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Comment: Re:Fuck Beta! (Score 2) 197

by mickwd (#46176977) Attached to: QuakeNet: Government-Sponsored Attacks On IRC Networks

When I went to uni, more years ago than I care to remember, I would return home from time to time at the weekend, and go out with the lads on a Saturday night. As it was a rural area, we'd drive to the nearest big town, visit a pub and then go on clubbing.

We'd usually visit the same pub, but every few months the pub we went to would change.

Why?

We didn't go to the pub with the best beer, the best music, the best seats. No, we just went to the "place where everyone else went". From time to time, everyone in town would get bored with one place and move on somewhere else which then became the new "place where everyone went". That made it (for us, at that time) the place with the best atmosphere.

What Dice needs to realise is that all that Slashdot is is one of the "places where everyone goes" for computer / techie discussion (OK, so it's not the only one, but you get my drift). This site has no value, other than being the "place where everyone goes".

It won't be at all difficult for someone to set up Dashslot, or Slushdirt or whatever, with the same formula as traditional Slashdot, and once word gets around that new site will be the "place where everyone goes" instead of here. Slashdot will become the new Kuro5hin, a steep and tragic decline from former glories.

And that new site might even have decent editing and Unicode support.

Comment: Re:I am shocked shocked I tell you (Score 4, Interesting) 384

by mickwd (#44663743) Attached to: NSA Officers Sometimes Spy On Love Interests

Check out the this article and search for the section on Geoffrey Prime and read what he got up to.

And remember his "data collection" was done on pieces of card, and was before the days that most adults/parents carry mobile tracking devices around with them so their locations could be known at most times.

Comment: Re:An Extra Bit of Register (Score 1) 332

by mickwd (#43522741) Attached to: 64-bit x86 Computing Reaches 10th Anniversary

I'm very surprised someone from AMD would say this, given that they used to produce the AMD29000, which used to be rather popular in some niche areas. This used register windows, with 192 registers in total. Nice chip, back in the day.

The Wikipedia article also says that parts of the 29050 design were used as the basis for the K5 x86-compatible chips.

Comment: Re:Ligntning is superior mechanically (Score 0) 173

by mickwd (#41588393) Attached to: Apple Now Shipping Lightning To 30-Pin Adapters

"That can still be ambiguous. Sure, after using it for a bit, users would learn by feel which way is the right way. But how do you know which way connector should go into the device without trial and error?"

"There may be an arrow on the device to help you align it, but that's still only part-way there..."

God help you if you ever get the chance to "recharge" a woman...

Comment: Re:Deficit. (Score 1) 242

by mickwd (#41355153) Attached to: NASA To Face $1.3 Billion Cut Next Year Under Sequestration

It depends on whether or not you adjust the actual dollar amount to account for inflation (i.e. measure the debt in dollars for a fixed value of "dollar").

This graph on Wikipedia does.

People can judge for themselves the validity of adjusting for inflation (though I'm sure many here will be eager to tell everyone what they should believe).

Your assertion to the previous poster that "You clearly have NO idea what you're talking about" was unjust.

Comment: Better than usual from Phoronix (Score 3, Insightful) 285

by mickwd (#41346485) Attached to: X11 Window System Turns 25 Years Old

Surprisingly level-header article, given the source (Phoronix).

I really do hope Wayland sorts out a good scheme for remote access. At the moment it seems to be just ignored.

I wish people who set out to *replace* an existing piece of software would endeavor to replace it in its entirety, not just the subset of features that they happen to be interested in.

Comment: Re:Strawman Argument - what the jury did say (Score 5, Informative) 147

by mickwd (#41187105) Attached to: Pinch-to-Zoom and Rounded Rectangles: What the Jury Didn't Say

Very interesting interview with the jury foreman on the BBC.

Especially his statements like:

"The jurors wanted to send a message to the industry at large..."

"And in example after example, when we put it to the test, the older prior art was just that. Not that there's anything [wrong] with older prior art - but the key was that the hardware was different, the software was an entirely different methodology, and the more modern software could not be loaded onto the older example and be run without error."

"And so consequently, when we looked at the source code - I was able to read source code - I showed the jurors that the two methods in software were not the same, nor could they be interchangeable because the hardware that was involved between the old processor and the new processor - you couldn't load the new software methodology in the old system and expect that it was going to work. And the converse of that was true."

I hope Samsung's lawyers are watching.

Comment: Re:Why not in Cambridge? (Score 3, Insightful) 395

by mickwd (#41180831) Attached to: Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

Indeed. The area around Cambridge has also been known as "Silicon Fen".

Or what about somewhere like Manchester - a big city with an important place in the history of computing, a large, well-regarded university, and a large pool of experienced, well-qualified people?

But no, once again it seems to be London that gets the attention.

Comment: Re:Notice the intolerance? (Score 3, Funny) 570

by mickwd (#41098937) Attached to: 'Wiki Weapon Project' Wants Your 3D-Printable Guns

"Me, I want more of this. I want plans to 3D print a fully automatic weapon. Just to watch the heads explode at the realization that the genie is out of the bottle and ain't going back."

Yeah, won't it just be fucking fantastic when billions of people around the world can 3D-print gas centrifuges and the equipment necessary to extract uranium from seawater. Won't that be fun to watch.

Comment: Re:Yeah (Score 1) 1065

I suspect that the point of the UK threat was: a) to piss off the Ecuadorians enough to make sure that they *did* grant him political asylum; b) to make sure that Assange stays holed up in a small building in London potentially for many years, severely limiting his ability to run Wikileaks for the duration.

Well done on the Ecuadorians for making that threat public.

It's a stupid threat for the UK government to have made, for the reasons so many posters have pointed out, and I'm ashamed of the stance the UK government is taking on this issue.

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