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Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

leathered Re:old tech (165 comments)

He'll be disappointed though, nostalgia isn't half as good as it used to be.

3 days ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

leathered Re:Translation (193 comments)

Translation: Microsoft trying to extort expensive license fees from London Council.

FTFY

about two weeks ago
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The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

leathered Re:The future could be all in the fabs (111 comments)

I think that's a poor example as Intel no longer make 8031s and 8051s and they can't earn money by selling licenses for them because the patents expired long ago.

about 2 months ago
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The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

leathered Re:The future could be all in the fabs (111 comments)

Not really, what matters most is cost, and at that ARM wins hands down. Most ARM chips cost less than $5, with some selling for pennies. Intel enjoys 60%+ margins on everything it sells and they will experience a lot of pain giving them up.

The only way Intel can compete is if they sell their mobile chips at or below cost. Oh wait, they already are.

about 2 months ago
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US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index

leathered Re:We're the best country in the world!!! Woo!! (357 comments)

That's terrible. This means that Slashdot editors could end up in a federal PYITA prison.

On second thoughts, I don't really have a problem with this.

about 2 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

leathered Re:I believe that this is best described (888 comments)

Indeed. I've always found the Star Trek universe to be a poor imagination of a post-scarcity society. The Culture books do it so much better, especially with their interactions with less advanced civilisations. Starfleet would have been a much more interesting organisation if they had their own 'Special Circumstances' department.

about 2 months ago
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Open Source AMD Driver Now Supports OpenGL 3.3 — and It's Getting Faster

leathered Re:Non-free Nvidia driver already at 4.4 (100 comments)

The real embarrassment is that Windows is already up to 8.1, while the Linux kernel is only at 3.1

If my math is correct that's a whole 5 metric torvalds* better.

Get your shit together Linux!

*I think MS still use imperial ballmers, but I'm not sure.

about 3 months ago
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Australian Team Working On Engines Without Piston Rings

leathered Re:How about Ceramic Engines ? (368 comments)

The chief reason why ceramic engine doesn't make it into the mainstream despite having had under research since the 1970's is that the friction in between the piston ring and the wall of the bore itself result in the wearoff of the ceramic material in the form of a pile up of fine ceramic dust inside the chamber.

Interesting. I appreciate the reason for not having ceramic cylinders bores, but why haven't ceramic cylinder heads and pistons been implemented? Surely a 'semi-ceramic' engine is feasible?

about 3 months ago
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British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

leathered Re:Rose-tinted view indeed (634 comments)

FWIW I work for the NHS. The Labour governement indeed poured billions into the health service during their term but it was almost totally squandered on failed IT projects, an army of midde-managers, non-jobs and grossly overpaid execs.Very little of it was invested in actual patient care.

I do believe the Tories are genuinely trying to fix it, my problem with them is that they're doing their usual carpet-bombing approach instead of carefully targetting the gross inefficiencies that are blighting the NHS.

about 5 months ago
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Google Wants Patent On Splitting Restaurant Bills

leathered Re:Tapwater in Germany (196 comments)

I used to work in a UK lab that tested drinking water and I can confirm that the quality of tap water usually far exceeds that of bottled water. Bottled water is unlikely to make you ill, but if you are drinking it for some perceived health benefit then you're wasting your time and money.

Bottled water is one of the biggest rip-offs of modern times and is unecessary given that all European countries have to comply with strict EU water quality regulations. Not to mention its cost and the damage it does to the environment.

about 6 months ago
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Fukushima Actually "Much Worse" Than So Far Disclosed, Say Experts

leathered Re:Multiply any radiation claims by 10x (274 comments)

It's pretty bad.

If I had a choice of what cancer I would have it would be thyroid. It's one of the most treatable cancers with an over 90% survival rate, the 10% fatalities usually affecting those who have sought treatment far too late.

about 8 months ago
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NHS Fined After Computer Holding Patient Records Found On eBay

leathered Re:Fines.. (186 comments)

Agreed that the contractor is primarily responsible, and should be punished.

However the NHS has a secondary (vicarious) liability and should also be punished for inadequate supervision of its contractors.

FWIW I used to work for an NHS IT dept. The destruction/wiping of hard disks was tasked to the in-house team. Unlike contractors they're not motivated to take shortcuts for financial gain.

about 9 months ago
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NHS Fined After Computer Holding Patient Records Found On eBay

leathered Re:Fines.. (186 comments)

Look up Vicarious Liability, it's a tenet of Common Law.

Too many MBAs believe that when you outsource, you are offloading responsibility. 'It was the contractor's fault, your honour' will not wash in any court of law.

about 9 months ago
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Scientists Find Vitamin C Kills Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

leathered Re:acidic solution kills bacteria (105 comments)

By that logic the deoxyribonucleic acid in every bacterium should kill them off before they get a chance to multiply.

Oh, and H. Pylori would like a word with you.

about a year ago
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New Skype Malware Uses Victims' Machines To Mine Bitcoins

leathered Re:Too little, too late? (132 comments)

That was exactly my thoughts when I first saw the headline. A top-end core i7 can manage a mere 20 Mhashs/s, while a GPU can do 2000 MH/s. The professional miners have moved on from GPUs to custom ASICs that can churn out as much 50GH/s.

The only way the malware purveyors are going to get anything of value out of this is if they get lucky and infect a number of high-end gaming rigs.

1 year,11 days
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Can Valve's 'Bossless' Company Model Work Elsewhere?

leathered It must work.. (522 comments)

Just look at the number of Half-Life games they churn out. I haven't even finished HL6 and HL7 is coming out next week!

about a year ago
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Did Steve Jobs Pick the Wrong Tablet Size?

leathered Re:Does it matter? (433 comments)

..where the monitor sat on top of the CPU..

How could you be so dumb, everyone knows the monitor used to sit on the hard drive.

about a year ago

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UK consumers reporting contactless payment errors

leathered leathered writes  |  about 10 months ago

leathered (780018) writes "The BBC reports that some customers of UK retailer Marks and Spencer have reported that the store's contactless payment terminals have debited their cards despite being in their bags or pockets, sometimes paying twice when they have used another payment method. The cards are supposed to work only when the card comes within 4cm of the terminal. Customers of fast-food chain Pret a Manger have been reporting similar problems, and in both cases cited the customers weren't even aware they had been issued with NFC-enabled cards by their bank."
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