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I use a screen protector ...

dredwerker Re:Just Never (194 comments)

Why isn't just not using one at all an option?

I concur - I dont have a screen protector and gorilla glass sucks donkey ...
My Samsung galaxy s2 screen broke after a mere knock on the edge after falling out of my pocket.. Its not that strong. I reckon that gorilla glass has a lot of paid shills to make sure their product doesn't get a bad name. 3...2...1 - paid shill time :)

about 9 months ago

Xkcd's Long-running "Time" Comic: Work of Art Or Nerd Sniping?

dredwerker Re:Fantasia (190 comments)

Sure, things date. I saw Fantasia just once, on the big screen at a film festival. And because the festival were good about putting the film in context of it's achievement, I could appreciate it for what an achievement it was when it was made.

It's a bit like Laurel and Hardy. It doesn't make many people laugh out loud these days. But you can still appreciate how it had people rolling in the aisles at the time.

I wonder what people will make of our best, innovative stuff in 70 years time?!

I played Harold Lloyd to my two year old and he liked it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shdzRq4BYWk that's similarly old. I think some things still have a certain sparkle if even if they are out of date.

On topic: I quite like xkcd but I dont have the attention span for this one. It might be great but .... o look bitcoins, jobs, is the galaxy note 3 actually announced yet :)

about a year ago

Average latency to Slashdot.org?

dredwerker 237ms Australia (558 comments)

Nr Melbourne. One day we'll even get Amazon :(

about a year ago

Geeks On a Plane Proposed To Solve Global Tech Skills Crisis

dredwerker Re:no tech skills crisis (303 comments)

To expound on this:

Stop asking for 100% demonstrable skills up-front. You may need to spend some time on-the-job training.

Stop paying executives so much so you can afford better workers.

Old people are not outdated. Experience is actually worth something. Use some of that money you're saving by not having golden parachutes for C-levels.

This entire crisis is manufactured.

Thanks for the expound :)

1 year,22 days

Geeks On a Plane Proposed To Solve Global Tech Skills Crisis

dredwerker no tech skills crisis (303 comments)

I can solve this on ten seconds. Stop asking for every stupid little skill on the job ad and people would match. A good programmer is a good programmer.

End of rant :)

1 year,22 days

Australian Economists Predictions No Better Than Flipping a Coin

dredwerker Re:Steeve Keen on the other hand... (290 comments)

Unfortunately, he predicted 20 out of the last 2 recessions.

That was funny shame it was posted as AC :)

Huh? Why is it a shame?

Not much point in modding it up.

about a year ago

Australian Economists Predictions No Better Than Flipping a Coin

dredwerker Re:Steeve Keen on the other hand... (290 comments)

Unfortunately, he predicted 20 out of the last 2 recessions.

That was funny shame it was posted as AC :)

about a year ago

Online Narcotics Store 'Silk Road' Is Showing Cracks

dredwerker Re:User error. (330 comments)

If you buy anonymously with bitcoins, you can literally have it shipped to your house. It is not illegal to receive a package you were "not expecting' - otherwise you could send contraband to people you dislike and have them arrested by immediately calling the cops when the UPS confirmation hits your inbox..

As far as I can make out it still brings attention to you. Like buying hydroponics gear might or an excessive electricity bill.

Also if you get more than 1 package that would be suspect and the average person would have a history on their PC/ISP.

about a year ago

How Far Are You Traveling For the Holidays?

dredwerker Insensitve clod time (304 comments)

Insensitve clod time - where i live i travel in kilometres. I think in miles but travel in kilometres.

