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* Posts by Chris

6 posts • joined 5 Oct 2007

Jeremy Clarkson tilts at windmills

Chris
Go

Speed

For the people that say, drive slow or you'll hit those poor kids that walk into the road. How often do you see kids walking in the middle of a motorway. School areas, fine I'll go slow, but motorways are not a playground.

For all you people who said to 'just drive slow' or a constant slow speed and you'll never get caught by any camera, well you must just have terrible cars to drive. Cos if I see an open stretch of road ahead of me, I just have to change down a gear and get that engine doing what is was built to do. Go fast and sound good.

I'm off to buy my self an infra-red illuminated number plate.

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How to beat AVG's fake traffic spew

Chris

Cache

Why doesn't AVG LinkScanner just keep all the pages that it pre-downloads and save them into the Firefox or IE cache folders. So when the actual user/browser comes to visiting that page, it just gets the page from the local cache rather than downloading it again. That approach would limit the number of re-download of web pages and should also speed up browsing (as all the pages have already been pre-downloaded and cached).

They could also send the UserAgent string of the system's default web browser, rather than just using an IE6 one. As evil web sites may just choose to not send out exploits in there web pages if it sees the UserAgent is IE6 (same as LinkScanner), but still send it out if it is anything else.

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Gamer takes Microsoft to court over Halo 3 'errors'

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Xbox Live

It has happened to me, but I went the way of sending the disc back for a replacement rather than the law suit option. It would be better nice if the game saved at every checkpoint rather than only when you exit the game.

Surely if the xbox cannot read a part of the data on the Halo 3 disc, either because of a scratch or some other problem Microsoft could code the xbox so it just downloads the missing data from xbox live instead and then reads from the game disc again when it can. That would solve the problem.

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Drive for superfast broadband switches up a gear

Chris

Not too bad

£15 billion is not too bad. There about currently approx. 20 million broadband enabled households. Divide 15 billion pounds by 20 million households and thats only £750 per household. Spread that cost over say 5 years and thats only £150 per year, about £12.50 a month. I could live with that paying that. Now, get on with it, I want gigabit internet to my home so I can watch unlimited HD movies over the net.

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Alien attack? Yes, we're ready for anything

Chris
Gates Horns

Easy

If there was an Independance day attack it would be easy to defend against, all we'd need to do is implant some sort of virus into their spaceships' computer which will slow down and crash their spaceship systems, Microsoft has been developing this virus for years, it's codename is Windows, and they have been testing this virus for years on man-made pc's with great success.

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UK start-up tackles PIN fraud with patterns

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Mobile phone + Text message

Like some payment systems in Europe you simply send a text message to your payment provider with the shop's unique id code and the amount to pay them.

Everyone has a mobile these days, they could use some system like above to authorise the cash machine withdrawals.

E.g. You put your card in the machine, your bank sees this and sends a text to your mobile with a unique pin code in it (and maybe the cash machine's location), you enter this code and your normal pin code to continue.

Although, I suppose the theif could watch you enter you PIN, steel your bank card and also your phone. But there's gonna be a problem with any system and this one above sounds good to me - and not too expensive to employ because it doesn't require buying new cash machines, just linking into the mobile network.

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