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Tipping Point For Open Access CS Research?

thetartanavenger Re:No... (116 comments)

It would be nice to see articles out from behind the IEEE and ACM paywalls, though.

Many articles available on ACM are actually availble elsewhere outside of the paywalls. Every publication I've ever made is on both ACM behind the paywall and my personal site and uni sites for free. I personally just google the name of what I want to read and it often turns up somewhere for free (legitimately). Not ideal though I know.

As mentioned by someone else, ACM has now started a linking service effectively allowing free publication through ACM. Haven't got round to sorting it for my stuff yet, but looks like it's what is wanted for people like me.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Opens First Retail Outlet In London

thetartanavenger Re:Me too! (172 comments)

AltaVista: we do search!

Google: We do search that gives better results based on what the person actually wants. It includes a calculator, knowledge engine, currency converter and many more little features you'll take for granted all in one.

Hotmail: we do online mail

Google: We do online mail with quite a nice interface that includes chat features integrated into it, along with a labs section to fiddle with stuff. We give a lot more space for free. We are even trying to innovate with the use of priority inbox's and other features that didn't exist before. You don't have to use them if you don't want to though.

Nokia: We do smartphones
Apple: we do too, and added touch and apps

Google: We do smartphones that are open and customisable. You have a variety of hardware to choose from that suits you, and pretty safe ecosystem if you want that and a way to install other stuff too. We introduced desktop widgets and a few other useful features, although we probably weren't the ones to do them first, people seem to like them none the less. All this and funky integration with our other services.

Sun: We do Java

Microsoft: We do Java too!!
Court + Sun: No you don't you do something different
Google: We do Android SDK that runs in a virtual machine using Dalvik bytecode. Oracle claims we violate their patents, which remains to be seen.

Everyone: We do instant messaging

Google: Me too! See email. Our chat happily and easily runs in browser and using a variety of clients, includes video and voice chat and phonecalls. Yeah others do it too, but are they as convenient if you're already using gmail?

Facebook: We do social

Google: We do social too. We've tried it before and fucked it up. That taught us to give people what they want instead, and make it easy for people to lock down their profile, send messages to only those they want and generally try to respect their privacy (from an outside perspective. We do use your data, but it's free and we're an advertising company so what do you expect? Do you think facebook doesn't?)

Sony/Apple: We do brand-specific shops
MS & now Google: me too!

You've got me on this one...

Wow this really makes me sound like a google lover, heck maybe I am. But don't criticise them for making services that in many ways appear to be better than the alternatives in some but not all ways. Remember, you don't have to use them..

more than 2 years ago
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Don't Study the Video Game, Study the Gamer

thetartanavenger Definition of a teenager? (163 comments)

But is your kid moody, impulsive, or are they unfriendly?

Seriously? Isn't this the definition of every single teenager that exists, has existed and will exist? Myself included back in the day of course.

about 3 years ago
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Missouri Hedges On 'Teachers Can't Friend Students' Law

thetartanavenger Re:Yes schools should come up with their own polic (102 comments)

It's a bad thing if teachers have a Facebook account they use to buddy with their students simply to share pictures, schmooze, gossip and otherwise engage in behavior that is unbecoming a teacher.

Ummm, why? There is nothing wrong with teachers being friends with their students and doing anything a normal human being would do (within the law and school policy obviously). If they abused it by taking advantage of their position of power, or something else then yeah, it's a bad thing, but I was friends with some of my teachers when I was younger. I did gossip with them, and sometimes see or show holiday pics and things, and these were the teachers I went to when I needed advice, for example when I couldn't ask my parents. Just because some fucker decides to abuse a system doesn't mean I should be punished for it.

about 3 years ago
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Apple Claims Samsung and Motorola Patent Monopoly

thetartanavenger Re:hoist by their own petard (381 comments)

It's going to take a long time before Apple realizes they can't win this legal battle and they should have just kept competing in the marketplace instead.

Apple have already won, that's why they do it. It won't be a long time before they realise they can't win, they know they can't win the lawsuit but in playing this game they're holding back everyone long enough so that they can make a tiny improvement and claim to have the latest and greatest. If they weren't able to hold everyone back like this people would progress and try to stay ahead of everyone else through actual improvement and innovation, but then they'd have to share a piece of the pie and actually innovate something.

more than 3 years ago
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When Schools Are the Police

thetartanavenger Re:Result of Truancy Laws (725 comments)

Granted for most cases this is true, but there are some that cannot be taught in a standard school because of the rules that teachers and administration have to follow. It would be nice if they could get shipped off to military boarding school but people are unwilling to do that now.

