* Posts by Havin_it

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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I feel your pain, Grunchy. I knew about I, Robot from the off, but I've just learnt that he's playing Deadshot in Suicide Squad. I wasn't much invested in that item to begin with, but now it's arrived at "Aw HELL no"sville.

(Okay, I'm still faintly intrigued to see Jared Leto Joker, because he has in my mind always been the-guy-you-call-when-Heath-Ledger's-not-available, so this casting was no great surprise. I expect I will forevermore watch his movies and ponder how Heath would have played it, but that's my psychosis. Oh, and a hot Asian chick with katanas is never a reason *not* to watch a movie in my book. But still, probably gonna pass on balance.)

Hancock was also a tragic waste of a good premise, but I only give him a small share of the blame for that trainwreck.

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Re: Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of dung

Thanks for the background, Ian. That pic of Kirk standing disconsolately in a veritable ball-pit of them would be rendered quite horrendous by the notion that they were all crapping all over him all the while.

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(Horrendous but undeniably tittersome. I am a bad human being.)

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Silently clicking on porn ads you can't even see – this could be you...

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Re: PORN-A-CHU, I CHOOSE YOU!!!

Yes, and Pornhub have reported a massive spike (ooer) in searches for the said genre since the game's release. I'm now wondering if the two are connected ...

Oh wait, no. I just remembered what people are like. No further analysis necessary.

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

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Re: David Davis vs. David Davies

>he has been a Eurosceptic for years before Brexit made it fashionable

You mean he's a Euroskeptic AND a hipster?

#WurrDoomed

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Re: Wow

><role credits>

Why just the role credits? Don't the crew and the catering truck deserve a mention too?

Or did you mean "Roll credits"?

(Agree with your thesis though.)

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

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Re: New PM

Isn't "the mid-term Brown appointment" one of Teresa's videos?

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Cycling paramedics in epic rush to save patient who ate stale sandwich

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Own up:

You latched onto this story as it gave you an excuse to make (and photograph) a double Decker fried egg and ketchup sarnie, didn't you? Or do you expect me to believe you had that on file waiting for the perfect story?

#Need a "chinny reckon" icon

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Re: Bah!

I'm up for inventing a new language. How do we do it without falling into these traps of the mind, so we can flog it to all the lingo-stakeholders of the world? It would make life so much easier, and mean Google would've wasted quite a bit of cash.

Ursprech (or Oor sprech if you're Scots). Who's up for it?

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Smut shaming: Anonymous fights Islamic State... with porn

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Re: Frankly,

What 6pm news are *you* watching? I've seen plenty of that on ours.

Get this: most people away from the battlezone don't *care*, or not enough anyway, until it's their town or someone they care for that gets bombed or shot. And when that happens, the response isn't all that constructive but is along the lines of "Let's fly over there and bomb them some more! BOMB ALL TEH BOMBZ!!!!!one" because they're angry.

Until then they're too busy getting angry about "tidal waves" of immigrants and how that's imagined to affect their own immediate environs, without sparing a thought for realistic resolution of the issues that are causing it. The culmination of this is that, as now starts to look worryingly likely (I've been trying to deny this until now), next Thursday we'll do the society-level equivalent of taking our ball home and saying "fuck all y'all". And it won't have the desired effect in the slightest. Bunker mentality and kicking the can down the road.

If I felt that our elected representatives were doing anything of greater merit to undermine Daesh and/or stop the same thing happening again a year or two later anyway, I might join you in slating Anon's campaign. But I really don't. Shame.

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Linux devs open up universal Ubuntu Snap packages to other distros

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>I can't honestly see much advantage for things like Libreoffice.

Well for starters it'll mean I can actually install the bastard on my unstable Gentoo lappy - more than I've been able to do for a loooong time because I don't have two days spare to compile it and the prebuilt binary version is perennially ruled-out by DLL-hell (OK, SO-hell but you get me).

