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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

sg_oneill Re:Recognition (140 comments)

It's not exactly the name recognition, it's the name's reputation.

Nokia: well recognized, well liked brand with positive reception everywhere,except amongst developers that actually programmed for Symbian.

Microsoft: well recognized, universally hated brand, regular finalist in "most hated company" competitions,but appreciated by developers for their excellent dev tools/environment.

Marketing 101 says: they picked the right name but for reasons that aren't readily clear to the general public

Spot the "hasn't programmed for pre smartphone era winmo" guy.

WinMo was as mangled as Symbian (And trust me Symbian was *BAD*) ,except you where coding in an OS for people who didnt understand telephones, and you where coding in an API that looked like the familiar Win32/16 api except it was completely goddamn different, nothing worked like it did on "real" windows, had different app lifecycles and was an even bigger nightmare than symbian to get your apps signed.

But now, finally the worlds are combined. Symbian and WinMo together at last , like lovers embracing in an endless vista of sewerage.

Ok yeah so now its all "slightly more sane" dot net winmo. But its still bad guys, face it.

4 hours ago
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Australian Physicists Build Reversible Tractor Beam

sg_oneill Re:Still a long way to go ... (65 comments)

Eh, the original Enterprise NX01 did pretty well for itself just using a good old fashion grappling hook. Plus slamming your foe with a grappling hook makes for bad-ass space fights.

yesterday
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Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

sg_oneill Re:not news (114 comments)

Governments are trying similar shit, by silencing dissent with summary penalties for as-yet undefined "trolling".

I can assure you the word "trolling" does not appear in legislation anywhere on the earth (except maybe in the misguided title of some legislation, perhaps). You'll find the law would be somewhat specific about what it defines as prohibited behavior, simply because the courts would shred the legislation if it isnt. At least the US, UK and Australian ones would.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

sg_oneill Re:Are you patenting software? (224 comments)

You patented n-tree storage in databases? How the f*** isn't that obvious?

Holy shit dude, you are EVERYTHING wrong with the software industry.

If you turned up at my workplace looking for work, you wouldn't just be rejected by our techs, you'd be strung up by them.

Bad people don't deserve to take jobs away from honest people.

about a week ago
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MAVEN Spies Mars' Atmosphere Leaching Out Into Space

sg_oneill Re:Wait... (63 comments)

We've also got a giant magnetic field thats keeping a lot of stuff in (I dunno how it works. Magnets!) and apparently Mars has lost its magenatism.

Its got something to do with our molten core.

about a week ago
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Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

sg_oneill Re:LOL. 'Climate change' indeed. (228 comments)

Yep. The term Climate change replaced was "The greenhouse effect" (Which was the term scientists where using when the science community first started sounding the warning about CO2 in the late 1800s). Global warming is the more recent term and was never really popular inside the scientific community.

This meme that this is some sort of new idea is getting a bit stupid.

about a week ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

sg_oneill Re:As expected (216 comments)

trying to enhance one's social position by pretending to fight for a "just" cause is not a good thing. In fact, its many times worse then status quo, cos the change they propose isn't there for the benefit of the group they claim to be rooting for, or whatever.

But this isn't what the majority of people labeled "SJWs" here do at all. Seriously, give us an example or I'm going to have to file this under "tin foil hat".

The main motivation behind the SJW's bitching, is the implied elevation of their position and the material and social goods that come from such an elevation.

Uh no. It would be "social justice". Hence the pejorative title of "social justice warrior".

Basically, they crate drama in hopes of profiting from it.

I'm honestly not seeing evidence of this. Critiques of popular culture are not "bitching" or "drama". They are critiques, an artform practiced by activists and academics since the greeks first started critiquing authoritarianism.

Fuck. That. Subhuman. Shit. You want to get paid more? work more. talk is free. now stfu.

Thats great advice. The problem is statistically men aren't working more, they are just getting paid more, and thats unfair.

about a week ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

sg_oneill Re:As expected (216 comments)

"The only ones promoting sexism are SJW's."

Yeah this is going to need a citation! Because I'm pretty sure "Stop staring at womens boobs" and "Raping people is bad" are not sexist statements!

about a week ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

sg_oneill Re:As expected (216 comments)

"Saw this story, knew the comments would provide ammo for the SJWs. Way to go, morons."

What actually is the weird obsession with "SJWs" (as a negative?!) on this site?

Is it that offensive that people would think sexism, racism and homophobia are a bit knuckledragging and stupid?

Like woah what an insult! Next thing we'll be snearing that people are "Great guys". "Hey hear about that fireman who saved a little old lady? Pffffttttt what a great guy." "Yeah. Douchebag great guys who needs em"

about a week ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

sg_oneill Re:Null hypothesis (294 comments)

This requires major violations of physics that I'm not comfortable with at all.

We know that theres a significantly increased amount of CO2 that we're able to fairly precisely quantify. We know that CO2 has a number of absorbsion spectra and that the maths to derive added energy into the climate system is easily derived and based on century old completely proven physics. This isn't controversial unless you discover some mechanism that makes physics stop working (Whilst somehow fooling the instruments to make it look like physics laws are still working. I dunno, orgone energy? ghosts?) , in which case, congrats on your Nobel prize.

So the question remains. If the energy isn't being stored as heat or kinetic energy (storms and stuff), and we know that at least SOME of it is, then where is the rest? Thermodynamics can't just be handwaved.

