* Posts by Cameron Colley

2174 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

Coder cooks up Java-built Flash Player

Cameron Colley

Cool!

Now I can run 64bit Linux with a 32bit Linux VM in VirtualBox where I can use DOSBox to run Windows 98se and open Internet Explorer with Java so that I can run Flash in side it!

As Mr Booth pointed out above -- why not just emulate an entire machine in Java?

While I can see that this may make some things "more convenient" running a VM inside another VM is just plain wasteful.

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Cops cuff armed white supremacist in banana costume

Cameron Colley
Coat

"..discharging a weapon..."?

I thought he just showed the woman it?

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PA school district avoids charges over webcam spy scandal

Cameron Colley

I think you missed the point.

If I were to install a program to spy on a teenager using their webcam -- and take pictures of them in their bedroom (fully clothed or not) then, if found out, I would likely spend at least 5 years married to the guy with the most cigarettes and never get a decent job again.

These people did so and, yet, not only are they not being jailed -- they are still allowed to work with children.

Perhaps you'd like to set up a live webcam in one of your kids' rooms, or your own, to raise more money for the school district?

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Cameron Colley

"No criminal intent?"

So it's no longer criminal to spy on teenagers in their bedrooms in the US?

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Shuttleworth spears Natty Narwhal for Ubuntu 11.04

Cameron Colley

You don't hug Narwals, you eat them.

I tend to agree with those posting above about Ubuntu seeming to break something new with each upgrade. Kubuntu was what got me started using only Linux (I was dual booting before that) on my own machines -- and the ease of installation and use made it a great introduction to Linux.

However, on each release another piece of hardware stopped working, or a previous workaround (ndiswrapper, for example) was broken. The last straw was when the restricted NVIDIA drivers didn't support my cards but some changes meant that NVIDIA's own binary installer didn't work either (I have had other problems, and hate KDE4).

I am now a happy Debian user and was surprised that, after adding some multimedia repo's, it actually seems to be easier to live with than Kubuntu.

No, back to the Glutton Club...

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People have NO BLOODY IDEA about saving energy

Cameron Colley

RE: Bottle Banks and What?

Bottle Banks: Unless I want to take my empty bottles to work, for example, I would have to only shop on weekends and walk over a mile to the shop with my bottles and the same distance back with my shopping. OK, I'm a little lazy for not wanting to do that -- but if I lived in most cities in continental Europe that would not be the case, as I pointed out.

"Do you even live in the UK? Most authorities now have recycling initiatives in place." They do but they don't accept glass and, last I heard, in my area they don't actually recycle things anyhow. Assuming they do recycle it, it seems an odd way to go about it to employ people to go through tons of rubbish and separate out PET, Steel, Aluminium, Paper and anything else that might be in there by hand -- surely having separate bins, or more "bottle bank" style areas would be easier?

The recycling effort in the UK seems half-arsed and there is no incentive to take part -- so cynics like me find it easier just to throw everything into landfill.

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Cameron Colley

You had better get onto the battery companies post-haste Geoff!

Apparently you know of a type of battery that will last for over 5 years of regular charge-discharge cycles and holds as much power per kilogram and metre cubed as the Lithium Ion and derivatives currently used.

Hopefully, one day someone will create such a battery but, until then, having to replace the battery every few years will mean that electric cars don't come close to those with internal combustion engines on TCO. There will also be the inevitable, mandatory built-in "service intervals" so that dealership networks are still paid for servicing, even if the cars don't need it.

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Cameron Colley

Have to agree about the recycling.

It's a shame that there's no real incentive to recycle in the UK. For example, I have the choice between walking to the dustbin outside the house and dropping bottles in it, or walking a mile with bags full of bottles to deposit them in the nearest bottle bank. In many European countries you simply turn up at the local shop with empty glass and plastic bottles and aluminium cans and put them into the recycle machine there in return for a voucher for money off your shopping.

Why doesn't the UK government, or anyone else, want me to recycle anything?

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Dawn raids catch 9 for massive iPhone 'fraud'

Cameron Colley

Why did O2 pay up?

