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Startups a Safer Bet Than Behemoths

pete-wilko Re:Tech innovator? WRONG! (378 comments)

Welcome to the FUD machine and astroturf emporium that slashdot has become.

about 4 years ago
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Google and Verizon In Talks To Prioritize Traffic (Updated)

pete-wilko Re:This is an outright lie. (410 comments)

There is clearly a massive FUD campaign on right now with net neutrality, slashdot is a prime breeding ground right now.

about 4 years ago
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Google and Verizon In Talks To Prioritize Traffic (Updated)

pete-wilko Re:New York Times has odd sources (410 comments)

Slashdot has been infested by FUD merchants. Recently it came out how digg is being gamed worse than was thought - with selective editing here, I would not be surprised if slashdot was similarly infected.

about 4 years ago
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Scientific R&D At Home?

pete-wilko Re:What are the chances? (398 comments)

That's actually a really excellent point about being a part of a community. One of the crucial parts of being a scientist is being aware of what has come before, and what others are doing - aka literature reviews and reading. Things like arxiv.org are great resources for being able to access this material without having to pay the traditional expenses with getting access to various journals etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans

pete-wilko Re:Retarded (570 comments)

One of those stories that everyone takes credit for, but appears to have some basis in truth:

http://37signals.com/svn/posts/1244-defining-the-problem-of-elevator-waiting-times

http://www3.sympatico.ca/karasik/GF_evolution_of_legend.html

http://www.shmula.com/384/on-queueing-and-elevator-mirrors

Getting the definitive source will be neigh on impossible, but those are rough pointers. Either way its illustrative of requirements engineering/user perceptions/problem analysis.

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans

pete-wilko Re:Retarded (570 comments)

Yes, because increasing user satisfaction shouldn't be an objective for a browser which is constantly trying to increase its market share...

Much like the story of people complaining about elevators taking too long to arrive, and the installation of mirrors stopped the complaints, this is much the same. If users perceive the browser to be faster, then that is just as important as it being faster from a user satisfaction point of view.

more than 4 years ago
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The Seven Hidden Browsers In the Windows Ballot

pete-wilko Re:IE engine with a new GUI (246 comments)

I also read this as well, and agree with your sentiments. How exactly any of these is an alternative browser to IE is beyond me when they are using the trident rendering engine.

Actually the summary is awful - of the 7 lesser known browsers - Avant, Maxthon, Slepnir are using trident (MSHTML). Appreciate that they may well be individual legitimate projects and not meaning to cast any aspersions on them, but having an additional 3 options which are how MS renders the web and whatever fobiles that entails, just seems wrong.

more than 4 years ago
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LG's Windows Phone 7 Series Early Prototype

pete-wilko Re:Yeah, about the software (103 comments)

That was the point I was going for. No idea why the mods have moderated my initial post as flamebait - makes no sense. As you say, was highlighting that the specs are the same as many phones out there - im genuinely interested in how win 7 mobile plays out - but this article offers nothing at all on that. Meh, meta-moderation is a great thing ;)

more than 4 years ago
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LG's Windows Phone 7 Series Early Prototype

pete-wilko Yeah, about the software (103 comments)

The whole point of interest in this story should be the phone's OS - win 7 mobile - as that's the novelty. Instead we get a friggin hardware rundown. So what? The text from TFA is the same as the blurb, save yourself a page click till there is some actual interesting useful information there. The video is also next to useless, half of it is looking at the phone turned off. Reminds me why I don't read engadget.

more than 4 years ago
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ARM Exec Says 90% of PC Market Could Be Netbooks

pete-wilko Re:Key message, "No operational barrier" (307 comments)

um.... how? microsoft may get their act together and support the arm architecture. how does that involve arm selling out?

