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PNaCl: The 2010s answer to ActiveX.
*waits for the inevitable Eadon rant*
Re: A method
That's the thing, the holes - a set of them - are so small that they are not visible to the naked eye, yet permit enough light through the surface.
The front of the MacBook Pros have this, the standby light is one such light; there are no visible breaks in the metal surface, but yet the white light glows on and off while the lid is down. I don't know if Apple did it first or not but it is damnably clever to use it in that way (IMHO)
Actually one manufacturer did ship both for a while, forget who it was, might have been Dell, and they got a lot of returns because people didn't understand/realise it wasn't Windows and they couldn't use the software they'd bought elsewhere.
I'm sorry, you must be new here. You should see the general commentary from the staff about Apple.
It is a cynical, and for a lot of cases accurate, take on the way those of us who do support view the wider userbase: if we could teach them not to blindly accept everything, it would go a long way to nailing down bad-ware going places.
So for people who use Win7 at home, who have automatic updates turned on but don't follow tech news outlets like El Reg, how are they going to know to roll this update back and/or apply a fix?
Pint, because it's Friday and I've dealt with enough issues today.
Yay for yet another browser engine. With Opera moving to Webkit, I thought we were headed towards three browser engines that worked relatively consistently but noooooooooo that's not enough for Google.
As per last Saturday's Doctor Who:
Doctor: "Imagine that – human souls trapped like flies in the world wide web, crying out for help..."
Clara: "Isn’t that basically Twitter?"
Re: We really are at the mercy of crappy programmers now...
I sort of take exception to this - but in the very best of British, stiff upper lipped way! I'm a twenty-something programmer, wear t-shirts and am pretty well bearded, though I'm only just a twenty-something (not for much longer, sadly), t-shirt wearing and so on, but I gotta say, the crowd of people who develop with more than a passing care for security seems to get increasingly lower as time goes on. People don't care about security all the time it affects their convenience.
I'm in that awkward situation where everything I do is in PHP, and before anyone whines too much about how PHP is the devil and it eats your children or something, the sad truth is that the crapfest that is PHP is pretty much everywhere and it can't hurt to have someone who does have *some* idea about security running around in the camp. Too many times I've had to deal with people who want <feature X> added to their site but don't care about any of the security implications or anything else. Yes, of course I want to downgrade password security from salted SHA-256 to unsalted MD5 to integrate with your other crappy app. Right after I run out of thermal underwear at Satan's winter ski lodge.
Anyway, as you were.
I personally am glad to see that he isn't afraid to call it how he sees it. If he thinks it's stupid, I'm glad he has the nerve to call it so, bluntly and plainly without weasel words.
I would speculate, though, that a lot of the rest he is as ranty as he is, is simply because he is passionate about what he does. People who are passionate about what they do, they live and breathe it, and it flows through them. Drama is the inevitable side effect of someone who is that passionate about it.
So, Nokia isn't there... um... Microsoft and Symbian are both represented, doesn't that cover Nokia any more?
To be honest, I have a Symbian-based Nokia PureView 808 and am very satisfied with it. Yes, it's a bit of a slab but to be honest it fits my hands very nicely, moreso than an iPhone does.
And judging by the crapfest that was Microsoft 'social crap' that came with my last update, WP Nokia can fuck right off.
Well, given that Flash can be configured to access webcams, I'm not really seeing why there is a sudden new risk of browsers accessing webcams just because it doesn't need Flash to do it any more... it's not like there is a sudden lack of Flash on the desktop.
I saw their TV ads in the run up to Christmas, telling me it was the place where I could go to get all my Christmas shopping. Yes, because what I really want to get my family at Christmas is second-hand or knock-off tat.
Re: What exactly is an 'open source data solution'?
How about MongoDB?
Funny, the author of this article works for the company that develops MongoDB and sells MongoDB support packages and whatnot. If I didn't know better, I'd say it was leading towards being an infomercial.
Well, considering how inefficient WP is under the hood, any blog with any amount of traffic really does actually *need* this plugin, and it is so commonly installed that yes, it is newsworthy in a lot of ways.
