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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

Anne Thwacks Re:I'm not surprised (67 comments)

The Linux drivers require a version of Libtiff from 1993, and have never been updated - ever.

Please, when can we have a hack that makes these printers print in Linux?

Or *BSD support?

Or Android support?

5 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Anne Thwacks Re:Ask Slashdot (206 comments)

Of course its rejected. Bacon is the only way! (Sausage is for Emacs users).

7 hours ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

Anne Thwacks Re:Easy to contain (119 comments)

You have obviously never been to west africa. People there can and do ignore the governments, which are mostly irrelevant to every day life on a scale American libertines and European anarchists cannot imagine. The whole concept of "they should do X" is laughable. There is no one who can or will do "X". Life is not like that.

2 days ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Anne Thwacks Re:Boom in the EU = Boom in Redmond (244 comments)

If they do their own distro, they can call it Tunix, unless Asterix and Obilisk got there first!

2 days ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Anne Thwacks Re:I wonder (351 comments)

If he knew what a Macbook was, he would not have said that.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Anne Thwacks Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (351 comments)

"Lumia" is Latin for "burned out deck" - you missed the benefits of public school education ;-)

3 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Anne Thwacks Re:Don't lie (496 comments)

at least in the UK. Mistakes made before the age of 27

Maybe, but crimes committed under the age of 21 are dragged up in the Criminal Records Check even when you are in your 60's and have to be explained away on a regular basis if you want your job even with no military connection.

4 days ago
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UCLA Biologists Delay the Aging Process In Fruit Flies

Anne Thwacks Re:can we give that to 16yo girls? (82 comments)

I assume you have never had a 16yo girlfriend. Seriously, they are Very Bad News (tm). Even if you are 16. Probably even more so!

5 days ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

Anne Thwacks Re:Bullshit Numbers (198 comments)

You might also want to stop sending them invitations for a health check every year. I expect that feature not to work in the NoSQL version.

5 days ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

Anne Thwacks Re: Are you fucking serious? Tell me you aren't! (198 comments)

such as most banking transactions.

Which part of your banking data do you not want to be consistent?

Which transations do you not want atomic?

Personally, I like the idea of my banking data being durable, and I sure dont wat to bank with anyone who sees it otherwise (might feel different if the buggers would give me an overdraft, but I cant see the shareholders or tax man agreeing to it).

and not isolating the transactions? How will that not end in tears

I can understand that maybe you had too much LSD, but we stopped using pounds, shillings and pence years ago, and the other kind messes with your brain...P. oh, wait ...

5 days ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

Anne Thwacks Re:Complex? (198 comments)

Yes, but if the UK Government is involved, it can be simplified by the assumption that the real part is guaranteed to be Zero!

5 days ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

Anne Thwacks Re:+4 Insightful??? (191 comments)

But have you ever tried using pop-tarts for fracking?

about a week ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

Anne Thwacks Re:Latent anti-semitism (133 comments)

There is more to it than that: This is an area which was mainly populated by Jewish Immigrants at the time. If he wasn't one, he would have been more conspicuous as an insider - so it IS relevant.

about a week ago
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Obama Administration Seeks $58M To Put (Partly) Toward Fighting Ebola

Anne Thwacks Re:Nice (105 comments)

You are highly optiimistic. There is a fair chance the 40% that survive in West Africa have had a lifetime of low level exposure to similar things. That is not probable in America (or Europe).

Even while the top five hospitals in the country each have a single case to deal with, the survival rate may be good - it wont be the situation when there are more cases than hospitals.

Either a heap of people follow Obama's lead or "we gonna be toast!"

about two weeks ago
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New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

Anne Thwacks Re:"and the creation of a cashless economy, " (62 comments)

You obviously have not encountered the traditional Nigerian "Cash Madame" (Ola Iya) or been to any Nigerian parties - there is a Nigerian tradition of "spraying money".

about two weeks ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Anne Thwacks Gas - problem solved (245 comments)

Here in the UK, we have a gas grid as well as an electric grid. If it was not for the commitment to the Victorian solution of massive centralisation, and vested interests, we would convert the energy to gas, send it over the grid, and generate electricity at the point of need. We have "gasometers" (gas holders) everywhere and have had since before electricity - when gas was used for lighting. Sure it would be 10-15% less efficient, but the electricity grid loses 30% of the power anyway! (and the waste heat could be used to heat water and homes - its not very hot here).

For American readers: gas means a gaseous hydrocarbon, and not a liquid one.

about two weeks ago
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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

Anne Thwacks Re:Main Problem (91 comments)

Nigeria has a centralised health care system? SInce when? It did not have one in February 2014 when I was there.

In any case, so far, the only people infected in Nigeria are the health care professionals that treated a Liberian who arrived infected, and the families of those health care workers.

