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62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

Nuke Bloodaxe Re:price (331 comments)

They probably already know how to pirate.

I think you'd be surprised at how horrendously incompetent most people are. I'd say young people are nowhere near as 'tech savvy' as some people like to claim they are, to the point where they have difficulty doing much beyond accessing their Facebook pages and using a few specific programs.

I agree, and I do work at a school.

1 year,19 days

How IP Law Helps FOSS Communities

Nuke Bloodaxe Re:again with the version from five years ago? (98 comments)

Ahh, just spotted what you were referring to, it's a SOP. A supplementary order paper, and in this case it is the one that caused controversy and was not enacted into the final bill: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/sop/government/2013/0237/latest/whole.html#DLM5187401 . I repeat, this SOP is not in force. Such papers are proposals for changes to the bill, you'll see this one is shown to be a proposal by it stating it is so.

So, please be a bit more careful, and link to your material next time :)

about a year ago

How IP Law Helps FOSS Communities

Nuke Bloodaxe Re:again with the version from five years ago? (98 comments)

Here we have the legislative page: http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/legislation/bills/00DBHOH_BILL8651_1/patents-bill

Here we have the link to all related bill documents: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2008/0235/14.0/versions.aspx

Additionally here we have a link to the "live" bill currently in force, this is the passed version, 235-2: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2008/0235/14.0/whole.html

If you note Section 15, 3A, it still says the same. This is what is known as a trump line, in that under the currently in force legislation software is an invention which is not patentable.

I would be most interested in linked examples of what you are referring to, because I certainly have not found it on the government legislative website so far, so that a more informed debate may occur.

about a year ago

How IP Law Helps FOSS Communities

Nuke Bloodaxe Re:New Zealand didn't ban software patents... (98 comments)

It's a bit too early in the piece to see the legal ramifications at this stage, but I'll give you a brief outline of what would most likely happen in this environment:

"A system comprising a computer with a touch-sensing display, and a program running on that computer such that gesture A causes the computer to display blah blah blah" ; this is actually two separate things, one is the physical hardware which is a device capable of sensing touch. The program running on the device that performs other actions in reaction to the manipulation of that device is considered software, as it may be substituted at any point by another program that can interpret the gesture differently.

The real interesting bit is actually the touch sensing display, which would be a device with embedded software that provides a basic API for positional feedback. If the embedded software provides gesture recognition as part of the panel, independent of the computer, then you have something that would probably be patentable. This would not stop someone creating another panel that could sense touch, but leave out all of the embedded API to the point it only provided RAW touch output and had to rely 100% on a software implementation for the rest; in that case you can patent the panel, but the software would be covered under standard copyright. In each case the software can be considered independent of the panel, except when the panel itself provides feedback to a computer as a result of embedded software [even then it has to be considered in it's entirety, not as independent bits, and would be trivial to get around.]

Now there is an older article here: http://www.iitp.org.nz/newsletter/article/430 Where if you look down to "The New Amendment", keyfeatures, point 4 you'll get the gist of where we are at. There are probably better sources and articles, but unfortunately I don't have them to hand right now. Key thing to remember is that it's all untested at this time, wait and see :)

about a year ago

How IP Law Helps FOSS Communities

Nuke Bloodaxe Re:New Zealand didn't ban software patents... (98 comments)

*sigh* I am in New Zealand, and yes I have read and understood the legislation. For full disclosure I am also an Associate Member of the IITP, one of the groups who pushed hard to get this mess sorted out.

Most people skip the most important line which reads:

"A computer program is not a patentable invention." Section 15, part 3A: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2008/0235/latest/whole.html?search=sw_096be8ed8054d616_computer+program_25_se&p=1#DLM1419225

Now, is that unclear to anyone?

about a year ago

Too Much Gold Delays World's Fastest Supercomputer

Nuke Bloodaxe Re:can someone please explain (111 comments)

Quoting from the article "Gold is used for connectors because it does not oxidize quickly, and because of its high electrical conductivity; however, when mixed with solder that contains tin, the gold and tin can combine, making the combination brittle under certain conditions."

about 2 years ago

How To Use a Linux Virtual Private Server

Nuke Bloodaxe Re:That's an odd... (303 comments)

You are right, it is a mere part of the original dice article at: http://news.dice.com/2012/12/10/linux-virtual-private-server/ . It also does not help that the HowTo was written by someone who really does not fully well know what they are doing, and it is this sort of thing that catches out people trying to learn how to do things properly. What would help, though, would be if the guy actually got someone who knew what they were doing, and added those bits to his article so it was more complete [this is where a more collaborative blog is essential.]

