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Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

DeathElk Re:No problem (423 comments)

It's not stupid. It's quite common for specialised equipment to rely on drivers written for a particular OS. We have a 3 year old transmission dynamometer that cost us $180,000 that is controlled by redundant commodity x86 hardware running XP. There is no need to keep the OS up to date as it serves only one purpose.

Stupid lusers these days think all "PCs" are to be connected to the Internet and used for browsing file sharing sites.

about three weeks ago
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New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

DeathElk Re:The most plausible theory - written by a pilot (227 comments)

The simplest answer is usually correct. Instead we get the typical murdoch media response i.e. the pilots were not Caucasian, they must be terrorists.

about a month ago
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New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

DeathElk Headed South? (227 comments)

If any trace is found in Australian waters, it will either be detained or culled.

about a month ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

DeathElk Re:Woosh (226 comments)

Arguably, the increasing incidence of pedestrians and cyclists being injured or killed by distracted drivers requires a legislative effort to minimise the harm, as people cannot be trusted to act responsibly. Some people would argue the same for online pornography, given the failure of many parents to educate and monitor their children's Internet usage.

I believe the immediate danger to all road users associated with distracted driving far outweighs the largely moral issue of online pornography.

about 2 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

DeathElk Re:I'm for caution first (226 comments)

My take is that a large part of the traditional Slashdot reader base love technology and the science behind it, but dislike the impact it has on person to person relationships, social norms and society in general. So get off my lawn unless you're gonna mow it.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?

DeathElk Where's the Cadillac? (250 comments)

Damn, you traded the Blues Mobile for a microphone, then you lost the microphone. Pure fail, all 'round.

about 2 months ago
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CES 2014: Stefan Lindsay Demonstrates the gTar (Video)

DeathElk Sometime the old methods are best. (104 comments)

I see no advantage to this.. thing over traditional blood, sweat and tears learning methods. The thing doesn't even tune. The most fundamental part of learning any instrument is feeling the natural acoustic harmonics generated when the instrument is slightly out of tune, compared to when it is in tune. This is ear training, and no shortcuts can be taken there. This device can not replicate that. Even an unplugged electric guitar generates audible harmonics that are fundamental to learning music.

The other issue I have is the requirement to concentrate wholly on the fretboard, not the score. This method may teach the student a few scales, licks or songs, but they will not develop the subconscious fingering accuracy required to truly advance. This will only come by throwing away this.. thing, and buying a proper guitar.

about 3 months ago
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Engineers: Traffic Studies Use Simulation Software, Not Lane Closings

DeathElk Re:In other words ... (265 comments)

Ha! As if that previous republican loony didn't adopt spreading FUD and bullshit as his standard operating procedure! No, it's just "blame the skinny black guy".

about 3 months ago
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New Home Automation?

DeathElk Re:Lessons learned from my Home Automation System (336 comments)

Bummer you excluded the bathroom lights. I had mine on a midnight to dawn program controlled by a motion detector in the bedroom hall that slowly ramped the hall/bathroom lights up to 30% - great way to avoid squinting from the brightness when you go for that 3AM piss.

about 3 months ago
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New Home Automation?

DeathElk Clipsal C-Bus (336 comments)

I did mine with Clipsal C-Bus, not cheap but works really well. It integrates with Clipsal Star-Serve for AV and runs wirelessly or with Cat-5 (they recommend using pink cat-5 for identification as standard).

As well as the C-Bus, I also ran cat-6 data, coax and AV to each room, all served by a cabinet in the garage. All in separate conduits, with extra pull wires.

One tip though; don't expect it to add to the resale value of your home if you have a complex system for lighting. Many buyers will see that as a potential future liability. Be sure to run standard light switching circuits as well.

about 3 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

DeathElk Re:And the costs are not sustainable (1043 comments)

No, they'd be man handled by security, police called and thrown in the watch house on trespass charges.

about 3 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

DeathElk Re:Bike helmet? (317 comments)

Yeah, we can all die fat and slow instead.

about 3 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

DeathElk Re:Bike helmet? (317 comments)

Yeah, the only two countries with federally mandated helmet laws, and they've both seen a dramatic decrease in cycling participation since the laws were introduced.

about 3 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

DeathElk Re:Instead of making helmets compulsory (317 comments)

Many urban planners are discussing the opposite - ban inefficient, private use vehicles from cities and provide better cycling infrastructure. Wins all round. Except for lazy people.

about 3 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

DeathElk Better helmet design? Excellent. (317 comments)

I'm all for a better designed bicycle helmet, and I'd use it in some circumstances. But I'm vehemently against the government mandating that I must wear one.