I'm not sure who I blame more for this: LO devs for linking to flaky bleeding-edge libraries, or the devs of those libs (icu, poppler and harfbuzz seem to be prime offenders, whatever the hell they are for anyway) for breaking their ABIs with every fscking point-release (grr).

DLL hell can be a real PITA for some packages on Gentoo, so I'm not surprised their devs have been all over this.

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Spam King sent down for 30 months

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Meh

It's a start I suppose

However, why do I get the feeling that

(a) he'll only serve a fraction of that time; and

(b) he'll find a way to get around the probation restrictions?

Jaded, moi?

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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That was a popcorn-tastic read!

So is the typist his next wife, or do they all play as well as work together?

I HAVE TO KNOW!

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

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Re: Don't blame the OEMs

Funny you should mention Tizen as this timely burp from Samsung makes me think they have an opinion on this...

I'm not sure how much it'll appeal to other OEMs though, unless they can ensure Sammy won't be in a position to wield just as much influence with it in underhand ways as Google can/are with Android.

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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Re: Judges and lawyers on heavy drugs are the real criminals here!

Do you have a newsletter?

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Millions of 'must be firewalled' services are open to the entire internet – research

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Holmes

It's not news TO YOU. The thread immediately following yours shows that it was of interest to someone and the insight gained may just have made the net a better place.

So, y'know, how about you just shut the fuck up if this is all you have to say, huh? Sooo bored of reading this post over and over.

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Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'

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Re: Wait.... How does this prove 2-factor has a problem?

My thoughts exactly, AC. It's just a bit too bloody convenient otherwise, especially on the same day FB announce they're nobbling mobile-browser access to FB messaging and expecting everybody to use the app instead...

They already have my number thanks to my nearest'n'dearest using FB/WhatsApp on *their* phones (cheers, y'all) but damned if I'm handing it over directly.

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Re: Password strength lesson

>Password re-use is worse than weak passwords.

Weeeeel, it *shouldn't* be, ideally salts and other techniques discussed above should be used so the stored hashes would never be the same from one site to the next. But if they all just blindly do sha1($pw) then of course it's a problem.

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Re: Re-Secured?

Waitaminute, surely it's cheaper than a pint to test your hypothesis...

>clickety-click<

...Ooh, you crafty bugger. You've cracked it, changed the password, and are going to change it back to "dadadada" just in time for whoever's adjudicating to check it. Veeeery clever. You can have this one on the house.

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Re: Not Vista

Shitballs. Is that concrete that Vista is in the firing line? I have a manager's BYOD lappy that's on it (yeah, I know, don't start) and I don't have ready access to it to do preventative measures. I'll have to -- oh gods -- talk them through it on the phone! /dies a little inside

Is this authoritatively factual?

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Don't panic, says Blue Coat, we're not using CA cert to snoop on you

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Time for a bit of democracy?

The flaw in the existing "tree of trust" model is underlined once again. The root CAs prove once again to be unworthy of that trust.

What's needed is a way of democratising the level of trust in a CA or lower-level cert holder. Look at BitTorrent and how its model all but eradicated malicious payloads which had become the bane of earlier p2p networks: admittedly there had to be an initial "sacrificial lamb" to download the malicious payload and identify it as such, but from that point onwards the torrent would never gain traction.

I'd like to see CRLs being used to spank CAs for malfeasance based on user reporting. You signed a cert that got misused? Poof, there goes your own cert. Now enjoy explaining to all your legit customers why their websites are throwing a dirty big warning sign instead of that nice padlock they paid for.

Who would (everyone trust to) manage this process, and how would they guard against malicious false reporting, are the tricky bits. Maybe there's a decentralised, p2p method of going about this part too?

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Re: Why is this shocking or even surprising?

This is a step further than that, because they don't need to install the certificate on your machine: it's signed by a root CA that all browsers already trust by default.

