* Posts by Daniel B.

3161 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

iPhone 2.0 unlock tool released, tested

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@Henry Blackman

The problem is that some stuff won't ever run as intended if released through the official method: Apple blocked some system calls / functions in their developer API, and the license restricts you even further on what is allowed; hence no Java (can't run bytecode), no IM (can't run in background) and no ROMs. So naturally, iPhone users will want to run the unrestricted apps, which require jailbreaking.

I wonder why Apple went down this road instead of doing something like Symbian signed, or RIM's "restricted calls" policy: some libs require the accessing module to be signed by RIM. However, Apple just states "you can't do it" flat out.

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Japan kicks off electric car format war

Daniel B.
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GM 0wned? Thanks for killing EV1

So GM doesn't look so bright like it did when the EV1 program got axed. Had they continued that venue, maybe we would have a Li-Ion car by now! Or something else...

I'd love a fully-electric car, but given I live in an apartment block, I just can't get a 100 meter power cable to plug my car at night ... and that is assuming I were able to actually run the cable down to the underground parking lot.

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US cyberspying fears hang over Beijing Olympics

Daniel B.

Look into the mirror...

"Spying techniques outlined in the advisory, which wasn't made public, included copying the contents of laptop hard disks at border crossing or in hotel rooms and "loading spyware" onto BlackBerry mobile devices, the Wall Street Journal reports."

Oh, like the Border guards do entering the US? At least the Chinese don't think everyone is a terrorist. Though they might take an interest if you enter china with Falun Gong symbols... or 'Free Tibet' T-shirts... but then again, you'd expect the same suspicions entering the US with a "BIN LADEN LIVES! DIE INFIDELS!" T-shirt!

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SCO ordered to pay Novell $2.5m Unix royalties

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Oh yes!

I just want to point out that $2.5million is very short of what SCO should be reamed with. However, there's still the IBM case ...

MWAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA

[Annoying attempt at excessive MWAHA deleted - Ed]

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Salesforce.com pulls plug on Sun's flagship Unix servers

Daniel B.
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So they're IDIOTS

Gaaah! Substituting big oxen with 1024 chickens isn't "the way forward!" If my former boss were reading this article, he would be laughing his ass off the screen!!!

As much as I like Linux, Solaris as an OS and Sun's hardware is pretty stable, secure, and not-another-Intel-based-crap-hardware. If I already have something as big as an E25k ... I'm not about to dump it in favor of Intel-based shite.

Flames, as those who took this decision will BURN IN HELL!

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Baptist church in assault rifle giveaway

Daniel B.
Dead Vulture

I have to say it...

PRAISE THE LORD .... AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!!!!!

The Vulture was mistaken by an infidel.

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Gadgets safe from global airport anti-piracy plan

Daniel B.

So its bollocks, then

"ACTA will seek to crack down on large-scale illegal disc production - impounding 50,000 dodgy copies of Hancock found in a shipping container, for instance"

I wonder who would be so stupid to *ship* 50k counterfeit DVD's, as its easier, cheaper and less-risky to just burn 'em at the "sales point".

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The Top Ten 3G iPhone beaters

Daniel B.

Hey, why isn't any BlackBerry there?

My BB 8300 (the Curve) is actually decent, the only thing lacking would be GPS (no use for this), support for playlists in the media player (oops?), and no *video* camera. Other than that, I'm pretty much OK with the thing.

And it doesn't have that evil Windows Mobile OS. (I've yet to try a Symbian-powered phone.)

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MS takes Windows 3.11 out of embed to put to bed

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Re: Did somebody mention Netware??

Oh yes. It was my first PC network, Novell 3.x if I remember well. Oh the fun when the coax cable faulted in some odd location, it was hell to search that. However, NE2000/NetWare Ethernet wasn't my first network ... that would've been AppleTalk. Back then, it was a nice thing to have, as we were mostly Mac users at my home, and it let us share our printers; though I did find an issue about folder-sharing not being available until System 7. (And System 6 had the "client-side support".) Of course, I found out the limitations of AppleTalk/LocalTalk years later when I tried to transfer 30-Mb files over it. Uggggh!!!

As for Windows 3.11 ... I hated it back then, I kept my MS-DOS 6.2/Win 3.1 combo up until Win95 was released. I don't know why, but the "jump" to MS-DOS 6.22 b0rked MS Backup, changed "Doublespace" into "Drivespace" AND BREAKING COMPATIBILITY; so jumping to that would have rendered a metric assload of my drives unreadable. (I know there was some odd patent problem back then, but coudn't they at least give us a "migration path"???)

