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Thrifty, Anonymous Benefactor Backs Up BBC Websites Before They Go Dark

DeanLearner Re:What I want to know.... (159 comments)

Thanks to the unique way the BBC is funded, this doesn't matter. Money, money, money!

(In the UK, if you own a device that can receive TV signals, you HAVE to have a TV license which the BBC gets funds from)

more than 3 years ago

T-Mobile Slashes Fair Use Policy, Says Download At Home

DeanLearner Has anyone cancelled yet? (364 comments)

I am with T-mobile and it is my first ever contract phone. I went in to a shop and specifically asked for their cheapest tariff with unlimited internet access (Flext 30). It was more expensive than other options but I was happy with this because I wanted a plan with unlimited internet. So basically, what I pay is absolutely no better than anyone else? Is this grounds to cancel my contract without a fee? What really takes the piss is that they say to do "that stuff" on my broadband connection. 1) Don't assume I have broadband. 2) Don't tell me an alternative solution to you fucking up my current one.

about 4 years ago

Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time

DeanLearner Re:Nice (362 comments)

^ this :)

I played Doom 2 before I played the first one and it got me in the exact way you describe.

The demo that played in the background of the title screen was the 'Circle of Death' level and I remember thinking "How is the person playing this level able to cope?" It was traumatic just watching it! I struggled enough with the early levels and it was very much a case of....

Run in room
Get enemy attention
Run out of room
Hope enemy walks out on his own (which didn't happen most of the time because of the simple AI!)

Seeing a Keycard in the middle of a room, all on its own less for a flickering light.... You know what's next, you know you have to get the key card, but still you stand there hesitating.

more than 4 years ago

Is StarCraft II Killing Graphics Cards?

DeanLearner Old graphics cards (422 comments)

I've played lots of games that have been too intense for my graphics card to run at 60fps. That is the game was pushing them to 100% of what they were capable of. Don't remember CATCHING ON FIRE because of it.

Poor story? I think so.

more than 4 years ago

Data Sorting World Record — 1 Terabyte, 1 Minute

DeanLearner The results are in... (129 comments)

In third place, with a time of 01:02.305 is Sort United.

In second place, with a time of 00:58.112 is Team Sorted.

And in first place, with a time of 00:59:836 is UCSD!

more than 4 years ago

BP Caught Photoshopping Disaster Response Photos

DeanLearner Oh BP, for shame (560 comments)

Causing an environmental disaster is one thing, but this... this... I'm sorry it's too much.

more than 4 years ago

New Xbox 360 S Uses Less Power, Makes Less Noise

DeanLearner Processing power (176 comments)

This might be considered a stupid question but...

The performance of this version will be the same as before, right?

more than 4 years ago

Secure Communication Comes To Android

DeanLearner Secure Voice Transmission (150 comments)

I've been using it on my android devices since I first got a G1. Hell I even used it before then on a bog standard landline phone...

*dial number*
*ring ring*
"Hi it's Chris, the Satsuma is flying without wings beyond the crust of the BIG APPLE pie."
"Got ya"


more than 4 years ago

BT Gets Exclusive Rights To OnLive In the UK

DeanLearner I bet it'll be really good. (128 comments)

Between 2am and 4am and if you're lucky 10am and 12am weekdays.

I had BT Broadband in Canterbury and jesus christ was it awful the rest of the time. I've used Sky broadband not 200 metres away in another house and it's pretty damn good all of the time, that or maybe my expectations of ADSL have been lowered so much it just seems damn good.

more than 4 years ago

Creating a Better Facebook

DeanLearner X has been doing it for years! (295 comments)

First everyone hosted their own site themselves (I believe this was the case? I didn't really do that part)
Then everyone had sites hosted elsewhere (geocities)
Then everyone had a page on a single site (facebook)
Soon everyone will have their own facebook (diaspora)
And then everyone will have their own... everything on their own server... kinda like Unite by... Opera! Always two steps ahead

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans

DeanLearner Tips to make things seem faster (570 comments)

1) Have your monitor shake and blow air in your face while opening a browser.
2) Add some motion blur when scrolling a page.
3) Lower your desk. Generally, the closer to the floor you are the faster it seems. I am using go karts as an example.
4) Make ALL youtube videos play at 2x speed except for videos about rival browsers, which shall be played at 0.5x.

more than 4 years ago

Scribd Switches To HTML5

DeanLearner The experience isn't actually any better (177 comments)

So from a clients perspective (mine in this case)the HTML5 experience is slow whereas the flash experience is reasonably quick.

