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Is the Era of Groundbreaking Science Over?

R0UTE Tyson? (470 comments)

You dare mention a man that was partly responsible for downgrading Pluto? Shame!

about a year and a half ago
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Sources Say ITU Has Approved Ultra-High Definition TV Standard

R0UTE Re:useless aspect ratio (341 comments)

That's why it's a TV (Television) standard...

more than 2 years ago
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Why Cell Phone Bans Don't Work

R0UTE Auto V Manual (335 comments)

The article (and in fact most similar articles I have read) seem to take nothing into account regarding automatic and manual gearboxes. There is a massive difference between talking on a phone whilst changing gear and whilst driving an automatic car. It would be an interesting comparison and it is certainly far more dangerous in general to speak on a phone whilst driving a manual. Having to change gear whilst keeping a phone to your cheek (generally with your other hand) is magnitudes more dangerous than plodding along in an automatic...

more than 2 years ago
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With BB10, RIM Tries To Break Out of the 'Mobile Ecosystem' Model

R0UTE Re:Why HTML5 apps suck on mobile (143 comments)

Nope, never said that. I said the ease of cross platform compatibility. It's a hell of a lot easier to get HTML to render the same across platforms than it is for an android app to 'render' the same on an iPhone!

more than 2 years ago
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With BB10, RIM Tries To Break Out of the 'Mobile Ecosystem' Model

R0UTE Re:Why HTML5 apps suck on mobile (143 comments)

The same argument holds for any platform. A native app will always be quicker. One of the advantages of web apps in any scenario is the ease of cross platform compatibility. In the mobile world this holds true even more so than on the desktop. If they can push this kind of development (especially with the hardware capabilities of modern phones) it would be great for phone hardware in the long term.

more than 2 years ago
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'Invisible Glass' Solves Screen Reflection Problems

R0UTE Re:Cool, how durable is it? (216 comments)

Don't piss on your telly again, and you should be fine.

more than 2 years ago
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An IP Address For Every Light Bulb

R0UTE Re:Wrong place (457 comments)

My bad, wrong phrasing. It was not part of the original spec however, as it was replaced with autoconf. It was defined 5 years later...

more than 3 years ago
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An IP Address For Every Light Bulb

R0UTE Re:Wrong place (457 comments)

There also isn't DHCP with IPv6, hence the sarcastic comment... Oh well I guess my crap joke was worse than I thought. Or I overestimated the knowledge of the average /.er.

more than 3 years ago
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An IP Address For Every Light Bulb

R0UTE Re:Wrong place (457 comments)

And don't forget to NAT everything while you're at it.

more than 3 years ago
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Analysis of 32 Million Breached Passwords

R0UTE Re:Password strength vs. how often you change it (499 comments)

And guess how people end up remembering these passwords. Post-it notes within the vicinity of the PC seems to be a favourite.

Enforcing people to change passwords regularly seems to have many drawbacks. I really don't understand the point.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Campaign Decides UK Christmas Music Charts

R0UTE Not the first number one on downloads at all (362 comments)

it's interesting to note that this is the first song to reach the number one spot through downloads alone in the UK

Umm, no it isn't. Crazy by Gnarles Barkley was the first song to reach number one in the UK on downloads alone. This was the first song to be the Christmas number 1 on downloads alone.

more than 4 years ago
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US Court Tells Microsoft To Stop Selling Word

R0UTE Re:Live by sword... (403 comments)

"Gates knows software patents are bad for the industry"

Don't you mean "Gates knew software patents were bad for the industry".

Come on, this quote is 18 years old, peoples opinions change!

more than 5 years ago
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Judge Rules IP Addresses Not "Personally Identifiable"

R0UTE Re:Yup (436 comments)

An IP address DOES identify a computer- but not the way the judge thinks. My IP address identifies my router, which in turn owns 5 to 6 computers.

