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Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviewed and Benchmarked

MrMickS Re:Support the developers! (91 comments)

And if the game doesn't make money, because of piracy, what is going to pay their salaries when writing the next game? Duh!

about two weeks ago
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How High-Tech Temporary Tattoos Will Hack Your Skin

MrMickS Re:Use the damn language (57 comments)

I hacked my keyboard to enter this.

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

MrMickS Re:Google engineers... (239 comments)

Disclaimer: I don't use web mail, for anything.

Threaded email pre-dates Gmail, it even predates Google. I've used threaded email clients since the early 1990s. Just because you haven't seen it before doesn't mean that Google 'invented' it. Oh, and applying threads to Webmail doesn't count as invention.

about two weeks ago
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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

MrMickS Re:Another way to get cheap labour (110 comments)

It's also about people learning useful skills. Lots of universities are teaching web design using dreamweaver! The university curriculums are too slow to reflect the latest tech in an industry that changes completely every year. It might not be the perfect solution with regards to pay, but it's certainly a step towards graduates coming out of uni with useful skills.

It doesn't matter what tools are used, I still craft web pages in a text editor. A CS degree shouldn't be thought of as providing the graduate with knowledge about how to use the latest toolsets. It should provide them with the answer to "why" rather than necessarily the "how".

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

MrMickS Re:Why the negativity (110 comments)

I did a CS degree way back in the early 1980s. I was taught general computing principles and how to code in a few languages. The general principles, how to do analysis, etc. have given me a good grounding to learn other languages and techniques and keep my skills relevant. As long as the companies allow the students to continue to learn general principles, the why rather than the how, then this will be of benefit.

If the company has sufficient influence to make the course concentrate on the how that is most relevant to the company then this would be bad. They might as well just take the people on and forget the degree.

about three weeks ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

MrMickS Re:It has nothing to do with the part counts (293 comments)

niche?, you can go coast to coast in a tesla using superchargers this year
http://ecomento.com/2014/01/14...
most of the US will be covered by 2015, get some research fingers going on google

Still niche because those superchargers provide far less refuelling density than the existing gas stations. Given the increased time to refuel, even with a supercharger, the density has to be greater than the existing gas stations serving that route.

The build out of superchargers is impressive but it is catering to a relatively small number of vehicles.

about a month ago
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Class-Action Suit Claims Copyright Enforcement Company Made Harassing Robo-calls

MrMickS Re:Copyright is turning into religion (67 comments)

Is this posted AC to avoid bringing down the wrath of the copyright god, or just because you're trolling?

about a month ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

MrMickS Re:The future of printing? (178 comments)

Tell that to the lawyers and accountants, or the designers and architects and they will laugh you right out the door. Do you have any idea how many times the world has heard that the paperless world is coming? The answer is never, as with any other "ideal" it's a nice dream and goal to work toward (and we should) but achieving it is impossible. Besides, paper is a renewable resource. It's the ink and toner, and the hardware for printing that aren't renewable.

I did work for an international LLC law firm 10+ years ago. They had migrated everything to a Documentum system. All of their paperwork was scanned and included in this system which made it available to anyone that needed to see it; lawyers in the firm, or clients.

My partner is currently working for local government scanning their planning records into a similar system.

In both cases the original paper documents are destroyed after the electronic copy is made.

Over here in the UK I can access most government services without needing to use a piece of paper.

Maybe I move in different circles to you, but your dismissal of the paperless office doesn't ring true with my experience. Its going to take time, but as the GP posted tablets have moved it nearer.

about 2 months ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

MrMickS Re:Pivotal Decision That Went The Wrong Way... (239 comments)

If someone has a criminal record for an assault in the past then that would hang over their head for the rest of their life. Its part of their history.

about 6 months ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

MrMickS Re:Cat and mouse (239 comments)

Which is exactly why Robert Peston wrote the new article. It becomes self defeating for the person wanting to be forgotten because the new articles bring the deed he is trying to suppress into the current. If it goes on it also creates a large number of 'this article has been removed' messages in the Google results, which in itself would be a marker.

