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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Does Samsung or Google have any influence? (194 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

2 days 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?

3 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Stupid (392 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?

3 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Home of the brave? (580 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.

3 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Stupid (392 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.

4 days 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!

4 days 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks ago
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Philae May Have Grazed Crater Rim

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Almost made it ... (48 comments)

It's hard to even think of an analogy for this ... jumping out of a plane without a parachute and landing in a moving convertible which someone told you 10 years would be passing through the middle of Kansas somewhere around noon ... while blindfolded, knitting a sweater,assembling a piano, and juggling sharks. :-P

It's a car analogy... so it'll do! ;)

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Pathetic (1128 comments)

^This.

Also, the sooner all police have cameras on them the better - for all concerned. Assuming Wilson is giving a completely accurate account, a video would make his life *massively* easier.

about a month ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:I just don't understand (1128 comments)

I'm not going to rant about how guilty Darren Wilson was. To tell the truth, I don't know if he was guilty. But I just don't understand how there wasn't enough evidence to at least take this to trial. There were multiple witnesses saying that Mike Brown had his hands up and was not attacking Darren Wilson when he was shot. This alone to me is enough to at least take it to trial and see all the evidence to try and figure out exactly what happened.

It's Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson's Just Did, as in it basically never happens. So how "lucky" is Darren Wilson?!

The National Bar association doesn't seem to impressed with the decision either!

Interesting reads here (How Darren Wilson avoided criminal charges for killing Michael Brown) and here (New photos of Darren Wilson released as 'secret' letter written by police officer is revealed).

about a month ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Moderate BS (1128 comments)

Oddly though, the Medical Examiner, who normally takes photos of the deceased, did not take photos of Brown. His/her reason? The battery was flat on his/her camera.

Sometimes these things happen, but it strikes me as a little strange that he/she didn't have a spare battery, spare camera, or even a camera phone... and presumably didn't ask if anyone else at the scene had one either. Thus leaving a _slight_ evidence gap... which someone far more suspicious than myself might suggest is the kind of gap you need if you want to [ahem] massage the facts after the event.

Someone did manage to find a working camera to get photos of Darren Wilson's injuries though. Wilson has said that he had been hit twice by Brown and was of the opinion that a third punch "could be fatal if he hit me right". IMHO his injuries don't look... well, they're practically invisible, let's be honest! That's not to say he wasn't in a compromised position and felt in fear of his life, but I'm not completely convinced he was in any danger of being punched to death.

Interestingly, immediately after the Browns death, a photo was circulating on the intertubes purporting to be of Wilson's injured face, apparently worded to discredit the idea that Brown was a "Gentle Giant". This picture has itself since been discredited... but I only just found out today, so I thought it was worth mentioning!

For what it's worth, I am really really not taking sides here. I'm perfectly happy to believe that Brown wasn't exactly a pillar of society... his apparent intimidation of a local shop owner and, I believe taking of goods without paying, immediately prior to his encounter with Wilson, do kind of suggest that. But I am very firmly of the opinion that officers of the law must be held to higher standards than the general public.

about a month ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:The "Protesters" (1128 comments)

You have a problem with people being allowed to protest?

about a month ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:The "Protesters" (1128 comments)

One question: Why can't the "majority" reign in the "minority" that are looting/etc? All it would take is the 'majority' of peaceful protestors to grab the looters (should be easy, remember, they vastly outnumber them, right?), and turn them over to the cops. (Or at the very least, rough them up and send them home.)

But this never happens. Just like the 'majority' of "good" cops never arrests the tiny, tiny minority of "Bad" cops. And the reason is simple: the "good" ones are really bad, too! They may not show it as... violently, but they are still on the same side as the 'bad' ones. There is no other excuse for not turning in the bad ones.

Complete and utter pure speculation on my part, but I'm guessing the looters are opportunistic criminals anyway, so they're good at spotting a chance to break in, steal, and get out quickly and whilst no one is really looking. And if you're a peaceful protester, you're not likely going to be looking for trouble, and likely you'll avoid that because you don't especially want to either be injured or arrested.

I did see one video clip of a bunch basically rioters... and it looked like probably 30 people, all with hoods up and faces covered, basically on a rampage. Probably a mix of looters and disenfranchised youth. They're moving quickly. Breaking what they can.

Despite my disgust, I know there's not a chance I'd be leaping in there to stop them, mostly because there's too many, all on a charge. They'd probably not even notice me... and they'd be gone in a minute, moving on to the next target.

about a month ago
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Apple To Donate Profit Portion From Black Friday For AIDS Fight

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:A good deed will never go unpunished (102 comments)

Would there be a similar /. backlash if, say, Ubuntu would do a similar effort this week?

[cynicism...en-gage] Canonical would probably invent a new disease rather than just use an existing one! ;)

about a month ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:wont last (287 comments)

Simply "save as" the HTML and then modify to your heart's desire.

You don't even need to work that hard - just press F12 and edit the live page and print! I can't believe how dumb Walmart are... or maybe I can.

about 1 month ago

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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."
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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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