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Comment it's almost about false advertising too (Score 1) 74

About time.

When I had a blackberry smartphone, all the data was routed through Canada. If I visited the Steam Store, I could find a game at a certain price, add it to my basket at which point I was promoted to log in, and the price would magically change (typically going up for an Australian-registered Paypal/Credit Card).

Comment What about Steam Games (Score 1) 371

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 store.steampowered.com website in USD dollars.

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

Microsoft

Is the CodePlex Foundation Truly Independent Now? 123

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 CodePlex.com, '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

>> 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!!!

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