* Posts by Daniel B.

3158 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

Teachers cower in face of cyberbullies

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Class of 1984, anyone?

"There were two kinds of teachers when I was at school. Those you were scared of, and respected, and those you weren't scared of, and pissed about." Nope. I've had plenty of teachers that were respected because they *earned* that respect from their students. Scare-driven "respect" is broken as soon as the student breaks free from the influence sphere... and the backlash is WORSE.

Anyway ... I remember that teachers weren't even able to deal with bullies back in the 80's either! Our current situation reminds me of "Class of 1984", now it isn't just the students but the teachers as well. Though I'd love to see someone trying to cyberbully the BOFH's kid... that would be fun to watch.

>BZZZZERT!<

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French Googleslayer gets the green light

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Saying Quaero

Hm... maybe speaking English and Spanish helps, but I didn't find it too hard:

"coo-ah-eh-row"

though I think it has that ugly "AE" thingy so it might be "coo-errow" ... which would be funny as it sounds like Spanish "cuero" (Leather, but also slang for "skin", or "good looking".)

Fortunately Spanish has ditched the "ae" combined-letter in writing, so I don't have to bear "pAEdophile", "encyclopAEdia", and other thingies that annoy me in writing...

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Bag tax recycled into eco-PR slush

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@Andrew Orlowski

True. If it were something like "200% cigarrette tax going for health care organizations/lung cancer orginazations" I would agree, as those would actually be of some use.

Greenpeace, well... I don't really agree with them anymore. Besides some stuff where they are right, most of what they spew these days is scaremongering, and trying to take down the few carbon-neutral energy generation alternatives like fusion power.

Yet I haven't seen them trash crop-based biofuels yet...

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Indian gov says no plan to squeeze out BlackBerrys

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Hm...

So I think my Blackberry comms might be safe from both Mexican and US prying eyes.... and given the increased surveillance on part of the Mexican gov't, that might be even better.

I'd be concerned though ... why would the Indian gov want so much control on this?

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Three questions for the Jesus SDK

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So the iPhone's great in backwards stepping?

"are you really likely to take a call and maintain an IM session at the same time?"

Maybe. I've done it on my Bla^H^H^HCrackberry. Though the main reason to be able to do this is to *get* incoming IM's, and attend 'em after hanging up. I don't want to be offline, though I would like it to switch to "ON THE PHONE" status. ;)

"Why can't AOL be more creative and do to IM what Apple did to SMS"

What did Apple do to SMS? I can't remember anything from the iPhone revolutionizing the SMS biz. My Nokia 1100 from circa 2003 had multiple-recipient message capability. The iPhone doesn't. The "newest" SMS tech I would see are emoticons (my W300 does it, my BB doesn't) and showing SMS as conversations (BB does it). And these "innovations" predate the iPhone for at lesat 3 years.

"Has anyone else ever made a phone that is stable on day 1 without having to wait for a firmware update?"

Nokia, most Symbian handsets, BlackBerry, SonyEriccson (ok, the W300 at least), alcatel ...

I happily am able to IM, send email, browse stuff and such, with the benefit of having a fast task switching option. True for my Blackberry, but also true for my 1996 PalmPilot. Face it, the iPhone is trying to compete in the smartphone market, which itself is derivative from the PDA. You can't nerf functions that 12 year old PDA's do have, can't you???

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As Alan Parsons mentioned though, Blackberrys are dangerous in some hands. (Check out the UserFriendly strip for March 3, 2008 ;) Though it does give some advantage, as having IM / email capabilities while on the move, so I can communicate with my cash-deprived friends who don't want to spend on SMS messaging but have Internet access ;)

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Nortel widens telecom tubes with 40Gb/s optical cards

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@Greg

At least they call it "Numa Numa" ... over here (Mexico) it was known as "maiahiiii", or its even more popular version: "Marica tu" (you gay) from the "Pluma gay" sketch some Spanish comedy program made. Though the song did hit the top-10, so we did learn rather quickly the song's called "Dragostea din tei" from O-Zone. ;)

As for high-speed fiber ... isn't there a crapload of "dark fiber" that could theoretically be lit up? Its about time we start putting into use those dot-com burst leftovers...

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Cuba lifts ban on computer sales

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@fred

They could get online legally, that's what the "cyber-cafe" schemes are all about.

