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Australian Telstra Monopoly Dead

distantbody futureproof... (100 comments)

The NBN Co. spent $10b(?) dollars of Australias money to buy Telstra's current perfectly functional underground and cable/telephone network. They will own both the national fibre and copper networks, and in a few years they will rip up the copper network.

It's a needless loss of a proven piece of infrastructure, instead the fibre should go out to places that aren't adequately serviced by copper; the fibre should coexist with the copper network. Once all of the rural/under-connected areas are connected, only then should duplication of the copper network begin

I'm concerned that Australia is being mugged by Labor. I can't decide if Labor is doing it out of incompetence, malice, or for the gain of some private group.

Whatever I thought of Malcolm Turnbull before (the opposition communications minister), he has proven himself to be the only politician competent on the issue, and I hope he succeeds in stopping Labor.

They're stringing the fibre on telegraph poles (bushfires, storms) ... The first mass outage is going to cause a lot of pain.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenOffice.org Declares Independence From Oracle, Becomes LibreOffice

distantbody Re:Liberty Office Suite (648 comments)

I agree that LibreOffice is lousy, it reminds me of 'Libra' feminine hygiene products.

How about: 'Office Unlimited'.

more than 3 years ago
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Australian Schools Go iPad-Crazy

distantbody competing with the roaches (293 comments)

Whenever stories like this crop up (notebooks in, paper out; turn everything into a game), the future of the next generation looks to be dumber, fatter, lazier, more demanding, less-attentive, and more commodity-like; loath-able yet not by their own fault. Basically: less fit to survive.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel's 50Gbps Light Peak Successor

distantbody add some electrons to those photons. (122 comments)

For this optical interconnect to be as universal as USB, it must provide power + data. Given the size of an optical fibre, Light Peak is the best opportunity to unify data interconnects, from portable device to displays, networking and even internal PC interconnects
I just hope they don't screw it up like usb with a dozen different connectors.
On that note, there will be a new micro connector for USB3, which means another charger and more cables. I'm unsure that Intel will do Light Peak right by the consumer.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox Tab Candy Alpha

distantbody multi-row (189 comments)

I avoid the tab scrolling by using the tabmixplus extension and enabling multi-row so when the tab-bar is full a new tab bar starts below the first, and no tabs scrolling out of view.

more than 3 years ago
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Trailer For Blender Open Movie Sintel Ready

distantbody I hope it's better than BBB (182 comments)

Was I the only one who found Big Buck Bunny a bit perverse? From the title , which sounds like a porno, to the unappealing and grotesque characters, and even the plot.

An obese, stern-looking rabbit with paradoxically dainty mannerisms. I would use the descriptors: unhealthy, sexually confused, weak, unpleasant, sure that can work as a character that the audience could learn to empathize with, but the plot is nowhere near that.

more than 3 years ago
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Canadian Libraries Want $300,000 To Buy Games

distantbody Re:Call me conservative (229 comments)

+1

Call me conservative also, but I think libraries should be places of knowledge. I think the intentions of the Toronto libraries are good, but 'getting kids through the door with video games' is IMO naive -- as in it doesn't work like that (from my experience).

When pop CDs/DVDs were introduced at my local library, it slowly turned into a 'hang-out' space where chatter was ok because the librarians didn't want to confront or play the 'stickler librarian' role. Did it achieve the goal of getting non-readers into the library? Yes. Did they read anything? Nope. Did it make the library less conducive place for reading and studying? Yes.

One thing that this idea reminds me of is 'kids sections' in libraries. The rationale is 'get 'em while there young', with colorful kids motifs and toys, the adults can put up with some squealing and crying in the library... The reality is that noisy uncontrolled kids shouldn't be anywhere near a library, they can get their Barney fix elsewhere.

I hold the belief that books are the best communicators of information, as it requires active concentration and everything has to at least get parsed. I think a library should be about knowledge (incl. internet), and particular the best knowledge source the book, and since it is a place for reading, it goes hand in hand with reading for enjoyment, and therefore all books.

Don't degrade the libraries, instead closely monitor children's reading in school so that any reading problems are caught early so that they can have the enjoyment and appreciation of books. But I guess that is more resource intensive, longer-term commitment to individuals and probably requires parental involvement.

about 4 years ago
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Nvidia's GF100 Turns Into GeForce GTX 480 and 470

distantbody hello Nvidia GrillForce (132 comments)

It's about time a product acknowledged my desktop grilling needs.

about 4 years ago
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Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking

distantbody Re:Sometimes? (1051 comments)

Maybe you should rethink that strategy, Ars?

