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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

isorox Re:Moving on to the next MMO (669 comments)

Beta tested ESO, Looks good but hasn't grabbed me.

I tried Beta. Fuck Beta.

about a year ago

Australia and NSA Gain Comprehensive Access To Indonesian Phone System

isorox Fb (133 comments)

I bet they got comprehensive access to beta and ran away screaming!

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Crowd Funding the Future of Sci-Fi?

isorox Re:Producing good TV is Expensive... (116 comments)

I think what a lot of people (particularly Slashdotters) fail to realize is the cost to produce some of these shows. Take a show like Portlandia - You'd think you could shoot it with a handycam and a Macbook, but in fact there is a large crew of professionals behind the scenes -

That's not a large crew of "professionals". That's a large crew of people standing around doing nothing of value. You need a director, somebody to hold the camera and somebody of hold the microphone. Everything else is all Hollywood bullshit. Assistants and assistants to assistants. Lackeys and assistant lackeys.

Lighting. Multi camera shoots.

Then things like props and costumes, makeup, etc, all need to be on set.

about a year ago

Putting the Next Generation of Brains In Danger

isorox Re:Prepare the industry stonewalling. (143 comments)

The paint is no longer the problem. Anywhere near a busy road is permeated with lead from the gasoline.

It was banned decades ago, aside from a tiny number of old cars.

about a year ago

German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

isorox Re:The actual quote (197 comments)

Angela Merkel: "Screw Obama. I'm going to build my own internet, with blackjack and hookers. And privacy."

And no Beta!

about a year ago

FLOSS Codecs Emerge Victorious In Wikimedia Vote

isorox Re:so what free codec can/should I use? (235 comments)

VP8/VP9. Include VLC Portable on your USB stick and you're fine.

And that plays when I drop the stick into my bluray player?

about a year ago

Star Trek Economics

isorox Re:Wow (888 comments)

I see no evidence for this. There is not enough oil to spend on transportation driving fuel guzzling vehicles like in the US but this is not the model used in other 'civilized' places in Asia like Japan. They use electric public transport a lot.

Japan's per capita energy use is similar to that of Europe, and about half that of the USA, but twice that of china, and 4 times that of India, Indonesia, etc.

That ignores externalised energy though - manufactured goods consumed in the west are made in the east which skews the energy usage levels to mean the west is lower than it should be based on consumption.

It's bad regardless, even if the u.s. dropped down to Japan or France levels, and china, India, Indonesia, brazl, and Africa were brought up to Japan levels.

about a year ago

Star Trek Economics

isorox Re:Wow (888 comments)

Yes, in the Star Trek economy, gold is still rare. However, since there are few commercial applications for gold, you would see the price drop precipitously.

In 24th century Star Trek gold is worthless (outside of primitive cultures). I can't believe I have to say this on slashdot. Latinum is valuable, as it can't be replicated, but given its not a practical means of exchange they suspended liquid Latinum in worthless gold.

about a year ago

Star Trek Economics

isorox Re:Wow (888 comments)

You also have the problem of what people are going to do with themselves all day. Some people handle this well and others handle it very poorly.

Well I won't be on beta, that's for sure!

about a year ago

Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

isorox Re:Super gender queer (462 comments)

I apparently did. Why is "2 girls, 0 guys" okay, but "2 girls, 1 guy" is a society destroying ratio-of-single-men-to-single-women distorter? Esp. since it does a better job preserving the ratio of single men to single women then a lesbian relationship?

I would imagine the op was assuming equal numbers of lesbian and gay relationships, but un equal numbers of 1 man 2 women vs 1. Woman 2 men relations.

That's probably a fair judgement on current facts.

about a year ago

Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

isorox Re:Super gender queer (462 comments)

I just want to make sure I understand: 2 girls, 1 guy is horrendous

No, You're thinking of two girls, one cup

about a year ago

11-Year UK Study Reports No Health Danger From Mobile Phone Transmissions

isorox Re:It doesn't matter. (180 comments)

1) You must burp a lot more than I do. It's unusual if I burp twenty times in a week unless I've been drinking beer

I'm confused -- there's a week which doesn't involve drinking beer?

about a year ago

11-Year UK Study Reports No Health Danger From Mobile Phone Transmissions

isorox Re:It doesn't matter. (180 comments)

  There's a reason why hundreds of attention whore's testimony about aliens and the government is floating around on the web.

fixed that for ya'

You really didn't

about a year ago

A Strategy For Attaining Cuban Internet Connectivity

isorox Re:Control vs. Prosperity (119 comments)

Allowing Internet connectivity reduces the centralized control that a totalitarian Communist system requires in order to protect the leaders and the system itself from the inconvenience of reality.

