Re: and no digging (Score: 1)

by in Google possibly investigating high-speed wireless alternatives to fiber on 2014-10-17 14:34 (#2TEN)

True, but you can encrypt everything between the two points.

ICANN continue gouging; people continue not to care (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in ICANN speaks: yes to radio, hotel, eco. No to gay, taxi, art, and hotel on 2014-10-14 16:26 (#2TBW)

No less than six other companies had each paid $185,000 to be considered for the valuable dot-hotel registry. They will now walk away empty-handed.
They charge that much just to mull it over?! And people pay it!?

ICANN needs to be dissolved. Their greed for money, despite being a non-profit, it just absurd.

I mean really: what do they do with all that cash?

Re: I see a couple things here (Score: 1)

by in Marriott fined $600,000 by FCC for interfering with customer WiFi hotspots on 2014-10-10 17:32 (#2T7C)

if there is a law that makes it illegal to purposefully jam a WiFi signal, shouldn't a denial of service attack that takes out the WiFi be similarly illegal?
My thoughts exactly. The technical mechanism they used is only of interest to us readers as a technical curiosity. I don't know that 'jam' and 'DoS' are really exclusive, anyway: it seems reasonable to say that they used DoS as a means of achieving a jam.

Re: Do not link to the Daily Mail. Ever. (Score: 1)

by in Mystery of Titan's disappearing 'island' on 2014-10-03 19:35 (#2T2R)

No, actually I was implying your opinion is irrelevant because you've never contributed anything of value...
Shameless ad-hom, then. Cute.
The next time I happen to find something of interest at the daily mail, I will submit it like usual.
Regardless of whether there are better sources merely a Google-search away?
Ok, let's turn this around: why do you not want Pipedot stories to avoid linking to tabloids? Tabloids are generally something to avoid on a tech-savvy site like this, no?

The borderline-NSFW nonsense linked from the Daily Mail article should be reason enough. I'd rather get my scientific updates from a site that doesn't try to catch my interest with mostly-naked photos of (presumably) celebrities.

Re: Do not link to the Daily Mail. Ever. (Score: 4, Informative)

by in Mystery of Titan's disappearing 'island' on 2014-10-03 12:50 (#2T2M)

Is there something inaccurate in the linked story at all?
I don't real the Daily Mail. I read the other two sources I linked to instead.
Assuming not, why should I or anyone else be concerned with your particular preference of news souce?
Err, because I'm not necessarily just a blabbering moron. There's a finite possibility that the low opinion of the Daily Mail held by me and others is actually justified, wouldn't you agree?

You appear to be implying that my opinion is irrelevant because it is subjective, but would you lend as much weight to the scientific ideas of a noisy drunk as to an article in Nature? Does a professor, marking her students' essays, prefer to see respectable sources cited in preference to tabloids?

High-quality sources are a practical concern. Linking to bullshit sources like the Daily Mail really is something to avoid.

Do not link to the Daily Mail. Ever. (Score: 4, Insightful)

by in Mystery of Titan's disappearing 'island' on 2014-10-02 12:42 (#2T27) Christ.

How about a source that isn't total garbage?

(I'm not normally one to just complain, but seriously.)

Re: Without a warrant... (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in U.S. law enforcement officials urge Apple and Google not to encrypt smartphone data on 2014-10-01 14:56 (#2T1H)

Good points, but one more: it creates a paper-trail.

Re: Finally, the modern age (Score: 1)

by in The golden age of credit card fraud is drawing to a close on 2014-09-29 11:28 (#2T0C)

Still, better than the set of problems be changing, than increasing.

No love for the bomb? (Score: 1)

by in When dystopia comes, it will look like: on 2014-09-09 15:48 (#2S79)

No nuclear apocalypse option?

(Ok, Terminator technically counts.)

Re: Idiocracy (Score: 1)

by in When dystopia comes, it will look like: on 2014-09-09 15:45 (#2S78)

Errr, no, we're not. IQ is trending upwards. Global literacy rates are improving.

There's an xkcd for everything.

Is there more to your point, or do you just want to feel superior to people with children?

Re: Not just pointless (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Take vitamins or no? Controversy supercedes the studies on 2014-09-09 15:38 (#2S77)

Maybe because he wants to see you again soon.
Maybe your doctor is trying to desensitise you to taking something on a daily basis so that he can progressively addict you to more and more dangerous substances and thus ensure your continued dependence on him and more and more business from you as the side effects of all the things he has you one start to stack up into actual illnesses requiring oh more poisonous chronic medications and more visits to him.
Your points about the pills being a scam seem compelling (though unfortunately uncited), but I see no call for this conspiracy-theory bullshit; ignorance seems far more likely than malevolence.

Prior art? (Score: 1)

by in The patent wars rage on: Nvidia sues Qualcomm and Samsung over their patent of 'the gpu' on 2014-09-08 17:58 (#2S5P)

How much of this early-days graphics stuff was actually nVidia's innovation? Could these patents be struck down on the grounds of Carmack did it first?

Re: Fork It (Score: 1)

by in SIMS 4 not meeting expectations on 2014-09-08 17:54 (#2S5N)

Oh, that's not fair. It's just that now the testers pay EA, and they prefer to be called early adopters.

Doubtless EA will release a patch soon.

Yes. As expected. And? (Score: 1)

by in This is what electric car owners are doing while you sleep on 2014-09-02 16:07 (#2S07)

If I had an electric car, I'd want it charging only at night. Much cheaper that way, at least here in the UK. Is there anything here we didn't already know?

I don't know a lot about power grids, but I presume this is a good thing for them (and presumably environmentally) too; less of a 'daytime spike' in generation this way.

Re: Before everybody goes crazy... (Score: 1)

by in Mozilla rolls out sponsored link tiles on 2014-08-30 11:48 (#2RWP)

I'm still annoyed they removed the "Load images by default?" tick-box. You have to screw around in about:config now. It was rather useful for tethering, but apparently buttons confuse users.

Re: Can they afford this? (Score: 2, Funny)

by in Windows 7 approaches end of life on 2014-08-28 13:21 (#2R69)

Mac solution: occasionally dedicate a new release to slimming-down, rather than adding features

Linux solution: lightweight distros (Fluxbuntu, Lubuntu, Puppy, DSL)

Windows solution: ...? I guess you could buy an Xbox One, or a Windows Phone :P