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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

sublayer Re:Take it Private (113 comments)

Prohibit circular cites to other Wiki articles.

That's already a well-established policy: WP:CIRCULAR

about 2 months ago

Amazon's eBook Math

sublayer Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

... With the ebook you get a ... license to read the book but only in the format you purchased your license for.

This applies equally to physical books.

about 3 months ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

sublayer Re: 66 percent of all point-of-sale transactions (753 comments)

100 percent of all point-of-sale transactions are done with plastic... at least they are in Australia where we replaced paper notes with plastic ones back in 1988. Australia's $1 notes were also replaced with coins back in 1984 (go figure).

Wrong. Some transactions use coins, which are made of metal, not plastic. Last I checked, not every transaction was in multiples of $5 (the lowest denomination Australian note/bill).

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

sublayer Re:u wot m8 (575 comments)

As I understand it, they must update to "'Windows 8.1 Update 1". A new marketing name for the old "Service Pack" ?

"Service Pack" itself being a marketing name for "Version 8.1.1"

about 6 months ago

UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

sublayer Re:Hmm (273 comments)

Office 97 will read .docx and .xlsx files if you install the converters from New functionality won't work - eg new functions in Excel 2007 will give #NAME errors in 97, but otherwise it works fine.

about 9 months ago

Samsung Creates Phone With Curved Display

sublayer Re:Why? (219 comments)

since when is "easier to hold" prioritized over "easier to view" ?

Since you used it as a telephone, not a television.

1 year,11 days

Twitter Seeking To Go Public

sublayer Re:would have been awesome had this happened -- (56 comments)

TV Shows now include Twitter names and hashtags quite regularly as watermark bugs ... It's quite telling they put them up as bugs during the actual show ...

I've stopped watching some TV programs because the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has started displaying hashtags during the programs. The ABC is supposed to be non-commercial, and I refuse to watch anything that includes these advertisements. (For what it's worth, I also wrote to them and told them I was switching off. Now if only a few million other people would do likewise...)

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Creating New Online Accounts Reduce Privacy Risks?

sublayer Re:Note that it's against the rules (164 comments)

Only in theory. In practice, they'll reverse your edits if you're anonymous.

"They" will revert vandalism and other inappropriate edits regardless of whether you are logged in or not. Likewise "they" often keep good edits from editors who are not logged in. Feel free to provide links here to reasonable edits (as diffs) that were reverted just because you were "anonymous", and I'll probably be able to tell you exactly why they were reverted. (Disclosure: I am a frequent editor of Wikipedia - registered with a different name there to what I use here.)

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Creating New Online Accounts Reduce Privacy Risks?

sublayer Re:Note that it's against the rules (164 comments)

Slashdot is practically the only place left on the web where you can do anything (such as posting a comment) without an account.

Wikipedia allows editing of most articles without requiring an account.

about a year ago

Five predictions for (Bit)coin

sublayer Re:Seriously (179 comments)

.... A share of stock is ownership in a company, making a bet that the value of the company will increase - over the long term - faster than inflation will.

Remember the good old days when a share of stock was ownership in a company, making a bet that the company would make a profit and pay a dividend ...

about a year ago

Keeping Your Data Private From the NSA (And Everyone Else)

sublayer Retroactive law (622 comments)

I'll presume that you're a troll but you drag out the age old "If you've got nothing to hide... argument" Here are a couple of issues with this argument. 1. Retroactive violation of new laws: Let's imagine that you're a smoker and that you smoke in your house. The government could pass a law saying "Smoking is not allowed inside any building. Anyone caught must pay a $500 fine." They can now either go back and look at their surveillance data and retroactively charge you for smoking in your house in the past

The problem there is not the surveillance, it's the retroactive law. It's fundamentally wrong that I can do something legal today, and then tomorrow the law might change retroactively so that I can be prosecuted for doing something that was legal at the time that I did it. It's irrelevant whether the evidence is from surveillance (covert or otherwise) or from witnesses who saw me (in public or in private), or by my own admission. If I can't travel back in time to change my behaviour, nobody should be able to change the legality of my past behaviour.

about a year ago

NASA On Full Court Press To Deflate Doomsday Prophecies

sublayer Re:21th month? (286 comments)

The proper format is YYYY-MM-DD, not YYYY/MM/DD.

By "proper", of course, you mean international standard ISO 8601.

about 2 years ago

Hardcoded Administrator Account Opens Backdoor Access To Samsung Printers

sublayer Re:not if you need singed paper work (103 comments)

not if you need singed paper work

Good point. No matter how much heat you apply, you can't get a good char on a softcopy. ...

I can get plenty of chars on my softcopies.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Collecting and Storing User Information?

sublayer Just don't do it (120 comments)

Best practice from my perspective: do not collect the data at all.

more than 2 years ago


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