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Comment Re:No kidding. (Score 1) 257 257

Even if I'm a regular visitor, I might not want to download anyone's app because I'm running out of space on my mobile phone. Too many of these loser specialized apps act like space is unlimited and cache many megabytes, nor can I customize its cache to save things on my external memory card which has many gigabytes free.

Even when having many gigabytes available I prefer Facebook in the browser over the app. I don't want the FB app to read (and upload) all my contacts, locations, etc...

Comment Re:Scripts that interact with passwords fields aws (Score 4, Insightful) 365 365

IMHO, this is a browser problem, not a website problem. Browser shouldn't allow scripts to interact with a password field. Period.

[Disclaimer: I'm not the GP AC.]

Isn't this exactly what a password manager does? I thought Lastpass (to name one) uses Javascript to change the form fields, including the password field (which suddenly has a clickable * in it). So if you disable that, you have to paste manually.

Comment Re:Everybody should be pissed at NSA by now ... (Score 4, Insightful) 80 80

These are always the best laws...enacted right after an 'emergency', with no debate. Helpfully, the law was pre-drafted and just in a filing cabinet waiting for the right circumstance to pass it.

Of course, I'm not exactly sure how this helps with the 'emergency', that the NSA was spying on the French gov't. I guess the emergency for the gov't was that they finally realized that the NSA knew more about everyone in France than the French Secret Service does. The new legislation should even it up, by greatly increasing their ability to spy on their own largely law-abiding citizens.

The French are mad, but only for the show. They simply cooperate with the NSA, and this is the opportunity they've been waiting for. Now they can pass a new law that will help them cooperate even better with the NSA. They thank Wikileaks for helping them.

Comment Re:WordPerfect 5.1 (Score 2) 192 192

Office 2003 is arguably still the best version of Office. I have co-workers who still use it and I've used pretty much every version since 4. I don't disagree with them, although I have personally transitioned to 2010 for compatibility. Newer versions don't provide much additional usability and make certain things more difficult such as removing the ability to select chart curves directly from the legend. Why??

WordPerfect 5.1 baby, WordPerfect 5.1. "Reveal codes" is/was the most useful feature ever.

I agree - it was really cool to cleanup the mess it sometimes created. You can do this in Office as well. Unzip the docx, and with a proper XML editor you can do anything. Except.... the mess MS has made of that XML is unbelievable. The logic behind it seems to be to make it as difficult as possible to edit this manually.

Comment Re:Logic need not apply (Score 2) 222 222

So, you're happy to believe that Russia/China can decrypt our strongest encryption (unless you think Snowden just ROT-13ed the files) and have chosen to go after Snowden's files (despite the fact that they could just use rubber-hose cryptanalysis instead) rather than infiltrate live systems?.

Decrypting those files is not the way to go. Better hack the laptop that decrypts the file, and record keystrokes.

Comment Re:Logic need not apply (Score 1) 222 222

Anyone who has been following these Snowden-related news already knew the US government officials lied, lied, and lied repeatedly, lied to the world, lied to their own people, lied to their Congress, all without any consequences.

Anyone who still believed them would need to have zero capability in logical thinking, so what's the point in pointing out flaws in the logic of these statements?

The point is propaganda. The method they use: the strict father model - if daddy says so, it must be true. No matter if he is wrong, is he says so you have to accept it. And "daddy" here is the government, the NSA, or that good and reliable Sunday Times. Critical intelligent people think otherwise, but they are lost and this propaganda is not for them.

Comment Re:Not a Canal (Score 1) 107 107

Actually, in the Netherlands we don't call these little creeks "gracht" but instead we call them "sloot" (or "vaart" or "kanaal", if they are larger and have a transport function). De grachten are restricted to towns (where they served as a passage way to the old warehouses to deliver the spices from the far east).

A "gracht" can surround a castle as wel, as in "slotgracht".

Comment Re:24/7 Live Global Radio (Score 0) 415 415

And when will you make a 17 inch laptop again? Mine's still going strong after 5 years after replacing the HDD with an SSD, but I would have bought an upgrade two years ago if you only made one.

I'm afraid we can forget about that. My hope is that they will make a "Hacbook", a Macbook Pro that you can repair yourself, so harddisk, battery and memory can be replaced easily like with the pre-Retina Macbooks. They may be more heavy, thicker, but I think many people don't care. I think it's great that they try to make things smaller and lighter, but I want a top notch Mac laptop (with Retina, USB3 and all the good specs) and don't want to pay $2000 for that. Now my next laptop will be a $900 Dell or Lenovo with Ubuntu, plus a $700 Mac Mini. Yeah I know I could combine that into a $1600 Macbook, but I won't.

Comment Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 2) 374 374

FUD, not a single source working for MSFT has said a damned thing about a subscription model, THAT bit of FUD was started by a gossip site "El Reg" IIRC that is known for pulling "facts" out of their ass.

The ONLY thing that has been said is they won't have the old service packs anymore, instead you'll have a point release, like 8 to 8.1. This makes it easier for regular folks to know WTF is going on as its easier to know that X.1 is the current version as all the sites treat it as a separate OS, while nobody talks about "Win 7 SP1" they simply call it Win 7.

10.1, 10.2, ... - I get the impression that they have their naming scheme copied from somewhere else... The use of "10" signifies the X in OS X, the X refering to UNIX and BSD. I wonder how Microsoft is going to market this...

Comment Re:Updates (Score 1) 119 119

i'm hoping for Adblock to work on commercial TV

How will that work if ads are not coming from a different source, and are not marked somehow to be ads? Maybe this will change, but now it's a continuous stream, and yes there is an online tv guide, but that doesn't tell us anything about commercial breaks.

Comment Re:not outside the jurisdiction of the NSA (Score 1) 135 135

This has nothing to do with the NSA (the NSA will get anything they want - legally or not, if you think otherwise you are pathetic).

This has to do with the legal bounds of the American court. If the service provider is stationned outside America and has local TOS, then it is outside the jurisdiction of the court. You cannot demand information that can be used in American civil cases. The NSA information can not be used in those cases unless they can prove it is legally handed to them.

If NSA information was illegally obtained, then they won't use it in court, but outside of court. If they have all files from a suspected dropbox user, it will reveal all kind of things about the user. Analyzing this will result in other leads, which can be used to get a normal court order.

Comment Re: Hahah (Score 1) 246 246

Ruin a child life? Mistakes that a child do? Are you really that stupid? Kids (children) these days kill, rape and other things that were typical for adults. You screw up like an adult, screw them like an adult.

Well except this kid didn't murder, didn't rape.

And he didn't screw up like an adult, he screwed up as a kid!

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