Anyway, neither me or my Dad were too convinced on 3.11, same look, same crap, and we were all using Macs with System 7 anyways. (Which incidentally, could run in our old Mac Plus.) My few games for PC ran in DOS; the Mac was my gaming platform, alongside my C-64 =)

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South African survives exploding fridge attack

Daniel B.
Joke

Wrong setting on fridge!

I think the guy had one of those 'intelligent' fridges; so when he set the 'ice' configuration, the fridge proceeded to 'ice' his user!

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Shrinking Sun under the gun

Daniel B.
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Don't let the Sun go down...

These are one of the few guys who are actually still investing in the Unix and non-x86 areas. I don't want them to die, and their hardware is definitely the best in the mid-range/high-end area, second only to mainframes. I'd hate to see them go down! And as Ishkandar just mentioned, they've always been good on the techie aspects.

I've worked on their E25k boxen, and those beasts won't go down unless somebody does something really bad on the hardware. Uptime/availability on those mammoths are something any Wintel server would only dream about.

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iPhone apps hit the racks at the iTunes store

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Re: What no Java?

Same here, seems like the iPhone's too "good" to have Java. Never mind that any self-respecting Smartphone out there has some kind of Java support, like the BlackBerry.

Apple's stance with Java is even more stubborn than anything Microsoft has ever done. Sheesh.

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File system killer leads police to wife's bones

Daniel B.

Re: Windows ME?

"I was expecting a slew of comments wishing 25 years of brutal anal rape on him, administered by large sadistic men in orange jump suits."

Nah. That I wish upon Icahn, if he gets to do his own first-degree murder of Yahoo!

Sadly, I truly hoped for Reiser to be innocent, but he actually did it. Sad, as it only propagates that "CompSci dudes are weirdo serial killerz!" perception...

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Blind spot - the trouble with optical drives

Daniel B.
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You'll take my tape drive out of my cold, dead hands

I've seen over and over these grand "tape vs. optical" discussions. After having lost something around 5Gb of data due to disc rot, I am skeptical of any kind of optical storage. The closest I ever came near something like that would have been the Magneto-Optical band, which was an actually reliable technology. However, my dad was who had the final word back then, and he chose the hideous iomega Jaz drive. Guess who lost a crapload of data; and I wasn't immune to that either. I had a 300Mb backup that my dad decided to move over to one of those cartridges, and all the data went bye-bye. Though most of the stuff I lost was because of those other cartridges, the Iomega zip ones. Remember them???

Meanwhile, the tape camp has gone from DDS-1, DDS-2, DDS-3, DDS-4 up to DAT 72; and all those tape drives are backwards-compatible. While I don't own one myself, I did have access to one, and some of my backups are actually in DDS-4 cartridges. Some of these backups have already outlived my first ill-fated batch of CD's.

SSD's are nice, but they sometimes go crazy, so I'm not quite sure about using them for backup storage. But they are very nice for moving data :)

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Google and the End of Science

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Correlation vs. models?

If these "theories" were true, about doing everything by correlation, then we would conclude that:

1 - Storks *do* bring babies to the world,

2 - Global Warming is caused by Pirates.

Why? Because if you "only analyze the data you got", you'll find a correlation between ups and downs of population and stork numbers during WWII, and you'll see that the number of pirates at sea has dropped while the global mean temperature has gone up.

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How to be an instant Web me-2.0 developer

Daniel B.

Oh no...

I wasn't having a nightmare. Web 2.0 is truly full of crap calls! If you want to have fun, try disabling JavaScript .. or doing 'fun' things like pressing stop while the page is loading. Some sites will barf completely if the javascript stuff doesn't fully load... which happens a lot, just check the CommunityServer forum section at thedailywtf.com, and revere the "tinyMCE not defined" errors.

The basic problem is that the HTTP/HTML combo was originally concieved as a WORM system (Write Once, Read Many) with limited interaction (POST forms) but stateless.

Then somebody either tried to imitate the reliable client/server apps, or the 3270 terminals, and the highway to hell^H^H^H^H Web2.0 was born...

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Google out-visions Jobs on Mac roadmap

Daniel B.
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Mac OS X

true, the "X" stands for 10, but they've done that redundant thingy, like the "PIN Number", "MAC Code" and similar repeating acronyms. I wouldn't be surprised, however, if they either do a funny jump into "Mac OS X 11.1", or do a Sun and start using the second version placeholder as the "big release", dropping the numeric 10.

