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NoScript 2.0 beefs border patrol

Christopher P. Martin
Happy

Cool.

That's my biggest downvote yet. Nice to get a reaction. Unfortunately not everyone is a techie (in fact most people aren't), so things like NoScript have limited usefulness unless you can make the "just work". On my home machine I actually spend around 50% of my time on sites I've never visited before and probably will never go back to. That's the kind of surfer I am. Whitelisting hence only cuts out half the problem.

Even if that shuts it up a bit, it may be fine for me to figure out the faffing with the rest of it, but unfortunately no amout of "time and patience" will get my elderly relatives to understand it. I can't even get them to stop using IE, because they get confused.

Regarding FlashBlock, that does "just work" the vast majority of the time (thanks for the street view tip Code Monkey). People don't even need to be taught about it, because a helpful "play" button appears that just needs an obvious extra click. ABP does "just work", completely transparently. So much so that I get mildly confused when using other people's browsers because the pages I'm used to look different- it takes me a moment to realise why.

Yes, in an ideal world, all people would understand the nuances of internet security and be able to know when to click "yes" and when to click "no", but this is the real world, and the majority of people have no idea. Unless a security add-on "just works", then it's only going to find a limited audience of techies like the readership here (at a guess, 0.1% of the UK population). I know all the problems, understand the risks, and have even suffered the consequences of poor browser security. Yet I still don't want the hassle of having to think about NoScript every time I open a browser.

To me, using NoScript is like wearing one of these:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/21/sa_device/

every time I leave the house. Yeah, sure, it'll really defend me against being raped, but do I really want that up me all day every day?

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Christopher P. Martin
Unhappy

Until NoScript...

...has some serious usability improvements, I'll not be using it. All it did was sit there being a pain in the arse and update itself every few seconds. I found there were so many pages that simply broke with it switched on, that I turned it off altogether. And the web page it takes you to after an update looks like it was made by a 13 year old some time in 1996. First time I saw it I thought I'd been maliciously redirected by some malware or other.

I accept that it protects you from a lot of things, but it's far too visible and interactive for my liking. I have ABP and FlashBlock installed (even though the latter screws up street view), and they are simple and practically invisible. NoScript keeps rubbing itself in my face like a horny dog with a boner. If someone can tell me how to set it up so it can be installed but my wife is still actually able to use the internet, then please do.

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

Christopher P. Martin

FF startup speed

Don't see what your problem is. My FF goes from click to running (and no hdd grinding) in 2 seconds. This compares to IE's 5 seconds,and Chrome's 3 seconds on my machine. If your FF is taking ten times longer to load than mine, maybe you need to defrag or something.

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Google discovers Chrome can (really) block ads

Christopher P. Martin

You already can:

Heard of Chromium?

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Xmas kicks off on 2 August

Christopher P. Martin

There should be a law:

Christmas cannot be mentioned until 1st December.

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End of Microsoft NHS deal means mass deletions

Christopher P. Martin
Stop

As if...

...anyone would uninstall it. If you've got a functional corporate license sitting on your machine, you're just going to keep it, aren't you?

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Teufel System 5 home cinema speakers

Christopher P. Martin

Yes but, does it meet...

...the high standards of THX 1138?

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Bendy bike inventor scores design prize win

Christopher P. Martin
WTF?

WTF Daily Mail?

Just found the original Mail article. Their stats are whack:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1292986/Young-designer-puts-new-twist-folding-bicycle-idea.html

So, "more than 52 bikes are stolen in London every day". What's that then? 53? 54? Oh no, wait, just after that we have "A total of 23,748 bikes were reported stolen in London in 2009-10". Well, by my calcs that makes slightly over 65 per day.

At least they're factually right- 65 is more than 52.

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Famous 'Invisible Gorilla' trick vid gets sequel

Christopher P. Martin

Well...

...on the third play, I noticed the black player leaving the set, but I never noticed the colour change. But then, I couldn't even see it when it was re-played, as I'm colour blind. I think this test discriminates against my disability.

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Renault DeZir: 'leccy sex machine

Christopher P. Martin

Actually,

mine's a Micra. And I recently vacuumed it. Do you want to buy it? It's for sale.

