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BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines

millwall Response (71 comments)

Nooit, lekker! Ja, on my way in my bakkie right now, stuck by a robot. Will set up a braai by the bokkie machine as soon as I get there and enjoy the wifi without paying a buck for the kif. Let's hope the reception isn't all kak.

about a month ago
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CIA Tested Primitive Chatbots For Interrogation In the 1980s

millwall Leaked conversation (65 comments)

Alleged Agent: You are trying to frame me.
CIA Eliza: Don't you ever say Hello?

Alleged Agent: I have just been doing my job like any other businessman.
CIA Eliza: What does that suggest to you?

Alleged Agent: You must think I have broken the law.
CIA Eliza: We were discussing you, not me.

Alleged Agent: I only said my government will protest your treatment of me.
CIA Eliza: Why are you concerned about my treatment of you?

Alleged Agent: The State Department doesn't take kindly to this sort of thing.
CIA Eliza: What makes you think that?

Alleged Agent: You are a bastard and you know it.
CIA Eliza: Perhaps you would like to be a bastard and me know it?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

millwall Caravan (310 comments)

As a consultant in the UK I once worked for a council, programming out of a small caravan. It was cold, wet, and to add to the eeriness one of the guys there kept a collection of jars of pickled eggs on his table.

about 5 months ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

millwall Re:Why stop there? (496 comments)

How about replacing the whole car with a HD screen, then you can sit at home in your house and drive.

Hmm, hang on, maybe I missed a detail...

about 7 months ago
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Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

millwall Re:Useless without context (244 comments)

As a hobby I write some music which I publish independently on Spotify and some other platforms such as iTunes.

I use a service called http://www.tunecore.com/ and apart from their charges I have no middle hands whatsoever.

My songs seem to average nearly 4 times as much revenue as Anssi Kela's. I get around $0.008 per Spotify stream (slightly different payments apply depending on in which country a Spotify user plays a song). Here are some stats for one of my songs:

Month Streams Total
Aug 2013 670 $5.41
Jul 2013 616 $4.92
Jun 2013 561 $4.51
May 2013 608 $4.38
Apr 2013 825 $6.16
Mar 2013 1,333 $9.46
Feb 2013 990 $7.46
Jan 2013 1,123 $8.51

My take on the process is that I see Spotify as a way for me to make music publicly available on the same terms as the major publishers. As an independent musician this is a god send.

As for compensation, in the digital era where no one (this includes publishers and independent musicians) can expect big money per song sale or stream, I think what I earn from streams is very reasonable. It should be noted of course that the revenue for the example listed above are peanuts, but should I now publish as song which will become a hit, I have a viable method of reaching my audience and still earn some money from what is essentially just marketing of my music.

about a year ago
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Windows 8 Features With Linux Antecedents

millwall Guesswork (642 comments)

Let's just say that Microsoft didn't do anything from scratch. While I did not dive deep into the file system drivers, I suspect that Microsoft looked very hard at some of the principles that worked years ago in both ZFS and then Btrfs and got the "inspiration" to develop something very similar.

So why didn't you?

Because you can't?

So you're just guessing? Impressive!

more than 2 years ago
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UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line

millwall Make it a one way (329 comments)

Save 50% of the cost and make it a one way southbound line.

I don't know a single Londoner who voluntarily would want to travel to the grim north.

more than 2 years ago
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The Best Video Games On Awful Systems

millwall Does this blog post warrant publishing? (272 comments)

How can this blog post be posted on Slashdot?

A listing of 5 games with a couple of sentences each, without screenshots....next!

more than 4 years ago
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An Early Look At Civilization V

millwall Re:I'm already excited (286 comments)

If you can't get civ to play on your laptop, check out civ on the iphone, it is pretty good - and will leave you with even less spare time ;)

more than 4 years ago
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SCO Terminates Darl McBride

millwall Raising additional funding (458 comments)

"The Company is also looking to raise additional funding and sell non-core assets"

Translation: The company is looking at further litigation, and selling off all software development divisions.

about 5 years ago
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Universal "Death Stench" Repels Bugs of All Types

millwall Geeks are insect experts (248 comments)

Isn't it cute to note that so many /. geeks are now also apparently insect experts

more than 5 years ago
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Linux Kernel 2.6.31 Released

millwall 70% drivers! (374 comments)