Forgive my nitpicking, but would that not be the same as giving them the right support? Ok, so maybe expulsion and finding the right solution that works there is what is necessary, but this is not what the parent was advocating. There is no solution that will work for everyone, it's the job of parents and teachers to find what will work for each child, but expelling them and giving up on them is not going to help, which is what I took the initial poster to be saying.

more than 3 years ago
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When Schools Are the Police

thetartanavenger Re:Result of Truancy Laws (725 comments)

You cannot teach someone when they are not willing to learn.

Bullshit. You just have to find the right way. Give them the right support.

If a child doesn't want to learn they should be expelled from school and given working papers.

Oh brilliant. Kids act out for a variety of reasons, none of which deserves to get them expelled. Expelling them shows them that you, and hence the world, has given up on them. You may as well just wait until they are old enough and their disruptions are bad enough that you can lock them up and throw away the key!

Why punish those that are there to learn with disruptive people?

Because they're kids. Everybody needs to learn how to deal with assholes. And assholes need to learn how to deal with people.

more than 3 years ago
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Canadian Judge Rules Domain Names Are Property

thetartanavenger Re:This is Canadian. (142 comments)

In Britain, (but not Scotland) there is a "right to ramble", to walk over undeveloped, uncultivated private land.

You make it sound as if Scotland does not have these rights, however this is not the case. Instead, here in Scotland we have a complete "right to roam", far less restrictive than that of England and Wales. I believe the main difference is we can be on any land for a variety of purposes instead of just certain types of land like moorland and coastal land.

I realise this does not necessarily affect the point you were making, I just thought it should be pointed out.

Sources: Me (An Englishman living in Scotland) and wikipedia

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Phone-Bombs FBI and Blizzard

thetartanavenger Re:Great, I can see where this is going... (404 comments)

What "civil liberties" are you worried about losing?

The ones they'll decide they need to track down said phone-bomb organisations

more than 3 years ago
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Judge Prevents 23,322 Filesharing Does From Being Sued For Now

thetartanavenger Re:Crossley declaired bankrupt (199 comments)

Blackmailing filesharers didn't turn out to be the money-spinner he anticipated it to be...

I'm not sure I agree. From your link:

Andrew Crossley continued to reside in a £700,000 home with a Bentley in the driveway.

Just another slimy conman working the system.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Yanks Several Emulators From App Store

thetartanavenger Where do I get a refund? (190 comments)

I realise this guy broke software licenses, but I bought these. Now that they're no longer available is Google going to hand out refunds to all those customers who have lost access to their software?

I'm actually not really bothered given I bought them ages ago, I just thought it was an interesting question of what happens when Google pulls something.

more than 3 years ago
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Experts Say Gestural Interfaces Are a Step Backwards In Usability

thetartanavenger Re:YES!!! This is why the android bugs me so much! (254 comments)

You DO NOT need to close applications in Android. It's handled automagically by the OS.

Unless the app crashes, locks up, goes into an infinite loop, decides to be designed badly so that the only way you can get back to a certain stage in the program is to fully restart it (not just go home and then back), etc, etc. Agreed though, Android does a really good job of removing the need to close applications and have task killers etc, but they cannot protect you from crappy programmers in general..

more than 3 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Panic Over Mac Malware

thetartanavenger Re:Safari browser exploits (370 comments)

The point is that this is not true with this particular piece of malware.

FTFY

If you really think that there are no other exploits that can gain root access or other desired privileges then you are living in a dream world. Whether or not they have been discovered yet is irrelevant. And I can guarantee you that new ones will also be introduced at some point.

If you don't believe me just google "max exploit root" for proof that it has already happened at least once.

more than 3 years ago
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Swiped Tokens Expose Android Devices To Data Theft

thetartanavenger Re:And? (162 comments)

Any "idiot" that doesn't have a data plan yet still wants to use their phone in public places. Seriously, how is this different from using a laptop on public wifi. It comes with risks... And you can know what is being transmitted, just because you don't know how, again, same with laptops...

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Discusses iOS Privacy Issues Before Congress

thetartanavenger Re:while Apple deserves blame... (132 comments)

While Apple certainly deserves a lot of blame, so do all the people who purchased their products. It has been clear for ages that their model is one of lockdown and control. If you support that kind of thing financially, you bear some of the responsibility for the direction that our society seems to be going: erosion of personal ownership and transfer of control to multinational corporations.

Those purchasing deserve blame for what exactly. Yes they lock down their devices, so what. Some people want that, others don't which is why we have competition and alternatives like Android. When Apple crossed a line with personal privacy people stood up and complained and it was resolved. Yes there should be more protections in place to prevent this kind of incident, but those purchasing clearly didn't like what happened and Apple was put in its place. If they didn't, /then/ go ahead and transfer the blame, but until then all the consumers have done is purchase a device in a safe ecosystem that they can't break. If you don't like the restrictions then don't buy it..

more than 3 years ago
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Google Launching Music Service Without Labels

thetartanavenger Re:This is incredibly offtopic, but... (406 comments)

2011: The year of Duke Nukem Forever, GNOME 3, and an actually sensible Slashdot comments system? Am I dreaming? Somebody pinch me!

