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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Xarius Re:Interesting thoughts (535 comments)

Facebook is a platform, it just happens not to be a hardware one.

about 6 months ago

No, the Tesla Model S Doesn't Pollute More Than an SUV

Xarius Re:Kind of a biased group? (559 comments)

You can convince a sceptic, the word you're looking for is "denier"

about a year ago

Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

Xarius Re:I block SWF and only SWF (978 comments)

It's trivial to block HTML5 tags that show multimedia content and works pretty much the same way you'd block Flash wholesale--just drop all and tags (or whatever they are) using the same mechanism

about a year and a half ago

Facebook Can Keep Real Name Policy, German Court Rules

Xarius Re:Define "real name" (85 comments)

Not sure about the rest of the world, but in the UK you can call yourself whatever you like quite legally--as long as you're not doing it with the intent to commit fraud or break the law.

So what is your real name when these are the circumstances?

about a year and a half ago

Raytheon's Riot Program Mines Social Network Data For Intelligence Agencies

Xarius Re:Precrime! (119 comments)

Seems more like Person of Interest realm, and that show feels a lot more like something that could exist today than flukey telepaths being born. (Great show by the way, starts of slow but gets going!)

about a year and a half ago

UK ISPs Respond To the Dangers of Using Carrier Grade NAT Instead of IPv6

Xarius Re:Remember this is the UK... (165 comments)

We've had those rules for longer than the EU has existed, our state-owned monopoly on the tubes was privatised in 1985...

about a year and a half ago

UK Considering Automatic Web Filtering For Adult Content

Xarius Re:"active choice-plus" (170 comments)

Whitelisted internet mode, this is fucking trivial. Switch it on when your child is on the internet.

more than 2 years ago

Audi Gives Silent Electric Car Synthetic Sound

Xarius Re:any sound in the world.... (402 comments)

I discovered a while ago that most crossings in the UK have a little metal nubbin underneath the button...When it's safe to walk the metal thingy whirs around, and it stays still when it's not safe!


more than 2 years ago

School Sends Child's Lunch Home After Determining it Unhealthy

Xarius Re:Yes, this is news (554 comments)

Not sure how much vegetables cost in the USA, but everywhere I've been they're pretty fucking cheap. I'd question why someone is deemed capable of having a child in the first place if they can't spend a few pounds a week on some vegetables that may or may not be eaten...

more than 2 years ago

Full Disk Encryption Hard For Law Enforcement To Crack

Xarius Re:Ultimate in planted evidence... (575 comments)

I may be naive in saying this, but people shouldn't be proving their own enforcement should be trying to prove their guilt

more than 2 years ago

Suppressed Report Shows Pirates Are Good Customers

Xarius Re:Pirates (291 comments)

Original definition of scum: a film or layer of foul or extraneous matter that forms on the surface of a liquid.

Language evolves and words pick up new meanings, get over it.

more than 3 years ago

Google Incrementally Dropping Support For Older Browsers

Xarius Re:So basically what they're doing is... (353 comments)

If you're that bothered about "multi hundred dollar" hardware, why are you using Apple gear?

more than 3 years ago

Jesse Jackson, Jr. Pins US Job Losses On iPad

Xarius Re:So can we work less? (628 comments)

You seem to be the only person to point this out so far, and I completely agree! If there is less work to go around, then why don't we work less?

more than 3 years ago

Portal 2 Bringing Steam To the PS3, Possible Early Release

Xarius Re:The real loser is Microsoft (156 comments)

Final Fantasy XIV is also on its way to the PS3, albeit delayed!

more than 3 years ago

Asia Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

Xarius Re:Well of course (321 comments)

The US by far had (and still has) the most advanced Internet infrastructure. The invented it, they were there first and best, that is why it is theirs in many ways.

I sincerely doubt this, may have been true a decade ago.

more than 3 years ago

Obama Administration Wants Your Old Email

Xarius Re:Abandonment Term (639 comments)

Aren't your personal emails already copyrighted to you by default?

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Would You Take a Pay Cut To Telecommute?

Xarius Re:Yes (615 comments)

Because in the office it's the other way around:

75% are bums, and need to be fired. 20% are typical workers, 5% are insanely ambitious and should be paid more, not less

more than 3 years ago

Air Force Supercomputer Made From PS3's

Xarius Re:Upgrades. (212 comments)

Is this "billable hours" thing even true? I'd expect a company such as Sony to retain a law firm rather than hiring lawyers on an hourly rate? That's how my company works, and they're an international energy utility...

more than 3 years ago

Sludge In Flask Gives Clues To Origin of Life

Xarius Re:No Repeats? (361 comments)

I suspect the "anger the fundies" problem is primarily a USA-centric issue, the rest of the modern world is probably working hard on this...

more than 3 years ago

Scientists Invent World's First Anti-Laser

Xarius Re:Replacement for electrical power xmission lines (241 comments)

Would we be able to see these power lines or easily know where they are? I don't know much about the technology but it seems like a bird, person, aircraft or anything getting in the way of these wouldn't fare too well? And wouldn't rain cause trouble?

more than 3 years ago


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