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Stephen Hawking's New Speech System Is Free and Open-source

Pop69 if it's free and open source (56 comments)

Where's the link to the source and the schematics instead of the PR pieces ?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Pop69 bird strikes ! (516 comments)

Big goose migration stop on the other side of the hill from me. Used to have a couple of power outs a year due to bird strike on the line until they finally wised up and put it underground

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Pop69 Re:Missing Option (551 comments)

Nope, an IP address isn't a unique identifier.

All it might do is identify the person who pays the ISP.

about a month and a half ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Pop69 Dumb idea (150 comments)

What did they pay so much for if not the brand recognition ?

Much easier to use an existing brand than try to create a new one

about 2 months ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

Pop69 Re:Simplify Taxes (410 comments)

The government get no tax from this, what they have taken from you, they have given to the charity.

as I said, you've donated the tax you would have paid on it to charity. The government is only involved as a middleman passing it on to the charity

about 3 months ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

Pop69 Re:Simplify Taxes (410 comments)

You're not paying tax on it, you're donating the tax you would have paid to the charity

about 3 months ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

Pop69 Re:Simplify Taxes (410 comments)

Why not do charity donation like the UK ?

You sign when donating to say that you paid tax on the money you donated and the charity gets the tax refund, increasing the value of your donation

about 3 months ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Pop69 Re:We need more of this (275 comments)

The amendment you mention says

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Can't see anything there that affects a private companies ability to include terms in a contract which would restrict your free speech, perhaps you could point it out to me ?

about 3 months ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Pop69 Re:No. It would not. (375 comments)

Minor but important point.

They're not refitted at Faslane. When they were sited at Faslane the quid pro quo for hosting them was supposed to be that they would be refitted at Rosyth on the Forth.

Sadly Rosyth got screwed over in favour of refitting them at Devonport to try to prop up some marginal seats.

about 4 months ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Pop69 Why not municipal broadband ? (338 comments)

Surely municipal broadband would establish a basic minimum level of service. After that private companies just have to compete in the market based on speed, price and a better service.

Sorry, can't say that last bit with a straight face....

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Pop69 Re:UX FTW (199 comments)

If there's one thing that experience has tough me it's this.

There is no such thing as being pedantic because assumption is the root of all fuck ups.

NEVER assume anything

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Pop69 Re:UX FTW (199 comments)

You seem to be a little confused.

"Working software [is valued] over comprehensive documentation"

You then go on to state that this means UX takes priority.

UX does not take priority, the ability of the software to perform its function takes priority. Pretty software that is easy to use but doesn't do what it's supposed to is useless software.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Pop69 I've used the software (199 comments)

I've used the software, it was OpenERP in its previous incarnation. I've ploughed my way through the developer and user documentation.

The documentation is abysmal, much of it is not updated between versions and can refer to settings, functions, etc that no longer exist. In some cases I've seen it refer to whole sections that no longer even exist like report design and outlook integration. There are numerous places where it refers to things that do not exist unless a specific module is installed but at not point does the documentation ever mention that the module should be installed.

On the developer side, there appears to be much that is broken by design rather than by error. For what is supposed to be a piece of critical business software, the inability to do something as basic as a bank reconciliation and print off an aged debt report out of the box is unbelievable.

Perhaps working on the core competencies of the software instead of diverging into including web site builder and CMS systems ? Your product can't do something as useful as calculating the cost price of a Bill of Materials assembly, so get the basics working and documented clearly before you do anything else.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

Pop69 Re:IPv6 routers (146 comments)

I'm using a Draytek 2860 which does the job just fine

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

Pop69 Re:Students (185 comments)

Tom Clancy has a blank internet history at the moment, what with him being dead and all....

about 7 months ago
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Study: Royalty Charges Almost On Par With Component Costs For Smartphones

Pop69 Re:I can copy the declaration in seconds (131 comments)

The declaration of independence was plagarised in large parts from the Declaration of Arbroath.

If lawyers had been as eager back then, the fledgling US would have been sued into oblivion for creating an unauthorised derivative work

about 7 months ago
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HP Delivers a Big-Name, 7-inch Android Tablet For $100: Comes With Compromises

Pop69 Re:Android Tablets and Privacy (182 comments)

All our company smartphones are Motorola Moto Gs running latest Android.

Not one single phone has a Google account, they all connect to the company exchange server via activesync for email, calendar and contacts

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

Pop69 Re:This just makes sense... (253 comments)

The big problem is that it doesn't reduce the cost of the software, it increases the profit of the software provider

about 7 months ago
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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Pop69 A new advance on not RTFA (115 comments)

Just don't post the link in the first place !

about 8 months ago

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Fault takes out Internet in 3 different countries

Pop69 Pop69 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pop69 writes "Not some cut cable taking out some African countries where the infrastructure is weak. A fault in an Edinburgh exchange brought down subscribers internet connections in Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England.

It's a worrying thing when BT, the monopoly telecom provider in the UK, has a network which is so lacking in resilience that this can happen."

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