* Posts by dajames

387 posts • joined 20 Mar 2011

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Microsoft kills its Euro pane in the a**: The 'would you prefer Chrome?' window

dajames

Re: choice . . .

I never quite understood the issue.

I've never thought the EU quite understood it, either.

If IE were "just" another bit of bundled software that came free with Windows (like notepad, as others have said), and one could remove it and install something else in its place and the rest of Windows would still chug happily along there would be no problem. The trouble with IE is that it has its hooks deeply embedded into various Windows system functions -- Windows Update, for example, requires IE to be present and uses IE's code (even if you install another browser).

What the EU legislated for was a tool to help users install another browser in addition to IE, but what I think they wanted MS to provide was a way to install an alternative browser instead of IE.

That, of course, would have forced Microsoft to re-engineer most of Windows's handling of internet connectivity, which I can't see them being happy to do. It might have led to a better-engineered and more modular Windows, though.

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Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

dajames
Black Helicopters

Re: So how will this work?

It doesn't really matter if the feds have the CA's private key. They still will not have *your* private key, so long as you are able to keep it private.

... but if the feds have the CA's private key they can generate a new keyset and issue a verifiable but bogus certificate that associates it with your identity.

Then they can impersonate you, and ask your friends and associates to send them encrypted data using the public key in the bogus certifiacte -- and they will be able to read the data (but you won't, because you haven't got the relevant key).

Then they can accuse you of collaborating with $TERRORIST and demand that you hand over your keys so that they can read your data and you won't be able to, because you haven't got the relevant key ... and they will lock you up and throw away the, er, key.

Of course, the CA will know that they didn't issue the certificate ... but if they admit it they will be admitting that their root key is compromised, so they may choose not to.

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Samsung to boot out Shin after Galaxy S5 tanks – report

dajames
Holmes

I was looking ...

... at the S5 -- I wanted waterproof, removable battery, and SD card.

Then I realized that the S5 doesn't have an FM radio ... WTF?

In the end I got a Sony Z1 Compact because while I think a user-replaceable battery is important, I've never actually changed the battery in a smartphone ... but I have listened to FM radio on both my previous phones (HTC and (older) Samsung). It was £200 cheaper than an S5, too.

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'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described

dajames
Trollface

Strange PDF ...

The letters u, v, w, x, y, and z seem to be displayed in a larger font than the rest of the alphabet throughout the text of the report.

I don't suppose that could possibly be caused by a payload (an experimental one, prehaps) of a Regin infection on the researchers' machines?

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

dajames
Trollface

@Anonymous John

It's quite clear here that the direct debits had ceased and Vodafone sent in the bailiffs.

So ... Vodafone called in the bailiffs on T-Mobile's behalf ... presumably to embarass them?

I like your thinking!

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Simon's says quantum computing will work

dajames
Holmes

It's harder than it looks

Quantum computing is certainly an interesting field, but it's a long way from being able to solve the sorts of real-world problems that it is supposed to be able to make trivial -- such as the factorization of RSA moduli.

There are three big problems: construction of a system with enough qbits to be useful, working out how to present the problem, and working out what the hell the output means.

This, for example:

http://phys.org/news/2012-04-largest-factored-quantum-algorithm.html

shows that progress is being made on at least the second of those problems, but systems with (say) 2048 qbits are still comfortingly (for those of us who would like RSA to continue to be worth using) far away!

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

dajames

External battery packs?

I wonder how well most of the battery-powered external USB charger thingies currently available would actually work with the N6, given its high charge rate which must correspond to a high current draw.

I have a Sony Experia Z1 Compact, which charges remarkably quickly but at the expense of needing a high-current charger. I plugged it into the USB wall-wart by my bed -- one that came with some older piece of kit (the charger, not the bed) -- and it steadfastly refused to charge at all; 700mA was apparently not enough. Most of the USB chargers I've seen only boast of providing 500mA, or don't provide that information at all.

Can anyone provide any practical experience of charging a modern fast-charging phone from a USB battery pack?