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Feinstein-Burr's bonkers backdoor crypto law is dead in the water

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Re: Too early to celebrate

200 lb is very weedy for a gorilla. And 5 stone is a child, or maybe a midget.

Just sayin'. I'd still pay good money for ringside seats.

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Hulk Hogan's sex tape, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a $10m revenge plot to destroy Gawker

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Re: Not Much Sympathy

While I don't disagree, I think that's pretty unlikely in Thiel's case. Unless he was kicking about in Uganda without his minders or wallet the day the story broke.

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Booming sales of flippy detachables offers hope to glum PC market

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Re: At which point...

Come off it. Did you ever actually *see* a 1st-gen Windows tablet? They were about as portable as a breezeblock, and about as useful unless you took the power brick everywhere with you. The touchscreens were desperately unresponsive as well. Yuk. There's good reason they were a rarity.

Apple won out because they timed it right; the hardware capability was finally there to make a non-dire product. With convertibles, that ship has largely already sailed. Not that they couldn't leverage a good chunk of the market on the strength of their brand alone, but because they're not first to market this time, there'll be a lot tougher scrutiny from the criticsphere, so they had better not mis-step on the hardware or they'll have their very own Zune experience (which would give me a chuckle).

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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

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While preparing to answer this I realised I wasn't sure either, but I think it goes like this:

Browser generates a random temporary (symmetric) encryption key, encrypts it using the server's certificate (which is its public key) and sends this as part of its request to the server.

Server decrypts the browser's key with private key that only it has, and uses it to encrypt and decrypt everything from there on.

MitM can't communicate back to the browser because they can't decrypt and use the key that the browser is expecting them to use.

(Well they could try, but you'll know they're at it if there's an unusually large fruit-machine in the corner with "D-Wave" written on the side lol).

That was sort of an exercise to self, in case you couldn't guess ;)

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Modular phone Ara to finally launch

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Re: Hobbyists

If you can just get one more upvote you'll be almost bang-on in your percentage :)

10 / (10 + 2) = 0.833(repeating)

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

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Unhappy

Very likely true, sadly. There's a shitstorm of under-funding coming the Treasury's way as vaping gains momentum (much as I hate much of the TPD's content and loathe the interests behind it, I don't think it'll reverse what's happening) so they'll have to raise more cash from somewhere, and vaping's the obvious Daily-Mail-pleasing target.

I just hope our constituency grows enough before they get their arses in gear to start enacting that move, that we can fight it.

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Re: Regulation is sensible the article is not

>The purpose of an e-cigarette is to introduce a pharmecutical into the body through the lungs.

Ur doin it rong. Depending on your technique, only a very small percentage is likely to be absorbed through the lungs because the particle size of vapour is much larger than that of smoke. The nicotine is much more readily absorbed through the mucous membranes in the mouth and nose; especially the nose, so really the optimised method of vaping is to stick it up your hooter (though I like most vapers find it just a little odd to be doing this in public).

You're right that a lot of the bill is perfectly sensible, but I submit that the regs on bottle and tank volume and concentration are not. We've already heard from one of the MEPs (now a Lord) involved in drafting the EU law admitting to the House that Big Pharma were heavily involved in the process, and this speaks volumes about whom the chosen limits serve. Any bottle I've ever bought has been child-proofed anyway, so I fail to see why volume's a concern; you can do yourself far more harm with a smaller volume of drain-cleaner, and they sell that by the gallon. Same goes for tanks, although even more so as I'm as likely to let children near my e-cig as I was my cigs and lighter. These quantitative limitations serve one purpose only: to make vaping less competitive against traditional NRT.