What this means is that they can now do that from their own home... though I don't think that would be viable 'till Chavez gives 'em the phat pipe; I think the entire island's bandwidth is something akin to an E3 link.

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Apple fans roast Apple fans

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Ah, I see a trend...

Steve Jobs launches the Macintosh.

Macs work good, look good ... but overheat. Why? Well, S. Jobs decided to ditch the fan for aesthetic reasons.

Jobs leaves Mac. Subsequent Macs have fans. While they didn't look as stylish during the years, they do get more useful. My 1994? 1995? Performa is still in use at my mom's house after all these years.

Jobs returns: Macs turn into "iMac", get all stylish and ... start getting some weird trend on overheating, which seems to be caused by fans not running as they should ... for aesthetic reasons.

See a trend there?

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Unpatched RealPlayer bug paves way for drive-by downloads

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Boffin

RealAudio

... that was when I used it, I used to have my TwistedTunes collection on .ra files, when they still gave away their tunes for free. Oh, and the first radio station in the entire country to do livestream did so with RealAudio too.

Even RealPlayer was good, with a plus on having a Linux version :) ... then they turned their app into bloatware, right up when mp3's were gaining popularity. I'm sure I'm not the only one that remembers < 5Mb stereo audio files in .ra format being popular in the pre-mp3 days :)

Anyway, anything ActiveX is a security risk in itself. Yuk.

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Nathan Barleys mourn Great Lost Quango

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PSP

For a moment there I thought Ofcom was banning Sony's PSP...

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Nyko beats Sony to PS3 rumble controller release

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Isn't it...

Hey, doesn't that controller look strangely familiar?

It kinda looks like the god-awful XBOX controller, the big-ass version. I think I pass, I'll wait for the official one.

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NetApp changes name to NetApp

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Hm...

Did NetApp move over here to Mexico City? That new logo looks oddly familiar ... like the "pants" building over here in the Santa Fe CBD...

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Google red cards Privila for gaming search engine

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Good for google

So they killed indexing for a domain snatcher. Good!!!

I absolutely hate trying to get to some site, only to be greeted by "... where you want it, when you want it" search pages. A good friend of mine lost her domain name because of one of these suckers. Ah ... I believe it was Dotster. Is it coincidence it sounds like GANGSTER? I don't think so... ;)

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Wal-Mart stores drop cheap-as-chips Linux PC

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Linux

Its the swarm!

After 10 years of using Linux, I've come to the following conclusions on why it hasn't made mainstream desktop success:

- Games. Besides ID Software and some FPS (Half-Life, Unreal Tournament), most game devs drank the Kool-Aid and use DirectX instead of OpenGL. So few Linux games.

- Too many distros, too many weird names. Face it: the average Joe isn't going to install something with a weird name; while "Ubuntu" might fare well in Africa, the name just sounds freakish to the rest of us. (Try "gentoo", "mepis", "xandros" as well.) They might make it, but it requires...

- Marketing. Thats how Apple and M$ made it.

- Geeky appliances: Ever tried to set up a webcam? One of those god-awful winmodems? Fakeraids? Scanner? HID's? Most of them have windows-only drivers, and those that *do* have linux reverse-engineered drivers usually are tarballs, which go beyond the scope of the average user. This is a MAJOR issue, and I haven't seen a fix; in fact, the number of "close encounters of the ugly kind" experiences have increased on this field. Though most "normal" equipment works w/o any trouble though...

- Video Drivers: Ok, nVidia generally works, but the installer's command-line, even if it is easy, it isn't appealing to common users. Including them in standard distros would be good (and just stop being so uptight about closed-source drivers!!!)

- Tech Support: The biggie. Mainstream outlets have Windows-only support dudes, so it usually goes down to "that dude that knows how to run Linux" or public support forums... where the average Joe would be exposed to the continuous wankfest of "my distro's better than your distro" and god forbid he falls into a *BSD worship cult forum. Mostly, he'd be told to RTFM or to be called a luser because of his n00bness. And the "dude who runs Linux" may not be always available for help...

Still with all that, an out-of-the-box PC shouldn't be a problem with a pre-installed Linux and a recovery CD. Its the weird peripherals that would turn the user's experience into a nightmare ...