It's OK, the cable companies and telcos are trying their hardest to put the genie back in the bottle.

about a year ago

Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

isorox Fuck beta (255 comments)

It's worse than the original, and that's impressive

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

isorox Yes reply to the fucking comment beta (876 comments)

Watson is in beta. It still lets you quote posts though unlike slashdot beta which is crap. Watson still lets you deep link to posts.

I bet slashdot beta isn't written in text code. It's just a mess of crap. But not in a retro way like slashdot prime.

about a year ago

CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

isorox Re:Sounds great (238 comments)

You can still see how many times it's been modded, just click on the score and it'll give you the breakdown

That just tells you the percentage, same figures if you get 2 mods or 200.

about a year ago

US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

isorox Re:Why? (578 comments)

Those warships and the soldiers on them don't cease to exist when not in Sochi,


The universe ceases to exist every time I close my eyes and reappears when I open them.

Are you deaf? No sense of smell?

about a year ago

CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

isorox Re:Beta (238 comments)

And yet, the number of on-topic comments hasn't increased, either. It's not that people are getting accustomed to beta, it's that they're leaving.

We're locked into the current two-party system by the very nature of first-past-the-poll voting. We're more-or-less locked into Youtube by its sheer mass: your average Joe doesn't have the server space or $$ to hold all that video content like Google does.

We're not locked into slashdot. We have nostalgic feelings for it, but that's all.

And low UIDs. Any replacement site will have to allow UID porting

about a year ago

CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

isorox Re:Sounds great (238 comments)

We can use the blackholes generated by the super sized collider to wipe out beta once and for all.

No need. It's already approaching implosion... site traffic has been cut by a third.

Really? Slashdot users have alexa malware?

about a year ago



Windows ATMs hacked with malware

isorox isorox writes  |  1 year,29 days

isorox (205688) writes "The BBC reports that ATMs across Europe have been attacked with USB sticks. By merely cutting a hole in the front of the machine, the software was able to be loaded onto the machine. Obviously the thieves were able to take their specialist knowledge of the windows-based ATMs to develop a difficult-to-detect program, but one wonders how sensible having unlocked USB ports on cash machines actually is, let alone the ability to run unsigned code.

ATMs aren't the only hacking story the BBC has covered today, as they also reported that ftp.bbc.co.uk was taken over on Christmas Day."

Link to Original Source



GPLV3 License problem

isorox isorox writes  |  about 5 years ago

The FSF has often believed the "obnoxious BSD advertising clause" in the original BSD license was a problem.

That's a fine opinion. Imagine my surprise when I had cause to investigate a GPLV3 license peculiarity, which allows a developer to do the exact same thing! Between section 5 and 7, it allows a gui developer to splatter advertising over a GPLV3 product, and require that you not remove it. The issue cropped up a few months ago for the excellent project.

I refused to believe it. I was always under the impression that a user could do whatever they wanted with a GPL project, as long as they offered the same rights to whoever they gave a copy too. Sadly the FSF disagree, at least according to their wonderful team of volunteers.
Section 7 of GPLv3 is, I believe, an attempt to balance the needs of authors and recipients/users

I was always under the impression the GPL was about protecting rights of users, above all else, it seems that under v3, that's no longer the case. A shame, but in future I'll have to be very careful about the difference between free licenses (gplv2, modern bsd, etc) and non-free licenses (gplv3).



isorox isorox writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I havent watched Mastermind for years, but the other day we sat down to watch it. I warn the ball and chain that I wouldn't be able to answer any of the questions, unless "Star Trek" was the specialist subject.

Imagine my shock when somebodys specialist subject was "Star Trek: TNG"! What are the odds?


