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Today's Children Are Officially Potty Mouths

bluhatter Re:Actually... (449 comments)

To my knowledge the only word banned from television in Japan is "manko" (can't use hiragana on Slashdot) which is similar to our "cunt". Manko also carries with it the connotation of a "fish like" smell.

more than 3 years ago

Today's Children Are Officially Potty Mouths

bluhatter Language (449 comments)

Could somebody explain why this is a bad thing? If people take words less seriously, perhaps we'll stop making wars out of them.

more than 3 years ago

72% of US Adults Support Violent-Game Ban For Minors

bluhatter Polls (478 comments)

One problem I have with regarding opinion poll results with any level of confidence is that no researcher has ever approached me to ask MY opinion about anything. 2100 is a fairly small number, and can be easily skewed.

more than 3 years ago

Girls Bugged Teachers' Staff Room

bluhatter Unfair play (227 comments)

Some of you may recall the story about school administrators using laptop cameras to spy on its students ( link to article ). In that case, no charges were could be brought against the school administrators. How is it that students doing the same to their administrators are treated as criminals, then? This world is so confusing.

more than 3 years ago

Google Secret Privacy Document Leaked

bluhatter ironic (281 comments)

Does anybody else notice the irony here?

Maybe this will give them an idea of how it feels to have your privacy invaded.

more than 3 years ago

Web-Based Private File Storage?

bluhatter E-Mail = Hello World! (467 comments)

General rule of thumb: Never send anything in E-Mail that you don't want to appear on the front page of a newspaper the next day.

E-Mail is stored unencrypted on several servers along its path, and due to some weird legislation is required to be stored that way for several years ( in case authorities "need to know" what you said ). Also, any one of those server's administrators could be bored and have bad ethical standards.

If you are sending unencrypted personal E-Mail from work, there is no doubt that your employers can and probably do read some of your mail.

more than 3 years ago

Where To Start With DIY Home Security?

bluhatter sticker proof (825 comments)

Don't buy an expensive security system. Just buy the sticker.

more than 3 years ago

Steve Furber On Why Kids Are Turned Off To Computing Classes

bluhatter Re:Computer classes are too slow (383 comments)

To illustrate my own point... in one of my "web development" university classes I had to teach my professor what PHP was. The next semester she was teaching PHP... I did not take that class.

more than 3 years ago

Steve Furber On Why Kids Are Turned Off To Computing Classes

bluhatter Computer classes are too slow (383 comments)

The problem for me was that teachers knew absolutely nothing about technology and were expected to teach it. True pupils were not interested in using a word processor or Power Point... we were already writing programs and creating new technology. High school and university were only review. The slow pace of most computer "classes" merely hinders and creates frustration.

more than 3 years ago

High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay

bluhatter Re:Bosses earn too much (1018 comments)

It's called Limited Liability. Risk is outsourced to tax payers.

more than 3 years ago

High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay

bluhatter Re:Somebody call the waaaambulance (1018 comments)

Unfortunately, employers use the "bad economy" argument to try and justify the rampant abuse. A perceived bad economy is an employer's best friend.

more than 3 years ago

If Oracle Bought Every Open Source Company

bluhatter 'Acquire' free software? (237 comments)

$10B for open source software? They do know they can download it for free... right?

more than 3 years ago

Sony Developing 3D Screen-Sharing Technology For Two Players

bluhatter Dim Display (174 comments)

If these work the same way that stereoscopic gaming glasses worked in the past, expect to see a 50% dimming effect in your games since half of the time light will be filtered from your field of vision.

about 4 years ago

Tracking the Terrorists Online

bluhatter osama in myspace (135 comments)

"online" investigators and trackers - the most any of them ever do is type the name of their target into myspace or facebook.

News reporters typically talk about computer technology like it's some sort of mystifying science that makes all things scary come to life and chase your children.

more than 5 years ago



Symantec Reports iPhone PDF based vulnerability

bluhatter bluhatter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bluhatter (583867) writes "Symantec reports that the recent iPhone jailbreaking exploits point to possible vulnerabilities in the way PDFs parse fonts in mobile Safari, allowing an attacker to elevate root privileges on the device. These exploits affect the iPhone, iPad and iPod; it is unconfirmed whether or not this same vulnerability is shared by the desktop version of Safari."
Link to Original Source

Microsoft to Patch Shortcut Vulnerability

bluhatter bluhatter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bluhatter (583867) writes "Microsoft announced on its security blog today that they plan to release a patch out of their normal release cycle ( first Tuesday of every month ) to address the shortcut vulnerability discovered in mid July. This signals that Microsoft acknowledges the severity of this vulnerability. The patch should be rolled out August 2 at 10AM PDT."
Link to Original Source



DVD Menus should not exist

bluhatter bluhatter writes  |  more than 11 years ago I am a bit disappointed with the usage of menus on many modern DVDs. As if it weren't bad enough to have to watch previews before a movie, now I must click through a barage of menus before I am allowed to watch the film.

Perhaps I'm a purist, but I'd like to be able to stick the disc in, sit back and relax - let the thing play itself - like it would in a theatre. You don't see the people at the theatre fumbling around with the remote trying to tinker through the menus.

I bought the Simpsons second season on DVD recently - and guess what I found? A menu! (no surprise there...) You see, Simpsons' first season DVD menu was buggy on certain PC-DVD drives, but the second season was just plain bad. Every time a disc is inserted into the drive, I must press [enter] three times in succession and watch little heads spin around before it even lets me into the main menu! And from there it branches out into individual episodes. There isn't even an option to let it run through them all... What, don't they think I can?

Because I can!

There needs to be a new format - a new drive (which still plays DVDs, mind you) that can play discs whose menus are either hidden or nonexistent. I am tired of playing around with cutesy little buttons and over-pixellated graphics. It's time to move on - give the world what they want: movies.

But then, perhaps I take DVDs a little too seriously...

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