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Syfy Reality Show Will Feature Giant Boxing Robots

dandart Giant Boxing? (82 comments)

My Reader preview shortened this to "Syfy Reality Show Will Feature Giant Boxing".

Then I thought "Whoa! But won't that just be like regular boxing, just a foot (or seven) higher?"

I suppose there must be demand for it, as there seems to be for "midget boxing"...

about 2 years ago
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Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development

dandart Sensible (831 comments)

Ah, makes total sense, I suppose. I'm about to be getting a new work pc for my new work position. Supposedly it'll be a mac, but I'll install ubuntu.

more than 3 years ago
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Doom Creator Says Direct3D Is Now Better Than OpenGL

dandart How terrible (405 comments)

CARRRMAACK!! If you make new games 'doze-only, we'll never forgive you! Because of its terrible lock-in and non-cross-platform, non-vendor-neutral ways, DirectX is not a valid or viable choice for anyone. Last time I looked at photos and specs, GL 4 was better than DX11. I do hope GL looks at itself and makes it more awesome still by sacrificing compatibility a little. But don't break anything. If built with GL3, GL3 it needs to use. Etc. Not that it didn't already... GL4 is awesome. Shame it only works on Fermi GPUs and above. We on 300 or below are stuck with the still-awesome GL3.2. With WebM becoming more popular and DX being locked in to one platform of tens or hundreds now (including consoles, phones etc) and GL working on almost all of them, working with DX now seems stupid.

more than 3 years ago
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Last Days For Central IPv4 Address Pool

dandart Apocalypse! (376 comments)

It's the apocalypse! Aaaaaaaah! We're doooooooomed! Now I've got that out of my system, get your arses in gear, ISPs and site owners. We're counting on you. We know you can do it.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Patent Proposes $2 Fee To Skip Commercials

dandart NOADS (434 comments)

I am watching no adverts - I look for things I want to buy - I do not want them forced upon me. If that means AdBlock Plus, then so be it. If that means MythTV remove commercials option, so be it. As soon as the world is forced to watch or pay, I think the providers should pay US for watching their commercials - what if we're charged to download them by our ISPs? It really helps lessen bandwidth costs, removing ads.

If it comes to it - I'm pirating the programme - after all, it was shown to me for free!

about 4 years ago
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15-Year-Old Boy Fitted With Robotic Heart

dandart This is the afterlife. And I'm God. (241 comments)

I hope for his sake he doesn't end up dying and meeting an immortal egotistical cheeky bastard.

about 4 years ago
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66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP

dandart Security et al (931 comments)

Having a clue about security, I swiftly moved away from xp, and haven't used it for years.I think the Windows franchise was at its best around 1999 - windows 98se was fantastic for its time. However now everything else has surpassed it in terms of security, reliability, not just breaking randomly, more immunity to internet threats and portability. I could name a hundred more. But for your sake, if you're reading this, run away from xp very fast!

about 4 years ago
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Researcher Builds Machines That Daydream

dandart Emotionless (271 comments)

I'm a Mark 1, you insensitive clod!

Life? Don't talk to me about life.

more than 4 years ago
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Stallman Crashes Talk, Fights 'War On Sharing'

dandart Re:GNU/Stallman (309 comments)

In the past he has done this. In Apple stores. Blocking off access. Etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Stallman Crashes Talk, Fights 'War On Sharing'

dandart Re:GNU/Stallman (309 comments)

My thinking was if he did more things without making Apple customers (read: not Apple themselves) uncomfortable, they're more likely to go with him on the route to freedom,

more than 4 years ago
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Stallman Crashes Talk, Fights 'War On Sharing'

dandart GNU/Stallman (309 comments)

Shouting, running, making a fool out of himself. I think if only he would do the sort of things he does without calling a ruckus, then people might take him more seriously.

I admire the sort of things he's doing, but the way he does them is troublesome. He shouldn't for example be blocking access to an Apple store despite their terribly non-free products. Nobody likes an asshole and would tend to ignore it. Now, if he were to stand outside, offering leaflets on why Apple is wrong, but disguising it as something like "Bad Computer Practises", or "Why Software Freedom is Important" instead of "Apple is crap! Don't buy from them!" which no one will pay attention to, I think he'd get a lot further.

Good luck, rms.

more than 4 years ago
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Countering a DMCA Takedown In the Magnet Wars

dandart Re:bullcrap (475 comments)

Exactly. Companies should learn that what counts is to make a BETTER product, not take down the opposition. It's far better to be loved and to be chosen. than to be hated and forced.

