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Comment Re:At least they tell you.. (Score 1) 248

When I visit that website in my browser (firefox) I get a little bar at the top asking if I want to share my location with the website. So I vet the sites myself on a case by case basis rather than having Apple decide for me. I am under the impression that Android has a similar permissions system when you install an app.

Comment Re:Aliens! (Score 2, Insightful) 452

He isn't trying to avoid being prosecuted for this case. He is trying to have the case heard in the UK on the basis that he will get a fairer hearing and a more reasonable sentence. The US government is trying to get him extradited on the basis that he caused millions of dollars of damage. This claim seems ridiculous because it is based on the cost of securing their system, as far as I have heard he did not modify the system, he just read some files.

As an analogy is is like you not having a lock on the front door, then having someone walk in and not do any damage, but then you decide you want $large sum in damages to hire a security consultant and get a lock fitted on the door.

Comment Re:Meh. (Score 1) 240

1 year is definitely unusual for the life on a PC. My parents still have a nice Dell from 2001 (with the ram tripled from the original and an extra hard drive) which is working fine. The floppy drive on it died but nothing else has had a fault. But ignoring the anecdotes, the data shows that the average life is far more than one year. Here in the EU it is not legal to offer less than 2 years warranty so they need a decent survival rate just to stay in business.

Comment Re:Solution... (Score 1) 362

Tabs usefully group views, so I can open a window which I use for looking up some maths things, another for slashdot stories perhaps. Also current window managers aren't designed for having that many different windows open, so many applications use the tabbed approach like editors/ides.

Tabs can provide a specialized interface for web browsing such as tree style tabs which works very well, providing another level of organisation.

Comment Re:Lightspeed limited, not an ansible (Score 3, Interesting) 389

It happens faster than the speed of light, but it isn't any use without extra information which can only be sent at light speed. You could use it to send secret messages since the state is instantly transferred and cannot be intercepted on the way and then the extra information can be used to get the data.

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