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Ubisoft Blames Piracy For Non-Release of PC Game

cheesewire Re:Valve Software (424 comments)

Yup, it's only yesterday I was reading this piece about an interview with Gabe Newell..."Our goal is to create greater service value than pirates, and this has been successful enough for us that piracy is basically a non-issue for our company"...

more than 3 years ago

Using the Web To Turn Kids Into Autodidacts

cheesewire Re:who's qualified? (230 comments)

In this scenario we have a learner [your friend], some content [programming], and a more knowledgable peer/teacher [you]. Your friend (by the sounds of it) is a very motivated and capable learner, but we still have a 'teacher'-entity in the equation.

more than 4 years ago

Oxford Expands Library With 153 Miles of Shelves

cheesewire Re:Digital (130 comments)

Keeping a physical copy of all the books they want to is going to become a very overwhelming task

Given their hundreds of years of experience with an ever-growing collection, I'm confident they know what they're getting themselves into. Consider that their historical entitlement to receive a copy of each book published in the UK dates back to the early 1600s.

The library website implies that they do have digital resources. As for replacing physical with digital, consider that keeping a physical copy of each book is not only nice for continuing the historic archive, but also negates the technical unknowns of maintaining a massive archive of scans for (what I'm sure they hope will be) hundreds more years into the future. Who knows what the digital landscape will look like in hundreds of years...

more than 4 years ago

Capturing Carbon With Garbage Heaps

cheesewire Re:Methane (186 comments)

There are lots of ways to avoid releasing methane. You can bury it deep enough, bury it somewhere cold, or create biochar. Probably lots of other ways too. If you do end up with some methane it's awfully handy for things like heating homes and generating electricity.

Sure...but that's not what TFA says. It's saying that we should just create big piles of organic matter. No burying, lining (under/around the pile), covering or processing of the organic matter required. Just a make a pile. From TFA:

  • "To remove CO2 from the atmosphere, the plant material has to be prevented from decomposing"
  • "Without access to oxygen, bacteria cannot break down plant material"
  • "All that is necessary is to pile the plants high enough, and the carbon at the bottom will stay put indefinitely"

more than 4 years ago

Super Principia Mathematica

cheesewire Re:Who is it for? (325 comments)

God (since that was mentioned in the review more than anything else, and I would imagine with a higher frequency than in the actual book)?

A quick search found what looks like the book's official website...complete with the author's autobiography which seems to indicate that God could well be a prominent theme throughout the book.

Amongst other things he apparently spent 2 years locked in a room doing nothing but studying the bible + physics and worked on flying cars, but didn't bother with a PhD because he didn't want to waste time trying to convince other people of his ideas...

more than 4 years ago

UK Gov't Launches 'Your Freedom' Website To Seek Laws Worth Repealing

cheesewire Re:thousand and one laws (332 comments)

I suppose I was more posting facetiously than anything else...I do however very much appreciate your considerably more well-reasoned and eloquent response.

No, neither condensing to a single volume or banning abbreviations would result in positive outcomes. Nor would an arbitrary 1001 law limit for that matter. As you rightly point out, doing all this would result in us having a concise and yet completely unworkable law book.
Instead of imposing arbitrary quantitative restrictions, focus should be on having legislation which is, as you say, functional, complete and comprehensible.

I do think that raising the age of criminal responsibility above 10 should be considered. But that's a completely different topic altogether.

Ultimately, the best way to keep stupid laws of the books is to keep stupid politicians out of parliament.

We can hope, right?

more than 4 years ago

UK Gov't Launches 'Your Freedom' Website To Seek Laws Worth Repealing

cheesewire Re:thousand and one laws (332 comments)

massive laws that contain everything about an entire field

Impose a word limit + prohibit abbreviations?
Let's say 150 words apiece so the laws of the land can be published unabridged in a modest paperback format. The perfect gift for every child as they turn 10 and gain criminal responsibility.

more than 4 years ago

10,000 Cows Can Power 1,000 Servers

cheesewire Re:Ok Providing CO2 Less Harmful Than CH4 (221 comments)

Is CH4 a more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2? I seem to remember it is, but I'm not sure.

As far as I recall methane is a far more powerful greenhouse gas, but not so long-lived in the atmosphere, while carbon dioxide's effects are lesser, but much longer lived. Which wikipedia agrees with.

So I guess in reality the answer's pretty complicated, requiring that we look at the cumulative costs going into the future.

more than 4 years ago

Crytek Thinks Free Game Demos Will Soon Be Extinct

cheesewire Re:I agree (379 comments)

Free Demo's will probably be phased out over time. As big studios go on, they'll make the Beta open to select purchasers of other titles of theirs

Okay, all well and good for rewarding their existing base of loyal customers, but what about new customers? You know, the ones who use demos as a preview to see if they like before they buy.

more than 4 years ago

Compliance Is Wasted Money, Study Finds

cheesewire Re:wasted? (196 comments)

Being compliant is certainly not a waste from a business standpoint

That's the point, the companies making the software in TFA are all about compliance. As are their customers.

