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Clashing Scores In the HTML5 Compatibility Test Wars

legio_noctis Browser versions (203 comments)

If they wanted to be at all relevant, they should have tested their development version against the development versions of the other browsers. At the moment they're comparing where they are now, where Opera was in March where and Mozilla was in January. Fair.

more than 4 years ago
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Large Irish ISP To Enact "Three Strikes" Rule For Copyright Violation

legio_noctis Re:Not to troll... (288 comments)

And aside from that there is some major JS abuse going on here: all the links have hrefs along the lines of javascript:__doPostBack('ctl00$MainContent$Threads$ThreadsRepeater$ctl00$LinkButton1','').

I wonder if they ever stopped to think what on earth the URI was invented for. To me this makes their technical incompetence quite clear.

more than 4 years ago
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BBC Activates DRM For Its iPlayer Content

legio_noctis Confusing (282 comments)

The question is: who on earth does this help? The BBC are a public organisation, so it's not like they were losing money over it, and corporate rightsholders were perfectly happy beforehand. On top of that, it's DRM, so it's not exactly going to stop any copying in the long run, just annoy a few people and cost a shedload of money for the BBC.

I imagine this must be a decision pushed through management, because the BBC's IT department seems very savvy indeed and probably all hate DRM.

more than 4 years ago
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What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

legio_noctis Re:Avira (896 comments)

Another +1 for Avira.

The paid version always scores superbly (i.e. it is almost always in the top three) in the AV-Comparatives tests 1, 2 (although its award status often suffers due to a slightly higher than average number of false positives). If the quality of the paid versions has any bearing on that of the free versions, Avira absolutely smashes AVG and Avast!.

more than 3 years ago
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PayPal Freezes Cryptome's Account

legio_noctis PayPal alternative (253 comments)

Are there any?

If only someone big, like Google, would set up a real alternative. (I reckon they would make a point of not blocking people's accounts for no reason, though I'm not sure if I want them controlling any more of my life)

more than 4 years ago
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Appeals Court Knocks Out "Innocent Infringement"

legio_noctis Re:Not really the point (232 comments)

No, I'm not in America.

more than 4 years ago
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The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work

legio_noctis Heh (1027 comments)

You practically have to be a pirate to navigate through this many comments.

more than 4 years ago
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Appeals Court Knocks Out "Innocent Infringement"

legio_noctis Re:Not really the point (232 comments)

That is the beginning of a much better solution.

more than 4 years ago
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The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work

legio_noctis Re:Down (1027 comments)

But do WOW, Hulu or Netflix shut down instantly and remove your progress even for a small blip in service?

more than 4 years ago
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Appeals Court Knocks Out "Innocent Infringement"

legio_noctis Re:Not really the point (232 comments)

Yes, I agree with you apart from 2), which is probably a bit tenuous. I regard it as important that I am able to pirate things if I need to, just in case (i.e. 1 or Ubisoft goes bust and shuts down its must-be-connected-to-at-all-times DRM servers)

more than 4 years ago
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Appeals Court Knocks Out "Innocent Infringement"

legio_noctis Not really the point (232 comments)

Whether she was innocently infringing or not isn't really the point because it's fairly obvious that no teenager on the planet who pirates music doesn't know that it's illegal.

The problem is that she's in court for downloading 16 songs. Randomly attacking people who will find it difficult to defend themselves legally isn't the right way to go about reducing piracy.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Bill Would Outlaw Open Wi-Fi

legio_noctis Re:Open wi-fi should be perfectly legal (250 comments)

Especially seeing as what you're doing by providing wifi is essentially wobbling stuff on a very small scale.

(Yes, I know, don't tell me how wrong this is as an explanation of EM radiation.)

more than 4 years ago
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Steam UI Update Beta Drops IE Rendering For WebKit

legio_noctis WAHEY!! (244 comments)

My pessimism has been proven wrong!

Yes, sorry, I can't think of anything intelligent or witty to say. I'm too happy.

more than 4 years ago
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The Smashing Book

legio_noctis Well, (51 comments)

considering that this is a wee bit of a non-story, we can rest assured that any sections on manipulating social marketing will be good.

more than 4 years ago
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Gates and MS Don't See Eye-To-Eye On CO2

legio_noctis So? (288 comments)

Seeing as Bill Gates no longer works at Microsoft, I doubt they see eye-to-eye at all. Nor do they need to, or we to know whether or nether they are.

more than 4 years ago
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Fuel Cell Marvel "Bloom Box" Gaining Momentum

legio_noctis Re:Environmentally...more of the same? (562 comments)

In fact, this could be seen as even worse for the environment than the current process. Seeing as we /are/ going to run out of oil/gas at some point, having a more efficient way of using them just increases the time before this occurs. The idea that these devices are more environmentally friendly is a false one, as they will have the same eventual net impact (having used the same amount of methane as would have been anyway). However, I'm sure that this incorrect idea is the impression the public will get, both from marketing and wishful thinking. This could lead to delayed development of genuinely green power sources as the public are fooled into thinking that they are no longer necessary, causing more damage in the long term.

more than 4 years ago
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PA School Defends Web-Cam Spying As Security Measure, Denies Misuse

legio_noctis Translation (364 comments)

A few days ago, most of us were still waiting to see if this story was in fact exaggerated and/or untrue: what about the school's side of the story?

But it appears that the initial impressions were correct: the school is in fact just scrabbling around for excuses ("It was a security feature, promise!"). This suggests that there was in fact no good reason or alternate story.

Which is good, because I can go and get properly angry now.

more than 4 years ago

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