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

dajames

Re: it's optional

1366x768 panels will hopefully die out.

A man can dream ...

I suspect the 1366x768 panel will be with us until Microsoft or someone equally influential in the marketplace publishes a PC specification that calls for 1920x1080 panels as a minimum, or that prominently attaches the label "Low Definition" to 1366x768 panels.

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dajames

But why?

The difference is productivity. On a desktop with a mouse and a full numeric keypad I can fill out a spreadsheet with data from three different sources, draw a chart, copy it into a document, format it nicely, and email it to twenty recipients. All within five minutes.

Maybe ... but how many of those twenty actually read the thing?

If the report is actually useful and necessary it would be more efficient for to automate its production rather than messing around with spreadsheets; if it isn't then it would be more efficient not to produce it at all.

I don't see any clear argument for a desktop PC here (though you will have to prise mine away from my cold dead fingers).

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

dajames

Re: Utopian drivel

... not voting is a valid choice ...

You're right ... and yet you're wrong.

It is certainly important that one should have some way of expressing a preference for "none of the above", but there is a danger that if one is allowed to express that by simply not voting one's choice will be mistaken for apathy.

Everyone elegible to vote should be required to present themselves (physically or virtually) to make their mark -- this is a civic duty -- but the ballot paper should allow the opportunity for deliberate abstension.

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

dajames

Re: Borland's OWL was a much sensible approach than MFC

I evaluated both OWL and MFC at the time, and OWL was clearly designed by someone who understood OOD, while MFC didn't seem to grasp the concept.

What you're missing is that MFC wasn't trying to grasp that concept.

MFC was not so much an attempt to build a good OO framework for C++ as a pragmatic approach to providing a framework that could straddle the gap between 16-bit Windows (and Microsoft's 16-bit C++ compiler that no support for exceptions or templates) and Win 32 (and their new 32-bit compilers that at least paid lip-service to some newer language features).

It wasn't lovely, but it was effective.

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Intel bods to detail RSA birko crypto man-in-the-middle diddle

dajames
WTF?

So?

So ... there's a bug in NSS ... and it's already been patched. There's no need to make it sound as though there's anything wrong with the standard that that part of NSS implements (which there isn't).

It's good to have a heads-up about this, but it would be much more interesting to know HOW the explot works, and why NSS's less-than-rigorous parsing of ASN.1 leads to a vulnerability in the first place.

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EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else

dajames

All or nothing

"Also of the binary blob that Google wants people to implement? Why not have that in open source format?"

Security for one, exposing the authentication systems contained within might put customers at risk perhaps.

Not a valid reason. "Security through Obscurity" is no security at all.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_through_obscurity

Also (and this is more likely) the DRM systems for apps and music/video content, compromising that would negatively affect their relationship with rights holders thus making it harder to licence content for streaming/download.

Yes, that is a bit more likely. Any DRM in a software-only system is itself no better than security by obscurity -- DRM just doesn't work -- but the copyright holders are grasping at straws.

I suspect that the real reason why Google wouldn't want to Open Source their blob is that it would make it easier for OEMs to pick and choose which bits they bundled. The blob is indivisible (and terms won't allow reverse engineering it)

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

dajames
Childcatcher

Re: I don't get Britain these days

I reckon if Teresa May ...

It's quite instructive to look at

http://www.tmay.co.uk/

and then (but not while at work) at

http://www.officialteresamay.com/

I wonder whether you can spot the difference?

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

dajames
Facepalm

Kies? Does anyone actually use that?

... as for that unblievably kludged mess of garbage they call "Kies", the less said the better ...

The only thing to be said for Kies, as far as I can see, is that it's very slightly less unpleasant to use than iTunes on a PC. Fortunately you can use a Samsung phone without ever having to touch Kies, and once I discovered that I got rid of it (Kies, not the phone) as quickly as possible!

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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

dajames

Banks ...

These things need to be run by banks, not by mobile operators, and not by equipment manufacturers.

