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Comment No-one's mentioned the Surface Typecover (Score 1) 183

That has a Precision Touchpad in it with the secondary advantage that every once in a blue moon, a Windows update includes a firmware update for the TypeCover. And I have been impressed to see that Windows updates have improved the touch responsiveness over time and now I know why.

And the TypeCover is also a better keyboard than Apple put in their Mac Book Pros (work PC).

Submission + - Australian Census night DDOS (

labnet writes: Tuesday night was census night for millions of Australians, but the stress tested systems completely failed night leaving millions frustrated. the ABS now claims it was maliciously attcked.

THE census website was shut down after being attacked by foreign hackers, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed. “It was an attack,” chief statistician David Kalisch told ABC radio this morning. “It was quite clear it was malicious.” The ABS is now working with the Australian Signals Directorate to determine the source of the attack. Mr Kalisch said so far it had been very difficult to work out where it came from. In the past Australian government websites have been attacked by Chinese hackers.

Comment Re:Full experience (Score 1) 376

A lot of the "suck" effect of particular versions was dependant on the underlying hardware. In my experience, Windows ME on a laptop that was properly supported by OEM drivers was actually quite a dream. Similarly, Windows 3.x on a VLB machine was very stable. It was on a PCI box that it was considerably less than glorious.

Submission + - SPAM: Why The Vivaldi Browser Wants You To Control Everything

Orome1 writes: A long time has passed since the IT industry was abuzz with browser wars, and when Jón S. von Tetzchner, co-founder and former CEO of Opera Software, announced he’s building a new browser, many were skeptical whether he can start one again. Because – let’s be realistic – making a dent in the browser market is exceedingly hard. Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and IE have plenty of users and features. Undeterred by the skepticism, the Vivaldi team worked hard, and after more than a year of public development, Vivaldi 1.0 was released in April 2016. In an interview with Help Net Security, von Tetzchner, now CEO of Vivaldi, talks about building a new browser, its unique features, privacy and security.
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Should I expect to be tracked as a subscriber to a news website? 1

robot5x writes: I'm a fan of online privacy and, where possible, don't automatically permit cookies and tend to set Ghostery to block all trackers in my browser. This rarely causes a problem — I have lots of subscriptions to various sites which require me to login and have only rarely encountered minor issues.

Recently I had a present of a Slate Plus membership. I really like their content and was keen on supporting it financially. Activating it from the email they sent me required to first register as a user. I clicked on the icon, and nothing happened. Ghostery picked up 7 trackers which I had blocked.

Assuming that one of these was the cause, I activated each in turn and reloaded. None of them made any difference, except a single tracker from JanRain. Accepting this tracker let everything work perfectly. Reading more about JanRain though — and particularly its interaction with Adobe analytics (which it also tries to load) — I discovered that they wanted to "create a holistic view of your business by collecting, analyzing and reporting all customer interactions. To derive the most actionable insights, you must link your customers’ actions with who they are and what their interests are. Janrain bridges the gap by connecting demographic and psychographic data, collected through traditional and social login, with Adobe’s behavioral data, so you understand the whole customer journey".

I do not want them to do any of this, and don't think I should have to. Interactions with Slate's 'support' were excruciating and — while they at least didn't ask me to restart my computer — they actually ended up saying that allowing these trackers is tied to their login process and I have to either accept or get a refund.

My question to Slashdot is — is it acceptable to have to accept being tracked as a paying customer of a news site (or any site, in fact), or am I just being a big baby?

Submission + - Ad technology company claims ad blockers are "breaking the Internet" (

whoever57 writes: London, UK based ad technology company Oriel has published a claim that ad blockers break web applications in ways other than merely not displaying ads. They show examples such as airline sites that will not allow check-in because of the effects of an ad blocker. The original report is here. The CEO of Oriel is quoted saying that he discovered this accidentally when attempting to check into a flight, which raises the question: why would the CEO of an ad technology company use an ad blocker?

Submission + - Names That Break Computers (

Thelasko writes: The BBC has a story about people with names that break computer databases.

When Jennifer Null tries to buy a plane ticket, she gets an error message on most websites. The site will say she has left the surname field blank and ask her to try again.

These people are real life Bobby Tables.

Comment Opera Mail? (Score 1) 3

Around the time Opera rebuilt their browser on Blink, they spun off the email client into a separate program.

Opera's M2 email client was always fast and scaled enormously. I use it with an IMAP server and 20,000 emails in one folder is a piece of cake. The spam filtering is Bayesian and learns pretty fast. The file storage is not one monolithic file and it supports a number of import formats. HTML editor is toggleable, as is autodownload if images. Multiple accounts are a snap. And the search is also very fast.

Comment This is almost a good summary. (Score 1) 365

I had to change from a Linux desktop to a MacBookPro for work. It really only confirmed why I had never been interested in buying one for myself.

There are UI features in OS X which are clearly "Apple has always done things this way and we don't understand how you could want things different". The Unix-underneath is pretty good, but the BSD-ish toolchain is annoyingly out-of-date. The hardware support is (of course) excellent, but the keyboard is sadly a triumph of form over function - I use an external keyboard whenever I can.

I still wish I had my Linux desktop back.

Comment Re:It's a pity (Score 1) 161

DropBox expects an internet connection - it simply doesn't work _at all_ without that. Or at least, it did when I looked at it for my WiFi-only tablet. This was not a good user experience.

Ubuntu One does not expect an Internet connection. Instead it caches all the meta-data; you only need an Internet connection to actually get a file or send an update. Much better user experience.

Submission + - Once Slashdot beta has been foisted upon me, what site should I use instead? 2

somenickname writes: As a long time Slashdot reader, I'm wondering what website to transition to once the beta goes live. The new beta interface seems very well suited to tablets/phones but, it ignores the fact that the user base is, as one would expect, nerds sitting in front of very large LCD monitors and wasting their employers time. It's entirely possible that the browser ID information gathered by the site has indicated that they get far more hits on mobile devices where the new interface is reasonable but, I feel that no one has analyzed the browser ID (and screen resolution) against comments modded +5. I think you will find that most +5 comments are coming from devices (real fucking computers) that the new interface does not support well. Without an interface that invites the kind of users that post +5 comments, Slashdot is just a ho-hum news aggregation site that allows comments. So, my question is, once the beta is the default, where should Slashdot users go to?

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