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Comment Re:Up to $5k... (Score 2) 161 161

They can only sue for the value of goods downloaded...If, for example, I go buy a movie, then download a version for my media centre, I have not committed a crime.

So this is almost sensible.

What I'd like to see is a double edge approach providing a media licensing system where every ISP has an optional media subscription service at a reasonable price. Then have it that media companies can only request download metadata for content that they license to that ISP, however if a customer subscribes to the ISP media service, then that buys them immunity.

If the above was implemented then people would only need to download what their ISP can't provide, and there'd be incentive for media companies to license that content to ISPs, giving people what they want: One media subscription service that gives you everything.

Comment Re:Real mature (Score 1) 109 109

This is just a short anecdote, so it doesn't carry much weight, but in the last 20+ years I've been involved in many large projects, most of them successful, but it seems that the ones that turn into total nightmares failed because the JAVA teams messed up totally. So now I have a gag reflex when I'm presented with the prospect of working on a project with a large JAVA component.

Comment Re:I think... (Score 1) 304 304

32 bit COM objects and 64 bit COM objects can both be used in a .NET app running under the 64 bit runtime. Anyone with enough experience in this field to be eligible to make a comment would know this.

You've added 12 really lame anti .NET comments to an article that is meant be about using Node.js as an app server replacement. You add no value to the conversation, and yet you feel that you have to continuously interject. Its people like you that enforce the image that aging or Java orientated programmers are unemployable in highly dynamic environments because of their woeful inflexibility. Try to lose some of the Jade, learn something new.

Comment Re:203ms - With Fibre connection and not in space (Score 1) 558 558

I'm in Australia and my average is 237ms, and they say that we don't need the NBN

The NBN will reduce the time between you and your ISP, so at most will shave 20ms off your latency - provided they don't screw it up and increase the latency with the equipment.

Here's a full tracert from a 19Mbit link on Internode:


Tracing route to []
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms
2 29 ms 29 ms 29 ms []
3 29 ms 29 ms 30 ms []
4 29 ms 29 ms 29 ms []
5 49 ms 48 ms 49 ms []
6 204 ms 205 ms 206 ms []
7 204 ms 204 ms 203 ms []
8 204 ms 203 ms 204 ms []
9 206 ms 225 ms 209 ms []
10 266 ms 266 ms 266 ms []
11 259 ms 258 ms 258 ms []
12 268 ms 265 ms 264 ms []
13 258 ms 268 ms 256 ms
14 257 ms 265 ms 265 ms []

Trace complete.

Comment Re:I've done this with Dosbox too but... (Score 1) 415 415

Wow... these comments make up a lot of assumptions about my character. What's with all the hostility? One guy called me a cunt! What's next, threats?

You made a logical and totally reasonable suggestion, but it went against his religion. His internal conflict caused him to lash out at you the messenger.

Comment I use a DynaFlex Powerball (Score 1) 144 144

10 years ago I started getting stiffness and numbness from my right wrist up to the shoulder. I switched to an ergo keyboard which helped a bit, but the DynaFlex Powerball helped a lot. Since then I've gone through 3 powerballs. A couple of years ago my knuckles started stiffening and freezing up on me. To help with that I've been taking Fish Oil, which I didn't think was working until I stopped it for a week, and have been using this great ergo mouse.

Comment Re:Disaster (Score 1) 243 243

I already had a customer balking about installing java. Now it seems certain we'll have to port everything away, a huge undertaking. (Even though we'll end up porting it to C++ and have multiple times more vulnerabilities when we're done, but I guess at least they'll be specific to our application).

There is no way in hell I could recommend taking a team of Java developers and getting them to port their application to C++. Actually I've seen this attempted back in 2003, and it ended up generating a bunch of C++ code that had to be trashed and rewritten by a team of competent C++ programmers. The problem was mainly all these design patterns that Java programmers use that are based on garbage collection being present, and all the weird and wonder hacks that were introduced to try to add some kind of memory manangement scheme on top of a bunch of code that was written without any thought about object lifetime management. What about other languages like C#/mono? that will at least allow a basic like for like translation of everything below the GUI layer?

Comment Re:Why do they not recycle? (Score 2) 270 270

Barium is an element does not vanish and can certainly be sterilized to any degree desired. So, why do they apparently not recycle the stuff?

Because not much is used in medical practice, so it's not worth it. The main use of Barium is Barite which is a Drilling Fluid for drilling bore holes. You may have heard of white mud?

Comment Re:Would the results be the same under Android ? (Score 1) 163 163

I think the underlying intent of the article is to show that the Microsoft Surface is a waste of time, and so it was Windows 8 focussed. They compared a Microsoft Surface with an Acer W510, and the Acer tied on power and won on performance. But also the Acer runs all Windows apps, so why would you buy the Microsoft Surface over the Acer W510?

Comment Re:New WDDM version is the reason (Score 1) 553 553

Just thought I'd add to your bit that says:

you'd have to be particularly crazy to develop a game that requires DirectX 11.1 any time soon

Given a pragmatic developer I can't see how that would happen, unless they were doing a tech demo. Most of the DirectX utility and sample code sets up the device like this:

  1. Try initializing Directx9
  2. Try initializing Directx10
  3. Try initializing Directx11

so now you add:

  1. Try initializing Directx11.1

All the fixed function stuff is gone now. You do your own object-local-to-word transform in the vertex shader, and then the world-to-view transform using the projection matrix. If you have stereoscopic rendering, then you have 2 projection matricies in the shaders.
Thus in the above tests you get back what version of DirectX is running, and load the corresponding set of shaders for your world, lighting and material renderers. You'd need the option to turn on or off stereoscopic rendering anyway, so it makes having an exclusive Directx11.1 renderer highly implausible.

Comment Re:First post! (Score 1) 403 403

98 SE was better. I've not been a fan of the NT line

No way. I had NT 3.51 as my main OS (circa 1995). That was the good version before they killed it with NT 4.0. This OS gave you the OS/2 experience with a Windows skin (If you used OS/2 2.0 then you know what I'm talking about), and OpenGL to boot (no DirectWhatever). The multitasking was butter smooth, and it came with a C/C++ compiler bundled in the OS. I was doing user/programmer tech support at the time, and all the 98SE machines I saw that came years later sucked arse.

NT 4.0 with the Windows 95 skin was a backwards step. Apparently Billg had a bee in his bonnet about beating MacOS at the automated bytemark benchmark in word processing or something, and so the OS guys had to move GUI stuff into the kernel to get the benchmarks up. It was downhill from there.

Oh by the way, if anyone's looking for a 39 yr old programmer with a boat load of experience (150 different skills), I'm open to offers... just though I'd add that in, in case someone reads this, as some of my clients have hit hard times recently, hence I've....

When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it.