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Modern Warfare 2 Not Recalled In Russia After All

papershark Re:bunch of gun jumping idiots (94 comments)

What’s the phrase, Lies travel halfway around the world before truth has got its boots on!

On the surface it looked like a puff piece that always comes along with blockbuster hits.
Stuff always gets changed for localised markets. Cow death gets deleted for the Indian market (I’m thinking of Mars Attacks) and so on. When it’s a hit it becomes a story. That’s all!

more than 5 years ago

Comic Books Improve Early Childhood Literacy

papershark The real reason teachers don't like comics. (127 comments)

I used to read American comics when I was a little kid, today I have a masters in English Literature.
I really find it hard to hate comics... although a broadly agree that about 98 percent of what is published is crap and nonsense. Sure it's functionally literate nonsense, but really, this is no different to all mainstream publishing.

Both bad comics and bad books are good a creating functionally literate people if that is all you really want. I suspect quantity of action, which rises as a child finds material that engages them is the most important factor in creating literate abilities needed within a information culture. Trust me... comics more than surpass this.

Educationalists’ will package reading as a recreation because unlike food, a lot of crap will not damage a child's literacy.
Although it may damage their taste.

The problem could be that an illiterate child can enjoy a comic without reading it... well not reading the text at least.
I suspect the problem (insecurity) for educationalist is in grading a comic at reading levels, which would be practically impossible.

I picked up a French Tin Tin book (in a second hand shop) and enjoyed for about 15 minutes it in a way that undetectable to any one who could not know that I have very very poor reading skills in French. Such a situation if unthinkable in classroom.

more than 5 years ago

Archiving Digital Artwork For Museum Purchase?

papershark Their problem, not yours. (266 comments)

Just about everything in art rots and falls apart. From festering underpants on Traci Emins bed, to newspaper cuttings stuck on Picasso montages. If what you have made is of value, they will be forced to think of a way of slowing that rot.
You could make art out of rock; it could end up as landfill if it is crap enough.
You best bet at longevity is quality.

more than 4 years ago

The Case For Mandatory Touch-Typing In High School

papershark Re:That's not really the issue here. (705 comments)

The main problem with touch-typing class is that it really is one of those things that takes about 10mins to learn, then requires about a hundred hours to practice. You don't need a school... you just need to handout free copies of The Typing of the Dead or something similar.

more than 5 years ago

PageRank Algorithm Applied To the Food Web

papershark Re:Why is this surprising? (94 comments)

Not to mention SEO and PR... he must be reapplying for funding soon!

more than 5 years ago

Will You Stream Or Download Your Mobile Music?

papershark Re:I'll take what's behind Door 3, Alex. (175 comments)

Hey common guys. surely those companies that charge 20pence to send a 160 character message must be working their hardest to put together a great deal for those kids.

more than 5 years ago

Japan Plans $21B Space Power Plant

papershark Re:Japan has the resources and the government... (550 comments)

but if you turned it into a space based laser and used it to hold up the countries with oil... then the ROI might work out a little better.

more than 5 years ago

PS3-Compatible Phone Coming in October

papershark Re:Sony with your Sony (92 comments)

And how much can i expect to pay for this new way of of buying stuff through a restricted channel?

more than 5 years ago

James Murdoch Criticizes BBC For Providing "Free News"

papershark It's not free (703 comments)

BBC News is not free. I pay for it with my taxes and TV licence.

more than 5 years ago

British Video Recordings Act 1984 Invalid

papershark Re:OMG, freedom. (340 comments)

Well yes and no. For some matters the Law Lords are the highest court in the land (This would be similar to the American Supreme Court) (The Law lords do not make law, but interoperate it) on others the European union is the highest, and should you wish to take an issue further (not higher) you could.
It is worth noting that on such matters where Europe makes the law, it is only by act of UK parliament, and can be removed by that parliament... and future parliament are not bound by and may remove themselves should they wish.
Just because a parliament gives the power to make law to another body, it is not necessarily a loss of sovereignty. For example, many parliament will let an unelected body of experts draught law on matters such as technical safety and flight.

anyone can make my law... and i see no issue of sovereign power. but when they control the money in my pocket (The Euro) then the throne of power really has moved to a different place.

more than 5 years ago

Criminals Prefer Firefox, Opera Web Browsers

papershark Re:So the story is.. (172 comments)

Ask a bugler where he hides his money... ask a hacker what browser he uses.

more than 5 years ago

British Hacker Loses Review of Asperger's Defense

papershark Re:UK Law vs US Law (278 comments)

I have tried to have no bias in my comment, but if you detect it... I am English if they help contextualise it.

