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Comment: Simpler direct solution (Score 1) 181

by donak (#46748789) Attached to: The Case For a Safer Smartphone

All that's really needed is for police to have the authority to confiscate the cell-phone / mobile-phone / smart-phone of a driver who was seen using it,
tuck it gently under (in front of) the front wheel, and then tell the driver they can go ...

How many broken phones will it take to cure some people? Let's find out!

Comment: Short & Sweet (Score 1) 388

by donak (#45932705) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

I've always used multiple accounts for different purposes, and none of them are my actual name.
All emails are the minimum 6 letters @ domain : abcdef@whatever.com
I rarely get a lot of spam because the spam filters seem to work well, and the short address seems to be mostly invisible to the spammers.
On the rare occasions that I got something belonging to someone else, it was usually a mis-type and I sent a reply to the sender.
This was a bit of a challenge when I got rent receipts from a Brazilian Real Estate agent, but with a little help from Google translate I worked it out.

Comment: Hack 'em Back? (Score 1) 201

by donak (#45497913) Attached to: Microsoft Customers Hit With New Wave of Fake Tech Support Calls

Would it be possible for one of you experts (no sarcasm intended) to run a Windows VM and spend all the time you're talking to them tracing back to their machine?
Change a few settings ... find out where they are ... trace their server and cause it to reboot??
Or even just have "BOO!!" appear on their screen?

Hack the Hackers FTW!

Comment: Employer Discrimination (Score 1) 266

by donak (#44972965) Attached to: 'Eraser' Law Will Let California Kids Scrub Online Past

Instead of trying to force the ability to undo all child-hood indiscretions on Google/Microsoft et al., why don't they simply make a refusal to hire on the basis of "unsuitable internet postings" as a minor an act of discrimination equivalent to the usual race, gender, religion/creed issues.
It could even fit under "age discrimination" which is unlawful in Australia.

Comment: The shade of Windows 7 Starter wants to know ... (Score 1) 321

by donak (#44821231) Attached to: Intel's Haswell Chips Pushing Windows RT Into Oblivion

... how it could be so quickly forgotten.
Windows8 RT was an attempt to cash in on the cheap end of the tablet market, and failed on price and over-supply.

When the "all new, all singing, all dancing" netbooks came out, supplied with Windows 7 Starter, you were supposed to pay for a upgrade to "real Windows 7".
RT is suffering the same fate ... nobody wants it, because nobody wants to pay more just to be able to run some limited software on it.
Android on Arm would be the smartest thing manufacturers could do, if they can "shoe-horn" Android onto those megalithic M$ tablets.

Me? I installed OpenSuSE with xfce on the two netbooks I got cheap at the "end of model" sales. I dual-booted the first one I bought : it had WinXP, and I was keeping that.

Comment: Renowned Commentator Antony Green has suggested: (Score 1) 343

by donak (#44818561) Attached to: Australia Elects Libertarian-Leaning Senator (By Accident)

The power over preferences should be returned to the voters.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-11/green-hand-the-power-of-preferences-back-to-the-people/4951020
He suggests that optional preferential voting should be made possible both "above the line" and "below the line", an either/or option in the Senate ballot that made the situation, as originally posted, possible.
Being able to mark one or more preferences, either as to parties, or as to individual candidates, would wipe out the "preference swap" vote rigging.

+ - University of Queensland Custodian of Pitch Drop Experiment dies

Submitted by donak
donak (609594) writes "Professor John Mainstone the custodian of the Pitch Drop Experiment at University of Queensland, in Brisbane Australia has passed away at the age of 78 without ever having seen a drop of pitch fall into the beaker under the funnel.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-26/pitch-drop-professor-dies-before-longest-running-experiment-ends/4912104"

Comment: Comodo Internet Security on a Sempron chip PC (Score 1) 294

by donak (#44309509) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Light-Footprint Antivirus For Windows XP?

I'm running Comodo Internet Security on a AMD Sempron 1.75ghz chipped PC, admittedly with 2GB of DDR2 RAM.
In fact I'm running it on every Windows PC in the house, including Windows 8 laptops!
It runs fine, I've never noticed any slowing ... and it's free for personal use.

Comment: MS missed the point : need to restore Start MENU (Score 1) 543

by donak (#44167859) Attached to: Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

Anyone I've talked to about their use of Windows 8 has them telling me they've "... fixed it by installing [program name] to restore the Start Menu and boot direct to the desktop ..." so Micro$oft returning the Start Button is just a bit of window dressing.

And yes, I've installed Win8 on a PC, and recently bought two laptops (one with a touch-screen) so I can learn it and help people use it.
I'm sure Windows 8 Tile Start screen is great on a tablet / smart phone ... it's painful on a PC, especially a non-touch screen.

Unix

+ - Quick, somebody tell SCO! More patent trolling on UNIX-> 2

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donak
donak writes "It seems SCO has competition : A company registered in minor league tax haven the Cook Islands, but with a subsidiary in Delaware, lawyers in the patent-troll heaven of East Texas and an office in Sydney, Australia, has asserted intellectual property rights over all versions of Unix and “Unix-like derivatives” and plans to seek royalties from every company that has ever used the operating system.
Quoting the "anonymous spokesperson" : “It's clear that some far-sighted Unix pioneer created this daemon even though it has only become useful in the last few years,” he said, “That the insight is significant is obvious from the fact the code has been copied not only throughout Unix but into the Windows code stream via NT, and Apple's world via BSD. It appears to us that NSFW is also present throughout the code base of every significant Linux distribution,” he added."

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+ - YouTube's ready to select a winner->

Submitted by Proudrooster
Proudrooster (580120) writes "From YouTube. Thanks for all your great entries.
YouTube finally has enough videos to begin selecting a winner.
What do you think is the #bestvideo on YouTube?
We've been thrilled with all of the diverse, creative entries we've seen so far, and we can't wait to begin the process of selecting the best video. We'll be announcing the winner in 10 years. All videos will be deleted within the next 24 hours."

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+ - Sneak Peak of Kim Jong-Un's Debut Movie Leaked->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Sunday, March 21st, The cover of Kim Jong-Un's debut movie has been "leaked" to the interwebs; although many are suspecting the leak to have been intended by the man himself. He stars alongside his majestic horse, Jessica, as they undertake an enormous challenge involving tremendous planning and skillful execution. Will they accomplish their honorable endeavor? Will the two co-stars fall in love, perhaps? Whatever is in-store, this movie is sure to pull at the heartstrings, and will undoubtedly become a box office hit the night of the release. Only hours after the "leak", many people have already declared their intention of boycotting this film. As for myself, I am certainly eagerly awaiting the release of this masterful creation."
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+ - Indies Grab the Controls at Game Developers Conference->

Submitted by RougeFemme
RougeFemme (2871421) writes "Indies beat out mainstream studios for most of the Game Developers Choice Awards. "FTL: Faster Than Light", an independent game financed by a Kickstarter campaign, won the award for Best Debut. Because of the growing success of the indies, Eric Zimmerman, game designer and instructor at the NYU Game Center, is cancelling the Game Design Challenge that he's held at the conference for the last 10 years. “The idea of doing strange, bizarre, experimental games is no longer strange, bizarre or experimental.”"
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