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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

JabrTheHut Re:Someone call Ben Affleck (160 comments)

Actually, Israel is set to pass a new law that will effectively disallow Arab parties from running for elections. There is systematic anti-Arab racism in Israel, it won't end soon, and the Palestinians don't even have human right as far as Israeli courts are concerned.

4 days ago

More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

JabrTheHut Re:Statistics suck (367 comments)

It is a fact that in over 50% of all accidents there were at LEAST 2 breasts in the car at the time.

If that were even remotely true then Saudi Arabia would be the safest place in the world to drive. Looking at the stats on wikipedia, the answer is a resouding "no." Mind you, compare US and UK traffic accidents and you start to wonder why two developed nations have such different fatality rates for traffic accidents...

about a month ago

Apple To Unveil Its 'iOS In the Car' Project Next Week

JabrTheHut Volve? (198 comments)

Is that a new brand I've never heard of? Maybe the editors are so busy f*cking up beta that they no longer have time to introduce more than one obvious mistake into each thread...

about 2 months ago

Apple Will Refund $32.5M To Settle In-App Purchase Complaints With FTC

JabrTheHut Re:They should require refund window (252 comments)

Meanwhile, if a parent is idiot enough to let their toddler play with a somewhat-fragile glass-faced $500+ electronic device?

You mean like a TV? And - toddler? There's a stage or two between toddler and adult that you seem to be unaware of...

The parent(s) deserve the consequences, and should count themselves lucky that little Junior didn't slam it into the floor until the screen shattered.

She keeps slamming toys into the screen, but she's not strong enough to break it. Yet.

about 3 months ago

Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

JabrTheHut Re:Exactly why I stopped buying Apple (380 comments)

All your adobe software has to be repurchased and that's Apple's fault? Why don't you admit Adobe is price gouging you?

about 3 months ago

Australian Team Working On Engines Without Piston Rings

JabrTheHut Re:It won't work (368 comments)

This is still vapurware...

about 4 months ago

UK Men Arrested For Anti-Semitic Tweets After Football Game

JabrTheHut Re:Perhaps not (598 comments)

Clearly you are not an american. I feel sorry for you as you have been taught that you are not free to say what you believe.

That is particularly amusing given the US executes people without trial in various countries around the world for saying things the US doesn't agree with. The vast majority of Americans don't object to this policy. So, free speech as long as you don't say the wrong thing? That's very American.

about 4 months ago

Australia's National Broadband Network Downgraded

JabrTheHut Re:Bad news, if ATT is anything to go by... (122 comments)

Don't you guys have coax cable over there?

Almost no coax in Australia, maybe a few suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne...

about 4 months ago

Australia's National Broadband Network Downgraded

JabrTheHut Re: Not sure which is news... (122 comments)

You're not an Aussie, you're a pathetic troll who didn't even figure out which party was in power...

about 4 months ago

Climatologist James Hansen Defends Nuclear Energy

JabrTheHut Re:Nuclear: only interim solution, permanent waste (345 comments)

And how much CO2 and other environmental damage would there be from covering vast swaths of land with solar panels? The manufacturing process is filthy, the disposal process even worse, and it results in more human lives lost than nuclear.

Is this from solar panels falling onto people? I'll admit I have never heard of a nuclear plant falling onto someone.

The risks of nuclear are huge - companies demand lavish subsidies and government underwriting before they'll consider building a new nuclear power plant. And the "red tape" you so casually dismiss is government and safety regulations like "don't build in a known earthquake zone" and "don't use substandard materials."

Of course, I agree the waste problem has already been solved - it's not like we're looking for a solution 60 years on, are we? We're just going to give it to a reputable company whose interest is in something other than its bottom line and share price, get rid of "red tape," close our eyes, and hope they haven't dumped it in our drinking water. Problem solved.

about 4 months ago

Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

JabrTheHut Re:FTTT: Fibre To The Telstra (229 comments)

Telstra is forced to sell their copper at fixed wholesale prices (which they are continually trying to increase) to other service providers.

I read somewhere recently that Telstra at one point set the wholesale price well above its retail price...

about 5 months ago

Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

JabrTheHut FTTT: Fibre To The Telstra (229 comments)

Telstra is the Australian telco monopoly. It's a bit like BT in the UK, but without the customer dedication, commitment to upgrades or ethics, fairness, and sense of social responsibility of its management team. The new government sacked the board of NBN Co and has stacked the new board with ex- and current Telstra insiders. It's pretty obvious that once the NBN Co has finished rolling out the fibre network, the plan is to sell it to Telstra. This will ensure a fairer outcome for all Telstra shareholders, but may be a drag on the rest of the country.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Certifications For High School Credits In Australia

JabrTheHut Re: Not good (126 comments)

Beautifully self-contradicted! You went from "I've done some hiring in the Aussie IT market recently" to "You dont get that non IT, HR people are asking this questions..." And a grammar fail as well.

