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Ten Mac freeware apps for your new Apple baby

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Clam XAV - (took Sophos out for hogging)

Tesseract - command line OCR coming from Linux

Picasa pix mgr (from Google)

Dash - (freemium) offline IT documentation browser

Macports - to install more goodies (see also Homebrew)

LibreOffice

Not free:

Sublime Text editor

Pixelmator

Affinity Designer - vector graphics

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Re: Legal?

>Their T&Cs say you have to pay 100% of the week's stay

There are plenty of valid reasons why hotels have no-show policies that include billing you if you've caused them to lose business by reserving and then not showing up.

I am NOT saying that you were not justified in giving those folks the boot. And a full week's stay seems a bit over the top too. I am saying that the facts need verification in your case, not just a blanket dismissal that such terms are contractually null and void in general.

I would hate to lose the convenience of guaranteed reservations because honest business owners could not enforce reasonable terms.

p.s. Why do I anticipate an impending name change for the Broadway Hotel? Not necessarily a change of management scumbags mind you, but a name change.

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Re: Boohoo

And, if you notice, unlike what the article states about trolls crawling out, many of those low reviews are more than 3 weeks old. This ain't just the interweb lynching a poor wretch for a clumsy (and stupid) attempt at muzzling undue criticism.

Granted, the amount of upvotes to those poor ratings is probably motivated by their recent press coverage.

Personally, unlike some other posters above, I don't particularly care for businesses giving out frequent explanations/rebuttals, even apologies to bad reviews. When you have a business which is constantly justifying itself, you get the impression that they spend more time doing PR than fixing their product.

That's different when it's have a business which generally gets good reviews and feels like they ought to communicate with a few disgruntled customers.

From a quick perusal of the older reviews, this hotel just seems to stink, period (and probably literally too).

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Bloke, 26, accused of running drug souk Silk Road 2.0 cuffed by Feds

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Rory Cellan-Jones, technology correspondent???

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29950946 / Huge raid to shut down 400-plus dark net sites

"""The so-called deep web - the anonymous part of the internet - is estimated to be anything up to 500 times the size of the surface web."""

Really? There are 500 gb of dark net storage for each regular gb of cat videos? Paid by whom?

Is this in the family of Stephen Fry tech expertise? I see the potential in boosting viewers fears and therefore ratings but ... what a moron. Numeracy and common sense, whazzat?

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FTC tells 'scan to email' patent troll: Every breath you take, every lie you make, I'll be fining you

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... but it's the law

Not exactly

"cannot threaten legal action against a business unless it has sufficient evidence to pursue a patent infringement case."

Point is, they know they have no case to begin with but they are _pretending_ to anyway. That's what the 16k is about.

Whether or not a patent is valid is one thing and many of them are silly. But there is some logic to making patent users liable under _some_ conditions. Think stolen goods & "your Honor I knew that $50 for a Galaxy S5 in a back alley was dodgy but I am not a thief".

Problem is that trolls like this then abuse not only the patent system but then go after innocent bystanders chosen for their likely low defence capacity _and_ lack of vested interest, due precisely because they are bystanders. Seriously these guys make regular patent trolls look like Mother Theresa.

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Re: Point of responsibility?

I am not sure about the exact legal subtleties here, but it seems to be a relatively common occurrence that trolls go after the customers instead, especially smaller ones.

Whether or not the troll could then be pointed back to sue the manufacturer is one thing, but the troll's gamble is that a small biz will instead fold and pay them a fee to avoid the possibility of going to court. I guess the troll can always opt to walk away if someone tries to fight them.

Excellent move by the judge here, too bad it can't become a blanket penalty to all trolls for frivolous threats of this specific nature. But maybe it'll serve to lower the barrier to similar troll penalties through case law.

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Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'

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Re: OK so let me get this straight..

>keywords: OS X applications

So, like I am wondering. Will the AV community actually have to do some work on OSX for once, rather than repurposing stuff to scan for Windows malware coming in somehow? And, will they catch WireLurker, or just claim it's not a virus, but user-installed?

