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Comment: The NFC terminal shouldn't be active until needed (Score 2) 193

by soramimicake (#43762403) Attached to: UK Consumers Reporting Contactless Payment Errors

The hardware having the wrong range is probably pretty hard to avoid due to variance between terminals and problems keeping them all tuned over their lifetime.

However, the NFC reader shouldn't be active until the customer told the cashier he/she will be using a contactless card for payment and the cashier enabling the reader.

It wouldn't prevent reading the wrong card if the customer has several NFC cards, but it would at least prevent the kind of surprises shown in the article.

Comment: Re:Flash (Score 1) 665

by soramimicake (#40882345) Attached to: Why We Love Firefox, and Why We Hate It

I hate flash as much as everyone, but I think the blame is misplaced wrt the Firefox situation.

On my system Firefox only locks up when I close a tab containing flash, never when flash is running. I have not had flash content crash in mid-run, let alone it bringing down the browser.

Sure, killing plugin-container.exe unlocks the browser, but it is an ugly hack at the most and not a fix.

Firefox devs have been plugging their ears and closing their eyes every time someone mentions this problem. They cannot expect users to believe it is the users' setup (or drivers, or plugins) that is the fault in every case when there are so many reports in the wild.

It also doesn't explain why other browsers have no such problem, nor why FF 3.6 did not have it (without resorting to lame excuses like "the flash version is different") either.

Music

+ - Universal Music failed to declare more than 110 million USD in income in Japan->

Submitted by soramimicake
soramimicake (593421) writes "Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun reports that Japanese tax authorities have found that Universal Music LLC, the local arm of Universal Music Group, failed to declare about 9 billion yen (more than 114 million USD) in taxable income over a three-year period through Dec. 31, 2010. Japanese sources said Univeral Music is being pursued for 3 billion yen of additional tax because of this, and UM LLC has appealed to the National Tax Tribunal."
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Comment: Re:SpinRite (Score 2) 297

by soramimicake (#39567897) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Test Storage Media?

There are bad sectors on your brand new drive. You can count on it. You have to make the drive find them and map around them because it won't happen in the factory.

In the MFM/RLL days, SCSI disks were tested in the factory and came with a list of known bad C/H/S locations, and also keeps a list for bad sectors developed afterwards. I forgot whether the controller board had to skip those sectors during LBA translation or the OS had to not use them.

When IDE drives came out, the 'factory list' suddenly disappeared, and all drives seemingly came with 0 bad sectors out of the factory, but it was understood that the list was just hidden. They also introduced reserved sectors used to replace bad sectors developed afterwards so the user/OS always can always see/use the same capacity as long as the reserved area is not used up.

I believe this is still the case (test in the factory and hiding the list) as 2 new drives of the same model / batch can perform differently when tested, and sometimes there are consistent speed dips in the performance graph where you can tell something is going on.

That said, drives nowadays are more reliable, and I've not encountered a drive that develop bad sectors during the initial fill with random data, which I always do when I buy a new drive. I would not trust any brand-new drive which does it and for old drives that develops bad sectors I'll not use for anything important, even though the drive can reallocate them and might still run for years onwards.

+ - Thousands defend their rights as store tries to ba->

Submitted by soramimicake
soramimicake (593421) writes "After some Hong Kong people complained on a local discussion group that they were stopped and chased away by security when they tried to take photo on the public street outside of a Dolce & Gabbana fashion store, local newspaper Apple Daily did an investigation and was treated the same when their reporters tried to take photos. The Apple Daily report was widely discussed in the media, and people decided to defend their rights to public photography by exercising them. They organise a photo-taking event this past weekend on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/DG-%E9%96%80%E5%8F%A3%E8%90%AC%E4%BA%BA%E5%BD%B1%E7%9B%B8%E6%B4%BB%E5%8B%95/163804903726276), and more than a thousand people showed up outside the store to take photos of themselves / their car / their pets with the store window as background. There were even wedding couples and graduating students going there to take their wedding / graduation photos."
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Comment: Rather than working on the UI (Score 1) 260

by soramimicake (#37037634) Attached to: Mozilla's Nightingale: Why Firefox Still Matters

Please work on something that will be actually useful, like those below. These are hard to do but it looks really bad when Mozilla ignore these for nearly 10 years to work on eye candy.

HTML5 <ruby> support
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=33339

CSS3 writing-mode (vertical text)
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=145503

Comment: Re:A different experience.. (Score 1) 265

by soramimicake (#35527902) Attached to: The Quake Through Eyes of Slashdot Japan

The translation above came from slashdot.jp comments posted right after the quake, before people realized the extent of the problem of the nuclear reactors, so people outside of the area hit directly were fairly positive that life would be back to normal soon.

The real picture only started to come out these few days, you can't blame the editors.

Comment: Re:ATI Users: A Question (Score 1) 197

by soramimicake (#32885082) Attached to: Nvidia's $200 GTX 460 Ups Bargain Performance

I bought a 4670 for an XP machine after an nvidia 6600gt card in it failed after a few years of use. It would bluescreen immediately whenever I bring up the TV viewing application that came with a TV card that I also had in the system.

I had to try multiple drivers, going back a few versions until I could find one that didn't bluescreen and ran relatively stable. But it still did little things wrongly sometimes that gets annoying. e.g. I ran 2 monitors with different resolutions on it and it insists on re-detecting them every time when waking up from sleep. But it got it wrong and swapped the resolutions once in a while!

The 6600gt never did any of those things. I did clean out the old drivers (including nvidia's) and reinstalled the drivers numerous times to isolate the bluescreen down to particular driver versions so it was not the old drivers messing the system up. So yes, I did have some negative feeling towards ATI's driver quality.

That said, I have a hd5870 in my current Win7 system that runs fine for the most part... Though I'd not say 100% perfect. e.g. h.264 video would glitch once in a while if I turn on hardware decoding acceleration (not always in the same spot and not if I go back and played the same scene so it is not the file nor the player), and sometimes a few scan lines are corrupted after waking up from sleep. I ran RAM test for the system and on the video card and they came up fine, so I'm not sure whether it is hardware or the drivers.

The 5870's performance is quite good and the glitches don't happen often enough to get in the way, at least not when I'm playing games, so I've been mostly satisfied with it, but I wouldn't rule out switching back to nvidia for my next upgrade if they come up with something fast, less heat and has a good bang-for-the-buck.

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