Paywall here we come!!!

more than 4 years ago
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Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking

distantbody Re:Sometimes? (1051 comments)

Maybe you should rethink that strategy, Ars?

Paywall here we come!!!

more than 4 years ago
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Lessons of a $618,616 Death

distantbody keep someone alive if they can recover (651 comments)

How about 'Keep a long-term poor prognosis patient alive with your own resources'. It's a tough approach, but keeping someone with a bad diagnosis alive when they would have died a long time ago is cruel and unnatural, and stretches the 'public healthcare' mission a bit too far.

more than 4 years ago
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A Balanced Look At Cellphone Radiation

distantbody do they have any potential? (171 comments)

Does a micro-wave have ANY potential to break an atomic bond? If the answer is 'yes' then I think the simple conclusion would be that wireless radiation could cause cancer. Of course the next issue would be probability.

On a different angle, microwaves produce heat in the absorbing material, and the warmer matter becomes the more likely atomic bonds are to break, so another simple (I'll stress simple) conclusion could be that microwaves increase the likelihood of cancer.

Those two conclusions, however simple, would concern an average person. The next step of quantifying the risk takes a lot of research, with a lot of variables and equations and, and would be venerable to fudging from any vested interest (perhaps all of the contradicting papers over the years are evidence of that). I guess the most reputable answer only time will tell.

more than 4 years ago
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New Material Sets Stage For All-Optical Computing

distantbody Similar stuff from IBM (53 comments)

EETimes has "IBM Research claimed a keystone achievement in on-chip optical communications Wednesday (March 3), saying its 40-gigabit-per-second (Gbps) germanium avalanche photodetector completes what it calls the nanophotonic toolkit." (link) (A few days before announcing 2,500 layoffs, hmmm...)

...And the same news from Semiconductor Intl.

more than 4 years ago
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Bluetooth 4.0 To Reach Devices In Fourth Quarter

distantbody same ol' bt audio (103 comments)

They need to improve the music streaming. Currently its decompress the audio > real time lossy recompression with worse codec > transmit and then finally decompress. It's less than ideal for audio quality and battery life. I think data transmission over te skin would be good for the task. My ears get warm and tender after 10 minutes from using a bt headset anyway, maybe I'm just allergic to it...

more than 4 years ago
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Using Classical Music As a Form of Social Control

distantbody Re:Maybe they'll grow up as well as old (721 comments)

It is not the sort of thing that you require intense training to appreciate because it is all intellectual or something, and the actual sound is awful, it is simply nice to listen to.

It does require some training or moderate understanding of classical instrumentation and arrangement to fully appreciate it. 'Intense' training isn't necessary by any means, but it does require some effort from the listener. Secondly, it has been shown that classical music demands the engagement of higher order functioning areas of the brain, which naturally a lot of youth don't have. It has also been shown to be the best music to study by.

So it's not just about being 'cool', more like the small number of youth who appreciate it are 'uncool' to begin with. It's not snobbery either; older people are more inclined to be able to appreciate of it because of their mature brain structures, but it's not like everyone will find enjoyment in it after a certain age, I guess upbringing and even genetics would be factors also as to who might find captivation in classical music (I should add good classical music, as it certainly has its share of mediocre compositions).

more than 4 years ago
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Students Failing Because of Poor Grammar

distantbody but what is the cause... (1343 comments)

low education standards or mass-retardation?

more than 4 years ago
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Former Exec Says Electronic Arts "Is In the Wrong Business"

distantbody EA is a battery hen publisher (180 comments)

the developers are the hens and the eggs are the games

Take Dragon Age: the hen had potential but the farmer didn't give it enough free range and the egg came out bland and clichéd. I won't bother fitting the NPC-ads in to the analogy (is there a mod to get rid of them?)

more than 4 years ago
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Duke Nukem Forever Not Dead? (Yes, This Again)

distantbody I'll still buy it... (195 comments)

If only they'd get over their dev hell they could finally bank on their work. I'm sure other die-hard fans don't care too much about the graphics. If they are having another crack at it hopefully they can stop thinking that it has to be perfect. If they could just get duke back for a few hours I'll be satisfied with it. I'm sure they have some good duke one-liners after more than a decade.

more than 4 years ago

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FlightGear reaches v2.0

distantbody distantbody writes  |  more than 4 years ago

distantbody (852269) writes "The flight sim project FlightGear has reached version 2.0. From the website: "Highlights of this new version include: Dramatic new 3D clouds, dramatic lighting conditions, improved support for custom scenery, and many many new and detailed aircraft models.". Full list of improvements here. And of course the screenshots.

The release coincides with the release of SimGear v2, the "set of open-source libraries designed to be used as building blocks for quickly assembling 3d simulations, games, and visualization applications.", on which FlightGear is based."

