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Comment: Re:smug retribution (Score 1) 279

*One* person beheaded. It's still one too many, but the fact is that two people armed with assault rifles and a desire to kill innocent people would almost certainly have managed to do an awful lot more damage, even if passers by were similarly armed.

Also, given that the US murder rate including Chicago and DC is pretty much 4 times the UK rate, but without them is less? Well thank you for informing me, I'm heading to America next year, but there's absolutely no fucking chance I'm visiting cities with those sorts of murder rates - I hadn't realised those US crime dramas were non-fiction!

Comment: Re:In the future we don't use hard drives? (Score 1) 464

It won't take long until you can get hard disc and DVD enclosures that matches the finish and cross-section of this case and is designed to simply stack under the main case. It would be very cool to have a thunderbolt port in the bottom of the case for that, and with daisy chaining, and another port in the bottom of the add-on enclosure, you could just keep making your tower taller. But even if you're running cables at the back, it wouldn't be the end of the world.

But generally I agree that expandability has been compromised for design and as a result it looks like a great piece of kit for consumers, but maybe not so much for pros. I quite like the trashcan design though - if they'd build one with Core i7 internals, everyday RAM and standard GPUs I would definitely be very interested.

Comment: Re:Start here (Score 1) 1145

by asc99c (#43828917) Attached to: White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

Actually I'm also only used to mpg, but I'm trying to get into using l/100km.

The problem is no one has any intuition for comparing MPG values. If you do 10000 miles a year, and switch from a car that does 40mpg to one that does 60mpg, how much will you save? The calculation isn't one you can do in your head easily.

But a switch from 7.1 l/100km to 4.7 l/100km? I can work out pretty quickly it will save around 400 litres / £550 a year.

Comment: Re:I'm curious to see how many retailers actually (Score 1) 732

by asc99c (#42703497) Attached to: Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

I've had a couple of fraudulent transactions over the years but not been held liable for any of them. Once, my card had been used in Russia, and the other time a company had just randomly taken £10 from my account. Both times the bank certainly gave me my money back within a day. I don't know anyone who has ever had money taken by use of a chip and pin card, so I can't say for certain how they treat those transactions if disputed.

My brother had some problems with Paypal completely emptying his account to the overdraft limit. I got involved because he did have trouble getting his money back there, and even though his banking password (which was at the time also his paypal password) was blatantly unsuitable for use in such a setting, he did eventually get all his money back.

Comment: Re:I'm curious to see how many retailers actually (Score 1) 732

by asc99c (#42703219) Attached to: Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

Strange, but it is not really a problem in the UK. Most payments like these from bank accounts go through the direct debit system, where you authorise the withdrawals from your account only through the direct debit system. When you've cancelled a direct debit at the bank, the seller will no longer be allowed to take money from your account, and from what I hear, it is fairly quick to reverse payments also. If you've cancelled payments unfairly of course, the seller may chase you for payment, but they have to use routes such as collections agencies or the courts rather than just debiting your account automatically.

I'm more than a bit surprised the same system doesn't exist in the US, but then banking is one of the few industries in the UK where we do get generally top class service.

Comment: Re:While you're at it... (Score 1) 661

by asc99c (#41840153) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Advocates For 2560x1600 Standard Laptop Displays

Up to about 150dpi, I'd prefer just using the resolution for more 'space'. Certainly on a 30" monitor, I think 4K resolution would look fine without the DPI scaling. I'm writing this reply from a Vaio P-series with an 8" 1600x768 screen, and again I don't use DPI scaling on this one either, however I'm also about half the distance from the screen than I would be on my desktop monitor.

Most new programs seem to scale reasonably well. But windows strong point was always backwards compatibility. A lot of old stuff does still work in Vista / 7 but doesn't really deal with scaling properly. I think if people started buying higher res screens, application developers would fix the remaining problems.

Comment: Re:While you're at it... (Score 1) 661

by asc99c (#41835457) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Advocates For 2560x1600 Standard Laptop Displays

That's what gets me down. It's nearly 6 years now since I bought my 2560x1600 30" monitor and nothing has moved, except the price for what I already have has gone up about 40%.

I'm pretty sure Apple has comprehensively shown people are willing to pay a premium for a decent screen, I just don't understand why this one area has stood still for a whole decade. I'd happily pay £1000 for a 4K monitor (well happily except for begrudging the fact such a thing hasn't been available for years already!)

Comment: Re:Bull turds! (Score 1) 349

by asc99c (#40921957) Attached to: Bad Software Runs the World

It doesn't matter to the client whether your software segfaulted or replied 'sorry Dave I'm afraid I can't do that'. Either way, it hasn't completed a use-case that it is meant to do. And that fact may well mean that a load of downstream activities happen differently, and you quite possibly have gained nothing by rejecting it.

Comment: Re:Abstraction (Score 2) 516

by asc99c (#39529097) Attached to: Why Are Fantasy World Accents British?

Rohirric had roughly the same old-but-understandable relationship to Westron (common speech) as Old English has to Modern English.

Huh? Old English is not even vaguely understandable - I don't even recognise most of the letters. I thought to myself that reading Beowulf in it's original format would be interesting. It would be, but I'd need to put serious time into learning a new language.

Comment: Re:Fun names worked great, for a while. (Score 1) 429

by asc99c (#39287515) Attached to: Server Names For a New Generation

The admins should be able to trivially look up a name in a spreadsheet. We've got a lot of redundant server pairs, and an application that shows the current server name in the corner. With fun names, you can ask a user which server they are on, and often they know the answer without checking. Good luck with them knowing LON-EXC-01 without spending a couple of minutes looking it up.

The first version always gets thrown away.

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