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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

bazorg Re:Metashopper in 3... 2... 1... (163 comments)

A quick search in the Firefox Add-on collection shows this guy here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-...

I haven't tried it yet, but on their marketing blurb says that "users of X, y, z.... should try PriceBlink". This suggest to me that there's already quite a few add-ons that work for shoppers. Time to give them all a try!

about a week ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

bazorg unix my backside (296 comments)

If memory serves me well, the appeal of OS X to unix pros became a selling point quite late in the Apple revival and shift to Intel CPUs. Back then, Windows XP was clearly too old, ugly, clunky and misused to be part of *any* high end PC offering. In my opinion, the OEM attempts to improve the Windows XP experience by way of pre-installed utilities were even worse.

The elegant UI and experience that OS X offered was way ahead of what Windows XP and most contemporary Linux distros could offer and that's what helped today's perception of MacBooks and iMacs are fine for their price, unlike many Lenovo, HP, etc that only sell at £300-£500 and therefore cannot have high end parts.

Now there's a lot of web-developer type of professionals who use OS X, helping sustain the perception that modern, trendy, successful, etc, etc professionals go with Apple, while the bad guys on 24 use matte black Lenovos :)

about a week ago
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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

bazorg Re: That's An Ambitious name? (109 comments)

Voluptuous Vampire would be much more successful.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

bazorg Re:from the submitter (172 comments)

I don't know about the diversity, but agree that links should be added, not subtracted from user submissions.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

bazorg Re:The downside is (172 comments)

On the upside, the support policy will be published on http://support2.microsoft.com/... and you'll be able to check the status of your chosen products regularly instead of just keeping your fingers crossed and hope that the "service" doesn't move from Beta to discontinued.

about two weeks ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

bazorg Here's the address for looking it up on the map (275 comments)

Found the address on their website: 3370 Geoje-daero, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea

Googled for "Opko, South Korea" and it took me to a city called "Mopko" which is far away.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

bazorg You can hate Windows 8 all you want... (252 comments)

People can hate Windows 8 all they want, but the signs are clear: Microsoft wants a unified platform for mobile and desktop apps, because at some point Google will get Android apps to run on Chrome OS and Apple will get iOS apps running on OS X machines
A mainstream machine that merges the tablet with the laptop market will make it clear to those who have been distracted that tablets are the main PC for millions of people. I think that Surface Pro is more of a proof of concept while the the MacBook Air or the supposed 12" iPad can be that machine.

The touchscreen will be secondary, what will define the PC market will be app stores. One fine morning we'll look at the PC market and realise that 30% of machines are running Google Play apps, 30% are running Windows Stores and 30% are running iTunes apps.

about two weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

bazorg Re:Not so fast... (254 comments)

Well... Bolt has done his 100m in 9.58s but only needs 19.19s to do twice the distance. I say if he does the marathon in more than 1 hour he's not that great as people say.

about three weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

bazorg Make each album = 1 app (358 comments)

Seems to work for a variety of small time programming jobs.

about a month and a half ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

bazorg Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (292 comments)

Indie to the rescue! It's now on its last legs as development stopped a while back, but Altitude (altitudegame.com) is great multiplayer game that I read about on Slashdot and have been playing since 2009. The micro-transactions part of the game didn't work well, so the authors dropped it. If you just want to shoot at other players and not read about it, the in-game chat can be switched off, players can be muted and you can just avoid going to the forum pages on their website (which is separate from the game).

With the new billion of people going online on their tablets and phones, there is a lot of noise and annoying sales tactics that didn't work when all computer users were nerds. We just have to choose our battles and our games.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

bazorg Re:BTW, this proves piracy is irrelevant for artis (610 comments)

True, U2 have more money in their pockets than most. However, if you do get around to read the Salon.com article I recommended (and I really think it's a great +5 insightful read), you'll be able to learn about what happens BEFORE someone has the chance to become big as U2. You'll see that the revenue share that privileged U2 and Radiohead opted out from was NEVER good for a starting band in any case.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

bazorg BTW, this proves piracy is irrelevant for artists (610 comments)

I thought this album release was quite significant actually. Many years ago Courtney Love wrote on Salon.com ("Courtney Love does the math") that she was not bothered with P2P distribution of her music, as in fact CD sales were not a source of income for artists. Every now and again the publishers associations whine about how artists will perish due to P2P, and on /. there is disagreement with no proper evidence to support it. Now we see a well established band and Apple showing that revenue sharing with a publisher for printing CDs that may or may not be bought is not the best deal they could have.

Opt-in and UI preferences aside, this album was a major release.

about a month and a half ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

bazorg Re:Baking Soda May Help! (140 comments)

I have two objections on the "big pharma fighting the truth about cancer" point of view... maybe you can give this some thought and comment on them:

1) how can the pharma have a PERFECT bureaucracy that wins EVERY time a new alternative cure comes along? A lot of people say that big pharma has a big cover up operation in place and no cure will ever be publicised or made viable unless it suits big pharma. However, when articles about alternative cures come along, they are always revolutionary and obviously simple. If that's the case, why don't we see something as simple as gathering 100 or 1000 cancer patients, treat them, document the success and only then release the findings on Youtube/P2P/whatever?

