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Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox

Inda Re:Is that legal in the UK? (306 comments)

Installing Firefox from home, as a business...

Open the door. Sign the delivery slip. Carry computer to office/workshop/garage. Boot computer. Phone customer for admin username and password. Insert USB stick. Install Firefox. Return computer to customer. Invoice and complete paperwork.

It took me more than 45 seconds to type that.

No one is becoming a millionaire from installing Firefox.

about 6 months ago
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Scientists Uncover 3,700-Year-Old Wine Cellar

Inda Re:Sophisticated? (122 comments)

I'm going with sophisticated, because the fermentation process is too easy to get wrong.

Adding honey is called back-sweetening, and the vast majority of us brewers do it - mainly with artificial sweeteners these days. After a week, all the sugar has been converted to alcohol and the drink tastes very dry without some sort of sweetening.

I'm currently brewing an orange and white grape mix (1 part pure orange, 1 part white grape, 1 part water). Apart from removing the pectin with an enzyme, the process I use is the same as it was 4,000 years ago. It's a very drinkable drink of 10% ABV strength.

about 9 months ago
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Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone

Inda Re:Hacker's delight (397 comments)

The children near me destroy shopping trollies just for the one-pound coin held within the locking mechanism. That coin will buy 2.5 cigarettes.

They'd love to take a hammer and screwdriver to a drone... and then I'd buy it off them.

about 10 months ago
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Students Tracked In UK College Via RFID For 1-3 Years

Inda Re:UK data protection laws make the next step clea (64 comments)

Yep, it's called a Subject Access Request (SAR) and can be used to belt companies over the head. Every UK company claims to follow the Data Protection Act and has certificates plastered in their receptions to show how great they are, but I've yet to find a company that follows the law.

Here's a good tool: send your SAR and wait for the reply. 99% of the time, they will not include the letter you sent them requesting the SAR. This is one piece of documentation you know without doubt they have in their posession. Beat them over the head for failing to comply. Small claims court - arbitration these days - can then be used as the next beating tool.

Have fun.

about 10 months ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's $500 Cookbook Now an $80 iPhone App

Inda Re: alternatively (193 comments)

None of them has mentioned honing, using a decent honing oil, drawing out the grains or fatigue.

Amateurs.

about 10 months ago
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Desert Farming Experiment Yields Good Initial Results

Inda Re:fertilizer? (178 comments)

That's bollocks.

Plants need NPK plus about 14 other elements. Where's the PK coming from if you don't feed?

about 10 months ago
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Netflix, Youtube Surpass 50% Mark of Internet Traffic

Inda Re:Thanks Google (249 comments)

I never log out of Gmail and Google stopped hassling me about linking YouTube or using my real name a while back. One browser, rarely clear cookies.

Mountains out of mole hills.

about 10 months ago
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Ninth Anniversary of Firefox 1.0 Release

Inda Re:It's a self-correcting problem. (153 comments)

"smart loading/unloading of large images on image heavy web pages"

Awesome feature and fix. Some never-ending-scoll webpages would slow FF down to a crawl on this laptop because of the images.

about 10 months ago
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The Feathered Threat To US Air Superiority

Inda Re:Translated for our international readers (195 comments)

Thanks translation dude!

"crash on July 19 in Texas"

We would not say that though. We would say:

"crash on the 19th [of] July, in Texas"

about 10 months ago
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Cold War Spoils: Amateur Builds Telescope With 70-Inch Lens

Inda Re:Hats off to this man! And for once, the Eds.. (101 comments)

Yep, more of these please.

I know nothing of Astrology* and telescopes, but these stories spark imagination.

*I know what word I typed.

about 10 months ago
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Tesco To Use Face Detection Technology For In-Store Advertising

Inda Re:phillip K dick (212 comments)

Happens all the time.

Arrive at Tesco at 09:00. Buy a few items. Leave Tesco at 09:30.

Remember something you forgot to buy.

Arrive at Tesco at 11:30. Leave at 12:01.

Spy camera computer says you arrived at 09:00 and left at 12:01, breaking the 3 hours limit, your fine is in the post.

about a year ago
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Tesco To Use Face Detection Technology For In-Store Advertising

Inda Re:Cacklings of a Supervillain (212 comments)

Simon Sugar, son of the company owner Alan Sugar, "inventor of Amstrad".

I'm sure he got the job on merit.

about a year ago
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Police Use James-Bond-Style GPS Bullet

Inda Re:Typical BBC bias (210 comments)

The BBC technology website is not a place you go for facts.

"Rory", the editor, is obsessed with Apple and I'm suprised there isn't a paragraph about how "cars can be tracked on an iPad".

about a year ago
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Dell Ad Says Windows 8.1 Apps Will Run On Xbox One

Inda Re:of course this is going to happen (148 comments)

MS will run a Shit Sandwitch shop, meaning you can only buy Shit Sandwitches from their Shit Sandwitch shop. And thus they'll take 30% of all Shit Sandwitch sales. And they'll have full approval over the Shit Sandwitches sold.

