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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

monkeyhybrid Re:Why should programmers help Apple make billions (183 comments)

That's not a flaw with open-source, that's one of the beauties of it. Whoever has a vested interest in it, can benefit from it. If I can get something out of it, why should I care if someone else can profit from it more than I do?

about 2 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

monkeyhybrid Re:Left or Right? (475 comments)

The 10% + 3mph rule in the UK is actually more of a guideline than a hard limit. You could technically be pulled over for exceeding the road speed limit by just 1 or 2 mph, although very unlikely in most cases unless you're also driving like an idiot, or if it's bad weather with poor visibility. The ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) came up with the 10% + 3mph as a guide for when to prosecute, or issue points against your license / ask you to partake in a speed awareness course.

about 3 months ago
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ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

monkeyhybrid Re:I gave up. (101 comments)

The way you're doing it is the only sane way to do it; using a registered domain under your control, for all internal naming.

about 3 months ago
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ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

monkeyhybrid Lesson: Use registered domains for LANs (101 comments)

Avoid all this crap and just use a properly registered domain name (that you own and control DNS for!) as the most significant part of your FQDNs. You likely already own one for your business's Internet facing resources, but if you don't, spend $5 and get one. Set up public DNS for any Internet facing resources (www, mail, etc) and then use a subdomain of your choice for all your internal network's resources (fileserver.lan.mydomain.com, mediaserver.lan.mydomain.com, etc). No chance of collisions. Job done.

about 3 months ago
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Apple and Samsung Agree To Drop Cases Outside the US

monkeyhybrid Re:Smartwatch patents (46 comments)

As we've seen, innovation is not a prerequisite for a patent.

about 3 months ago
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Apple and Samsung Agree To Drop Cases Outside the US

monkeyhybrid Smartwatch patents (46 comments)

Apple is rumoured to be introducing its iWatch later this year and Samsung has already released several models of smart watch over the last few months or so. I'm sure both parties will now be armed to the teeth with patents applicable to the other's watches, and the potential patent disputes between them likely more even sided than we've seen with phones and tablets. It makes very good sense for both parties to come to an agreement now so they can each concentrate on the coming shitstorm of fitness patents that will rear their head from all directions before long.

about 3 months ago
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Leaked Docs Offer Win 8 Tip: FinFisher Spyware Can't Tap Skype's Metro App

monkeyhybrid Re:Metro Skype is useless (74 comments)

IIRC, Metro apps have additional sandboxing so I'd presume that is the reason it is more difficult to exploit.

about 4 months ago
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New Raspberry Pi Model B+

monkeyhybrid Re:More power to the USB ports? (202 comments)

With a good 2A+ PSU, it seems the B+ can now supply up to a total of 1.2A over USB (compared to ~600mA with the older model B).

about 4 months ago
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New Raspberry Pi Model B+

monkeyhybrid Re:So they update it, but... (202 comments)

All I can say is, I have something in the region of 300 1080p movies, mostly H.264 encoded, all of which play with no trouble at all. Google it, YouTube it, there are countless people doing the very same thing.

If you're not just trolling, report your issue in the Raspbmc forums, ideally with a link to a sample video for others to test with. I'll quite happily test a video or two on my Pi if you supply some links.

about 4 months ago
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New Raspberry Pi Model B+

monkeyhybrid Re:RPi? That overhyped underdimensioned joke alive (202 comments)

And whilst you're at it, where's the SSD, SATA, Thunderbolt, optical I/O, gigabit ethernet and built in Wifi?

It is quite obvious that the Pi is designed for a very specific price point; one that gets it into the most hands possible. Every dollar you add to the production cost, makes it much less likely to get into the hands of people who would otherwise not be tinkering with such things. If you need something more capable, look elsewhere, the Pi is not for you.

about 4 months ago
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New Raspberry Pi Model B+

monkeyhybrid Re:So they update it, but... (202 comments)

I've been running Raspbmc (the most popular XBMC distro for Raspberry Pi) for a long time, and it has been excellent. It's small enough to be hidden behind my TV, and with an added remote control, offers one of the best user interfaces you'll find in a 'set top box'. Streams all my 1080p movies and TV shows flawlessly (*), and handles pretty much every codec under the sun. All for ~$40 (including HDMI cable, USB PSU, SD card and MPEG-2 license for hardware acceleration).

