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Comment Re:Where are all those Flash is the Future ppl now (Score 1) 332

Steve Jobs:

First, there’s “Open”. Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary.

We cannot be at the mercy of a third party deciding if and when they will make our enhancements available to our developers.


Well, not really. It's more like he's saying "I will not allow Flash to become a de-facto part of the iPhone development platform, because Adobe would then be in a position in effect to delay deployment of enhancements to the platform."

Comment Re:Where are all those Flash is the Future ppl now (Score 1) 332

Considering the standard of 2007 in mobile browsing (i.e. tiny screen displaying abridged version)

I thought the "standard" of mobile browsing in 2007 was, for instance, Blazer on the Treo: not necessarily an abridged "mobile site" (how I loathe those) but rather a browser that was reasonably good at rearranging a page's layout to fit the screen better.

Comment It's all part of the Sontarans' plans! (Score 4, Funny) 298

The Sontarans are going to get Atmos installed everywhere and use it to kill off people who get in their way and then, finally, use the large number of installed systems to poison our atmosphere so they can use the Earth as a cloning facility! ...See, it's a Doctor Who reference. I like that show.

Comment Re:It is not your computer (Score 1) 393

MS has not thought of it as your computer for quite some time. Vista took away your control further in order to please the movie industry which does not trust anybody (if they could, they'd require a memory zapper so we couldn't remember films we've seen without paying a fee.)

That would actually be kind of cool...

I mean, there's the obvious jokes to be made ("zap my memory so I don't remember the Matrix sequels", etc.) - but apart from that fun nonsense, there are times when I find myself wishing that I could approach a familiar movie with a totally fresh perspective.

The original Star Wars trilogy comes to mind. I saw those movies when I was very young, and repeatedly (on TV) - I wonder what I would have thought of Yoda's introduction if I didn't already know who he was, or the various revelations about the Skywalker family in the second and third films. It would be neat to see that stuff with a fresh perspective. Of course there's the possibility that I would be extremely disappointed with the experience, too. *shrug* But sometimes a story can be so familiar, either because I already know it or because of various forms of incidental exposure (like movie trailers) that I wish I could just go in without any preconceptions.

Comment Re:The rootkit would just infect the kernel (Score 1) 393

You can do this in linux. we boot workstations from a read only partition and most software runs from there. even a master virus cant infect anything but the user partition.

If the malware is able to exploit a kernel bug to gain root access, then "read-only partition" ceases to have any meaning.


Microsoft Blocks 3d-Party Browsers In Windows RT, Says Mozilla Counsel 329

nk497 writes "Mozilla has accused Microsoft of trying to go back to the 'digital dark ages' by limiting rival browsers in the ARM version of Windows 8. Third-party browsers won't work in the desktop mode, and Metro style browsers will be limited in what APIs they can use, said Mozilla general counsel Harvey Anderson, forcing users to move to IE instead. Mozilla said it was the first step toward a new platform lock-in that 'restricts user choice, reduces competition and chills innovation,' and pointed out that such browser control was exactly what upset EU and U.S. regulators about IE in the first place. Anderson called on Microsoft to 'reject the temptation to pursue a closed path,' adding 'the world doesn't need another closed proprietary environment.'"

Finally, a Shark With a Laser Attached To Its Head 139

Freshly Exhumed writes in with a Wired story about a nerd/super-villian dream come true. "Marine biologist-cum-TV personality Luke Tipple attached a 50-milliwatt green laser to a lemon shark off the coast of the Bahamas in late April. The escapade was sponsored by Wicked Lasers, a consumer-focused laser manufacturer based in Hong Kong that produces some of the most brilliant — and potentially dangerous — handheld lasers in the world. 'This was definitely a world first,' Tipple told Wired. 'Initially, I told them no. I thought it was a frivolous stunt. But then I considered that it would give us an opportunity to test our clips and attachments, and whatever is attached to that clip, I really don't care. It was a low-powered laser that couldn't be dangerous to anyone, and there's actually useful applications in having a laser attached to the animal.'"

Netflix CEO Accuses Comcast of Not Practicing Net Neutrality 272

braindrainbahrain writes "Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, has a Facebook page in which he posts a short gripe about Comcast. It seems watching video through the Xfinity app on an Xbox does not counting towards your cap on your Comcast data plan. All other services, Netflix included, do. To quote Hastings: 'For example, if I watch last night's SNL episode on my Xbox through the Hulu app, it eats up about one gigabyte of my cap, but if I watch that same episode through the Xfinity Xbox app, it doesn't use up my cap at all. The same device, the same IP address, the same wifi, the same internet connection, but totally different cap treatment. In what way is this neutral?'" The difference, of course, is that you need a Comcast cable TV subscription in order to have the Xfinity app not count toward your monthly data usage allowance. Then again, you can't exactly sign up for a similar plan through Netflix or Hulu.

Flying Car Makes Successful Maiden Flight 249

MistrX writes "The Dutch company PAL-V completed its first series of test flights with its flying car, the PAL-V One, successfully. The PAL-V One flies like a gyrocopter, with a minimal runway length of 165 meters, and drives around like a trike on the road. Furthermore it offers 2 passengers a maximum speed of 180km/h both on land and in the air. The company aims with the PAL-V One at usage within the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Germany and France, because private flying is more commonplace."

Comment Re:Starbucks! Disney World! Porno! Valium! (Score 2) 155

It has already been mentioned that the tune is rather similar to the actual Kazakhstan anthem, but with "nonstandard" lyrics.

It might be especially fun if the anthem-trolling did the same, using the basic national-anthem medley, but with more "interesting" lyrings.

In the case of the US, I can hear a choir singing the well-known (among American school-kids) lyrics: "Oh, say, can you see / any bedbugs on me ...".

While it lacks the juvenile fun of a crude mockery of the "Star Spangled Banner" lyrics, I think I would lean toward the anthem's built-in parody potential, the lyrics of "To Anacreon in Heaven", whose tune was used for the anthem. Though reaching that far back for trolling material means a lot of people won't necessarily even understand the joke...

Comment Re:I hate to say it... (Score 1) 255

And yet humans annihilating 10% of their ancestor humanity required a piece of complex equipment based on a time machine to achieve.

10% was just the initial attack. The paradox being held at bay was that humanity's future was being drastically changed, and future humanity (whose history did not include those events) was the instrument of that change.

With the Doctor's little trick, the only paradox is how he got out of the Pandorica in the first place. But the resulting events don't contradict themselves. There's nothing he did when going back in time to get himself out of the Pandorica that prevents him from getting out of the Pandorica. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Doctor Who was never exactly consistent with regard to specific rules of time travel, anyway...

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