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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With a Fear of Technological Change?

naich Re:Do you need to? (429 comments)

Exactly. Most people here use a web interface to do their emails, while I use Pine in a terminal. I can knock off an email in about 1/4 of the time it takes them to fart around clickety clicking away at their browser. Don't just do change for change's sake, and don't let peer pressure force you into doing something the stupid way,

about a year ago

Nestle's GPS Tracking Candy Campaign

naich Re:GPS Trackers (172 comments)

That and you have to pull a tab to activate the tracking system, so it's not tracking you until you choose to let it.

about a year and a half ago

Google To Pay $0 To Oracle In Copyright Case

naich Re:Bad Article (250 comments)

Just mixing unusual ingredients wouldn't be enough for a patent though. You would have to come up with some new process of cooking, like freeze drying or liquid nitrogen baths or infusing the food with liquid oxygen and lighting it at the customer's table so it cooks in a few milliseconds and spreads itself around the room a bit.

about 2 years ago

12 Ways LibreOffice Writer Tops MS Word

naich Re:Number One! (642 comments)

If you could put the ribbon down the side of the screen then I wouldn't mind it so much. My screen is far wider than it is tall, so vertical space is precious whereas the sides of the screen are usually filled with wasted blank spaces.

about 2 years ago

British MPs Propose Censoring Internet By Default

naich Let's not start worrying yet (255 comments)

This is just a report from a parliamentary inquiry and is not being proposed as a new law. Personally, I can't see it making it through the system even if it does get proposed at some point. There are many more important things that are actually in the process of being made law that we should concentrate on.

about 2 years ago

UK Proposing Real-Time Monitoring of All Communications

naich This is part one. (145 comments)

This is part one of the process of introducing a draconian and unpopular new law. First you come up with something completely over the top and unacceptable. Then, over a few months you water it down here and there, chopping little bits, amending others, until you end up with something that is draconian and unpopular. But it'll be accepted because it's not as bad as the original plan which, by then, will be falsely seen as the alternative. It's a flaw in human logical thought that has been exploited by politicians since they first crawled out of the sewer.

about 2 years ago

European Parliament To Exclude Free Software With FRAND

naich Re:Trying to figure out who the good guys are (219 comments)

You are missing a major and insurmountable reason why FRAND can not be used by GPL products - by its very nature any GPL license is automatically carried forward from user to user, transferred down the line from whoever originally writes the code through each redistributor, to whoever ends up using it. This is not possible with a FRAND license because it requires an explicit license to each distributor. This means that FRAND is utterly incompatible with FRAND and there is nothing that can change this.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Unity/Gnome 3/Win8/iOS — Do We Really Hate All New GUIs?

naich Re:Need for change... (1040 comments)

You are one of the 10% then. Most people use their PCs to look up the lottery numbers and make barely literate posts to Facebook.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Unity/Gnome 3/Win8/iOS — Do We Really Hate All New GUIs?

naich Re:Need for change... (1040 comments)

I think tablets ARE the way of the future - they do everything that about 90% of people use their home PCs for. I'd love to have one so I don't have to traipse off to the PC every time I want to use the web but while my PC works it's just a waste of money to fork out £££s to replace something that works perfectly well. But in the current climate, I'm not spending money on things I don't need. I'm sure I'm not the only one and I think this is the reason they aren't selling like they should.

more than 2 years ago

Making a Learning Thermostat

naich I'm going to make my own (192 comments)

None of the thermostats I've seen (not that I've looked that hard) have the one feature I want: a button that raises the set temperature by 2 degrees C for 30 minutes and then lowers is back to normal over the next hour. It would please the ladies who want an instant blast of heat while not annoying the chaps who don't want the house heated to tropical levels all day when it doesn't get turned back to normal.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Files Suit Against Motorola Xoom In EU

naich Re:"Patent expert"? (181 comments)

What he did in the past doesn't change the fact that he seems to have turned into a troll, repeating the same untruths over and over again like a broken record.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Files Suit Against Motorola Xoom In EU

naich "Patent expert"? (181 comments)

He's not much of a "patent expert" if he can't tell that this case is not about patents. Maybe "clueless troll Florian Mueller" would be more accurate?

more than 2 years ago

How Citigroup Hackers Easily Gained Access

naich Re:Seriously, what the fuck! (371 comments)

... "another expert, who actually knew how computers worked, was unavailable for comment - he was laughing too hard to speak coherently".

more than 2 years ago

23,000 File Sharers Targeted In Latest Lawsuit

naich Re:Revenue Stream (386 comments)

You could go further and not actually bother to release the film. There's no need to go to all the trouble and expense of actually getting it in cinemas or on DVD. Just allow a copy to leak onto a torrent and sue everyone who has ever seen it.

more than 2 years ago

New Rechargeable Battery Uses Water

naich Just think of the possibilities! (179 comments)

We could use the generated electricity to power desalinisation plants.

more than 2 years ago

My present employer I think will survive ...

naich The track record isn't bad (225 comments)

Mine has been around for 800 years now. Hopefully it'll last at least 25 more until I retire.

more than 2 years ago

Do Violent Games Hinder Development of Empathy?

naich Re:Only games tho. (343 comments)

I know you are trying to be funny, but it's worth pointing out a couple of things. None of those other things are as immersive as video games. These are kids, remember? They really do learn from experience. The effect will be far greater coming from an activity that totally absorbs your attention by allowing you to take part in it. Actual violence is provably more effective - kids that grow up in violent households usually become violent themselves. Lastly, I don't recall the last time someone said that actual violence was OK while video games are not. Humour works best when it keeps some sort of tie with reality.

about 3 years ago



UK file-sharers to be 'cut off'. Thanks Mandy.

naich naich writes  |  more than 4 years ago

naich writes "Despite not being swayed on filesharing policy when he had dinner with DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen, Peter Mandelson has intervened personally to beef up the powers given to OFCOM. The change of policy from waiting until 2012 for a report from regulator Ofcom to one of suspending the net accounts "hardcore copyright pirates" is just a coincidence."
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