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The FIBIAC — a 3D-Printed Electromechanical Computer

JohnBailey Re:Build your own? (42 comments)

Sure, build your own. All you need is a 3D printer (required quality unknown), a laser cutter (no problem, I have two in the garage; snerk), CNC mill (also have a couple of these laying around), and who knows what else.

Simple, real simple.

Wow... So building stuff requires tools.. Who knew..

more than 2 years ago
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Sigrok: An Open Source Logic Analyzer

JohnBailey Re:Comment 21 (42 comments)

So, where are all the folks who complain there are not enough "tech" articles on /. anymore?? There are only 20 comments in this thread, and it's several hours old.

Posting comments on non tech articles about there not being enough tech articles. Pretty obvious really.

Realistically.. This is beyond the ability of many /. posters to understand. Let alone flame. and they haven't even got a brand to cheer for. So many will take a quick look at the summary, not understand a word of it, and go away again.

This is real tech.. Not consumer tech, like the latest iPhone rumours or who invented tablets.

more than 2 years ago
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Electronics Prototyping Plate Kit Board For Raspberry Pi Coming Soon

JohnBailey Re:Oh wow (74 comments)

you made a perfboard

Well someone has to.

You do understand such things to do not magically appear in shops.. Right?

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Passes Nokia As Biggest Handset Manufacturer

JohnBailey Re:no huge surprise .. nokia is engineered to fail (133 comments)

Sounds likes history repeating itself from what happened with iPod/Zune.

You mean......

A squirting phone???

At least that explains the apps.

more than 2 years ago
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If You Resell Your Used Games, the Terrorists Win

JohnBailey Re:used or bust (423 comments)

So... one might say that you were boycotting DRM games.

Yes.. In the same way one might say I have boycotted cigarettes for the best part of a year. I prefer to say I stopped smoking.

Boycott = deliberately and publicly having nothing to do with specific person or company. Can only work if activity is engaged in by large groups.

Quitting = rejecting the entire product line and all similar products. Works on an individual level.

Quitting DRM can be hard or not, depending on how much you have invested in consumer hostile media and devices...

Claiming nobody can quit however, is just the same self enabling co dependent bullshit that every smoker has used for decades...

more than 2 years ago
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Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Goes Stable On Linux

JohnBailey Re:incredibly bad move (231 comments)

Way to go guys.. you've now given Nvidia massive disincentive to continue to do more work with their MODERN drivers.

But if they hadn't.. Would you have been able to post anything this whiny?

Moron...

Nvidia is not releasing drivers for gamers on Linux. Shocking I know. But this hasn't and most likely never will be why Nvidia releases Linux drivers.

Nvidia does however, create drivers for their high end workstation cards. Which are regularly used on Unix/Irix/Linux workstations. The consumer grade stuff is an offshoot of this. Not the other way around. They have already written the code for paying customers.. Why not tweak it a tiny bit and let everyone else benefit.

This is a low end get you working driver, that does not actually get used on high end graphics workstations So no change in incentive.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Developing Tool To Remove Flashback

JohnBailey Re:Slow is good (212 comments)

Apple is still in disbelief that that Flasback is real.

No.. Apple is still trying to figure out if this is from Adobe or not.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Snatching an iPhone Be a Felony?

JohnBailey Re:it doesnt matter really (607 comments)

Of course it can replace a PC. It just depends what your requirements are for work. Why I work, 80% of users can switch to tablets like the iPad, and save the company millions in maintenance and support fees.

Then stop posting on slashdot and get the coffee to the customer faster.

more than 2 years ago
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Foxconn Hires Top Spinners To Defend Its Image

JohnBailey Re:Calling Burston Marsteller a PR firm is a joke (162 comments)

I didn't know there was a difference between a PR firm and a "propaganda" firm.

Propaganda firms are usually government employees. And PR firm employees are usually better dressed.

But it is essentially the same old shit they shovel.

more than 2 years ago
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Get a Glimpse At the Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix

JohnBailey Re:Potential issues, regarding memory/cpu usage (50 comments)

Real embedded systems engineers talk about you behind your back if you waste a couple of KB. They will laugh at your face if you waste a couple of MB.

And real embedded systems engineers will not be using this board. So they are quite possibly laughing even more at the tit who can't tell a Micro controller from a computer.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Microsoft Put Office On the iPad?

JohnBailey Re:Would *I* use it? (402 comments)

Quit being such a fanboy, my keyboard and I will run loops around whatever "work" it is you're doing on your "toy".

I have to disagree there. First time the coffee slops out of the cups, it will get into the spaces between the keys. An iPad is obviously superior as it can just wipe clean.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Killer Tablet Opportunity

JohnBailey Re:Considering who most computer users are these d (282 comments)

I believe that using American as a synonym for illiterate is not considered politically correct these days...

Judging by this little exchange however, quite accurate.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Forcing IT Shops To 'Adapt Or Die'

JohnBailey Re:Why Apple is good (715 comments)

Growing up in the 80's, almost everyone I knew that had a computer, had a C64. One friend had a TRS-80, and one other had a TI-99. The only place I ever saw an Apple II as a kid was in the classroom. It was archaic looking compared to the Commodore at the time.

I had a ZX81, and later a Spectrum. A friend had a Vic 20 for a while. My brother in law had a BBC right up to the early 90s. When he got an Apricot, and later a succession of PCs.

