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Hundreds of IP Addresses Make Pirate Bay a Hard Target

xMrFishx Re:Geez. (224 comments)

Sshhh, don't tell them.

more than 2 years ago
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Hundreds of IP Addresses Make Pirate Bay a Hard Target

xMrFishx Re:Helm Car Service Manuals (224 comments)

What a good idea. Infrequent users may not be the largest source of income, but something is better than nothing, and a few bucks falls into impulse purchasing where you don't even need to think to spend it, so people will spend if they want that service immediately. Happy customers are also good at returning.

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs' Idea For an Ad-Supported OS

xMrFishx Re:dumb idea (255 comments)

Mandatory what? It's not mandatory. If you don't own a TV and don't stream Live shows on iPlayer (BBC's streaming service), you don't need a TV license. Also as far as I know, you don't need a radio license. Checked wikipedia on that, abolished in 1971 for radios. If you watch BBC iPlayer tv post-broadcast time, you don't need a license. Anyway, I'll take the BBC any day over most American ad-infested overpriced channels.

more than 2 years ago
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Mandatory Brake-Override Proposed For All Cars

xMrFishx Re:Just turn off the car? (911 comments)

I don't know about you but my clutch is where my left foot is. Touching the clutch is part of driving the vehicle over here. Press clutch to disengage gearbox. Everyone who drives a manual over here knows that.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Plan Would Use CCTV To Stop Uninsured Drivers From Refueling

xMrFishx Re:ground effects lighting (691 comments)

If a vehicle is expecting to be towing something, because the owner has gone and had a tow bar fitted (they don't generally come as standard in the UK iirc unless it's a goods vehicle anyway), or works where the vehicle will need to be towing something then the owner has usually gone out and got a third plate for affixing to the back of the towed thing. It's trivial to go and get a third plate for the purposes of towing something, if you have a tow bar, you know you may be towing in the future, you get a plate. This is a somewhat non-issue.

more than 2 years ago
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Western Digital's Hitachi Storage Takeover Approved With Restrictions

xMrFishx Re:No good hard drives left (156 comments)

How are the Samsungs for noise? I found the Caviars nice and quiet, which is good with a few of them near by. As long as they're not Barracuda loud, at least.

more than 2 years ago
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Western Digital's Hitachi Storage Takeover Approved With Restrictions

xMrFishx Re:Hitachi (IBM) Deathstars (156 comments)

Annoyingly I've just had 2 AAKS drives of slightly different ages die on me this week, though they have had good mileage of consistent usage for 4 years. I prefer them to my old Barracudas, which rattled away like a screw in a tin can. Annoyingly prices are still uncomfortably steep for me to replace them so I'll have to hope the two I have left will keep going. I don't see why they'd all die at the same time, but who knows.

more than 2 years ago
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Obama Pushes For Cheaper Pennies

xMrFishx Re:what's wrong with rounding (825 comments)

Yeah I think we call them Banks, and they don't take a cut. The Post Office will convert your change too for free. Those machines exist but since there's more Post Offices than auto-sorter machines that steal 10%, I think people go to the Post Office instead.

more than 2 years ago
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Pixel Qi Screens are for Laptops and Tablets, Not Just OLPC (Video)

xMrFishx Re:What am I missing? (82 comments)

It's possible that they are non-consumer because they can't be produced at the same volume as demanded by a consumer-space product, so a production speed or cost issue. Perhaps they are technologically inferior to a typical phone screen in terms of fill rate and response times relative to their cost (i.e. not worth getting something like that for its cost compared to a samsung screen). They may be excellent screens for what they are designed for, but may not have so much of a product market here, where battery life gains are less critical and utility/features/coolness beats readability for average joe.

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Tops "Most Patents List" For 19th Straight Year

xMrFishx Re:What about the quality? (47 comments)

The thing is, if IBM patents the planet, eventually the whole system will implode and they'll lose value. So having a big pile of patents will be worthless and all the money thrown at them, as well as fighting them is gone with no value. I don't think we're quite as critical mass yet, but I expect it will happen eventually. The destruction of the patent/copyright system I'd think would be the next global commercial crisis after this financial one, I hope. But that's just me being a cynic.

more than 2 years ago
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Diablo 3 Coming To Consoles

xMrFishx Re:Battle.net (344 comments)

I believe they're adding a nickname system for replacement of the whole RealID thing for gamer friends that you don't know IRL. I think they called it BattleTag, read the preview a little while ago but here's what I remember:

Essentially: battle.net account - account all your games are tied to, login for WoW, SCII, D3 etc.
RealID - aimed at people you know, handles cross comms between games - you add them once and then you see/can chat with them in other games, lets you see friends of friends too.
BattleTag - hand out to guildies and random gamers who you don't hate, to communicate without them knowing your real name, email etc. Should have been added with RealID communication stuff, still in testing I think.

Some things might be a bit sketchy in explanation but that's what the bits are I think.

more than 2 years ago
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Orangutans To Skype Between Zoos With iPads

xMrFishx Re:Hmm... (149 comments)

Can't tell if serious...

or just monkeying around.

more than 2 years ago
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End Bonuses For Bankers

xMrFishx Re:True to every corporation (548 comments)

Maybe. But total Market domination is certainly a feature of capitalism. Once you hit that point the only way out is to break it down carefully or nationalise it. You can't have a monopoly for profit ultimately without screwing over your population. You can regulate to prevent it getting dug in that deep and keep competition open but there are lines that get crossed that are almost irreversible.

more than 3 years ago
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End Bonuses For Bankers

xMrFishx Re:True to every corporation (548 comments)

This is a fundamental property of capitalism: when a corporation gets lucky it can dominate the market so strongly that when it gets unlucky it gets bailed out by the tax payers.

more than 3 years ago
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The Real Job Threat

xMrFishx Re:Maintenance? (990 comments)

Good point, on another note I wonder if there is a maximum attainable amount of natural renewable energy sources before capturing them (and thus dissipating the energy) becomes detrimental to the planetary existence as a whole such as limiting wind/tidal motion to ineffective lows. Maybe that amount or energy is so high it's almost irrelevant because we should be off the planet by then.

more than 3 years ago
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The Real Job Threat

xMrFishx Re:Maintenance? (990 comments)

Or wooden shoes in the gears, if you wanna go for some real old-school sabotage.

Clogs in the cogs and beers in the gears?

more than 3 years ago

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