1. That the law was broken in the UK, and US should bring the complaint to the British authorities. If they do not find the resolve they wish through authorities than, and only then should they invoke any extradition agreement.

2. That is Britain or any country does not like the terms of an agreement, then they should have not entered into it. If (as in this case) there is a massive disparity in the in the guilty term, then we (The English) should have pushed for a clues cover what the British define as cruel or unusual or extreme... such as the death penalty, or 60 years.

3. All both UK and USA have a sense of honour and pride that has been damaged in this... Embarrassment on the part of the USA that needs to make out that some who tried the password '12345' (or whatever) is crafty hacker (The reality was a craft-less system). The UK that needs to show it's not America's bitch. Both have something to gain in dragging this out for a bit.

4. I have no doubt that the American court will recognise such things as 'compulsive behaviour', reduced responsibility. I think that American court has to recognise circumstantial evidence, and other evidence from a partner as being a fundamental part of any extradition agreement. I personally would like to Americans better manage that.

5. I find it hard to understand why we see 'stupidity' as mitigating on the part of the Hacker and damning on the part of the dipshits that set up a swiss-cheese of a system for the Americans. Sure I believe that the hacker broke the law and should get a fine (that is balanced to personal circumstance), and maybe a few months time and record. But he was not responsible for the security of system, and not negligent of that system, (and he did not damage the system, but i reconise the endless damage to organisations assurance and dependence on it) and it is my opinion the negligent party (who has not broken law, but a contract to supply a 'secure' system) who is most responsible for the cost (in terms of embarrassment) and the cost of audit, and the cost of locking an open door.

more than 5 years ago

Ray Bradbury Loves Libraries, Hates the Internet

papershark Re:God Bless Him (600 comments)

Alexandria is proof that these old medias need a redundancy system as much as the new.

I think all who love knowledge will understand that the internet (amongst other things) is supplemental to the library, just as the library is supplemental to the memory of a society.

(I mean 'supplemental' in a fashion that is distinct from 'additional' or 'replacement' )
The prince is supplemental to the king... not additional:
'The king is dead, long live the king'.

I love the internet because I can see can see that they are, in every human sense of it's meaning, is a continuation and improvement of the same thing.

more than 5 years ago

Memory Usage of Chrome, Firefox 3.5, et al.

papershark Re:Finally... (505 comments)

Saying that Linux is safer is like say that wearing a 'Dragon's Karate Dojo' T-shirt makes your safer. It's not the T-shirt... it's the practice of the owner that makes him safer.

There might be some rub-off safety for those that wear the T-shirt, but don't do the karate.

If everyone who didn't do karate thought they were safer wearing this T-shirt, it would become convenient for muggers to attack them.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Launches New "Get the Facts" Campaign

papershark Re:Lies and Lying Liars. (524 comments)

Everything they sounds pretty much meaningless enough sales newspeak to avoid legal action.

It's not a lie if I say 'cassette tape sure beats CD's for rewindability' (BIG GREEN TICK)


That cassette tapes have a 'punch out tab security system that your music CD's lack' (BIG GREEN TICK)

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Licensing a "Disaster" For XP Shops

papershark Re:HOLY FUCK (567 comments)

Just some random thought's on the matter that are barely strung together.

It is a strange problem when people clearly want to buy new technology, but they don't want new software on it.

I had this 12 year old car, it had a lot of problems... but I knew how to deal with every problem that came up, and and i just never could get used to the idea of changing it for a car that was 6 years old. It may have half the problems... but if they were unfamiliar they they take forever to fix.

