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Comment: Re:Bring back Gates of Borg (Score 1) 107

I miss the days when Slashdot tagged microsoft stories with the gates of borg graphic

So do I. The picture of Gates was like he was in his 30's and I once suggested that they update it with him looking older with greying hair, as the company was likewise no longer the bright young thing that many people supposed it to be.

With Gates virtually gone, what icon should there be instead of the bland MS trademark (for which I am suprised MS do not sue /. like : these takedowns) ? I suggest the Titanic, or King Kong (nothing to do with Balmer of course).

Comment: Re:Those bastards? (Score 1) 107

Android is based on Linux, you could also mention Google is ripping of every people who donated their time and code to the system for free.

Google maintain Android. The Android software is free for anyone to use and to sell loaded into hardware. Only if you want to attach the trademark "Andoid" to it do you have to pay Google a licence fee; is that what you mean by "ripping off"?.

As for people "donating their time and code" to the Linux ecosystem, I do that myself in a small way. Feel free to use it, I don't mind. That is the point.

Comment: Re: Did they make money on Surface? (Score 1) 107

AC wrote :-

Wait, so you're saying Surface isn't good for watching cat videos?

No, he is saying that Surface is excellent for cat videos :-

Now, they cater to people watching cat videos. At the moment, there is no device close to the Surface Pro for this purpose.

I shall take his word for it.

Comment: @TapeCutter - Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 1) 504

by nukenerd (#48228399) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

[the value of g is] handy to know but not essential to [memorise] since it can easily be looked up or measured. A physics teacher who sets up a gravity problem and expects students to know the value of 'g' from memory, is doing it wrong.

It that a joke? We are meant to set an experiment to measure g every time we need to know it? Like pi it is one of the constants that anyone in enginering really does need to know off the top of their head. It comes into calculations all the time (remember, you are talking about physics being taught here). Not just in an engineering career either. I used it yesterday in working out some stresses for a DiY job I am doing.

Compared with the thousands of things I had to memorise as part of "learning" French and German languages at school (a complete and utter waste of time and stress), learning a few physical constants is a breeze.

two bodies attract each other with a force proportional to their combined mass and the distance between them .. the force is ~9.8m/s

LoL ! Someone else has already commented on your misunderstanding of gravity and what a force is. Sounds like you even missed the principle of the matter, which is even more important than the value of the constant.

Comment: Re:OSX is a hammer without a handle (Score 1) 289

by nukenerd (#48220005) Attached to: How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor
ogdenk wrote :-

And if you're wanting to use KATE, why the hell are you using a Mac anyway?

If you read the thread, HuguesT had said "Nearly all of the development tools of Linux are available on OSX via ports, brew or simply compiling oneself." Mr_Wisenheimer was making the point that while possible it was not simple, and as an example described installing Kate.

Whether using Kate on the Mac is a good idea or not is beside the point; Kate was just an example of installing a Linux tool - a mainstream and vey common utility.

Comment: Re:What a wonderful article (Score 1) 289

by nukenerd (#48219937) Attached to: How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

That bar graph of a spike starting in 2007 would more likely be related to the release of the iPhone. ... Developing for the iPhone required a Mac. ... Anyone wanting to get in to iPhone development had to have a Mac and it started mainstreaming the Mac.

So that makes about 25,000,000 people developing for the iPhone. (additional Macs sold 2007-2014 compared with continuing at 2006 rate, roughly, halved to acount for replacements). Very likely.

Comment: Re:F the UK (Score 3, Interesting) 488

by nukenerd (#48185271) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail
What idiot modded this as informative?

I suggest reading a bit of history before you post crap like this. Just try The Desert War and The Battle for Caen as examples. The British, Americans, Russians and French all fought ferociously against the Germans, and at one point it was the British alone.

Comment: K. S. Kyosuk - Re:She would've flunked the test (Score 3, Interesting) 200

by nukenerd (#48184645) Attached to: The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

That reminds me of the old joke about the male athlete who planted someone else's urine to clear himself of doping charges. "We have two good news for you; first, you've been cleared of the charges, and second, you're pregnant."

