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Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers Searchable On Google

ickoonite Re:Imagine... (192 comments)

I've had two die on me over the years. I always wondered why. I had no idea it could have just been me running nmap on them...

about a year and a half ago
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Galaxy Tab 10.1 Judged 'No Match For iPad'

ickoonite Re:Don't Believe It (302 comments)

I have nothing against Apple, in fact I love the Macbook Pro...

Right, but the MacBook Pro and the iPad ultimately appeal to very different kinds of people. The MacBook Pro has a uniquely broad appeal these days, because it combines a pretty decent UNIX (with all the familiar tools that we know and love) with a beautiful and easy-to-use UI. The former appeals to those that peruse Slashdot; the latter, to Apple's stereotyped traditional customer (though, these days, plenty of UNIX geeks appreciate a pretty UI too).

The iPad is very different. Despite its UNIX underpinnings, Apple is not interested in exposing them this time round. In the eyes of us geeks, this seems outrageous - how dare they restrict what we can do with the hardware!? But these simplifications make the product more appealing to - I would wager - >95% of the people out there, so, if only to appease its shareholders, Apple is pretty much duty-bound to deliver the most appealing product it can. If that means disposing of the concept of disks and drives and replacing it with ubiquitous in-the-cloud storage that syncs magically between related devices, most people will thank them for it.

Ultimately, it comes down to how you want to use a tablet. Apple's view seems to be that tablets are good at some things (web browsing, book- and magazine-reading, watching videos, etc.), passable at some things (they've made a laudable effort at porting their productivity suite to the iPad and the iPhone, but it probably needs a little more work to be truly brilliant on a tablet) and terrible at others. For the things a tablet is not suitable for (e.g. development), you use a more traditional laptop or desktop. The Android approach seems to be rather less radical - the stance on Flash is a good example (what use is Flash on a device without a permanent keyboard and, more crucially, a mouse?). That said, the Android stance is infinitely more radical than Microsoft's - Windows 8 is promising to provide an innovative and attractive touch interface (good), but will still run all the existing Windows apps (oh fuck), thus removing any incentive developers might have to create tailored apps for it.

Sent from my iPad

more than 3 years ago
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Windows 1.0: the Power of DOS, Plus Tiled Windows

ickoonite Re:Write still present, at least as a proxy (249 comments)

And likewise Paintbrush (pbrush.exe), which became Paint (mspaint.exe).

To this day, I still type 'pbrush' into Run to start Paint.

more than 3 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Reboot Unix Servers

ickoonite In production environments... (705 comments)

...we schedule our Linux boxen to reboot weekly. Without fail.

I work in an investment bank. There, they don't have time for this uptime-dick-size-contest shit. The longer a box is up, the greater the likelihood that some hardware failure is going to fuck it up and it won't boot again. A reboot is a great way to tease weird issues out into the open so that they don't screw you over at the critical moment. Of course we have redundant servers, but that's not the point.

Ultimately, the 3 year uptime on that web server you brag about is a disaster waiting to happen. I can give a pretty much cast iron guarantee that when it does go down, whether by choice or unexpectedly, it won't come back up again smoothly. And then you're fucked.

more than 3 years ago
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Early Hands-On Preview of Dell's Streak 7 Tablet

ickoonite Re:Battery life is crap (96 comments)

No, those figures are from their tests. The iPad is that good. (Basically because it's a battery with a screen and a small PCB attached.)

more than 3 years ago
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Google Gets Quake II Running In HTML5

ickoonite Re:Off Topic but your sig is 6 years old (258 comments)

Not sure if you can use a string for a switch statement

This is just syntactic sugar in .NET actually. If you look at the IL it compiles to, for short switch blocks, it's a set of if statements; for longer ones, it creates a Dictionary and then does TryGetValue.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Gets Quake II Running In HTML5

ickoonite Re:Off Topic but your sig is 6 years old (258 comments)

You can't do:

int i = null;

...in C# either. You can do:

int? i = null;

...though. I was sceptical at first, but it is a genuinely useful way of indicating the absence of a value when dealing with, for example, stuff that has come out of a database.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets?

ickoonite Re:Ten million? (221 comments)

What, you mean, MONTH/DAY/YEAR bothers you? It's just a convention.

Yes, and a fucking stupid one, which causes no end of pain. What does 3/12/2009 mean in a bit of text? To most of the world, it means 3rd December 2009. But, for some bizarre reason, it means 12th March 2009 in America. The result? It is impossible to determine whether a given date is in sane or bizarre format for values of dd < 13. The only meaningful date format now is the Asian format (yyyy-mm-dd), which is the ISO standard.