Link to Original Source
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New Open Source Train Simulator reaches v1.0

distantbody distantbody writes  |  about 5 years ago

distantbody (852269) writes "openBVE has just reached v1.0.

This free and open source 3D train simulator was born in April 2008 as a replacement to the popular freeware programs BVE Trainsim 2 & 4. The lack of compatibility between BVE Trainsim 2 & 4 routes and the developmental uncertainty of the 5th version (originally named Boso View Express by the sole Japanese developer Mackoy) lead one resolute user to start openBVE.

The sole developer Michelle has done amazing work; openBVE beats out commercially available simulators in its ability to simulate starting resistance, inertia, curve resistance, gravity, toppling, coupling, air resistance, pressure, temperature and density, altitude, friction and wheel slip.

(Link to openBVE website omitted due to already unreliable servers)"
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New Open-Source Train Simulator openBVE goes v1.0

distantbody distantbody writes  |  about 5 years ago

distantbody (852269) writes "The free and open source 3D train simulator, openBVE, has just turned v1.0.

openBVE was born in April 2008 as a replacement to the popular freeware programs BVE Trainsim 2 & 4. The lack of compatibility between BVE Trainsim 2 & 4 routes and the developmental uncertainty of the 5th version (originally named Boso View Express by the sole Japanese developer Mackoy) lead one resolute user to start openBVE.

The sole developer Michelle has done amazing work; openBVE beats out commercially available simulators in its ability to simulate starting resistance, inertia, curve resistance, gravity, toppling, coupling, air resistance, pressure, temperature and density, altitude, friction and wheel slip.

(Link to openBVE website omitted due to already unreliable servers)(P.S. Michelle has not licensed her work under a specific OSS license, but rather uses the phrase "anti-copyright""
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New Open-Source Train Simulator openBVE goes v1.0

distantbody distantbody writes  |  about 5 years ago

distantbody (852269) writes "The free and open source 3d train simulator, openBVE, has just turned the big v1.0.

openBVE was born in April 2008 as a replacement to the popular freeware programs BVE Trainsim 2 & 4. The lack of compatibility between BVE Trainsim 2 & 4 and the developmental uncertainty of the 5th version (originally named Boso View Express by the sole Japanese developer Mackoy) lead one resolute user to start openBVE.

Michelle has made great progress with her new code, and whilst the current installation procedure and basic 'getting started' instructions are rough, her communication on the openBVE forum and her great developer documentation all indicate openBVE will continue to get better.

(Link to openBVE website omitted due to already unreliable servers)(P.S. Michelle has not licensed her work under a specific OSS license, but rather uses the phrase "anti-copyright""
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Options for a DIY RAIDed Solid-State Drive

distantbody distantbody writes  |  more than 6 years ago

distantbody (852269) writes "SSDs are yet to be generally affordable, but substituting in memory cards or thumbdrives is an obvious and tempting way of getting an SSD on the cheap. My understanding is that most ATA-connected SSDs currently available only improve on HDD read/write throughput marginally, so I found it easy to imagine RAIDing two or more cards/thumbdrives together to get something that totally blew away such SSDs. I'm not sure if it's easily doable in hardware or software, but the idea of pushing a handful of ubiquitous flash parts together up to even (inspired by the below fusion-io card) 1000MB/s was too great to forget about.

So I hunted around for some way of doing just that. So far I've seen these options:

The Fusion-io PCIe cards that use some sort of bandwidth aggregation to get up to 800MB/s (expensive)
This funky thumbdrive setup from Sun (bulky, not internal)
this card from Addonics (unfortunately hurt by its 133.33 MB/s PCI bus.)
So, what other options are there? The Addonics one was so close but just fell short; are there any other manufacturers that will soon/have a similar product but on a faster bus?"

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New Open-Source Train Simulator openBVE goes v1.0

distantbody distantbody writes  |  about 5 years ago The free and open source 3d train simulator, openBVE, has just turned the big v1.0.

openBVE was born in April 2008 as a replacement to the popular freeware programs BVE Trainsim 2 & 4. The lack of compatibility between BVE Trainsim 2 & 4 and the developmental uncertainty of the 5th version (originally named Boso View Express by the sole Japanese developer Mackoy) lead one resolute user to start openBVE.

Michelle has made great progress with her new code, and whilst the current installation procedure and basic 'getting started' instructions are rough, her communication on the openBVE forum and her great developer documentation all indicate openBVE will continue to get better.

(Link to openBVE website omitted due to already unreliable servers)(P.S. Michelle has not licensed her work under a specific OSS license, but rather uses the phrase "anti-copyright"

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