At least I am not complaining about which holidays or the lack of options.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Extreme Cable Management?

dredwerker Re:Unless you have rabbits. (242 comments)

Time to introduce cat 6

Is it wrong to snigger out loud to that comment ?

about a year and a half ago

The Day Leo Traynor Confronted His Troll

dredwerker Re:Trolling? (594 comments)

Since you've almost nailed it, I'll just add one thing. Here on Slashdot we have a -1 Troll option and a -1 Flamebait option. Almost nobody here knows what either of those terms mean anymore, including right here on Slashdot. As an example, when someone is clearly making moronic statements that they actually believe, and one calls them a moron, that is neither a troll, nor is it flamebait. Wikipedia gets it completely wrong as well. Flamebait is much like trolling, where the poster says something ridiculous in order to bait people into flaming them. Ergo, if I call someone a moron when they have made it clear that they are either a moron or intending to be one, my response might be a follow up to flame bait (if the poster intended to get me to call him a moron), but is not itself flamebait. Now, I'd really like to see people read this, understand it, and start modding correctly, but let's face it: there are a lot of morons in the world ;-0

I completely agree with your post. And must be a moron as I accidentally moderated it redundant. So this post will unmoderate it.

about a year and a half ago

Woz Applying For Australian Citizenship Because of the NBN

dredwerker Re:How is he going to become a citizen? (385 comments)

Yeah weird huh? The requirements to become an Australian citizen (which I'm well versed in, as my American wife has just obtained her Australian citizenship a few months ago) are:

- You have lived lawfully in Australia for at least 4 years; and
- You have lived in Australia for at least 12 months as a permanent resident

(OR ... you were born in Australia or used to have citizenship but lost it for whatever reason)

My wife moved here after we were married and lived here for 4 years. The first two she was a temporary resident (all spouse visas are temporary for the first two years, and can then be migrated to permanent). The latter two she was permanent. She qualified earlier this year, did the test, had the ceremony and voila.

Woz seems to be thinking that, if you are well-known and/or rich, you can bypass all these requirements. I am not sure that is the case. You can certainly qualify for a permanent residence visa to live here on the basis of being rich ('investing' in the country), but that isn't citizenship.

My spouse visa is permanent straight away,it says so on the electronic visa. 4 years to get citizenship. Then you can get a passport. If you want go to Australia at age 75 or over you need a medical. Fail that and you would no longer be able to see family etc. Not so with a passport/citizenship.

Also returning resident visas are now much stricter.

about a year and a half ago

Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

dredwerker Re:Cracked screen bad luck? (660 comments)

I managed to break a GalaxyS(not 2), but I did so by falling with it in my back pocket right onto ice with my butt. Before that, 'tossing' it to the floor by accident was pretty much a daily occurance and no damage was done. I got an otterbox for my next phone(atrix), and managed to break the case after a year. The phone is fine. Did the case do it's job, or is the phone just that tough? I'll have to see.

I don't know the specifics of what happened in your case, but there are reports of phones surviving things like multi-story drops out of helicoptors. A less than 1 story drop is supposed to be well within their design tolerance; even onto concrete.

Given my experience I figure there was some sort of 'aggreviating factor' to the cracking of the screen of your phone - being stepped or fell on, hitting something pointy on the screen, etc...

It just fell on its corner. Where as v. Similar drops didn't result in this problem with other devices.

Like I said if it hadn't been marketed as tough I wouldn't be so annoyed.

I think Corning should put their money where their mouth is.

I guess that most peeps will believe that I centre punched it, to create a hairline crack. See my first post which got modded down. O dear slashdot you cynical place :)

about a year and a half ago

Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

dredwerker Re:Bigger != Better (660 comments)

o really. Then the crack in my Samsung Galaxy s2 is a figment of my imagination.

No, its user abuse.

For every user with a cracked glass I raise you 1 million users who do not abuse their phones.

The point was never that you couldn't break a alkali-aluminosilicate glass screen, its just that it breaks less easily than prior materials, and allows equal strength with less thickness.

Odd you should lash out a a key component of miniaturization in a story suggesting that phones are getting too big.

It wasn't particular user abuse.Obviously it fell on the floor, due to my son knocking it out of my hand, therefore its my fault that it fell. I have done similar things with lots of devices which I made plain, and nothing had ever happened to those, apart from scuffing. I am not a shill or astroturfing - read my posts etc. - arghh how paranoid is slashdot now.

