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Comment: Re:The Secrecy Sucks (Score 1) 142

Time was when Ireland and a handfull of other countries did have to ratify some stuff by popular vote, but Ireland recently gave away that right. 2 or 3 times Ireland voted no on various steps towards the European superstate but the local politicians just re-ran the election when they didn't get the answer they wanted. See Nice Treaty, Lisbon Treaty

Comment: Undetectable adblockers are the future (Score 2) 731

by ickleberry (#45992323) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?
Maybe the current crop of adblockers don't download the ads and can be monitored using JavaShit but eventually one will be created that downloads the ads but simply leaves that section of the screen blank. These days most ads are recognised by URL and that URL is usually hosted on a different server to the site itself. Future adblockers could use a thunderbird anti-spam type algorithm to visually recognise ads and match them with a database of things that people reported as ads

The race is winnable alright. Even if the end result would be the demise of "free sites" who get rich off the ads or the more recent trends of sites not getting very rich of the ads but hoping for acquisition by some supermassive company who will plaster the said site with ads until all users leave.

Comment: Re:Worlds biggest shipyards (Score 3, Informative) 166

by ickleberry (#45612367) Attached to: World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time
Apparently at the Samsung shipyard this thing was built in, it's a good month if nobody dies in an accident that month. At least that's how it was in 2006 when they had almost made it a month without anyone getting killed, then 2 lads decided to fall to their deathsfrom a crane.

Comment: Open Wifi AP FTW! (Score 2) 18

by ickleberry (#45612091) Attached to: Barcelona Will Be a Big Test For HotSpot 2.0 Wi-Fi Connections
Why bother requiring authentication for a bit of bandwidth that costs about 0.01 of a cent per person to provide? If anything this will make the internet a less-free place, with a debit card & address traceable from every packet that's sent.

The only good thing is if the grubby mobile phone network operators get in on this, maybe we will see more powerful wifi standards emerging and we will eventually do away with the proprietary UMTS/LTE standards and hopefully we will eventually see the end of having to pay for bandwidth while on the move (everyone simply runs and shares their own AP, kind of like FON)

Comment: Prior art (Score 2) 152

by ickleberry (#45589233) Attached to: Patent Battle May Loom Over 'Copenhagen Wheel' Electric Bike
These have been available for years. I bought a no-brand Chinese one for my bike not too long ago, of course without the fancy batteries, sleek plastic cover on the hub and iPhone app.

If that's not good enough then here's a petrol version petrol version (engine inside the wheel! from 1901)

Comment: When you might only be years away from death.. (Score 2) 225

It makes sense to say "feck it!" and live whats left of life to the fullest. Young people would have it in their mind that they are going to be around for another 50-100 years. As I get older myself I find it more and more tempting to try something just to see what happens. When you are young you start off nice and naive and with little to lose so you make risky decisions, spend a couple of decades as a boring risk-averse PHB type who worries about absolutely everything but then after a while you will get tired of that too.

The world is ruled by grey-haired folk who are still a good bit away from retirement, have lots to lose (career, assets, life). Which explains why the world is getting more boring by the day.

Comment: Re:I still use GNOME. (Score 1) 376

by ickleberry (#44372453) Attached to: The Last GUADEC?

The more serious problem is that with the obsolescence of GTK+, we may end up not having a good standard GUI toolkit to write applications on Linux anymore. There is much focus on graphics lately with the alternatives to being developed, but Linux still doesn't have a good solution to make graphical apps with resolution independence, proper text rendering, fluid layout and good accessibility. Not that other operating systems are being that much better at any of this.

This is already the case in many ways, hence the popularity of web based apps and native applications that run their own webserver to be accessed via localhost. I actually found GTK+ easier to use than Qt, but there is no windows version for GTK3, not even one in sight so it turned out that I was writing a Linux-only program without realising it! GTK3 itself is not too bad to use, it's just a bit limited and needs work.

The Gnome desktop though, is a whole other story, it seems to be controlled by developers who lost the run of themselves and tried the Steve Jobs approach - "We're giving you a UI change and you're going to like it!"

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl