* Posts by fishman

783 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007


SCO boss to customers: 'Blah. Blah. Blah'


The truth

At least this time they told the truth.

I'm a sceptic now, says ex-NASA climate boss



Don't forget - Al Gore has made $100M over the last eight years while shilling global warming.

2TB drives arrive down under


I always wait

Drives that come out at a new large capacity size come out with 4 or more platters. Eventually, the manufacturer comes out with a model at the same capacity but with 3 platters. The 3 platter versions seem to be more reliable than the 4+ platter versions.

Israelis offer radical new rat-based urban renewal scheme


Rats vs humans

Who says that humans are as smart as rats?

Take a hammer to your hard drive, shrieks Which?


Dead Drives

Of course, if the reason you are getting rid of a drive is because it died, you cannot erase the data - but the data still exists on the platters. So physical destruction, or the use of an extremely powerful magnet is the only way to delete everything.

Is Google's culture grab unstoppable?


Opt out

While I hate most opt-out policies, there is one area where it makes a little sense. Due to our wonderful US congress lengthening the time of copyright protection, some works may be very difficult or impossible to track down the copyright holder. So I would propose bounding the opt out to works that are 40+ years old.

Scottish firm pays £120,000 over unlicensed software



The BSA - One more reason to use open source software.

Merseyside plant to punch out Chevy Volt


Power grid

While power plants are more efficient than internal combustion car engines, much of their advantage is lost in the power transmission losses from the plant, and then another loss in charging the battery, and another loss from the battery to the motor.

An advantage to a car like the Volt is that the battery does not have to be fully charged - there is a small internal combustion engine, and that can be used to extend the range of the car. If the electrical power companies could control the charging of the vehicles, they could stagger the charging to keep the power grid from being overwhelmed. Sometimes you might not get a full charge, but that would be ok since the gas engine would get you to your destination.

25 years of Macintosh - the Apple Computer report card


RE: Music Metrics

5 Billion tracks / 175 Million ipods is just over 28, not 3. And since you can take your CDs and put those songs on the ipod, not all of the rest of the ipods are filled with pirated music.

Since my wife and kids got their ipods, the number of CDs that they buy has gone way up. They only use itunes when they want 1 or 2 tracks off of an album.

WD Caviar Black 1TB vs Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB


1TB drives

Over at Newegg, the 1+ TB drive that has the best buyer reviews is the WD caviar black drive. I bought one just over a week ago for home, and I don't notice any additional noise,

Samsung shows off state-of-the-art 40in OLED TV



OLEDs don't suffer from burn in, but supposedly they tend to fade with age - unless that's been solved now.

German cyberplods raid Pirate Party on Skype Trojan mole hunt



They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Ben Franklin

OMFG, what have you done?

Thumb Down

Major Suckage

The old setup was far better - it made good use of the real estate of a wide screen monitor. Now I have a large gray bar on each side of the "page" that combined take up half of the screen.

Oz woman sold mobe with preloaded smut



If holding a mobile phone containing porn next to her head makes her sick, think about all the porn being downloaded through wifi signals that pass through your body......

Asus' own Eee-beater spied on web



With things like a fingerprint reader, it looks like Asus is expecting sales to business users - but since most business are holding off on Vista, you would think they would have an XP version. Of course, they may sell it with a Vista License, with XP installed like Dell does now.

Google flicks pennies down geothermal well



If enough heat is extracted, could there be thermal stresses created that would result in more frequent earthquakes?

Microsoft Mojave 'outs' secret Vista lovers



So Microsoft sets up a controlled experiment where Vista doesn't seem to suck too badly. This is from a company that has a history of covertly sponsoring independent "research" that ranks MS products superior using questionable methodology.

Do a real experiment. Put Vista on a box, let them use it for a month, and then put XP back on it. See if they want to switch back to Vista.

Torvalds brands Digg users 'W*nking Walruses'

Jobs Horns


If some of you don't think this is "professional" acting, just go watch a video of Steve Ballmer.

Are the ice caps melting?


Al Gore

Al Gore has made over $100 million dollars since he was the VP through his public appearances (he charges at least $100K/speech) and eco-investments (which he is indirectly pushing with his global warming mantra). His utility bills for his home in Tenn. for 2007 was over $30,000 - their youngest child is 25 so it's not like they have a bunch of teenagers living at home running up the utility bill.

Flirty texting could land Scots in jail for 10 years

Paris Hilton

I'm offended

This law is ripe for abuse.

-Paris, since she offends almost everyone.

Google keeps killing penguins for money


Vista - Raping the environment

If you are at all concerned about Google's energy saving secrets, why haven't we grabbed our tourches and pitchforks and gone after the real villian, Vista? The additional energy used by greater hardware requirements for Vista over XP times the number of PCs running Vista give a number that would probably be many times greater than all of the energy used by Google.

Organised crime law crushes animal rights duo



These "animal rights" creeps (and their relatives) should not be allowed to use any medicine or medical treatment that used animal testing in their development.

Is the earth getting warmer, or cooler?


Al Gore Money Machine

Al Gore has been raking in the cash - on the order of tens of millions of dollars - on the issue of global warming. He makes at least $100K per speech, and he has extensive investments in areas related to global warming. So every time he opens his mouth, it's money in the bank. And the more he can scare, the better he does.


US lag sues over prison crash diet



You need 12-14 calories per pound. At 147kg (323 lbs), he needs 3700 calories/day. Assuming 3000 calories/day: To loose 1 lb of body weight takes a drop of around 3500 calories. So right now he is loosing 1 lb every 5 days. Eventually, he will get down to around 250 lbs.

People pay good money to diet like this, and he is getting it for free.

Americans love wireless - and AT&T too



SBC bought AT&T, and changed their name to AT&T. SBC owns Cingular, so they changed it's name to AT&T.

AT&T had spun off their wireless division, and Cingular bought it 2-3 years ago.

Blu-ray Xbox 360 to be sold at a loss?


Real sales numbers

While the Xbox360 has 50% more units out than the PS3, how many of the Xbox360s are replacement units for the defective ones? I know people who have bought an extra 360 while their 360 was sent back to be repaired.

Brit TV company blamed for Peruvian tribal deaths


Blame Canada

Blame Canada.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 'superzoom' camera



I have a Panasonic superzoom camera I bought a couple of years ago, and it has a LCD viewfinder along with a LCD screen. I use the viewfinder quite often outdoors when the sunlight makes the main LCD screen hard to see. The lack of an optical or LCD viewfinder is a non starter for me.

Official: PS3 to get DivX through firmware upate


PS3 is going...

Looks like the PS3 is going to (Kevin) Hell.

Fedora 8 spins into action


RE: Installing

Considering all of the problems with Vista drivers (especially with slightly old hardware), the chances for an easy installation with Vista are limited.

I installed XP pro/SP2 on a computer - had to download drivers from the web to get it to work. Put Linux on the same computer - everything worked (and used it to download the drivers for the XP partition).

A private view of Phoenix and Mars


RE: Venormous snakes?

Snakes on a Spaceship?

Sony off-shoot unveils 'cheaper' Blu-ray drive for laptops


RE: Irony alert

<<Perhaps someone who has gone loopy with the home movie camera? >>

You can buy HD camcorders. Obviously the file sizes are much larger than from the older camcorders.

Microsoft 'tweaks Vista' for Google desktop search goodness


RE: Apple

Voskin - The difference is that Microsoft has a monopoly with windows, so the rules change.


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