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New Canadian Copyright Laws Require ISPs To Retain, Share Illegal Download Info

Heir Of The Mess Re:Up to $5k... (161 comments)

They can only sue for the value of goods downloaded...If, for example, I go buy a movie, then download a version for my media centre, I have not committed a crime.

So this is almost sensible.

What I'd like to see is a double edge approach providing a media licensing system where every ISP has an optional media subscription service at a reasonable price. Then have it that media companies can only request download metadata for content that they license to that ISP, however if a customer subscribes to the ISP media service, then that buys them immunity.

If the above was implemented then people would only need to download what their ISP can't provide, and there'd be incentive for media companies to license that content to ISPs, giving people what they want: One media subscription service that gives you everything.

about three weeks ago

Oracle Seeking Community Feedback on Java 8 EE Plans

Heir Of The Mess Re:Real mature (109 comments)

This is just a short anecdote, so it doesn't carry much weight, but in the last 20+ years I've been involved in many large projects, most of them successful, but it seems that the ones that turn into total nightmares failed because the JAVA teams messed up totally. So now I have a gag reflex when I'm presented with the prospect of working on a project with a large JAVA component.

1 year,12 days

Ask Slashdot: Package Redirection Service For Shipping to Australia?

Heir Of The Mess Re:Why are you looking at shipping from the US?? (206 comments)

To add to this, I generally buy all my chinese made stuff from Hong Kong retailers on e-bay who ship to Australia for free.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Node.js vs. JEE/C/C++/.NET In the Enterprise?

Heir Of The Mess Re:I think... (304 comments)

32 bit COM objects and 64 bit COM objects can both be used in a .NET app running under the 64 bit runtime. Anyone with enough experience in this field to be eligible to make a comment would know this.

You've added 12 really lame anti .NET comments to an article that is meant be about using Node.js as an app server replacement. You add no value to the conversation, and yet you feel that you have to continuously interject. Its people like you that enforce the image that aging or Java orientated programmers are unemployable in highly dynamic environments because of their woeful inflexibility. Try to lose some of the Jade, learn something new.

about a year and a half ago

Average latency to Slashdot.org?

Heir Of The Mess Re:203ms - With Fibre connection and not in space (558 comments)

I'm in Australia and my average is 237ms, and they say that we don't need the NBN

The NBN will reduce the time between you and your ISP, so at most will shave 20ms off your latency - provided they don't screw it up and increase the latency with the equipment.

Here's a full tracert from a 19Mbit link on Internode:

C:\Users\John>tracert slashdot.org

Tracing route to slashdot.org []
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms
2 29 ms 29 ms 29 ms lns20.adl6.on.ii.net []
3 29 ms 29 ms 30 ms te3-3.cor1.adl6.on.ii.net []
4 29 ms 29 ms 29 ms xe-11-0-0.cr1.adl6.on.ii.net []
5 49 ms 48 ms 49 ms ae4.br1.syd7.on.ii.net []
6 204 ms 205 ms 206 ms te0-2-0-3.br2.sjc2.on.ii.net []
7 204 ms 204 ms 203 ms xe-11-0-1.edge1.SanJose3.Level3.net []
8 204 ms 203 ms 204 ms Savvis-Level3.Dallas3.Level3.net []
9 206 ms 225 ms 209 ms cr2-tengig0-7-3-0.sanfrancisco.savvis.net []
10 266 ms 266 ms 266 ms cr1-ten-0-4-0-1.chd.savvis.net []
11 259 ms 258 ms 258 ms hr1-te-12-0-1.elkgrovech3.savvis.net []
12 268 ms 265 ms 264 ms das5-v3029.ch3.savvis.net []
13 258 ms 268 ms 256 ms
14 257 ms 265 ms 265 ms slashdot.org []

Trace complete.

about 2 years ago

Why a Linux User Is Using Windows 3.1

Heir Of The Mess Re:I've done this with Dosbox too but... (415 comments)

Wow... these comments make up a lot of assumptions about my character. What's with all the hostility? One guy called me a cunt! What's next, threats?