Wonder how successful their threat handling will be. I recently ditched my (free) Sophos AV for excessive CPU guzzling doing live scans. Using ClamXAV, on-demand instead. But, since these puppies haven't really been blooded on OSX, dunno how much to trust them...

That said, it sounds like it's not exactly easy for the average (Western) Joe MacUser to catch this, at this point.

As usual, those who believe Macs are inherently immune are naive. Inherently more robust (than Windows) most likely, but that's about it.

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Disney wins Mickey Mouse patent for torrent-excluding search engine

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Re: Disney patents internet search censorship

and this is not your everyday normal 17 year expiry patent either, no sirree.

This will be extended ad-infinitum, because it's Disney's.

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This Changes Everything? OH Naomi Klein, NO

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Re: Not as simple as that indeed....

You left out:

4) More affluent societies tend to emit more CO2.

We really need to address that, because, if the climate experts are right, that is gonna bite us on the ass. Of course, some of you are gonna debate that the experts don't know, but just consider this is a risk assessment scenario. Just because you don't know everything doesn't mean your best long term bet is to ignore a credible risk.

In the past, we've successfully managed to dial down other types of pollution, mostly because, as we got richer, we could afford to care and substitute. We need to do that ourselves in this case, and convince newly industrializing countries not to follow in our previous footsteps.

And, one lesson we need to learn, quickly, is that good intentions, or even spending, counts for diddly wrt to CO2. What counts is hard reductions. If we waste money sponsoring solar in sunny Germany or biodiesel in Iowa that is money not available to pursue better methods. If the Canadian government wastes money on Ontario solar pork, that is money not available for climate change mitigation.

Naomi, and a whole of other greens, are confusing their political goals with engineering results.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

> bright-coloured black square wheels

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Re: Pulled off on MS Office?

Upvoted!

and the ribbon is a showcase of why Sinofky & co are idiots wrt to user choice and a clever (hah!) Ballmer should have seen it coming*.

Within 3 weeks of installing Office 2007, I had found a 3rd party plugin that restored the menu, albeit in really skeleton form. So it can be done, easily.

I get that the ribbon may have better useability for some other people, I do.

But how difficult, if some hacker could do it, would it have been for MS to provide their customers with an option of choosing menus? Keeping in mind that some users seem to want to stick with Office 2003 until you pry it from their cold, dead, hands, precisely because it still has a menu?

Our way or the highway indeed. Well, that highway sure looks crowded now.

* I think Office sales are more entreprise driven and run on different cycles than Windows entreprise upgrades so the ribbon issues may not have been as apparent in customer adoption metrics. Of course, when Metro got universally panned in beta, it was apparent. And apparently ignored too.

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Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

I don't do desktop Linux but how recent is your experience?

Most distros come with a pretty nifty package manager a la apt/yum. On the command line it will be something like apt-get firefox. And... drum roll... a desktop distro is bound to have a gui front end for it.

I think you are right to bash the old style installers you are talking about, but they're mostly gone now. Try again?

Having said that the constant flux in Linux GUIs is what drove me off. KDE 3 was good enough.

Choice is _not_ a panacea, for core, needs-to-be-used components, especially wrt to newbies.

For example, Python suffered greatly from an overabundance of GUI toolkits. Newcomers had no obvious, elegant and mature default GUI toolkit to work with and were told to evaluate the choices themselves. Just where you want to be as you finally jump into a brand new technology.

This cycle started up again with web servers, until Django got general acceptance and became the default to use. Not to take away any credit from good alternatives, like Flask, but a good-enough default also forces the wannabe challengers to up their game in terms of power, useability and stability. I've had the displeasure of working with several crappy, buggy, immature Python web servers and GUI toolkits which should never have been widely recommended as choices and it does a great job in undermining your confidence in the system as whole.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Re: Am I a criminal?

No, you'd be doing him a favor.

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Hey Apple, we're gonna tailor Swift as open source – indie devs throw down gauntlet

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I like the idea of a next-gen language that is C-inspired, a la D or Go. By that, I mean relatively simple and limited in its syntax, but still powerful, with a clean syntax and built for speed.

i.e. lump the C and Python/Bash/Ruby/LISP lessons together. Add a (small) smidgen of C++**/Java as required and stir.

