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Japanese Chip Shutdown Causing Shortages

Nocterro Re:An opportunity... (121 comments)

For one, the Sony CCD sensor chips used in many, many CCTV surveillance cameras.

I work for an Australian CCTV wholesaler and we're already getting emails offering buying leads for alternative manufacturers (Pixim for instance)

more than 3 years ago

How Bad Is the Gulf Coast Oil Spill?

Nocterro Re:This has got to be the lamest guilt trip (913 comments)

Don't confuse opium with opiates, but yep, Tasmania produces around 40% of the worlds legal opiates. Citation.

Yay for a politically stable country with a dose of common sense.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Blocks Cartoonist From App Store

Nocterro Re:News Flash: Apple limits app store! (664 comments)

In other words, get over it and find something useful to do with your protests. If you don't like how they do it, make a competing product.

No thanks. I'd rather people were fully aware of the potential drawbacks to what they might buy, and as a result choose the best product - not the one with the best hidden shitty drawbacks.

As a neat aside, the company might have to make a better product. Everyone wins.

more than 4 years ago

House of Commons Finds No Evidence of Tampering In Climate E-mails

Nocterro Re:Thorough and unbiased (650 comments)

I wonder how you would react if the House of Commons were to say that the e-mails are undeniable proof that global warming is a scam. Would you suddenly change positions? Or would you write them off just like the people on the other side of the debate will..

Get back to me when an organisation as respected as the British House of Commons says that.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Alternative To Google Earth?

Nocterro Re:Licensing? Severs? (190 comments)

Investigating prospective rental properties? Identifying the terrain and surroundings before travelling to a new location?

more than 4 years ago

Professors Banning Laptops In the Lecture Hall

Nocterro Re:A novel idea: be a better teacher (664 comments)

Here's another thought: If you don't learn, it's not the professors problem. If I don't work hard, I don't get to bitch at my boss that my job wasn't interesting enough. I get fired.

University should be where kids meet the real world and start acting like adults, or fail.

more than 4 years ago

Unfriendly Climate Greets Gore At Apple Meeting

Nocterro Re:Agree w/ parent... (572 comments)

What kind of flamewar is this? And more importantly, how do we tell who's winning?

more than 4 years ago

NHTSA Has No Software Engineers To Analyze Toyota

Nocterro Re:List of software powered cars (459 comments)

Driving a car without power steering is very different to driving a car with failed power steering interfering, in my experience.

When I was young and dumb I drove a big 1980's ford long after it's power steering (and much else) failed. Awesome workout, PITA to park.

more than 4 years ago

CBS Refuses To Preserve Jack Benny Footage

Nocterro Re:Not that my opinion matters (323 comments)

This random gentlemen on the internet claims that composed would be the correct word in this case (comprised would be a synonym for including, where I was imagining CBS to be clearly made up only of horses).
And he has an entire book published just to explain why everyone is making errors when writing English, so I'm inclined to trust someone with that much dedication.

more than 4 years ago

CBS Refuses To Preserve Jack Benny Footage

Nocterro Re:Not that my opinion matters (323 comments)

These informative mods always make me imagine a moderator sitting stunned behind a monitor: "Of course! CBS could be composed of horses!

more than 4 years ago

Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi

Nocterro Re:Retard. (428 comments)

I'd just like to point out that high-pitched noises, often caused by the flyback transformers found in things such as CRT monitors, are a far cry from detecting x-rays and radio waves. Why? Because one is just a sound and we have ears to feel that; that some people cannot hear the sound while others can is related to the auditive acuity of the person, nothing more.

I also can hear the noise caused by CRTs, and oddly enough also in some solid-state electronics. I've also got low level tinnitus When I asked a hearing specialist about it, he suggested that it might be related, with some noise or EM frequency stimulating a poorly sheafed auditory nerve.

This guy is still nuts though. Why do we care what the man thinks is causing his 'allergy'? Get him some real help, in the form of mental health and housing support.

more than 4 years ago

At Current Rates, Only a Few More Years' Worth of IPv4 Addresses

Nocterro Re:No, that's propaganda (460 comments)

IANA has in place an agreement

Is anyone else's brain tripping on this as badly as mine? I Am Not A "Has in place an agreement"? What the hell is a "has in place an agreement", and why would your lack of being one make you unqualified?

Stupid memes, acronyms.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Founder's Pictures Go Public

Nocterro Re:too funny (219 comments)

Actually, it isn't. If you go to the URL of the friends list, you can view anybody's friends list.

Interesting? -1, Wrong. If your profile is not set to be searchable, that information is unavailable.

Coincidentally, I've taken five minutes to set my privacy settings correctly and have only praise for the increased granularity now available. What percentage of those complaining here have ever used facebook anyway?

more than 4 years ago

Biometric Face Recognition At Your Local Mall

Nocterro Re:Solution? (120 comments)

Over here in sleepy old Adelaide, South Australia, our Westfield guards have been known to cause deaths Security guard charged over elderly man's death. Walking into a mall with your bike helmet accidentally left on will quickly atttract a number of tall, angry men.
A mask would be asking for way more trouble than it would be worth, as it'd be taken as practically a declaration of intent to cause trouble.

more than 4 years ago

Iraq Swears By Dowsing Rod Bomb Detector

Nocterro Re:This kind of upsets me (652 comments)

You can leave us Australians out of it.

As soon as it starts getting tough, we'll notice that we have more uranium than we can ever use. Ten years later, we'll be self sufficient for energy again.

FSM, forgive me for responding to the troll, but s/he did get modded to +5.

more than 4 years ago

Left 4 Dead 2 Banned In Australia

Nocterro Re:Heh (215 comments)

Illegal to sell or import. Unlike the USA, our "rating" system is an undisguised censorship system.

about 5 years ago

How To Make Science Popular Again?

Nocterro Re:Science =! Public Policy (899 comments)

Modern geek proverb: anything difficult to learn is worth knowing.

about 5 years ago

Arizona Judge Tells Sheriff "Reveal Password Or Face Contempt"

Nocterro Re:Summary doesn't make it clear... (624 comments)

And parole is determined based on rehabilitation, not crime. So it serves two purposes.

more than 5 years ago

$33 Million In Poker Winnings Seized By US Govt

Nocterro Re:Who Trusts Online Gambling Anyways? (465 comments)

Then you don't gamble. Or purchase a mobile phone, get electricity connected, or find it easy to rent a house. The 100 point system has a wide range of documents to help, but it sucks when you're trying to get started. Young people just deal with it.

more than 5 years ago


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