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Windows 95 Turns 15

SimonGhent Re:I finally could tell my friend to go to hell (461 comments)

I was at Uni back in 94/95 and they did a student offer, I got OS/2 Warp for about £20 (with a free t-shirt!). I really liked it, but switched over to Windows 95 as Visual Basic & Visual C++ didn't run very happily on it.

I now work in IT in the banking/insurance world and there was quite a bit of software developed on OS/2 back then. Some of it still in use (though very little).

about 4 years ago

Online Poll-Based Party Seeks Election Win

SimonGhent Re:A good idea (117 comments)

Have an test before each poll

For example, a test on the correct use of the indefinite article.

more than 4 years ago

Decrying the Excessive Emulation of Reality In Games

SimonGhent Re:yes, but (187 comments)

If I had $50M I would buy a rocket ship and go to the moon and Mars and take a bunch of Victoria's Secret models with me.

Lord British might have something to say about that.

more than 4 years ago

EU Demands Canada Gut Its Copyright and Patent Laws

SimonGhent Re:Wow (324 comments)

flood the EU with low cost French and English culture

Like Michael Bublé, Bryan Adams & Céline Dion...


more than 4 years ago

Google Wants To Be Your Electricity Meter

SimonGhent Re:Handy for DEA... (206 comments)

You see, most weed groweries bypass the meter so they don't have to pay gargantuan energy bills.

I doubt that; I've known several people who grew pot, and none of them bypassed the meter.

I think what the OP was talking about was the more commercial end of the market, rather than an individual growing for their own use.

What tends to happen is people take over (rent) a property and remove the internal walls, black out the windows and set up large growing operations, bypassing the meter. There was a disused shop near me (in the UK) where this happened... twice in six months!

more than 4 years ago

Best Buy Offers Bogus "3D Sync" Service

SimonGhent Re:Worst Buy (248 comments)

"Any attempt at upselling will automatically cancel any interest I have in purchasing from your store."

If he persists you say "You are now harassing me and I will call the police if you do not stop."

Captain Asperger saves the world once again!

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks Receiving Gestapo Treatment?

SimonGhent Re:Doesn't matter what country you are in... (667 comments)

It's stories like this that make it so obvious why the American system was completely broken and wrong.

Here in the UK we pay income tax and national insurance (basically a second income tax). The more we earn, the more we pay.

If someone, anyone, gets sick or injured, they get treated. The state of the NHS is pretty fantastic (despite what gets reported, particularly in America recently - ask anyone who has had to make use of their services and the VAST majority will have nothing but praise).

Granted, there are those in society who are lazy and refuse to work, spending what benefits they get on fags and booze, and we treat them too. That's the point really, healthcare for all, free at the point of use.

I, and I suspect the vast majority of the UK population, wouldn't have it any other way.

It seems to me that the American public has been brainwashed by those who stand to loose out having the money to push their agenda through the news media in America where you can buy news time as easily as advertising time. It also seems that in order to get this through it has been watered down. Hope it works out for you all. Glad we have the NHS and the BBC.

more than 4 years ago

US Lawmakers Eyeing National ID Card

SimonGhent Re:And what's the problem here? (826 comments)

There is no duty to warn the intruder or use less than lethal force


Pretty much every British person is proud of their National Health Service and their unarmed police.

A significant amount of Americans foam at the mouth at the thought of not being able to take a gun into Starbucks or the thought of providing health care to someone unable to pay.


more than 4 years ago

US Lawmakers Eyeing National ID Card

SimonGhent Re:And what's the problem here? (826 comments)

We waltzed in here with guns ablazing intending to conquer this land and make it our own. We succeeded. This is our land now, and nobody has the right to be here but people we say have the right to be here. And that will be the case until another people do the same to us, which is not likely to happen.

Help me out here, is this a joke or a serious post?

Honest question, I'm really not sure, but I have a nasty feeling that it's not a joke...

more than 4 years ago

Toshiba Ends Incandescent Bulb Production After 120 Years

SimonGhent Re:Go, go LED (430 comments)

Your choice.

more than 4 years ago

Is Microsoft About To Declare Patent War On Linux?

SimonGhent Re:FUD article (204 comments)

That man is contradictory just to get a reaction.

No he's not.

more than 4 years ago

Toshiba Ends Incandescent Bulb Production After 120 Years

SimonGhent Re:Go, go LED (430 comments)

i for one don't like the idea of something fragile containing mercury

Ever suck on a thermometer?

more than 4 years ago

Blind Soldier Uses Tongue To "See"

SimonGhent Re:Sweet! Another example of the human mind! (107 comments)

What's the possibility of being able to read with it?

