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Ten top stories from New Who

deains
IT Angle

Re: Not a "reboot"

Perhaps call it a graceful restart?

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Loathed wiggly-word CAPTCHAs morph into 'fun' click-'n'-drag games

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If Adblock doesn't kill it, corporate firewalls certainly will.

Also violates the KISS principle. Games are bloated and off-putting, you can work with something much simpler (e.g. a slider) and get exactly the same effect. No need to distract the user from what they originally wanted to do - i.e. engage with your website.

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Nintendo is FLATLY UNHINGED: New 2DS is a handful of game

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It's also coming out the same day as Pokemon X and Y. Cha-ching!

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Amazon DISAPPEARS from internet

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An Amazon spokesperson was unavailable for comment. When we questioned him, he returned a 503 error message.

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Indian military pondered attack on Venus and Jupiter

deains

Agreed -- given that I have never worked a telescope in my life, if I were to try and categorise objects in the sky (which are likely only going to be bright dots) into "Venus" and "not Venus", chances are it'd be a dismal failure, and western China would even now be an irradiated crater. So it's not really fair to laugh at their mistake.

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Ubuntuforums.org cracker promises no password release

deains

Re: He's still a tool.

The domain is registered to Canonical Ltd., so I'm guessing they do manage the site.

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deains
Boffin

Speaking from experience

vBulletin is really really crap at security. The password hashing algorithm is really only the tip of the iceberg. The thing is, once you get control of AdminCP, the server is essentially yours (up to permissions of the SuExec user). You can upload and execute files, run queries, likely even send emails if that's on the same machine as Apache. And what's protecting this tresure trove, you ask? A password prompt and nothing else. No SSL, no guessing usernames (admins are listed on the site), that one text field is literally all that stands between a hacker and complete control of your box.

Not to mention cookies of course. which in vB sometimes don't even get marked as HttpOnly. Yes, that means a bit of XSS could comprimise the entire machine. Starting to see the whole iceberg?

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First, the bad news: EA bags Star Wars games rights

deains
Joke

Re: Bye, Star Wars...

Don't worry, I'm sure they'll make the good news available as a £19.99 DLC package.

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Another MYSTERY evacuation: Google UK empties swanky offices

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Go

Re: Most likely...

You need to show "willing intent" to be visible on the photos. I was told that apparently, if you print out a photo of yourself and stick it to your face, Google won't blur it out for this reason. Or at least, they'll consider not blurring it out, presumably based on how stupid the photo looks.

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One in 10 Brit smartphone owners 'can't afford' to pay for apps

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Boffin

2,611 British app downloaders

…amounts to what, 0.1% of all App Store market share? Possibly an order of magnitude or two less, I don't have the numbers to hand.

We're talking about a microscopic scale survey here.

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Certain people rejoice! AC/DC finally available on iTunes

deains
Alert

Re: Google Music please.

Best put that computer mouse down then.

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Lord to sue Twitter users who falsely accused him of abuse

deains

Re: Added annoyance

"With technology", to quote the article, so Lord only knows (literally).

Given that Twitter are based outside the UK, I think he'd have troubles even finding out those emails to begin with. The only people he's going to be able to sue are those who have their real name listed on their profile, and who live in the UK. Probably not a huge number, but I guess this is more about proving his political clout than collecting any actual damages.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review

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FAIL

Re: Still no buttons

So wait, your solution to my problem is to buy reading gloves? Thanks, but no thanks -- I have a nice pair of soft, warm gloves I'd rather not swap for a crappy capacitive pair every time I fancy a bit of reading.

Also it doesn't address the waterproof bag situation mentioned above.

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Re: Still no buttons

Touch screen doesn't work with gloves on though. With my current, outdated Kindle I can read my book in a chilly train station without getting cold fingers, something that simply isn't possible with the touchscreen designs.

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Apple iPad Mini 8in tablet review

deains

Re: Reviews vs other iPads and not Android tablets?

On the other hand, if you're an Apple user who has no interest in the rubbish that passes for an Android tablet these days, and simply want to know if it's worth moving from an iPad 2 to the iPad Mini or similar, this review does the job nicely. Not everyone has the same perspective as you, I'm afraid.

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deains
Boffin

Re: "Apple has launched an overpriced and under-specced turkey"

I can hold my Kindle up with two fingers, and it weighs only 25g less. I think the all-around grip photo is a bit misleading, since you can probably just hold onto one edge, like with an e-reader.