Me? I still dual-boot. My webcam ain't working in Linux :(

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Texas Instruments sounds alarm on 3G

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@Andus

"Talk/SMS to people by using it as Speaking Telephone. Which is what the fuck*ing thing was made for."

Except here its MXN 1 (~$0.10) for an SMS, MXN 5/minute local calls (~$0.50) and MXN 7.50/minute long distance (~$0.75). Guess what? SMS is more widely used in Mexico than actual calls, because the largest mobile company wants to pluck our eyes out. (ok ok, the pricing is for PAYG schemes, but most people here have PAYG'd stuff anyway)

I do, however, agree that TV on my cellphone is something for sad people; videoconferencing well... hasn't even been in normal phones, I just don't see the use for that in mobiles. Data transfer's another thing, if I got a smartphone I would definitely want to have data transfer. Except I want it cheap, which seems to be non-existant.

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Plastic bag campaign falls apart at the seams

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@Never heard of this

Ah, I have, since the 80's. Something to do with <insert marine animal> confusing the bags for jellyfish.

But back then, it was more like they told us that so we wouldn't litter the beach and/or sea, not to stop using them.

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Microsoft's Yahoo! takeover faces technical challenges

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No acquisition?

I call Fox Technologies (Foxpro), HoTMaiL, and whoever made DOS and the *original* DBMS behind SQL Server.

Heh, even Windows NT was something out of a joint operation for OS/2 or something...

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Cometh the hour, cometh the iPhone SDK

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SDK'd

"It kind of makes sense if you think about it - The iPhone OS is OS X, the SDK for it runs only under Mac OS X."

So why then was I able to develop my PalmOS apps from Linux and windows?? I remember that I was even able to use plain-old gcc, just by switching the target arch flags. Oh, that was like, mid-2000.

AFAIK, this is the same case for Symbian; though Blackberry does seem to have a Windows-only SDK :(

Lack of "doing what you want" was the main reason I switched to PC's in the first place! (Mac User 1986-1997) Ok, there are security issues, but a good OS framework lets you place security constraints on what you can or can't do, according to user permissions. That's the whole point behind using system calls, and the concept has been around for all POSIX-compliant UNIX clones out there.

The only reason I see for restrictions is for virus prevention, which is dealt with by Symbian Signed and RIM's signed module restrictions. But even then, it is only certain stuff that needs that process, not all apps.

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Ten years old: the world's first MP3 player

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Ah so it wasn't the Rio after all...

I always thought about Rio, but then, I heard about the Rio MP3 player until late 2000. Hell, 10 years ago I was leeching mp3's from FTP sites that came and went around the net, the olden days before P2P, Napster or Audiogalaxy. (In my opinion, Audiogalaxy was the best of those first-gen P2Ps 'coz the "central node" managed all the file-finding and stuff, but that's another story.) Heh, I had a Walkman back then ... with "digital" stuff like auto-searching FM/AM stations, 20 presets, and AVLS (so I wouldn't hurt my eardrums with excessive sound).

MP3's were not "obscure stuff" by 2003. Anyone under 21 would have known mp3's by then, as when the format became "popular" (1998), it quickly spread amongst college and highschool students worldwide. Proof of it is that I returned from my school vacation to find lots of my buddies showing off their 300+ "CD-Quality" music collections fitting in 600Mb. Ok, my school went into a compulsory "student+laptop" program on that same year, so that and campus broadband helped a bit.

The iPod came out as a "rich kiddie" toy, nice but expensive, and Mac-only, which that alone excludes like 90%+ of the whole market. Even when it went Windows, I didn't like it because it's expensive, and the iTunes requirement. The quantity of mp3's I now have is so huge I prefer segmenting it into folders, and I copy those folders using mass-storage protocols instead. My sister's got an iPod, and prefers to let iTunes synch whatever there is to the iPod than spend 8 hours ticking/unticking checkboxes.

Me? I used to have my W300, with an iPod-ish menus and my only complain was having to traverse the lists. My current Blackberry has text-searching and the "trackball" so that isn't even a problem anymore. ;) I would've liked Sony to do the mp3 Walkman back then. Oops!

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Snap Sun decision launches Java at iPhone

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At least...

... its better than that dog-ugly Obj-C "I think I am Smalltalk" language.