And from the server point of view HTML5 is slower as well...

HTML5 - Served by app04 in 1.168 secs. cpu: 1.100

Flash - Served by app10 in 0.482 secs. cpu: 0.420

What's the point then?

more than 4 years ago

Hollow Spy Coins

DeanLearner Spyfolder (322 comments)

Give me 20 quid and I will install a SPY FOLDER on your computer, whether it's Windows, Mac or Linux.

You too can store things INSIDE your very own SPY FOLDER. Features include

Store things inside.
Keep things separate from other things that are not inside your SPY FOLDER.
All this and more!

Again, all yours for just 20 quid. Call 555-HAPPYDUDE now.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu Gets a New Visual Identity

DeanLearner Reminds me of day time house buying programmes (683 comments)

Bitching about themes, reminds me of those TV programmes where a presenter or two show a couple various houses in the hope that they will buy one.

They roll up to the house, walk into the living room and say "no, i don't like the paint, or that chair, that dog looked at me weird."


No one uses Ubuntu because it's brown. FACT.

more than 4 years ago

Printing Replacement Body Parts

DeanLearner Typical printer tactics (101 comments)

No doubt if the machine is $200,000 the print cartridges will be $600,000 and still only use three quarters of its ink!

more than 4 years ago

Anatomy of a SQL Injection Attack

DeanLearner Re:PHP security object (267 comments)

Thanks for the response. By the sounds of it I am sanitising as well (though not good at explaining it!). I've made my own framework that expects an email address for a field marked as email, a date for a date field and so on.

more than 4 years ago

Should I Take Toyota's Software Update?

DeanLearner Haha awesome logic (750 comments)

I like it, from this day forward, I will stick with the unknowns I currently don't know, rather than the unknowns I could potentially not know.

I mean, better the devil you don't know now, than the devil you might not know when and if something happens, that's the saying right?

My stomach hurts, I don't know how serious it is but I won't fix it though, because fixing it could lead to other problems.

Something of my code doesn't work as expected, hell, at least I know what might go wrong instead of all the possible wrongs I could meet from fixing it.

Hell, i can't believe I've been living my life so wrecklessly!

more than 4 years ago

Anatomy of a SQL Injection Attack

DeanLearner PHP security object (267 comments)

I create a security object that stores $_GET and $_POST as arrays and escapes all the contained details, once this is done i blitz both $_GET and $_POST so they cant accidentally be called within the programme.

From this point to call a get variable you need to call $security->get('name');

This object also checks for dodgy content like scripts and the like and further down the line, each input is checked for proper formatting.

Im wondering though, what else should I be doing?

more than 4 years ago

Scaling Algorithm Bug In Gimp, Photoshop, Others

DeanLearner Oh for fucks sake (368 comments)

20 years of image processing wasted, just like that! Spose I better start again...

more than 4 years ago



Password protected emails

DeanLearner DeanLearner writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DeanLearner (1639959) writes "I've been asked to look into whether it's possible to password protect an email so that a password has to be entered to read the content. Ideally, the recipient (members of the public; so varying computer skills) will not have to modify their email client at all to perform this.

The most popular solution googling seems to show is, attach a password protected document and go from there, but I'd like to avoid this as it relies on the recipient having certain document reading software.

My suggested solution was to email them a link to our website, once the password (which is told over the phone) is correctly entered, the message is shown. But the powers that be are keen to avoid this if possible.

Personally, I can't see anything easier/quicker than my solution, but if anyone out there thinks otherwise, please let me know."


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