Wait, I think they're already doing it... they're already using 10.4.x, 10.5.x as their numbering scheme, they just haven't actually dropped the "10" from the release versions.

(Ok, Sun hasn't done so either, you can still see that Java 6 is actually 1.6, and Solaris 10 is SunOS 5.10 if you look very well.)

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Google evaporates Docs and Spreadsheets cloud

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Web-based software failure shocker!

So it seems like some people found out just why Web 2.0 "desktop" apps will never replace the good-old native desktop apps.

Office, OpenOffice and such will always work even if you're in the middle of nowhere and without an internet connection. Remote storage is nice, but having it as your only storage option is as bad as having local files with no backup.

Flames, because that's how all your files will go up if you don't back them up!

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Wife-slaying Linux guru may have 'developmental disability'

Daniel B.

Is this some kind of 'Developer Syndrome'?

I've wondered for some time if there is some kind of mental disorder amongst hardcore developers causing extreme behavior: Theo de Raadt and his Linux-bashing, that Kip guy who went on "raging landlord" mode, and Reiser well... even if he *didn't* kill his wife, he did quite a good job on tampering evidence.

Maybe its like the math guys, to be a true genius, you gotta be crazy (see Fourier, or more recently John Forbes Nash.)

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ISO certifies Adobe's PDF

Daniel B.

PDF!

Good. Actually, PDF's basically the only format I know that is standard enough to be read by both official Adobe Readers and the free versions (like xpdf). I've been using PDF's since the old PageMaker 4.0 days, which freely included the Acrobat Distiller (no need for the full Acrobat version!) Even when I was the only one using PageMaker, I could export to PDF and print the thing anywhere.

I think the reason PDF didn't really take off is because Office didn't include the Acrobat Distiller, and PageMaker didn't get much use outside the publishing areas... except for my dad & me, who used it for most documents. Fortunately, that gave me an edge in my highschool and early college research papers, the teacher was impressed at the mere looks of my paper and I got extra points for that. Oh well...

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Is SproutCore worth the Flash and Java iPhone snub?

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Ruby? Meh.

Nice thing it was ... until I read 'Ruby'. Straight to the trashcan.

I just don't understand Apple's aversion to Java, its exclusion from the iBone is just idiotic. And why, oh why would they go for Ruby ??? I'd rather see Obj-C on the RIA iPhone apps than the horrible Ruby thingy. And I am *not* an Obj-C fan either! (In fact, I think ObjC is kind of Smalltalk disguised as C.)

That other Objective-J sounds better than this, though ... if only because it has _no Ruby_.

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DoJ to probe Google Yahoo! deal

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DoJ! is! stupid!

The ones getting a DoJ probe should be Microsoft, not Yahoo/Google. In reality, the only place where Google might be a "monopoly" is in the search market; and that isn't a result of monopolistic activities, but actual efficiency by the Google search engine. Really, we would still be using Altavista if Compaq hadn't b0rked the interface after eating DEC.

If I were the DoJ, I'd be more concerned on the MSFT takeover; eating Yahoo! would give them a chance to force Silverlight unto all of us, which would nicely lock "the web" to IE/Windows once again. No thanks.

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Google a broken hell for five-year-olds

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Returning? Yeah, right.

If I leave a company to jump ship, and then find said "ship" to be rotten, I'm jumping ship... somewhere else. Really, you don't just switch jobs for fun; usually there's something better on the other side. And this being Microsoft, there must be strong motivations to jump ship.

If so many guys actually "came back" to Microsoft, I'd think they're getting some big bonus, because that's the only way I'd return to a former job.

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Trekkies to flip lids over Star Trek bottle opener

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Oooh err

Captain! Captain!

I'm trying to open the beer, but we just don't have the power!!!

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BEA gets last laugh on Oracle app server

Daniel B.
Happy

Ok...

At least they're keeping the good application server alive - the one from BEA. I was fearing that OAS would kill WebLogic after this ... but it seems that won't happen.

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Dell offers 'Windows Vista Bonus' to frightened customers

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@Christopher Emerson

Wait. WinXP not being a big leap from Win9x/ME??? I'd agree if you told that it wasn't a big leap from *win2000*. But win9x/ME were really graphical shells on top of DOS, even if they hid it underneath the flashy graphics.

