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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Chrisq Re:and how many devices on next door's wifi? (96 comments)

So, how many 'accidentally' use next door's wifi rather than their own?

And how many of next-door's devices are on yours?

6 hours ago

How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Chrisq Re:Phones + 1 laptop. (96 comments)

The only PC on Gigabit in my house now is mine. I won't give it up. Wife and kids PCs are all wireless, as are the printers, phones, gaming consoles, tablets, TVs, and DVR devices.

So you can get a gigabit fast connection to ... nobody!

6 hours ago

Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

Chrisq Re:iPad Kindle app observations (101 comments)

I have both an iPad and Kindle. A few things with the iPad...I touch a word, the dictionary entry comes up. This is quite helpful. I am used to referring to the progress bar so sequence recall isn't a problem. Some books have x-Ray enabled, and that helps with story cohesion. Basically, after I've spent a lot of time with the iPad reader, I find it as good or better than paper. Except for the beach.

The thing about the kindle is it comes somewhere between a paperback that you would take to the beach and an iPad that you would treat with great care. I bung a kindle in a rucksack if I'm camping, take it around places where I wouldn't bring an iPad - if it did get broken or nicked it would be annoying but not that annoying.

10 hours ago

Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

Chrisq Re:No difference (101 comments)

I certainly know that I can often open a physical book to the location of something I remember and come really close, particularly if it's a book I'm studying, but even for novels.

True, but its swings and roundabouts. I can often remember a phrase and search for it in kindle, or leave a bookmark that won't fall out!

10 hours ago

How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

Chrisq Re:I'll believe it.... (121 comments)

... when I can buy an all-electric car that is just as sexy and just as performant as the Tesla Model S for under about $45k in today's dollars.

By the time they do that driving a car manually will be illegal and you might not even own a car - just call one for each trip.

10 hours ago

Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope

Chrisq Re:Srsly (94 comments)

Smartphones have actual microphones. Why use the gyro as a crude microphone when you have a perfectly functioning microphone built into the device already?

Because its there


Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Chrisq Icarus Beware (467 comments)

... seriously I hope that there is some areal indication that this area should be avoided by any parachuters or hang glider pilots who are blown off course


Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

Chrisq Re:Unfortunately (67 comments)

nuke it from orbit. it's the only way to be sure :)

Stuff it full of Muslims!

2 days ago

Delaware Enacts Law Allowing Heirs To Access Digital Assets of Deceased

Chrisq Re:My porn collection (82 comments)

Why would I want my porn collection going to my wife? I'd much rather give it to my girlfriend. After all, we bought most of it together.

Starred in it too I hear.

2 days ago

Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

Chrisq Not really game changing (238 comments)

To the Muslims life is cheaper than a robot car. They are always going on about how they love death and killing infidels, so they are just as likely to do it in a normal car just like they do now.

3 days ago

Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

Chrisq Re:Influence vs. similarity (74 comments)

What the computer can do is point out what is similar. Whether the similarity is an example of influence then needs to be established with further evidence.

Of course even if there is influence it may not be direct. Both artists could have been influenced by another earlier artist, or the second one influenced by an intermediate one, or there could be a whole complex tree of influences

3 days ago

Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Chrisq 12% of the population is Muslim (358 comments)

I just hope this isn't a deliberate attempt to spread the virus, remove medical supplies and become martyrs

3 days ago

The Billion-Dollar Website

Chrisq Re:I'm so glad (194 comments)

I don't work for a company that made the mistake of getting involved in that nightmare.

I'm pretty sure that a lot of companies are doing just fine out of it - paid to deliver the wrong thing then paid to deliver what the government should have specified in the first place.

about a week ago

The Billion-Dollar Website

Chrisq Re:Technical People (194 comments)

Non technical people are not competent to commission technical work from technical people.

If you (as a government or large company) don't have your own technical people on staff to oversee the process and comprehend or write the specs, you're doomed. The contractors know well how to milk a cash cow, simply by adhering to the specs written by people who don't understand how to write specs.

Sadly this is true, but it shouldn't be. Technical people should have the professionalism to analyse requirements and check that the requirements fit the purpose. Unfortunately the way of the world is that technical people would be quickly shuffled out of the way by sales and marketing if they started to reduce revenue by telling a customer what they really wanted instead of what the spec says.

about a week ago

Correcting Killer Architecture

Chrisq Really there's no excuse (98 comments)

For any building of that size and cost, putting a model in a wind-tunnel should be compulsory.

about a week ago

Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

Chrisq Re:Geek tomb? (164 comments)

me too!

about a week ago

Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

Chrisq Isn't "Peak Stupid" writing about it. (100 comments)

The script kiddies are wasting time and resources looking for non existent email addresses. Wouldn't it be better to let them get on with it rather than tell them exactly where a whole list of email addresses that they needn't check can be downloaded?

about a week ago

Twitter Reports 23 Million Users Are Actually Bots

Chrisq Re:Slashdot Bot (84 comments)

Natalie Portman. Naked, petrified and covered in hot grits.

