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Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Construction

calzakk Re:More importantly, (237 comments)

You are the problem with humanity.

Er, aren't criminals and crime one of humanity's biggest problems?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Tech-Related Summer Camps For Teenagers?

calzakk Honest advice (177 comments)

My honest advice, is to get a fucking life. Seriously, get away from the computer this whole summer and meet new people, socialise, have some fun, do some normal teenage things, drink beer, get laid, go travelling, teach English, whatever. Just stay away from the fucking computer and other geeks and nerds. In twenty years' time, you'll either thank me for this, or regret the day you signed up for summer camp 2012.

more than 2 years ago

Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

calzakk Re:Also (865 comments)

The main thing that keeps me from going to the theater more is the experience. Whether it's people talking loudly (on their phone or to others) or texters who flash their screen at everyone behind them, it's the inconsiderate other patrons who irritate me the most.

I couldn't agree with you more!

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia To Dump GoDaddy Over SOPA

calzakk Re:In response... (197 comments)

OTOH, if everyone donated $5 to Danica Patrick to get her to take her clothes off...

more than 2 years ago

Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

calzakk Re:Poorly Written Article (653 comments)

This article has a racist subtext.

Outsourced programmers don't always come from India, they commonly come from Eastern Europe too. And we'll all no doubt feel the same about outsourcing to programmers from these countries as we do to Indian programmers. So if you mean classic colour-of-skin racism then you're wrong, there's no racist subtext here.

more than 2 years ago

30 Years of the BBC Micro

calzakk Sex Invaders (208 comments)

Anyone remember Sex Invaders for the BBC? I think it was in the public domain, not something you'd find in a shop.

It was like Space Invaders, but the aliens were actually women's legs opening and closing, and the player controlled a penis shooting up at them!

more than 2 years ago

15 Years In Jail For Clicking 'Like'

calzakk Re:Why indulge? (449 comments)

Why do people continue to go to countries that suck?

Because very few countries don't suck?

more than 2 years ago

Rethinking Rail Travel: Boarding a Moving Train

calzakk Re:God no! (357 comments)

You've actually had a very good idea, and I'd mod you up if I had points, even though you're an AC.

more than 2 years ago

MS To Build Antivirus Into Win8: Boon Or Monopoly?

calzakk Re:Anti-Trust (748 comments)

Linux, for example, permits viruses to be written. So does OS X. The reason why viruses do not proliferate on those systems is because they're not a particularly interesting attack target

Really? So servers running Linux aren't likely to contain information such as credit card details, usernames, passwords, emails...?

I thought the proliferation of viruses on Windows is simply because most Windows user accounts are administrators. Imagine what would happen if all Linux users ran as root all the time.

more than 2 years ago

Your Tech Skills Have a Two Year Half-Life

calzakk Re:Depends... (289 comments)

Although workplaces don't do sabbaticals (which is stupid), you should still plan on spending the equivalent of 1 study year for every 7 work years. (If you spend 1 hour a day practicing, relearning, or expanding your skills excluding any workside stuff, you're well in excess of what is required...

The problem with this is that most employers aren't interested in what you do in your spare time, it's only what you've done at work that matters. (This is my experience though, it might not be the norm.)

more than 2 years ago

The Rise of Robotic Labor

calzakk Re:Long term goals (308 comments)

Until the robots start designing new robots...

about 3 years ago
top Now Wraps Downloads In Bloatware

calzakk Re:Wow, when you can't trust CNET (397 comments)

It used to be that a developer paid for his software to be listed on Either that's no longer the case (so they now raise money via advertising) or they're just not earning enough money from paid listings any more?

about 3 years ago

Rage and the Tech Behind id Tech 5

calzakk Re:Long term Id fan here... (172 comments)

Id does not really make amazing games. They make amazing engines and decent games as tech demos for the engines.

Id does not make amazing games any more. But most would probably agree that Wolfenstein 3D, Doom 1+2, and Quake 2 (+1?) were amazing games for their time.

more than 3 years ago

C++0x Finally Becomes a Standard

calzakk Re:I'm just disappointed... (398 comments)

Surely you mean C++0xb?

C++0b implies octal, but b isn't an octal digit.

more than 3 years ago

The London Riots and Facial Recognition Technology

calzakk Re:Really? Vigilantes? (482 comments)

No, it doesn't help to explain them at all. Did 1.5 million people riot in London just because they were ignored? Nope. Because these were ordinary, civilized, and decent people.

The truth is, these rioters are hopeless waste-of-spaces that have no respect for anything or anyone, and are just looting and vandalizing for no reason other than "it's a bit of a laugh" or "I can get away with it, so why not". These really are the type of scum that you wouldn't piss on if they were on fire.

more than 3 years ago


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calzakk calzakk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Today, I realised that Slashdot does achievements, and that I've got some. Now I've got another, by writing a journal entry... a crap one nonetheless.

In fact, I probably should write something... here goes:
Today I'm looking into Freesat boxes, because I'm seriously considering ditching my Sky TV subscription. Six months of Sky will pay for a decent Freesat HD recorder, with no monthly subscription. Ok, so I'll be losing Sky Sports (which I don't watch much of these days) and hundreds of channels I've never watched, but I really won't lose any sleep. I tend to watch the same old channels, most of which are on Freesat anyway. And if it's something like Fringe - only on Sky1 - then I'll just buy the series DVD for 20 quid.

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