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Mac OS X Lion LDAP Vulnerability Emerges

pandrijeczko Re:but... (97 comments)

Thanks for that great demonstration of the King Canute Computing Principle.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft 'Ribbonizes' Windows 8 File Manager

pandrijeczko Re:Paging Darth Vader (951 comments)

I can't stand it.

I still use XP at home and at work, work recently upgraded me from Office 2003 to 2007, my productivity in Office has now dropped considerably due to problems trying to find what I need on the new interface.

Where possible, I copy stuff over to a home PC where i can still use Office 2003.

Changing this interface to something non-standard strikes me as a very stupid thing to do when you are trying to keep user migrating to (Sn)Apple or Google.

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO

pandrijeczko I will never buy an Apple product again! (1027 comments)

That's it, I'm done with Apple, I am never buying another of their products!

Oh, wait...

I don't own any of their products anyway.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Twitter Rendered Obsolete By Google+?

pandrijeczko Re:Gonna take 'no' for $200, Alex (456 comments)

Seriously, this is 'Will Wave Eat E-Mail' all over again.

I wish it WOULD! I thought the idea behind all this social networking stuff was to REDUCE the amount of email traffic but if I spent the time necessary to read through all my personal and corporate emails (and I'm not talking spam here), I would have no time to do anything else.

I've even started a personal policy of phoning people, both at work and socially, rather than sending an email because I'm just swamped in the stuff.

more than 2 years ago
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Atlantis Lands, Ending the Shuttle Era

pandrijeczko At least in my lifetime... (256 comments)

...man went to the moon because it was there and we had the Shuttle because we didn't like burning up a whole rocket each time we went into space.

If we ever get to Mars it will be because a few suits with expensive haircuts have decided it's a second planet with the potential to rape the mineral shit out of in order to make a few fat rich people even fatter and richer.

more than 2 years ago
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Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

pandrijeczko Re:Droid is not a monoculture... (241 comments)

Then please explain what the Slashdot Meta-Moderation system is then, if it is not a system to gather statistical data based on discovering how many topics are of interest to certain Slashdot readers?

Of course it's news for me, just like it's news for everyone else - if there wasn't at least something of interest here, neither you or I would come here.

more than 2 years ago
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Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

pandrijeczko Re:Droid is not a monoculture... (241 comments)

I was not aware that Slashdot operated a system whereby a subscriber was not allowed to offer an opinion on particular topics.

I was giving a viewpoint based on being a consumer of applications and a geek - you don't like it, you know what you can do with it.

more than 2 years ago
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Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

pandrijeczko Re:Droid is not a monoculture... (241 comments)

Yep, just like it's "news for icebraining" and everyone else that comes here - what's your point?

Just because I'm not a developer doesn't mean I don't have an opinion as a consumer of applications.

Or are we now operating some kind of caste system here where developers are on a higher and different social level to the rest of us mere mortals and I'm not allowed to talk to them?

more than 2 years ago
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Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

pandrijeczko Re:Droid is not a monoculture... (241 comments)

That there might be other people who are developers reading? That you are actually interested in how people get paid? The mildest curiosity perhaps?

No, not particularly. I'm interested in reading about someone's technical abilities and thought processes into the creation of a piece of software, but the movements of little green pieces of paper in the process is of no interest because they just tend to get in the way anyway.

Not all his points held equal gravitas, but to dismiss them out of hand is like going on a knitting board and saying that while I like sweaters, I have no interest in hearing how the yarn they use is made.

That's not the same thing - I'm interested in how things are made, hence probably being interested in how a sweater is made. But I could give a toss about the cost of it until such time as I need to buy a sweater. At which point I care only about the end price and quality, not how much the retailer or producer makes from it.

more than 2 years ago
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Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

pandrijeczko Re:Droid is not a monoculture... (241 comments)

No, of course not.

But this IS a public forum and I am invited to post my opinions on any story published - you can either agree or not agree with those opinions, that is your choice.

If you're asking me to keep my mouth shut deliberately, then isn't that tantamount to censorship?

more than 2 years ago
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Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

pandrijeczko Re:Droid is not a monoculture... (241 comments)

Why does that concern me? Apart from a bit of work/hobbyist related shell/Perl/Python scripter, I'm not a developer - as a Droid user, I'm just a potential purchaser of the app...

I'm a geek, I'm interested in how things work technically and like nice shiny things - but I couldn't give a toss about what's negotiated between a producer and a supplier for products, that's up to them.

As long as no children/kittens are strangled in the product's production, what do I care how much the developer got paid for it? I just care about it being good value for money if and when I buy it, like I could care less whether or not the artist got paid when I buy a CD - it's their contract, they can negotiate it....

more than 2 years ago
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Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

pandrijeczko Droid is not a monoculture... (241 comments)

The developer has a choice to pull the app because he doesn't like the deal from the retailer.

The consumer can purchase the app from another vendor, or even contact the developer directly to arrange a direct sale.

And before the inevitable iTunes comparisons, Apple themselves choose which retailers can and cannot stock their products, no different to Levi's Jeans or countless other brand name companies.

If I posted a story on here moaning about the fact that I didn't get the pay increase I thought I deserved from my employer last year, there would be countless "then go work for someone else" responses.

In other words, nothing to see here - it's up to the developer and Amazon to work out a deal.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player Legal?

pandrijeczko Re:iCloud also works with no internet (226 comments)

You boot up your OS and log in (Windows or Linux).

Plug in your Droid phone and USB drive, tell the phone it's okay to mount as a USB drive.

