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Obama Asks FCC To Make Carriers Unlock All Mobile Devices

TheEffigy Re: Topology (378 comments)

You guys still have CDMA?

about a year ago
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KWin Maintainer: Fanboys and Trolls Are the Cancer Killing Free Software

TheEffigy Tldr (406 comments)

TLDR: Was hippy, got better.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reads Your Skype Chat Messages

TheEffigy Did they ever (275 comments)

Did Microsoft ever say they didn't read your messages? You're pretty silly if you believe any service that doesn't explicitly enter into a binding contract wouldn't be reading your data - particularly if it's free.

about a year and a half ago
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Ubuntu Developing Its Own Package Format, Installer

TheEffigy Re: Bloat (466 comments)

Efficiency? If that what you think the big difference is, you might as well be using Windows.

about a year and a half ago
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Fermi and Swift Observe Record-setting Gamma Ray Burst

TheEffigy Re: Need expert opinion (107 comments)

If it were pointed right at us, my understanding is our ozone would be ionised pretty quickly. Clearly that would not be a good thing.

about a year and a half ago
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Top Coders Tell Agents, "Show Me the Money!"

TheEffigy Not new (288 comments)

I am a programmer in Sydney, Australia, and for a few years I have had a contract management company handling all my sourcing and negotiations. They get 2% and I make the final decisions on accepting the work. The demand for non permanent programmers to tackle one-off projects is huge here, especially from the financial sector. Conversely the supply of decent people to fill it is low.

about a year and a half ago
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How Would an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Die?

TheEffigy Re: Somebody, quick! (412 comments)

It's because there are too many kids on the /. lawn these days. Although I recall there were a couple of years I felt the same and left altogether. Perhaps this is a cyclical thing.

about a year and a half ago
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Engineers Build "Self-Healing" Chips Capable of Repairing Themselves

TheEffigy Re:More accurate to say "More resilient chips"? (68 comments)

Not to be too pedantic about it, but I'm very touchy about biological metaphors being inappropriately applied to technology (lets we forget how amazingly complex evolved biology really is compared to even our most advanced tech). FTFA, it sounds like they don't really "heal," they just reroute around the damage. But the damage is still there. It's more analogous to network packets being rerouted around a bad server than a biological entity actually replacing damaged cells.

The brain is known to reroute signals in order to restore lost functionality in stroke victims, so (without having read TFA) I would group this under healing.

about a year and a half ago
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World's First Bitcoin ATM

TheEffigy Re:It's one of few anonymous ways to obtain bitcoi (437 comments)

I agree it is a matter only a matter of time, but it appears that most people have given up (at least anecdotally) on FPGA systems simply on a rumour and maybe a prohibitively expensive prototype someone once threw together. Or perhaps I just haven't been reading the right scriptures.

about a year and a half ago
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World's First Bitcoin ATM

TheEffigy Re:It's one of few anonymous ways to obtain bitcoi (437 comments)

Has anyone actually laid their hands on one of these purported ASIC miners? I see a lot of hyperbole, pictures and hand waving on videos - but to me they appear to be vapourware with nothing other than pre-order status.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

TheEffigy Re:Valve / Steam... (371 comments)

I sure wouldn't want other countries which buy our imports to say to us "wait that's not fair; it only costs you guys $40/tonne to export iron ore and we're paying $150/tonne. We're going to get the government involved to try and fight that somehow".

They did, it was called the "Free Trade Agreement".

about a year and a half ago
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Australia Is On So Much Fire, You Can See It From Orbit

TheEffigy Re: BBQ (289 comments)

I think this was intended to be a joke, but actually kanga meat is available in most supermarkets here.

about 2 years ago
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Bee Venom Has "Botox-Like Effect," Is Worth 7 Times As Much As Gold

TheEffigy Re:Correct me if I'm wrong (248 comments)

Actually the bee only dies because the stinger is barbed and it rips it's guts out when it pulls away.

about 2 years ago
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US Nuclear Industry Plans "Rescue Wagon" To Avert Meltdowns

TheEffigy Re:Here's a better idea. (184 comments)

And where would you consider to be a "safe" area in the US that has no storms, no earthquakes, etc? And is also somewhat accessible and relatively close to a large population center?

It's not wirelessly transmitted, with appropriate infrastructure and interstate collaboration then it could be anywhere!

about 2 years ago
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DOE Wants 5X Improvement In Batteries In 5 Years

TheEffigy Re:Pocket change (305 comments)

Industry has been pouring billions into research. How is $120 million over five years going to do anything?

Anyone who invents a technology ( and production process to keep it cheap ) to get a 5x improvement will be a billionaire over night. If you are going to do this, do it right and spend some real money. How about 250 million a year over 5 years? btw. The if the US government pays for it, the US government should patent everything and get a 5x return for the taxpayers.

While I agree more money would be awesome (and surely if they're doing good things it will come), you don't seem to get the premise. The industry isn't pouring all of their "billions" into a collective research environment with the aim of brand new tech. It is fragmented with the majority of players focused on iterative improvements to the existing technology which they're already heavily invested in. It's not easy to sell R&D costs to shareholders when there is nothing other than a goal, investors want to see a real plan and predicted returns from day one.

about 2 years ago
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World Governments Object To New gTLDs

TheEffigy Re:australia.wtf (135 comments)

In this case I (being Australian) believe that it is more the church influence (morality and all that jazz) on senator Conroy (communications minister). He has been very supportive of content filtering and the content producers crazy plans to halt piracy. Occasionally he does good things, but I think his strong religious links (I mean that more in terms of people than faith I guess) unfortunately have a lot of his ear on these matters.

about 2 years ago
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French Company Building a Mobile Internet Just For Things

TheEffigy Re:Security problems (35 comments)

Must be great for finding exploitable home appliances. When is the last time you updated the firmware on your TV or your fridge? Wouldn't it be great if it were on an open network?

I updated the firmware on my Panasonic plasma not long ago, every now and again it asks me just as every other computing device these days does.

about 2 years ago
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Bank Puts a Billion Transaction Records Behind Analytics Site

TheEffigy Re:de-identified (86 comments)

I do live in Australia, and when truthfully answering there are "less than 10" people like me. That's not all that surprising because I'm only 25 however.

about 2 years ago

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