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Comment: Re:Give Me A Break! (Score 1) 483

by mdwh2 (#33380360) Attached to: Facebook Says It Owns 'Book'

But facebook is a pre-existing term for a yearbook. So Facebook started off as being an online facebook. Teachbook is a facebook for teachers.

I see no evidence that Facebook have promoted the use of "book" as a suffix - perhaps if they had a range of foo-book sites or products, that would be different.

And where does it say that Teachbook is a social networking site, or anything like Facebook, anyway?

Comment: Re:Subscription service (Score 1) 274

by mdwh2 (#33380194) Attached to: Apple In Talks To Bring $0.99 TV Rentals To iTunes

I agree. Here in the UK, we have to pay £140 a year for the TV licence if we watch any broadcast TV, plus there's the £10 a month I pay for TV. Yet watching via the Internet is far more convenient than remembering when something is on.

So that's £260 a year that's up for grabs if a company was to offer a legal Internet-based TV service. The technology is already here. Instead the companies would rather not offer it, shut down any sites offering it (I remember when TV Links I think it was called was shut down by police here in the UK), and then whine that piracy is killing their industry - despite the fact that people like me are still paying them £260 a year, and they're the ones refusing to offer what people want.

Comment: Re:Give Me A Break! (Score 1) 483

by mdwh2 (#33380134) Attached to: Facebook Says It Owns 'Book'

Given that teachbook is a social networking site but for a specialized niche

Is it, though? The article only says:

"the Northbrook, Ill.-based company, which provides tools for teachers to manage their classrooms and share lesson plans and other resources"

Not sure that implies social networking, unless you're diluting the term to mean any website where people can sign up for an account.

Not to mention that "facebook" was a pre-existing term to mean a school yearbook.

Comment: Re:Possible GPS navigation? (Score 1) 202

by mdwh2 (#33369256) Attached to: Samsung Galaxy Tablet Coming In September

Can also do all of that on my Nokia 5800.

Does the Iphone behave anything like the Ipod btw? That's terrible - aside from being forced to use Itunes, when using on another computer, all the files appear as random gibberish (and using it through Itunes on another machine has risks of syncing issues). With normal devices like the Sandisk Sansa and 5800, they just work out of the box, and present themselves as an ordinary external drive, without corrupting the filenames.

Comment: Re:iPhone4 is $299 retail (32GB model) (Score 1) 202

by mdwh2 (#33369030) Attached to: Samsung Galaxy Tablet Coming In September

Word games? Well by that logic, Nokia has smartphones like the 5800 entirely for "free".

Would you like to do a deal? I give you £5, and you pay me back £30 a month for the next two years. Since you're carrying a phone with you anyway, that's a great deal for you - you've just got £5 for free, right?

Since the poster ALREADY stated he "would carry a phone anyway" that rendered the subsidy point moot, since he would BE PAYING FOR PHONE SERVICE ANYWAY.

Really? I carry a phone anyway, and don't pay any contract. My phone only cost £180 in total - that's actually in total, not your pretend "word games" in total. I only pay for services I want, as opposed to paying for the phone.

As for apps - Symbian and Android all have the apps that anyone needs as far as I've seen. What examples of killer must have apps are only available on the Iphones? (And even if there are some, the same can be said in reverse - e.g., Nokia Maps which gives decent offline mapping as standard; Google Sky Maps is a cool astronomy tool only available on Android; both of these are far better than 100,000 apps that just make a stupid noise or display a logo, usually with you having to pay for the privilege.)

Comment: Re:iPod touch wins on price (Score 1) 202

by mdwh2 (#33368958) Attached to: Samsung Galaxy Tablet Coming In September

I can't help thinking that mp3 players have stalled, or at least, the ones that get all the hype. Years ago, you had a 20GB Ipod. But now, for the same price, people are getting excited over devices that have, wow, 16GB, or at most 32GB. I know, they have extra things like Internet and video, but if you just want an mp3 player? And the problem is that most of the cheap mp3 only players also only have even smaller amounts, like 1-8GB.