Disclaimer: two of the deceased (a doctor and a nurse) were known to a colleague of my partner.

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Anne Thwacks Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

Not the original poster here, but I have dual boot with FreeBSD, and its only Linux 14.04 that has these issues. It might be "drivers" or other hardware specific stuff, but it might be that some people use features others dont.

I have Psensor installed, and that is absolutely a cause of multiple disasters.

However, I suspect that if Munich goes back to Windows after more than 10 years of Linux, there will be a lot of angry users - even if they retain Libre, Word is not great in German anyway.

about a month ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Anne Thwacks Re: Surprise? (579 comments)

Word is not only miles ahead of Libre on this

I am not sure if your are a troll or just stupid or ignorant. Libre and Open are WAY ahead of MS Word on this feature. It is far more stable and easier to use.

If people have trouble readng the docs with Word, tell them to download Libre - its free. It is Word that is an inconsistent, unstable (from version to version) POS, and it is DOCX that is poorly defined. If you want to share, you should be using internationally standard format for your documents, which works even with Word, not some unstable proprietry format. If you use a proprietry format as a government, you probably ought to be investigated for corruption (yes I know stupidity is the most likely explanantion).

I give you "calc" is wierd and lacking in the graphing area, but Writer is WAY better than Word and has been since version 4 got stable.

about a month ago

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Captchas - data on human failures?

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  about 4 months ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "Today, once again, I failed to pass a captcha. I promise I am really human. However, my eyesight is not what it was 20 years ago.
I normally give up after two attempts. And no, MP3's are not the answer. As far as I am concerned, speakers on PCs are NSFW.
Does anyone have any data on what percentage of Captcha failures are actually humans? Does anyone ever check how much traffic they lose through humans failing captchas? How would you check anyway?"
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Eye strain and ADHD

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  about a year ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "Once you are over 40, the lenses in your eyes become hard. The means your eyes lose the ability to “accommodate” — that is, the ability to adjust their focus from far to near If you are naturally long sighted, you will need to use reading glasses. If you are naturally short sighted, you probably needed glasses anyway – but will now need to wear them more often, and may need varifocals or several pairs of glasses for different distances.

If your glasses are not perfect, and possibly even if they are, the lack of accommodation means your eyes have to strain to focus as the eye muscles pull on the inflexible lenses. I find this straining does often enable me to see things for a while without wearing my glasses, but eventually becomes quite painful. As a consequence of this, I have an increasing tendency not to actually even try to focus, but instead to try and guess, possibly relying on occasional glances.

I am now finding that the pain of focussing to achieve fovic vision is not just leading to me “not looking” but is being associated with paying attention, and I am finding it hard to pay attention, not just for long periods, but at all, because some part of me fears the pain.

Is it possible that one cause of ADHD is poor eyesight?"
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Norton Insecurity

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "A colleague of mine has developed a web shop for his client. The shop is working, but people visiting it with Norton Security on their computer are advised that the site is risky, which is clearly damaging its business prospects.

A visit to Norton's web site suggests that they will remove this notice if he signs up to their program. While this might be free (or might not), it is not something he wishes to do.

How is this not an illegal extortion racket, and illegal restraint of commerce?"
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Someone else's rights offline!

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  about 5 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "Nigerian Musicians are having a one- day strike as a protest against piracy!BBC Story

Some people might actually welcome a RIAN!

Of course, those of us living in Europe can only get pirate copies of Nigerian music, so we are not affected by this strike. However, you are welcome to check some Nigerian music on youtube"
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How should I "sell" a game concept?

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "I have invented a completely new type of game, which might have very wide appeal. There is no chance of me coding it myself, as my skills are not in the right area. (Ever tried coding a game entirely in SQL?) It needs the kind of skills used to produce team sports games (NBA, FIFA, etc) but is not sport. It is potentially both single and multi-player, with team playing and global networked versions possible. It would appeal to both sexes, with good appeal to older players (limited appeal to aliens* and superheros predicted). It would benefit from a Wiimote type interface.

This is really something that could only be done using computers (ie no board-game or ASCII* version possible), as it requires interaction, visual presentation and live motion.

I dont want to reveal too much in case someone else takes the idea and runs with it.

Who should I approach, and how?

(*Actually, an ASCII version might appeal to aliens, but not to many humans!)"
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Car computer wanted

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "I want to play DVDs in my car, and use SatNav, visit Slashdot, Google, Wikipedia, update my timesheet, invoice clients, read spam?



Can you get a computer that would fit in the DIN slot where a car stereo goes, and runs Windows/FreeeBSD/BeOS/why. Something like those screens you pull out and flip up?

Are there any that /.ers recommend, or recommend avoiding? Where can I get one (in the UK)"

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