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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

mlk Re:will smart watches ever catch on? (260 comments)

The Rufus Cuff is tempting. I could see the move from my current Galaxy Note 2 to one of these and tablet with stylus. Mostly for running and convenience to look stuff up. I love my Note but it is big when whipping it out, but note quite big enough to write on. If I'm to deconverge I'd want the "quick glance" thing to be quick-glance-y and that is a watch or Glasses.


Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

mlk Re:So.. (311 comments)

I hope so. That game was amazing!

2 days ago

The Graffiti Drone

mlk Re:For the Swarm! (126 comments)

Tags as a general rule are shit. Wow you wrote you name on a wall. Well done. Have a cookie. Some times effort is put into a tag, but lets be honest, most people do not.

It is still "art", it is just shit art. That should be painted over.

That not the case for all tags (but 99.9999% of them). Grafitti however as a general rule is meh. Some of it can be great, some of it can be shit (wow it is a very good dick you just spray painted on a wall).

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

mlk Re:Database Scaleability. (272 comments)

Is that required for you current project? Will the disadvantages of NoSQL based databases hit you (for example are cross-document consistency or cross-document transactions important)?

Give what you have posted in the OP I don't see a good reason to select No SQL over relational over object over flat files and without more information all you are going to get is a list of personal preferences. So lets jump in with my personal preference... look into your data you plan to store and what queries you want to do on it. Then match that against the general styles (relational, object, KV, tabular, graph). Once you have done that I'd likely just look at the leaders for that style of data store and spike it out.

about a week ago

How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

mlk Re:Oculus is the real deal, the others are hype (202 comments)

> pump-and-dump scheme where they get a prototype working just well enough

I've played briefly with a prototype. They could go to market right now and have a good device.

> VR sucks because until it works like this

Sucks and "not perfect" are different things. Sword fighting games without feedback are far from perfect. The Wii still had some good games with swords.

about two weeks ago

MariaDB 10 Released, Now With NoSQL Support

mlk Re:What does "And now with NoSQL" mean? (103 comments)

It looks like it now has a schema-less (Key–value if I'm reading it right) mode as well as a method of dumping anything into said KV data store.

about two weeks ago

MariaDB 10 Released, Now With NoSQL Support

mlk What does "And now with NoSQL" mean? (103 comments)

Does it have schema-less mode?
Have they buggered up the SQL parser?
Have they buggered up relations?
Can I separate out data sets and have 'em running on different node?

about two weeks ago

Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

mlk Re:Physical Access = owned (150 comments)

I'd assume the box that the money is in is secured and had paint or the like that will trigger when it is opened.

Plus you can only do it once and it is very noticeable. Chopping a small hole in the box and secretly installing a small phone you could exploit time and time again without drawing attention from passers by.

about three weeks ago

Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

mlk Re:Symantec ad (150 comments)

The SMS is just a way to communicate to the phone. What the hackers have done (if I'm reading the FA correctly) is make a phone pretend to be a USB keyboard attached to the PC in the ATM. The phone can then be set up to send a control sequence to the ATM tell the ATM to spit out money. So the problem has nothing to do with either SMS or Windows XP. If the ATM was VAX or Mac OS or Home brew OS or Linux and you did not lock down the local USB ports then it would have the same issue.

The general issue of USB ports happily accepting keyboard has been an issue with ATMs before, but you have to stand by the ATM with a keyboard. This way you just plug in the phone and leave it there to exploit time and time again.

about three weeks ago

AWS Urges Devs To Scrub Secret Keys From GitHub

mlk Re:Isn't This A Bit Irresponsible? (109 comments)

Depends on how public the knowledge already is.This is the first time I've heard of it, but this kind of thing is done a lot (private stuff thrown on publicly available services that can be found via a Google search) so I'd guess this was already reasonably well known in the bad people circles. By shouting about it Amazon is ensuring that everyone knows without having to track down and inform people individually.

about three weeks ago

Facebook Introduces Hack: Statically Typed PHP

mlk Re:So many bugs (230 comments)

Any good modern platform will do automatic conversion for you.

about a month ago

Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

mlk Re:Chrome (125 comments)

But that is after the item.
That also works in Chromes super bar thing.

