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Comment: convergence (Score 1) 93

by kennethmci (#49662679) Attached to: Apple Watch Hack Adds a Browser For Your Wrist
i know lots of companies are trying to merge their technologies until everything ends up being...well, everything! but ive started changing my mindset about all this crap. i was gonna purchase an apple watch - but then realised it was 'good' at the stuff it done, but not great at the specifics? i got a microsoft band ( 3 day battery life on normal use, great health tracking and simple notifications from the phone ) . i got rid of my 16GB Macbook pro ( which i was only using for watching films and browsing the web since i recently upgraded my PC ) and purchased a chromebook with a 14 hour battery life.

i used to love the idea of having devices that could do more and more stuff - but i think theyre losing so much focus that the basics of what SHOULD be great is getting lost.

the only exception i make to this in my life is my phone - as i appreciate all the functions it offers and does them quite well.

Comment: Far better articles with the cunning use of google (Score 2) 68

by kennethmci (#49292505) Attached to: Nintendo To Announce Virtual Boy 2
http://www.eurogamer.net/artic... UPDATE: Here's Iwata's quote on the NX, translated officially by Nintendo: As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename "NX". It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year.

Also, Iwata said Nintendo's new membership service would play a key role in NX.

Nintendo, together with DeNA, will jointly develop a new membership service which encompasses the existing Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems, the new hardware system with a brand-new concept, NX, and smart devices and PCs, and Nintendo will be the primary party to operate this new membership service. Unlike the Club Nintendo membership service that Nintendo has been operating, the new membership service will include multiple devices and create a connection between Nintendo and each individual consumer regardless of the device the consumer uses. This membership will form one of the core elements of the new Nintendo platform that I just mentioned.

Comment: Virgin Media UK (Score 1) 255

by kennethmci (#44577427) Attached to: "451" Error Will Tell Users When Governments Are Blocking Websites
for thepiratebay.org

HTTP/1.1 302 Found Location: http://assets.virginmedia.com/site-blocked.html Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8

Then on the page you redirect too:

HTTP/1.1 304 Not Modified Server: Apache/2.2.15 (Red Hat) Last-Modified: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:35:14 GMT Cache-Control: max-age=4600, public Expires: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:36:23 GMT Vary: Accept-Encoding Content-Encoding: gzip Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Accept-Ranges: bytes Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:39:31 GMT X-Varnish: 2120962236 2120363846 Age: 25388 Via: 1.1 varnish Connection: keep-alive X-Varnish-Cache: HIT

Comment: Re:1.4 Billion and off to retirement (Score 1) 176

by kennethmci (#44261089) Attached to: First Successful Unmanned Drone Landing On an Aircraft Carrier
while i agree this would represent a cost saving potentially - i think you would be missing some key benefits though? smaller, lighter plans - with no "meat and bones" inside to protect ( im thinking G forces, ejection seats ). These planes should be able to maneuver like no other - retrofitting a current plane would probably entail cutting back on some of these benefits?

Comment: i always wonder... (Score 3, Insightful) 233

by kennethmci (#44121043) Attached to: RC Plane Attack 'Foiled,' Say German Authorities
if i read the article, could i be accused of ''procuring information to commit Islamic extremist explosive attacks with remote-controlled model airplanes,' - i mean, if they go into detail about what was planned..... oh oh! they could even say "ive downloaded it onto my computer" with the cunning use of a cache.

Comment: Re:Requirements, requirements, requirements. (Score 1) 487

by kennethmci (#43923427) Attached to: BBC Clock Inaccurate - 100 Days To Fix?
this is exactly what it comes down to... what are the customer requirements - and what level of accuracy is required - i don't see 100% being achievable. The thing that bothers me most about the article though is how superficially the author is looking at the problem. its like someone who's starting out in development - and really not taking into account a HUGE amount of factors which will come into play. even if you ignored all timezone requirements and just focused on keeping the clock in sync with the local server time - you've still got a difficult task to keep the hands with a high level of accuracy - anyone know how accurate JS timing is? setTimeout talks about ms..what if the device is under load? what if its a crappy browser on an old mobile phone?

Comment: Re:How is this even possible? (Score 1) 193

agreed... at one point i was taking the article seriously ( although not agreeing with the conclusion ) and then i read the whole "you could buy X ipads" and i thought...WTF??? one minute we're talking about office machines that people use for work, the next we're talking about buying a lot of iPads?? that would certainly be a FAR more efficient waste of money for a large office. After everyone gets bored of the gimmicks and realises they have real work to do..they'd be shelved. the amount of times ive seen people comparing computers and the desktop market to tablets is starting to bore me. apples and oranges anyone?

Comment: galaxy note (Score 1) 660

by kennethmci (#40713065) Attached to: Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!
i own a galaxy note - and yes, its on the big side. but when anyone asks - i always say that the thing i now do LEAST on my phone, is phone! so for people who spend more time on the web, streaming films, playing games etc. then i think a big screen is perfect - and i agree with another poster - people vote with their wallets - and larger screen phones are being purchased in huge numbers. i personally think if apple brought out a phone with a large ( over 4 inch ) screen with a great battery they'd be onto a winner! FYI - i'm on a phone contract in the UK, that gives truly unlimited data ( no fair usage caps ) - so a large screen, plus netflix = great!
Security

+ - Does SSL increase security and privacy online?

Submitted by kennethmci
kennethmci writes: I've been thinking the two uses of SSL — one for verify the business at the other end ( questionable ) and the other — allowing you to confidently send information in a more secure fashion.

It seems that the first use ( verifying the business ) is at a cost to the other. if SSL ONLY existed to secure data in transit — it could be enabled by default — and browsers would use it without "warning" the user. By warning users when a certificate is self-signed, it discourages widespread use of SSL.

Why cant browsers play "nice" with self signed certificates for security sake — and have another visual prompt when the business is verified?

Comment: Re:Email haters (Score 2) 601

by kennethmci (#38201332) Attached to: Europe's Largest IT Company To Ban Internal Email
agree with this. im the one who actually does the "work", and believe it or not, require some focus to do this. if every message that i currently receive as an email came through as a phonecall, my productivity would drop. i would no longer be able to focus on work, then take some time to focus on following up emails between tasks. however, i guess, from the client point of view - they just want to find something out striaght away, so i can see why they would see it as more efficient to get an immediate answer with a phonecall. it feels like two different types of workers.... like project managers vs. programmers ? ( just an example! :) )

Regardless of whether a mission expands or contracts, administrative overhead continues to grow at a steady rate.

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