That's a kick ass router, I wish my router would get a job and buy more computers.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Changing Users' Default Search Engine

R0UTE Re:Microsoft knows this is "wrong" (389 comments)

How can a complaint be filed with ABSOLUTELY NO PROOF WHATSOEVER. TFA is little more than opinion on what might have happened.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Changing Users' Default Search Engine

R0UTE Re:Microsoft still doesn't get it and never will (389 comments)

I for one will never switch from google

OK so you have some ability to see into the future in as much as no search engine will ever come along that is ever better than Google.

Get off your high horse. Yes I agree that Microsoft's approach is wrong in that they often try to influence peoples opinion and choice of products. I for one despise them for this and try to avoid their software like the plague. Hpever I am also not so blinkered that I can never see a day where Google does not rule the world (in search engine terms at least).

Don't say you will never switch from Google, an innovative company could pop up tomorrow that shows us a brand new way to index information on the web that is much more efficient and all of a sudden people like you will be slagging of Google and classing them as the new Microsoft because you have a new idolised company. I'm not a fan of Microsoft but possibly the only thing I dislike more is the people who hate them for the sake of hating them, please at least give us a good argument and not a load of crap that makes no sense.

more than 5 years ago
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Standard Cellphone Chargers For Europeans

R0UTE Re:So what's it gonna be? (257 comments)

Maybe on the newest Blackberry's that is true but certainly not on my Blackberry 8320. I have to use the bcharge app on Linux or whatever the software is that comes with windows in order to charge mine.

more than 5 years ago
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Chicken Feathers May Hold Key To Hydrogen Storage

R0UTE Damn the pigs (318 comments)

If only swine flu hadn't taken over from bird flu we'd have an abundant supply of the feathers as well.

more than 5 years ago

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UK Government Response To Open Source Petition

R0UTE R0UTE writes  |  more than 5 years ago

R0UTE (807673) writes "The UK government has responded to a petition requesting that all new software created under the Timely Information to Citizens (TIC) project be created under an Open source licence despite the measly 322 signatures.

"The Government supports the principle that, where new software is being developed by the Timely Information to Citizens pilots, this should wherever possible be released under open source licence and available for use by other local authorities.
For many of the Timely Information to Citizens pilots, the focus is not on new software, but on how existing tools and techniques can be used to bring information together and present it in more useful and accessible ways. Several of the projects will utilise existing open source software to create new information sources and channels, and will share their experiences of doing so with other authorities.
Where the pilots will result in new software tools, ownership and intellectual property rights will usually remain with the individual local authorities. However, most of the authorities concerned have already made a commitment to make these tools available as open source software, or for use by their partner organisations, and we are working to secure the commitment of the remaining."

I found it interesting that many Local Authorities have already agreed to use and create Open Source softwhere wherever possible. However it does sound like there are a lot of get out clauses in the response."
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UK Citizens Petition No. 10 For OSS From Councils

R0UTE R0UTE writes  |  more than 5 years ago

R0UTE (807673) writes "A new petition has cropped up on the UK site for petitioning government. It is aimed at getting local councils that develop new software for the Timely Information to Citizens (TIC) project to release the code under an Open Source licence.

As the projects are funded by public money it makes sense to me that it is owned by the public and we therefore have the right to see the code produced by such a project. From the petition text :

"The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) is running a project called Timely Information to Citizens (TIC). As part of this project, several local authorities are being given funding totalling approximately £1m to develop software and web services to improve local information and service provision.
While CLG's aim is that these projects are incorporated into a "best practice toolkit", we ask the government to reduce duplication of effort and expense and make this software available for other users at the earliest opportunity by releasing each package on deployment under an OSI-approved open source licence.
Though we welcome these projects themselves, as citizens we cannot and do not support this substantial sum of public money being spent to create private, proprietary software."

An interesting idea for sure, but will the government take heed of this, I doubt it very much. Nevertheless I have signed, any other UK citizens willing to try and convince Gordon of this?"

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