybe they already have them on their payroll. Either way: just because some guy did something some years ago at Sun doesn't make that person irreplaceable at Oracle, on the contrary: it might be that person has a vision which worked back then but has no value in the future.

Torque is cheap.