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UNSW Has Collected an Estimated $100,000 In Piracy Fines Since 2008

blackpaw Re:Interesting... (91 comments)

Do they get fined just a little bit more for having the luxury of being fined in Australia?

Funny *and* insightful

Wish the mod system could do that.

yesterday
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

blackpaw Re:Eclipse is doomed! (192 comments)

Unfortunately true. Gimmie NetBeans for Java Dev any day.

5 days ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

blackpaw Re:Eclipse is doomed! (192 comments)

It is not recommened to run eclipse form the repos, that way lies endless grief, hassle and wierd plugin incompatibilities.

Best to download the official binaries.

5 days ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

blackpaw Re:'Bout time (175 comments)

No, the telcoms infrastructure is privately owned in Australia, mainly telstra, with crap HFC from Optus. I'd like to saw we have 3rd world broadband with 1st world pricing, but in reality a lot of third world countries have much better broadband and our picing is some of the most expensive in the world.

You might be thinking of our energy grid, which in most states is publically owned, with private companies reselling it. Thats been a resounduing success with record profits for the shareholders and power bills increasing by 200% in several years.

Tasmania is notable in that it is the only state where power bills have gone down, after it started depriviastising its power generation.

about 1 month ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5.1

blackpaw Re:Does anyone still use Gnome? (60 comments)

Tthe icons in the goddam taskbar won't stay put! You can't keep track of the ordering to find them because the layout keeps changing! Annoying as hell and more, because I absolutely can't use it like that. And they refuse to fix it! All they have to do is make it work dead simply, like Gnome 2 always worked; like Mate works. But they have this fucking oh-so-intelligent sorting algorithm that keeps flipping around the layout. Ugh, just ugh.

Undone by the simple refusal to fix one critical misfeature.

Have you tried the icon only task bar? It doesn't swap icons around for me.

about a month ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

blackpaw Myst and Riven (292 comments)

Those were games designed only for single player, where you relished your loneliness. Beautiful visuals, sound effects and music, intriguing/infuriating puzzles. GOG have them DRM free.

I say single player, but the wife and I played them together.

I got Riven working via wine on my MythBox with a Wii controller so I could play it on my 42 inch plasma with 5.1 sound. Awesome experience.

about 2 months ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

blackpaw Re:Not just Reno (444 comments)

Yes, back when Solar was still hot in Australia, a 3kwH system would set you back $8000-$12,000 and that was with heavy subsidies.

They're going dirt cheap now because of installers trying to offload stock.

I have a 1.5KwH system in Brisbane, wish I could justify a 3KwH system, but without the FIT it doesn't add up now.

If we had cheap overnight storage of power I'd go offgrid.

about 2 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

blackpaw Re:Yeah right.. (363 comments)

I have a permanent vpn gateway between my home and work - I must be some sort of super pirate,

about 2 months ago
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Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

blackpaw Re:suitable for home use? (178 comments)

No need, my hot water is solar.

Just looking at ways to store my solar for use over night, a bit more extensively than the fridge. Plus I'd be very wary of turning a freezer or fridge off overnight here, defrosts very quickly.

about 3 months ago
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Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

blackpaw Re:suitable for home use? (178 comments)

They aren't practical for long-term storage, either due to energy density or due to their tendency to lose power over time pretty quickly.

I'd be curious to know what you consider long term, as it might not be as long as you think for a home storage situation.

I have a 1.5kwh array on my home, which generates a little excess during the day and of course, is useless at night :)

I've considered bumping it up to 3 or 5kwh as I get no effective use out of the excess generation (8c/KwH). However if I could buffer it for 24-48 hours then I could effectively power my house overnight. I live in Brisbane, Australia, so it would be effectively off grid for 80% of the year.

about 3 months ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

blackpaw Re:It was complete... (252 comments)

YES. Finish Crusade.

about 3 months ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

blackpaw Re: And so it begins... (252 comments)

I'm sorry, as much as I loved Babylon 5, it simply doesn't stand the test of time when you watch it in your 30s rather than as a teenager.

I watched it for the first time in my 30s and still found it absolutely brilliant. Just sayin'.

First saw it in my 40's here and I must agree - great show - plot, characters and yes the effects. I still think they stand up ok.

Still enjoy re-watching a season.

about 3 months ago
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KDE Releases Frameworks 5

blackpaw Re:Shame... (87 comments)

Nice summary, thanks.

about 4 months ago
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KDE Releases Frameworks 5

blackpaw Re:Shame... (87 comments)

This isn't the new desktop shell (Plasma2? PlasmaNext?), its basically the libs behind it, so there are no screen shots per se.

I must admit I find the new branding/naming conventions very confusing.

about 4 months ago
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Construction of World's Largest Telescope Finally Underway in Chile

blackpaw Re:damn (76 comments)

Wow. Just wow,

about 5 months ago
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AMD, NVIDIA, and Developers Weigh In On GameWorks Controversy

blackpaw Re:AMD supports openGL just fine (80 comments)

AMD supports openGL just fine, but they aren't gracefully failing sloppy programming. The Nvidia driver tends to try and make "something you probably sort of meant anyway" out of your illegal openGL instruction and AMD fails you hard with an error message. That's no reason to blame the manufacturer.

Nvidia is hewing to the following:

Robustness principle

In computing, the robustness principle is a general design guideline for software:

        Be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others (often reworded as "Be conservative in what you send, be liberal in what you accept").

The principle is also known as Postel's law, after Internet pioneer Jon Postel, who wrote in an early specification of the Transmission Control Protocol

Its generally a good idea in when implementing a standard, if you want people to use it. Slavish perfectionism is the bane of developers that has killed many a project.

about 6 months ago
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OpenStack: the Open Source Cloud That Vendors Love and Users Are Ignoring

blackpaw Re:More virtualisation than cloud (99 comments)

I give it another play around sometime soon, but it would have to other a lot more to persuade me to migrate now :) And our scaling needs are not large - might go up to 4(!) nodes next year.

about 5 months ago
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OpenStack: the Open Source Cloud That Vendors Love and Users Are Ignoring

blackpaw Re:Rolling it out as we speak (99 comments)

I did, easier than openstack to put together, but still very fiddly and at the time I tried it, required a min of three nodes.

about 5 months ago

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