Win2K came from the NT branch, which had boatloads of differences with the win9x branches: true multiuser environments, actual security and even a nifty POSIX subsystem for those UNIX die-hards. Hell... there's even an OS/2 subsystem somewhere.

In fact, Vista seems to the NT branch like ME looked to the win9x branch: same stuff, just crappier. If any MS OS is actually going for the win, it would be Win Server 2008. Given Vista's "performance" I might actually get this as my new OS, because even if I do work with Linux, I still need the windoze for other stuff, like games.

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Granite Jesus, blessed be thy gneiss

Daniel B.

Oh no, not again...

Believe me, this is not the case of someone trying to cash in. These "images" appear everywhere, usually when there are bad times coming. Example: the Mexico City subway "image of the virgin". They even took out the tile and put a small shrine outside the subway station ... but all I see is rust on a tile. It seems more like a case of Rorschach Ink blots and people seeing what they want to see...

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ICANN approves customized top-level domains

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You broke mah internet!

Oh great. First they're going for the stupid idea of adding non-ASCII characters, so a lot of software will either break, or cope with it but then we'll have the average Joe baffled on finding how to type Chinese/Cyrillic characters in a qwerty/azerty keyboard.

Now we're also getting free-for-all gTLD's? Oh well, at least now phishers and 419'ers might get .con ... so now you'll know it's a CON, get it???

While I understand that .com has turned into something kind of cliché, well, the other "new" TLD's haven't really taken off, have they? Even with six-digit figures, this is just going to turn ugly.

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An iPhone with a keyboard?

Daniel B.

Gimme my real keyboard

I've tried the iTouch, which is basically an iPhone without the phone. It took me THREE minutes to type in my wireless passphrase ... 8-char as it might, it seems my fingers are not small enough to use the damn thing. I'm more capable of using the BlackBerry keyboard, even if the keys are so small.

If I had an iPhone ... I'd probably never text from there. Actual QWERTY keyboards are better for texting.

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Force listeners onto DAB by killing FM

Daniel B.
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Worsening FM?

Hm.... taking in mind my experience with analog/digital signals, aren't digital signals more sensitive to noise? I mean, when I go through a small tunnel, I might get a bit of noise, but I still can listen my daily dose of Heavy Metal. Do the same with digital stuff, and I'll probably get the same garbled sound I get when my GSM signal gets weak.

I just don't see why I'd want something like this on a medium that is mostly used on the move. The most useful feature I've seen that actually does help me with my "Radio Experience" would be RDS, which gives me the station ID and sometimes the "Now Playing" song name.

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Microsoft says ‘hasta la vista XP’ - well, kinda

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@ Simon Aspinall

"Could you really imagine your Gran running a linux machine. causes my blood to run cold."

Windows is not much better. I recently had to guide my ex-gf by phone on the initial Vista "setup". This is an OEM PC, which should have an easier method for end-users to get it up and running. She was baffled with the EULA screen ... imagine what kind of nightmare it was to walk her through the rest of the process.

Ubuntu's setup (and some other Linux distros like Fedora) are now comparably easier than the standard XP/Vista install, don't confuse end-users with EULA stuff, and don't ask weird questions that the Average Joe is not familiar with.

My aforementioned friend took 7 DAYS to finally get the damn thing working, as I was the only computer-literate person in her circle of friends.

As someone else mentioned, Vista seems to be the new winME; remember back when win2000 was supposed to be "business only"??? I distinctly remember that DirectX was stated to be win2000-incompatible, and that it would be "never, ever released for win2000". Except someone hacked DirectX into win2000, and the masses ditched winME in favor of win2000. Then M$ changed its stance and gave us DirectX for win2000 thru the official channels.

At least they didn't shoot themselves in the foot, as windows server 2008 does support DirectX by default. Though I'd wonder if M$ really wants us to jump from "NT workstation" to "NT Server" as a main platform??? Looks more like a genuine cock-up this time.

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US school cheat hack suspect faces 38 years jail

Daniel B.

So was the principal James T. Kirk?

So 38 years later, when Khan is released, he will steal the Enterprise and destroy his former school with photon torpedoes!

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!

Seriously though ... 38 years for a simple hack is stupid, no real harm done (other than the crime of stupidity for thinking no one would notice the grade changes) unlike that other dude who erased hospital records.

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Big TV flips ad blockers the bird

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Re: Why block ads?

I feel with this one. If you fire up Adblock, you're hurting the site. (And not to mention that Adblock is a FF-only extension.)