2) Consider the annual sales and profits of Big Pharma. Then the same for Big Food. IF there's a simple cure using natural food and basic ingredients that big pharma cannot patent, what's Coca Cola, Pepsico and other similarly large companies waiting for to steal big pharma's lunch?

about a month and a half ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

bazorg Re:$1.1 Trillion over 54 years... (540 comments)

I thought the reason for punishment was that the cold war balance of power was disrupted by Cuba in a way that many millions of people USA could have lost a nuclear war before the USA could fire their own missiles at the USSR. Did I get that totally wrong from this side of the Atlantic?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

bazorg Re:The war that no one wanted (471 comments)

I don't know about that... I wrote mud before because a swatch and a "traditional" watch for sports use can just be put under the tap for a good wash. That's "water-proof" in my book, not "water-resistance".

The sauna case is not just because Suunto and Polar are originally from Finland, but because I've had Swatches die (nearly) after I used them in the swimming pool, then sauna, then back to day to day life. I believe it was the battery that could not cope with the change in temperature. A few years of resting in the drawer and that Swatch came back to life with a new battery. I look forward to seeing the tech specs on smartwatches to understand what are their operating parameters. Until then, I assume they are closer to electronics than to the jewellery world.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

bazorg The war that no one wanted (471 comments)

I could see dropping 100 bucks, maybe, on something that tracks health telemetry, but honestly? It'd probably have to be a gift before I got it.

One thing I haven't read thus far about the smartwatch situation is that Motorola, Apple, Samsung, etc. are new entrants to an area where Polar, Suunto, Garmin and a few others have already been building this sort of equipment for a long time. These guys have build watches with heart rate and other sensors with varying degrees of ruggedness, specifically for the purpose of surviving sports use. Spending ã100-ã300 for a device that needs daily charging, in a shell that can't go into the sauna, sea and mud just for the sake of having 1000 apps (at ã0.99 each) instead of 10 functions built-in is not that compelling until SPECTACULAR apps turn up.

This article comes at a great time, because heart rate and GPS as apps aren't that convincing IMHO. Maybe a fart-rate app is what the world needs.

about 1 month ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

bazorg Re:oh well (385 comments)

not being able to get a copy of a firmware update for someone's out of warranty system, server or not because I'm not "HP certified support" or whatever

If I read TFS correctly, your customer can access the required resources as long as they have a valid support agreement in place with HP.

It looks to me that HP is saying that hardware buyers are only entitled to a license for software patches if they pay some sort of annual rent. Some will pay, some will shop elsewhere.

about 9 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

bazorg Re:Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

If we consider that the questions on the survey were:
"do you feel that corruption is widespread in your country?"
and
"do you feel that corruption affects you personally?"

then it's an unsurprising result. If people are told their country is corrupt and bankrupt when it is obviously going through a serious crisis, it is easy to believe in that story and perpetuate that perception of a broken country.

about 9 months ago

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UK experts speak out against NHS privatisation

bazorg bazorg writes  |  about a year and a half ago

bazorg (911295) writes "New regulations made under Section 75 of the Health & Social Care Act 2012 are being pushed through the UK Parliament, promoting competition between healthcare providers. In the OpenDemocracy blog, author Caroline Molloy summarises the issue:

In brief terms, the regulations require all NHS services to be put out to competition unless the commissioners can prove there is only one provider capable of delivering them. Such decisions could be exposed to costly legal challenges.

In the same publication, Lucy Reynolds adds: If the government manages to complete the legal process now underway, almost the entire NHS budget will pass through competitive markets. This arrangement awards compensation to companies ejected from the markets by any subsequent renationalisation or reinstitution of “preferred providers”.[...]

They can enforce these financial claims through UK and EU Courts against our government. This mechanism is known as the “privatisation ratchet”: the compensation mechanism stops governments from reversing the direction of change by renationalising services after the private sector has been allowed to compete to provide them.


A broad array of health professionals, campaigners, and academic experts have spoken out against the new regulations, which are perceived as potentially aligning the UK NHS with the healthcare provision practices of the USA."

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Rick Falkvinge on child porn and freedom of press

bazorg bazorg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bazorg (911295) writes "Rick Falkvinge of the Swedish Pirate Party blogs on the subject of freedom of the press and foresees how users of Google glasses can be charged for possession and distribution of illegal porn. "Child pornography is a toxic subject, but a very important one that cannot and should not be ignored. This is an attempt to bring the topic to a serious discussion, and explain why possession of child pornography need to be re-legalized in the next ten years.""
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BBC chooses Microsoft DRM platform

bazorg bazorg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bazorg (911295) writes "The BBC chose Microsoft's DRM technology to limit for 30 days the viewing of content downloaded from their website. These downloads would allow viewers to catch up on shows that were broadcast on the previous 7 days, and they would be compatible with Windows Media Player 10 and 11 and a new product called "iPlayer". This iPlayer is not yet available for platforms other than MS Windows, which caused the Open Source Consortium (OSC) to file a complaint to national and EU authorities on competition."
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