Beer in chrome goes find me beer.
as does "Where do I buy strawberry beer?"

But I'd never think of writing "? Beer" to find beer.

about 2 months ago

Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

mlk Re:Rollin your own (125 comments)

> HTTP components in language API's

I'm going to assume you mean complete stack (HTTP, HTML renderer, JS Engine etc). While the HTTP layer is fairly simple (and thus implement well in a ton of APIs for each of the major platforms), the rest is BIG and to do it well is hard so it is not done well all that often. So what you end up with is either a re-skinned IE, Firefox or Chrome.

Now these exists, for a bunch of different reasons for example before IE had tabs a tabbed IE existed and people who want to stay in the late 1990s have SeaMonkey. However most end up with an interface that is a lot like Chrome/Firefox/IE (as it is a good interface) but without the plugin support.

> Though I wonder how many companies would block you from accessing their site if the browser doesn't have the correct branding

I use to happen a lot and that is why we now have stupid user agent strings.

Mine is currently:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/33.0.1750.117 Safari/537.36

Mozilla/5.0 - Pretend to be Firefox
AppleWebKit/537.36 - And Safari
KHTML - Base of Safari/Chrome
Gecko - Back to Firefox
Chrome - I could be Chrome
Safari - Of Safari

The only one missing is IE. And I've seen many a user agent string that includes that as well (while not actually being IE).

about 2 months ago

Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

mlk Re:Chrome (125 comments)

How is that intuitive?

about 2 months ago

Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

mlk Re:Think of the children (293 comments)

The move to Cyanogenmod (or a like) is tempting, but to uninstall none-system apps I should not need to.

Plus as I'm using a Note I'd be worried that I'd the features that I do want (S-Note for example) will either not work or would require magic. And I'm lazy. :)

about 3 months ago

Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

mlk Re:Think of the children (293 comments)

Because I don't want a phone. I want a PDA.

I also want to phone people every once in a blue moon and have always-on access to various IM clients. I don't want to carry two devices.

Now you don't want this and it is great that you can get a device that meets your needs. I can get a device that meets my needs but alas now they all come with shit installed.

about 3 months ago

Google Says It Has "No Current Plans Regarding Bitcoin"

mlk Re:It's called Gcoin now. (157 comments)

What does this give Amazon?

about 3 months ago

TorrentFreak Blocked By British ISP Sky's Porn Filter

mlk Re:What Freedom of Speech or Press? (171 comments)

Up to 1998 freedom of expression was protected under common law rather than a single document. In 1998 the UK passed the Human Rights Act which covers freedom of expression. Like the US this is not absolute, and I believe in the case of libel even sticker than the US.

The UK does not have a separate "freedom of press" as it is covered by the freedom of expression. Anyone can start up a new news paper and express themselves.

about 3 months ago

Computer Scientists Invents Game-Developing Computer AI

mlk Re:Absurd (103 comments)

> The hard part is making something that humans will like.

Reality TV has shown this is very easy. :)

about 3 months ago

Google Brings AmigaOS to Chrome Via Native Client Emulation

mlk Re:80's hardware (157 comments)

I thought the point of Chrome native stuff was that a layer of abstraction was removed?

about 4 months ago



mlk mlk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mlk (18543) writes "
The [UK] Government will:
  • Consider OSS solutions alongside proprietary ones in IT procurements. Contracts will be awarded on a value for money basis;
  • Only use products for interoperability that support open standards and specifications in all future IT developments;
  • Seek to avoid lock-in to proprietary IT products and services; and
  • Consider obtaining full rights to bespoke software code or customisations of commercial off the shelf (COTS) software it procures wherever this achieves best value for money.
The UK Government champions open standards and interoperability through the e-government interoperability framework (e-gif).
For the full reply: Opensource — epetition reply"



The Gaming Cloud: Numbers from OnLive

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

A long time ago I wrote a draft a blog post regarding the overall cost of OnLive vs the overall cost of owning a 360. I based my numbers on some guess work and Amazon EC2. Now the numbers are out I'd like to re-visit that post, updating it with what I now know.

