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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

Geeky Re:That's WordPress in a nutshell (299 comments)

Wordpress has a lot going for it, but you do need more than just css and html to get the most out of it. You're going to have a hard time getting themes right without some php knowledge. Newer third party themes do a good job of presenting lots of options for customisation, and that might be enough for many sites. If you're developing for a customer, though, eventually they'll want a tweak to a theme that can only be done by changing the PHP (ideally do this in a child theme).

4 days ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Geeky Re: a better question (589 comments)

It is possible to get unofficial hacked versions of OS X to run in a VM, but there's no legal way which is a real shame. For my needs, OS X is the best combination of unix and the ability to run commercial software.

That said, whenever I really think about it I realise Windows would be pretty much as good - especially with Cygwin or something on top. If my Mac died tomorrow I'm really not sure whether I'd get a replacement or go back to Windows.

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Geeky Re: a better question (589 comments)

This.

Rather than running other systems on Mac hardware, I want to run OS X on other hardware. But I can't, not officially.

I'd rather have a mini tower with room for at least two, preferably three, drives (an SSD for the OS + apps and a big data drive or two), built in card reader and maybe built in optical drive. Oh, and a decent number of USB ports.

Instead, to run OS X I have to have a bunch of cables hanging out of the back to peripherals, some of which need their own power supply. It's almost enough to push me back to Windows (not Linux, I mostly use Photoshop and no, the Gimp is not a substitute).

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Geeky Re:The whine of the flyback transformer (790 comments)

I have a very weird combination. I went partially deaf in one hear, losing all the high frequency range, when I was 30. Can hear low notes, but not much in the higher range and have constant high pitched tinnitus in that ear... BUT, with my good ear, I can still hear the tones from the thing in my garden that's designed to scare off cats and that people aren't supposed to be able to hear at all.

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Geeky Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (437 comments)

It's been fine on my 5. I don't think I've had a crash in Chrome yet and it seems just as quick as Kitkat was. Do you have any background apps that might not be totally compatible? All of my apps seem to work, but I have heard that some are flaky Lollipop (probably down to the switch from Dalvik to Art).

I was hoping to like the new lock screen notifications, but there's not enough flexibility in how they work. I'd like to see per app settings that hide them from the lock screen but not the notification bar. The options seem to be all or nothing, so I went back to the lock screen notification app I was using under Kitkat anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Inside Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware

Geeky So how quick is it? (181 comments)

Does anyone know if it aims to encrypt all your files quickly or over a time period to increase the chance of poisoning backups?

If the former, one mitigation might be to check file types on the backup? Assuming you do a backup to a different architecture, such as Linux, check file types - is a jpeg really a jpeg? Can it read plain text files? As soon as it finds one it can't, flag it up for investigation. Perhaps have a number of canary files, pull those first each time and compare them to known good copies stored in a non-shared filesystem on the backup machine, halting the backup if the file has changed in any way. It'd be a pain to set up, but once scripted it would all be automatic.

Question for cryptography gurus - does having a known good file or files increase the feasibility of decrpyting? I.e A file is encrypted. You have an unencrypted copy of it on read only media. Does that increase the chance of finding the keys used to encrypt A, and thus enable you decrypt other files for which you don't have good copies? Probably not, but thought I'd ask. Apologies if it's a stupid question before I get the piss ripped out of me ;)

about three weeks ago
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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

Geeky Re:Depends what you're used to (420 comments)

Exactly, it's the norm in the UK. I started out just over 20 years ago, and only senior managers had offices then. Now even they're out in the open plan office in many places.

Classrooms are also open plan, so it was no different to what I was used to from education. Every environment in which I've been expected to work has been like that, from my first day of school right up until now.

I see the plus side, which is that even though I'm working on my thing I can pick up on conversations around me - and often make a contribution that would not happen if we were all hidden away in cubicles or offices.

about a month ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Geeky Re:Makes sense (396 comments)

That makes sense to me. The warning is saying "this site claims to be secure but the certificate doesn't check out in some way, be careful", whereas http makes no claims to be secure and hence no warning is given.

about a month ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Geeky Silly idea. (396 comments)

There is no need for SSL everywhere and punishing sites without it by ranking them lower is just plain wrong. Why on earth would a brochure style site for a business need SSL? Why does Wikipedia need SSL (for readers, not for editing)? Why do blogs need SSL for readers? Why does the BBC News website need SSL?

There are a vast number of sites that have no need for SSL and it's simply unnecessary overhead.

about a month ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Geeky Re:Gmail is already pretty good... (239 comments)

No, it really isn't. Labels do not play well with IMAP and I find it keeps downloading the same mail dozens of times.

Plus the inbox categories (social and promotions) save me from setting up filters for stuff. Trouble is, that's not reflected in IMAP so that stuff still ends up in my inbox.

about 2 months ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

Geeky Re:Aw crap, here we go... (239 comments)

Does it? I've found the label system is a bit funky with IMAP, and Thunderbird seems to like downloading the same mail multiple times. I only use it to sync a backup copy, as I tend to use the web client, but I've found it's not that smooth an experience.

