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Ask Slashdot: Android Apps For Kids Under 12 Months?

l-ascorbic Re:You're a lazy excuse for a parent (311 comments)

Giving a baby something bright and shiny to play with to distract them from teething pain for five minutes isn't "giving in". Your argument seems to be that any attempt to stop a child from crying is spoiling them. I wonder how long your attitude would last if you were sat behind a 1 year old on a ten hour flight. Would you prefer their parents tried "In The Night Garden" on the iPad, or a lesson in boundaries?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Android Apps For Kids Under 12 Months?

l-ascorbic Re:You're a lazy excuse for a parent (311 comments)

Self-righteous enough? You're obviously never had a screaming toddler on your lap while you're on the phone, when a minute of Talking Ginger on the Nexus is the difference between screaming and giggling contentedly. This isn't mutually exclusive with playing with blocks or stuffed toys.

about a year and a half ago
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A Wi-Fi Wardriving Motorbike — With Plans Available

l-ascorbic Nostalgia (36 comments)

Ah, wardriving. It's like 2001 all over again. I remember that long, hot summer. The smell of chalk on concrete, the taste of poorly secured WEP.

about 2 years ago
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McDonald's Denies Prof's Claim Staff Attacked Him For Wearing Digital Glasses

l-ascorbic Re:hey ronald... (627 comments)

Actually, that sounds a lot like norovirus, so it could be food poisoning.

more than 2 years ago
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Axis, Yahoo's New Browser

l-ascorbic Re:This can't be a browser due the Apple Store (194 comments)

The fact it uses the WebKit rendering engine doesn't mean it's not a browser, or that it's just a shell around Safari. And aren't all browsers just shells around a rendering engine? Loads of different browsers use WebKit. The main reason Google won't release Chrome for iOS is that they can't use V8, their JavaScript engine. Most of their WebKit customisations are available in Apple's implementation too. so, yes, it is a separate standalone browser. Install the app and see for yourself.

more than 2 years ago
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Jimmy Wales To Become UK Government Adviser

l-ascorbic Re:Fucking wow. (95 comments)

The UK govt has been surprisingly good about listening to advice from tech advisors. open.gov.uk itself is the result of advice from some guy called Tim Berners-Lee. The new gov.uk site is also a great sign of the government finally starting to get it.

more than 2 years ago
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Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ

l-ascorbic Re:The USA is a moderate country (1367 comments)

When you look for countries that are more conservative and your examples are two totalitarian theocracies, it should perhaps be a clue that your country is not "moderate".

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Europe Have Better Magazines Than the US?

l-ascorbic Re:Yes (562 comments)

I know it's funny to joke that British food is bad, but that's a totally outdated view It's based on what happened to British food when the country went bust after WW2. It's easy to forget that while the 50s were a time of rising prosperity and living standards in the US, the UK still had rationing, and living standards barely above what they were at the end of the war. Nowadays the UK has some of the world's best restaurants. (e.g. see The World's Best Restaurants, and compare the number of UK and US restaurants, adjusting for population). The British are obsessed with home cooking too: just look at the number of TV cooking shows that it exports. This may not always translate to great home cooking, but it does illustrate that the terrible food of the 70s is a thing of the past. Except in Scotland, that is, unless you consider deep-fried pizza to be good food. Actually, on second thoughts..

more than 2 years ago
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30,000-Core Cluster On Amazon EC2

l-ascorbic Imagine (59 comments)

A Beowu... Never mind.

more than 2 years ago
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Assange Back In Court For Sex Crimes Appeal

l-ascorbic Re:So it goes like this (197 comments)

Also, if you think the Guardian is a tabloid you need your head examining.

more than 3 years ago
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Assange Back In Court For Sex Crimes Appeal

l-ascorbic Re:So it goes like this (197 comments)

It's a verbatim quote from the court. Go find another to contradict it if you want.

more than 3 years ago
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Assange Back In Court For Sex Crimes Appeal

l-ascorbic Re:So it goes like this (197 comments)

OK, fanboy: excuse this one. This is the description of what happened *according to Assange's own lawyer*:

The appellant [Assange]'s physical advances were initially welcomed but then it felt awkward since he was "rough and impatient" They lay down in bed. AA was lying on her back and Assange was on top of her AA felt that Assange wanted to insert his penis into her vagina directly, which she did not want since he was not wearing a condom She did not articulate this. Instead she therefore tried to turn her hips and squeeze her legs together in order to avoid a penetration AA tried several times to reach for a condom, which Assange had stopped her from doing by holding her arms and bending her legs open and trying to penetrate her with his penis without using a condom. AA says that she felt about to cry since she was held down and could not reach a condom and felt this could end badly.

