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Comment fixing USB TV tuner with a hot wheat bag (Score 1) 258

I've also got a wheat bag that you can heat up to relieve headaches. As it turns out, you can fix a USB TV tuner with it as well:
  - http://aarongnielsen.blogspot....

Apparently, if you took off the plastic casing and baked it properly in a medium oven, you could enact a more permanent fix. I haven't been game to try it, though.

Comment issue here is simple (Score 1) 286

If I ask a grocer for 2kg of potatoes, and he gives me 1kg of potatoes and charges me for 2kg, I think I have a right to complain. Why do we let computer people get away with that sort of nonsense?

In fact, if Microsoft made a table with 64GB of disk space, but it only made 23GB of that available to the user, you'd all complain about that:

Comment anti-Russian bias (Score 0) 667

I love how media outlets - including Slashdot - are making no effort whatsoever to hide anti-Russian bias.

The Ukrainians edited Wikipedia to say that Russians shot down MH17.
The Russians edited Wikipedia to say that Ukrainians shot down MH17.

Every headline complains about Russians editing Wikipedia pages about MH17. Where are the headlines about Ukrainians having already done the same thing? Where is the balance?

Comment Re:CRIA? same as RIAA: they're WESU ! (Score 4, Funny) 280

I had previously suggested that RIAA was just a disguise, a mask used by the Big4 companies behind RIAA, and suggested that we actually refer to them by name: Warner, EMI, Sony, and Universal. Together they form the acronym WESU, as in "We sue! Yes, we do!"

That's for the US, though. This is the Canadian affiliate, WESUC.

Comment better idea (Score 1) 115

It would be cool to have Street View images of places that aren't already accessible on Google Maps, but I've got a more fundamental question.

Why aren't these places on Google Maps already?

The best way to see my suburb is on foot, via a network of footpaths for pedestrians and cyclists. Not one of these paths shows up in Get Directions on Google Maps. Your favourite park or hiking trail is already walkable, and who knows, it might even be useful - even if it's not as cool as riding a trike through Legoland and calling it work. Besides, I'd rather know it's there and walk through it myself.

Of course, I'm sure it's only a matter of time; they've probably been thinking about this ever since they added the Walking and Public Transport options to Get Directions. In the meantime, I'll just have to settle for cutting a third off my travel time - and the satisfaction of knowing something as a local that Google Maps didn't find out as a tourist. :P

Comment "Britain's choice" (Score 1) 340

Not really, because the nation in question - Britain, has signed up to have that as part of the deal.

If Britain hadn't signed up to this and Europe was still enforcing this you'd have a point, but as it's Britain's choice to only allow laws to be legitimate if reported to Europe then it's still a sovereign nation.

Is this the same sort of choice that Britain had to sign the Treaty of Lisbon? If it weren't for 109,965 Irish voters standing up for that choice, the meaning of your post would be a relic to history by now.

Two is not equal to three, even for large values of two.