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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

bazorg Re: 16:9 (326 comments)

Is that USA inches or UK inches?

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

bazorg Re: in post-Soviet Europe... (452 comments)

My kingdom for a PC for with keyboard!!!

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

bazorg in post-Soviet Europe... (452 comments)

In post-Soviet Europe I suspect it will be difficult to find differences between the car to and the stick usedvfor moving self driven cars out of the road.
once I live in the UK some of my fears may be quite specific to the way things work here. Prediction 1: insurance will go up in proportions to the distance driven by the human. More risk= higher premium and since the first gen auto-automobiles will require a licensed driver, I don't expect the insurance requirement to go away nor the price to go down.prediction 2: in the same way the m1 has variable speed d limits today, some roads will become "fully managed" by a control tower that will run gulate speed for all automated drivers. When there's a human driver in the vicinity, everyone will slow down to a speed lower than the maximum permitted to the orchestrated traffic. Everyone will moan at poorer, antiquated drivers for preventing 100+ mph speeds.prediction 3: it will be the passenger trains that will become obsolete because of self driving cars. High cost of infrastructure and of running the service will be beaten by the convenience, cleanliness and flexibility of individual electric self driven cars. The USAans will have the last laugh while the UK city councils will charge load of money for parking and for empty cars running about while their owners work and shop.

2 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

bazorg Re:We've been doing it for a long time (356 comments)

I think that if changes are made intentionally and some countries are disadvantaged by them, it won't be handled in the same way as the current situation.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

bazorg Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

When something goes wrong, hilarity ensues.

sure, because nothing ever goes wrong in the "own everything outright" world. Nobody ever goes on holidays, the right guy is never off sick when you need them most and of course, there's always enough money to make all the right decisions in relation to performance and redundant equipment.

IMHO, whichever way you go, there will be drawbacks. Azure (and Google, AWS, etc.) outages are newsworthy, that's a hint right there. Just keep track of these events carefully so when the time comes you can try to justify bearing all costs for IT while everyone else is keeping their cash in the core business and sharing IT costs by way of cloud providers.

about a week ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

bazorg Re:Broadway Hotel, 2-4 Burlington Road West Blackp (306 comments)

One of the reviews starts with "Words fail me", I hope they all started taking photos so that this doesn't all end up in a nasty case of slander/libel.

about a week ago
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Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

bazorg Re: No (232 comments)

Well let's benchmark these things properly before saying that Chromebooks are fast and celerons are slow. On passmark the celerons have a score close to that of an old core2duo. Are we telling people to use "pay as you go" apps from Google Play instead of Microsoft's Live Essentials and those apps that come with W8 just because we can't compare Celerons with ARM SOC s?

about three weeks ago
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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 month 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 month ago
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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

bazorg Re: That's An Ambitious name? (110 comments)

Voluptuous Vampire would be much more successful.

about a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 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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