I for one welcome an iPhone JVM, but I wonder if it would be like the BlackBerry one, full of "nice extra features"??? If not, it wouldn't be that good, as all apps would be as dog-ugly as they are for other mobiles...

I prefer Java than ObjC, but of course, the king of all languages is C, and I worship C++ for OOP ;)

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HSBC forgets to renew its digital certificate

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Oh really?

"there were no security risks associated with the certificate expiring" ... yet precisely that made us do a fast-track SSL cert renewal 'coz the cert would expire in 48 hours, *and the bank would've had to shut down the service until the cert was renewed*. Looks like not all banks take these precautions...

Anyway, it is true that you can check the "three validations" for plausibility. It would pass the "trusted signer", "FQDN match" tests but fail the "cert valid" one. Though this is a human-accessed site, and I know of some SSL apps that will automatically REFUSE connection if the certs don't match!

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BBC iPlayer for iPhone and iPod Touch is iGo

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If you don't know what EDGE is...

"If you don't know that EDGE is what the iPhone uses for mobile data"

... then you're reading the wrong sites. I expect Joe Public expecting his iTouch to have EDGE "'coz it's bleeding-EDGE tech, get it??", but someone who's into mobile data surely knows, at least, what EDGE/GPRS means.

Oops, I just remember a colleague asking me "what is PPP?" ...

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Pentagon attackers stole 'amazing amount' of sensitive data

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@DR

"in truth there is only one way to secure a computer against remote attack and it involves the external data connection cable and a pai of scissors"

Um.. that's the idea behind SIPRNet and the other, "more secure" networks for the DoD. There is not even a physical link to the "civilian" Internet from those, and SECRET/TOP SECRET stuff stays there. I trust the DoD isn't using Windows there, though...

Anything "sensitive" should stay off the windows boxen. The Pentagon should be more sensitive on this and use at least SELinux, which is incidentally the NSA's MLS implementation on Linux.

The Pentagon having Windows PC's is kind of like opening up your server and finding it runs on bulbs and vacuum tubes, powered by hamsters...

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Stroustrup and Sutter: C++ to run and run

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I C Dead Code

Ahhh C++. You know, that was my first intro to OOP, and is still my preferred language for OS-specific stuff, and native programming. Even if I embraced Java in recent times for business stuff (and well, my job requires it), I still regard C/C++ as my main language. As someone else already said, Java is C++ without the guns & knives. Plus, it's got C stuff, and I can even mesh in x86 assembly in there ;)

The basic reason I did switch most of my stuff to Java was the lack of easy-to-use GUI libraries (except Qt, which is very easy to use) and the whole exception throw/catch things that made my life easier. Of course, after switching I discovered somewhere that try/catch was also implemented in C++, oops! Ok, ease-of-use for talking LDAP (JNDI) and JDBC Pooling bought me. And the whole J2EE thingy... though Java 5 EE kind of put me back, but that's another story.

If Qt's win32 license wasn't so expensive ($1200/developer last I checked) I might have even done all my stuff on C++, as I would be able to do truly cross-platform stuff. Oh well...

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IT industry needs more women

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Women

We do need more IT women! I've known at least two girls that break the "dumb girl" stereotype: one of them is a developer, and the other one was able to fully use her HP-49g calculator ... *in RPN mode*. Oh, and they're both pretty, so no "ugly techie" jokes there ;)

Its actually our culture & education that make them go for non-IT stuff, and the "geek factor" that makes them think IT's full of geeky types. If you raise a "Barbie Girl", she'll go for stupid careers. If you do take care about her in the early stages of learning, she might steer towards choosing something less fluffy in college.

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Steve Jobs unveils plans to dominate RIM BlackBerry, Life, the Universe, and Everything

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stevie-boy learns!

So... It seems like Apple finally realized their iPhone was not much of a "smartphone" without REAL apps.

Though now I am sad, as these announcements mean that the iPhone now might be a real competitor against RIM. Aaaaagh!

Though the iBone's still got its quirks: no QWERTY physical keyboard!

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Bill Gates loses richest man crown

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Gates and the 1st place

I think this is the first time he gets knocked down *in the Forbes list*. Though in practice, it would be more like Buffett knocked down Slim, who was #1 back then. Ouch.

