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Help for 11 year old that wants to grow up to make games?

Martin Spamer Get a grip (3 comments)

How would you bring them back to earth if they said they wanted to be a racing driver, pop-star, footballer, celebrity, etc.

As a parent it is your job to set realistic goals and expectations not pander to childish nonsense.

2 days ago

RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

Martin Spamer "Going equipped" (110 comments)

Until you get charged with "Going equipped for stealing" an offence under the Theft Act. Since blocking RFID will block most shop security devices. Perhaps Blazers will become the new uniform for shop lifters.

3 days ago

Computer Error Grounds Flights In the UK

Martin Spamer Power failure to the computer (68 comments)

Not a computer failure as such, according to my source.

about two weeks ago

Congress removing torture references from CIA report's Wikipedia page

Martin Spamer Who is pushing what agenda? (1 comments)

These edit do appear to be legitimate corrections

The report is called '''Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program''' yet the wiki editor has miss named it
"Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture"

Also under Wikipedia's own rules the articles should be NPV and controversial terms backed by legitimate quotes and citations.

about two weeks ago

Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200000 For A Statue Of Himself

Martin Spamer Ego? (1 comments)

Does any body really need any more evidence the entire Wikileaks project has been food for Assange's ego?

His behaviour has done more damage to Wikileaks than anything else including the US government.

about two weeks ago

How Relevant is C in 2014?

Martin Spamer C is like the Humble Brick (641 comments)

It doesn't matter if you are building a house, a supermarket, a factory or a major civil engineering project you will needs some bricks.

Building Software is the same

about two weeks ago

Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

Martin Spamer Doesn't Matter (340 comments)

It doesn't matter that it is a fake and the world knows it, it panders to the internal political audience to hang their hat on.

about a month ago

Building All the Major Open-Source Web Browsers

Martin Spamer idiosyncratic is understatement (106 comments)

Idiosyncratic builds is not limited to just browsers and is probably the biggest problem faced by Open Source projects today.

I use open source tools daily and yet with 20 years development experience I have yet to fine one open source project that straightforward to build.

about 2 months ago

White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Martin Spamer Those are Baby steps (352 comments)

.. and are questionable boot strapping projects.

The biggest cost and therefore barrier to Space exploration is launch costs. These needs to be side stepped.

Launch a design prize for low cost probes to be sent in their dozens, hundreds or perhaps even
thousands to the asteroid belt on low energy transfer trajectories. These need to include cheap & reliable ways to analyse the asteroids for useful materials.

Have a second round to design low cost extraction 'bots' to follow up the analysis probes to 'mine' those materials. These could hoard the supplies or even again use low energy transfer to Earth/Lunar Lagrangian points.

Sell futures to fund the next step based on the value of those materials.

We don't need (and probably don't want) full functional Von Neumann machines.

about 2 months ago

How an FBI Informant Led the Hack of British Tabloid "The Sun"

Martin Spamer Re:So the UK can charge him? (38 comments)

Or will the UK once again prove to be a lapdog of the US government.

I'm not familiar with this meme, would charging him or letting him off make the UK a lapdog?

about 2 months ago

MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

Martin Spamer "Finds Fault" is faulty reporting (269 comments)

This is how good science is supposed to work, peer review to find faults and ongoing refinement until certainty is attained.

If this was not a challenge it would not be Science.

about 2 months ago

UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

Martin Spamer Phased in (145 comments)

Or they could just waiting until their old tax disc expires/ receive their renewal notice before swapping to to the new system.

The majority of people whinging on twitter are just idiots.

about 3 months ago

Are Matt's Robot Hexapods Creepy or Cute? (Video)

Martin Spamer Depends ... (35 comments)

Depends on if you've watched Stargate, Replicator

about 3 months ago

School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

Martin Spamer Sucks to be a criminal... (231 comments)

Perhaps you should not have broken the law then you would not be on the National Criminal database.

I've never broken the law and therefore not on the database.

about 3 months ago

The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Martin Spamer Poor implementation (182 comments)

Having signed on for numerous online courses over the years, I've found the majority are very pooly implemented, over engineered and badly paced.

about 3 months ago

Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission

Martin Spamer Legal Deposit (102 comments)

Natural extension of Legal Deposit which has existed in English law since 1662.

