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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: Hail, Hail, Hail!

I've never been to Ebola, but I hear it's a lovely place in the spring.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Case Sensitive File Systems...

...are a pain in the arse for the average user (more so on command line based systems, less so in GUI environments), and only exist because programmers are lazy. (It's entirely possible that the processing power didn't exist to efficiently perform case-insensitive string comparisons, but that's not really an excuse IMO.)

Consider this: If you received a letter addressed to you, would you only open it if the casing of the name and address matched what you considered to be "correct"? Would you throw it in the bin because you're DrXym, not DrXYM? I didn't think so. So why would you expect a file system on a computer (a tool that is supposed to make your life easier) to be so pedantic?

The only people such a system benefits are the programmers. And don't get me started on Git.

As for not being able to replace executable files that are locked, that's a side effect of how Windows loads executables. Basically all executable files and DLLs are memory mapped instead of being copied into memory. While it can be annoying, it does have the added benefit that the system swap file will never contain executable code. (Instead of swapping executable code back out to disk, Windows knows it's already on disk, so the code is just dumped and remapped from the original disk image when needed again.)

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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Re: Green Prince of Darkness

...the sun's output is pretty reliable...

While I definitely do not want to be accused of feeding the troll, I should point out that while the sun's output is pretty reliable, so is the day/night cycle of our little dust ball (I understand some people are even attempting to predict at what time the sun will rise and set on any given day). On the other hand, clouds, generally speaking, are not so reliable.

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Payment security bods: Nice pay-by-bonk (hint: NO ONE uses it) on iPhone 6, Apple

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Re: Help me out here...

That's the difference between Google and Apple.

Google are great at getting support for new technologies out the door (at least into beta) - often for free, but after that they're more interested in grabbing as much of your data as possible to resell later.

Apple actually make sure the stuff they push out is not only usable, but that other people (in this case retailers and credit card companies) adopt it so it can be used. Apple make their money from people repeatedly investing and reinvesting in Apple products in the future, so they have less interest in the data grab aspect of modern technology.

Hate Apple as much as you want, but what they do works very very well (both technologically, and financially).

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Re: The other trick that stumps all hackers

Your "s"s have been mirrored, not rotated.

Shhh... that's how you confuse the hackers.

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

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Re: What pleb uses Opera 12 still?

...it's hard to pinpoint any major feature that's not there now.

Yeah, 'cos Opera 23 (the current stable version that's linked from their front page) makes it so easy to put the tab bar down the left side of the screen. And I love the way it lets me group tabs together.

And I don't miss the Right-Click > Edit Site Preferences menu option at all.

Face it, Opera as it stands is a beta product compared to version 12. And until that changes, I won't be bothering with it.

As for Google deliberately crippling websites, they've never given a shit about Opera anyway. Opera basically acknowledged this when they switched to Chromium.

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

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What if...

...these stories were already online?

I've been reading What If? since it first started. They're all brilliant.

http://what-if.xkcd.com/

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Intelligence blunder: You wanna be Australia's spyboss? No problem, just walk right in

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Re: Automatic revocation?

Yep, when I was contracting for Schlumberger, it was the same deal.

The day my contract ended, I had to take my computers back to IT for them to sign off on, give all documents on my desk to my manager, and hand my key card back into the front desk. (Which would have expired that day even if I hadn't - that actually happened several times when the front desk weren't informed about my contract being renewed.)

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Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

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Re: Chinese Keyboard

Ah, I see you went for the simplified version.

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Harvard boffins 'reverse-engineer' Chinese censorship

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Re: We need a Gallic Shrug icon.

Perhaps a Garlic Icon would do just as well. It would certainly help me with my reading skills.

Or maybe not. :)

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

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You don't think, perhaps, the micro-USB connector would be on the other end of the cable?

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Thunderbird + Lightning

That's all very well and good for a single user on a single machine (it's what I use at home). But how does that scale so you can access said email and calendar from multiple machines and/or mobile devices seamlessly? (And effortlessly.)

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Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™

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Far be it from me to be cynical this early in the week but...

Any company which puts more money into product development than marketing will either a) have to be extremely lucky, or b) close down within weeks of launching their first product.

If my company wasn't peddling products I worked on outside of my day job, I would be firmly placed in camp B.

