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Submission + - How the Web Became Unreadable (

mirandakatz writes: If you've found yourself squinting at your computer and wondering if your eyesight is starting to go, fear not: you're probably just suffering from a design trend. As computer screens have achieved higher resolution, web design has trended toward paler, lighter-weight type that often doesn't meet accessibility requirements. At Backchannel, web developer Kevin Marks breaks down the history of this trend, and offers an impassioned plea for designers to go back to the typographic principles of print: keeping type black, and varying weight and font instead of grayness.

Comment Re:slashvertisement? (Score 1) 133

There's a solution to the "not coming back after a switch" problem, but you have to use ALT-TAB. After the game (Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout etc. - this applies to all of these and maybe more!) switches out, ALT-TAB back to it - you'll get the black full screen or a black window with a title bar.

Let go of ALT-TAB, and then DO THE SAME AGAIN but make sure you are selecting Skyrim again and not another window. That's right, ALT-TAB back out and all the way round, and back into Skyrim a second time, without letting go of ALT until it's at the front again. Voila!! Working game, no lost progress. It's very easy to do once you get the hang of it!

Comment Re:Is there some reason this is here? (Score 1) 82

There was a time when you could dismiss laptops for gaming and workstation use when compared to a grey-box custom build, mostly due to the limited power available for hefty graphics cards.

In recent years, 2006 onwards, laptops have been catching up with desktops and as a result, people can now play proper 3D games on them, and yes, use them as workstations. The die-hards are not yet aware of this, and are stuck in a loop assuming all laptops are trash versions of their desktop counterparts - no longer true.

Submission + - Nearly 80 Percent of Long Reddit Threads End Up Mentioning Hitler (

Tulsa_Time writes: A statistical analysis of Reddit has revealed that nearly 80% of threads with over 1,000 comments on the site end up containing the word “Hitler.”

Gnu admits his findings aren’t necessarily proof of Godwin’s law, as his database fails to consider the context in which comparisons to Hitler are made.
Godwin’s law is the idea that the longer an online discussion goes on, the greater the likelihood of users comparing someone or something to Nazism or Hitler.

Submission + - WordPress Plugin Comes With a Backdoor, Steals Admin Credentials in Cleartext

An anonymous reader writes: A WordPress plugin for managing custom post types has apparently forcibly being taken over by some Indian developer that added a backdoor to the code which lets him install files on infected sites. This backdoor also allows him to download files which add his own admin account to the site, and even alter core WordPress files so every time a user logs in, edits his profile, or a new user account is created, the user's password is collected (in cleartext) and sent to his server. WordPress hasn't moved in to ban the plugin just yet, despite user complaints.

Submission + - Government to bring forward law to close BBC 'iPlayer loophole' (

An anonymous reader writes: The government is to rush through legislation to close the “iPlayer loophole”, which allows people to watch BBC shows on catchup services without having a TV licence.

In a speech on Wednesday, culture secretary John Whittingdale also asked whether popular BBC1 programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing were “distinctive” enough and launched a new initiative on the devastating impact of adblockers on the newspaper industry.

After the speech at the Oxford Media Convention, Whittingdale said closing the loophole could not wait for legislation was passed to renew the BBC’s royal charter by the end of the year. Instead, it would be done “as soon as practicable” through secondary legislation that could be put before parliament as early as this summer.

Comment Re:I can think of one way to make them better. (Score 1) 180

Yes, you are correct, painful but nonetheless functional. An FTP client completes the suite; if you're good, you will write good code on any terminal, provided the tools and debugging capability are there.

Obviously it's not my terminal of choice, but I still think that my green-screen Amstrad taught me more as a child than consumer devices teach children today. Sometimes minimalism is more appropriate for learning than "wizards" and whizz-bang. The programmers who took GUI for granted in Visual Studio et al, are churning out self-service buggy insecure code now. Thanks, Microsoft.

Submission + - Microsoft Edge's InPrivate Browsing Mode Isn't Private- At All ( 1

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: The forensic examination of most web browsers has proven that they don't have a provision for storing the details of privately browsed web sessions. However, in the case of Microsoft Edge, the private browsing isn't as private as it seems. Previous investigations of the browser have resulted in revealing that websites visited in private mode are also stored in the browser’s WebCache file. The Container_n table stores web history, and a field named 'Flag' with a value of '8' shows that website was visited in private mode. An investigator can easily spot the difference and use this evidence against a person. The not-so-private browsing featured by Edge makes its very purpose seem to fail, and you can't help but ask how such a fundamental aspect of private browsing could be so fantastically borked. It beggars belief.

Comment Re:Only if student or faculty at university... (Score 5, Informative) 41

Wait wait wait... mod me down... it made me sign up, then it made me fill more forms, then agree to alsorts of EULA's, THEN it demanded a university email address.... Sorry everyone. My download is stopped. And I just corrected the GP, wrongly. Sorry! (ducks and prepares to lose karma)

Comment Re:If it weren't for games (Score 0, Troll) 314


And the article notes (via a link) that Microsoft previously published the number of years in total that games have been played on Windows 10 to date, a more precise metric than uptime even - so of course they know! LOL @ anyone who upgraded to 8 or 10, and trusted the update mechanism at all! Sturdy firewall, sensible usage, physically protect the network. Simple.

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