If you search for "Raspbmc" on YouTube, you'll see my experience is the norm. If you have any specific issues, post in the Raspbmc forums and someone will most likely sort you out. :)

As for Raspbian, I'm also running this on another Pi. It's certainly not going to replace x86 servers any time soon, but it certainly has its uses. Maybe your expectations are too high for a $35, 700MHz, 512MB machine?

* Apparently, it may struggle with some very high bit rate encodes, but I've yet to see this in practice and is unlikely to be an issue for most people.

about 4 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

monkeyhybrid Re: waste of time (380 comments)

As long as all drivers keep their eyes closed.

about 5 months ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

monkeyhybrid Re:It's the darkness... (240 comments)

Depends what you intend exposing.

about 5 months ago
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Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

monkeyhybrid Re:In other news (61 comments)

Amazon already have their fingers in movies, music, ebooks and app markets. With the leading vendors of smartphones having their own content deals and distribution partnerships (that generally don't include Amazon) tied to their devices, Amazon may see the move into smartphones as essential to getting their existing and future services into people's hands. Similar to what Google has done with Nexus devices, Amazon could sell smartphones at very low margins, or even at a loss, if in doing so they can protect and enhance their other revenue streams. They've now got a lot of experience and brand awareness with their e-readers and tablets, so it's not like they are starting from scratch.

about 5 months ago
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Fujitsu Is Growing Radiation-Free Lettuce In Japan's Fukushima Prefecture

monkeyhybrid Re:NOTHING is radiation free (146 comments)

A small level of radiation is one thing; it's the dihydrogen monoxide I worry about.

about 6 months ago
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Mozilla Launches Student Coding Program "Winter of Security"

monkeyhybrid Re:Expecting cooperation from universities... (40 comments)

If you're from a good university you dont really need such programs

Working in a professional environment as part of your education can be a very valuable experience and shouldn't be sniffed at. I had the good fortune to do something similar when I was younger, and looking back at it now, I can really appreciate how it helped sharpen my skills and gave me greater insight into what real world software development is like.

about 6 months ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

monkeyhybrid Re:Myopic viewpoint (360 comments)

Maybe. But then as with other new players in various industries, the new players often end up being the R&D teams for the longer established businesses. When Tesla finally get close to the sweet spot of making money and having ironed out all the kinks, every other car company with deeper pockets and already established service centres, etc, can jump in and drown Tesla at the bottom of the pool.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

monkeyhybrid Re:OpenWRT all the way (104 comments)

OpenWRT rocks, but as far as I am aware, there is no support for the type of bandwidth management the OP is after within the web interface. I'm sure you can achieve the same control from the CLI with a few extra packages and command line magic, but it sounds like the OP specifically wants all this to be done from the web interface.

about 7 months ago

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Is Linux Set To Be PC Gaming's Number Two Platform?

monkeyhybrid monkeyhybrid writes  |  about 10 months ago

monkeyhybrid (1677192) writes "Following a tweet from the developer of Maia (a cross platform game soon to hit Steam) that Linux was bringing him more game sales than Mac, Gaming On Linux decided to investigate further by reaching out to multiple developers for platform sales statistics. Although the findings and developer comments show Linux sales to still be sitting in third place, behind those of Mac and Windows, they are showing promise and developer feedback certainly appears to be positive about the platform's future.

With Steam OS on its way, surely leading to more big title releases making their way to the Linux platform, could Linux gaming be set to take the number two spot from Mac?"
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The most detailed images of Uranus' atmosphere ever

monkeyhybrid monkeyhybrid writes  |  about 2 years ago

monkeyhybrid (1677192) writes "The Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla reports on the most detailed images of Uranus ever taken. The infrared sensitivity of the ground based Keck II telescope's NIRC2 instrument enabled astronomers to see below the high level methane based atmosphere that has hampered previous observations, and with unprecedented clarity. If you ever thought Uranus was a dull blue looking sphere then look again; you could easily mistake these images for being of Jupiter!"

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