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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Custard Horse Anything made by Belkin (694 comments)

...were built to last but more as objet d'art when the 'functioning' element stops working after, well, 10 minutes or so.

5 days ago

UK To Create Alan Turing Institute

Custard Horse Re:Pardon?! (62 comments)

It's a good thing that the law in this area was changed, even if it was changed later than some might have wished for.

It's a pity the law was made in the first place...

about a month ago

UK To Create Alan Turing Institute

Custard Horse Re: Alan Turing was all kinds of awesome! (62 comments)

'poof' or 'poofter' are the words that you grasp after, not a composite of the two.

Right, I'm just off to a brothel to visit your mom where, even there, I believe they refer to her as 'Admiral Ackbar'.

about a month ago

Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

Custard Horse Re:Low protein extends life? (459 comments)

Just discard the fluid when you take it out of the tin and it should be fine...

about a month and a half ago

Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

Custard Horse Re:Samsung and Google (153 comments)

Didn't they just sign some agreement a few days ago? And now Samsung is gonna stab Google in the back. Grab your popcorn and place your bets!

They're keeping patent law alive. Not content with being sued by Apple, they will now be sued by microsoft - presumably as their 'tiles' are 'too square'.

about 3 months ago

Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts

Custard Horse Re:G+ is not market dominant... (339 comments)

What Google needs to bring to the market is Google porn.

That would be an instant success!

But then they would have to redefine the term 'Googlewhack'...

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

Custard Horse Re:Use mooltipass (381 comments)

Therefore, you'd only need to share your PIN code with your husband/wife (5 to 6 numbers)

Husband/wife? This is slashdot you know...

about 3 months ago

Google Is Testing a Program That Tracks Your Purchases In the Real World

Custard Horse Re:Misleading title... (160 comments)

You still have control though which is the crucial point. If you revert to paying cash, your trips to Walmart are no longer being tracked.

Let's not get too excited, Google is looking to monetise tracking information in the same was as grocery store reward cards allow the stores to mine purchase data and send you focused offers. The NSA is not interested in your buy one, get one free selections but Google is interested in directing you to their corporate clients based on where you happen to be.

The quid pro quo is that your acceptance of such tracking does provide financial reward. This is an option of which you may wish to avail yourself.

This is not the same as the voting and the ipod analogy not least due to the vagueness of the question. Is it one ipod for one vote or for all future votes? Were the respondent congenital idiots? All important questions..

about 5 months ago

Bribe Devs To Improve Open Source Software

Custard Horse Re:Appealing to the inner pirate ... (109 comments)

OK, so you created 1000 bugs and put a $1 bribe on each of them to encourage others to chip in to get them fixed. If half of the bugs are fixed by random people who thought that it was easier to fix the bug and cash in on the $1 than paying someone else to do it you are down $500.

You have essentially created a game where one can choose between adding to the bank or taking it all and you start by adding to the bank. There is no reason for anyone else to not take the money and your only advantage is that you have your hand a little bit closer to the bank since you created the problem. You do however not benefit from this since you don't see when someone else is fixing the bug until it is too late.

The only problem with this premise is that intentionally writing bugs but leaving a mostly functional piece of software would take quite a bit of planning.

Surely a serious coder would want to write more, useful, code and bug-fix as necessary rather than engineer a situation which may or may not produce free monies?

I choose to believe that coders would have pride in their OSS and introduce new features rather than produce bug-laden code which might be replaced by the next big thing.

Having said that I'm no coder so my assumptions are probably invalid.

about 6 months ago

UK Police Seize 3D-Printed 'Gun Parts,' Which Are Actually Spare Printer Parts

Custard Horse over-reaction? (279 comments)

FTFA: "The man was also arrested on suspicion of making gunpowder"

He was probably making coffee...

about 6 months ago

Automakers Struggle With Pairing Smartphones To Car Infotainment Systems

Custard Horse Re:What could possibly go right. (187 comments)

lets fiddle with apps while driving 70 mph! what could possibly go wrong?

Those same applications, might provide life saving guides in event of an accident, or warn of a collision ahead, preventing further loss of life. disable or take over controls of car in event of the driver being intoxicated, drugged, asleep, heart attack. Limit car to preferred drivers. Or even the boring things we are used to like sat nav, or internet radio

Your right people could facebook or play angry birds at 70mph...they can already do that on their phone, or well there could be useful apps geared towards, boring *car* things that just happen to be smart.

