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Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Riight (221 comments)

Wasn't unity supposed to be really relevant and outlast other similar products?

The hilarious thing is that XFCE seems to have come on in leaps and bounds and is probably better than Gnome 2 was when Ubuntu used it, and than Unity is now! (IMHO that is)

2 days ago

Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:MS qubits (39 comments)

But Balmer is no longer in a superposition. Satya Nadella got that job!

about a week ago

Biofeedback Used To Make People Anxious

Zaiff Urgulbunger Sensors being added to devices (33 comments)

Makes me wonder if having all these heart rate monitors, and other sensors being added to consumer kit that is also connected to advertising networks is really such a good idea.

about two weeks ago

Building a Honeypot To Observe Shellshock Attacks In the Real World

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Article was low in details (41 comments)

The article sounds like it was written by somebody who's never heard of "computer security" and is trying to wrap his head around basic concepts.

And also someone who is presumably not running any web-servers - otherwise they'd only need to check their own web logs. I've got hosting with Bytemark and DigitalOcean and both have had a hand full shellshock attempts amongst all the usual PHP/WordPress/MySQLAdmin/whatever attempts.

The only very moderately interesting thing I've noticed is that Shellshock attempts seem to only by IP address and not by host (I'm hosting multiple websites per VM), so presumably most shellshock-bots are just sweeping IP ranges rather than using a list of known hosts.

about three weeks ago

From the Maker of Arduboy: Tetris On a Bracelet

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Meh. (15 comments)

It's a little computer on a project board. Nice community college electronics course project, but front page Slashdot?

In fairness, the guy has done a really really neat job. I was expecting something humongous, ugly, and utterly impractical* as a watch. Also, the graphic effects (TE TR IS scrolling in opposite directions and the way the vertical lines gradually appear) is kind of neat too. It's generally got a nice aesthetic!

*Yeah, for certain measures of practical... but it is at least the right size, weight, thickness!

about three weeks ago

First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:quality reporting! 16.7 addresses! (236 comments)

priceless excerpt: |The US DoD network in question is the range, with approximately 16.7 addresses."

They're still using IPv2.1 - and it's maxed out!

about three weeks ago

Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:The opinion of an ignorant (494 comments)

The problem for Scotland is they get screwed by the government based in London on a regular basis. It's always worse with the current lot in power (Tories). The only way they can be sure that will never happen again is by becoming independent.

Why, are you not going to have anyone in power? Or do you believe that having Scottish people in power will prevent Scottish people getting screwed?

I'm not saying that you shouldn't want desire independence, and keeping the existing system is best, but I'm concerned that because you've used the words "Tories" and "London", that you may be letting your heart make decisions.

The words "Tories", "Thatcher", "London" and "Westminster" have been consistently used by the Yes campaign to rally support. I think it's worth being rational and accept that who ever is in power is probably a total c*nt! :D

about a month ago

Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:This isn't scaremongering. (494 comments)

Totally agree. Just wanted to add how maddening it is hearing Salmond & co. demonising the "no"s, whilst essentially planning to rob the rUK of the ability to control our own currency.

I'm fucked if I'm going to have "a foreign country" having a say in our currency if they get independence... especially since I don't get a vote in this.

Anyone who isn't familiar with this debate might be entertained by this video; Andrew Neil grilling Nicola Sturgeon on currency earlier this year.

about a month ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:ya no (475 comments)

Possibly I am naive, but I do broadly think this is a good idea. What does concern me however is if everyone is driving cars that automatically stop when faced with an obstacle in the road, then it suddenly becomes very easy for anyone to hijack/rob any vehicle.... so driving somewhere quiet, on a dark night, becomes a very bad idea.

Daytime in a busy area and it's great though! There *will* be less deaths as a result and this part of it is a good thing.

about 2 months ago

ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:TL;DR: (101 comments)

So does that mean that instead of affected organisations needing to fix the internal naming, now, every single piece of software that does a DNS lookup, now needs to check not only for not-found, but also because it's magical?!

Or is this actually a good idea? It looks horrible to me.

about 2 months ago

Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:What's actually going on (579 comments)

It looks like mayor of Munich is the one complaining about Limux, while the entire city council is united and calls it "sachfremde Einzelmeinungen", which translates into 'a single opinion from someone who's talking out of his arse'.

And in other, completely unrelated news, MS has announced that it's moving it's German HQ to.... yes, you guessed it.... Munich!

I wonder... I wonder who contacted all these news outlets.... hmmmmmm.

about 2 months ago

Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Bribery and corruption (579 comments)

Limux is a project which, up until 3 days ago, has been widely reported as successful. It's been going on for 10 years for god's sake. Now, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it's a failure - according to one politician.

This is a single politician in the german government trying to derail the project for personal gain.

Indeed. My feeling is that more governments are starting to question IT costs/suppliers particularly in light of NSA / US spying allegations, so "funding" must have been allocated to sway decision making. And undermining a FOSS flagship like Munich and Limux would make sense.

MS staying classy as ever!

about 2 months ago

Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Am I the only around here (304 comments)

Yes. NT6 was the turning point when Windows became more useful than Linux for me.

Vista? Really? I mean, if you'd said 6.1 then that would seem more plausible!

about 2 months ago

Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:MSIE11 can't into Windows Server 2012 (138 comments)

You'd have to imagine that the reason for MS dropping support for older IE versions is to save on bug fixes for IE, and compatibility fixes for HTTP based products.

So it would probably make better sense for them to work to enable newer IE versions on older OS versions. That said, what's logical, and what MS actually do often ain't the same!

about 2 months ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:What should the rest of us do? (149 comments)

Yeah, for the most part, I prefer validation that does as little as possible. I previously had a simple check for a single @ symbol. That worked, except someone used a comma which caused the mailer to think there was more than one email address. I should have anticipated that one. Not a biggie, but there was crap in the mail.log where it was trying to use an invalid address... I don't recall the exact issue, but I believe it though it might be a local address or something.

So as a result, I thought I should make the validation a bit more robust to protect the server and at that point, I blocked UTF-8 because it seemed unlikely to work and thus was just a _potential_ vector for attack.

about 2 months ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

Zaiff Urgulbunger What should the rest of us do? (149 comments)

As a webdev who gets irritated at websites that fail badly with their email validation (e.g. not allowing + in the local part, or only allowing 2 or 3 char TLDs), I do try very hard to get this right. So I've got a solid(ish) email validation function. But, I'm a bit sketchy on what to do with UTF-8.

For the domain, I'd hope that the MTA (Postfix in my case) would allow UTF-8 and convert to punycode as required, but I'm not sure it does. So currently I don't allow for that. I _could_ convert to punycode myself, but I don't.

And as for the local-part, I'm fairly certain Postfix doesn't allow for UTF-8 at present.... at least, not the Postfix version supported on Debian 7.

So I'm just wondering what everyone else is doing? Should I improve my support, or should I just wait for support to be added to my MTA before I bother?

about 2 months ago

ScummVM 1.7.0 Released

Zaiff Urgulbunger Monkey Island reboot (26 comments)

Slightly OT, but this article reminded me of the re-imaged Monkey Island released a year or so ago, so I just had a look on Steam and it's still only available for Windows. Why?!

about 3 months ago

Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:galactic hyper-hearse (238 comments)

This kind of treatment is itching for a useful application. Screw photographic/military/whatever - put this on a car... lets say a Lamborgini 'cos some how something very angular seems more appropriate.

about 3 months ago



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

Zaiff Urgulbunger Zaiff Urgulbunger writes  |  about a year and a half 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."

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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