You made a logical and totally reasonable suggestion, but it went against his religion. His internal conflict caused him to lash out at you the messenger.

about 2 years ago

CES: Can a Gyroscope Ball Really Cure Wrist Pain? (Video)

Heir Of The Mess I use a DynaFlex Powerball (144 comments)

10 years ago I started getting stiffness and numbness from my right wrist up to the shoulder. I switched to an ergo keyboard which helped a bit, but the DynaFlex Powerball helped a lot. Since then I've gone through 3 powerballs. A couple of years ago my knuckles started stiffening and freezing up on me. To help with that I've been taking Fish Oil, which I didn't think was working until I stopped it for a week, and have been using this great ergo mouse.

about 2 years ago

The Strange Math of Apple's Alleged Massive iPhone 5 Order Cuts

Heir Of The Mess Re:so? apple is still selling less product (298 comments)

for single people its $90 a month for the carrier bill

Holy shit, that's a lot of money for cellphone service.

Bloody oath! I pay $10/month for 1GB of 3G + about $5 worth of calls and SMS, so $15 total per month for me.

about 2 years ago

Oracle Ships Java 7 Update 11 With Vulnerability Fixes

Heir Of The Mess Re:Disaster (243 comments)

I already had a customer balking about installing java. Now it seems certain we'll have to port everything away, a huge undertaking. (Even though we'll end up porting it to C++ and have multiple times more vulnerabilities when we're done, but I guess at least they'll be specific to our application).

There is no way in hell I could recommend taking a team of Java developers and getting them to port their application to C++. Actually I've seen this attempted back in 2003, and it ended up generating a bunch of C++ code that had to be trashed and rewritten by a team of competent C++ programmers. The problem was mainly all these design patterns that Java programmers use that are based on garbage collection being present, and all the weird and wonder hacks that were introduced to try to add some kind of memory manangement scheme on top of a bunch of code that was written without any thought about object lifetime management. What about other languages like C#/mono? that will at least allow a basic like for like translation of everything below the GUI layer?

about 2 years ago

Worldwide Shortage of Barium

Heir Of The Mess Re:Why do they not recycle? (270 comments)

Barium is an element does not vanish and can certainly be sterilized to any degree desired. So, why do they apparently not recycle the stuff?

Because not much is used in medical practice, so it's not worth it. The main use of Barium is Barite which is a Drilling Fluid for drilling bore holes. You may have heard of white mud?

about 2 years ago

Intel Challenges ARM On Power Consumption... And Ties

Heir Of The Mess Re:Would the results be the same under Android ? (163 comments)

I think the underlying intent of the article is to show that the Microsoft Surface is a waste of time, and so it was Windows 8 focussed. They compared a Microsoft Surface with an Acer W510, and the Acer tied on power and won on performance. But also the Acer runs all Windows apps, so why would you buy the Microsoft Surface over the Acer W510?

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Makes Direct X 11.1 a Windows 8 Exclusive

Heir Of The Mess Re:New WDDM version is the reason (553 comments)

Just thought I'd add to your bit that says:

you'd have to be particularly crazy to develop a game that requires DirectX 11.1 any time soon

Given a pragmatic developer I can't see how that would happen, unless they were doing a tech demo. Most of the DirectX utility and sample code sets up the device like this:

  1. Try initializing Directx9
  2. Try initializing Directx10
  3. Try initializing Directx11

so now you add:

  1. Try initializing Directx11.1

All the fixed function stuff is gone now. You do your own object-local-to-word transform in the vertex shader, and then the world-to-view transform using the projection matrix. If you have stereoscopic rendering, then you have 2 projection matricies in the shaders.
Thus in the above tests you get back what version of DirectX is running, and load the corresponding set of shaders for your world, lighting and material renderers. You'd need the option to turn on or off stereoscopic rendering anyway, so it makes having an exclusive Directx11.1 renderer highly implausible.

more than 2 years ago

Moore's Law Is Becoming Irrelevant, Says ARM's Boss

Heir Of The Mess Re:Not built for speed?!? (236 comments)

Hard drive usage doesn't affect speed. I've got Terrabytes of data on on number crunching machine, and it still runs just as fast as it it did when I was writing the software and had only a few GB of random test data.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

Heir Of The Mess Gelly Roll Classic Fine 0.3mm (712 comments)

Gelly Roll Classic Fine 0.3mm. It's what you need. They're cheap, pick one up and try it. I know it's thicker than what you want, but it's real easy to write with.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Releases Windows 8

Heir Of The Mess Re:First post! (403 comments)

98 SE was better. I've not been a fan of the NT line

No way. I had NT 3.51 as my main OS (circa 1995). That was the good version before they killed it with NT 4.0. This OS gave you the OS/2 experience with a Windows skin (If you used OS/2 2.0 then you know what I'm talking about), and OpenGL to boot (no DirectWhatever). The multitasking was butter smooth, and it came with a C/C++ compiler bundled in the OS. I was doing user/programmer tech support at the time, and all the 98SE machines I saw that came years later sucked arse.

