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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Kris_J A few issues on my iPad mini (504 comments)

My favourite remote control app crashes on connect, the keyboard support doesn't feel ready for prime time, particularly in the mail app where alternate keyboard mostly don't show up and running my iPad as a noise generator overnight it appears to charge only about half as much as it used to.

about 1 month ago

Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

Kris_J Re:I never get these calls (210 comments)

That must be nice for you, but some of us need to maintain a landline for affordable incoming international calls from family. Also, my security system has a dialer that needs a landline.

about a month ago

Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Kris_J They must think rebranding fixes crap (352 comments)

Does anyone remember Windows CE, Pocket PC & Windows Mobile? It's all the same thing. They realise the brand is ruined, release an iterative update, change the name and congratulate themselves on a job well done.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Kris_J I use my Pebble every day, and not just as a watch (471 comments)

I can control the Philips Hue lights and Belkin Wemo switches in the house. The core of this is the Android app Tasker. I also use it for sleep tracking with the app Sleep As Android. I use it to control my music while I'm driving with Music Boss and I have the barcodes for three loyalty cards I frequently use (FlyBuys, Woolworths & Hoyts) in Wear Your Barcode.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Kris_J Email (635 comments)

I would have thought plain old email is the number one pick in this list. We're all stuck on it even though it's been around for, what, 30 years?

about 2 months ago

Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Kris_J What does being a mother have to do with it? (579 comments)

We don't ask if a man is a father before deciding if his views are valid, and we shouldn't assume that a woman is less of a woman if she's never given birth.

about 2 months ago

33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Kris_J This needs some perspective. (465 comments)

TWENTY-SEVEN months for 27 offences — that was the prison sentence handed to Perth pervert Stuart Arthur Clarke yesterday morning.

It’s a sentence that has upset one of his repeat victims.

Clarke, 52, was caught in January following two years of reports to police of a man appearing at homes at night and committing an obscene act in full view of female occupants in Maylands and West Perth.

For each of seven indecent act charges and one obscene act charge, Clarke was sentenced to four months imprisonment.

There were an additional eight obscene acts and one indecent act which each received a punishment of five months prison.

Clarke was also sentenced to 14 months prison for two trespassing charges, 18 months for two stalking charges, and 12 months for a 1997 burglary.

However, all of those sentences are to be served alongside a head sentence of 24 months for two burglaries and three months for an assault on a man who confronted Clarke during a flashing incident.

With parole, Clarke could be out in 15 months.

-- Victim of serial sex pest Stuart Arthur Clarke shocked by his prison sentence

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

Kris_J Standard flaw (278 comments)

Requiring untrained people to enter data into your electronic forms and subsequently into your database is inherently flawed. Do you deploy a complicated new internal system and expect your staff to use it flawlessly without any training? No. Then why do you expect the untrained masses to cope with your forms and procedures?
Take a structured narrative, say a CV with a cover letter from the person that isn't trained in your procedures and get someone who is to put it into your database.

about 2 months ago

OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

Kris_J Dating sites simply lie. (161 comments)

Try this the next time you want to try an online dating site: Create two profiles, a "real" one and a fake perfect match to your real profile and see how long it takes for the site to claim that your fake perfect match has attempted to contact you and for only $4.95 you can sign on to the paid service and reply.

about 3 months ago

Australian Website Waits Three Years To Inform Customers of Data Breach

Kris_J Scorecard (35 comments)

  • Email: aliased. One point for me.
  • Password: not the same as any other site. Another point for me.
  • Credit card: nope, use PayPal. Doesn't feel like a point for anyone.
  • Address: moved since April 2011. Three points for me, total. Three and a half, maybe.

Back to Pixel Miner.

about 3 months ago

Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Kris_J Re:it is the wrong way... (291 comments)

If a goverment needs to have tax, It is better to tax things that you want to discourage.

