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Personal Audio's James Logan Answers Your Questions

netpixie How far did you get? (78 comments)

I got as far as this bit of nonsense (Q2):

> The term “patent troll” has emerged in recent years, and to the extent that words matter, this phrase has served as an effective piece of negative branding for those who want to reduce the rights of patent holders.

before stopping reading. I presume the rest of his answers were just as silly.

about a year ago
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Book Review: UP and To the RIGHT

netpixie Cross contamination (77 comments)

Why is this on the front page and not in slashBI?

about 2 years ago
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When I need a robust business solution, I prefer it ...

netpixie Is this really a joke? (275 comments)

I'm willing to admit I was taken in by this.

Or was I?

Compare : http://slashdot.org/topic/bi/ and this poll.

I'm not seeing much difference, yet one is (according to many posts here) a joke and one is serious.

more than 2 years ago
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Armed Robot Drones To Join UK Police Force

netpixie Re:Not impossible, but very unlikely (311 comments)

I walked for an hour in London yesterday and saw absolutely hundreds.

Everywhere I looked there was another Policeman staring at me. To tell you the truth, it began to worry me after a while.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Government Crowd-Sourcing Censorship

netpixie Catch 22 (262 comments)

Citizen: "Ossifer, I've looked at this website and it is terism"
Plod: "So you admit to looking at terism? Go directly to Belmarsh. Do not pass go"

more than 4 years ago
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Police In Britain Arrest Man For Bomb-Threat Joke On Twitter

netpixie Re:sigh (577 comments)

What on earth has this got to do with TFA?

Yes there are a large number of reasons to be depressed about British law.

This is *not* one of them.

In this case a twat broke a sensible, reasonable, well-thought-out law and is paying the price.

Case closed.

more than 4 years ago
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Police In Britain Arrest Man For Bomb-Threat Joke On Twitter

netpixie Re:idiot (577 comments)

I wholeheartedly agree. In this case exactly the right thing happened. The Police acted appropriately, and everything is OK with the world.

What is sad is that the parent post (currently) isn't top-rated, instead it's some off-topic nonsense. WTF?

By all means have a go when stupid laws shaft innocent people, but when sensible laws shaft idiots, then there is nothing to complain about.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Campaign Decides UK Christmas Music Charts

netpixie Not Facebook - Simon Cowell (362 comments)

"a testiment to the organisational power of social networking sites like Facebook"

I think that might be going a bit far. What it is testament to is that we're all fed up of shitty pop.

Previously, we've all been too fragmented, "I don't like shitty pop, but I do like cool jazz" (etc.) so (as with many democratic systems) the thing that the largest people like (which also happens to be the thing the largest number of people also dislike) ends up getting branded "good".

What happened here was that, pretty much by accident, someone found something that everyone sort-of likes (Killing in the name of) and were able to use as a banner behind which to mass to express how much we dislike bloody x-factor. I, myself, have been not buying X-factor records for many years and have had absolutely zero effect on anything, This year I bought two copies of Killing in the name of (I song I like) (and the second one was a mistake, bloody iTunes) and now can delude myself into thinking I might have had some small influence on Simon Cowell.

Next time he's putting together an identikit pop star perhaps he'll pause for a moment and think "Should I make this one staggeringly hopelessly bland? No, I'll raise my game and just make it very bland". Which is, at least, a step in the right direction.

And (back to the point I started with), they tried this game last year, but chose Rick Astley. And even with the "organisational power of social networking sites like Facebook", they failed.

I think Facebook was probably fairly low down the list of causes for this. I think the real things that helped here are:

1) Wide spread public anger
2) Choosing the right song
3) The BBC (where I heard about it)

more than 4 years ago
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Games Workshop Goes After Fan Site

netpixie The downward spiral. (174 comments)

This isn't too much of a surprise, GW are notorious for not really understanding all this crazy new "internet" crap. Indeed, they've only recently put up a website that isn't total rubbish (although it is close).

"What, people are talking about our products, unshackled by our munificent control? Sue them to buggery!"

