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Comment Re:At least they tell you.. (Score 1) 248 248

When I visit that website in my browser (firefox) I get a little bar at the top asking if I want to share my location with the website. So I vet the sites myself on a case by case basis rather than having Apple decide for me. I am under the impression that Android has a similar permissions system when you install an app.

Comment Re:This is so simple (Score 1) 285 285

This is useless as a security measure. If the software is installed on your system then it has enough access for whatever it wants to do anyway. On startup it already opens the addons window and highlights the newly installed item giving a message saying it has been installed.

Comment Re:Aliens! (Score 2, Insightful) 452 452

He isn't trying to avoid being prosecuted for this case. He is trying to have the case heard in the UK on the basis that he will get a fairer hearing and a more reasonable sentence. The US government is trying to get him extradited on the basis that he caused millions of dollars of damage. This claim seems ridiculous because it is based on the cost of securing their system, as far as I have heard he did not modify the system, he just read some files.

As an analogy is is like you not having a lock on the front door, then having someone walk in and not do any damage, but then you decide you want $large sum in damages to hire a security consultant and get a lock fitted on the door.

Comment Re:The Oracle Trimaran..250% faster than the wind. (Score 2, Informative) 393 393

Sailing boats don't go faster than the wind when moving directly downwind. They tack at an angle which allows them to go faster than the wind speed in the downwind direction while never actually travelling directly downwind.

Comment Re:Future Multi CPU + GPU Combos (Score 1) 240 240

GPU's are already highly "multi core". They have been for years. I am not sure if they call them cores, they are slightly different from CPU cores but it is effectively the same idea. his si why GPU's are so much better than CPU's at graphics and some other parallel tasks with things like CUDA.

Comment Re:Meh. (Score 1) 240 240

1 year is definitely unusual for the life on a PC. My parents still have a nice Dell from 2001 (with the ram tripled from the original and an extra hard drive) which is working fine. The floppy drive on it died but nothing else has had a fault. But ignoring the anecdotes, the data shows that the average life is far more than one year. Here in the EU it is not legal to offer less than 2 years warranty so they need a decent survival rate just to stay in business.

Comment Re:Solution... (Score 1) 362 362

Tabs usefully group views, so I can open a window which I use for looking up some maths things, another for slashdot stories perhaps. Also current window managers aren't designed for having that many different windows open, so many applications use the tabbed approach like editors/ides.

Tabs can provide a specialized interface for web browsing such as tree style tabs which works very well, providing another level of organisation.

Comment Re:Lightspeed limited, not an ansible (Score 3, Interesting) 389 389

It happens faster than the speed of light, but it isn't any use without extra information which can only be sent at light speed. You could use it to send secret messages since the state is instantly transferred and cannot be intercepted on the way and then the extra information can be used to get the data.

The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of bean counters. -- Alan Kay