Agree that Apple has little upside from actively promoting Swift to OSS, but will it quash it?

Wonder if they'll pull a Sun/Oracle and get all hissy on the API/test suite whatever...

Or will it be benign neglect* a la MS/Mono?

OTOH, what is the downside to Apple if Swift takes off? Can't see it being pushed by the other big players, so the competitive risk is low. Its unique selling point is probably largely tied to a clean integration to iOS/OSX APIs anyway. A good way to acquire some geek cred if it becomes popular? Java was good for Sun's profile, even if their own apps on it seemed to be the least polished of breed to me.

Still, sharing more than strictly necessary doesn't seem that much in Apple's DNA.

* actually, I have no idea how much/little MS has supported Mono.

** Not dissing C++ here. Languages like Swift don't need the full complexities of a low-level system language however.

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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slightly OT, but can I make a special mention?

of much annoyance @ Amazon wrt Canada?

amazon.ca == very limited content, no mp3s. Try searching for "mp3" funny.

amazon.com - we won't stream ppv or sell mp3s if you have a Canadian CC.

I have wondered how much is due to Amazon's stupidity and how much is due to the CRTC "looking out for Canadian's interests" by foisting Celine Dion, French language and Canadian content requirements upon us. They've certainly been very active in trying to corner Netflix lately.

Here's hoping for a reasonably-priced access to GoT (I have only broadband + Netflix)

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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Re: Retina iMac

>Best ever computer. If you don't want one of these right now, you shouldn't be in IT. Or in life.

Please accept my award for "dumbest ever statement".

As a frequent, but not exclusive, Apple user I find it annoying how much the slightest positive opinions about their products elicits howls of "fanboi, fanboi". After all, I hardly notice much difference between my OSX bash shell and my VM's Ubuntu. Postgres, Python and Django run seamlessly on both. We are all people of the 'nix, why can't we just get along?

Then I see statements like yours to remind me why snobbery & herd-think is associated with Apple use ;-)

The screen is an awesome change, yes, but I mostly hope it will relaunch a pixel arms race in laptops and/or standalone screens. An iMac is entirely the wrong format for me. That screen should still be going strong long after its computer has become a paperweight. On the other hand it is not portable anywhere. Good for many, not for me.

Kudos to Apple for upping their game and I hope everybody copies high res offerings on computers. If anything it might actually bring down prices on >2560 screens.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: 10 years

>as a species spend more money on spectator sports

True, that.

Some years back there was a critical article in a business magazine about the latest round of cap in hand from the ITER folks. Same magazine that usually flags global warming concerns.

I think that the amount of $ ITER was asking was about 3 weeks worth of global oil consumption back then. Granted, spending it on ITER by no means guarantees a favorable outcome, but with fusion such a potentially elegant escape from emission concerns that it behooves us not to be overly stingy with it.

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Re: To the skeptics...

Yeah, I agree with the healthy dose of skepticism.

But maybe the investment is to spread the risk? Considering how many $B are going into the ITER fusion project, even a large corporate parent might balk at taking a fraction of that type of risk solo.

And, if they did strike gold, I wouldn't be surprised if the public and politicians claimed that the tech was too beneficial to belong to any one corporation and belonged to humanity as a whole. Spreading the ownership pie might help there too.

Still, I remain quite skeptical of the whole thing.

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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

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Sounds like sloppy police work, being explained after the fact

I mean, how difficult would it have been to ask Iceland for cooperation for a clearly criminal entreprise?

Granted, if it was a server in a known-to-harbor-miscreants state, they might have had reasons not to do so. But in this case?

If I were the judge, I would not accept the government's "non-US server means open season on hacking" claim. Not least because the US will itself have a hard time making a case for for redress if its servers get hacked from abroad (cough, China, cough).

Whether or not that should get Ulbricht off the hook is another story, he does sound like he deserves being put away for a while.

Same crap as with the blanket eavesdropping - US law protecting individuals somehow does not apply when foreigners are involved. Good thing for them they are not a tinpot country somewhere, because no one would put up with that crap from a tinpot country.

