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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

Anne Thwacks Re:They already do (170 comments)

If you establish another government office to do the overseeing, it will immediately be infected by the corruption of that which it oversees.

Thats what we have Fox News for.

11 hours ago

UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

Anne Thwacks Re: Why ODF? (160 comments)

Human readable means "write it to 7 track 1/2" tape at 556 bits per inch, sprinkle iron filings on the tape and look at the bits with a magnifying glass. Or maybe its not 1972 any more and you can use you phone. Choose one.


Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

Anne Thwacks Re:Nail in the coffin... (92 comments)

We have to keep that old 1983 PDP-11 going.

Ebay the PDP11 and buy a dozen Pentium4s with the money.Assuming your PDP11 services 12 users, the performance will be similar, and the electric bill less than half. You may need an extra P4 to act as a tape server, a couple more to act as disk servers, and some others as terminal servers..

OK, maybe the PDP11 IS more power efficient!


For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Anne Thwacks Re:4 warnings per? (138 comments)

You obviously dont use a UK ISP - they send you an email with 4 identical attachments - using the broadband service they have just disconnected "by accident"


NVIDIA Launches Tegra K1-Based SHIELD Tablet, Wireless Controller

Anne Thwacks Re:SHIELD, SHIELD, SHIELD (42 comments)

It makes me want to smash someone over the head with a blunt object. I failed to read TFA because the repetition drove me bonkers. I don't care what the tablet is/does - its supporters are clearly deranged.


Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Anne Thwacks Re:Plumber (507 comments)

You missed one of the two that we spotted when I was at college in the 1960's: Plumbers and prositutes. Hairdressers and cooks were added later.

We thought computers would replace accountants, even in 1967. Shakespeare had alerady recommended killing all the lawyers hundreds of years earlier, and who could argue with the bard?

about a week ago

Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Anne Thwacks Re: Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

Looks like Swizerland will soon be as big in the server world as it is in banking.

about a week ago

Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

Anne Thwacks Oh, Nooo... (106 comments)

Panic now! Sounds like the Zombie apocalypse is already in full swing!

about a week ago

Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

Anne Thwacks Re:SciFri / Staples (126 comments)

We're not even at the point where most people have photo quality printers at home and know that its cheaper and easier to go to Staples if they actually want printout.


about two weeks ago

Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

Anne Thwacks Re:Reaching for symbolism - and failing (265 comments)

I think you have read too much of Karl Marx's twaddle.

Income inequality is what gives poor people a way of buying food - they work for the rich! Take it away, and no one works for anyone. If you are not self-sufficient, you die.

I know here on /. people like to say "Under capitalism, man exploits man, while under communism, its the other way round". Its not true. Under communism, everyone has nothing, not much happens and it gradually gets worse.

People dont risk death because their e-neighbour has a Hummer and they have a Ford Fiesta. They risk death because the alternative is a slower and more painful death of their entire family Whether by war, famine, of mafia inspired shootouts, its esactly the same reasoning.

I expect Dubai to go up in flames any time soon, but I doubt the dome will make a difference to when or how.

"Je suis Marxist, avec tendence Groucho!"

about two weeks ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Anne Thwacks Re:sound and sides (579 comments)

More unintended consequences: you cant see the signals from the cab of a truck! You also cannot see them from other important places. These things are often a hazard to safety.

It is generally better to give drivers information than hide it.

More importantly, drivers have to pass a test, pedestrians don't, and may be (often are) drunk, insane or just mildly stupid. There is no law against stupidity, and never will be - it would not be in the interests of politicians. Some politicans appear to be both drunk and insane. There may be a law against it, but it does not seem to deter them.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Takes Down Domains

Anne Thwacks Re:Legal Precedent? (495 comments)

It's like pitching an entire city of of their houses because you suspect that there's criminal activity going on somewhere in that city.

Ie standard US policy

about three weeks ago

Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

Anne Thwacks Re:the other way (370 comments)

Except that the fact that [something] was only released 18 months ago indicates that the HR department has only a limited grasp of the concepts of numbers, dates and buzzwords.

Alternatively they want someone who will lie a lot about timescales, or is not easily bored.

about a month ago

Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

Anne Thwacks Re:This AGAIN? (370 comments)

You are partly right, but completely wrong. Older/more experienced people may have less confidence in their skills because they know that there is more to progamming than copying "hello world" rprograms from the text book, and expect a rather deeper knowledge of both language and application domain.

Of course they know, because they have done it and got the t-shirt, that you can learn the syntax of a new language by reading a couple of sides of A4. However, they also know it takes a few years to get familiar with the language gochas and the compiler bugs.

Dont expect a job optimising SQL from me! And stay away from my Cobol compiler.

I assume you know the use of a lawn by now,

about a month ago

Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

Anne Thwacks Re:makes no sense to me (370 comments)

I can't even imagine ruling out older candidates.

A lot of the problem is people (PHBs) who do not want to employ someone under them who is older than them, because they are embarassed about:

A) Giving instructions to an older person

B) Giving (probably stupid) instructions to someone who understands the issues.

No one is going to own up to these factors.

Sometimes there is a "good" reason to hire the inexperienced. The company maya ctually require people who have not got the experience to spot mass corruption, When the company collapses, it is often necessary to be able to claim "no one on the team saw it coming" despite the fact that anyone who had ever been in an IT project before knows that version control is not just a good idea. (etc)

If you see an empty barrel - look for pork bellies!

about a month ago

UK Man Sentenced To 16 Months For Exporting 'E-Waste' Despite 91% Reuse

Anne Thwacks Re:The headline is juicy, but hides a real problem (212 comments)

What would you watch on it?

Aljazeera news and Nollywood movies - so much better than Fox News and Hollywood.

Where would you get the power to run it?

From a Honda Generator.

about a month ago

UK Man Sentenced To 16 Months For Exporting 'E-Waste' Despite 91% Reuse

Anne Thwacks Re:NTSC TVs? (212 comments)

You obviously have not been to Africa.

about a month ago



Captchas - data on human failures?

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  about 2 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?"

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?"

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?"

Someone else's rights offline!

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  more than 4 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"

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!)"

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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