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Comment Re:User interface flaw (Score 1) 571

Some have "Avoid Tunnels", which seems silly.

Here are a few reasons that option exists: some people have a fear of being trapped underground and don't want to use tunnels; depending on your country, tunnels are usually toll roads and people are averse to paying tolls when they already have to pay for a license and vehicle registration (which is supposed to go towards road building and maintenance); and lastly, GPS signals don't work underground.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 571

You're better off having GPS than not having it

I wonder if it's actually the GPS at fault or if it's the personal assistant software like Siri and Cortana? If I trusted Siri to get "How do I get to ..." correct then I would have been drowned a few times by now. Whenever I ask her "How do I get to [blah] Annerley Road" she selects a route to Annalee Road, South Ockenden - in England, on the other side of the planet!

Comment Re:Why is this a flaw in the app, and not the OS? (Score 3, Interesting) 162

Any directory in the DLL search path for a normal application installed in a normal location is only writable by an (elevated) administrator user. If you can drop a random DLL file into such a folder you've already got administrator rights on the machine, so why make things any more complicated?

You've obviously never heard of ClickOnce then. ClickOnce deployment technology, available since .NET Framework 2.0, allows a signed application and its related DLLs to be downloaded into a folder within the user's own AppData folder structure and executed from there. It doesn't require Administrator rights to do this because it's within the user's own AppData folder structure. Just because an application is signed doesn't make it trustworthy.

Comment Re:Follow the money? (Score 2) 52

You're probably correct otherwise this statement from the blog post makes no sense:

We certainly do not take this lightly, and we appreciate the millions of customers who have used the service, as well as the hard work and dedication of our product team over the past 4+ years.

If they had millions of customers surely that's a decent chunk of revenue ... or is nobody actually paying for the service?

Comment Re:What the doctor ordered... (Score 1) 699

It's a fairly significant change of behaviour. There might be valid reasons to issue rm -rf /, such as to erase a system before a clean installation. You should not expect that to erase critical firmware data and brick the motherboard because it's never been able to do that previously. That said if I was erasing a system I'd probably be booting from a LiveCD and reformatting the old sda.

Comment Re:Why is Diablo showing this? (Score 1) 148

I guess you've never rebooted a computer with either an nVidia or an AMD/ATI video card in it. It's very common for the boot screen (and even the desktop immediately after login) to briefly display old content from prior to the reboot. I see this on Linux, OSX and Windows machines every single day. It's not a Diablo problem, it's that the video drivers don't even bother initializing video RAM to a known state at driver startup let alone before allocating memory to applications.

Comment Re:VLC as default (Score 1) 44

You know VLC for iOS will not decode AC3 -- unless you change you time zone location to somewhere outside the U.S.?

You know VLC for iOS will not even see most DLNA servers on the local network? And when it does, occasionally, list a UMS server it is unable to enumerate even its root folder contents? It would have been nice to see VLC for iOS work as well as its desktop counterparts on Windows, Linux and OS X, but I doubt that will ever happen. More license sales lost to 8player and ArkMC I guess.

Comment Re:What the FUCK is Tb (SICK) Supposedly to BE? (Score 1) 96

I'm sure the poster would have typed "TB". Remember how Slashdot's backward article system can't handle Unicode characters? Well, it also messes up the letter case of article titles, first lower casing them then upper casing the first letter of each word - which is why you also see "Mongodb" up there instead of "MongoDB".

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