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Homer Simpson Named Greatest TV Character

Goodgerster Harry Potter was not created for film anyway (142 comments)

Look, kids --- I have here the amazing piece of technology for which Harry Potter was created. It's like an ebook, but it's made of paper!

more than 4 years ago
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Django 1.1 Testing and Debugging

Goodgerster Already obsolete (26 comments)

Really, did the publishers not notice the months and months of version 1.2 betas/release candidates? It's an impressive trick of scheduling to have a book on 1.1 released on practically the same week as 1.2.

more than 4 years ago
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Details Emerge On Futurama's "Rebirth" (and Return)

Goodgerster Re:In this being (183 comments)

Oh jeez, I smell another cheap cross-over...

more than 4 years ago
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Should I Take Toyota's Software Update?

Goodgerster Re:It's madness that this is not the default. (750 comments)

Sorry, when I say "cut power to the engine" I mean cut the power from the engine, i.e., the link between the engine and wheels. Also, to clarify, the instruction was to stamp the brake as a first priority and, having started to apply maximum force, hit the clutch with the other foot. The optimal solution is to hit both together, but this introduces additional thinking time.

more than 4 years ago
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Should I Take Toyota's Software Update?

Goodgerster It's madness that this is not the default. (750 comments)

When I discovered the existence of automatic transmissions as a child (we Europeans primarily use the more efficient manual transmission), I asked how it stopped the engine from stalling when the brake pedal was applied. My father told me that the brake pedal was also connected to a clutch. This would obviously cut power to the engine when the brake was in use.

The force from an idling 1580cc turbodiesel, even without a stuck accelerator, extended the emergency stop distance of my learner car by a non-negligible distance, at least a couple of metres. This is why my driving lessons included engaging the clutch after the brake when performing emergency stops.

Now I have recently learned from Slashdot that, seemingly, in most automatics the brake pedal doesn't even cut the throttle. Given that many automatic cars in the US seem to be connected to 3000cc six-cylinder behemoths, I am sure this worsens the stopping distance for those cars a great deal more than a couple of metres. How many people has this particular design flaw killed over the last fifty-odd years?

more than 4 years ago
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Kernel Contributor Corbet Says Linux Community Is 'Intimidating'

Goodgerster Re:Not news (177 comments)

A new study says that illiterate people overgeneralise more easily: we'll have the full story and the latest news and weather. Join Fiona Bruce and I with the News at 10.

more than 4 years ago
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Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes

Goodgerster This man is not studying in London (538 comments)

He is studying at the University of Warwick, which is near Coventry. It is far away from London. He is "studying in London" in the same sense that all Californians are residents of San Francisco. Has FOX News' target audience never heard of any English city besides London?

more than 4 years ago
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UK Government To Monitor All Internet Use

Goodgerster Re:You know, these stories don't shock me anymore. (446 comments)

Those "lots of people" don't count, the government counts. Let's not kid ourselves here --- democracy in the UK means choosing between a discredited Thatcherite party (red logo) and an undirected Thatcherite party (blue logo) as our preferred autocratic rulers for the next five years.

more than 5 years ago
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UK Government To Monitor All Internet Use

Goodgerster Re:1984 (446 comments)

They don't need to do anything to regain power. Gordon Brown is the best thing ever to happen to the Conservative Party.

more than 5 years ago
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UN Attacks Free Speech

Goodgerster Re:Sorry, but I have to consider the source (842 comments)

one cannot, for instance, easily say, "Sharia law is sexist" without inciting any kind of Muslim action

There, fixed that for you.

more than 5 years ago
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The Global Warming Heretic

Goodgerster Re:History... (1190 comments)

We've dramatically cleaned up our environment, achieved energy independence, freed ourselves from the political constraints of fossil fuels and massively bolstered our economy with a whole new class of green businesses.

