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  • Commented on App store annoyances
    > insufficent space Same here. There are a number of helpful guides out there, but I really need to root my phone so I can look at hidden files. (Previous phone I did that first thing, and installed CyanogenMod, but...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Arch Linux is not really what is normally meant by "a rootkit". I recently got a C720 myself. Haven't put Crouton on it (yet). Not being able to print to a non-Cloud enabled local network printer is my main annoyance...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Google Play apparently knows that I have (or had) more than one device. But there doesn't seem to be any way to tell it that the one it thinks is called "Unknown device" no longer exists, and apps that were...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    "All pointers are the same" is a faulty assumption of many C programmers, not of C, just as "bytes are octets" is. (I've used a machine where it wasn't true, with char* being larger than int*; many programmers have had...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    Is it just me who thinks "Perl 6 will still be 'if and when' in 2034" is the really important thing here? :-)...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    The US Navy are working on producing longer chain hydrocarbons: http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/news-releases/2012/fueling-the-fleet-navy-looks-to-the-seas http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/10/game-changer-us-navy-can-now-turn-seawater-jet-fue/...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Worsening climate change could undo some of that "on a global scale, things are improving". What happens if much of Bangladesh moves from "fertile delta which suffers annual flooding" to "shallow salt water lagoons and salt marshes which suffer very...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    I am reminded of an apocryphal story about an early porn filter that blocked any images with lots of flesh tones. This turned out to block lots of pictures of faces. So facial recognition was added. It turns out that...
  • Commented on Making history personal
    Inside - stone age tombs if they count as buildings, otherwise Greek or Roman depending where you draw the line between "ruin in good condition" (or for Pompeii, "buried remains which have been uncovered") and "building". The Pantheon in Rome...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Fuller Memorandum
    That's a shame, I was hoping he was a real life inspiration for Maj. Major. And meanwhile my to-read list gets longer again.......
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Glasshouse
    Readers who are put off halfway through might still discourage their friends from buying more copies though. (I doubt it's a significant effect.) I happened to know of the Army usage of "Glasshouse", but if I hadn't, I wouldn't have...
  • Commented on Press Release: Stross Uncloaks Secret Media Project
    Admit it, the Russians are just a front for the lobsters....
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