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High Performance Gaming Mice Don't Perform

shird Re:Maybe, maybe not. (283 comments)

I've got a mouse I can sell you for $80, or I can charge you more if you think it will help you play better.

more than 3 years ago

App — the Most Abused Word In Tech?

shird Re:You want to know what an "app" is? (353 comments)

As nearly 100% of "digital music players" played mp3s, or at least had tools to convert them during transfer, I don't see the problem with this.

more than 3 years ago

Video Shows Why Recharging Kills Batteries

shird Re:Why can't they put a simple FET in there (111 comments)

Lenovo Thinkpad's have expensive batteries that allow for fine-grained control of these charging ranges. It can maintain it automatically, or you can set custom thresholds. i.e charge if below x%, stop charging at y%. This allows you to do things like commute back and forth from work without the constant 99% -> 100% charge cycle. Otherwise you lose a bit of charge on your commute and plugin at work/home inducing another cycle.

more than 3 years ago

Vuvuzelas Blare On Pirated Copies of Music Game

shird Re:I've been misled! (320 comments)


more than 3 years ago

Google Earth Adds 3-D Trees

shird Re:Yippie. (95 comments)

Seriously? I'd say it's useful for 90% of what Google Earth is used for commercially, i.e surveying. Trees are just as significant as buildings when it comes to mapping the land.

Just because it's not useful for you to map your trip to Bob's house doesn't mean it's not useful for others.

more than 3 years ago

The World's Smallest Legible Font

shird Re:Low-res game font (280 comments)

You do realise the font uses sub-pixel rendering? A pixel is made of 3 (or more?) sub-pixels on LCD displays. Which sub-pixels are lit depends on the colour of the overall pixel.
Cleartype uses the same concept.

So each pixel in the font is of a particular colour depending on what sub-pixels should be lit. Effectively the font actually uses less than 1 pixel for some features of a character.

more than 3 years ago

First Chrome OS Notebooks Due This Month

shird Re:I don't think this will compete directly with i (246 comments)

There are a lot of people that just use their computer for facebook and generally using the web, especially people looking in this price range. The kind of people that need to write documents on the subway would not be using this. I see it as more the 'laptop for the kids/casual use' which is probably 90% of what laptops are used for in the home. I myself have an expensive laptop which I just use for browsing the web and a desktop PC for doing work. In hindsight I would have been far better off getting the cheapest smallest netbook that could run a web browser.

more than 3 years ago

Some Aussie High Schools Moving To Two Devices Per Child

shird Two to one (152 comments)

But surely each student would generally only be using one device at a time?

I guess having two devices increases the odds of having one of them connected.

more than 3 years ago

Bicycle Thief Barred From Using Encryption

shird truecrypt (449 comments)

Using a computer with encryption is different from *knowingly* using encryption. i.e visiting a https web site using SSL is a bit different to keeping a black book of crimes in a hidden TrueCrypt volume.

I think it's fair enough, given the clause of "knowingly".

more than 3 years ago

Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

shird Re:where have the high res laptop screens gone (1140 comments)

99% consumers care about two things with regards to monitors; inches and cost.

They don't understand resolution. To them, a 15" running at 1280x800 is "bigger and better, yet magically costs less" than a 13" running at 1440x900 which for some reason costs more.

Look at the HTC Desire and HTC Desire "HD". The "HD" version is exactly the same resolution, but just a bigger form factor. So HTC add on a "HD" because of the bigger screen. Sure enough, people are all over it because of the "high definition large screen". When in reality, it has less DPI.

IMHO, monitors should be required to advertise the DPI prominently. That way, "regular people" can compare the cost to the DPI and get a better understanding of what they're paying for, or not paying for.

more than 3 years ago

Map Based Passwords

shird Re:Forget mouse trackers... (169 comments)

Yes, valid points. However I like this idea for the purposes of password recovery.

Use a high strength regular password, and have your browser save it. However, when you lose it, or need to login from somewhere else, the ability to recover/reset a lost/difficult to remember password is useful when the password hint is something a bit stronger than 'What's your favourite colour?'.

more than 3 years ago

Devs Bet Big On Android Over Apple's iOS

shird Re:Asking The Undecided? (328 comments)

The uncommitted have the opportunity to choose the best option without baggage of prior commitment.

