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Google To Test Build-It-Yourself Ara Smartphones In Puerto Rico

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Did Slashdot's CSS just change? (61 comments)

Yep... been fucked for me for a couple of days now. I use the Threaded view and opening sub-threads is even worse because the new CSS has disabled the right scroll bar!

I mean, I know /. was never great for it's HTML or CSS, but this really is crap.

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

Isn't that going to be included with Windows 10?

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Idiots at work (329 comments)

It is sooo dumb, but I think it is more to do with pandering to the electorate than anything. A good few years back, there was a report of some guy using a radio scanner to listen in to the police, find out where the queen was going to be that day, and then post it on the internet. I don't think he was doing it maliciously, but probably not a clever thing to do, and you can see why the security services would be unhappy with this. Anyway, one thing that came out from it was that there had been a plan to introduce encrypted radios, but they'd cocked it up or something.

Oh, and the solution to the problem? Ban radio scanners. You know.... 'cos then bad people won't use them, what with them being illegal.

* Some details may be inaccurate as this is from memory.

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Dear Prime Minister Cameron, (329 comments)

Cameron's real problem is that he doesn't understand anything...

Can I just stop you there.


Thanks!

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:And their reasoning is? (1350 comments)

The funny part is that Muhammad (pork be upon him) is idolized to a degree that would make a North Korean blush.

Actions speak louder than words, and regardless of claims to the contrary, Muslims worship their golden calf almost as much as the devil he spoke for.

IMHO that's one of the saddest things about the whole "no depictions" thing... the fact that the people who are most vocal about it, are the ones who have apparently, entirely failed to understand the intent behind this hadith.

It's almost like... they're just total psychopaths or something.

I really hope the "main stream" muslim community can use this as a reason to clarify some of this shit, because it strikes me that there's a fuck of a lot of self-appointed clerics who are really not doing anything useful; just stirring up hatred.

*FYI - I'm not a muslim! Apologies for any errors.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:No, you really havent avenged anything. (1350 comments)

Ideally the people to stand up and shout loudest will be "main stream" muslims - just to make a statement to these murdering fuck-heads that they change nothing.

about three weeks ago
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How Long Will It Take Streaming To Dominate the Music Business?

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re: No thanks (169 comments)

I think the point was that you have no idea what the cost will be in 30 years time, and you will own nothing. Your options at that point will be no different to the parent-post, so if you do indeed have access to every song there is, so will the parent if they're so inclined to buy in to streaming. Plus they'll have an offline collection.

about three weeks ago
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Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Monkey Business (187 comments)

They'll be driving cars next!

about a month ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Does Samsung or Google have any influence? (201 comments)

It's very likely Apple have the fattest margins and are therefore in a better position to effect change. Plus they're kind of trading on their "ethical" status.

But I agree it's them (Apple) and everyone else who is to blame. The investigation is _perhaps_ unfair in that it doesn't even mention other manufacturers, but I don't think it's unreasonable to at least start with Apple. Maybe they're investigating them alphabetically?! :D

about a month ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Texas even? (230 comments)

Are Paramount not too sure about their IT security then?

about a month ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Stupid (396 comments)

Perhaps it would be better to highlight the insecurity either: (1). when there is a form, _or_ when the user starts using the form, OR (2). when the user enters data that looks like name/address/cc-number?

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Home of the brave? (589 comments)

I get the feeling that Sony gave the theatres the option because they wanted them to choose not to show the movie. Why are Sony afraid of releasing the movie in any form? I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the hacks are far far worse than we already know, and Sony high-ups have decided that on balance, it might be better if they forget about this movie all together.

about a month ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Stupid (396 comments)

Encryption has a cost, it isn't free. It increases CPU utilisation and power consumption. It interferes with caching and reduces network efficiency.

This. Therefore it also uses more energy and is worse for the environment!

I kind of get why Google engineers might think this is a good idea, but the problem is that there's so many sites that don't use or need encryption, that this won't change. And as a result, lots of users will be getting told that site xyz is insecure, when it isn't... and they'll use it anyway.... thus entirely negating the benefit of changing the browser in the first place.

If the vast majority of websites were encrypted, then I could see the logic, but as-is, I'd say....

This is a dumb idea. A very dumb idea.

about a month ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Still going? (156 comments)

I'm from the UK and I hadn't really heard of it either, but I ended up getting a few copies when EXE magazine folded and the remainder of my subscription was fulfilled as Dr Dobbs. I always kind of resented it though because I wanted EXE mag!

about a month ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:I didn't care before (190 comments)

Pirate Bay? Knowing Sony they are attacking themselves. The battles between their electronics and media divisions have been pretty comic over the years...

Ironically, TPB prolly could have hosted on Sony servers for years without Sony actually noticing!

about a month and a half ago
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Material Possiblities: A Flying Drone Built From Fungus

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Cheap? (52 comments)

^ this.

Surely there are more obvious uses for (presumably) biodegradable materials, even for mundane uses like packaging. Using it for drones is waaaaaaaaaay down the list on things it could use useful for.

about a month and a half ago
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Technical Hitches Delay Orion Capsule's First Launch

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Stray boats and those on them (71 comments)

Detain? Phthth. Ignore works for me.

How about, detained... INSIDE THE ORION CAPSULE?!!! That'd learn them!

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Coming Soon! (110 comments)

Microsoft ClipArt365, a subscription-based online product where you can the entirety of MS's ClipArt library anywhere in the world*. Never worry about not having the right piece of ClipArt at your fingertips; just use our quick ClipSearch** feature and you'll have the right art at your fingerprints in moments! Then simply insert the art into your Word(tm) document, Excel(tm) spreadsheet or Powerpoint(tm) presentation with a single-click!***. All this for $12/mo or $120/year!

Not sure I'd have even modded that funny. Right now, MS might be perfectly happy to play fast and loose with other peoples copyright, but it won't be long before they see a potential revenue stream and buy up someone like iStock.

about 2 months ago
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Single Pixel Camera Takes Images Through Breast Tissue

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Not Human Breasts...Doh (81 comments)

Its chicken breast tissue.... thats just blatant click bait. However you want to look at it.

Or it might be chick bait.

cluck bait surely?

about 2 months ago

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Classic BBC sci-fi series Blake's 7 to return on Syfy channel

Zaiff Urgulbunger Zaiff Urgulbunger writes  |  about 2 years ago

Zaiff Urgulbunger (591514) writes "According to the BBC, "Cult classic sci-fi series Blake's 7 is to be remade for the Syfy network, it has been announced.

FremantleMedia International said 13 hour-long episodes will be written by Heroes writer Joe Pokaski."


Here's hoping the special effects budget will be higher than for the original series! Also, hoping that the Liberator is of similar design and includes Zen — the ships computer."
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Google introduces Chrome OS

Zaiff Urgulbunger Zaiff Urgulbunger writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Zaiff Urgulbunger (591514) writes "After years of speculation, Google has announced the Google Chrome OS which should be available mid-2010. Initially targeting netbooks, it's main unique selling points are speed, simplicity and security — which kind of implies that the current No.1 OS doesn't deliver in these areas!
The Chrome OS will run on both x86 and ARM architectures, uses a Linux kernel with a new windowing system. According to Google, "For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform."
Google say that this new OS is separate from Android as the latter was designed for mobile phones and set-top boxes, whereas Chrome OS is designed "for people who spend most of their time on the web".
In other news, chair sellers in Redmond are expecting an increase in sales."

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