Carlos Slim also has a pretty good record to begin with; he revived the entire Alameda Central block in Mexico City that had turned into slums and rubble after the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, and has made several social programs, including scholarships for poor students.

Of course, he's incredibly rich as he owns the #1 Mexican telco (Telmex is like BT over here) and the #1 mobile co (Telcel/America Móvil). Oh, and the only Mexican I know that has been buying US companies. Anyway ... I do prefer Slim over Billy Gates. Why?

Both give expensive products... except Slim's telecoms & mobile services actually WORK as they should. ;)

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US.gov disappears European-owned Cuba websites

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Ah, the Maria Isabel Sheraton affair, now on the net

About 2 or 3 years ago, a pair of Cuban citizens were kicked off without warning from the Maria Isabel Sheraton Hotel in Mexico City. Reason? An OFAC call, the funny thing was that:

1) The Hotel is in Mexico City, well outside the US borders,

2) they weren't giving Cuba any money, but quite the opposite.

While our stupid right-wing federal gov't is basically a US ass-kisser, the local government isn't, so they did take action and shut down that hotel for a few weeks. Too bad the mostly-neutral international policy has been abandoned, as the pre-2000 policy would have Sheraton incur in serious charges for sovereignity violation issues. Oh well...

so this reminds me a lot of that case.

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Why you should care that Jimmy Wales ignores reality

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Online encyclopedias

Hm... Wikipedia made me lazy... but that was because I was already fed up with doing online searches and finding tons of crap on whatever search engine I used. My personal favorite from my first Internet contact, Altavista, is not the good thing it used to be. Yahoo ... well, lost to Google some years ago. And Google? Been some time since their links have gone downhill too.

I remember that 1996-ish I found out that using search engines was a time-consuming task, as I had to filter out those geocities "fake info" pages. I remember once searching info on marijuana medical uses, and finding what was basically an anti-pot propaganda site which said "Marijuana has no medical uses, only THC." Ok, even taking out the obvious lack of citations there, its like saying "Coffee doesn't keep you away, only caffeine." Yeah, right.

Now its about getting loads of forum babble postage as top results, displacing useful info in lots of cases. Wikipedia made it easier to search stuff. Too bad it's gone basically sour with all this.

So? I think I'll have to revert to using ProQuest and other similar pay-for information sources, you know, those that actually are based on scientific research and stuff. That's where I first heard about "Captain Cyborg" Warwick, for example.

But just google-searching won't cut it anymore, search engines are on the fritz, even more when some "results" send you down to ... another search engine!!!

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IBM gets back into PCs

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@Why not Ubuntu?

"It's a bit more user-friendly than Red Hat..."

... and a bit more ugly-sounding name to the common user =(

I don't know about Notes as e-mail client, but Notes as a collaborative tool wasn't bad at all. At the very least, it was much, much better as a "new education" platform than its successors at my college: Blackboard, and some half-baked Blackboard-ish "thing" in-house development that followed.

I miss LearningSpace...

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Wife rings up £11,000 downloading bill

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Off while roaming

IIRC, my Blackberry has a "Disabled while roaming" option for data, so you can avoid getting reamed by overpriced data roaming charges should you go overseas.

Still, I think roaming charges should be cheaper.

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Smut peddlers and spammers invade Google Groups

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Google Groups

Isn't that basically Usenet-via-google, basically???

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Bill Gates chuckles at Google Apps

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Collaborating tools

Hm... I'd say Lotus Notes would be the closest I've seen able to do anything near "collaboration".

And I'm also annoyed by PowerPoint presentations, my 16 year old HyperCard presentations were better than that... and I made 'em at age 10!!! Plus chain-mailers now use it as a "de facto" chainmail standard. This is the main reason I no longer bother with chain-mails ... (or "forwards" as they are known over here)

As for Google Apps, I give my opinion on that: "Don't send a web browser to do a native OS program job" ;)

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iPhone may sidestep rubbish caller ID suit

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@Andy Bright

"Even the crappiest mobile phone can understand that you don't need to dial the area code to make a local call."

