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Comment: Re:Math (Score 4, Funny) 297

by Don_dumb (#39374679) Attached to: European Parliament Blocks Copyright Reform With 113% Voter Turnout

Hold on fellas, you've got it all wrong. Math is different in Europe (they've got their commas and periods all backward in many places), especially when it's attorneys doing the counting. Folks just have to understand this, and fortunately there's a great instructional video available for those in need of further tutelage.

Very true. For a start - we call it Maths

Comment: Re:Standards couldn't be much worse (Score 4, Interesting) 105

by Don_dumb (#38218852) Attached to: News Corp. Hacking Scandal Spreads To Government
But yet, he researched his statement and provided several references for each assertion, exactly what is missing from journalism. Like I said, I wouldn't usually take his word for much. But I did read the entire statement and have to say that there is many a good point.

Bear in mind, he knows more than almost everyone about the relationship between the press and the government. For better or worse.
He didn't call for regulation by government but concluded that self paid regulation was pointless and self serving. Which I think is fair.

If I am honest I think it has given me a small amount of new found respect for the man who sold the world a terrible war.

Comment: Standards couldn't be much worse (Score 4, Informative) 105

by Don_dumb (#38217408) Attached to: News Corp. Hacking Scandal Spreads To Government
Alastair Campbell - (Press Secretary for Tony Blair) not someone who I would normally believe on anything. Wrote a pretty comprehensive witness statement outlining how far the problems goes and how much it affects the running of the country and to be fair he understands the media more than most. It is worth a read - http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Witness-Statement-of-Alastair-Campbell.pdf

Comment: Re:Muggles (Score 5, Funny) 282

by Don_dumb (#36679956) Attached to: Geocaching Shuts Down British Town

It didn't, and the police even said they have no real problem with it, but would appreciate being told about caches in urban areas so as to avoid this sort of misunderstanding in the future.

It didn't, and the police even said they have no real problem with it, but would appreciate being told about caches in urban areas so as to avoid this sort of misunderstanding in the future.

Either that or they just want to cheat

Comment: Re:Apps? (Score 1) 77

by Don_dumb (#34331534) Attached to: HTTPS Everywhere Gets Firesheep Protection
Thanks but I am unclear do the apps use http or https to communicate?
Is there any way of knowing what security the apps are using to communicate with the service.
This is important to consider as I haven't seen an iPhone app have an option of securing their connection with remote services. Most people use apps for things like facebook and are entirely at the liberty of the apps' security. There is no 'use https' choice if it doesn't do so.

Comment: Re:Also... (Score 1) 244

by Don_dumb (#34060886) Attached to: Adobe Warns of Critical Flash Bug, Already Being Exploited
I so wish the BBC would use something other than Adobe Air for their iPlayer, it's horrible and doesn't get recognised by my Mobile mouse iPhone apps and the videos aren't playable in the Air Video app either. The fact that it is a big security hole (and in the UK a popular one ripe for exploit) only concerns me more.

And no, DRM protected WMV is not really a good alternative.

Comment: Re:I need this on my iPhone (Score 1) 244

by Don_dumb (#34060808) Attached to: Adobe Warns of Critical Flash Bug, Already Being Exploited
I had this problem yesterday after i rebuilt my PC.
I found it on Filehippo (sorry can't link from this machine) and that seems to be the place for many full installers. It actually made rebuilding much easier as I could very easily grab the most recent version of almost all the software I used.

Comment: Mobile Apps (Score 1) 185

by Don_dumb (#34011488) Attached to: Firefox Extension Makes Social-Network ID Spoofing Trivial
It seems that this is most concerning for those loggining in while using public networks (such as accessing with a cafe's WiFi).

So this leads me to ask if I am safer when using the Facebook/Amazon/eBay app rather than the mobile browser. Is the security of the iPhone or android apps better than the web security for Facebook?
Or can I make my access of these sites more secure myself somehow?

Comment: Re:East Texas (Score 1) 314

by Don_dumb (#33905314) Attached to: Webvention Demanding $80k For Rollover Images
Don't mention Texan courts to a Liverpool football fan right now - http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/liverpool/9080946.stm

Even if you don't care about football, you have to recognise that trying to overturn and undermine a British High Court ruling about a case in Britain, through applying an injunction in a Texan court, is a ridiculous contempt of a foreign judiciary system.

Comment: Re:Ehm... (Score 4, Interesting) 136

by Don_dumb (#33834556) Attached to: Software Evolution Storylines, Inspired By XKCD
Not the way I understand (or my organisation uses) swimlanes.

As is implied by the word swimlane, the diagram shows several horizontal 'lanes', these represent individual people or organisations. Then a flowchart is overlayed onto the swimlanes. Whenever an action is performed by a organisation, the flowchart box for that action is in their lane.
This shows for instance who is responsible for what in a process.

I believe that if, say, LOTR was to be shown as a swimlane. You could have the characters that come into contact with The Ring as lanes across the diagram. And a line moving from one lane to the next as the ring passes ownership but going from left to right as it stays in their grasp.

The diagrans in the article show, in many ways, the opposite. The lanes come together and separate over time showing who is in contact rather than who is doing what.

Comment: Re:they only send 100 notices this first time (Score 1) 302

by Don_dumb (#33833712) Attached to: French ISP Refuses To Send Out Infringement Notices

And yes another provider urged the governement to act to make "Free" comply as they sensed "Free" was gaining a little bit more popularity with this trick.

That's modern business, get the government to help you rather than doing the obvious thing of doing the same thing yourself.

Comment: Re:good riddance (Score 1) 297

by Don_dumb (#33794504) Attached to: Microsoft IE Browser Share Dips Below 50%
I would imagine the figure is somewhat higher, as it won't be counting much of the corporate users (who will mainly be on Internal networks, occasionally venturing to the public network)
I guessing most private users (even average Joe) will have had/been coerced/helped/tricked into an upgrade to IE7 or higher by now (even if just because they have brought something newer).
So I'm guessing the stat isn't entirely accurate. This would also be true of the article's statistics. My opinion only of course.

Comment: Optimistic (Score 2, Interesting) 297

by Don_dumb (#33794434) Attached to: Microsoft IE Browser Share Dips Below 50%
I doubt it.
My large organisation (100,000+) will not use anything other than the minimum software. I imagine this is true of several similar orgs, the more locked down the software, the better, less holes and less to support (1000s of applications at the current moment) - or so the theory goes.
My employer is running IE6 and will upgrade to IE7 next year. Considering how critical the browser is to the business, they would never even think of using (and having to support) anything other than what comes out of the box, which is MS, regardless of the functionality of Firefox or anything else.

I can't say I agree with the principle but it certainly isn't in my power to influence.

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