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Sony Launches Internet Service Offering Twice the Speed of Google Fiber

tomknight "...or fewer" (268 comments)

"Targeting individual homes and apartment buildings of two floors or fewer"

Yes, someone actually uses "or fewer" instead of "or less" when talking about countable objects!

Yes, I really am that person who hates it when supermarkets have a "ten items or less" queue....

about a year and a half ago

Researchers Describe First 'Functional HIV Cure' In an Infant

tomknight A Wonderful Thing! (71 comments)

This is fantastic news, and offers the beginning of a glimmer of hope across the world. Transferring these benefits to sub-Saharan Africa (for example) will require incredible changes to drug marketing/profit-making, but also cultural changes. Ultimately this would have massive positive economic benefits in this region, but the political will and strength required to make this available is immense.

about a year and a half ago

Real-Time Fact Checking With "Truth Teller"

tomknight Re:Fact check (149 comments)

Remember, 1+1=3 for large values of 1

about a year and a half ago

Apple Axes Head of Mapping Team

tomknight Re:Was it justified (372 comments)

An escape goat? Is that the opposite of a Trojan horse?

about 2 years ago

Ask Richard Stallman Anything

tomknight Onesies (573 comments)

Do you prefer to wear onesies with or without feet?

about 2 years ago

Project To Turn Classical Scores Into Copyright-Free Music Completed

tomknight Re:Nicely done! (290 comments)

One thing I'd never want is for my copy of Tchaikovsky's 6th (Pathétique) conducted by Wilhelm Furtwangler to lose the coughs and slight hiss. This is what makes this recording special for me.

more than 2 years ago

Gaining Info On Tech Execs With Just Their Email

tomknight A counter to this...? (75 comments)

So could a counter to this be to create accounts on as many systems as possible using your corporate account just to create noise?

Maybe an early task for the IT department could be to create such accounts on the executive's behalf, and release them as required? Obviously this will be borderline (or plain beyond) the standard T&Cs for these sites, but at least they'd be able to claim another valued user (advertising viewer).

Clearly you'd need to use a list of sites that won't get the corporation into trouble, but which encompasses all the sorts of sites its employees are likely to log in to with such credentials. Playboy might or might not be on such a white list, but should an exec need such...relief... (s)he could ask to have that site added to the list.

more than 2 years ago

Did an Unnamed MIT Student Save Apollo 13?

tomknight Re:The Book said it (258 comments)

What the hell is a "cum lifeboat"?

Get. Me. Mind. Bleach.

On a related note, the kerning here makes "lunar injection burn" look like "lunar injection bum".

more than 2 years ago

Sci-Fi Writers of the Past Predict Life In 2012

tomknight Bring a bottle? (179 comments)

So what does Gregory Benford like to drink then?

more than 2 years ago

Obayashi To Build Space Elevator By 2050

tomknight Re:Critical (488 comments)

He had a problem with the metric/imperial conversion. Easy mistake.

more than 2 years ago

The Register Email Address Blunder

tomknight Re:Probably worse for The Register than their read (70 comments)

As (I assume) an average Reg reader I don't really give much of a toss if my login's compromised. The email account was probably disposable and I can always make a new login if I want to comment. I've looked through the list and can't see myself (or anything that looks like the sort of online ID I'd use) there, and given that I've forgotten my details I'll probably need to create a new account anyway... Yup, they look a bit daft from this. The self-reporting to the ICO is certainly a Good Thing.

about 3 years ago

AMD Accidentally Leaks 1.7 Million DiRT 3 Keys

tomknight Re:I need to take a leak... (187 comments)

*Ouch* ??

You need to see a doctor about that.

more than 3 years ago

Measles Resurgent Due To Fear of Vaccination

tomknight Re:It's a shame... (668 comments)

Oh god, for mod points here and now.....

more than 3 years ago

IBM Building 120PB Cluster Out of 200,000 Hard Disks

tomknight Re:Paranoid much? (290 comments)

Data requirements are doubling faster than disk storage capabilities. We're needing to find ways of dealing with this, but ideally without simply asking for more money for more disks. I've just been told a new academic here will need about 200TB in a few months. I can see my (fairly small set) of Bioinformatics researchers needing a PB before the end of next year.

more than 2 years ago

Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

tomknight Re:Copyright a Disaster (241 comments)

Mod this up funny! Oh... hang on... he's serious?

more than 3 years ago

Capcom Announces Unreplayable Game

tomknight Re:Will anybody buy this lemon? (535 comments)

Plenty of people will pirate it though. If they actually want to encourage pirating of games they're doing a pretty good job. I now rip DVDs to my PC so I can get rid of all the crap at the beginning, and surely that's only a couple of steps away from full-on pirating...

more than 3 years ago

Open Source More Expensive Says MS Report

tomknight Re:My psychic prediction (465 comments)

And I predict the standard knee-jerk reactions of people who don't bother to RTFA. In all honesty though, the article's not much good anyway. The book certainly does tempt me, particularly having read a couple of endorsements ( ):

"For anyone who thought the open source movement was a passing fancy, this is the book to read. Written by two experts in innovation and patent policy, it presents important evidence on the scope and complexity of how firms and public authorities have embraced open source software. The reader will learn which nations and which types of firms use open source most heavily, and may be surprised at the extent to which open source code is blended with code and products that are kept proprietary. The authors provide a rich foundation for yet another wave of thinking on the subject."
—Suzanne Scotchmer, University of California, Berkeley, author of Innovation and Incentives

“Unlike much of the writing on open source versus proprietary software, this book offers factual evidence, careful analysis, and evenhanded discussion, while avoiding unsupported opinions, hyperbole, and exaggeration. Everyone who is concerned with open source will want to read this book.”
—Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google

These people aren't idiots, and neither are they MS fanatics.

Try an open mind, maybe....?

more than 3 years ago


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tomknight tomknight writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well, here it is. Not much to look at really, is it? Nope. Perhaps things will get better with time. Perhaps not. Ho hum.

Okay, seeing as how a link to this appears on every comment I write, I guess I'd better think about what to spurt into this area.

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