Nope. Not here, sometime before 1999 Telcel required *all* 8 digits to be dialed, then when we switched to 10 digits, all 10 of 'em. Only after several years the area code was made optional. Good thing though: I only have to dial the 10 digits, as long-distance prefixes here depend on the other side's phone:

01 - Long Distance (like your 1)

00 - International

044 - Local cellphone

045 - Long Distance cellphone

At least my mobile doesn't require all that. Add to this the nice complexity of having variable-length areacode/localphone mixups: Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey have 2 digit area codes and 8-digit phone numbers, the rest of the country has 3 digit areacodes / 7 digit phone numbers... and that's post-2002, back in the 8-digit number days the rules were even more fuzzy (1/7, 2/6, 3/5 areacode/number combinations.)

Of course, I would like my mobile phone to recognize partial phones against the full number stored in my addy book: say 5325-9000 should map to "Ticketmaster (o) 55-5325-9000", for example. If it can't... well lame programming by the handset manufacturer.

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Nine Inch Nails cracks net distribution (maybe)

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NiN

Hm... I really didn't care that much about Radiohead. But Nine Inch Nails does... and I'm sure as hell buying the $5 version... at least. I remember that Trent Reznor once asked his record label why his stuff was so expensive while pop-crap was getting cheaper by the day. The answer? "Your stuff is good stuff, and people will pay more to get it. Its the pop crap we need to discount so it gets even sold at all."

So he cut away the middleman, and he's now selling even *cheaper* than the crappy music dudes. Me? I paid $20-ish for the Year Zero album, so I don't complain about $5/album in lossless formats. Hey, it's practically on the same level as allofmp3/mp3sparks, and that's affordable for me!

Plus, I get to renew my mobile's MP3 collection which hasn't grown much since my job blocked mp3sparks ;)

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US government forces military secrets on Brit webmaster

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Hm... nice...

... and me thinking that was the whole idea behind NIPRNet and SIPRNet:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIPRNET

to have all "sensitive" traffic go through the secure, encrypted, physically separated from the rest network. (the concept someone above pointed out as the "green" and "red" network.) And even *if* you have to send stuff over the not-so-secure network, there's a metric ton of crypto software/hardware in the military for that.

Stuff like this makes me think that if the internet had existed back in WW2, GCHQ would have been out of a job, as anyone setting up a *@luftwaffe.com or *@kriegsmarine.com addy would have got more info than anyone else...

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El Reg decimates English language

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Ah...

Backlash against the grammar nazis! Good!!! =) Only thing he did get right was the "nucular" but then, anything Dubya says sounds retard anyway.

The "decimate" discussion reminds me of the "bizarre / bizarro" discussion I once heard in the radio. Even when the modern meaning of the word "bizarro" is the same as "bizarre", some people insist that the meaning is wrong, having some other obscure meaning (can't remember which.)

I'd be more concerned about those who don't know the difference between "lose" and "loose" or other blatant mistakes in spelling ;)

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Jimbo Wales dumps lover on Wikipedia

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it could have been worse

... He could have posted "I did not have sex with Rachel Marsden."

That, combined with "white stains" would have been hilarious, indeed. It seems Jimbo didn't learn Clinton's lesson...

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Metal Gear Solid 4 to launch on 12 June

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Wahoo!!

Though thumbs-down on Sony making this US-only. Now I'll have to pay $100 more for my round-trip to the US border to get my PS3!!!

Anyway, THIS is what I've been waiting for: a *cheaper* PS3, rumble feature, AND MGS4... which will have the Halo3 equivalent effect on the PS3; though I'd prefer to call it the "FF7 effect" because Halo3 is "just another FPS, but nice looking."

I just hope this release actually tilts the scale over to the PS3. Ok, maybe it won't overtake the Wii, but at least the xbox 360 it should... :)

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Vote now for your fave sci-fi movie quote

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Boffin

Ah...

someone out there has actually watched "Split Second", while most people I talk to think about some TV show or haven't heard about that movie at all. Similar thing with Event Horizon... hm... quote?

"Liberate tu-tamek Ex Inferis" (mental note: do NOT go to the ship transmitting that message!)

I suddenly realized that most of those 42 lines are familiar with me, excepto for some old movies like Forbidden Planet, Flash Gordon and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Most of the rest I have seen... and theoretically, H2G2 could have entered the poll, but as some other people mentioned, the movie wasn't exactly great. (Though it wasn't that bad, either...)

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O2's Companion halted

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28 days?