I saw a TV report on this and it showd him "reading" the word CAT in 4" high black on white letters.

Really quite amazing, but similar in a way to Braille.

more than 4 years ago

US Sits On Supply of Rare, Tech-Crucial Minerals

SimonGhent Re:Supply and demand? (324 comments)

a healthcare proposal to regulate the health insurance into oblivion

So much worse than treating the sick, regardless of wealth.

Excuse me if I don't shed a tear.

more than 4 years ago

Jobcentre Apologizes For Anti-Jedi Discrimination

SimonGhent Re:He could have fixed it with a wave of the hand (615 comments)

Or I could just write it down on a napkin, and claim to be a Jedi prophet with new information given to me by The Force.

Ah, you'll be a Latter Day Jedi then.

more than 4 years ago

Ex-Sun Chief Dishes Dirt On Gates, Jobs

SimonGhent Re:Good stuff (241 comments)

I don't think there's going to be any good stuff...

From TFA,

Jobs: If we moved forward to commercialize it, "I'll just sue you."

Schwartz: And that was the last I heard on the topic. Although we ended up abandoning Looking Glass

As in life, bluster and threat are commonplace in business

It seems unfair to call it "bluster and threat" when the reason that Jobs didn't go through with his promised action was that there was no need to...

This reads like a lot of bull to me.

more than 4 years ago

Copernicium Confirmed As Element 112

SimonGhent Re:But But but (183 comments)

No, you idiot , element 118 would be in the noble group and not reactive. No sir, not with oxygen.

Radon is also a noble element, but is reactive. Many predictions suggest that 118 would be more reactive, but as only three or four atoms have been detected I wouldn't expect proof any time soon.

It's bad luck to throw words like "idiot" around...

more than 4 years ago

1938 Superman Comic Sells For $1M

SimonGhent Re:Value, Price, and Worth (267 comments)

modern civilisation wouldn't exist without gold

if by civilisation you mean economy, and even then it may very well have.

I think the point that was being made was that gold had an agreed-upon value and could be transported from place to place, country to country. It allowed the growth of commerce and the construction of the current free-market world, for better or worse.

I don't think the original poster necessarily meant gold as such, it could well have been something else rare (but not too rare), durable and relatively easy to identify as genuine.

more than 4 years ago



Police Chief returns "indecent images of child

SimonGhent SimonGhent writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SimonGhent (57578) writes "The Guardian has a report on Colin Port, the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset police (UK) who has been cleared of contempt of court after he returned hard disks, containing "indecent images of children". The owner of the disks was Jim Bates, a forensic computer analyst, who since the 1990s has been used by police and defence lawyers in paedophile cases. The disks were handed back only hours before the officer appeared at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Bates became the focus of a police inquiry last year when he acted in the case of a Bristol man accused of possessing paedophile images. He was arrested last September on suspicion of conspiracy to possess indecent images of children. His home was searched and 87 computer hard drives and several hundred photographs of children were seized. Bates challenged the search and seizure at a judicial review and said the material was legally restricted, professionally confidential and required for his work as a defence expert."
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Possibility of Sci-Fi Tech

SimonGhent SimonGhent writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SimonGhent (57578) writes "An article on the Guardian web site regarding one of the world's most distinguished physicists who has scrutinised some of science fiction's concepts, such as teleportation and forcefields, and is convinced that they too can become reality.

Einstein gave hope to scientists chasing the most outlandish theories when he famously declared: "If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it."
He then proved the existence of black holes and the notion that time passes more slowly the faster you travel.

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Suicide Web Link

SimonGhent SimonGhent writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SimonGhent (57578) writes "Several UK papers including the Guardian and the Mail are reporting on the possibility of an Internet "suicide chain" after the apparent copycat deaths of seven young people over the past year in the Bridgend area of South Wales (UK).
Apparently, the police believe that all the victims may be linked, even if they had not met offline."

Does antivirus have a future?

SimonGhent SimonGhent writes  |  about 7 years ago

SimonGhent (57578) writes "Article in the Guardian, "Does antivirus have a future?". Er, the answer seems to be "yes", but there's some interesting stuff in there including the required quote from Graham Cluley.

"For at least a decade, the standard advice to every computer user has been to run antivirus software. But new, more commercial, more complex and stealthier types of malware have people in the industry asking: will antivirus software be effective for much longer? Among the threats they see are malware that uses the ability of the latest processors to run virtual machines that would be hidden from antivirus programs.""

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