1652 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009
Re: Some thoughts...
The DVD rental store still pays a per-hire fee to the rights holder, so, yes, the rights-holder still has a loss. A very small one, but still a loss.
As I have said before. What I want is to be able to purchase - for a reasonable price - a business-card-sized* plastic chit which licences me to hold the content in any form I wish. I get the media in the format that suits my playback equipment (a Linux box at present, but may change ongoing) and the rights-holder gets paid (which, if the media is worth me having, I would like to pay /reasonable/ fee for if only to encourage more media of that type to be made!).
*Business-card-sized means conveniently-small but not misplacably-small and also wallets/boxes for storage are readily available.
Of course they should.
And every time their 360k floppy disk is full, they just eject it, turn it over, reinsert it, and keep on storing. Like any good government minister's understanding of IT will dictate.
Re: Good deal
Yes, you can't really compare prices for dev platforms with hobby platforms! Both are great in their place, but their place is quite different.
That's why it is called the NBN
No Broadband Network
Turnbull has been dining with the Devil,
and the cheque is now on its way.
Nah, they'd just lock us all up. Just to be sure.
Re: Tip of the Iceberg...
We, personally, may not deserve it, but we, taken as a group, ... Thomas is pretty right-on.
Re: Human progress
Well, according to recent genetic studies, at some point we did exactly that.
Re: What a troublemaker
Downvoters may have missed the more obscure form of Aussie sarcasm there!
I got mail!
Hmmm. I recieved a leaflet in my letter box yesterday explaining that in the next few months they would be digging up our area to install node boxes (and assuring us they would put the pavement, grass, trees, etc. back afterwards).
Not /REAL/ NBN, but better than nothing, I guess!
My mum, in a large regional centre down the coast, is still waiting to see if any-kind-of-wired-networking or death-by-old-age reaches her first.
The trick will be in the feedback loop.
ie: Bad code electrifies the electrodes.
Isn't the USA going to do this for us anyway?
They use Hax! I don't want to play in this war any more!
One interesting side-effect of wireless charging pads might be more people actually learning/bothering to park the proper distance from the curb and/or between the lines! And not on the *&$*& footpath!
I was wondering if the relative quiet of e-vehicles might detract from the appeal, but from the video they sound a bit like distant jet engines.
Lister's Vindaloonian impression will have nothing on a mis-dial from this one!
Re: Confused heyrick... Ho humm this old saw again.
"I said many years ago, in response to "Linux is completely secure!" type statements, that Linux was secure THEN because it was not important enough to be an attack vector. With Windows 8 not flying out the door and many many mobile phones running a variant; it has now matured into something worth attacking"
Of course back many years ago, Windows was only a majority player on the Desktop, while the vast bulk of externally-connected servers (the ones serious hackers want to attack) were *NIX. These days, I believe, the spread between *NIX and Windows on the server is closer to 50:50, so by your argument attacks on *NIX systems should be going DOWN!
For those damned yoof amongst us:
The 'turbo' button on PCs of old was a button that, when activated, had the PC run at its full rated speed (generally 12 or 16 - or 20 if you were posh - MHz). When de-activated it would slow the PC down, preferably to 8MHz (though it often just halved the clock frequency).
Why would anyone want to slow down their PC? Well, some games back then, instead of using the PCs clock to pace themselves, relied on the processor speed for timing, so if you tried to play your game with the Turbo button on, it would run rather faster than you might find playable!
Why 'Turbo' on by default and not 'Slow' off by default? Marketing, of course.
Re: interesting to know the ambient temperatures
And the ones in Canberra don't stand a chance against all that hot air emanating from under the big clothesline.
It's just a big....
...post-political-retirement board position just waiting to happen.
In her social sphere, I am sure she knows plenty of people like that!
Now all we need...
...is enough ports available in the exchanges so that everyone who wants to, can actually get on to the Internet to see the pretty sites.
Ah, the ol' "fact-finding mission to the Bahamas."
Sir Humphrey Appleby would be so proud.
The Teacup weather report:
It is a joke. Vaguely amusing, but far too generic to honestly offend anyone not trying very hard to take offence.
'Crowded' is a rather polite way of putting it. They could have said several other words there with equal accuracy.
