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Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

Custard Horse Re:this is great news! (94 comments)

I initially thought that this was a troll comment but on reflection I realise that it is valid.

Clearly 'go digital' meant dispensing with the disc and saving the data to a hard drive but this is semantics as it is merely shifting the data to another media type.

'Say "no" to offline data' is the real message with which I wholeheartedly agree. There should be no need to swap optical discs in this day and age and keeping data offline makes no sense unless you are dealing with tape backups.

I treat blu-ray as a tape backup and keep a ripped version on my NAS which is how blu-ray/DVD/CD should be marketed. The consumer would be happy as they own a copy and the content providers would be happy as they can maintain their pricing structure.

about 6 months ago

Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

Custard Horse Re:Why the hyperbole? (174 comments)

Dead or not, the fact that the Kinect signs my dog in when she comes into the room will *never* get old. That dog has absolutely no idea how much effort I expended to set up an account and make her stand still without me in the picture.

"Hello Ella, you are now signed in!"


about 8 months ago

Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

Custard Horse Re:Xbone has been a disaster from the start (174 comments)

Next time, let your engineers spec the console up for you instead of the Marketing Department.

There is a happy medium in there somewhere.

A hardcore IT friend of mine says that the GUI was the ruination of computing and if you want to use computers you should learn the CLI and if you want a GUI you should make it yourself. It is fair to say he was very wide of the mark and he would still be using 16-bit machines to this day had the user-interface remained the same. Popularity (and porn) stimlulates the advance of technology.

Microsoft took consoles to a new level and are suffering now as they set the bar rather high. Sony had difficulty with the PS3 which was hardly a failure. The same can be said of the XBOne. I would rather have an XBOne than an Atari Jaguar.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

Custard Horse Re:No kinect = manual password entry :( (174 comments)

I still haven't hooked my kinect up yet. Tho' it's a pita having to type in my secure XBL password *every time*

"*every time*" is a terrible password! Doubly so now that you've announced it to the world (of /.)

about 8 months ago

Federal Court Pulls Plug On Porn Copyright Shakedown

Custard Horse Re:The US needs a loser-pays legal system (136 comments)

Interesting that you somehow want to penalise lawyers for doing a job that they are requested to do. Perhaps we should get rid of lawyers altogether? Take estate agents/realtors and door to door salesmen as well. And parking enforcement officers. And other people who are annoying despite having a function that could be beneficial to society...

Lawyers do not provide guarantees but they do frequently take on a case at a risk of not being paid which is the quid pro quo for the cases that are successful. There are also lawyers who assist with other matters too such as property transactions and assistance when a loved one dies. It's best not to tar everyone with the same brush you basement dwelling mummy's boy ;-)

In the UK there are some interesting developments with Qualified One-Way Shifting (synopsis) which allows someone to take on the mega-corp with little to no risk of being landed with an adverse costs order in the event that they lose their case. It is a relatively new concept which has not been rigourously tested and it has its pitfalls such as the drain on resources by fruitless claims but the drain is much smaller (technically) that the system which is being replaced where lawyer's fees, a percentage success fee (up to 100%) and a massive insurance premium could be claimed from the loser.

about 8 months ago

Wretched Ride: PS4 Driveclub Game Rental Tied To Paid Subscription

Custard Horse Re:MSRP of subscription MMOs (93 comments)

Buy a bowling ball and you're totally aware that to play that game it's going to cost you $20 every time. It's part of the deal and you understand it. But what this developer is doing is akin to selling you a basketball with a coin slot on the side. You have to put coins in, but you get nothing in return. It's just a money grab.

Well you say that but it is possible to set up your own bowling alley and some (rich) people do have their own home alleys. However, if you decide not to pay for your PSP subscription there is *no way* to set up your own server as Sony is unlikely/disinclined to allow you to do so.

Of course this issue is already in existence with games like Titanfall on the Xbox One which is online only although with that game the requirement for an internet connection and monthly subscription is patently obvious.

IMHO I am pleased that Sony has returned to its old ways as the recent Microsoft-only bashing has got a bit 'old'.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Custard Horse Anything made by Belkin (702 comments)

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

about 9 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 year 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 a year 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'...

1 year,15 days

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...

1 year,17 days

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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year ago



Lawyer badgers police and recovers stolen iPad

Custard Horse Custard Horse writes  |  about a year and a half 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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