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National "Take Your Computer To Work" Day

Nick Fel Re:I Love April 1 (40 comments)

I hadn't noticed a difference.

about a year ago

Researchers Opt To Limit Uses of Open-access Publications

Nick Fel Conflating open access and open source (172 comments)

Why is this surprising? Open access, which most scientists support in principle, is not the same as open source. It's about making sure that research outputs (particularly those that are government-funded) are made available for everyone to read, not just those with an expensive subscription. Access to that knowledge support innovation. It doesn't mean being able to reuse the original material however you like.

about a year and a half ago

Maybe With Help From Google and Adobe, Microsoft Can Kill Windows XP

Nick Fel Steam users != typical consumers (405 comments)

Nitpicky point, but Steam figures should never be used to represent the whole consumer market. Gamers are more likely to have new rigs or want to play games that already don't support XP. I suspect XP users a more likely to be users with simple needs who have a system that works for them and don't want to chance. For that matter, Photoshop isn't likely to sway them either. Google Apps maybe, if it includes Gmail -- but damn if that doesn't miss the point of using webmail in the first place.

about 2 years ago

Electronic Retailers In Europe Now Required To Take Back Old Goods

Nick Fel Re:Already in place in Sweden? (162 comments)

The difference here is that you won't be required to make a new purchase. Many UK retailers will also dispose of your old stuff free if you buy something, although they're not required to.

about 2 years ago

UK Government To Offer Free TV Filters For 4G Interference

Nick Fel Re:Old News (94 comments)

If you follow the link, you'll see that was mentioned at the time.

more than 2 years ago

UK Government To Offer Free TV Filters For 4G Interference

Nick Fel Old News (94 comments)

We've known this since February.

more than 2 years ago

Organism Closest To Original "Tree of Life" Discovered

Nick Fel Get to the point! (198 comments)

Does it use Vim or Emacs?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would Room-Temp Superconductors Affect Us?

Nick Fel Where's my hoverboard? (262 comments)

Warfare? Who'd go to war when they had a hoverboard at home?

more than 2 years ago

Meet The Man Who Designed a Tablet Computer 15 Years Before the iPad

Nick Fel Knight-Ridder (374 comments)

They also invented talking cars.

more than 2 years ago

The Worst Job In the Digital World

Nick Fel Psychological support? (258 comments)

I've read articles about this job before, but those reported on centres in the US where employees are given counselling to cope with the job. Is Facebook avoiding this moral duty by farming it out abroad?

more than 2 years ago

New BBC Sports Website Makes Heavy Use of RDF

Nick Fel Re:RDF? (89 comments)

Never mind RDF. What's 'sport'?

more than 2 years ago

10-Year Gary McKinnon Case To End This Year

Nick Fel Re:Yawn (72 comments)

Maximum sentence 70 years, so no, not necessarily.

more than 2 years ago

Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name

Nick Fel Re:Name revealed (890 comments)

That's not what TFA says.

more than 2 years ago

Russian Official Implies Foul Play In Mars Probe Failure

Nick Fel Re:Malice? (451 comments)

Yes, but the question is where does the stupidity lie? Is it in naively blasting out radar signals, or in not properly shielding your sensitive spacecraft? Probably both, but I'd favour the latter, since they know such possibilities exist.

more than 2 years ago

Glimpse of Stephen Hawking's Computer

Nick Fel Re:He identifies with the voice now (146 comments)

But I've never understood why the DECTalk voice can't be replicated in software. There must be someone capable and willing to do it for the publicity.

more than 2 years ago



Apple granted patent on wedge-shaped laptops

Nick Fel Nick Fel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nick Fel (1320709) writes "Apple has been granted a broad patent on the wedge-shaped design of the Mac Air. The design has been copied by most ultrabooks, and their manufacturers are likely starting to feel a little uneasy about the news."
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4G mobile to interfere with digital TV

Nick Fel Nick Fel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nick Fel (1320709) writes "As the UK nears the end of a lengthy digital TV switch-over, the sale of the analogue TV spectrum for 4G mobile phones will disrupt digital TV in almost a million homes. Affected homes will be issued with a filter or required to upgrade to satellite or cable, and in extreme cases may be granted funding to find their own solution. I thought it had all been a little too smooth so far..."
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