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Want to break Netflix? It'll pay you to do the job

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expect failure

I rather like Netflix's approach that things will fail and you need to recover gracefully. Most IT professionals will agree with that. But Netflix goes one step further and actively develops systems that get the carpet pulled from under them, in the form of randomly failing components. Call it productive paranoia.

A lot of IT pros could learn from that. And, in terms of security, a lot of IT could learn from the same approach, tweaked to trigger failure on unusual/excessive access.

"What, the same IP is now downloading 1MB of confidential data/minute, for the last 3 hours, whatever for?"

"Hmmm, why am I seeing a 'select * from credit_card_table' with no customer_id specified?"

Far as Netflix's programming goes, it suffices amply to keep my brain sedated on the boob tube. The key is not to expect to find something you want on Netflix. Chances are it won't have it. Rather it works if you are content with the occasional gem* that you find on it. For less than a quarter of the price of basic cable TV, I am quite happy with it. Not least because I find cable TV a ripoff and general TV programming dumb as a bag of nails.

* N. has lots of really good BBC content in Canada that you wouldn't find anywhere else.

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French prez mulls mobe, fondleslab tax for telly

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Boffin

bloke never met a tax he did not like

£3/phone

say 25m phones/yr assuming 2 yr cycles

But not if you pay TV tax already, say 50%

Say 3x 25 x .5 => £37.5m/yr

Questions to Mr Hollande: how much will it cost in civil servants to admin this tax?

How much IT & biz overhead to collect it?

Yay, I can see where your poll ratings come from... Les edentes te saluent.

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Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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next?

Judge in Pakistan orders defamatory articles about Pakistani politicians and/or military taken off search.

Really, why should the world care about French court judgments more than say Pakistani ones? This is just as obnoxious as US extra territorial meddlings.

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Take THAT, hated food! It's OVER, tedious chewing! Soylent strikes back with version 1.1

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Not half a bad idea, if it delivers

Hey, I like food and can cook fairly well. French origins. And believe deeply in watching one's diet.

But sometimes you can't be bothered to cook, nor do you want to eat greasy unbalanced fast food. Just wanna pass by the pump.

If, and that's a big if, Soylent (takes cojones to use that name) delivers on healthy, why not fuel up with their goop from time to time?

Am also a big believer in food contrast. If you eat lobster all the time, what's special about lobster? Eat simple most of the time, splurge as much as you can. This stuff sounds like it would even make a wonderbread & velveeta sandwich seem foodie.

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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Re: Dear reader

I agree with Tim, the solutions will have to come from increased research and tech, best delivered by self-interest. On the other hand, a gradually increasing carbon tax is an excellent way to discourage emissions, as long as it is not just a tax grab.

Companies don't really care about oil. They care about profits. If they can sell you the energy you need in another form, they will. So what if some corporate dinosaurs don't adapt? Let them go out of business. And on the consumption side, companies will be happy to minimize their energy costs and well-run ones have accountants to point out energy saving potentials.

Was at a climate march 10 days or so ago. So, so hippy. Discouraging to see how many attendants seem sure that sticking it to the man or hugs will automatically save the day. Really risky to let that bunch drive the agenda but they are admittedly more aware of the problem.

Let's not forget assisting poor countries through the transition. Coal burnt in India is just as bad as coal burnt in near Berlin and limiting population growth is also a big way to limit emissions.

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Re: The problem with this article...

2 things:

What are the comparative scales? How many of our 80m/day barrels of oil go into non-burn use? I think you'll find it a small fraction. Long term, it's actually an incentive to preserve oil by not burning it. Coal? Likely even less non-burn usage.

Second, let's take plastic. It might pollute the oceans and all that, but as long as it is not burnt, the carbon remains locked and out of the atmosphere.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Re: Even if James Comey got everything he ever wanted ..

IIRC France classified unauthorized use of encryption as deserving of same penalties as unauthorized military-grade firearms, well into early 90s.

Warrants already exist to compel decryption. Apply the damn laws, stop inventing reasons why the state needs unfettered access all the time.