Surely telecoms companies must be able to tell if a premium rate number is a scam? If a customer makes a call which costs a large amount of money, you would think that they would check if the number was legitimate (or even just contact the customer by mail) before paying the offending company. That way they could just tell the scammers to get lost and nobody would be out of pocket.

Oh, well, at least O2's lack of care only cost them money in the end.

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Disney sued for spying on kids with 'zombie cookies'

Cameron Colley

Googlebashing much?

"I totally oppose what Raoul Moat has allegedly done, but it was absurd to shoot him. They should have shot the manufacturer for making the gun he used."

Adobe may be guilty of creating a "sucky platform", but that doesn't excuse its use in an immoral and illegal way.

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Skype and Google next against the wall in India

Cameron Colley

They seem familiar with it to me.

They know that the tech can be used to communicate without them being able to listen in -- so they're planning to demand a back door or ban it.

How difficult it is to ban Skype from a country is another thing -- but I'm sure that putting skype.com on a blacklist and making the use of, or disseminating of the product a crime will do wonders.

Stopping the use of this type of technology is a similar exercise to reading encrypted documents -- if you can't do it with technology you get the rubber hose out.

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Ten unlikely iPhone insurance claims

Cameron Colley

Perhaps they were told to give it to someone on pain of pain?

Or, due to antenna problems, they've decided to only hold it with two fingers?

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Cameron Colley

I remember a good one.

We had a call from a secretary whose boss needed a replacement Blackberry because he dropped it in the canal while getting off a gondola in Venice.

Then, about half an hour later, a call from his female colleague needing a new phone because she dropped hers in the canal while getting off a gondola in Venice.

We ascertained that, yes, they were together in Venice -- but whether they were there for business or pleasure we don't know.

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Firefox 4 hits third beta stage, gets touchy-feely with Windows 7

Cameron Colley

Could just be me.

NoScript and AdBlock worked fine until I downloaded the latest nightly -- then NoScript lead to "stopped" in the status bar and nothing on the page, and AdBlock lead to annoying "302 Page Moved Temporarily" errors for a great many redirected pages and "301 Page Moved Permanently" errors for other -- one of which gives a link to follow and the other doesn't.

Should point out my comments are aimed more at plugin developers than Mozilla and I am aware I ought to grab the source and fix them myself.

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Cameron Colley

@Dan 55

That is good for allowing plugins to run so you can test their compatibility -- but when a plugin breaks it's not much help. See my comment above about AdBlock and NoScript -- if I didn't run the compatibility tool I wouldn't know that they now cause all sorts of problems because I wouldn't be able to run them at all.

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Cameron Colley

Needs working plugins.

I've been using Minefield (64bit Linux Beta of 4.0) and it was working well -- that is until it stopped working with AdBlock and NoScript. Now it's next to useless fro anything but trusted sites and even then pages are harder to read due to annoying adds breaking up articles.

Hopefully there will be version s of NoScript and AdBlock coming soon.

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Blackpad to 'cost $500, launch in November'

Cameron Colley

@B 9

Have you done a cost and risk analysis for Corporate use of an iPhone or Android device?

How much will it cost to decommission a BES and install management apps to allow remote wiping and program install and updates for iPhones and Android devices? How easy is it to lock them to the corporate proxy and prevent the installation of any old spyware the user wants to install?

Has anyone tested the encryption on iPhones and Android devices to see if the flash chips can be removed and read?

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Smartphone sales up 50%

Cameron Colley

Can you buy a "non-smart" phone nowadays?

OK, yes, I know that there are devices out there -- but all the adverts and shop windows are full of feature-full smart phones so it's no wonder people are buying them.

Take the example of my friend -- she bought a brand new Android device the other day. She didn't want a smart phone, and didn't ask for one. In fact, she tried to take it back a few days later (when it was too late) due to terrible battery life and too much complexity she'll never use. She's getting used to it now and finding that it's not all that bad -- but I doubt she'll even use the web browser more than a couple of times a year, never mind the email client and other features.

