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Comment: Re:What is the point? (Score 1) 91

by srodden (#36902924) Attached to: Transparent Lithium-Ion Battery Created

Don't you know? Transparent is the new white...

I looked at the transparent gadgets link and I hope folks will forgive me for being totally underwhelmed by a bunch of pics of artists impressions of how some gadgets might look IF we develop the technology to build them.

Show me some working prototypes and I'll spend the energy to be impressed. In the mean time, I agree with kiwix who is worried about losing his transparent phone and with AC that suggests efforts would be better spent on trying to make a battery last longer than be transparent. Creative types trying to justify their existence again?

Comment: Re:John Rau is an idiot (Score 1) 67

by srodden (#36259170) Attached to: Australia Reveals R18+ Video Game Guidelines

Legally enforcable does not mean enforced. My comparison with a physical barrier is that there is nothing stopping a parent from letting their child view the content if they feel their child is ready. Similarly there's nothing stopping them from not allowing them access to an MA15+ even if they are over 15. After all, the Mature Adult 15+ rating has a subjective quality that someone needs to assess when deciding whether an individual is ready. In some circumstances it may be that a parent violates the letter of the law. That happens all the time in many areas of life.

Comment: Re:John Rau is an idiot (Score 1) 67

by srodden (#36258478) Attached to: Australia Reveals R18+ Video Game Guidelines

We shouldn't get rid of MA15+ because there is a big difference between Finding Nemo, World of Warcraft, Medal of Honour and Grand Theft Auto. There are some things I would be happy for my adult son to play that I'm not happy for my mid-teens son to play. Violence is not the only adult theme that is covered by the rating.

Remember these are advisory ratings. Not physical barriers. There will always be kids that are outside the bell curve and it's up to the parents to decide if their child is or is not ready for something. Having 3 categories instead of 2, or 4 instead of 3, is not going to place an unreasonable burden on the board that makes these assessments and it gives parents better information on which to make their decisions.

Comment: Re:No, you neophyte! (Score 1) 66

by srodden (#36212020) Attached to: Lego Super-8 Video Projector

My parents used to call it "Lego" or "that mess" :-) Also we had a double-bed sheet that used to contain all my Lego. So cleaning up was a matter of grabbing 4 corners and lifting.

TBH I've always detested the idea of having kids but now it occurs to me that it would give me an excuse to play with Lego again, it's starting to have a bit more appeal!

Comment: Re:POINTLESS (Score 1) 198

by srodden (#36172980) Attached to: Apple Proposes Smaller SIM Card Design

Agreed. It seems to me that the micro SIM is already small enough AND thin enough. The size of a battery of decent duration is a bigger limitation on the thickness of phones.

And what's a deltic in this context? Google is trying to tell me you're a combustion engine with a triangular piston arrangement and frankly that makes as much sense as sticking a rubber glove on an eel.

Comment: Re:yeah okay (Score 3, Funny) 235

by srodden (#36078594) Attached to: I Like My IT Budget Tight and My Developers Stupid

The prospect of an AI designed by slashdotters makes me tremble with fear.

It would only run on linux, it would be constantly arguing with everyone, it would be an insufferable pedant, post pro-Stallman propaganda on every public forum on the net and spend the other half of its day trolling 4chan memes on social networks like bebo.

Comment: Is it so hard to stick to the speed limit? (Score 1) 204

by srodden (#36004722) Attached to: Tom Tom Sells GPS Info To Dutch Cops

A friend of mine bitched when they put in a permanent camera near our home. I said "It doesn't bother me because I don't speed." He replied by looking at me grumpily.

Speed traps are cash cows to an extent but they also work. Put cameras in the black spots, let a few people get fined for breaking the law and then the word gets around and then it's no longer a black spot because people are following the rules. Amazing!

No, I'm not to clueless as to suggest that every law enforcement agent and agency are lily white but slowing down DOES reduce the quantity and quality of road accidents. Until all drivers are lily white, I'm fully in support of efforts to reduce incidents on the road.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.