* Posts by keith.nicholas

16 posts • joined 21 Jun 2010

We've invented the FONBLET, says Samsung

keith.nicholas

Re: invented you say ?

I think fondle / phone tablet

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Oz bookshop to deliver by drone

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Re: What could go wrong?

Most autonomous navigation systems don't need to know this kind of information, they just work it out as they make their way towards a destination, much like humans do.

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Corel re-animates zombie brand for patent case

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Glad here in New Zealand we've made it so you can't patent software. These kinds of patents are just a waste of space.

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Computer use irrelevant to education outcomes, says US study

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I think it would be more interesting to see what would happen if things like KhanAcadamy was promoted for home use and see if the kids are still pretty much equal.

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Microsoft says WinPhone outselling iPhone, BlackBerry

keith.nicholas
Meh

*YAWN*

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Spanish Linux group files antitrust complaint against Microsoft

keith.nicholas
Flame

Seems really unfounded....up to the manufacturer how they want to provide secure boot ( could support any number of keys ) and is completely allowable to be able to turn off secure boot. Microsoft is just saying that it must be turned on for a default windows 8 installed system. Which is logical. Its up to the user then if they want to turn it off and be exposed to any associated risks.

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Windows Phone 8 support to end in 2014

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FAIL

Re: So if I had bought a Windows Phone 8 on day of issue [1] ...

actually, it looks more like a typo to me, if you go to the page referenced

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/default.aspx?sort=PN&alpha=windows+phone&Filter=FilterNO

it actually ends before the 7.8 support ends.

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Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

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Well, at least someone will be loving win8 to bits

The people at stardock !

What gets me, is microsoft went out of their way to get as much feedback as possible for win8, then completely ignored it and told us we will get used to it. I think they wanted us all to go "OOOOOOOOOO, its amazing", and when we didn't do that they just flipped the bozo bit on us and treated us like ignorant kids that will just have to learn new ways.

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Latest Java patch is not enough, warns US gov: Axe plugins NOW

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no, not java as a whole, but java as a plugin to the browser is a lemon, just as flash is, and silverlight.....sooner they are all killed off the better

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Outlook 2013 spurns your old Word and Excel documents

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Re: Curious...

Thing is, you choose to upgrade your Outlook (which I gave up on years ago) and if you do, you don't get support for those things, but you can still use an old version and it will all still work.

but when google stops supporting something, its dead, there's no old version, there's nothing, everything just stops working, there's no options.

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Insecure SCADA kit has hidden factory account, password

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Re: Backdoors have a reason

often they are on their own private network, but then you'll get a PC that needs to bridge two networks so it has access to both, and potential holes are created.

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Microsoft sets the price for a Windows 8 upgrade at $40

keith.nicholas

Re: Yes...I'm that guy

starting gimp on win-7 is exactly the same. Except the whole screen doesn't become schizophrenic :)

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How to put "Stuxnet author" on your CV

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Can call it :-

Weaponised Software :)

Infiltrationware

WarWare :)

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10gen bags another $42m for MongoDB roadmap

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Re: They would be crazy to sell now

Quite correct, it is really nice! It can easily be integrated into many popular tech / language stacks.

Also quite popular to combine it with Redis for more transient web state data.

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Googlegate: Mapping a scandal of global proportions

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as a software developer...

I agree!

for starters, as a software developer, I know one thing about data collection.....log everything in its raw form. This means if you decide later you actually wanted something else, then you don't have to go recollect your data. You may not actually use all the data, and the data may not in a state you can easily mine it, but you still log every bit of information you get. Thats data collection 101 :-)

Someone probably forgot to tell the software devs they were dealing with sensitive information and they simply thought they were being clever and proactive by collecting everything.... and generally, that kind of decision would be a developer decision.

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