The mayans were pretty good, they just had an off by one error. It's the beginning of the end.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Officially Blames Anonymous For PSN Hack

thetartanavenger Re:Yeah right (575 comments)

FTFA:

Sony Corp (6758.T) blamed Internet vigilante group Anonymous for indirectly allowing a hacker to gain access to personal data of more than 100 million video game users.

That sounds to me like Sony blames them. They're saying it wasn't necessarily them that did it, but Sony are using them as an excuse for distracting them away from their security responsibilities. The title and summary are correct, although they are exaggerating some facts to make it sound more serious than it is. The accusation that is, not the breach itself.

On a side note, what kind of company has security set up such that because someone else is ddossing you, other people can get in. Pure bs and incompetence.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Streaming-Only For Home Entertainment?

thetartanavenger Re:No cable. Just Roku and my laptop (697 comments)

Awesome thanks, I hadn't seen these guys anywhere. Step in the right direction..

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Streaming-Only For Home Entertainment?

thetartanavenger Re:No cable. Just Roku and my laptop (697 comments)

I use "free" streaming virtually all of the time where I am, but as odd as this may sound, I still pay for my content. Over here in the uk we have no hulu, we have no netflix, none of the streams coming from the other legitimate sites, all we have is iPlayer, which is a bit of a joke as far as most of its content is concerned. But that's never stopped me, plenty of less legitimate sites out there to give us what we should already have.

However, I don't think the content should be free, it should be available, how it is now illegally, for a reasonable fee (or at least ad supported). But no-one wants my money.. Here's the clincher though, in this country, if we watch anything that is being broadcast on a tv channel at the same time we have to pay a license fee to the government. Technically I don't need to pay it, but I do because it directly supports british content being created. Also, I have an internet connection, which we're pretty much forced to bundle with cable tv and a phone line. So, whilst I use the internet solely for my entertainment, I still indirectly pay what I consider reasonable(ish) for what I'm getting. It's kind of a guilt and responsibility thing.

Now, if the companies pulled their heads out of their asses and provided me with the streaming methods that are clearly feasible, preferably for a reasonable price, then they could drop out the middle men, I would drop the rest and they would get all the cash. But they're morons who would rather whine that they don't have my money rather than actually allow me to give them it. Go figure..

more than 3 years ago
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The Tablet Debate: 3G Or Wi-Fi?

thetartanavenger Re:Too pricey. (395 comments)

Brilliant for those who do not travel, but unfortunately that is largely useless to the rest of the world that uses gsm not cdma. Also, just for comparison, that's about $10 more than I spend a month for the same.

more than 3 years ago

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How to Build a Low Power Home Server?

thetartanavenger thetartanavenger writes  |  about 5 years ago

thetartanavenger (1052920) writes "My home server is at the end of it's tether and in desperate need of an upgrade, but this time I'm wanting to do it right. All it does is act as a file server and a few other low-usage daemons so processing power is not important here. As it's an always on server I'd like to minimize it's power usage as much as possible, at the very least when not in use, so I was wondering in which direction the community would recommend to do so. Expandability is essential so a large number of SATA ports are a must but other than that what hardware would you go for?"
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How to make Vista useable?

thetartanavenger thetartanavenger writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thetartanavenger (1052920) writes "I've recently been landed with the job of fixing one of my relatives laptops and unfortunately it has vista on it. It is full of spyware/malware/trojans and other nasties, and is mind-bogglingly slow. She's too scared of computers to let me put linux of any variant on it and she would like to stay completely legit so upgrading her to xp is not an option. Not only that but I have no install cd's for the operating system so I can't start with a blank slate.

Being the techie I'm used to having to fix whatever goes wrong in my family however this is the first time it's been Vista, and my normal methods (spybot s&d, adaware, virus scan) aren't working as I still have a few nasties left on the machine. I have had a huge speed increase in comparison, but it's still also mind-bogglingly slow, so my question is what tools would you use to purge vista's nasties? Also what "features" and settings would you turn off to make the pc actually run at the performance it should be capable of?"
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Pandora UK To Be Taken Down

thetartanavenger thetartanavenger writes  |  more than 6 years ago

thetartanavenger (1052920) writes "In what is another foot in the grave for the music industry, pandora.com will shortly be forced to be taken offline in the UK.

In July Pandora was forced to close it doors to the rest of the world, however it clung to that little piece of hope that they would be able to keep it running for the UK. However, despite long attempts to work out an affordable deal with the record companies, Tim Westergren, the founder of Pandora, has sent out this email to all of it's UK listeners. Just how long is it going to be until this will happen to those of you in the states too?

RIP Pandora UK. You will be missed."

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