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NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids

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Re: Microcode

Not sure why you would need a JIT though, when ARM's Jazelle technology can execute Java bytecode natively.

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Can't touch this! Microsoft joins OpenGL 3D graphics group

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Re: DirectX is a load of horsesh...

The OpenGL page on wikipedia has 18 versions listed from 1.1 to 4.5. Only one of those was listed as a minor release. And that's obviously not including all the vendor specific extensions that have appeared throughout the ages in an effort to keep up with the pace at which technology is moving forward.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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Paris Hilton

A long time ago, I had an accident which meant I could not use my right hand for several months.

My advice would be to change hands halfway through in future.

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Hacker crew nicks '1.2 billion passwords' – but WHERE did they all come from?

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...the website is for a small company and the developer is also responsible for procurement, storage, sales and maybe even marketing...

I'm definitely in that boat. The few websites I am running for my company probably aren't shining examples of how to do security, but I'm learning as quickly as I can.

(I also haven't received any notifications from these guys, so I either dodged the bullet by being too small, or I'm actually getting some of this shit right.)

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: "a tool Microsoft uses to hide its source code from being copied"

It's a database. Are you seriously suggesting all databases can be replaced with text files?

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BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

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Re: "...if the anode could be made of lithium, it would make batteries lighter..."

Good God, man! This is the internet. Won't you think of the children before you let all those facts, science, and reason fly?

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Re: Ouch...

Someday I am going to get round to fixing that autocorrect.

Please don't.

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18,000 Apple employees could get bite of profits with class-action lawsuit

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Re: Spelt Vs Spelled

Actually, outside the US spelled and spelt are interchangeable. Spelled became the preferred spelling in the US around 100 years ago.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Yeah, I wish my car had a more efficient downvote collector. ;)

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

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Re: I don't see the mystery.

...she actually checks her email daily and surfs the web regularly, as opposed to checking her email once a month and... working.

There, I fixed that for you.

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LONGER flights burning MORE fuel can CUT planes' climate impact

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Re: Reducing emissions

Some airlines share planes, but not all of them, which is my point. I still see multiple airlines flying smaller planes along the exact same route at the same time.

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Reducing emissions

If you really want to tackle emissions from aircraft, then simply enact the following:

Make it illegal for two (or more) airlines to fly the same route at the same time of day with smaller aircraft. The number of times I've seen a competing airline to the one I'm flying with flying to the same destination as mine five minutes before (or after) my flight. Both airlines would save money and reduce emissions if they were forced to share seats in a single, larger plane.

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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The only way it won't suck is if Seth MacFarlane is in charge.

Can't see that happening, unfortunately, so yeah, I have to agree that it will probably suck massive donkey balls.

Paris, because she enjoys sucking massi- alright, I'm going...

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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Re: As someone still running Windows XP x64 ...

You many want to check if your sysadmin has redirected this folder to a network location.

Well of course he has. Most corporate network setups these days do that.

On my Windows 7 machine at home, I am at the login screen after about 15 seconds from pressing the power button. After entering my password my desktop appears after a two second delay, at which point I can start working. If I'm not still half asleep I can actually launch a web browser a few seconds before the network connection has finished initialising. (Un)fortunately that doesn't happen very often.

Contrast that with my experience in the office:

The POS Dell computer I have there (actually a newer PC than my home machine) dicks around in the BIOS for about 30 seconds, and takes another minute to get the Windows 7 login screen up. After I enter my password I can usually see my desktop after another minute or so, and can actually start working maybe half a minute after that.

Both machines have SSDs, tons of memory, and more processor cores than I thought I'd ever need. Do I blame the OS? Of course not. It's down to how it's been configured. Specifially how all personal data of mine at the office is located on our network servers - the result of corporate policies applied across all our 140,000+ employees.

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Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

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Re: Question.

I would assume this is the first step towards real teleportation. Teleportation of data happens almost instantaneously through measuring entangled particles. I think I'm right in stating that today we still don't know exactly how entanglement works, but presumably some smart-arse will eventually figure out it involves n-dimensional hyperspace or something to do with cats (or both). Once that happens, presumably it will become easier (for a given value of 'easier') to exploit the underlying physical phenomena to transport more than just information.

