* Posts by Daniel B.

3158 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

Red Hat searches for mainstreet in the City of London

Daniel B.

Too much in the kernel?

I've yet to see a fully-functional NTFS module, and is almost 10 years due. What's the problem with adding stuff to the kernel? Even if the distros do put them all, most of them are kernel modules (which means they are not part of the kernel's main build) so it isn't like the kernel's stuck with a zillion features.

My only real complaint with RedHat is that they still can't provide mp3 support, and it's hard to get people to use Linux if they can't play mp3's out of the box.

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Apple anti-virus advice was nothing new

Daniel B.
Pirate

MacOS always had virus

Am I the only one to remember that there have been virus progs for the Mac since its introduction? I recall the SAM antivirus (Symantec's Mac AV) as far back as the System Software 5 days, on our Mac Plus (circa 1986). Of course, there were about 11 on the list; at least 3 of them had some kind of H2G2 joke (they used MacTalk to make the Mac say "DON'T PANIC") and were mostly harmless.

I do also remember losing all my data sometime around 1992 to a Mac virus as well. 88 Mb's of data, in fact. So anyone thinking the Mac is inherently secure is really deluded.

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Cell supers rule the Green 500 HPC rankings

Daniel B.
Boffin

Cell Blades

"A base QS22 blade with two Cell chips and 8 GB of memory costs $9,995, which is about four times the cost of an x64 blade"

... or you could buy a PS3 and turn that into a "blade server". Of course, it only has 1 Cell processor, but 2 PS3's are definitely cheaper than the blades. Of course, you're stuck with 256Mb RAM.

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Battlestar Galactica prequel shuns space, spaceships

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Space, a barrier?

"I think, because (Galactica's) backdrop was space and spaceships, there was a barrier to entry for some viewers. Caprica has none of that."

What? I don't remember that being a "barrier" to Star Trek. Or Star Wars. What were these guys smoking??? I'm pretty sure most "common" people thought LOTR fans were geeks or freaks before the movies came out; but that didn't seem to be a barrier for those movies at all!

Mine's the one with the Federation communicator.

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NYT scribe: No bailout for Tesla-buying 'centimillionaires*'

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Corbin Motors?

Anyone remember those? They had a nice car called the Sparrow EV for around $13k somewhere around 2000. They had sold about 50 or so units by the time I found out about them, but sometime later the whole thing went bankrupt.

The actual vehicle looked funny, but it had an interesting concept: it was a one-person vehicle. The reasoning was that there are a zillion cars with only one person driving them, so it made sense to do a small one-person EV for these trips. Unfortunately, my student budget was too low to even afford one of these, and I'd bet that was the same case for the rest of us watching this exposition. Those with money prefer to spend their $$$ on stupid SUV's.

Tesla, however, seems to be running profitable, and might deserve a grant (NOT bailouts) to keep on their roadmap. They should show GM how to do the EV1 right. Hell, even Wagoner said that GM should've never killed the EV1!

However, I still have that matter of not having any outlets to power an EV. Oh well...

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MySQL creator kicks MySQL 5.1 team in the teeth

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Re: Pot, Kettle, Black.

Don't forget this is "we don't need no steeeeeking transactions" Monty we're talking about. The reason I have to stick with InnoDB instead of MyISAM tables when using MySQL.

Probably the worst case of a SW company promoting a "bug" as a "feature". Sheesh.

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Tux makes home on the iPhone

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Weird stuff, but sometimes useful

It seems to be more of a hobby than an actual "project of my life" stuff. You know, some people just like to do Proof of Concepts. However, some of these projects sometimes do bear fruits: if I remember, the Pandora Project for the PSP is basically a Linux distro that does all that nifty PSP-unbricking stuff.

@Dave Bell - Um, that'd be the Outer Limits ;)

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Java and Linux - an open marriage in search of success

Daniel B.
Boffin

Java and stuff.

