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The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

Andy_R What, no panopticon? (125 comments)

"The report also notes the MOI's use of invasive surveillance targeted at political and religious dissidents."

So, arguably less evil than western governments, who use invasive surveillance targeted at absolutely everyone.

3 days ago

Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

Andy_R Re:compared to QR codes? (78 comments)

QR codes are write once and take a lot of processing power to read, the article is talking about reusable, electronically accessible memory.

5 days ago

The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Andy_R Re:And? (195 comments)

The frontal area to mass ratio of a train is tiny compared to almost every other form of transport, so that's less of a problem.

The limiting factor with trains is usually the track, for really high speeds you need to almost completely smooth out the bends and flatten the hills, the impressive part of the jet train is that it went so fast on a track designed for much, much lower speeds.

about two weeks ago

Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Andy_R Re:Hydrogen Refueling Map? (216 comments)

I have one here, on this blank sheet of paper.

about a month ago

Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

Andy_R Re:Ummm (347 comments)

That all makes sense, but it doesn't seem to match up to the observations.

The article says neutrons were observed arriving hours before optical photons, but what you are saying is that photons of high enough energy to become temporary particle pairs should arrive later than lower energy ones, which don't get slowed down by temporarily dropping below c.

If the chance to become a particle pair varies with energy, we ought to see the supernova change colour, starting off shining brightly in the visible spectrum only, then gradually becoming bright at higher and higher energies, as higher energy photons emitted at the same time as lower energy ones arrive progressively later on.

about a month ago

Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

Andy_R Re:Dumb posturing (340 comments)

Time to dust off that Acorn Archimedes!

about a month ago

Can You Tell the Difference? 4K Galaxy Note 3 vs. Canon 5D Mark III Video

Andy_R Re:Impossible physics (201 comments)

To paraphrase Pauli, that's so bad it's not even wrong.

about 3 months ago

BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

Andy_R Re:What is MPGe supposed to mean? (258 comments)

Miles per gallon of electricity of course, tell you how far you'll get on a one gallon leyden jar. America is *really* committed to not going metric.

about 3 months ago

A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

Andy_R This would fix bait and switch adware games (199 comments)

It seems to be an increasingly common tactic for games developers to put out an advert-free game, wait for it to gain market share, then force an 'upgrade' that has no improvements at all, but is crammed with so many adverts that the game is barely playable. I deleted "4 words 1 picture" when it turned into "4 words, 1 picture, 1 full screen advert", but I would rather have kept the old, playable version on my phone.

about 4 months ago

California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

Andy_R Re:Wow (399 comments)

As I read it, the word 'poor' in the summary was used in the 'not very good' sense of the word, not as in the financial sense.

about 6 months ago

Cameron's IP Advisor: Throw Persistent Copyright Infringers In Jail

Andy_R The only other solution... (263 comments) legalisation. Non commercial sharing of information isn't wrong, or bad for the economy, so the best solution is to legalise it.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Andy_R Re:Who, not what (796 comments)

Anathem rewards persistence, it's not an easy book to get into, but if you stick with it, you'll be taken on a seriously impressive journey. There's a strong chance you'll come out the other side thinking it's one of the best books ever written, and that Fraa Jad is... well, I can't say much without spoilers, but he's one of my favourite literary characters ever.

about 7 months ago

Mathematicians Team Up To Close the Prime Gap

Andy_R Re:Still not a strong result... (194 comments)

Well, the summary may be misleading, but it seem to say that a proof has been found that the gap between two consecutive primes is NEVER over 600.

about 8 months ago

Cadillac Unveils Pricier Alternative To Tesla Model S

Andy_R Re:Should have made this first (196 comments)

Spot on, simply swapping the launch dates would have made the Volt look like a cheap Cadillac, instead of the Cadillac looking like an overpriced Volt.

about 9 months ago

Microsoft Makes Another "Nearly Sold Out" Claim For the Surface Line

Andy_R Re:really? (262 comments)

Try adding the words "Potential Microsoft Surface" to the front of that sentence and it works a bit better...

about 10 months ago

The Difference Between Film and Digital Photography (Video)

Andy_R Re:200$ is fine (182 comments)

Now is a not a good time to buy if you want to cover both stills and moving image with one machine, the inevitable convergence of the two devices hasn't quite happened yet, and we're on the brink of consumer 4K video being possible.

