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Malicious QR Code Use On the Rise

Dilligent Preview after scanning (234 comments)

Well, this would be the single most obvious thing in the world if you ask me. If i was designing an app to scan those codes i woudln't just act on whatever content that the user might encounter but instead present him with whatever it is the QR code is saying.

So instead of scan->immediately open goatse, how hard can it be to go:
scan->Show user that the QR code contains a link to goatse and then they can decide whether to go there or not.

Likewise with all other kinds of content (usually it's just pointers though, like links to market, web sites, etc

more than 2 years ago

Peugeot EX1 Sets Electric Car Lap Record At Nuerburgring

Dilligent Re:crazy (241 comments)

so what... its an electric engine, thereby you can run it at much lower power outputs and in contrast to an ICE it still runs at near-perfect efficiency...

more than 3 years ago

First Look At Chrome 10

Dilligent Re:Chrome and Linux don't jive (206 comments)

ive been running chrome on ubuntu for ages now and never ever had even one issue with it. im actually running the unstable versions and theyre perfectly fine.
i cant see your problem

more than 3 years ago

Last Available IPv4 Blocks Allocated

Dilligent Re:This IS the end of IPv4 addresses (312 comments)

AFAIK, most mobile network providers are NAT-ing to
a) reduce the number of IP's they have to give out
b) keep you from dropping all connections every time you switch from one tower to the next

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Compares ISP Streaming Performance

Dilligent ridiculously low?? (209 comments)

Uh what?? I do always get sustainable 12 Mbit out of my DSL line here in Germany (which is advertised as 16MBit, but due to bad lines only goes to 12). I get 7Mbit out of my prepaid cheapo 10 €/Mo unlimited (but slows down to GPRS after 1 GB of usage) mobile plan (vodafone) and am soon switching to 32Mbit cable at home (which i've been told is sustainable as well).

What exactly is the big deal with getting customers rates exceeding 4 Mbit??? Gotta be kidding me...

more than 3 years ago

Does Typing Speed Really Matter For Programmers?

Dilligent Re:Its the Cognitive Load (545 comments)

Oh, and while I'm at it, I should probably go and proof-read sentences I edited before posting :)

more than 3 years ago

Does Typing Speed Really Matter For Programmers?

Dilligent Re:Its the Cognitive Load (545 comments)

This, absolutely!

I believe thats what the summary suggested, you can go ahead and learn to type as quickly as possible, but there's a limit as for how fast your mind can come up with code that actually solves the problem.

I can type quite fast, even though i only use thumb to ring finger on my right hand and the index finger on my left hand. This is not a limit for me though, because the bottleneck is the mind and not the fingers. Same with language in generel, english is not my native language and i while i don't have to actively think about what I'm expressing, i still not to kind of fill an internal buffer, not unlike a CD-R application writing.

So yeah, go for eliminating bottlenecks. There's this old saying about optimising:
1) Don't do it. 2) Don't do it, yet. -- Meaning, look for bottlenecks first!

more than 3 years ago

A Real World HTML 5 Benchmark

Dilligent Linear Scale score? (163 comments)

HTC Desire MIUI 12.18 HAVS AXI BFS -> 1.13GHz Score: 3973 Way to go, my desktop went to 13563, though, i must admit, the tests ran way slower on the phone than the numbers might suggest. Im guessing the score doesn't scale linearly?

more than 3 years ago

Hong Kong Team Stores 90GB of Data In 1g of Bacteria

Dilligent Re:Can we just clear something up (164 comments)

obviosly it means data is being accelerated at 1g on planet bacteria :)

more than 3 years ago

Should Sony Team With Google On a PlayStation Phone?

