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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

SJ And nothing of value was lost... (288 comments)

Given the number of things competing for my eyeballs and dollars these days (tv, movies, games, books, work, children) I have no qualms about 'missing out' on multiplayer-only games.

The times I actually get to sit down and play a game for an hour are few and far between. I play games to get AWAY from people, not socialise and interact with them in a virtual world. I _hate_ multiplayer.

If game developers don't want my money, then that's fine by me.

2 days ago

IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

SJ Re:That ship has already sailed. (113 comments)

Regarding the RAID6 thing -- I have seen plenty of shops that try to run databases on RAID5/6 and yes it isn't pretty, but that's how they do.


This annoys me greatly. There is nothing inherently wrong with RAID5/6 as long as your use is within certain bounds. This sort of thinking gets us stuck with a glorified address book that requires a MySQL Cluster instead of a simple Sqlite DB.

Set your requirements and your budget, and then find a system that works within those two limits.

about three weeks ago

Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

SJ Re:Dropbox use AWS (275 comments)

DropBox is an over-the-top provider. Yes, they use AWS. But they are competing with Google Drive and MS OneDrive, both of whom are pushing the price down hard, and willing to lose money.

DropBox still has to pay AWS.

That said, perhaps DropBox could sell a self-hosted version of their software and bring over their ease-of-use.

about three weeks ago

Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

SJ Re:"What to do before selling or giving away your. (231 comments)

Nope... Apple iPhones actually securely erases the encryption keys which renders the contents of the storage useless.

It's a big button called "Erase All Contents and Settings". It does precisely that.

about 2 months ago

Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

SJ PEBKAC (238 comments)

In other news, a friend of mine recently switched to Google Chat. Why hasn't he responded to all my Skype messages? Is he not getting them?

about 4 months ago

Air Force Prepares to Dismantle HAARP

SJ Project done? (178 comments)

If the military don't want something any more, it usually means 1 of 3 things.

- 1. They are no longer interested as they have something better.
- 2. They have finished their research and have succeeded in weaponising/miniaturising it.
- 3. The people that set it up and were milking the cash have all gone and the new guys can't work out what it does or how it works any more.

about 4 months ago

Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

SJ Simple way to test... (330 comments)

Get two hermetically sealed rooms. One with this new Mazda, and one with an all-electric car. Both cars are on roller ramps. Just to be fair, the Mazda can have it's air-intake piped in from outside.

Then grab the CEO of Mazda and give him this choice of 'driving' 20 miles in either the Mazda or the electric car.

Simple... Effective.

about 6 months ago

Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

SJ Re:How are those kind of things patentable? (406 comments)

So why didn't Palm, or BlackBerry, or SonyEricsson come out with something as amazing as the iPhone?

If it was so obvious and all....

about 6 months ago

Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

SJ Re:The term of art is "obvious." (406 comments)

>The problem is that they're not playing by the established rules of the game

You mean like what Tesla is doing by trying to sell their cars without independent dealerships....

about 6 months ago

HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

SJ Re:HP used to be greatl (385 comments)

You're mistaking this company for the original HP. "HP" nowadays is actually Compaq. The old HP that everyone knew and loved is now (at least used to be) Aligent.
They are now Aligent and Keysight.

So anywhere you read something about "HP" doing something stupid... Think "Compaq" instead, and it all makes sense.

about 7 months ago

Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances

SJ Re:Pork, pork, pork, pork (87 comments)

Interesting that the Army is not permitted fixed wing aircraft or heavy boats. The Airforce isn't permitted heavy armour/troops...

and yet the Navy is allowed both.

How the heck did that get worked out?

about 9 months ago

Inside OS X Mavericks

SJ Re:If by "looking good", you mean "looking like iO (362 comments)

I hated... HATED... "Natural Scrolling" when it first came out. But I gave it a week. You push up on the trackpad... screen goes up. You push down, screen goes down. It just feels.. natural.

Now when I use another computer the scrolling just feels weird.

1 year,19 days

Researchers Reverse-Engineer Dropbox, Cracking Heavily Obfuscated Python App

SJ Re:Waste of resources (242 comments)

Bad analogy.

Code obfuscation is more akin to locking your door, and then hiding the key behind the pot plant.

1 year,21 days

Next Up: the Jamming Wars

SJ Re:LIcense Plate Scanners (209 comments)

The only problem there is that it won't be long before those cameras start taking photos of everyone, regardless of speed. That data, along with everything else, can then be used to track you.

It's just a side-effect that they can make some extra coin from those people that are speeding.

about a year ago

Amazon Vows To Fight Government Requests For Data

SJ Ahem... (104 comments)

This is the same Amazon that just won an $800m bid to host the CIA's cloud computing system?

Uh huh.

about a year ago

Corruption Allegations Rock Australia's CSIRO

SJ Re:Terrible (112 comments)

Q. Why did Australia get all the criminals, while the US got all the religious nuts?
A. Australia won the coin flip....

about a year and a half ago

Old Electric-Car Batteries Put Into Service For Home Energy Storage

SJ Re:Doesn't add up (198 comments)

Your house uses more than 10kw? I really have to ask, what the heck are you doing??

I have a modest 4x2 house, with a stay-at-home wife and 2 kids. Big screen TV, and all the other creature comforts and I wouldn't even come close to use 10Kw.

In this instance I have to say 'you're doing it wrong'.

about 2 years ago

RIAA Failed To Disclose Expert's Lobbying History To "Six-Strikes" Partners

SJ Re:Scumbags (90 comments)

And this is one reason why caped internet plans are actually in the customers interest. If you use more, you pay more, so it's in the interest of the ISP to keep you downloading stuff as fast as humanly possible.

The only time they do throttle you is when you hit your monthly quote. Then they "shape" (throttle) your connection to entice you to upgrade your plan to something more suited to your usage requirements. At which point, you click the "upgrade plan" button and you're back up to speed.

Sure, Unlimited internet is all good in fantasy land, but I really can't see how it's a sustainable business model unless you're paying for a business-grade connection on a megabit per second basis.

about 2 years ago

Sandia Lab Fires Up 300,000 Virtual Android Devices To Test Out Security

SJ Activations (39 comments)

...and no doubt Google will count each instance as an activation...

about 2 years ago


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