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Comment: Re:uh, no? (Score 1) 340

by grahamtriggs (#48401993) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

The likelihood that strafing would fail, and in so doing alert the crew into making a call, is probably higher than a missile cleanly taking the the plane down.

Even if the crew had a chance to make an emergency call about the missile, then it would likely be about the immediate issue (e.g. engine explosion, loss of cabin pressure, etc.) rather than specifically identifying the cause.

Comment: Re:Honest question (Score 1) 67

You would donate if you believe in the direction that they are taking, and want to help them get there / sustain it.

Just like you buy commercial / closed source software, because you want what it does.

Nothing is ever guaranteed, but you have more of a chance of getting what you want if you are prepared to put your money (or time) where your mouth is.

Comment: Short-shighted view (Score 1) 594

by grahamtriggs (#48292309) Attached to: Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

When people were messing around with pedal powered planes trying to get off the ground initially, I doubt anyone was thinking that we would be able to get 500 people from one side of the world to the other in 24 hours.

No, SpaceShipTwo is not going to be a fundamental change in the way we travel or what we can achieve by itself. But that's no reason why the lessons learned and/or any future cost reductions won't be stepping stones to greater things.

Comment: Problem with matching closely... (Score 1) 804

Sure, if you try to match size for size, spec for spec as closely as possible, you have a problem.

However, the article notes that if you went with nVidia chips rather than AMD - which may be preferable for some workloads - then you have the GPU bill, and immediately bring it below the cost of the Mac Pro.

And if you don't care to much about the size, changing the case and motherboard will likely bring your costs down further.

That's without taking advantage of what is good about DIY- the ability to make your own trade-offs as to where it is important to spend your money. Which is my biggest gripe about Apple hardware - to get the one or two things you really *must* have, you end up spending an awful lot more than you would for a PC, because you have to take a load of other things you simply don't care about.

Comment: Bad Journalism (Score 1) 327

All this talk of sales, and talk that government could "enforce tax as a percentage of earnings on all companies".

Corporation tax is paid on PROFITS, not sales / earnings. And as for the large amounts made by some of these sales - e.g. Google's supposed £3.2 billion sales. Well, this year they agreed a £1 billion property deal for new headquarters in London - that might impact on profits somewhat...

HMRC has done some questionable things with relation to some companies, and yes, we need to ensure that all companies are paying tax fairly, and playing by the same rules. But there is a shocking amount of "me too" reporting over this issue, that glosses over the facts, presents information in a way that confuses rather than illuminates the issue, and often just gets the sums plain wrong.

Comment: Unsubscribing (was: Re:ROT13) (Score 1) 65

by grahamtriggs (#43333467) Attached to: Remote Island Adopts Dothraki Language

I only keep up with Slashdot via the RSS feed.

The stupid decision to ROT13 everything as a joke (which has gone on far too long anyway), makes the RSS feed entirely unusable. It basically makes my decision much easier - I'll unsubscribe from the RSS feed. Which basically means I'll see articles / visit this site way, way less frequently in the future.

Comment: Re:I don't understand all the anger over Google (Score 4, Insightful) 164

by grahamtriggs (#43251063) Attached to: Google Keep End-of-Life Date Forecasted

Oh, I get the point that we are not entitled to use these products, because we aren't paying for them.

But there are two points, really:

1) Anger is a way of expressing that people do actually care about the services. If they shut them down with nobody saying anything, then they are right. Conversely, if lots of people kick up a fuss, maybe they see that they are wrong (in thinking that people don't use it).

2) And this one is particularly pertinent to things like Google Sync/Exchange ActiveSync. Just because users aren't paying for the services, doesn't mean that they wouldn't. If I had the option to simply upgrade my Google Mail to a paid apps account / simply pay to retain the features that they are cutting from the free account, then maybe I would. I would *certainly* pay for a "Google Apps for Home", which kept Google Reader, EAS (upgraded to work with Outlook 2013), etc.

But they don't offer that option. That I don't pay for these services, isn't my fault in not seeing the value. It is their fault in providing the option.

Comment: Re:Charging authors is not much better... (Score 2) 61

by grahamtriggs (#42883305) Attached to: PeerJ, A New Open Access Megajournal Launches

Even if the publishers were charities (which they aren't) there are still costs that still have to be covered.

Charging authors doesn't mean that it comes out of the authors personal pockets - generally, the money comes from the university, or more likely, from the funding body that paid for the research to take place.

Comment: Re:Assholes on every flight (Score 1) 527

by grahamtriggs (#39401205) Attached to: Pay the TSA $100 and Bypass Airport Security

Planes can't carry 20kg per person of extra weight 'for free'. The more weight on board, the more fuel it has to carry / use.

If you aren't paying for baggage separately, then you are paying for it on your ticket, whether you use it or not. I don't really have a problem with baggage fees - it's all part of the cost of travel (like airport transfers - and that can be a MUCH bigger problem in the states, where some airports have very limited public transport options).

But it would make life a lot easier at times if you could pre-book / pay for your baggage at the time you buy the ticket, instead of making you wait until check-in.

Comment: That just confirms my thoughts (Score 4, Insightful) 115

by grahamtriggs (#38446360) Attached to: Australian Government Bans New <em>Syndicate</em> Game

The original Syndicate was a 'beautiful' game, that did not contain or need extreme violence. A modern version of Syndicate would not need extreme violence either.

This is not Syndicate. It's not even a modern version, or a 're-imagining'. This is a completely different game, with some vague influence from Syndicate, and the name grotesquely attached to it.

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