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Comment: Click of death and Blurays (Score 1) 307

I've had one hard drive unexpecdedly do click of death, thought all data was gone forever. After some months and reading about possible solutions, I tried heating the top of the drive (label side) with a clothes iron then connecting it. I worked, so copied everything.

One case fan, a power supply, and a BluRay recorder.

I count the BluRay drive as I stupidly did a flash update in Windows, and when I booted in Linux, none of the encrypted BluRay discs that played before played. So to me that's a dead drive. I haven't bought another encrypted BluRay disc since - fuck Hollyood!

Comment: Airport / train station arrival / departure boards (Score 1) 790

by Wowsers (#48789283) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

I miss the shhh-shhh-shhh-shhh sound of the old display boards at airports, before monitors took over. The sound of an updating board sounded like a lot of decks of cards being shuffled at the same time - but cards made of plastic no paper. And the boards only updated one line at a time, so it used to take some time to update an entire display.

Comment: New partitioner (Score 1) 170

by Wowsers (#47850563) Attached to: Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

I don't know about needing a completely new partition manager, but certainly needs to read GPT partitions. In GParted, there is one disk I have just for Windows7, Windows partitioned it, but GParted reads the drive as unpartitioned / available. I asked around and people were thinking it was partitioned wrong that's why invisible.... well if Windows partitioned it's own partitions wrong....

And please pick a better name than the proposed one, at least make the name pronouncable.

Comment: Control (Score 1) 128

"Tackling Piracy" is the cover story, but it's just for the government to grab control of the free internet. A little bit at the time, they come up with reasons to censor this, ban that, people too stupid to see what is happening. Until one day, you have nothing left of the internet as we know it today.

Comment: Cartels (Score 5, Insightful) 253

by Wowsers (#47194011) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Offers $5 Million Bounty To Defeat Extradition

What about the film industry creating a cartel and using laws to enforce it, stuff like region coding DVD's and BluRay's, encryption, or adding unskippable bs like copyright notices on LEGIT bought products. The "pirates" are obviously giving consumers a better product, but corrupt governments side on the media cartels who refuse to update their business models to the current real world - they are stuck in the last century.

The law has been bought and paid for by the corrupt media cartels. The law is a disgrace, as are our bought corrupt politicians.

Comment: Science and engineering in basket case UK (Score 2) 321

by Wowsers (#46140551) Attached to: James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

The UK is a basket case, it treats the arts in higher esteem than the sciences and engineering (unlike countries like Germany). The general public in the UK don't like people who takes sciences (how popular are science nerds/geeks compared to jocks in school?) Money is thrown at the arts like it's going out of fashion, the scienes however always have funding problems.

When I studied at university, the arts students were the ones who had lots of time to prop up the student bars, and could get any books they wanted very cheaply (say £5), whereas for sciences, it was normal to spend £50+ for just one book.

In the UK, the amount of effort you put into a science degree and pay you get, is inversely proportional to the effort and pay the arts students get (unless you're really really good in your chosen science subject)

So of course, the sciences should have their courses paid for compared to the arts. But I would add to that, to prevent people jumping onto a science course because it's free, they MUST have studied science courses and have good grades in them from lower schools before getting to university. This should prevent students from moving courses.

Comment: Pockets (Score 1) 254

by Wowsers (#45898795) Attached to: I think wearable computing will take off...

Never mind wearable tech, in the UK, mens trousers (pants to the US audience), are getting ever smaller pockets, and now same happening to coats too (or vanishing pockets). Guys put their stuff in their pockets, we don't want to look like idiots like ex-footballer David Beckham with bags trying to look as if men should have them to carry their stuff like women.

Comment: Re:Love camera phones (Score 5, Insightful) 182

by Wowsers (#44995289) Attached to: The Difference Between Film and Digital Photography (Video)

I'm not a professional photographer, but I do not like point-and-shoot cameras, shutter lag, limit of lens choices (actually no choice just the one), terrible f-stop range, terrible noise on sensors, tiny sensors, and they are way too light to be able to make steady shots, and not seeing through the lens at what you're shooting is totally weird with the electronic lag of CCD to LCD display.

With a DSLR I can shoot with very high shutter speeds, having the ability to change lenses allows me to get either macro close or very far objects closer up. You can also clip on filters to change the image, like polarisers.

Most people will not need a DSLR, but to claim that those cameras are only for professionals is rubbish. Even a cheap DSLR will out do a point-and-shoot. And let's not even get into thiny pinhead size sensors in mobile phones and claim that it's genuinely 8MP+.

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