Now only if I hadn't already heard this 3 days ago... ;)
Re: A title should not contradict it's article
Except not the one that was being complained about, where 'a title should not contradict it's article', as that should be the possessive form of its, not the contraction.
Beer, because it's too late in the day not to have had the first.
Re: Antiques Code Show
Well, the source to the original Prince of Persia was released a bit back, as was DOOM's, if I remember rightly. It does depend a lot on what you call 'significant'.
It's called Code Show in an attempt to make a pun out of the name of a certain staple of Sunday night BBC TV, namely Antiques Roadshow. Whether that's a great idea or not is questionable, but to be honest I'm not sure how much interest there would actually be in the code of old games, because an awful lot of the time it was about juggling system resources and hardware tricks that are long since obsolete.
Mind you, Quake is the rare exception in this case; there are some things about its design and implementation that are actually interesting in their own right, like the way that instead of being built in a peer to peer fashion for networking as DOOM was, it was built from the ground up to be client/server - not just for multiplayer, but single player as well. I can't remember exactly what advantages this gave, though.
Can someone send a copy of Star Trek: The Next Generation to the government, please? If nothing else, a copy of the episode The Drumhead.
I mean, I'm seeing Clegg trying to imitiate Picard (I was as shocked as you are), and Admiral Satie as the successive generations of Home Secretary. I don't know who's playing Worf, but any of the civil service pretty much sums it up.
Picard: You know, there are some words I've known since I was a schoolboy: "With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably." Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie, as wisdom and warning. The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we're all damaged.
Worf: Sir, the Federation *does* have enemies. We *must* seek them out!
Picard: Oh, yes. That's how it starts. But the road from legitimate suspicion to rampant paranoia is very much shorter than we think. Something is wrong here, Mister Worf. I don't like what we have become.
Picard: Mr. Worf, villains who twirl their moustaches are easy to spot. Those who clothe themselves in good deeds are well camouflaged.
Worf: I think... after yesterday, people will not be so ready to trust her.
Picard: Maybe. But she, or someone like her, will always be with us, waiting for the right climate in which to flourish, spreading fear in the name of righteousness. Vigilance, Mister Worf - that is the price we have to continually pay.
This episode was 21 years ago, but the lessons it teaches in its own way are just as relevant today as they were 21 years ago. I'm not sure whether that's a good thing or a bad thing.
Obviously this is Apple's fault. Or not. How about all the other companies whose products are manufactured at Foxconn... going to boycott all of them too?
Oops, that lets me out.
I have, in the past, bought retail versions of things, specifically so that I can run them in virtualised environments later on, e.g. buying retail XP so that when the inevitable later time came, I could run it in some kind of container, just as I ran 98 in containers under XP - now I run 98 and XP in containers under 7.
But if my only choices are upgrade or OEM, there is no chance I'll buy it because that's just not how I want to operate. I even was quite happy to pay the premium for that privilege, but I guess MS doesn't want my money that badly.
Um, Google I can understand but how, exactly, is Apple contributing to the piracy angle and getting paid? Given that you can buy on iTunes and presumably some of the (often a touch overpriced) revenue goes back to Hollywood...
Seems to me as though he needs a lesson in where the money really comes from. Paris, obviously, knows where the money shots are.
I actually think that Apple is not really the one lobbying for this, it isn't really in their interests to prevent people moving up the ecosystem. That said, the whole thing with Bruce Willis is relevant but I always got the impression that was more about them covering themselves rather than anything else.
I personally suspect it's more likely to be the RIAA, MPAA and the folks who make high value games - these are the groups who think they lose out most from such things, as demonstrated by the increasingly inane tactics and claims regarding second hand sales of games.
What these people fail to understand is that thinking short-term about profit maximisation is guaranteed to come back and bite you in the ass in the long term.
Last time I flew - last month - the in-flight attendants actually said that it wasn't for interference but for the fact that if there's an emergency, having everything off would mean it would be easier for the attendants to get your attention. I figure that it just isn't an issue any more.
Obligatory Oatmeal observation: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/game_of_thrones
What about all the people who pirate and then go and buy the full game?