Hm... 28 days later ... he still has no data services. I'd say ... 28 days w/o data services in a BlackBerry? You gotta be joking! A BlackBerry w/o data is just a "pretty phone" without anything valuable except maybe the gigantic storage capacity for contacts and SMS/MMS messages.

I too would complain if I was told to wait 28 days ... ow!

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Jedi to open Surrey academy

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Re: Theyv't got nothing on LOTR fans

True. I know a LOTR fan who overshoots any Jedi fan.

@Gabor Laszlo: I am the Kwisatz Haderach!

@Fraser: I'm 26, and while 2 out of 3 movies were already out, I was able to watch the *entire trilogy* on the big screen, sometime around 1985. Which is definitely more bearable than the 10+ hour LOTR trilogy. And I've also seen "Spaceballs", which seems to be unknown to newer generations :)

Protests on census: Try "Pastafarianism", "Sith", or "Schwartz". Personally, I'd go for "Spockism": LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!! ;)

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Wheels come off Paris Hilton movie vehicle

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Paris Hilton

I can't believe it.

Worse than "Pootie Tang"? "Crossroads"? "Spiceworld"? "Battlefield Earth"? "Gigli"?

Ok, then again I think "Pootie Tang" wins hands down for worst-ever against the other ones. Though Pootie at least did $4m, while PH's movie bomb is of an epic proportion.

Had the original Blair Witch project movie gotten that much on box office, they would've had $7k profit, minus advertising. Ow.

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AI prof: The robot terrorists are coming! Aiee!

Daniel B.
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@Autonomous Death Bots

Ah ... somebody beat me to reference the "Autonomous Mobile Sword" from Screamers. Which is based on a Phillip K. Dick novel, by the way ...

Remember to implement IFF on your killbots instead of programming "kill all humans with a pulse" into them. They'll eventually out-smart your tags and overrun humanity ;)

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Microsoft emails its staff to reassure Yahoos

Daniel B.
Flame

stoopid shareholders

Ah. So these guys decided to whine because they aren't going to make money. Sheesh, the only way they would earn money would be to short-sell the shares, 'coz they're sure to plummet if that happens.

I'm actually gaining respect for Yahoo! because of turning down this deal. The suing shareholders should be made liable if Yahoo goes down, merger or not.

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Google enters underwater cable business

Daniel B.
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g.net

Hey, google as a telco might not be a bad idea. That would give them income for those other hippie projects... Or giving some ISP's true reasons to upgrade their networks ;)maybe if they promise fiber-to-the-premises... :)

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Confidential Home Office data turns up in laptop on eBay

Daniel B.

CD under the keyboard

That isn't that far-fetched with my former laptop. Now that could've been some good way to smuggle CD's in and out of my former job... one of my co-workers had 50+ CD's in his desk, despite company policy prohibiting *any* kind of removable media. Wonder if he did this ...

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US gov now says Eye-o-Sauron™ border masts are crap

Daniel B.
Joke

Re: real reason for needed upgrades

Nah, its because the zoom isn't good enough to catch the Spring Breakers getting wasted on the other side of the border, thus saving billions on GGW videos. ;)

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Apple optimistic it will sell 10 million iPhones by year's end

Daniel B.
Boffin

iBone goes BB

Heh. Ok ... the iPhone:

- Has no QWERTY keyboard

- Has no crypto services (Content Protection)

- Is unable to run 3rd-party apps (hacks don't count, especially when talking about business use)

- Is marketed as a "fun gadget" (remember what happened to the Amiga???)

so how exactly do they plan on competing with BlackBerry??? I got my BB8300 for the content protection, 3rd-party app support and of course, the unlimited data plans (ok, iPhone's got that one ;) and well... I don't care about "webapps". Oh, and I wouldn't "downgrade" from a real QWERTY keyboard to a touchscreened one, after many mishaps with my old HP Jornada I really don't care for those anymore.

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Boffin stacks 16 PS3s to simulate black hole collisions

Daniel B.
Boffin

Cell

Ah ... I just hope this picks off well enough so we can get Cell-based servers ... or even better, Cell-based PC's and finally break away from the bloody x86 curse.

Shame on Apple for ditching PPC and killing the last mainstream non-Intel desktops!! At least the PS3 can be made to work like that ;)

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