To be fair, Australia's current government would like to discourage poor people.

about 3 months ago

Kaspersky: Mt. Gox Data Archive Contains Bitcoin-Stealing Malware

Kris_J Re:Really? (169 comments)

  • These are not "easily manipulated", they are cryptographically secure.
  • There is zero counterfeit bitcoin. You can't say the same about paper currency.
  • This isn't about the security of bitcoin, it's about phishing and trojans.

about 7 months ago

The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

Kris_J If datacentres take over, new coins will be made (250 comments)

Anyone throwing a huge amount of money at ASIC mining doesn't know where the profitability is in cryptocurrency. The place to earn your money is in the first few weeks of any new coin, even more so if they offer a hashing algorithm that is resistant to ASICs or GPUs. It's savvy technicians getting pools up for the launch of new coins that should be doing well, not bloated companies who mindlessly throw more SHA-256 hash at bitcoin.

about 8 months ago

A Rebuttal To Charles Stross About Bitcoin

Kris_J The Environmental Argument (396 comments)

Anyone wanting to rebut the carbon footprint of cryptocurrency should invite the other party to stand behind a running armoured car that's being used to deliver cash to an ATM.

about 9 months ago

How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

Kris_J Re:Gridcoin (203 comments)

I love the idea of Gridcoin, but the implementation is shocking. For a start, way too much trust is placed in the client to identify BIONC and increase rewards. This will get hacked so you don't have to run BOINC. Also, it only cares about CPU usages. I have a 2000-series ATI card that's no good for hashing, but will accelerate SETI@home. The Gridcoin client doesn't consider I'm doing work if I'm using a GPU, so I'm encouraged to drop GPU accelerated work and use a less efficient CPU. Not to mention that mining with the wallet is the only way to earn a bonus, making a range of hardware useless, plus making pools unattractive.

about 9 months ago

Girl Seeks Help On Facebook During Assault

Kris_J Re:Why's this on Slashdot? (417 comments)

That's not entirely fair.

The girl told police that Cesmat had taken away her cell phone away when she went to bed, telling her he did not want her texting all night.

So the girl had no phone, just her iPod, which I assume was an iPod touch. She wasn't able to make a call from it, or an SMS, but she could send a Facebook message (or an email, or with the right software an IM to pretty much any service).

This is a story about how important communication can now be made by devices other than a phone. Or how children now not only have a mobile phone, but often a second gadget capable of keeping them connected.

And it's not like she didn't use Facebook and an iPod.

more than 4 years ago

The Ignominious Fall of Dell

Kris_J Dell really are worse than most (604 comments)

While other manufacturers hardly have a spotless record (I'm looking at you, Sony, Acer and Gateway) Dell has been well below average for years now. For those of you that got a Dell and never had any problems with it, congratulations. But just like how it being cold where you are today doesn't mean global warming isn't real, just because your one PC didn't have any problems doesn't mean Dell's quality control has been shit for coming on 10 years.

But somehow, when it comes to management, Dell is Teflon coated. I wish this was the death knell for Dell, but it just isn't going to be.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Handle Your Keys?

Kris_J Carabiner. Belt Loop. Several keyrings. (763 comments)

I have my keys on a Carabiner. The core set stay there all the time, other groups (like car keys) or tools (like a little USB Swiss army knife) get clipped on and off as needed. The set then gets clipped on the belt loop nearest my pocket and slipped into the top of the pocket. The weight never pulls on the pocket itself.

more than 4 years ago

XCore's EduBook, a Netbook That Runs on AA Batteries

Kris_J Re:$199 too high! (217 comments)

A small, fast flash drive is preferable to a big slow hard drive. I know, because someone at work bought one of the newer EeePCs with a 160Gig drive and it was basically unusable until we swapped in an expensive flash drive as a replacement. Until the extra money was spent on it, my 4G Eee was much better, even if I do have to manage my use of the system drive very carefully.

Since I'm posting, the AA batteries are a HUGE advantage. I've refused to buy any digital camera that doesn't take AAs for ages now and the result is that the last three cameras I've bought are all still perfectly usable. Meanwhile, I'm onto the second battery for my Eee (which I effectively got by buying an entire 2G Eee fairly cheap), and my early digital cameras (which I spent quite a bit on) are glorified paperweights. There are some very, very nice rechargeable AA options out there and some seriously good chargers. I've invested in some of this stuff and would love to be able to use it with my netbook.

more than 4 years ago

India Suspended From PayPal For "At Least a Few Months"

Kris_J Re:State vs Internet (186 comments)

Paypal specialises in dodging regulation and being an arsehole. There may well be times when you can sing the praises of the wondrous capitalist market and how it solves everything, but this is not one of them.

more than 4 years ago



Perpetual Energy Machine Can't Take the Heat.