Also, part of the problem is that Ubisoft predominantly pushes franchise-reaping games, though I have seen them invest in smaller studio titles of late, maybe they're learning not to concentrate solely on the big names year on year on year.
Would someone please explain to me why Opera has to be fixed because Outlook.com doesn't run?
Is it because Opera isn't following standards, or because Outlook.com doesn't follow standards and relies on non-standard behaviour?
Re: Oh I do miss Apple at times...
I wonder if you're not upgrading for the same reason as me.
I have an iPad 1, and theoretically it'll run the latest 5.1 branch of iOS but there is no way I'm upgrading even if Apple are pushing it out: while the hardware will support this version, the RAM limit in the iPad 1 means that things like Safari often run out of memory and close.
10 out of 10 to Apple getting new versions of operating systems out to their devices promptly, and for supporting older hardware, but minus several points for the fact the newer version of the OS doesn't work as well as the previous one in terms of things like memory economy.
Well, SEGA do this themselves by selling you packs of 10 games at a time from their old collections - available on Steam quite happily.
Nintendo also do this on the Wii, you can purchase the old NES games like the original Zelda.
/coat, going to play some classics
Re: Really? Source please
The games I have installed on my Mac partition, other than the indie bundle type games, all the big names are run through a WINE wrapper. Even big names like The Witcher, for example.
There are not many big name games that are done as separate entities (except GTA's Mac ports which are true ports done by a separate company and thus appear twice in the main library for good measure)
Given even the disparity of games available for OS X vs Windows, I'd be surprised to see a major move to Linux.
Especially when you realise that a decent number of those 'Mac' games are already using a WINE derivative anyway.
Finally, Rory has said something vaguely meaningful for once, makes a change.
I find I really, really hate Github as a tool for software development. I'm not against version control, and I could probably grow to like Git over time but the way Github does stuff just irritates me (do we *really* need those animations between pages?)
And it'll end up failing just as current AV generally does: you'll see developers sneaking in multiple variations of the same software, just modified enough to get past the detection code.
I'm not convinced on the whole 'everyone in the DC universe' shtick. I mean... most of the villains are basically name-checks and included for the sake of inclusion and given stupid mechanics to 'justify it'.
Aquaman is there. Yes, really. But the only use for him is to use his ability to spray a jet of water much as Robin does with one of the suits, except just in the places where you don't have Robin + his suit or it would be really inconvenient to do so (like in parts of Gotham City)
The Flash is there too. His only reason for inclusion, other than a name check, is to 'reassemble' the things that Lex's deconstructor ray has disassembled.
I mean, just by the conclusion of the main storyline, you'll have Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Cyborg, and The Flash to play with.
Don't even get me started on the number of villains they included, all of which are on roof-tops and need to be duelled, and serve little or no real other purpose in the game other than that.
As far as navigation goes, that was handled surprisingly poorly, I thought, but turn on all the remote Batcomputer terminals (look for the red beams of light, can't really miss those) and then you can be shown a map with everything on it, and after that it isn't really hard to find, especially since you have multiple characters who can fly and thus float and look down on things... and this follows through for the roof-top duels: if you can find them and get to them, you almost certainly have Superman who can fly - and is invulnerable.
Completion of the main story campaign and only getting 20% is absolutely par for the course. Though I too felt unsatisfied - I was kind of hoping for the same as Lego Batman, having the villains' story to play too or at least more than 15 levels.
I like the idea of the massive Gotham City area to explore; it's done even better than Hogwarts was in the first Lego Harry Potter game (years 5-7 was quite poor by comparison, IMHO), but doing it this way is way too linear, it's one overall storyline and one huge area to explore, though there is a lot to do there.
If you liked the series thus far you probably won't be too disappointed, but you probably will be a little disappointed.
Not sure this should have had 85%, I'd have given it about 75% myself, that's after 25 hours thus far - it's a lot of fun, of course, but I'm not sure it's as polished as has been stated.
Speaking as a forum software developer, where this situation is rife
CAPTCHAs are only effective all the time they're not actively targeted - as soon as they receive any unwelcome attention, you're stuffed.