Getting rid of the car would mean getting rid of the useful knowledge that I had.

I think that MS are making a mistake in the way that they are continuing to monetise their software. the everyday the os and office is as essential as the office chair. Essential, but by no means should it cost £500, and yet more to upgrade down the line.

If I were in an the boardroom at MS I would be trying to think or way of keeping the gravy train running for as long as i can.

In the end, the computers you do business on will be like the portable radios that buy on holiday and you don't care when you drop it in the pool.

In my neck of the woods... the next battle will be lost for MS when when Google Docs word processor gets an outline mode.

more than 5 years ago

Camara Goes On Offense Against the RIAA

papershark Re:Look that gift horse in the mouth, Jammie (316 comments)

if by 'most' you mean all the indie music played on TV and radio and in record shops.
This has more to do with publicists that push on to the airwaves rather than the meaning of 'most'

Let me assure that (IMO) there is some is mighty fine alternative music out there that has no Major Label affiliation...


more than 5 years ago

Google Outlines the Role of Its Human Evaluators

papershark Re:Summary, missing from TFS (62 comments)

In every SEO conversation i have had, it still interesting how people think it's better to make a page interesting for some unseen calculating computer in Google head office. rather than making a page that is interesting to people and tagging it accurately at straightforwardly.

No matter how limited human review is, I am sure that the notion that real people evaluating a page for relevance is a good thing for all concerned.

In reality I think that most of this review activity will be directed at the 'to good to be true' red flags that are being thrown up by all this blogging that is been done by marketeers with laser beam strategy to capture topical traffic.

more than 5 years ago

Internet Explorer 6 Will Not Die

papershark Re:Developers should charge more for IE6 support (531 comments)

This was something that I have had to address a couple of times. The simple truth is that a IE6 website takes me more time. I'm happy to do it, if your happy to pay. I have found that the most compelling argument for clients is the 'SEO' and the suggestion that Google indexing favours valid mark-up.

This is how i address it the issue for my customers in my FAQ's or if i need to email a reply on the subject

21. Will my web site work with Internet Explorer 6 (IE6)?

You may have noticed that this web site does not look right if your are viewing on Internet Explorer 6. IE6 was a good browser in it's day, but it it is almost 9 years old now. When any company has a web site created it must make the choice as to whether it will render on old technology or whether it must be standards compliant for future technology. We could have used any amount of little tricks and hacks to get web site to look closer to as it intended in IE6, but this would have been at the expense of standards compliance and valid code. We have made the decision to inform IE6 users why the site is not rendering as they expected (a situation that probably doesn't surprise them).

Please note that we can create web sites that render on a 2001 browser. But we cannot guarantee 2009 functionality and security. And given that an IE6 focused development is based around creating 'valid code', and then hacking it to work in the browser the ultimate result is a longer development process with compromised functionality for the vast amount of users.

Both Google and Facebook are sending the same message... you can use out site with IE6, but with limited functionality. We don't think continued support is viable given that web trends suggest that less than 4% of web surfers will be using this browser by the end of this year. In short we feel that the tipping point for support for this old software has passed in preference for stability in future browsers. And we are advising our Clients of the same.

However we recognise that statistics can be misleading, just because a small amount of people use IE6, it could be a significant amount of people that you are trying to target. Sometimes focusing development to a browser could be your best strategy. And we will do all we can help you with that.

It is worth pointing out that Microsoft themselves admit that IE6 is 'less safe' than later browsers
We urge you to use and encourage your employees to use a W3C Standards compliant browser such as Firefox, Safari, Opera, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 8. These Browsers are free, and all are easy to install on any computer they are continually updated to be secure and more reliable they have more function and they are faster.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft's New Multiple-Browser Tester

papershark Re:Web standards (221 comments)

Agreed. I kind of want to than MS for a product that does this. But it would of kind of be like thanking God for inventing chemotherapy. It obviously begs the question...why the cancer?

more than 4 years ago


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