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Comment: Re:Non-mobile version of the article (Score 1) 138

Was easier for me to read.

The article would be a less onerous read if the web designer had a basic understanding of typesetting. I will give him a hint.

  1. Use a serif font. Sans serif fonts are ok for captions not sentences.
  2. Make your writing black on white since it's easier to read. Not grey on white
  3. Have white space margins to the left and right of your web page. Again easier to read.
  4. The PDF and Digital copies are ok but a little thought could make them much more readable. As an example do one column or if you really need columns then two. Having three columns smacks of trying to be "arty" or "newspaperish" and not in a good way.

To me it appears that the writer has gone out of his way to make the article difficult to read. However I do find the article an interesting read.

Comment: Re:Bunch of knobs (Score 1) 159

by donaldm (#48674387) Attached to: Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

That'll be the best for debugging the big UNIX problem coming up in 2038.

Ah you mean the 2^31 problem. Well in-case you have not noticed we do have 64 bit systems now so maybe in about 300 million years from now we may have another problem although I would assume by then we will have at the very least 128 bit machines and by the time we have a 2^127 problem our sun will be a while dwarf.

Comment: Re:Bunch of knobs (Score 1) 159

by donaldm (#48674369) Attached to: Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

If only the games for these systems didn't depend on Microsoft's and Sony's servers to be accessible for them to work. It's almost as if it's some kind of crazy DRM scheme.

Maybe eventually we will have the technology to make a console and games that don't depend on a server that is not in the purchasers control.

Well actually there is. It's called a non-online game and they have been around since the advent of computer/console games and there are more of them than on-line games.

Actually some on-line games may not require Microsoft or Sony systems however you are still dependent on your ISP and the site(s) that host the particular on-line game you want to play.

Comment: Re:lots of lag and will eatup your download cap. (Score 1) 43

by donaldm (#48674349) Attached to: PlayStation Game-Streaming Service Comes To Samsung Smart TVs In 2015

Or Australian? Or New Zealand? Or British? Or pick any other country in the world apart from the US?

Actually you can add the USA to that list as well since around 65% of ISP's (a quick search will confirm this) do have caps or the service is expensive. Actually in Australia you can get unlimited bandwidth relatively cheaply however unless you are close to the exchange then it won't do you much good since the speed of the network is allot slower than broadband and fibre.

Of course the bottom line is how much do you pay for the service and what does that service provide? A bit like all ISP's throughout the world.

Comment: Re:Actually.. (Score 1) 225

by 0100010001010011 (#48671945) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

IMDB ratings are a complete and utter waste of time

Which is why it is relevant that the movie came out in 2009. After time they settle. Unless you're going to argue that "Shawshank Redemption" is just living on studio PR?

Perhaps if everyone else thought the movie was good your nieces and nephew just have bad taste. It was also a great book and highly rated by teachers.

Comment: Re:Actually.. (Score 1) 225

by 0100010001010011 (#48669845) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

You might want to use a different example for your first one:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has 7.0/10 on IMDB (after 5 years), got an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, 66 on MetaCritic (with an average user score of 7.6),

It was a good movie.

"This is the End" was also pretty good with a 6.9/83%/67/7.1 (respectively).

Comment: Re:25000? Lame (Score 1) 21

I remember his first year when it was a 'hoax'. Then the next year he went all in and made it real. As ugly as his website should be I hope some version exists in, he's been a christmas tradition since early 2000s when I first heard about him on Fark or Slashdot.

The point isn't the number of lights he has. The point is how interactive his site has always at least seemed to be.

Comment: Re:Their comments on trolls/trolling (Score 2) 183

by 0100010001010011 (#48659479) Attached to: Devuan Progress Report Published

I wish they would had put their efforts into Debian's kFreeBSD. It can't move to systemd and they downgraded it from an 'official' Jessie release.

Personally it's a bit of the best of FreeBSD and the best of Debian (apt-get) in a nice package. There's no problem with ZFS being 'in' the kernel. The latest versions of FreeNAS and FreeBSD both have ZFS booting.

Plus it still has all the debian server admin tools.

Comment: Re:Waste (Score 1) 170

by donaldm (#48656839) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

It's his money to spend and I wouldn't stand in his way, but what a waste. Makes you wonder what kind of good could have been done or how many lives could have been saved with that $70 million.

IMHO what a waste but after-all it is his money. I can understand one bathroom per bedroom (aka en-suite) and possibly one or two bathrooms for guest access although even that is excessive. Still saying that he could save lives with his money is stupid since that could be applied to people just above the poverty line or even wealthy nations.

Ah the life-styles of the rich and famous. :)

Comment: Re:LOL ... w00t? (Score 1) 291

by 0100010001010011 (#48653297) Attached to: Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

Someone on Reddit pointed out that the author may be using the wrong character.

Are we certain—certain—that this is about the use of hyphenated words, and not the misuse of hyphen (-), en-dash (–), and em-dash (—) characters? Like, the way an en-dash is used where an em-dash should be used three times in this paragraph:

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.