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China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

nukenerd Re:Long live the 'desktop' and mobile 'laptop'. (58 comments)

I own what was once a state-owned apartment in a decent sized Chinese city ... The place has two bedrooms with a combined tv/dining room. Both bedrooms are reasonably sized .. with space for a desk and chair. I don't see why they cant put a computer on the desks?

Sounds like a rabbit hutch to me. Maybe fine if a computer is the only thing you need room for, but some people have other parts to their lives.

yesterday
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

nukenerd Re:advertisement doesn't work (381 comments)

Correlation != Causation, always. When a company does an advertising campaign they very often persuade shopkeepers to stock more of their stuff "Because there is going to be a big demand for it when the public see our advertising". Therefore, someone buying at random, like I buy soap for example, is more likely to pick up the item in question just by chance.

OK, you could say the advertising does have an effect as its existence is a lever to get shopkeepers to stock more of the stuff, and I don't doubt that some buyers are influenced, but IMHO the effect is not as great as the admen like to assume.

2 days ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

nukenerd Re:You dorks (381 comments)

Your entire post is wrong based simply on the fact that soap operas are a thing

That's in the USA. Adverts are confined to their own time slot in the UK, and when that comes around it is generally clearly recognisable. It is the point at which I flip through some other channels and watch the BBC news for a few minutes, or even cat videos (anything is better than ads, and there is a channel that's mostly pets doing funny things).

Funny, but in the UK soap operas are still called soap operas, but most people don't realise how the term originated.

2 days ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

nukenerd Wrong (381 comments)

FTFA :- "Everyone gets that advertising is what powers the internet, and that our favorite sites wouldn't exist without it"

Wrong. My favourite web sites are my own ones, and they have no advertising.

3 days ago
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$10 Million Lawsuit Against Wikipedia Editors "Stragetically" Withdrawn

nukenerd Re:Wikimedia SCREWED UP (51 comments)

Anyone can criticize after a mistake was made. It requires true subject matter competence to predict and warn.

What if the GP had not heard of this case until now? Regard it as predicting and warning for future cases.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

nukenerd Re:How Many Employees are Required? (271 comments)

If you opened a CLI in W95 and typed "ver" it would reply "DOS 7".

no it would not. ..... It says "Windows 95. [Version 4.00.950]" I just booted [it] to double-check.

I believe that early versions of W95 did respond with "DOS 7", and I wrote that on the basis of a review I read in a PC mag when it first came out. Perhaps they were reviewing a beta. Must admit I never used W95, but I do have W98 in a VM, just tried it, and it does indeed respond with something like you say :-)

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

nukenerd Re:How Many Employees are Required? (271 comments)

To be fair, Windows has had an issue that many other OS's haven't really had. It had to maintain compatibility with a ridiculous array of third party apps

I don't believe that MS gave a shit about the compatability of legacy 3rd party apps with new versions of Windows. It was the 3rd parties' problem, as likewise compatible drivers were the hardware makers' problem. With the MS monopoly, the 3rd parties had to keep up or die.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

nukenerd Re:How Many Employees are Required? (271 comments)

Windows 95, was based on the DOS architecture.

Right, just like Linux was based on the LILO architecture.

Windows 95/98/ME were basically DOS architecture plastered with layers of cruft to get over the memory limitations and to get them to run some stuff in a half-arsed 32-bit way, and a GUI. If you opened a CLI in W95 and typed "ver" it would reply "DOS 7". They were Windows for DOS, and a train wreck.

They were swept away by NT/XP, which were a new and separate pedigree, long after Windows for DOS should have had its life support switched off.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

nukenerd Zero (271 comments)

I wish

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

nukenerd Re:They need exactly 63 999 employees (271 comments)

At the time Bill Gates made that absurd comment he was right.

Much as I dislike Gates, I have to point out that it is generally accepted that he never said that particular gaffe.

[it was enough] For the applications people were making at the time.

It was still stupid, even if it was enough for apps at that time, because it was an architectural limit. The architecture put stuff like display memory and BIOS extensions in fixed areas above the 640k instead of leaving it open ended. The tacky XT/AT addressing scheme was 20-bit and could actually reach 1024k, but only the lower 640k was working RAM, with that fixed stuff above it.

Would not have been so bad if the PC makers and Microsoft had not been so slow to abandon this primitive architecture.

4 days ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

nukenerd Re:Barbara Streisand award (423 comments)

the sort of thing that you're proposing (negative reviews of something you've never tried) that would have me cheering in the court.