Half the Unix admins I know use Macs. Some windows admins I know do too. And quite a few of the other IT specialists, like networks and storage, use Macs. And obviously none of them would know anything about scripting or an office suite, of course, because that's what windows home users do, especially if they're PAs and secretaries. They do it when they're not working on their home document control systems, setting up network shares and running their home SAP systems.

Please please please keep shuffling Mac users to the bottom of the pile. I will be sure to avoid any and every hiring manager who's stupid enough to choose staff based not on experience and skills but what they are buying for personal use...

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Certifications For High School Credits In Australia

JabrTheHut Re:Educational insitutions and vendors (126 comments)

It began a long time ago when Apple started to be "generous" with discounts and donations to schools.

Donating hardware, or heavily discounting it, is a far cry from donating software. The fact that you, in the previous paragraph, pointed that out and then decided that donating hardware by Apple is bad is odd. Is IBM or HP or Dell donating hardware similarly bad? Do you object to schools getting discounted hardware for some reason?

about 5 months ago

NSA Posts Opening For "Civil Liberties & Privacy Officer"

JabrTheHut Mining Companies (177 comments)

This reminds of how the Australian mining companies stopped growing environmental awareness from impacting their business. They lobbied the Australian Government, and the environmentalists moved from being government employees to mining company employees. I've heard mining company environmentalists say things like "We're not as bad as other mining companies when it comes to pollution" and "Some mining companies don't let their environmentalists leave their office. We have much more freedom" without a trace of irony.

This position will have the same effect. Whoever takes it will find themselves saying "We're better than Google when it comes to people's privacy" without even a trace of Fe to be found.

about 7 months ago

France Revokes Ability To Disconnect Convicted File-Sharers From the Internet

JabrTheHut If you define Pirated Material as Stolen Material (97 comments)

Then expect Disney's web site to be targeted, for a start. Actually, all the major movie studios' unoriginal and uninspiring copies of each other should make them targets of this law.

about 9 months ago

Amazon Vows To Fight Government Requests For Data

JabrTheHut Already got a feed into Amazon (104 comments)

So, tell us, how does a company that insists it didn't give the NSA complete access and coincidentally uses cloud hosting providers like Amazon wind up giving the NSA it's entire database, plus updates in real time? Does anyone want to guess if S3 has a rule that states it must be replicated to one or more of the DCs in the US?

No, Bezos, I don't believe you when you say you would fight it, and I don't believe you when you say they NSA don't have complete access to each and every one of your systems at will. Encryption or no, Amazon is a honey pot. People pay them for the privilege of being snooped on by the NSA.

about 10 months ago

SCO v. IBM Is Officially Reopened

JabrTheHut Re:Braaaaaaaiiiinnns! (104 comments)

Any and all IP which they claim to own. Patents, trademarks, copyrights, licenses, source, legal documentation, real assets, anything that can be registered to have value and used in future court cases. Every scrap of paper. Every disk. All of it. Then lock it in a vault labelled "Danger -- Zombies -- Do NOT Open"

No. Open source the code under the BSD license. Let the world do with the source code as they will, and then it will die forever...

about 10 months ago

HP Discontinue OpenVMS

JabrTheHut Re:VMS was doomed when HP bought it (238 comments)

When the amount of development your OS gets suffers "compared to HP-UX" you are in astonishingly deep trouble.

This is so very very true. HP-UX hasn't had any meaningful update for over 10 years now, since v11 came out. And the hardware is obsolete, and appears to be on its way out as well - I've heard nothing regarding new IA64 chips from intel, and HP stupidly bet the farm on Intel not being more focused on destroying competing RISC business than they were on new technology.

about 10 months ago



Australian team working on engines without piston rings

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  about 4 months ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "An Australian team is seeking funding for bringing an interesting idea to market: cylinder engines without piston rings. The idea is to use small groves that create a pressure wave that acts as a seal for the piston, eliminating the piston ring and the associated friction. Engines will then run cooler, can be more energy efficient and may even burn fuel more efficiently, at least according to the story at http://www.motoring.com.au/news/2013/aussie-invention-eliminates-piston-rings-40773. Mind you, they haven't even built a working prototype yet. If it works I'd love to fit this into an older car..."

Kit Radio with Digital Display?

