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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

dwywit Re:I won't notice (331 comments)

Please tell me, what content - that you have viewed in both 2K and 4K, whether movies, TV or games - have you completely been unable to enjoy in 2K?

I can enjoy, be entertained, and appreciate a well-made movie in standard definition, let alone 2K.

Hint - there's so much more to a movie/TV show/computer game than the level of detail you can see on the screen. Things like acting, direction, plot/story/script, audio/music, and so on. It's possible to make a gripping, suspenseful film with a VHS camera. Detail can be a distraction in some cases, and it speaks of the skill of the director and art department to not let the detail distract from the story. Imagine "Alien" without the dark, hard-to-see corridors, hmmm?

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

dwywit Re:Kaspersky IS (467 comments)

Yep - and you can automate it (partially) with Cryptoprevent from http://www.foolishit.com/

Not connected with them other than as a satisfied user.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

dwywit Avast is OK (467 comments)

I used to use AVG until it became bloatware, then I tried Avira and it seemed to suffer stability problems, switched to Avast which was OK and didn't seem to slow things down, and then removed that when I realised how much FUD the antivirus industry uses to sell its products, and how piss-poor their products are at doing their job.

I've seen malware infections - from trivial all the way up to cryptolocker - manage to get past the "big 3" (norton/symantec, McAfee, and Trend Micro), and AVG. The only products who seem to be stable and maintain a small-ish footprint are Eset and Kaspersky.

I leave Windows defender switched on, scan once every few months with free malwarebytes, keep Cryptoprevent updated, and anything else I can remove with Combofix - not that I've had anything in over 2 years, but Combofix is what I use to repair customers' machines, then I leave them with a copy of free malwarebytes, and Cryptoprevent.

4 days ago
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School Defied Google and US Government, Let Boys Program White House Xmas Trees

dwywit Re:Climate means men won't teach (355 comments)

The "climate", as you use the term, is a big problem, and it worried me when my kids started school. We chose to send them to a private primary school (neo-humanist), and get involved. I've been a classroom helper with specialised tutoring in IT and making/editing videos, helping out in the cafeteria, etc for 11 years now, and my youngest child has just finished there.

I took a big cut in annual income to be able to work the sort of hours that allowed my participation, but it's brought the benefits. My kids are fit & healthy - the cafeteria doesn't carry junk food, period - it's all freshly made, and although lunches from home are encouraged, they have to meet certain standards - no packs of crisps, no "muesli bars", no packaged sweets, no cup noodles, etc. The kids are allowed bare feet, allowed to climb trees, and swim in the creek at the school. The local public high school teachers that these kids end up with have consistently praised the amount self-reliance and maturity of kids from this school.

I'm also well-known to the teachers, staff & other parents (especially the others that are into participation), and that's a valuable reputation. I've never had problems with parents leaving their children here for sleepovers, and vice versa - I trust my children's friends' parents. The seventh-grade teacher (female) once left me alone in charge of the whole class for an hour while she went home to collect some materials she'd forgotten.

Get involved, people - even it you have to take a pay cut to do it. Change the climate, and start with yourself.

about a month ago
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What Northern Hemisphere Astronomers Are Missing From the Southern Hemisphere

dwywit Re:"Crux is the smallest of all 88 constellations" (104 comments)

Crux is very useful for navigating at night. From wikipedia:

In the Southern Hemisphere, the Southern Cross is frequently used for navigation in much the same way that the Pole Star is used in the Northern Hemisphere. Alpha and Gamma (known as Acrux and Gacrux respectively) are commonly used to mark south. Tracing a line from Gacrux to Acrux leads to a point close to the Southern Celestial Pole.[3] Alternatively, if a line is constructed perpendicularly between Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri, the point where the above-mentioned line and this line intersect marks the Southern Celestial Pole. Another way to find south, strike line through Gacrux and Acrux, 3 1/2 times the distance between Gacrux and Acrux, directly below that point is south.

about a month ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

dwywit Re:Keep them busy. (246 comments)

My list so far:

1. "Your computer has been sending us error messages". "Which computer? I have several". "All of them" "The same message?" "Yes, sir". "That's impossible, they don't all use the same operating system, so which one?" "All of them, sir" and so ad nauseam.

2. "Can you turn on your computer, sir". "I can't". "Why is that, sir". "I have a broken leg and I am in bed and can't reach my computer" You could hear the script pages flipping while they searched for a response.

3. "Windows button? Oh, I use linux" "You are lying" He was shouting by this stage, and eventually called me a fucking son of a bitch.

4. "You're lying to me. What would your mother think of you lying to people? She would be ashamed of you" That one brought a few seconds of silence, then "Shit" and she hung up.

I really love fucking with these low-lifes. The only challenge is thinking up new ways to play.

about a month ago
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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

dwywit Re:Supreme Leader (177 comments)

They built a GUI using visual basic and tracked the hackers' IP address.

about a month ago
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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

dwywit Re:Why single out Australia? (83 comments)

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

about a month ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

dwywit Re: Why does this need a sequel? (299 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.

about a month and a half ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

dwywit Re: Why does this need a sequel? (299 comments)

D'oh! I shouldn't use a computer when I'm tired.

about a month and a half ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

dwywit Re: Why does this need a sequel? (299 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.

about a month and a half 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 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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