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* Posts by JDX

5319 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Opera site served Blackhole malvertising, says antivirus firm

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simply by firing up the popular alternative browser software

Since when is Opera popular outside of mobile? Opera is about as popular as Windows Phone 7.

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Except when the browser itself has a vulnerability.

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Nazi Enigma encoding machine sells in London for over £80k

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Re: Nothing too wrong with the security of the code

The version in general production pre-war (used for banks, etc) was significantly simpler than the versions (they had several variations) used by the Nazis. They added extra wheels and various electronic doodads.

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Facebook stock plunge halts - despite insiders being freed to sell

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Re: Alternatively

Many dotcoms have gone massive. Besides nobody is criticising FB because they're a dotcom, but simply because they're FB. THAT is putting personal taste before business.

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Re: Alternatively

Blah blah blah Facebook users are stupid, therefore Facebook investors are stupid because it's linked to Facebook.

You must clearly be stupid too because your post contained the word Facebook. Oh no, now I am too.

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Fart-buster underpants selling well among Japanese salarymen

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Re: Reminds me of an odd australianism

Down under?

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Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation

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Re: Contempt for users = destined to fail

People have been saying that since FB had about 1 million users. They said the same about eBay too.

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@TRT

So you're upset because they assume you're normal?

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Re: What if . . .

But IIRC you can only select one person to have an open relationship with? Not sure what happens if two people try to indicate they have an open relationship with you.

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Re: @JDX

I can see you guys wouldn't like the feature, because

a)you can count your friends on one hand

b)neither you or your equally nerdy few friends are in relationships

Still, let's mature and say a feature we don't like is stupid, and anyone who doesn't agree with you is also stupid. Doesn't make you look like the dumb-ass in this situation. Nope, not one bit.

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Re: Couples.

Could cause some confusion when applying for a job and the company checks up on them. "So do you want to bring your boyfriend to the Xmas party?"

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Re: Divorce

Maybe it only does it for certain relationship types?

FB doesn't let you list past relationships does it, it would be fun if you could see a list of past girlfriends/boyfriends/divorces.

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Re: What if . . .

Mormons don't have multiple spouses, certainly not legally. That was rather a long time ago.

Romney certainly only has one wife; to suggest otherwise is simply ignorant AND stupid because polygamy is illegal in the USA and nobody would get to run for president without their party running very thorough background checks due to the uproar if something like this was found.

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Re: Repeat after me ...

To turn off seeing data which is already available, and simply presented in a different format? Who cares. If you don't want that data on FB, don't tell them about your relationship. But sine the entire point of a social network is to build connections, you've probably missed the point and shouldn't use the service.

If you don't use the service, then your commentary on what FB should or shouldn't do is fairly pointless. It'd be like someone who can't drive talking about what's wrong with the new Ferrari.

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What exactly is wrong with a page aggregating data relevant to two connections in a social network? This seems like a perfectly sensible use of their graph to me... if you find it cheesy don't look at the page, but I'm sure lots will like it.

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I don't really see a problem

It's a bit saccharin but sure, why not.

I read the title and thought FB was figuring out who you were in a couple with from photos/activity, now THAT would be creepy.

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Samsung readies bendy smarties for 2013

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Re: Bendy??

yeah struggling to see the point... reflections off a curved screen sound annoying and what exactly am I supposed to curve the screen for - what shapes are useful?

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Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+ recorder with FreeTime

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Freesat VS YouView?

I'm a bit confused by this, mainly since I don't know much about YouView... is YouView not compatible with FreeSat then, only with FreeView?

I've got an older Humax (FoxSat) FreeSat PVR which is pretty good, upgrading to this newer version might be cool but is the idea it just has individual iPlayer, 4OD, etc, players installed as Apps? I don't think I can stand using the 4OD player,

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So you broke our encrypted files? Ha! They were DOUBLY encrypted

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Re: If you encrypt it seven times ...

THis is true. It's similar to how you can keep ZIPping the same file and it will eventually reach a single byte in size.

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in Retina display review

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Re: Touch

I'm surprised we're not seeing laptops start to come with touchscreens as standard. Not to replace mouse+keyboard, but to supplement it.

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re:Certainly for XP it is well known that the OS needs re-installing every 18 months or so

Oh dear. Just because people say something it doesn't mean it's true.

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Re: Maybe, but ...

I can't remember the last time I used a CD/DVD but while WiFi is ubiquitous now, it's not always very good. Where I work, they have WiFi but it's a bit spotty so everyone uses ethernet whenever possible. I'm sure this is not unusual.

Also - have El Reg stopped giving scores now?

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Android and Apple OS shares show mountain MS must climb

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Re: Microsoft still making money off Android?

They don't have to run MS' browser to use MS' search engine. Both MS and Google try to negotiate the default search engine on other peoples' browsers.

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Nintendo Wii U set to out-sell predecessor at launch

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Re: Consoles are losing their lustre for me

>>Back to the PC for archaic and un-involving Keyboard/Mouse gaming, or for touch screen gaming with Windows 8?

Or buy a gamepad/joystick/steering wheel. With W8, having a PC in the living room used for playing games might finally become less silly.

