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Comment: Re:"LONG extinct"? Hah. (Score 5, Interesting) 187

by Tx (#46482227) Attached to: 43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

Yeah, considering how many species humans have (directly or indirectly) wiped out, developing the skills to bring some of them back might be prudent.

" We already extinguished them once, without even the help of gunpowder."

However I believe the current thinking is that mammoths are not amongst our victims, and were wiped out by natural climate change instead.

Comment: Re:Where is the big problem? (Score 2) 125

by Tx (#46454735) Attached to: Major Wikipedia Donors Caught Editing Their Own Articles

"Editing your own article on Wikipedia is not prohibited as long as you disclose your conflict of interest and follow the rules[...]"

That's just the point though, they are not following the rules. FTA; "While the research behind the 144 named donors who gave more than $5,000 to the WMF is not yet complete, it is already clear that several dozen of them are not widely notable enough to have a Wikipedia article associated with them", "While a few have adequately disclosed their conflict of interest, most have not."

"[...]so I have trouble seeing how this submission is anything other than yet more manufactured controversy and/or anti-Wikipedia astroturfing."

If they are getting away with not following the rules because they are donors, then that is different from people who don't obey the rules for other reasons.

Comment: Re:AWESOME (Score 2) 129

by Tx (#46311753) Attached to: Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds

It's not as bad as it used to be, I don't think. I recently went through the exercise of unsubscribing every spam mail that came in to the accounts of two former employees at the company I work for, and the spam level dropped almost to zero, around one spam mail per day rather than 30-50. Granted, the kind of spam you get on the work account of a reasonably sensible employee is probably going to be from more reputable sources on average than most personal accounts, but they weren't all reputable-looking. For sure I always do a little checking up on the source before I click that "unsubscribe" link on my own mail.

Comment: Re:Duh? (Score 5, Insightful) 219

Apple didn't make a success of the iPhone by being first to market with a smartphone, they did it by getting it right. I'm no Apple fanboy, and I own no Apple products, but current smartwatches are a joke, and if anyone is going to take the concept beyond niche/gimmick level, it wouldn't entirely surprise me if it was Apple.

Comment: Re:Chrome Remote Desktop (Score 5, Insightful) 408

by Tx (#46025149) Attached to: Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

I use logmein for the same purpose, and I must say I might have considered signing up for pro, but the zero-notice cancellation of the free account has left a major bad taste in my mouth. It's a pretty blatant attempt to rush people into signing up for the paid program, because hey, give people a month's notice to evaluate alternatives and the might find something else they like. For that reason, there is zero chance I'll sign up for logmein pro.

Comment: Re:alternatives? (Score 2) 244

by Tx (#45941075) Attached to: Bennett Haselton: Google+ To Gmail Controversy Missing the Point

Don't be a cheapskate, pay for FastMail or other decent pay-for email provider. Sign up for a personal domain, most services throw in email accounts for free with a domain, or forward to your FastMail account. Then you are completely independent of the vagaries of the free providers, and you can keep your email addresses regardless of whatever provider or ISP you use, and it will cost very little (~$30/year depending on your choice of domain).

If you insist on free, well, you get what you pay for.

Comment: Re:If they get this reversed, it will shut them do (Score 5, Insightful) 198

by Tx (#45607045) Attached to: Tech Companies Set To Appeal 2012 Oracle Vs. Google Ruling

No. Big companies buy up huge defensive patent portfolios, then when they end up infringing each other's IP, they just work out cross-licensing deals with each other; as long as a company has a big enough portfolio of relevant IP, they are pretty safe. It's all very cosy.

Who isn't safe is any new player trying to enter the market, who might as well give up, or at best hope to be bought by one of the established players rather than sued into oblivion.

Comment: Re:I say keep it up. (Score 1) 83

by Tx (#45186617) Attached to: Open Rights Group International Says Virgin, Sky Blocking Innocent Sites

What do you mean by "support"? Use? Because if you want pay TV in the UK, for example for decent sports coverage, then you basically you have to be a customer of one or the other. And that being the case, buying your broadband from them in a package deal is very cost-effective, and while they may be "awful", so are some of the biggest competitors (BT, TalkTalk, EE).

Comment: Re:Dude... (Score 1) 236

by Tx (#44599593) Attached to: The Death of the American Drive-in

It's a shame. I've never been to one, I don't think the exist here in the UK, but I can see some reasons why they would be cooler than a standard cinema. My car is much more comfortable than typical cinema seating, and I guess you're not forced to buy overpriced snacks, since I can't see them trying to police what people have in their cars. I guess people dicking around or using their phones would be less of an issue. If they broadcast the audio on an FM channel, so you could use your in-car audio rig to listen to the sound, that would be great. If there was such a thing near me, I'd definitely give it a shot.

"Card readers? We don't need no stinking card readers." -- Peter da Silva (at the National Academy of Sciencies, 1965, in a particularly vivid fantasy)