111 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007
Re: Just under the clickey button...
not to mention that there's NO ACTUAL terms & conditions linked. AT ALL.
i think they might be something along the lines.. "by entering this competition you're giving us your first born, an arm and a leg. We'll be coming tonight with a chainsaw to collect the arm+leg."
ok.. who sets the base reference for prices?
Amazon: ok.. so.. no more free shipping allowed?.. ok..charge them 0.01 €cents (no..not using verizon math there)..
Amazon: ok.. no discounts more than 5%?... 5% relative to WHAT?.. who sets the base price used for calculating discounts? Answer: we (mostly) do, so instead of discounts >5% we'll start seeing the regular, non-discounted prices dropping...
Is there a law in France that states that regular, non-discounted prices have to be above a certain value?
Firefox is the only program that crashes on either of my systems and the crashes started with v29.. it was pretty stable before that, and i'm not the only one that started to see crashes beginning with v29.
system 1: Win7 SP1 x64 fully updated, installed in 2011, 16 gb ram
system 2: winxp sp3, fully updated, including the POS, 4gb ram (3gb usable), freshly installed in january 2014
On both systems i always run as normal user without admin rights and i use an elevated command window when i need administrative access.
again.. Firefox is the only program that's crashing... since it doesnt do that for you.. do you use any add-ons?
Maybe it's because i'm using NoScript / AdBlock Plus / HTTPS Everywhere, but these add-ons worked just fine before v29 appeared and they've been updated repeatedly since v29 was launched.
they'll add the full IDE before or after fixing the crashiness that's been plaguing Firefox lately?
since v29 i get at least a crash a day.. i got into the habit of no longer bothering with providing comments in the Crash Reporter... i use that for ASCII art
If you happen to navigate to about:crashes in Firefox.. you'll get there a nice list of Firefox crashes on the local PC that have been caught by the Crash Reporter, crashes complete with URLs to the crash analysis and the comments neatly formatted on a page... you can see that people swear a lot in crash comments too.. i just use a small piece of ASCII art for comments and i see some other people doing that too :)
edit: meh, elReg is messing with the newlines in the above graphic, doubling them.. just use your imagination and remove the extra spacing (^_^)
throwing a big wrench
there you go... Microsoft throwing a BIG and PUBLIC wrench in the MAFIAAA's laughable claims that IP addresses can map always to a precise physical location. The new address space isn't even from the same general geographic area.
Re: The colour represents self expression, new thinking, and new horizons.
is it my dyslexic imagination or am i the only one to see an "f" letter in the white space on the left side of the circle?.... that means the logo is saying "fuk". LOL
Re: First customer?
don't worry.. it seems it's built specifically FOR those agencies and not designed to be used at all in Russia and the eastern side of the continent - according to those published specs it has no support for GLONASS at all, it only supports american-style GPS - thus it will be hard for it to achieve commercial distribution in Russia and its neighbors that require GLONASS.
Russia mandates that any device imported for sale that can use GPS must also support GLONASS.
No GLONASS => not designed to be sold in Russia or its neighbors (unless you pay the 25% import tax for devices that are not-GLONASS compatible)
Re: This is great!
anyone remembers when the same thing was done on a much smaller scale in CounterStrike a few years back?
i wonder if / when will someone call the cops or a swat team down on these... or maybe just dispense with the niceties and use a drone strike directly
for the wrong rover though... but valid nonetheless.
launch affecting 6000+ people...
quote: we have launched a voluntary package (VRS) at our Chennai, India facility.
was it launched from a low earth orbit, a high geostationary orbit or from Nokia's HQ in Finland using a phone-shaped ICBM?
(inter-continental snark delivery system)
Re: @article author: reading comprehension FAIL
So Google, and apparently you, think that it is OK to break W3C HTML5?
on the contrary, this behavior is mandated by the W3C HTML principles:
what's happening is that all the OTHER browsers are breaking the HTML design principles by forcing a user to do what a site wants (disabling the autocomplete) instead of prioritizing the user's wishes. In this case Chrome might be the first browser to actually comply with the W3C principles.
Now.. the problem here is that while browsers come with password managers and they ask the user if they want to save the password, a lot of people will click "yes" without thinking...
