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Comment: Re:Sorry but (Score 1) 179

Robot Jox

(at least thats what it was called in the UK).

Terrible acting. Predictable Storyline. But who cares when there are stop motion robots beating seven bells out of each other with fists lasers rockets etc...

At one point they fly off in to space and continue the brawl in total silence before falling back to earth.

It's in my bad but brilliant cult movie pile (also including biggles: adventures in time, gremloids and the whole tremors franchise).

Comment: Re:Why .Net? (Score 1) 247

by sce7mjm (#46438605) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

but the language support is not necessarily there for a particular language. C by it's nature will compile down to a few instructions on a line by line basis (depending on how obfuscated it is), and the other old dare I say legacy languages will also, without requiring a large run time.

Java python and anything with a (byte-code not mapping to the host instruction set etc). require the runtime and it is the runtime that will not necessarily fit.

Comment: Re:Moronic. (Score 2) 237

by sce7mjm (#46127083) Attached to: Now On Video: GCHQ Destroying Laptop Full of Snowden Disclosures

Definitely agree.
I had a mate who's hard disk whose laptop wouldn't boot.
He wanted to get all the personal data of it photos business accounts etc. so opened it up and took out the RAM and the the WIFI Card. And left them in his wood burner for a couple of days.

He then gave me the laptop.

I gave him back his hard drive and bought new ram and a wifi card.
And told him to speak to me first next time.

Comment: This was done to protect the Guardian as well (Score 3, Funny) 237

by sce7mjm (#46127065) Attached to: Now On Video: GCHQ Destroying Laptop Full of Snowden Disclosures

I think the Guardian guy is being deliberately vague, since they now have evidence that they destroyed all of their copies.

They are now only going to report on the information that others are leaking.

It is PR for GCHQ and the Government, i.e. don't hold documents you know you shouldn't cos we'll smash your shit up.

It is part of the legal defence of the Guardian, "We aren't distributing this information, but are now free to report the information that others have released to the public"

By the way IANAL, it just seems like common sense to me.

Comment: Re:Not cans (Score 1) 371

by sce7mjm (#45851327) Attached to: Coca-Cola Reserves a Massive Range of MAC Addresses

>> Banks pay for credit card breaches, not consumers.

Not true, you know that thing called interest you pay on your credit card balance, this covers the losses.
So yes, if your bank/credit card gets ripped off, the users pay.
It's just like insurance.

Just cos a government protects the consumers individually with a statute or two, it does not mean that we do not pay for it in a distributive sense.

A problem shared is a problem.....still.

Comment: Obvious fraud opurtunity (Score 1) 273

by sce7mjm (#38866835) Attached to: Shmoocon Demo Shows Easy, Wireless Credit Card Fraud

I've been warning everybody who gets a new Barclaycard with this "feature" since I first saw it advertised.

My thoughts were somebody selling newspapers at a underground (subway) station swiping everybody who walks past at rush hour. Going home and cashing in on 1000's of £1 - 10 transactions. Not a bad afternoons work.

Comment: Re:Warms?! (Score 1) 469

by sce7mjm (#38109372) Attached to: Climate Panel Says To Prepare For Weird Weather
Here here. Woodland Management is key and in a few reports heading in the right direction now for most of Europe. Old trees can actually give off methane since they can be in a state of decay whilst still perfectly healthy, though they are very good for bio-deversity bugs and stuff which birds and small mammals go nuts for.
In the UK "Ancient Woodland" means over 400 years old. There is no woodland in the UK that has been identified that has not been under active management by humans prior to this at some point. Manage your woods replant or support regeneration plant a mix of softwood to be treated and durable hard woods for carbon lockup and a mix of short rotation coppice for bio-fuels (wood chip), all of which can be integrated into a woodland management plan, provide a living for foresters.
Leaving Trees standing and un-managed would be detrimental to the environment in the UK at least.
Sadly there is a movement for woodburners to be installed in houses and HETAS approved KILN DRIED fire wood sold to suppy them. Shows the economy is still more powerful than common sense.

Comment: Re:Help (Score 1) 149

by sce7mjm (#35408448) Attached to: Intel's New Core I7-990X Extreme Edition Tested
Google SketchUp still does not work 100% under wine.
Currently using Ubuntu Dual Boot into windows xp Occaisionally to run my PAYE software for the my employee's taxes.
Virtualise a windows box to run Sketchup which apart from a few problems refreshing the menus works fine.
Upgrading (or side grading) to Debian in another virtualbox while making sure everything works. (Have already installed Deb onto a seperate disk and am currently testing).
I also develop some software that needs to run properly in both windows and linux and others.
I am not a full time developer but I have a need to Virtualize and it is the only solution that works for me, without having two boxes under my desk.
So there,

Comment: Gave up waiting (Score 1) 129

by sce7mjm (#35068016) Attached to: Julia Meets HTML5
Either this is getting slashdotted and causing something to run slowly or what should be javascript running locally on my
dmesg | grep CPU0:
CPU0: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ stepping 01
is slower than my old 486 at rendering a mandelbrot.
I wrote my own viewer on an archimedes for a school project over 14 years ago and it was faster than this.
Any clues?
Or is this proof that browsers and scripts are only good for GUI and not actual processing?

Comment: UK same silly idea on the horizon (Score 1) 875

by sce7mjm (#29754205) Attached to: 1Mb Broadband Access Becomes Legal Right In Finland
The uk are trying to roll out 2Mb broad band for everybody. This sounds like a good thing until you try using the internet on 512kb which almost every building in the uk can receive even those right at the end of a line. It is also perfectly useable for youtube etc. I think this is purely a subsidising scheme for the telecoms company ( cough bt cough ) to upgrade all it's lines. Effectively the users pay for the service and give the company that supply the service the funds to create the service that allows them to charge them at a higher rate whether they need it or not. (Just try getting 512kb broadband in a built up area theses days...possible but I bet you'll end up on a 2Mb package anyway). All a bit useless really if the house owners don't have a laptop / desktop that will work in the next 5 years ( due to vista and xp no doubt not being supported and unable to display the latest .Net advertising schemes that most websites are covered in). So the next great idea? Free laptops for everybody! Paid for by the tax payer!

If I want a laptop and broadband I'll buy one. If somebody is on the dole and can't get a laptop. Help them get a job dont keep giving them free handouts so they can buy a massive telly an xbox a wii and play online so they can sit on thier bum not looking for jobs whilst still getting job seekers allowance.

Sorry just realised I was ranting.

Comment: Re:what does open mean? (Score 1) 197

by sce7mjm (#28778731) Attached to: Open Source Languages Rumble At OSCON

Java is static at compile time. However class files can be chucked around and objects instantiated from them using the reflection classes over networks and across machine types. Kind of like a CORBA implementation that can do the whole spec ( you just have to write most of the code to do it but the functionality exists). I have often wondered if this was the true purpose of the java byte code/JIT method, when those Java desktop boxes appeared I always assumed they would run like a thin client, big database objects on a server, upgradable client applications on the thin client whilst running, no need to stop and start the program. So kinda mega dynamic. Manages to be horrible at the same time.

In every non-trivial program there is at least one bug.

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