* Posts by Daniel B.

3134 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

Developers turn sour on Apple iPad

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Fanboi fest! Yay!

Dude, chill off. The iPad devel sourness is happening with those who *aren't* already iPhone devs, which are quite a bunch of us. The iPhone's lack of multitasking isn't acceptable, but transferring this "feature" to the iPad is just downright stupid. The last portable computer I had that didn't multitask was a 386 Portable PC. Even my 1996 PalmPilot was able to multitask.

Heh, if anything, the iPad isn't being the "big hit" the iPhone was, so that should be a wake-up call for the Church of Jobs. And no, it ain't El Reg who's saying that the iPad isn't living up to the hype. Its all the other media...

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Apple to reveal hallowed iPhone 4.0 on Thursday

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Yeah, right.

Because you don't need to copy that stuff from Excel into that e-mail you're sending. Or use the calculator while sending an SMS. Or having some app open, take a pic and return to the app.

Things that my BlackBerry can manage, but the Jobsian gadget still is unable to do. Regular users may not care about this stuff, but *smartphone* users expect to have these features on their smartphones. This is one of the reasons the iPhone is still seen by many as an overpriced toy phone.

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MS sees Windows 7 leap, but XP workhorse refuses to die

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I'd think about going up to Win7...

I might think about going all the way up to Win7... but good ole MS seems to ignore the fact that many of us gave a pass on Vista. WinXP *CANNOT* be upgraded to Win7. Too bad for MS, that means that even if I have a valid reason to jump up to Win7 (specifically, I'd like to see the full 4Gb o' RAM in my PC) won't do so.

MS FAIL.

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PS3 update to rid all consoles of Linux support

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If you want to....

upvote this one:

http://share.blog.us.playstation.com/ideas/2010/03/29/dont-remove-ability-of-other-os-in-future-update/

basically asking for sony to refrain from removing OtherOS.

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Really, REALLY frickin' mad!

I have a PS3. I play games on it. I also use it as a testing lab because it is the only frickin' thing that lets me run Linux on something else than shitty x86 arch processors, and has an interesting enough arch to code for.

This is one of the few times I wish I lived in the US, as I'd definitely start a class-action lawsuit against something like this!

The feature was advertised, and it is even included in the PS3 manuals ... so removing it does fall under "bait and switch" legislation. Come on guys, sue 'em!

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Kit attacks Microsoft keyboards (and a whole lot more)

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Weak encryption? More like 'bit operation'

"The exploit worked because communications in the devices are protected by a weak form of encryption known as xor, which is trivial to break."

XOR'ing bytes is the first step into encryption... and the simplest to "crack", as you only have 256 possible 'keys'. Bad, bad Microsoft!

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Apple display patent enslaves sun

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Everything has been done already?

Sunlit screens = transflective displays. Also, the first Gameboy Color if anyone remembers that fiasco...

Sensing how much light there is in the ambient ... well, both of my Blackberries have been able to do that for quite some time.

I would be more amused if someone came up with a cellphone with the ability to charge under the sun ... Solar-powered smartphones FTW!!!

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Apple director 'disgusted' by Jobsian health secrets

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In fact, TFA is right

What the article states is that Jobs is basically running the company as if it were *his* company, as in "I own all the stocks", or as if it were a private company, not a publically-traded one. Yet another sign of his control fetiche showing its face.

I think that when Jobs leaves (or dies), Apple might stumble, but all the "control freak" stuff might go out, and *then* Apple will once more be a nice company. Currently, it seems like they turned into the very Big Brother they "attacked" in their famous '1984' video.

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Hackers hit where they live

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How water discovered

"Analysis of the sender’s IP address, rather than the IP address of the email server, reveals the true source of these targeted attacks.”

No shit, Sherlock. I've known that since 1996, ever since Eudora allowed me to send email from my PC instead of directly sending it from the UNIX Workstations. That's why the headers usually stamp the originating SMTP server *and* the originating IP from which the email actually came from.

The thing is that it is mostly the zombie PC sending the e-mail, so even this source IP might end up being irrelevant. :(

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Nintendo confirms 3D handheld console coming

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It ain't the only one, silly!

