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Chinese Written Language To Dominate Internet

Khuffie Re:Quantity, not quality. (535 comments)

Also, one main thing the graph doesn't tell is: - how many of the Chinese users read/write English? - how many of the English users read/write Chinese?

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Introduces One-Time Passwords

Khuffie Re:Phone Theft. (215 comments)

You don't want this feature...don't use it? Simple concept, no? Facebook already has other mobile features (ie, notification via text) if you choose to signup for them.

about 4 years ago
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Facebook Introduces One-Time Passwords

Khuffie Re:Phone Theft. (215 comments)

Umm, the whole point of this login system is not to use your original password at all. Avoid keyloggers/malware on computers you don't know/trust.

about 4 years ago
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Security a Concern As HTML5 Advances

Khuffie Re:security is built in the application, not platf (234 comments)

And yet again, you still miss the point. The article states that the scope of HTML5 is so huge, that it will be difficult for browser developers to fully secure their browser against exploits. The scope of HTML5 makes securing the browsers more difficult, and as a counter point, they compare it against HTML4, which was far simpler, but exploits are still being found to this day.

This in no way suggests that HTML5 sucks or is evil, it is just something that people need to consider.

Unless in your original point, by developer you meant Firefox, Chrome, Opera or IE dev teams and by application you meant the aforementioned browsers, then your point was, at best, vague.

more than 4 years ago
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Security a Concern As HTML5 Advances

Khuffie Re:security is built in the application, not platf (234 comments)

You misread the summary; the article is not about an idiot developer building an insecure application that compromises the developer's server's security. It's about malicious developers building seemingly benign websites that compromise a user's home computer

more than 4 years ago
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Like Google's Chrome, Mozilla To Silently Update Firefox 4

Khuffie Re:I hope this can be disabled... (287 comments)

Opera is cluttered? Any extra features you don't use are disabled (ie, if you don't use the built-in mail client, it's not running).

more than 4 years ago
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How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

Khuffie Re:OOD, first (565 comments)

It's kind of hard to say avoid PHP and that it's not worth learning anymore when one of the world's largest sites runs on the damn thing.

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Putting PDF Reader In a Sandbox

Khuffie Re:I need it. (225 comments)

"Yeah, hi. Can you please change your workflow and the way you've been doing things for years that has worked with no problems just because I can't be bothered installed a free program to open your PDF files? Thanks!"

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Makes Offering Service Blocks a Fireable Offense

Khuffie Re:Rife (370 comments)

Looking at Fido's escalation process, 'Step 2' is where it fails all the time. The last time I had a problem that customer service couldn't resolve, I asked to speak to a manager, wherein the rep replied that all the managers were in a meeting and no one could take my call. Every single one. At the same time. And no one could field problems. Took my number down and said a manager would call me in 24 hours. When no one did, I called back, and once again I got the same line that every manager was in a meeting and no one could take my call. That time I insisted, and my rep managed to grab a manager who was 'walking by'. Yeah right.

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe (Temporarily?) Kills 64-Bit Flash For Linux

Khuffie Re:Adobe has one target market: (272 comments)

That's because the CoreVideo API didn't allow to read back the rendered pixels, which the Flash Player kind of requires to be able to put overlays (with transparencies) if needed over the video. You really think Adobe didn't use an API because they "didn't want to"?

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe (Temporarily?) Kills 64-Bit Flash For Linux

Khuffie Re:Adobe has one target market: (272 comments)

Why stop using an API if it's still available and it still works? If Apple has kept them open, they're open for a reason.

And hey, if you want to go down that road, Apple recently criticized Adobe for being late to the game porting their apps to Cocoa. Guess who makes iTunes, which is still stuck in Carbon land?

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe (Temporarily?) Kills 64-Bit Flash For Linux

Khuffie Re:Adobe has one target market: (272 comments)

Apple only recently provided 3rd party API access to hardware acceleration for video in Mac OS X 10.6.3. Six days later, Adobe released a beta preview of Flash Player 10.1 with hardware acceleration for video. So really, is it Adobe's fault? Or is it Apple's fault for locking down their OS and access go important APIs? http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/28/flash-player-gala-brings-hardware-decoding-support-to-mac-os-x/

more than 4 years ago
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Scribd Switches To HTML5

Khuffie Re:Scribd in HTML5 (177 comments)

Doesn't work properly in Opera 10.5. Hooray for progress!

more than 4 years ago
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It's 2010; What's the Best E-Reader?

