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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

Anne Thwacks Re:expect verizon and at&t to sue (106 comments)

In a real emergency, you need Facebook, not 911.

about a week ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

Anne Thwacks Re:Exactly why we test all candidates. (276 comments)

Air Raid Precautions were essential during WW2, but I'm not sure what their relevance is to IT workers in 2014.

Think of the drone strikes! Tin foil is not enough. You need real tin hats.

Put that light out!

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

Anne Thwacks Re: Record an Apology (141 comments)

You missed the bit about "Nuke from high orbit, just to be sure!"

about a week ago
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Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

Anne Thwacks Re:Please, Please, Please (265 comments)

But Ford will crush Chrysler, BMW and Mercedes "real soon now". Just as communism is about to defeat capitalism. We only need one motor manufacturer - I hope its not Lada!

about two weeks ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

Anne Thwacks Re:It's what you do with it that counts (184 comments)

Hang on, in the 70s, London was having bombings like that - by the American funded IRA.

In those days, we did not wet our knickers and give up our privacy (much), and carried on regardless with a stiff upper lip.

I don't know what went wrong, but this is just as small part of it. personally, I blame cheap hard disks.

about two weeks ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

Anne Thwacks Re:If a lawyer or journalist needs protection (184 comments)

do they spy on politicians over there too?

Several Prime Ministers have been spied upon as potential Soviet agents - so the answer you are looking for is YES

They are spies - they spy on everyone if they did not spy on everyone, how would they know who to spy on? Should you trust them? If you dont know how to think for yourself, then the answer does not matter.

about two weeks ago
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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

Anne Thwacks Re:Algorithm (185 comments)

It looks like that would probably be as reliable as what they do use, but cheaper to implement.

about two weeks ago
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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

Anne Thwacks Re:Taking the Human out of Human Resources (185 comments)

We are getting close to that in parts of the world, and it is spreading fast.

It used to be because the labour content was exported, but robots are replacing the offshore jobs/manufacturing.

It is time to come up with a new model of who gets what, and why. and how to implement it.

Or Ebola just may do it for us.

about two weeks ago
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French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children

Anne Thwacks Re:3d (99 comments)

The reality is that TV, 3D or not, is unsuitable for people of any age. Have you watched Cartoon Network? That stuff MUST cause brain damage for sure!

about two weeks ago
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French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children

Anne Thwacks Re:I'm not a scientist... (99 comments)

Nope. There is no way to get round the convergence-accomodation problem, except when the image is both logically and physically so far away that 3D is irrelevant.

3D is a bad idea. It makes your head hurt because you are experiencing the impossible. If it does not make your head hurt, then it is doing you harm.

about two weeks ago
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Crowdsourcing Project Predicts Progression of ALS

Anne Thwacks Re:Too late for Lou Gehrig (29 comments)

Or perhaps What is it?

Please can we have using TLAs without explaining them made a criminal offence.

about three weeks ago
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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

Anne Thwacks Re:Because cloud (214 comments)

Duh, it's a network device, everyone has unlimited network access everywhere don't they?

Well GCHQ and the NSA have unlimited access everywhere. I don't know about anyone else.

about three weeks ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

Anne Thwacks Re:KISS (217 comments)

I have been responsible for language choice on many occasions, and I can say with confidence, sometimes I made the right choice and sometimes not.

For a project starting in 1983, and expected to last 8 months, Basic seemed like a good idea. By 1995, it should have been obvious to everyone that a re-write in ANYTHING ELSE was justified (not that I would personally recommend using Perl to write a Basic interpreter to re-interpret the original Basic code or using Snobol4 to translate the Basic into Fortran).

I could have used C instead - the project would probably have taken a couple of weeks longer, but would have saved countless people years of grief. I have C programs from the 80's that compile on *BSD unchanged, and still work as intended*. It was a toss-up at the time.

My point is that the language choice may be influenced by incorrect information about the external world - because the external world is subject to massive change.

* I had to rewrite some C from the 70's cos they were written for Idris and all in capitals :-{ Fortran4 programs from the 70's may compile and run, but you certainly need to re-test them!

Yes its true: my lawn is written in Fortran, but my Mum's has an Ibjob border.

about three weeks ago
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Anne Thwacks Re:This. (273 comments)

I live in Europe where the only governors are prison governors - local government is by elected councellors who are about 50% from working class backgrounds, and corporate empires are owned by the general public through insurance companies and pension funds, If daddy owns a corporate empire here, the chances are it is the local corner shop, and you are from an ethnic minority.

I am not saying that having good family connections does not help, but it is certainly not the biggest factor in making progress, The people who say that are almost all parroting what they heard in the socialist circles they grew up in - who you know can hold you back every bit as much as push you forward, if not more.

about three weeks ago
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Anne Thwacks Re:This. (273 comments)

the hereditary ruling class uses it's control of the world's resources

The inappropriate praise issue has already been mentioned, but there is a related one: giving children choices -

The hereditory ruling class puts enormous emphasis on passing on communication and decision making skills - that is why it is a hereditory ruling class. It is not the genes.

If the parents are barely able to tell the kid "shut up and play" what chance does the kid have against those whose parents insist the kids use correct grammar and approach problems logically from before they start school? The difference in the kid's ability to understand his surroundings, and get questions answered is immense.

The children from poorly educated backgrounds are given choices they cannot reasonably take (do you want to see Home Alone 3 - which is on at every cinema for 200 miles, or do you want Gratuitous Violence 6? - which has not yet been released, and in any case, they are not old enough to see), and then, when they take the wrong choice, their choice is overridden. The children from an educated background are given choices they can afford to get wrong (chocolate or vanilla ice cream), and then forced to live with their choice. The end result is that the kid grows up believing (correctly) that his choices are critical to his condition or have no influence on events - according to his experience.

Of course, this is partly because the barely literate parent does not understand the concept of researching the choices before offering them to the kid - that is why they themselves are not part of the Elite.

It is not a conspiracy of the illuminati - the problem is the illiterati who outnumber them millions to one.

about three weeks ago
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Anne Thwacks Re:This. (273 comments)

There is plenty of good, strong scientific evidence that telling kids "thats great" when they are well aware it was crap is a very depressing experience for the kid, and leads to them going slowly off the rails <mild exaggeration for effect> It is not just useless, it is actually a very bad idea.

Unfortunately, a lot of the school system is allergic to science - so it is hardly surprising the can't teach it.

Everyone aknowledges some footballers are top rate, and some are not even so-so, but it is not acceptable to the union to admit the same for school teachers. This prevents meaningful discussion of the best way to deploy teachers with different abilities.

And the guy who said they wont get STM jobs anyway was right.

about three weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Anne Thwacks Re: Well (594 comments)

Even if he is willing (and he might be, look at his balloon adventures) Mr Branson is already rich and famous. Other people are motivated by seeking wealth and fame. Why should he stand in their way?

"Get rich or die trying is the American dream" and dieing is an important part of that dream.

"If it was easy, they would all be doing it!"

about three weeks ago

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Captchas - data on human failures?

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  about 6 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 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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