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  about a year ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "I'm driving around a 30 year old car with a broken radio — it only plays AM, and even then not very well (fades in and out, static, etc). As it's such an old car, the radio fits into a non-standard enclosure. Finding a replacement radio is next to impossible. I've tried, and most wreckers don't even stock parts for such an old car any more. I started thinking of buying a kit and doing it myself — but I can't seem to find nearly as many kits now as when I was growing up. The few kits that I've found seem to have been designed before the 80s — no display, only blind tuning, mono sound, etc. Ideally I'd like a kit that did everything — digital display, USB or other input for MP3 players, AM and FM stereo. There seems to be nothing even remotely approaching that on the market. Am I missing something or someone? Or has the kit market stagnated for the last 30 years?"

Transporting Computers by Cargo Ship

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  about a year and a half ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "I'll be packing up and moving to another continent soon. Everything I own will be packed up into boxes and loaded onto a cargo container, which in turn will be loaded onto a ship and will sail from Northern Europe, through the Equator and then to it's final destination. It will be in transit for up to 8 weeks. What do I need to do to ensure my stuff survives the trip? I've got anti-static bags and silica gel for graphics cards and hard disks, which won't be in the computers, mostly, when they move, and some of what I own will be crated in order to protect both against physical damage and humidity. I'll throw in a couple of packets of silica gel into each box or crate. Clothes get moth balls. But what have I missed? Will the printer ink survive? Do I have to worry about batteries? What haven't I thought of?"

Disappointed by Android

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  about a year and a half ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "I've recently swapped to Android from an old iPhone 3GS. The model I bought was one advertised heavily in the UK, the LG Optimus L3 E400. After a month or so, I'm really disappointed. The phone is just too annoying to use. The flaws I see every day are:

1. It's slow. Way slower than it's processor should indicate. I've tried making sure only one or two apps are running in the background, but it's still really really slow.
2. No built-in spell checker. I really am amazed at this, but there appears to be no fix. You just have to learn not to make typing mistakes.
3. The email apps all have serious flaws. I've downloaded K9 right next to the default email app, and one can't search emails while the other can't attach documents. The fix for this is apparently to swap between the two util someone can be bothered fixing the issue.
4. The soft keyboard isn't easy to use. This may be tied to point 1 above, or 5 below. It certainly makes 2 more annoying.
5. It came pre-installed with Gingerbread. Yep, that's a 3-year old OS on a brand new phone. There's no custom ROM as yet. Given the phone is so slow, will upgrading to the latest make it worse? Will upgrading fix any of the above issues?

All in all, I'm not impressed. If this is what Android is like, my next phone will be an iPhone."

Volume Bug on Samsung's Galaxy nexus

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  more than 2 years ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "Over on the register they're reporting on an apparently widespread problem with Samsung's latest and greatest phone. From the article: "The glitch sees the handset drop the audio volume of its own accord. The phone goes suddenly silent, without warning.." Poor software testing from Samsung."
Link to Original Source

Icelandic MP to challenge US Court Ruling on Twitt

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  more than 2 years ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "The Guardian has a story of how Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir, a former Wikileaks volunteer, is challenging the US' acquisition of Twitter account information, IP addresses, mailing addresses and even bank information. The US says it wanted these details to help with it's investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange."
Link to Original Source

Best free package for designing furniture?

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  more than 2 years ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "I have a one-off requirement to design a piece of furniture. It will be somewhat complicated with some parts that fold up, down, or out. I have done one or two technical drawing courses, but that was more than 15 years ago. I haven't used any technical drawing software before. What's the best package or packages to get me started, and is there anything out there that will help me visualise what the finished product will look like?"

Eric Schmidt Criticises Apple's Lawsuits

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  more than 2 years ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "Google's Eric Schmidt has criticised Apple for "suing instead of innovating." This follows the ITC's initial ruling against Android phone maker and Google customer HTC. I can see Schmidt's point — there's been nothing new for Google to copy for almost a year now."
Link to Original Source

Checking your mail

JabrTheHut JabrTheHut writes  |  more than 4 years ago

JabrTheHut (640719) writes "I live in a block of flats, and mail is placed in a bank of mailboxes, one per flat. My mailbox happens to be placed such that the top is just below my belly button, making for awkward checking of mail every day. To make matters worse, it's close to the door, meaning that if I'm checking mail, I'm blocking the exit. I'm asking the Slashdot crowd — what is the optimal method of checking mail while maintaining grace and dignity? Do you bend your knees and lean back, Matrix style? Bend forward and present a target to passers by? Something else?"


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