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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Geeky Re:Makes sense (382 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.

yesterday
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Geeky Silly idea. (382 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.

yesterday
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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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

Geeky Re:Why not strong passwords? (321 comments)

True. I cringe if I forget a password and the password recovery actually emails me my password rather than sending me to a link to enter a new one. Not many do that now, but at least one large shared hosting provider does and if anyone should know better...

about a month and a half ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

Geeky Re:Why not strong passwords? (321 comments)

Why not have a default password and have it force a change at first logon? Ideally before the device can connect to the wider net, so there isn't a window of vulnerability to someone locking out the device as soon as it's switched on. Have a physical factory reset button on the device itself to deal with lost passwords. That doesn't require a sophisticated userbase.

Mind you, these cameras require the user to take steps within their home router config to allow external access anyway - they'll pick up an IP from the router's DHCP, but action is required on the router to allow external connections. If someone is savvy enough to configure that, they ought to be savvy enough to know to change the password.

about a month and a half ago
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16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office

Geeky Re:16-Terraflops needed?? (125 comments)

You joke, but our weather has been getting less predictable. We had a fairly hot summer overall, but August was fairly wet and dull. September, on the other hand, was the driest on record, and October has mostly been warm. It's forecast to reach 20 degrees in London on Friday - if that was one day later, on the 1st of November, it would be challenging the record for the hottest November day recorded in the UK.

Monday and Tuesday were warm enough to sit outside on my lunch break, today it's raining and chilly, tomorrow it's back up to 19 degrees apparently.

about 1 month ago
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Can Ello Legally Promise To Remain Ad-Free?

Geeky Re:Thank god (153 comments)

And is it "sift"... if so, best typo ever :)

about 2 months ago
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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Geeky Re:all (108 comments)

I get between two and four days from a Nexus 5, depending on usage. My take on it is that it's a smartphone only when I need it to be. Most of the time I'll use it for no more than email, sms and calls which I agree could be handled by a feature phone (although not as easily for sms and emails - the larger screen and keyboard come into play there).

The difference for me is that it has all the features when I need them - better browsing capability, gps and a good screen for maps, half decent camera (within the limitations of the form factor, obviously) and all the other stuff.

I have considered the alternative of a feature - or even dumb - phone for battery life and then taking a tablet when I need more, but the phone does it all for me at a convenient size. The battery lasts long enough, and I know the trade off when I use the features that make it "smart".

about 2 months ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Geeky Re:Clueless (328 comments)

I'm about 80% deaf in one ear, so instead of higher frequencies I get permanent tinnitus, which is basically exactly that - it varies according to things like heart rate. It's like listening to an old modem, or something like a ZX Spectrum loading a game. 24x7. It came on as an adult, so it took a bit of getting used to - some people can't cope and suffer depression or even become suicidal over it.

about 2 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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