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Apple Now the Top PC Vendor, For Some Values of PC

CheShACat Re:So tablets at PCs now? (577 comments)

Hell yes, tablets are PCs, they've always been PCs and always will be PCs. The only thing that's making you think otherwise is the vendor lock-in to their closed ecosystems.

about a year and a half ago

UK Internet Porn Blocking Rejected

CheShACat Re:How is there overlap? (101 comments)

35% of [i]parents[/i] wanted an automatic block.

80% of [i]all those who responded[/i] wanted no filtering of any kind.

about 2 years ago

DOOM 3 BFG Edition On Github, Timed For Oculus Rift

CheShACat Mods to fix the stuff that got fixed? (83 comments)

This seems as good a place to ask as any:Is there a way to make this game play more like the original? I understand that the shadows and dynamic lighting have been ripped out, the whole thing is brighter and that "duct tape mod" is forced on you. All the hype over the last few months has made me want to play the original game again, complete with the "Oh, hell I can't see shit, what am I shooting at? I hope this works. I need new trousers. Again." vibe, not a dumbed down, shiny "remaster". Comparisons I've seen say that the old game struggles to hit 30fps on current gen hardware, whereas this code base can easily hit 100+ fps on an average rig. Is there a mod (yet) that gives us the best of both worlds?

about 2 years ago

In UK, Twitter, Facebook Rants Land Some In Jail

CheShACat Re:It is not just in Britain (233 comments)

You are free to be offended or not be offended, but you are not free to stop others from offending you.

See also: Offence is taken, not given.

about 2 years ago

Designers Criticize Apple's User Interface For OS X and iOS

CheShACat Skeu (484 comments) has some cracking examples and a good bit of snark to boot.

about 2 years ago

Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

CheShACat Re:Bigger != Better (660 comments)

iPhone 4/S - 326 ppi
HTC Rezound - 342 ppi
HTC One X - 312 ppi
LG Optimus LTE - 329 ppi
LG LU1400 - 333 ppi
Nokia E6 - 328 ppi
Galaxy Nexus - 316 ppi
Samsung Galaxy S3 - 306 ppi
Samsung S8000 Jet - 300ppi
Sony Xperia S - 342 ppi
Sony Xperia ion - 323 ppi
Toshiba Portege G900 - 313 ppi

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu 12.04 To Include Head-Up Display Menus

CheShACat LTS? (449 comments)

Isn't 12.04 supposed to be the next LTS release? Seems like they've gone far wayward from their original goals if they're introducing such huge new projects into what's supposed to be a stable, reliable release that enterprises can trust. It would be a better idea to introduce it in 12.10, surely?

more than 2 years ago

Securing Android For the Enterprise

CheShACat Re:Stupid article is stupid (136 comments)

That doesn't make "Android" any less "ready for the Enterprise", though does it? The Enterprise in question could go out and buy up a hundred Galaxy Nexuses to give out to its staff, regardless of how many are currently floating around in the wild.

more than 2 years ago

Why American Corporate Software Can No Longer Be Trusted

CheShACat Re:China does the same stuff (240 comments)

In the UK, we have the Privacy In Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 and the Data Protection Act 1998, which, between them, legally guarantee a certain expectation of privacy from nosy sysadmins or managers. There are some good laws here, thankfully; employees should always know their rights.

more than 2 years ago

What Microsoft Should and Shouldn't Do For the Xbox 720

CheShACat Re:720 degrees? (502 comments)

/initiates magic force field and bounces the bullet 360 degrees, right back at HairyFeet/

more than 2 years ago

What Microsoft Should and Shouldn't Do For the Xbox 720

CheShACat Re:720 degrees? (502 comments)

Why do they call it the Xbox 720? Because when you see it, you'll turn 720 degrees and walk away.

more than 2 years ago

Linux Foundation, Sites Down To Fix Security Breach

CheShACat Connection? (101 comments)

First and now this? Has someone got it in for FLOSS at the moment?

about 3 years ago

Linux Kernel 3.1 RC 2 Released

CheShACat Re:version inflation (209 comments)

I had a feeling that was going to be the case, which is why I put the question mark in; I haven't been keeping up on the minor details for a long time.

more than 3 years ago

Linux Kernel 3.1 RC 2 Released

CheShACat Re:version inflation (209 comments)

Aren't the odd decimal places development branches? Hence 2.4 -> 2.6. Ergo 3.1 is the ongoing development branch that will one day be released as 3.2.

more than 3 years ago

What Do I Do About My Ex-Employer Stealing My Free Code?