The PSP Go manages to do most of that as well. And you can buy real games, not some cheap knockoff on popular titles as well!

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As long as they don't pull up a Virtual Boy again...

That one could actually do 3D, if you consider an AutoCAD-ish wireframe image a "3D experience".

On other matters, I wonder how many of those "mobile developers" are actually games developers. Namco? SquareEnix? Capcom? id Software? Valve? Irrational? Konami? Somehow I doubt Street Fighter 4 is available for the iBone/iTouch, or Pokemon or <insert best-selling game here>. Real mobile gamers already have a DS or a PSP. N-Gage tried to do this and failed, and that one had fairly proper game controls.

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Botnet pierces Microsoft Live through audio captchas

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This would explain!

So this is why I've been receiving a lot of add requests from RosieJosieMax5666943@hotmail.com or such asking me to see her nekkid cam... really, these bot accounts have been around for the past 6 months, maybe more.

Looks like MSFT needs to add some complexity to the audio files. Some random background noise, coupled with some salting to botch MD5/SHA1 hash checks should do the trick.

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IBM kills off second-gen Cell blade server

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Damn!

Does this mean that one of the few processors that actually does something interesting (the Cell) is going poof? Come on! IBM should be pushing these processors everywhere, not axing them!

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Nerd alert: First Lucid Lynx Ubuntu beta fun

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MP3

Goody! I remember that one of the turn-offs of Linux is that starting with Red Hat 9, they started disabling the mp3 codec because of "patent problems". OGG support is nice, but useless outside the nerdy geek community. MP3 is by far the standard for most everyday users, lack of MP3 support won't bring in the "mortal" users to Linux. Nice to see that Ubuntu is actually taking back mp3 into their distro! :)

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Facebook stands up to UK.gov's cyberbullying

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Panic button?

Really? This sounds as retarded as the "emergency email system" that the Virginia Tech staff toted as a "state-of-the-art" emergency announcement system that saves lives. I wouldn't trust a "webcast" or an e-mail to send life-threatening alerts like "SHOOTER ALERT!"; I wouldn't even think of a crappy 'panic button' to save me from fugly predator pedophiles. The real danger is in frickin' REAL LIFE, which is why you should meet people from the 'net in public places. Ashleigh Hall should've met this "kid" in a public place, and verify he was really the guy she thought he was before accepting to "go home with him".

It seems like Stupidity was what killed this teen. Big Red buttons are useless unless they're actually there when you're being assaulted.

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China Mobile pleads for compatible iPhone

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Ironically, China's "CDMA" seems to be better than CDMA2000

China's version of CDMA uses SIM cards, which means you have the interchangeable SIM card us GSM users are used to. The nice feature that gives you the ability to swap handsets & keep your number without dealing with your carrier. Hell, that's the main reason I hate CDMA, having the handset directly associated with my mobile number is so 1999.

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After Sony PSP phone, a 3G Nintendo DS?

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Proper titles pull more gamers

The DS games may be more expensive than an iBone app/game, but at least they are known titles, the kind of games that pull in hardcore gamers. You know, the kind of demographics the DS-phone would be actually targetting. What would you rather play, Mario Kart or iDontKnowWho's Kart? Pacman or "Pecman"? You get what you pay for.

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Carlos Slim is world's richest man, Bill Gates now number two

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Oh dear.

Every time I make a phone call, Slim's pockets get richer. At least he does have some social programs, but it seems most of the top rich people have them as well.

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Jobcentre turns to the iPhone

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Jobs for Jobs?

Given the price tag for those iBricks, I doubt anyone searching for a job would have an iPhone, or even be able to afford one. Whoops!

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Experts rubbish iPhone for health use

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Blackberries FTW

Given the battery life on a BlackBerry, I'd bet on one of those for 24/7 operation. The only way I've ever been able to drain a fully-charged battery is by running a crapload of apps, turning on GPS, WiFi *and* 3G while having a -120 dB signal, while chatting away on MSN Messenger *and* Yahoo Messenger. Even then, it worked for 10 hours on a single charge. I'm pretty sure that without GPS, the battery might even break the 24-hour barrier even with both 3G and WiFi transmitters working.

