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+ - Slashdot beta sucks 9

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+ - Giant 'crystal' balls with auto tracking collectors the future of solar?-> 1

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Comment: Re:Citations? They need to be sued heavily (Score 1) 507

I don't know any statistics but I certainly think people find them very useful where they are in London, (Holborn for one).
It gives people a chance to rethink dashing over the road at the last moment, as they can really see how long that last moment is going to be (though there will be a slight delay after the timer has finished I'm sure.
They show a numeric countdown (15 seconds if I remember correctly)

Still it doesn't help stop all the London drivers who seem to think that it's the slower party who should always get out of the way, rather than they that should slow down or even stop for an obstruction that is right in front of them.

But overall I think they've probably prevented a lot of accidents.

Comment: Win for common sense. (Score 1) 221

by yakumo.unr (#42977913) Attached to: Official: Playstation 4 Will Play Used Games

Maybe they realized they actually wanted to sell a few. Certainly I believe there is a huge market who only buy because they think they'll sell the product on again later to get some money back, even if they never get actually round to it.
And those that do... many re-invest what they make back into buying newer games.
Thinking a £40+ item may be a dud that can never be resold is seriously going to put people off.
Those that are happy to wait months to years to buy second hand because a title is too expensive, will STILL wait months to years to buy the title when it's in the bargain bin instead of paying more for something they don't think is worth it to them.

I don't believe they'll ever stop piracy, and killing second hand sales would push those less well off to either forgo entirely and look to other forms of entertainment, or consider piracy. Either way, reducing sales.

Comment: Unlocking doesn't end your contract though,so wtf? (Score 1) 416

by yakumo.unr (#42753791) Attached to: What You Can Do About the Phone Unlocking Fiasco

If you unlock your phone that gives you freedom to use another network.
But it doesn't magically remove you from the contract you agreed to, so you still have to pay, and would be chased by whatever debt collection system they use.

You obviously would still have to pay for using the new carrier also if you swapped SIM.

Skipping the early termination fee may save you a big one off payment but doesn't negate the above.

This issues should solely be if you fail to pay your contracted fee's, and I fail to see why that should have anything other than normal contract law cover it.

Comment: Re:I've forced myself to use it for over a month.. (Score 1) 269

by yakumo.unr (#41465793) Attached to: Intel CEO Tells Staff Windows 8 Is Being Released Prematurely

I've been using it for maybe a month since trying it and being really impressed with the startup times. I've finished installing everything I used on win7 and more (vs2012 for example) and it's retaining it's impressive speed.

I haven't tried multi monitor yet, but I had thought about that problem, metro really is pretty awful, I don't mind it when I tap the windows key and start typing to find the program I want, but I don't use it for anything else, and it annoys me if something causes it to come up.

The only real problem I've had is sometimes that search box doesn't clear.
so
[winkey] ecl (enter) (eclipse)
[winkey] note (enter) (notepad++)

and it ends up with "eclnote" which doesn't hit any search results.

how the hell did that get through beta testing?? admittedly it's sporadic, but seriously why is the search box not cleared every time metro pops up?

Comment: Re:Funny... (Score 1) 221

by yakumo.unr (#40397791) Attached to: Android App Lets You Steal Contactless Credit Card Data

Barclays made a big thing about introducing this in the UK with the advert with a guy sliding down a near endless water slide buying things as he went.
I was livid as soon as I saw it, I had less than zero faith in it's security, I did NOT want it on my cards.

Even back then I realised it meant a stolen card was instantly usable even if only for the small daily limit before it was reported, I still did not want it. But over the air cloning was what I was expecting.

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