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VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

smallfries Re:Does It Matter? (274 comments)

I tried to use this a while ago with local unique passwords. Could not get it to work without allowing unauthenticated logins, which was a bit scary. Seemed like a neat feature though as it is more available than rdp/vnc running inside the guest. Will probably have another go when I get some time. In combination with teleporting guests between hosts I can have some fun.

yesterday
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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

smallfries Re:Think of the children! (408 comments)

Ah a drive by troll. How refreshing. Today I am bored enough to respond.

Once there was a Mongol army of such power and ferocity that it came close to wiping out western civilisation as we know it. So you are suggesting we should worry about that happening again? Are you really worried about getting nuked today, or tomorrow? I'm not. But then again I associate the frequency of an event with the risk of it reoccurring. I guess that by your reckoning we should not, and that all events that have ever happened are equally probable in the future, so we should treat them all the same.

I will now start worrying about herds of velociraptors raging across major cities causing carnage and destruction. After all, it is about the same level of hysteria as complaints that the one-time mob attack of a paediatrician is relevant 15 years after the event.

4 days ago
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

smallfries Re:You nerds need to get over yourselves (211 comments)

How much experience do you have, and what is it worth?

I've seen hundreds of students who try to learn to program. Some of them have the right kind of mind for it and most don't. The ratio seems to be about 40:60, which is what has been recorded in the literature as being the norm for most samples.

The right kind of mind is not necessarily that clever. It is not a 'special mind' in any kind of wonderful precocious sense. It is normally people who see through superficial explanations, that have a knack for modelling cause and effect in abstract systems that they cannot manipulate directly. I'm not sure how it relates to other clusters of skills that people may possess, but I have never seen any effective way to teach it to somebody who does not possess it naturally.

I've tried various methods of teaching it directly to students that do not have it. None of them have worked so far. I still hope that it is something that can be taught, although my experience so far suggests otherwise.

5 days ago
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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

smallfries Re:Think of the children! (408 comments)

It happened once. 15 years ago. Stop recycling it.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

smallfries Re:Scroll-wheel buttons mostly suck. (429 comments)

Well yeah, those gold cables weigh a bit more but the speed of the extra conductivity is worth it. Helps to give a desk that touch of bling as well.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

smallfries Re:Simple solution (429 comments)

I don't get it, if you have three fingers up top what is left over to accidentally brush that strange button that you've never configured that just seems to make the x server freeze for long to start to worry you before it comes back to life?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

smallfries Re:Simple solution (429 comments)

No, but I would if I could. A mouse button that interrupts processes would make me a little bit erect.

about a week ago
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NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

smallfries Re:Hey! I've been gypped! (145 comments)

This car has a 6000cc engine. True, only 5500cc can be used at once, but if the main engine is switched off then the little 500cc engine on the side can do a golf cart impression pretty well.

about a week ago
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Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

smallfries Re:Families (218 comments)

Interesting cases, thanks for the reply.

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

smallfries Re:Midrange? (114 comments)

I'm using an Asus PB287Q with a GTX970. It sits on the boundary, so Elite Dangerous and Wolfenstein are comfortable in 4k. Far Cry and Metro need to drop to 2560x1440 to hit 50-60fps. Anything under 40fps is unplayable on this combo, not so much to do with looking bad, it feels like the input lag jumps below that rate.

The monitor looks alright at 1440p, a little soft and washed out but still better than my previous monitors in their native modes. In 4k the picture is unbelievable. At this size and sitting about 50cm from the screen it has a cinematic feel, but 1080p is painful to watch.

about two weeks ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

smallfries Re:It's about time. (138 comments)

Is that in Surface Detail, or do you mean the opening to Excession?

about two weeks ago
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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

smallfries Re:Amazing (171 comments)

What reviews?

about two weeks ago
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Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

smallfries Re:Families (218 comments)

I can't quote directly as my phone is playing up, but is the evidence really that clear cut? I found three studies that claimed the opposite: famous controversial one from the 80s, a Canadian one from the 90s and a later American one. I also remember that when we were finding a place for our child there were specific guidelines limiting hours per week at different ages to prevent developmental problems.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

smallfries Re:Families (218 comments)

Yeah, but the effect is that both parents are in full-time work by the time the child is two, who is then raised 7-8 hours a day in daycare. This is not exactly improving the child-parent relationship compared to one full-time carer until they reach school age.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

smallfries Re: SimCity 2000 available for free (393 comments)

If I was would that provide a connection between your comment and mine?
If I was not would that provide a connection between your comment and mine?