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Christopher P. Martin
Thumb Down

Yeah but...

...it's still a Renault, and I therefore wouldn't buy it if it cost a fiver. But then maybe I just hate French cars. It's the styling- even in this one, it's just all wrong. And what's with the Delorean doors? Apart from anything else, all your spare change, sweet wrappers, and used tissues will fall out of the door pockets every time you open them.

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Mozilla submits browserless Firefox to Jobsian app police

Christopher P. Martin

@ripratm

You don't come here often do you?

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Apple seeks antenna engineers after 'Death Grip' debacle

Christopher P. Martin
Headmaster

@AC 11:15

You are of course right, but if you're going to be picky and sarcastic, then you should get it all right yourself: QuantUM is the singular, not quantA. Moreover, it is not possible to have a "minimum quantum", as a "quantum" is _defined_ as a minimum unit. Besides, why the capital Q? And don't get me started on "base units"...

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iPhone 4: Perfect for everyone, except humans

Christopher P. Martin
FAIL

Ha...

...ha.

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Fans fall in to await iPhone 4 arrival

Christopher P. Martin
WTF?

Proof...

...that the apple devotees have more money than sense. They apparently don't need jobs (with a small 'j'), yet can afford to buy expensive shiny toys. I guess they could've taken annual leave to loiter in Regent Street, but in a way that's worse. Tools.

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The Reg guide to Linux, part 1: Picking a distro

Christopher P. Martin
Grenade

I pity you, Ms Bee...

...having to moderate all the unfortunate comments that will inevitably result from this piece. If there's one thing geeks are passionate about it's Linux distros. I'm not even going to read my own comment as I'm bored by the thought of it already.

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BBC wins go-ahead for Freeview HD content controls

Christopher P. Martin

How long...

...before the Huffman tables get out in the wild? Not very, I imagine. And it's not like they'd be epically hard to crack once you'd gathered enough data. At worst it's a minor inconvenience for copying/recording. I expect there'll be software to work round it within days of its release.

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Steve Jobs fears Nation of Bloggers

Christopher P. Martin
WTF?

@Barry Lane 1

"Those "shiny toys" of which you write form the foundation for your next PC and its OS" [citation needed]

Apple's hardware uses Intel x86 architecture- as in, the hardware "normal" PCs have been using for three decades. Which Apple has only recently decided is better that what they had before. Sounds like _they_ were second in line to me. As for the OS- I think you'll find PC users have been using Unix derivatives for a lot longer than Apple.

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Steve Jobs unveils iPhone 4

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Mozilla and Opera call for Google open codec in HTML5 spec

Christopher P. Martin
WTF?

How about...

..they just don't mention any codecs in the spec, have a <video> tag, and then just like any other media player, the user has to have the right codec for whatever format the video is in. This leads to a free market in codecs, and eventually all popular ones will be available by simple download of a plugin, if not already in the browser. Or maybe people will converge on a single codec by elimination of the crap/patent-encumbered ones.

Surely locking in to one codec would be a mistake anyway? That'd put us in practically the same place we are now with flash!

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Apple iPad

Christopher P. Martin

Better than I thought...

...but still not much good for anything. Had a look at one yesterday, and it does look quite fancy, but it's still fairly pointless. Pretty much trademark Apple- stylish, but possibly less useful because of that.

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School IT quango to be expelled

Christopher P. Martin

Open Office?

To replace MS Office, the compatibility has to be virtually seamless. Have you actually tried to use OO in a fully inter-operative way with Microsoft Office? I have. I tried really hard. I wanted it to be good. It wasn't.

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UK's secret surveillance regime 'does not breach human rights'

Christopher P. Martin

If you look closely...

...you'll find out whether or not the article has been checked for tautological sentences or not.

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Woman loses Bebo privacy case against lad mag

Christopher P. Martin

@Pictures

"Epic Boobs"

That's all I have to say.

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Norks 'have answer to humanity's greatest problem'

Christopher P. Martin

If they've cracked fusion...

...then why do they have no power?

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/dprk/dprk-dark.htm

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Waterstone's whips out its pendulous dugs

Christopher P. Martin
Thumb Down

Why...

