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Comment Re:slashvertisement? (Score 1) 133

There's a solution to the "not coming back after a switch" problem, but you have to use ALT-TAB. After the game (Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout etc. - this applies to all of these and maybe more!) switches out, ALT-TAB back to it - you'll get the black full screen or a black window with a title bar.

Let go of ALT-TAB, and then DO THE SAME AGAIN but make sure you are selecting Skyrim again and not another window. That's right, ALT-TAB back out and all the way round, and back into Skyrim a second time, without letting go of ALT until it's at the front again. Voila!! Working game, no lost progress. It's very easy to do once you get the hang of it!

Comment Re:Is there some reason this is here? (Score 1) 82

There was a time when you could dismiss laptops for gaming and workstation use when compared to a grey-box custom build, mostly due to the limited power available for hefty graphics cards.

In recent years, 2006 onwards, laptops have been catching up with desktops and as a result, people can now play proper 3D games on them, and yes, use them as workstations. The die-hards are not yet aware of this, and are stuck in a loop assuming all laptops are trash versions of their desktop counterparts - no longer true.

Submission + - Nearly 80 Percent of Long Reddit Threads End Up Mentioning Hitler (

Tulsa_Time writes: A statistical analysis of Reddit has revealed that nearly 80% of threads with over 1,000 comments on the site end up containing the word “Hitler.”

Gnu admits his findings aren’t necessarily proof of Godwin’s law, as his database fails to consider the context in which comparisons to Hitler are made.
Godwin’s law is the idea that the longer an online discussion goes on, the greater the likelihood of users comparing someone or something to Nazism or Hitler.

Submission + - WordPress Plugin Comes With a Backdoor, Steals Admin Credentials in Cleartext

An anonymous reader writes: A WordPress plugin for managing custom post types has apparently forcibly being taken over by some Indian developer that added a backdoor to the code which lets him install files on infected sites. This backdoor also allows him to download files which add his own admin account to the site, and even alter core WordPress files so every time a user logs in, edits his profile, or a new user account is created, the user's password is collected (in cleartext) and sent to his server. WordPress hasn't moved in to ban the plugin just yet, despite user complaints.

Submission + - Government to bring forward law to close BBC 'iPlayer loophole' (

An anonymous reader writes: The government is to rush through legislation to close the “iPlayer loophole”, which allows people to watch BBC shows on catchup services without having a TV licence.

In a speech on Wednesday, culture secretary John Whittingdale also asked whether popular BBC1 programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing were “distinctive” enough and launched a new initiative on the devastating impact of adblockers on the newspaper industry.

After the speech at the Oxford Media Convention, Whittingdale said closing the loophole could not wait for legislation was passed to renew the BBC’s royal charter by the end of the year. Instead, it would be done “as soon as practicable” through secondary legislation that could be put before parliament as early as this summer.

Comment Re:I can think of one way to make them better. (Score 1) 180

Yes, you are correct, painful but nonetheless functional. An FTP client completes the suite; if you're good, you will write good code on any terminal, provided the tools and debugging capability are there.

Obviously it's not my terminal of choice, but I still think that my green-screen Amstrad taught me more as a child than consumer devices teach children today. Sometimes minimalism is more appropriate for learning than "wizards" and whizz-bang. The programmers who took GUI for granted in Visual Studio et al, are churning out self-service buggy insecure code now. Thanks, Microsoft.

Submission + - Microsoft Edge's InPrivate Browsing Mode Isn't Private- At All ( 1

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: The forensic examination of most web browsers has proven that they don't have a provision for storing the details of privately browsed web sessions. However, in the case of Microsoft Edge, the private browsing isn't as private as it seems. Previous investigations of the browser have resulted in revealing that websites visited in private mode are also stored in the browser’s WebCache file. The Container_n table stores web history, and a field named 'Flag' with a value of '8' shows that website was visited in private mode. An investigator can easily spot the difference and use this evidence against a person. The not-so-private browsing featured by Edge makes its very purpose seem to fail, and you can't help but ask how such a fundamental aspect of private browsing could be so fantastically borked. It beggars belief.

Comment Re:Only if student or faculty at university... (Score 5, Informative) 41

Wait wait wait... mod me down... it made me sign up, then it made me fill more forms, then agree to alsorts of EULA's, THEN it demanded a university email address.... Sorry everyone. My download is stopped. And I just corrected the GP, wrongly. Sorry! (ducks and prepares to lose karma)

Comment Re:If it weren't for games (Score 0, Troll) 314


And the article notes (via a link) that Microsoft previously published the number of years in total that games have been played on Windows 10 to date, a more precise metric than uptime even - so of course they know! LOL @ anyone who upgraded to 8 or 10, and trusted the update mechanism at all! Sturdy firewall, sensible usage, physically protect the network. Simple.

Comment Re:Android == Windows? (Score 3, Informative) 151

"Windows CE didn't have that sort of penetration" - this is not actually accurate, companies just didn't Internetwork all of their rubbish embedded systems, leaving them unexposed

I'm still surprised every time I see a new example of a living installation of CE still in use in 2015.