When you are talking about 'long term future' I don't think it is wise to poll people that have committed to a platform previously, you are better off polling people that are betting on the future.

more than 3 years ago

Devs Bet Big On Android Over Apple's iOS

shird Re:Sampling bias? (328 comments)

There is also the 6% that chose something else, perhaps blackberry. So it wasn't a choice between two platforms.

"Just over half said one was better than the other" suggests a ratio of something like 51% to 49%. However, it is 59% to 35%, which is pretty significant.

more than 3 years ago

Twitter Closes Hole After Attack Hits Up To 500K Users

shird Re:Seriously (135 comments)

It's nothing like SQL sanitation, unless you are using pre tags. But that doesn't allow embedded links or formatting.

Escaping HTML is very difficult, especially when you massage the output a bit (i.e hash tags and http links). There is also unicode, %20 and &amp style notation, "double escaping" etc.

more than 3 years ago

4chan Gives 90-Year-Old Vet a Great Birthday

shird misled (363 comments)

This guy did not need the handout, the poster was more or less a joke/notice to let the many people that do know him they should come to his party. The very fact he knows so many people was the reason for the notice, it was the most practical way to notify the large number of people he knows.

If the guy was a "lonely old man with no friends left", do you think he would book out a town hall to hold his party?

"He has 7 children, many grandchildren, and even great grandchildren. In his younger years he was a foster parent to dozens of foster children."

I can't help but think these donations and effort could have been directed to people more in need.

about 4 years ago

'Leap Seconds' May Be Eliminated From UTC

shird Re:The best solution is a robust solution (470 comments)

This exactly. Even if they didn't correct their clocks through NTP or other means, their clocks would only be slow by about 10 seconds or so over the course of 50 years. The servers/desktop PCs are likely to have been rebooted a few times in those 50 years, so they can correct the clocks in that downtine if they really must. As you mentioned, clock drift and corrections via NTP make thinking about implementations of 'leap seconds' for end user software a waste of time.

about 4 years ago
top Now Vulnerable to Algorithmic Attack

shird Re:Bad Hacking (251 comments)

No the OP is pretty much right. 4chan has now implemented reCaptcha, yet is still getting hammered with spam. Thus some spammer using 4chan has managed to find a way around it with a pretty good success rate.

more than 4 years ago

How Google Trends & News Pollute the Web

shird Re:Who cares? (101 comments)

Because it costs nothing to archive it, and it saves you from having to make the decision of whether to save or delete it. (and the added steps to delete vs archive in gmail). It also saves you the pain of accidentally deleting something you meant to keep. You often don't realise you need something until you go to find it years from now.

Your inbox can still remain clean and you can still use "folders" to organise your mail.

more than 4 years ago

How Google Trends & News Pollute the Web

shird Not just trends (101 comments)

Why would the spammers only copy trending topics? Why not just screen scrape everything from and add ads? They do.

It just looks like they are only targeting trends because Google picks up on that stuff and aggregates it when it is a hot topic, so you see more of it.

Spammers don't need the trends, they are screen scraping everything, or just the headlines. This has been going on forever, long before "trends" existed. There are just more of them, and they are getting better at making their spam farms and increasing their page-rank, such that their screen scraped content is actually beating the site they copied from in the results.

Sadly it's only going to get worse, as it's too easy for even a single person to create many terabytes of auto-generated spam. Multiply that by the thousands of spammers doing it every minute.

more than 4 years ago



shird shird writes  |  more than 7 years ago

shird writes "Reports of google trying to clean up its search results by cracking down on dubious Web sites that contain little content but lots of ads, sometimes known as "Made for AdSense" (MFA) sites, have been reaching the media. The Jensense blog reports "Numerous AdSense publishers have been receiving emails from Google the past couple of days stating that their use of their AdSense account is an unsuitable business model and that accounts would be disabled as of June 1st, giving publishers about two weeks notice to prepare for the loss of the AdSense accounts." Google regularly bans and rejects AdSense accounts in violation of the TOS, however this change appears to be affecting a much larger quantity of MFA sites profiting from the imbalance of AdWords costs vs AdSense profits. Currently being discussed over at WebMasterWorld."



shird shird writes  |  more than 10 years ago My plugins for winamp and foobar2000. Includes Toaster plugin which provides cool skinned track change notifications and MSN Messenger now playing personalised messages.

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