Give it a year or two and there will be truly convergent devices in all price ranges, and a glut of second hand non-convergent and/or non 4K devices on the market because rich people have rushed out and bought the shiny new stuff.

about 10 months ago

Gaming Legends Discuss Using Kickstarter For Their Next Projects

Andy_R Re:Crowdfunding could be the future (112 comments)

Kickstarter for video games is problematic, because it's not a nice easy 'do to this will cost that' system. For board games, it's great - the game is ready to be put into production and kickstarter lets the publisher fund the bit that needs to be paid out to a third party to make 1000 nice duplicates of their rough cardboard prototype. If demand is high, the quality and number of components can go up, if it's too low to make production worthwhile, then investors lose nothing.

For video games it's not so clear what overfunding achieves, since doing more adds complexity that will likely slow down delivery. High (say 500% +) levels of overfunding will either disappoint if the game cost it's original funding level to make and the developer pocketed the rest, or make the final product drastically different to the original plan.

This (coupled with the fact that I got roped into do some of the advertising for it) is probably why I've backed a boardgame and a wallet on kickstarter, and an album on Pledgemusic, but never a video game.

about 10 months ago

Microsoft Takes Another Stab At Tablets, Unveils Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro

Andy_R How cheap would the old one have to be? (381 comments)

No sign of a price cut on the old one here in the UK yet (and there's no hope in hell I would buy version 2 at list), but this got me thinking... how cheap would the old models have to be before I would pick one up?

The Pro, I'd probably take a look at if it was in iPad price range, but the RT... if it was in the £100 area? I'm still not sure. One thing's for sure, the keyboards are laughably overpriced. Here in the UK, at today's exchange rates, you'll have to fork out a cool $176.51 for the real keys one, and $104.30 for the squishy one.

about 10 months ago



Andy_R Andy_R writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Andy_R (114137) writes "In a statement released after the stock market close, Apple admits "will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as planned", blaming the need to move software engineering and QA resources over to the iPhone project, which it says is still on schedule to ship in "late June" as planned. Developers will still get their hands on Leopard at the WWDC but it will only be a "near final" version, not the finished product."

Andy_R Andy_R writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Andy_R (114137) writes "For over 25 years, Apple (the computer company) and Apple (the Beatles record label) have been arguing over the right to use of the name. Today, the dispute is officially over, with the computer company taking control of the name, and licencing it back to the record company for them to use. The BBC report has some quotes from both sides, which seem to hint that the music of the Beatles which has never before been licenced for download sales may soon be available through iTunes."

Andy_R Andy_R writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Andy_R (114137) writes "Sony have finally committed themselves to a European launch date for the PS3, after disappointing European fans by not having the promised worldwide simultanious launch, then missing the lucrative Christmas period. The BBC are reporting that the console will arrive on the 23rd of March. We'll only be getting the 60Gb version at first, and it will be priced at 599 Euros or 425 pounds in Britain. At today's exchange rates, that's a wallet-busting $835.99!"



Moderation options I would like to have

Andy_R Andy_R writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Starting from the premise that what mods are doing is editing the replies with the objective of making the reader experience better rather then simply 'grading' posts...

+1&-1, unintentionally redundant

Quite often, 2 excellent posts say the same things, and appear moments apart. Clearly the posters put a lot of thought into writing them, and might also have been insightful, etc, and it's sheer bad luck that someone wrote the same sort of thing at the same time. The post is of no use to readers, so 'redundant' should be used, but it's not the poster's fault, so when I'm modding, I hesitate to use a karma-hitting mod point. What I would like is a modding option that gives the poster karma for their good intentions, but demotes the actual post out of the way of readers.

-1, sense of humour failure

All too often I see posts made at +2 that pick logistical flaws in posts that are clearly intended to be funny. They don't add anything to the discussion, and are not really useful to anyone reading the story, but there isn't really a good way to mod them down. I occasionally use "overrated", but it doesn't really fit well or get the message through to the poster.



Andy_R Andy_R writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Would anyone read my journal, if I wrote in it?

3 positive replies and I'll write stuff.

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