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Comment: Re:Long live the 'desktop' and mobile 'laptop'. (Score 0) 58

by nukenerd (#47502881) Attached to: China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

I own what was once a state-owned apartment in a decent sized Chinese city ... The place has two bedrooms with a combined tv/dining room. Both bedrooms are reasonably sized .. with space for a desk and chair. I don't see why they cant put a computer on the desks?

Sounds like a rabbit hutch to me. Maybe fine if a computer is the only thing you need room for, but some people have other parts to their lives.

Comment: Re:advertisement doesn't work (Score 1) 389

by nukenerd (#47495831) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'
Correlation != Causation, always. When a company does an advertising campaign they very often persuade shopkeepers to stock more of their stuff "Because there is going to be a big demand for it when the public see our advertising". Therefore, someone buying at random, like I buy soap for example, is more likely to pick up the item in question just by chance.

OK, you could say the advertising does have an effect as its existence is a lever to get shopkeepers to stock more of the stuff, and I don't doubt that some buyers are influenced, but IMHO the effect is not as great as the admen like to assume.

Comment: Re:You dorks (Score 2) 389

by nukenerd (#47493221) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Your entire post is wrong based simply on the fact that soap operas are a thing

That's in the USA. Adverts are confined to their own time slot in the UK, and when that comes around it is generally clearly recognisable. It is the point at which I flip through some other channels and watch the BBC news for a few minutes, or even cat videos (anything is better than ads, and there is a channel that's mostly pets doing funny things).

Funny, but in the UK soap operas are still called soap operas, but most people don't realise how the term originated.

Comment: Re:How Many Employees are Required? (Score 1) 272

by nukenerd (#47487931) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

If you opened a CLI in W95 and typed "ver" it would reply "DOS 7".

no it would not. ..... It says "Windows 95. [Version 4.00.950]" I just booted [it] to double-check.

I believe that early versions of W95 did respond with "DOS 7", and I wrote that on the basis of a review I read in a PC mag when it first came out. Perhaps they were reviewing a beta. Must admit I never used W95, but I do have W98 in a VM, just tried it, and it does indeed respond with something like you say :-)

Comment: Re:How Many Employees are Required? (Score 1) 272

by nukenerd (#47486691) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

To be fair, Windows has had an issue that many other OS's haven't really had. It had to maintain compatibility with a ridiculous array of third party apps

I don't believe that MS gave a shit about the compatability of legacy 3rd party apps with new versions of Windows. It was the 3rd parties' problem, as likewise compatible drivers were the hardware makers' problem. With the MS monopoly, the 3rd parties had to keep up or die.

Comment: Re:How Many Employees are Required? (Score 1) 272

by nukenerd (#47486663) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Windows 95, was based on the DOS architecture.

Right, just like Linux was based on the LILO architecture.

Windows 95/98/ME were basically DOS architecture plastered with layers of cruft to get over the memory limitations and to get them to run some stuff in a half-arsed 32-bit way, and a GUI. If you opened a CLI in W95 and typed "ver" it would reply "DOS 7". They were Windows for DOS, and a train wreck.

They were swept away by NT/XP, which were a new and separate pedigree, long after Windows for DOS should have had its life support switched off.

Comment: Re:They need exactly 63 999 employees (Score 1) 272

by nukenerd (#47486553) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

At the time Bill Gates made that absurd comment he was right.

Much as I dislike Gates, I have to point out that it is generally accepted that he never said that particular gaffe.

[it was enough] For the applications people were making at the time.

It was still stupid, even if it was enough for apps at that time, because it was an architectural limit. The architecture put stuff like display memory and BIOS extensions in fixed areas above the 640k instead of leaving it open ended. The tacky XT/AT addressing scheme was 20-bit and could actually reach 1024k, but only the lower 640k was working RAM, with that fixed stuff above it.

Would not have been so bad if the PC makers and Microsoft had not been so slow to abandon this primitive architecture.

Comment: Re:Barbara Streisand award (Score 1) 424

by nukenerd (#47473209) Attached to: French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

the sort of thing that you're proposing (negative reviews of something you've never tried) that would have me cheering in the court.

I did not comment about the food or service. In my "review" I asked people to boycott the place because of the fact that they had sued a critic. So whether I had ever tried eating there is irrelevant. Seems clear to me.

I must say though that some of the other negative comments, which were clearly also triggered by this sueball issue, were along the lines of "the food is shit" etc. I would not do that : that is dishonest.

Comment: Re:Wind? Solar? (Score 3, Insightful) 708

by nukenerd (#47456291) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

... nuclear is dirty. Until there's a failsafe solution to radiation leaks and nuclear waste storage, it will always be perceived as dirty.

Even if there is a "failsafe solution to radiation leaks", whatever you understand by that, people will remain against nuclear as long as the scaremongers bang on about it, which is their plan of course. As a nuclear power station engineer, with particular responsibility for safety, I can tell you that the plants already have failsafe features against radiation leakage to the extent that they are safer than most other human activities.

As for waste storage, it is a political problem, not a technical one.

Comment: Re:user error (Score 1) 708

by nukenerd (#47456041) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

[I drive] with the cruise control on at every possible time (most cars have a feature that allows you to nudge your speed slightly faster/slower, which is more fuel efficient than disengaging it in order to adjust your speed.)

Eh? Why more efficient? Cruise control does nothing you can't do with your foot. Not on my car anyway, where the cruise actuator pulls the same throttle lever as the throttle pedal does.

And by the way, modern cars are so low emission that some of them actually clean up the air around them.

Miraculous, the Second Law of Thermodynamics broken at last. So they suck in CO2, breathe out Oxygen, and shit carbon bricks do they? I must be getting out of touch with progress.

Comment: Re:Why so many restrictions? (Score 2) 127

by nukenerd (#47447657) Attached to: Public To Vote On Names For Exoplanets

I'm pretty sure that the Americas were named differently once. Well, the native population will simply have to get used to a new name

Actually, untravelled natives do not usually have a name for where they live - they don't need one, it is just "here". "Britain" was so named by the Romans, not the Britons. "England" means the "Land of the Angles", not the sort of name you give to your own place but is what a non-Angle would say.

In the UK, the most common names for rivers are "Ouse" and "Avon". They simply mean "River" in old languages. When I was a kid I lived by the River Wandle. Unless you were explaining it to an outsider, no-body ever referred to it in speech as "The Wandle" it was always just "the river".

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