It happened - was a racing cyclist in the 1970's, possibly in the Tour de France. Dope tests were relatively new then and only used in the topmost races.

The "other person" was his wife. The sample was given in front of a doctor, so "planting" someone else's urine would have been very difficult. The story I heard (as told in the "Cycling" newspaper) was that before the test he emptied his bladder behind the bushes and refilled with his wife's urine via a catheter. AFAIR he was not a top rider, just a lowly domestique desparate to stay in contact with the race. He was certainly not cleared of charges.

Comment: Re:Regulation or Legislation? (Score 1) 59

by nukenerd (#48181575) Attached to: Brain Patterns Give Clues To Why Some People Just Keep Gambling

. Your honor, my client is susceptible to gambling, so this should/should not be taking into account during sentencing.

So there would be an expectation that the client should be treated more leniently? I don't understand why this should be an excuse if that is what you are suggesting (our brain patterns must be different - LoL). How about an analogy :

"Your honour, my client drove into someone because he is susceptible to drinking, so please sentence him lightly".

Anyway, since when was it necessary to study brain patterns to establish if someone is a compulsive gambler?

Comment: Re:To their defense (Score 1) 314

I'll reverse the question: how do you pay by cheque? The dealer doesn't know if the cheque is real, and it takes time for them to get the money.

Since you say "dealer" you seem to be talking about cars. When you buy a car it would be unusual to drive it straight away. If it is new and you have specified a particualr colour and accessories, it is going to take a few days (at least) for the dealer to get one. Even if it already on the premises the dealer will (or should) want to give it a check-over before releasing it. So in the meantime you give him the cheque and he sees it clear.

Even using a debit card for a big purchase, I am not going to have $20,000 sitting in my current account in case I decide to buy a car that day. I will be looking around for a good deal and when I find it I will only then transfer the required money into my current account - something I would rather do at home than on a mobile in the dealers with a salesman breathing down my neck.

Comment: Re:To their defense (Score 1) 314

Since you don't use cheques in most of Europe, how do you manage large transactions for things like vehicles?

In the UK cheques are still used widely. I have just written one for my house having been re-roofed, and many people pay utility bills with them. They are not taken in shops any more.

Comment: Re:Hilarious (Score 1) 97

by nukenerd (#48142473) Attached to: Windows Flaw Allowed Hackers To Spy On NATO, Ukraine, Others

To be honest, a political organization should not receive such emails directly anyway

NATO; an academic working on Russian issues; - these are not "political organisations" (NATO is a defence organisation). You think they should say to the world "Please send all emails for us via our local security police" ?!

They should know who is sending the information. Knowing and keeping up with the sender is .. important

It might be an anonymous tip-off. In this case it sounds like the emails were posing as just that. Ironic from an anonymous poster LoL!

Comment: Re:Hilarious (Score 4, Interesting) 97

by nukenerd (#48139591) Attached to: Windows Flaw Allowed Hackers To Spy On NATO, Ukraine, Others

... unsolicited email is bad, NATO and other sensitive document handling people, ok?

If NATO or any other agency working on defence or international relations issues receives an unsolicited email purporting to list pro-Russian extremist activities, then they certainly should open it. That is part of their job - to remain in touch with these affairs. Chances are it is a hoax or scam, but they should still check. Otherwise it would be like the fire brigade refusing to pick up the emergency calls phone in case it is a hoax.

OTOH, they should open such emails in a sandbox suchas a VM, preferably in a non-Windows environment. They are professionals - they should be able to handle this sort of thing.

Comment: @AC (#48138981) - Re:Not unexpected.... (Score 3, Interesting) 97

by nukenerd (#48139521) Attached to: Windows Flaw Allowed Hackers To Spy On NATO, Ukraine, Others

Bill [Gates] also said 640k should be enough memory for anyone (I have the audio recording!)

Really? Please could you give a link to that. People have argued over and over whether he really said that. He denies it himself, so it would be very interesting if a recording exists and can be made public.

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