It's better to leave this to the legal system ruling on the original articles. If the article is removed then, and only then, should a search engine have to remove links to it, cached copies etc.

about 6 months ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

MrMickS Re: Not Voluntarily (239 comments)

Double plus good

about 6 months ago
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iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

MrMickS Re:Thanks for a new pain in my ass Apple. (323 comments)

Oops. The quality of poster on Slashdot is going down. Read the article. The real mac address is used once you attempt to join a network. Its only whilst the device is looking for networks that the randomised MAC is used. It won't impact DHCP leases etc.

about 6 months ago
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iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

MrMickS Re:Why keep Wifi on? (323 comments)

Why keep Wifi on? It never seems to work well for me. When I did try to use it the data connection would constantly sever and sometimes cause whatever app I'm using to get angry. Furthermore at my house my Wifi is much slower than my mobile connection. Even though I have a data cap (Verizon) I never exceed the cap without Wifi. I also save some battery by keeping it off.

Wish I had mod points for the above.

I disable my WiFi until I'm somewhere I want to use it. The only people that can track me are my cell provider and those people within range of a WiFi network I want to connect to.

about 6 months ago
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New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

MrMickS Re:Yeah. Right. (243 comments)

You totally misunderstood me, and got oddly defensive of ABS (and abusive of me) for some reason.

I never said ABS was bad (or in any way worse than non-abs) it's just incompatible with the braking style that people learn to use on non-abs cars, and leads to a longer braking distance that you would have otherwise gotten using that same technique with non-abs brakes

The implication here is that once people have learnt to drive thats it. They don't learn any more. They don't change their driving style to adapt to the changes in roads and car technology. I find this attitude incredibly worrying.

I'm sure cost is a factor in buying ABS, but how do you explain the people who buy the full-featured deluxe model of a car, and then specifically request that it be non-ABS. Or the people who intentionally remove the ABS function from their car?

Darwin Award Contenders?

about 6 months ago
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New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

MrMickS Re:First (243 comments)

That would depend on how often you used both ...

about 6 months ago
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Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

MrMickS Re:Do No Evil so why not delete the info? (138 comments)

"should some random dude be able to remove _my_ information that I _want_ to be available?"

I don't know if you were implying otherwise, but it's probably worth making it explicitly clear that they can't easily do so, because Google require proof of ID to honour a request.

I think you've missed the point here. If I post information explaining why Mr X shouldn't be trusted that's my information. Mr X can request Google to remove my site from their index by providing proof that he is Mr X. At no point does Google have to talk to me about it.

The whole scheme provides an extra-legal mechanism to censor the web. Its an appalling overreach of secrecy law and needs to be removed forthwith.

about 7 months ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

MrMickS Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (272 comments)

I used my Palm V and a Nokia 6130 all the time. It allowed me to keep track of expenses using a database, and sync them back to my office. It allowed me to keep track of my email, using the IrDA connection between the devices. It allowed me to reboot servers when needed from a restaurant using SSH. It allowed me to edit code remotely from another country, again using SSH.

I had a need and a use for my Palm. It wasn't a toy to me. I have a need for my current iPhone, though in many ways its not as flexible or capable as my Palm/Nokia combination was.

about 8 months ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

MrMickS Bullsh*t (130 comments)

This is complete and utter rubbish. It may not be time now, but that doesn't mean that it won't happen. Media is converging, we are beginning to see a move away from traditional broadcasters towards creators dealing directly with the end users. It's going to take a little while before its possible, but it will happen.

The evidence? Youtube for one. The production values are increasing, more content providers are releasing via YouTube and surviving on the advertising revenue generated from there. WWE for another, they're in the process of going direct to customer, cutting out the middle man. More content providers will go this way once there is a reliable revenue stream.

If content providers go this way they will want their content to be available across all of these devices to maximise their reach. Perhaps it'll go the way of gaming, with the manufacturers paying for a small subset of exclusives initially but will that be sustainable in the long term? It's doubtful.

about 8 months ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

MrMickS Re:The Slide-to-Unlock Claim, for reference (408 comments)

So for something so obvious for people not to have come up with over a span of 10 years?

IMO the patentable part should be in the technique of the invention. Slide to unlock may have taken a while to apply... but actually implementing it the moment it was requested was within the capability of every programmer on the planet... all the way back to 1991, without notes, without assistance... just the requirement itself is enough to implement it.

Just a requirement? Ah, that's it then. Everything is possible, it just needs a requirement. Isn't that requirement someone coming up with the idea of what they want to do? Couldn't this be considered inventing it? You now see how a patentable idea comes about.

about 8 months ago

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MrMickS MrMickS writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Well I thought I'd been on Slashdot long enough to be bothered to start typing things in here.

I'm wondering whether being middle-aged has made me too reasonable. Fifteen years ago I was the BOFH that could reduce users to tears, now even my put down posts on Slashdot get modded to insightful. *sigh* what is the world coming to.

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