What the browser designers should have done instead of just blindly clicking on a "yes" button is forcing the user to think when they save a password.
Instead of just clicking that button they should be presented with a more puzzling challenge, e.g. solving a captcha or typing the "yes" answer themselves.
@article author: reading comprehension FAIL
That means that even if users turn off Chrome's feature that collects and automatically enters their login credentials to web services, the browser will nonetheless make the offer to do so.
NO, that's not what it means, you totally misunderstood the change... if the user turns off the password manager then it stays off.
This change affects only when a web SITE specifies the parameter autocomplete=off on a password input field, the browser will ignore that and instead will use the USER's preference instead of the SITE's preference: if the user has the password manager enabled then it will use that for autocomplete. If the user has disabled the password manager then it stays disabled.
support WinXP? maybe with EMET.. unfortunately no longer a solution
without access to WinXP source code i don't see how they can provide updates... maybe they thought they could rely on Microsoft's EMET ?
i'ts already been bypassed, even on latest windows OS's
quote: "Researchers took a real-world IE exploit and tweaked it until they had a complete bypass of EMET's ROP, heap spray, SEHOP, ASLR, and DEP mitigations"
"Files that demanded higher throughput, which meant that more users were accessing those files simultaneously, were stored on faster servers ... [..snip...]...has purposefully made their rapid and repeated distribution a primary focus of their infrastructure"
yep.. looks like akamai.com's modus operandi ... shut them down too! (/sarcasm)
oh wait.. can't do that...
even NASA or the Australian Government or Autodesk uses Akamai services.... or a whole TON of US Government Agencies... shut them down too! :p
cooking recipe thoughts
first thing i thought (ok..second, first was "wtf! they admit it") when seeing that octopus was yummy....a lot of meat to cook Takoyaki there... who starts to chop the arms and who brings the sauce?
nice pun :)
you've been lost up Uranus
roflmao... i think a proctologist has made subtle changes to the article before it went live :p
edit: woooot.. we have an EDIT button! cheers!
can they adapt it for....
Can we fit them to sharks also and train them?
We might then get a remote-controlled shark... next step is just to add lasers to a shark's dorsal package
heh.. diigo is far worse
Diigo is far worse... if you're logged in with ANY account you can download ANYONE ELSE's exported bookmarks if you manage to get the download key (looks like a MD5 sum slightly modified) for one.
The site doesn't check that the file actually belongs to you, only that you're logged in with a diigo account. (it used to be that the site didn't even check that you're logged in, but they added a login check sometimes last year).
even data for PAST ACCOUNTS, that are currently deleted, can be downloaded. Diigo doesn't allow you to delete ANY EXPORT files even if the account that generated them is deleted by the user.
idiocracy user interface
rofl @ user interface on that thing
i think that interface makes a nice 3rd pane to this comparison:
unfortunately it's not over yet...
"ACTA" as such might be dead and buried but its contents is risen back copypasta-style in the form of CETA and TPP:
i wish i could mod the article insightful +1
"Only to the size of the hammer," - this is my rule too :)
from Jan 2013 you can only get unlocking with a carrier's permission
i think your interpretation of the new DMCA extemptions is a bit flawed: true, unlocking is still freely allowed BUT that will last ONLY UNTIL January 2013. After that you must have the carrier's permission (and assistance) to do so:
No more unlocking
In 2006 and 2010, the Librarian of Congress had permitted users to unlock their phones to take them to a new carrier. Now that's coming to an end. While the new rules do contain a provision allowing phone unlocking, it comes with a crippling caveat: the phone must have been "originally acquired from the operator of a wireless telecommunications network or retailer no later than ninety days after the effective date of this exemption."
In other words, phones you already have, as well as those purchased between now and next January, can be unlocked. But phones purchased after January 2013 can only be unlocked with the carrier's permission.
stock trades list - is this a slow fire sale or what's going on?
the actual URL in the article should be this one:
Westergren Timothy: Insider Trading and Stock Options:
that shows the monthly trades much more clearly and by looking at what the other executives of the company are doing it seems this kind of slow fire sale ("under the radar") is "normal" for them:
KAVNER ROBERT M:
anyone has any clue what's happening here? From what i know executives selling stock (and stock options) in the company they manage happens usually only once a year or so. Doing this monthly and in such high volumes smells weird to me.