For the record my first VPS was a pretty interesting beast at nosupportvpshosting.com, where you have to know what you are doing or suffer the consequences [I quite like them because they keep out of your way, plus I use it mainly for self-education purposes.] The HowTo at dice pretty much glosses over the security issues with a non-adequate solution in my opinion [if you have seen the nasty stuff flying around recently then you'll know what I mean.]

about 2 years ago

Minecraft Reality App Arrives For iOS, Brings Your Creations Into the Real World

Nuke Bloodaxe King Kong (25 comments)

We seriously need King Kong with Biplanes placed on the Empire State building!

about 2 years ago

US Army Considers a Smartphone For Every Soldier

Nuke Bloodaxe Apologies for stating the obvious (279 comments)

"including one that allows soldiers to track colleague's locations on the battlefield."

Now, lets say I am a soldier that has just been killed. My device does not know this, but the opposing force does. They pickup my phone, start running through a list of who is on the battlefield, and designate where their snipers need to aim.

Alternatively, opposing force finds device, and now appears on the location system as the soldier. This could be a bit of an issue if they send a message via it for everyone to regroup... or medical evac. I can imagine a well booby trapped body for that.

My point being: convenience is very nice, but deactivating it on death is vital. This is not something you'll get off-the-shelf, but can be as simple as a plugin heart monitor with password reset in the event of no pulse.

more than 3 years ago

Generic PCs For Corporate Use?

Nuke Bloodaxe Re:transferring Window license? (606 comments)

There is the possibility of buying the retail copies, which are a bit less restrictive, but they cost a bundle. However, once you have them, you only need to buy upgrade copies in the future when moving from OS to OS [which is considerably cheaper.] Having said that though, and assuming it is specified in US dollars, that is a very high price per PC. For a business environment, with a lot of spare machines [not just parts] you would be buying render-farm level material there. I'd say you'd be quite happy spending $500 per machine, and still have plenty of power to spare.

more than 4 years ago

Computer Spies Breach $300B Fighter-Jet Project

Nuke Bloodaxe Does anyone, seriously, have a torrent for it? (330 comments)

We hear about various hacking events all the time concerning military systems, but it begs the question "can I get a torrent for it?". Sure, the data might be several terabytes in size, but I'm sure there are sub-sections of that data that could be divided out for usage by... anyone. If the information connected to that aircraft were to enter the public domain I can imagine a serious leap in public technology, no sweat [not to mention foreign governments]. At the same time I can imagine some people currently sweating behind their keyboard, debating whether they should pay the $30 billion ransom to prevent just that. So, we currently know the information has been stolen from a secure facility. All someone needs to do now [big ask, I know] is to hack the systems of the individuals who gained that information.

more than 5 years ago

openMosix Is Shutting Down

Nuke Bloodaxe Re:Process migration? (252 comments)

Hi, David here, when was that?

When I was working on the cluster during the first 3 months of 2003, and setting up various parts of the software ( a few custom code alterations needed to be made to PBS, as it had a very serious bug that stopped the system from functioning properly at all ), I was sure that there was a bit more than just single node work occurring. You are correct about suspending a node etc, but then again you could also choose a node or node set to run jobs on ( and given the price to run jobs on the cluster it really should not have been too much of an issue unless 16 people had 4 node jobs running at once ). Personally just adding the job to the queue would be sensible, as it would allow the job to run when a free node, or node set, was available.

Check http://helix.massey.ac.nz/pbs.html As it gives a good overview of how the scheduling system works.

Additionally its a 65 Node system, and has since been superseded by Helix 2, much like the Sisters cluster was.

Naturally this will have changed over the last 4 years, but I'm pretty sure it's not quite as bad as described.

David Keenleyside B.Sc. CS & IS

more than 6 years ago


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