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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Bizzeh Why? (480 comments)

You claim to be this morally upstanding guy who "fights the man" and lives a "bohemian lifestyle". Why are you of such a large physical dimension (fat)?

about 7 months ago
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What Would You Do With the World's Most Powerful Laser?

Bizzeh Burn the worlds biggest ants (143 comments)

Burn the worlds biggest ants... what else?

about 6 months ago
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Should developers fix bugs in their own time?

Bizzeh Re:Bricklayers work like that? (7 comments)

I never said i agreed with my boss, i said i lacked a valid argument to the analogy, and/or an analogy of my own to counter with.

about 7 months ago
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Apple Granted Trademark For Its Stores

Bizzeh A store cannot look like a store? (272 comments)

HMV, Game, Debenhams, JJB, DW, JD... just a few stores i can think of now that have the all glass front, the table and stool layout, currys use it, comet used to use it, asda use it in their electronics departments... seems prior art doesnt count for anything anymore, neither does "your patent cant be completely fucking retarded".

about a year and a half ago
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Telepresence Robot Rundown

Bizzeh Big bang theory? (51 comments)

Didnt sheldon already come up with this in the big bang theory? surely he has the patent on these devices...

about a year and a half ago
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Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

Bizzeh problem (1388 comments)

there is the small problem of the hundreds of millions of guns that already exist that do not already have this technology in them and convincing people their old guns arnt as good as the new guns

about a year and a half ago
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A Firecracker-Launching Slingshot: Start the New Year With a Bang

Bizzeh Not entirely sure... (65 comments)

not entirely sure why you would need a slingshot to light something that you can usually buy with a rocket attached in any firework shop. just light the rocket and away you go. and as for "easily crashes through a card board box", the UK rockets will blow a hole through a window or blow the exhaust of a car.

about a year and a half ago
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EFnet Paralyzed By Vulnerability

Bizzeh Full disclosure takes a hit (156 comments)

which projects are now going to close their doors to full disclosure? this was posted on the ircd's own bug reporting systems and was publicly visible. if it were not, and only the developers and higher level users (such as the nodes of efnet or freenode) should be able to see reports of this nature, this sort of attack may not have happened and the ircd's could have been silently patched without anyone knowing.

on the other hand, if you close your doors, you obviously have something that requires hiding, drawing more attention.

what will projects do next?

about a year and a half ago
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Pakistan Lifts YouTube Ban For 3 Minutes, Finds More Blasphemy

Bizzeh Re:What about immigrant muslims... (275 comments)

Although this is completely off topic....You say Muslims spread to countries by just going there and settling there. Unlike the Christians, who originally spread with "be christian or we will kill you, your family, and everyone in the village...." and did that across pretty much all of Europe spreading out from Rome...

about a year and a half ago
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Pakistan Lifts YouTube Ban For 3 Minutes, Finds More Blasphemy

Bizzeh The average Pakistani (275 comments)

The average Pakistani probably has no idea about any blasphemy on youtube, the people who are viewing the most blasphemy on youtube in pakistan are the people looking for it within the government so that they can block it.

about a year and a half ago
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The L.A. Times Names Its Favorite Flops of the Year

Bizzeh Re:Facebook IPO (145 comments)

The response was justified, apple took away what most people use as their GPS device, and replaced it with one that doesnt work, and doesnt work in spectacular fashion.

about a year and a half ago
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The L.A. Times Names Its Favorite Flops of the Year

Bizzeh 4G is missing. LTE (145 comments)

4G was supposed to be a high speed standard that allowed all users with a 4G enabled phone to get those high speeds. but, turns out that there are at least 3 specifications in use, and major manufacturers are picking sides (apple with LTE), making your new phone incompatible with your current network, forcing you to switch.

iphone5, i wouldn't put it on as a flop, but still an embarrassment, an embarrassment that apple assumed that their customers were stupid enough to buy the 4S from them again, just because they changed the number from 4S to 5 and re-released the same phone, and the pain is, they were right, their customers are that stupid.

about a year and a half ago
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The L.A. Times Names Its Favorite Flops of the Year