Let us not forget to mention that cars already have touch screens and numerous controls on, around and away from the steering wheel. Ironically, the simplest cars, in the UK at least, are small production cars that don't have airbags, ABS or other safety measures. They handle well but they are apt to disappear into the scenery when pushed hard on a wet road even when there are no distractions.

Incidentally, "pushed hard on a wet road" is not a euphemism. This time.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

Custard Horse Re:My best advice: ***AVOID INKJETS*** !!! (381 comments)

For an Office. Sure. But at home I don't like having a laser printer buzzing away. They create a lot more pollution in the form of nanoparticles and ozon than an inkjet printer. At least that's what I was told.

I was told (by a workplace safety expert) that laser printers should ideally always be in their own, well ventilated, room.

I have a laser printer in my home office so it is in it's own room. I don't see the problem.

Choosing inkjet over laser is a folly as far as costs goes. Colour lasers are dirt cheap and if you choose wisely you can buy perfectly serviceable refilled cartridges for very little. The Dell 1320CN printer I have cost around £100 ($150) and came with starter toners - good for around 500 pages.

I can get a full set of high capacity toners for £20 ($30) including delivery. The quality is great and any photographic material beyond school projects can be ordered from an online service as suggested elsewhere in this thread. You can get a similar deal for cartridges for the Dell 1765NFW which does everything bar make you a packed lunch.

Remanufactured toner cartridges are the key to low cost. The cost of ink is astronomical (I read somewhere that it can work out at £1000 ($1500) per litre which wouldn't surprise me).

about 6 months ago

BBC Unveils Newly Discovered Dr.Who Episodes

Custard Horse Re:Glad (184 comments)

It's not fair for them to try a collect more money off these from BBC license payers. These people are paying BBC right now for content.

But they aren't paying now for past content, but for new content. Heck, back when these episodes were broadcast, people loudly complained about wasted fees when the BBC dared to rebroadcast anything.

Absolutely. Plus, for those in the UK, it helps defray the cost of the BBC by selling media to anybody who wants it.

In a time when content providers are being criticised for not providing content I find it a little odd that the BBC is being criticised for doing just that.

about 6 months ago

BBC Unveils Newly Discovered Dr.Who Episodes

Custard Horse Re:The public paid for them, the BBC threw them aw (184 comments)

Unless the legal owners (the BBC) gave permission for limited distribution i.e. back to themselves. Sharing is only illegal if you don't have the original owner's permission.

about 6 months ago

Transport Expert Insists 'Don't Dismiss Wacky Hyperloop'

Custard Horse Re:Sure it's a loopy idea (385 comments)

In the UK there is HS2 which is a rail link that runs North to South. Part of the project included a fund for compensation for those affected by property price decrease and for those who are subject to compulsory purchase orders.

So, it is possible to plan such a project - even in the UK with higher population density. I'm not sure how crossing the state line would effect a similar project in the US - presumably as long as each state sees a benefit it shouldn't be too much trouble?

about 8 months ago

Buy the WarGames IMSAI 8080 and Possibly Impress Ally Sheedy

Custard Horse Re:Might not be the original (103 comments)

They made a sequel? I'll file that one next to Highlander 2 and Escape from L.A.

about 10 months ago

Bill Regulating 3D Printed Guns Announced In NYC

Custard Horse to be expected (322 comments)

They're just shooting from the tip..

about 10 months ago



Lawyer badgers police and recovers stolen iPad

Custard Horse Custard Horse writes  |  about a year ago

Custard Horse (1527495) writes "A UK based lawyer (A Welsh man working in England) had the misfortune to lose his iPad but had the technological wherewithal to visit an Apple store and ask for assistance in tracking the iPad on its outward journey to another County.

To cut a long story short – the police were not terribly interested so he knocked on the door of the thief and asked for the iPad to be returned. The two are now reunited.

This story appears regularly on Slashdot and the police are rarely interested in getting involved. Is this a fundamental distrust of technology or is it a failing of the tracking soft/hardware itself? In this instance the tracking worked but is this usually the case or not?

On a side note, a lawyer who is prepared to tackle a thief without issuing an invoice — a little respect due perhaps?!"

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