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Here we go again: Critical flaw found in just-patched Java

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Joke

Oh good

It's nice to know I won't have to update Java at work again for another six months.

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Oooh-la-la! 'iPhone 5' bares all, strokes tiny nano-SIM in pics

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Facepalm

Re: Oh great...

Care to enlighten us as to how you'd design a state-of-the-art smartphone then, oh master engineer?

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Rampant fake Facebook ad clicks riddle hits dead end

deains
Headmaster

Re: Disputed figure: 1 or 2 % disable javascript

Uniques. And a billion will always be a million million, I say!

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deains
Go

Re: Disputed figure: 1 or 2 % disable javascript

I believe Limited Run themselves expounded on the problems with detecting JavaScript usage. The main issue is that most analytics programs require JS to be enabled, so NoScript users will always fly under the radar. Apparently to overcome this they wrote their own analytics program, and it's from that they got the 1-2% figure. Other studies (and there's not been many of them) seem to confirm this.

NoScript (the extension) is very uncommon, by the way. Have a look at the Firefox page for it and you'll see it has 2 million users. It is probably safe to assume the number of people who have disabled JS through other means also number around 2 million.

For comparison, Google gets around two (US) billion visitors per month. 4 mil is a drop in the water as far as total Internet users is concerned. This is very wooly stats of course, but it's fair to say that the influence of non-JS users is microscopic.

Developers still need graceful degredation for non-JS though. 1% may be very little, but in that category we have almost every single search engine bot. Catering to them is kind of essential, at least as far as finding information and links is concerned.

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Smutty books strip Harry Potter of Amazon crown

deains
Headmaster

Re: Old news.

Actually more like two decades ago now. Just to make you feel old 'n stuff.

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'Young people don't want to become like us', say IT pros

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Pint

Welll...

Most IT jobs -are- boring. There's nothing exciting or glamourous about changing printer cartridges and rebooting Windows laptops all day. There are some interesting roles, but the industry as a whole doesn't present the most appealing image.

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Wealthy Kensington & Chelsea residents reject BT fibre cabinets

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Go

Re: Street sited?

I imagine it'd just cost too much, both to install and to maintain. The point of them being above ground is so that BT engineers can easily reach them to patch cables and so forth.

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Steve Jobs action figure kicks the bucket

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Unhappy

Yep

Cancer does that.

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Chrome beta promises super-fast URL loads

deains
Boffin

Probably not

GA requires a bit of JavaScript code to run, which will probably be fetched with the rest of the page but likely won't get run until the user hits enter. And this is Google anyway, I'm sure they've considered this.

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Acer unveils 'world's thinnest' Ultrabook

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Paris Hilton

I wonder how long it'll take for Apple's legal team to get their smelly claws on this. It looks practically identical to a MacBook Air (albeit with a can of black spray paint applied), even down to small details like the webcam/screen bezel and the dimple at the front of the case.

If Apple can successfully sue the crap out of Samsung for the Galaxy, they should be able to take Acer to the cleaners for this. That's assuming the legal system is 100% balanced and fair, of course. Paris knows it's true.

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Brits got Kindles for Christmas

deains
Headmaster

The low-hanging fruit

I called my MP3 player an iPod for years, despite the fact it had nothing to do with Apple or their products. But two syllables are easier to pronounce than five. Similarly, it's a lot easier to just say "Kindle", a well-known brand, than "e-Reader", which, to be perfectly frank, is a pretty stupid name to begin with.

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1,000 Chinese workers strike at Apple and IBM supplier

deains
Joke

Meanwhile, at the pepper spray factory...

I'll just let you fill in your own joke here.

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Ubuntu savaged by rivals infected with fondleslab fever

deains
WTF?

Not to mention

Including a beta version of Firefox 3 with one of their releases (I forget which one). That's the default browser for the entire operating system, updated to a testing build. The mind boggles.

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Apple requires Mac App Store candidates to be sandboxed

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Happy

If your app can't be sandboxed...

Then don't sell it in the App Store. Simple enough, really. There's nothing to stop you distributing it through other means. Apache server isn't in the App Store for a reason.

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Man builds smartphone dock into arm

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Megaphone

Missing the important part

This guy has a hook for a hand. A hook for a hand! I mean, that's just awesome.

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BT gets 14 days to block Newzbin2

deains
Mushroom

Re: "Will Twitter and Facebook be blocked next since they facilitate riots?"

Basically, yes.

