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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:HP Calculators (580 comments)

I have a Sharp EL-506P calculator that is approx. 28 years old that I still use *and* it's still on it's original batteries!

yesterday
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Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

Zaiff Urgulbunger Whats this - .sed files? grep.exe? (224 comments)

Possibly shows how little I know of Windows development, but I was surprised to find *.sed files and a grep.exe file in the Word for Windows source. Is it possible that MS employed people... hairy people... with beards.... who had worked with *nix?

about three weeks ago
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Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:GeoLocation is not evidence (158 comments)

Are you using Chrome? 'cos that often tries to translate stuff.... just saying! ;)

about three weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Tesla (394 comments)

Hey look, some idiot hit the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal and it's "news" because it was a Tesla.

Also, if the gap was too big, his foot might get trapped in between, which I'd imagine is more hazardous?

about three weeks ago
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Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:S C U M B A G S (150 comments)

^ This.

Seriously Apple (and Tim Cook) should be called out for this scumbaggery because clearly it ain't in the interests of anyone ('cept Comcast and media providers with deep pockets).

about a month ago
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OASIS Approves OData 4.0 Standards For an Open, Programmable Web

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:JSON Sucks (68 comments)

Does JSON support namespaces? AFAIK it doesn't, and that would seem to make it suitable only for fairly simple data interchange and not really scalable. As far as which is best visually... XML is a bit wordy/busy, especially if it uses a lot namespaces, but it's a pretty minor problem given that with both XML and JSON, it's a piece of piss to write a nice visual editor. The important thing for me is having a solid platform for building applications, and XML has the capability and maturity for that - even if it is a bit ugly!

I know it's bad-form replying to my own post, but it does appear that there is some kind of namespacing going on in the OData spec. Does anyone know if this namespacing is part of the JSON standard, or is it just a convention that OASIS are using?

Eitherway, I still prefer XML! :D

about a month ago
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OASIS Approves OData 4.0 Standards For an Open, Programmable Web

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:JSON Sucks (68 comments)

Does JSON support namespaces? AFAIK it doesn't, and that would seem to make it suitable only for fairly simple data interchange and not really scalable.

As far as which is best visually... XML is a bit wordy/busy, especially if it uses a lot namespaces, but it's a pretty minor problem given that with both XML and JSON, it's a piece of piss to write a nice visual editor.

The important thing for me is having a solid platform for building applications, and XML has the capability and maturity for that - even if it is a bit ugly!

about a month ago
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Top E-commerce Sites Fail To Protect Users From Stupid Passwords

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Tesco (162 comments)

In July 2012 I was searching for car insurance and found it hilarious that More-Than's (morethan.com) password policy at the time was:

  • Be between 8 and 14 characters
  • Not include more than 2 repeated characters in a row
  • Not include the word 'guest'
  • Not contain swear words

Obviously they're storing the password, and at a guess, the reason for no-swear-words is that their call-centre staff confirm your identity with your password... or something? Whatever. But what's up with not including "guest" in there? It must be some kind of magic keyword that makes their system do something different or something!!

I didn't get my insurance with them in the end!

about a month ago
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Google Blocking Asus's Android-Windows "Duet"?

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Still open legally (194 comments)

It's still open in the sense that legally you can do whatever you want with it. It's up to you if you want to make Google happy or not.

Google can deny you from adding Google's apps and services on it, though, and the moment you ship an Android-device without those you're removing a lot of the reason for why an Average Jane or Joe would want an Android-device in the first place.

True, but it's worth noting that that Microsoft is well positioned to fill those gaps (assuming we're specifically talking about an app-store, search, email and maps). Whilst I do appreciate that Android without the Google bits and with no alternatives is a bit crap, it seems a bit unfair to blame Google for that. That'd be like if Microsoft open-sourced Windows and gave it away for free, and then complaining that they didn't include MS Office.

about a month ago
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Amplify Education's New Intel Tablet Begs For Abuse

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Oh, yeah, THAT will work (33 comments)

"Here are your new tablets, kids. They're ruggedized so that they resist breaking!" *CRACK!* "Now, Tommy, why did you do that? Of course smashing it against the desk will break it!"

This. I recall from my childhood having to "test" both shatter-proof rulers (for some reason when you're aged 8 shatter-proof = indestructible = must test this) and water-resistant watches (when you're 8 years old, water-resistant = completely water-proof).

about a month ago
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Canonical Ports Chromium To The Mir Display Server

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:I haven't watched the video (63 comments)

but from the still image the guy looks like a monkey

Ummmm, I'm gonna need you to go ahead and have those TPS reports for us this afternoon.

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Revive a Giant 30,000 Year Old Virus From Ice

Zaiff Urgulbunger 30,000 years old? (121 comments)

I'm surprised this thing is very different to modern viruses given that it's *only* 30K years old. I appreciate these things are always evolving, but I would've thought they'd have done most of their evolving in the previous 3-billion years or whatever. So presumably, being big wasn't a problem for a virus until relatively recently?

about a month and a half ago
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Nokia Announces Nokia X Android Smartphone

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:What's going on? (105 comments)

Maybe it's a "you didn't make me CEO of MS, so this is what you get" message from Elop?! :D

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Chromebook (178 comments)

Linux will inherit the Earth. Tremble, M$ Office paperclip.

The hilarious thing about this is that there's someone as MS who has decided that the best way to approach the problem of Android/ChromeOS taking their market share is to... compete on price. Because that's going to work isn't it?

about 2 months ago
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Nokia Turns To Android To Regain Share In Emerging Markets

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Which goes to show how much you know... (146 comments)

Robing Google of Android market-share would be both amusing, and potentially profitable!

It would be good to see other companies competing with Google for a bundled app-stack on Android, so if MS or even Apple were to compete, then this would be a good thing.

But just to pick up on your point about it being "amusing", I assume you're saying that because Google created Android, and thus if they got screwed over for making a genuinely open platform, this would some how be funny?

Let's be clear here, Google have been playing nice (mostly) all the way through. That's why other people can take that platform and monetise it without paying Google a bean. I'd love to see MS do something like that... because of course, they wouldn't.

about 2 months ago
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What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Toronto Parking Meters (322 comments)

A photo booth at a mall I think had 'kernal panic' on the screen, so I assume it was linux.

Wouldn't you feel insulted if it had a kernel panic right after taking your picture?!

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  |  1 year,9 days

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 4 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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