Fingers Crossed

isorox isorox writes  |  more than 11 years ago

My faithful router, a P233 with a 512MB Hard drive, is still running. I installed debian on it back last september, however the hard drive was so old and knackered it could barely fsck. The motherboard was from the bottom of a cupboard, the fans whirr at 5 times the normal volume, and I dread every reboot. I daren't write anything to the hard drives, apt-get wont run, and last time we had a power blip, I lost the entire /etc directory, and then some! Fortunatly I'd made several backups on my other computer of the config files, so I was back up and running within half an hour, however theres more problems,

"top: error while loading shared libraries: /lib/libproc.so.2.0.7: invalid ELF header"

I cant believe it's lasted this long. The HDD is knackered beyond belief, but it's only got 4 more weeks to go... Fingers crossed, this stallwart of a machine, thats transfered dozens, maybe hundereds, of gigs of data over its dying bus, thats being running 24/7 for 9 months, in a damp drying room, using a case and PSU from a P133, plodding along, dropping every port except ssh from a machine at Exeter University.

Just 4 more weeks to hold on....


September Eleventh

isorox isorox writes  |  more than 11 years ago

The two most annoying words in the world. "In this post september eleventh" environment, yadda yadda yadda. There's such things as overusing a phrase!


WTF? Flash adverts?

isorox isorox writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Please tell me I'm too drunk to be serious, however I could swear I just saw a flash advert for "Sun's Special Web Event". Perhaps I'm out of the loop, but Hemos said - NO Flash playing Ads.

Ironically I search for the announcement of subscriptions, and at the top of the page was a flash advert - Screenshot.

"Hey you're in windows!" Yeah, I know, I'm up at the edit suite, and premiere isnt available on linux (yet), and macs arent available on our budget.

"Hey, you are listening to "Ballard of Bilbo Baggins" by Spock. Yeah, I know. We used it in a production, and it's still on the winamp playlist.


No +2?

isorox isorox writes  |  about 12 years ago

Not got plus two for your karma? Same here.

Why? Slashdot's changed - have a look under "preferences, comments". See that box saying "Karma Bonus (modifier assigned to posts where the user has good karma)"?

If you value the opinions of good posters, set it high, +3 maybe. If you only like trolls, set it to -6.

I dont know why it doesnt default to +1 though.


Elections dicussion at exeter university

isorox isorox writes  |  about 12 years ago

This discussion was sparked by this thread on xnet. We arent allowed to use xmedia to promote any candidates, and some how this means that we cant discuss them. It's a gracious shame. If you want to reply without fear of being censored, post away. Discussions of individual candidates is not allowed, however I cant delete or edit any replys to this message.


Long lengthly rant about Xmas traveling

isorox isorox writes  |  more than 12 years ago

WARNING: Long and lengthly rant for the sole benefit of me:

Ryanair Probably^WDefinatly the worst airline in the world. Ever. Of course, December is a bad time to travel on public transport anyway.

Let me start at the begining.

The plan: Meet parents at gatwick airport, drive down with them through france/germany/austria to Venice, get the boat to Igominitsa, Greece.

Thursday 12th December, 03:30
Rise and shine after 3 hours sleep. Wash and grab my rucksack. I had over an hour to do a 40 minute walk, no problem. Set off.

Thursday 12th December, 04:10 Realise I forgot the car registration document my parent needed. Run back with a 25kg pack on my back.

Thursday 12th December, 04:25 Book taxi as I get registration document

Thursday 12th December, 04:35 Get in taxi, screech off at ludicrus speed.

Thursday 12th December, 04:42 Arrive at coach, jump on board, plenty of time spare!

Thursday 12th December, 08:00 Arrive at Heathrow Airport, get breakfast

Thursday 12th December, 08:50 Depart Heathrow on coach to gatwick.

Thursday 12th December, 09:20 Realise I need a passport!

Thursday 12th December, 10:20 Arrive Gatwick

Thursday 12th December, 10:40 Meet parents, give them the car registration document

Thursday 12th December, 11:20 Get train back to Exeter

Thursday 12th December, 12:00 Sit at Clapham Junction for 45 minutes

Clapham Junction is the worst station I've ever been to. Cant leave the station as I only have a through ticket. One (overpriced) shop with questionable hygine, toilet costs money! 20 fscking pence to use the bog! No wonder the stairs smelt that way!

Thursday 12th December, 12:45 Escape on train to Exeter

Thursday 12th December, 16:30 Get to Exeter

Thursday 12th December, 16:45 pop into bank, attempt to extend overdraft, however my branch (Altrincham) is engaged, so I have to "come back tommorrow"

Thursday 12th December, 17:30 AM, arrive back home after a wasted day and £80.

