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Comment Re:Are They Employing an Event/Listener Paradigm? (Score 1) 119

The Twitter API does indeed cover the kind of thing you're talking about. If you scroll down to the very bottom of that API page you linked you'll see a link to the "Streaming API",

This allows you to receive tweets in real-time over a persistent HTTP connection.

It's rather well hidden though, perhaps they don't want people finding out about it for whatever reason (performance?).

Comment Re:For those which don't know (Score 3, Informative) 273

Indeed, it is:

1113982824 -> 0x42660768

0x42 0x66 0x07 0x68
__66_.102_.__7_.104 86400 IN PTR

I did not know you could do this until just now, so thanks GP!

(Also slashdot's layout mangling is awful, so please excuse the underscores)

The Almighty Buck

UK Video Game Tax Relief Cancelled 106

Stoobalou writes "UK game developers have just been dealt a financial blow by Chancellor George Osborne in his first budget, which sees the coalition government scrapping the video game tax relief plans promised by Labour. In his speech today, Osborne simply said the 'planned tax relief for the video games industry will be cancelled.' According to the government's budget report, the cancellation of video game tax relief will save the government £40 million in the 2011-2012 financial year, and a further £50 million in each subsequent year."

Comment Re:How to disable Java? (Score 2, Informative) 164

Replying to myself, I know. I also just read TFA (!) and disabling the Java Platform plugin alone isn't enough!

Affected Software

All versions since Java SE 6 update 10 for Microsoft Windows are believed to be
affected by this vulnerability. Disabling the java plugin is not sufficient to
prevent exploitation, as the toolkit is installed independently.

There's a seperate plugin called something like Java Deployment Toolkit which you also need to kill.

To check if you're vulnerable, PoC is here:

Comment Re:Install your own 6to4 tunnel today (Score 1) 467


Thanks for the reply, it appears to be working! :)

Just as a note for others: I had to grab an updated shorewall package from debian testing because the version shipped with lenny doesn't support ipv6 properly and was blocking my packets. If ping6 tells you Operation not Permitted then that is the solution.

Comment Re:I like KDE 4 (Score 1) 378

"ArK does not embed into Dolphin or Konqueror in 4.1"

it doesn't embed into Dolphin, no, because that's not Dolphin's design goal. i don't have 4.1 nearby to test this on, but in 4.2 you can navigate directly into tarballs seamlessly in Konqueror.

i'm curious, what exactly is dolphin's design goal(s) then?

i assumed it was meant to replace the file-browsing capabilities of konqueror; indeed konqueror is now labeled specifically as "Web Browser" and Dolphin as "File Manager" in my K menu.

(Using kubuntu intrepid here, kde 4.1.3)

oh, and i can confirm that konqueror in 4.1(.3) does have the desired behaviour of seamlessly browsing archives and opening files etc. although it doesn't try to open pdfs inside itself like it did with kpdf in 3.x (a good thing), i realise there is probably some configuration for this hidden somewhere.

"3.5 derived a lot of its power from a very solid, well refined OLE framework, and 4.1 has yet to even approach that"

the "OLE framework" in KDE is called KParts, and the infrastructure hasn't changed one bit between KDE3 and KDE4.

i've noticed problems with ole in kde 4.1 also, dragging and dropping no longer seems to work in many cases - but i think this is more a problem with the new applications not yet fully implementing support for it, rather than a problem with the underlying framework.

i am eagerly awaiting the next amarok 2.x release, because as other posters have pointed out, 2.0 is a bit of a step backwards in terms of functionality.

don't take this post as a complaint, i think it's great what the kde team are doing. i wouldn't want it any other way :)

oh, and if you're tempted to say "they should have just held 2.0 until January, then", don't bother: making releases from the code repository is an absolutely requirement to keep open source projects moving, and one of the downsides of that is that often a first release of a new series isn't what a consumer-grade user is going to what to cut their teeth on. that's why there is another step in row, e.g. distributions. not that they seem to always be doing their users the best favours lately in that regard.


Comment Code. (Score 1) 393

Personal data I don't bother with backing up, meh. It's not that important to me.

All my code, on the other hand, is sitting in various git/mercurial repositories on numerous remote servers. I guess that would count as continuous.

All these people talking about doing daily rsyncs of their documents folder obviously don't have their priorities straight. :)


Why Netbooks Will Soon Cost $99 221

CWmike sends along a ComputerWorld piece which predicts that "netbooks like the Asus Eee PC, the Dell Mini 9 and the HP 2133 Mini-Note will soon cost as little as $99. The catch? You'll need to commit to a two-year mobile broadband contract. The low cost will come courtesy of a subsidy identical to the one you already get with your cell phone. It's likely that HP is working with AT&T (they're reported to be talking), which announced a major strategic shift a couple of weeks ago that should result in AT&T stores selling nonphone gadgets that can take advantage of mobile broadband, including netbooks. What's more interesting is that low income and cheapskate buyers are starting to use iPhones as replacements or substitutes for netbook, notebook and even desktop PCs. The author's take: A very large number of people are increasingly looking to buy a single device — or, at least, subscribe to a single wireless account — for all their computing and communications needs, and at the lowest possible price."

Neuromarketers Pick the Brains of Consumers 166

Pickens points out a story at The Guardian about the development of neuromarketing, the method by which advertisers track signals inside the brain to roughly extrapolate how a consumer reacts to products and advertisements. We've discussed this technique in the past, but now consulting firms are appearing who have begun to use this research to increase the effectiveness of their marketing practices. The author also notes a paper which elaborates on the scientific details (PDF). "At McLean Hospital, a prestigious psychiatric institution run by Harvard University, an advertising agency recently sponsored an experiment in which the brains of half-a-dozen young whiskey drinkers were scanned. The goal, according to a report in Business Week, was 'to gauge the emotional power of various images, including college kids drinking cocktails on spring break, twentysomethings with flasks around a campfire, and older guys at a swanky bar'. The results were used to fine-tune an ad campaign for the maker of Jack Daniels."

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