Also, BlackBerries seem to take a good deal of abuse without breaking... the iBone's main feature is also it's main vulnerability: the touchscreen. It is a nice toy, but it isn't quite cut for serious use.

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Mobile-phone wallet stymied by lack of understanding

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NFC? No need for that

One bank over here did one of those "mobile payments" scheme. They chose a "secured" app (one of those *666# mobile apps) and you would have to put in your PIN for these payments. In fact, it sounded good enough to make me interested... but they screwed up big time. The "deal" was exclusive to a mobile operator that has barely 15% market share (and was even lower back then), instead of going with the one that has 80% market share (me included).

Somehow they managed to screw up even more, as they "fused" the scheme with some weird social networking site, and that's when I finally lost interest. I'm never going to trust "social networking" with my money. Sadly, the bank's original idea was interesting enough; even the snack vending machines were able to recieve payments with that system...

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Whatever happened to the email app?

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Eudora in a floppy

This was the main plus I found with Eudora back in 1996. It could fit in a 1.44 3.5" floppy! Also, the interface was simple & quick to use. Oh, I really miss Eudora. I currently use PINE on some systems... :)

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The Hurt Locker sweeps Oscars

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Alien

District 9

As it was the best movie I watched last year. Avatar was good, but not *that* good.

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Steve Jobs says 'No' to iPhone-to-iPad tether

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So?

My mobile e-mails say "Sent from my BlackBerry". I actually like that to be sent, so that the other person knows I'm not behind a PC and will probably take some time to take whatever action he requested as "urgent".

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Sony takes aim at Apple iPhone, iPad

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Failing to see the point?

The ecosystem Sony would target to with something like a PSPphone wouldn't be the same for the iBone. The fact that Sony brings up a PS-based phone doesn't mean it is an iPhone imitator. In fact, it has a quite different ecosystem *already in place*, it doesn't need to build it.

1. Sony doesn't *need* a zillion developers for a PSP. Most apps for the PSP would probably be games, which Sony already has a good share of producers churning out. It isn't like N-Gage which needed to bring titles to the platform. iPhone may have more games, but hardcore gamers won't be easily attracted: would you play Pac-Man, or JimBum's "Park-Man" lookalike? Iron Gear Liquid: Snake Biter? hm... I don't think so.

However, I do think Sony would open up to 3rd party developers; in the world of consoles, they were nice enough to allow Linux to run on their PS3s, they are in fact less averse to homebrew stuff as long as they don't hit the game sales income.

2. PSN Store. They've had the Store up there ever since the release of the PS3. The PSP Go even operates on the same principles of the iPhone: buy your games online.

3. This one I don't know, but whatever scheme they're using, it seems to work for game developers.

4. They already have stuff like that for their current SE phones; plus there is the fact that you can simply pass on mp3's on a USB stick to your PS3, or set up media servers on your PC for your PSP & PS3. No need to add a lock-in app.

5. I'd hint a PSPphone would use some modified version of XMB, no need to use something else.

Finally, the "rootkit" which brought such infamy to Sony was actually caused by Sony/BMG ... notice the BMG part.

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Mars Express skims past Phobos

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Joke

But the real question is....

Have they found the Gate yet? Remind the UAC *not* to play with that interdimensional teleporter!

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'Severe' OpenSSL vuln busts public key crypto

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HDCP

I'd say ... this glitch seems to be a good thing for those trying to crack HDCP and similar DRM crap. Monkeying around with the power supply requires the 'hacker' to have physical access to the server, which makes said attack unfeasible. However, it is a damn good method to crack all that stuff they stuck into HD content, Blu-Ray and similar media. Nice!

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Brass necked suspect swallows USB evidence

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Yipes

I spose it now contains shitty data, then.

Jokes aside, I'd hint that this guy is counting on his own stomach juices to do the "data wipe". Sadly, the juices will only corrode the outer shell.

