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Comment: Seems legit (Score 5, Informative) 406

by Gumbercules!! (#46461225) Attached to: Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents
So Apple want $40 a phone for a few cosmetic and convenient things they were the first to bring to market, like tapping a number or bounceback when you over scroll - but they baulk at paying $2 a phone for stuff that *makes the phone actually work* like 3G/4G, WIFI, etc. etc. How the hell is that ok? And if you want to say those 3G patents Samsung hold are FRAND and essential for phones, fine - but Apple still wasn't even paying the FRAND amount. So why can't Apple's innovations be considered essential and ubiquitous to normal mobile phones, now and also be forced to be reasonable??

Comment: Yeah this sounds totally efficient. (Score 1) 65

by Gumbercules!! (#46272903) Attached to: DARPA Training Cadets and Midshipmen As Cyber Warriors
Or... they could just not build insecure systems directly connected to the internet?

Ok, ok, I know that nothing is ever totally safe and the Natanz reactor in Iran was hacked without being connected to the internet but surely, better design, better systems management and better monitoring, etc, would reduce the need for such an astronomical number of heads, just sitting in a chair all day watching logs or looking for bugs in code? And you can be quite sure some idiot will still run an out of date flash or java on their IE browser and plenty of small areas will still get subcontractors in to manage domains, scripts, small programs etc and they'll be under the radar.

Sounds like the modern equivalent of the industrial revolution - just pay a huge number of plebs to do menial tasks. Somehow I doubt this will stop a bugged monitor cable, supplied by the NSA, from doing what it does.

Comment: Re:Winner! (Score 2) 41

by Gumbercules!! (#46024751) Attached to: Data Analysts Attempt To Predict World's Largest Music Vote, Again
I'd fully refute that. Triple J is barely recognisable to me, these days, and I was 100% immersed in the music scene in the 2nd half of the 90's. It's all dance and rap now - a very different sound. It's not "wrong" or "worse" but to claim it's in anyway oriented at the 30 something's, like me, is way off; it's just aimed at people who are younger than I am. It's aimed firmly at the uni student age, and always has been. Even their news articles lead with stories like rises to student fees, etc.

Comment: Re:Open source (Score 3, Interesting) 215

by Gumbercules!! (#46004133) Attached to: Accenture Faces Mid-March Deadline Or 'Disaster'
I would assume the simply tendered out the process and got a bunch of quotes (tender responses) from companies on the government preferred supplier list. Any companies not assumed "big enough" were discounted out of hand. Then they would have had 2 or 3 left over (because at the very start of the process, they would have decided to immediately short list down to 2 or 3 people at most because bigger numbers than that is too hard to comprehend) and had some presentations from them about their success stories and then asked themselves "who was the cheapest?" and "who have I heard of before?".

That's how it works here in Australia, anyway.

+ - Australian's premier group, CSIRO, apologises for lack of research into dragons->

Submitted by Gumbercules!!
Gumbercules!! (1158841) writes "The Australian federally funded research group, the CSIRO (the people who brought you wifi, among many other inventions) has apologised on their blog for the lack of research into dragons, after a seven year old girl wrote to them, asking for a pet dragon for Christmas.

While this is obviously a tongue in check response, it's still pretty nice to see a serious scientific research organisation making time to brighten people's worlds in small ways and being able to have a little fun."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:...and (Score 1) 182

by Gumbercules!! (#45546839) Attached to: SSD Manufacturer OCZ Preparing For Bankruptcy
I would have thought Intel held the standard for the best SSD in terms of quality? I absolutely only use Intel SSD in servers as they're the only enterprise grade SSD I trust. As for OCZ, I have 8 in a pile on my desk at the moment (all 60GB ones) and I know 2 of them don't work and 6 probably do - but I can't be bothered trying to figure out which is which. They have been pretty bad, I would agree.

Comment: Re:Most of the problems listed have a single cause (Score 0) 445

by Gumbercules!! (#45408297) Attached to: Bill Gates's Plan To Improve Our World
"Be fruitful and multiply" *is* 100% a commandment. It's the first of the 613 commandments mentioned in the Torah (see item 125 here:

And as for the guy you're responding (geekoid) to's assertion that having too many kids is bad, I would ask him what he instead recommends? Would he have it that all those lives never existed and all the potential those children bring with them never exist because those children aren't as worthy as he is? His parents had less kids and he has more material things so his life is somehow worth more than theirs?? Should we go to South East Asia where there's massive over population (and, I point out, very little western religion) and explain to those kids they should never have been born, so other kids can have a nicer life? I'd argue kids in poverty stricken areas probably do a lot *less* damage to our world than us entitled 1st worlders, in the grand scheme of things.

Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson