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Comment: Re:"Name" all you want. (Score 1) 52 52

I'm currently fighting this bitch. I want to get married and have my wife come to live with me in the UK, but she has decided we would be an unfortunate statistic for he so is blocking us. I'm kind of amazed nothing has happened to her, because we are hardly the only ones. There are thousands of families being ripped apart to satisfy her numbers, and more than one or two suicides. When people are desperate bad things happen.

Comment: Re:Advanced users do not use Apple products (Score 2) 231 231

This isn't a feature. There are good reasons to want to customize your tags.

- The "official" ones are often wrong or inconsistent. It is especially bad for compilations and collaborations.

- You want custom fields.

- You want to change language (e.g. transliterate names into Japanese)

Tagging hasn't been a time sync for over a decade. When you rip the tags are grabbed off the net, the same as what iTunes does for you.

+ - Some consumers habitually pick losers

AmiMoJo writes: If you’re still crying into your pillow at night over the demise of the Zune MP3 player or Crystal Pepsi, take a long, hard look into the mirror: Your shopping habits might have foretold the doom of your favourite, discontinued products. At least, according to a group of researchers pointing the finger at certain early adopters. In a study published in the Journal of Marketing Research, researchers identified particular kinds of consumers whose preferences can predict products that will flop, calling those folks “harbingers of failure.” “Certain customers systematically purchase new products that prove unsuccessful. Their early adoption of a new product is a strong signal that a product will fail.”

Comment: Re:Convenient threat (Score 2) 52 52

The solution, the only possible solution, is to encrypt everything and make some mass surveillance impractical. We can't do much about all the cameras and databases, but we can make sure that our activities online are very hard to spy on. It will never be impossible, but if GCHQ has to spend vast amounts of money and attack British companies to get what they want, and end up with very little for their efforts it will curtail their activities.

They will of course try to ban technology that bothers them, but if we make it ubiquitous and a basic part of common internet infrastructure they won't be able to.

Comment: Re:Redundant request? (Score 2) 52 52

They want to transfer the cost of retaining that data to the ISPs. Well, they also want some data that GCHQ has to hack to get normally, because simply doing a full take of a major interconnect won't get you things like DNS lookups to ISP servers. It's easier just to force the ISPs to give them the data.

+ - Russian Progress cargo ship docks with space station

An anonymous reader writes: An unmanned Russian cargo ship has successfully docked with the International Space Station. The successful launch, rendezvous and docking came after two resupply failures. A Progress launched in April spun out of control and a week ago, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket disintegrated, destroying a supply ship loaded with supplies and equipment. "Crew reports, 'feels like Christmas in July,'" the International Space Station tweeted.

Comment: Re:I'm retired now (Score 2) 339 339

I'm writing firmware today that stores the date as a 16 bit unsigned integer giving the number of days since 1/1/2000. When printed it is converted to an 8 bit unsigned year and formatted with %02u (2 digits). I'm well aware that this will fail on 1/1/2100, but... I'll almost certainly be dead and no-one will be running this code in 85 years time, surely...

I'm starting to feel bad about it now.

Comment: Re:Took an online trading company offline for a da (Score 2) 339 339

I knew a guy who did support for a multi million pound company. They had many problems, mostly due to the fact that he was too scared to reboot their servers because he did all the support remotely and it would be a 100 mile trip up to their office if the machine didn't come back up. They insisted that he do maintenance in the evenings or at weekends to avoid disrupting their work.

So their terminal server was still running IE 7, because he was too afraid to update to IE 9 as it required a reboot. Someone actually got fired because they infected the server with a drive-by. Their mail server had a dodgy network card, but it took nearly a year to diagnose because he was terrified of updating the driver in case it didn't come back up, so that was just intermittently not responding or dropping incoming connections for over a year. The driver update fixed it in the end.

Comment: Re:The reason is more simple (Score 1) 565 565

The eGolf is actually rather slow to charge by EV standards, because it uses a combined fast charger that isn't actually all that fast. A Leaf will charge to 80% in half an hour, and when doing long distances you typically end up stopping for about 20 minutes (since you never run right down to zero) every hour and half or so. It's actually fine if, like me, you prefer to have a little break at that kind of interval for water and bathroom facilities.

Half hour for 80% seems to be the sweet spot, and is what Tesla have gone for as well. Beyond 80% the speed of charging rapidly drops off due to the way the batteries work, so EV route planners take that into account and make sure your charging is in the optimum 20-80% range.

The real issue is what happens if the rapid charger isn't work for some reason. It's getting more and more rare, but until there is more infrastructure it won't go away as a concern. Something needs to be done about plug-in hybrids and crap EVs that take too long to charge as well (I'm looking at you Tesla) because hogging a rapid charger for more than 30 minutes is bad form. Other people need them, and if you can carry on without using one (PHEV) or your car takes forever to charge (Teslas are slow with adapters for anything other than dedicated Tesla chargers) you need to be considerate.

Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 1) 361 361

I see, so this is the latest revision huh? It's not about Quinn, all that harassment and rage was, er, some other guys or something... The people on the /gg and /GamerGate forums, the ones in the IRC channel talking about harassing her, that wasn't GanerGate. Okay.

And it wasn't there original claim that Depression Quest was promoted, that turned out to be a lie so now it's her game jam. Have a link for that? Didn't think so, like the Depression Quest review it doesn't exist.

Comment: Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 1) 248 248

You are talking about charges and the prosecution that the state brings. Merely being arrested often does not lead to a charge or prosecution. Arrest is not the state making a legal judgement and acting, it's the police making a judgement which is then supposed to be checked and overseen by the state.

Comment: Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 1) 248 248

Making information public is not a binary thing. I think that's where a lot of confusion comes from on Slashdot, e.g. with the European data protection rules. Sure, some people might know about something, but that's different to everyone knowing or having immediate and easy access to that knowledge.

His wife might know he was arrested, but employers probably won't because the record isn't in any databases accessible to them.

The computer is to the information industry roughly what the central power station is to the electrical industry. -- Peter Drucker

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