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Windows 7 Trumps Vista By Reaching 20% Share

beav007 Re:Windows 7 (404 comments)

You will use it the way the gods intended, and you will like it.

Ever had the feeling that computers should be white plastic and brushed aluminium, or that your mouse has a far greater number of buttons than you're comfortable with?

more than 3 years ago
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Windows 7 Trumps Vista By Reaching 20% Share

beav007 Re:Windows 7 (404 comments)

I've often said that I'd upgrade from XP to Win7 once they get a file browser and start menu that works as cleanly as XP's

Classic Shell helps to fix those issues.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

beav007 Re:The sound I want (620 comments)

Can I make the noise for my electric car with a large-bore v8 engine?

more than 3 years ago
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BitTorrent Client Offers P2P Without Central Tracking

beav007 Re:Back in Time. (218 comments)

What about a text editor? I hear that EMACs has one now...

more than 3 years ago
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Aussie Gov't Decides ISPs Aren't Responsible For Infected Computers

beav007 Re:What.... (129 comments)

The response from the general Australian public: "who are you, and what have you done with our politicians?"

more than 3 years ago
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George W. Bush Live From Facebook

beav007 Re:whatcouldpossiblygowrong (372 comments)

The most important question to ask in the interest of keeping a fair and balanced presentation:

Does Facebook have a shoe-throwing app?

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA Now Blames Journalists For Its Piracy Trouble

beav007 Re:Shouldn't they be happy? (367 comments)

I'd personally prefer to return the copyrights to the artists.

Maybe it's time to start an exclusively online music label and distribution service?

more than 3 years ago
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One Giant Cargo Ship Pollutes As Much As 50M Cars

beav007 Re:Could be a problem (595 comments)

But coconuts float already, don't they?

more than 3 years ago
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Paper Airplane Touches Edge of Space, Glides Back

beav007 Re:Ok we get it already (158 comments)

Actually, I'd prefer not only to see it happen more often, but striving for higher, and better. Competitions, and most of all, kids involved.

Experiments are a great way to get people interested in science. We don't need to see it reported all the time, but it would be great to see the concept continued and expanded upon.

more than 3 years ago
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Australian Visitors Must Declare Illegal Porn To Customs Officers

beav007 Re:What???? (361 comments)

Not in customs, no. The only things you might get charged for in customs is Kiddie Porn or explosives. As with weapons (including lasers) and food, customs recognise that what the Australian Government calls "Extreme Porn" is legal in other countries, and as long as you hand it over on the way in, it's all good.

The whole point of customs is to stop the stuff coming into the country - that's all. As long as you declare it and hand it over, that's as far as it goes.

more than 3 years ago
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Australian Visitors Must Declare Illegal Porn To Customs Officers

beav007 Re:What???? (361 comments)

Declaring to customs != bringing in. If you declare it, the customs officer checks it, takes what's illegal, and you continue on your way. If you don't declare it and the customs officer finds it, it's an $11,000 fine. If you don't declare it, get it through, and then get caught with it, it's up to $275,000 and 10 years jail, and possibly the $11,000 for not declaring it on top of that.

more than 3 years ago
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Recently Discovered Habitable World May Not Exist

beav007 Re:Theory... (231 comments)

You don't have to turn it invisible. A simple Somebody Else's Problem field is much simpler to set up.

more than 3 years ago
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Research Shows How Deaf Cats' Brains Re-Purpose Auditory Centers

beav007 Re:My cat isn't deaf (100 comments)

I don't get the whole "cats can't understand 2D" thing. Our cat would see birds on the TV, jump up on the cabinet and run behind the TV to get them. She had no issues with 2D image recognition.

more than 3 years ago
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Astronaut Sues Dido For Album Cover

beav007 Re:Please correct me if I'm wrong... (264 comments)

I believe that Bruce McCandless is arguing that Dido is using his image to promote her album (like an endorsement). It would be like Pepsi taking a picture of Tom Cruise on the street and putting his picture in their advertisements.

I believe that the laws in the USA confer the right of the famous to control the use of their likeness in publicity for things that are not related to them or what they do, meaning that companies have to have a contract with the person before any endorsement or advertising can occur.

more than 3 years ago
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Simple Virus For Teaching?

beav007 Re:Simple (366 comments)

Protip: Windows is not a virus, because virii by definition are self-replicating. Computers do not spontaneously break out in Windows.

Windows fits better under the heading "malware" (or "crapware").

more than 3 years ago
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Canadian Spammer Fined Over $1 Billion

beav007 Re:I don't feel sorry, but... (379 comments)

It's a total of $1,068,928,721.46 USD, which is about $83.45 CAD.

Completely different.

more than 3 years ago
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The Binary Code In Canada's Gov-Gen Coat of Arms

beav007 Re:Not necessarily binary (486 comments)

The primary purpose of the DATA statement is to give names to constants; instead of referring to pi as 3.141592653589793 at every appearance, the variable PI can be given that value with a DATA statement and used instead of the longer form of the constant. This also simplifies modifying the program, should the value of pi change.

* Early FORTRAN manual for Xerox Computers

more than 3 years ago
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The Binary Code In Canada's Gov-Gen Coat of Arms

beav007 Re:Not necessarily binary (486 comments)

Amazing as it seems, FORTRAN was created to handle changing the value of Pi.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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Teacher threatens to call the cops over Linux

beav007 beav007 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

beav007 (746004) writes "PCPro is reporting that Karen, a teacher from an unreported Middle School (presumably to protect the guilty), has confiscated HeliOS disks from a student, put him on detention, and call the police after she found him demonstrating linux on his laptop and handing the CDs out to his fellow classmates.

Not content to stop there, Karen then emailed the HeliOS developers, threatening legal action. Choice quotes include "At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful... I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows" and "This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all."

Ken Starks has reproduced some of Karens email and their reply in their blog."
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beav007 beav007 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

beav007 (746004) writes "SCO has subpoenaed Pamela Jones of Groklaw again.

According to this article on TheRegister,

The attempted deposition will be seen by many as SCO's latest gambit to unmask Jones, who, it has claimed, to be in reality a group of IBM employees or an individual paid by IBM to portray SCO in an unfavorable light. Quoting press articles, SCO's action claims IBM "funneled" between $40,000 and $50,000 into Groklaw, which tracks the minutiae of SCO's cases against Novell and IBM. Also cited as proof of bias is the fact Groklaw is hosted for free on IBM servers at ibiblio.org. According to SCO, Jones has important information and has avoided its subpoenas by going on holiday.
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Posting to remove incorrect/accidental moderation

beav007 beav007 writes  |  more than 5 years ago I have been guilty, among a fair list of members, of accidentally clicking the wrong option when moderating - accidentally down-modding a good post, or modding up a bad post. This is usually followed by the guilty user posting to remove the unintended moderation, and often, a bitch about the moderation system.

Honestly, how hard can it be to have another button to confirm the moderation?

I started to look at making a FF add-on (extension) to alleviate the issue, but it seemed like overkill for what I wanted to do. Then a friend mentioned GreaseMonkey. I hadn't looked at it before, but a bit of research made it appear to be the tool for the job. 5 hours later, and we have a winner!

If you use Firefox and GreaseMonkey, feel free to give it a shot, comment, or improve it! Moderatrix for GreaseMonkey on Firefox. Get it while it's hot!

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