It's good business sense, if you're in the Shit Sandwitch business.

about a year ago
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Scientists Induce New Hair Growth In Balding Men

Inda Re:I have no problem with wanting my hair back. (232 comments)

First, if there was a magic pill for hair growth, I'd probably take it. Then again, I probably wouldn't as there are better things to spend my cash on.

Started losing my hair at 19. It didn't bother me then; it doesn't bother me now. It's in no way "emotionally debilitating". I haven't been to a barbers in 15 years and I don't miss the monthly waste of time.

Hats in the cold: Where I live, everyone wears a hat in the cold. It doesn't matter if you have hair or not.

Hats in the hot: You should wear one even if you have hair. There are plenty of hats with air holes for circulation. You need more than one; wash them often.

Chicks dig scars. Head scars are cool. I have a few beauties. The four from the metalwork used to hold my broken jaws together are not nice but they have been a nice topic of conversation more than once.

Embrace the baldness, number one.

about a year ago
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Most Parents Allow Unsupervised Internet Access To Children At Age 8

Inda Re:If that's true, Most parents are NUTS! (198 comments)

I told all the family early on that I could, if I needed to, monitor all their internet activity from my own PC. A few ground rules were put in place, such as no trolling or abusing others, and that was it.

Fast forward to last week and my 13 year old admitted to downloading and watching the movie Saw with her friend. I played the fatherly game of "you shouldn't watch that at your age" and "is there anything you'd like to talk about?". The game was won by the choice words "oh c'mon Dad, it wasn't that bad".

They had their giggle. They had there kudos at school for watching something they shouldn't. Today, because of the school strikes, they are watching a chick flick because it's far more enjoyable for them rather than watching a horror movie. I know they wont download the rest of the series.

We're open about the internet. Mistakes have and will be made - that online bullying shit is very real. We like it this way.

about a year ago
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No, Oreos Aren't As Addictive As Cocaine

Inda Re:Cookies (285 comments)

Tea bags??? In a cup??? What sort of evil world do you live in??? You'll be telling us that the milk goes in first next!!!

Tea is made with boiling water in a teapot. Every other method is not cricket.

about a year ago
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Is Choice a Problem For Android?

Inda Re:Dealing with choice is easy ... (361 comments)

"They also have a handy way to deal with customization"

Yep, they pass me their phone and ask me to fix things like screen brightness and timeouts, auto-correct and predictive text, adding WiFi APs, clearing cache(s), finding where their movies/photos/porn are stored, fixing Facebook's and Twitter's downed webservers.

I love it. I love my launcher. I love my new screen lock. My widgets are perfect. The screen transitions bounce perfectly to the nearest millisecond. Shortcuts to directories are lovely. One touch calling. Firefox sync. Oh man, what an excellent setup I have.

Android. Who would have guessed it would become so good?

about a year ago
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How To Develop Unmaintainable Software

Inda Re:be sure to mess up SQL Server code as well.... (211 comments)

No, no and thrice no.

It might work for you team of developers but it would not work for my team of engineers. Unless it can be copied to a USB stick, it is useless.

Asking them to set up a query in Excel to pull data off Sharepoint..? Some of them can't even copy the URL to a Sharepoint webpage. These engineers are on GBP six-figure salaries.

about a year ago

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Fingerprints at School

Inda Inda writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Inda writes "My daughter, 7, is about to start at a new school that likes to think they excel in technology. They use an interesting system for checking out library books using a single thumb print. When I first heard this, alarm bells rang. The way I understand it, once a fingerprint is compromised, it is compromised forever.

I'm told the children enjoy using the fingerprint system and I would not want to single my daughter out as being different. The alternative to fingerprints are library cards, with barcodes, that are scanned manually.

I am not confident that the school's security is up to scratch. Their website is poorly written in FrontPage by the headmaster, all the staff use the Comic Sans MS font; I'm sure you get the picture. At the end of the day, they're teachers, not security experts. Security is not my field of expertise either.

Should I be concerned? Have I been reading Slashdot too long? Should I put the tinfoil hat down?"

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Slashdot Bans Firefox Users

Inda Inda writes  |  more than 9 years ago I thought I'd give v1.0 a go. I'd tried an early beta and been following the progress on Slashdot closely.

So I saw the little orange icon in the bottom-right of the screen. The tooltip said "Add Live Bookmark for this page's feed". Now I use RSS Feeds in Trillian so this is not an alien process to me. I clicked the icon and a nice new Bookmark is in it's rightful place.

Today I looked and I've been banned for accessing the feed too much. And no one thought to say something earlier?

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