My main dev platform lies with Linux; and with a previous job, many flavors of UNIX (Solaris, AIX, HP-UX). My preferred platform for that would be C/C++, but for most web stuff or client/server stuff, Java is the most convenient solution. Plus, the Java EE spec with EJB's is pretty easy to use (at least the J2EE one, I haven't mucked around with the Java EE5 specs.

As for Spring, well it required doing ugly hacks on our already working Weblogic appserver, so I really don't really care for it; it is after all doing the same stuff the J2EE/Java EE framework is already doing anyway!

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Honda: future's full of hybrids and fuel-cell EVs, not plug-ins

Daniel B.
Boffin

Where's my socket?

The major reason I'd go for fuel-cell or current hybrid cars is not because I think those are more efficient than pure EV's. It's the fact that I live in an apartment, and there's no way in hell the condo management will allow me to roll out a 200m power cable running down from the 3rd floor down to the basement parking lot, across several cars (which ought to make a pretty nice fire hazard as well) and right up to my parking space. Plug-in EV's only make sense to those who live in houses, but unless my residential complex starts providing wall sockets in the parking lot, plugging-in is not an option.

It is sad though, as 100km (the alleged max range for EV's) easily covers about 3 round-trips to my job. But infrastructure just isn't ready for that...

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Apple to slash prices by up to 15% on Black Friday?

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Apple slashing prices

I'd reckon that would be the only way Apple would stop a decline in sales. They marketed themselves into the fashion department, which is usually also tagged as "useless & expendable". When you're cash-strapped, flashy things suddenly aren't that important anymore; and you surely aren't going to buy a new iPhone/MacBook when you barely can pay your mortgage.

During economic recession, it's usually the "bargain prices" brands the one that actually keep having profits, as it is less probable to be put in the cost-cutting guillotine. Most of Apple's products, however, have a 10x cheaper equivalent, even if it is from some shoddy Chinese outfit.

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Satanic net neologisms - nominations invited

Daniel B.
Flame

Teh pwnage

pwn, pwnage, etc ... I do stand "ownage", "0wned" and such because those at least did have some meaning.

"Teh" ... ok, we got the dyslexic joke eons ago, now it sounds lame!

"Web 2.0" ... not only lame, it has been confused between "Mac interface wannabe sites using AJAX" and "Social sites that don't make any money".

"intertubes", though I think we have a certain US senator to blame on that one

"podcast", now any periodical mp3 show is a "podcast"...

"First, Frist, F1r5t" ... no comments

... anything spouted by 4chan (No girlz in the intarnet!)

"Facebook *platform*" or anything Javascript-based announced as an "application platform".

"web operating system" ... thanks for muddying the waters, Google! Now MS have even more arguments to claim they're no longer a monopoly!

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Back the F:\ Up

Daniel B.

Crunch!

That's the sound a friend's laptop made when said friend backed up ... and forgot she left her laptop in the ground ... right in the way of the tires. CRUNCH indeed!

Maybe re-do it, this time with a camcorder?

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Obama tries to stay connected

Daniel B.
Black Helicopters

Re: Security

Um... BlackBerry OS?

Mailserver can be Exchange or Notes; the White House had the latter, then changed to the former. The BlackBerry's pretty secure as long as you have the BES service, all comms are encrypted up to the BES server.

However, cell triangulation might be a bit of security compromise.

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Honeywell's Kitchen Computer remembered

Daniel B.
Boffin

Pre-VDU/keyboard computer

It might have sounded as a nice idea ... but I doubt any housewife would care on learning how to "program" this thing by flipping switches. Even typing out Hollerith punchcards seems more fun than this! Even in the 80's and 90's, many people didn't even know how to program their VCR's, and didn't even know how to set the clock! (Which led to all those jokes about VCR's flashing 12:00.)

If said computer had come with a nice screen and keyboard, it *might* have actually sold. But then, pricing for this gem was too high to begin with. Of course, it might have got more than zero sales ...

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Honda whips out fuel-cell sci-fi style sportster

Daniel B.
Boffin

Re: The Hinderburg on Wheels

"[...] we should take potable water and convert it into hydrogen, destroying the water in the process, and burn the hydrogen. The net has to be a loss of water. Water we will never get back."

