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On my death, my data ...

SectoidRandom Will be uploaded... (201 comments)

Seriously not an option on the poll?

My data will be uploaded into a construct to reconstruct my consciousnesses in some form of another one day in the (near) future.

more than 2 years ago

Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:

SectoidRandom Re:Before I die? (633 comments)

I don't know, I can't see immortality being so different from the current state of affairs, given enough time one form of procreation would simply take over the other?

I imagine that after a few hundred years (let alone a thousand) our views on many things that we currently hold so dear to us would change dramatically.

more than 3 years ago

Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:

SectoidRandom Re:Replicator (633 comments)

Just one point I have to make on your contention: if solving all of the world's hunger and resource problems leads to overpopulation then why is it that it is currently primarily those countries that HAVE NOT solved said problems (yet) which still face the massive problems of overpopulation / lack of resources?

more than 3 years ago

HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked

SectoidRandom Re:not protects (1066 comments)

I use DeCSS to watch Blueray's purchased to play on my Windows 7 media Centre machine running the copy of PowerDVD that came with my drive! Why because last year I found that without paying for an upgrade to the latest version of PowerDVD I would only be able to watch approximately half of my purchased Bluerays!!

In the end I spent a quarter of the money on a perpetual license for AnyDVD HD, that fixed the issue with PowerDVD. Problem solved.

about 4 years ago

The End of the PC Era and Apple's Plan To Survive

SectoidRandom Two words: (549 comments)

Sales Force

Oh and .com, not really a word.

The cloud is not about Gmail and Hotmail, heck thats 20 year old tech! It's about tools to do the same things better, which is all any enterprise company be it Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, SAP or whoever has been trying to sell forever, today however it's just a new platform for the same thing. Ask anyone who uses the aforementioned which I think is a great example of how the cloud is not something that we're all going to be using in the next 10 years, but that it's something that most of us have been using in one way or another already for the past ten years!

more than 4 years ago

The End of the PC Era and Apple's Plan To Survive

SectoidRandom Re:It's not ending... (549 comments)

You're correct it is about the data however what is being outsourced is the tools used to access that data and incidentally the location that data is stored. There is nothing much new there IMO, ever heard of offsite or online backup?

People seem to insist that "the cloud" means Google Apps. It doesn't.

It means, etc.

more than 4 years ago

When We Finally Meet Aliens, They Will Probably Be...

SectoidRandom Apes or Angels so the idea goes.. (648 comments)

So you're half right, if you were to look at this question as a matter of statistics; Taking the whole time that the Galaxy has existing then looking at how long the Earth has existed and then looking at how much of that time we humans have existed, then you can immediately see that the odds of finding another race at the exact 0.0000001% of their existence (ie, one just asking this question) is very slim.

Sir Arthur C Clark made this observation long ago (Apes or Angels), I don't thing I have ever read a better 'what if' scenario of what Aliens might be like. Certainly not this "resource gatherer nomad" view?

more than 4 years ago

Typical Windows User Patches Every 5 Days

SectoidRandom Re:Couldn't be more correct! (388 comments)

Or maybe she needs to connect on something faster than dial-up.

Err, just so you know it is a 10mbit broadband.

In other words it's not the downloading of the patches that is the slow part it's the 15 different apps attempting to update when they are first used or actually a program that depends on a program that depends on a program that depends on them is used.

more than 4 years ago

Typical Windows User Patches Every 5 Days

SectoidRandom Re:why is it so unreasonable? (388 comments)

If you use the computer every day it is not, however if you only turn it on every week or two (like my mother) then expect 30minutes of prompts for different updates!

more than 4 years ago

Typical Windows User Patches Every 5 Days

SectoidRandom Couldn't be more correct! (388 comments)

Last year I bought for my mother a new computer, she is quite computer literate but I was shocked to find 3 months after purchasing that she has gotten into the habit of turning it on once a week just to give it an hour to "update itself". That was to allow her to spend 30mins every other week doing her online stuff..

I literally couldn't or didn't believe it, but then I actually was there one day and watched as all the mostly default installed apps when through their motions of requesting updates. It literally took about half an hour before to computer was usable without something prompting "Do you want to install this update..."!

In the end I removed some of the crap like Java and the HP printer updater, and told her to turn it on only ever other week for the updates!

Definitely there is some need to consolidate updates into one program..

more than 4 years ago

The best pizza I have ever had, I found ...

SectoidRandom Italy: Best and Worst! (920 comments)

Although I never made it as far south as Salerno, in Positano the buffalo mozzarella pizza was the best thing I have ever tasted.

Yep that's right - base, sauce and buffalo mozzarella, that's it I was in heaven! Okay sometimes with some parma ham also, but seriously it didn't need it!

Oh and worst pizza ever: Rome. Enough said.

more than 4 years ago

What Does Google Suggest Suggest About Humanity?

SectoidRandom Re:'Can I put peroxide in my ear?' (513 comments)

Hang on, um I'm no expert on the topic but don't millions of teenagers each year dye their hair with peroxide to make it a lighter colour?