At least I certainly hope so. I also hope it happens within the next fifty years so I have a chance to witness it. :)

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

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Re: it just smells to me like burning flesh

I even had to cross the street to pass a butcher shop.

Oh my God. I used to love the smell of butcher's shops when I was a kid. That is one thing I definitely miss in both the UK and Norway these days.

Speaking of Scandinavia, I seem to recall that back in the 80s the best bacon in the UK was Danish, wasn't it?

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Re: I miss real bacon..

...and a decent Mexican restaurant is not to be found in either place.

In all fairness though that's not really a problem restricted to Australia. :)

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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GPS signals cannot be received in tunnels, but even the navigation system in my CashCow can figure out how far through the tunnel I am and keep up accordingly.

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Senate decides patent reform is just too much work, waves white flag

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Re: I can solve most of this in eight words:

I assume you mean round corners and the like?

Not particularly. Sometimes there are real design patents granted that actually make sense.

Probably. :)

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I can solve most of this in eight words:

"Make software patents valid for only two years."

Design patents should probably also be included there, and patents on technological hardware advances should be valid for about a decade - if that. The rate at which technology is advancing will only continue to increase, and retaining the 20+ year terms for patents is completely and utterly pointless.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: I am sticking with Sennheiser and Walkman

I would argue that Sennheiser *had* good kit. There was a time when I wouldn't consider anyone else. But those days are long gone it seems. The last Sennheiser ear-buds I bought were absolutely atrocious. They sounded pretty awful, and their design and construction was a joke. From what I can recall:

1) The ear-buds themselves were pretty uncomfortable, and kept popping out or working themselves loose from my ears every half hour. I don't think they actually came with foam covers - I eventually found some old ones at the bottom of a drawer that helped.

2) The cord was split in a Y shape equally on both sides. Gone are the days when the cord used to lie across your neck (and bear some of the weight of the swinging cable) and fall down one side (into your jacket pocket).

3) The actual split was a real Y shape, the two top cables leading to the ear-buds were distinctly separated from each other. I suspect this was a vague, untested attempt to prevent the leads from tangling up so easily.

4) The leads tangled up more easily than any other headphones I've ever owned (and I'm pretty old - I've owned a lot).

5) Untangling them was considerably harder than usual because the cables were coated in a soft rubber which meant they had a tendency to hug one another instead of slide smoothly over each other.

6) I'm fairly certain the actual jack had a slightly dodgy connection in there too, but that could have been the socket they were plugged into.

Anyway... I bought these as a replacement for the default headphones that came with my iPod (that had finally broken after a few good years of service). Compared to the Apple supplied ear-buds which *never* tangled the Sennheiser seemed like some horrible joke that I still haven't got. And they didn't sound as good as the Apple ones either.

These days I'm rocking out with some 250ohm Beyerdynamic DT250s, which are absolutely fantastic.

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Re: I am sticking with Sennheiser and Walkman

Now Sennheiser that is a good headphone brand.

That was a joke, right?

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

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Re: So I should...

...as the huge weight of ice was removed from Antarctica and other land masses, they would rise somewhat. And that this might lead to other land masses sinking somewhat.

That is exactly what's been happening to the UK for centuries. Link.

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Target topples CEO in latest data breach domino

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This is why I should sleep more

I only clicked on this article because I was sure the title had 'topless beach' in it.

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Microsoft hints at smaller Surface

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Re: Its the interface

Exactly what don't you like about it? Serious question.

I picked up a new ultrabook last week with Windows 8 on it. A quick upgrade to Windows 8.1 (because I will admit 8 was decidedly rough around the edges), a few hours setting up the system and my applications, and I'm up and running. I'm too busy working to care about the slightly changed UI.

Mostly though I like the UI of Windows 8.1 (all my other machines are running Windows 7). There are one or two niggles, but that's no different to any other user interface. (Trying to find something on the All Apps page is annoying, for example, and I don't like the way the on-screen keyboard insists on popping up for modern UI apps all the time when I have a physical keyboard.) All the regular Windows keyboard shortcuts still work (that I've needed so far) - I've even accidentally discovered a few new ones while adjusting to the laptop keyboard.

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OUCH... right in the Androids! Google hit by another antitrust sueball

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Re: Bing Bong

I'm just waiting for the "app" that is called "search"...

