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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

Antony T Curtis Material selection (162 comments)

I am guessing that part of the reason for an all-metal milled wheel is because of the (largely) unshielded RTG power source which Curiosity uses may seriously degrade organic-based materials.

Could someone with more knowledge of materials near RTG sources comment?

about 1 month ago

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Antony T Curtis Re:shift of blame. (419 comments)

It has been around 20 years since I was in a shop environment but I remember that we were explicitly told by the shop's bank that the only valid and acceptable source for authorisation codes was the shop's bank itself and any other number will be invalid because the POS will accept any random number. The phone number to call is the same number as the phone number to call for authorisation when using the old-fashioned card impress when the POS machine was not working.

about 1 month ago

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Antony T Curtis shift of blame. (419 comments)

Once upon a time, the retailer would have to take the blame for this because it is the retailer who is supposed to make the call to the financial institution on the retailer's own phone line, not using the cardholder's phone or trusting the cardholder's ability to dial the number.

Unfortunately, the retailers are successfully using the police to cover for the incompetence of their staff.

about 2 months ago

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

Antony T Curtis It is like... (474 comments)

The WHO recommendation is like a drug cartel/warlord's worst nightmare come true.

about 2 months ago

French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Antony T Curtis Hmm... perhaps a more passive review? (424 comments)

How about leaving a review which essentially only states: "I cannot complain about the service nor the food."

about 2 months ago

Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

Antony T Curtis Re:1990 called (104 comments)

1990 called. It wants its IR LAN back.

Oh cool... I have an old Nokia which supports IRDA.

about 3 months ago

Harvard Study Links Neonicotinoid Pesticide To Colony Collapse Disorder

Antony T Curtis Doesn't that put the cat among the pigeons, (217 comments)

I wonder how Bayer is going to keep this new study out of their court case where they're suing the EU for banning neonicotinoid pesticides.

about 4 months ago

Internet Transit Provider Claims ISPs Deliberately Allow Port Congestion

Antony T Curtis The real solution... (210 comments)

The real solution is that:
1. More content needs to be accessible via peer-to-peer.
2. ISPs need to have content proxies and encourage their users to use them.
3. Don't use "transparent proxies" because they're frequently worse than useless.
4. Static data shouldn't be served via HTTPS but instead by some kind of GPG content encoding via HTTP so that it may be cached.

Just my 2.

about 4 months ago

New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

Antony T Curtis I have it disabled. (178 comments)

I deliberately do not install Flash on my computers _and_ I deliberately choose to not install any of the third-party work-alikes.

If the content owner only publishes content in a SWF, it is not worth my bother to look at it. Okay, I can't view video clips in Facebook, but if it is an embedded youtube video, usually I can view it just fine by going to youtube's website.

about 5 months ago

Verizon and New Jersey Agree 4G Service Equivalent to Broadband Internet

Antony T Curtis Democracy at work (155 comments)

People get the government that they voted for. If they are upset, they need to regard and blame their neighbours.

about 5 months ago

Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Antony T Curtis Re:Nonsense. (650 comments)

Microsoft should be under no further obligation to its customers with respect to Windows XP.

For free? I agree they should have no open ended support obligation. That does not mean however that their customers should be forced to spend money on software that does nothing new that they need.

However, if individual customers are willing to _pay_ a subscription for further support from Microsoft, they should be allowed to do so.

Microsoft has taken that option off the table. So exactly what do you propose as an alternative that doesn't involve paying hundreds to thousands of dollars to buy new computers and software that many of us do not actually need?

The UK Govt is among one of their customers who is going to pay Microsoft for further Windows XP support.

For people who are not willing to pay, Windows XP will continue to work as it currently does. Third party vendors are likely to continue to provide antivirus updates or perhaps even binary-patching the existing code to continue to operate - that is the model with OS/2 continues to exist today even though the product hasn't been supported by IBM since 1998.

about 5 months ago
top Ends Free Dynamic DNS

Antony T Curtis To be expected. (242 comments)

Just for convenience, I have been a paying customer of Dyn for a couple of years, now.
It is a sad end but it will not change my use of their services.

about 5 months ago

Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Antony T Curtis Microsoft has gone above and beyond... (650 comments)

No other publicly available product has ever had such a long support duration as Windows XP has had.

Microsoft should be under no further obligation to its customers with respect to Windows XP.

However, if individual customers are willing to _pay_ a subscription for further support from Microsoft, they should be allowed to do so.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Ships Surface Pro 2 Tablets With Wrong, Slower Processor

Antony T Curtis Smart move, (147 comments)

Lets face it: They're probably sitting on a huge amount of old inventory and for every 1 semi-tech savvy customer who specifically wants the faster CPU version, there will be 1000 customers who wouldn't know the CPU from their elbow.

about 6 months ago

Microsoft Dumping License Fees For Windows Phone?

Antony T Curtis Leverage existing users.. (125 comments)

If Microsoft is really playing serious to make people switch to Windows Phone, they will have to somehow make syncing contacts, emails and calendars between Windows PC and Apple/Android not work as well as with Windows Phone.

It would likely open themselves up to anti-trust suits but they already know how to handle that.

about 6 months ago

BPAS Appeals £200,000 Fine Over Hacked Website

Antony T Curtis Re:Low hanging fruit... (104 comments)

That's not how ICO fines work.

The way they work is this: If you suffer a data breach that the ICO hears off, they'll investigate.

Once the investigation is complete, they'll do a few things:

  1. Write a beautifully-worded press release explaining exactly what you did wrong and put it on the news wires.

  2. Write an equally beautifully-worded report explaining what you did wrong in explicit detail.

  3. Issue a thumping great fine.

It's important to note that they don't have to take an organisation to court to raise this fine. It's the other way around - if your organisation gets fined, it's down to you to raise an appeal.

Parent posting needs to be modded up.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

Antony T Curtis Happens in more paranoid outfits (572 comments)

A previous employer, a game company whose name rhymes with lizard, uses MITM proxy ... All their machines use their custom cert so that their made-up cert shows 'green' on the location box when any user uses a secure web site.

about 6 months ago

GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

Antony T Curtis Re: Warranty Shouldn't Matter (359 comments)

This is an industry wide issue thanks to RoHS. This isn't just Apple, this effects Dell and HP laptops that have high temp GPUs. The XBox 360 is another perfect example. The problem is caused from the constant thermal cycling causing expansion and contraction as it cools. Like bending a paper clip, over time metal fatigue sets in and cracks the solder.

AFAIK, they still use tin-lead based solder in medical equipment, even the new stuff, for this reason. The consumer industry went along with the RoHS stuff because they knew it was a form of built-in obsolescence. Even the tin whisker problem has been known about since the 1960s.

about 8 months ago

Alan Turing Pardoned

Antony T Curtis Symbolic (415 comments)

A gesture that the UK Govt did wrong at the time ...

We must never forget that sometimes, the laws are wrong and cause great people to suffer or die.

about 9 months ago

Can the US Be Weaned Off Ethanol?

Antony T Curtis Re:fun trivia (330 comments)

Hmmm. Yeah, you're right. The stuff I had seen is for an obsolete manufacturing process and doesn't apply to the bio-engineered solution which is used in the USA.

about 10 months ago


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Antony T Curtis Antony T Curtis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

It's that time of year again.... Time to pick some new Resolutions.
Too many projects and 365 days just is not enough time....

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