In Linux Gnome an icon for each one appears on the desktop and it may well open a Nautilus window for both. Cut and paste the files from one to the other. Done.

Windows? I've not gone beyond XP but it's just as straightforward.

In both cases, it's just as easy, if not easier, as navigating a web interface to find your music on a Cloud service.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player Legal?

pandrijeczko Re:iCloud also works with no internet (226 comments)

Actually, for your information I've been happily with my common-law wife now for 18 years and we are very happy, thanks very much.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player Legal?

pandrijeczko Re:iCloud also works with no internet (226 comments)

No, but you may well have data about your physical person stolen by someone else from a Cloud service - not to mention targetted advertising and spam mail.

more than 2 years ago
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In Australia, Censorship vs. DNS, and Porn As Network Driver

pandrijeczko Re:No problem! (96 comments)

If you manage your own mail, DNS, NTP, etc. servers then you can pretty much tunnel everything over SSH with the existing daemons/services, rather than having to replace each existing one with a secure equivalent that you may need to configure from scratch once again - just an idea that may make the transition to encrypted services a bit easier for you when you do it.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player Legal?

pandrijeczko Re:iCloud also works with no internet (226 comments)

Yep, can't argue with that one - if you have your music on a hard disk, you need a computer in between the hard disk and the phone to transfer the music.

But I do have SSH/SFTP access to my home music drive from my Droid phone, so I can download direct to it if need be. I could also put a music streaming service on the home server if I wanted to, I just don't believe I'd use it that much so haven't bothered.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player Legal?

pandrijeczko Re:No more or less evil than MP3 (226 comments)

To claim it's supported on fewer devices than Ogg... absurd.

Okay, maybe not Ogg - but definitely FLAC and MP3. However, Ogg is worth mentioning here because, like FLAC, it is entirely license free, unlike MP3.

Why? There is nor DRM. At any point I could transcode to some other format if I wanted. The audio quality is quite good (better really than MP3) and it has all the same issues that MP3 does as far as patents go.

If you transcode from one lossy format to another lossy format, you will lose quality. And since you are already doing that conversion then you are by default admitting that AAC does not give you all of the usability you require, hence the need to convert.

And if you are already prepared to do that conversion, then why would you not do so from a lossless format like FLAC first?

You mentioned DRM, I didn't because whilst it's evil, it's entirely irrelevant to this discussion. AAC is a proprietary (Apple-owned) file format just like MP3 - therefore every time you use it you can theoretically be asked to pay a license for it. And if that license is not granted for some reason, then you files are useless to you.

I have no problem with people using open source or closed source software, whatever works, but proprietary file formats are evil because your usage and consumer rights are restricted as a result.

I like Flac too but even with cheap disc storage these days the space to keep FLAC of everything is daunting, and there's lots of music I don't care about THAT much.

Agreed. But FLAC being a space-consuming format does not automatically mean that using AAC is not evil.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player Legal?

pandrijeczko Re:iCloud also works with no internet (226 comments)

Having all of it everywhere is a disadvantage in terms of size and weight.

My musculature is not that sensitive that the additional weight of a few ounces by carrying a portable hard disk in my pocket, or indeed the few grams resulting from additional hard disk platters in my laptop when I upgrade from an internal 160GB to 500GB hard disk. This is a non argument, there is very little physical weight to data storage at the level the likes of you or I need.

Yep, get to Storage Area Network levels of storage then that's different! :-)

iCloud is free, the Match part is around $20/year. Going to take a lot of years to pay for that new HD.

The Internet connection to connect to the Cloud is frequently not free.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player Legal?

pandrijeczko Re:iCloud also works with no internet (226 comments)

1) I don't see why having your data with you is a disadvantage. Actually it's an advantage because you can access it whenever you like, Internet connection or no Internet connection. And if I save my money by not wasting it on pointless web services, then I can put a bigger hard disk in my laptop to store it there... or a portable hard disk... or a few memory cards because I'm clever enough to buy a music playing device that has a memory expansion port built into it...

2) I would be very surprised if most companies are going to put up with their employees downloading their music collections through the corporate LAN. And wireless 3G connectivity to get your music is expensive - and I don't throw money away when there are simpler solutions.

3) Speculative and pointless comment. Why would I invest in a service that might give more usability at some point in the future?

Finally, I don't like advertising. I don't like junk mail, spam or telemarketing calls. And if I watch TV then it's usually the BBC here in the UK where there is no advertising. I even do not have cable or satellite TV because I do not believe in paying for a service that also feeds me advertising. Plus I don't want my personal information sent around between corporations who I have not myself chosen to do business with.

more than 2 years ago

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Paypal's Lax Security Attitude

pandrijeczko pandrijeczko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pandrijeczko (588093) writes "As a Paypal user, I have just received an apparently authentic email from Paypal that begins "Dear [Firstname] [Lastname]" with my correct proper name inserted in there. At the bottom of the email is the following statement:

How do I know this is not a Spoof email? Spoof or 'phishing' emails tend to have generic greetings such as "Dear PayPal member". Emails from PayPal will always address you by your first and last name. Find out more here.

I have just responded to Paypal explaining that it would take an average shell programmer five minutes to write a script with a simple regular expression to start an email with "Dear Fred Bloggs" if that email was being sent to "fred.bloggs@domain.com" and thus having the recipient's name at the top is NO proof of authenticity.

Does anyone else not find this totally astounding that a company handling people's money can make such a brash & ludicrous statement?"

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