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Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta For Android, Maemo

Quantumstate Re:Not impressed (128 comments)

It is normal for sync to ask for a password/key. Otherwise anybody could grab your private data.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

Quantumstate Re:Where.. (1140 comments)

This is because web pages have an infinite height, you don't need columns you can just scroll instead.

more than 3 years ago
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Long Island Town Enacts Tough Cell Tower Limits

Quantumstate Re:Transmissions from phone (310 comments)

I know this happens but the total radiation from the occasional handshake is far less than a phone call and the tower will be handling calls all of the time.

more than 3 years ago
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Long Island Town Enacts Tough Cell Tower Limits

Quantumstate Re:Transmissions from phone (310 comments)

Of course people do. But when your phone is on it sends occasional handshake messages to the tower. The tower will be contacting many phones which are making calls so it has a much higher average (mean average) signal strength.

more than 3 years ago
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Long Island Town Enacts Tough Cell Tower Limits

Quantumstate Re:Transmissions from phone (310 comments)

Your point ignores the fact that your phone is in use for a small fraction of the day but the tower is in constant use. You need to apply a large adjustment on the optimal range for this.

more than 3 years ago
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Judge Allows Subpoenas For Internet Users

Quantumstate Re:Hrm (338 comments)

Really? where I live (UK) you would contact the police. They investigate and the crown prosecution service would prosecute the thief for theft. You can't sue someone for a criminal offence.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Confirms Chrome GPU Acceleration

Quantumstate Re:Why not just use bookmarks? (186 comments)

When I am researching something I often open a lot of pages from a search, organised tabs keep these items together. I am only ever going to look it up once so I won't need a permanent bookmark, but I still might want 20 web pages open on various topics.

about 4 years ago
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Apple Wants To Share Your Location With Others

Quantumstate Re:At least they tell you.. (248 comments)

When I visit that website in my browser (firefox) I get a little bar at the top asking if I want to share my location with the website. So I vet the sites myself on a case by case basis rather than having Apple decide for me. I am under the impression that Android has a similar permissions system when you install an app.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Hides Firefox Extension In Toolbar Update

Quantumstate Re:This is so simple (285 comments)

This is useless as a security measure. If the software is installed on your system then it has enough access for whatever it wants to do anyway. On startup it already opens the addons window and highlights the newly installed item giving a message saying it has been installed.

more than 4 years ago
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America Versus the UFO Hacker

Quantumstate Re:Aliens! (452 comments)

He isn't trying to avoid being prosecuted for this case. He is trying to have the case heard in the UK on the basis that he will get a fairer hearing and a more reasonable sentence. The US government is trying to get him extradited on the basis that he caused millions of dollars of damage. This claim seems ridiculous because it is based on the cost of securing their system, as far as I have heard he did not modify the system, he just read some files.

As an analogy is is like you not having a lock on the front door, then having someone walk in and not do any damage, but then you decide you want $large sum in damages to hire a security consultant and get a lock fitted on the door.

more than 4 years ago
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Google-Backed Wind-Powered Car Goes Faster Than the Wind

Quantumstate Re:The Oracle Trimaran..250% faster than the wind. (393 comments)

Sailing boats don't go faster than the wind when moving directly downwind. They tack at an angle which allows them to go faster than the wind speed in the downwind direction while never actually travelling directly downwind.

more than 4 years ago
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AMD's Fusion Processor Combines CPU and GPU

Quantumstate Re:Future Multi CPU + GPU Combos (240 comments)

GPU's are already highly "multi core". They have been for years. I am not sure if they call them cores, they are slightly different from CPU cores but it is effectively the same idea. his si why GPU's are so much better than CPU's at graphics and some other parallel tasks with things like CUDA.

more than 4 years ago
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AMD's Fusion Processor Combines CPU and GPU

Quantumstate Re:Meh. (240 comments)

1 year is definitely unusual for the life on a PC. My parents still have a nice Dell from 2001 (with the ram tripled from the original and an extra hard drive) which is working fine. The floppy drive on it died but nothing else has had a fault. But ignoring the anecdotes, the data shows that the average life is far more than one year. Here in the EU it is not legal to offer less than 2 years warranty so they need a decent survival rate just to stay in business.

more than 4 years ago
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Tabnapping Scams Around the Corner?

Quantumstate Re:Solution... (362 comments)

Tabs usefully group views, so I can open a window which I use for looking up some maths things, another for slashdot stories perhaps. Also current window managers aren't designed for having that many different windows open, so many applications use the tabbed approach like editors/ides.

Tabs can provide a specialized interface for web browsing such as tree style tabs which works very well, providing another level of organisation.

more than 4 years ago
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Quantum Teleportation Achieved Over 16 km In China

Quantumstate Re:Lightspeed limited, not an ansible (389 comments)

It happens faster than the speed of light, but it isn't any use without extra information which can only be sent at light speed. You could use it to send secret messages since the state is instantly transferred and cannot be intercepted on the way and then the extra information can be used to get the data.

more than 4 years ago
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Valve's Newell Thinks PS3 Needs To Be "Open Like a Mac"

Quantumstate Re:How is a Mac open? (348 comments)

Looking through the list, it is not stuff which is open sourced by Apple. It is open source which is used by Apple.

I know that Apple do contribute code back to these projects which is great, but I couldn't see anything on the list (I only read it quickly) which had been started by Apple. Webkit is probably the largest piece of open source work they have done and has been changed significantly from the khtml base so this deserves credit.

But even with this, pretty much every user facing application from Apple is closed source.

more than 4 years ago
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Sniffing the Wireless Traffic of MIT Students

Quantumstate Re:Laptop Useage in Class? (218 comments)

It is not that people don't have laptops, virtually everybody has a laptop (apart from a few desktop users like me). I don't know of a single person without a computer.

A computer is essential unless you want to visit the computer lab every other day to check for emails.

There just isn't a culture of having laptops here which perpetuates itself.

more than 4 years ago
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Sniffing the Wireless Traffic of MIT Students

Quantumstate Re:Laptop Useage in Class? (218 comments)

At my maths course in the UK there are two people who use laptops in lectures, one is a laptop which converts into a tablet so the guy takes note with a stylus. Then other guy types the notes up using Word 2007. Everybody else uses paper. The only exception is the computing course (introductory programming) where a lot of people had laptops and which were recommended.

more than 4 years ago
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Of these options, I'd call the place I live ...

Quantumstate Re:Cities aren't 'normal' (515 comments)

No, I'm saying the English get to dictate the meaning of words because they made the language. I was trying to imply that it was called English because the English made it.

more than 4 years ago
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No HTML5 Hulu Anytime Soon

Quantumstate Re:OK ... (202 comments)

There are some fairly decent Javascript IDE's Komodo IDE/Edit comes to mind. Spouting ridiculous hyperbole about assembly really doesn't help your case at all.

more than 4 years ago

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