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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Hieronymus Howard Re:LOL, (928 comments)

That's why the US is called "The Land of the Free".

Tell that to people often enough and they'll start to believe it. Even if the reality is completely the opposite.

about 4 months ago

London's Public Bike Data Can Tell Everyone Where You've Been

Hieronymus Howard Re:Just don't rent a bike. (41 comments)

That's the typical geek attitude that I see everywhere - "It doesn't meet my needs, therefore I can't see how it can meet anyone else's needs either."

I see plenty of people riding these around London. Whilst I'm not a bicycle rider (avid or otherwise), I can understand the convenience of just being able to walk up to a bike stand and rent one for a short journey.

about 8 months ago

Bletchley Park's Bitter Dispute Over Its Future

Hieronymus Howard Re:"Modernizing" museums is a blight on the world (99 comments)

The steam engine at the entrance of the Science Museum does run, but not all of the time. I go to the Science Museum frequently, as I have a 5 year old who love it. I've certainly seen the engine running several times recently.

about 10 months ago

Skype Is Evaluating Adding Typing Suppression Feature

Hieronymus Howard Skype already filters cat purring (77 comments)

Skype has been able to filter out the sound of cats purring for a long time now. I tell you that it's really useful when you're sitting in your island lair, plotting world domination, and issuing orders to your minions via Skype. The sound of the purring kitty on your lap is completely filtered by Skype. So when a suave British spy tries to infiltrate you, the minions can hear your voice loud and clear. I tell you, this is a great win for evil overlords everywhere.

1 year,13 days

Scientist Seeks Investment For "Alcohol Substitute"

Hieronymus Howard Re:You had me at ... (328 comments)

You could equally argue that the the dangers of ecstasy are tempered by the health benefits of dancing.

1 year,16 days

Hitachi Develops Boarding Gate With Built-In Explosives Detector

Hieronymus Howard Re:Multipass (118 comments)

My RSS feed truncated the title to exactly that. I was just about to post it.

more than 2 years ago

Linus Torvalds Says Linux 4.0 Could Be Out In Three Years

Hieronymus Howard Re:Even Torvalds now? (174 comments)

Exactly. Why don't they just copy Apple's current system and call it 'The New Linux Kernel'?

more than 2 years ago

Steve Ballmer: We Won't Be Out-Innovated By Apple Anymore

Hieronymus Howard Re:cool story bro (610 comments)

Until recently you'd have been correct. I work for a large company which has always exclusively used Windows desktops (apart from some 'creative' people who had Macs for design or video). It was extremely rare to see a Mac anywhere. But in the last year or so, I'm starting to see them in large numbers, and on the desks of business people and software developers. In fact, there are now whole offices full of Macs, where once would have been Windows PCs.

A few weeks ago, I was at a software development conference, and more than half of the geeks there (and it was almost exclusively geeks) had Macbook Pros or Airs. They outnumbered Windows and Linux laptops combined. I was lugging around a heavy HP laptop (running Mint) and was really starting to see the appeal of the lightweight Air.

From what I've observed recently, Macs are making very strong headway into the traditional PC market.

more than 2 years ago

China Pirates Austrian Village

Hieronymus Howard Re:Pirates? (150 comments)

Clone is a great word, F'rexample, "I didn't pirate that blu-ray movie, I cloned it"

more than 2 years ago

My primary phone runs ...

Hieronymus Howard Windows Phone? (400 comments)

What no Windows option? Oh wait, this is Slashdot. Nobody here's going to be running Windows Phone or Windows Mobile .

more than 2 years ago

Wozniak Calls For Open Apple

Hieronymus Howard Re:Apple clones? (330 comments)

OS X has little to recommend itself on servers. Whilst OS X is undoubtedly 'Desktop Unix Done Right', it also seems to be 'Server Unix Done Wrong'. Any of the commercial *nixes, Linux or even one of the BSDs would probably be a better choice for most people.

I say this having been running a small OS X server for around 7 years and am now switching to Ubuntu. The only thing that I really prefer about OS X over Linux on a server is it uses the very nicely designed BSD firewall, rather than iptables.

On the desktop it's a different matter and I still prefer my Macs to my Linux Mint PCs.

more than 2 years ago

UK Plan Would Use CCTV To Stop Uninsured Drivers From Refueling

Hieronymus Howard Re:UK is Dysfunction Junction (691 comments)

Almost all petrol stations here in the UK have cameras already installed to read your numberplate before you're allowed to fill up. This is to help reduce the number of people driving away without paying for fuel. So I'd imagine that most of your list of problems have already been sorted out. The biggest worry, imo, is 'database'. Especially 'government database'. Just renewed your insurance? Database not yet updated? No fuel for you. The police already have ANPR cameras to catch uninsured drivers, but they know that the database isn't always accurate and will phone your insurance company to check to see if you are actually covered. A fully automated system obviously can't do this, so if the database is wrong then you're screwed.

more than 2 years ago

An Early Look At Mac OS X 10.8

Hieronymus Howard Re:Mountain Lion? (658 comments)

I was hoping for Maine Coon.

more than 2 years ago

VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

Hieronymus Howard Re:Half true... (704 comments)

My company has just issued me with a brand new HP laptop (Sandy Bridge Core i5) that only has VGA out, not DVI or HDMI. Since video is all digital these days, it seems pointless to convert the digital signal to analog vga, then have the monitor convert it back to digital again.

more than 2 years ago

Want To Get Kids Interested In Programming? Teach Them Computer History

Hieronymus Howard Re:This got in here how exactly? (200 comments)

Did you actually bother to read the article?

It clearly states that it's talking about Britain. It has nothing at all to do with either Comp Sci teaching in the US or the job market there. It's commonly known that IT teaching here in British schools is appalling (or worse). That's also on the factors behind the Raspberry Pi project - to get kids fired up about programming, as all they get taught in schools these days is how to use Windows and Office.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Releases JIT PHP Compiler

Hieronymus Howard Re:Is it open sourced? (244 comments)

Finally, a use for the <blink> tag.

more than 2 years ago

Muslim Medical Students Boycott Darwin Lectures

Hieronymus Howard Re:Beware the daily racist! (1319 comments)

I've never heard anyone call it the Daily Racist, though I've often heard it called the Daily Heil, the Hate Mail and the Daily Fail.

about 3 years ago

Linux Mint 12 Released Today

Hieronymus Howard Re:I like the enhancements... BUT (396 comments)

No, Unity is nothing like OS X. I've been using Unix (and then Linux) since the late 80's and OS X is the without question the best desktop *nix. Unity, on the other hand, makes desktop Linux pretty much unusable. The best Linux distro that I've tried so far is Mint 11. It's still not as good as OS X, but is getting there. I'm looking forward to trying out Mint 12, to see if they've closed the gap even more.

about 3 years ago

Samsung May Try To Block Next iPhone In Europe Too

Hieronymus Howard Re:No one can... (271 comments)

Every smartphone manufacturer seems to be suing every other manufacturer. So if we take this to it's ultimate conclusion, then nobody will be able to release any smartphones, as all other manufacturers will be blocking them. Mabe if that happens, then we'll might see some sanity return.

more than 3 years ago


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