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Comment: Re:Samsung and Google (Score 4, Funny) 153

by Custard Horse (#46098669) Attached to: Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

Didn't they just sign some agreement a few days ago? And now Samsung is gonna stab Google in the back. Grab your popcorn and place your bets!

They're keeping patent law alive. Not content with being sued by Apple, they will now be sued by microsoft - presumably as their 'tiles' are 'too square'.

Comment: Re:Misleading title... (Score 2) 160

You still have control though which is the crucial point. If you revert to paying cash, your trips to Walmart are no longer being tracked.

Let's not get too excited, Google is looking to monetise tracking information in the same was as grocery store reward cards allow the stores to mine purchase data and send you focused offers. The NSA is not interested in your buy one, get one free selections but Google is interested in directing you to their corporate clients based on where you happen to be.

The quid pro quo is that your acceptance of such tracking does provide financial reward. This is an option of which you may wish to avail yourself.

This is not the same as the voting and the ipod analogy not least due to the vagueness of the question. Is it one ipod for one vote or for all future votes? Were the respondent congenital idiots? All important questions..

Comment: Re:Appealing to the inner pirate ... (Score 1) 109

by Custard Horse (#45334863) Attached to: Bribe Devs To Improve Open Source Software

OK, so you created 1000 bugs and put a $1 bribe on each of them to encourage others to chip in to get them fixed. If half of the bugs are fixed by random people who thought that it was easier to fix the bug and cash in on the $1 than paying someone else to do it you are down $500.

You have essentially created a game where one can choose between adding to the bank or taking it all and you start by adding to the bank. There is no reason for anyone else to not take the money and your only advantage is that you have your hand a little bit closer to the bank since you created the problem. You do however not benefit from this since you don't see when someone else is fixing the bug until it is too late.

The only problem with this premise is that intentionally writing bugs but leaving a mostly functional piece of software would take quite a bit of planning.

Surely a serious coder would want to write more, useful, code and bug-fix as necessary rather than engineer a situation which may or may not produce free monies?

I choose to believe that coders would have pride in their OSS and introduce new features rather than produce bug-laden code which might be replaced by the next big thing.

Having said that I'm no coder so my assumptions are probably invalid.

Comment: Re:What could possibly go right. (Score 1) 187

lets fiddle with apps while driving 70 mph! what could possibly go wrong?

Those same applications, might provide life saving guides in event of an accident, or warn of a collision ahead, preventing further loss of life. disable or take over controls of car in event of the driver being intoxicated, drugged, asleep, heart attack. Limit car to preferred drivers. Or even the boring things we are used to like sat nav, or internet radio

Your right people could facebook or play angry birds at 70mph...they can already do that on their phone, or well there could be useful apps geared towards, boring *car* things that just happen to be smart.

Let us not forget to mention that cars already have touch screens and numerous controls on, around and away from the steering wheel. Ironically, the simplest cars, in the UK at least, are small production cars that don't have airbags, ABS or other safety measures. They handle well but they are apt to disappear into the scenery when pushed hard on a wet road even when there are no distractions.

Incidentally, "pushed hard on a wet road" is not a euphemism. This time.

Comment: Re:My best advice: ***AVOID INKJETS*** !!! (Score 1) 381

by Custard Horse (#45210643) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

For an Office. Sure. But at home I don't like having a laser printer buzzing away. They create a lot more pollution in the form of nanoparticles and ozon than an inkjet printer. At least that's what I was told.

I was told (by a workplace safety expert) that laser printers should ideally always be in their own, well ventilated, room.

I have a laser printer in my home office so it is in it's own room. I don't see the problem.

Choosing inkjet over laser is a folly as far as costs goes. Colour lasers are dirt cheap and if you choose wisely you can buy perfectly serviceable refilled cartridges for very little. The Dell 1320CN printer I have cost around £100 ($150) and came with starter toners - good for around 500 pages.

I can get a full set of high capacity toners for £20 ($30) including delivery. The quality is great and any photographic material beyond school projects can be ordered from an online service as suggested elsewhere in this thread. You can get a similar deal for cartridges for the Dell 1765NFW which does everything bar make you a packed lunch.

Remanufactured toner cartridges are the key to low cost. The cost of ink is astronomical (I read somewhere that it can work out at £1000 ($1500) per litre which wouldn't surprise me).

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