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kris_J writes "As anyone with half a brain could have predicted, the Perpetual Energy Machine previously discussed on /. (sigh) has run into technical difficulties. The official website currently says

"We are experiencing some technical difficulties with the demo unit in London. Our initial assessment indicates that this is probably due to the intense heat from the camera lighting."
Bad news for the tropics, I guess."

Link to Original Source

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kris_J writes "Rising Phoenix Design's BlackBack theory says that since white costs more power to display than black on a CRT, web pages should be light text on a dark background. One idea then is that since Google is the most popular website on the planet, would there be a significant global power usage reduction if they changed their design to white text on a black background? At the very least, I reckon they should try it for three days and find out."



Is there an RSS feed for a user's comments?

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 6 years ago Is there an RSS feed of my comments? I want to pipe my /. comments through to Twitter.


No Sony rootkit on old-ish Sony laptop

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I'll check my mother's VIAO the next time she brings it home and report back on my Slashdot Journal.

A 1.5 to 2 year old Sony VIAO laptop does not appear to have the rootkit pre-installed. It might have other Sony junk on it, but I think it's relatively clear of their insane IP-protection black-hat junk.


Public wikis are fundamentally flawed

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 9 years ago Have a quick look at the "RecentChanges" of the unofficial Flickr Wiki. Go ahead, I'll wait.


You'll notice a huge number of changes on, as it happens my birthday, the 4th of September by "". It's all spam. Spend even a couple of days working with Wikinews and you'll learn of "Ass Puss" -- a tedious, repetitious form of vandalism.

There's probably a law, like Murphy's, that says that in any sufficiently large population there are more people interested in destroying the work of others for profit or kicks than there are interested in taking the time needed to create something new. If that isn't an existing law, can someone clean it up and call it the "Krisjohn/Insert your name here" law?


Submitted story:

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 9 years ago Stuffit Wireless, Purchase by Smith Micro Systems

Smith Micro Software have just announced their acquisition Of Allume (press release), makers of the long running Stuffit compression software, most noticable for their recent, lossless, JPEG-recompression technique. The new owners have already announced the expansion of this technique to new file formats; "... for other media file types such as MPEG movies and MP3 audio files." and to the wireless world. I look forward to being able to pack JPEGs from my old digital camera, using my PocketPC, before emailing them through my incredibly expensive GPRS service.


Is it just me, or is /. getting a bit boring?

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 9 years ago I guess it's a couple of things. For ages now, whenever I've received moderation points I've had a seriously hard time finding anywhere to spend them. This means that of the discussions I'm not moved to comment in, I don't care enough to even moderate. I don't comment in many discussions and many of those have limited, or highly conservative (or seriously uninformed) interest from other members.

I really thought that people would be interested in the Google Web Accelerator, not have responses between indifference and paranoia. Are we all really so jaded that we assume everything is an attempt at corporate takeover? (Ask yourself, if you produced an innovate product, how would you sell it to people? Would you use a company?) I'm tempted to give The Well a go...


Anyone needing to hack websites to make them work?

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 9 years ago I use a web filter. I've now met two fairly high-profile websites that have stupid errors in the page (faulty javascript and badly written forms) where I have to create a new rule for my web filter to process (hack) the web pages so that they work as intended. Anyone else finding this?


The amazing collapsable social life

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 9 years ago I believe that the current preferred financial term is "adjustment", or possibly "correction", but the house of cards I lovingly (and laughingly) refer to as my social life looks about due for a major collapse.

Life's good, don't get me wrong, it's just that some speculative investments aren't paying off and it's time to decide if I cut my losses.

The major disappointment is the West Australian Greens party. From the inside it looks like it's falling apart. That's not to say that elected representatives won't do a good job, but just that the adminstrative structure is ready to implode. Basically it's run like a charity, not a political party.

