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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 Better yet, don't use uTorrent at all. (Score 1) 275

As so many in this thread have mentioned, there's lots of worthy alternatives: qBittorrent, Deluge, Transmission, that are open-source, and are not bundled with malware. I'm not going to use an older version of a program produced by a bunch of sociopathic scumbags pulling this dishonest bullshit. I'm going elsewhere.

Comment Re:Does Microsoft make bad versions deliberately? (Score 1) 610

The Mac's menu-bar at the top of the screen was a Fitts' Law thing, the same reason why Windows (before 8) put the Start Button in the corner, and why Windows 95 was so brain-damaged for putting the Start button two pixels away from the corner.

In Windows

Hell, I'm using Kubuntu with KDE right now, and how is it set up? With the K menu in the lower right corner, ready to be quick-drawn at the flick of a mouse.

Though to be honest, the Mac-style menubars don't work as well as they used to. In the early days of the Mac, screens were smaller, trying to get multiple windows on screen just made it hard to get work done, so you maximized your window, had your menubar on the top of the screen, and for those early Macs with small monitors and lower resolutions, that was the optimal way to get things done.

Now with big screens, and multiple screens, people want to have multiple windows up. On my system, I usually don't have my web browser maximized, because it makes columns too wide that way, and makes reading harder, so I have it only vertically maximized. On systems with the huge amounts of screen real-estate, the top-of-the-screen Mac-style menu bar doesn't make as much sense anymore. It's too removed from the application. Some power users will still like it - they're all for quick-drawing their menus, but having the app in one window, and the menus for that app way off on the top edge of the screen is confusing.

And big monitors is why Microsoft's insistence on forcibly full-screening applications is brain-damaged.

Comment Only if you can separate it from the U-232 (Score 5, Informative) 258

U-232 is also produced in LFTR reactors, and is HELLACIOUSLY radioactive. You can't work around U-232 with just a glove-box - you're gonna get a tan that way. It also poisons the reaction of a U-233 bomb, so you've got to separate it out, so you're back to centrifuges and the like, and you're gonna have to throw out the contaminated and radioactive centrifuges when you're done as well.

Comment I learned that the hard way as a teenager. (Score 5, Informative) 164

My very first job, I worked at an A&W, and they put me to work at the deep fryer. The procedure there (OSHA would not approve) was to take a big bag of fries out of the freezer, cook some of them, put the fries back in the freezer, and repeat for a few iterations. They freeze-thaw cycles would cause the fries to get covered with ice crystals.

One particularly frantic dinner rush, I was scrambling to get fries out, and I jammed a whole bunch of ice-covered fries in the deep fryer. Of course, the crystals flashed to steam, and splashed my arm with napalm-hot frying oil. I still have the scars.

Comment Re:Hardly (Score 1) 362

That's the thing - it's more fun to play with friends than with random Internet assholes, whether the game is deathmatch or co-op. Play co-op with random people on the Internet, and you'll get some douchebag griefers who'll do things like team-killing just to screw with people. I have better things to do than deal with griefers.

Nmap 5.20 Released 36

ruphus13 writes "Nmap has a new release out, and it's a major one. It includes a GUI front-end called Zenmap, and, according to the post, 'Network admins will no doubt be excited to learn that Nmap is now ready to identify Snow Leopard systems, Android Linux smartphones, and Chumbies, among other OSes that Nmap can now identify. This release also brings an additional 31 Nmap Scripting Engine scripts, bringing the total collection up to 80 pre-written scripts for Nmap. The scripts include X11 access checks to see if on a system allows remote access, a script to retrieve and print an SSL certificate, and a script designed to see whether a host is serving malware. Nmap also comes with netcat and Ndiff. Source code and binaries are available from the Nmap site, including RPMs for x86 and x86_64 systems, and binaries for Windows and Mac OS X. '"
Linux Business

Pushing Linux Adoption Through Gaming 269

An article on CNet questions the viability of using games as part of a strategy to increase Linux adoption. It points out a blog post by Andrew Min which suggests: "... Linux companies also need to start paying attention to the open source gaming community. Why? It's lacking. However, gamers can get excited about free games. They just have to be up to par with commercial games. The problem is, commercial companies pay hundreds of employees to build a game for several years, while many competing gaming projects only last several years before the developer moves on. It's time for open source developers to start getting paid for their jobs. Who better to pay them than the companies that benefit most?"

Submission + - White House: E-mail on Fired Lawyers was Deleted

narramissic writes: "In another apparent case of 'oops that incriminating e-mail was deleted,' officials for President Bush have claimed that an unknown number of e-mails regarding the firing of eight government lawyers have gone missing. White House spokesperson Scott Stanzel said that the authors of those e-mails may have used accounts maintained by the Republican National Committee to discuss official government business. Here's the rub: The Republican National Committee has a policy of deleting e-mails from its accounts approximately once a month — although e-mails from nonpolitical White House accounts are automatically archived."

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