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The Longhorn Dream Reborn

nzNick MSDN Licenses (254 comments)

Keep in mind, MSDN licenses are annual subscriptions - so MS developers pay for the dev tools EVERY YEAR, and they keep on paying .......

more than 3 years ago

NSA CS Man: My Tracking Algorithm Was 'Twisted' By the Government

nzNick The Shocking News... (267 comments)

..... and who in their right mind would thing for more then 1 second it would NOT be used to spy on the US - lets face it, if you want to black-male people you might as well target the richest country in the world first :-)

more than 3 years ago

Cellphones Get Government Chips For Disaster Alert

nzNick Advertsing (374 comments)

So how long will it be before someone sells this service for Advertising - or add a banner "this broadcast was brought to you by...."

more than 3 years ago

UK Government Wants to Spring Ahead Two Hours

nzNick NZ changed timezone dates last year (554 comments)

NZ changed the dates for it 'summer' last year - it was published a year out - all major distros and time servers had had the new dates loaded and it was mostly seamless.

MS even put out an update to update the timezone file on Windows ....

The only people that had any problems where those that where running old system (read big Unix/ mainframe system that never miss a beat - but do not accept updates either, due to being isolated from the outside world - they needed the timezone file to be manually updated) , or had not applied the updates.
Mostly - moving the date by 2 weeks at each end of 'summer' was a none event - but it meant I was able to get home and have beer on the deck in the afternoon sum :-)


more than 3 years ago

Book Review: OSGi and Apache Felix 3.0

nzNick Re:Uh, that's not just possible, it's super possib (52 comments)

Dude - OSGI is soooo much more then Tomcats class loader separation. Think of a SINGLE web app (war file in Tomcat) that needs to use two versions of the same jar file (think apache-commons).... This is OSGI -binding to specific library versions WITHIN the same class loader context - all dependencies specified in the manifest file. But I agree with the reviewer - if you are not running into enterprise level lass loader issues, dependency issues, and other resource management (pooling etc) management, you probably will be a while away from needing OSGI, but in an enterprise scale environment, OSGI solves some very nasty problems. Nick

more than 3 years ago

Why Mobile Innovation Outpaces PC Innovation

nzNick Mobile is Sexy - PCs are "old news" (231 comments)

Mobile is Sexy - PCs are "old news" - it is as simple as that. Marketing is saying that the future is mobile - so everyone is focusing their efforts to product mobile - PCs as we know then are dead - I would not be surprised if you will not be able to buy a PC as we know it in 5 yeas time. Nick

more than 4 years ago

For Automated Testing, Better Alternatives To DOS Batch Files?

nzNick It comes down to requirements (426 comments)

It depends on your requirements - if you can install other shells such as powershell, perl, java, python .... then pick your poison. If you want to maintain your initial statement of a single file (and here my assumption is that it must run an all windows machines in your network) - DOS works. Why make it pretty ? There is nothing wrong with a simple text menu in DOS - provided it is simple.

more than 4 years ago

Woman Claims Wii Fit Caused Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome

nzNick So If I fall off..... (380 comments)

So If I stand on my PC and fall off, and injure a nerve and develop any syndrome....... .am I allowed to say the PC caused it?

more than 4 years ago

U.S. Ecommerce To Be Broadly Taxed?

nzNick US Tax system is a pain (639 comments)

I feel sorry for you all with a tax system that is impossible to track.

The obvious solution is to ignore the fact that it is ecommerce and treat the sale as though the person was standing at the shop counter ordering goods - this is the idea behind ecommerce - a virtual shop.
This way the tax that should be applied is the tax of the state where the business is located. The sales channel should not effect the tax rate.

Back to my origional point - having differing state and regional tax rates is nuts. NZ introduced a flat tax (GST) on every item purchased or service rendered - no exceptions- some 15 years back - this is working well. Aus introduced a similar thing a few years back and it seems to be working- even though they added a whole bunch of exceptions that are exempt which increases the complexity of administratioon (AKA COST).

The US needs to bring its tax system in to the 1980's level of thinking (we wont ask you to advance too far:-) )

more than 9 years ago



Mega - is it really secure ?

nzNick nzNick writes  |  about 2 years ago

nzNick writes "OK so the new Mega.co.nz site is und running, and everyone is flocking to the service .... but reading the terms and conditions I see this ....

"8. Our service may automatically delete a piece of data you upload or give someone else access to where it determines that that data is an exact duplicate of original data already on our service. In that case, you will access that original data."

So If Mega does not have the encryption keys .... how does it do such a check?
"exact duplicate check" implies they can look at the data ... or am I missing somethig ?

I am interested in hearing how others interprete this clause in the contract."

Are we seeing the death of the PC ?

nzNick nzNick writes  |  more than 4 years ago

nzNick (721082) writes "Yesterday we saw a story about how innovation and application development is focusing on portable devices — no secret there, and no real surprise.
Today Intel announced the end of PCI.
The question I have for slashdotters is 'When will we see the end of the PC?'

By this I mean desktop machines, and I include many of the current laptops in this. Google has said the future is Mobile — all the Telcos around the world are promoting data services and trying to get a share of the mobile data pie.
Traffic congestion in all major cities has made many companies attempt to encourage working from home — this has been hampered in the most part by poor bandwidth and a lack of truly mobile devices and applications.

Does the iPad, iPhone, Android and other mobile devices start to expose a future direction of computing?
Will we start to see applications that currently run on PC's moved to the cloud, and being accessed from more and more portable devices.

I am predicting that the sale of PC's will be 50% of current levels in 5 years, and in 10 years PCs will only be used for legacy applications.
I am not talking about specialised machines, I think we will see an explosion of very specific form factor machines such as PVRs, mini 'Home' servers for storage and gaming platforms — but the general purpose PC that is in 90% of homes and offices — I suspect we are seeing the peek of it's existence now — and we are already beginning to see the mobile revolution overtake the PC.

Do you agree?
If so — do you thing my prediction of 5 years having a 50% reduction in current sales, and being all but extinct in 10 years is correct?

What are your thoughts on this topic



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