If I may go anecdotal again (for your benefit as you admit you are not a "vapper"): I smoked heavily for 20 years. Many attempts in that time to quit both with and without conventional NRT products got me absolutely nowhere near that goal. I tried Gen 1 e-cigs when they came on the market, but while promising, they didn't get me there either. (From what I've since read, this may well have been because although I chose 2.4 strength, the delivery was less efficient so the effective dose was much lower.) Late last year I tried again with a modern entry-level system, and within a fortnight I had stopped smoking altogether and didn't miss it. given how entrenched I'd been, I wasn't convinced I really didn't miss it and tried one at Christmas: although it was a "wimpy" budget ciggy compared to the unfiltered rollups I used to smoke, I was too disgusted to finish it.

Would the story have been the same with only 2.0 liquid available? Impossible to say, though I have my doubts. I didn't find the e-cig *more* satisfying (of my cravings) than a cigarette; it simply achieved parity. (The bonuses of smelling better, having more energy and money etc. didn't really kick in until a bit later so they wouldn't have got me there.) And I'm quite certain there are smokers still out there who are hooked harder than I was. If they don't achieve parity, if it's not *as* satisfactory, they won't quit that way and may not at all. That would be a real shame, especially when I know it's only happened so Big Pharma can trouser more cash from the NHS and us with their inferior (for many) solutions.

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Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

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I'd tolerate a lot more behaviour in online ads than it seems like most posters here would: I don't object to some canvas transitions as long as they're at a sedate pace that doesn't induce epileptic fits; video is legitimate as long as it doesn't autoplay and I could even tolerate some level of scripting and tracking as long as it was curated and regulated by an independent overseeing body. Makes me a rare breed around here, I know.

That proviso, by the way, should very much extend to the content of the ads: print and TV ads in the UK are subject to oversight by the ASA (and as uk.gov watchdogs go, it's actually got some teeth). If they make bullshit claims, they get called on it and often fined. I'd like to see this happen at the international level, as is necessary for the nature of the web. Hell, if such an entity existed, it might even be in a position to take some serious action against spammers as well ... well, one can dream...

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Re: Acceptable Ads?

>I use an anti Adblock killer[...]

Wait, that's a thing now? Let me parse that down.

An app that prevents their prevention of your prevention of their ads?

This isn't going to end well...

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch

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>what possibilities does it open up?

Office 97, obv. Duh.

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I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

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Every one of us has a Craig Wright lurking

He could be working at Burger King, encrypting your onion rings/

Or in the parking lot, circling, screaming "I'm Satoshi!" with his firewall down and his server up...

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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Re: Estonian ID cards tell you who is snooping

>id.ee

How this wasn't already bought up by a disruptive French hot-desking startup, je ne saura jamais.

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Re: Estonian ID cards tell you who is snooping

Wow. That's unexpected to say the least. I'm not sure whether I think it's the greatest bit of transparency and open governance ever, or a recipe for abuse of some kind that I haven't identified yet. Probably moot as our gov wouldn't give such an idea the time of day, but interesting. Must learn more about this...

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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Re: I don't know.

No nerdgasm has ever felt so shameful :(

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Re: I don't know.

>Now we know. Now we know. Now we know.......

Uh... Are you making a porno while typing that post?

/Mitchell&Webb

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Cavium snubs MIPS, picks 64-bit ARM for next-gen network SoCs

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Re: 8,192-bit keys

I saw this and wondered if the meaning was "8 x 192-bit keys" (which would be rather less fancy in most use cases). I had to check there wasn't a space after the comma.

Reg, find yo'self a better-kerned font! kthx

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Richard Branson will lead Sage's 'sexy accounting' shtick

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Re: Nice gig and celebs, shame about

Bit harsh. My company have used MSP (then Protx) for more than a decade, and if you met us I hope you wouldn't think we're douchebags. I mean I am, totally, but my colleagues are stout fellows and keep me in check for the most part ;)

We're a very small player and only use the Form off-site processing portal, so can't speak for more heavy duty integrations, but the only problems we've had have been the couple of outages they've had in all that time (and who hasn't?). Re the transparency of what's happening with transactions, I find it very comprehensive in that regard and I actually wonder if the vendor wasn't snowing you there.

