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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

jolyonr Re:You lost me at vim (531 comments)

Actually, that reminds me, I was meaning to ask on Slashdot if anyone has any advice as to which is the better editor, Vi or Emacs.

I'd love to know.

about 2 months ago

GCHQ Intercepted Webcam Images of Millions of Yahoo Users

jolyonr Re:Chatroulette Failed (137 comments)

The document estimates that between 3% and 11% of the Yahoo webcam imagery harvested by GCHQ contains "undesirable nudity".

But what percentage was desirable nudity?

about 2 months ago

Mikhail Kalashnikov: Inventor of AK-47 Dies At 94

jolyonr Re:An Eternity of Torment, I ope (283 comments)

"I would prefer to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work – for example a lawnmower."

The Kalashnikov Lawnmower. The very best there is. When you absolutely, positively got to cut every motherf***ing blade of grass in the garden, accept no substitutes.

about 3 months ago

Intelligence Officials Fear Snowden's 'Doomsday' Cache

jolyonr Well... (381 comments)

The files are stored on the ISS, and can only be unlocked by a direct laser link communication channel.

Isn't that obvious?

about 5 months ago

Berkeley Scientists Plan To 'Jurassic Park' Some Extinct Pigeons Back To Life

jolyonr Fuck pigeons * (209 comments)

Bring back a mammoth.

* figuratively, not literally, please.

about a year ago

Promising New Drug May Cure Malaria

jolyonr Re:Unless you can give everyone birth control.... (190 comments)

... they'll all die of starvation anyway.

Maybe a bit overdramatic - but the truth is that overpopulation is every bit as much of a problem as climate change - if not more so.

One could argue these two problems may eventually even each other out - but I wouldn't like to think of that as any kind of positive solution.

about a year and a half ago

Andromeda On Collision Course With the Milky Way

jolyonr Paging Bruce Willis.... (217 comments)

What size bomb will we need?

about 2 years ago

Russia Threatens Pre-emptive, Destructive Force On US Missile Defense

jolyonr Stuxnet style (675 comments)

I wonder if "destructive pre-emtive force" means exactly what we initially think.

Perhaps the Russians are hinting of something more subtle, a stuxnet style attack on the systems there.

Of course, I'm not suggesting for one moment they could actually pull it off...


about 2 years ago

One In Eight Chance of a Financially Catastrophic Solar Storm By 2020

jolyonr Re:Be Prepared... (337 comments)

> if the shit really hits the fan,

Shit hitting the fan won't matter so much if the fan isn't spinning.

more than 2 years ago

One In Eight Chance of a Financially Catastrophic Solar Storm By 2020

jolyonr Be Prepared... (337 comments)

Print out your porn.

more than 2 years ago

New Video Brings Portal To Life

jolyonr Typical comment (137 comments)

That's all we need here. Gamma nazis

more than 2 years ago

P2P Music Downloads At All-Time Low

jolyonr All time low? (369 comments)

You mean lower than they were in, say, 1776?

about 3 years ago

My $200 Laptop Can Beat Your $500 Tablet

jolyonr Obiligatory Car analogy (789 comments)

"My used car is better than your new motorbike!"

Yes, your bike may look impressive and be good for pulling the ladies, but can it pull a caravan? No! Can you put fourteen crates of beer in the back? No!

more than 3 years ago

Why Doesn't Every Website Use HTTPS?

jolyonr Some reasons (665 comments)

Ok... In reverse order of significance:

1. Expense (at least traditionally) of SSL Certificates. Although today that's not such a big issue, and an SSL certificate costs about the same as your domain registration. However, if you have multiple subdomains you still need a more expensive certificate.

2. Complication. It can be a highly confusing process for someone who's not an expert to do the certificate request process and the associated installation of the certificate. I know the first time I tried to do it, it went horribly wrong and I spent a day trying to sort it out.

3. Client Performance: SSL websites are slower than non-SSL websites. Not such a big deal again these days, but I remember when I had to wait it would seem forever for the images on my online banking site to load, cursing them every time for such a graphically-intensive SSL site.

4. IP addresses: This is a big one, if you host multiple websites on your server, and you only have a single IP address, you can't host more than one SSL certificate. So you need more IP addresses (which is not easy nowdays). Big deal for small company hosted websites, which are often on shared IPs.

5. Server Performance: A server that can cope with one million users per day using HTTP will not be able to cope with anywhere near that number of connections over HTTPS for obvious reasons. So you not only need a certificate, you potentially need a whole new server architecture to deal with it. Scale this up for a big business like Twitter or Facebook and you're talking implementation costs in high millions of dollars.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Recruiting For Next-Gen Console Development

jolyonr Re:What's after 360? (134 comments)

Well, seeing as it's going to be a major INCREMENT of the X-Box family, I'd suggest the name Xcrement

more than 3 years ago



O2 block Google Translate from under 18s

jolyonr jolyonr writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jolyonr (560227) writes "Are you one of the many people who are dismayed to see how easy it is for teenagers and children to get access to online translation services?

Well, fear not, because UK mobile internet operator O2 have now stepped in and made sure that Google Translate can no longer be accessed by anyone under 18.

"The site you tried to visit is restricted to over 18s", claims the statement when you visit the site.

To remove the block, you need them to charge £1 to your credit card. They offer £2.50 in mobile credit in return, but what about those who are under 18 and actually need something translated?

Almost certainly O2 are blocking this because their systems are not clever enough to block porn sites that are fed through Google Translate. But then what next? Blocking Google search because of the Cached pages?"


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