I did not comment about the food or service. In my "review" I asked people to boycott the place because of the fact that they had sued a critic. So whether I had ever tried eating there is irrelevant. Seems clear to me.

I must say though that some of the other negative comments, which were clearly also triggered by this sueball issue, were along the lines of "the food is shit" etc. I would not do that : that is dishonest.

5 days ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

nukenerd Re:Barbara Streisand award (423 comments)

I've just left a negative review on Tripadvisor, and see that many others are doing the same. Join in!

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

nukenerd Re:Wind? Solar? (706 comments)

... nuclear is dirty. Until there's a failsafe solution to radiation leaks and nuclear waste storage, it will always be perceived as dirty.

Even if there is a "failsafe solution to radiation leaks", whatever you understand by that, people will remain against nuclear as long as the scaremongers bang on about it, which is their plan of course. As a nuclear power station engineer, with particular responsibility for safety, I can tell you that the plants already have failsafe features against radiation leakage to the extent that they are safer than most other human activities.

As for waste storage, it is a political problem, not a technical one.

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

nukenerd Re:user error (706 comments)

[I drive] with the cruise control on at every possible time (most cars have a feature that allows you to nudge your speed slightly faster/slower, which is more fuel efficient than disengaging it in order to adjust your speed.)

Eh? Why more efficient? Cruise control does nothing you can't do with your foot. Not on my car anyway, where the cruise actuator pulls the same throttle lever as the throttle pedal does.

And by the way, modern cars are so low emission that some of them actually clean up the air around them.

Miraculous, the Second Law of Thermodynamics broken at last. So they suck in CO2, breathe out Oxygen, and shit carbon bricks do they? I must be getting out of touch with progress.

about a week ago
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Public To Vote On Names For Exoplanets

nukenerd Re:Why so many restrictions? (127 comments)

I'm pretty sure that the Americas were named differently once. Well, the native population will simply have to get used to a new name

Actually, untravelled natives do not usually have a name for where they live - they don't need one, it is just "here". "Britain" was so named by the Romans, not the Britons. "England" means the "Land of the Angles", not the sort of name you give to your own place but is what a non-Angle would say.

In the UK, the most common names for rivers are "Ouse" and "Avon". They simply mean "River" in old languages. When I was a kid I lived by the River Wandle. Unless you were explaining it to an outsider, no-body ever referred to it in speech as "The Wandle" it was always just "the river".

about a week ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

nukenerd Re:Why? (750 comments)

The thug prowling around in the woods can take and spend my $20s

How many $20's do you take with you into the woods?

about a week ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

nukenerd Re:Why? (750 comments)

Why would you ever want a cashless society?

So you can audit and authorize where it goes. I can't audit a guy stealing cash from my wallet.

Audit all you like, you still might not get it back. Hell, they can't even stop most large-scale internet scams when you would think it easy to audit the trail.

A mugger could take at most about $50 from me (its equivalent - I am in the UK in fact, and in a rural area where muggings are almost unheard of). However a plastic card scam might lift about three orders of magnitude more than that.

about a week ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

nukenerd Re:Cash Needs To Go Away (750 comments)

There is a non-trivial fee associated with cash too. Cards are probably still more expensive, but not by as much as you may think.

I don't think you have much idea of the total cost of cards. It is not just the transaction fee that Visa rake in. My wife was a bookkeeper for a small company (trade supplier - guttering etc) and they thought long and hard about installing a credit card capability. It is not just the transaction fee that Visa rake in, the other fees were shocking too - set-up fee, deposit on the equipment, hire of the equipment, phone charges, admin charges. Having the facility was going to make a massive dent in the company's annual bottom line. The cost was much worse than taking cheques (which the banks are massivley discouraging too). That had to be balanced against the loss of customers who will only pay by plastic these days.

In the end, everyone would be worse off except the credit card company, who for some transactions would be making more profit than the merchant - just for having a computer running.

about a week ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

nukenerd Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (750 comments)

- tap a dollar value on your phone, tap your phone against mine, money moved

And what could possibly go wrong?

about a week ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

nukenerd Re:What? (750 comments)

...... the fact remains that money is a representation of wealth, and it's the only direct representation which you can own and have custody of irrespective of the banking system.

But modern money does rely on the banking system because it has no intrinsic value. Notes are just that - notes from the bank that they owe you X amount of dollars. Coin used to be worth their actual weight in copper, silver or gold (and was thus international) but those days have long gone. In the UK at least, the "copper" coins are copper-plated steel. Notes and coins only work because people want them to and trust them to, but that could break any time.

about a week ago

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