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BT Unveils 1000Mbps Capable G.fast Broadband Rollout For the United Kingdom

Anne Thwacks Re:Datacaps? (76 comments)

how many people does have to be online simultaneously before everyone gets throttled to 512kbps?

Based on current deployments, probably 3 in posh areas, and 2 for everyone else.

5 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Engage 5th-8th Graders In Computing?

Anne Thwacks How? (153 comments)

Give them a mobile phone.

Oh, Wait ...

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Anne Thwacks Re:DVD (250 comments)

I've got old 500MB harddrives that read/work just fine

I have got data from when 5MB H/Ds were introduced ON TAPE, written with tar that is still readable. Good luck reading your ST506 interface H/Ds written with DOS 4.2.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Anne Thwacks Re:DVD (250 comments)

The manufacturers claimed 30 years for CDs, few of which seem to last even one year on my desk.

OTOH, I have read tapes after 30 years. If long term storage is what you want, the LTOx is the answer. Make multiple tapes and put them in different places (countries, continents).

3 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

Anne Thwacks Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

Nope. The solution for XP expiring is Linux.

The equivalent for Andoid is to require the boot loader to be unlocked for free if there is no free availability of security updates. Then you can use the ROM of your choice. It is open source, so people can, and probably will, fix bugs if there is still a significant user base*. If not unlocked, then Google or the manufacturer is wilfully converting the phone landfill, and should be billed accordingly.

Clearly, this needs to be a legal right. There is a remote chance of this in Europe, but probably none in the USA - there are no consumer rights in the land of the free.

* I would argue that the source (and data sheet) for device drivers should be compulsorily released to public domain where the hardware manufacturer is not maintaining them.

4 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

Anne Thwacks Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

Adult phone users have slightly more grownup expectations: If the hardware is not busted, then the phone should be fixable by the end user following a viable procedure - eg taking it to the local phone shop.

We do not need any more landfill.

I have two Android phones, one running the latest software available for it - the other, CM. I also use two Nokias that are 5 and 8 years old. My computer has been regulary upgraded, but is, in the vewi of most of my family, over 10 years old (runs Linux Mint). If Android phones have a very short life, I wont be buying more of them, considering the extremely high price.

If Google do not address security risks, then their market share means this is a National Security Risk and I expect my government to act - using RPGs and nuking from high orbit if required.

4 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

Anne Thwacks Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

However, if this security failing leads to a major loss of money or privacy for Android users, I suspect Google could be on the recieving end of a multi-gazillion dollar class action.

And so could the handset manufacturers.

This is going to be so big, the lawyers wont bother laughing all the way to the bank - the banks will come to them.

4 days ago
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Anne Thwacks Human Rights (351 comments)

You have the right to remain stupid.

Nothing new here. Move along please.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Anne Thwacks Re:As an audio-visuophile, It's not about resoluti (332 comments)

It is also nearly impossible for any equipment of any origin to deliver descent content given the crap that is the available content. We have an HD setup, but I do not recall watching any content in HD other than the demos, cos there is nothing we want to watch! We have just cancelled our Sky subscription cos we were not actually watching anything on Sky.

Some people just don't want to watch Hollywood stuff or the Bellisario family products, or sport. It seems there isn't much else, and if there is, its in plain old PAL anyway.

about a week ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Anne Thwacks Re:its a tough subject (663 comments)

OK, lets reword it:

You are free to work at Disney without a vaccination, but if you infect a bunch of kids, you agree to indemnify Disney against the inevitable lawsuits for tens of thousands of wrongful deaths, when those you infect, go on to infect other unvaccinated morons across the world.

about a week ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Anne Thwacks Re:Yes. (663 comments)

Tell that to the millions of unvaccinated in the world, there simply is no mass extinction from measles. You are fear mongering.

You are the classic moron. There may be no mass extinction from measles right now, but before there was vaccination, huge numbers of people died or were permanently damaged by it annually.

You are relatively safe for the monent, because the vast majority of people are vaccinated, even in developing countries, except where stupid CIA trickery has discredited the health profession. Don't expect that to last if you manage to persuade many people with your stupid ideas.

about a week ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

Anne Thwacks Re:#35! (385 comments)

Yes, but think of the children!

about two weeks ago
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What Africa Really Needs To Fight Ebola

Anne Thwacks Re:The RIver of Myths (83 comments)

If each person (on average) is producing barely enough economic output to feed himself, then the country is a 3rd world developing country.

That probably puts large parts of the UK in the 3rd world category.

about two weeks ago
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19,000 French Websites Hit By DDoS, Defaced In Wake of Terror Attacks

Anne Thwacks Re:Make security a high priority (206 comments)

AFAICT being high when creating security is the root of the problem here.

Perhaps Obama should declare war on SQL injection?

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

Anne Thwacks Re:And that people... (329 comments)

"Real men use reel-to-reel tape drives".

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Anne Thwacks Re:A telephone being dialed. (790 comments)

I believe DTMF-tones-enable is an option on Cyanogenmod.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Anne Thwacks Re:Joke? (790 comments)

No, but you could easily flick the lever that dings the bell with a finger. It stuck out a mile and was really accessible on most portable machines. The double ding was a common thing to do to attract the attention of people passing your desk (think wolf-whistle without risk of being accused of sexual harassment or neglecting work).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Anne Thwacks Re:24 years old... (790 comments)

I was in Lagos, Nigeria, last week, and was stuck in ttraffic in front of a shop front filled with brand new typewriters (imported from China).

When your electricity supply is frequently off for more than half the day, and some places don't even have electricity, they are still useful.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Anne Thwacks Re: Related - the clack of wheels on the tracks (790 comments)

In the UK some are mated with a long section of overlap - about 9 inches, I think. Ie one line is cut away to half width, the other line mates along the centre of the line, and then the first one tapers off - similar to how the overhead conductors change over.

Continuous welded rail predominates, but there are still plenty of places where the old system persists, even in London.

about two weeks ago

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Captchas - data on human failures?

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  about 8 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 and a half 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  |  more than 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 6 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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