Do you know what byproduct you get when you burn Hydrogen? H2O. However, I do agree that using *drinking* water for this is stupid. That's what seawater or even waste water is for. It adds up on a distilling water process cost, but at least it doesn't use clean drinking water.

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Beatles stay off iTunes cos of 'heavy negotiations', man

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Apples & Apples

I thought the Beatles' record company was Apple, not EMI, right?

Anyway, it does sound funny that Apple needs Apple to licence the Beatles' catalogue. I still prefer the old "Apple COMPUTER" name though. That name change was akin to Sun dropping their SUNW ticker; the SUN Workstation is what made them exist in the first place, as Apple was born with the Apple Computer, and later, the Macintosh.

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Rock-solid Fedora 10 brings salvation to Ubuntu weary

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I want my nVidias!

Why oh why no propietary nVidia support? This annoys me as much as the "no mp3 support" with Fedora, which might also be a good reason why some Linux distros aren't just getting enough mainstream use. (j00 have to H4><><0|2 j00r leenuks deestro to get mp3z d00d!)

But I wonder why the nVidia propietary drivers aren't working in the newest xorg version. I hope it isn't some kind of "open source or nothing" crusade; I want my nVidia to work dammit, I don't care if the driver's open or closed!

Meanwhile, I'll keep FC6 for now ...

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Sony said to be planning Spring PS3 price cut

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The price is already good for me

I'm buying mine today. Thanks to the economy shakes, the dollar/peso parity made it such that the PS3's selling at $503 over here: it finally is on parity with US pricing. The only downside I see is that this version doesn't have PS1/2 compatibility anymore, but well, I still can get a PS2 for that. ;)

If I ever want to buy Blu-Ray movies, I'll also have a BR player as well!

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DARPA wargamer calls for US X-Men superplane fleet

Daniel B.

OH JOHN RINGO NO

I didn't even know about Ghost, and now after reading that review, that phrase will stick in my mind for a long time.

About the stealth X-Men craft ... wouldn't capsule drops be a good alternative? I mean, caps that do stealth as well. That ought to be an interesting concept!

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Obama's BlackBerry to be banned?

Daniel B.
Black Helicopters

BES

Isn't actually the BlackBerry platform secure because of, erm, all that encrypted stuff between BES and the BlackBerry devices? BES even works for the crappy Exchange thingy Bush put in the White House instead of Notes (which is also BES-supported) so I see no problem with Obama just registering his BB to the White House's BES server. Exchange / Notes can track down all those sent emails from the BB device.

Come on, the only real "security problem" might be that RIM is a Canadian company, but I recall that the BES links are encrypted all the way to the BES server.

Now, if it were an iPhone... that's another story.

Black choppers 'coz Big Brother is watching... Big Brother.

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US couple sue over McNudes

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@address on phone

Ever used a smartphone? Those tend to sync with Outlook or other similar tools, which allow to store much more stuff than only an address. Not to mention that these smartphones usually have some "Owner Information" screen where the owner can type in his/her home address if the device ever gets lost. So even if he didn't put his addy in his wife's contact info (after all, they live in the same home!) anyone with the handset would see the pics as being from "Wifey" and also have the bloke's address from the aforementioned "Owner Info" section.

I always push for people to password-lock their devices, but sadly, not every handset supports this (I know my w300 didn't) so there are cases of people who can't do it even if they wanted to do it! However, there are too many stupid people who think password-locking their handsets is overkill, in which case this incident might make them reconsider.

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Phisher-besieged PayPal sends users faux log-in page

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@Soruk, Allan

I can see your 繁體中文 as well, thank you.

My grudge with Accept-Language sites has been that, for some reason, they insist I live in Spain; so not only am I served with Spaniard Spanish (who insist on calling files "microfilms/small cards" and computers "sorting machines"), but I'm also served in some sites with EU pricing! ZoneAlarm, in fact, wanted to sell me the ZA Suite at a premium, as the US site sells it for $45/year, but the Spaniard site sells it for €45. (Hey, it looks like the UK isn't the only one being shafted with the $/£ swaps!)