...does everyone have to go lower case? Surely it won't be long before this starts to look incredibly dated. Then the logo-changers will have to wring more money out of their clients for the next fashion. I wonder what it'll be... all capitals perhaps? A punctuation fetish? Dicks.

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Apple prices up iPad for UK

Christopher P. Martin

Designed ... for a specific task?

And that task would be...?

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Apple iPad

Christopher P. Martin

Third device?

Third wheel more like.

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Megan Fox not world's sexiest woman: Official

Christopher P. Martin

Hehe...

...Sarah Bee thinks Kristen Stewart is sexy.

On an unrelated note, don't know if you've tried searching for "Sarah Bee" in Google image search, but is that second pic actually of _your_ tattoos?

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Labour candidate tweets postal votes

Christopher P. Martin

A lot of sites...

...haven't posted the actual numbers, but **'d them out. However, they all seem to leave the "gameON!" at the end. Hardly a revelation I guess as she wouldn't have posted it if the results were bad news for her! Doesn't sound like it means anything anyway- only a tiny sample. Silly moo.

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Beijing security know-how rules irk suppliers

Christopher P. Martin

"suppers of six categories of products"

Mmmmmm... delicious routers.

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Users' passwords exposed by Splunk

Christopher P. Martin

I guess you'll be the (only) one...

...who downvoted all the negative posts then? If you ask me, you need to work for a new company. Anyway, they're not being maligned for doing the right thing, but the WRONG thing:

Do. Not. Store. Clear. Text. Passwords.

Ever.

For anything.

Get it?

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Christopher P. Martin
Stop

Clear text passwords...

...drive me nuts. Especially when the "helpful" website sends me an email saying "thanks for registering, your username is XYZ and your password is ABC". Don't lie- nobody uses a different password for _everything_. I have a range of passwords I treat with different levels of security.

If I'm registering just to download something I probably don't want anyway, I'll set my basic simple password (I may even use a mailinator address too). If it has anything to do with my finances, it's > 12 characters and very complex. There's a few levels in-between, but I get so pissed off when a stupid website exposes one of my mid-level passwords, and I have to change everything else I use it with. Fortunately I'm careful enough with my important passwords that I haven't had an idiot website expose it yet.

To re-iterate what other people have said- it's not just that they shouldn't _send_ me the password, it's that they shouldn't be _able_ to send me my password. They shouldn't know it- it should always be stored as a hash! That way, nobody can just leech all the passwords in the event of a break-in. I'd call it "page one", to be honest.

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Ten free apps to install on every new PC

Christopher P. Martin
WTF?

Just to add my voice...

...to the masses exclaiming that you should actually be shot for suggesting iTunes.

Also, I prefer PDF-XChange Viewer to Foxit. But that's a preference thing I guess. Oh, and Teracopy is awesome.

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Microsoft FAT patent appeal upheld in Germany

Christopher P. Martin
FAIL

One of the many reasons...

...that Software Patents = Wrong.

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Sleep-scheduling software developed for ISS astronauts

Christopher P. Martin
Alert

Don't diss the Matlab

Matlab rocks. Just because it's high-level doesn't mean it's not a "proper" language. The point of Matlab is there's things you can dash off in one line that would otherwise take hours to program and produce reams of C code. I used to teach it to undergrads, and I'd pride myself on explaining to them how to remove all their for-loops and squeezing their page of code into a couple of lines that ran a hundred times faster.

When you're not doing serious repetitive number crunching, but just need an über-programmable calculator, it can't be beaten. In so many areas it leaves Excel standing. Yes, it's rubbish at Monte Carlo simulation (I found that out the hard way), but that's not what it's for!

Anyway, I learnt quite a lot in my two-semester C course. I made a zoomable Mandlebrot set I'm quite proud of- judge for yourself:

http://www.baalamb.net/mandlebrot/zoomlebrot.zip

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Christopher P. Martin

I smell Matlab...

...you can tell by the figure icons. Good choice though. I wonder how space-based Matlab licensing would work- which jurisdiction would they be subject to? Could they enforce it?

Come to think of it, could The Pirate Bay be hosted in some kind of orbiting space-station?

