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Comment Re:Its Radio vs. Records all over again. (Score 1) 175

Yeah, I'd agree there's plenty of room for both at home, work, or any fixed-connection setting, but for mobile use I'll take downloaded-and-stored over streamed-and-cached any day of the week.

With a cache of a spotify stream, for instance, will it be possible to tell how much music you have cached up in reserve? What happens when the next hour+ leg of your journey is through the countryside with bairly a 2g GSM signal, let alone a 3G signal, and your backup cache runs out?
Sod that. Plus, that's not even considering the total inefficiency of streaming the same content over and over again, why not just download it once?

To answer the article's question: I can't see myself streaming music to my portable player anytime soon. Capacity is high enough to be plenty for a trip of pretty much any length, storage is cheap, and mobile internet access is patchy at best. Whilst on the move, I'll take my locally stored, decent bit-rate, painstakingly tagged audio, cheers.

Stream to find.
Once found, buy, download, store, archive. Then use as you wish. (You could even do it in that order, if you were so inclined)

Comment Re:Dock/Taskbar design (Score 1) 688

If I had to guess, I'd say his computer is about 5 or maybe 6 years old. Up until 3 weeks ago, I was still running a 2.8Ghz P4, happily sat in a trusty ol' i875 board. I bought that chip in 2004.

Throw gigabytes of ram and a modern graphics card into a computer, and suddenly it becomes apparent that the processor is really not the bottleneck.

I did my whole CS degree on that rig, and not once did I ever think; 'shit, you know what I need, another core...' .

The money I wouldve had to spend on a new CPU-MB-RAM-GFX combo, I used to buy more monitors instead.

Comment Re:Here, I'll summarize. (Score 4, Interesting) 834

Skynet could end up ensuring that it never gets created.

Funny you should mention that. Whilst watching T2 the other day with some friends, we were taking a little trip on the Time-Travel-Paradox line, and came up with this little nugget:

If in the original film, the 1st Terminator sent back had indeed completed it's mission and killed Sarah Connor, then that would have ensured Skynet never gets/will be created.

  • Sarah Connor dies before crushing metal motherfucker #1.
  • Chip never gets found.
  • Cyberdyne in 1991 never get to perform their research.
  • Skynet doesn't get developed.
  • Obviously wont become Self-Aware, as it doesn't exist.
  • Judgement day doesnt occur.
  • Everyone lives happily ever after.
  • Profit?

Comment Re:I am fed of hearing negative stories about my g (Score 0) 204

Okay, first things first:
        We did vote GB in, If you read up on UK election law, youâ(TM)ll more than likely find that you vote for the party, and the party chooses its leader, who becomes prime minister. Basically, you vote for the party you want to represent you, and they choose from their ranks someone to do just that. And since labour was voted in, we get a labour prime minister for the duration of the term.

Secondly, the alternative at the moment is infinitely worse, in the shape of a vapid, bandwagon jumping Eatonian and his gang of old boy chronies. I have absolutely no doubts whatsoever that given the chance, the conservatives would be pulling this bullshit only on a larger scale. And if you disagree, please read into their treatment of dissenting voices during the 80â(TM)s, i.e. strikers/protesters. Not to mention the fact that these muppets have not a single coherent policy to say for themselves.

Change for changes sake is not necessarily a good thing. Iâ(TM)m as fucked off as the next guy with the string of BS coming out of downing street at the moment. The list is seemingly never ending, involving data security, the fucking hilarious âdigital Britain reportâ(TM), the constant CCTV camera coverage, and ridiculous policy after ridiculous policy, but Iâ(TM)m also certain that things would get a lot worse under conservative government. Privatisation of things that shouldnâ(TM)t be privatised (read NHS), taxation policies designed to keep rich people rich, and loose regulation for companies are all things this country really doesnâ(TM)t need, and would be instigated in a heartbeat.

Basically, iâ(TM)m fairly certain weâ(TM)re fucked either way, and iâ(TM)m moving to Scandinavia...


Higgs Territory Continues To Shrink 118

PhysicsDavid writes "Announced this morning by Fermilab, the possible territory for the Higgs boson has shrunk even further. Combined results from the CDF and DZero experiments at the Tevatron have ruled out the existence of the Higgs with a mass between 160 and 170 GeV/c^2 with 95% confidence. At 90% confidence the Higgs is ruled out between about 157 and 185 GeV/c^2. Here is Fermilab's press release. If the Higgs is to be found at the lighter end of the currently allowed range of 114 GeV/c^2 to 185 GeV/c^2, its detection will be harder than at the heavier end due to the kinds of signals that the Large Hadron Collider and the Tevatron will see. Some physicists think that a lighter Higgs will be easier to spot at the Tevatron as the background processes which obscure the faint signal are not as prevalent in those experiments."

Romanians Find Cure For Conficker 145

mask.of.sanity writes "BitDefender has released what it claims is the first vaccination tool to remove the notorious Conficker virus that infected some 9 million Windows machines in about three months. The worm, also known as Downadup, exploits a bug in the Windows Server service used by Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008. It spreads primarily through a buffer overflow vulnerability in Windows Server Service where it disables the operating system update service, security center, including Windows Defender, and error reporting. The Romanian security vendor said its removal tool will delete all versions of Downadup and will not be detected by the virus."

Comment Seriously, It's a Joke... (Score 0) 874

I'd be willing to bet this article is a joke. Taco, kdawson, timothy and the rest of them had a bet, to see if we'd actually read and discuss the article.

Now they're all sitting around, smoking cigars and belly laughing, contemplating when the circle jerk is going to begin. 'Cos it turns out they win, and we lose.

Shit, I'm embarrased I even clicked on the article. 200 Comments? Christ, we should collectively have a word with ourselves, cos this is ridiculous.

This isn't a story, it's not news, it fuckin retarded, end of...

Comment Re:Why this could be good for Linux (Score 0) 1127

We could also do with the big distro vendors getting on to device and peripheral manufacturers about drivers.

I've tried to switch a number of times in that last 2 to 3 years, whilst i still have the time and inclination to learn, but each time i've had to return to windows pretty much full time, and run linux in a nice tidy little virtual box VM, beacuse half (almost literally) the stuff I (and many others) use with my computer just doesnt function. Dont get me wrong, if i only wanted to web browse, edit, listen to music and watch video, then it would almost certainly have replaced windows on my machines, but thats not all people do on their computers...

I'm not talking about exotic, out-of-this-world-mega-hardware, i just mean things like mobile phones, any mouse purchased post 2004 with more than 3 buttons, TV cards, sound cards, printers, and dual head graphics. The state of affairs is still such that I (yes, I know it may be different for others...) cant sync tasks or transfer music to my phone, print a map or watch TV using my hardware. Nevermind getting things to output on 2 monitors, which was just a whole host of unpleasentness. All of which makes switching impossible, for me and I'm sure many others.

Sure, you can try one of the myriad work arounds and fixes on forums, but they rarely if ever work properly. So, whilst the software is important, I'm convinced that it's availability of native drivers for common consumer hardware that is more important than the current version of photoshop...

Until linux drivers are as common as mac drivers, i.e. available in the box, or alongside the other 2 on the drivers download page, people just wont be confident enough to switch. Or at least people like me. And im a feckin CS student for christ sake. Sadly, claims that your hardware will 'just work' are way, way off...

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.