Is the issue of origin taking information without asking for it related to my comment in any way, or was it specifically about the previous poster doing exactly the thing that he claimed was wrong?

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

smallfries Re:oh the humanity (393 comments)

Is that some kind of copyright thing with the console version?

about three weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

smallfries Re:SimCity 2000 available for free (393 comments)

In a comment about how spying is not stealing you then go on to suppose that it steals your privacy!?! How would that even work? Are you suggesting that origin actually has your privacy after taking it from you?

about three weeks ago
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'Silk Road Reloaded' Launches On a Network More Secret Than Tor

smallfries Re:Yeah, until just now (155 comments)

Only if he is close to the first echo. Otherwise it could be any volume when it finally passes him by. That is just the price that he pays for his privacy.

about three weeks ago

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Kurzweil's aura failing?

smallfries smallfries writes  |  more than 5 years ago

smallfries (601545) writes "Ray Kurzweil has a reputation as a futurist that has remained intact for the past two decades. As we catch up with the first year for which he made concrete predictions it seems that cracks are starting to appear. Kurzweil's predictions of the future have revolved around technology providing exponential returns on investment. But the latest evidence suggests that these returns may fail in the semiconductor business as economics catches up with technology.

"The usable limit for semiconductor process technology will be reached when chip process geometries shrink to be smaller than 20 nanometers (nm), to 18nm nodes," explains Len Jelinek, director and chief analyst for semiconductor manufacturing at iSuppli in a new report. "At those nodes, the industry will start getting to the point where semiconductor manufacturing tools are too expensive to depreciate with volume production, i.e., their costs will be so high, that the value of their lifetime productivity can never justify it," he adds.

Which area will maintain such a high rate of improvement as microprocessors succumb to economic reality?"

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BBC Faces uphill battle over DRM

smallfries smallfries writes  |  more than 6 years ago

smallfries (601545) writes "Yesterday the new BBC service to push non-DRM content to iPhones was opened up for use by linux and mac users. This morning the BBC announced that despite "hackers exploiting" their system the security hole had been closed. The "hack" involved a simple change of user agent string to access the iPhone content. By closing the hole again the BBC has entered an arms race with non-microsoft users determined to use higher quality content than the flash streams. The BBC seems to believe that it can identify connections from trusted iPhones, and deliver non-DRM content without linux and mac "hackers" using the system. After only a few hours the system was opened up again. How long will the BBC ignore technological reason and pretend that it can deliver non-DRM content to one group of its users, while denying another group the same service?"
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Irresistible Force Meets Immovable Object

smallfries smallfries writes  |  more than 6 years ago

smallfries (601545) writes "After a long battle with Linux users in the UK, the BBC was forced into releasing a flash version of the iPlayer streaming service to fulfil their obligations to license-fee payers. After claiming that development of linux and mac versions of the iPlayer would take two years, the beeb has rushed to support the iPhone. Unlike those untrustworthy scum who use non-microsoft operating systems, iPhone users can be trusted because their platform is locked down ... so the beeb opened a non-DRM hole in the iPlayer to support them. This was guarded by the extreme security of User Agent strings! Long story shut, linux and mac users have made their own non-DRM, non-microsoft platform from firebug and wget. UK users can now watch (and keep) their favorite BBC shows, just follow the links in the 'el Reg story."
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Net Neutrality Debate crosses the Atlantic

smallfries smallfries writes  |  more than 7 years ago

smallfries (601545) writes "The network neutrality debate has raged on in the States for some time now. Now broadband providers in the UK have banded together to threaten the BBC that plans to provide programming over "their" network could disrupt operations. The BBC is being asked to cough up the readies to pay for bandwidth charges, otherwise traffic shaping will be used to limit access to the iPlayer. Strange really, I thought that the monthly fee we pay already was to cover access ... but maybe it only covers the final mile and they need to be paid twice to cover the rest of the journey."
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