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Firefox OS: Disruptive By Aiming Low

squidinkcalligraphy Re:Web as an OS (286 comments)

Yet each time someone has failed at it, it has become a little bit more real.

I now to about 70% of my work through a web browser; the main one that isn't there is development, yet there are quite a number of promising projects making this real.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Type of Asset Would You Not Virtualize?

squidinkcalligraphy Re:Busy databases (464 comments)

Actually, when we were recently purchasing VM infrastructure, we were advised it is best practice to virtualise the management console. Perhaps there was a misunderstanding somewhere along the way.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Now Searches JavaScript

squidinkcalligraphy Re:A much more likely application (114 comments)

I would be surprised if the googlebot didn't try everything to appear to the server like a normal user browser. Even better would be to crawl a site while in disguise, then again while not disguised. Differences would affect the sites ranking negatively.

more than 2 years ago
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Oxford Scientists Say Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats

squidinkcalligraphy Re:Dogs made man. Was Re:Maybe, but... (716 comments)

Indeed; there is some evidence that this co-evolution decreased humans' smelling abilities as the dogs made up for them (not sure what purpose this serves...)

more than 3 years ago
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German Military Braces For Peak Oil

squidinkcalligraphy Re:Tar sands (764 comments)

Vast indeed. The only problem being they (tar sand oils) require more energy to extract than the recovered oil provides. Which still makes them useful, and may become economically viable when oil prices are comparatively higher than other energy forms.

more than 3 years ago
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German Military Braces For Peak Oil

squidinkcalligraphy Re:Prophecy (764 comments)

Oil only contributes a small (I think in the order of 10-20%) of greenhouse emissions. If oil ran out today, there would not be a huge impact on carbon emissions.

more than 3 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Worry About IPv6 Just Yet

squidinkcalligraphy Re:I have read it... (425 comments)

For security purposes, perhaps. But for productivity purposes, failing closed causes people not to be able to get anything done. Failing open is not necessarily a bad thing as long as it is noticed before too long.

about 4 years ago
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Two Unpatched Flaws Show Up In Apple iOS

squidinkcalligraphy Re:Flaw? (171 comments)

Certain a feature, if by feature you mean a remotely exploitable root vulnerability. Yes, definitely a feature. For crackers.

For the rest of us it's a pretty critical flaw, namely one that can 0wn yr ph0ne by visiting a malicious website.

about 4 years ago
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Why Google's Wi-Fi Payload Collection Was Inadvertent

squidinkcalligraphy Re:Inadvertent Or Not ... (267 comments)

The law considers postcards to be covered by the telecommunications privacy regulations.

So Google action's here are similar to looking at the receiver and sender addresses, and the postage stamp on the postcard, and reading a few words of the card in the process. Don't tell me that postal workers won't inadvertently catch a word or two of someone's postcard when reading the public information of the addresses?

more than 4 years ago
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The Men Who Stare At Airline Passengers, Coming To the UK

squidinkcalligraphy Re:Evidence (468 comments)

Well, that and the fact the all passengers flying in or out of Israel have their checked and carry on baggage inspected, right in front of you.

Perhaps you can avoid this if you can pass as a rabbi, but otherwise, all passengers.

more than 4 years ago
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Mpeg 7 To Include Per-Frame Content Identification

squidinkcalligraphy Re:First of all.... (273 comments)

Actually, MPEG 21 seems more like what this story is about - MPEG-21 is a license framework for MPEG.

more than 4 years ago
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Mpeg 7 To Include Per-Frame Content Identification

squidinkcalligraphy Re:First of all.... (273 comments)

MPEG-7 is a metadata standard for multimedia. It is not involved in the actual encoding of the content (like mpeg 1, 2 and 4 are). Basically it attaches a chunk of xml to a timecode. Look up wikipedia if you want to know more.

There also exists an MPEG-21, for those interested.

more than 4 years ago
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New Speed Cameras Catch You From Space

squidinkcalligraphy Re:Horribly misleading (351 comments)

There is already a similar system in place in Australia, which has been running for at least a decade. It is used to monitor truck speeds over large distances - cameras mounted on highway overpasses snap trucks' number plates as they pass, and calculate the speed between cities. This makes the CB radio reporting of radar traps less useful, and log book falsification difficult. Don't know whether it uses satellites, and really, who cares if it does?

more than 4 years ago
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ChromeOS Zero Released

squidinkcalligraphy Re:ChromeOS Zero - what's so special about it? (232 comments)

Yeah, well, firefox (actually, phoenix or firebird or somethings) was mozilla with all the crap stripped out of it. Now it's evolved back to square one. ChromeOS is just the same principle on the OS level. Wait 5 years and it'll be bloated like the rest of them

more than 4 years ago
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THX Caught With Pants Down Over Lexicon Blu-ray Player

squidinkcalligraphy Re:No shock (397 comments)

The last CD player I had (remember CD players?) was a "high end" player. I'm not an audiophile, and couldn't tell any difference in sound quality. But when it came to playing scratched CDs, it performed much, much better than the "low end" players I tried.

Similarly with DVD players, my dedicated player connected to the TV deals with dodgy discs better than my computer does.

I'd guess something similar might happen for blu-ray, at least with legitimate "high end" gear. There is a lot of processing what needs doing between the pits on the disc and the electron flowing down the HDMI cable. The accuracy of the motor speeds, the quality of the lenses, the error correction processing... cheap gear probably skimps on those things. As long as your disc is in mint condition it won't make any difference. But as soon as that's not the case... (although ironically those with high end gear are more likely to keep their discs in mint condition, lessening the need for high end gear)

more than 4 years ago
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USPTO Awards LOL Patent To IBM

squidinkcalligraphy Re:lol = laughing out loud? WTF? (274 comments)

imho, lol looks like someone sticking their hands up. "So the police yell 'Stick em up', so I'm, like, lol"

more than 4 years ago

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Blacklisted website on regulator's Wikipedia entry

squidinkcalligraphy squidinkcalligraphy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

squidinkcalligraphy (558677) writes "Further to the Australian Communications and Media Authority blacklisting several Wikileaks websites and threatening sites linking to blacklisted sites with $11,000 per day fines, links to blacklisted content have appeared on ACMA's wikipedia entry. It will be curious to see what action they take — ignore it (and be seen as hypocritical), try to block it (not practical yet), or edit the page (and start an edit war)."
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eBay's Paypal-only proposal dealt blow

squidinkcalligraphy squidinkcalligraphy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

squidinkcalligraphy writes "eBay's proposal to limit transactions on its Australian site to Paypal has been dealt a blow by the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission), who have issued a draft notice to eBay to revoke the PayPal only policy. With the policy set to come into force on the 17th of June, the ACCC has asked eBay to delay the implementation of the policy until a final decision is made after more submissions and conferences."
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Wireless keyboard 'encryption' cracked

squidinkcalligraphy squidinkcalligraphy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

squidinkcalligraphy writes "While everyone is going on about wireless network security, it seems few have considered that increasingly common wireless keyboards are vulnerable to eavesdropping. Particularly when the encryption is pitifully weak. A simple radio receiver, sound card, and a brute-force attack on the 8-bit encryption used is all that's needed. Passwords galore! Bluetooth, it seems, is safe for the moment."
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