Re: Pass code?
That's amazing, i know someone that has the same combination on his luggage:
Re: Status symbol
well, they did SHIP them....they just didn't reach the intended delivery destination :p
Re: The trademark on the clock expired [...] this month.
they might be in the process of renewing it, so the renewal won't show up yet.
if you look at the status it does say it's an ACTIVE trademark, so SBB might have a grace period to renew the mark
Status Active trademark
Trademark no. 512830
Filing date 03.09.2002
Expiry date 03.09.2012
Source of first publication SOGC no.145 to 31.07.2003
Application no. 07606/2002
Re: iOS6 update broke on my iPhone 4
A) or try starting it in recovery mode and re-flash it.
1. Turn phone off
2. Press and continue to hold the Home button while you reconnect the USB cable to your iPhone, this will cause the iPhone to turn on
3. Continue to hold the Home button until an alert message in iTunes informs you that an iPhone in recovery mode has been detected. (hopefully)
4. re-flash it.
B) if you tried (A) and it still doesn't work and it's under warranty, return it.
C) if (A) doesn't work and it's not under warranty, you're SOL.
Consider selling it for parts OR if you have data on it that you're worried about, consider CAREFULLY removing the salvageable bits yourself (e.g. screen+touch sensor assembly, battery,...) and applying some heavy duty percussive maintenance to the remaining mainboard bits. :p
64Gb flash = +200 usd?!!!
wtf... price games again:(
they're practically selling 64Gb of flash memory for +200 usd?
a heavy duty usb flash drive is half of that and it also includes a sturdy rubber enclosure that you can drive a truck over or dump into water 50m deep and it will protect it. Try that with their phone.
after they migrate the data from the tapes, recycle the tapes themselves to launch a new line of designer clothes and wearable accessories.
It's way more profitable than dumping the tapes in a landfill and it gives a new life to the stuff.
@deny source ip
<quote src=Graham 24>[...]simple deny all logins from that source IP for say, five seconds. Hardly a great inconvience to a genuine user making a typo on the password, but makes a remote "dictionary attack" (where the dictionary including all combinations of upper, lower case and digits) of even an eight-character password unfeasible.[...]</quote>
these days it's a lot easier to do DISTRIBUTED dictionary attacks or port/vulnerability scans, denying logins from a particular ip address or address range is meaningless.
It's better to deny logins globally to that account for x seconds/minutes and after that to add a mandatory captcha to the login for the next few hours. I've even seen servers that always ask for captcha on logins (i configure mine this way too.).
cheating the system
does this thing do any sort of chemical analysis of the liquid it's subjected to?
if not... just bring a [section of a] garden hose into the bathroom, connect one end to a water tap at the nearby sink, open the water flow and use the other end to obtain the gold pee medal :P
unfortunately, for yahoo sms auth it is still in beta testing and it can easily be bypassed even if turned on.
Just log on via yahoo messenger (desktop app), click on the mail icon in ymess and you have Instant mail access without any nagging sms prompts.
Re: What really annoys me...
@AC with "police have seizure..." blabla
FBI is not police and especially not outside the borders of the USA
the FBI agents were in New Zealand as simple visitors / tourists / consultants, not members of the NZ police force so they had no right to hijack potential evidence.
when members of other agencies around the world do the same thing inside the USA they get arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned for spying. Sometimes they get directly executed with a bullet/car "accident", skipping the arrest/prosecution/prison stage.
Re: $9000/day storage cost?
that "storage" is not ony hard drive space but physical space storage too.
the servers themselves might be powered down and sealed but that doesn't mean they have been moved, they still use up valuable datacenter space and resources...
however... i don't remember reading anywhere that the servers themselves have been powered down, only that they have been disconnected from the network.
factor in the wasted datacenter space, electrical power needed to keep servers and air conditioning running, routers, switches, UPSs, generators, building maintenance, security & staff, etc...
this all translates into costs and a huge revenue loss for the company operating the data center.
Re: SO THERE
THE CATCH here is that MPAA wants an absolute rate of 0% counterfeit.
Not 0.00something%, not 5%...they don't allow for any tolerance, so ZERO.