Friday 13th December, 10:00 AM. Wake up late, get passport, run down to bus station.

Friday 13th December, 10:45 AM. Get bus to Heathrow (Deja-vu?). Very busy as all the students are going home!

Friday 13th December, 15:00 Get to heathrow

Friday 13th December, 15:40 Leave Heathrow, en-route to stanstead for 18:50 flight (bus due in at 17:20, leaving an hour before checkin closes)

Friday 13th December, 17:30 Driver phones up company, overhear him say we are 2 hours behind schedule. Itallian girl next to me in tears about missing the flight.

Friday 13th December, 18:50 Finally arrive at stanstead. Find Ryanair Customer "Service" Rep. Tells me that the flight's closed, its your fault, go wait in that massive line.

Fair enough, it is my fault, however she was unbelievable rude, especialy to said girl who was still almost in tears.

Friday 13th December, 19:20 While waiting for the ticket desk, avoid tabloid reporters doing an article on how bad Ryanair is.

Friday 13th December, 19:25 Arrive at front of queue. Ask about options (which I know from phone calls home on the bus). Next Forli flight would cost me £50, and was exactly 24 hours later. Flight to "Venice" would be £30, however no chance to meet parents (who are en-route to "Bologna" Forli). Decide to pay £112 for flight to ancona. While deciding, word comes round that the Forli flight was canceled, and was heading back to the gate (bad fog).

Customer Service offer me next nights flight for no charge, but wont transfer the £50 ticket to the morning Ancona flight. Stay with ancona.

Friday 13th December, 20:25 Get word from home that parents have managed to contact my girlfriend, and found out I'm on the morning ancona flight. (Their mobile was dead)

Saturday 14th December, 02:30 still playing Civ 2 on laptop camped on floor of stanstead airport. Havent had any word from Ryanair, no apology to other Forli travellers that are still at the airport, no offer of food/accomodation vouchers.

Saturday 14th December, 05:30 Check-in opens. At least my baggage wasnt over the pathetic 15kg (33lb) limit.

Saturday 14th December, 07:50 Plane leaves 20 minutes late, a 90mph tailwind gets us to Italy on time.

Saturday 14th December, 10:50 CET (Italy time). Arrive at Ancona. Amazingly my bag made it this time (unlike summer).

Saturday 14th December, 11:20 Clear security with only a brief glance in my hand luggage (noone asking if I had any "drax" this time)

Saturday 14th December, 11:25 Meet parents, leave for boat

Saturday 14th December, 12:00 Get on boat. Hurrah.

Sunday 15th December, 05:30 EET (greek time) Arrive in greece

Sunday 15th December, 08:00 Arrive in Fterno

Sunday 15th December, 08:30 Did I mention taking the cat over? I dont think I did. Cat escape from house, gets lost on hillside.

Monday 15th December, 05:30 Alarm on mobile goes off, wake up, throw mobile across room. Hear meowing. The cat is back (we thought he'd gone for good)

What a journey. Now Ryanair, aside from Rudeness, not allowing to transfer flights after they canceled it, and not offering even a cup of tea in compensation, didnt do anything wrong. However this was the second time I've traveled with them. The first time (July) they lost my bag, refused to deliver it to my destination (or nearby airport), and wouldnt offer any compensation. Eventually they managed to get it to greece, however by then I was driving back through Italy. Eventually picked it up at Venice Marco-Polo 3 weeks late. No compensation at all.

Now of course I'm going back. Heres the plan

Monday 30th December, 05:30 EET (greek time) Wakey Wakey

Monday 30th December, 06:00 Leave Fterno

Monday 30th December, 08:30 Arrive ignominitsa

Monday 30th December, 10:00 Boat leaves igominitsa for Venice

Tuesday 31st December, 06:30 CET (Italy time) Arrive Venice

Tuesday 31st December, Morning, walk arround Venice in "Heavey rain"

Tuesday 31st December, 14:00 Leave for Marco Polo Airport

Tuesday 31st December, 14:30 Arrive Marco Polo, check in

Tuesday 31st December, 16:30 Plane Leaves for Bristol

Tuesday 31st December, 17:25 GMT (UK time) Arrive Bristol

Tuesday 31st December, 18:30 Cleared Customs, get transfer to train station

Tuesday 31st December, 19:15 Arrive Bristol Temple Meads

Tuesday 31st December, 19:50 Leave Bristol on train

Tuesday 31st December, 20:48 Arrive Exeter St Davids

Tuesday 31st December, 21:30 Get home. Celebrate new year with girlfriend


Firefighters terrorise the UK

isorox isorox writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Are the firefighters right to hold the country to ransom for more money?