Yeah there are millions of people who haven't cracked their screens etc.. I didn't originally say that the screens had got stronger, I was replying to a post. I am evidently annoyed that something that is advertised as better doesn't survive better than the abuse I have given previous phones/screens.

If I didn't keep seeing adverts for how good corning gorilla glass is on Dell products, mobile phones etc.. It wouldn't irritate me.

I said as much on xda devs and I got just as roasted. We shall see how well this glass handles in the future.

Thanks for your time :)

about a year and a half ago

Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

dredwerker Re:Bigger != Better (660 comments)

Modern phones have much stronger glass on the display. I've yet to scratch mine, and it has shared a pocket with keys.

o really. Then the crack in my Samsung Galaxy s2 is a figment of my imagination. I have never cracked any smartphone from an XDA 1, xda 2 etc.. through hero, desire, ipod touch until the gorilla glass on my SG2.

Don't believe the hype.

It would cost as much as a second hand phone to replace and the glass is £10 to buy. I could replace it myself if I had the skills to use a heatgun on the front of my beloved but cracked phone.

The moral - Corning Gorilla glass may well be more scratch resistant but it sure isn't stronger.

about a year and a half ago

Facebook "Like" System Devalued By Fake Users

dredwerker Re:In essence people Egypt like stuff they know (99 comments)

Why the hell have I been modded down? Its obviously a valid point as people have replied.

Having some replies does not represent the quality of your post, and there is not much to reply to when you make the first post either.

I posted something to do with the article and a question and I was modded down. I just don't get why. I mod all the time. It wasn't frivolous and it was on topic beats a lot of slashdot posts :)

about 2 years ago

Facebook "Like" System Devalued By Fake Users

dredwerker Re:The scam is simple (99 comments)

Facebook lets them send messages to others telling them they 'like' something. So they 'like' it, then get to send the spam message advertising their viagra/rolex/whatever they're trying to sell.

Simple really. If 98% of email is spam, them likely 98% of likes are spam too.

"Earlier this year Facebook revealed that about 5-6% of its 901 million users might be fake - representing up to 54 million profiles."

If 5% of their users are fakes, that's 45 million, if each likes 5000, thats 200 billion fake likes. The bigger question is why do advertisers imagine that Facebook pages are somehow more traffic'd than Internet pages, when every facebook user is an internet user, but not every internet user is a facebook user.

It's like putting adverts in second life, remember that?

Thanks for the explanation because that was definitely not in the BBC article.

about 2 years ago

Facebook "Like" System Devalued By Fake Users

dredwerker Re:In essence people Egypt like stuff they know (99 comments)

nothing about.

I actually read the article and still dont really know what this is about.

Why would people just go around liking stuff.

Why the hell have I been modded down? Its obviously a valid point as people have replied.

about 2 years ago

Facebook "Like" System Devalued By Fake Users

dredwerker In essence people Egypt like stuff they know (99 comments)

nothing about.

I actually read the article and still dont really know what this is about.

Why would people just go around liking stuff.

about 2 years ago

I reach my workplace, primarily/typically, by:

dredwerker Re:Comments on bicycle commuting (566 comments)

And the same with motorcyclists. I often see them weaving between lanes while cars are on either side.

Unfortunately this is legal in the UK. Its called filtering.

about 2 years ago



UK plan to monitor all email, phone and and web use

dredwerker dredwerker writes  |  about 2 years ago

dredwerker (757816) writes "The government is considering including a bill in the Queen's Speech next month to extend the ability to monitor all phone calls, email and internet use in the UK. The Sunday Times reported that the idea is to allow GCHQ — the government's listening agency — to be able to access this information in "real time" and "on demand".

What do internet service providers say?

Trefor Davies, a board member at the UK's Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA), told the BBC that the technological challenge of collating and storing such vast levels of data would be huge. Although a large amount of data about us is already collected for billing and other purposes — such as who we call and when — ISPs do not currently store detailed data on what websites we visit, or details about the emails we send. Mr Davies said: "The email stuff isn't straight forward, and neither is the web. Those aren't bits of information that traditionally we keep. We don't keep backups of deleted emails. Think of all the spam people get," Mr Davies added. "We delete it, but under the new rules would we be allowed to?""