It's not that we trust banks any more than we trust the others, just that the banks already have our identities and our money and we're not going to be losing any more privacy or suffering any more risk by using a payment system they operate.

I do think a single bonk should not be regarded as sufficient authorisation to make a payment, though, even for trivial amounts. I'd like to see a PIN or a biometric required as a secon factor in all cases. Anything less will only encourage misuse.

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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

dajames
Holmes

Logic dictates ...

"It is a physical impossibility to do it without us knowing . . ."

Fair enough - no argument there, but that hardly proves it didn't happen, only that you weren't ignorant of it if it did.

No, no ... if it's a physical impossibility to do it without their knowing then either it wasn't done, or it was done and they know about it but aren't telling ... but they could be wrong about the physical impossibility bit.

So, actually, all this tells us precisely nothing.

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

dajames

Re: And I say there screwed by Symbian

... the full C++ extension semantics ...

... C++ exception semantics ...

(that's what I get for posting late at night).

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dajames

Re: And I say there screwed by Symbian

A bit harsh. At the time EPOC32 was conceived, they had no choice but to use some kind of Embedded C++.

They had choices ...

Psion's previous OS attempt was SIBO, the OS of the Series 3 series, in which they had had great success interfacing to their ROM code using the TopSpeed C compiler, which supported pragmas that allowed them to specify the passing of function arguments in particular registers, ready for the ROM call. This led to very efficient calls into the ROM from C.

When they came to write EPOC they tried the same game, but this time they specified that the ROM entry points should have the same ABI as the g++ of the day, to make it easy and efficient to call into the ROM from C++. That would have worked well if the g++ ABI had not changed, but the 9.1 binary break -- when the ABI was changed to enable stack cleanup after an exception -- destroyed that easy compatibility between the compiler ABI and the ROM..

Psion must have seen that coming -- they must have realized that the g++ they were working with could not be updated to support the full C++ extension semantics without an ABI change. It appears that it was more important to them to get something working, albeit with a bodged error-handling mechanism, than to get support for development on their platform using a standard language. As C++ moved forward they were left behind with a ROM that could only be interfaced with by an obsolete toolchain, and they lost the support and sympathy of developers. That was their tragedy.

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Behold our SPINNING DATA GRAVE: WD carts out 6.3TB cold storage drive

dajames

Re: Short warranty for Archive drive?

Sounds odd giving a 3 year warranty for a drive aimed at archiving. If they sold an archive drive with a 10+ year warranty, that'd be more like it.

You can get optical media with a 100-year warranty ... for all the good that does. If you find the disk isn't readable after 99 years they're hardly going to hop into the Tardis and go back and make another copy!

The point of a warranty in these cases is to give you some feeling for the manufacturer's confidence (or their insurers' confidence) in the longevity of the product. The fact that hard drives are available with 5-year warranties doesn't encourage me to choose a drive with only a 3-year warranty for long-term storage.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

dajames
Meh

NFC?

I'd also love to know why people are downvoting me ...

I didn't downvote you, but had I done so it would have been because you're going on about NFC as though it was something to get excited about.

If I want to buy a coffee I'll dig into my pocket for some small change rather than waving several hundred pounds-worth of phone around for all to see, thanks all the same.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

dajames

Re: um... no

Then they clone your card ...

While it's easy enough to clone a magstripe card, a chip card is another matter.

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

dajames

Re: Personally ...

If you are an author you don't need to care about layout - that's what you have publishers, editors and cover designers for.

It's like saying a composer should use a mixing desk because they need to know what level of compression will be used when they music is played on Radio3.

No, it's more like saying that a composer should not compose at the piano because he's there to write the music not to play it.

It overlooks the fact that while some composers may be happy to write straight to manuscript paper without playing or hearing the work as they go, others will want to play passages through, listen to them, and maybe solicit the opinions of their friends and families; and that some composers go on to perform their works in public themselves.

Just as some writers write only text that is later edited, laid out, and published in house style by a publisher while others want to see and review their text laid out (not necessarily in its final form) and ohers again may be publishing their own work and have to perform the tasks of writer, editor, and typesetter themselves.

