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10 Oddly Useful Specialty Web Browsers 72

snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner looks beyond Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, and IE to uncover 10 alternative browsers that offer specialized advantages for 3-D searching, social networking, easy scriptability, powerful page manipulation, and the like. Each provides a targeted browsing environment, enabling users to browse Web tables into spreadsheets, browse leaner, browser in text, browse socially, browse musically, or browse smarter on the Mac. 'A purist might object that these hybrids are not much different from a standard browser with extra plug-ins. There's some truth to this, but not always — some of the unique capabilities can only be done deep inside the software. In any case, the job of parsing the terms and creating an exact definition of the Web browser isn't as much fun as embracing the idea that there are dozens of alternatives.'"

Comment Re:They released it under the BSD license? (Score 1) 337

> You can incorporate it into your own code, provided that you license your code as GPL (commercial software doesn't usually allow that)

Actually, you only have to license your code as GPL if you distribute it. I know it's a small point (why would you write software and then not distribute it?!), but if you don't distribute your code (binary and/or source) you can use GPL code without restriction.

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Playboy Launches Safe For Work Website 98

If you're one of the three people in the world who actually reads Playboy for the articles, today is your lucky day. Every young boy's favorite magazine to find in their uncle's closet has launched a "safe for work" website. From the article: "TheSmokingJacket.com will contain none of the nudity that makes Playboy.com NSFW — not suitable for work. Instead, it'll rely on humor to reach Playboy's target audience, men 25 to 34 years old, when they are most likely to be in front of a computer screen."
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The Big Technical Mistakes of History 244

An anonymous reader tips a PC Authority review of some of the biggest technical goofs of all time. "As any computer programmer will tell you, some of the most confusing and complex issues can stem from the simplest of errors. This article looking back at history's big technical mistakes includes some interesting trivia, such as NASA's failure to convert measurements to metric, resulting in the Mars Climate Orbiter being torn apart by the Martian atmosphere. Then there is the infamous Intel Pentium floating point fiasco, which cost the company $450m in direct costs, a battering on the world's stock exchanges, and a huge black mark on its reputation. Also on the list is Iridium, the global satellite phone network that promised to make phones work anywhere on the planet, but required 77 satellites to be launched into space."

Comment We don't eat horses in the UK. (Score 1) 9

We're a funny lot in the UK. The English are particularly strange. I should point out that I was born in the fine county of Essex, England. We don't eat horses. We don't eat dogs. We don't (on the whole) eat veal. And we definately don't eat Blue Fin tuna. However, we do produce veal.... we just ship it to Europe. What we don't eat gets turned into dog food. Similarly, we have alot of dear (venison), but instead of eating it ourselves, we (again) feed it to cats and dogs. I don't know if we export horse meat, but I'd wager that we do..... we just won't eat it ourselves. Me? Well I'm English.

Comment Standard Practice in Uk Schools Now. (Score 1) 12

UK Schools now routinely use the "Data Protection Act" or "Privacy Concerns" to prevent parents taking photos of their children at school plays, sports days, assemblies, award ceremonies, etc. Actually, the "Data Protection Act" doesn't have anything to do with this. The schools are petrified that one pervert might come into their school and take photos of kids and upload them to some sicko website (Myspace, Facebook, Bebo???) and get the school a whole load of bad publicity. When I was recently "told off" by my daughter's Karate instructor for taking photos just before a grading (she got a green belt), I did feel like saying "Where exactly in the Data Protection Act does it say I can't take pictures of my children?". Of course I didn't, I wanted my child to be able to take part. However I was denied the opportunity to have any photographic record of her achievements. There is also the fact that many schools make money out of videoing these events and selling the DVD's. The schools are just protecting a revenue stream. There's nothing to stop the perverts buying the DVD and having a jolly good hand shandy over it. Where's the "Data Protection Act" now?!!

Comment Re:ITER is not EU (Score 1) 173

Does anyone ever read TFA at slashdot, or do any research before posting a comment. Oh... sorry, this is slashdot, of course they don't! The iter website actually lists the consortium as "China, EU, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the USA". Indeed if you want to get a job there, you need to be citizen of one of those areas. I'm British, which is (just about!) part of the EU, so I'm eligible. As it happens, they also include Switzerland with "EU", even though it isn't. The ITER project builds on the developments at JET and other fusion projects..... which have been looking for a way to get fusion working for along time already. Considering the potential benefit, the time and effort is worth it. Actually, I think it will take us that long to get to grips with the potential outcome. Imagine the disasterous consequences to the global economy if oil and gas were suddenly made worthless! Has anyone thought of doing the financial modelling of the possibility that ITER is successful?!

Comment Re:Sophos (Score 1) 359

Sophos's main website is www.sophos.com. Sophos is the solution I have chosen for the company I work for. The "Enterprise Console" stuff requires a Windows server. As it happens, Sophos had a centralised administration system called "InterCHK", and that could be used with a linux server (that's how I originally set it up), however the new tools are Windows only (shame). I recently evaluated NOD32: I came to the conclusion that the centralised adminitstration wasn't as good as Sophos, so stuck with Sophos (despite the Windows Server issue). I should point out that I still occasionally get computers which get compromised..... it's always the "Road Warriors". We've not had a virus enter through the main network since I've worked here. I should add that the gateway is a linux box and it scans emails using ClamAV.
My vote: Sophos (but you're gonna need a Windows box to run the "Enterprise Console" on.

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