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Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 3, Funny) 204

by arglebargle_xiv (#48891739) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

9V batteries have more than enough current available to stop someone's heart if put in series.

You can stop someone's heart with a standard 1.5V dry cell, you just need to apply it directly to the heart. Stick a bayonet in through the ribs and into the heart, hook a battery to it, and just like magic the heart will stop.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 204

by arglebargle_xiv (#48891727) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far
It's part of a bunch of long-running experiments like the Queensland pitch drop experiment (running since 1930) and the Beverley Clock (running since 1864, although it was stopped briefly to move it and for cleaning). I particularly like the Beverley Clock (the Pitch Drop is pretty boring), a clock that's been running for over 150 years without being wound. You can buy your own (modern) equivalents of this clock if you have plenty of money (note that they don't list a price, you're requested to contact their concierge, typical prices are five to six figures, although you can find them at below RRP sometimes).

Comment: Re:trendy (Score 1) 457

by arglebargle_xiv (#48890107) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Trend Micro is top tier these days:

... and will probably remain so until tomorrow, when it'll be Kaspersky's turn, and then they get trumped by AVG, who in turn get knocked out by Avast, and then...

Asking "what's the best AV" is a loaded question, you need to qualify it in terms of best detection (as of right this minute, but not necessarily tomorrow), least naggy, least overhead, etc. Given that all AV will be defeated by 0day (in other words the determined malware will always get through no matter whose AV you have) and that I want a machine that isn't bogged down or even bricked by my AV, I'd recommend Windows Defender. It'll catch all the generic malware (if not the latest 0day), but most importantly its major design goal is to be as low-impact and unintrusive as possible. It's not perfect at that, but it's vastly better than the Symantec/Norton crap which is often worse than the malware it's supposed to be defending against.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 790

by arglebargle_xiv (#48879211) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Unless you're blind, or happen to be looking the other way when the drunk in a prius bears down on you. Which is why some sort of fake engine noise will eventually be mandated (if it hasn't been already)

Exactly. Not to mention that drivers should also be required by law, if approaching an intersection, to stop 100 ft from the intersection and discharge a firearm into the air to warn horse traffic. In addition all vehicles must be led by a pedestrian carrying a red flag to warn bystanders of the vehicle's approach. The sooner we pass these laws, the sooner we'll be safe from the threat of electric locomotive vehicles. Come to think of it, we could call the necessary laws "Locomotive Acts".

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 1) 187

by arglebargle_xiv (#48878851) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

I've watched my parents throw away perfectly good printer/scanner combos that were only a few years old because there were no drivers beyond XP.

It's not so much printer/scanners as standalone scanners, it seems to be a requirement that a model of a scanner introduced during the heyday of a particular OS never gets updated drivers beyond that OS. Canon are particularly bad in this regard, if you look at your favourite online auction site you can find Canon scanners going by the trailerload because the only way to move to a new OS is to buy a new scanner (after carefully checking that its drivers work with the newer OS, which isn't guaranteed even with a brand-new scanner).The one notable exception to this is Epson, you can take a scanner you bought ten-plus years ago and download the latest Windows 8.1 drivers for it.

In general, printer/scanner combos tend to be better-supported, but for standalone scanners it seems to be a variation of the printer-cartridge planned-obsolescence scam.

Comment: Re:Attitudes (Score 3, Insightful) 223

by arglebargle_xiv (#48861477) Attached to: The Current State of Linux Video Editing

Second, UI/UX need to be more than an afterthought or secondary consideration. People tolerate KiCad and Audacity's god-awful UIs because they're FOSS.

This. This is why FOSS video editing sucks beyond compare. I recently had to perform a simple video editing task which consisted of extracting a short segment from the middle of a longer clip, removing the audio, and saving it so it could be played in the background as someone was speaking. I'm a sysadmin, so I don't have years of experience in using these things, I just wanted to do a quick cut&paste of a video segment and save it without audio.

After about three or four hours of trying one FOSS video editing app after another I gave up. Utterly incomprehensible user interfaces, constant crashes, wading through tedious processes that seemed to do the right thing but didn't produce the expected results, it was a nightmare. Eventually I fired up a Windows machine and did it in about five minutes with some commercial trial-ware that nagged me with ads when I installed it.

That was the result from the point of view of a computer geek (specifically one with no prior experience in video editing software who couldn't fall back on years of experience in using this stuff). The person who wanted the video clip, a retired neighbour, wouldn't have made it past the first FOSS video-editing app before giving up. My conclusion from the experience was that if you're a typical user wanting to do video editing, use commercial software on a Mac or Windows.

Comment: Re:betteridge's law of headlines (Score 3, Insightful) 488

by arglebargle_xiv (#48854319) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?
They can possibly get it less wrong than Windows 8, but I wouldn't say they'll get it right. Looking at the previews of 10 they still really, really don't want to give up on the disaster that was 8, it's just 8 with some grudging accommodations made to deal with user complaints. They still want to force a cellphone UI onto a desktop PC.

Comment: Re:Investigated... but were they vulnerable? (Score 4, Funny) 72

by arglebargle_xiv (#48772461) Attached to: Study: 15 Per Cent of Business Cloud Users Have Been Hacked

I also like the term "not enterprise-ready". What does this mean exactly? They don't have the word "Enterprise" in the product name? They don't cost $50,000 minimum?

New Netskope report out, now with 27% more statistics showing that 51% of things differ from a previous 37% that you weren't expecting 76% of the time!

Comment: Re:Competition (Score 1) 437

by arglebargle_xiv (#48770861) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

I think most people who keep their eyes on the mobile industry know EXACTLY why adoption of 5.0 isn't happening.

Exactly. For most of the industry, an Android phone is orphanware the minute it's released. You get the OS version it shipped with and if you want a newer OS you buy a new phone. In addition, as you point out, 5.0 still has major problems which will take awhile to get fixed. Result: Everyone's still stuck on 4.2.2 or 4.4 or whatever version their phone shipped with, and until the 5.x line stabilises and until people throw away their existing 4.x phones and get 5.x ones, that isn't going to change.

Comment: Re: Clearly (Score 1) 391

by arglebargle_xiv (#48752525) Attached to: Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

the audiophile market is a weird place... you can pay $100k for a pair of speakers. seriously, the laws of normal economics do not apply. I don't swim in that pool, but for those that do, this product could be highy valued.

You can easily spend over a million dollars on a full system. That's not some exotic custom-build one, that's an off-the-shelf stock system. OTOH if you're going to be that crazy then you don't buy Sony, you buy David Ling Labs Exclusive Pro Ultimate Audio System gear made from a hand-turned magnesium-alloy body with Black Label solid-state capacitors and... oh I don't know, I can't keep this up, a pile of other exotic-sounding wank, but whatever it is it won't say Sony on it.

Comment: Re:...and... (Score 5, Insightful) 381

It's an interesting phenomenon and you see the same thing in Russian science. There are an awful lot of brilliant scientists in both India and Russia doing amazing things. But it's like there's no filter. The unadulterated garbage rises just as much to the top as the actual great scientific work.

It's a good thing this sort of quackery is limited to India and Russia. I'd be pretty embarrassed if we had some of our people claiming that the world was only a few thousand years old, that climate change doesn't exist, and that we didn't evolve over time but were all designed by a supernatural entity.

"This isn't brain surgery; it's just television." - David Letterman