I wish.Slashdot Bots are much more likely to add linsk to goatse

about a week ago

Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Chrisq Re:125% (557 comments)

Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Whoa - that's like 125%.

(This is sarcasm BTW)

You must work in accounting!

about a week ago



How do you assess the status of an open source project?

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  about a year ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "Our software landscape includes a number of open source components, and we currently assume that these components will follow the same life-cycle as commercial products, they will have a beta or test phase, a supported phase, and finally reach the end of life. In fact a clear statement that support is ended is unusual. The statement by Apache that Struts 1 has reached end of life is almost unique. What we usually find is:
  • Projects that appear are obviously inactive, having had no updates for years
  • Projects that obviously not going to be used in any new deployments because the standard language, library, or platform now has the capability built in
  • Projects that are rapidly losing developers to some more-trendy alternative project
  • Projects who's status is unclear, with some releases and statements in the forums that they are "definitely alive", but which seem to have lost direction or momentum.
  • Projects that have had no updates but are highly stable and do what is necessary, but are risky because they may not interoperate with future upgrades to other components.

By the treating Open Source in the same way as commercial software we only start registering risks when there is an official announcement. We have no metric we can use to accurately gauge the state of an Open Source component, but there are a number of components that we have a "bad feeling" about.

Are there any standard ways of assessing the status of an open source project? Do you use the same stages for Open source as commercial components? How do you incorporate these in a software landscape to indicate at-risk components and dependencies?"


A woman in France received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion Euros

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  about 2 years ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "

A woman in south-west France, who received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion euros, has had the real amount she owed waived — after the company admitted its mistake. Solenne San Jose, from Pessac outside Bordeaux, said she received a huge shock when she opened the bill for 11,721,000,000,000,000 euros (£9.4qn). This is nearly 6,000 times France's annual economic output.

If only she paid the bill Europe could have been out of recession and France the world's strongest economic power!"
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Teenager's stomach removed after drinking cocktail

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  about 2 years ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "From the BBC:

A teenager has had emergency surgery to remove her stomach after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen. Lancashire Police say Gaby Scanlon was out with friends in Lancaster last Thursday (4 October) when it happened. The 18-year-old is reported to have become breathless and developed severe stomach pain before being taken to Lancaster Royal Infirmary. Officers say she would have died if doctors had not performed the operation. The woman, from Heysham in Lancashire, was taken to hospital at 11pm. She was diagnosed with a perforated, or pierced stomach, and is now in a serious but stable condition. 'Toxic chemical' Lancashire Police have not named the place where she bought the cocktail, but say it has stopped selling it.

Why the hell would anyone even consider this a good idea?"
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Tom Daley Twitter abuse: Police arrest boy in Weymouth

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  about 2 years ago

Chrisq writes "The BBC reportsthat a teenager has been arrested by police investigating abuse of Team GB diver Tom Daley on Twitter. It goes on to say "A 17-year-old boy was arrested at a guest house in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications".

Evidently he twitted "You let your dad down i hope you know that".

If there ever was something that should have been left to censure by other fans and friends and not made a police matter then this is it. This sets an all-time low in the threshold of free speech in the UK. If it sets a precedent how many other comments and posts will result in charges? How much normal conversation would be illegal?

This is also likely to be ceased on by groups wanting to suppress criticism; with "unkind words" being reported to police."

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Move from Windows Live Spaces to WordPress rough

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "The move of Windows Live Spaces users to the WordPress platform is having some problems. There are lots of queries on the WordPress forum about how to move back to live spaces, which is not possible.

Also, draft posts are not migrated, which is not obvious from the instructions, with instructions to publish drafts being burred in a forum thread. One user lost 30 or 40 drafts with help staff not certain whether the will .

The large number of users is straining Wordpress's support staff, and problem reports are taking over 24 hours to get a response. The migration process has a backlog, which has left some users in the worrying situation that their Live Spaces blog has gone but the posts don't appear in their wordpress blog for hours. There are some suggestions that it can take 24 hours for this situation to be resolved.

Was this sort of chaos predictable?"

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Massive Orkut Hacking

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chrisq writes "It appears that many Orkut communities have been hacked. The "converts to Hinduism" forum was changed to "converts to fucking Hinduism", and contains many anti-hindu posts. A post d=2540072012157365331 gives a list of hacked as

Massive hacking of Hindu communities
List of Hacked Hindu Communities —
D.A.V. ians
Bhumihar Samaj
Shweta Salve-The Dancing Queen
Maharani Gayatri Devi
Amar Chitra Katha
Rabindranath Tagore's works
Metro Railways, Calcutta
Bangla Bhasha
Monda Club (Bengali Sweets)
IACS, Calcutta
Nandan Chattar
Dwarka Rocks!!!!!!!!
Jai Shree Ram
Dhulashia School
Aishwarya rai




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