Now, who have we seen playing those dirty tactics? *cough*microsoft*cough*

more than 4 years ago
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Lawyer Smokes Pages From the Koran and Bible

dandart Re:Similar example (138 comments)

Oh, I forgot. Bread + Fish + Christianity = More Bread + More Fish, right? My bad.

more than 4 years ago
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Lawyer Smokes Pages From the Koran and Bible

dandart Re:Similar example (138 comments)

Since when was a religious text as valuable as money? It's not like you can feed a citizen on holiness now is it?

more than 4 years ago
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Why Google Isn't Pushing Android For Tablets

dandart Re:Well... (224 comments)

When I said "not excluding just your own PC" I meant that the server software could just run on your PC, so you won't lose connectivity when you have no Internet, but will sync data (if you like) when it can. It would be like having your own cloud just for you, hosted by you, joining the bigger cloud at its convenience.

more than 4 years ago
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Robots Taught to Deceive

dandart GLaDOS (239 comments)

"You're not even going the right way". I would be mega-scared if we built intelligent A.I.s such as herself.

more than 4 years ago
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Tap Tech Brings Touch To Dumb Phones

dandart Re:Sounds flakey (70 comments)

Haven't you heard of GlovePod? Or perhaps... resistive touchscreens, like the DS?

more than 4 years ago
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Why Google Isn't Pushing Android For Tablets

dandart Re:Well... (224 comments)

Of course - you can have a small-footprint OS without the annoyances of other software LOADING. Your OS can start in 5 seconds. You'll rule the world. You can run everything in the cloud nowadays, and on your own personal cloud, too, like Bibud are trying to do, just more socially. I wouldn't say I needed my audio/video players, my torrent downloaders, my skype, my anything else when that thing is finished. It's just all on a cloud, running wherever you want it to run (not excluding just your own PC). And with the introduction of WebGL, games are moving to the browser. You don't have to have a cloud, but it's there if you want it.

more than 4 years ago
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T-Mobile To Begin HTC G2 Preorders

dandart 21 Mbps (132 comments)

Let's not forget, HSDPA (normal) which is what I get with T-Mobile at the moment was supposed to have "up to" 7.2 Mbps. The most I've ever got out of it (even being in a city) is 2 Mbps.

I wouldn't rely on that being at all accurate, T-Mobile isn't too good with that sort of thing.

more than 4 years ago

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Analytics Startup Canddi Gets $600k From Northstar, A Google Angel And More

dandart dandart writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dandart writes "Web analytics startup CANDDI has secured a super round of funding, upping the ante for its total raised sum to date, now is £539,000 ($870,000).
The Newcastle-based company primarily deals with intelligent prospect analytics, and provides a personal view on who's viewing your website, what they want, where they've come from, and allows you to interact with them in real time."

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Play.com compromised, names and emails taken

dandart dandart writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dandart writes "Play.com has reportedly been compromised, revealing its database of usernames and email addresses of its customers to its attackers. An email appearing to be from play.com to its customers reads:

Dear Customer,

Email Security Message
We are emailing all our customers to let you know that a company that handles part of our marketing communications has had a security breach. Unfortunately this has meant that some customer names and email addresses may have been compromised..."

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Xenon: An Inspired Web Project

dandart dandart writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dandart writes "Back in October '08, I wrote "5 Things I Wish Linux Had" but never realized that it would inspire the heated debate (Read the comments) that it did. I also didn't realize that it would inspire an actual operating system. One of my readers commented briefly that he would take on the project. With the inspired words, "Alright then. I'll make you one," amongst the fray of negativity, a new system was born: Xenon"
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Will Lintel Replace Wintel and iStuff?

dandart dandart writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dandart writes "Intel acquired Wind River for $884 million to boost Linux adoption in the Intel Atom market. Obviously Intel sees Wind River's embedded Linux market as new opportunity for its Atom processor family. There's also buzz about multi-core processor offerings from the two in the near future. I see this as a major blow to what we techies have historically referred to as the Wintel market. Wintel refers to Intel systems running Microsoft's Windows software. We frequently talk about Wintel boxes and Wintel architecture and I'm sure that some of that will continue but now, with this acquisition, we'll soon refer to devices as Lintel to distinguish their Linux operating system from Windows on a particular piece of hardware..."
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It's COOL-ER with Linux

dandart dandart writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dandart writes "Have you bought a Kindle or Kindle 2 yet? Don't--at least not until you check out the COOL-ER ebook reader. It's about the same size and weight of a Kindle--so what makes it so much cooler than the Kindle? It could be your choice of eight cool colors, its magical portrait/horizontal page display, its high resolution (800x600) display or its extremely long battery life (8,000 page turns--it only uses battery life when turning pages). More likely it's that the COOL-ER reader is over $100 less expensive than the Kindle!"
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