NT 4.0 with the Windows 95 skin was a backwards step. Apparently Billg had a bee in his bonnet about beating MacOS at the automated bytemark benchmark in word processing or something, and so the OS guys had to move GUI stuff into the kernel to get the benchmarks up. It was downhill from there.

Oh by the way, if anyone's looking for a 39 yr old programmer with a boat load of experience (150 different skills), I'm open to offers... just though I'd add that in, in case someone reads this, as some of my clients have hit hard times recently, hence I've....

more than 2 years ago

The Three Pillars of Nokia Strategy Have All Failed

Heir Of The Mess Re:Look at the alternatives. (409 comments)

HTC is a Taiwanese manufacturer, Apple is more of a Chinese manufacturer. That aside I think that the argument should be that Samsung are so far ahead on Android, that Nokia need to be number 1 on something else as they can't compete with Samsung. Looking at the build vs buy numbers wrt to writing the OS, buying from Microsoft was most likely more economical than trying to go it alone.

more than 2 years ago

Android Ported To C#

Heir Of The Mess Re:Android (351 comments)

I haven't personally used Eclipse for 3 years but, as I'm primarily a C++ developer, I left the IDE choice to my full time Java developing peers who informed me that Eclipse sucked hard. I had assumed this was an informed opinion. The problem I've found with NetBeans is that we are using Ant for the build process, which seems to work like a shell script rather than a makefile. I've found I'm faster in C#/VS2010 mainly because the intellisense seems to work better with that combination. As someone who is continuously changing languages and platforms I find intellisense quite valuable.

more than 2 years ago

Android Ported To C#

Heir Of The Mess Re:Android (351 comments)

Java has something C# lacks: a good IDE. Java has eclipse.

Wow, where did you get that opinion from? Using a beta version of VS2005? VS2001?. The team I'm in right now is coding Java for Android in NetBeans because Eclipse sucked hard. But coding in C# in Visual Studio 2008/2010 is way better, way more productive. Hell even coding Javascript / HTML in VS2010 is better than this.

more than 2 years ago

C/C++ Back On Top of the Programming Heap?

Heir Of The Mess Re:Opinion (611 comments)

In the last couple of years I've seen more and more C in code bases for mathematically intense applications due to requiring C for GPU programming. OpenCL and Cuda are C based and from where I'm standing are the two main choices for GPU programming at the moment. Something on the horizon that looks interesting is Microsoft's C++ AMP stuff which fullfills the same need.

more than 2 years ago

Smithsonian Aims To Make Objects In Museum Collection 3D-Printable

Heir Of The Mess Reason to get a 3D printer (73 comments)

If they release these models into the public doman this might just be the self justification I need to convince myself to get a 3D printer. They should sell the printers and printer consumables off their website, and give away the models for free.

more than 2 years ago



Heir Of The Mess Heir Of The Mess writes  |  about 8 years ago

Heir Of The Mess writes "In this article Professor Shaunak, of Imperial College, said that he and Professor Brocchini, from the London School of Pharmacy, could alter the molecular structure of an existing drug and turn it technically into a new medicine which would no longer be under a 20-year patent to a multinational drug company.

Sunial Shaunak and his colleague Steve Brocchini claim that their "ethical pharmaceutical" model could enable millions in poor countries to be cured of infectious diseases as well as slashing the NHS drugs bill. Here it says the process will be started in India on a clinical trial basis and will be sponsored by the Indian government. The cost of producing a new drug according to multinational companies is around $800 million. However Shaunak said that the total cost of development of their drug would be just a few million pounds. He added that the patent of the drug would be held by the Imperial College who will employ top patent lawyers to make sure that no one will block its development.

More articles can be found here."

Heir Of The Mess Heir Of The Mess writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Heir Of The Mess writes "The taipei times has an article about how Jerome Martinez and friends handed themselves in to French police, challenging major firms to take them to task for flouting anti-piracy measures.

Among their crimes was listening to a song purchased from iTunes on a device not made by Apple Computer, and copying a movie from a DVD to a portable media device. In mounting their protest, members of the group in Paris saw themselves as foot soldiers of the digital generation battling against ever-tighter controls over songs, film and all digitized culture.

It's good to see that the French people have the courage to stand up to these laws being foisted upon them.

It's also covered elsewhere on the net here, and here."


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