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

DeathElk Re:Who needs facebook? (457 comments)

Dude, I appreciate your efforts to restrict your children's online activity with an emphasis on interpersonal contact and physical activity, however you've gone way too far. I can assure you that this will backfire in a big way, the only thing you will achieve is to alienate yourself from your kids if you insist on your hardline position. Loosen up a bit mate, be their friend and mentor, not their "restrictions and monitoring" overseer.

about 4 months ago

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Journalist "arrested" at IT security conference

DeathElk DeathElk writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DeathElk writes "Fairfax media IT journalist Ben Grubb was detained by police in Australia after publishing an article on events at a security conference in Queensland. The article describes methods used to bypass Facebook security controls, as presented by security expert Christian Heinrich. Although police deny "arresting" the journalist, he was detained for questioning and his iPad was confiscated. Is it no longer safe in Australia to report on events and the facts arising from these events?"
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Australian Tax Office - Sorry, Windows only!

DeathElk DeathElk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DeathElk writes "The Australian Taxation Office has come under fire from Mac and Linux users due to the ATOs continued failure to offer a non-Microsoft Windows version of their popular e-tax program. The ATO e-tax program is used by millions of Australian tax payers to submit their annual tax returns. The ATO has responded by suggesting Mac and Linux users "come into a Tax Office shopfront and use e-tax on a shopfront computer". Linux users may be able to run e-tax under wine, however this doesn't leave many options for less technically oriented Linux users or Mac users. Aside from paying the Microsoft Tax, either by licensing Windows under VMware or other virtual machine software, the only option for non-windows users is to turn off the computer — and complete their tax return manually or pay a tax consultant."
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Microsoft introduces MAR Program

DeathElk DeathElk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DeathElk writes "Microsoft now offers discounted Windows XP licenses to PC refurbishers through their Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher program. From the ARNnet article: 'Observers say MAR also attempts to ameliorate another risk: that refurbishers, frustrated by the high cost and difficulty of following Microsoft's arcane Windows licenses to the letter, will simply install a free Linux operating system on renewed PCs instead.'"
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DeathElk DeathElk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DeathElk writes "New South Wales teachers are attempting to have a website based in the United States closed down due to "defamatory" content. The site in question encourages students to rate teachers at their school, which obviously results in some colorful content. Now the story has hit the media, with some insightful quotes such as "The president of the NSW Secondary Principals Council, Jim McAlpine, said the Federal Government should block access to 'scurrilous American websites'." What's next — the great fwall of AU?"
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DeathElk DeathElk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DeathElk writes "A blog article from September 2006 referring to possibly Australia's largest Linux desktop rollout to date was followed up recently with comments by the same author on the continuing hard sell for SME integrators of desktop Linux.

As the IT manager of a company of 100 employees, I strive to adopt the most suitable solutions for our staff. Many of our workstations such as POS stations and inventory management have no concrete requirement for Windows compatible software, so I plan to migrate these in the near future. Indeed, around 30% of personal computers I have managed during my career have few "desktop specific" requirements at all — they are there as a tool to serve a specific purpose, and certainly don't need IE, Solitaire, Hearts etc... let alone the maintenance and security involved

So why the continuing hard sell for Linux integrators that target smaller companies? Perhaps it is time for integrators to break the standard "desktop mentality" and adopt a more utilitarian approach, with the cost benefits this offers."
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DeathElk DeathElk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DeathElk writes "Who says you need to be a tech guru to run Linux for everyday use? Not according to the Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney's main broadsheet and online format newspaper, who recently featured an article espousing the virtues of desktop linux. See Linux wins over new fans.

From the article: "Linux is shedding its hard-core techie image in a bid to woo ordinary human beings seeking an easy-to-use operating system that can be downloaded for free."

Is this a positive step forward for widespread GNU/Linux desktop adoption? Unfortunately the article doesn't mention the large range of live CD/DVD distributions available for try before you fly, or the range of Windows applications tested and working under Wine."

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