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Comment Re:British Airspace (Score 5, Interesting) 196

Even us Brits have trouble with this sometimes. Scotland is a country, just not an independent one, it's part of a larger entity, the United Kingdom; that bit is clear. But our government is called the "British Government" even though it governs the whole United Kingdom, not just the island of Great Britain. Likewise our army is the "British Army" even though it includes the Royal Irish Regiment, and Northern Ireland is not part of Great Britain. So "British" as an adjective seems to mean "of the United Kingdom", rather than "of Britain". It's probably correct in at least some senses to describe the airspace above Scotland as Scottish, British or UK.

Comment Stupid headline (Score 2) 425

I don't see how any of that stuff makes the calorie "broken". Sure, "Differences in metabolism and digestive efficiency add sizable error bars." etc etc. Gasoline has 30MJ/L of energy, and the fact that cars have different fuel efficiencies doesn't mean that isn't useful data, or that the joule is "broken" either.

Is it really news to anybody that you need to take account of more than just pure calorie intake when monitoring your diet?

Comment Re:Well... (Score 2) 232

Exactly. I'm not sure why the summary mentioned Jurassic Park as if it started an era of gratuitous CGI. The CGI in Jurassic Park was *impressive* in 1993, and there are a lot of movies now with CGI that doesn't look as good. But more importantly, Jurassic Park used physical animatronics for the close up dinosaurs, the CGI was used for stuff that couldn't be done any other way, i.e. large flocks of dinosaurs etc, it didn't use CGI just for the sake of it.

Comment Re:I am surprised (Score 1) 77

I'm surprised Apple hasn't bought a search engine of its own. Several decent search engines have fallen by the wayside in recent times, so I'm sure they could pick something up pretty cheap if they didn't want to create one from scratch. Sure, the $1 billion + 34% of search revenue from Google is nice, but presumably 100% of search/ad/data mining revenue would be even nicer.

Comment Re:this is blackmail? (Score 1) 228

To be fair, that mistake does not originate in the blackmail letter. You'll be shocked to know that the grammatical error came either from the submitter or the slashdot "editor" responsible for putting up the story.

In the letter, it says "All you have to do to prevent me from using this information against you, [redacted], is to pay me $2000" and "If you do not want me to destroy your life then send $2000 in bitcoin..."; lacking in poetry, but grammatically sound enough.

Comment Re:He's Not Qualified (Score 2) 235

The headline takes what he said out of context a little, and makes it seem like some kind of pompous pronouncement. He was answering a question, and while it's not clear from TFA exactly what the question was, it seems perfectly likely that what he said is a reasonable answer. What he seems to be saying is that while in the long term, science and technology will give our species survival advantages by dint of allowing us to spread to other planets or into space, and thus not have all our eggs in one basket, the period we are currently in where we have increasingly powerful technology but haven't yet made the leap to spreading off the Earth is potentially hazardous. It's not particularly insightful, common sense really, but you can only answer the questions you're asked.

Comment Re:Looks nice , but ... (Score 1) 116

I get the feeling it's built more as a curiosity/collector's item than something anybody is going to use on a daily basis now, much less into the future. No mention of the weight, but the thing looks huge and costs $5000, so I suspect whichever desks it gets parked on, it's staying there. In this age of thin, light devices, I really can't see many people wanting to heave that behemoth around. And as a curiosity or collector's item, it doesn't really matter much how future-proof it is.

Comment Re:There are US DHS at London Gatwick?? (Score 4, Informative) 704

The visa waiver is not automatic, you have to apply to travel via ESTA. That can be denied, in which case you have to apply for a visa. It's not just "criminals and those with suspect pasts" that are denied authorisation via ESTA, there is little transparency about why the DHS flag people, and sometimes it seems almost random. Don't forget that Ted Kennedy got put on the no-fly list by the DHS, and there was never any explanation other than that it was a "mistake". You can bet there are a lot more such "mistakes" for people with arabic-sounding names though, and for people who aren't US senators, the chances of the mistake ever being corrected are low.

Comment Re:So What? (Score 2, Interesting) 117

I guess it does demonstrate the enduring power of a marque though. Sure, WinAmp hasn't been relevant for ages, but people still remember it. I remember even making a skin for the music player I used on my PocketPC PDA (gsplayer I think it was) to make it look like WinAmp, mustv'e had way too much time on my hands.

Sure, it's hard to see how WinAmp could be brought back to prominence. Certainly not in the same form as it was; if you want that, just download the old versions. But it's not impossible; I can't say I'm 100% happy with the music players I use, the online radio apps I use, or the streaming services on the market. So there's room for someone to do better, and if it happened to have the WinAmp name attached it wouldn't hurt.

Comment Re:Anybody actually using Edge? (Score 3, Informative) 44

I was wondering the same thing. Tried it when first upgrading a couple of machines to Windows 10, ignored it ever since. From a quick search, Edge seems to be roughly in the 1.7-2.8% market share range (e.g. netmarketshare) this month, which actually seems seems high to me; since Windows 10 has 9% of the desktop OS market share for the same timeframe, that means fully a quarter of Windows 10 users are finding Edge good enough to stick with it. Then again, I guess for basic web browsing by non-technical users, it probably does the job; that segment of users probably wouldn't know about or use the features that Edge is missing even if it had them, so that's probably reasonable.

Comment Re:What's a "programming language"? (Score 1) 241

I was about to post exactly this; since when are Android, iOS or .net programming languages? And yeah, measuring flaws per MB of source code - surely there are pretty large differences in source code "density" (i.e. how many characters of source code it takes to get a job done) between the things which actually are programming languages, so that's not really a valid measurement IMO.

Comment Re:Looking forwards (Score 1) 181

That's a strange argument; it's not about banning or not banning, it's about a) ensuring that some players don't have an unfair advantage over others, and b) that the sport doesn't simply become a technological arms race. That doesn't mean that you stop all development, otherwise tennis players would still play with wooden raquets, for example, and we wouldn't have innovations like hawkeye and TV referees. But you place restrictions on equipment so that new technology is allowed when it's readily available to all players, and when it genuinely adds something to the sport, making it a better spectacle or whatever.

This curling issue is a perfect example; it would be impossible to have a fair competition with these directional fabric brooms right now, because even if all players got them, the ones that haven't been using them to date won't have so much time to figure out how to best use them. So they're banned for now. In the future, the curling governing bodies may look at them again, and decide that they make the sport a better spectacle, and as long as they're going to be readily available to all players they might then choose to allow them.

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