Other than that gmail just works for me. The tabs were a handy addition - it saves me setting up filters to keep less important stuff out of my inbox - and the spam filter is pretty much perfect. It doesn't need to change, and is a large part of me sticking with google for other services (and even using Android). If it changed too much, I'd have an incentive to look at alternatives.

about 2 months ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Geeky Re:Speed of thought and other stuff (523 comments)

And the danger of dropping anything from schools is that these skills are much, much easier to pick up as a child. I think I'd find it almost impossible to learn how to play an instrument now because I never did as a child. Same with sports. Most of my motor skills were picked up as a child or teenager - so I can type (even though I started on a ZX Spectrum!) and play pool to a reasonable standard. And, er, that's about it.

about 2 months ago
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Millions of Spiders Seen In Mass Dispersal Event In Nova Scotia

Geeky Re:Isnt it obvious? (81 comments)

I'm not too proud to admit I got the reference :)

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

Geeky Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

What it boils down to is whether the cloud service is more reliable than doing it in-house - which has more downtime? Can you do it better than Azure? The cost then comes into it - can you do it better for less money? The only no-brainer is the service that is both more reliable and cheaper, otherwise you're looking at tradeoffs.

For some small businesses, cloud solutions may be both cheaper and more reliable than doing it in-house, especially if the core business is not IT related.

Of course, that assumes that customers of cloud services have done a proper analysis and aren't just jumping on a bandwagon.

about 2 months ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

Geeky Re:It's all about the haters (178 comments)

I assume something better than the 520 has come out at that price point then, because I've got one of those for work and it's dire.

about 2 months ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

Geeky Re: It's all about the haters (178 comments)

That's a feature that appeared officially in 4.3 and disappeared again in 4.4. Yes, it can be done now, but it means rooting your device. I was comparing default functionality between Android and iOS. Obviously if you root/jailbreak then almost anything is possible.

about 2 months ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

Geeky Re: It's all about the haters (178 comments)

Those limits work both ways. The sandboxing is great for security, but at the expense of flexibility.

On Android I can't have the Facebook app and refuse it access to my SMS messages. On iOS I don't have the option to give it access.

about 2 months ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

Geeky Re:When will I get it on my Nexus 5? (178 comments)

I'm not in a hurry if the look of the new gmail app is a sign of what's coming.

about 2 months ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

Geeky Re:Don't forget the Trenders (176 comments)

I'm late to this, so it probably won't be read, but I think towards the end it was possible to sync over a network. Even if there was no official way, there were open source sync tools that understood the data format, so it would've been possible.

The thing is, the Palm Pilots predate ubiquitous data networks - serial/usb tethered sync was pretty much the only viable option. They were just slow to adapt. Their first couple of phone offerings were OK, decent stabs in the pre-iPhone era, but the Palm Pre was awesome - just a little late to market. It was a great OS - to my mind better than the competition, but it sort of ended up the Phillips v2000 to the VHS vs. Betamax of Apple vs. Android.

about 2 months ago
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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

Geeky Re:Efficiency (181 comments)

Or "B logically follows from A. Therefore B is true if I want it to be. Unless I do really but don't want to tell you I do, or I can make a drama out of it not being true."

I'm trying not be misogynistic but sometimes it really is hard to follow the logic. Maybe it's just the one I'm seeing. I sort of assume attacking the logic of a certain action is somehow preferable to simply saying "I don't want to".

I should just accept that logic and relationships are non-overlapping magesteria.

Meh. Bad weekend.

about 3 months ago

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Google buys Nik Software

Geeky Geeky writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Geeky (90998) writes "Google has bought Nik Software, makers of various tools and plugins for manipulating photographs such as Efex and Sharpener.

I'm wondering what this means for the standalone products. Presumably they will be integrated into Picasa, which could even point to Google taking on Adobe in the image editing stakes. An online image editor to go with the office suite perhaps?"

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Are Iranians banned from buying iPads?

Geeky Geeky writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Geeky (90998) writes "From the BBC website, an Iranian-American was prevented from buying an iPad due to the Apple store staff's overzealous interpretation of export policies. Just poor training or just plain dumb?"
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New look for gmail

Geeky Geeky writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Geeky (90998) writes "Google are rolling out their new look and we probably won't have any choice. I'm hating it — it seems to waste a lot of space, and who thought red was a good idea for buttons and links? Red says warning or error to me, so I keep thinking I've got a problem with the page.

I guess this is the downside to using this sort of free service, but I wonder how paying google apps users will react

What's the overall verdict? Good, bad or ugly?

What I can't understand is why they won't be able to maintain the old style — surely it's just a theme?"

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O2 filtering internet for UK mobile users

Geeky Geeky writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Geeky (90998) writes "Not new news but I hit the block yesterday for the first time — and not for a site that should have been blocked. Attempting to access the site redirects you to Bango, thus exhibiting all the symptoms of a malware or virus infection that has hijacked DNS. I'd never heard of Bango — why would I give them my credit card details?

The filter is also useless — Google image search works just fine, so adult content isn't hard to find. Does that make O2 liable if parents rely on the filter? What about claims from companies who might lose trade through being incorrectly flagged as adult?

Time to move to another provider or do they all do it?"

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