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Re: No must buys here

Motion controllers were a silly gimmick once too. Then Wii made them mainstream.

Maybe the same will happen with touch, there's no fundamental reason it can't be a decent input device.

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Re: Gossip

I never understood that, it was like in I Robot :)

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Re: Gossip

Surely they can very easily refresh the hardware to fix that... Sony do it every few months on PS3 it feels like.

The Wii remains a brilliant little console in my view, regardless how it is so wimpy in terms of hardware.

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Coders grill Herb Sutter on future of C++ at Microsoft

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Re: @asdf (again)

mono is open-source, it doesn't matter what MS do to silverlight.

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Re: oops

asdf maybe stick to topics you know something about in future; game development clearly isn't one of them. Big fancy 3D titles have been written in managed languages for years.

I guess you're either a coding dinosaur or you read an article on "Java is slow because it's not compiled" in the 90's once.

http://unity3d.com/gallery/

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Re: Isn't there a CTP on its way soon?

I suppose MS simply don't consider C as worth focusing on. Since most C development is done on Linux, it doesn't seem too stupid a decision - they have limited resources and would rather focus on C# and (yay!) C++.

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@adsf

This happens quite a lot. Any problems would be in the quality of the mono implementation, just as the JVM implementation can be bad on a given platform.

.NET is a cross-platform solution just as soon as the open-source community choose to make it so.

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Re: what happened with .NET ?

>>Am I alone

You mean like how you can run .NET code on Linux through Mono, or Mac through Silverlight?

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review

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I find battery makes a difference. Sure, my iPad is wonderful compared to a laptop - I can watch Netflix on it for ages - but you still have to keep an eye on the battery and remember to charge it.

When you're talking weeks between charges, I find it changes the way you treat the device... you leave it in your bag rather than thinking to take it out and recharge, etc.

Mine lives by the bath.

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Re: So...

It's not a debate whether a dedicated e-reader makes sense alongside tablets because Amazon continue to sell truck-loads of them. You can say you don't want both but the sales figures show this is a non-story.

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Re: Back to the topic

e-readers aren't meant for browsing. That they do it at all is a bonus only.

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Re: Shameless Amazon advert?

It is free, it's a bonus gift for Prime subscribers.

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Re: At least yours worked

Good story. Maybe you could self-publish it.

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So...

You said it's a better dedicated e-reader than iPad or Fire, but we've all known that anyway. The one thing you didn't answer directly is if it's a better dedicated e-reader than the competitors.

So?

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Supersymmetry takes an arrow to the knee

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Didn't they find it pretty much exactly where they thought it would be, and we simply had to wait for the LHC to test that?

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As good a place as any to ask...

Are there any good popular science books which explain modern state of play in physics unification?

I've read BHOT and Hawking's followup (Nutshell) as well as The Elegant Universe (covers string theory a bit like BHOT covers black holes, etc). Are there other, equally good books that can be recommended to a physics graduate who doesn't want to do equations?

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BOSS Bang boffins: DARK ENERGY spreading across the Universe

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Re: "Mystery stuff is now 73 per cent of EVERYTHING"!!!!!!

Unless the Americans can save us with an implausible plot, soon dark matter will take over THE WHOLE UNIVERSE.

It's still a better plot than The Core.

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It strikes me that if our theory of the universe relies on 73% of the universe being something we cannot observe or understand, it's perhaps not a very good theory.

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Windows boss Steve Sinofsky exits Microsoft

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Re: lolosoft

It sets the tone for the rest of his comment nicely though,

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'Perfect' INVISIBLE SHED stuns boffinry world

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Re: Q preps the Aston

I was sure, now I'm not. I thought it absorbed the active sonar, transmitted it on the other side and then sent the echo back as if it wasn't blocking the signal. Otherwise from above, wouldn't blocking the signal be pretty obvious... "why doesn't the ocean have a bottom on that submarine-sized areas?"

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Re: Q preps the Aston

Indeed. Although it wasn't particularly convincing, the idea is technically sound. It is exactly what was used in Hunt for Red October as well, although for sonar rather than light.

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Microsoft rolls out always-on Skype for Windows Phone 8

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Re: Privacy fun.

AC that's your own stupid fault.

You know you can just sign up another Skype account though, right?

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For you to think your use case of Skype is the general case is equally ignorant. When you're dealing with people overseas, they often use Skype as a regular phone to call you. Many don't use the IM part of Skype at all.

But anyway surely this new version of Skype still lets you set your status to 'appear offline' meaning we both get what we want - you can let people think you're away, I can use it as a phone.

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I don't see people complaining that their phone is 'always on' for phone calls and text messages. Being always on for Skype is fine, ON A PHONE.

Although to be honest I somehow doubt there isn't an off switch in the settings, for when you are on 3G and don't want to eat all your data.

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Man, 19, cuffed after burning Remembrance poppy pic is Facebooked

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Of course the internet is the real world. To many it is the most real part OF the world.

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When we had a similar case of someone posting very offensive jokes onto a dedicated victim support page I was in favour of it being viewed a crime. But if someone simply makes an anti-poppy protest on their own site, that's too far IMO.

Can anyone shed more light because the context of where such things are posted is important whether it is malicious or just poor taste.

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