You can NEVER GUARANTEE that compliance rate LAWFULLY unless you hire a JUDGE (ok, a lot of them) to examine MANUALLY EACH FILE and rule on its compliance.
A few days ago a research report came out that such a thing would costs roughly 50 BILLION USD in the case of all the videos on youtube.
This request from MPAA is around the same order of magnitude & impossibility.
"its investigators arrived in New Zealand, copied seven hard drives, and sent the information back to the US without local police knowing what was happening"
Soooo.... copying copyrighted information is theft when MPAA says it is, but copying copyrighted information that belongs to someone else is not theft when the FBI does it on the sly in a foreign country while acting as MPAA's lap dog?
Re: Doesn't help that drives are increasingly unreliable
<quote>WD still has a 5 year warrany on the Caviar Black series of drives and RE4 series of drives.</quote>
yea... right.. it's funny that NOW the warranty page on WD's sites loads just fine but back in february/march when i needed it, it didn't LOAD AT ALL! It was showing an error message with an apology about warranty terms not being available.
At that time even the WD Black / RE4 i was seeing for sale had warranties of only 2 years. Maybe they fixed that since then but i was royally screwed over by this thing. :(
Re: Doesn't help that drives are increasingly unreliable
that's why they also dropped warranty lengths.
All drives manufactured after january 1st, 2012 have the warranty cut down. You won't see anymore drives shipped directly from manufacturer with a warranty of 3 or 5 or more years.
Now Seagate and Western Digital only provide a maximum warranty of 2 years but only on some drives.
I see also many drives from these two that come with only ONE year warranty and they hope they won't be sued by the European Union for ignoring the minimum 2 years warranty mandatory legal requirement across the E.U.
Re: Good luck with that
well, to give my point of view, from Eastern Europe, (and maybe for most of the rest of the world) here the US is mostly viewed as a redneck country with the border rednecks willing to almost rape and anal probe you if you dare to visit and WILL kick arrest and deport you even for posting twitter jokes (TSA checkpoints). The USA's new logo for promoting tourism is: "Come and visit the USA, strip for the TSA!"
i'm in the same porting hell with Vodafone ever since 2009 !!!!
i'm stuck in a similar porting hell with Vodafone (in Romania) since 2009 and they won't do ANYTHING about it.
in october 2009 i ported my number from Vodafone to another carrier (RDS DigiMobil) and to this day i CANNOT RECEIVE any international call or sms.
i tested with a friend in Canada: while we were both on skype video chat i had him call my mobile phone number from his mobile phone and after he started to get a ringing tone (and my phone wasn't ringing at all) i used the very same phone that he was trying to reach to call his home land line number.
His landline started to ring immediately and at the same time his mobile phone was still trying to ring my mobile number (and did a very good job of faking the ringing, there was no indication that the call was not connected properly at all, he was hearing a standard ringing tone)
i filed complaints all the way up to the National Authority for Communications but all my complaints end up in the same stink-hole that is vodafone+rds support.
RDS says that the porting has been completed from their end... Vodafone says the same and i'm stuck with having to use a secondary prepaid sim card (from vodafone since they won't unlock that handset even if the contract is finished) so that i can receive international calls and sms.
Re: China trademarks =/= Hong Kong trademarks
P.S. read that 2007 blog article and the linked blogspot article too...
Ferrari lost the right to the horse image trademark in China to a company that registered it properly in 1996.
China trademarks =/= Hong Kong trademarks
Proview is not using the fraud and deceit defense in China because these are really two separate legal matters:
The international lawsuits are related to the INTERNATIONAL (actually 10-countries) usage of the mark that was sold to a buyer that was acting under false pretenses and thus it is the contract to the international mark that is contested and as such that contract might be found null and void because of willfull deceit on part of the buyer and Proview might end up actually owning the international IPAD trade mark again if the courts decide so.
The China lawsuit is another kettle of fish: the international right for the mark does not include the rights for Chinese mainland.
Harris & Moure on their blog, http://www.chinalawblog.com/ have repeatedly stressed the point that Hong Kong trademarks are not always (i.e. almost never) recognized in mainland China unless they are also REGISTERED in China.
