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Comment: Sounds more like technical short-sightedness (Score 4, Interesting) 250

by boondaburrah (#48525217) Attached to: Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge
Having not read the article, this sounds more like the age-old behaviour of auto-synch.

If auto-synch is left on, of course it erases the entire library and replaces it with your iTunes library. If the non-iTunes purchased songs were loaded onto the iPod from another source, then of course they don't get re-added until you go and add them again from the other source. People have been aware of this at least since my friend and I would load songs onto eachother's 3rd gen ipod with dock connector back in highschool.

Comment: Re:So Android DOESN'T have an Apple Pay equivalent (Score 1) 122

by boondaburrah (#48338519) Attached to: New NXP SoC Gives Android Its Apple Pay
Personally, it's really annoying to me that they did this with KitKat. I used to enjoy NFC payment with my phone that has a secure element, but then google switched to the software method and my phone won't be updated. They discontinued google wallet service for secure element phones back in April. Now I have to use my card again.

Long story short, I'm pissed that by 'upgrading' they took a feature I had and regularly used away.

Comment: Re:Gruber at DaringFireball nails it (Score 1) 558

by boondaburrah (#48236171) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet
The one thing that google wallet gets wrong that no other tap'n'pay that I've heard of does is: You have to unlock your phone. With apple play you just use TouchID, and with osaifu-keitai you just tap your phone (though you may have to tell the cashier which stored card to use), and it works even if the phone is off or dead.

If the user is expected to launch an app then your payment system is pretty much dead in the water relative to a physical card.

Comment: Watch them get ignored (Score 3, Interesting) 91

Man if these start showing up, They're going to look exactly like those "hit the target 3 times to win" flash-based advertisements. I'll probably glaze over them multiple times trying to submit a form before I notice that a 'completing the game' captcha is what's preventing me from leaving my incredible razor wit splattered all over someone's comments section.

Comment: Re:In before (Score 2) 147

Just FYI, I was uploading 50GB of video to youtube and got flagged by my school's network as a torrenter. Once they came by it was all cleared up (I was actually uploading the videos for them), but youtube's uploader may trip things if they're detecting 'torrenting' in some sub-par way.

Comment: Re:Why ODF? (Score 1) 164

I've actually been using ODF exclusively at the office (which uses entirely msft software) for every file I work on and email out, and nobody's noticed or complained yet. The standard install here is MessOffice 2010. Rather than try and change anyone else, I just took a look a the man in the mirror. It's gone well.

Comment: Re:Why ODF? (Score 1) 164

I thought the whole point of ODF is that it was readable without certain software. All you need is to unzip it and you can look at the underlying XML files, which is a hell of a alot better than doc was, and the XML in ODF is more readable/user modifiable than OOXML (in my opinion (I've opened it and modified it myself on a few occasions)).

At least how I heard it, back when Massachusetts was going to use it that was a big part of the reason (documents still readable even if the software is long gone).

Comment: Except that August was never Double Fine's release (Score 2) 97

by boondaburrah (#42129557) Attached to: Kickstarter Games: Where They Are Now

Double Fine listed "October 2012" as their release, not August. Granted they've passed that now, but as a commenter before me said: communication is key. Since I see they're honest-to-god working on it, I'm not mad.

Double Fine Adventure was my first video game kickstarter - so I'm sort of using it as a measuring stick before I help fund other games. So far I don't feel burned - and I'm still excited for when it eventually does come out, so I think they're doing something right. It should be possible for things like this to pick up in the future.

I mostly just like the idea that the companies get funded without someone coming in and saying "hurr, we need to add more guns to this game for it to sell." "But it's a puzzle game!" "LOL Do it anyway! People Like Call of Duty!"

Comment: Re:Flipside (Score 1) 531

I'm pretty sure a large number of movies are streamed to netflix boxes and such via cloud services acting as CDNs. I think amazon books would still be owned by amazon - but third parties with agreements with amazon to distribute (such as netflix) may either have ...interesting ownership now - or have worked out special agreements with amazon to insure this legal trick doesn't befall them.