Another friend's dad had an Apple for business use. Not sure which one. And that was the first Apple I ever saw. Around 1982-3..
Fast forward a few years to 1989, and I played around with a Mac at a training site, where there was one Mac for playing with, and the PCs for serious work. Someone donated it I think.

I have yet to see my third Apple computer outside a shop.

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Should Teach Our Kids To Code

JohnBailey Re:In principle, yes. (427 comments)

Schools won't allow kids to programme with languages that can, potentially, harm systems and networks.
In that respect, it may be worth teaching kids VB for Office (although it's still possible to write to the HDD and open sockets iirc), since most kids are almost guaranteed to be exposed to office at some point in their career, especially if they choose a desk job it might prove useful to those who don't really want to programme for a living.

Which is one more reason why the Raspberry Pi boards are such a good idea. And if not that one in particular, something similar.
Hardware self contained.. Check.
IT support.. Not needed.
Network access.. Zero.
Access to the same environment at home..Check. Take it out of your bag and plug it into the TV. Done.
Problem solved. And it's cheap. It runs free software, so no big expensive per seat licensing. And is essentially a breakable cheap programming platform. Under £20 to replace is hardly the end of the world if little Johnny loses it.

Since any languages taught would have to be vetted for system safety, besides locking them into MS Office (which is a seriously chilling idea to any programmer), I can only think of Javascript as the perfect language to teach kids. For all its faults, atleast people actually use Javascript to make things.

Python, C Java, XML HTML, In other words.. Pretty much anything that will run on Linux. IDE or text editor..Your choice. All free.

And how exactly is MS Office a contained safe environment? Didn't Office have a whole lot of macro viruses a few years ago?

Add the recent move to stop teaching office,and start teaching computer literacy by UK schools, and the pieces are falling into place quite nicely.

This is going to happen. Despite the imaginary problems and over inflated issues.
It doesn't require a 100% success rate, any more than English is expected to turn out 100% authors and poets. .
It doesn't need to turn out industry ready programmers, any more than a biology A level is going to be any use to someone applying to join a medical practice.

And as no exam is sat at the end, the teacher can concentrate on teaching instead of passing exams.

more than 2 years ago
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Rats Feel Each Other's Pain

JohnBailey Re:"Empathy Tests" (200 comments)

Ok picky..

Larger more complex brains..

Happy?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Music Downloads To Go Ahead Without Sony Or Warner

JohnBailey Re:Sticking is the problem (220 comments)

Therefore I doubt people will *pay* for beta music services.

But why not? DRM free, because who is going to bother with DRM these days. Linked into Android, Chrome, other assorted things. Why would people not buy the music?

Why not use Amazon to download music as an alternative to iTunes. It works on many apps and has cloud storage.

Well personally, the one time I used it.. Which was on the UK launch day..
1) Required a special music manager to be downloaded. Which I didn't like.
2) Only offered mid range MP3 quality. All my music is either FLAC or 320k MP3.
3) One shot downloads. So if anything happens to the music, tough shit.

Which is why I use 7Digital.
1) No application, just download a zip file with the album.
2) 320k MP3 files.
3) Download as many times as I like, because the purchase is tied to my account for as long as it is active.

Spotify is well advanced and I can play it anywhere, but there catalog is also not as complete as iTunes I suppose. My far by favorite. I sold Pandora stock once I reliazed how far superior Spotify is.

No service will ever be 100% complete. Because there is no global central clearing house for music where each one has full access. Go outside any country for music, and you run into problems with global distribution.

As streaming services become more established, they will get more content, because holding back from a sales opportunity is pretty stupid. Right now, they are a new scary thing for the music industry to contend with.

about 3 years ago
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Apple Acknowledges iPhone 4S Battery Problems

JohnBailey Re:Battery problem? (315 comments)

Are you really arguing with Apple about a problem they found on one of their own products? How come?

It's the fanboy equivalent of divide by zero. The knee jerk reaction to blame improper use or "haters" is so incredibly strong that they perform an act that would otherwise be heresy. Disagreeing with the church.

about 3 years ago
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Theologian Attempts Censorship After Losing Public Debate

JohnBailey Re:Streisand Effect (943 comments)

So, everyone is arguing about somone not wanting to release their property?

No.. Few, if any are arguing.. We are mostly laughing at someone who would no doubt have triumphantly spammed everywhere with the "proof evolution is a crock" debate had he won, but is refusing to publish it because he lost. And happens to share the views of the university that hosted the debate.

One of the true signs of a flawed argument is the reluctance to accept non cherry picked information.

about 3 years ago
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Will Apple Let Siri and Apps Connect?

JohnBailey Re:Anime Robot Girl (185 comments)

Y'know, so you can give it commands... just like a real girl.

Haven't actually met any real girls then I see..

more than 3 years ago
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Galaxy Nexus Designed To Avoid Infringing Apple Patents

JohnBailey Re:How can they even know? (226 comments)

From what I understand about how easily patents on extremely general ideas on technology, how can anyone know what design is going to infringe on a patent? I don't see how anyone can write a design specification with one of the ground rules being to not infringe on a specific company's patent.

Which is generally the point every anti patent proliferation supporter has been arguing.

How can you know how a given patent will be interpreted by a court?

Take it to court.

more than 3 years ago

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