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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

jabuzz Other parts of the world? (167 comments)

That is anywhere outside the backwards North America and their rubbish NTSC colour television system and all that component rubbish. It ends up as an RGB on the screen cut the crap and send the RGB to the display device.

5 days ago
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VMware Unveils Workplace Suite and NVIDIA Partnership For Chromebooks

jabuzz Re:Hmmm .... (60 comments)

One concludes that you have not heard of RemoteFX and multimedia redirection then because the basic premiss of your comments is factually incorrect. Now VMwares solution might be better than Microsoft's but both do the same thing.

about a week ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

jabuzz Re:No it will not. (375 comments)

Not that I am a Labour voter but I would point out that while the debt at the beginning of 2008 was higher in real terms, importantly as a percentage of the GDP it was lower than it was in May 1997 when Labour came to power.

It is like getting a new job with a higher salary and using the extra income to take out a larger mortgage and buy a bigger house. Could easily be that while the total debt goes up, as a percentage of your income it has gone down. Is that a bad thing? You might argue that it is, but it is not as clear cut as you would like to make out.

about two weeks ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

jabuzz Re:Working from home (161 comments)

No problem come live in my house. Some ferrous/magnetic material in the bricks that make the walls means no phone signal in the house unless you are right by a window and we can "fix" that by replacing the sealed units with ones that have "energy saving" glass. I have to use a femtocell for a reliable mobile signal :-)

about two weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

jabuzz Re:LOL (521 comments)

Except for example Israel is quite keen on solar power give that it is hot and sunny there to the point where they have deserts. Also not relying on hostile neighbours for fossil fuel is seen as being a "good" thing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

The suggestion is that Israel could meet all it's power generation using solar in the Negev. Heck the Tesla S almost has the range to drive from any point to any other point in the country. Given the hostile nature of it's neighbours, that they control much of the worlds oil sounds like an excellent place for electric vehicles using solar power for generation.

about two weeks ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

jabuzz Re:Defeats the purpose (232 comments)

Neither is traditional postal mail, for example

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

I doubt that any mechanism for anything anywhere is 100% reliable as that is a hugely high barrier.

about two weeks ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

jabuzz Re:Good Argument (226 comments)

A league match is 90 minutes with 15 minutes for half time, plus any extra time for stoppages. As we are talking about the English Premiership you are not going to get to even two hours unless something rather dramatic happened on pitch which stopped play for an extended period. Something like the Fabrice Muamba indecent and they are exceptionally rare and in this case it was an F.A. Cup match not a Premiership game, and the match was abandoned as a result.

There have been a few compound fracture incidents, in particular the 1996 one with David Busst, took 12 minutes to clear the blood from the pitch and Manchester United keeper Peter Schmeichel vomit on the pitch as a result of the incident.

So basically stop exaggerating.

about three weeks ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

jabuzz Re:IANAL (226 comments)

Finding legal advice in the U.K. won't cut it either, it specifically has to be in England as there is a different legal system in Scotland and with a devolved assembly in Wales they are also very subtly different. Complicating matters is that some Welsh clubs play in the English Premiership and home matches take place in Wales.

That said I believe that Copyright is a reserved power, aka only the Westminster (aka U.K. wide government) can legislate on it.

about three weeks ago
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Soccer Talent Scouting Application Teams Up With Video Game Publisher

jabuzz Re:Football Manager (39 comments)

I was just pointing out that the original football management game, the one that started the whole concept had graphical displays of the match almost from the beginning.

about three weeks ago
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Soccer Talent Scouting Application Teams Up With Video Game Publisher

jabuzz Re:Football Manager (39 comments)

What do you mean add in simulation of the matches? That was an integral feature right from the ZX Spectrum version in 1982.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

jabuzz Re:Hash Collision gets man shot, news at 10 (353 comments)

Before the SWAT team arrives at your door someone will have reviewed the image to confirm that it not a hash collision. If they don't then they are going to be in big trouble and a large compensation payment will be coming your way. In addition any remotely competent judge will not issue a search warrant based on a hash or more specifically Microsoft's PhotoDNA, because if they do and it turns out to be a hash collision then again they are going to be in big trouble.

about a month ago
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

jabuzz Re: Driverless cars on public roads... (190 comments)

Not true. A single yellow line means there are restrictions which will be on a plate near by; usually 08:00 to 18:00. Double yellow lines are no parking unless you happen to be displaying a disabled parking badge, which allows three hours parking. Then it gets more complicated in London with red lines, with double red lines meaning no stopping or parking period unless you happen to have a disabled parking badge at which point you can drop off or pick up provided you move off immediately.

There are also dashed lines, and some roads have single while lines to mark the edge of the carriageway.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about a month ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

jabuzz Re:TCO (158 comments)

Problem is that in the U.K. school I.T. is for the most part appalling. I work in I.T. support in the University sector and I see for first hand the difference between that and school I.T. that my sister has to suffer as a teacher as I supplement the rubbish I.T. support with actually useful support that is not a bunch of lies and half truths.

The difference is that pay rate of the staff involved. The university sector pays significantly more than the school sector for the same skills, easily £10k more. I know I have read job adverts for school I.T. support and would not bother applying for the money they offer.

To put it succinctly "pay peanuts get monkies" and £16k for a I.T. admin is going to get you a monkey that is only capable of doing the bare basic desktop support tasks. If you do get lucky and get someone capable of more they will quickly move on because you get better pay elsewhere.

about a month ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

jabuzz Re:Methane Anyone? (582 comments)

Not true, the E.U. would like to not buy gas from Russia, just at the moment there is no viable alternative for certain countries. The biggest thing that could change that is a commitment from the USA to export some of it's fracked gas.

about a month ago
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China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

jabuzz Re:How many broken parts trying to spin up? (219 comments)

I was not aware that the French Revolutionary government was a communist one. In fact I don't think communism even existed when the metric system was invented.

about a month ago
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UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

jabuzz Re:Question: (115 comments)

Except the problem is that parental controls done by the ISP are a sledgehammer approach. If you turn on TalkTalk's maximum level of filtering the internet becomes severely restricted to the point where for an adult it is almost unusable.

The way to do the filtering is to do it in the router. Have multiple wireless networks, with different rules because internet filtering requirements for a five year old is different from that for a 10 year old.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

jabuzz Re:Just deal with problem users individually. (98 comments)

Except the long term existence of Scientific Linux is now in doubt with Cern jumping ship to CentOS.

To be honest since the introduction of being able to use extra repositories at install time the requirement for a separate CentOS and Scientific Linux mostly evaporated.

about a month ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

jabuzz Re:Here we go... (454 comments)

Rather than searching for tunnels into Israel they could just drop GBU-57A/B and collapse all the tunnels at close to zero risk of Israel casualties and lower financial cost, but at almost certain massive Palestinian casualties. Even old WWII design Tallboy or Grand Slam bombs would probably be just as effective.

about a month ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

jabuzz Re:Here we go... (454 comments)

If Israel where not trying to minimize casualties they would just carpet bomb the whole of the Gaza strip back to the stone age. Would be a lot cheaper than the current effort.

about a month and a half ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

jabuzz Re:This is the problem with having a two party sys (533 comments)

For specifically the Liberal Democrats it is the only time they have been in government. However if you see the Liberal Democrats as the successors to the old Liberal party and they themselves to the Wigs then they have been in government many many times in the past. It was just a long gap from the 1930's to 2010.

about a month and a half ago

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