There's more than one way skin a cat!

No animals were harmed in the production of this comment.

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The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE WINS VOICE

dajames

Are you sure?

Three falls back to "Tmobile" on 2G ...

Three certainly used to use 2G fallback on another network -- I believe it was Orange, not T-Mob -- but I'm led to understand that Three are now sufficiently confident of their own network coverage that there is no longer significant (if any) use made of this facility.

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

dajames

Storage

I have a Chromebook -- an Acer C720 -- and it is a very nice little browsing machine. I bought it knowing that I could turn it into a sub-£200 linux machine if I didn't like ChromeOS, but I haven't felt the need to do that yet (I have another laptop running Linux when I need it).

It'd be my lightweight PC for taking on holiday if it had some serious storage. I use my laptop to back up the photos from my digital camera and RAW images take a lot of space. It's a pity the Chromebook didn't come with (say) 128GB for that ...

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

dajames
Facepalm

Seamonkey

... Debian stopped carrying it in favor of their spinoff called IceApe.

Iceape isn't a "spinoff" ... it's Seamonkey with Mozilla's (trademarked) branding removed.

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Why no one smells a RAT: Trojan uses YAHOO WEBMAIL to pick up instructions

dajames
Facepalm

Re: Another reason

The browser choice option should have meant when selecting to use a browser that's not IE, that all the working components of IE are permanently removed from the system.

Yes, absolutely. I'm sure what the EU really wanted to demand was that it should be possible to remove IE completely from Windows and that all Windows's internal web communications (for things like Windows Update) should be made to work using third-party browsers; not simply that Microsoft should make it easy for users to install a third-party browser in addition to IE on a freshly-installed Windows system.

I'm equally sure that the reason they stopped short of that was that Microsoft (once again) argued that their own browser's code was so intimately embedded in the core of Windows itself that it could not be extracted without surgery from which the patient might not recover. (MS may also have felt that third-party browsers might be insufficiently bug-compatible with their own browser's HTML and JS implementations or their own websites' reliance on ActiveX.)

I can't help feeling that the answer to that should have been that if Windows was so poorly coded that the internal browser logic couldn't be removed without breaking it then perhaps it didn't deserve to live.

Or as Arthur Ransome put it:

BETTER DROWNED THAN DUFFERS IF NOT DUFFERS WONT DROWN.

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

dajames
Angel

This is silly.

If the virus code is capable of writing registry entries with non-ASCII keys -- and of getting Windows to access these keys -- to effect an infection then it must also be possible for anti-virus code to look for these keys (or any suspicious keys in critical places) and disable them.

If regedit can't access these keys then that's probably just a limitation of regedit's GUI.

As with any new virus, the anti-virus products will have to play catch-up until a working remedy can be made available, but the fact that the infection here uses the registry rather than normal files changes nothing.

Many current malware scanners already scan the registry for entries that identify spyware and andware, so this is nothing new.

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

dajames
Headmaster

Not so ...

... Latin - a subject I never studied at all being just a poor plebian

The vast majority of the population of the Roman Empire was made up of foreigners, slaves, or freedmen. To be one of the plebes -- the lowest rank of actual citizens -- you would almost certainly have been Roman, so your native language would very likely have been Latin.

... or perhaps you were just being ironical?

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

dajames
Boffin

Re: Poor Bug Fixing

The first law of thermodynamics says you can't win.

The second law says you can't break even.

And the third says you can't quit the game.

I've always heard that stated as:

1. You can't win, you can only break even.

2. You can only break even by quitting the game.

3. You can't quit the game.

(where quitting the game equates to reaching absolute zero)

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dajames
Angel

Re: Poor Bug Fixing

... the one that says all complex programs evolve to the point where they can read mail?

So, the NSA is a really complex program? I suppose that figures ... they certainly seem to give complexes to a lot of other folk.

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Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

dajames

HOW Rugged?

Where's that guy who likes testing phones with high-velocity rounds when there's a real challenge for him?