Something a bit like search.com then?

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94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank

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Re: Hard to get the staff?

I love how they re-defined the meaning of "senior" ... 2/3 years experience ?

The games industry has been defining 'senior' as someone with two years experience for at least 15 years. Anything over three years and you're 'lead' potential.

It's all bullshit.

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Polymer droplets turn smartmobes into microscopes

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Re: Why need a separate lamp and battery?

If you're plugged into the audio jack, why does the tone need to be inaudible?

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OnePlus One equals 'killer' new mobe running CyanogenMod

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Re: Like, oh, 95% of the people on the planet

I would assume at least 40% of those 95% of people are more concerned about having enough to eat and drink than whether their smartphone's battery can be changed or not.

Mine's the one with the glass of perspective and soda in it.</DA>

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OpenSSL bug hunt: Find NEXT Heartbleed, earn $$$ – if enough people donate cash

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Re: Open Source Funding...

So I would agree we need to find a better way of funding the original development and on-going maintenance of open source projects than we have at the present.

There is a better way to fund software development. It's where developers work for real money, and sell their products.

Funding a 'jackpot' for bug finders without rewarding original development contributions is sending the wrong message, namely the ability to develop good bug free code is of lower value than the ability to break such code.

I don't think it's actually possible to put any lower value than 'free' on the contributions most people make to open source projects.

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Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

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Re: An optimist's view for your consideration

Consider this, would you feel more comfortable on the maiden flight of a new jetliner as it rolls off the Boeing assembly line (Windows 8.1) or flying into Dallas on one of American Airline's 1980s vintage DC-9s that has been proven with 30 years of six flights a day without crashing (Windows XP).

In all fairness if Windows 8.1 crashes, I'm far less likely to end up with the leg of the person sat behind me shoved up my arse and sticking out my face.

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Re: Business as usual

The scams mentioned in the article require download and installation - so they would be safer if they used linux. For the same thing to happen they'd have to download, modify the execute permissions and then run. And then it would have to be for the right version/architecture. And why would they be going outside of their distro repo anyway?

If Linux were, God forbid, ever to become a mainstream OS, why do you think the same technologically disadvantaged users would be any different? They would be just as clueless on Linux as they are on Windows. Their response to any problem they encounter would be the same: ask Google how to solve X, where they'd immediately find a step-by-step guide on how to install the "Britney Spears Super Duper Internet Optimiser" (or whatever) on their system.

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Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released

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Re: leaving vulnerable information in memory in the first place?

Though others using calloc() by default would minimise that risk as well.

Maybe we should just tell that to all the exploit/virus writers out there, huh? I don't think they got the memo.

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Re: leaving vulnerable information in memory in the first place?

You using calloc doesn't solve a damn thing. (It will give you a false sense of security by assuming variables you haven't bothered to explicitly initialise should be zero by default, but that's about all.)

What you should be doing is clearing memory containing sensitive information before freeing it.

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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

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Might give Opera another go though.

Opera is just Chromium these days, and it's total piece of shit. Version 12 was the last real Opera. I'm currently pondering which browser I should migrate to.

Maybe I'll write my own. (Or at least drop my own UI on top of the more standardised components out there.)

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Re: @article author: reading comprehension FAIL

So Google, and apparently you, think that it is OK to break W3C HTML5?

Google have always had a fairly cavalier attitude to standards anyway. They're as bad today as Microsoft used to be.

Also, does Chrome store your passwords in the cloud so you can access them from anywhere? While I certainly hope they don't, nothing would surprise me.

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VAT's all folks: Telecoms and services tax to be set at consumer's homeland rate

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Re: What has the EU been smoking?

It's actually "better" to levy the fuel.

It used to be. Unfortunately, as far as taxation is concerned, that argument is beginning to wear a little thin now that more and more people are buying hybrids and electric cars.

Thinking about it, the fairest way to tax car usage is to tot up the amount owed according to the roads travelled (I.E., tracking where you drive), where the amount each car owner pays is based on the type of car (so if you're already paying fuel duty, you pay less, for example), and (perhaps) the time of day the journey was made (pay more during rush hour, etc).

The privacy nut-jobs will have a field day if that were ever suggested though, so we're stuck with the current unfair systems of taxation.

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