* Posts by Bruce Clare

14 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Mar 2008

Navy SEALs to deploy armoured dogs in A'stan

Bruce Clare

Cry havoc!

...And let slip the dogs of war.

It's boffins versus bookies on the World Cup Rankings

Bruce Clare

More boffins...

Nate Silver (http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/ ) has been modeling cup probabilities for each elimination since the qualifiers. These chaps do baseball stats on a separate pay site and have done other sports as a sideline to their political stats. They are the folks behind the ESPN Soccer Power Index here in the US. On fivethirtyeight.com, they currently have a daily live update of the stats after each day's elimination matches.

Not advocating their views over the professor's, just another set of boffins doing the same job. They did pick USA-Ghana as even money and Germany heavy over England, though.

Searchers say bug bars way back to Google

Bruce Clare

Yes, but...

You have to carefully time the double back-buttoning. Too fast and the second click registers as taking place from the last page. Too late and the redirect has already started.

It's easier to click on the drop-down button next to the back button to display your page history, and then select the results page from the history list. Then you don't have to worry about the timing.

Stealth installs and adware come to Facebook

Bruce Clare
Paris Hilton

Not 3rd party

More likely while you are logged into Facebook, FB is monitoring the other web sites you visit and was storing that data. The fix for the "bug" about the apps appearing in the users application list doesn't mean they've stopped gathering that information, it just means they have stopped displaying the associated apps in your profile. If we're lucky, they aren't auto-loading the apps in the background and just hiding it better.

Facebook -- the most bloated tracking cookie on the whole internet.

We need a Mark Zuckerberg Devil Horns icon.

Paris, because her FB page is so _interesting_

Slovakian police chief quits over Dublin explosives run

Bruce Clare
Paris Hilton

Good thing this is the 21st Century...

Or I'd suspect the Slovakians of trying to restart the Irish troubles.

Paris, because plastic is just what she IS.

Apple voids warranties over cigarette smoke, users say

Bruce Clare

Hazards of smoke build-up...

"they are not hazardous when caked onto your MacBook case."

Uhh, not true. They used to use nicotine as an insecticide in the 19th century.

As far as Apple service policy about 2nd hand smoke: that's what rubber gloves are for. If the smoke build-up caused the system failure, charge the customer for the repair as user-caused, but there is no logical reason to refuse the service completely.

Disney kicks 'Ho White' out of bed

Bruce Clare

Copyright? What copyright?

The original Snow White story and characters are in the public domain in the US. Not sure about NZ, but even if the story copyright still holds, its unlikely Disney is the copyright holder.

The Disney depictions of the characters are still copyrighted, but that picture is obviously distinct from the Disney version, despite the similarities resulting from use of the original source material. So this seems like it would be worth fighting. Even a small liquor company for which the legal costs might be burdensome could milk extra publicity out of it to help defray the costs(as they seem to be doing).

SuperTalent adds Ram to SSD to boost write speeds

Bruce Clare

Not necessarily blah!

They just need a BFC (big friggin capacitor) to hold enough charge to last through a full write cycle after power is cut. And since we're talking pure solid state, it probably doesn't need that much current in the first place.

The return of Killer Chlorine

Bruce Clare
Black Helicopters

@John Kale and Mr. Brignell

I have to wonder whether it was the researcher that caused the sensationalism in the chlorine scare. It looks like the original study was a data trawl designed to turn up items worth investigation. Someone in the researcher's organization (the media department, the Director or the researcher herself?) decided to alert the media that some interesting avenues for investigation had been identified, probably as part of a grant application cycle. It obviously snowballed from there into a meaningless mess of sensationalism. While there is a role for the media in documenting scientific research and making it meaningful to the general public, this study should never have been brought to the public media's attention.

And Mr. Brignell: while this was an interesting, thought-provoking article pointing out real flaws in the way the media handle statistics and science, I'm sorry to see you conflating the risks (or lack of risk) of ionic chlorine from salt with the Sodium Hypochlorite used in bleach and the TCH compounds that arise in drinking water. Don't fight junk science with junk science.

HP shatters excessive packaging world record

Bruce Clare

Individually wrapped

It seems like there is a directive that each license certificate pack has to be individually wrapped. I can understand this as it aids package verification (x licenses = x boxes, so we're good to ship), but why wrap them in boxes instead of envelopes? Even padded envelopes would take up less space, and reduce the need to pay dimensional weight to ship the things.

ICO slaps TfL over Oyster data hoard

Bruce Clare


...starting now. Get the kiddies used to being scrutinized, prodded and generally treated like shipping containers in an overnight delivery jet, and they'll be acclimated to this crap when they're adults.

...Hey lobster, we just turned the temperature up another degree. Is it hot yet?

Gas crunch: Jatropha, kudzu, algae and magic to rescue

Bruce Clare

All to the good...

A few good technology scams to pull all of the speculators out of the commodities markets will help curb the inflation those goons have been contributing to the economy. There's really too much money in the hands of the investing class that they don't know what to do with and they're to greedy to give it up as charitable donations or taxes.

A good .fuel bubble would get them out of businesses that peoples' lives depend on and might even fund a Yahoo! or Google that actually produces a viable solution.

Incidentally, regarding the US Sugar buyout in Florida: It's a scam too. By the time the government pays off the bonds that they issue to fund the buyout, the Everglades area will be part of the Gulf of Mexico due to rising sea levels from GW. Figure 30 years tops. US Sugar is just selling ahead of the market.

US teen cuffed for disposable camera 'Taser'

Bruce Clare

So if I have a black belt...

Does that mean they have to chop off my hands and feet before I can attend school.

BOFH: On the brink

Bruce Clare

OS/2 Warp

OS/2 Warp was usually on a CD but could be found on about 35 floppies as I remember, OS 2 2.x was about 30 floppies.

I recently tossed the last of my 3.5" floppies including OS/2 2.11, MathCad, Novell DOS and other relics of the 1990s on the assumption they are no longer readable. Still have the CDs from that era, though. For some reason I have the OS/2 Warp Bonus pack without the main CD.

Apart from it's own native capabilities, OS/2 Warp truly was a "better DOS than DOS" and it was a better Windows than Windows 3.1. Unfortunately it wasn't a better Windows than Win95, which came out around the same time. Microsoft always managed to keep its competitors one step behind in the compatibility and performance race back in those days. Lotus, WordPerfect and IBM all paid the price. Even now, Windows STILL doesn't have a decent, built-in shell scripting language. OS/2 had various flavors of REXX from the 1.3 days.