I will make the following assumptions as I made previously:

        * Both consoles will be used for 40 hours a month.
        * Both consoles will be used for both online and single player.

I am not an economist as such the number will be wrong, the maths broken and overly simplified but as this is all for my own fun I think I can get away with it. Please correct my mistakes.

The total cost of ownership of a system can be split into the fixed costs (the price of the system) and the operation costs (the price of running the system - such as electricity).

A consoles fixed costs are quite high, a new 60 gig 360 is $300. The running costs for a 360 are the broadband connection(1) at about $15 a month and the electricity need to feed it. A hunt about put the electricity cost at $1.7 a month(2). Finally for the 360 you have XBox Live Gold at $4.17(3) as multiplayer is required.

The Cloud system will also require some hardware in the form of an IP-enabled MPEG player with a controller. This is an advanced DVD or Blu-ray player so I would guesstimate a cost of $70. It is very likely that the end user would not pay for this directly but for the sake of argument we will leave it as a fixed cost.

As with the 360 we will have a broadband connection at $15 a month and the electricity. I will use the electric cost of a PlayStation 2 as I think the two would be approximately equally powered. Plus the new system will likely also use things like wireless controllers offsetting any gains by modern construction methods. As such it will cost just $0.45 a month to run.

The one off cost could be avoided by using an existing hardware, likely leading to an electricity cost on par the 360 above.

On top of this the rental of a computer is required. This is $14.95 a month [ http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/onlive-to-launch-june-17-in-us ]

In summary with have -
Console: $300 + $20.87 a month ($250.44 a year).
Cloud: $70 + $30.40 a month ($364.80 a year).

We now need to look at the life expectancy of each device and would the local Cloud device survive the regular hardware refreshes that happen in the console market. If we start simple and give both a life expectancy of five years then the total cost of the console is $1552.20 and the total cost of the Cloud is $1894.

If we now assume that the local Cloud device can survive the refresh, but the 360 is replaced then the future five-yearly costs of the console is $1552.20 (the full cost above) and the Cloud is $1824 (just the operating cost).

Games are the last part of the equation. The Cloud requires you to "buy" games on top of the monthly costs, or rent games without subscribing. Alas the costs of games on the service have not been released but I think they will be comparable with traditional outlets. I will revisit this post once the costs to buy are released.

OnLive will also support a rental model which does not require a subscription. The details of this will change the results of this.

1) I'm assuming in both cases the users want to use online aspects such as multiplayer gaming. So I will use a standard 8Mb broadband for both systems. The reality is a lower and cheaper 1Mb connection will be fine for online gaming on local console but the Cloud system will likely tax such a connection and instead want ASDL2+ or cable.
2) Gizmodo: Console Power Usage
3) Based on the yearly cost of $50 divided by 12.


IE is just unplesent to use...

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 8 years ago

really really bad, slow, and crappy.



mlk mlk writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Some people, I don't get them.

Me: "Please don't put the air con on too cold, I'm right under it"
Her: "Sure sure, but turn it off if it gets cold, but I'm getting no air up here"
AirCon: Temp: 19 deg, air speed: 0.

Stupid fucking people, why not put it on 24 deg, air speed high!



Any Bikers Follow on

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 8 years ago Mmm, I think I've found the nearest to what I want: a restored 1969 Royal Enfield Diesel.

Bad points:
* Tis really slow (a cruising speed of about 40 mph; eak)
* Not cheap (£2500 for the base model, £2800 for the faster one)
Good points:
* Looks very much how I want (I like the 1960s bike-look, over the plastic speedy look, however I'm guess this will have some big negatives, like protection from the elements)
* If I run it on bio diesel should be CC-except, need to double check
* Should be tax except
* Economical


I've seen a few sites with elecy bikes, normally with the "not available yet", or shltty looking :( And one combine (not available yet)


Any Bikers?

mlk mlk writes  |  about 9 years ago

Can you get either good-looking (& reasonable mileage) eleccy bikes[1], or (even better) duel/alternative fuel bikes? Bio diesel or the like?
The Congestion Charge in London is as much as a tube ticket but alt fuel and electric vehicles don't have to pay the Congestion Charge. :)

1] I'd pref. a bike over a Scooter.


