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Mobile Game Trojan Calls the South Pole

Torrance Coriolis Effect (195 comments)

Which way do your toilets flush down there? Clockwise or anti-clockwise?

more than 4 years ago

Scribd Switches To HTML5

Torrance Not Really HTML5... (177 comments)

So far as I can tell this is mostly just html4.1 plus some web-fonts thrown in (which is properly css3), and a bunch of mostly browser-specific css. Not really html5. They mention canvas in their introduction, but I haven't come across an example.

Certainly looks better than the flash, but take a look at the source code and it'll make your eyes bleed. So much for semantic code - there are spans and divs up the wazoo.

more than 4 years ago

Meteor Spotted Yesterday Over Midwestern United States

Torrance 15 minutes or 15 seconds? (163 comments)

The CNN article states that the fireball was visible for about 15 minutes. That seems awfully long for a meteor.

more than 4 years ago

James Lovelock Suggests Suspending Democracy To Save the World

Torrance Re:Wrong way round, Lovey (865 comments)

You're jumping the gun there.

We could argue over defintions (since what you're describing there I would never consider as 'communism') but let me just say this: I'm against capitalism because it places control of economic (and, to a great degree, political) life in the hands of a small economic elite. Why would I think that placing the control of both economic and political life into the hands of a political elite would be any better?

more than 4 years ago

James Lovelock Suggests Suspending Democracy To Save the World

Torrance Wrong way round, Lovey (865 comments)

I'm pretty sure it's actually the lack of democracy (for lack of a better word) coupled with the dynamics of capitalism that have us in this hole.

more than 4 years ago

90% of the Universe Found Hiding In Plain View

Torrance I RTFA... (279 comments)

...and this isn't the conclusion that I immediately jumped to - the discovery of dark matter. It's merely the discovery of the visible matter that they though should always be there.

more than 4 years ago

First Flight For SpaceShipTwo

Torrance Re:Sub-Orbital == Final Frontier? (190 comments)

Actually, I'm pretty sure it's still just a money pit. Except now the money going into the pit is coming from a bunch of rich pricks as opposed the State.

Nothing of actual value is being produced except for, well, the profit Virgin is making from its pit. Seems somehow circular to me.

more than 4 years ago

Multicore Requires OS Rework, Windows Expert Says

Torrance Is this coming to Linux? (631 comments)

A little off-topic, but I was wondering if anyone knows if a GrandCentral clone may be coming to Linux?

I know FreeBSD has integrated libdispatch into their kernel, but due to licensing issues this can't be done with the Linux kernel.

more than 4 years ago

A Sad Day For the New Zealand Internet

Torrance Re:Um why (221 comments)

I suspect it is because the government has $1.5 billion awaiting to be awarded to an ISP or ISPs to implement a next generation broadband network across the country. They're all biting at the bit to be awarded part of the contract, and I suspect that they think complying with a voluntary filter will increase their chances.

More a case of the carrot than the stick, and politics carries on as usual.

more than 4 years ago

OpenSSH 5.4 Released

Torrance Re:SFTP improvements (127 comments)

- Implement tab-completion of commands, local and remote filenames

Well thank frak.

more than 4 years ago

Ursula Le Guin's Petition Against Google Books

Torrance She should take a lesson from her own books (473 comments)

Le Guin should take a lesson from her own books. Her novel The Dispossessed portrayed an (imperfect) anarchist-communist society, in which no one owned a thing. They adhered to the maxim "property is theft." In fact, I believe she once claimed that, of all the political theories, anarchist-communism was the one that appealed to her most.


more than 4 years ago

Gnome Switches Nautilus Back To Browser Mode

Torrance Re:Is it really anything *new*? (311 comments)

Debian uses spatial by default. I know, because it's about the first thing I change on a fresh install.

more than 4 years ago

Are You Using SPF Records?

Torrance Outgoing Mail Gets Spammed (263 comments)

I've just today been reading up on SPF records. My problem is that mail coming from a new server we've set up is being spammed by Big Mail (Gmail, Hotmail, etc.).

The server has a primary domain ( but many other domains are hosted on it too (eg. When I try to send mail with the from field set to (as opposed to it gets spammed.

We're not on any blacklists, the A records for point to as do the MX records, has PTR records, and I've just put in a SPF record for

So far no luck. Sigh.

more than 4 years ago

Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac

Torrance Re:Handbrake (398 comments)

AFAIK, Handbrake only uses VLC's version of libdvdcss to decrypt encrypted DVDs. And this was purely for legal reasons. Handbrake does its own decoding.

more than 4 years ago

Cracking PGP In the Cloud

Torrance Re:And tons of carbon enter the air (167 comments)

I'm also a bit confused. I've never used PGP to make an encrypted zip file, but I use GnuPG to encrypt emails all the time and I, too, was under the impression that it was infeasible in practice to brute force the encryption.

Is the difference that with PGP/GnuPG email encryption, our passwords are merely decrypting our keys which are themselves fully 128 or 256 bits long or whatever? Whereas in this situation with the ZIP file there was no separate key - the password was the key? (I haven't read all of TFA)

more than 4 years ago

uTorrent To Build In Transfer-Throttling Ability

Torrance Re:LAN performance also? (187 comments)

Based on my reading of the article, it will detect congestion at any point along the route. If you have several computers behind a NAT router all sharing the same internet connection, and one of those computers is using this new BT protocol, it'll detect if it's congesting the gateway and reduce its speed.

So, yes, it'll improve the network performance of any non-BT apps on any of the other computers in your local network.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Blurs the Server Line With Mac Mini Server

Torrance Been Doing this for Some Time (557 comments)

I already have an old G4 Mac Mini sitting in the corner of my lounge. It's running Debian and hosts a number of community websites without a problem, is a permanent torrent server and hosts several code repos. It runs perfectly fine for these sorts of jobs. Plus, it's virtually unnoticeable with just a power cord and an ethernet cable connected to it. Personally, I love it.

more than 4 years ago

Major Snow Leopard Bug Said To Delete User Data

Torrance Re:Oh man. Nightmare. (353 comments)

I feel compelled to correct your signature:

I believe it's "for all intents and purposes", which would make more sense too.

more than 4 years ago



Google to Open Source VP8 Codec

Torrance Torrance writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Torrance (1599681) writes "NeeTeeVee is reporting that Google will open source their recently acquired VP8 codec next month at its Google I/O conference. The VP8 codec, which Google bought as part of their acquisition of On2, is reported to be able to achieve similar quality/size ratios as h.264, and could stand as a contender in the HTML5 video 'codec wars,' supplanting or supplementing Theora as free and open source codec of choice."


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