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WhatsApp's Next Version To Include VoIP Calls and Recording

enoz Re:I still don't get the love for WhatsApp. (65 comments)

WhatsApp was good enough for group-chat at a time when Google Talk couldn't even reliably deliver messages. Also WhatsApp is like a closed ecosystem with no support for third party clients, and in this method has forced growth by word of mouth. If your friends are using WhatsApp then you have little choice but to use it too.

Personally I wish Google hadn't let GTalk sit idle for so long because being able to access your messages from multiple clients including the browser is extremely convenient.

about 4 months ago

Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR

enoz Re:Simulated Universe (75 comments)

the rest of us saw it in green vertical Katakana

about 4 months ago

Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

enoz Re:Space is cheap, rip to FLAC (329 comments)

1. Any good media player will open the CUE and play the FLAC with track information. No need to mount the ISO.
2. The FLAC rips will take about half the space of ISO.
3. Any good CD Burner will burn the CUE back to a CD or create an ISO by uncompressing the FLAC.

about 9 months ago

Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

enoz Re:I installed alien sheild goodness. (293 comments)

With the Privacy Guard settings per app you can block failbook from reading and/or sending SMS, among other options.

1 year,2 days

20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

enoz Re:"Soylent Green is people!" (543 comments)

Get over yourself, it's been 40 years since that film was released and any attempt to Google for the word "soylent" will immediately suggest "soylent...green is people"

1 year,7 days

200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

enoz Re:Total uninsightful and blatant trash (628 comments)

Dr Cleve Backster believed that plants demonstrated telepathic awareness and perceived human intentions.

Unsurprisingly, in the 45 years since Dr Backster published this, controlled experiments that have attempted to replicate Backster's findings have failed and the theory was not accepted since it did not follow the scientific method.

1 year,10 days

Western Australian Sharks Send Tweets To Swimmers

enoz Shark attacks are always a media beat-up (75 comments)

In Australia, there are an average of 1 deaths per year from Shark attacks

For comparison there are an average of 121 deaths per year from drowning at beaches, harbours and rivers.

Furthermore in 2010 217 people died as a result of an assault and 1,503 died as a result of a transport accident (706 car, 236 motorcycle, 227 pedestrian)

Does that put it in perspective?

1 year,28 days

US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

enoz Re:Makes 'em Feel Good (1146 comments)

How is the toxicity of a CFL any different to the fluorescent tubes that have been used in Schools, Hospitals, Offices, and public places for the past 50 years or more?

about a year ago

UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back

enoz Greed, pure and simple (617 comments)

If the situation was reserved, say the customers received £19.99 Tearaway after ordering a £169.99 PS Vita, they would be fighting to return it.

The customers received an item that was worth more than what they paid, and are simply being greedy.

about a year ago

New MIT Camera Takes 3D Photos in the Dark

enoz New Camera? Nope. (45 comments)

New MIT Camera Takes 3D Photos in the Dark? Nope... see TFA

“We didn’t invent a new laser or a new detector,” notes Kirmani. Instead, he explains, the team applied a new imaging algorithm that can be used with a standard, off-the-shelf photon detector.

Even with this technology the /. editors would remain blind /rant

about a year ago

D-Link Patches Critical Vulnerability In Older Routers

enoz Re:Another bug... (54 comments)

Late in 2009 I had the opportunity to setup a brand new D-Link DAP 1522 access point and I discovered a telnet interface with hardcoded credentials in the firmware. I have never disclosed the vulnerability to the vendor or publicly. Four years later the issue is still there on most D-Link SOHO network devices.

(emphasis mine)

I don't doubt the existence of this vulnerability, just the motives and timing behind disclosing publicly on this blog.

about a year ago

Automakers Struggle With Pairing Smartphones To Car Infotainment Systems

enoz Why is there a fee for WiFi hotspot? (187 comments)

Is that a problem with the iPhone or is it the US Carriers being greedy?

about a year ago

Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

enoz Re:More importantly (1293 comments)

Backwards in humans, but an improved design in cephalopods.

Praise Cthulhu

about a year ago

Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

enoz Re:More importantly (1293 comments)

If you think humans were badly engineered then spare a thought for the birds. God gave them a cloaca.

about a year ago

USB "Condom" Allows You To Practice Safe Charging

enoz Half-plugging has the same effect (208 comments)

In the standard A and B plugs the data pins are recessed compared to the power pins. Grab any standard cable and you can slide it in until the power makes contact, giving you charging without any data connection.

I've been doing this for years to charge a MP3 device without it being mounted by the host computer.

about a year ago

Dell Dumps Keyboardless Windows RT Tablets

enoz Re:Why not a proper 10" netbook for $400? (186 comments)

What else could be the reason for investing more than $400 on a smallish computing device?

There's no shortage of people willing to spend more than $400 for an iPad.

The convenience of a tablet device should not be underrated, though at that price you can get an ultra-light netbook or a fully fledged ultra-portable laptop.

about a year and a half ago



Launch of the 3D Web Browser

enoz enoz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GreyGoo (1181117) writes "The media release claims:

INTERNET surfers will be able to walk through their favourite websites as if they are characters in a computer game with the launch of the world's first 3D browser in Australia today.

However a review from someone who has actually tested the software raises important questions about the worth of the product considering the competing social and 3D products, and that sites have to be hand-crafted in order to truly support the new browser.

Will 3D social networking revolutionise the web browser, or are people happy with their 2D sandboxes?"

Link to Original Source


Torvalds: OS X is utter crap

enoz enoz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Blaspheme (1181117) writes "Speaking yesterday at the linux.conf.au conference in Melbourne, Linus Torvalds was invited to pass judgement on OS X versus Windows Vista in a wide-ranging interview.

"I don't think they're equally flawed — I think Leopard is a much better system, (But) OS X in some ways is actually worse than Windows to program for. Their file system is complete and utter crap, which is scary."

Torvalds spoke about Apple and Microsoft using the OS as a means to force users to upgrade as promoting the effect of Linux on new devices such as OLPC and Asus Eee PC."

Link to Original Source

Australia to censor the internet

enoz enoz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SenatorLuddite (1181117) writes "From January 20, 2008 new content laws introduced by the Federal Government will force sites to verify the age of users before accessing content intended for mature audiences (MA15+ and R18+). The laws bring internet classification into line with Film and Book classification laws and completely prohibits X18+ and RC content from the internet.

ACMA (The Australian Communications and Media Authority) claims that adults will not be affected by the new laws, yet user-generated and even chatrooms are required to be assessed for classification and powers are granted to ACMA to send 'take down' notices to offending sites."

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