Bizzeh Re:Seriously? (145 comments)

sorry, mis-read. Windows 8 i wouldnt say is a flop, its a flop in waiting, or a success in waiting. its too early to tell as of yet if it will or will not be a flop as its market share is still increasing. http://betanews.com/2012/12/03/like-it-or-not-windows-8-usage-rises/, its also increasing pretty quickly.

about a year and a half ago
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The L.A. Times Names Its Favorite Flops of the Year

Bizzeh Facebook IPO (145 comments)

Facebook IPO wasnt a gaffe, it was a hedge fund scam. facebook was advised to give their IPO at a much higher value than they knew it could sustain, and the advisers hedged against facebook. made a lot of rich people richer, and fucked over some other rich people, and also fucked over some not so rich people.

as for apple maps, that deserves to be number 1, why the hell did apple even bother to release such a poor piece of software...

about a year and a half ago
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In Japan, PlayStation 2 Ends a 12-Year Run

Bizzeh Due? March this year? (146 comments)

It was either released in march this year, or it is due to be released march next year, as we are currently in december

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

Bizzeh Stop trying to be "not windows" (1154 comments)

The main problem is, microsoft put a lot of time and effort into making sure the desktop environment is more or less the same, visually, to the end user from version to version. In the last 2 years, ubuntu has gone through at least 3 different desktop versions. Stop trying to be "not windows" and accept the fact that microsoft have put a lot of effort behind the desktop being the way it is.

Standardize a basic layout and design and stick too it.

Also, GUI needs moving to the kernel, or at least it needs to be a kernel driver, GUI in linux os's at the minute is slow, even hardware accelerated GUI is slow in linux.

about 2 years ago
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Google Patents Software To Identify Real-World Objects In Videos

Bizzeh Prior Art (150 comments)

doesnt BMW's, and Porsches rear parking cameras already do this, and do it in real time too?

about 2 years ago
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US To Drive 3,000 Wi-Fi Linked Vehicles In Massive Crash Avoidance Trial

Bizzeh Interferance (89 comments)

1. 3000 wifi radios all broadcasting together on only 13 channels? My wifi at home can hardly handle the 2 other people in the street and my phone's bluetooth being on at the same time.

2. wouldnt ever street these cars are to drive need wifi? unless the plan is to connect to the infrastructure network via 3G, which dies the second a single spec of rain is in the air.

3. there is a reason a plane has a pilot, people wont fly if the plane is flown by computer (which actually does most of the work now anyway), people also wont allow a computer to drive their car for them without someone being sat at the wheel to take control "just incase".

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Long Should Devs Support Software Written For Clients?

Bizzeh 6 months, out of courtesy (384 comments)

6 months, out of courtesy. but really, your not required to give any sort of ongoing support unless its in some sort of written contract in place stating how much you will do for free, and for how long, and how much everything else will cost the client. its usually best to aim for a £100/hr for software dev and set your self a minimum amount that you would be willing to work for.

more than 2 years ago

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Should developers fix bugs in their own time?

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  about 7 months ago

Bizzeh (851225) writes "Today my boss came to me with what he thought to be a valid point and analogy. If a builder builds a wall, and a week later, bricks begin to fall out of the bottom, but he continues to build the wall higher, he would have to replace those lower bricks he did not place correctly at his own expense and in his own time. When a software developer writes a piece of software, when bugs are discovered, they are paid to fix them by the company and on the companies time. I didn't know how to refute the analogy at the time, but it did make me think, why are bugs in software treated differently in this way?"
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Why statistics lie, even though they look correct

