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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

namgge Too late! (321 comments)

Anybody able to afford this upgrade is probably too old to be have eyesight good enough to see it.

2 days ago

First Crowdsourced, Open Data Address List Launches In the UK

namgge Re:Unlisted Identity (33 comments)

The UK also has strong personal data protection legislation, and a regulator with teeth (six figure fines are not uncommon). These protections (or obstacles depending on your PoV) will kick in soon as the addresses get linked to individuals (owners, occupiers, etc.).

about two weeks ago

NetHack Development Team Polls Community For Advice On Unicode

namgge Go with the majority (165 comments)

In my experience, if you are upgrading legacy code that assumed straightforward ascii then utf8 is the
way to go. It was invented for the purpose by someone very smart (Ken Thompson). If there were a 'Neatest Hacks of All Time' competition utf8 would be my nomination.

The only real issues I've encountered are the usual ones of comparisons between equivalent characters and defining collating order. These stop being a problem (or more precisely 'your' problem) once you abandon the idea of rolling your own and use a decent utf8 string library.

about two weeks ago

Canadian Government Steps In To Stop Misleading Infringement Notices

namgge Re:That was quick ... (103 comments)

I wonder which politician has been sent one of these notices...

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

namgge Cataloging write-only archives (259 comments)

Based on my experience as an executor, you should pick the best one or two photos from each significant occasion, record the date, location and the people (forename and surname) it shows in a plain text file and trash the rest. Fortunately chronological order is both the easiest and best way of organising such a collection. Don't bother keeping pictures that don't have clearly recognisable people in them because it's only these that will be of any interest in future.

Then, when you die your kids will inherit a nice collection of ca 100 family photos complete with enough information to make them interesting and give them a context.


about a month and a half ago

Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

namgge Re:The Internet Will Die (190 comments)

And fuck Betamax!

about a month and a half ago

UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

namgge Re:chain of evidence (216 comments)

To all of you who are sued for filesharing, you should ask the following proofs or you are not guilty or no copyright-violation has happened at all:[...]

The claimant does not have to prove anything to you they merely have to persuade a judge that, on the balance of probability, they are more likely to be telling the truth than you.

about 2 months ago

Stephen Hawking's New Speech System Is Free and Open-source

namgge Re:Woohoo! (56 comments)

It's not what the words sound like, it's the sentences you use them to make.

about 2 months ago

UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

namgge Now you have two problems (110 comments)

So, you're an employer who is short of skilled labour. You sign up to a scheme that requires the skilled personnel you do have, let's call her Nellie, to spend a significant fraction of her time training a school-leaver who's been told to sit next to her for three years. After three years the apprentice says 'Thanks for all the help, I've just been offered a nice job with another company.'. Only a C-level executive would think that this is going to work out well.

This sort of scheme has been tried before in the UK. For example, when there was a shortage of physics and maths teachers in schools a decade or so ago. Long story short, it was paying early career physics and maths teachers a bit more that fixed the problem.

about a month ago

The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

namgge Re:Malware (103 comments)

Not really. The nice/nasty thing about Apple's walled garden, depending on your point of view, is that if just one user notices and reports your malware doing something it shouldn't Apple can revoke the relevant certificates and it's game over within a matter of hours.

Since one also has to provide proof of identity and pay a subscription to get the certificates in the first place unless the author took a lot of trouble to create a false identity they could be tracked down and prosecuted.

Now, I am sure there are flaws in this system, but it raises the bar to the point that there are easier ways for a hard-working computer-savvy crook to earn a living.


about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

namgge You can't get blood out of a stone (204 comments)

If your business needs a working VPN and your current supplier isn't capable of providing one you must to cut your losses and procure a new solution. And this time get someone who knows what they are doing to run the procurement process. Once you have the working alternative in place let your lawyers try to recover costs if you must. But my experience, which is that the behaviour you are experiencing is what happens shortly before the supplier goes bust. Namgge

about 4 months ago

UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

namgge Who knew? (198 comments)

As service-user I've always had the impression that the NHS database was a large Excel workbook and a load of VB macros written by interns.

about 5 months ago

TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

namgge Unimpressed (251 comments)

The author is overselling himself. You haven't scammed a scammer until you've got them to send a bag man from Nigeria to a remote Scottish Island to collect your investment in cash.

about 5 months ago

Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

namgge Normalization (276 comments)

There are, of course, roughly ten times as many women over 18 as there are males in the range15-18.

about 5 months ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

namgge Re:Oh, the timing... (727 comments)

And a techie's definition of 'working', i.e. drinking coffee and reading slashdot is still the same too.

about 5 months ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

namgge Olden ears... (502 comments)

By the time I could afford a high-end card, age had dulled my hearing to the point that I couldn't tell the difference.... :-(

about 7 months ago

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

namgge Re:From The Front Lines... (166 comments)

it is widely known that most humans have an attention span of between 10 to 20 minutes

It may be widely believed, but it's not true for people studying a topic that interests them. In this case their attention span is limited by hunger and/or bladder-capacity.

The oft-quoted 10 minute attention span is applicable to paying attention to material that doesn't interest the subject.

about 8 months ago

Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

namgge Next step.... (327 comments)

... they bribe the state to criminalize the use of url's and make it compulsory to access websites only via a licenced search engine.

about 9 months ago


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