Lots and lots of driver work. Over 70% of all of the 2.6.30 to 2.6.31 patch is under drivers/, and there's another 6%+ in firmware/ and sound/. That's not entirely unusual, but it does seem to be growing. My rough rule of thumb used to be "50% drivers, 50% everything else", but that's clearly not true any more (and hasn't been for a while - we've been 60%+ since after 2.6.27

I personally think this is a real pity. So much time is being spent on getting drivers implemented that new features and other kinds enhancements are being pushed back.

more than 5 years ago
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Drug Vending Machines

millwall Re:What could go wrong (97 comments)

It's a clever idea, but what is making sure they take the drugs?

Who is making sure of that with the current setup?

more than 5 years ago
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Nokia Launches Pay-By-Phone Service

millwall Where is the need for a mobile phone? (34 comments)

Where is the need for a mobile phone? Why can't this be done with just a credit card and an RFID chip instead like the Barclaycard OnePulse. Investing in infrastructure for this kind of card would make a hell of a lot of more sense to me.

more than 5 years ago
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The Myth of the Isolated Kernel Hacker

millwall Re:the list Before a karma whore can... (282 comments)

At least attempt to format the list, mate:

      1. Red Hat: 12.3%
      2. IBM: 7.6%
      3. Novell: 7.6%
      4. Intel: 5.3%
      5. Independent consultant: 2.5%
      6. Oracle: 2.4%
      7. Linux Foundation: 1.6%
      8. SGI 1.6%
      9. Parallels 1.3%
    10. Renesas Technology: 1.3%
    11. Academia: 1.2%
    12. Fujitsu: 1.1%
    13. MontaVista: 1.1%
    14. MIPS Technologies: 1.1%
    15. Analog Devices: 1.0%
    16. HP: 1.0%

more than 5 years ago
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A Push To End the Online Gambling Ban

millwall Re:Wanna Bet? (205 comments)

as long as you can find someone willing to take the opposite side.

To quote a friend with a Ph.D in statistics - "Gambling is for the mathematically challenged".

more than 5 years ago

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Custom written music for robot guitarist and drummer

millwall millwall writes  |  about 7 months ago

millwall (622730) writes "Squarepusher, a popular electronic musician out of the UK, has composed a piece called “Sad Robot Goes Funny” in collaboration with Japan’s party robot band, Z-Machines. The band boasts a 78-fingered guitarist rocking out with 12 picks and a dreadlocked 22-armed robot drummer. The guitar-bot can do things that would be anatomically impossible for humans. It’s fast, precise, and — with fingers working independently of one another — effortlessly lays down four guitar parts on just two guitars. The project is reviewed by SingularityHUB"
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Facebook user data published on thepiratebay

millwall millwall writes  |  more than 4 years ago

millwall (622730) writes "The BBC reports that personal details of 100m Facebook users have been collected and published on the net by a security consultant. The list, which is being shared on thepiratebay as a torrent, contains the URL of every searchable Facebook user's profile, their name and unique ID. In a statement, Facebook said that the information in the list was already freely available online. "People who use Facebook own their information and have the right to share only what they want, with whom they want, and when they want," the statement read."
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Voodler announces on demand Video

millwall millwall writes  |  more than 5 years ago

millwall (622730) writes "Swedish tabloid Expressen is reporting (in Swedish) about on demand video service Voddler scheduled to launch later this autumn. Its Spotify-like interface will enable free ad paid streaming as well as a paid service without adverts. Voddler is currently in Windows only beta and contains 400 titles streaming from SD quality up to 1080p. At launch more movie titles will be added as well as a Linux and Mac version."
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Internet based supply and demand pricing

millwall millwall writes  |  more than 6 years ago

millwall (622730) writes "SJ AB (Swedish Railways, commonly known as SJ) — the largest Swedish passenger train operator — is completely scrapping its fixed priced tickets. During 2008 the company will launch a new internet based ticketing system completely based on supply and demand. The new system will mean variable pricing, where early booked tickets will be priced cheaper. Supply and demand based pricing is not new, although CEO of SJ AB Jan Forsberg says "As far as I know, SJ is the first train company in the world fully deploying this system". Dagens Nyheter has the full article (in Swedish)."
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