I wonder why the Chinese sites can't have an English-readable language link. My good ole' Fujitsu Lifebook 280Dx had its BIOS set up with Japanese as the default language; however there was a nice "(Language)" option which was obviously there written in both Japanese and English so anyone who can't read Japanese could easily switch to a readable language.

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Vote now for your top net neologism

Daniel B.
Coat

b0rked

I thought that one came in l33tsp33k, as b0rked.

BTW, what's b0rken? Never heard that version of "b0rked".

pr0n could've been another neologism (I think it came to be to fool auto-censors) but then, knowing El Reg's readers, that would win hands down. w00t!

BTW, I prefer the "0wned" original spelling than the more recent "pwned" typo-joke version.

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Company sues Facebook over somethingorother

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Oooh, a "database" patent!

"a common workflow layer that is automated with a scalable, relational database. The tool includes a relational database engine that facilitates many-to-many relationships among data elements, in addition to, one-to-many and many-to-many relationships"

So they'll actually have to sue Oracle, IBM (for DB2), Sybase, Sun/MySQL, Firebird, PostgreSQL because all of those are capable of "many-to-may, one-to-many relationship mapping".

Of course, if the patent actually is about the coupling of a common workflow layer automated with any RDBMS ... well, they'll have to sue Sun over J2EE and subsequent Java EE 5 releases. Except um... J2EE's been around since last century.

Or SAP AG, as they do workflows. Or Notes, which I think also uses an RDBMS. Or GroupWise. Hell, even Microsoft has a "common workflow layer using RDBMS" under the name of Microsoft CRM (or whatever its called now) with their offerings!

This would mark a first, I actually hope that Facebook wins this stupid patent troll lawsuit!

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NASA readies remodeled ISS ENose

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Flame

Methane

It doesn't detect methane, or at least it doesn't seem to be on that list.

I'd say that would be a very important thing to detect, if you're concerned with air quality. Bring on the Fart-Alert!

Flames, 'coz methane's flammable.

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Endeavour launch heralds new dawn for piss-drinking

Daniel B.
Coat

Fremen Tech

Hm... it seems like NASA has made the first step towards the Fremen Stillsuit. I recall that one recycled water from both #1 and #2's.

Arrakis is waiting!

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Judge dismisses Hackintosh maker's anti-Apple lawsuit

Daniel B.
Go

Stupid

I am amazed that Psystar couldn't find a good argument against this. The "Windows only on Dells" example given in one of the previous comments pretty much sums it up.

Back in the 680x0 and PPC days, there was a compatibility gap which made it technically impossible to directly install MacOS on non-Mac hardware, partly because part of the OS was actually part of the Mac's firmware. This is why most of the early MacOS versions (5 thru 7) were able to fit on a 3.5" disk.

However, they switched over to Intel, and the "Classic" firmware isn't even there anymore. So basically, the MacOS is now just another x86 OS, which can run in any x86 hardware; however Apple resort to stupidly locking down their OS! The measures are very similar to MS making Windows impossible to run on non-MS-DOS systems (like DR-DOS); and legally that was proven wrong in court.

Oh, and the "they're not overpriced" story doesn't hold; Macs still have the same price-gap with PCs they had when they were actually using high-quality hardware (PPC arch, SCSI HDDs) even though the x86 hardware sells for peanuts; just check the price difference for SCSI HDDs!

In fact, I think this trial was already done with IBM some time ago ... all that stuff about being unable to bundle hardware and software.

Good luck, Psystar!

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Follow the Somali pirate scourge via Google mashup

Daniel B.
Pirate

Bring back the U-boats!

I'd go for undercover subs "escorting" the merchant ships. When the merchants identify an approaching ship as a pirate, they just signal the sub, and let the torpedoes do their job. ;)

Anyway ... does this mean global warming will stop? With this surge in pirate activity, I'd think so; all hail the FSM!

Arrrr, mateys!