Of course, this won't make a difference to whoever has the most lawyers. They can probably even fix this retroactively.

Even if you did want to jump on this and claim the studios lost copyright 'cause of cloud delivery - that would only apply to copies you ripped from the cloud. They'd still nail you for torrents of blu-ray rips. And then they'd nail you again (always double-tap). Then they'd figure out how patent movie ideas and sue you for your home video that features your son running around in a cape.

Comment: wysiwyg Will Probably Always Have this Problem (Score 2) 545

by boondaburrah (#36430958) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Web Site Editing Software For the Long Haul?

Unfortunately, I don't really see any way to get what you want for the long haul. Companies keep changing, and so does the web. Even if you find one, it will produce code that breaks in browsers a few years from now, and sometimes current ones. What I would suggest is (bear with me) hand-coding your layout once, and then working it as a template for a simple CMS. I wouldn't want to hand code an entire website either, and for most a fully blown CMS is overkill (I don't need forums, or accounts at all: my website isn't really social), but there exist CMSs inbetween, and you only have to hand-code a few pages at worst.

I started with WolfCMS or something similar. Make one page, cut the code into snippets, and create a "layout" that includes these snippets. The CMS will fill the content in for you as you create pages. That's all I need, and it still gives me the power/flexibility to form my website into anything I want. Also, I would avoid one that has it's own scripting language. More pain than it's worth, especially for simple websites. You'll need to learn a little web development to get set up, but it should be relatively smooth sailing once installed. Wordpress can also be bent to create a number of different kinds of websites with their template system, though it's a bit more complicated. Handy if you want to include a well-known, well-supported (with plugins!) blog system, though.

As for hand-coding software, I tend to move around. I used GoLive for a time, for the preview, but now I just have some kind of programmer's GUI text editor in one space/virtual desktop, and a browser open in the other. I use Smultron on mac (I think it's been abandoned now though), Geany on linux, and Notepad++ on windows. Geany's my favourite so far.

Comment: Since you have root... (Score 1) 321

by boondaburrah (#36213252) Attached to: Rooted Devices Blocked From Android Movie Market
There's probably a way to only allow the app to see certain things, blinding it to whatever would give away rooted-ness.

In any case, Netflix works on rooted devices, so it's not like there's missing functionality. In theory, Amazon Instant Video should work as well (with flash player) Other than that, I'd need a bigger SD card to fit movies transferred from my computer.

Also, I personally still can't see why I want to watch movies on a 4-inch screen. (or a screen I have to hold, for that matter (tablets))

Comment: Not just gaming (Score 1) 283

by boondaburrah (#35637854) Attached to: High Performance Gaming Mice Don't Perform
I don't know if that stupid radioshack logitech I had was just particularly bad, but when I got a "gaming mouse" It felt a lot better. Of course, I mostly use this mouse for photoshop. Where the logitech couldn't seem to sit still or move tiny amounts, the razer is fine. Also, extra buttons are very useful in photoshop for tool properties, etc.

of course, the Gold Plated USB with Gajillion Hz Polling is a little much.
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+ - Aussie kids foil finger scanner with Gummi Bears-> 4

Submitted by mask.of.sanity
mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "An Australian high school has installed "secure" fingerprint scanners for roll call for senior students, which savvy kids may be able to circumvent with sweets from their lunch box. The system replaces the school's traditional sign-in system with biometric readers that require senior students to have their fingerprints read to verify attendance.

The school principal says the system is better than swipe cards because it stops truant kids getting their mates to sign-in for them. But using the Gummi Bear attack, students can make replicas of their own fingerprints from gelatine, the ingredient in Gummi Bears, to forge a replica finger. The attack worked against a bunch of scanners that detect electrical charges within the human body, since gelatine has virtually the same capacitance as a finger's skin.

A litany of fingerprint scanners have fallen victim to bypass methods, many of which are explained publicly in detail on the internet."

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