What planet do you live on? I'll take the next hyper-shuttle there.

more than 5 years ago
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Tesla Releases First Official Photos of Model S Sedan

Goodgerster Re:American cars.... (378 comments)

It doesn't "start up" like a fossil-powered car. The motor idles at 0 rpm, rotating only to drive the wheels. Further, on similar cars (Volvo S80, etc) the doors will re-lock when you move away from them, and the car won't be driveable for very long without the key inside it either. I imagine the makers of this car, having previously engineered a virtually brand-new powertrain, will be able to properly implement keyless entry.

more than 5 years ago
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Turning an iPod Touch Into an iPhone

Goodgerster Watch Apple crush this (175 comments)

"What? It competes with our own services!? Delete it from the Store! Then bring me the developers' ashes on a plate with a glass of red wine..."

more than 5 years ago
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Google Releases Chrome 2.0 Pre-Beta

Goodgerster Re:profiles vs fast user switching (326 comments)

I honeslty don't know when exactly Linux added the feature to let you swap desktops easily.

That would be about 1965, or whenever it was that UNIX was conceived. UNIX has had the capacity to support thousands of users simultaneously since the beginning of time (literally). When X appeared in the late 80s, very little changed in this regard.

Since Windows 95, Microsoft has been trying very very hard to add sensible multi-user facilities to Windows. The fact that consumer releases prior to XP were unable to prevent users logging in without a password, let alone prevent users from having full write access to each others' files, is perhaps irrelevant considering those users each had permission to delete the Windows kernel as well.

The NT kernel supplied XP with the capacity to handle multiple users securely and XP introduced fast user switching, but the damage was done --- most of the apps available by that point had to be run as root, and the attempt to bring the system a tiny fraction further along its long journey to UNIX-level user security was one of the more significant nails in Vista's coffin.

I reckon MS will eventually (too late) do what Apple did (also too late) and replace the entire thing with a bastard UNIX system running the shell from the previous system, and provide a compatibility layer. Indeed, it might be the only way to save it. Meanwhile, Wine continues to make it increasingly obsolete.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Router Rumors

Goodgerster Re:doing it right (267 comments)

for a Google router there's no particular business model other than spying on the owner

You are aware of the idea of selling routers, right?

more than 5 years ago
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Volvo Introduces a Collision-Proof Car

Goodgerster This is quite old (743 comments)

I've seen this advertised on TV in the UK for a production car, I think it was the V70; and it's mentioned in the first sentence of the Safety section of the S80's website: http://www.volvocars.com/UK/ALL-CARS-MY09/VOLVO-S80/Pages/default.aspx... they call it Collision Warning with Auto Brake. Really, this is old --- the current model of the S80 is a couple of years old at least.

more than 5 years ago
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Anyone Besides Zune Owners With New Year's Crashes?

Goodgerster My Debian box (480 comments)

The X window system on my Debian box crashed at 23:59:59 UTC --- when I returned from watching the fireworks on TV, the clock was stuck at this time. As usual it wouldn't kill, so I have just finished repairing my Firefox profile due to the ensuing hard reset.

more than 5 years ago
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Browser Privacy Test

Goodgerster It's spelt Firefox (133 comments)

When will people stop capitalising the second F in Firefox? Or are we all going to use FireFox in future? Perhaps InterNet Explorer and SaFari could join in.

more than 5 years ago
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First Look At Windows 7 Beta 1

Goodgerster Re:Looks promising (898 comments)

Fixed the taskbar?!

more than 5 years ago

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Platforms to Target for Media Distribution System?

Goodgerster Goodgerster writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Goodgerster writes "I'm writing a web service and I'm being asked by potential investors which platforms it will run on. I hadn't given the matter much thought, but I have noticed that a lot of websites, such as Wolfram Alpha or Google Maps, now have iPhone apps and the like. Aside from the obvious big three (Symbian, Android, iOS), what platforms should websites write standalone apps for?"
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Goodgerster Goodgerster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Goodgerster writes "Businesses worldwide now no longer have to develop their own Linux drivers, and users no longer have to rely upon reverse-engineering (hopefully.) The Linux kernel community will now write your driver for you, provided you can supply some specs or an engineer's email address. They also provide some support if you have NDA worries. Hopefully this should lead to better hardware support in the more esoteric device categories, such as graphics tablets."

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