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Comment Re:Windows 10 isn't Out Yet (Score 1) 316 316

These people are complaining that their BETA software broke their drivers. Yes. Because it's BETA SOFTWARE.

Read TFM, what's out there now is RTM (so BYOG and FOAD).

In any case complaining about brain-dead behaviour in new Windows releases needs to start years in advance, with significant press coverage, for Microsoft to do anything. Look at their handling of WiFi connection administration, which was removed in Win8 nearly three years ago and still hasn't been reinstated. The WiFi issue seems a bit like the "we'll update your drivers for your automatically and you'll sit there and like it even if it bricks your system" in TFA, in the case of WiFi it was "we'll administer your connections for you even though we actually won't, and you'll have to resort to arcane command-line calisthenics to sort it out" (that link is to Microsoft's own advice on the topic, where they tell your seventy-year-old Auntie May how to drop to the CLI and enter netsh commands to do what used to be a mouse-click in pre-Win8 versions).

Comment ... raising hackles in Washington ... (Score 1) 132 132

From TFA:

By taking on six big Hollywood names, the commission risks raising hackles in Washington, where there is already suspicion about EU trade regulation.

I'm pretty sure that Hollywood, through it's wholly-owned subsidiary the United States Congress, will soon put pressure on the EU to withdraw or water down the complaint. Slap on the wrist for the studios and then it's back to business as usual.

Comment Re:New? (Score 3, Informative) 270 270

I'm by now means an expert, but I was of the understanding NZ already had some pretty draconian legislation with regards to model aircraft flying, to the extent that it's effectively restricted to LoS, by licensed amateurs (or those under the supervision of) at designated airfields.

It's not draconian, and the new drone rules are just existing model-aircraft rules modified a bit for drones. Basically, you can fly from/over private property without any problems (e.g. your own house, your farm, etc). If you want to launch your model aircraft, and now drone, from somewhere like a public park you need to check that it's OK (so you don't fly your whatsit into the middle of a bunch of kids playing, but in any case many places have blanket OK's for flying, not just parks but school playing fields on weekends or with a teacher present to supervise, that sort of thing). You can't fly into controlled airspace (around airports), outside LoS (formulated for model aircraft, before you had onboard live video feeds), or above a certain height.

The Slashdot submission is a nice piece of sensationalism, but really all the rule is doing is formally extending the generally sensible rules for model aircraft to cover drones as well.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 2) 151 151

Now if we could only get CPU/RAM usage as well!

On a related note, show the CPU use of scripting, and allow temporary enabling of scripting on a per tab basis (but block third party and hidden https calls in the scripting like the gew-gal code)

An even better one would be to simply allow disabling of animations and sound and whatnot on non-visible tabs. This is one of the major CPU-sucks in Firefox (at least in my experience), the fact that it insists on animating a dozen GIFs and who-knows what else in non-visible, background tabs, with the CPU on my laptop pegged at 80% and the fan screaming away trying to keep the system from melting.

Firefox developers, an inactive tab is, you know, inactive, not "sucking up 80% of the CPU in the system doing nothing useful". As the OP pointed out, this is, finally, an almost-useful feature added in a new release of Firefox. Not actually that useful, but almost. Just keep plugging away there, eventually a new release will finally contain something worthwhile.

(I mean it has to, eventually, doesn't it? You can't just keep throwing random features at a browser without eventually hitting a useful one, can you? Can you?).

Comment Re:Have you dug into the cameras a bit? (Score 1) 134 134

I've got Foscams (just make sure you're getting the real thing, not one of the infinite number of fakes, so buy direct from Foscam or via their Amazon store) and found that, with the newer models, I didn't actually need external software since the camera itself already does most of what I want (motion-triggered video, ability to mask out zones of non-interest, take hi-res still images when motion is sensed and email them to me, etc). If you really need a lot of extra functionality, consider Xeoma (supported on Windows, OS X, Linux,and Android), which at $15 (for Xeoma lite) is a small price to pay to avoid the pain that is ZoneMinder.