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RIM hopes to distract punters with free pretties

deains
Pint

You seem to have described Microsoft Exchange there. Or just IMAP through SSL.

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Dell opens new data centre in Slough

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Mushroom

Bad idea

If RIM's Slough data centre is anything to go by.

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Android apps now playable on Windows PCs

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Coat

Amazing!

I can't believe they managed the enormous complexity of getting some Java code to run on a Windows environment.

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Facebook scammers exploit Steve Jobs' death

deains
Meh

Scammers using method X exploit current event Y

They'll try anything these days. To quote a classic, there's one born every minute…

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iPhone 5: Apple 4S, pundits 0

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Coat

"[…] Chinese manufacturers of iPhone cases who gambled on a new form-factor and are now left with stacks of cheap plastic crap they can't sell"

No change there then…

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What's not in the iPhone 4S ... and why

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Happy

Accessories are your friend

For example: http://store.griffintechnology.com/iphone/navigate

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Apple outs iPhone micro USB adaptor

deains
WTF?

You can do everything with USB? No!

The dock connector supports way more than just a USB connection, that's why it's so huge. To name just a few, it has:

- Line out

- Line in

- Composite video

- Component video

- Some kind of serial (other than USB, for low-level comms with accessories)

- USB itself

- 12V charging

Ever tried sending component video down USB? Yeah, good luck with that. And if you want to have music on your hi-fi (direct line out) whilst charging via USB, the dock connector will let you do that too. USB can't.

If all the iPods had was a USB connector, they'd lose a massive amount of functionality. That means reducing convenience and flexibility for the end user, the very thing you claim the dock connector prevents. Whoops.

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Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

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Go

Re: *

"There is nothing inconvenient about swapping a battery."

Steps to swap a battery:

1. Power off phone

2. Take old battery out

3. Swap new battery in

4. Power on phone

Steps to plug in external battery:

1. Plug in external battery

Yeah, clearly I'm doing the wrong thing here. Shucks.

"..when you got home you had... oh that's right, two batteries to charge sequentially to get back to square one"

In parallel, actually. And having two phone batteries would land you in the exact same situation, so no gain there.

"Desperate to find fualt much?"

I find fault with crap information, yeah. Agree with a few of the other points in the article though!

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deains
Gimp

Battery an issue? Er, no.

If I tried to count the number of times I've run out of iPhone battery on my fingers, well, I'd fail to do so, as the current count is zero. It's never happened. I put it on to charge every night, and it runs perfectly well all day.

If I anticipate needing longer than a day's worth of battery, I bring an external charger pack and plug it in at the opportune moment. This is far more convenient than trying to faff about swapping a battery.

Also, it's a bit rich to critique battery life, it being an area that Android devices suffer greatly in, so I've been told.

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Hospital data boob: Records left in bin room got binned

deains
Facepalm

Jobsworth

No room in the secure archive? Hmm, okay, I'll just put these into waste disposal. They'll be perfectly safe there I'm sure!

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iPhone 5 to support 21Mb/s HSPA+ not LTE

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Paris Hilton

Chances are there'll be two more iPhone models before 4G is even available. Wouldn't be a huge amount of point in putting it in a handset now, it'd just make it more expensive to produce for no improvement in function.

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Mac security update leaves users open to ugly Flashback

deains
Headmaster

Viruses

"viri" is not a word. Although at least you didn't use "virii", which is less of a word and more of a five-character facepalm.

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Coat

Apple approves malware disguised as Flash for sale in its App Store, citing it as a "reasonable alternative to the Adobe product".

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Power cut knocks Miliband off-air mid-speech

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Happy

I lost track of it. What were we listening to?

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Interference-dodging app sidesteps Wi-Fi band-hoggers

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Clever

Hope they can make it through the seven circles of patent hell to bring the tech to market.

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Byte-dock MacBook Pro port replicator

deains
Happy

Works in Lion

Lion allows you to run in so-called "clamshell" mode - i.e. with the lid shut. I believe there was a way to force SN to wake up in clamshell too, certainly I've seen these docks around prior to Lion's release.

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Mathematicians slam UK.gov plans to fund statistics only

deains
Headmaster

No-one from York

Was kinda hoping in some weirdo fashion to see some of my old professors on the list - but no-one from York has signed the letter. You can replace it with Warwick, Oxford or ICL, to fit in the "major universities" category.

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'iPhone 5' chippery captured on camera

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Headmaster

D'oh - percentages are a nuisance really...

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