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Comment Ridiculous (Score 2) 227

This whole trial is ridiculous. Apple should have never have got the design patent in the first place. It has no innovation at all if you think about it logically, and most designers aren't even that logical.

Q. Hmm what screen shall we use?

A Oh, the cheapest ones are 16:9, next probably 19:10 then there's the good old 4:3. Whatever we use is going to make a rectangle shape.

Q OK, how do we make the device feel nice and be safe for children to use.


What exactly are Samsung / other competitors meant to do?!?

I half want Samsung to develop a round screen, and for it to be a huge success, and for Apple to try to compete with it - just to see what they try to do. Just a shame a round device would be a right PITA to carry around, and an even more PITA to develop for.

Comment Thank you (Score 1) 330

After reading most of the comments, and not finding many giving praise to a new release of an awesome browser, I thought I would give my thanks.

I personally don't give much worry what version they are, most of my addons work, and the ones that don't I'm geeky enough to be able to edit the RDF file in the zip to fool Firefox into installing it. (If you put a * in the version, your sorted forever until it breaks, which it probably wont).

Increased javascript perf is always welcome, memory management fixes are also good (but ram is cheap so its not a huge issue).

So, thank you to all the Mozilla devs who work hard on their products, it is much appreciated.

I'm looking forward to the new graphics subsystem in the next few releases, and a bit of threading would be good but I realise its very hard to retrospectively design that into such a big application.

Comment Re:Where is the technical solution? (Score 1) 181

Forgive my potential ignorance with networking stuff, I'm a software engineer and my knowledge of networking is limited.

However, if for instance thepiratebay got blacklisted, what's stopping someone from just typing in the IP address for the site into their address bar - thus bypassing the DNS lookup?

Comment Re:Not quite (Score 1) 181

Did they really use the word 'nerd'???

Whilst I'm OK with my friends using the word to describe me and other IT professionals - I can't help but feel politicians using it is somewhat derogatory.

Comment Re:Double standards (Score 1) 344

Out of just personal curiosity - where is the cruise control control on Toyota cars these days? if its on the indicator stalk it may explain that. I drive a 2011 Seat Ibiza, it has a cruise control which is activated using two small buttons on the end of a stalk, if you hit the bottom one it maintains your current speed, if you hit the top one it maintains the last speed the cruise control was deactivated from - and the acceleration to that speed can be fairly hard.

Scenario - your on the motorway / freeway, on cruise control going at 60mph, traffic is in your lane ahead but you cant pull over to the next lane yet so you have to brake, which disengages the cruise control. your now going 40mph so you indicate to pull out to overtake. whilst indicating you accidentally hit the cruise control button which tries to it back up to 60mph. Thus taking your foot off the accelerator peddle is irrelevant.

Of course, this would mean everything would stop if the brake peddle is engaged, which according to the numerous Toyota owners didn't happen. But this brings me onto another point, my current car has 150bhp, with quite a healthy torque figure. If I push the accelerator down all the way I still have sufficient braking power to slow the car to a stop (providing you don't keep mashing the brake peddle over and over which will over heat the pads). Even my 1989 BMW 3 series has enough braking power, I doubt Toyota fit crappy brakes to their cars.

Comment What's the fuss? (Score 1) 389

Its gonna take less than a week for this to get cracked, so why is everyone so worried. for the 80% of the population who browse facebook and read emails, its probably quite good to have a secure bios that can't (well, I wont say can't, I'll say *less easily*) get rootkitted, if that's a word... for the rest of us, we can just download the latest crack, apply it, and boot whatever we want.

Comment Re:Cell phone camera's (Score 2) 77

I think everyone's missing the point regarding the meaning of that quote.... I took it as the OP saying the following - "there has been potential security worries flagged up by people regarding having WiFi enabled SD (I suppose especially 2-way ones), however this technology has existed for years in phones, and whilst security can be a worry, it can be mitigated with proper management".

Comment Errr? (Score 1) 426

I have a microSD card in my nokia, its 1gb, and it hasn't moved in the 2 years I've had the phone. How often do you swap the microSD cards in your phones? for one they're absolutely tiny for starters and the slots are often in under the battery on many phones so tbh I think its perfectly acceptable that they're using it as a memory expansion device. Yes, they probably should ask the user what they want the card to be used for upon insertion, but I highly doubt they just reformat the card without asking permission.

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