Technically, 4G IS broadband: it is using a (relatively) broad section of the available bandwidth for its signal. But people have been trained to associate the word 'broadband' with speed because on an unshared copper wire the speed is, of course, very high. But it is the exclusiveness of the wire that makes it fast, not the 'broadband'. If we had to share that wire with everyone and their aunt, party-line-style, the 'broadband' wouldn't help us much there either.
Problem is that most customers for these kinds of services don't (want to be bothered to) understand what they are buying into. Sucks to be them, I guess!
(Except you then get people - like my mum - who knows full well what the score is, but can't do anything about it because the idiots in the government also believe wireless 'broadband' is magically not limited by the laws of physics - laws which aren't subject to corporate buy-out. It really really does suck to be caught unwillingly in that trap through no fault of one's own!)
In an ideal world,
these 'swatters' would be excluded from future police protection from anything.
"For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning dials; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive - you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure of course, but meant that you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep listening to the same programme."
- Douglas Adams "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", Ch12.
I have actually been keeping an eye out for an antique-looking (though obviously not monetarily or historically valuable) writing desk to make into an integrated computer + TV desk for my mum.
Collecting lots of old valves (to bore out and LED-light) and some nice 'olde' meters, switches, dials and stuff too.
In the end,
it doesn't matter if Samsung's competitors also do well out of the deal. All that matters is if Samsung and Intel do better out of having the deal than from not having the deal. Business is about making money, not hamstringing oneself so spite the 'competition'. Samsung probably knows this.
Re: I didn't think plod did "Intellectual"
It is like the Military doing Intelligence.
I've never seen anything advertised before a youtube video that I was the least inclined to buy, advertised or not.
And 'Dark Social' : I need a black T-shirt with that printed on it in about 12-point white sans-serif. I'd wear it with pride.
Aren't DVDs and their packaging predominantly made of plastic, which is made from oil, which would otherwise be burned into the air in an engine?
So our shelves of DVDs are technically carbon sequestration. The government should be paying us for the service!
Re: Lovely graphic
I imagine that is all the authors supplied them with.
Nothing if you are living in a society where the majority of the whole population is male and white.
Re: Emotion detecting jewlery
HTTP error 444: if you don't know what's wrong, I'm not telling you.
Re: 2 Simple Requests
"how do you propose we penetrate their disguises?"
With something sharp but serated. And a bit rusty!
But only if it is /my/ definition of 'really really really good'!
Re: This app will self destruct in 5 seconds...
Well yes and no, I guess. Yes, it being on your system shows you very particularly don't want others accessing your data. But no, it doesn't prove you are hiding anything from the law in particular (maybe you are concerned with industrial espionage, and activated it before you knew it was the police bursting in the door).
Not an iPad
A colleague at work's son spent most of his third year wandering about touching any flat shiny surface available and sadly declaring "Not an iPad".
(He had access to an iPad at pre-school).
Being in the land of hydrothermal, I guess there is also a reasonable chance it is technically steam-powered, too!
The only tech the average politician can understand or support is self-driven colonoscopies for the rich. Without the $7 door charge.
Remember the current government didn't really win the last election. The previous one lost it*. Yes there is a difference!
* and ther really deserved to. Just a pity there was nothing to genuinely replace them with.
I imagine (hope) by the next election, the other lot will have got their act back together enough to again be convincingly be the least-worst-party available at the polls.
...do the sharks use Google Plus???
Duh Du Daaaaaaaaaaaaa.
Actually, I guess this means they technically do. So Google Plus gets more users from this.
Just be careful who you add to your inner circle!
One thing for my ex...
...was that he flipped out a little when he worked out that I could access anything in his user account on our shared computer. I never did - professional pride - but I appreciate that even as a complete IT-ignoramus he could grok the implications.
Re: The trouble with 'touch' on the desktop...
I notice most people defending 'touch' are citing non-desktop cases (checkout, factory floor, hand-held). Well yes, I did specify "on the desktop" for a reason - namely that for a phone or tablet touch is quite easily arguably the best interface and for specialised uses all bets are off. For doing any sort of serious content creation, though, touch is unlikely to be helpful.
Re: Elbow? Meet Arse.
Very much so. In my own experience, the 'targeting' makes the average StarWars Stormtrooper look like a crack-shot sniper.
But, advertising people have to justify their billing somehow, I guess.
Re: They can do what the fuck they like
If your 'friends' will sell out your private data like that...
... you have a very loose definition of 'friend'.
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