CheShACat Re:IANAL, but... (545 comments)

Exactly what I was going to say, practically word for word.

more than 3 years ago

Is Twitter Rendered Obsolete By Google+?

CheShACat Nonsense! (456 comments)

"While Google+ will soon do all the things Twitter does, Twitter can't support a long list of the things Google+ supports"

Since when has featureset been Twitter's strong point?! It's managed to own all other competition while staying remaining in and of itself a platform that you can post 140 characters of text on, nothing more.

more than 3 years ago

LulzSec Target the Sun After Phone Hacking Scandal

CheShACat Re:Is this what it has come down to? (363 comments)

Well, no, firstly Lulzsec will have done it "for the lulz" not for "an eye for an eye". They also had beef against The Sun after the Ryan Cleary arrest, and The Sun's appaling coverage of it. Any other reason one might throw into the mix is just gravy.

As a viewer, one can find the whole episode deliciously ironic without needing to take either side of the moral argument.

more than 3 years ago

Should Computer Games Adapt To the Way You Play?

CheShACat Re:Rubber-banding (404 comments)

I agree with this; similarly if a game is too hard then a player might find they have purchased content (later levels) to which they are denied access. Granted, this is through their own mediocrity or lack of commitment to attain the relevant skill level, but i think that every player should have the opportunity to play through all the content that they have paid for within the context of how much work that particular person are prepared to put in to achieve it.

Dara O'Briain makes the same point on Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe here:

more than 4 years ago



UK Courts rule Nintendo DS SD Card readers illegal

CheShACat CheShACat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CheShACat (999169) writes "The UK law court has today ruled that SD Card readers for Nintendo DS are illegal, finding 2 vendors guilty of selling "Game copiers". The ruling by Justice Floyd is quoted as saying "The economic effect on Nintendo of the trade in these devices is substantial as each accused device can store and play copies of many Nintendo DS games [...] The mere fact that the device can be used for a non-infringing purpose is not a defence."

No word in the article as to what law in particular they were found to have broken, nor of the penalty the vendors are facing, but this looks like bad news for all kinds of hardware mod, on any platform, that would enable homebrew users to bypass vendor locks."

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How to represent at the anniversary of modern computing

CheShACat CheShACat writes  |  more than 6 years ago I have been asked by an old friend, who is now one of the curators of the Manchester Science Museum, to represent at the upcoming celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Alan Turing's greatest work: the invention of the modern computer. As a long term open source evangelist and lifelong computer addict, this is clearly not an opportunity I can turn down. The question is: what can I do (beyond flashing a desktop cube) to engage youngsters of all ages and hopefully at the same time pass on the free software message to an impressionable and important generation? I believe I can count on the support of my employer and thus I can summon a wealth of workstations if necessary.


Open Letter to UK Department of Education

CheShACat CheShACat writes  |  more than 7 years ago This month, a teacher 'Wellington Grey' published an open letter published to the UK Department of Education and the AQA regarding the state of the current physics syllabus in the UK, and the way this subject has been (mis)guided recently. Coming from the country that most recently gave us Stephen Hawking and John Gribbin (amongst many others), the way the article paints the dumbing down of the subject to the point where it becomes little more than environmental propaganda seems disasterous!

From the article:
"I am a physics teacher. Or, at least I used to be. My subject is still called physics. My pupils will sit an exam and earn a GCSE in physics, but that exam doesn't cover anything I recognize as physics. Over the past year the UK Department for Education and the AQA board changed the subject. They took the physics out of physics and replaced it with... something else, something nebulous and ill defined."

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