So, for the average (European at least) consumer, you actually have to seek out "non-smart" phones, it seems.

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ASA: You can't say 'f**k'

Cameron Colley

It should be an English word too.

But it only seems to live on in its description of someone with no "feck" being "feckless". Or, perhaps, the English should stop saying "feckless" and replace it with the more consistent "effectless"?

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Anti-virus defences even shakier than feared

Cameron Colley

Why configure; make; install?

If the devs at <insert distro here> didn't spot the dodgy code then why do you think you'll fair better?

Honest question with a slight air of scepticism.

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700,000 Saudi BlackBerrys go silent noisy

Cameron Colley

Class what?

If you live in Saudi you do what your owners tell you or you die.

It is a totalitarian islamic state -- if you live there you are a slave.

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Bound robbery victim IMs for help with toes

Cameron Colley

I'd be stuffed.

I find my password hard enough to type into my EeePC using both hands -- never mind trying to do it with my toes.

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Ditch the malware magnet

Cameron Colley

Don't open PDFs you didn't create?

If you're really paranoid you might do it by mistake then you could always change file associations for PDF files to Notepad or something and right-click "open with" when working on your own documents. Also make similar changes to any web browsers and mail clients so that PDFs are either blocked or saved rather than opened.

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Want to use WD diagnostics? Buy Windows

Cameron Colley

I kind of understand their position.

While they could, no doubt, knock something together for Linux if they only use Windows on their machines and only develop for Windows then I don't actually blame them for not supporting Linux.

As the representative stated, there are plenty of Linux tools out there for this kind of thing so you can still monitor your drive and, or course, if the drive fails they'll replace it if it's under warranty regardless of your OS.

I only run Linux at home, and I love it when manufacturers support Linux by making drivers available and the like -- but I can see why they wouldn't want to employ someone to ensure that all their utilities work on Linux also.

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ET voted fave family film fodder

Cameron Colley
Unhappy

Hey you guys!!

What about The Goonies? I can't believe that missed out.

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Wikileaks publishes encrypted 'insurance' file

Cameron Colley

@PirateSlayer

Funny, I don't recall the last time someone was executed in Spain, The Netherlands or the UK (not heard about it in Russia either but, then, might not make the news in the same way).

I've equally not heard of an Afghan missile capable of reaching any of those countries and killing large amounts of the population.

Iraq and Afghanistan have been messed up for years, probably due in part to US and UK funding of dictators and terrorist groups for their own ends.

Your naivety in believing that troops are there to in some way give people a better way of life also speaks volumes.

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Cameron Colley

@PirateSlayer

Who "helped us". If you mean the troops in Afghanistan, how did they help you?

As for the people who "hate us" they do so because of wars like this, not despite them.

Or by "helped us" do you mean the Taliban who helped the US against the Ruskies? By "hate us" do you mean most of the world apart form the US who now think of it as a country that was run by a chimpanzee who tried to turn the population into "burger-eating war monkies"?

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iPhone 4 jailbreak banks on browser exploit

Cameron Colley

Why jailbreak?

Seems to me that jail breaking means you don't agree with Apple's philosophy but are willing to pay them to continue it. You are paying over the odds for something locked down only to invalidate the warranty and practically defeat the original intent of it. Why do you do it? Don't you find it hypocritical?

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RIM answers Apple iPad with...The BlackPad*

Cameron Colley

And who invented the Blackberry?

True, this is a bit of a "me too" device but RIM as a company did invent one of the most influential smart phone designs and were the first to market with push mail -- so they're as much of an innovator as Apple.

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Polaroid 300 instant print camera

Cameron Colley

RTFA, uniquelau

Apparently "There's a bit of a parallax issue - the angle between viewfinder and lens is rather steep, making shots quite tricky to frame.".

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Authentic Navy rum: Yours for £600 a bottle

Cameron Colley

@Trevor_Pott

I beg to differ -- a good rum is comparable to a decent whiskey. Granted you'll not find something as sophisticated in taste as, say, a good Islay -- but Rum can still be appreciated for it's taste. As can a good tequila for that matter.