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Broadband boss: 'The end of freeloading is nigh'

Christopher P. Martin

Wow, 1TB a month?

That's non-stop downloading at an average of 3.4Mbit/s. I thought I was thrashing my connection leeching ca. 120GB a month. I bow to your superior freetardery. And I'm also happy that they'll squeeze you before they squeeze me. Sadly I think even with the awesomeness of Be, that day will come.

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Rutland Telecom offers local internet for local people

Christopher P. Martin

Hotels?

There's one in the village- and there's only 9 in the whole county was far as I can tell...

http://www.discover-rutland.co.uk/site/places-to-stay/hotels

I guess the majority are out of reach of the new telco.

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Christopher P. Martin
WTF?

Proxy report?

The website says they offer a "Proxy Report" which is a "bespoke report of all websites visited by your household over a month showing details of times of access." (http://www.relay-rutlandtelecom.co.uk/prices.html). I find that disturbing. Why would someone get that? Snooping on the wife maybe? Do all ISPs keep such records? Come to think of it do all ISPs use proxies? Hmmm...

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French city in pedestrian-powered streetlight plan

Christopher P. Martin

More feasible, maybe...

...but still infeasible.

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Freetard-targeting Trojan seeks to scam scaredycats

Christopher P. Martin
Flame

@Chas

"Why anyone with more than two braincells would ever use Windows is quite beyond me."

Maybe it's beyond you because you don't have more than two brain cells yourself.

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Google tweaks search results with mystery site speedometer

Christopher P. Martin

Amen to that one...

...it drives me nuts. As I've said before, if I search for 'donkey dwarf pron', that's exactly what I want- imagine my disappointment when all I get is pages about dwarf donkeys!

But seriously, this is a major annoyance. I imagine they're targeting the 'average' user who doesn't know how to craft a decent search query. In other words they assume I don't know what I'm doing, and guess that I'll be happy if most of the words are there, even if the one vital word is ignored! And I wish they'd stop including variations of my words too. It gets tiresome having to put quotes round everything.

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Google slots nested labels, sneak peek experiments into Gmail

Christopher P. Martin
Happy

Folders are stupid though...

...why waste your life shuffling things around to different folders when a simple search brings up any email I'm looking for. I don't even bother with labels.

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Asus Home Server TS Mini

Christopher P. Martin

Yeah,

well, nice enough hardware. I'm still a Synology devotee though.

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Nicole Richie turns Twitter hacker on celeb chums

Christopher P. Martin

Cue stream of 'tards...

...exclaiming that guessing passwords isn't hacking.

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Pink Floyd remastered for Nintendo Entertainment System

Christopher P. Martin
Thumb Up

That,

is awesome. Speechless.

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Lords: Analogue radio must die

Christopher P. Martin
Stop

Alright for you

Do you live in a major urban area by any chance? My FM reception is crap enough- DAB is only worse. It may be fine if you live in Twickenham, but contrary to popular opinion not everyone lives in a major conurbation in the South-East. Even then, if you live in an old terraced house with thick walls, the best you'll get in your kitchen is something that sounds like 16kbit/s Real Player.

And as for your "technology brings change" argument- it sounds a bit like you want technology for it's own sake- I'm all for new technology if it's better, but in this case it simply isn't.

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Virgin to offer 100Mb/s broadband by year's end

Christopher P. Martin
Thumb Down

The "up to" isn't the problem...

...I always got the top speed without difficulty. The problem arose when I actually tried to USE the bandwidth. Then they throttled my ass back into the 1990s. I'm immensely happier with the ca. 13Mbit/sec I get from BE (which I can actually max out 24/7 if I want to) than I'd ever be with 100Mbit/sec from NTL (whoops, I mean "Virgin") if I can't download for more than a couple of hours without being strangled.

I will NEVER go back to Virgin BB, until they provide an unthrottled service. That and a half-decent upload speed would be good.

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Labour MP denies calling Tories 'scum-sucking pigs' on Twitter

Christopher P. Martin
Dead Vulture

@Smug moderatrix

So that's what it means when you reject my posts. In future I shall take it that my comment was either inane, offensive, or rampantly pointless. You're right though, even I don't want this to turn into /b/.

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