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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

animaal Re:Material selection (162 comments)

I've heard that rubber, being organic, wouldn't be allowed as a raw material for the wheels - it might interfere with the tests to find organic materials on Mars. But maybe degradation is also a factor.

about 5 months ago

Drive With Google Glass: Get a Ticket

animaal Re:Good (638 comments)

First world problems strike again.

Guess what - people who live in the "First World" often discuss "First World Problems".

There are plenty of sites that only discuss third world problems. You're free to join one, and take your smugness with you.

about a year ago

Royal Navy Deployed Laser Weapons During the Falklands War

animaal Re:Laser - NOT ! (139 comments)

Yeah, but just watch their productivity once they learn about unions.

about a year and a half ago

New Zealand Court Orders Facebook Disclosure To Employer

animaal Re:Anything you say online... (243 comments)

Since your question is general, not specific to this case - it depends on the Contract Law in whatever jurisdiction the employee works.

In most countries, the replacement will now be an employee. If the country provides protection to employees against termination, (s)he has it. The employer may have to suck up the additional costs of employing an extra employee. This is why dismissals should be undertaken with great care.

In reality, many countries allow a probationary period for new employees. If the employer isn't happy with the new employee by the end of the period (or even earlier), the employee can be et go with minimal fuss. So the replacement may be let go for any reason.

about a year and a half ago

Irish Judge Orders 'The Internet' To Delete Video

animaal Re:Overstepping your jurisdiction much? (243 comments)

Google threatening to relocate its business to a friendlier European state is probably enough to make Irish politicians crap themselves and change the law to suit Google.

Except that in Ireland, the Judiciary is entirely independent of the government. One cannot interfere with the other. Erm, unless they happen to meet at one of those Bunga Bunga parties.

about a year and a half ago

Researchers Hack Over a Dozen Home Routers

animaal Re:Easy to mitigate. (109 comments)

They're pretty much all CSRF vulnerabilities. Don't save your password to your router or don't use a common router IP address like

I'm scratching my head here - why would an address like be a problem? It's only an internal IP address. An attack from the outside would come through the external IP address. Once they've breached the router, surely it'd be simple to find internal addresses anyway?

(Really hoping I don't have to re-address my stuff!)

about 2 years ago

Adobe Bows To Pressure and Cuts Australian Prices

animaal Re:About time! (159 comments)

So what added protections does Steam grant to a European that aren't granted to an American?

about 2 years ago

Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug

animaal Re:Linus is an asshat, imho (1051 comments)

Interesting. From the same document:

There's just a few simple rules here:
  (1) don't call people d*ckheads (at least not in public)
  (2) learn how to apologize when you forgot rule (1)

Perhaps those at the top should lead by example?

about 2 years ago

Verizon Offers Free Tethering Because It Has To

animaal Re:Actually it is a problem (180 comments)

You might think forced free tethering is awesome.

Here's the actual effect it has had - everyone gets to pay more for data since everyone has to be able to tether. The new mandatory shared data plans are more expensive than older piecemeal plans. WHat about people that didn't want to pay for tethering? Too bad.

Or maybe this will happen instead...

Users will be able to use the data they're paying for, regardless of what device is consuming it. People who don't use much data will opt for cheaper capped plans that only offer as much data as they need.

Are you suggesting is that it's more expensive for my carrier if I consume 1MB of data on a tethered laptop than if I consume the same on a phone-based browser? Or that people who don't use all the data they're paying for should be subsidising those who do?

more than 2 years ago

University Sues Student For Graduating Early

animaal Re:A bit late methinks (232 comments)

Actually, this could be good.

If I fail exams and have to repeat a year or two, I don't have to pay extra for those years?

I bet that occurs far more often than people finishing early.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Files EU Antitrust Complaint Against Motorola Mobility

animaal Re:Are we not objective anymore? (148 comments)

Note: I don't support government intervention often, but the overall good of everybody is tied into our technological devices today in the same way that it once was in a fair market for automobiles.

I would have thought that the concept of patents and copyright are instances of government intervention. The government creates the legislation that grants temporary(!) monopolies to holders of these patents.

Lack of government intervention would mean that no such monopolies could be enforced.

more than 2 years ago

Ruling Upholds Gene Patent In Cancer Test

animaal Re:Hypothetically, (173 comments)

Ah, but you're using logic. That's not how the law works.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Flips Kill-Switch On Skype Toolbar

animaal Re:Auto-Installing *anything* needs to die. (284 comments)

It still wasn't an automatic install. You could uncheck the box and it wouldn't install. By definition, an automatic install is an install that happens no matter what you do.

That's a strange interpretation of "automatic". There's nothing in the definition of the word "automatic" that says you can't do something in advance to prevent the event from happening.

about 4 years ago

Alternative To the 200-Line Linux Kernel Patch

animaal Re:Also from the article (402 comments)

How does this effect servers?

I don't believe that it causes any servers to come into existence.

I know you're having a laugh, but that sums up my experience of help from the Linux community - technically correct, but obviously doesn't help the poor guy.

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks Donations Account Shut Down

animaal Re:Uh (725 comments)

Sorry, I meant "Wikileaks isn't an **American** organisation"...

I should ease off on the beer.

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks Donations Account Shut Down

animaal Re:Uh (725 comments)

They obtained those documents illegally

Illegal where? You know Wikileaks isn't an illegal organisation, right?\

Or am I wrong to be sitting here drinking a bottle of beer, because it's illegal in some other country?

more than 4 years ago

Did Sea Life Arise Twice?

animaal Re:Anonymous Coward (238 comments)

Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Announces Kindle 2, With Slew of New Features

animaal Re:Blur-o-vision (451 comments)

800x600? Pah, anything less than 1280x800 just isn't worth it for reading

Depends on what books you have, I suppose. My books have words rather than pictures, and I find the 600x800 screen of my eReader very good.

more than 5 years ago

Has Google Lost Its Mojo?

animaal Re:Wait a minute (560 comments)

A community is made from individuals that have to take responsibility for themselves. Can't afford kids? Don't have any.

Firsly, a healthy community is made of a mixture of people, including the young, the old, and the sick, who cannot take responsibility for themselves. A community where everybody takes responsibility for themselves is also known as a gang.

Secondly, there is some logic to saying that it's a bad idea to have kids that you can't afford. However, whether or not you can afford kids partly depends on the aids (financial and otherwise) that are provided by society. If these change, people can be left in trouble.

Thirdly, you are very unlikely to take responsibility for yourself forever. I don't know what country you live in, or how wealthy you think you'll be, but most retirement investment products are pyramid schemes. They depend on a larger population of young people, whose current premiums are paying the pensions of the smaller population of old people. As long as the population of contributors keeps growing, there's no problem. But it does mean that even with the pension investment product that I assume you're paying into, when you retire you'll still need a larger population of paying young people to provide your retirement income. Most societies recognise that a growing population of young people is necessary to the economy and to the society, and so they encourage childbirth with incentives (financial and otherwise).

more than 5 years ago


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