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

dajames

Re: Eglish mono-speakers ruining the world for the rest of us

In Montreal ... a Japanese restaurant ... The name of the restaurant ...: Fukyu.

There used to be an "Eastern Fusion" restaurant in Battersea named Ho Lee Fook. I don't recall any complaints ...

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What is it with cloud computing? Engage VM, disengage brain?

dajames

Re: Trevor, could we have that in PDF ?

But you know management types, if it's not in a PDF, it's not serious.

My! Management have come on a long way ... time was that it took a PowerPoint presentation to convince them that something was serious.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

dajames

Re: Renewable is OK but...

Not when you go destroying some VERY nice parts of nature to do so.

"Nice"?

I think perhaps we can do without "nice" if the alternative is inexpensive and emmission-free electricity for the foreseeable future. What we can possibly NOT do without is the loss of biodiversity in the areas that would be submerged, the loss of CO2-absorbing forest, and the human impact.

As some others have pointed out, though, the decision here seems to have been motivated more by political concerns than environmental ones.

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SLOW DOWN: Insecure-by-design software on road

dajames
Boffin

Re: @frank ly (was: An interesting project)

You can find your world's largest LAN at 127.0.0.1

I think you'll find ::1 is larger ... if you can find it at all ...

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

dajames
Alien

Re: Ansible etc

When we figure how to make Ansibles the IPV6 space isn't big enough.

It's enough to give a /64 to every inhabitant of around 2,500 million planets with a population of similar size to our own ... if there turn out to be many more planets than that within range of an Ansible we may have to limit them to, say, a /32 each.

Probably enough to be going on with (he said, complacently).

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

dajames

There's a difference ...

... between teaching kids about programming and teaching kids to program.

It's clearly stupid to try to teach all kids to be programmers -- there isn't time within the school day, many won't be interested, and many will be rubbish at it -- but teaching them about programming is another matter. It'll give them some idea as to what goes on inside the beige box, it'll give them some idea of the sorts of skills one has to have to be good as a programmer, it'll give them some idea just how difficult programming is to do right. With luck it will inspire some of them to look further and take the subject up in more depth ... and it may instill just a little bit of respect in others for those geeks who can do this hard stuff.

I remember that when I was at school, some 40-odd years ago, there was just one chapter in the maths textbook that dealt with computing. I think we covered it in two lessons and had two pieces of homework from it: one was to write a flowchart for solving some simple problem and the other was to write a noddy program for some very simple problem in the pseudo-assembler code for a hypothertical and very simplistic computer. That was a big eye-opener -- I knew essentially nothing about computers before that -- and I'd have loved to study it in more depth, then, but in those days there was no opportunity to do so.

Computing is so much more a part of our lives now than it was then that it's more important than ever to give at least a basic inkling of what it's about to every child, and to provide the opportunity to study it in more depth for those who want to (though, today, the internet provides that to a large extent). I certainly think that a few introductory lessons to set the scene are an essential part of anybody's schooling.

Teaching every kid to be a programmer, though? Nah, there's more to education than that.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

dajames

Re: Really?

... the far more serious crime, of letting one of the geeks out in public, with a copy of Powerpoint.

The guy was lecturing about Maven ... a non-geek couldn't have done it ... and a non-geek wouldn't have attended.

(... but I see what you did there.)

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Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

dajames

Kiss of death

Blackberry is dying. Gartner already advised everyone to exit.

If Blackberry is dying then it is largely because asshats like Gartner have been telling everyone to get out.

People really should learn to judge the value of a product on its technical merits, not soundbytes from idiots.

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Achtung! Use maths to smash the German tank problem – and your rival

dajames
Holmes

The tank used for the illustration ...

Looks to me like an ISU-122. Not technically a tank, but a self-propelled gun ... but certainly Russian.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISU-122

(This is not the first time that I've lamented that El Reg doesn't provide larger versions of the thumbnail images used in its lists of articles.)