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Homework late? Blame Russian hackers

Daniel B.
Boffin

My dog ate my homework

Ah, the technology. Back in 1997, I had to deliver my homework, and had not finished. I proceeded to split a .wav file into 300 Kb's and just renamed it "homework.doc" and delivered that to the teacher. The real assignment was then done that day, and I had a legitimate reason to deliver late. However, the excuse came from a *real* incident, where one of my friends lost his homework to one of the first Word virus out there.

Then there was the LearningSpace system (based on Notes). That one was fun, we discovered that you could do the "set date back 1 day" trick for submitting assignments locally; and if you had a replicated copy that had not been synched after the "time travel date", you could just run the replication process and blame Notes. The "created/modified" timestamp would prove you right ;)

Finally, the best excuse I remember was "my laptop blew up". Sadly, this one was also true: his laptop started smoking, the owner left it on the floor while he went to the bathroom (some acid had leaked to his hands) and the damn thing exploded in front of about 50 onlookers. BTW, that was an HP laptop, in 2004; it predates the Dell / MacBook explosions. Hmm, maybe the same batteries were used?

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Ex-CEO says BAE's British future 'in doubt'

Daniel B.
Joke

BAE in the US

Surely, they wouldn't be able to keep the company's name, would they? The B in BAE stands for "British", no use in that if they're in the US!

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US Justice Department free to track mobile phone users

Daniel B.
Black Helicopters

Re: Fake basestation - real user

I'd bet the basestation is actually hooked up to the telco network, as Terry Wrist would be suspicious if he found out that his cellphone isn't going through, even with 5-bar signals.

But then, the base station wouldn't register the calls to the original carrier, so it might just be that calls made from this thingy would be *free*. Well, free in the $$$; as the FBI would be listening everything. Oh well...

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Net provider accused of coddling crooks yanked offline

Daniel B.
Happy

Oh my!

That would explain why my BlackBerry suddenly went silent during the weekend. It usually gets 3 spams a day, usually from the hotmail account, sometimes Yahoo.

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Tron sequel already in production

Daniel B.
Coat

Tron 2.0, surely? @Richard

I only complain about the title. And while I agree that Flight of the Navigator need not to be touched, I do remember that Explorers was never really finished!

Then again, most remakes have been epic fails... though not all of them. Ocean's Eleven (the new one) 0wns the original with its ending.

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Feds shutter one-stop stalker shop

Daniel B.
Coat

Tracer R. Spence?

Why do I believe that name isn't real. "Tracer" seems like a weird name for a kid.

I laughed at the "100% untraceable" ... yeah, 100% untraceable until you run an updated AV, or one of those keylogger detectors. Yeah, right.

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Linux weaktops poised for death by smartphone

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Laptots vs. Laptops

I remember a time when laptops were heavy as hell, because hardware couldn't be miniaturized as much as it can be done these days. (Remember the "portable" Commodore?) Then they began to get smaller, down to the point that it was practical enough to actually use one of these on the move. The first one that I remember being practical enough was the Powerbook 180.

Years later, after the Big Switch to PC's, I got a Fujitsu Lifebook 280Dx (1998) which not only fit perfectly in my backpack, but also had an interesting "modular" concept where I could exchange batteries, CD drive, zip cartridge drive and an "extra" HDD. It had 2 module bays (1 large, 1 small), and I could do nice combinations like setting it up with *TWO* batteries, so I could get 2x battery lifetime! Ah, the days.

My next lap (ca. 2001) was a 15" monitor, "nice", I thought, "but it's heavier now, and it doesn't fit well on my backpack anymore." Since then, laptops have gotten bigger, heavier, and hotter; so much that in fact the term "laptop" has been kind of a running joke for some time now. Some laptops these days have w-i-d-e-s-c-r-e-e-n monitors that are about the size of my *desktop* monitor! I do *not* need big-ass monitors on a laptop, it only adds up to bulk. Basically, it looks like the laptops seem to be looking more and more like SUV's.

