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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Anne Thwacks Re: Tax and cost from a PC-vendor point of view (215 comments)

The real problem is the $200 bribe to install all that bloatware. If you dont take the bloatware, you have to pay the full price of the hardware. Personally, I am happy to pay -$100 for widows+bloatware and install Mint over it.

5 hours ago

Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Anne Thwacks Re:Wow (178 comments)

You mean when Bill Gates was introduced to IBM by his mum with such a high recommendation that they bought an OS from him that he didn't even have?

Its hard to top that!

8 hours ago

Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

Anne Thwacks Re:"not so much as a default wallpaper" (109 comments)

Why would they leave out the most important thing?

As most users have already defected to other distros, it was not worth the effort!

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

Anne Thwacks Re:Performance issues? (168 comments)

If you use Unix on a server, you should have multiple partitions. If you don't know that, you should not be using Unix. If you have a server, and you are not using Unix, you should not be in charge of a server. The partitions might be on different H/Ds if performance matters. Different partitions get used in different ways. Some grow faster than others.

If any partition is more than 50% full, you had best have a plan for what to do next, even if it will not need to be done for two years. If you don't plan two years ahead, you should not be running a server. If you use SCSI disks on Unix, its easy to add more hard disks. If you are not using SCSI hard disks, well, presumably the data was not very important anyway.

Did I mention the lawn?

2 days ago

6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

Anne Thwacks Re:Why no direct link ? (109 comments)

No seriously I want the editor tell me WHY ?

You must be new here!

3 days ago

Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

Anne Thwacks Re:More changes I don't want ... (172 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

3 days ago

Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Anne Thwacks Re:Weight (108 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!

4 days ago

Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Anne Thwacks Re:Who cares about performance? (108 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!

4 days ago

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.

5 days ago

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

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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

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

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 three weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

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



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?"

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 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"

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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