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Comment: Re:Since when is JavaScript an unorthodox choice? (Score 1) 355

by NickFitz (#39210643) Attached to: Khan Academy Chooses JavaScript As Intro Language
The first computer I used was a PDP 8/e. As a result, I think that if you don't know enough about computers to enter the bootstrap in binary using the toggle switches on the front, set the program counter to the start, and hit the RUN switch to start the computer loading the language interpreter from the high-speed punched tape reader, you probably don't know enough about computers to learn how to code.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 4, Informative) 251

by NickFitz (#36667526) Attached to: News Corp. Subsidiary Under Fire For Hacking Dead Girl's Voicemail

If you knew anything about this story, which has been running since 2006, you'd know that it isn't about the actions of one individual; it's about a culture of using illegal techniques to obtain access to private information that has been rife at the News of the World (NotW) for years.

Rebekah Brooks, editor of the NotW at the time Milly Dowler's voicemail was hacked, accidentally admitted to a House of Commons committee a few years ago that the paper bribed police officers for information, though she later claimed that she didn't know the details of specific instances. As knowing the specifics would have left her open to prosecution, we can form an opinion of the merits of her claims of ignorance of what those she employed and directly supervised were doing on a regular basis.

Two people, one a NotW editor and the other a private investigator employed by the NotW, have served prison sentences for hacking the voicemail messages of members of the royal household.

The voicemail messages of senior politicians, including the former Deputy Prime Minister, and of senior military officers have been hacked, and this has been admitted by News International.

So far, News International has paid out more than £2million in out-of-court settlements, and it is believed they may have to pay as much as £40million to deal with all the claims against them by individuals whose privacy has been invaded.

This isn't the actions of one individual: it is a corporate policy of deliberate illegality for the sake of profit.

Comment: Re:Old stuff (Score 1) 216

by NickFitz (#28327721) Attached to: Sniffing Browser History Without Javascript
The IE click effect on TFA is a side-effect of the demo, not of the fundamental technique. If the original page markup includes a hidden iframe containing all the links of interest there will be no reloading and no click. It would look as if the page is taking a long time to finish loading because of the size of the iframe contents for any usefully large set of links, but a lot of sites seem to get that effect just by using Google Analytics, so the average user wouldn't notice any difference ;-)
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+ - Pegasus mail client discontinued after seven years

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bbc writes "David Harris announced today that both development and distribution of Pegasus Mail will be discontinued starting immediately. Hardly any good e-mail clients exist, but Pegasus has consistently belonged to that club for 17 years. Its worst offenses are its quirkyness, and the strange preference of its developer to work on expanding HTML support instead of working on real features. For the past 9 years I have been able to live with that. It's been awhile since I lamented the death of a computer program."

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