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Comment Re: Tp-link Wr1043nd (Score 1) 334

These are excellent,widely available and very cheap devices. Mine was £33.

I have it running OpenWrt and as well as managing the network it gets reasonable speeds as a backup with a 6TB lvm volume. "Reasonable" disk write speed in this context is in comparison to other devices like slugs etc. I get just over 10MB/s sustained write via vsftp (proved to be quite a bit faster than samba, nfs and sftp).

Comment Poor LaTeX skills often mean poor at C++ (Score 1) 670

Given the number of Googlers involved with producing this article, I'm more surprised by them not using TeX quotation marks correctly than the result of the competition. (Not to mention using crappy tables with way too many ruled lines which do nothing to aid understanding of the organisation of the tables.)

Experience frequently shows that people that overlook such details writing an article will often by nature be weak C++ team programmers. More than with most other languages, good C++ coding demands someone who is intrinsically observant, obsessively perfectionist and aware of often obscure side effects and implications of everything they write. This is obviously important on the most basic level so that they don't make mistakes, but even more important that they understand how other people could misinterpret complex code and algorithms and potential consequences.

It is this last level of empathy that is the sign of great C++ programmers vs. the good or clever. "Clever" solitary programmers (such as some of those drawn to perl) are in fact the worst to have in C++ team programming scenarios where their desire to demonstrate their own ability often ends up with some over-templated prematurely optimised nightmare which is then left as a trap for someone seeking to modify it later on.

Comment Re:WHS + MEDIA CENTER + XBOX 360 = Done (Score 1) 536

WHS + MEDIA CENTER + XBOX 360 + added ambience of the fans screaming away while watching a movie = Fail

I was full intending to use my (admittedly older generation) XBOX 360 for video playback but the hassle of needing to have a media server transcode video into something the 360 is happy with (and the resulting loss of seeking) and the noise from the fans soon killed that idea.

For recording UK DVB TV I have a Topfield 5800 - superb bit of kit with two tuners and a USB port allowing you to copy off the raw DVB MPEG2 video files.

I now use a Popcorn Hour for playback, and while the UI isn't the prettiest ever, its played every video format I've ever tried flawlessly with no interlacing artefacts and no skipping.

Comment Censorship can be bought by the rich and guilty (Score 1) 2

It seems in the UK if you are wealthy enough, not only can you bankrupt people with the libel laws, but you can create legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involving proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret. The result is that the Guardian can only report that the case involves the London solicitors Carter-Ruck, who specialise in suing the media for clients, who include individuals or global corporations. Conveniently parliamentary orders are published online and the clue to the solicitors involved is enough to find the following series of questions from Paul Farrelly, MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme:

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the Court of Appeal judgment in May 2009 in the case of Michael Napier and Irwin Mitchell v Pressdram Limited in respect of press freedom to report proceedings in court.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation to protect (a) whistleblowers and (b) press freedom following the injunctions obtained in the High Court by (i) Barclays and Freshfields solicitors on 19 March 2009 on the publication of internal Barclays reports documenting alleged tax avoidance schemes and (ii) Trafigura and Carter-Ruck solicitors on 11 September 2009 on the publication of the Minton report on the alleged dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast, commissioned by Trafigura.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will (a) collect and (b) publish statistics on the number of non-reportable injunctions issued by the High Court in each of the last five years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what mechanisms HM Court Service uses to draw up rosters of duty judges for the purpose of considering time of the essence applications for the issuing of injunctions by the High Court.

The proceedings relate to this shocking case

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