I really don't care, for example, if I get google ads or not, as those aren't intrusive; actually some of them are very funny. But some of them (doubleclick.net, cpxinteractive) are annoying enough to cut them out. Especially some of them that for some reason like to show me BIG BUTTS, nag me on watching "girl next door" cams or similars; these kind of ads are actually a threat to you (and no, it isn't in porn sites these come up!) Add up with those stupid "You're the 999999th visitor YOU WON!" crapads, and I've decided I'm fed up.

So my solution has been to set up a squid proxy that blocks the offending domains, and voila! No more annoying ads. Project Wonderful and Google Syndication, on the other hand, still remain in my accepted lists. :)

Don't blanket-ban ads, and maybe the webmasters will get the hint and switch to the nicer ads.

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Devil dog laughs in the face of Taser

Daniel B.
Dead Vulture

Dogs can be dangerous!

I've got some bad experience ... I remember some jackass leaving his dog right outside his home about 5 years ago at night. One time I was walking back from my girlfriend's house and nearly got attacked by the damn dog, only because I was walking on the same sidewalk this dog was. I then proceeded to get a 5Kg rock and pass thru again. Had the dog attacked me, I'm sure he'd be dead.

Wonder why did the plods bothered anyway? They could've just called in the street sweepers! ;)

@Charles Tsang - "From the web site reading, does that mean if I attack a dog owner or the dog and it bites me, I can then complain of a dangerous dog and have it destroyed?"

Did you see the first Beethoven movie? That's basically what the "bad guy" does.

Dead vulture 'coz he was attacked by the chav's dog.

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Microsoft ga ga over Goo-Hoo! deal

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Goohoo!!!!

I'd rather see Google and Yahoo! merging, than an M$ takeover. In fact, Google-Yahoo are much more compatible in technology base and mindsets than M$-Yahoo.

All the Google and Yahoo stuff for mobile phones, for example, will run seamlessly with my Blackberry, while the MS stuff (MSN Spaces, specifically) will rebuff me with "OS not compatible" crap. As long as Microsoft doesn't have a big share into the web, you can guarantee that most websites can run on other browsers than IE. I'm pretty sure that if MS takes over Yahoo! they'd use it to push their god-awful Silverlight stuff, that only runs in Windows/IE.

Cry all you want, Ballmer. We don't care anyway.

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Cambridge woman in £90m 'leccy bill shocker

Daniel B.
Joke

Whoa!

Hm... seems like she left the Time Displacement Portal on during the night.

Or maybe the USS Enterprise was charging its dilithium crystals from her power supply?

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NY street-cleaning truck swallows dog

Daniel B.
Dead Vulture

Stop dogging me around..

Woof! Woof!

Was this one of those midget-sized dogs? If so, I wouldn't be surprised if the driver didn't notice the mutt. Anyway, who in their right mind would take their dog near an operating street-cleaner? I would wait until the thing passed on to prevent exactly these situations. Dogs have a habit on pulling *away* from their master, so they could easily get in range of a dog-sucking sweeper ... or a speeding car. This is exactly the reason my cousin lost his dog; the mutt thought it was wise to stand on the street to "wait" for traffic... and got hit on the head by incoming 60 km/h traffic.

The dead vulture icon, 'coz that's how it would look like after trying to cross 60 km/h traffic.

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AVG scanner blasts internet with fake traffic

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I love the smell of burning comments in the morning...

Ok. Seems like a lot of people don't get it. Linkscanner shouldn't load sites *before* I actually click on 'em! Doing so isn't "live" scanning at all. Its eating away my bandwidth, and the site(s) bandwidth as well. I do understand the need for this kind of scan, but you could have this as well done at *load* time, by setting up a local proxy that checks the site, then serves it to the browser if its OK.

I do see some webmasters that would be happy for this, though. I remember some of those "warez" site groups like t100.com or something like that getting paid for clicked-in users (that is, site visitors.) They'd be very happy to get a zillion extra "visitors" thanks to this.

The rest of us, however, really don't want this kind of stuff.

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Blu-ray ramp beats DVD up-take in Europe

Daniel B.
Dead Vulture

DVD first year?

"Interestingly, BD fared less well than DVD during the formats' respective first year on sale - 2006 and 1999, respectively."

Hm... wait ... 1999 *DVD's first year*??? Geeze, wonder how my dad got hold of his DVD collection back in 1998!