Some will argue that this is because you say "March 12th", but I'm sure you also say "ten past nine", and you don't write that 10:9. Why? Oh yes, because that would be stupid.

:|

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets?

ickoonite Re:Ten million? (221 comments)

It is now, but it wasn't. A British billion used to be 1,000,000,000,000.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets?

ickoonite Re:Ten million? (221 comments)

Or was interpreted differently. 1,000,000,000-as-billion is pretty much standard here now, at least in this limey's experience. Ordinarily I would lament such a happening, but the world is better served by a consistent definition of "billion".

Now if only you guys could sort your stupid date format out, we'd be set...

more than 4 years ago
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Memory Usage of Chrome, Firefox 3.5, et al.

ickoonite Re:Who uses vanilla FF anyway? (505 comments)

Not sure what CacheViewer is, but on Safari, there is ClickToFlash to block Flash, which is wonderful (and, IIRC, very similar to FlashBlock). And one can turn off JavaScript in the preferences, if one is suitably paranoid...

more than 5 years ago
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Ballmer Scorns Apple As a $500 Logo

ickoonite Re:It seems ironic... (1147 comments)

Heck, my old (circa-1991) Latitude did 1680x1050...

Bullshit. Pure bullshit. You're off by about a fucking decade...

In that fragment you undermine everything else you have say.

more than 5 years ago
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iPod Shuffle Finds Its Voice

ickoonite Re:Oh Joy... (379 comments)

Not sure about on Windows, but on the Mac, it doesn't install the VoiceOver Kit unless you have one of the new Shuffles. I was a bit disappointed by this, as I would quite like my Mac to be able to speak something other than English.

more than 5 years ago
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Asus Reveals the Eee Keyboard

ickoonite Re:Freakin' caps lock key. (312 comments)

Interestingly, Japanese Mac keyboards still use that very layout. Though the addition of a couple of extra buttons either side of the space bar for switching between English and Japanese might put you off a bit...

:)

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Quietly Recommends Antivirus Software For Macs

ickoonite Re:a way to make money (484 comments)

A good example is Adobe Reader.

Actually, that's a terrible example. Adobe consistently produces (some of) the worst applications on the Mac. Even Microsoft now produce more Mac-like applications than Adobe do (e.g. use of Installer packages). If you're trying to prove OS X is teh fail, you'll have to try harder.

:|

more than 5 years ago
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Malaysia Frees "Anti-Islamic" Blogger

ickoonite Re:Blogger's blog (53 comments)

the opposition in M'sia is a coalition that includes the radical Islamic right

True, but that's because the opposition in Malaysia is still a rather nascent phenomenon. Yes, there have been opposition parties for years, but they are all very small, and so this odd alliance of non-Muslim Chinese Malaysians and the radical Islamic parties is what you get. It's the only way to face off the UMNO (ruling party) juggernaut.

Incidentally, the blame for the Internal Security Act (both in Malaysia and Singapore) can be laid squarely with the British. As someone else has pointed out, it was introduced when there was a very real fear that Malaya would fall to the commies; the British were successful in preventing that. But afterwards, these new "democracies" felt that the ISA might be useful, and so it has remained. The other British-imposed legislative gem is that criminalising sodomy (though Muslim Malaysia might have had something to say about that anyway): the one-time darling of the UMNO party and now leader of the opposition Anwar Ibrahim has twice been accused of sodomy, though pretty much everyone knows the charges were politically motivated. The first time round though, he spent quite a few years in jail for it.

The good thing is that sites like this "blog" are demonstrating that the power of the Internet is starting to act as a force for change (and why it is relevant to Slashdot, I might add). That the government feels the need to lock people up on trumped-up charges of anti-Islamic conduct is, ultimately, a sign that they are making waves. And that can only be a good thing.

:|

more than 5 years ago
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Ballmer "Interested" In Open Source Browser Engine

ickoonite Re:Reality check? (410 comments)

Last I heard he was more interested in chairs than developers...

more than 5 years ago

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ickoonite ickoonite writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ickoonite writes "A rather one-sided BBC article reports that an independent review commissioned by the UK Treasury has concluded that copyright terms for sound recordings should not be extended from 50 years to 95 years as wealthy artists like Sir Cliff Richard had been hoping. If this proves true, it would be an important victory for advocates of a more "common sense" approach to intellectual property. Sadly though, the BBC manage only one quote on the subject — music journalist Neil McCormack, who laments 'You can make a record in 1955 and have been getting royalties... been living on that and suddenly they're gone.'"

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