France, and the US, have both had cases where spy services started spying on opposition politicians. That's the scary risk to democracy, rogue spies serving incumbents and what's to prevent it without judicial oversight?

Without absolving the US one bit, almost none of our Western countries have avoided this post 9/11 hysteria. Even granting the need for intensified counter-terrorism intel, we should at least get transparency and sunset clauses.

Thank you, again, Mr Snowden.

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Cut-off North Sea island: Oh crap, ferry's been and gone. Need milk. SUMMON THE DRONE

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Joke

>drop their payload

uh, uh, I can see the next James Bond plot already. Recipient is Prime Minister or the like.

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Heatmiser digital thermostat users: For pity's sake, DON'T SWITCH ON the WI-FI

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Re: Where are the crims?

What about selling lists of addresses which seem to be vacant to criminals? Winter, you would expect a thermostat at low for 3-4 days to mean owner is away. Ditto smart tv and that works in summer too.

Granted, break ins are not usually hi tech and might even be trending down for various reasons. But there is still a lot of potential downsides to an internet of things that allows extrapolation of your daily habits in the real world. Seems like we are at the same maturity level as Outlook running vbs ifrom emails, back in the day. Or me clicking on my buddies' exe joke attachments.

Naive.

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Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales

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Ford Focus (audio by MS) and Bluetooth

Rented a Ford Focus twice this year. Nice cars, if you forgive their Microsoft-powered audio system. In both cases, I was just trying to play some tunes off my phone, nothing more fancy, wasn't about to be dinged on roaming charges.

iPhone 4 - In a week, I never got it to Bluetooth, barely managed to get the crap stereo system to accept a linein on its 3.5 jack. Half the time it would try to switch to another source.

Nexus 5 - 3 weeks. Bluetooth recognized right away. Well, recognized enough give me some kinda 911 warning every single time I started the car with my phone in it.

Music? No such luck, their voice guidance kept on telling me to do configure something in their menu-driven system to source music through Bluetooth or somesuch. Except, there was no sub-menu of that name, or any kind of function related to their advice, anywhere.

It was almost worth it not having music to laugh at the truly huge mess MS manages to make out of a car's stereo system. Mind you, despite being a nice drive, the Focus uses 3x as many switches and options to provide the same basic car control and status info as my Civic, so the stereo ergonomics fit.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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it sounded so garland flowery

That I was going to comment a snarky "Bong, is that you doing double duty mocking Fry under a nom de plume?".

Then I read the Guardian article and I realized it is Fry whose style is inspired by Bong instead.

Embarassing brownnosing gush, I'd be peeved if I was Apple.

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iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!

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Candy Crush!!! OMG!!!

>The long game for WebGL isn’t a better version of Candy Crush, but a clearer view into the galaxy of data that we own but can’t get handle on.

If only that were true.

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

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betting on

Warrior-caste Moties

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Read The Gods of War for every tired cliche you never wanted to see in a sci fi book

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>If SyFy throw a shark, octopus or tornado it could even get better!

I can see the poster already! (Goodshow is a hilarious, British-run, site)

http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/2013/01/city-under-the-sea/

http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/2010/08/faith-of-tarot/

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Alien

Awful? By no means, Amazon says not!

4.5 stars with 8 reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Gods-War-Graham-Brown-ebook/product-reviews/B00M4S2WIY/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

"A very good movie material. Call alert to Alfonso Cuaron and Scott Ridley."

"There’s even philosophical stimulation"

"you can almost see the movie this book could become"

"Good guys, bad guys, people in between"

Several possibilities:

a) $2.75 price means The Forever War or Mote in God's Eye, no?

b) The reviewers are family/friends.

c) The reviewers are morons , easily pleased.

d) The author of _this_ article just doesn't get great SF in the tradition of Clark, Asimov, Banks and Heinlein.

(A comparison to the above authors was the key point of a glowing review of a very turgid SF novel I just read and reviewed negatively)

Advice to those buying cheap Kindle SF, methinks the proportion of lobotomized reviewers increases as price decreases and the number of guns increases. Military, apocalypse and first contact SF seem to attract a number of rabid fans who will devour anything in that field and praise turds as diamonds. I suppose that would be true of zombie SF novels too but haven't dipped my toes.