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more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

l-ascorbic Re:It's unprofitable? (778 comments)

Last I checked, they're an Isle of Man company. Big difference.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikipedia In Your Pocket, $99

l-ascorbic Re:Get It for Free (412 comments)

The 5GB is just the text.Images would be another terabyte or so, and you can't compress them any further.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikipedia In Your Pocket, $99

l-ascorbic Re:Needs pictures. (412 comments)

That'll probably happen when there are terabyte flash cards.

more than 4 years ago
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DIY Google Street View Project?

l-ascorbic Free hosted virtual tours (106 comments)

Forgive the self-promotion, but CleVR sounds like the sort of thing that would help. It has a free photo stitcher and easy hosting of the virtual tour. It supports hotspots, so you can click to move between locations.

more than 5 years ago

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UK tax deadline extended after website fails

l-ascorbic l-ascorbic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

l-ascorbic writes "The UK Revenue and Customs has announced an unprecedented 24 hour extension to the tax filing deadline. The emergency ruling came after the online filing service collapsed under the weight of demand ahead of the 31st January deadline. Thousands of anxious taxpayers reported that they have been unable to access the site and submit their Self Assessment forms, and faced automatic £100 fines for late submission."
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Pirate Bay founders charged with conspiracy

l-ascorbic l-ascorbic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

l-ascorbic writes "The founders of the hugely popular filesharing site Pirate Bay have been charged by Swedish prosecutors with conspiracy to break copyright law. If convicted, they could face up to two years in jail. While the site has survived previous actions including seizure of their servers, this is the first time that criminal charges have been filed against the owners."
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UK Police investigate "Bebo suicide chain"

l-ascorbic l-ascorbic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

l-ascorbic writes "Police investigating a spate of suicides in the Welsh town of Bridgend have announced a possible link with social networking sites. In the past year, seven young people in the small town have killed themselves, in what is suspected to be a copycat "suicide chain". The deaths have been marked by remembrance walls on Bebo, and each victim was known to have posted on the walls commemorating previous deaths."
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UK may legalise CD ripping

l-ascorbic l-ascorbic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

l-ascorbic writes "Copying music from a CD to a PC could be made legal under new proposals from the UK government. Most people don't realise that it is currently illegal, and the law is not enforced. Intellectual property minister Lord Triesman said the law should be changed so it "keeps up with the times". Even the BPI (the British equivalent of the RIAA) has welcomed the move."
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Queen Elizabeth launches YouTube channel

l-ascorbic l-ascorbic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

l-ascorbic writes "Following in the footsteps of politicians and corporations, the British Queen has launched a channel on YouTube. It will be used to share videos of her recent and historical appearances, as well as her traditional Christmas Day speech. A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said it was hoped the site would make the 81-year-old monarch's annual speech "more accessible to younger people and those in other countries". To this end, the speech will also be made available as a podcast, for those who need their royal fix when on the move."
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German court rules iPhone locking legal

l-ascorbic l-ascorbic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

l-ascorbic (200822) writes "Vodafone has had its temporary injunction against T-Mobile overturned by a court in Germany. Two weeks ago, the British mobile network won an injunction forcing T-Mobile to sell iPhones that were not locked to its network. They argued that it was an anti-competitive practice, and sought to force the German network to permanently allow the use of the phones on other networks. After the injunction was granted, T-Mobile offered the unlocked phones for 999 euros ($1477), and these will now be withdrawn from sale."
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Microsoft withdraws Vista "kill switch"

l-ascorbic l-ascorbic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

l-ascorbic writes "In what they are calling "a change of tactics", Microsoft have removed the controversial kill switch from Vista SP1. This feature is designed to disable pirated copies of the OS, but had led to numerous reports of it disabling legitimate copies. It will be replaced with a notice that repeatedly informs the user that their OS is pirated."
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BBC iPlayer moves to Flash, goes cross-platform.

l-ascorbic l-ascorbic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

l-ascorbic writes "The Beeb's free catch-up download service has been widely criticised for being Windows-only, relying on Microsoft DRM. The BBC governors ordered that it should be cross-platform as soon as possible. Seems they've opted for Flash, meaning iPlayer will be available for Mac and Linux by the end of the year."
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UK police bust Nigerian 419 scammers

l-ascorbic l-ascorbic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

l-ascorbic writes "Thousands of fake cheques worth an estimated £8m have been seized and around 70 people arrested in an operation targeting international email scams. The cheques, offered as prizes in exchange for a fee and destined for the UK, were recovered in Nigeria by the British Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca). The month-long investigation into the fraud uncovered more than 4,500 forged and fraudulent documents."
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iPhone launched in UK

l-ascorbic l-ascorbic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

l-ascorbic writes "It's been a hell of a long time coming, and now, finally, it is here. 82 days after it was first officially announced, Steve Jobs is releasing the iPhone on the UK in person. The details you've been waiting for: It's available from the beginning of November, costs 269 quid and is available on O2. More info from T3."
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l-ascorbic l-ascorbic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

l-ascorbic (200822) writes "Most people with a digital camera have probably found the "panorama" setting, perhaps tried to take a few and left it at that. Photo stitching software has always been notoriously expensive and/or complicated, and sharing the results has been a nightmare. CleVR, yet another Web 2.0 startup with a silly name, has just released a product that makes all of this dead simple, and totally free. It includes Java stitching software and a Flash viewer that lets you share your panoramas, YouTube style. The stitcher is good, but it's the sharing that really makes this cool. Check out their tour of the tourist trap Bath for a good example."

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