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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Andy_R Or use a player with an SD card slot? (269 comments)

Wouldn't it make more sense to buy a non-hard drive based player that takes SD cards, now that SD cards are available with larger capacities?

about a week ago
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Graphene May Top Kevlar As a Bullet-Stopping Material

Andy_R Re:for all this talk... where is it? (129 comments)

That's why the particular bit of research in TFA is really important, there is now proof of a military application for graphene - which means the US will throw money it the problem of making it in bulk.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

Andy_R Apple MacPro (720 comments)

Not the obvious choice, but if you are prioritising looks and quietness over price, stick Windows on it and it's got everything you're looking for - it's virtually silent, has twin graphics cards, SSD and it doesn't 'look like a computer'.

about three weeks ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

Andy_R Re:Broken link (109 comments)

For those of you who don't know Bob the Builder, here in the Britain he appears on TV all the time, is inexplicably popular with people who have had barely any education, implements large scale infrastructure projects with no regard to their actual cost, and often repeats the catchphrase "Yes we can".

Do you have something similar in the USA?

about 2 months ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

Andy_R Re:John Cabot? (276 comments)

Presumably because it's a quotation.

about 2 months ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Andy_R Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (335 comments)

Sell dealerships, complete with 1 'demo model', for the price of 1 car.

about 3 months ago
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

Andy_R London's Docklands Light Railway is automated (179 comments)

While the traditional London Underground has drivers, that's pretty much just because the powerful union in charge won't let them be upgraded to be driverless. We've had reliable, safe driverless trains for over 25 years on the 45-station Docklands Light Railway in the East of London.

about 3 months ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

Andy_R A more likely explanation (264 comments)

People who run out of memory are more likely to upgrade when the next iPhone comes out.

about 3 months ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Andy_R Re:WTF? (184 comments)

"Windows got a lock on the desktop because people liked it"

Really?

Windows got a lock on the desktop because it was next to f***ing impossible not to buy it every time you bought a PC, and the only alternatives were Dos or throwing out all your computers and software to switch to Macs.

about 3 months ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

Andy_R Re:What now? (131 comments)

You could always try the RICO Act.

Net neutrality is what ought to prevent racketeering in the digital age. In the old days the Mafia turned up on your doorstep and said "nice warehouse you have here, it would be a shame if it 'burned down', give us some money and we can make sure that doesn't happen." Without net neutrality, Comcast can turn up on your doorstep and say "Nice website you've got here, it would be a shame if it 'slowed down', give us some money and we can make sure that doesn't happen."

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Andy_R Re:The big question is 'why' ? (330 comments)

Microsoft only does well in areas where it has a monopoly. What it's doing here is not buying an asset, it's buying retrospective market share and killing a competitor. Mojang sold a lot of games before Notch left just like Nokia sold a lot of phones before the Elop disaster. It doesn't matter to Microsoft that Nokia imploded or that Mojang's main asset (Notch) left, the point isn't to have their assets or to actually do anything with the brands, that's just a bonus if it happens. The point is simply for them not to be competitors any more.

about 3 months ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

Andy_R Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

Economies of scale. LCD makers already have huge factories pumping out more 1920x1080 screens for use in HD TVs each week than the whole laptop industry uses in a year.

about 3 months ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

Andy_R Stephen Hawking (226 comments)

What was it like working with occasional guest star Stephen Hawking?

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Andy_R Why compete with free? (426 comments)

Without the market share needed to embrace and extend anything, is there actually a real reason for Microsoft bother having their own a browser at all?

Wouldn't bundling another browser with WIndows and laying off the IE division make more financial sense that carrying on with a product that cost money to make, generates no revenue and is so badly respected by customers that Microsoft literally can't give it away?

about 4 months ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

Andy_R Re:Because (130 comments)

Exactly, I've found that the only way to get Facebook to work the way it should work â" showing everything posted by people I know and pages I've liked â" is to install the FBPurity browser extension (from fbpurity.com) and to manually select 'receive notifications' from a hidden drop down menu when I 'like' a page.

The iPhone app just keeps getting worse, it does have the ability to show things in the right order, but it conveniently forgets that setting every time you open the app, and now the app has stopped showing everything after the first few characters when some sends you a message, begging you to install an extra app (but you don't need to, just open facebook.com in the phone's browser and you can read and respond to messages there).

about 4 months ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

Andy_R Re:IE at 60%? (336 comments)

Looks like dodgy statistics to me, they also have Apple at 6% when a much better known market research company says Apple' sales market share is 13.7% (source: http://www.gartner.com/newsroo...).

about 5 months ago
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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.

about 5 months ago
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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.

about 5 months ago
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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 5 months ago

Submissions

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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."
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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."
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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!"

Journals

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Moderation options I would like to have

Andy_R Andy_R writes  |  more than 10 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.

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Hmm

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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