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6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

Anne Thwacks Re:Why no direct link ? (96 comments)

No seriously I want the editor tell me WHY ?

You must be new here!

yesterday
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

Anne Thwacks Re:More changes I don't want ... (155 comments)

We are using it because it is marginally better than a hole in the head.

I particularly dislike the fact that, not only have you left the roundabout, but have entered the next one, before it notices. It is positively dangerous when you have to go round a roundabout twice for it to catch up! (In a 40 ton rig).

And that on a Note 3, but it used to work well on an HTC Desire Bravo!

Come of Google - you need to test software before you release it - you are not Microsoft

yesterday
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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Anne Thwacks Re:Weight (105 comments)

Lack of exchangeable battery and SD card mean the whole discussion is pointless. I mean, who the hell would leave the house without a spare battery? - or a means to change data between home and work or different clients?

Oh, they don't leave the house! That explains it!

2 days ago
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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Anne Thwacks Re:Who cares about performance? (105 comments)

Besides old timers, who cares if it takes a couple more hours to deplete the battery?

Most people who leave their mother's basement for more than the above-mentioned few hours!

2 days ago
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Ubuntu Turns 10

Anne Thwacks Re:Companies Fail To Admit Thier Mistakes (110 comments)

Can I say Yyggdrasil?

Assuming I could pronounce it.

It used to work quite well for me, till I discovered where to buy a *BSD CD.

Unity killed Ubuntu. I am busy Migrating the family from Ubuntu to Mint.

2 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

Anne Thwacks Re:Don't trust any app these days (180 comments)

If you want people with secrets worth investigating, surely advertising as providing secrecy is the best way to recruit them.

If you are hiding a needle in a haystack, you might want to make sure the hay is magnetic first.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Anne Thwacks Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

sharks in tornadoes

Are you suggesting that sharks in tornados are not a serious threat?

Even in Texas?

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Anne Thwacks Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

I believe that here in the UK, the official procedure is to put a brown paper bag over your head, as it makes it so much easier to clean up the mess afterwards.

about a week ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Anne Thwacks Re:You have never been suited up? (478 comments)

Protection doesn't have to be perfect. If it can prevent most of the spread, the virus will die out.

It might. OTOH, it might just mean it takes longer for us all to die.

Panic now, while there is still time...

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Anne Thwacks Re:Increased public vigilance?? (478 comments)

Where are the other Norsemen with paperclips?

about two weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

Anne Thwacks Re:My Car integration is simple (208 comments)

Pretty hard to do that with a touch screen.

Its several years ago, I am sure, that we heard of touch screens with "pixels" that vibrated to give a touchable image. I believe one used piezo pixels, and the other had pulsating voltages, but I am not certain of either.

I believe Microsoft bought one of the (at least two) competing technologies. Given the potential for keyboards you can actually feel, and porn apps, I am surprised the technology is not already in high end phones.

More use in a touch screen than a lot of other junk we have - like "3D" you can't feel, that requires your eyes to be focussed at a different distance from your attention!

about two weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

Anne Thwacks Re:Use AmigaOS then.... (132 comments)

My mum used to use an IBM709, which used valves, and ran Ibjob/Fortran2, but was later upgraded to a 7090 (transistors, but same instruction set) and Fortran4. It had 12 tape drives. AFAICR, no GPS and no 3G (not even 2G - in fact, no G's at all).

I used to support 12 users on a PDP11 wit 1MB of RAM (4 disk drives and two tape drives). Also no G's, nor GPS but not much chance of it moving anywhere - it filled an 18 ton truck, and used 415V at 20A, (provided you spun up the disks one at a time).

The spec of this phone is way better than the original IBM PC, and the build quality is probably better than a lot of the original clones. But it would be better to buy a second hand phone if you are spending under $100. You can by a Samsung Galaxy S2 for that. (A PDP11 would probably cost more, but it might also be more fun).

Meanwhile, my Samsung Note 3 does not even support tape drives! No scsi port, and no drivers for my USB DAT drives. I am still waiting for MT-ST to be ported to Android. Shame.

about two weeks ago
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Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

Anne Thwacks Re:Google just pissy (107 comments)

As long as a capitalist* exists, most of the world's population has a chance to eat. However, society needs to restrain capitalists in return for permitting them to continue.

Out of interest, how would you stop a man who invests his time in making and using tools from being more productive than one who sits on his ass all day drinking beer/vodka?

* Actually, it is monetary exchange that sustains the world's population at its present level. It is not the same as capitalisim, but nor is the American system of selling government to the highest bidder the same thing as capitalism - even if a lot of people think it is.

about three weeks ago
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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

Anne Thwacks Re: No alternative system is available ? (145 comments)

I wanted to pay y standing order. The website said go to the post office. I did. There was an hour long queue because of people trying to pay roadtax. I could not do standing order - the staff said "we have the forms but dont know how to fill them in. Use the web site." I paid 6 months. However the new system is designed to "help the public" by making it hard to buy second hand cars legally and stealing their money when they do.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Anne Thwacks Re:More Efficient (549 comments)

Perfectly normal Ebola will do fine - you just have to introduce it to Texas ...

Oh, wait ...

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Anne Thwacks Re:Yay! (942 comments)

The EU is hated because of propaganda funded by the banks. The UK imports 3/4 of its food - mostly from the EU. We pay for it in pounds, but the supply chain buys it in Euros. The banks charge 4% for converting the money. Then we have to export to pay for said food. The banks charge 4% for converting the money back again. Thus the banks take 6% (3/4 * 4 * 2) of our food budget (plus 6% of a lot of other imports/exports).

If we joined the Euro, the banks would be deprived of a collossal amount of easy income. On top of that, if you are a European fund manager, you need to invest a ortion of the fund outside the Eurozone. Would you put that money in Roubles? Dollars? Turkish Lira? Obviously not. The pound gets the vote.

Massive amounts of propaganda are needed to justify the additions to the household budget that not being in the Euro creates. Blaming the French and Germans is low hanging fruit.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Anne Thwacks Re:'Muricans (942 comments)

By the end of the century America will be speaking Spanish and using metric or dead from Ebola

FTFY

about three weeks ago

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Captchas - data on human failures?

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  about 5 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  |  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 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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