Khuffie Re:Answer: (684 comments)

I'm holding out for the Notion Ink Adam...it's Android based, and uses a Pixel Qi display, which is basically an e-paper like screen that supports colour and video. You can turn on a backlight so it's like a regular LCD, or turn it off for e-ink style reading. Should be coming out in June.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Disconnects Modded Xbox Users

Khuffie Re:And of course... (738 comments)

What you described is the behaviour of every company I've tried to cancel an account with.

more than 4 years ago
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IE8 Beats Other Browsers In Laptop Battery Life

Khuffie Re:So in theory (263 comments)

I generally just avoid websites that have annoying ads. If they really value their ads over their content, I don't really care about their content. I generally like how Opera does it. Ads are allowed by default, and if you see an annoying you can just right click and block it!

more than 5 years ago
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Star Trek Game To Launch Alongside New Movie

Khuffie Re:Bah... (82 comments)

Goldeneye.

more than 5 years ago
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The "Vista-Capable" Debacle Spreads To Acer

Khuffie Re:Acer sucks (133 comments)

I ran the Vista beta on my 1 gig machine (ati radeon 9700 graphics card) and it ran quite well. One thing is that Acer's bloatware tends to be absolutely horrendous in bogging down the computer it's absolutely disgusting they decide to throw all that crap in there...and it's Acer's own software, not some demos or trials that other companies pay them to throw in. I can't fathom why they would do that, and pretty much refuse to buy an Acer laptop because of that. They even threw it in on their netbook!

Regarding the recovery partition...one of the bloatware apps (Acer Recover something or other) can burn a recovery DVD disk out of that partition. You can probably redownload that app off their website to burn the recovery disk and throw Linux on it if you want.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple's iPhone Developer Crisis

Khuffie Re:Would Love an Android Phone (315 comments)

Because I have to unlock my iphone to get it to work on my network. The one app I use that needs jailbreaking is one to disable the Edge on my phone, since I don't want to pay for data.

more than 5 years ago

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Adobe building Zoetrope, a web 'time machine'

Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Khuffie writes "Adobe, along with the University of Washington, are developing Zoetrope, an application that will offer a dynamic new view of the web. It is hard to explain on paper, but you can see a brilliant video of the application in action. Essentially, Zoetrope will allow users to travel back in time through a website, and see how the website gets changed. A user can create lenses on the website, for example, focusing on the price of a DVD at Amazon, and see how the price went up and down over the coming months. More interestingly, you can link lenses together across different websites, and for example, see how the price of gas was affected by say, the aggregated google news result of 'war'."
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Opera 10 Alpha 1 released; passes Acid 3 test

Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Khuffie writes "It seems that the upcoming version of Opera 10, of which the first Alpha has recently been released, has already passed the Acid 3 test with a 100/100. The only other rendering engine to have a complete score is WebKit, which can be sign in Google Chrome's nightly build. Opera 10 Alpha 1 will also finally include auto-updates, inline spell checking, and also sees some improvements to it's built-in mail client, including much-requested rich text composition."
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Microsoft sponsors the Apache Software Foundation

Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Khuffie writes "Microsoft has joined the likes of Google and Yahoo in becoming a platinum sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation, donating $100,000 a year to the foundation. Apache Software Foundation (ASF) president Justin Erenkrantz views Microsoft's sponsorship of Apache as a step forward for interoperability, and Microsoft's Sam Ramji has comments about the move on his blog."
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Opera 9.5 Released

Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Khuffie writes "After months of being in alpha and beta testing, Opera has released the final version of 9.5 just one day after releasing it's release candidate. The two obvious changes is a facelift and a new rendering engine. Opera now has a new default UI with a much sharper and more intuitive look, and it's new rendering engine vastly improve's it's speed and performance, especially on AJAX-heavy sites. Opera 9.5 can be downloaded for free."
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Opera first to reach 106/106 in Acid3 test

Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Khuffie writes "Apparently, the Acid3 test had some hidden easter eggs which an Opera engineer has found. Over the weekend, Opera developers hunted down the easter eggs and improved their score to 106. The quality of the easter eggs was enough for one of the developers to state that he's "never seen this well obfuscated ECMAscript code, it is clear that the language now is mature enough to compete with C and Perl"."
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Happy Ending for Cleaned 360 Owner

Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Khuffie writes "A while back, Slashdot reported on a gamer who sent an Xbox 360 for repair that had a collection of signatures from game developers. When it was returned, all the signatures were wiped clean even though he was assured by customer service they wouldn't. He has now received a double whopper of a consolation as a result: the guys at Bungie sent him a Master Chief helmet signed by the Bungie staff, and Microsoft sent him a new 360 signed by the 360 team and Bill Gates himself, as well as a number of games. Microsoft gaffed in the first place, and even though the web (and Slashdot) reaction was overblown, we should all give credit when a company does something right to rectify a situation."
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Lawmaker wants to make anonymous posting illegal.

Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Khuffie writes "A lawmaker from Kentucy wants to make it illegal for anonymous postings on websites. It would require sites to ask users for their real name and email address, with their full name being displayed with any content they sbumit. Sites will be charged $1000 for any anonymous post it allows after the first. The bill, laughable as it is, was introduced in a so-called effort to curb online bullying."
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Airforce emails sensitive information to citizen

Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Khuffie writes "The US Airforce has been sending sensitive information, including flight plans for Air Force One, to a website promoting the town of Mildenhall. When told of the error by the site's owner, the air force did not attempt to fix it at first, and when reminded at a later time, instead of fixing the issue, they advised the owner to "block unrecognisable addresses from his domain and have an auto-reply sent reminding people of the official Mildenhall domain and blocked his website from access on base.""
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MS announces self-published games for Xbox Live

Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Khuffie writes "At the Game Developer's Conference currently going on, Microsoft has announced Community games in which anyone can publish, review, download and play games on Xbox Live. Members of the XNA Creators Club, which costs $99 for 12 months, will be able to self-publish games after they have been reviewed and vetted by a 'community of peers' for 'appropriateness'. A special preview of 7 games will be available for download until the 24th of February. Videos and more details here."
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High School Deems it Illegal to Create Proxy

Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Khuffie writes "A high school student in the United States has been labelled a 'computer hacker' and a 'potential threat' to the school system for creating a web proxy on his own server, on his own time, outside of school. The school administrator has forced the student to shut down his proxy, even though he could not point out any policy which the student violated, as well as sending a school-wide email to all administrators and teachers warning them of the student's 'threat'."
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Vista SP1 to Kill the controversial kill switch

Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Khuffie writes "In a reaction to a year of embarrasing WGA glitches, server outages and customer complains, Microsoft plans to strip away one of Vistas most annoying 'features': the ability for it to 'kill', or reduce the functionality of, installations of Vista it detects as pirated. Instead, you will merely get more notifications asking you to activate, and you will only be able to click 'Activate Later' after 15 seconds."
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Smash Bros. Brawl to come with Level Editor

Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Khuffie writes "In perhaps one of the coolest revelations about Super Smash Bros. Brawl so far, you will be able to create custom levels. Levels can be stored on SD card as well as shared with others via Wi-Fi. Levels can also be submitted to Nintendo, who will choose one level daily to send out to all Smash Bros. owners! The current plan is to have this level disappear after the one day."
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Opera 9.5 Alpha Released

Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Khuffie writes "Opera has finally released the long-awaited alpha of version 9.5, codenamed Kestrel. This release includes many new features, such as full history search (which searches the actual content of pages in your history), improved speed thanks to a brand new rendering engine, synchronized bookmarks and much more! You can download it for Windows, Mac and Linux."
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No more 60GB PS3 after July

Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Khuffie writes "In what can only be seen as an effort to shoot themselves in the foot, Sony has announced that they will no longer be selling the 60GB version after July, which means they will be back to the $599 SKU only in August. This is confirmed from the horse's mouth, where Kaz Hirai states that the 60GB model is no longer in production. (The video is foreign but Kaz speaks in English; around the 1:40 mark)."
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Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Khuffie writes "Remember those stupid chain letters years ago, that claimed that Bill Gates will pay you for every person you forward the email to? Well, they've turned into reality...kind of. Microsoft has launched the i'm Initiative through Windows Live Messenger. Basically, you add an emoticon to your display name based on the charity you wish to support, and a portion of the advertising revenue generated from your usage of Messenger (remember, it has ads) will be donated to them. A neat idea, and they currently have nine charities to choose from, but unfortunately it is only available if you are in the United States."
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Khuffie Khuffie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Khuffie writes "Ars Technicha has a very interesting writeup regarding a study made by Google about hard-drive failures and SMART technology. Their findings? SMART wasn't a very effective way of predicting hard-drive failure, and that contrary to popular belief, "drive failures did not increase with high temperatures or CPU utilization"."

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