I've no idea if the grass is greener among other PSPs, because I've never looked, but any I've heard of have been in these pages for some clusterfuck or other.. We went with Protx on a recommendation from ... a WorldPay sales droid. True story.

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Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

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Childcatcher

For some reason I thought of Stewart Lee's delivery on reading that, not the redoubtable Mr. Presley.

[Icon: Thought I'd strayed onto the Grauniad by mistake]

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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Ransomeware

We Didn't Mean To Go To CRC32?

[PS: "HOW marked the harbour?" is a clear nod to the folly of security-by-obscurity.]

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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

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No, that's how we spell "me" here too. We don't use the tildes though; is that because it's an especially important word over there? ;P

And the Faraday cage won't stop them playing Crunchy Birds with the sound up :(

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That naked picture on my PC? Not mine. The IT guy put it there

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Wow

Much excite

Lipstick is deployed

So fetish

Wow

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Re: Senior bods

>www.MassiveTitsOrSomeSuch.com

Must have been years ago, it's down now. I am epic disappoint.

Might buy it myself...

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Re: When I was in a similar position...

>So [IT] sneaked in at lunchtime...

They left the pub? At lunchtime?

Calling BS on this one.

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

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Re: Slowtime

>It and Realplayer would overwrite existing file associations for all media types.

You sure about that? ISTR that a screen on the installer (or possibly on first-run) let me choose the associations. The defaults may as you suggest have been all in QT's favour, but I'm sure there was a "No to all" option, whereafter I could re-enable only the file-types (.mov) I actually needed it for.

Was it all a dream? /wibblylines

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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Re: So, sounds like we're going to be down to just two major rendering engines?

>There's still regular FF with Gecko

Until they bin Gecko for Blink, which is the possibility raised in the article (although Servo is all their own so fingers crossed that works out and gets the nod). Either way, with Gecko will also vanish the current extensions (unless they get ported), that's what troubles me.

>Konqueor uses KHTML.

...which is not something to be overly boastful about, IME; Daddy of WebKit it may be, but the Apple fell quite a long way from the tree (sorry, couldn't resist). As an aside, Konqueror can use WebKit instead of KHTML thanks to its modular architecture; however that's academic, as it has no maintainer now and isn't likely to survive into KDE5. Shame, really; awesome file manager.

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Cruz missile slams into DNS overlord ICANN over Chinese censorship

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Wow

I realize this is kinda OT and late, but was Cruz REALLY the frontrunner as recently as the beginning of Feb? Crikey.

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

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@Jon Arden Re: Depressing reading this comment section

>Games are consumed by roughly 50% men/women[...]

I don't know many gamers myself (or perhaps more that it's not something we discuss because I'm not one myself) but it surprises that the ratio is that balanced. Are you sure? Is your data personal/anecdotal, or from research by others?

That being the case, to what extent (if at all) do female gamers feel the unbalanced developer ecosystem is thus far letting them down? What are their common complaints about gaming in general as a pastime, or the games on offer? Interested in your observations from within the industry.

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Re: Let's not pretend its just Microsoft

>Silicone Valley

Typo Of The Year nominee, right there.

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Linus Torvalds wavers, pauses … then gives the world Linux 4.5

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Re: Steady as she goes

Hm, still no better then? I was just clearing some time this week to build the latest releases on my Gentoo box. Maybe I'll skip it and wait for the next :|

I'm sure it will attain tolerability eventually but the regular plasma crashes (although at least it comes back up by itself now) and kded5 going 100% CPU after a suspend or two, are getting a tad bit wearing.

Alternatives? Oodles of choice, but if you want to keep it Qt, then LXQt is in quite good shape by now. I've been using it on my Raspberries for a while now and find it quite pleasingly unobtrusive but equipped with all the basic comforts (although the preferences controls are a bit all-over-the-place). I do miss Klipper though.

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