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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

sgbett Re:Surface: the only Hope (379 comments)

This is absolutely correct. I don't doubt the hipsters and the cool-seekers exist, but the fact that some people don't even grok that there is a whole archetype of other mac users says mare about them than the 'mac users' they claim to know so much about.

After ~9 years of a painful linux desktop experience I switched to OSX. Been ~6 years now and I've never regretted it.

about 2 months ago

BitPay, Toshiba Partnership Brings Bitcoin To 6,000 New Merchants

sgbett Re:What about taxation? (85 comments)

Sure the government can look at it, but then so can everyone else.

I know its a difficult proposition but transparency appears to have its benefits.

I can imagine a future where 'dark ages' refers to those centuries before the internet, when it was possible of brad people to terrible things in secret.

I think the fact that few humans can't be trusted, spoils 'privacy' for the many that can be. When privacy is used as a tool to further nefarious goals I think you have to look at what benefits it provides. Perhaps privacy only provides benefits because transparency has to date been largely unachievable (on any sort of equal footing). Does privacy benefit all equally? Am I some crazy socialist? or whacko libertarian? who knows! :)

This is a good experiment, and another notch in the bedpost of 'openness'.

about 2 months ago

BitPay, Toshiba Partnership Brings Bitcoin To 6,000 New Merchants

sgbett Re:What about taxation? (85 comments)

On the other hand doesn't this actually put the merchant at more risk? I get my goods, hop in the car, and ten minutes later he finds out I gave him bad bit coins.

Confirmations aren't as important as may have been originally thought...

It at least brings it into the realms of tolerable/insurable. Double spend is really hard, probably not worth the effort unless its a big (high value) purchase.

I'm sure there are exceptions, but high value purchases are probably worth hanging around a bit longer for, and probably involve some kind of warranty which in turn depends on some kind of identification.

Probably works just fine for the majority of cases, at least right now...

about 2 months ago

Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

sgbett Re:Make up your mind! (475 comments)

Maybe I am in the minority but i find it *very* acceptable. Coincidentally the figures they are bandying about are very close to how my tariff works.

I use AAISP in the UK. I switched to them on the premise they delver 'unfiltered' internet. They also don't do that 'unlimited' internet crap. All in all they are what anyone here with half a brain *should* want from their ISP. (technically savvy too)

Their base no-extras package give you 100GB a month, You can also pay for 200GB or 300GB up front for a slightly reduced rate, if you go over you get auto billed for another 50GB at £10.

Sure its not the cheapest internet, and it means I have to use ADSL (around 60-80meg, with the occasional very short outage) vs cable (150meg with virtually zero downtime in the 13 years I was with them)

im not shilling and I don't want your sign up bonus. I just want to make sure everyone knows about them so they never go away!

about 3 months ago

Google Testing Gmail Redesign

sgbett Re:Excellent! (218 comments)

I do, but its worth it.

about 3 months ago

First Transistors Made Entirely of 2-D Materials

sgbett Re:Not 2D (137 comments)

It will never sell! They should have said just a few atoms thin

about 3 months ago

"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

sgbett Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

I'm not debating the right to bear arms. I'm suggesting that there are some people who, when challenged, do certain things that suggest they are a little bit off kilter in the ethics department.

I'm all about choice. I hate the fact that means, to be consistent, I have to side with the pro-gun people.

There are nut jobs on both sides, but the ones with guns are more dangerous.

about 3 months ago

"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

sgbett Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

Why yes! Those kind of people sound *exactly* like the kind of people that should have guns!

about 3 months ago

How loud is your primary computer?

sgbett Re:Water cooling FTW (371 comments)

What is this "sport" that you speak of? Does it run on linux?

about 6 months ago

Bitcoin Exchange CEO Charlie Shrem Arrested On Money Laundering Charge

sgbett Re:HSBC (330 comments)

If my bank *ever* says that to me, then just watch how fast I close that account...

about 6 months ago

UK Benefits System In Deeper Trouble?

sgbett Re:Really??? (266 comments)

Not to mention that stills are the holy grail of 'out of context' editing - whilst the pictures may be accurate, video would be much more compelling.

These guys are bad enough without over egging the pudding. These techniques are how those in power influence the weak minded public. We should not stoop so low as to become their bedfellows in this respect.

