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DARPA Aims To Reuse Space Junk

Neil Watson Starting point towards asteroids (67 comments)

Start with mining orbital junk before heading out to the asteroids. Must be plenty of useful metals and minerals to recover via automatic factories.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Camera For Getting Into Photography?

Neil Watson Books and buy used. (569 comments)

Start with some books on photography. "The digital photography book" 1,2 and 3 by Scott Kelby helped me a lot. This assumes you want a DSLR. You might start with a point and shoot. There is a great market for used photography gear. Buy used and learn as you go.

more than 2 years ago
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MS To Build Antivirus Into Win8: Boon Or Monopoly?

Neil Watson Re:Down with AV! (748 comments)

If some sort of white listing approach worked then I think that the current batch of AV products and their subscription based sales would be obsolete. Thus I don't think the makers of the current AV products are keen to invent something better.

about 2 years ago
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MS To Build Antivirus Into Win8: Boon Or Monopoly?

Neil Watson Down with AV! (748 comments)

I'd rather see something innovative rather than another AV product that is never up to date and always slowing down the system. I'd like to see the current pattern matching approach scuttled. There has to be a better way. What about a serious look at white listing?

about 2 years ago
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Canada CRTC Rules Against Usage Based Billing

Neil Watson Re:Usage based billing is efficient (117 comments)

I believe that the UBB plan had little or nothing to do with limited bandwidth. Bell and Rogers own TV channels and networks. They own both content and the means to distribute it. Enter new enterprises that offer content over the Internet, Netflix. I believe UBB is really about keeping control of content and eliminating any content competitors.

more than 2 years ago
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Boston Dynamics' PETMAN Humanoid On Video

Neil Watson Can it be untethered? (70 comments)

Impressive but, can it be untethered? If so, for how long?

more than 2 years ago
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Gate One 0.9 Released, Brings SSH To the Web

Neil Watson Key pairs? (151 comments)

In the demo the author uses a password to login via SSH. In the documentation I see no option to use a private key.

about 3 years ago
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Cisco, US DOJ Fire Another Salvo At Peter Adekeye

Neil Watson Re:Huh? (94 comments)

Money is the motivation. Very likely in the form of Multiven. Mr. Alfred-Adekeye the founder and CEO of Multiven.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Announces Discovery of Salty Water On Mars ... Maybe

Neil Watson Good example of why a Mars base would be useful (204 comments)

Observations make it look like there might be some sort of water cycle going on on Mars. Now the question is can existing probes provide further evidence? If not is new probe required? If there was a human presence on Mars they could mount an expedition to investigate.

It's hard to put humans into space but, humans are so much more adaptable to changing mission parameters.

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA Math: Sell 1 Million Albums, Still Owe $500k

Neil Watson Re:Don't sign it (355 comments)

You are failing to realize that the ball is in the recording industry's park, and the potential artist has no other real options.

How about get a day job? You make it sound like artists are homeless and destitute. Perhaps they are, as the saying goes, 'starving' but there is always another job out there. It may not be as glamorous as a record deal but there is still a choice to be made.

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA Math: Sell 1 Million Albums, Still Owe $500k

Neil Watson Don't sign it (355 comments)

The RIAA is not fully to blame here. If I don't like a work contract I get it changed or walk away. If someone is too eager to be famous to take the time and negotiate I can hardly feel sorry for them.

more than 3 years ago
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For 18 Minutes, 15% of the Internet Routed Through China

Neil Watson As designed (247 comments)

Isn't that what the Internet was designed to do; route as need to get bits to their destination?

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source-Friendly Smartphones For the Small Office?

Neil Watson Re:Nokia N900 (222 comments)

I believe the N900 is soon to be discontinued. Maemo is depreciated in favour of Meego. AFAIK Meego will not be officially supported on the N900. Finally the N900 has been plagued with USB failures. There are claims that a design flaw makes the USB port weak and prone to falling off.
http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=37107

more than 3 years ago
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Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

Neil Watson Re:Loose potrait mode for good, and go with landsc (1140 comments)

I don't believe that it is more natural for your eyes to read the long lines created by wide displays. This is why typesetting usually has lines less than 80 characters long. Any longer and the reader might loose the line.

For everyone that suggested rotation, I have not seen very many screens that can be rotated. Especially on laptops.

about 4 years ago
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Court Rules Against Woman Who Didn't Like Search Results

Neil Watson Re:Backwards thinking court (173 comments)

False is rather relative in the case of search results. The results may be false for one person and accurate for another. Further I believe that search engines often rank results on popularity which has little to do with accuracy.

about 4 years ago

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Neil Watson Neil Watson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Neil Watson (60859) writes "A developer named Thomas R. Nicely claims that... Executable images created for the DOS/Wintel environment (but not employing the Win32 API), using the GNU GCC compilers and language standards, are subject to failure (or performance degradation) when executed in Microsoft Windows Vista, because Vista arbitrarily restricts the memory space for the GCC executable to 32 MB (33,554,432 bytes) Read more."

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