Bizzeh (851225) writes "Microsoft may not be everybody's favorite company, but they are the kings of backwards compatibility. When testing what was Windows 9 (and is now Windows 10). It seems like they came across some compatibility issues from the Windows 9x days. Mentioned by Mikko Hypponen on twitter (https://twitter.com/mikko/status/517358472715710465), quite a lot of products test the version string with "indexOf("windows 9")". Using searchcode, we can see what he means. https://searchcode.com/?q=if(v..." top
Bizzeh (851225) writes "Today my boss came to me with what he thought to be a valid point and analogy. If a builder builds a wall, and a week later, bricks begin to fall out of the bottom, but he continues to build the wall higher, he would have to replace those lower bricks he did not place correctly at his own expense and in his own time. When a software developer writes a piece of software, when bugs are discovered, they are paid to fix them by the company and on the companies time. I didn't know how to refute the analogy at the time, but it did make me think, why are bugs in software treated differently in this way?" top
Bizzeh (851225) writes "Why does it seem like everything gives you cancer these days? Well, it doesn’t, there is still very little that is known about what actually causes the mutation that brings on a cancerous tumour. The reason studies find that things like bacon, beef, soft drinks, chocolate and more or less anything that taste nice, can give you cancer is because, that is what the person conducting the study wants to find. To understand this, you first need to know how these studies work (for the most part). A questionnaire will be created 1. do you eat crisps, 2. do you eat chocolate, 3. do you drink soft drinks, and so on. These questionnaires will then be handed out to cancer patients, about 1000 or so to make the study "valid". Once all these have been completed, any question where more than 50% of people answered yes becomes a probable cause, more than 60% means "this gives you cancer", because all these people are doing this, and they all also have cancer. They then hand out the same questionnaire to the people who have gone into remission, or have been cured, or had a false positive result, and ask them the same questions, because most of them already believe this rubbish, they would have avoided most things on the list, so would answer no, and less than 50% of them would have answered yes, meaning the reverse test supports the original test, if you don’t have these things, you won’t have cancer. The problem with these tests is that the questions are very closed questions, designed to get you to answer yes, or no, not allowing an in-between number or a "maybe", restricting the number of points within the data to calculate, giving what seems to be a concrete result. The tests are designed this way, because whoever came up with the tests wants a positive or negative result for that particular thing based on their own like or dislike of that particular thing. This is why poor news outlets publish this rubbish, and real information is published in real scientific publications. So the next time somebody says "you can’t eat that" "you can’t do that" "because it gives you cancer", unless your licking a nuclear fuel rod or trying to eat a microwave, ask them to back up their statement with a scientific journal and then ask them to take a one way flight into the sun." top
Bizzeh (851225) writes "The BBC reports that Researchers at a US lab have passed a crucial milestone on the way to their ultimate goal of achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion. Harnessing fusion — the process that powers the Sun — could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy.
But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive.
Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion" Link to Original Source top
Bizzeh (851225) writes "At the moment, even social or party or just "fun" games such as angry birds, cut the rope and bad piggies all seem to aim for a set market, young adults, and casual gamers who dont usually spend every day gaming. There does not seem to be a set publisher or developer of games for the newly budding gamer of the 18+ month year old, i.e. improving motor skills and hand eye coordination, and there seem to be a VERY limited market for kids that actually know what they are doing with a games console (roughly 5yrs+), unless you go for one of these "tablets" made by one of the toy companies, which the kids dont want, they want your real tablet, your real laptop or your real pc, with their games on there. Where are these markets?" top
Bizzeh writes "it seems that iGoogle is the next google product to be going to the graveyard. From Google: "We originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today's web and mobile apps would put personalized, real-time information at your fingertips. With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for something like iGoogle has eroded over time, so we’ll be winding down iGoogle on November 1, 2013, giving you a full 16 months to adjust or easily export your iGoogle data."" Link to Original Source top
Bizzeh writes "Why do we still stick to the legacy Mozilla/X.Y structure in web browser user agents? surely by now, no script, server or website uses the mozilla version number anymore and it is simply there because nobody can be bothered changing it. isnt it about time browser developers drop it entirely or switch to naming their user agent with their own company name, rendering engine or browser name?" top
Bizzeh writes "The BBC writes that "Dutch security firm DigiNotar has filed for voluntary bankruptcy following a series of attacks by a hacker." Seems like the attack did more than damage systems, it damaged DigiNotar's reputation beyond repair" Link to Original Source top
Sony asks gamers to sign new terms or face PSN ban
Bizzeh writes "The bbc reports that the UK government and police have not sought any new powers to shut social networks, according to the Home Office after a meeting with industry representatives." Link to Original Source top
Bizzeh writes "According to the BBC, the US military has lost its new experimental hypersonic aircraft. The Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) successfully separated from its rocket but lost contact shortly into its "glide phase"." Link to Original Source top
Bizzeh writes "Is it possible using grub or isolinux to create a single usb drive that contains all the files needed to install any version of windows that is set up to do so, or even install a linux distribution with a menu to select the version/distro you want to install" Link to Original Source top
Bizzeh (851225) writes "According to Microsoft, nearly two million Xbox Live users logged into Facebook through the console's new built-in social media applications. Based on a vague estimate provided by Microsoft, it appears that around ten percent of all Xbox Live Gold accounts used the application within its first week of availability; however, it's possible many of those users only logged in to see the new feature in action. Microsoft also stated the addition of Last.fm — a music streaming service currently only available for US and UK gamers — prompted nearly one million new profile activations. In its first week, Last.fm users streamed "more than 120 million minutes" of music to their Xbox 360 consoles. If we've learned one thing from these numbers, it's that people love to click on shiny new boxes." Link to Original Source top
Bizzeh writes "Dave Arneson, half of the duo — the other half being Gary Gygax — that created influential tabletop RPG Dungeons & Dragons, passed away earlier today. Known recently for his teaching at Full Sail College in Florida as well as his fantasy RPG Blackmoor, Arneson had been struggling with his health ever since a stroke in 2002.
According to The Escapist, Arneson's health worsened last week and he was admitted to the hospital. Unforutnately this morning, things took a turn for the worse. We extend our deepest condolences to those affected by Dave Arneson's passing, especially his loved ones." Link to Original Source top
Bizzeh writes "i have been taking a look around the web recently after having bought a windows mobile 6.1 based phone in an effort to try and find an affordable microsoft exchange service. the cheapest i have been able to find so far, works out at over £90/year, which for a single email address and the ability to remote sync a contact list, this is quite a large amount. are there any hosting providers around that include exchange accounts with their windows based web hosting packages, or some compatable software on a linux hosting package (such as 1&1 MailXchange)?" top
Bizzeh writes "the bbc has a story about a group of Somalian Pirates have seized a giant Saudi-owned oil tanker containing 2million barrels of oil, in the Indian Ocean off the Kenyan coast, originally bound for the USA. i have two questions about this, today, how is real piracy possible? and, will RIAA or some other poxy organisation see the fruits of suing these Somalians, or will they stick to teenagers and old people?" Link to Original Source top
Bizzeh writes "Having recently played through Call of Duty 4, and realising that today is Armistice Day; I have wondered how games such as the Call of Duty series and the Medal of Honour series are received in countries such as Germany and Japan. Where in the game, it is not explained that the evils of the time you are playing through where caused by a small minority of lunatics within the country, and not the country its self since you simply kill anyone that speaks with an accent that is not your own. Does this type of game offend in countries that don't speak English and countries that might even speak English, but are often portrayed to be the enemy, or do these games never make it to such countries because of the content?"