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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Jack Griffin Re:Rather late (302 comments)

You're doing it wrong. When I gave up my LPs I didn't replace with them with the same records on CD, I bought different music. When I moved to MP3 again I didn't bother recreating my same collection, I just started with new stuff. Should MP3 be replaced, then I'll just get new music (most likely just stick with Internet Radio). I've learnt that collecting and hoarding is bad for you. Stay fresh, and always try new things...

yesterday
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

Jack Griffin Re:Nuclear is Clean (191 comments)

The corporate heads of those power companies all want to cruise into retirement without having to deal with the clean-up cost fallout.

I know you're making that out like it's a bad thing, but I actually think it's a good strategy to hold out as long as you can, because the more time passes, the more likely technology will catch up and make clean up slightly less difficult. It sounds like a cop out, but technology and time can solve almost any problem.

yesterday
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

Jack Griffin Re:This just an iphone issue or Android phones too (202 comments)

It's a design flaw with the iPhone. The slim bezel and aluminium case transfer any external impact directly to the glass screen, whereas any other phone with a plastic case can withstand the knocks better. I've had a few Samsung and HTC handsets and drop them all the time and never cracked a screen. Plastic might not sound as cool on the marketing material, but it sure as hell is the most appropriate material for this environment. And since most iPhone users by a plastic case for them anyway, the aluminium thing is pure gimmick.

2 days ago
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

Jack Griffin Re:Resource for images/leaks/etc? (267 comments)

I'm still wondering how an 80 year old Han Solo will not end up looking ridiculous? This potential for lame old guy jokes a la Space Cowboys or Wild Hogs is already making me queasy.

about three weeks ago
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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

Jack Griffin Re:Does it know if I've been bad or good? (185 comments)

So, YES. Big data knows that.

Big data knows who you voted for. Big data knows what kind of hamburger you get from McDonalds. Big data knows what fragrance your girlfriend/wife wears.

THAT IS THE POINT OF BIG DATA.

Big data takes shit loads of seemingly unrelated bits of information that people foolishly air in public, cross-references it, then uses it to make correlation based predictions.

Well you say that, but Google, one of the smartest players in the game, use big data and get it appallingly wrong. Just a take a look at targeted ads. I search for an airfare, then buy the airfare. Google then spends the next 6 weeks advertising airfares to me. I sure hope no-one is paying them for this service.

about three weeks ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

Jack Griffin Re:No. (206 comments)

Scrolling through 100 Facebook feeds takes about 5 minutes. It's mostly the same shit day in day out. Holiday photos, baby photos, food photos, things people think are funny but aren't. I wonder why Facebook hasn't been replaced already. It's exhausted it's usefulness, and I get the impression everyone is waiting for the next big thing so they can all jump ship and leave Zucks pennyless. It's strange that no-one has come up with a FB clone, along the same lines but with privacy intact and no ads. I think it would kill FB overnight.

about three weeks ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Jack Griffin Re:Gay? (764 comments)

Were that true, all sex between animals (humans are animals, too) would be rape.

Not sure if you watch many nature docs, but outside of humans, the animal kingdom is rape and murder every day of the week. Domesticated animals don't know how lucky they've got it.

about a month ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Jack Griffin Re:How big a fuss is it, really? (415 comments)

The thing is, a real watch will still look good years later. I don't see too many people wielding a 10 year old electronic gimmick with pride. The Apple watch doesn't make sense to me. It crosses the barrier between useful device, to unnecessary gimmick to try and show off but has the opposite effect and will only make you look like a try-hard. Apple has definitely peaked.

about a month ago
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Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz Barrier

Jack Griffin Re:i miss old slashdot (81 comments)

Only speaking for myself but I open new accounts on all my regularly visited sites every couple of years for privacy reasons. This account has a high ID but I've been here since the 90's.

about a month ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

Jack Griffin Re:Not New (468 comments)

Why would anyone care? In Australia it's illegal to not vote (you get fined if you don't get your name signed off in a voting booth) yet over 5% of the population don't vote and another 5% cast donkey votes (blank or scribbles as protest). That's well over 1 million people who despite it being illegal still don't vote.
It beats me why we even need elections. Statistical methods can get us a pretty close result with small samples, and either you end up with 1 of 2 of the same idiot. The US spent over $6B on the last election, I honestly think you'd be better off if you just tossed a coin and then gave that money to poor people.

about a month ago
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YouTube Considering an Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Version

Jack Griffin Re:Ad-enabled music videos? (225 comments)

I re-imaged my PC for the first time in ages and forgot to put ABP on it. I was shocked how horrible the internet is these days. How do people regular cope with this?

about a month ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Jack Griffin Re:Tip of the iceberg (669 comments)

It's easy reply to this with a 'what the f* did you smoke'. However, keeping all options open is what a scientist ought to do. We may have well been interpreting the Bible the wrong way all along.

This is not how Science works. Science makes and observation and attempts to explain it. The Bible explains nothing in nature and no amount of re-interpreting changes that fact.

about a month ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Jack Griffin Re: Good luck with that. (558 comments)

My bank also has an app that does NFC payments with my phone (before Apple or Google had it - again they offer nothing new). I used it for a bit, but it was unreliable. The card pretty much works every time without fail, the phone didn't so I stopped using it. A requirement of convenience is for it to work when expected, not have to continually keep retrying.
Another point which makes me uneasy is that banks, despite having low public approval, are reliable organisations (at least in my country they are). They make their money by being reliable. Software companies, not so much. The idea of a company whose primary business is making phones or search engines is not the business I want also securing my money.

about a month ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Jack Griffin Re: Good luck with that. (558 comments)

Yep and the bank covers the loss, then replaces your card for free. Unlike say if someone steals your phone and they get your $1000 phone....
Or if you drop your credit card it doesn't break and costs hundreds of dollars to fix...
And it works 99.9% of the time first go, unlike Apple software...
And I can lend my card to my wife, kids, friends or family and they can use it on my behalf...
Apple have come up with a inferior solution to a problem that doesn't exist.

about a month ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

Jack Griffin Re:Boys are naturally curious... (608 comments)

You obviously don't have kids, or have any gay friends...

about a month ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Jack Griffin Re:Good luck with that. (558 comments)

Signing is already obsolete here in Australia. As of August 1, signatures are no longer accepted at all. All card payments over $100 require a pin (under $100 just swipe card and go),

about a month ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Jack Griffin Re: Good luck with that. (558 comments)

Than opening wallet, removing card and swiping it, entering a pin / signing a signature, returning it to your wallet versus just touching a device to a reader and having your device authenticate via your fingerprint / continuous biometrics?

Credit cards must be different where you're from. Here retailers all have contact-less payment terminals. My credit card works through my wallet so the transaction consists purely of taking wallet out of pocket, swipe past the reader, putting wallet back in pocket. From transactions over $100 I have to type a four digit pin which takes all of 1 whole second. Interestingly, my bank has an app which already uses my NFC chip on my phone to perform the exact same transaction. But also lets me withdraw up to $200 cash from an ATM without my card. Apple and Google have a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.

about a month ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Jack Griffin Re:Good luck with that. (558 comments)

Same here. In NZ it's called EFTPOS, has been around since the 80's and currently accounts for 60% of all retail transactions in the country.

about a month ago

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