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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

nyctopterus Re:There is no comparision (131 comments)

Yes how could ever compare to groups that might have a significant amount of overlap? It can't be done! There's no branch of mathematics that would allow us to do such a thing! It's impossible.

2 days ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

nyctopterus Re:Real Work (193 comments)

These are nearly all civil servants, not politicians. Since the boroughs do sanitation, roads, parks, etc., I'm sure there's a lot of systems to interface with.

about two weeks ago
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Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

nyctopterus Re:When should you abandon a service for error? (127 comments)

I would stay with them if they were relatively transparent about what went wrong, and what they are doing to prevent such occurrences in the future. Especially if we're dealing with relatively new sorts of tech services.

about two weeks ago
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Malware Attack Infected 25,000 Linux/UNIX Servers

nyctopterus Re:It needs to be funny (220 comments)

You sound like you're a lot of fun, and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

about a month ago
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Movie and TV GUIs: Cracking the Code

nyctopterus Re:Facial recognition (74 comments)

This would be defensible if most fiction was good, but it's not. Way too much of it is stupid and predictable. It could do with a good injection of the sorts of uncertainties and unpredictability real life holds.

about a month ago
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PETA Abandons $1 Million Prize For Artificial Chicken

nyctopterus Re:Wouldnt want it (191 comments)

Or, you know, a typo. If you want to rail against 'could care less'ers, why not go find an actual example?

about a month and a half ago
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PETA Abandons $1 Million Prize For Artificial Chicken

nyctopterus Re:Wouldnt want it (191 comments)

What the hell? There are a hell of a lot of vegetarians that don't eat meat for ethical reasons! There are also a lot of meat-eaters, like me, who have a sense of unease about eating animals but can stop because they are so delicious.

about a month and a half ago
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The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

nyctopterus Re:haxe language (209 comments)

Wow, that's some ugly syntax for a modern programming language.

about 3 months ago
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SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs About 5%

nyctopterus Re:Poor statistics (512 comments)

Okay, but seriously, you should be backed up - relying on warning from your HDD is appalling stupid if you've got stuff you really need to keep. Weekly disk image? What is this, 2002? Seriously, good hourly incremental backups are really easy now, there's no excuse for this kind of cobbled together dodgy shit.

about 7 months ago
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Samsung Offered StackOverflow Users $500 For "Organic" Publicity

nyctopterus Re:Samsung, Apple, Phhft (146 comments)

You've missed the edict, Google is the enemy now. Larry Page is Satan.

about 9 months ago
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Length of Applause Not Tied To Quality of Presentation

nyctopterus Re:This just in! (138 comments)

So Stalin just sat there and let this go on? I mean, apart from the fact that it was stupid, cruel and absurd, it also must have been pretty boring. The more you read about him, however, the more you realise he enjoyed the absurdity of the whole thing. He really was quite terrifying.

about 10 months ago
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The Nielsen Family Is Dead

nyctopterus Re:No, we don't (170 comments)

People of all ages watch all sorts of shows, and indeed Downton Abbey is so popular that people of all ages must be watching it. No, I was responding to the comment "young enough that I feel peer pressure to watch Downton Abbey", which suggested that Downton Abbey's audience was skewed younger, whereas I think in the UK it would be skewed older. And just to answer your specific point, let's call 40 the midpoint.

1 year,29 days
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The Nielsen Family Is Dead

nyctopterus Re:No, we don't (170 comments)

You said that you are "young enough that I feel peer pressure to watch Downton Abbey" - which I found odd, given that although it's a very popular show in the UK, being young would not increase the peer pressure to watch it.

1 year,29 days
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The Nielsen Family Is Dead

nyctopterus Re:No, we don't (170 comments)

This is hilarious, Downton Abbey was clearly aimed at the older demographic in the UK, and is, in fact, largely watched by them. As most period dramas are. Are you guys saying that it's a young person's show in the US?

1 year,29 days
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Testing an Ad-Free Microtransaction Utopia

nyctopterus Re:this isn't really testing the hard part (248 comments)

I agree with this, sites set their subscriptions way too high. I think something like Flattr, attached to something everyone already had money in (Paypal? iTunes? Google something? Amazon? Facebook credits?) might work on an okay scale.

about a year ago
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Testing an Ad-Free Microtransaction Utopia

nyctopterus Re:Or (248 comments)

Mod parent up!

I think this is also the reason it's pretty cheap - it's easy to see exactly how much money campaigns directly generate, which is very small amounts per impression. These metrics don't take in to account brand-recognition, so I suspect online advertising is an undervalued business.

about a year ago
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Testing an Ad-Free Microtransaction Utopia

nyctopterus Re:Or (248 comments)

You again. So you oppose the creation of a system that would allow people you want to pay for content do that, while keeping it freely available for those who don't? You're loopy.

about a year ago
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Testing an Ad-Free Microtransaction Utopia

nyctopterus Re:No actual money is involved (248 comments)

Why are you so angry at what would be a voluntary system that might be beneficial for both parties? It's very strange. Since it wouldn't affect you in any way, what the fuck is your problem?

about a year ago
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Did Google Tip Off EU About Microsoft Browser Ballot?

nyctopterus Re:Who cares? (187 comments)

You obviously haven't heard - nobody uses desktops any more, we're all using our phones, tablets, smartwatches and cyborg glasses now. 90% of nothin' is nothin'.

about a year ago
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DRM Chair Self-Destructs After 8 Uses

nyctopterus Re:You wouldn't? (215 comments)

Yes, I'll happily download a film that falls apart after one watch. I'm not a kid any more, I very, very rarely watch a film more than once. If rental is cheaper, I'm happy to buy into that system.

about a year ago

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