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Comment: Re:pretty sad.. (Score 1) 79

by newcastlejon (#48593543) Attached to: Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display

surely they could have found uk-based partners, investors and developers?

No, we've actually seen the programmes in question so, apart from Doctor Who, we be uninterested in seeing things that have been on the television for the past twenty-odd years. Domestic developers probably know that this park is something that will get a bit of interest for a few months then devolve into a ghost town, peopled by a handful of foreign tourists who've already been to Buckingham Palace.

Comment: A Good Idea. (Score 1) 82

by newcastlejon (#48265793) Attached to: "Ambulance Drone" Prototype Unveiled In Holland

But as well as this, there needs to be a bigger effort made to have automatic defibrillators widely available. They're relatively reliable and easy to use yet I've only ever seen them once (in a shopping mall). Drones aren't going to be all that much help indoors without huge improvements in machine vision and navigation, but all the same they might well prove to be a godsend for people in isolated areas.*

*In my experience, large public gatherings held outdoors nearly always have at least one ambulance present.

Comment: Re:She's.. (Score 1) 235

by newcastlejon (#48250107) Attached to: Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

On the MBP the battery is under the trackpad, so that's the first thing to go if the battery starts bulging (you might find that clicks don't register when you press down on the pad).

I can't speak for all of the models but I think the logic board is usually, if not always, near the hinge side and the battery is front-right with the HDD front-left. This would make sense since the vent for the CPU fan is in the hinge.

Comment: Re:And... (Score 4, Interesting) 347

by newcastlejon (#48207611) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Removing control panels isn't MS's style. If past experience is anything to go by, the same ones that were in 98/NT will still be there in 10, they'll just be buried under yet another layer of new stuff. Seriously, try find network adaptor settings in 7. After you've navigated through the morass of the network and sharing centre you'll see that it's practically the self same advanced dialog that was there in 95.

Personally, I'm not averse to change but it's well past time MS just started over again instead of tacking on useless, obfuscating fluff over the top of controls that I actually need to get use.

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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail 489

Posted by timothy
from the don't-worry-he's-trolling dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this news from The Guardian about a proposed change in UK law that would greatly increase the penalties for online incivility: Internet trolls who spread "venom" on social media could be jailed for up to two years, the justice secretary Chris Grayling has said as he announced plans to quadruple the maximum prison sentence. Grayling, who spoke of a "baying cybermob", said the changes will allow magistrates to pass on the most serious cases to crown courts. The changes, which will be introduced as amendments to the criminal justice and courts bill, will mean the maximum custodial sentence of six months will be increased to 24 months. Grayling told the Mail on Sunday: "These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life. No one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the six-month sentence.

Comment: Re:Microsoft re-invents graffiti (Score 1) 100

The trouble with shorthand is that it takes a lot of effort to learn, and there are quite a few ambiguities that tend to creep up when you're omitting most of the vowels. Deciphering what someone else has written often relies on context, and machines still don't do too well at that.

Inputting in shorthand does seem a neat idea, but the likes of Swiftkey have made it even less likely to appear.

"The way of the world is to praise dead saints and prosecute live ones." -- Nathaniel Howe