The trick, really, is to make them unique to the content of the site, and this is why anti-spam Q&A are so much more effective, because you can target the Q&A to the site itself, about things that people going to the site would be likely to know, e.g. I know a user who runs a forum about a game called Elements, and naturally, the anti-spam question 'How many elements are there?' means a different number to an Elements player as it would do everyone else - but that's fine.
The multi-lingual problem isn't really a problem either, it's not actually that hard to set things up so there are different questions for users with different languages (assuming you've provided a method by which alternative languages can be selected for guests)
The problem with CAPTCHAs is that ever more intricate methods are being devised - including people wrapping entire simple games around the forms in order to add one-shot values to things for verification - but this is not actually that useful from a user's perspective.
I also recently had an interesting debate with someone who is running campaigns where simple CAPTCHAs are constructed that specifically promote companies. You can only imagine how effective that really is.
I had to clean up a network infested with this recently.
Had their internet been dead-ended like you suggest, the people whose network it was would not understand the page they'd been given. No matter how readable and easy to follow you made it, it doesn't matter.
Their internet would have been broken, things not working as expected, simple as that. Their ISP would have gotten called, with all due 'table-meet-fist thumping' and 'I want it fixed now' threats, when there would be nothing the ISP could do.
Honestly, doing what Google and now Facebook are doing is far more effective, because it gets people to notice there's a problem - they didn't understand the instructions posted and asked me to come take a look instead. People don't care why something isn't working, they just want it fixed quickly and easily.
An article from Anna that doesn't include variations on the phrase 'Foxconn-rebrander', quality is slipping. After all, anything that comes out of China is Apple's fault, right?
(Troll, because someone had to say it. Tongue firmly in cheek, of course.)
Re: so few republicans
Quite frankly I believe she could run the country infinitely better than any of the bunches of clowns we've 'elected' into power over the last decade or two.
That's half the problem, like most other outfits, El Reg doesn't really know what needs to be done to be compliant.
Mind you, I'm still not 100% sure that the ICO's own site is compliant yet...
First up, who buys milk in pints? I do, all the time. All the supermarkets around here do it in 1/2/4/6 pint containers.
The thing, I find metric much less meaningful than imperial. I'm a fairly big bloke, and for me an inch is just slightly thicker than my thumb, a foot is about the length of my foot and so on, plus 'pounds' make more sense to me than kilograms do for weighing anything.
To me, metric makes more sense when you're doing engineering or anything of any precision but for anything else, where approximate judgement is acceptable, I can make much more sense of it via imperial... because it was inspired by us and how we interact with the world. I have no idea how the hell metric came to be, none of the measurements relate to anything tangible that I can see.
And here was me hoping it was taken down due to the cookie law stuff...
Re: They haven't copied
Failing that you can get the entire series from GoG.com for a few quid, probably more than you'd pay for this though.
The interesting thing is that the sale was partly in shares. That means some of that 1bn figure is based on Facebook's own insane valuation, and that it's not really as ridiculous as it sounds.
1bn cash is not the same as 1bn worth of shares in Facebook, and I don't know how the split between cash and shares, but I'd bet that the bulk of the 1bn is shares in Facebook - and after FB goes public, that 1bn may not be worth nearly as much.
Except that IE9's 'IE8' mode renders the same page differently to how a real IE8 renders it, meaning that it's a guide at best and unreliable at worst.
This technology might not have been asked for, but there's a reason why it's being deployed: because it helps the banks, it was never for our benefit as customers.
Remember: if your card is skimmed, the onus is on you to prove the card was used fraudulently, rather than on them to protect you. It's an increasing of the shift in liability from the banks to you.
Also, is it *any* Visa branded card or *any WIRELESS* Visa branded card? I don't see how they could skim the details off non-wireless cards.
Maybe I'm misreading it here but this seems like a meaningful appearance of common sense to me.
On the one hand, site operators that allow uploading of content must be pro-active about looking for infringing material.
On the other, ISPs themselves (not individual sites) can't be made to filter content, of the kind that BT and TalkTalk (IIRC) were fighting.
Where's the problem here? Any site owner is responsible for ensuring that what's on the site is legit, and the ISPs aren't responsible for what their users do. Same as ever, except this time we have some legal precedent for it.
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