Given enough rope, those in power will hang themselves. They seem to be doing a grand job of it. I don't mean to trivialise the unfortunate side effects of this process, but I do think they are somewhat unavoidable. So begin outraged is a little like shouting at the wind. You just have to try and do what you can in your little corner of the world to make things better for you and those around you. However big your corner might be.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Reproducible Is Arithmetic In the Cloud?

sgbett Re:bend reality (226 comments)

froty-second post!!!!42

about 8 months ago

Zuckerberg To Teach 10 Million Kids 0-Based Counting

sgbett Re:No zero (295 comments)

if you microwave only shows minutes, then yes they would. I think most show seconds though?

about 8 months ago

Zuckerberg To Teach 10 Million Kids 0-Based Counting

sgbett Re:No zero (295 comments)

When you put in 1 minute, the instant you press start it likely goes to 0:59, which is a property of the display.

If you could see ms you would see those counting down.

So you are still nuking your food for exactly a minute, just that the time remaining is always truncated.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

sgbett Re:Yes. (631 comments)

The gentoo way is that you should already know...

Of course, you should already know that ;)

about 10 months ago

What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

sgbett Re:Sugar (926 comments)

This is absolutely the most accurate post in this thread.

It boils down to calories, if yoour body gets more calories than it needs and/or it gets calories faster than it needs then it has to do something with them.

It stores them for later. As fat.

"processed" food lets both these things happen.

"unprocessed" food mitigates this.

There's that whole thing about cooking food allowing us to evolve because it meant we could eat more, get more nutrients etc well this is just taking that one step further. Not only do we cook it, but we refine it so that its easy to get a several thousand calorie surplus every day, and still go back for more. The super obese are great case studies in this, and a testemant to the efficiency of the human body in dealing with whatever we throw at it!

about a year ago



Google Search uses 1/2 a kettle of CO2

sgbett sgbett writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sgbett writes "Following on from the recent carbon neutral debate, The Australian has just published an article entitled Hidden harm of google searches which makes a bold assertion.

While millions of people tap into Google without a thought for the environment, a typical search generates about 7g of carbon dioxide. Boiling a kettle generates about 15g.

What I found more interesting though was the footnote...

...maintaining a character in the Second Life virtual reality game requires 1752 kilowatt hours of electricity a year. That is almost as much used by the average Brazilian.

I wonder how much CO2 the average WOWer grinds through a year!"


Bandai can ban pac-man

sgbett sgbett writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sgbett writes "Oh noes! It seems that Bandai are jumping on board the 'take down' wagon, by requesting that developers remove the facebook app pac-man. In its place a jukebox style sorry excuse for an arcade ... Wot no space invaders? To avoid visiting facebook, here is the announcement...

PacMan Is Gone Dear users — we have been asked by Bandai to remove Pacman from Facebook. So around 2-3pm PST today we will be taking Pacman off the application and replacing it with other games. We are truly sorry to have to take away your favorite game, but we will be talking with Bandai to hopefully be able to return Pacman to you — our devoted users. So in the meantime please enjoy the new games we will be adding every few days. Please let us know which ones you like or don't like. -DL Please hang in there we are making new and better games and we will be adding score tracking to those as well. We were caught by surprise by Bandai and they only gave us 24 hours to change it. We are still hoping to get PacMan back up by negotiating with Bandai.
Why not Contact them to express your appreciation!"

sgbett sgbett writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sgbett writes "The BBC reports that the BPI have been awarded 41million GBP in damages from online CD retailer CD-Wow. This follows a ruling earlier in the year in which CD-Wow were found in contempt of court for breaching a 2004 agreement to stop selling imported CDs which had been bought cheaply in places like Hong Kong.

In a statement, CD-Wow said the British courts had set a "dangerous precedent". CD-WOW is now calling for a full review of copyright law."

sgbett sgbett writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sgbett writes "So google changed there image search results page recently to a slicker web 2.0 approach, and in doing do have hidden what could be considered to be one of the most vital pieces of image metadata behind a mouseover. Imagaine a world where search only returned page titles, with no clue as to content — Could it be that google have got the UI wrong for once?"


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