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Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

mlk Re:Editors, please fix title (134 comments)

> $600.99

Assuming a $25 contract I guess?

$600.99 or $600.99 - the cost of 2 years worth of credit - two years worth of phone usage?

Now this number will be maybe $450. Some "throwing numbers about" puts two years of credit at $85. So that is $515.99 for the phone + mobile contract. Take away the phone ($450.99) and you have a mobile contract at $32.50 a year or under $3 a month.

I'm not sure I see that as all that bad.

about a week ago
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Satoshi Nakamoto's Email Address Compromised

mlk Re:WRONG! (65 comments)

Yes. Or some form of two phase auth. Email followed by SMS for example.

about a week ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

mlk Re:"they shouldn't email you?" (232 comments)

> And WTF does this have to do with overtime?

Many people foolishly think that as they can check their work email while on holiday, they should check their work email while on holiday. By doing so they are doing unpaid overtime (an evil evil thing).

about a month ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

mlk Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

> Most adults who play FPS tend to play offline (i.e. Bioshock).

I disagree, most adults who play FPSes online don't talk.

about 1 month ago
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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

mlk Re:P vs. NP (161 comments)

They do trains so I don't see why not, it is much more moral than the prices they charge on trains.

about a month ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

mlk Re:Stupid (561 comments)

I come from the same camp, hire the best person for the role. Definitely.

But best is not just "technically best" but also "team fit best" and "not a dick" and "can communicate with the team" and various other little things. What this can mean is that the team unconsciously equates "best team fit" as "same as the rest of the team". The management should step in if this happens and look at ways to fixing what is a problem and reports like the one performed by Mr Apple is one quick way to measure if this is happening.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

mlk Re:@CauseBy - Re:Yes (381 comments)

> Have you paused to consider that there might be other lifestyles than your own?

Yeap. And I want a smart watch. Or Glasses (minus the camera maybe), I've not worn a watch since the late 80s when it came with a radio built in.

As long as they don't stop selling watches when they start selling smart watches we will both be groovy. I'll have both a smart watch and you will have a watch. CauseBy may have an even smarter watch then I.

about 2 months ago
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Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph

mlk Re:To be stolen, and hidden in the desert (103 comments)

Wow so they fucked the TV show up then as I don't remember the helicopters in A Song of Ice and Fire.

about 2 months ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

mlk Re:Latency (349 comments)

By running the screensaver on The Cloud we can save each home device from having to process the images.

about 2 months ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

mlk Re:Why can't (349 comments)

I pay a flat rate for water as well. :/

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

mlk Re:Node.js (536 comments)

Run it in a browser without having to compile it into Javascript.

You could o/c not do any front end interaction have a set of static pages (yeay the 90s) or use Flash (Wooo 2000!).

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

mlk Java or C# + AngularJS (536 comments)

Find yourself a good REST writing API (I'd go Jersey & Guice, but many go Spring for Java) and then HTML AngularJS as your front end framework.

about 2 months ago
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

mlk Re:Why? (309 comments)

And Google Chrome. ;)

But Phonegap/Cordova are part of the the "proprietary app stores" ecosystem which "will come and eat us all."

about 3 months ago
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

mlk Language or framework? (309 comments)

Languages we have. Add on emscripten (a back end for LLVM) we have a healthy number of language. But do we have a framework for these to live in which can allow apps to expand out of the browser? And are the frameworks designed for anything other than the Java script world the browsers live in.

> Web applications may one day surpass desktop applications in function

An app built on top of a app on top of a framework will not surpass an app build directly on the framework in function. It may be easier to develop, but that is a different thing.

about 3 months ago
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iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

mlk Re:Apple Actually Cares About Privacy (323 comments)

In this case I could see Google doing the same as Google is not part of the loop.

about 3 months ago
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Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

mlk Re:This could be the WORST thing you could do... (138 comments)

You are correct, it should drop way down the list as a "these pages mention two of your search terms" type results. A search for "+MindPrision slashdot Thursday" would not return the tweet at all.

about 3 months ago
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Google Has Received Over 41,000 Requests To "Forget" Personal Information

mlk Re:This could be the WORST thing you could do... (138 comments)

> WayBackMachine anyone?

Google is not being asked to delete data, they are being asked to delete indexes to data. Google don't have access to the source, so they can't delete it.

I don't think Google will even remove the page from the index, just the requested terms for the page will go.

> have your data too.

It is not "your data" it is data about you. I.e. the post above is your data. You could delete or edit it as much as /. allows.
If I tweet "MindPrision posted on slashdot on Thursday the 5th of June, 2014" that is not your data. It is my data about you. This new law gives you the right to ASK Google to remove the link between "MindPrision" and my tweet. Not to have the tweet removed from the web or to remove the tweet from Googles index.
So a search "MindPrision slashdot Thursday" would not return the tweet, but a search for "slashdot Thursday" would return the tweet.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Website Hobbled By Comment Trolls Incited By Comedian John Oliver

mlk Re:Wait a second (144 comments)

It is on the shows official channel. It is released as part of the advertising (a few of them have gone "viral").

about 3 months ago
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FCC Website Hobbled By Comment Trolls Incited By Comedian John Oliver

mlk Re:Wait a second (144 comments)

That part of the show is also on YouTube.

about 3 months ago

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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"

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The Gaming Cloud: Numbers from OnLive

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 4 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.

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IE is just unplesent to use...

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 9 years ago

really really bad, slow, and crappy.

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WTF?!?!

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 9 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!

FUCKING STUPID!

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Any Bikers Follow on

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 9 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

<URL:http://www.f2motorcycles.ltd.uk/restoration.html>

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

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Any Bikers?

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 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.

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Playing Doom3 with 32Mb of VRAM...

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 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.

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*sigh* Not a happy bunny...

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 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.

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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.

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ack

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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Eap!

mlk mlk writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Just found out how much GPRS access really costs.
Ouch.

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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