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Cameron Colley

With Coke and lemonade?!?!

You do realise you could have sold it and bought about twenty times as much cheap rum and got pissed longer?

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Nude trampolinist bounces free from court

Cameron Colley

Disgusting and abhorrent behaviour!

To march into a man's property and incarcerate him then potentially ruin his job prospects for the rest of his life, and to lump him in with people who rape children just because he wanted to have a little fun in his own garden is the work of a sick society. I hope the scum who did this get what they deserve.

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'Suspicious' Android wallpaper app nabs user data

Cameron Colley

Doesn't the app have to ask for permission?

I would have though that phone platforms would ask the user, at least the first time, whether they wanted the app to access other things on the phone? I know on my Symbian phone, for example, an FTP app has to get permission to access local files and folders.

Doesn't Android have anything similar?

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Firefox 4 beta 2 preaches tabs-on-top love to fanbois

Cameron Colley

I don't recall Opera having tabs on top.

A quick google image search shows Opera 10 with tabs under the menu also. What gives?

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Watchdog rules on Hull Daily Mail 'porncoder' exposé

Cameron Colley
Joke

Even worse than that...

The reporter broke the Ts and Cs or Facebook! Someone tell MrZ about the "bitch"!

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The Camel: Nokia unveils user designed phone

Cameron Colley

Possibly a Blackberry...

But last I hear you couldn't watch YouTube on them and, the last time I used it, the browser was more clunky than even the S60 one. Oh, and apps are a little harder to come by(PuTTY and some others).

As for the E72 -- I hear that IMAP support is borked and, other than that, it's not changed. Though, yes, in an ideal world the E72.

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Cameron Colley

My Ideal phone?

An E71 with a faster chip, more memory and the bugs removed from the OS. Or, alternatively, an N900 in a more Blackberry like package.

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UAE sees security threat in BlackBerrys

Cameron Colley

But most countries need a warrant.

The data on a Blackberry is, apparently, actually encrypted so that only someone who knows the password can retrieve it -- they have an auto-erase (DOD style) built in for a given number of bad password attempts, etc..

So, assuming Blackberry devices are actually secure without having access to the BES, every law enforcement agency has the same problem.

The difference is that, in the "civilised" world, it's legal to hold data that the government can't read casually without a warrant.

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Cameron Colley

They probably have acces to everything.

Since the telecoms providers are dictator-owned then they will likely have access to any data passing through any point in the UAE in an unencrypted form -- much as the UK government do. The difference here is that the dictator of the UAE can do it completely openly and there are no laws against it and no checks an balances.

Think China with less people in charge.

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Broadband advertising speed gap widens

Cameron Colley

Think I'll stick with Virmin.

While I occasionally forget the "fair use policy" I otherwise find my 10MB connection to be about 9.8-10.2MB.

However, when I found VM were potentially overcharging I went looking for a replacement -- and the fastest BT would guarantee over their lines was 2.5MB, and that was a "best endeavours". Oddly, a young lady from Sky turned up a few months later touting "20MB Broadband" -- she didn't know what to say when I asked her if they'd been down the street replacing copper. I checked the BT site later that evening, they hadn't but they did seem to have deployed new MODEMs and suggested a cautions "up to 3.6MB" on "best endeavours" though.

So, even in 2010, it is not possible to get a decent broadband speed in the outskirts one of the UK's biggest cities without using cable.

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UK.gov pledges licence fee 'rethink' over heavy catch-up use

Cameron Colley

This sounds a little like the music industry.

While I realise some people may decide to watch online rather than pay a license, you may also find that some do it simply because it is there. I am not convinced that online viewing will really replace TV viewing to a degree that makes an awful lot of difference to the number of license payers -- so I'd be inclined to think of it as "shrinkage" for the short term and think about what will happen if most TV goes IP in some way.

The argument about students, though, was the one that made me think of the music industry first -- students have a history of not paying the license fee going back decades. When I was there we used to watch portable TV which, technically, came under our parent's TV licenses* -- I see this as a more modern version of the same thing. The parallel with the music industry being that students, historically, have always shared music and the only way the internet changed this was to give them more choice -- there was no lost revenue as students would be unlikely to buy music much anyhow.

