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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

dwywit Re:Why single out Australia? (81 comments)

We care about you, too. Seriously - the support from other countries during the recent tragedy in Sydney is very much appreciated.

2 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

dwywit Re: Why does this need a sequel? (297 comments)

Pris wasn't a combat model - recall the briefing Bryant gave Deckard, where photos and specs of each of the escaped replicants was on the screen. There was a Nexus level, sub-type and a description - pleasure model, etc. Something like "Phys level A, Ment level B" etc.

The 4-year lifespan was deliberate to prevent them, as Bryant said, from developing their own emotional responses. Tyrell wasn't going to admit to Roy that his lifespan was deliberately limited - his attitude, right up to the point where Roy killed him, was paternalistic and he seriously underestimated Roy's response - Tyrell thought Roy would walk away with his tail between his legs, but Roy had by that late stage of his life, begun to develop emotions - and Tyrell bore the brunt of Roy's rage.

I agree about Rachel - she was special, probably designed to appeal to a high-class client, as opposed to being a standard pleasure model like Pris. Rachel was an experiment - it's all in Tyrell's speech to Deckard after the VK test on Rachel.

5 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

dwywit Re: Why does this need a sequel? (297 comments)

I think it's obvious that Tyrell is a liar. It's inconceivable (heh) that Tyrell couldn't manufacture a replicant (can we PLEASE have the word replicant added to slashdot's dictionary? I mean, the film been around longer than /.) to live as long as he wished. Economics of 2019 aside, wouldn't it cost enormous amounts of money to design, build and test said replicants - I'd have thought customers (that's everyone who moves off-world) would want something to last longer than 4 years.

The four-year lifespan is engineered obsolescence, to keep buyers buying.

5 days ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

dwywit Re:Wind (327 comments)

In Oz, the panels and infrastructure (i.e. mounting frames) have to conform to the same set of weather-rating rules as the rest of the house.

We've had wind gusts over 100km/h during cyclones (admittedly infrequent), as well as walnut-sized hail. I believe the panels are warranted up to golf-ball sized hail.

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

dwywit Re:obviously they should track the sun (327 comments)

PV panels should ideally be mounted at an angle similar to your latitude, i.e. I'm at roughly 26 deg south, so the panels are mounted at 26 deg from horizontal.

As for cleaning, sewer/grey water pipes have a recommended slope to be self-cleaning - IIRC it's got to do with the velocity of liquid flowing along the pipe being sufficient to lift and transport the solids. It's similar for flat planes such as PV panels. Too flat/horizontal and the dirt won't get "picked up" and moved along with water flow.

Or something like that.

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

dwywit Re:obviously they should track the sun (327 comments)

My installer recommended against a tracker. He said a tracker system would add roughly the equivalent of an additional 2 panels' output, at a similar cost, and an increase in complexity and maintenance.

about two weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

dwywit Wallet more durable (375 comments)

I can drop my wallet onto a hard surface, from even higher than 1 metre, and it won't break. Neither will the cash inside it, ditto credit cards.

If "it's bulky, can be forgotten or lost" renders a wallet+contents unusable, then so does "I dropped my phone and it broke".

about three weeks ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

dwywit Re:Squarer is better. (330 comments)

It's similar for video editing - one large, high-def monitor for the actual video, and another monitor for the various control panel windows. The second monitor can be any aspect ratio - whatever you prefer to work with - but the first one needs to be big, accurate, and has to be able to cope with at least the most common formats.

about a month ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

dwywit Re:Why? (327 comments)

At least once per month in recent months. "Your system must be restarted to complete installation of the updates"

about a month ago
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How Alibaba Turned November 11 Into the World's Biggest Online Shopping Day

dwywit Re:November 11th? Really? (115 comments)

I'd mod up you but I want to comment.

They'll get a rude shock if they try it in Australia.

about a month ago
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EFF Hints At Lawsuit Against Verizon For Its Stealth Cookies

dwywit Re:AT&T doing same but here's the opt-out link (81 comments)

That's interesting. It asks me to disconnect my wi-fi before clicking the "opt out" button. As I'm not a networking sage, can someone explain why this would be necessary?

about a month and a half ago
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Check Out the Source Code For the Xerox Alto

dwywit Now we can see (71 comments)

where Gates & Jobs got all their ideas from.

about 1 month ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

dwywit Re:Time to "stock up" from NewEgg ... (242 comments)

I've recently set up the following linux distros as guests under Win 7 in VirtualBox (all are 64-bit versions):

Mint 17
Ubuntu 14.04
OpenSuse*
Mageia*

* whatever the latest version was on Distrowatch or Livecdlist

NONE of them were able to successfully restart themselves after initial installation. They shut down to a black window, and stayed that way until I forced VirtualBox to power them off. After a manual start, they would all start up and ask for updates. Mint, Ubuntu and Magiea were OK (after installing hundreds of MB of updates), OpenSuse just sat there doing nothing.

I'm not going to install any Linux/GNU distros on a customer's machine until I can get one to:

1. install and work in a VM, and then
2. install and work on generic desktop hardware, and 1st-tier laptop hardware.

about 1 month ago
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First Commercial Mission To the Moon Launched From China

dwywit Re:China is more capitalistic than the USA (73 comments)

Whoops, forgot about Scandinavia (blame my newly-acquired homebrew kegging system). I'm expressing dismay about the size of the welfare budget here in Oz, and my experiences with people who game the system. I've known professional tertiary students who were smart enough to claim and collect 2 or even 3 student allowances by using fake identities. They liked student life so much, it was preferable to going out and actually getting a job.

I receive some welfare myself, mainly an income supplement for dependent children, but I wish we could work out a better system.

about 2 months ago
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First Commercial Mission To the Moon Launched From China

dwywit Re:China is more capitalistic than the USA (73 comments)

We've a lot of evolving to do before socialism can work on a national scale. At the point where it becomes a government function to weigh in and distribute the wealth (e.g. with over-generous welfare handouts) it becomes a disincentive to work, i.e. if I can get free money from the government, why should I work?

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Web Services To Build Two New Aussie Data Centers

dwywit Re:Aussie FAQ (27 comments)

Not in western Sydney.

about 2 months ago
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Millions of Voiceprints Quietly Being Harvested

dwywit Stephen Hawking look out. (86 comments)

I can see a rapid increase in the customer base of synthetic voice software

about 2 months ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

dwywit Re:Obligatoriness Extraordinaire (237 comments)

My installer said that tracking systems aren't really worth it for domestic situations. They cost about the same as 2 extra panels, and provide roughly the same amount of energy - so why not buy 2 extra panels and not have to deal with maintenance of motors, etc.

I thought that a tracking system could be set up to forego motors and use bi-metallic strips to drive the panel movement throughout the day - have the panels point east when "cold", i.e. in the morning, then bimetallic strips would warm with the sun, do their "bendy" thing and push the panels to point west throughout the day as they get warmer. Then overnight, as they cool off, they'd revert to their "cold" state and the panels would move to point east again, ready for the next day. I asked an engineer about this once but he thought bimetallic strips wouldn't be powerful enough to do the job.

about 2 months ago

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AFACT appeals iiNet copyright ruling

dwywit dwywit writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dwywit (1109409) writes "AFACT (Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft) has lodged an appeal against an earlier ruling (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/iinet-wins-court-case-against-hollywood-heavyweights/story-e6frgakx-1225826637560) that cleared ISP iiNet of liability for alleged copyright violations carried out by iiNet subscribers."
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