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Disapora asking for money

dredwerker dredwerker writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dredwerker (757816) writes "I can't believe that Diaspora hasn't disappeared"

I got this asking for money this morning. We have google+ and facebook already.

Diaspora's business model seems to be:
1. Invent project in a p2p manner to stick it to the large corporations. So the common man champions it.
2. Ask for funding?
3. Take forever
4. Ask for more funding?
5. Profit

"Dear Friend of Diaspora* -

We love you. Yes. Really, we do.

We’re building Diaspora*, in a spirit of community, because we believe in you. You’re one of the innovators, the creative ones, the people who make the world awesome.

We’re building tools that we hope will help you bring your true voice to the world. For no other reason than we want to see what you’ll say and do here, where you’ll have total control over your privacy, identity, and data. We’re doing this for the pure joy of it.

You’ve been incredibly patient in waiting for an invitation. We’re still working as fast as we can to get yours to you, and we’re sorry it’s taking so long.

In the meantime, though, we’re reaching out to ask if you’d be willing to help us go faster. Every dollar we’ve spent building Diaspora* has come from the generosity of our community, from people like you who believe in what we’re building, and have given some of their hard-earned money to support our work.

Every one of these gifts has been incredibly humbling. Each one says that someone shares our belief in what’s possible, and is willing to go the extra distance to help make it happen. Every time someone contributes, it feels like a huge, warm hug.

With love, humility and respect, we‘re writing to ask if you’d be willing to make a gift as well.

Can you contribute $25.-, or any other amount you feel comfortable with?

We’re not in this for the money. But any amount you can give will really make a difference. It will help us bring Diaspora* to you faster, and it will help us keep building the best service we possibly can, for everyone. ""

Private copying shouldn't exist

dredwerker dredwerker writes  |  about 3 years ago

dredwerker (757816) writes "EU's new copyright leader doesn't believe private copying should exist.

"Martin-Prat has worked for the European Commission before and will be returning from a stint in charge of the legal department of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

Yes, Europe has put a record industry lobbyist in charge of the department that will oversee the future of copyright in Europe."
The Daily Telegraph

I didn't see the original furore over the Brennan home cd ripping machine but I can't believe they banned the advert for it. I can't believe the music industry would even want to disallow this. Most people who have this would have their own cds IMHO."

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Notspots - Where broadband isn't in the UK.

dredwerker dredwerker writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dredwerker (757816) writes "The BBC is reporting where in the UK gets less than 2Mbps. According to replies on slashdot that was most of us, even if we had a reported 10 or 20 meg line.I certainly rarely see speeds much over 2MBps and I am supposed to have a 20MBps cable line. Join the grassroots campaign and lets get it faster or not if you can't be bothered.

Link Here UK broadband 'notspots' revealed

Around three million homes in the UK have broadband speeds of less than two megabits per second (2Mbps) according to research commissioned by the BBC.
The government has promised to provide all homes in the UK with speeds of at least 2Mbps by 2012.


What are your experiences of Google Android?

dredwerker dredwerker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dredwerker (757816) writes "I have watched a few videos on youtube such as this at Google I/O — The Android demo/presentation by Steve Horowitz

I have booted it up on my HTC Kaiser using the haret emulator thanks to the guys at Xda developers but it's really a preview of the menuing system — I haven't managed to make any calls or get any data as yet.

I was thinking of getting a Nokia N810 and running it on that but I can't seem to get to the bottom of what you get, if you run it on the N810.

So does anyone out there have the actual hardware? Are you running it day to day on an N810 etc.. or is it just a toy still?

For reference here is the wikipedia entry and the google android Website"

Britain set to release secret UFO files

dredwerker dredwerker writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dredwerker (757816) writes "Britain set to release secret UFO files.

Ater 'Radon360 notes that France has become the first country to open its files on UFOs. A new website lists over 1600 sightings dating back to the 1950s. ' here : http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/23/0337237

Now Britain is:


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