However, Sandisk's Sansa Clip thankfully has a microSD slot - at UK prices, you can get an 8GB player for £25, shove in a 32GB microSD, and have a 40GB player for £110. For mp3 playing, it beats an Ipod touch hands down (as well as a Shuffle). If you want more than that, well, an Ipod touch lacks any phone capability, and since I need a phone anyway, I might as well use that for Internet access etc.

Comment: Re:Possible GPS navigation? (Score 1) 202

by mdwh2 (#33368816) Attached to: Samsung Galaxy Tablet Coming In September

What matters is that Apple is finally starting to get some real competition.

There was competition before Apple came along. You could just as easily say Archos or Nokia are finally starting to get real competition (not to mention other similar devices, such as touch netbooks from ASUS etc - the fact that they have a keyboard as well doesn't make them a different market).

Now what may change is that, finally the media will start covering something other than Apple devices.

Comment: Re:Isn't the first rule of Fight Club... (Score 1) 227

by mdwh2 (#33368682) Attached to: Girls Bugged Teachers' Staff Room

But what seems more odd to me that this sort of thing results in criminal charges.

Yes, in my day, if you did something like this and bragged about it, you'd be caught and given something like a detention. (Police would only be involved if it was something very serious, and at the least, something involving harm to others.)

I understand that Facebook is the modern analogy to telling everyone about it. I don't understand how police and criminal charges are now the modern analogy to school punishments.

Comment: Droid (Score 1) 212

by mdwh2 (#33368604) Attached to: LucasFilm Sues Jedi Mind Over 'Jedi'

I agree - it's a commercial usage, it's using the word in a similar context, and it's a word (AFAIK) solely created by LucasFilm.

For other examples of LucasFilm trademarks, I think the trademark over "Droid" is far more dubious, given that this is an obvious shortening of an existing English word, and although English words can be trademarked, they seem to try to enforce this even on things nothing to do with Star Wars (e.g., I believe that Motorola needed to license the trademark for their Droid, even though the name is clearly an obvious shortening of the Android operating system it runs, and nothing to do with Star Wars). The idea that a company can own - in any context - words in our language that are obvious derivations of existing words seems mad. (Just think, in years to come when perhaps robotics becomes commonplace, we won't be allowed to call them droids without infringing...)

Comment: Re:Application developers fault (Score 1) 178

by mdwh2 (#33363334) Attached to: Windows DLL Vulnerability Exploit In the Wild

Not on their system. In the attack scenario the user's current directory, by whatever means, is a foreign system. Maybe it's a PC on the local network, maybe it's a Webdav share on some server in another country.

Yes I was wondering if it was more the possibility of non-local loading. But in that case, I'd still say it's an OS flaw, not an application flaw - surely it's the OSs job to set the allowed DLL paths up correctly and securely, so that the local disk and trusted networks are included, but things like webdav shares or downloading from a web page in general aren't.

Comment: Re:Application developers fault (Score 1) 178

by mdwh2 (#33363302) Attached to: Windows DLL Vulnerability Exploit In the Wild

Thanks for the info, I was wondering if that was the case. Although given that the standard linking case allows for DLLs to be anywhere in the search path, it's still unclear to me why specifying a DLL in LoadLibrary without a specific path is bad, and if it has different behaviour, shouldn't that be an OS flaw? (I.e., ideally an application should be able to use LoadLibrary with the same paths being searched as in the standard linking case when a DLL is needed for the application to start.)

Comment: Re:Their security recommendation is hardly a solut (Score 1) 178

by mdwh2 (#33354690) Attached to: Windows DLL Vulnerability Exploit In the Wild

But if it's true that the folder of the data file is included in the search path for DLLs (as opposed to the folder of the application), isn't that something that Microsoft should fix?

How would an application developer fix it to avoid this problem, whilst still allowing the possibility of loading DLLs from the application folder (honest question, I'm not saying it isn't possible, just curious of the solution)?

Do you know how things work with linking the usual way with a lib file (as opposed to manually calling LoadLibrary)?

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.