It ensure that the UKâ(TM)s published materials are systematically collected and preserved for future generations.

about 3 months ago

Northwest Passage Exploration Ship Found

Martin Spamer Volcanoes (80 comments)

These two vessles started off their military life as Bomb (Motar) ships which were traditionally named after Volcanoes, in this cases Mounts Terror & Erebus in Antarctica. (Unsurprisingly Wikipedia is wrong to claim Erebus was named directly after the Greek deity)

The nature of Mortar ships means they were built with disproportionately strong hulls for their (Ketch) size making them particularly suitable as Polar exploration vessels as the age of strife subsided.

about 3 months ago



UK Government seeks to extend snooping on public

Martin Spamer Martin Spamer writes  |  about a month ago

Martin Spamer (244245) writes "Theresa May the current UK Home Secretary (the cabinet minister responsible for policing) is attempting to force through a new law that will require ISPs to record the identity of users of each IP address and hand those details over to police on demand.

It is claimed this is necessary for national security, despite the fact the vast majority of the 570,000 data requests made last year did not involve any national security issues.

Stake your claim for internet freedom now"

Link to Original Source

Prosecutor recognises

Martin Spamer Martin Spamer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Martin Spamer writes "The British Crown Prosecution Service has dropped obscenity charges against Darryn Walker, who faced trial under the Obscene Publications Act for publishing an online rape fantasy, 'Girls (Scream) Aloud', about pop group Girls Aloud on his blog.

Free speech campaign group Index On Censorship said that the case threatened the rights of writers and internet users.

Avedon Carol, spokeswoman for campaign group Feminists Against Censorship, said this attempted prosecution represented a dangerous precedent.

Outlaw.com suggests the court case that could have redefined UK citizens' right to free speech on the internet.

Prosecutors offered no evidence,after receiving expert testimony, and the judge ordered a directed not guilty verdict.

The case was brought following a complaint by the self appointed and unaccountable Big Brother of the internet the Internet Watch Foundation which has previously been involved in the controversial to blocking the Wikipedia and Amazon for hosting obscene images of album and book covers."

Link to Original Source

Martin Spamer Martin Spamer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Martin Spamer writes "The space MMOG Eve-Online where mining rock plays a big part of the economy has recently been hit by a huge in-game scam. The aftermath of the EIB scam... was 700 Billion ISK, (yes that was Billion) might raise $119,000 USD if sold on ebay. Where the conversion rate of 100m isk to 18 USD. These events have prompted claims of player deaths, death threats, and speculation about What Would You Do With 700 Billion ISK?"



Slashdot port scanning

Martin Spamer Martin Spamer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

My logs today revealed the following two port scans.

Fri, 2009-09-04 15:24:10 - TCP Packet - Source: Destination:X.X.X.X - [PORT SCAN]
Fri, 2009-09-04 15:24:12 - TCP Packet - Source: Destination:X.X.X.X - [PORT SCAN]

So I left wondering why slashdot is port scanning from


Programming Tests

Martin Spamer Martin Spamer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I recently attended an interview for a role as Software Architect. At the interview I was asked to complete a written programming test. The first two questions where to write in Java the functions IsOdd() & ToUpper(). This was so monumentally stupid I didn't know where to begin. My first through was that the test was really designed to see If I would stand up and point out the stupidity of the situation. Apparently not. They really did want to test a Software Architects skills with a programming test. They really didn't understand why these two functions are out of place in an OO language. They really didn't understand why static utility functions are a really bad idea. They really did want two functions that broke the Java language naming conventions. They really did want two functions that not only re-invent the wheel but have a cyclomatic complexity of 1. After two hours of this and other stupidity I asked why they had spent two hours asking a Software Architect programming questions. To which the interviewer responded "Oh we call our Developers, Software Architects because it impresses the customers". Needless to say I made my excuses and left, something I should have done much earlier.


Interactive Digital Television

Martin Spamer Martin Spamer writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Interactive Digital Television using IP over ADSL offers a way to smash the existing broadcasters monopoly, and open the mass public to unique and original programming from independents content producers. The technology built on open standards provides low barriers to entry for independent content producers and offer a number of additional services to make a compelling customer services. This disruptive technology is both cheaper and more capable than Satellite and Cable offerings; it is the future.