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Acer predicts end of cheap PC era

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My RAM is expensive

I remember running up costs for RAM in November. I was seeing $30 2Gb DDR2 RAM sticks, and thought "nice, I'm gonna get me that lean mean 8Gb machine for me! Whoops... the RAM had jumped to $70. So I'm stuck with a 4Gb box, 'coz its expensive.

It seems like its time to buy a crapload of RAM sticks and sell 'em for more... prices are definitely going up.

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iPhone ego clash costs Flash at Virgin America

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Oh yes!

Having to deal with those lazy Flash-only sites from time to time, this is one thing I can actually thank the iPhone for. Flash is for games, anything more complex is a job for HTML, JSP, ASPX, PHP, whatever.

Good riddance!

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Forgot your ThinkPad password? Get new hardware

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Ooooh, they still have that policy?

One guy at high school had the misfortune of setting his password, and he immediately forgot his password.

He then spent MONTHS trying to get IBM to reset his password... he eventually had to buy another laptop. That was back in 1998, seems like that policy has remained in Lenovo.

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Apple is suing HTC

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Apple II

Maybe they're talking about the Apple Computer in the 70's ... those used to be very common before the advent of the IBM PC. Most of the stuff found in Apple Computers dominated the 8-bit personal compuer market up to the 80's; see the MSX and Commodore for that.

I do wonder if that gives Apple the right of "igniting" the PC revolution, though.

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Hacker cuffed for Moscow big screen entertainment

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Is it that much different than "regular" programming?

I once went to a local mall a couple of years ago, and was greeted by p0rn being shown in the food court screens. However, this "porn" was actually a 50 cent video. So you don't really need to hack these things to get porn, just switch to rapper videos!

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'Kevin Rudd sucks' declares hacked Oz road sign

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Says much

That instead of reprogramming the thing back to normal, they had to kill the power to the sign. Maybe they forgot the password???

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Spanish priest spunked €17k on chat lines and whores

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Gah! My eyes!

Forget about the lack of a NSFW tag, even with the small window I had open, my eyes are on fire. HEEELP!

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Apple strips top shelf, leaves corporate smut in place

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Hm...

"you don't need 10 year old jimmy posting Wobble shots of his teacher on FB, and getting her fired, or using the "naked" app to post child porn pseudo images of his classmates and getting the whole school shut down"

I'm pretty sure that all of this can be done without an iBone, any pen cam will suffice to get the "sample" and would get uploaded by, you know, *normal* PCs.

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Tricorder/Aliens-motion-tracker handscanner kit gets $6m

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3D, eh?

So it means that this version of the Aliens tracker will actually tell them they're coming from *above*, and not through the door?

Nice!

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Google digs 6-foot hole for Gears

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Problem with OGG

... is that using that thingy means downloading stuff into your PC. Codec-hunting. Which is fine for techy, nerdy guys like us, but extremely annoying for common users who want their stuff to "just work".

The day that MS includes OGG codecs on its OS will be the day that OGG gains universal adoption. Otherwise, it is only another hoop to jump for "normal" users.

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Oracle should cannibalize JavaFX Frankenstein

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Depends on what you call 'fat'.

If you follow the true three-tier development model, having the client-side component as a Swing UI *doesn't* mean you have a fat client. The whole Business Logic should be processed by the AppServer instead, and the UI is just that: a UI for the user. I for one would rather see actual thin-clients on the, erm, client-side than the diarrhea of web2.0 apps relying on crappy JavaScript or those ugly Flash-based "sites".

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Almost 2,500 firms breached in ongoing hack attack

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Meh

I also worked at a large financial organization, and while IE6 was the "standard", so was Nestcape 4. That was because Netscape 4 is the most recent browser with OS/2 support; go figure.

The good thing is that those OS/2 beasts with Netscape4 are basically malware-proof, as there's no chance in hell they'll even be able to run the malware!

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Note to Captain Kirk: Warp speed will kill you

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Bussard Ramjets

I read about those in the DOOM novelizations. Theoretically, it works even better when you take into account a Fusion Reactor. That extra hydrogen is your free fuel refill!

