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Comment: Re:OK (Score 4, Insightful) 66 66

Oh, they've had a few (Secunia's down for me at the moment, but there's a reasonably up-to-date list here), so they're not perfect - but yes, they seem on the whole to have their act together.

Sure, they're not as configurable as a cheap Linksys (although they can be pushed to do anything you'd reasonably* expect a home/SOHO router to do), you can't shoehorn Linux onto them, and the lack of a CLI or web interface (a OSX / Win only config utility) is shitty - but they're solid, robust, & pretty secure devices which are almost perfect for the average home or SOHO user.

Oh, and the AC who said "Cannot configure them via a wired port, only wireless (wtf?)" is either a troll or an idiot...

(* running a server, packet inspection, or doing heavily customised routing is not a reasonable expectation for a home/SOHO router - that sort of thing belongs on a separate machine that doesn't have one testicle dangling out on the WAN...)

Comment: Re:bye (Score 1) 531 531

Also on the top right of a new tab is a settings 'cog' where you can choose "Enhanced", "Classic" or "Blank" so you can easily turn this off.

Yes, but the questions people are asking themselves are these: why would I want to use a broswer that keeps doing this kind of shit? Particularly when they have a demonstrated history of removing from display the option to undo that shit, all in the name of 'simplification' and 'a cleaner UI'?

They're not new questions - they come up each time FF decides to 'improve' some aspect of their 'user experience', rather than actually improve their browser.

I, for one, have gotten sick of repeatedly asking myself those questions and am sitting back on an older ESR version. I doubt I'll ever install FF again, and am happy to wait another couple of years for somebody like PaleMoon to get their Mac version reasonably stable, up-to-date, and working.

Comment: Re:how about we go back to the old days? (Score 2) 244 244

I think you meant this:
"Labels lend money to artists to pay the labels for recording their music, then the artists pay the labels to pay the radio stations to play their music, pay the labels to market their album to convince you to buy their $10 collection of songs, and pay the labels to pay the royalty services to collect money from the radio stations (who have been paid by the artists out of the money paid to the labels to pay the radio station to play them) to pay the labels.

The artists then pay the labels to pay them - and what's left is called 'profit'."

Comment: Re:Great news! (Score 3, Insightful) 125 125

It won't actually happen, because our economy is roaring along thanks to the mining boom, and the powers-that-be want to slow it down a bit and rake in some of the dough while the going's good.

Errr, yeah, OK. Checked mineral commodity prices lately?

It's slowing down quite nicely by itself thank you, and no thanks to any (non-existant) government attempts to slow it down. Besides which the Aus govt is still wedded to the completely dickheaded means of manipulating the economy by controlling housing availbility & prices - anything else is a bit too complicated for the "Clever Country"*...

(* Where "clever" means "I negative geared out my arsehole & now have slightly more money than I started with"...)

Comment: Re:So what about other drones (Score 1) 99 99

If Amazon drones can communicate with each other and hopefully perform collision avoidance, how will they do the same with drones from the random Drones'R'Us startup companies that will be popping up all over the place in the next X years?

Simple.

The whole point of Amazon's current guff about drone deliveries is (a) P.R., and (b) grabbing patents to cover all aspects of drone delivery technology.

Because of (b) there simply won't be any "random Drones'R'Us startup companies" to interfere. At least, not ones that aren't licencing / using Amazon's patented communications & collision avoidance technologies...

Comment: Re:Google Streams (Score 1) 359 359

The YouTube thing was never about getting people on to G+, it was about cleaning up YouTube. Anonymous accounts lead to every video's comments being filled with abuse.

Didn't work. If anything, YouTube comments are filled with even more poisonous shitty abuse from assorted pseudonymous fuckwits than ever before.

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[FUCK BETA] ...

Yeah, I see it works just as well here...

Comment: Re:Australian here (Score 4, Informative) 85 85

The second thing is, the Libs face a hostile senate ... the LNP (Liberal/National Party) haven't been able to do much of anything

To put this into some perspective for non-Aus people: the LNP government is still trying to get major items from last year's budget passed. And this year's budget is only about 8 weeks away...

Comment: Re:seems about the same (Score 1, Redundant) 320 320

Once you get past the hype, the media stories, the click bait; and learn how to actually read scientific papers, they seem about as accurate as they've ever been.

^This^

/. articles like this one are basically stalking horse stooges - a paragraph of well-known minor concerns that together add up & appear to be 'truthy' evidence of a major problem, and an 'honest' question tacked onto the end.

The whole point is to sow FUD...

Comment: Re: Cost savings (Score 5, Insightful) 106 106

Simple web app: $1000
Shared web hosting: $50/yr
Managing a pool of postgrads, postdocs, researchers, and other subject matter experts to answer children's questions while fending off the Creationists, Tea-Partiers, and other assorted nutjobs who insist on being given equal access and status to teach the Truth to counter the Liberal Ivory-Tower Acedemic lies? Priceless...

Comment: Re:Horribly misleading summary (Score 1) 681 681

This.

Not being an American, I have few preconceptions about Bill Nye* - the little I know of him is entirely from the occasional comment on the internet, and I think I the only time I've ever seen him was in an epsiode of Stargate - but the summary is basically manipulative outrage-clickbait.

Read The Fine Article, people - or forever remain Slashdot Sheeple...

(*I did wonder why you all mispronounced his name just to make it fit into a little rhyme, and now I know.)

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