My only complaint with the Foscam's isn't software but hardware, they're supposed to have interchangeable lenses but no-one (including their support techs) seem to know what to do to swap out a lens on their newer (9800/9900) series cameras.

Comment Re: Who? (Score 1) 574 574

In all seriousness, these guys were important artists in their day. I'm a big fan of the late 60s counterculture rock scene, and like (and own) a number of their songs. But I'm not sure how many of their retirement-age fans are going to be into streaming music services.

... or be able to hear the difference between an AAC sample and a soundtrack scratched into the surface of a Campbells soup can with a rusty razor. "Sorry sonny, you'll have to speak up, ruined my hearing at too many Grateful Dead gigs".

Comment Re: Greeks surrender: no restructuring (Score 1) 485 485

Thanks for that, saved me the typing. To explain further how the housing thing works, you don't pay property taxes on unfinished houses, so people make sure their houses are never finished. What they'll do is, for example, to build a 2-story house, file plans for a 3-story house and only build the 2 stories they need, leaving some token rebar sticking up into the air or a skeleton of some part of the house. You drive through the countryside and see house after house like this.

The government doesn't help. Generally taxes aren't collected during election years, to encourage voters to re-elect the current government. So every four years you get to take a tax holiday.

Then there are the tax offices themselves. A while back the local tax office decided that their (already generous) government holidays weren't long enough, so they printed up a notice to say that their printers weren't working, hung it in the window, and went home. Come back in a week or two, we may take your tax payments then, if you feel like filing them.

Now, let me tell you what it takes to set up and run a business in Greece.

On second thoughts, I won't. I don't have enough beer available to go through that...

Comment Re: Greeks surrender: no restructuring (Score 1) 485 485

Unfortunately for the Germans the Greeks have the same amount of active soldiers and a lot more military hardware than they do. So if tried that they would just get their butts kicked.

You're seriously saying the Greek army could repel anything? Have you ever been to Greece? The army is just as dysfunctional as almost every other institution there. All you need to do is invade before about 9-10am and the entire armed forces will still be either asleep or gradually getting round to breakfast.

And that's something that's hard to explain to people who haven't lived in Greece, just how badly broken the entire country is. Nothing works. The tap water is so contaminated that you can't do anything more than wash your clothes with it (you'll get sick drinking it). Every toilet in Greece has a little bucket next to it for used toilet paper because the sewage system can't take it (I probably don't need to paint a picture of what that ends up like during a hot summer day). Raising taxes won't have any effect because payment of taxes is optional, and most people choose not to. I could go on and on and on with further examples, but to understand the Greek problem you first need to have lived there and seen how totally broken everything is. It's a lovely country and all and the people are great, but I've never been so glad to leave and get back to somewhere where things just work.

Comment Re:I'd have said space x... (Score 1) 126 126

I'd have said NASA, because then you'll never actually get launched, and will live to a ripe old age on earth. Your launch will be funded, de-funded, delayed, studied, re-studied, a design analysis done, the design of the launch vehicle will be changed 32 times (none will ever fly), it'll go back to being studied, and then you'll die of old age still waiting for them to get their thumbs out of their asses. Still, at least you won't get blown up in launch accident.

Comment Re:Aww hell. (Score 3, Funny) 177 177

Oh, are they for narcissists? I thought they were courtesy items carried by selfie-takers to allow annoyed bystanders to beat them to death. I have personally beaten at least five selfie-takers to death with their own selfie sticks. If you go to the large fountain in Buda Castle, the one that people like to take selfies in front of, and look for the blood stains on the cobbles, that was me.

Comment Re: Fired? (Score 3, Funny) 142 142

1. Password written on a sticky note placed under the keyboard.

2. Password on a strip of paper taped over on the palm-rest of a laptop.

Perfectly good way to manage your passwords when you're in Burnt Scrotum, New Mexico and your opponent is in Pudong, China.

Some people manage by the book, even though they don't know who wrote the book or even what book.