Netbooks, on the other hand, are small and portable; more like the things I expected to see these days, not the SUV laptops we have now. I'd give them a try, if I had disposable income... which I don't have. (Thanks credit crunch!) I do have a smartphone (BB Curve), but even I know that it isn't practical to use as a full-fledged computer, even with its qwerty keyboard.

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Apple bans iPhone app for changing version number

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@Ralph B

If Apple had won the PC wars back in the early-to-mid 90's, Steve Jobs would have *not* returned to Apple. He was brought back in a desperate move in a time when Apple was about to go down in flames.

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Still sending naked email? Get your protection here

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PGP's good.

I don't understand all these dudes dissing on PGP/GPG. The damn standard has been around for so long it is pretty much used in most sensible secure apps. If you wanted, you could also get your PGP public key signed by a CA and get your own X.509 cert. Hell, I think the OpenPGP standard even predates all those other implementations!

Hushmail uses the OpenPGP standard. If I want to do secure e-mail with Hushmail users, I need to use that.

And PGP Desktop isn't that hard to use for the Windows sheeple. Just buy, download, install; the Outlook plugin is included. It is really more about how much users care about privacy; those who don't care, well, they deserve getting their e-mail read.

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3 launches Facebook phone

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Coat

Facebook? Meh.

Windows Live Messenger on a mobile, however, is a useful tool. However, my Blackberry already does both of these things; of course, I don't do Facebook, so that app isn't installed.

And unless the handset's coupled with a juicy unlimited data rate plan (like my BB), it isn't much use to have these apps, as I wouldn't like to pump up my mobile bill on pointless stuff like Facebook.

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World's first AI birth achieved using frozen rhino sperm

Daniel B.
Joke

You tricked me!

And I was wondering how Artificial Intelligence could be related with bull sperm...

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Texas cop tasers himself

Daniel B.
Coat

Yipes!

Ok, at least he didn't point the gun to anybody else; in fact that's one of the first rules when handling guns: "Don't point it at anything you don't want destroyed."

And remember, same rule applies for Tasers, except it reads something like "Don't point it AT YOURSELF unless you want to feel like a BOFH victim!"

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Nissan to debut anti-prang tech next week

Daniel B.
Coat

Fun to drive

I'd like to see how this system would fare on our average Mexican highway. Some roads have:

- Duplicate lane markers, which make the road look like I was cross-eyed

- Alternate routes marked ... but the original lane markers haven't been erased

- *NO* lane markers. This one is really fun, especially when done in a 5-lane expressway!

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Shrinking primary databases

Daniel B.
Boffin

Size, not speed

As I understand this tech, it isn't really about sp33ding up your DB's, but reducing occupied space on the DB, while keeping all data accessible; any "idle" records are transferred to the slower, compressed partition (tablespace?) while those who are frequently used/modified are kept on the main, uncompressed one.

Of course, the compressed data will be slower to retrieve, as it requires decompression. So this solution doesn't give any speed gains, but it will save on storage requirements, especially on those who are required to keep stale data online for a large amount of time, like SOX-bound organizations.

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Microsoft insists Hotmail redesign hasn't left users out in the cold

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No Java Involved

That comment made me laugh. I haven't seen Java anywhere on the Hotmail service. The only thing I do see is that annoying JavaSCRIPT.

Anyway, I do find annoying that they make their stuff break on anything not Windows/IE.

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Half of Brits abuse apostrophe's

Daniel B.

Apostrophes or words?

As someone else mentioned, there's a lot of people who can't differentiate between "lose" and "loose", but I've seen many other things:

- Would of, Should of ... instead of would've, should've

- Your / You're confusions

- The oh-so-common its and it's problem

I am amazed, as this is something I previously thought only existed with non-native English people; though I got to give English speakers some credit, at least they haven't written Jhon, whit, night, widht, among other spelling mistakes. But I thought "loose" was not a problem for English native speakers!

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AVG slaps Trojan label on core Windows file

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@Time to move on

Panda Antivirus? One of my former jobs had the corporate version installed, and the only PCs that got infected since then were the ones that weren't running the thing.

Me? I'm stuck with ZoneAlarm, which also gave me a false positive some months ago, eating away my Yahoo! Messenger. Bleh.