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  about a year ago

Bizzeh (851225) writes "Why does it seem like everything gives you cancer these days? Well, it doesn’t, there is still very little that is known about what actually causes the mutation that brings on a cancerous tumour. The reason studies find that things like bacon, beef, soft drinks, chocolate and more or less anything that taste nice, can give you cancer is because, that is what the person conducting the study wants to find. To understand this, you first need to know how these studies work (for the most part). A questionnaire will be created 1. do you eat crisps, 2. do you eat chocolate, 3. do you drink soft drinks, and so on. These questionnaires will then be handed out to cancer patients, about 1000 or so to make the study "valid". Once all these have been completed, any question where more than 50% of people answered yes becomes a probable cause, more than 60% means "this gives you cancer", because all these people are doing this, and they all also have cancer. They then hand out the same questionnaire to the people who have gone into remission, or have been cured, or had a false positive result, and ask them the same questions, because most of them already believe this rubbish, they would have avoided most things on the list, so would answer no, and less than 50% of them would have answered yes, meaning the reverse test supports the original test, if you don’t have these things, you won’t have cancer. The problem with these tests is that the questions are very closed questions, designed to get you to answer yes, or no, not allowing an in-between number or a "maybe", restricting the number of points within the data to calculate, giving what seems to be a concrete result. The tests are designed this way, because whoever came up with the tests wants a positive or negative result for that particular thing based on their own like or dislike of that particular thing. This is why poor news outlets publish this rubbish, and real information is published in real scientific publications. So the next time somebody says "you can’t eat that" "you can’t do that" "because it gives you cancer", unless your licking a nuclear fuel rod or trying to eat a microwave, ask them to back up their statement with a scientific journal and then ask them to take a one way flight into the sun."
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Fusion milestone passed at US lab

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  about a year ago

Bizzeh (851225) writes "The BBC reports that Researchers at a US lab have passed a crucial milestone on the way to their ultimate goal of achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion. Harnessing fusion — the process that powers the Sun — could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy.

But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive.

Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion"

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Gaming for kids

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  1 year,21 days

Bizzeh (851225) writes "At the moment, even social or party or just "fun" games such as angry birds, cut the rope and bad piggies all seem to aim for a set market, young adults, and casual gamers who dont usually spend every day gaming. There does not seem to be a set publisher or developer of games for the newly budding gamer of the 18+ month year old, i.e. improving motor skills and hand eye coordination, and there seem to be a VERY limited market for kids that actually know what they are doing with a games console (roughly 5yrs+), unless you go for one of these "tablets" made by one of the toy companies, which the kids dont want, they want your real tablet, your real laptop or your real pc, with their games on there. Where are these markets?"
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iGoogle goes to the graveyard

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bizzeh writes "it seems that iGoogle is the next google product to be going to the graveyard. From Google: "We originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today's web and mobile apps would put personalized, real-time information at your fingertips. With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for something like iGoogle has eroded over time, so we’ll be winding down iGoogle on November 1, 2013, giving you a full 16 months to adjust or easily export your iGoogle data.""
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Why do we still use Mozilla/X.Y?

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bizzeh writes "Why do we still stick to the legacy Mozilla/X.Y structure in web browser user agents? surely by now, no script, server or website uses the mozilla version number anymore and it is simply there because nobody can be bothered changing it. isnt it about time browser developers drop it entirely or switch to naming their user agent with their own company name, rendering engine or browser name?"
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NASA beginning into research into tractor beams

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bizzeh writes "From the BBC, "US space agency Nasa has funded a study of "tractor beams" to gather samples for analysis in future missions.

The $100,000 (£63,000) award will be used to examine three laser-based approaches to do what has until now been the stuff of science fiction.""

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DigiNotar files for voluntary bankruptcy

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bizzeh writes "The BBC writes that "Dutch security firm DigiNotar has filed for voluntary bankruptcy following a series of attacks by a hacker." Seems like the attack did more than damage systems, it damaged DigiNotar's reputation beyond repair"
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Sony asks gamers to sign new terms or face PSN ban

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bizzeh writes "Sony is preparing to ban gamers from the PlayStation Network (PSN) unless they waive the right to collectively sue it over future security breaches."
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UK Government not trying to switch off facebook

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  about 3 years ago

Bizzeh writes "The bbc reports that the UK government and police have not sought any new powers to shut social networks, according to the Home Office after a meeting with industry representatives."
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US military loses hypersonic aircraft

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Bizzeh writes "According to the BBC, the US military has lost its new experimental hypersonic aircraft. The Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) successfully separated from its rocket but lost contact shortly into its "glide phase"."
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Sega Hacked

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Bizzeh writes "I just got an email from Sega, aparently they have been hacked too

"As you may be aware, the SEGA Pass system has been offline since yesterday, Thursday 16 June.

