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Comment Re:I still don't get the love for WhatsApp. (Score 1) 65

WhatsApp was good enough for group-chat at a time when Google Talk couldn't even reliably deliver messages. Also WhatsApp is like a closed ecosystem with no support for third party clients, and in this method has forced growth by word of mouth. If your friends are using WhatsApp then you have little choice but to use it too.

Personally I wish Google hadn't let GTalk sit idle for so long because being able to access your messages from multiple clients including the browser is extremely convenient.

Comment Re:Total uninsightful and blatant trash (Score 1) 628

Dr Cleve Backster believed that plants demonstrated telepathic awareness and perceived human intentions.

Unsurprisingly, in the 45 years since Dr Backster published this, controlled experiments that have attempted to replicate Backster's findings have failed and the theory was not accepted since it did not follow the scientific method.

Comment Shark attacks are always a media beat-up (Score 5, Informative) 75

In Australia, there are an average of 1 deaths per year from Shark attacks

For comparison there are an average of 121 deaths per year from drowning at beaches, harbours and rivers.

Furthermore in 2010 217 people died as a result of an assault and 1,503 died as a result of a transport accident (706 car, 236 motorcycle, 227 pedestrian)

Does that put it in perspective?

Comment Greed, pure and simple (Score 4, Insightful) 617

If the situation was reserved, say the customers received £19.99 Tearaway after ordering a £169.99 PS Vita, they would be fighting to return it.

The customers received an item that was worth more than what they paid, and are simply being greedy.

Comment New Camera? Nope. (Score 4, Insightful) 45

New MIT Camera Takes 3D Photos in the Dark? Nope... see TFA

“We didn’t invent a new laser or a new detector,” notes Kirmani. Instead, he explains, the team applied a new imaging algorithm that can be used with a standard, off-the-shelf photon detector.

Even with this technology the /. editors would remain blind /rant

Comment Re:Another bug... (Score 1) 54

Late in 2009 I had the opportunity to setup a brand new D-Link DAP 1522 access point and I discovered a telnet interface with hardcoded credentials in the firmware. I have never disclosed the vulnerability to the vendor or publicly. Four years later the issue is still there on most D-Link SOHO network devices.

(emphasis mine)

I don't doubt the existence of this vulnerability, just the motives and timing behind disclosing publicly on this blog.

"Oh my! An `inflammatory attitude' in alt.flame? Never heard of such a thing..." -- Allen Gwinn, allen@sulaco.Sigma.COM