Examples still in use today include:

- POS and cash registers (Fujitsu, others)

- ATMs (newer ones use a variant of 7 called Embedded, the successor to CE)

- devices with a display in a supermarket that can read barcodes, and check stock or prices (so called "guns", ASDA, Wal*Mart, Tesco)

- devices used to take signatures for postal delivery and parcel delivery (Royal Mail, UPS)

- devices to log utility meter readings in the field (G4S, British Gas)

- Police Airwave terminals of various descriptions (the Compaq iPaq with peripheral for fingerprint reader paired with a PCMCIA II Airwave modem, gives Greater Manchester Police an ID for a suspect in less than 30 seconds.)

Submission + - If Star Wars Keeps Girls Out of CS, Why is Putting it in Classrooms?

theodp writes: Eliminating Star Wars items and videogames from classrooms, suggests a widely-publicized research paper entitled Computing Whether She Belongs: Stereotypes Undermine Girls’ Interest and Sense of Belonging in Computer Science, "may play a significant role in communicating a feeling of belonging to girls and help to reduce current gender disparities in STEM courses." But now — just a month after the New York Times repeated the warnings of the dangers of Star Wars in the classroom — tech billionaire-backed has announced a partnership with Lucasfilm to make Star Wars videogame-themed coding tutorials available to every U.S. classroom during this December's Hour of Code (a week before The Force Awakens premieres) in an effort to encourage more girls to code. Which certainly seems to contradict the conventional unconscious bias wisdom. "Items such as stacked soda cans, Star Trek and Star Wars images and paraphernalia, video game boxes, comics, science fiction books, electronics, and computer parts communicate a lower sense of belonging to women than men," explains the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). "Attracting more female high school students to computer science classes might be as easy as tossing out the Star Wars posters," NCWIT added in an Aug. 29th Facebook post. So, why was NCWIT dissing Star Wars in the classroom at the same time its partner was working on the mother-of-all Star Wars classroom events? Well, it could simply be that NCWIT was clueless about the Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code project. "We began the work at the beginning of the summer," explained CEO Hadi Partovi, "and due to Lucasfilm’s strict requirements on secrecy we had only a few people at who even knew about the project, and they had to work in a locked room with no windows so that nobody else could find out." By the way, a cynic might suggest that Lucasfilm and Disney — which provided the Frozen-themed tutorial used by President Obama last year — might have 435 million good reasons for wanting to see more kids code.

Submission + - User Interface Deevolution

BrendaEM writes: Cell phones and tablets brought challenges with user interface design. Their hardware and screen real-estate was limited, but now small hardware has advanced to where the average cellphone or tablet is often comparable in power and resolution to some current laptops and desktops. Now, the user interface compensations we used on devices are encroaching on the desktop.

We still have square rectangles on our screen like we did in the 1990's. Now we put a fingers on virtual objects depicted with pointy corners that look like an even older vintage Timex Sinclair application. Or, perhaps we have a large dissociated circle floating in space, a GUI widget not near any others for some reason.

Both IOS and Android are starting to do multiple windows now. We got cut and paste a long time back. Soon, we may even edit a URL in a browser without it easily disappearing. Maybe even we can have a forward delete key on our virtual keyboards without replacing the original.

We have a lot less icons, and a lot more text because we need 1,000 words to be remind us that 1,000 words are better, and quicker. There is often have no borders around our icons to make it harder to fathom where one idea ends and another idea begins. There are fewer colors in the icons. Now it is just a little harder to tell an apple from an orange, from a billiard ball, because when you are in a hurry, you want to carefully examine the edges of things, and not just look for a quick splotch of color.

When we do have color, we may have white text on a bright yellow background, but more importantly, there are just random colors applied to things, instead of anything that would hint at anything we might want to know.

You open a menu, and we are greeted with an assortment of little overlays with a choice in each instead of a single overlay filled with choices, because someone was infatuated with the way an OS deals out overlay items internally. Like a map we see our application peeking out through the streets, and we can almost make out the information they portray.

Most of the drop shadows are gone now because we never lifted a paper from our desk to read it. Objects in the real world cast no shadows. Apparently it's pretty hard to darken part of an image, as if they removed the OpenGL multiply routine, and there is no Directx equivalent.

A search box takes place of meaningful organization. We are not supposed to arrange what information we gather with our computer in any useful context. Perhaps, files and folders will be replaced by a flat file scheme, like CPM had. If people who are confused by files and folders ever saw a physical filing cabinet, or had a coloring book when they were a child, it would all make sense to them. Perhaps if I never had to put things away at home, I would understand them.

Everything is "clean," now. Usefulness, features, power, and functionality must have been dirt. We have single pane file managers because we only move things from place--to a thing no one seem to understand: another place. We only have one or two power schemes because we never really wanted a little extra speed or time.

First, we had programs, then "managers," and now the "managers" have "centers," because they aren't paying for their--I mean: our computers. They aren't paying for memory, SSDs, or hard drives. They don't care how long we need to wait, not when their program is most important, ever. Perhaps they have lost their facilities, or have a complex.

They are just devices. They are more powerful than any affordable computer from ten years back, but they are just devices, so don't expect too much from the software. We are only supposed to consume on our devices, not create content.

Yet, there are times when I create content on my devices, in spite of everything they have done.

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