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Location of Spilled Oil From 2010 Deepwater Horizon Event Found

mindwhip Re:No Worries (73 comments)

This is also confirmed by homoeopaths who also add that adding oil to marine environments will cure cancer in anyone that lives between 10k and 100k from the sea and will give you more get up and go!

2 days ago

New Oculus SDK Adds Experimental Linux Support and Unity Free For Rift Headset

mindwhip Re:Bennett Haselton on reality (24 comments)

I have to agree... one example that springs to mind is the PS2 EyeToy. It proved that motion tracking used as a controller could be done but it was basic, lacked refinement, reliability, and wasn't easily reused as most of the work was being done in (closed source) software.

It wasn't until the Kinect came out with the extra sensors and the ability to easily re-purpose the technology when windows drivers were released that more serious uses were found and still those applications are still mainly at the "proof of concept" end of the scale and it still isn't clear if such technologies will have long term use.

There are however other related technologies that have benefited as a result.

5 days ago

German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

mindwhip Re:And three weeks to think it over. (95 comments)

Google is a dominant player in Germany, controlling about 90 percent of the German search market. In Germany, dominant players have the obligation to handle each customer equally and are not allowed to discriminate

However to Google the indexed sites aren't customers. People using the search aren't customers. Advertisers are Google's only customers and everyone else is product.

about a week ago

At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

mindwhip Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (242 comments)

Oh forgot to add (even though it goes against 3 and 4 slightly):
5) Being asked to spell my name when all I want is a freaking coffee.

about a month ago

At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

mindwhip Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (242 comments)

There is nothing more annoying than:
1) Fake friendliness (if you care so much about my name try and remember it for next time since I tell you it on almost a daily basis)
2) People who can't pronounce my name
3) People who can't spell my name
4) People who use alternate spellings of my name without confirming the correct one (my name has 3 alternate spellings)

After being annoyed at one or more of the above for the umpteenth time I started giving my name as Dave and don't care if they use Dave, Davie, David, Day or any other variant as it isn't actually my name.

PS: they could just have the loyalty/payment card show them my name and not have to ask but that would be too easy.

about a month ago

The Minecraft Parent

mindwhip Re:Yep (174 comments)

My three year old nephew was building red stone traps I didn't even dream up.

No surprise... you don't even know that its redstone (without the space...) so I doubt you know how to use it...

about a month and a half ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

mindwhip Re:Not surprising (506 comments)

Yes but if they do it right the system will learn from the first few cars that enter one of these holes and fill them in fairly quickly and update all cars nearby almost immediately. This will mean that unless you often go to out of the way places or are a fan of visiting roadworks as a hobby the chances of hitting a hole are low.

The real trick will be if the system can reliably tell when something has changed (new roadworks) and the data it has is unusable and deal with sections of road that have dynamic lane/direction depending on time of day etc.

about 2 months ago

New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

mindwhip Re:Do the math (338 comments)

Or why not pick one of these options...

1) buy a large drum machine - there are a wide variety of machine capacities out there.
2) put the second load in the dryer when you get home in the evening.
3) do a midweek wash instead of saving it all up for one day, also there are two days in a weekend if you prefer.

And on another note why not hang a washing to dry instead of relying on the expensive (both in terms of your electric bill and impact on the environment) dryer?

about 2 months ago

"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

mindwhip Re:good (364 comments)

Truth being they don't really need to seek work even if Mythbusters was to be cancelled. Adam and Jamie, and as far as I'm aware the 'B team' still do their 'day job' of building movie and TV special effects when they aren't actively working on myths. Of course whether or not the B team still want to work for Adam and Jamie now is a different matter...

about 2 months ago

"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

mindwhip Re:good (364 comments)

That was the claim - and it is mostly correct - but they interpreted "practice had little to no effect" to mean that every time you try this test you will do no better than the first which is wrong. While practice has no effect, not having ever done the test before on the first attempt will have a negative impact on the results for at least part of the first attempt. Also the Stroop test isn't really suited to measuring the kind of 'dumb' they were supposedly testing for.

about 2 months ago

City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

mindwhip Re:Rome would be so proud (133 comments)

Wow... where is the option to vote the summary and TFA as troll?

Seriously. They full of misrepresentation (CoLP is just another area force like all the others in the UK. CoLP is NOT a private force. The fact that corporations vote in CoL is irrelevant here as voters have no direct influence on the force - policy comes from national level. CoLP are national specialists on this kind of 'soft' crime and are the force responsible for national level investigations of this type. Seizures would have needed to have been court sanctioned/ordered and as is often the case with ongoing investigations where the details would be sealed until said investigation was completed. The fact that large scale copyright infringement is a crime was made by the elected national government and not by the CoLP.)

Wilfully continuing to aid criminals after you are aware of providing such aid (except on threat of personal safety) is in itself a crime in the UK.

ICANN etc have operations in the UK and are therefore have legal responsibility/requirement to comply with such court orders in the country they operate in. This is identical to the many cases where a USA court orders extradition for some minor thing on a non US company director just because they have a sales/import office with 5 staff at some container port in Florida.

about 3 months ago

Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

mindwhip Re: Today I Learnt that... (181 comments)

Thing is they are fairly toothless given all they really have is their branding. The most they can do is either:

1) Withdraw heritage status from a location
2) Write a strongly worded letter to Government/Local Council/Developer/Other threatening to withdraw heritage status from a location

Since most places that have heritage status only use it for tourism promotions and this island only has 13 tourist trips a year, threatening to destroy the tourism is pointless...

about 2 months ago

On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

mindwhip Re:Slippery Slope (186 comments)

Related question... why does the USA hate Samsung so much?

I find it interesting when its the USA instead of Europe (or any other nation/entity) doing this kind of global policing that's perfectly fine with US government (and therefore by extension most Americans and American companies) but the second the shoe is on the other foot its a different matter entirely... for example not all countries have the same laws on copyright/patents but USA expects everyone to comply with their view of how the world should be.

The answer to both questions is almost always where the money is. US Agencies favour Apple as they are a US company. EU dislike Google (and some other 'globals') as they use creative accounting to avoid paying a fair amount (sometimes paying nothing) of local taxes in most countries.

PS: I don't agree with the decision... I just find the attitudes interesting.

about 3 months ago

The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

mindwhip Re:What's the difference (309 comments)

Are we talking free as in beer or free as in speech? Or are we talking a new "free"? "Free as in consumer choice"

about 4 months ago

Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

mindwhip Re:That does it (116 comments)

Yeah because its so easy to change next time [popular web service] has a security breach and your fingerprint is in the hands of criminals.

about 4 months ago

15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

mindwhip Re:Another child making unsupported claims (203 comments)

No I wouldn't call it jealousy. I'd call it science.

People can claim all they want but without evidence, repeatable test results and peer review its worthless.

And just because they have some 'patent pending' tech doesn't mean they have either a working printer that does what they claim or a patent that's worth anything or even a design that is actually patentable. For all we know the patent is in fact worthless and they are trying to sell it to someone before they realise...

about 4 months ago



EU Gets Browser Choice in March

mindwhip mindwhip writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mindwhip (894744) writes "As of 1st March EU users of XP, Vista and Windows 7 will be presented with the long awaited one time browser choice.

"Millions of people who have never really thought about which browser to use will now be forced to make a choice," said BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones on his blog.
"That presents Microsoft's rivals with a unique marketing opportunity."

Is this choice really a good thing? It it a Marketing opportunity for Microsoft? Or will it just result in support headaches, for business, computer manufacturers and websites, when first time computer users select one of the less compatible browsers?"


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