That would make it a perfectly reasonable question as undoubtedly some of that would end up in your ear and any reasonable person would want to know if there are any adverse affects??

more than 4 years ago

Reliability of PC Flash SSDs?

SectoidRandom Re:chipset inside and utilization? (467 comments)

I have to agree with all the other posts; Super Talent, Transcend? Who? I bought an Intel X-25, and after 4 months it's still going strong, though we'll see how it holds up in the next year.

Regardless I was not at all surprised by your statistic, and considering the relatively new age of SSD drive technology not at all surprised by your failure rate! I remember back in my days (many many days ago) of being a PC builder we would be surprised if we got less than a quarter of the IDE drives back within the first three months of sale! And these were not all the cheapest drives, we were using; Maxtor, Seagate, Fujitsu and the like (standard consumer drives).

You may find it also surprising that in my later years as a server engineer we expected roughly similar statistics from our server drives! To get a HP or Dell server with a 4-8 drives and not have at least one or two failures in the first few months was a BIG surprise!

SSD doesn't have to go very far to improve on those stats..

more than 4 years ago

Save the Planet, Eat Your Dog

SectoidRandom Better sugestion: Human Horn! (942 comments)

I mean seriously compare your average westerner's eco-print to those figures quoted here for our loved ones. I for one believe we find far better places to "make savings" when it comes to our combined foot print!

And yes, this is sarcasm. (maybe)

more than 4 years ago

A Tale of Two Windows 7s

SectoidRandom Re:Revisionist History (770 comments)

You have stated very well the real and often unstated issue that Vista faced, nobody understood it!

I remember waiting in the customer service line of a big computer shop a few months back, and there was this lady at the counter screaming about getting a refund for her new HP laptop, why? Because she didn't understand this "Vista" thing? She wanted "Windows" and "Office" and nothing else.

Sometimes it's easy to forget that most people don't know or care a bit about operating systems and interfaces, they likely believe that frankly if they had to go through how many boring hours of Windows and Office training back in the day, who's going to be paying them to do it all again!?

Personally I think any steps towards a more intuitive and usable OS (in particular the IU) is a good thing, so go Microsoft, go Apple, keep up the good work. But change like this is not going to sell new computers by itself. Fortunately however for Microsoft and Apple, the previous versions of Vista and OSX have now been out for long enough that a good number (20% according to Vista stats) of people have been exposed to it, this can only help ease that learning curve. So one could argue that on that point alone Windows7 will have a better time that Vista ever could have!

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Hobbles Features For International Kindle

SectoidRandom Bring it on, if *only* I could buy books so cheap! (166 comments)

I'm very interested in this Kindle because I live in Australia where we are so lucky to have a thriving protectionist policy that results in ALL books costing 50-60% more! If I can buy them even at 40% more via Amazon on a Kindle then I'm winning!

But I too am trying to understand the 40% book markup comment? I can't see any different prices on Kindle titles on, but I can see the fine print which says all books are priced in US dollars, which actually suits me find.

Currently I often use and pay the $20-$30 shipping to get my books, and even including that cost it's cheaper than sourcing them locally!

Kindle / Nook - bring it on!

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft May Be Inflating SharePoint Stats

SectoidRandom Re:Screw Sharepoint (225 comments)

Sounds like you need some consulting love..

Anyone can "install" any system, but do you think anyone can do it properly? If you got your 15 year old "techie" nephew to install SAP for your mid-sized company do you think you'd get the best result?

Some of the best MOSS deployments I've worked on are the ones that most people don't know that they are working on SharePoint at all! Of course in order to do that you cut out a good portion of the functionality, but how is that new, does have a wiki on the front page letting anyone who comes by make changes? Why would they? And why would you enable such features on a corporate intranet page that is designed with a well defined purpose (that usually is not to give everyone a website they can "play" with).

more than 4 years ago

Apple, Others Hit With Lawsuit On Ethernet Patents

SectoidRandom Re:pre-builts? (304 comments)

I was thinking just that!

Why Apple, Asus, Toshiba, etc?

Why not Intel, AMD, Reaktek? You know company's who actually make ethernet chips?

Sure many of them wouldn't based in the US, such as Realtek, but seriously how many consumer boards out there these days don't use integrated Intel or VIA (AMD) chips?

Maybe I just don't pay too much attention to these patent-trolls and so don't understand their "blatantly" obvious tactics involved?

more than 4 years ago

Affordably Aggregating ISP Connections?

SectoidRandom Re:Advanced Routing Howto (180 comments)

Spot on!

Wish i saw your post before posting my own in iproute2, this howto was the bomb a few years back when I had to solve this exact problem, our custom iproute2 based solution beat a number of commercial options when we had to get a working load balanced connection solution that needed to support 150+ IPSEC vpn's with full seam-less failover between 3 ADSL connections!

Ahhhh, the memories, all this iproute / ipf talk takes me back to my NetBSD / Linux ipchains days.. :)

more than 4 years ago


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