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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

Wootery Re:What they are really looking for is... (148 comments)

Xbox gamers who would like to die a really horrible death trapped in a metal box.

As I understand it, very few have died inside a tank in recent history.

As far as I can see on my quick Googling, the British Army has never lost a Challenger 2 tank, despite being battered in various warzones. Some US Abrams tanks have been lost in Iraq, however. (According to this page at least.)

11 hours ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

Wootery Re:Sounds legit (165 comments)

I'll ask again:

What 'extra step'? Just have the scanner hook-up to the system.

I was quite clear: there's no obvious need to scan twice.

yesterday
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

Wootery Re:Sounds legit (165 comments)

What 'extra step'? Just have the scanner hook-up to the system.

It would only measure throughput though, not queue-length, so there is a difference.

yesterday
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

Wootery Re:Sounds legit (165 comments)

How is this any different than them using your check ins with your boarding pass?

Good question. This whole thing seems over-engineered.

yesterday
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

Wootery Re:The problem with ello (164 comments)

But being web-only is a huge handicap right now.

Got any figures to back that up?

Until very recently there was no official app for reddit.

yesterday
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

Wootery Re: Golden Hammer (194 comments)

Well of course applets are awful. Pretend they don't exist; that's best for everyone. (With browsers following a trend of making it quite hard to get applets to run at all, even with Java installed, applets essentially don't exist these days anyway.)

Swing/JavaFX aren't that bad. Google's GWT is pretty good. The real use of Java is web-servers and, as ranton states, enterprise business applications.

will never penetrate business applications to any significant degree

I suspect neither of us knows what you're talking about.

4 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Wootery Re:Eh (200 comments)

Yeah... uses any means required to get ahead is generally not something to be proud of. (And no, it being legal doesn't make it ethical or admirable.)

4 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Wootery Re:Eh (200 comments)

Now, currently with our manned space program, I think launching this woman into space through a privately build program would at least be justified for this disservice we did to her in the 1960s.

The (generally quiet) conservative in me thinks this is a dangerous precedent for how to spend NASA's already limited budget.

4 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Wootery Re:F the UK (485 comments)

Agreed. It's a very long way from being clear-cut.

There's a sliding-scale from being harsh about the person's conduct/video-games/whatever, up to clearly abusive go kill yourself, and threatening I will rape and kill you.

If direct assault with intent to cause distress was as simple as threatening violence, there'd be no need for this 'third path'.

A sincerely disappointed review might, in some sense, be intended to cause distress.

4 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Wootery Re:F the UK (485 comments)

All of these cases are nuanced and require careful balance

It doesn't seem that nuanced. It seems to me the question is whether you're in trouble for expressing an unpopular idea (genuine infringement of freedom of expression), or for encouraging violence/panic. The epilepsy example is a deliberate act to cause harm which happens to take the form of a digital submission, but it's not really 'expression'.

I'm sure there are some interesting edge-cases, but this distinction seems important.

4 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Wootery Re:Eh (200 comments)

If we don't try to learn from it, it won't ever get better.

Right, hence:

pin a ribbon on her chest, say a formal apology

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

Wootery Aside: Relish.net (105 comments)

Having misread the title this seemed relevant, but it may still be of tangential interest: Relish.net are offering 4G as a replacement for ADSL, in London.

Might make sense if you're ok with the data caps, which aren't that bad.

4 days ago
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Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers

Wootery Re:Costly? (54 comments)

I think the idea behind the it's a compatibility-layer not an emulator thing is to emphasise that it doesn't emulate the underlying CPU architecture.

Want to use Wine to run Windows programs on Linux-on-ARM (MIPS/PowerPC etc)? That's beyond the scope of the Wine project.

5 days ago
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Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers

Wootery Re:Costly? (54 comments)

RTFS.

allows accelerating D3D9 natively by Gallium3D drivers and there's patches for Wine so that Windows games can utilize this state tracker without having to go through Wine's costly D3D-to-OGL translator

(Emphasis mine.)

about a week ago
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Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

Wootery 'Freedom in the Cloud' (75 comments)

Reminds me of something Eben Moglen says in one of his Freedom in the Cloud talks:

So what do we need? We need a really good web server that you can put in your pocket and plug in any place. It shouldn't be any larger than the charger for your cellphone. You should be able to plug it into any power jack in the world or sync it up with any wi-fi router that happens to be in this neighborhood ... It should have a couple of USB ports that attach it to things. It should know how to bring itself up; how to start its web server; how to go and collect your stuff from all the social networking places you've got it.

It should know how to send an encrypted backup of everything to your friends' servers. It should know how to micro-blog, It should now how to make some noise that's like tweet but doesn't infringe on anyone's trademark. It should know how to ... be your avatar in a free net that works for you and keeps the logs. You can always tell what's happening in your server and if anybody else wants to know they can get a search warrant.

about a week ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

Wootery Re:clockspeed really? (338 comments)

Which of course means any clock rate comparison with a CISC architecture is mostly irrelevant.

Well, CISC machines are generally RISC on the inside, but yes, blindly comparing clock-rates is almost always inappropriate.

about a week ago
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Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

Wootery Re:Click-to-Play Would Improve Flash, Too (111 comments)

Any code that doesn't await the user's consent before running is malware, and should be handled as such by any means available.

That's overly broad. I run NoScript, and I like the idea of a world without JavaScript-based ads (or any unjustified use of JavaScript, ideally) but I'd hardly call such adverts 'malware'.

about a week ago
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Samsung Achieves Outdoor 5G Mobile Broadband Speed of 7.5Gbps

Wootery Re:Need for Speed (36 comments)

The point is valid, but two other ACs have already made it.

Or maybe they're all you, who can say.

about a week ago

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