Dilligent Re:Lack of support (182 comments)

Noooo, I've written for XNA in the past and if you're paying attention you will notice that commercial Xbox games are NOT XNA based. might be possible to run these on an Xbox, but then only the simplest of games will do so comfortably. I have seen DirectX vs XNA sheets saying there's almost an order of magnitude of performance difference between the platforms. XNA is nice if that is a non-issue for you, but if there is considerable overhead, good luck to you, if you know what you're doing, switch to DX now. XNA is NOT viable for big titles on mobile phones!

more than 3 years ago

Texting On the Rise In the US

Dilligent Ridiculously high (468 comments)

This is ridiculous, no one I know is sending 50 texts a day, just think of the time it takes to type all of those, let them be received and read and finally replied to so the person would send the next text. Even taking into account multiple texts per message (aka >160 characters per message) and the odd occasion where one would send to multiple recipients it just doesn't make any sense.

My guess is these numbers are per week at most.

about 4 years ago

Where I am now, it's ...

Dilligent extremely hot (525 comments)

37 deg today and 38deg coming up over the next few days. Extremely hot for Germany, it's awesome ;)

more than 4 years ago

UK Home Office Set To Scrap National ID Cards

Dilligent Re:wow (334 comments)

wrong, I've travelled frequently from Germany to Scotland and was never asked for a passport. A German ID card was always sufficient.

more than 4 years ago

EU Conducts Test Flights To Assess Impact of Volcanic Ash On Aircraft

Dilligent Re:Big mass hysteria (410 comments)

I have seen a rather different sunset last night in west-germany, it was beautiful, but then again.. it got be stranded here while university deadlines are due in EDI next week...

more than 4 years ago

Former Infinity Ward Bosses Sign With EA

Dilligent Re:Meh (80 comments)

Could you elaborate exactly as to what exactly you mean with that giant middle finger? I did play MW2 and i was quite impressed with many of the details in that game. Granted, i did not play the first MW a whole lot, but seriously, MW2 was far from a bad game.

If this is about some weird multiplayer aspect like dedicated servers.. right... i never took any interest in that (aside from LAN parties where this obviosly doesn't really apply) so i can't really comment on that... still, how does it make MW2 a bad game?

more than 4 years ago

Hubble Builds 3D Dark Matter Map

Dilligent Re:Shiny and beautiful... (177 comments)

Heya, thanks for clearing that up, I really missed that part in the article, thanks in most part to the way it was structured. I guess this is the first time scientists were able to actually go from saying "There's dark matter 'somewhere'" to "Look at this data, we were able to indirectly locate some of it". Cool thing, it might just get us a step closer to understanding the whole subject better.

more than 4 years ago

Hubble Builds 3D Dark Matter Map

Dilligent Shiny and beautiful... (177 comments)

...but I fail to see the 3D that was promised by TFA.
I agree it's a nice picture but there seems to be no explanation as to what these colours actually mean, let alone any kind of conclusion drawn from what I presume to be "pockets of dark matter".

Anyone care to enlighten me?

more than 4 years ago

Startup's Submerged Servers Could Cut Cooling Costs

Dilligent Re:Oh yuck. (147 comments)

So. That leads us to the questions: Is your overall system efficiency going to be better in some way by running hotter?

As someone who has taken a class in electronics I can assure you that the efficiency of electronic equipment drops with increases in temperature as leaking currents are increasing. This may even lead to a thermal run-away situation.
Running hot is also pretty bad as far as reliability goes.

more than 4 years ago

3-D Printer Creates Buildings From Dust and Glue

Dilligent Sand and Magnesium as resources... (139 comments)

...sounds like a great choice as resources to use. As Sand is basically silicon and readily available, magnesium is also the 7th most abundant in th earths crust. It seems like this thing could go a long way towards very cheap mass production of all sorts of solid things very cheaply. There is also the RepRap project but they use plastics which I'm afraid are quite expensive as resource, although they kind of target a different area. I'm excited by this, I've been following these ideas for a while and it seems to be going somewhere, I guess we're getting closer to general purpose building machines.

more than 4 years ago

25 Years of the .com gTLD

Dilligent Re:No .. (104 comments)

No ?

Microsoft didnae believe in the internet... it was not until the mid 90ies when they realised that it had taken off without them aboard.

more than 4 years ago


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