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Comment Happened to me a couple of days ago (Score 1) 318

Just sat down to watch a new episode of 'The Returned' and it threw an advert at me. I was honestly just so shocked by this that I actually paid no attention to the content of the advert at all. I actually backed out just to check I actually was using Netflix, and that I was actually logged in and so on...

Haven't seen another since, but I will be emailing a complaint if I do.

Comment .NET Compact Framework (Score 3, Insightful) 110

I've coded for those WM5/6 mobile devices using .NET Compact Framework, using C#. You might think these things are beyond use, but they're suprisingly capable. We still use ruggedised WM6 devices in warehouses as there still isn't a good cheap alternative.

So coding for them is simple enough, but the underlying OS has a pretty horrible UI by today's standards.

Comment Re:this is not possible (Score 1) 142

I was watching the Discovery channel documentary on the 9/11 attacks the other night, and as soon as the hijackers turned off the transponders those planes effectively disappeared. The only way to track them would be with ground based radar. (And I don't think we have too many of those in the ocean).

Comment Reverse Locker (Score 1) 381

I'd like to see Google, or Facebook or some other social media style site implement (what I'm calling) a 'Reverse Locker'

The idea is simple. It keeps stuff secret, but *only* if you log in periodically.

As well as solving the problem asked, the uses are more than you might think. For example I'd like to keep some documents safe until my death, at which point I'm happy for them to be made 'public' (such as a Last Will and Testament, or whatever)

Comment PCI-DSS. Payment Card Industry Data Security (Score 1) 146

Argh. So much bad information here. If you're a merchant and looking to implement a card payment system, you are REQUIRED to follow the PCI-DSS guidelines. If you're even considering holding card details (mag stripe OR EMV), you're probably doing it wrong. Outsource that to a pre-certified PCI-DSS Payment Service Provider.

Comment Origins (Score 1) 167

To my memory l33t speak has its roots in the 'hacker' (or more correctly 'cracker') subculture. First started appearing on warez releases which would advertise BBS numbers, sometimes listing the numbers in plain text (for anyone to access) and sometimes listing as 'elite only' (meaning private access)

As time passed 'l33t' started appearing when refering to those with access to the private numbers. It was used sincerely for a short period, but soon turned into a term solely for mockery. 'l33t speak' followed soon after, which as everyone knows is where numbers replace l3tt3r5. l33t speak was to my memory only ever used in mockery, frequently in scorn either by those with access refering to 'lamers' without access, or vice-versa.

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