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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

thegarbz Re:Meet Streisand (306 comments)

No I don't. It has been over 10 years since I did Contract Law subjects as part of a worthless Business degree. But I'm willing to guess that any Australian contract law textbook will cover it.

yesterday
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Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

thegarbz Re:Whats the big deal ? (128 comments)

Which is the opposite of what happened in this case where a company with business in China suddenly found themselves unable to get access.

That was my point. Just because the GP didn't want to deal with China doesn't mean there aren't many people who do, and that those dealings outweigh the risk of his perceived open attack surface.

yesterday
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Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

thegarbz Re:What did China promise? (145 comments)

Exactly. China promised to do nothing...

And yet their green energy generation capacity is skyrocketting faster than many other countries in the world. In other news the Denmark didn't make any major green energy promises either but now derives 40% of its energy from Wind. As always actions speak louder than words.

So let's look at action then:
US renewables growth last year was 16% China's was 28%
Ok ok so there's a size difference between the two:
US increased by 8 millions of barrels of oil equivalent, China increased by 9.6m.
So they are putting in more renewables than USA at present, but what about the longer run?
Since 2008 USA has increased by 29.1m, china has increased by 39.3m

China grew primary energy last year at almost double the rate as the USA did.

Without any glorious promises or enforceable targets, China has gone from next to nothing in 2008, to installing nearly the same capacity as the USA (not as a percentage, but as a value of energy output) last year, and next year they are projected to install more renewables as a percentage of change in primary energy consumption than the USA. So while you're complaining about a lack of promises they are quickly overtaking us in the conversion to green energy. You're right, Obama is going to look like a dumb-ass but for all the wrong reasons.

By the way, Per capita the USA is producing more greenhouse gases than China from every source I could find. See China may have double the USA pollution, but they have 4 times the people. Why not focus efforts on the stupidly oil rich nations that burn the stuff pretty much just for fun because they can, but otherwise aren't focused on because they have a smaller population than China?

*Numbers taken from the BP statistical review of world energy

yesterday
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

thegarbz Re:The French are the world's Standards Board (367 comments)

So please tell me how I refer to the colour of your skin or your race in general. Whatever has been said in history as managed to offend someone.

What ethnicity are you? Caucasian? Mongoloid? Negroid? Those are three alternatives, yet using the last one will typically get you a reply of "Did you just call me a nigger?" But getting all scientific is tough so we approximate with visual descriptions: White, Asian, Black. Oh wait we can't call black people black any more because they get offended by that now too?

Leftist retards is the right phrase for people who find the names of their own race offensive without offering any alternative by which to describe them. Just like feminist man-hating retard is the right phrase for my highschool english teacher who was offended at the use of the word manhole because it had the word "man" in it and then gave detention to a student (not me) who pointed out the Germanic etymology of "man" stems from the meaning human, and not male.

yesterday
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Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

thegarbz Re:Microsoft Windows only (137 comments)

I really don't understand why people run sensitive and critical stuff on Microsoft Windows.

What's my other option?

You're under the mistaken assumption that people get a choice on what OS they run, as opposed to go out to major vendors with a request for proposal for, uber critical database, control system PCs, hospital records machine etc. and the vendors come back with a proposed package. You don't get a choice what package this runs on. In many cases you are given an entire PC / server setup with the package ready to go because the vendors often control the complete solution from licensing modules, to the software, all the way down to the hardware.

Where I work we're currently switching our control system from Sun Solaris to Windows XP. No we don't have a choice in the matter. We get what we're given. Solaris is linked with an old product which is unsupported by the vendor.

yesterday
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

thegarbz Re:Flawed, 'cos... (452 comments)

Let's answer each "reason" why this is doomed to fail in turn.

1. Many companies thrive on peak demand, many industries have peak demand as part of their basic structure. Think every utility, think internet, think restaurants. The cost of parking fleets on unused cars becomes an optimisation problem which is balanced against the cost passed onto the consumer of the service.

2. No. You want reliability and 100% availability. Some people may demand it but settle for anything. The public transport system shows this. In many places in the world it's neither 100% reliable nor available, and yet it's packed to capacity anyway and people will prefer it against the alternatives. I'm such a person. I will happily put up with getting to work at a variable time (trains have about a 4% on time rate at peak where I live) if it means I don't need to sit in traffic for an hour only to pay $50 for parking at the other end. The world does not work in absolutes. The world works in perceived benefits.

3. If you can't spend 10 seconds adjusting your seat and changing the station then you have bigger issues. The thing is the train is full of people who think about comfort on their commute. Why not put on a set of nice headphones like you would on the bus or train? I don't consider having to sit in traffic constantly stepping on gas, break, keeping hands on the wheel full attention on the road and what I'm doing in a confines that doesn't let me move or adjust my feet even remotely comfortable.

4. I don't own a Ute, or an off-road vehicle or any vehicle capable of towing a trailer. I do however have a jet-ski we pull out occasionally, and I go camping on remote sandy islands frequently. Spending $100/d to hire a vehicle is already more cost effective than fuel + maintenance + registration for a toy hauler for me. Mind you I don't understand what your limitation has to do with hauling toys. I mean if 10 of us want to go out for a night on the town I can already call my taxi company to send out a minivan, why should being able to request a vehicle with tow capacity be off the radar in this mythical future they propose.

Now I see this failing for many other reasons, free market, car companies, people's stubbornness to hang on to old technology, I certainly don't expect this scenario to happen in my life time. But I do expect it to happen at some point.

2 days ago
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Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

thegarbz Re:Except for Mozilla and Colts (128 comments)

In the older generation yes you would be right. Their internet is a completely different beast to ours.