However, like the statistical analysis in the article, it did play a part in reducing German tank numbers, so it isn't entirely irrelevant to the subject at hand.

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Mozilla agrees to add DRM support to Firefox – under protest

dajames

Re: Of course you can remove, but why?

The question is why you'd do it. ... files you may have been able to view with the EME [would] suddenly become unviewable.

Isn't that exactly the point? Some people want to take a stand against DRM by not accessing any DRM-protected content -- not even by mistake.

If Firefox has an optional DRM module then users will be able to make the decision to disable it and be comfortable that they are not implicitly blessing the user of DRM by unknowingly accessing protected content ... and if at some later date they determine that they are missing out on something they need to see they can re-enable the DRM. This sounds like a reasonable compromise.

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Mozilla axes HATED Firefox-ad-tab plan ... but will try again

dajames

Re: Free software in "trying to make money" shocker

Mozilla is a company who wants to make money, not some charitable foundation trying to make the world a better place.

Mozilla is a confusing beast, though. The Mozilla Foundation is a not-for-profit body (which just may be trying to make the world a better place) but its subsidiary the Mozilla Corporation is a company that wants to make money. The two are different parts of the strange Jekyll-and-Hyde creature that has emerged from the ashes of Netscape -- their aims and ideals may not be the same

What "just who we are at Mozilla" doesn't tell us is whether Mr. Nightingale works for the Foundation or the Corporation.

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Goodbye, Mr Dong: Samsung Galaxy S5 boss disappears through trapdoor

dajames
Big Brother

Maybe it's the locking?

I rather suspect that the lukewarm reception of the S5 is due in part to customers avoiding the Samsung brand because of their region-locking policy for SIM-free phones, as previously reported in El Reg.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/27/samsung_galaxy_regionlocking_saga_gets_murky/

It's not just that potential customers rebel against a manufacturer that seeks to control the use of its products after the moment of sale, but also that Samsung seem incapable of implementing the feature in a way that works the way they claim it does -- which doesn't bode well for any other aspect of its software.

Waterproofing is a good feature -- who hasn't had to take a call in the rain, at some point -- but other manufacturers offer that, too.

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Bill Gates: Sell off Bing? Nah. Xbox? Maybe...

dajames
Headmaster

Re: Anyone remember...

Says the person that doesn't know it's Blu-Ray, not Blue Ray...

Well, nearly right ... it's actually Blu-ray (with a small 'r') if you really want to be a pedant.

http://blu-raydisc.com/en/index.aspx

(Previously posted with the wrong URL (Ooops!) and I didn't notice in time to use the very splendid and worthwhile "Edit" facility.)

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

dajames
Headmaster

Re: Rather like the recent dishwasher tablet adverts

"LESS CHEMICALS!!!!!"

So if there's less chemicals, and seeing as all substances* are elementary chemicals or chemical compounds of one name or another, then they must be selling smaller dishwasher tablets.

I must admit that I do hate the phrase "less chemicals", though it is not wrong; and I agree that the use of the word "less" (rather than fewer) does imply that the same number of substances are present, but in smaller quantities overall.

Even the more grammatically correct "fewer chemicals" just means "we've removed some ingredients so there's higher amounts of others".

"fewer chemicals" is not "more grammatically correct" ... it just means something different. In this case it would mean that fewer chemical substances were used (as you suggest) and would say nothing at all about the quantities of any of them.

You seem to understand the meanings, so I can't think why you consider that one usage is less correct and the other more so.

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dajames

Re: Guineapigs can't be wrong

A friend of mine notices that her guinea pigs refuse standard supermarket vegetables but eat locally produced and organic vegetables (locally is not necessarily organic) heartily.

Her supposition is that the long storage of supermarket fruit and veg is reducing the actual nutritional content.

It seems to me more likely that the guinea pigs simply prefer their food to be fresh, than that they have any innate understanding of nutritional values. Supermarket food tends to have been sitting around (sometimes sealed in a bag of nitrogen to discourage it from going bad) for some time, regardless of its original organic credentials.

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