Interactive Digital Television.
- True Interactive Television (iTV) can conduct polls and quiz's in real time, it can also break out into on Demand Content at any time.
- True Interactive Electronic Programme Guides (EPG), can search for your preferences amongst the morass of polularist trash. Smart programme notifies can provide hints based on previous logged preferences and behaviour.
- Interactive

Content On Demand.
        Video (Movies/News/Documentaries);
        Audio (Music/Radio);
        text and other media;

Server Side PVR.
- Technical advantages, more flexible and reliable;
- Cost advantages, lower centralised cost;

Interactive Service
- Telemedicine
- Order a Fast Food Delivery (Pizza) using your remote from an Arm Chair.
- Mail Order goods (Video,CD) and services (Insurance,Investments,University Prospectus).

Internet access.
- Open Standards (HTTP, RTSP, MPEG, SMTP, SNMP)
- High speed Broadband connections.

integrated Communications Portal
- Email
- Instance Messages, SMS, IRC etc.

Think this is a pipe dream ? Well you'd be wrong we are doing all these today:

Interactive documentaries (The Blue Planet,Walking with Dinosaurs) from the BBC

Interactive Advert, technology applies equally to Games and Movies where you choice the plot development.


Dear Mr. Architect,

Martin Spamer Martin Spamer writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion.

My house should have between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdowns for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily pick one at a later time.

Keep in mind that the house I ultimately choose must cost less than the one I am currently living in. Make sure, however, that you correct all the deficiencies that exist in my current house (the floor of my kitchen vibrates when I walk across it, and the walls don't have nearly enough insulation in them).

As you design, also keep in mind that I want to keep yearly maintenance costs as low as possible. This should mean the incorporation of extra-cost features like aluminum, vinyl, or composite siding. (If you choose not to specify aluminum, be prepared to explain your decision in detail.)

Please take care that modern design practices and the latest materials are used in construction of the house, as I want it to be a showplace for the most up-to-date ideas and methods. Be alerted, however, the kitchen should be designed to accommodate (among other things) my wobbly 1952 Gibson refrigerator.

To assure that you are building the correct house for our entire family, you will need to contact each of my children, and also our in-laws. My mother-in-law will have very strong feelings about how the house should be designed, since she visits us at least once a year. Make sure that you weigh all of thses options carefully and come to the right decision. I, however, retain the right to overrule any decisions that you make.

Please don't bother me with small details right now. Your job is to develop the overall plans for the house and get the big picture. At this time, for example, it is not appropriate to be chosing the color of the carpeting. However, please keep in mind that I like blue and my wife likes cream.

Also, do not worry at this time about acquiring the resources to build the house itself. Your first priority is to develop detailed plans and specifications. Once I approve these plans, however, I would expect the house to be under roof within 48 hours.

While you are designing this house specifically for me, keep in mind that sooner or later I will have to sell it to someone else. It therefore should have appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers. Please make sure before you finalize the plans that there is a consensus of the potential homebuyers in my area that they like the features this house has.

I advise you to run up and look at the house my neighbor build last year, as we like it a great deal. It has many things that we feel we also need in our new home, particularily the 75-foot swimming pool. With careful engineering, I believe that you can design this into our new house without impacting the construction cost.

Please prepare a complete set of blueprints. It is not necessary at this time to do the real design, since they will be used only for construction bids. Be advised, however, that you will be held accountable for any increase of construction costs as a result of later design changes.

You must be thrilled to be working on as an interesting project as this! To be able to use the latest techniques and materials and to be given such freedom in your designs is something that can't happen very often. Contact me as soon as possible with your ideas and completed plans.

PS: My wife has just told me that she disagrees with many of the instructions I've given you in this letter. As architect, it is your responsibility to resolve these differences. I have tried in the past and have been unable to accomplish this. If you can't handle this responsibility, I will have to find another architect.

PPS: Perhaps what I need is not a house at all, but a travel trailer. Please advise me as soon a possible if this is the case.

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