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Starbucks Partners With Square

teh kurisu Re:Wat (145 comments)

Surely the clickthrough software has a whitelist that they can use to allow access to their own systems though? Even more so if the system is operated locally.

about 2 years ago
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Sweden Moving Towards Cashless Economy

teh kurisu Re:And yet.. (447 comments)

I wouldn't be so sure. The Scottish Government is already proposing to ban cash payments for scrap metal, in an (in my opinion futile) attempt to combat the trade in stolen materials.

I wouldn't be surprised if this was the first in a long line of laws that will end up eliminating cash payments for most things, for the supposed sake of crime prevention.

I've been okay with the elimination of cash for things like parking meters or buses - anything where having a pocket full of change is generally required, or there's a logistical cost in accepting cash - and it's obviously not feasible to accept cash online, where a huge amount of business is done these days. But I think the outlawing of cash payments is a step too far.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Get Developers To Document Code

teh kurisu Re:Documentation not always worth it (545 comments)

I think you need some form of document that pulls together your entire project, and explains how all the parts fit together. And each part needs to have an executive summary, to explain what it's meant to do.

I don't think line-by-line comments are all that valuable, unless you're doing something odd that really does need explanation. Sometimes I find that they make the code more difficult to read, not less. Especially where the comment lines outnumber the lines of code.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line

teh kurisu Re:What a collosal waste of money (329 comments)

What I actually worry about is that the added capacity encourages more people and companies to have more trips into London, where they will use the tube to get to their final destinations and that is really hard to upgrade.

That's why the London Overground exists, isn't it? Much easier to upgrade, and from the passenger's perspective it doesn't matter that it's distinct from the Underground, because it operates under the same ticketing system. And it has a stop at Euston station, which is where HS2 will terminate.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Like To Read?

teh kurisu Re:new yorker (647 comments)

I found the Crow Road tedious, personally. Having said that, it was recommended to me because I grew up near where it's set. Not the best reason to recommend a book.

The only other non-sci-fi books of his that I've read are Whit and The Bridge. The Bridge... didn't go anywhere at all. And the main character was annoying. But Whit was an unexpectedly lovely book.

The Algebraist is probably my favourite of his sci-fi books, but I agree with you, Surface Detail is also excellent. I almost feel like, although Banks is a seasoned author, his books are still getting better.

more than 2 years ago
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HTC Becomes Highest Shipping Smartphone Vendor In the US

teh kurisu Re:Figures provided by analysts, not the companies (151 comments)

Or is the iPhone so tangled with iTunes

It used to be. 'Activation' used to be Apple's mechanism of setting the network lock. Basically, the phone was useless out of the box until plugged into iTunes, at which point it would communicate with Apple's servers, which would send down information on which network the phone should be locked to (or in my phone's case, unlocked).

As of iOS 5, you no longer need iTunes. I don't know how activation works now, as I've not yet had to restore a phone with iOS 5 on it.

more than 2 years ago
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Federal Contractors Are $600 Screwdrivers

teh kurisu Re:Fear a tax system no one comprehends. (593 comments)

I argued against this in a couple of comments a while back, in reply to someone who was proposing that income tax should be abolished, and sales tax should be used exclusively.

The crux of my argument was that, even if you have a list of tax exempt goods and services deemed 'essential', you cannot trust government to compile that list. Poor people know what is essential far better than rich politicians do.

For the record, I disagree with cayenne8 - I think it's perfectly reasonable to take extreme low-earners out of the tax system altogether. I just wonder how that stacks up with the principle of 'no taxation without representation'.

more than 2 years ago
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iPhone 4S Has Been Jailbroken, Hack Enables Siri on iPhone 4

teh kurisu Re:A though on why the iPhone 4 does not have Siri (148 comments)

meh... they want to give people a reason to upgrade to 4S from 4

I think this is correct...

I think considering that the iPad 2, which has a faster processor than the 4s doesn't have Siri, this is a very strong probability.

...but I suspect that the lack of a noise-cancelling microphone in the iPad 2 has more to do with it.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) Now Open Source

teh kurisu Re:Why not... (526 comments)

I forgot to comment on the use of HDMI - it's only really the same thing if you can combine the two into a single connector.

At that point, you have to start worrying about future changes in the standard, and how they will affect your connector. For example, if you built a connector with an HDMI connector to the side of the micro-USB connector, you'd have to hope that you put it on the right side - otherwise you've just cut off your upgrade path to USB 3.0.

about 2 years ago
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Apple's Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) Now Open Source

teh kurisu Re:Why not... (526 comments)

the dock/speaker out/headphone out was through that same port

How did that work - were there extra, non-standard pins in the port, or did it appropriate the standard pins in order to make this work?

One of the adapter that I use with my iPhone on a regular basis allows me to use the line-out and the USB functions of the dock connector simultaneously, which I'm guessing that the HTC Dream wouldn't be able to do without adding non-standard pins.

about 2 years ago
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Opera's Haakon Wium Lie On CSS, Web Standards, and More

teh kurisu Re:CSS and why I never bought into it (107 comments)

Japanese (and I'm assuming Chinese as well) is traditionally written in vertical, top-to-bottom columns that are arranged right-to-left. I think it's almost unheard-of online, probably for the reasons stated above, but common in print, for example newspapers.

Take a page of English text and rotate it 90 degrees clockwise, and you'll get the idea.

