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Comment: What about Steam Games (Score 1) 371

by crispi (#42856563) Attached to: Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

Steam games are consistently higher priced - and you can't get round it with VPNs or Paypal - the credit card # proves you're in Australia.

And it's not like it's priced in Aussie dollars with a mediocre exchange rate - The games are priced on the same website in USD dollars.

So why more expensive now? Ah - because steam games would undercut the price of boxed games in stores.


Is the CodePlex Foundation Truly Independent Now? 123

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the what-is-that-again dept.
Glyn Moody writes "Microsoft created its CodePlex, 'an online collaborative software development portal,' four years ago, as the latest in a string of attempts to play nicely with open source. Well, maybe not: Microsoft saw the open source software projects it hosted there as reflecting 'the open community-building spirit of Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative.' In September last year, it tried again, launching the CodePlex Foundation, 'a forum in which open source communities and the software development community can come together with the shared goal of increasing participation in open source community projects,' and not to be confused with, 'a Microsoft owned and staffed forge that encourages the development of open source software based on Microsoft technology.' The only problem is that all the funding for the CodePlex Foundation still comes from Microsoft. But the new Technical Director of the CodePlex Foundation, Stephen Walli, thinks it can become truly independent of Microsoft, open to all companies to create open source software for any platform using only OSI-approved licenses. Will the CodePlex Foundation take its place alongside existing foundations addressing this sector, like Apache and Eclipse, but complementary to them? Or is it forever doomed to be ignored by the open source world because of its origins?"

Comment: Re:My two cents (Score 1) 1217

by crispi (#32547030) Attached to: MA High School Forces All Students To Buy MacBooks

>> Hawking was the only one to stay the course...and yes, he did get a laptop.

Oh really? Given that he was born in 1942, and would have left high-school at 16, or 18 (assuming he went to a Grammar school), he would have left school in 1960.

Now I know laptops have been around for a while, and unless you're a theoretical physicist who understands time, time travel, and .... Hang on!!!

Comment: Re:I wanted to like OpenSolaris but... (Score 2, Informative) 307

by crispi (#31258028) Attached to: The Future of OpenSolaris

Yeah - same problem - of about nine or ten systems that I've tried it on (up to snv_133), all of them have at least one hardware problem.

eg from my memory

NIC drivers (Broadcom, Even Intel)
W/LAN drivers (Atheros for instance)
Display driver support (not just VESA!)
HW RAID drivers (Compaq, Promise)
AHCI drivers (including NCQ and hot plug support (slated to fix in snv 135)
AMD PhenomII support (fixed now since snv 126)

and I've had issues with the install (eg installation from USB CDROM)

However, saying all this, the journey is worthwhile - some features really are fantastic - especially together:

ZFS + snapshots + dedupe + Virtualbox VMs.


If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst