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Europe Launches Flood-Predicting Satellite and Test Probe

swordfishBob Predictions (28 comments)

Predict floods and droughts, eh? Maybe it'll predict our climate a bit better than IPCC can..

more than 5 years ago

Behind the 4GB Memory Limit In 32-Bit Windows

swordfishBob Re:Wa wa what? (756 comments)

In other words, there are drivers commonly in use that are incompatible with Enterprise / DataCenter 32-bit editions of Windows Server 2000 and 2003 using PAE.

more than 5 years ago

The Great Ethanol Scam

swordfishBob Re:The story is tagged "rideabike" (894 comments)

On journeys of 100km, cycling isn't feasible as it's too slow.
The journeys that are more feasible tend to be:
- short, where overheads of starting a car engine from cold significantly sway the economics
- short but slow, where traffic congestion is an issue - also hitting on a motorcar's economy

Ride a bike! CO2 is taken care of naturally, and apart from eu-de-sweaty-human, there aren't other toxic emissions to worry about.
Or ride a bike with an outboard motor; just don't put ethanol in its plastic tank.

more than 5 years ago

The Great Ethanol Scam

swordfishBob misleading (894 comments)

Some good points, but most of the cited evidence of damage relates to either:
- concentrations of ethanol greater than they were supposed to be
- putting ethanol-blended fuel into something that wasn't designed for it

That's not a good argument against all use of ethanol blends, but does go against mandating all octane-ish fuel be blended.

more than 5 years ago

Why Your Pop-Up Blocker Doesn't Work Anymore

swordfishBob Re:NoScript makes the web useless. (653 comments)

I haven't tested this, but I'd say 2LD is a bit short-sighted. What about somedomain.com.au, and every other country that is assumed not to own the internet?

more than 5 years ago

New Law Will Require Camera Phones To "Click"

swordfishBob Re:LOL (1235 comments)

Yes, and webcams.
They should all go "whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" and "ttttttttttttttttttttttttttt", and occasionally "flapflapflapflapflapflap".

about 6 years ago

Microsoft Brings Back DRM

swordfishBob yawn (414 comments)

Maybe you'll be sick of those songs by then, and just get new ones for your new phone..

Maybe people will come to think that replacing your phone every 18 months is ridiculous..

Maybe I don't care as I still buy music on CDs, ie unencrypted on physical media.. for the small qty of music I could be bothered obtaining.

about 6 years ago

Ubuntu Download Speeds Beat Windows XP's

swordfishBob Der. So does Vista. (515 comments)

XP's TCP/IP stack is much the same as NT has been using for quite a while. It takes ages to ramp up the TCP window size. It makes for terrible results on "speed tests" unless the test is quite a long download.
Vista is much more aggressive in increasing the receive window.

Run a throughput monitor of some sort while performing the test - preferably one that graphs throughput against time.

about 6 years ago

Oregon Governor Proposes Vehicle Mileage Tax

swordfishBob Just the beginning. (713 comments)

Add a few more players to the game, and you get:
- A national system of tollways, with microcharging so it's useable on roads of any size
- A billing system for parking stations, event parking, or even roadside parking at all in city zones
- Ability to charge more for certain roads during peak periods (like a congestion tax)
- A speed tax?

about 6 years ago

Australia Says No to Internet Censorship

swordfishBob Doesn't just affect radicals and porn. (209 comments)

I missed news reports, but going off the story here and comments I'm disappointed in the focus.
I don't want the pollies to think this is only an issue for civil-liberarian fringe groups, greens, and porn consumers.
No, I wasn't there; I live 600km from the nearest held rally.

more than 6 years ago

Battle Over Minimum Pricing Heating Up

swordfishBob Re:MAP vs Price Fixing (272 comments)

I've been a consumer of ameteur music & sound equipment for a while, in Australia. I've been appalled at the way such things are priced here. US web prices are less than half the local "discount" and online prices, let alone in-store small-retailer prices. Even paying international air freight on individual items, it's a huge difference.

I spoke with a retailer about it, and it comes down to there being only one distributor who fixes the minimum prices locally, with the threat of shutting off access to ALL brands if a retailer attempts parallel imports or breaches the specified price. I can empathise with a low-turnover retailer, but not with a sole importer holding a captive market.

Australian law explicitly allows parallel or grey imports, but cannot force a distributor to deal with a retailer. Further, international web sellers are often prevented from selling internationally by their own supplier contracts.

I'm most appreciative of Behringer's policy on international pricing, which stops me being ripped off by a monopoly importer.

more than 6 years ago

Solar Cycle 24 May Have Finally Begun

swordfishBob Re:so how does it affect our weather (72 comments)

It means significant bursts of solar radiation, but reductions in other extraterrestrial radiation as it gets "blown" away by the solar surges.

more than 6 years ago

IPv6 and the Business-Case Skeptics

swordfishBob Re:Not exactly true (297 comments)

Also: mobiles.
The frequent keepalives required to keep NAT functional for UDP-based applications (e.g. Skype, VPNs) mean a 3G device won't get put into idle state when it should; consuming battery and wasting cell resources. With IPv6, no NAT required, keepalives not required every 30s, idle connections could be managed properly.

more than 6 years ago



swordfishBob swordfishBob writes  |  more than 8 years ago

swordfishBob (536640) writes "AustralianIT reports "Under amendments to federal copyright laws announced today, it will no longer be a criminal offence to take a devices capable of audio-visual recording to a live entertainment venue and record the performance without permission"
"the federal Government refused to back down on parts of the legislation that outlaw the use of "mod-chips", which let gaming enthusiasts modify consoles including Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation""

swordfishBob swordfishBob writes  |  more than 8 years ago

swordfishBob (536640) writes "The Australian carries an article on Woz's new book.
From the article:
While Jobs, now presiding over the success of Apple's iPod, is almost a household name, the other Steve has been content to stay out of the limelight, until now. In a book titled "iWoz" published this week, Wozniak seeks to tell the engineer's side of the story and set a few things in the record straight."


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