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Tablet Rumor Wrap Up

pete-wilko Re:Early Prediction (348 comments)

It's a bet! Will have to wait 3-6 months after release though to see how it plays in the wild.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Tablet Rumor Wrap Up

pete-wilko Early Prediction (348 comments)

My prediction: that the massive amount of hype built up for this will mean a spectacular write-up of the device regardless of the quality - or else there will be a lot of egg on various 'tech reporters' faces. Also I loved the penny-arcade comic on this: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/1/22/

more than 4 years ago
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EA Shutting Down Video Game Servers Prematurely

pete-wilko Re:Direct multiplayer? (341 comments)

mmm - yeah, the NAT stuff does make sense - although the few broker multiplayer stuff i've played always had a 'host' player - who if they disconnected then the whole session terminated. But yeah what you're saying makes sense - probably depends on definition of 'server' - but yeah thinking about it, the EA server is probably routing the data, so in otherwords - totally screwed if your games on that list!

more than 4 years ago
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EA Shutting Down Video Game Servers Prematurely

pete-wilko Direct multiplayer? (341 comments)

There's one thing i've never been that clear on with multiplayer gaming on consoles (only just got one, still avid PC gamer) - if you've 'friended' someone, eg on PSN or Live, are you still able to initiate a direct multiplayer game with that person? Or is an EA server still required to act as some sort of broker?

From what I understand, I thought each of these games on consoles, that one of the players will be the 'server' - and that the role of the EA server is matchmaking etc, but clarification would be cool. That is, is it possible to initiate a multiplayer session directly with another user, without the broker (i.e. EA Server)?

more than 4 years ago
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Yahoo Offered Lap Dances At Hack Event

pete-wilko Re:The Fucking Crybabies (572 comments)

Disappointed had to read this far down to find this comment. The dis-proportionality in gender ratios in IT for western countries is pretty demoralizing. Having said that there are greater balances in developing nations. To perpetuate a culture which discourages 50% of the population from looking into IT as a career path means we are missing out on some pretty good talent.

more than 4 years ago
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SCO Terminates Darl McBride

pete-wilko Re:And along those lines... (458 comments)

Surely we can just look at his public LinkedIn profile? ;)

more than 4 years ago
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Bad PC Sales Staff Exposed

pete-wilko Re:Tesco off by a few letters - ass summary (650 comments)

I think the rough gist was that netbooks are generally underpowered and you wouldn't look at running productivity suites on them - web browsing etc fine, etc, etc.

This of course is referring to modern bloatware suites, as opposed to stuff like WP5.1 which i'm sure my 701 could run ;)

more than 4 years ago
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Bad PC Sales Staff Exposed

pete-wilko Re:Tesco off by a few letters - ass summary (650 comments)

Meh - I see it as a minor error, which in the (crap) article the rep actually correct straight after he said it - so if a rep makes an error and corrects it I don't see the problem.

The definition of netbook is also quite varied - the rep's wasn't great, but the general gist of what was being aimed at wasn't far off.

more than 4 years ago
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Bad PC Sales Staff Exposed

pete-wilko Re:Tesco off by a few letters - ass summary (650 comments)

Man i'm even more pissed at whatever jerkoff/editor did this story - the boxout 'quote' is "Netbook is the new name for laptop. They're just small notebooks without word processors"

Screw those chumps, looking at the article that is not the direct quote, as he corrected himself, presumable said some other stuff, then the netbook comment.

Maybe i've just had this notebook in my lap too long.

more than 4 years ago

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3 P2P Strikes and Banned by largest Irish ISP

pete-wilko pete-wilko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pete-wilko (628329) writes "Just when things didn't look sucky enough, the Irish Times reports that having been sued by the record labels (EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner), the country's largest ISP Eircom will be implementing 'warnings' to filesharers with a 3 strikes policy. 2 Warnings then a ban. And of course the IP's are being supplied by the record industry, so they are totally legit. To make things 'fair' the big 4 will now take ""all necessary steps" to put similar agreements in place with all other internet service providers (ISPs) in Ireland". A craptastic precedent to be tried now in other jurisdictions."
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MacPro's may be emitting toxic odours

pete-wilko pete-wilko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pete-wilko (628329) writes "Appears as if there is an issue with MacPro's reported in the French newspaper Liberation, as reported by The Age — http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2008/10/02/1222651229837.html. The odour from the MacPro's may include toxic chemicals including benezene which can cause cancer. Apparently Apple may have known this since last December but has yet to make any official announcement. Reasons for the odour may include resins on the motherboard through to plastic strips inside the case."

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