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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

tshawkins Re:They need to take it a step further... (191 comments)

Google will still have people and assets in spain after the withdrawl of google news, which is after all only one relativly small part of its spanish operations.

4 days ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

tshawkins Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

3, assumes there is no storage capability at the renewable end, new storage technologies are comming online every day, largely driven by the EV industry. If the solar system could store 24 hours worth of energy, then that problem goes away. True it will drive up costs and that may change the break even point, but storage costs are on the same downward trajectory as the renewable generation costs.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

tshawkins Re:huh? (187 comments)

People have tried to get me to eat balut, i cant bring myself to do it, its a rite of passage that the local guys here try to put foreigners through. Its almost the first thing they offer when you ask about philippine cuisine. They all think its very funny when you go strange colour as they describe it to you. I'd rather eat red salt egg or 1000 year egg than balut. Although i am partial to a pickeled egg, my wife has just learnt how to make them and proper pickeled onions, so they are back on the menu. All I need now is a decent supply of Cod out here that does not cost 4 gold bars a kilo, and its chippy night again, battered cod and chips, pickeled eggs, pickled onions, buckets of salt, malt vinegar and ketchup. And some doorstops of white bread and butter to make a chip butty. Good strong cup of hot milky sweet tea to go with it. Loverly........ Homesick british ex-pat in manila.

about a month ago
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Tao3D: a New Open-Source Programming Language For Real-Time 3D Animations

tshawkins Re:Things you need to fix if you want users (158 comments)

Lumber jacks, they use them for breaking logjams when floating trees downriver.

about a month and a half ago
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Tao3D: a New Open-Source Programming Language For Real-Time 3D Animations

tshawkins Re:Video tutorials (158 comments)

Its "right off the bat" , which means immeatiate, straight away. http://www.thesaurus.com/brows... Its a term that comes from cricket that made its way into common language.

about a month and a half ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

tshawkins Re:Free Windows? (353 comments)

Here in the philippines, you can buy alot of PC and laptop products without an OS, most come with freedos or a simple linux setup loaded just to allow testing of hardware Example. http://www.villman.com/Search....

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

tshawkins Re:No, it's not bricked. (572 comments)

I dont think the windows usb.sys will allow conndctions to devices with pid=0, thats why you can only fix them on a mac or linux box.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

tshawkins Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

Many os's including windows wont allow connections to pid0 at the low level, below the driver, setting pid to 0 effectivly bricks the device as far as windows is concered, thays why they can only be fixed on a mac or linux system that does not have that restriction.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

tshawkins Re: Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

And to make matters worse, even if they roll back to a restore point and an older driver it still does not work. Consumer given no notification, no choice as to the disposition of thier device, something that does not belong to FTDI.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

tshawkins Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

In most cases consumers have never heard of FTDI, and would not understand what it did anyway. In thier eyes they did a windows update and thier device broke, and even if the use a rollback point, and unwind tje update its still broke. Microsoft is going to take the heat.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

tshawkins Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

You do know that the routine inside thier drivers as assertained from the symbol tables in the driver code was called "BrickClonedDevices" I think that is a smoking gun, and shows intent. How much chance does 99% of the population have of recovering the functionality of a bricked device, even if pid 0 is rewritable. Its like telling a comsumer that a phone that has scrambled its eeprom is still perfectly ok, all they have to Do is buy a JTAG interface, hook it up, learn several years of embedded systems knowledge. But its not bricked is it. For all intentive purposes it is Bricked as far as a consumer is concerned who has never heard of FTDI.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

tshawkins Re:Is this legal? (700 comments)

For 99.99% of people in the world, who dont understand that a) thier device actualy has an ftdi chip in it, b) which os is safe, c) how to rewrite the pid. Then the device is effectivly "bricked" .

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

tshawkins Re: are the debian support forums down? (286 comments)

All varients except the android version, have deteriorated over the last year or so. I use skype a lot to call into conference calls, i have a Mac, Linux desktop and large android tablet, and one by one each version has stopped generating recognisble touch tones that can be used to drive the conferencing services (more than 1) . If the android version goes the same way, i will have to give up on skype.

about 2 months ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

tshawkins Re:GPS (86 comments)

US has been known to shut down gps over regions during conflicts, last happend to india in 1999. India like eu, china, and russia now want thier own systems so they are not dependent on the USs goodwill and support.

about 2 months ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

tshawkins Re:Region-Specific (86 comments)

IRNSS sats are geostationary, they are positioned above india and dont move.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Partners With Docker

tshawkins Re:made for each other. (104 comments)

I love docker, its great to work with, but i have one concern with its use of dockerhub, the worse case scenario being somebody like the NSA getting in there and attaching to the os integration libs in the os api stubs. Suddeny you get all your docker containers being vulnerable and phoning home. Has anybody looked at wether that could be a problem. It would be a fat juicy target for them. People are putting a lot of trust in a bunch of images that are outside of thier control and verification.

about 2 months ago

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