This is due to the "One country, two systems" approach. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_country,_two_systems
the chinese courts' decision is correct imho because they bought the rights from Proview Taiwan not Proview China.
These are separate (but related) legal entities.
The taiwanese company is in charge of international stuff and the chinese company takes care of matters within the borders of China.
The taiwanese was the trademark administrator for international usage but the owner is the chinese company and that one never sold the mark. It was the taiwanese company that did it and they only sold the international rights not the rights within china as they had no right to sell that.
virustotal apps, secunia psi & filehippo updater
1) VirusTotal.com - the uploader and browser extension tools
right click on any file (up to 20mbytes) - send to - virustotal
will scan that file with all their installed antivirus programs
the browser extension helps with scanning unknown links, scans downloads before saving the file, and so on...
btw, i chose not to use the browser extensions, i don't want too many addons in firefox, i'm only using the uploader app.
2) filehippo's update checker and Secunia PSI
these two complement each other quite well. Sometimes (*ahem*... often) PSI lags a bit on the detection of the latest version available but filehippo's manual tool picks it up.
PSI is best to leave running all the time in the tray since it can auto-update quite a few odd programs (irfan view, adobe flash..), prompt the user for updates for other programs that cannot be auto-updated (no silent install available for them: winamp, vlc,..).
PSI will also warn about end of life programs - programs that their producer has decided to no longer support because newer versions are available - such is the case with sysinternals' registry monitor and file monitor that have been retired and replaced by process monitor.
well, i assume that at least he'll be paying those 35% properly instead of the creative accounting that Mitt Romney is using so that he's only paying 13,9% tax on his millions
Windows Phone OS = dead in the water
nokia & ms are taking a nosedive recently since MS announced a few days ago that all updates of WinPhone OS will be provided by CARRIERS only
you won't get access to updates directly from MS unless your carrier says so and they won't say so because they don't make any money from a free os update, their interest is to push you to PAY and change your phone... this is a quote from a comment there:
They have no intentions on rolling out the update.
They very kindly asked me if I (and for that matter the other 3 members of my family who have the same phones) would like to terminate our contracts and get shiny new Nokia phones where they would be pushing the update out on to at a cost of £350.00 per phone which makes a stagering total of £1400.
"Plan B was much the same, the only difference being they were tossed, flaming into the offices concerned."
rofl, great use of a napalm / molotov pudding... tasty AND sticky incendiary device :D
lawsuit incoming in 3....2....1.....
limiting warranties to less than two years will not pass in Europe, here the minimum mandatory warranty period is 2 years as stated in Directive 1999/44/EC and adopted as such in the legislation of the Member Nations
(17) Whereas it is appropriate to limit in time the period during which the seller is liable for any lack of conformity which exists at the time of delivery of the goods; whereas Member States may also provide for a limitation on the period during which consumers can exercise their rights, provided such a period does not expire within two years from the time of delivery; whereas where, under national legislation, the time when a limitation period starts is not the time of delivery of the goods, the total duration of the limitation period provided for by national law may not be shorter than two years from the time of delivery;
Article 5 - Time limits
1. The seller shall be held liable under Article 3 where the lack of conformity becomes apparent within two years as from delivery of the goods. If, under national legislation, the rights laid down in Article 3(2) are subject to a limitation period, that period shall not expire within a period of two years from the time of delivery.
this minimum term of two years is further highlighted by a common letter of the Commission and European Parliament from 2007
TIME LIMITS – ARTICLE 5(1)
The seller is liable under Article 3 where the lack of conformity becomes apparent within two years as from the moment of delivery.
Also, article 7 of Directive 1999/44/EC has this to say:
1. Any contractual terms or agreements concluded with the seller before the lack of conformity is brought to the seller's attention which directly or indirectly waive or restrict the rights resulting from this Directive shall, as provided for by national law, not be binding on the consumer.
Member States may provide that, in the case of second-hand goods, the seller and consumer may agree contractual terms or agreements which have a shorter time period for the liability of the seller than that set down in Article 5(1). Such period may not be less than one year.
please note that warranties of one year are acceptable only for second-hand goods.
I'm sooo looking forward to the day when the European Class Action lawsuits (called "collective redress") can finally be launched at such sellers/manufacturers.
in case of fire, break the glass. ALL of it :p
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