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Comment: Re:Sorry Google ... F.A.I.L. (Score 1) 358

by greenfruitsalad (#49439331) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price

i once watched a guide on how to change the screen on my phone. i remember thinking i'd actually pay for that. but that was it. it was about 5 years ago. every other video i could happily live without.

what makes youtube so ubuquitous is that it's a kind of pastebin for videos. you don't need to care about storage cost even if only 2 people view your video in a year and you don't need to care about bandwidth if 10000 people decide to watch your video at the same time. youtube is just there and ready for any kind of load.

Comment: Re:Ikea good points (Score 1) 71

by greenfruitsalad (#49364341) Attached to: Ikea Refugee Shelter Entering Production

on the topic of cleverness; my recently assembled Ikea Pax drawers have plastic nails in them. i'm glad my other furniture's manufacturer isn't that clever.

while i was assembling those drawers, i had a 10 minute sitting down WTF moment, contemplating returning the whole shebang. then the wife came and made me finish it. :-(

Comment: Re:But surely... (Score 1) 309

i wouldn't trust it not to connect to a free wifi from a van parked outside. fortunately, this is purely hypothetical for me. i do not own a TV. i set one up for my mother (with raspberry pi) and felt happy with the setup. then i set one up just like that for my mother-in-law. if i were to own a tv, i'd set it up just the same (and then never turn it on). i'm simply too picky about what i let my offspring watch. eden tv is probably the only tv channel i consider worth watching.

Comment: Re:But surely... (Score 4, Insightful) 309

not sure. that's why if i had a smartTV i'd dangle my man-bits and hairy behind in front its camera every time i walked past it. "you wanna watch? here you go, mr nsa. claw your eyes out."

seriously, i want my TV to be as dumb as possible and fed content by an easily upgradeable computer.

Comment: Re:Still ARM11, still a crappy CPU (Score 3, Interesting) 355

by greenfruitsalad (#48956507) Attached to: New Multi-Core Raspberry Pi 2 Launches

not only that, but unlike alternatives, this is the only one I found that my TV's USB port can power. so my B+ is powered by TV and feeds the TV via HDMI. I'm not sure even this newer version will be able to live without an external power adaptor. I know nobody cares but I for one won't be upgrading anytime soon.

I did have to make some changes to raspbian's filesystems so that switching off TV didn't leave dirty bits on filesystems, but it was fun tinkering with it.

Comment: Re:The noob is you (Score 1) 222

by greenfruitsalad (#48891777) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

although for a slightly different reason, this is exactly how i run our openvpn network. whenever somebody from our company went on a trip to a country where SIP telephony was blocked (yes, it's you UAE!), they took a small raspberrypi-like box (dreamplug) with them whose only purpose was to create an openvpn tunnel via port 443.

i analysed the first couple of packets captured in wireshark and there's pretty much no difference between this and https.

+ - Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM Pricing As Low As $0.00 After Discounts 1

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson writes: ZDNet has obtained the OEM pricing for Windows 8.1 and Office365, which reveal that, after discounts, the price per copy can be as low as $0.00.

Windows 8.1 with Bing is listed at $10 per copy for Intel-based tablets under nine inches in screen size. But after a "configuration discount," of $10, OEMs get that SKU for those tablets for free. For tablets with screen sizes of smaller than or equal to 10.1 inches, the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU is listed at $25 per copy, with the same $10 "configuration discount," resulting in a $15 per copy cost for OEMs.

There's another related SKU that is also meant to help stimulate the market for mobile devices running Windows. The "Windows 8.1 with Bing and Office 365 Personal" is another low-price SKU available to OEMs. Like the Windows with Bing SKU, this one also requires OEMs to set Bing search and as the defaults (changeable by users) on new PCs. This SKU also includes a free, 12-month subscription to Office 365 Personal.

The prices with Office 365 are identical to those for the Bing SKU without Office 365, meaning Microsoft effectively is giving away a year subscription to Office 365 Personal to OEMs for free.

+ - Justified: Visual Basic over Python for an Intro to Programming

Submitted by theodp
theodp writes: ICT/Computing teacher Ben Gristwood justifies his choice of Visual Basic as a programming language (as a gateway to other languages), sharing an email he sent to a parent who suggested VB was not as 'useful' as Python. "I understand the popularity at the moment of the Python," Gristwood wrote, "however this language is also based on the C language. When it comes to more complex constructs Python cannot do them and I would be forced to rely on C (which is incredibly complex for a junior developer) VB acts as the transition between the two and introduces the concepts without the difficult conventions required. Students in Python are not required to do things such as declare variables, which is something that is required for GCSE and A-Level exams." Since AP Computer Science debuted in 1984, it has transitioned from Pascal to C++ to Java. For the new AP Computer Science Principles course, which will debut in 2016, the College Board is leaving the choice of programming language(s) up to the teachers. So, if it was your call, what would be your choice for the Best Programming Language for High School?

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