Over the last 24 hours we have identified that unauthorised entry was gained to our SEGA Pass database.

We immediately took the appropriate action to protect our consumers’ data and isolate the location of the breach. We have launched an investigation into the extent of the breach of our public systems.

We have identified that a subset of SEGA Pass members emails addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords were obtained. To stress, none of the passwords obtained were stored in plain text.

Please note that no personal payment information was stored by SEGA as we use external payment providers, meaning your payment details were not at risk from this intrusion.""
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How to create a Linux/Windows Multi-Installer USB

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Bizzeh writes "Is it possible using grub or isolinux to create a single usb drive that contains all the files needed to install any version of windows that is set up to do so, or even install a linux distribution with a menu to select the version/distro you want to install"
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ESO Discovers Rich Exoplanet System

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  about 4 years ago

Bizzeh (851225) writes "Astronomers have discovered a planetary system containing at least five planets that orbit a star called HD 10180, which is much like our own Sun.

The star is 127 light years away, in the southern constellation of Hydrus.

The researchers used the European Southern Observatory (Eso) to monitor light emitted from the system and identify and characterise the planets.

They say this is the "richest" system of exoplanets — planets outside our own Solar System — ever found."

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Microsoft reveals usage stats for Facebook, Lastfm

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bizzeh (851225) writes "According to Microsoft, nearly two million Xbox Live users logged into Facebook through the console's new built-in social media applications. Based on a vague estimate provided by Microsoft, it appears that around ten percent of all Xbox Live Gold accounts used the application within its first week of availability; however, it's possible many of those users only logged in to see the new feature in action.
Microsoft also stated the addition of Last.fm — a music streaming service currently only available for US and UK gamers — prompted nearly one million new profile activations. In its first week, Last.fm users streamed "more than 120 million minutes" of music to their Xbox 360 consoles. If we've learned one thing from these numbers, it's that people love to click on shiny new boxes."

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D&D co-creator Dave Arneson has died

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bizzeh writes "Dave Arneson, half of the duo — the other half being Gary Gygax — that created influential tabletop RPG Dungeons & Dragons, passed away earlier today. Known recently for his teaching at Full Sail College in Florida as well as his fantasy RPG Blackmoor, Arneson had been struggling with his health ever since a stroke in 2002. According to The Escapist, Arneson's health worsened last week and he was admitted to the hospital. Unforutnately this morning, things took a turn for the worse. We extend our deepest condolences to those affected by Dave Arneson's passing, especially his loved ones."
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Affordable Exchange Email

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bizzeh writes "i have been taking a look around the web recently after having bought a windows mobile 6.1 based phone in an effort to try and find an affordable microsoft exchange service. the cheapest i have been able to find so far, works out at over £90/year, which for a single email address and the ability to remote sync a contact list, this is quite a large amount. are there any hosting providers around that include exchange accounts with their windows based web hosting packages, or some compatable software on a linux hosting package (such as 1&1 MailXchange)?"
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the real pirates

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bizzeh writes "the bbc has a story about a group of Somalian Pirates have seized a giant Saudi-owned oil tanker containing 2million barrels of oil, in the Indian Ocean off the Kenyan coast, originally bound for the USA. i have two questions about this, today, how is real piracy possible? and, will RIAA or some other poxy organisation see the fruits of suing these Somalians, or will they stick to teenagers and old people?"
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Cultural divide in games

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bizzeh writes "Having recently played through Call of Duty 4, and realising that today is Armistice Day; I have wondered how games such as the Call of Duty series and the Medal of Honour series are received in countries such as Germany and Japan. Where in the game, it is not explained that the evils of the time you are playing through where caused by a small minority of lunatics within the country, and not the country its self since you simply kill anyone that speaks with an accent that is not your own. Does this type of game offend in countries that don't speak English and countries that might even speak English, but are often portrayed to be the enemy, or do these games never make it to such countries because of the content?"
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'Unbreakable' encryption unveiled

Bizzeh Bizzeh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bizzeh writes "The bbc reports "Perfect secrecy has come a step closer with the launch of the world's first computer network protected by unbreakable quantum encryption at a scientific conference in Vienna". How long until this unbreakable encryption is broken?"
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