More generally, I have a bunch of creative things I want to do -- stuff I've always enjoyed -- but I haven't been able to find time for them given the amount of pre-packaged entertainment I consume. World of Warcraft plus a Netflix-like service plus a two-foot pile of books do not leave any time for anything else.

So, the Bigpond Movies trial has been fun, but I won't be buying the service. My World of Warcraft subscription ends a few days into next month and I'll be taking at least a two and a half week break. The Greens can go do their own thing, I'm not interested in giving any more time or money when they're just going to waste it. Add in six strategic annual leave days I'm cashing in over the next six weeks and I might just catch up with all the things I've been neglecting by the end of next month.


Every moment accounted for until the 4th of May.

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 9 years ago It's official. I have no spare time. Or at least my spare time is committed. Roughly:

  • Work
  • Sleep
  • World of Warcraft
  • DVDs (Netflix-esq service)
  • Political activism
  • A big pile of books

Plus two specific things that cover, respectively, Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.

It was fairly obvious when the book pile started to grow out of hand, but I still found time to just slob about and watch TV. No longer! It's all go-go-go, even when it comes to entertainment. "Bigpond Movies" (the Netflix-like service) was the last straw. I've now got a pile of DVDs to watch like I have my pile of books, on top of everything else trying to consume my time.

The next few months should be fun.


Finally moving to my new PC

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 9 years ago I bought a new PC a number of weeks back but have only been using it intermittently. Mainly that's because the 3D is unstable. Bleeding edge. Leaked beta drivers, et al. But now that the latest World of Warcraft patch allows me to turn on full screen anti-aliasing (and the polygon glitches appear to have gone away), buggered if I'm playing it on any of my other PCs. Now I just need my WoW Zboard and Razor mice.


*tap tap* Is this thing still on?

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 9 years ago I've dumped my Blogger journal, but I can't completely shake the need to post crap. I setup some sort of linking thing that causes posts here to go onto Blogger and then onto Livejournal. I can't remember the account I used, so I'm just going to see if this does anything.

One, two, one, two.


Testing a blog chain

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 10 years ago If I've done this right, some sort of reference to this post will be placed on my blogger blog and my LiverJournal journal. :)


Finished B5, and hey, more Gmail invites

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 10 years ago I finished Babylon 5 season five late last week. Quite enjoyable, though the last episode was pretty pointless. Now I've just got a few movies if I want to check them out.

I've got six more Gmail invites. If you're interested and you don't already have a Gmail account find my email address on my homepage and send me a message. I'll post replies as the invites are used up.


5 to go, and hey, a Gmail invite

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm almost finished season five of Babylon 5. Feels like they're running out of time to end the season neatly. I think there are some movies to watch after this...

Meanwhile, I've got one Gmail invite. Don't know when it popped up, but the first person to email me with their name and current email address can have it. My email address is in an image on my homepage.


9 to go

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 10 years ago Only 9 episodes of B5 season 5 to go.

I've found streaming media in a big way, now that I've got both ADSL and a pocket PC. As I tap this out, I'm listening to a New York public radio station.


17 to go

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 10 years ago My slow motion Babylon 5 festival continues. I'm now five episodes into season 5. Writing is a little spotty, but still better than the average Andromeda episode.

Doom 3 is still pissing me off with some serious problems. I'm going to install the final release of XP SP2, the absolute latest video drivers from nVidia and DirectX 9c. If it still freezes every so often or loses the textures I'm going to contact EB's and see what hoops they want me to jump through before I get a refund.


37 to go

Kris_J Kris_J writes  |  more than 10 years ago I've only managed to watch seven episodes of Babylon 5 since getting the last two seasons on DVD. Slow going -- there are not enough hours in the day. Fortunately there's little on TV. Tru Calling hasn't been on for two weeks and the current season of Charmed finishes this week.

At work, we've just seen a huge reduction in the number of viruses being emailed to us. Only 22 unique IPs at an average rate of less than two emails an hour for the last 40 hours. In fact, we didn't receive any between 9:20 last night and 6:50 this morning.

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