I love it when you write a negative review and you get a downvote within an hour or two on an otherwise infrequently reviewed book. A suspicious person, which I am not, might almost suspect the author.

That said, I have discovered some very very cool new authors on Kindle, and if you wait for the daily discounts, you can get them for quite cheap. Look at the bad reviews first, get a sense if they are of the "OMG... boring, like no action 4 10 pages, back 2 COD, LOL" or the "cardboard characters, unbelievable plot" variety and try to guesstimate how credible the reviewer is.

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Gaming supremo creates maps that turn real world into Sim City

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Simcity-inspired?

I wanna know...

if you bulldoze a church do they simulate you a rampaging Godzilla?

Excellent idea they have by the way, verrrry cool.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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>reasonable (by Apple standards)

depends on your definition of that word.

Apple.ca, unlocked, 16/64/128, CAD$:

4.7" - 749/859/969

5.5" - 859/969/1079

Ouch. A $1000+ phone, before tax. Wonder how usable a 16GB phone is, if you use 6-7 gb for mp3s?

My $399 32gb, unlocked, Nexus 5 may stick around for longer than expected. Not that I am all that fond of its battery-guzzling ways, but...

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iPHONEY: Fake iPhone 6 images splattered over Chinese internet

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IT Angle

slow day?

Come on, with the amount of downvotes re anything non-derogatory said about Apple, your commentard demographic obviously sleeps easily without all this pre-launch hype, gush & speculation.

Really, who cares? It's a phone, just that. And it's not out, yet.

And I don't even mind Apple myself.

Catch some rays, down some suds, chat up up <person of interest>.

Write up launch review @ launch, plenty sufficient.

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Facepalm

>tell a fake Rolex from a real one anyway.

True story.

- My, my, Janine, nice Rolex. Cost a lot?

- (giggle) No, got it for a steal in Thailand. Who'd pay the full price for the real thing?

later... at the Paris Rolex service dept.

- Excuse me, my watch has stopped working. Can you fix it?

- Errr, you are aware it it s a counterfeit?

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Work in the tech industry? The Ukraine WAR is coming to YOU

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Re: Morals, ethics, principles...

>The rebels may have possessed a single BUK launcher, captured from government forces.

Hmmm, Tom, do all the math you want about BUKs.

I too agree that the immediate blaming of the rebels was a bit hasty, but... someone had to shoot down that plane.

In all the frequent blames and name calling of the rebels by the Ukrainian authorities, generally playing up to whoever will listen the hardware used by the rebels, no one ever claimed the rebels were operating aircraft. Because, for one thing, aircraft are complex to operate and require airstrips. Russia might have chosen to operate them, but at that point was being discrete.

Now, if you can, try to balance out your fairly justified doubt about who is telling the truth. Balance it out with a big question: if your enemies are not operating aircraft, why would you shoot anti-aircraft missiles? Why would you shoot a plane whose flight path is coming from your own territory? Which party had recently bragged about shooting down a bunch of aircraft, some of which were not that different in aspect from airliners?

Now, that doesn't tell us who did it, it really doesn't. And, yes, the glee with which the Ukrainian government took PR advantage of it was distasteful.

Occam's Razor does not much support your theories however.

Ah, but I forget. Black flag operation, the answer to all questions.

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Re: Sanctions

>Time and again the history proves it to be the case

Gee, you forgot South Africa and Myanmar.

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Re: Morals, ethics, principles...

>all are on the wrong side.

Bullshit!

Bloody Ukrainians should know better than to carry out their own foreign policy. They are, after all, part of the Russian near-abroad, places where Russia has special interests. What's this about wanting to kow tow to Europe? What's this about protesting about corruption?

And, darn right, 20-30% of ethnic Russians, moved there in the glorious heyday of the Soviet people's brotherhood, definitely can decide to secede when they feel like it. After all, Russia is a great power and the little fish surrounding it need to respect it.

Latvia, Georgia, etc... take note.

Send in the PzIIs into the Sudetenland, sorry T72s into Donetsk, to rescue our ethnic brothers!

