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Comment: Re:What's the value proposition? (Score 1) 342

by twokay (#49295305) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'
I see nothing foolish, my taxes provide, a police force, heath care, education, public transport and roads, energy, water, etc. all of which contribute to a stable society where were business can flourish.

Google takes advantage of the police force, health care (by default fair enough), education, public transport and roads, energy, water and a society that enables enough wealth for people to have a disposable income.

They are quite welcome to move their operation to the Congo or Syria and see how well their corporate HQ runs. I'm sure they will get a great tax rate. Here they can pay tax the same as me.

Comment: Re:An election's coming, apparently (Score 1) 342

by twokay (#49295063) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'
It's quite simple, the money is made at the point the product is consumed, we are living in a consumer society after all.

Everything else falls apart when the consumer stops buying (or looking), if Starbucks or Google want the favourable tax agreement from Luxembourg to stand, then that counts only for profit on sales made to the people of Luxembourg.

Comment: Re:I love my Oculus Rift DK2 (Score 1) 164

by twokay (#49203765) Attached to: Developers Race To Develop VR Headsets That Won't Make Users Nauseous
I'm not so sure, you can reduce travel sickness to almost zero by gradual exposure. For instance, many years ago I went without watching TV or even looking at an electronic screen for 2 weeks or more. When I returned TV made me feel distinctly travel sick for about 1 hour. I expect the VR effect will be worse, but with enough exposure i believe you can train your brain to stop the sickness.

Comment: Re:Quite (Score 1) 280

by twokay (#48556529) Attached to: Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain
Except that the internet was an unregulated wild west at that time, and pretty much still is. The worst that would happen on Napster is you downloaded a NIN track over your 56k, and it turned out it was renamed Nickelback song.

The worst that happens if you use Uber or any service that interfaces the digital with real world -- and tries to apply the rules of the digital one -- is that you get raped or murdered. Hence the reason the "stuffy" regulations Uber want rid of.

Comment: Re:Doesn't matter even if the publishers win... (Score 1) 699

by twokay (#48554667) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus
It is possible to do advertising well, the reason people use adblock are all the obnoxious "pop-over" adverts, or adverts that destroy the flow of a site.

Youtube does adverts pretty well, the 5 second skip works perfectly as you can skip almost instantly if you have no interest or just don't want to be hassled at that moment. But if someone looks interesting to me or funny then often i will let it play by CHOICE.

Contrast that with in the UK who have been fighting a war with adblock for a few years to stop it working. They have 2 minutes of "unskipable" adverts before you can even watch a show, then a further 3 forced periods of 2 minutes during a 1hr show! It is just laziness trying to apply broadcast TV rules to on-demand internet consumption.

Comment: Re:Full circle ... almost (Score 1) 237

by twokay (#48505167) Attached to: Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default
Hehe, sadly it looks like it's the way things are going. I still prefer Firefox to Chrome simply because i don't want to feed Google any more data that i have to, and having 3 major browsers is important for an open web. Also don't like Google's tactics of deliberately making there sites run slower on anything other than Chrome.

However it seems to me that Firefox has a problem, HTML5 and a lot of the new protocols around that mean that they have to keep up by adding support -- "bloat". But it is as yet unclear how useful these will be. In the Phoenix and early Firefox days when FF was stomping all over IE it was just HTML+Javascript and 3rd party plugins, and they optimized that perfectly.

Now FF has to deal with what new features they need to add to keep up. When the feature creep slows and we see which protocols have won the next generation web maybe a Phoenix-like browser will emerge from the FF code.

Comment: Re:YES! (Score 2) 376

by twokay (#48491617) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?
I also know someone who moved from a janitorial job to IT successfully. He was around 33 or 34 i think. We worked together for a bit at an old employer of mine. He didn't pass probation at that place, mainly due to a boss who was demanding to say the least. However last i heard he had no trouble finding another position and is now a support desk team leader.

One thing you will know if you have been in IT for a while. If you are simply competent and care about the work you are already miles ahead of most of your peers. The IT Ops/Support teams i know that support high availability zero downtime (as close to as possible) systems have staff that are mostly over 30. These are of course established businesses, not startups formed by some college friends.

Comment: Re:Early opinions seem positive to me .... (Score 1) 390

by twokay (#48491495) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released
Given the first movie of the Start Trek reboot was surprisingly good, and got the feeling of an updated "TOS" pretty spot on I'm hopeful for this too. However the second Star Trek movie went downhill rapidly into "typical Sci-Fi blockbuster", and I'm expecting the same from Star Wars unfortunately.

Comment: Re:Get rid of MTP (Score 1) 214

by twokay (#48325439) Attached to: Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again
Most annoying is when random files become invisible through MTP. I was backing up internal phone memory recently and noticed that a number of recently written files where visible in my file manager but missing when mounted through MTP on my Windows machine.

It took at least 30 mins of web searches and another 30 to try the different possible fixes. In the end i had to clear the cache on the Media Server background process, and then use a play store app to rebuild this cache, which took another 15 mins.

I would just like external SD cards to mount and stay mounted, my S3 with Cyanogenmod refuses to keep my SD card mounted, and then freezes the phone trying to remount it. Maybe this is just a Cyanogenmod issue though.

Comment: Just ask your bank to send you (Score 2) 126

by twokay (#48305789) Attached to: Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card
a card without the NFC chip, then any transaction needs to be verified by PIN and physically placed into the POS card reader. The idea that these NFC cards are faster somehow is a fallacy. You still have to take the individual card out of your wallet, as inevitably you will end up with more than one card with NFC capabilities. Either the wrong card will be billed or the transaction will fail. At this point you might as well stick it in the reader and put in the PIN anyway.

I got used to bumping my wallet when making underground or bus journeys using an Oyster card. Just pulling out a wallet when passing through an underground station gate or getting on a bus is much more convenient than paying for my lunch 10 seconds quicker.

Comment: Re:New and interesting failure methods? (Score 2) 150

by twokay (#48305439) Attached to: Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys
If the replies to this story are anything to to go by, there are a log of people on slashdot that spend their holidays trying to break into hotel rooms with badly configured electronic lock systems. Next time someone walks into my hotel room unannounced ill know where to come looking...

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