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Comment: Trojan Horse (Score 4, Interesting) 150

I'm not sure if I'm reading it right, but it feels like:

1. Get dedicated wires laid down by Comcast for you;
2. Start with Apple-only services on your new national network that Comcast gladly laid down for you;
3. A bit later, start offering general Internet services through your brand new national network that Comcast can't take away from you no matter how much they scream in horror;
4. Be ahead of Google Fiber in term of reach, since Comcast were so helpful in helping you compete with them;
5. Profit!

Did I miss anything?

Comment: Re:No shit ! (Score 2) 144

by advantis (#46533595) Attached to: Research Suggests Pulling All-Nighters Can Cause Permanent Damage

My most infuriating experience was when I solved a problem I had at work, it compiled, it did everything it needed to do, but when I went to commit it to SVN I had no Internet. After a few attempts, I realised I was dreaming and I woke up. And I had to type all that again when I got into the office.

Comment: Re:Phishing sites (Score 1) 187

by advantis (#46482485) Attached to: Google Blurring Distinction Between Ads and Organic Search Results

They did that before the layout change too. Even I got tricked by them for a while. Never gave them any money, but they frustrated me quite a bit, as the information I wanted wasn't there. They looked like the government websites I was used to - same layout, same fonts, same colour theme - so it took me quite a few minutes to force my eyes onto the URL and realise that it's a $ website instead of the $ I expected.

It's gotten so bad that it warranted some press attention.

Comment: Free upgrade (Score 0) 241

by advantis (#46357817) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Given that it costs you nothing to upgrade to the latest OS X now, why are people still running the old version?

I have a MacBook Pro made in 2007 that I bought from a friend last year because I needed a Mac, not because I wanted the bragging rights that come with the latest shiny. It came with 10.6 (Snow Leopard) - because he was lazy, and I gave Apple the vast amount of 13 British Pounds to upgrade to 10.8 (again, because I needed it - Xcode didn't like 10.6, and the guy with the latest OS X DVD was on holiday). I did all this only because I needed the stuff there and then an Apple was taking its time with the latest shiny, so I wasn't planning to upgrade to 10.9 if they wanted more money for it. But since they offered it for free I didn't wait long.

If it costs money to upgrade I understand the reluctance - that's what's keeping XP still alive and kicking (it has an even more incentive to stay around as the upgrade costs a hell of a lot more than Apple used to charge), but it's free people! You don't even have to get a cracked copy off the Pirate Bay!

Waiting for the responses that "company policy", "IT department won't approve", bullshit. Kick the IT department in the nuts. They're the ones that will need to fix your Macs when your VPN login details get pastebinned.

Comment: Bug! Where are the bugs?! (Score 1) 745

by advantis (#46261451) Attached to: Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
Neo: Whoa. Déjà vu.
[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
Trinity: What did you just say?
Neo: Nothing. Just had a little déjà vu.
Trinity: What did you see?
Cypher: What happened?
Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
Neo: What is it?
Trinity: A déjà vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.

Comment: Re:Fucking idiots (Score 1) 1532

by advantis (#45001387) Attached to: U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

Interesting form of dictatorship you got there...

A discharge petition signed by 218 members (or more) from any party is the only way to force consideration of a bill that does not have the support of the Speaker. However, discharge petitions are rarely successful, as a member of the majority party defying their party's leadership by signing a discharge petition can expect retribution from the leadership.

So if they rebel against the Dictator^W Speaker, they get kicked in the nuts by their party leaders. Why do you need members of Congress again? They should just stay home and let the Speaker vote for them.

Which part of the law allowed the Speaker to impose this "majority of the majority" rule anyway? Wikipedia says it's "an informal governing principle used by Republican Speakers of the House of Representatives since the mid-1990s to maintain their speakerships". I take "informal" to mean "because that's how I like it", but not like "and you can't do anything about it". USA being the land of lawsuits, I'd assume this would have gone to court by now - or something.

Unlike some Westminster system parliaments, in which the office of Speaker is considered non-partisan, in the United States the Speaker of the House is a leadership position and the office-holder actively works to set the majority party's legislative agenda. The Speaker usually does not personally preside over debates, instead delegating the duty to members of the House from the majority party.

(That's from Speaker of the United States House of Representatives)

You what?