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Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why

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Re: Suggestion for another rejection criteria

"the OS"? which is that?

I use both. Neither do what I want, putting them together would be better.

iOS has what you say, but only on few access rights. Location, contacts, calendars, reminders, photos, bluetooth & mic. However, they do allow you to disable those access. Does it mean the apps have no possibilty of access to other items (sms, to take an example)? Does it mean that that access is un-reported, so as not to worry us?

I dunno, but the list the of access rights has increased, slowly. That list used to be even shorter before. Again, does it mean that that possibility of app access did not exist? Or was just unreported?

Take an example - security boffins have reported some success in guessing lock passwords from reading accelerometers. & accelerometers are accessible from the iOS apis. Does my barcode scanner need 3D access? I wouldn't know if it asked for it.

Android has lots more detail, but doesn't allow you to muzzle access. Yes, I can see "full network access" for my barcode scanner, but I can't turn it off, unlike iOS. Android's Plenty of Fish has a looong list of things it likes to look at: device & app history, identity, location, photos, camera, wifi connection info, phone info, full network access, vibration control, prevent phone sleep.... That's a fair bit, no? And, way more detailed than iOS's limited list.

So, no, neither iOS 7 nor KitKat is happy land for me. I'd like any app chatting outside of its own processing and files, or its own servers on the net, to report its intent. Whether it is to access another app, the network, sms, etc... And I'd like the OS to reject undeclared interactions outright.

Then again, I am the kind of paranoid fool who won't use banking apps on a mobile ;-)

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Re: Suggestion for another rejection criteria

Hey, don't take my post as an endorsement for Android either. I would like to see this stuff radically locked down, on both platforms. My take is Android, or at least Play, is slightly better at showing you the scope of the problem. I am satisfied with neither.

What I would like is a fake access capability. Wanna see my contacts? Sure, I'll pretend you can see them, but in reality the OS only gives the app access to a locked down sandbox. i.e. you can't really see my contacts, you only think you can. Ditto pretty much everything and reviewing access logs might be most informative as to what was attempted and whether an app could actually be trusted. Additionally, it would avoid an install being an all or nothing decision - you take the app, but you knowingly limit some of its functionality. Last but not least, you'd get security conscious users warning each other about abuses.

Likely to happen? No, but one can dream, no? And, no, I definitely don't care to root my phone to achieve any of this.

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Suggestion for another rejection criteria

"apps that require permissions above and beyond their stated use will be rejected"

Thinking of...

sms access for non-sms apps

location access for most apps non-navigation/non-social/non-local game mode apps

contact information for most apps

etc...

At least you see better transparency about the required permissions on Play. But there, or on the Apple store, it seems very little is done to restrict the "ask for the kitchen sink" approach to privacy of most app devs.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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Idiocracy II: Siri, the return

Siri, gemme sum tirst mutilatoh.

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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What could go wrong?

Nifty research, don't get me wrong.

But if the bubble collapses somehow, you end up hitting a brick wall in short order.

Fine for a torpedo, but as a passenger, I'd be a tad worried.

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No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate

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>Anti-religious bigotry

what, exactly, is "religious" about IS? Enlighten us, please.

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Somebody else also has a branding problem :(

Archer.

Far as this somewhat risque material goes, satirizing this lot of fanatics is a good way to start. Harder to be a martyr when you are a laughingstock. And, make no mistake, IS is all about PR, as well as being as unequivocally evil as we haven't seen much of since the Nazis and Pol Pot.

Good show.

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Obama's healthcare.gov savior says: 'No suits please, we're techies'

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>Its time IT had a regulatory body to drive up standards in our industry to something akin to a professional level.

Totally agree. Starting with sartorial standards which are the most important by far.

You are sooooo right and I'll go further. Dress code is a bit like the 'broken windows' theory introduced in NYC policing: how can you not have crime if there are any broken windows or graffiti?

In IT it becomes, how could you possibly produce bug-free code wearing jeans & Ts? Obviously not, when you think about it and our, under-appreciated, managers have long shown us the way.

Or, as we French like to say: l'habit fait le moine.

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