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43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

Tx Re:"LONG extinct"? Hah. (187 comments)

Yeah, considering how many species humans have (directly or indirectly) wiped out, developing the skills to bring some of them back might be prudent.

" We already extinguished them once, without even the help of gunpowder."

However I believe the current thinking is that mammoths are not amongst our victims, and were wiped out by natural climate change instead.

about a month ago

Major Wikipedia Donors Caught Editing Their Own Articles

Tx Re:Where is the big problem? (125 comments)

"Editing your own article on Wikipedia is not prohibited as long as you disclose your conflict of interest and follow the rules[...]"

That's just the point though, they are not following the rules. FTA; "While the research behind the 144 named donors who gave more than $5,000 to the WMF is not yet complete, it is already clear that several dozen of them are not widely notable enough to have a Wikipedia article associated with them", "While a few have adequately disclosed their conflict of interest, most have not."

"[...]so I have trouble seeing how this submission is anything other than yet more manufactured controversy and/or anti-Wikipedia astroturfing."

If they are getting away with not following the rules because they are donors, then that is different from people who don't obey the rules for other reasons.

about a month ago

Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds

Tx Re:AWESOME (129 comments)

It's not as bad as it used to be, I don't think. I recently went through the exercise of unsubscribing every spam mail that came in to the accounts of two former employees at the company I work for, and the spam level dropped almost to zero, around one spam mail per day rather than 30-50. Granted, the kind of spam you get on the work account of a reasonably sensible employee is probably going to be from more reputable sources on average than most personal accounts, but they weren't all reputable-looking. For sure I always do a little checking up on the source before I click that "unsubscribe" link on my own mail.

about 2 months ago

Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

Tx Re:Duh? (219 comments)

Apple didn't make a success of the iPhone by being first to market with a smartphone, they did it by getting it right. I'm no Apple fanboy, and I own no Apple products, but current smartwatches are a joke, and if anyone is going to take the concept beyond niche/gimmick level, it wouldn't entirely surprise me if it was Apple.

about 2 months ago

Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

Tx Re:Chrome Remote Desktop (408 comments)

I use logmein for the same purpose, and I must say I might have considered signing up for pro, but the zero-notice cancellation of the free account has left a major bad taste in my mouth. It's a pretty blatant attempt to rush people into signing up for the paid program, because hey, give people a month's notice to evaluate alternatives and the might find something else they like. For that reason, there is zero chance I'll sign up for logmein pro.

about 3 months ago

Bennett Haselton: Google+ To Gmail Controversy Missing the Point

Tx Re:alternatives? (244 comments)

Don't be a cheapskate, pay for FastMail or other decent pay-for email provider. Sign up for a personal domain, most services throw in email accounts for free with a domain, or forward to your FastMail account. Then you are completely independent of the vagaries of the free providers, and you can keep your email addresses regardless of whatever provider or ISP you use, and it will cost very little (~$30/year depending on your choice of domain).

If you insist on free, well, you get what you pay for.

about 3 months ago

Tech Companies Set To Appeal 2012 Oracle Vs. Google Ruling

Tx Re:If they get this reversed, it will shut them do (198 comments)

No. Big companies buy up huge defensive patent portfolios, then when they end up infringing each other's IP, they just work out cross-licensing deals with each other; as long as a company has a big enough portfolio of relevant IP, they are pretty safe. It's all very cosy.

Who isn't safe is any new player trying to enter the market, who might as well give up, or at best hope to be bought by one of the established players rather than sued into oblivion.

about 4 months ago

UK Town To Get Driverless 'Pods' Mixing With Pedestrians

Tx Re:Just be done with it. (111 comments)

According to the chart on this page (direct link to chart), we (UK) are in third place behind the USA and Mexico. It is a big jump up to US levels though, but we're working on it.

about 5 months ago

French Court Orders Google To Block Pictures of Ex-F1 Chief Mosley

Tx Re:Fine. (180 comments)

Nah. Google should just redirect French users to Bing if they search for Max Mosley pics.

about 5 months ago

Open Rights Group International Says Virgin, Sky Blocking Innocent Sites

Tx Re:I say keep it up. (83 comments)

What do you mean by "support"? Use? Because if you want pay TV in the UK, for example for decent sports coverage, then you basically you have to be a customer of one or the other. And that being the case, buying your broadband from them in a package deal is very cost-effective, and while they may be "awful", so are some of the biggest competitors (BT, TalkTalk, EE).

about 6 months ago

Are We Socially Ready For Wearable Computing?

Tx Re: The wrong signal? (214 comments)

The people that are sending the messages aren't people? Maybe I find it rude that people think just because they happen to be in my personal space, that they automatically deserve my undivided attention?

about 6 months ago

Ferrari's New Car Tech Idea: Make Car Go Really Fast

Tx Re:202 mph (226 comments)

The Veyron costs like 5 times as much.

about 7 months ago

The Death of the American Drive-in

Tx Re:Dude... (236 comments)

Good point :).

about 8 months ago

The Death of the American Drive-in

Tx Re:Dude... (236 comments)

It's a shame. I've never been to one, I don't think the exist here in the UK, but I can see some reasons why they would be cooler than a standard cinema. My car is much more comfortable than typical cinema seating, and I guess you're not forced to buy overpriced snacks, since I can't see them trying to police what people have in their cars. I guess people dicking around or using their phones would be less of an issue. If they broadcast the audio on an FM channel, so you could use your in-car audio rig to listen to the sound, that would be great. If there was such a thing near me, I'd definitely give it a shot.

about 8 months ago

The Grasshopper Can Fly Sideways

Tx Re:Yes, it is impractical (127 comments)

+1 Informative, but boy, would I have liked to see a rocket the size of an aircraft carrier!

about 8 months ago

Should the Next 'Doctor Who' Be a Woman?

Tx Re:Really? Political correctness? (772 comments)

So true. I don't understand why this keeps coming up. Just because Who happens to have the regeneration plot device, which would make it possible for him to come back as a woman, doesn't really make the why of it any different than any other long-running series with a male lead. Should the next James Bond be a woman? I'm a big fan of sci-fi with female lead characters; Buffy, Lost Girl, the Underworld movies, Resident Evil. You do not need to screw around with a series with a male lead character if you want female leads.

about 8 months ago

Bradley Manning and the 'Hacker Madness' Scare Tactic

Tx Re:Citation? (169 comments)

Dunno, could it be referring to this bit previoulsy covered here? I imagine there may have been a few such incidents at that trial.

about 8 months ago


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Mandriva 2007 Spring

Tx Tx writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Well, I gave up on Ubuntu 7.04. Spent a fair few hours trying to fix the various problems I had with it, but IMHO some things should work out-of-the-box, and an old WNIC and CD-RW (that both worked out-of-the-box with Ubuntu 6.10) are definitely in that category. So, having played with Mandrake back when it was still called Mandrake, and rather liked it, I decided to see what that's like these days.

I have to say, first impressions are that it's very civilized. Ndiswrapper is installed by default, and the network manager has a built in graphical interface to it. So no messing about trying to get a working net connection up so I can download ndiswrapper, then faffing around trying to configure it to get my ZyXel USB adapter working. Just put in the Windows driver CD for the ZyXel, select the .inf file, et voila - works great. Given that driver support is a recognized major issue for Linux, every distro really ought to do it this way.

There seems to be a lot of hype around Ubuntu, and it does seem to have a great community using it (seems to be much harder to find info/help on Mandriva), but I have to say right now, it ain't my favourite distro. I'll see how Mandriva goes for a while.

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