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Comment Re:Free Pascal is awesome. (Score 1) 77

I got my start in programming with Turbo Pascal and still have some old Pascal code from back in the day hanging around.

It might compile with Free Pascal and run on modern Windows PCs although that would depend on whether Free Pascal supports the Borland BGI graphics library on modern Windows machines somehow and whether it supports the mouse code I used back in the day.

Comment Amazon & Netflix should be the future of TV (Score 2) 213

Recent efforts like the Amazon Original Series "The Man in the High Castle" (based on the Philip K Dick book of the same name) show that the future of TV should be companies making programming based on what people want to watch (and are willing to pay for) rather than on what the companies convince advertisers to support.

But as long as dinosaur last-century media companies like Comcast, Time Warner, CBS corporation, Fox, Disney, Viacom and others continue to do everything they can to preserve their status as gatekeepers dictating what content people get to see, the future of TV will be people paying ever-increasing subscription fees for overpriced pay TV products that force them to pay for 500 channels they dont want just to get the 5 channels showing content they are actually interested in.

Disney is by far the worst offender here where they force anyone who wants ANY of the vast portfolio of Disney content (including rebroadcasts of their local ABC affiliate) has to pay money for ESPN even if they dont want it, dont like it and never watch sports at all. Should ESPN go away? No, plenty of people DO like what they air. But Disney should stop forcing ESPN (probably one of the more expensive channels when it comes to how much the TV companies pay to get it on their platform) on people who dont want it and will never watch it.

Comment As an Aussie, I understand why they are doing this (Score 1) 311

There is a BIG problem in the state of New South Wales with criminals getting hold of guns and using them as part of crimes.
Violent criminal gangs in particular are causing major issues (and shooting each other up all the time).

The new law has nothing to do with wanting to put the 3D printing genie back in the bottle and everything to do with making it harder for these criminal gangs to get more guns to shoot people with.

In addition to banning 3D printed guns, the law also increases the penalty for tampering with serial numbers and identification marks on firearm barrels, extends the penalty to other gun parts (not just barrels). It also does some stuff to penalties for possession of such parts. And it strengthens the penalties for using, supplying, acquiring or possessing a stolen gun (or gun parts).

Oh and the ban doesn't just cover 3D printer plans, it covers plans for use with milling machines and other things too (i.e. any digital plans that can be used to make guns or gun parts are covered)

Comment Re:Cut off ISIS oil sales (Score 1) 274

We dont need the ISIS oil, crude oil prices are at record lows and there is more than enough supply from all the many many other places we can get oil from.

And if you do it right (e.g. covert ops and precision attacks rather than large scale bombing) you can take out the infrastructure and stopping the exports without harming the oil wells directly.

Comment Re:Cut off ISIS oil sales (Score 1) 274

Why dont they just add "oil infrastructure" to the list of targets they are taking out in the IS controlled territory? Drop a few bombs on whatever infrastructure IS are using get their oil out to these middlemen. If IS cant get the oil out, they wont be able to sell it and will be cut off from a big source of financing.

Comment Re:GOVERNMENT's commitment? (Score 1) 109

We should be completly replacing fossil fuels of all kinds in electricity generation. Replacing power plants that run on coal with power plants that run on coal gas is like re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, it doesn't do a thing to stop climate change.

We should be replacing the fossil fuel with modern safe generation IV nuclear reactor designs (that includes breeder reactors and spent-fuel reprocessing to reduce the amount of waste that we have to store at the end of it all), solar thermal plants, geothermal plants, biofuel plants and tidal/wave plants. All of these technologies are more than just blueprints or thought bubbles in some lab somewhere, all of them can generate baseload power 24/7/365 and all of them are better for the planet than anything running on fossil fuels.

Comment Re:major fail upgrade (Score 1) 181

http://blog.ultimateoutsider.c... seems to be a good way to stop the update from installing by mistake whilst still allowing you to have Windows Update set to "automatically install everything"
Saying no to kb3035583 (and setting it to "hide this and dont install it") also helps stop Windows 10 from being installed.

Comment Several big websites get poor grades (Score 1) 25

Why is it that Google (a company that no doubt employs some very smart people) cant fix google.com (one of the most popular sites on the entire internet) so it gets an A grade from this SSL test?
YouTube (another Google asset) also gets a similarly poor grade.

In fact every Google-owned domain I tested ALL get the B grade. Does Google not have any people on staff who understand SSL security?

"I've finally learned what `upward compatible' means. It means we get to keep all our old mistakes." -- Dennie van Tassel