*well, arguably at least depending on factors like internal batteries.

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3D films fall flat

Cameron Colley

A really good film is good no matter what.

With the odd exception of things like the first Matrix movie it wouldn't matter if a film was in black and white with a mono soundtrack if it's a good film.

Then there are on-trick ponies like Avatar -- I've no doubt it looks "cool" in 3D but having seen it in 2D I can see it for the regurgitated dull pap it is. Contrast that with Alice In Wonderland which, while still obviously derivative, was clever and funny and didn't need 3D to be good watch.

3D can work -- but only when used as another tool which is well integrated into a good production. Pushing 3D insensitively onto an old classic or using it to make tripe a little more exciting to the audience in the cinema is just stupid.

Mind you, I'd rather watch "The Straight Story", "Full Metal Jacket" or "In The Mood For Love" (for example) in 2D at home than go to the cinema to see Pocohontas 3D^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Avatar so I suppose I'm not the target audience.

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Lite-on iHBS112 internal Blu-ray writer

Cameron Colley

Shame the studios don't want my custom.

I'd quite like to try Blu-ray just for fun, and at this price it could be justified as a toy but, because I won't pay Microsoft, the major studios and the US government have labelled me a criminal and so refuse to allow me to play Blu-ray movies on my PC. They were pissy about DVDs too but thankfully an evil degenerate filthy criminal named something like "DVD Jan" made it possible fro me to watch them -- though it now means I can't go to the US for fear of being prosecuted under the DMCA.

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Cutbacks strip speed cameras from Blighty's roads

Cameron Colley
Coat

I was going to make a serious comment.

But a word in your article has meant all I can think of is: "Mooooeerrrgghhh", "'was in the War" and "M-m-m-m-m-m-multikill-kill-kill!!!!".

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Voting reform finally on the agenda

Cameron Colley

@lglethal

I'll be a little more clear:

I cannot vote for the party because they have no candidate in my area.

A party can have more votes than another but still not be in government because the came second in the biggest regions and first only in some small ones.

Both of which mean that we do not have "one person one vote" in the true sense but, instead, have a strange system in which one must vote "tactically" or ones vote makes no difference. It also seems to mean that all we do in this country is, to misquote someone (I don't recall who), "vote the last lot out".

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Cameron Colley

I've never understood the voting system.

Does anyone know of a brief explanation as to why we don't have one man one vote (proportional representation)? The only reasons I can think of is that the present system pretty much guarantees that only long established parties (particularly the big 3) ever get into parliament and forces people to move to areas where there are "more of their kind" -- possibly an old Conservative trick to create Labour ghettos or something?

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Google tests (semi) HTML5 YouTube embed code

Cameron Colley

Which dozen linux platforms?

I'm not sure where you get this idea that Adobe would have to go about "Supporting what amounts to dozens of Linux platforms...".

Last time I checked there was one Kernel with several versions -- and a binary compiled against one will most likely work with any later version.

Either that or I'm imagining that the 64bit Flash plugin I am currently using has worked with at least 3 different kernels and has been reported to work on all the major distributions?

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Microsoft's ARM deal fuels hope of a chilled-out Xbox

Cameron Colley

My tinfoil hat tells me.

This is about making a custom ARM chip for Windows Netbooks and Tablet PCs -- that way MS can say to people like Dell "want to use Windows on a cheap ARM netbook? Then you will have to use MS certified ARM chips." - that will stop them mucking around with that horrible Linux stuff.

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MPs call for crackdown on pre-paid credit cards

Cameron Colley

I want one!

I had heard about these things but thought they were only available to customers of some online banks as numbers to be used for online transactions. I had heard about them in the US too.

Now I know they're in the UK I wonder how I've missed them and where I can get one. There are plenty of places, from untrustworthy looking fuel stations to overseas online retailers where I wouldn't want to give my real credit card details for fear of being wiped out -- but one of these would be ideal.

So, before they go, does anyone know where I could buy one?

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