Ooh, I wonder if you could write a tablet program which, when you rotate the device, only rotates the characters instead of the entire page.

about 2 years ago
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Android Orphans: a Sad History of Platform Abandonment

teh kurisu Re:What? (770 comments)

This is a very important point. The chart is pretty meaningless, because it doesn't take into account delays caused by carriers.

The Nexus One we have in the office was still on FroYo for months after Gingerbread was released, because it was running a Vodafone mod of FroYo out of the box, which hadn't been updated. I had to download a stock FroYo ROM from the internet in order for it to update itself.

about 2 years ago
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Apple's Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) Now Open Source

teh kurisu Re:Why not... (526 comments)

you cannot open-source a codec, it's not possible. You can open-source the encoder/decoder

Given that 'codec' is short for coder/decoder, I have no idea what you mean by this.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) Now Open Source

teh kurisu Re:Why not... (526 comments)

If you removed the dock connector and replaced it with a micro-USB port, you'd lose a whole load of functionality.

You could have both connectors on the device, but really, what would be the point?

The alternative would be to create some form of new connector that provides all the functionality of the dock connector, but is backwardly compatible with micro-USB. But you're just creating another connector that nobody else uses, and you've also got to worry about compatibility with the USB 3.0 micro-B connector (or else you're just creating problems for the future).

It's really just a lot of hassle for no actual benefit. You can buy dock adapters that provide a micro-USB port, either from Apple themselves or from third parties on eBay.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) Now Open Source

teh kurisu Re:Why not... (526 comments)

A clock with a USB port is by necessity a much more complex device than a clock with an Apple dock connector. Aside from having to implement the USB mass storage specification, it also has to have its own audio hardware. Your MP3 player is just acting as a glorified hard drive, and the clock is doing all the work. Also, if you're using any audio functionality that isn't exposed over mass storage, or isn't supported by the clock's hardware, then it won't work.

With an Apple dock connector, the clock only has to use the analogue signal from the dock connector's line out, and pass it straight to the amplifier. It will probably also use a subset of the Apple Accessory Protocol to provide audio controls - this works across a dedicated set of pins on the connector and is pretty simple to implement. With a dock connector, your iPod is doing all the work, so your clock is cheaper and with fewer compatibility concerns.

It's no surprise that most manufacturers have gone down the route of including a dock connector at the expense of USB. The dock connector is supported by the majority (or certainly a large minority) of audio playing devices in users' hands, it's simpler to implement, and there won't be the questions over compatibility that would plague the equivalent USB device. It's not rudeness, it's good business sense.

Most clocks like this will also have a standard 3.5 mm minijack line-in for compatibility with other devices anyway. Mine does.

And yes, I'm still annoyed that Intel didn't think about implementing and standardising extra functionality such as this when it was designing USB 3.0. The time was right.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) Now Open Source

teh kurisu Re:Why not... (526 comments)

If it really hurts your butt that much, you could buy one of these, or go on eBay and buy a cheap Chinese one for half the price.

Yeah, it sucks that Apple's stuff uses a different cable than any other device, but that's the way it's going to be until the industry comes up with a standard connector that does everything that the Apple connector does.

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix Expanding Streaming Service to The UK and Ireland

teh kurisu Re:Huh? (78 comments)

Only for international traffic, IIRC (I'm not Australian). Australia's choke point is its fibre links to the rest of the world. If you host within Australia (by arrangement with the ISPs I believe), then you can get round the caps.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Debates Installing a Black Box On Your Computer

teh kurisu Re:Not Gonna Happen (459 comments)

It's the responsibility for whoever sets the calendar for debates in parliament to choose which topics are the best use of the parliament's time. That doesn't mean that members of parliament should be prevented from submitting for consideration whatever topic they wish to talk about.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Debates Installing a Black Box On Your Computer

teh kurisu Re:Not Gonna Happen (459 comments)

Punished for politicians comes in the form of causing serious outrage both in and out of parliament, and (in extreme cases) the politician having to resign from his/her post.

Where is the serious outrage within parliament going to come from, if by your own admission, politicians can be convinced that such measures are right? If a parliament is capable of generating sufficient outrage surrounding a proposal that it causes the resignation of the person who proposed it, then it is certainly capable of voting the proposal down.

Likewise, serious outrage outwith parliament should have the effect of persuading politicians who were previously minded to support such legislation, that it might not be such a good idea.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Debates Installing a Black Box On Your Computer

teh kurisu Re:Not Gonna Happen (459 comments)

The fact that someone at that level can fly a kite like that, and get away with it, is worrisome enough to me.

You imply that he should be punished for his opinions? I fundamentally disagree. Parliament, of all places, should be a forum for any and all views, whether or not they're popular. The proper way to deal with people who put forward views you do not agree with is to vote them down, not to use fear to silence them.

more than 2 years ago

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teh kurisu teh kurisu writes  |  more than 7 years ago

teh kurisu (701097) writes "The BBC reports that the UK Prime Minister's website has added the ability to create and sign online petitions. There are three petitions so far. One petition, submitted by Suw Charman, reads:

"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to create a new exception to copyright law that gives individuals the right to create a private copy of copyrighted materials for their own personal use, including back-ups, archiving and shifting format."

Petitions are open to British citizens and residents of overseas territories and Crown dependencies."

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