Anyway, this investigation neglects the use of the "force field" around most Federation ships, which may be well into science fiction, but then again, the same remains true for near-c man-rated ships.

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A decade of techno-sex: Look how far we've come

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It is here too

The use of "Durex" (or Diurex, as pronounced in Spanish) for referring to adhesive tape is also common over here. Yes, in fact I think that "Durex" the condom manufacturer was also the same "Durex" the tape manufacturer; thus we have the same brand for different, err.... uses.

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OpenOffice 3.2 - now with less Microsoft envy

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@Greg J Preece

Which companies? Most of the places I've worked at in the last 3 years have stuck to XP and Office 2003. No one in their right mind has chosen 2007, especially with that "Ribbon" thingy that seems to have eaten up all their beloved menus. Not to mention Vista, which I've seen in only 2 corporate PC' in that same timeframe; and those PCs were new. In fact, I suspect new PC acquisitions have been frozen in most corps *thanks* to Vista. Woo!!!

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iPad forces operators to shave their SIMs

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You didn't read the article?

"MicroSIM is the smallest size currently available. It supports additional address book features, better security and a few other API enhancements *out of the box*"

So, you didn't read the part about the "new features" being available on USIM chips, micro or not? IIRC, the only difference between "mini" and "micro" is the excess plastic surrounding the actual chip, hence the ability to "hack" a normal USIM card into a "microSIM" slot. You're just cutting the useless plastic.

"Apple have a track record of popularising new interfaces and technologies. They did it with USB, with Firewire, with multitouch... and they were (in)famously the first computer manufacturer to drop the 3.5" floppy drive."

... and they were also the first ones in using SCSI as a HDD standard, first to jump into RISC/PowerPC, first in using 3.5" floppies instead of the 5.25" with the Macintosh ... all of these improvements were lost in favor of cheap crap by switching to IDE and x86.

I doubt USB was made popular by Mac, Firewire was better but it didn't quite take off, and dropping the 3.5" floppy *when they did it* was kind of stupid, as pendrives weren't that popular back then.

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The difference is just a bunch of plastic.

If you have a miniSIM that conforms to the USIM standard, the only difference is the plastic around the SIM. It is the chip itself the one that would be detected by the iPad. :)

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Microscope-wielding boffins crack cordless phone crypto

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Yeah, right.

RSA is still secure 30+ years after its conception, the only thing that makes it "weak" is its dependence on key length. IDEA is also quite old, and is still considered secure. Most of the cracked algorithms are usually the ones that were half-baked, short-sighted and propietary. DECT falls into this category.

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iPhone vulnerable to remote attack on SSL

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Erm

You realize it is the *iPhone* the one doing this? The one that the Mactards insist is flawless, and doesn't have any of those "your system is insecure" malware vectors???

As an even greater insult, the "verified" config comes from Apple Computer, which is easy to register as thanks to Apple ditching its original name: "Apple Computer". If they still had that one, the guy who got the legit SSL cert wouldn't have been able to do so. Of course, this also makes you wonder how would a CA not realize that someone asking for "Apple Computer" might be phishing.

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Facebook re-write takes PHP to an enterprise past

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At last!

My main problem with most scripting languages is that I believe that interpreted languages add unnecessary overhead on the CPU that could be spent executing instructions, especially in a production environment where code is changed once a week but executed a zillion times between code changes. It isn't like I'm about to change my code every time I run it!

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Obama scraps Constellation moon mission

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And yet...

the Space Shuttle still had some reuseable parts. Constellation was basically stepping backwards and using the shitty 60's tech "just bigger". They didn't even try to do something like the DynoSoar or any similar reuseable spaceplane.

Hell, they even ignored DIRECT, which had a lower cost than the Ares thingies they've just cancelled.

At least I hope that this means NASA will actually work in a real spaceship instead of "use once and discard" toys.

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Scott McNealy signs off in style

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Sun's potshots at MS

I still miss that "Jacques Cousteau" commercial where he dies because his scuba equipment uses Windows NT. "Ze last thing he saw vas not the blue of the sea, but the Blue Screen of Death."

I'm going to miss these guys.

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