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Submission + - Data miners beware! AKA: The sheep revolt!

An anonymous reader writes: Tired of being tracked, profiled, and/or spoon fed info because of your latest search or facebook like?

We need some sharp programmers to create a 'background' process/plug-in which will submit fake search/likes/tweets etc. to mess with the profiling of all our online actions.

Imagine the impact if [insert current pariah] had to deal with 20% randomised data? 50% randomised data? Hell, it could even be a TOR-like online anonymity system. Something where you can play WoW as yourself but your search for 'midget porn' is buried in the noise of a million other user's randomised searches.

Comment Re:used or bust (Score 1) 423

So... one might say that you were boycotting DRM games.

Yes.. In the same way one might say I have boycotted cigarettes for the best part of a year. I prefer to say I stopped smoking.

Boycott = deliberately and publicly having nothing to do with specific person or company. Can only work if activity is engaged in by large groups.

Quitting = rejecting the entire product line and all similar products. Works on an individual level.

Quitting DRM can be hard or not, depending on how much you have invested in consumer hostile media and devices...

Claiming nobody can quit however, is just the same self enabling co dependent bullshit that every smoker has used for decades...


Submission + - Are Microsoft Users Smarter than a 4-Year-Old?

theodp writes: So, is Microsoft trying to insult its customers with an e-mail from the Microsoft Store offering 'Personal Training' on Windows Live Photo Gallery for $49-an-hour? After all, didn't Microsoft boast in an earlier ad campaign that Windows Live Photo Gallery was simple enough for I'm-a-PC-and-I'm-4-and-a-half Kylie to use? So, here's a have-you-stopped-beating-your-wife type question for Steve Ballmer and sidekick Kylie: Did Microsoft exaggerate Live Photo Gallery's ease-of-use in the 'Rookies' TV ad ('Windows Live Photo Gallery. It's That Easy'), or does Microsoft feel its users aren't smarter than a four-year-old?

Comment Re:incredibly bad move (Score 1) 231

Way to go guys.. you've now given Nvidia massive disincentive to continue to do more work with their MODERN drivers.

But if they hadn't.. Would you have been able to post anything this whiny?


Nvidia is not releasing drivers for gamers on Linux. Shocking I know. But this hasn't and most likely never will be why Nvidia releases Linux drivers.

Nvidia does however, create drivers for their high end workstation cards. Which are regularly used on Unix/Irix/Linux workstations. The consumer grade stuff is an offshoot of this. Not the other way around. They have already written the code for paying customers.. Why not tweak it a tiny bit and let everyone else benefit.

This is a low end get you working driver, that does not actually get used on high end graphics workstations So no change in incentive.

Comment Re:Potential issues, regarding memory/cpu usage (Score 1) 50

Real embedded systems engineers talk about you behind your back if you waste a couple of KB. They will laugh at your face if you waste a couple of MB.

And real embedded systems engineers will not be using this board. So they are quite possibly laughing even more at the tit who can't tell a Micro controller from a computer.

Comment Re:Would *I* use it? (Score 0) 402

Quit being such a fanboy, my keyboard and I will run loops around whatever "work" it is you're doing on your "toy".

I have to disagree there. First time the coffee slops out of the cups, it will get into the spaces between the keys. An iPad is obviously superior as it can just wipe clean.

Comment Re:Why Apple is good (Score 1) 715

Growing up in the 80's, almost everyone I knew that had a computer, had a C64. One friend had a TRS-80, and one other had a TI-99. The only place I ever saw an Apple II as a kid was in the classroom. It was archaic looking compared to the Commodore at the time.

I had a ZX81, and later a Spectrum. A friend had a Vic 20 for a while. My brother in law had a BBC right up to the early 90s. When he got an Apricot, and later a succession of PCs.

Another friend's dad had an Apple for business use. Not sure which one. And that was the first Apple I ever saw. Around 1982-3..
Fast forward a few years to 1989, and I played around with a Mac at a training site, where there was one Mac for playing with, and the PCs for serious work. Someone donated it I think.

I have yet to see my third Apple computer outside a shop.

Comment Re:In principle, yes. (Score 1) 427

Schools won't allow kids to programme with languages that can, potentially, harm systems and networks.
In that respect, it may be worth teaching kids VB for Office (although it's still possible to write to the HDD and open sockets iirc), since most kids are almost guaranteed to be exposed to office at some point in their career, especially if they choose a desk job it might prove useful to those who don't really want to programme for a living.

Which is one more reason why the Raspberry Pi boards are such a good idea. And if not that one in particular, something similar.
Hardware self contained.. Check.
IT support.. Not needed.
Network access.. Zero.
Access to the same environment at home..Check. Take it out of your bag and plug it into the TV. Done.
Problem solved. And it's cheap. It runs free software, so no big expensive per seat licensing. And is essentially a breakable cheap programming platform. Under £20 to replace is hardly the end of the world if little Johnny loses it.

Since any languages taught would have to be vetted for system safety, besides locking them into MS Office (which is a seriously chilling idea to any programmer), I can only think of Javascript as the perfect language to teach kids. For all its faults, atleast people actually use Javascript to make things.

Python, C Java, XML HTML, In other words.. Pretty much anything that will run on Linux. IDE or text editor..Your choice. All free.

And how exactly is MS Office a contained safe environment? Didn't Office have a whole lot of macro viruses a few years ago?

Add the recent move to stop teaching office,and start teaching computer literacy by UK schools, and the pieces are falling into place quite nicely.

This is going to happen. Despite the imaginary problems and over inflated issues.
It doesn't require a 100% success rate, any more than English is expected to turn out 100% authors and poets. .
It doesn't need to turn out industry ready programmers, any more than a biology A level is going to be any use to someone applying to join a medical practice.

And as no exam is sat at the end, the teacher can concentrate on teaching instead of passing exams.

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