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Comment: Re:There is a problem... (Score 1) 176

by Snospar (#46637161) Attached to: The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs
How I hate that phrase "You're so lucky to have such well behaved children!", there's no luck involved it's hard work being a good parent. GPP is even worse: "blessed with an angel of a child"... utter nonsense. Teach your children early on that there are rules and standards they need to follow - encourage with rewards and praise, discourage with simple punishments (time on the "naughty step" or temporary loss of TV or cherished toy). All this hard work will pay off and your children will grow up to be well rounded, polite adults.

Comment: Re:is the USB 'bug' fixed, at this point? (Score 1) 77

Totally off-topic but I had to reply, you're about the fifth person this week I've seen that stores computer components "in the loft".
Here in Scotland, anything I store in the loft has to be mold, damp and mildew proof - and computer components definitely wouldn't fare well up there. It's not that we have a damp house, on the contrary it's a modern ventilated timber frame with a secure (non-leaking) roof... it's simply that it rains/snows/hails/sleets here a lot so we only get truly dry a couple of months a year.

Comment: Re:Invest (Score 2) 127

by Snospar (#43810721) Attached to: BT Runs an 800Gbps Channel On Old Fiber
This is BT investing in the network and it's a smart investment too. By upgrading the boxes on the end of the old fibre they've shown they can breath new life into it - something which was in doubt when the previous technology ran into problems. These boxes and associated optics are not cheap but it's much better to be spending money there than on a new programme to dig up the roads.

Comment: Re:Forced convergence is all the rage. (Score 2) 107

I mostly agree with you and yes, it is depressing but I think there is another reason pushing people onto these locked down devices and it's simply that Microsoft still haven't worked out how to protect their systems from malware & viruses. Now before everyone jumps in and says this isn't just a MS problem, malware attacks 3rd party software too - I know that and I'll gladly put Java and Adobe in the same sin bin.

Let's say that Average Joe buys a nice shiny Windows laptop for $2000 - it's his machine, he can install whatever software he likes and there's no lock down right? But even on day one there is crapware installed by the laptop vendor that has started to slow his machine down (preinstalled AV "trials", desktop gadgets, Troubleshooting "assistants" and of course add-on toolbars). Now lets move on 6 months, the shiny laptop that was pretty fast on day one is now crawling - he's probably got a virus or some other malware by this stage (possibly because his OS updates didn't force 3rd party updates) and to combat this he's now got 2 or 3 always active anti-virus/anti-malware scanners running. It's possible he's also got malware masquerading as Antivirus running too and all these applications are fighting with the system and each other for resources.

But look over there, someone with a crappy netbook isn't having these problems because it's running Linux, or there's someone else with an Apple iThing (which they religiously keep updated and haven't been hit by any unfortunate 0-day exploits) and finally there's someone with a Chromebook who again have no need for multiple AV programs.

I hate that people opt for locked down systems over Linux but I think I hate more being called out to try and fix the crappy mess that Windows has left someone with when they mistakenly clicked that dodgy link on the web.

Comment: Re:Eh, what is illegal? (Score -1) 377

by Snospar (#42064511) Attached to: Why Iron Dome Might Only Work For Israel

Where did you get your UK knowledge from?

Sort out the United Kingdom, it is easy, just sort out Ireland, Schotland, Wales and Brittain

The United Kingdom comprises England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The rest of Ireland is the Republic of Ireland (or Eire) and it is not part of the UK; though it could contentiously be included as part of the British Isles. And that's where the trouble starts, so instead of Great Britain it is now the United Kingdom with the Republic of Ireland as a completely seperate entity.

But I'm just being pedantic, there are, as you say, many issues to sort out among these friendly countries before we can even start to hammer out peace in the Middle East.


+ - NASA Telescopes Spy Ultra-Distant Galaxy->

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DevotedSkeptic writes "With the combined power of NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, astronomers have spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen. Light from the young galaxy captured by the orbiting observatories first shone when our 13.7-billion-year-old universe was just 500 million years old.

The far-off galaxy existed within an important era when the universe began to transit from the so-called cosmic dark ages. During this period, the universe went from a dark, starless expanse to a recognizable cosmos full of galaxies. The discovery of the faint, small galaxy opens a window onto the deepest, most remote epochs of cosmic history.

Light from the primordial galaxy traveled approximately 13.2 billion light-years before reaching NASA's telescopes. In other words, the starlight snagged by Hubble and Spitzer left the galaxy when the universe was just 3.6 percent of its present age. Technically speaking, the galaxy has a redshift, or "z," of 9.6. The term redshift refers to how much an object's light has shifted into longer wavelengths as a result of the expansion of the universe. Astronomers use redshift to describe cosmic distances."

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Comment: Your want to read? E-Ink. (Score 1) 415

You stated reading as your primary goal so the only answer is an e-ink e-reader. Tablets are capable of providing reading apps but none of them provide anything like a "printed page" experience. An e-ink e-reader looks and reacts like a printed page; it is non-reflective, non-glossy, non-backlit. The lack of back lighting is a plus not a negative because the lights used to illuminate most tablet screens are in the spectrum that triggers your brain into the "wake up, wake up, dawn is here" state. That's not so good for reading at bedtime. Step outside with a tablet and it's unreadable; you end up looking at a mirror (with smeared fingerprints). Step outside with an e-ink e-reader and you can read naturally.

I've been careful not to push you to a particular brand of e-ink e-reader but I would push for one that supports as many formats as possible especially those that are DRM free. If you get tied down now to Amazon formatted material you may find you regret it in the long run; some of their practices have been Orwellian.

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