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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

jabuzz Re: Driverless cars on public roads... (185 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.

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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

jabuzz Re:TCO (153 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.

4 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

jabuzz Re:Methane Anyone? (571 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.

4 days 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? (218 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off From Florida

jabuzz Re:"An anonymous reader" (112 comments)

If the Shuttle had been using liquid boosters then the Challenger accident would not have happened in the first place...

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

jabuzz Re:Cynically I expect (151 comments)

Given that neither Leuchars or Kinloss are in the Hebrides I am not quite sure what this is supposed to mean. They are also both pre-exisiting military bases with runways that are now disused.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

jabuzz Re:Rather far north. (151 comments)

Because both Leuchars and Kinloss are such cold spots that you regularly need to do deicing. Living just a couple of miles/kilometres from Leuchars I can tell you now deicing would be less of a problem than at Cape Canaveral.

about two weeks ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

jabuzz Re:30m (149 comments)

You don't even need two strands. A single strand and a BX GBIC (different wavelengths up and down over the same fibre) will see you good for 100Mbps, 1Gbps or 10Gbps depending on how much you want to spend on your optics. You can get 40km and 80km versions of all three as well.

Given the big cost in fibre is splicing and termination, halving the number of strands is going to make a big dint in the role out cost. There is a slight cost premium for BX GBIC's at the moment but I am sure if you made telco sized purchase you would narrow that gap substantially.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

jabuzz Re:Irresponsible parents are part of the problem h (137 comments)

Then you did not read the instructions, and there was no need to link his Kindle Fire HD to a credit card. You just link it to a new Amazon identity and any purchases have to be made with credit from Amazon gift vouchers you purchased for their account. It's dead simple and how both my nieces have had their Kindle Fires setup from day one. They can make in app purchases but only from a limited pool of credit.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

jabuzz Re:um... how bout... (137 comments)

My 36 month year old nephew has a 100GBP early learning centre train table

http://www.elc.co.uk/Big-City-...

You can buy a Kindle Fire HD from Amazon delivered to your door for 89GBP if you have Amazon Prime, and there have been plenty of times where you have been able to buy a new Kindle Fire for under 100GBP.

Where he given a Kindle Fire he would be perfectly able to work his way around it. He loves the CBeebies app, particularly Andys Dinosaurs, and will spend ages browsing through all the photos on his parents iPad, and found and started the CBeebies app my my Kindle Fire HD all by himself.

Heck a Lego Disney Cinderella castle is 60GBP, and a Lego Cargo train is 140GBP and these are targeted at children from age six.

Now please explain the part where a Kindle Fire HD is an expensive toy, because you clearly have zero idea what constitutes an expensive toy in 2014. Oh I see you don't actually have any kids of your own, and I am am going to hazard a guess that you don't have any nephews or nieces either as otherwise as your current knowledge of toy prices for children would not be so woefully out of date.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

jabuzz Re:It's not just the refund (137 comments)

If you are stupid enough to give a your kid a Kindle Fire linked to a credit card then that is your stupid fault.

Both my nieces have Kindle Fires and firstly in app purchasing is turned off and secondly the only credit they have is from Amazon gift vouchers or free Amazon coins from various random give aways. There is zero requirement to link a credit card to a Kindle Fire to make purchases.

The biggest moan that we have is with the BBC iPlayer app. If you turn on parental controls you have to approve every video they watch. What you want is to have to approve everything that would have been on after the 9pm watershed or for really young children anything not on CBeebies.

As far as child friendly tablets go the Kindle Fire is the best, my moans from my nieces when my brother activated the Kindle Freetime tell you that.

about three weeks ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

jabuzz Re:Well, duh... (210 comments)

Requiring the removal of incorrect data anywhere is perfectly reasonable. The problem is that now links to 100% factually correct data has to be removed if the person involved no longer likes it.

about a month ago
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

jabuzz Re:Expect the Republicans... (105 comments)

Except the vast majority of British Conservatives regard America Republicans as slightly loony extreme right wing. They have far more in common with the Democrats which goes to show how right wing American politics is.

about a month ago

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