The younger generation on the other hand is quite a bit different and very much like the western version of the internet. On my last trip over visiting friends, for every person I saw on baidu I saw another on Google. The kids read reddit, and 4chan, watch western programming via Netflix and have Facebook accounts.

Mind you these people also subscribed to paid VPN services so maybe you're right and this blockage of Edgecast isn't really all that bad.

2 days ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

thegarbz Re:NDAs (160 comments)

Bah water boarding is not torture. It's more of a kind gesture to entire people to hand over sensitive information. The vice president told me so.

2 days ago
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Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

thegarbz Re:Whats the big deal ? (128 comments)

Just because you don't have an interest in dealing with 1/7th of the world's population does not make it a good business move.

2 days ago
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Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

thegarbz Re:Except for Mozilla and Colts (128 comments)

Really? The problem is what you know, and what you are told. That screenshot is just the customer showcase from Edgecast's site.

Just looking at some of the list in the order which caught my eye:

Mozilla - Self explanatory for the Slashdot reader.
EMI - The music publishing arm of the EMI currently owned by UMG. Of note is that EMI has a Chinese subsidiary.
Break Media - A humor video site, quite a popular one at that. You'll probably find their logo slapped around videos played on youtube.
The Atlantic - A news paper older than my great grand parent's parents if they were still alive.

Most of the rest are crummy media companies some too hip to have a usable web presence (Red Agency has the web address www.ff0000.com)

Now it gets more interesting when you see what else is actually hosted on EdgeCast:

500px - Very popular Flickr replacement.
imgur - Pretty much every stupid picture on the internet, consider half of reddit gone if this is inaccessible.
LinkedIn - I doubt their only presence is on Edgecast, likely some content won't play.
Soundcloud - Audio distribution platform
Pintrest - Not sure how to describe this one.
Pokemon - The Chinese are as crazed for this as the Japanese.
Tumblr - Popular blogging site (or at least it was before Yahoo bought it)
Wordpress - Blogging platform
and I'm not really going to cry about this one: Yahoo.

So yes the depending on the level of affect this has on each of these companies the economic impact will likely be quite significant when some of the most heavily used sites on the internet are suddenly inaccessible to 1/7th of the worlds population, many of whom were internet crazed.

2 days ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

thegarbz Re:next... (146 comments)

Like what ? Typical modern microprocessors capable of running Linux aren't very breadboard friendly.

Really?

Well 8bit micros are easy to find in a DIP package. For everything else there's adapter boards which are dime a dozen on ebay.

Or if you shop around I'm sure you can find a 32bit Arm Cortex M0 in a DIP package.

2 days ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

thegarbz Re: You need to create the tutorial (146 comments)

Don't feed the troll. There are plenty of useful reasons why you would want to release this in a kit form. Simply taking a look at the Arduino development platform and more specifically how it's used is a great example. Some of the projects make engineers shudder. I.e. using an Arduino as a configurable timer that pulses at regular intervals. Yes we could bust out the soldering iron a 555 timer or a bistable resonator, but while a lot of those engineers are still looking for the right value of resistor to put in, the microsecond-long attention span crowd have their project already working.

You don't NEED to understand everything about something to make great use of it.

2 days ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

thegarbz Re:Monitor Tiling! (326 comments)

Wrong product for your solution.
Firstly with tiles you'll be unlikely to drive all the displays at this native resolution, and if you can what content will you have for it?
Secondly if you want to tile a large area the better solution would be panels made for that purpose which have thin bezels. Companies make products specifically for tiled displays.
 

2 days ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

thegarbz Re:Gas not less CO2 on refiring coal plants (142 comments)

From what I understand these are retrofits. They will reuse as much equipment as possible so you can probably forget the combined cycle advantage.

3 days ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

thegarbz Re:Driver ABI change (170 comments)

The reason they skipped 7, 8, and 9 is rather obvious, that Microsoft wanted to align the kernel version with the product version.

So ever release of windows then on it's new fast release cycle will involve a major kernel change then? Fantastic.

Or rather Microsoft kernel devs where the last holdouts against the marketing team which finally managed to force their way in and kill the last group of people with any sense at all in the company. It was only a matter of time I guess. They had backup in the form of UX designers and accountants who were all stronger than the kernel devs due to the constant exercise involved with raising their arms to touch their screens.

3 days ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

thegarbz Re:It's the API (170 comments)

Whether intentionally or unintentionally, many programmers have misused the old Windows APIs that check version numbers in a way that breaks compatibility of their apps going forward.

Don't quote me on this but I was under the impression that the Windows versions API never exposed the name of the version, only the kernel number. As someone above noted there was a separate flag for NT kernels vs whatever the other was called.

The only examples I've ever seen for matching windows versions were in Java applications and in theory there should be no compatibility issues there. Even in the last slashdot story about this there was code examples and they were ALL Java.

3 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

thegarbz Re:EU parliament power (320 comments)

Yet another non binding resolution from EU parliament. This is a fake parliament: if cannot start a EU directive and does not decide on the budget.

Never let fact get in the way of a good group naval gazing session.

3 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

thegarbz Re:Sure thing (320 comments)

I don't think you understand what a monopoly is, or how antitrust works. Hint: simply bundling applications is not an antitrust violation.

3 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

thegarbz Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (320 comments)

What part of this is not true?

Fact has nothing to do with trolling. The way you write and speak makes you a troll.
Notice how the one comment that got modded insightful is full of factual information, and your opinion of comparison to Russia (backed by a factual piece of information) that doesn't sound like a 2 year old name calling.

3 days ago
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

thegarbz Re:The only thing worse than a lawyer (203 comments)

The only thing worse than a lawyer is a small-minded person who believes himself capable of creating factual generalizations about a diverse group of people.

I'm not single minded or generalizing. Everyone believes lawyers are the scum of the earth. :-)

4 days ago

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