The fire strike in Wales has seen its first casualty after an elderly woman died after a blaze at a house in mid Wales

Three elderly people have died in house fires as the UK's first national firefighters' strike in 25 years continues.

The first deaths, and probably not the last. But why are firefighters holding the country to ransom like that? For a political motive. They want a 40% pay increase.

But percentages dont say much really do they. Lets look at the figures and compare it to a university graduate.

Typical Firefighter:
Starts work at 16, earning £4 an hour flipping burgers. Total income £8300 p.a.

Joins Fire service at 18, after earning £16,000. Spends next 4 years training (and being paid £17,000).
Becomes fully trained at age of 22. Total Earnings to date: £84,000

Fully trained at age of 22, earns £21,500.

By the age of 30, lifetime earnings are £256,000

Compare to average student.

Starts A-Levels at age 16. Starts Uni at age 18. Graduates at Age 21, or 22.
Starts earning at age 22.
Graduates with average of £5,300 debt. (In my case for sure this is way higher)
Graduates with average wage of £13,700
After 5 years, expects to be earning £26,300
At age 22: Total lifetime earnings: -£5,300
At age 23: Total lifetime earnings: £8400
Over next 7 years, assume generous average wage of £26,300. Total lifetime earnings: £192,500

To match a firefighters total wage at age 30, a graduate would have to earn £28,500 a year, every year, from graduating after a 3 year course.

Instead the average graduate earns £63,500 less then a firefighter by the age of 30.


there arent many firefighters dying. Over 12 years, there were 5 firefighter deaths in London, with approximatly 6500 personel. Thats a 1 in 15,600 chance of dying each year as a firefighter in London. Over a 40 year carreer theres a 1 in 400 chance of dying in the line of duty.

If you smoke, you have a 1 in 4 chance of dying from smoking by the time you each middle age.

Admittably there is only a 1 in 100,000 chance of dying in a normal job each year, or arround 6 1/2 times less likely then a firefighter. However that doesnt include deaths on roads of people like Sales reps, taxi drivers and other high risk professions.

Are the firefighters right to hold the country to ransom for more money?

No, they're not.


Adobe Premiere

isorox isorox writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Hmm, in some ways it sucks (resource hog, drops frames on DV capture when DVIO doesnt, sometime decides it wont play clips at >3fps), but in other ways it's ded gud (edit in 1/10th of the time, plenty of funky things that we cant normally do).

Time will tell. I've just ordered a nice big 80GB 7200rpm hard drive though - that should give enough room for most editing tasks (5-6 hours of DV), but I can always add another later. £85 + vat isnt too bad for a place we have an account with.

BTW, Instead of spending £100 on a 2.4Ah camera battery, I've decided to spend £10 on a 7.2Ah 12V lead acid battery. Buy a nice rucksack, and unlimited power! Hopefully. It's worth a shot anyway.


SG1 back!

isorox isorox writes  |  more than 12 years ago

OK, just not gone. It's been renewed for another season. I admit I've only watched 4 episodes today (Deadmans switch, demons, Redemption Pt 1, Redemption Pt 2), but it still rocks 100 times as much as enterprise, and at its best it's miels better then TNG and DS9 at their best. Best show ever.

Slashdot Article


isorox isorox writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Eleesa's here! Hurray!

Trouble is its still to hot here in Exeter - even with the winidow open!

Trouble is its either die with the window closed or listen to the freight trains all night long. Sadly we have to choose the later.

Oh well, 180 hours to greece!

P.S. Got an xtv tshirt today, great stuff. Got a few new DVD's too (Fail Safe, Dr. Strangelove and SG20.


isorox isorox writes  |  more than 12 years ago

finally got arround to moaning to warrington student support people. They still want me to pay full tuition fees next year, giving me £1400 to live on from October through July. £140 a month, or £33 a week.

My rent alone is £47 a week next year.

On a good note though, eleesa's back tommorow!

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