Comment: Different markets (Score 1) 214

by advantis (#44904515) Attached to: Intel Rolls Out Raspberry Pi Competitor

The Raspberry Pi's main mission is education. I have no idea where they're at with that, but the commercial aspect of selling boards to the masses is a very slick way to raise funds. Would you give them money just because you like their cause? Not so readily. Intel isn't competing in this market and most likely won't do so any time soon.

If this board had an Nvidia card that did VDPAU, instead of that GMA cruft, I may have been interested - because I need VDPAU, and it works awesomely well with an Atom CPU and 1080p H.264 video on the ION platform. Not an ION? Not interested. (to Nvidia: wink, wink)

If people actually do switch to Intel's "competitor" board in the detriment of the Raspberry Pi, it's going to hurt Raspberry Pi Foundation's goals, the people who buy Intel's stuff will be a lot more out of pocket for not much in return (can you get the same or more power if you give the $200 to Raspberry Pi and build a cluster with their boards?) I somehow don't see that happening though...

Bottom line is that if you want a Raspberry Pi you get a Raspberry Pi, and if you want a crap x86 computer - just because it is small - you get the "competing" board from Intel.

Comment: Market share (Score 1) 463

by advantis (#44034643) Attached to: MS To Indie Devs: You Have a To Have a Publisher

Is it me, or is Microsoft trying *really hard* to lose customers? And the idiots just won't leave! Of course, they can't just say "stop buying our stuff".

Feels like MS got a friendly letter about their dominant position from the DOJ or the EU, and they're trying to tell them that even if they build high walls and put large chains and locks on their gates* people still want to get in.

*somebody, somewhere, is now imagining Bill Gates with large chains and locks around him, and smiling.

Comment: Prior art (Score 5, Interesting) 322

by advantis (#44015057) Attached to: Ancient Roman Concrete Is About To Revolutionize Modern Architecture

Can this discovery of old stuff be patented today, or is the fact that the romans did it so long ago constitute prior art? Or will the argument go like "We don't have a treaty with the Roman Empire regarding Intelectual Property Rights, an nobody did this in our country yet, so sure, go ahead an patent it"...?

Comment: Re:I sure do hope.... (Score 1) 196

by advantis (#43996777) Attached to: Crowd-Funded Radio Beacon Will Message Aliens

As for nuclear weapons, chances are they would be seen as the equivelant of bows and arrows to any civilazation far enough advanced.

REally? I see this idea popping up a lot on /. why should it be true? I am a physicist and unless aliens have super lasers or anti-matter weapons, nuclear weapons are up there in terms of destructive power. I mean we (humans) possess enough nuclear weaponry to make this planet extremely hazardous to life. Given that all life-sustaining planets are probably in the same size range as Earth, that makes us a pretty formidible foe if push comes to shove.

To me the above statement just reeks of sci-fi-fan-dork...too much star trek rots the brain.

If I were an alien and saw a rocket heading my way, I think I'd use my super high mega giga tech to do this to it: flip its trajectory so it comes back to you. Let's see you flip it back. I'd probably EMP it just to be sure too. You'd be mighty busy trying to hit it with other rockets before it gets near you. Some foes we are.

Comment: What the aliens will see (Score 1) 196

by advantis (#43996597) Attached to: Crowd-Funded Radio Beacon Will Message Aliens

"We've discovered a new tiny pulsar orbiting a main sequence star. It's located in the habitable zone of Sol. We'll call it Sol-III. We find it fascinating that we found a pulsar where we expected a planet. One so tiny too. This paper will get us the Nobelzebyx prize in Astronomy! We'll be rich!"

Comment: Re:Interesting. Not clear if it's good yet. (Score 1) 41

by advantis (#43040615) Attached to: Genode OS 13.02 Features Low Latency Audio, Virtualization, Protected DMA

typedef Meta::Type_tuple<Rpc_create_thread,
> > > > > > > > > > > > > > Rpc_functions;

Now that's a _very_ interesting way to build a singly linked list at compile time. And you can append to it at runtime as well. And manipulate it. And all without a writing a single line of linked list management logic yourself and without bringing STL in. Just (ab)using language constructs.

UNIX is hot. It's more than hot. It's steaming. It's quicksilver lightning with a laserbeam kicker. -- Michael Jay Tucker