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Aussie Bank Wants To Trade Social Network Data For Better Deals

aaaurgh Great(!) (68 comments)

Sounds like I'll be propping up the bank with high fees as opposed to all those sad faceslap, twatter, etc.b*****s who share every piece of cr*p with the world and it's dog.

I don't have a single "social" account, /. is the closest thing I have to social networking! If they bring this in I'll change banks, assuming it gets past all the regulations and anti-competitive restrictions.

more than 2 years ago

The best computer upgrade I've ever done was:

aaaurgh Re:Removed Windows (522 comments)

Amen to that - got a better system and having more fun with it too.

more than 2 years ago

When Does Signing Up Become 'Opting In?'

aaaurgh Easy if you have your own domain... (151 comments)

Each and every site I sign up to gets a unique e-mail address and all my mail goes through both my gmail account and isp filtering.

While I prefer to have the choice to opt out at sign up (and have that choice respected), this method means I can simply update or remove just one e-mail address and stop the problem should a site not respect my wishes.

Adds a tiny admin. overhead to each sign-up but is worth it

more than 2 years ago

What Is the Most Influential Programming Book?

aaaurgh Design Patterns (624 comments)

Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software by the "Gang of Four" (Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson and John Vlissides).

Not that there were any main-stream OO languages available when I started programming (mumble) years ago, nor was it written for another decade or more, but...

about 3 years ago

8% of Android Apps Are Leaking Private Information

aaaurgh You can protect yourself better (159 comments)

I use the LBE Security app which allows me to more closely control what I want an app to have access to, it's a bit like a permissions based firewall - you can block specific permissions on each app. It does result in the odd FC if you tighten it down too far on everything but it's usually possible to find a workable combination. e.g. permit an app to access the phone id. (which it expects to always have access to and which causes it to FC if not) but then block it's access to the network (which cannot always be expected to be available)... so what if it knows the id. if it cannot report it.

more than 3 years ago

Does 3D Make Your Head Happy Or Ache?

aaaurgh Won't get in our house (281 comments)

My wife cannot watch 3D, old tech. or new, it always gives her a headache and/or makes her nauseous so we won't be getting a 3D tv. When faced with a 3D movie or nothing option at the cinema (usually when taking the kids), she either doesn't wear the glasses or blanks out one len with a piece of paper or card.

We did manage to get a couple of pairs of glasses for our regular cinema and "adapted" them to have two right-hand lenses (doesn't look great but so what) so she can use both eyes but only gets one perspective which means a clear image but no headache. However, as different cinemas use different technologies, we can't use these at all outlets.

We consider 3D to be a gimmick and nothing more - if the movie can't hold its own without having to resort to cheap (or not so cheap) 3D special effects then we're not interested. Case in point - Avatar, nothing more than Dances With Wolves In Space and, just like Dances With Wolves, a thin story line dragged out about an hour too long but with an overdose of animation instead of long wilderness panoramas.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is the Recycle Bin a Good GUI Metaphor?

aaaurgh Ejecting the floppy on Mac (465 comments)

Firing up the way back machine... I never understood the rationale behind the drag the floppy to the bin to eject it functionality on the old Apple Macs (late 80's, early 90's) - made no sense to me at all, suggested formatting rather than ejecting. Is it the same for CD/DVD, I haven't used Apple for many years?

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Opens Up Home Addresses and Phone Numbers

aaaurgh Re:An even better option... (459 comments)

Sadly, your level of care and consideration about what you post on FB is very much in the minority, I suspect the very vast majority don't even give such ideas a second (or even first) thought.

more than 3 years ago

Ask slashdot: Creative ways to give away an iPad?

aaaurgh One way... (1 comments)

Fling it like a Frisbee and see if anyone can be bothered to catch it (using a database of 360 rows to determine the direction relative to North to throw it)? Personally, I would only be concerned about being hit by it, not catching it. Flame on.

more than 4 years ago

Landmark Ruling Gives Australian ISPs Safe Harbor

aaaurgh Ripper result. (252 comments)

'bout time we had some legal sanity down here. Now all we need is for bloody Senator Conroy to drop the internet filtering bullshit and we'll all be happy campers.