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Quantum crypto targeted in attack of the clones

Daniel B.
Boffin

@AC, duplicating lightbeams

The thing is that according to Quantum physics, to know the polarisation you have to measure it. It can be either | and - (the "+" orientations), or \ and / (the X orientations). To measure the photons, you place either a + orientation detector, or X orientation detector. Thing is, if you choose the wrong one, there is a 50% chance that you will "twist" the photon into a wrong orientation, or completely filter out the photon itself. So either way, you are already altering the thing by the mere act of reading it.

However, this is nice in theory, but for key distribution, you'd have to know beforehand the +/X orientations used for transmission, which kind of defeats the purpose. So QC protocols rely on doing transmission totally at random, so security really turns into a matter of probability. So basically, your "secure" key transmission basically counts on *luck* for successful, untampered transmissions. Then again, probability for interception of a QC-transmitted key of say, 1024 bits would be around 1 / (1024 * 2 * 2) or something like that.

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US Senate to probe Goo-Hoo!

Daniel B.

GooHoo! monopolistic, but Microhoo isn't???

Interesting how the US Senate keeps mum about Ballmer/Icahn trying to take over Yahoo!, but as soon as Google comes to the "rescue", they're suddenly all concerned about anti-trust.

Is it just me, or does all this just sound stupid? I'd be more concerned about a Microsoft takeover, than Google merely sharing advertising with Yahoo!

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Disgruntled admin gets 63 months for massive data deletion

Daniel B.
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Retarded Idiot, and a dangerous one at that.

Nevermind that he didn't cover his tracks well. He's all well deserving the prison time by willfully destroying patient records! He even shut down the backup systems, so it isn't like he intended to do a one-day scare; he practically slaughtered the entire hospital's record!

This guy deserves no parole, no mercy, and a really mean cellmate.

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Yahoo! Messenger! Trojan! false alarm!

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Oh so that's why

I found it funny too, that when I came home Wednesday night I found that ZoneAlarm had detected yacscom.dll as a "Trojan". Good thing I just Quarantined it.

Less funny, though, that last weekend ZoneAlarm decided that the distributed.net client was a Trojan/Botnet and deleted it without prompting me! So it isn't the only false positive...

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Pope gives blessing to anti-christ terrorist squad

Daniel B.
Coat

@Steven Raith

"Pff, everyone knows that when the demons come through, the only thing that will stop them is a lone marine, left in his base while his comrades in the initial assault get slaughtered.

he will then enter the fray armed only with a pistol and his bare fists, to take on the hell-spawn."

Nah, this time he'll be given the BFG9000 from the start, after reciting the holy scriptures of IDKFA and IDDQD.

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Kremlin pushes Cyrillic alphabet net

Daniel B.
Joke

It has to be said...

In Soviet Russia, DNS resolves YOU!!!!

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T-Mobile calls it a day for WAP

Daniel B.

CSD

Hm... well most PAYG handsets over here were forced to use CSD only, as GPRS was considered "contract only" by the largest operator (Telcel). The cheap-rate operators using CDMA2000, however, switched on their EVDO and beat Telcel to the 3G market, *and* gave it away at a fairly good pricing.

Come March 2008, Telcel finally released 3G in some cities, and 2 weeks ago it finally freed up GPRS/EDGE/3G for PAYG users. But at their extortionate rates, I doubt any PAYG user would want to pony up that kind of cash ... my "test run" ate through my remaining $16 doing a small 2Mb transfer ... which was cut off *because I ran out of credit*.

Guess why mobile internet isn't that big a hit over here...

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IBM's Power6 slaughters world+HP in transaction cranking

Daniel B.
Unhappy

PA-RISC

Maybe this is a sign for HP to actually revamp their PA-RISC chipset instead of selling off to the Itanic???

The only HP server I'd ever buy is an HP 9000, and they're about to kill that line. Oh well, at least IBM still keeps on churning newer stuff...

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Apple to charge iPod Touch owners for new OS - again

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Pay per upgrade?

So by this logic, should every single farkin' Service Pack come with a charge???

They could simply state its an OS upgrade and that wouldn't count as a major upgrade. Then again, I am not an expert on US accounting. I barely understand our own laws...

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Country mice oppose Yahoogle

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Um...

I'd rather see a Yahoogle! than Microhoo.

Something's rotten in the rural US, and it smells like Icahn...

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Security militia sought to brutalize ransomware virus

Daniel B.
Boffin

1024-bit RSA?

Like the one used in, like, most SSL certs? I think I'd be worried if they could actually crack this, as it would basically crack *any* SSL cert.

Bye bye HTTPS!!!

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