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Comment: Re:Just fuck the fucking Muzzies already (Score 3, Insightful) 1233

by Des Herriott (#44653705) Attached to: Don't Fly During Ramadan

That's a shame then, a case of mistaken identity. Unfortunately this sort of thing happens occasionally, but it is the Muzzes to blame not the authorities defending against them.

I generally don't presume to speak for others, but in this case I'll make an exception.

On behalf of everyone who isn't a bigoted moronic arsewipe, I'd just like to say to you: You are an oxygen thief.

Comment: Re:Hardly revolutionary (Score 1) 149

by Des Herriott (#42655203) Attached to: JavaScript Comes To Minecraft

Right, and there are also multiple Bukkit plugins which allow scripting in various languages - JRuby & Jython, for example. And WorldEdit already allows a degree of Javascript. I'm sure this particular mod is cool, but it's absolutely nothing new. People have been extending Minecraft with scripting tools for well over a year now.

Slashdot... 2011's news in 2013!

Comment: Re:Screenshot/Mockups (Score 1) 366

by Des Herriott (#32741626) Attached to: Firefox 4.0 Beta Candidate Available

But will Firefox stay relevant? Chrome is coming up fast and Mozilla seems to be stagnating.

Until Chrome supports the use of a master password (which, since the devs won't even admit is a serious problem, seems unlikely), Firefox will continue to be my default browser. Pity, since Chrome has a lot going for it otherwise.

Comment: Any master password support yet? (Score 2, Insightful) 197

by Des Herriott (#30376070) Attached to: Google Upgrades Chrome To Beta For OS X, Linux

This one's a show-stopper for me (and, I suspect, others). Chrome offers to save your passwords but gives absolutely no protection on the saved password database. The discussion threads I've seen about this suggest that the Chrome devs don't even understand why this is such a serious problem. Chrome has a lot to like, but I'll be sticking to Firefox for now.

Comment: Re:Build-in function library (Score 1) 831

by Des Herriott (#30057908) Attached to: Go, Google's New Open Source Programming Language

There is basically zero quality control, anyone can put any module up they want and use any namespace. They don't have to offer ANY documentation

Sure, but since you can check the namespace and browse the docs before you choose to install the module, is that such a problem? I admit the quality control is limited, but there is a review facility which is reasonably well-used -see

if they go AWOL and stop maintaining the module, it just stays there, festering

Just like any other open-source project then.

Comment: Re:What about cellphones? (Score 1) 438

by Des Herriott (#29767137) Attached to: UK Copyright Group Tells Cinemas to Ban Laptops

If you can't live 2 hours without worrying about your children, maybe your children would be better off with parents less paranoiac than you.

Sorry, but that's nonsense.

The only chance my wife & I have these days to go to the cinema is when our son is in daycare. If anything was happen to him while there, they need to call us. If we're not reachable, they could call social services, and how would that look? So we need to be contactable while our son's there.

Having said that, my phone's always on silent when in the cinema, and I would leave the auditorium to take the call should I happen to receive one. That's just common courtesy - something most cinema-goers, parents or not, don't seem to have these days.

Comment: Re:Their site... (Score 1) 454

by Des Herriott (#29642041) Attached to: Do Retailers Often Screen User Reviews?

Likewise, with one Exception (Glenn Beck), I've never read a negative review on a book's dust jacket. Authors and publishers are generally more savvy than that, and they are certainly under no obligation to put someone's scatrhing review of their book / movie / car / NAS / whatever on the site.

Actually I remember one other - The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. Quick search for "wasp factory negative reviews" got this:

Those familiar with Banks's work will understand the statement he was making by insisting that extremely negative reviews also appeared on this book.


Bing Search Tainted By Pro-Microsoft Results 582

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the first-be-evil dept.
bdcny7927 writes "Just as Bing is gaining popularity, some disturbingly pro-Microsoft and anti-Apple search results are rearing their ugly heads. Case in point: a search on Bing for the phrase, 'Why is Windows so expensive?' returned this as the top link: 'Why are Macs so expensive.' That's right. You're not hallucinating."

Comment: Re:Everything works for me (Score 1) 554

by Des Herriott (#28806255) Attached to: Gaming On Windows 7

Strange, my Ubuntu latop with an Intel 945GM graphics card drives its internal LVDS plus an external LCD monitor just fine. System -> Preferences -> Display, drag the monitor icons to the arrangement I want, press Apply. Done.

Are you trolling, or are you just talking about a Linux distro more than a couple of years old?

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.