more than 4 years ago

The 87 Lamest Moments In Tech, 2000-2009

aaaurgh Re:Talking of dumb... (328 comments)

Interesting, when I originally clicked the second definition link on the m-w page in question nothing happened, I couldn't get to the second one whatever I did so I presumed it to be an erroneous entry (naturally it works now though). I bow to your knowledge and apologise. However, I do still think the term to be uncommon, I've never heard it myself in Oz or the UK and continue to think it unwise for people to use colloquialisms when there are far more suitable words available that would not cause confusion - your own suggestion of "lots" for example.

more than 4 years ago

The 87 Lamest Moments In Tech, 2000-2009

aaaurgh Re:Talking of dumb... (328 comments)

Perhaps it is common where you live, but not in the UK or Australia; nor ironically does it mean that in the merriam-webster dictionary that the poster referred to.

more than 4 years ago

The 87 Lamest Moments In Tech, 2000-2009

aaaurgh Re:Talking of dumb... (328 comments)

Perhaps what the poster was trying to say was...

How does "any of several carangid fishes (especially of the genus Decapterus)" act in the role of a numerator in the context.

Perhaps the OP should also learn to use a dictionary too, I also thought WTF when I saw "scads" used as it was.

more than 4 years ago

UK Plans To Monitor 20,000 Families' Homes Via CCTV

aaaurgh Shudder (693 comments)

If true, this is definately "Double-Plus Un Good", Orwellian England comes closer by the day. This level of nanny state interference deminishes the whole of society by creating an entire generation of citizens who will not only accept the state control but expect it too.

The more we read daily about the way the U.K. is going, the more we thank God that we were amongst the fortunate ones about to escape/emigrate from the place in the nineties for a better life in the land down under. Ok, so Oz isn't doing that well on the censorship rankings at the moment with the proposed internet filter, but we are getting more and more concerned each day about the quality of life and diminishing rights of the family and friends left behind.

more than 5 years ago

Tech Or Management Beyond Age 39?

aaaurgh Code 'til you drop... (592 comments)

I recently got another year (much) closer to my half century - the idea of moving into management makes me shudder, I intend to code until I retire (and beyond probably).

I guess it depends on how you view management. My experience is that they can't avoid the office politics and tend to be the target of much of it too. You say you enjoy management but have you tried all facets of it? Have you had to make the unpopular decisions that all managers have to at some time and do you think you can live with doing that for the rest of your working life.

To be a good manager in the modern IT industry requires you to keep on learning, just as I have to as a coder so don't fool yourself into thinking it will be any easier - it could be harder.

At the end of the day there is no real reason why you should not continue to code until retirement, except those reasons you create yourself; besides, there could be other better opportunities waiting round the corner.

Do what makes you happy and you feel comfortable with - if you're feeling uncomfortable and threatened by the up and coming younger developers then perhaps it's time to move on but it doesn't have to be that way.

more than 5 years ago

Your Browser History Is Showing

aaaurgh No problem here... and I still have my history (174 comments)

Yawn... been waiting for the collage for about ten minutes so far but the progress bar seems stuck at 0%.

I wonder if it has something to do with the unchecked "Enable JavaScript" checkbox I have displayed at the bottom of my Opera 10 window.

more than 5 years ago

Compared to my current location, I'd rather be ...

aaaurgh North Pole (582 comments)

Farther Christmas.

What? Oh... damn!

more than 6 years ago



WiFi Direct - WiFi 'a whole lot easier'

aaaurgh aaaurgh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aaaurgh (455697) writes "The BBC has an article of a new twist on the world of Wi-Fi.

Called Wi-Fi Direct, it will let wi-fi devices like phones and laptops connect to one another without joining a traditional network. Sounds like P2P without the ISP (and a whole heap of security headaches to boot) to me..."

Link to Original Source

Google announces Google Chrome OS

aaaurgh aaaurgh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

aaaurgh (455697) writes "I guess it was only a matter of time, but Google has finally announced its plans to develop an Operating System. Initially targetting netbooks and users who live in the on-line internet world, it's their "attempt to re-think what operating systems should be". Will this make Microsoft quiver in their boots or are Google living with their heads in the cloud — only time will tell.

Check out the announcement and details on the Official Google Blog"


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