Playing Doom3 with 32Mb of VRAM...

mlk mlk writes  |  about 9 years ago

Is like putting Shakespeare by the babelfish, sure the ideas of core remain, but the joy disappeared.

I should treat myself to a new g/c.


*sigh* Not a happy bunny...

mlk mlk writes  |  about 9 years ago

My g/f is very ill, and in so much pain, she is suicidal. As you can guess, this is Not Fun(TM). We took a trip to a dentist yesterday, and he is confident that he can fix her ills. Alas my g/f has now decided that nothing, at all, ever will help. No talking her around, all her teeth (most of which every dentist we've been to say just need basic dental work) should be ripped out.

It is getting me down. So much I've started smoking. How do you talk her round? I keep telling her to give it a few weeks, let the dentists try. Take the painkillers (which she almost refuses to take, as she has decided nothing, at all will work) and the antibiotics. No such luck.

I'm going to have a shit day, wondering round dentists, all telling her the same thing (no we shall rip out all your teeth, but I can do the root cannels for you...) and being charged £100 for the pleasure.


what is an acceptable fee for providing the source?

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I've always wondered what is an acceptable fee when it comes to providing the source for a GPLed project. I've got a small OSS project. I don't offer a .zip/.tgz of the source, and anyone who asks for the source is pointed at the CVS. Every now and again you get someone who compains stating that my software is GPL'ed, and thus I must offer a .zip of the source. A quick explanention of what a CVS is, and a "please point me at the section of the GPL" shuts them up. But if I was feeling mean, what could I charge for a CD? I'm guessing it'll take me about an hour to head down ASDA and pick up a pack of CDs, and a CD writer (don't currently own). So £1 for the CD (a nice one, in a case), and £20 for the CD Writer. Divide the CD Writer between the expected number of sales (one). This will all be done in my free time, my overtime rate is ~£30 an hour. To go to ASDA & back takes 1hr, again divide by the number of expected sales (one), and it'll take ~1 hour to burn, pack and post. So thats £81, plus P&P. Is that acceptable? Guess we'll never know.



mlk mlk writes  |  more than 9 years ago

My g/f is very ill, it is very difficult to live with. Tis really not pleasent, when someoneyou love is in so much pain.


In defence of XHTML 1.0 Transitional as text/html

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I did write a mini-rant on defending sending XHTML 1.0 as text/html, but I've scraped it.

I'm currently sending xhtml as text/html only to browsers that don't support it. But I'm thinking of changing to add a xhtml to html xslt.

Why keep as xhtml then I hear you cry, well I also want to support mobile phones. I'm thinking of also sending a low-bandwidth version to devices which send app/wap first.


Virtual Flash Mob

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I'm quite sleepy, so this might not make much sense...

Virtual Flash Mob, get 3+ ppl per server to log into as many HL2 servers as pos, then at the same time, commit mass virtual assisted sucicide (sp?) by arranging one selfs in a circle, with toilets in hand/gav gun, and toileting each other.


I was really enjoying HL2 up to

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 9 years ago

The bit with Dr Breen in the ball.
Fucking hell, it pisses me off.


(Fuck yuo, W3C. Fuck you.)

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 9 years ago

(Fuck yuo, W3C. Fuck you.) - A comment in Netscape 3 ;)

#ifdef Motif_doesnt_suck
# define rename hpux_sucks_wet_farts_from_dead_pigeons
// crap from marketing
static int g_InDeepShit = 0;
// MS sucks! See note above

Ahh great commends by Netscape.



mlk mlk writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Just found out how much GPRS access really costs.

Not cheap, not cheap at all.

I think I'll have to get back into 4k (~3pence) game writing, and see if I can crank something out for J2ME :D

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