Anthopogenic climate change *IS* the null hypothesis dude, and its so far still utterly proven and somewhat serious.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

sg_oneill Re:Everyone should just say "interesting" (294 comments)

"This article is going to make the anti AGW people feel vindicated"

They shouldn't. The alternative explainations as to where that energy is going are far more concerning. If the energy is not being disipated into the deeper oceans, then its being concentrated elsewhere. Candidates include: Siberian traps. Arctic/Antarctic pole melt. Upper ocean (And thats an "oh shit" possibility), and so on.

about two weeks ago
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Infected ATMs Give Away Millions of Dollars Without Credit Cards

sg_oneill Re:This doesn't add up (83 comments)

If you have access to the ATM physically, why not just take the cash there and then?

Not as easy as you think. A guy who used to live in the apartments across from me was a retired burglar. Found god in prison, went straight, yada yada. One of his old tricks was burglaring ATM machines. Apparently his trick was he'd tie a chain to the ATM and the other side to stolen truck and take off down the road with the ATM in tow. He'd then get out with a few men and lift the ATM into the truck and make a run for it.

It would take them about 4-5 days to extract the money. Apparently the cash reserves are booby-trapped so that tampering with the mechanism would destroy the cash. As a result removing the money was a complicated procedure involving slow dismantling and a lot of welding.

After his third attempt at it, they got a newer one, that was battery backed and had some sort of radio thing in it. Cops tracked it and they where done.

about two weeks ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

sg_oneill Re: Only the beginning (236 comments)

Yes but your nitpicking to evade a perfectly reasonable point.

The absolute vast majority of Linux distros and OSX have bash enabled by default.

That is not true of the majority of (Non OSX) BSD variants however.

about a month ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

sg_oneill Re:Not the government's fault. (212 comments)

People get the government they deserve. Hey Canada, you guys still taking Aussies immigrants? I gotta get out of here. Because ... you know, ... terrorists and stuff.

Normally I'd advocate going to New Zealand, which is sort of australias version of canada.Younger, more progressive and with the benefit of hindsight from watching its hillbilly neighbor.

Buuuuuut no, the kiwis just voted their conservatives back in too, so we're screwed.

The antipodes are the meth laboratory of democracy.

about a month ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

sg_oneill Re:Australia voted... for a kick in the nuts. (212 comments)

One berk with a knife takes some swipes at a pair of police officers and twenty years of work by civil liberties activists are done because the tories are shouting and stamping their feet that we are under some sort of attack from eeeeevil terrorists.

I'm sorry, I live in northbridge, inner-city perth. The place is a stabbing range at the best of time. I bet people are stabbing at cops every other day.

Oh no, I'm terrified of brown people, here you go officer , have my rights, I'm too scared to use them!!!!!!

Pathetic.

about a month ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

sg_oneill Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

Same cable companies (I'm looking at YOU foxtel) that convinced the incoming australian conservative government to cancell the national fibre optic broadband network half way thru construction because it'd compete with cable TV.

These people are seriously harmful to democracy.

about a month ago
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Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

sg_oneill Re:BS (119 comments)

Chernobyl is *mostly* safe but there are still, and will remain still, some residual effects.

To be honest, the stupid war with russia is probably more dangerous to the folks of that region right now however.

On the other hand fear of Chernobyl radiation may well be keeping soldiers out, making it paradoxically one of the safer areas in the region.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

sg_oneill Re: Read Slashdot (479 comments)

Nobody spends 10+ years as a researcher to become a cable guy. What a PhD confers is not just "Hey this guy is a specialist in this tiny obscure field", but "This guy is a researcher and has the stones to stick with it".

My advice is simple, work in research. Don't send your resumes to dime a dozen web coder or networking shops or whatever. Get them out to microsoft , google and the big research shops (Is Xerox parc still a thing?) And of course , to ALL the universities. Find more research. Now that you've done the PhD , the tedium of PhD work is over. You can focus on what you where born to do, research the cutting edge, get grants and publish publish , publish.

about a month ago
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Assembling a Micro-scale Biochemistry Lab Like Snapping LEGOs Together

sg_oneill "FPGA" chemistry on a chip=Star trek replicator (26 comments)

"Make this drug on a chip" is kind of awesome, but the next step is the "FPGA" equivilent where novel compounds can be downloaded to it and have it assemble them from base compounds up. What might be implausible industrially due to having too many steps becomes plausible on the very small scale. From here we have the ability to have standard chemical inputs generate any given chemical output and we're on the way to 3D printers that can print almost anything. Thinking futuristically here, but thats your first step to a genuine star trek replicator without having to resort to imaginary quantum woo

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

sg_oneill Re:Dial up can still access gmail (334 comments)

Yeah I think your right actually. Its nearly 30 years ago, so in my defence my memory is somewhat hazy on the exact details of how the "poke of doom" worked.

about a month ago

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Banner project kickstarter cruises past $500K, aims for $700K

sg_oneill sg_oneill writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sg_oneill writes "Promising vikings, stunning hand animated graphics, set piece turn based battles and now an orchestral score, Stoic Studio, an indy game outfit started by veteran game developers from the SW:TOR project, have exceeded their original $100K pitch to net a stunning $580K in kick starter funding for its "Banner Saga" game.. The project now is aiming for $700 stating that reaching this goal will allow for a full orchestra soundtrack, XBLA port and some expanded end game content such as user buildable cities. With only a few days left, the race is on to make this game epic. With its vikings, epic orchestra content, turn based warfare and Disney style hand drawn animation, banner is already set to become one of the most anticipated indy games of 2012."
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