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Comment: Re:VP9 (Score 1) 142

by Trongy (#46520847) Attached to: Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

I have flash installed but disabled in Firefox on my work machine (because it made Firerox lock up). It's surprising how little I miss it. Embedded videos on most sites play just fine.

I often find an embedded Youtube video will play fine, but if I try to watch the same video on Youtube (because I want a higher resolution), it won't play without flash because Google wants to display advertising.

Comment: Re:part of the formula (Score 1) 478

by Trongy (#44941939) Attached to: Utility Sets IT Department On Path To Self-destruction


Most of us have home computers to format our job applications. I don't have a home printer, but I haven't printed a job application for nearly a decade; they have all been electronic submissions. Also, I use a personal email account and mobile phone rather than my current employer's when applying for a new job. It's easy and sensible to keep job applications separate from employer's equipment.

These days I'm getting contacted by via LinkedIn about job offers even though I'm not looking. The lack of privacy with LinkedIn is a concern.

Comment: Re:Wayback machine? (Score 1) 480

He was not talking about morals in abstract, but "moral rights" - a term that refers to specific provisions of copyright law in some countries. The name exists to separate the concepts from from the "economic rights" of copyright which may be bought and sold. In this case the copyright ownership appears to be with the employer since it was a work for hire. If the author was in a jurisdiction with "moral rights" provisions in copyright law he would likely have the legal right to be known as the author despite the fact he had sold the economic rights to the software.

Comment: Re:The value of entry barriers (Score 2) 110

by Trongy (#43365249) Attached to: OUYA Console Starts Shipping To Kickstarter Backers
Things have changed since the 1980s Ouya insist on the game having a free-to-play aspect which should offer consumers some protection against crap. With digital distribution it's easy to offer a wide variety of price points. Steam seem to be doing well selling low cost indie games alongside the premium titles. There's also internet reviews, forums and rating systems that can help consumers find the nuggets they are looking for.

Comment: Re:Where are the consumer passive cards? (Score 1) 53

by Trongy (#43298551) Attached to: AMD Reveals Radeon Sky Series For Cloud Gaming, Previews Radeon HD 7990
Passive cooling isn't the right terminology. CPU heat sinks in most severs these days don't have fans attached either. They rely on the much more powerful case fans in servers and the better optimised airflow. These GPU cards will work the same way. The servers will not be quiet.

Library Journal Board Resigns On "Crisis of Conscience" After Swartz Death 128

Posted by samzenpus
from the we're-not-gonna-take-it dept.
c0lo writes "The editor-in-chief and entire editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration announced their resignation last week, citing 'a crisis of conscience about publishing in a journal that was not open access' in the days after the death of Aaron Swartz. The board had worked with publisher Taylor & Francis on an open-access compromise in the months since, which would allow the journal to release articles without paywall, but Taylor & Francis' final terms asked contributors to pay $2,995 for each open-access article. As more and more contributors began to object, the board ultimately found the terms unworkable. The journal's editor-in-chief said 'After much discussion, the only alternative presented by Taylor & Francis tied a less restrictive license to a $2995 per article fee to be paid by the author. As you know, this is not a viable licensing option for authors from the LIS community who are generally not conducting research under large grants.'"

Rare Earth Elements Found In Jamaican Mud 100

Posted by Soulskill
from the worth-more-than-the-common-and-uncommon-earth-elements dept.
stevegee58 writes "Jamaica was once home to a thriving bauxite (aluminum ore) industry. While Jamaican bauxite mining may have fallen on hard times, it seems that the bauxite tailings in the form of red mud are rich in rare earth elements. Japanese researchers have discovered rare earth elements in high concentrations in this red mud and have already invested $3M in a pilot project to extract them. Perhaps Chinese dominance of rare earth deposits is on the wane as global manufacturers continue to search for and find other deposits of these valuable minerals."

Comment: Re:There is no problem (Score 1) 183

by Trongy (#40723021) Attached to: Australian Sex Party May Sue Google Over Ad Refusal
I imagine she would sue Google Australia. "Google Australia Pty Limited is a foreign owned proprietary company that provides advertising services relating to its web search engine in Australia. The company is wholly owned by Google Inc, a multinational corporation based in the United States. Google Australia employs approximately 430 staff and is headquartered in Pyrmont, New South Wales."

If the Australian courts did impose judgements against Google, it would be based on laws rather than moral standards.

Comment: Re:The Q is DOA (Score 1) 128

by Trongy (#40524069) Attached to: Is the Google Nexus Q Subtraction by Subtraction?
The 8GB Nexus 7 is $199 USD in the US and $249 AUD in Australia. The 16 GB model is $50 more in each currency. The Australian price probably includes 10 % GST whereas the US price probably doesn't include sales tax. Assuming a 1:1 exchange rate (which I would be given the current trend) the markup is only 14%. That's not bad given the higher costs of operating a business in Australia.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.