Yet another staggering own goal that further tarnishes a once great company. Bankruptcy cannot be far away unless they hire at least one person who actually uses the internet.

more than 4 years ago
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Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

netpixie Don't Go! (1095 comments)

My top tip is "Stay at home", London is a dump (much like the rest of England) and is not even slightly worth visiting.

If you really want the experience of traveling to England:

1) Get your hoover bag, open it, inhale deeply
2) Go outside, roll around in the mud for a bit
3) Empty your wallet onto the floor
4) Get your neighbour to punch you in the face.

Voila, same outcome, but you've saved yourself some time and an airfare.

more than 4 years ago
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Easing the Job of Family Tech Support?

netpixie Are you insane? (932 comments)

I've only had to be sysadmin for one person (my father) and that (until recently) was enough of a pain in the arse. How do you cope with 7?

Anyway, I have solved my problem pretty easily. Last time his machine ground to a halt under the weight of virii, malware and windows rot, I told him it was broken and then he need to buy a Mac. He did so (although he complained a bit about the cost) and (touch wood) I haven't had to deal with a single support incident since.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Tries To Censor Bing Vulnerability

netpixie Most entertaining... (275 comments)

is the line from the letter

"cease and desist the posting in any location of the material and information contained in this post"

Seeing as it is their SDK that contains the details of this "feature", are they going to send themselves a C&D and then pull the SDK?

more than 4 years ago
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Moving Away From the IT Field?

netpixie Re:Look before you leap (783 comments)

>The way I see it, the purpose of life is to do what you want, enjoy doing it, and enjoy helping others do the same. It is very unfortunate that this does not happen.

I enjoy seeing my children have food to eat and clothes to wear. I enjoy being able to take them out to exciting places. I enjoy being able to send them to school. I enjoy keeping them safe in a reasonable house. My wife enjoys being able to stay at home and look after them.

All of these things are possible because of the cash I earn at a job I don't enjoy.

So, while universal joy is a good aim, in the real world it doesn't usually work like that. You have to choose which bits of your life you are going to enjoy and which bits you are going to endure.

more than 4 years ago
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No Hand-Held Devices In Ontario Cars

netpixie WTF? (584 comments)

Who on earth thinks drinking coffee while driving could ever be a good idea?

How do you change gear?

I applaud this law.

When you're in the car driving, that's what you should do, drive. *Not* eat sandwiches, drink coffee, play computer games, telephone, etc. etc. Doing so not only puts your stupid life at risk but mine as well.

more than 4 years ago
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This Hallowe'en ...

netpixie Certainly Not (709 comments)

Hallowe'en is an offense to the eyes of the Lord and those who celebrate it will certainly forfeit their eternal soul to damnation.

more than 4 years ago
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A Tale of Two Windows 7s

netpixie Re:So what? (770 comments)

I clicked icons and looked through menus. I thought that was the point of windows, that you *didn't* need to know esoteric text commands to get things done.

more than 4 years ago
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A Tale of Two Windows 7s

netpixie Re:So what? (770 comments)

Re: Networking

I've just tried to get vista to re-request a DHCP address (after I reconfigured our DHCP server) and after 30 minutes I gave up and resorted to rebooting the machine. (It doesn't seem to let you renew unless it has decided that the connection is "broken").

Have they fixed Win 7 enough to perform this simple operation without a full reboot?

more than 4 years ago
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In the UK, a Few Tweets Restore Freedom of Speech

netpixie One down, an unknown number to go. (216 comments)

According to the last issue of Private Eye there are quite a few of these super-injunctions currently being enforced (i.e. injunctions that not only stop you from saying something, but stop you from telling anyone that you've been injuncted).

I'd like a few more of them to be twittered, at least so we know that something's being hidden, even if we don't know what it is.

(and I know injuncted isn't the right word, but I don't know what is)

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Bars Federal Workers From Texting and Driving

netpixie Why isn't this prohibited already? (236 comments)

WTF?

What's next, an executive order prohibiting sleeping whilst driving?

more than 4 years ago

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