The problem is that the customers see the software as being effective because of the compliance cited (apparently even in the face of high rates of "failure"). On the flipside the software companies are focusing on being compliant to more extent than making effective software. Probably fueled by having customers who focus on their purchases being compliant.

Cue a vicious circle. And the whole process becoming a huge waste, despite it apparently being all well and good from a business standpoint.

more than 4 years ago

Nintendo Developing DS Apps For School Systems

cheesewire Re:More cuddly, but still proprietary (40 comments)

And that said, I would still welcome Nintendo/Apple to come in and make ripples in the educational software market with wide open arms.

Because right now educational software, at least in primary schools, sure as hell could use someone to come in and figure out how to make it "just work", with good intuitive interfaces. While I'm sure there's good edu software out there somewhere, it sure wasn't in any of the primary schools I've seen in the last few years. Heck, Apple and a blown-up iPhone OS could be revolutionary compared to the current "interactive whiteboards" that seem to now be in every classroom of the land.

more than 4 years ago

The Seven Hidden Browsers In the Windows Ballot

cheesewire Re:IE engine with a new GUI (246 comments)

I believe their used to be five(I think that Konqueror used to have it's own rendering engine though I was never a KDE man, so I may be wrong)

That would be KHTML...which is what Apple forked to create WebKit

more than 4 years ago

The Wi-Fi On the Bus

cheesewire Re:And the zombification of our children continues (241 comments)

Can't wait for the virtual elementary school. Just strap your kid to the gurney and put the goggles on 'em.

Unfortunately this situation seems to exist in the form of poorly trained teachers, for whom science education is limited to videos on the interactive whiteboard.

more than 4 years ago

Wi-Fi In a SIM Card

cheesewire Re:Expensive? (126 comments)

If you're paying £1/Mb, shop around.

I have no idea about on contract, but three has 30p/MB on PAYG, after your initial "free" 150MB per topup (6.6p/MB @ £10topup).
Or if you just want mobile net access for your laptop, its £15/month = 5GB/month or £7.50/month = 1GB/month over the air.

more than 4 years ago

Is Internet Explorer 6/7 Support Required Now?

cheesewire Re:Easy Answer (512 comments)

How well do your current pages support Lynx? Does that answer the question?

And how much code is there that is IE6 specific that IE7/8 isnt compatible with?

It's not so much a case of code not being compatible with IE6, it's more that IE6 botches layout.

You can create a perfectly accessible, standards compliant site (that looks just fine in Lynx), but in IE6 will have broken backgrounds, weirdly positioned bits, overlaps of boxes etc.—in short a site that looks terrible to the user. The developer, who would like users to perceive their site as looking nice, rather than a broken mess, then has to spend time (sometimes a lot of time) trying to pin down special site-specific IE6 fixes (that sometimes aren't standards compliant) to make IE display the site the same as all the other browsers manage to.

more than 4 years ago

UK Government Crowd-Sourcing Censorship

cheesewire Re:Unclear summary (262 comments)

Not quite, from TFA:

People can report Web sites on Direct.co.uk by filling out a Web-based form. The form includes categories to describe what's on the Web site, such as "terrorist training material" or "hate crimes."

So when we find some .co.uk site with instructions on how to take down our infrastructure, we can report it. Although it then goes onto say while basically a good idea, few people who come across actually useful info will know what to do with it, followed by some lawyer quoted with this little gem:

"I don't think the police anticipate a huge number of submissions."

Now the form seems to have been publicized, maybe he'll be proved wrong?

more than 4 years ago

"No Scan, No Fly" At Heathrow and Manchester

cheesewire Re:Really? (821 comments)

Sure, there is a bit of a difference - they're probably more likely to encounter harm at home than from strangers and/or the possibility of grainy x-ray scatter images from the airport being leaked onto the Internet.

more than 4 years ago

Chrome Apes IE8, Adds Clickjacking, XSS Defenses

cheesewire Re:Chrome Apes? Moronic Monkies? (90 comments)

The kids aped the apes, the apes aped the kids. The kids went ape.

more than 4 years ago

Only 27% of Organizations Use Encryption

cheesewire Re:Does anyone beiieve this number? (175 comments)

Yup, you can take my usb stick and read it all you want. Unless you're particularly interested in seeing what I've been working on recently, it will quickly bore you silly. The most damage loosing it would do it inconveniencing me. Whereas encrypting the thing would prevent me simply hand it to people so they can access my files.

9% encrypt their flash drives vs. x% who cypher their paper docs before leaving the building?

I'm not saying it shouldn't be done - I'd hope someone actually carrying sensitive data around would encrypt it as a precaution, just as I hope the people I just sent a paper copy of my passport to will have the diligence to not take on the train and leave it on the table.

about 5 years ago



Another record EU fine for Microsoft

cheesewire cheesewire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cheesewire (876598) writes "After refusing to comply with the EU's anti-trust ruling last fall, the EU commissioner has today fined Microsoft €899m (£650m, $1.3b), a mere 60% of the maximum. This brings EU fines against MS to a hefty €1.7b in the past four years.
Money may be the way MS's heart, but will all this actually lead to better practices on their part? The commissioner certainly seems to think so."

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