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Denial, exposure and online security

Daniel B.
Boffin

PreparedStatements

Of course, data acquired from HTTP GET or HTTP POST must be validated ... but most of the ugly stuff (like O'Malley, or '; DELETE FROM users; --) is usually covered by PreparedStatements, which are supported by any RDBMS worth its salt. Any programmer *not* using these is opening a big SQL Injection vector into his app.

I wish every single developer knew about this, but I've seen companies using queries that don't do any kind of sanity check on these things; and generating documents with things like:

http://foobar.com/servlet/VeryImportantContractGenerator?name=Jason%20Bourne&account_no=1234432198&initial_balance=300

which, of course, doesn't validate the input at all. These kind of things make me cringe...

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Vintage IBM tape drive in Apollo moon dust rescue

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Alert

Old data... real problem.

I wonder how many people know about the risks of long-term data storage. During my lifetime, I've seen lots of media turn antique:

- My dad's programs are stuck in a backup tape reel that can't be read

- I lost most of my Mac files on both my Jasmine Removable 45 and MDS88 drives

- My dad's Iomega Jaz cartridges are dead

- And well, not only am I deprived of a 5.25" floppy disk reader, but even if I had one, I'm pretty sure I won't be able to read my old C64 programs.

Even in non-computer media, VHS recorder/players are hard to find already; I haven't seen Compact Cassette Walkmans for some time now, and my sister didn't even know how to operate a record player until recently.

I've already lost most of my old data, and it is very difficult to find any data from before 1997 already. And that's without counting the "dead tech" stuff, like my C64 proggies. :(

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The US and the impossible green revolution

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Greenie or greedy?

"[I] believe history will show that it was Chinese capitalism which put the last nail into the coffin of the postwar European welfare state."

Funny, I thought the EU was actually more interested in the green tech than the "non-welfare states" ... like the US. High petrol prices in the EU have meant that Europeans don't favor gas-guzzling SUV's, and having a high-speed *electric* rail network also cuts down on both driving and flying.

How many "green" transportation methods do the Chinese have? The only fast train they had was the Transrapid (that's German) for the Shanghai airport ... and then they stole the tech for their "own" maglev.

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Google fixes world's most stupid bug

Daniel B.
Coat

I can see it now...

Receiving an SMS from the NOC saying something along the lines of

"CRITICAL ALERT: REBOOT SERVER"

... and sending your G1 into an infinite loop!

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Hotmail users bitch and moan about new interface

Daniel B.
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Hotmail

Well, I've been using their revamped "interface" since they first released it as a "beta". BTW, it does have "mark as read", but that's done with the right-button context menu (yes, they're trying to do some kind of Web Outlook interface.) It isn't that bad, but I do hate its IE-centric insistence.

The funny thing is why I opted in for this in the first place: it was to jump from 250Mb to 2Gb inbox space. Hotmail is the only service I know of that strayed behind a lot on Inbox quotas.

Yahoo offered 25Mb, Hotmail 2Mb.

Yahoo ups to 100Mb, Hotmail 2Mb.

Gmail comes up, offers 1Gb; Yahoo ups to 250Mb .... Hotmail's *still* stuck at 2Mb.

Hell, when Hotmail decided to up themselves to 250Mb, they did it *by region*; meaning all non-US users were still stuck with 2Mb. Fortunately, a temporary change I had made in 1998 left my Hotmail addy with a US RL address, so I got the upgrade. The only thing MS got, was that most of their non-US users suddenly "moved" to Beverly Hills; Hotmail asks for a Zip Code, and well, there's that early 90's show with a zip code for its title!!

So basically, Hotmail ceased to be the main option for most because Gmail, and even Yahoo! were giving giant inboxes, while Hotmail stuck to 2Mb's for way too long (2004?), which given Hotmail's spam volume meant that your inbox was filling up in a matter of hours. Those of us who still have Hotmail addys, have them only because of MSN Messenger. Otherwise, I'd hint Hotmail would be dead for quite a while by now...

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