* Posts by kurucu

13 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Jul 2009

Europe clears Windows 7 for takeoff


IE hate IE

But that doesn't mean I don't want it on Windows.

They can install three copies if they like. As long as I get to choose to remove it, and everything else continues to work.

The reason Apple can ship OS X with Safari is that I can drag it to the trash and everything continues as normal.

So what happened in the EC, they started out saying MS can't tightly integrate anything with Windows because it's unfair, and now they've managed to force Windows to be shipped without any useful software at all. Did someone forget what they were originally demanding, or perhaps had a bit of a power rush?

US to export riot-roasting raygun



Often there are two types of comments on things like this: the people running around and screaming and those who insist nothing is as dangerous as anyone ever makes out. Credit to The Reg for attracting more reasonable readers! On the other hand, the comments are more interesting than the story in this case...

There is no doubt about it - this machine is a torture device, there's no way around that. Prolonged pain with apparently no side effects. Well, there certainly are. Aside from the fact that the likelihood of cancer is cumulative with time, and therefore this gun like all radiators of EM energy increases your chances of disease, it physically heats your skin in order to cause pain. Just like being microwaved briefly, or touching a hot object.

So sure, assuming it isn't the blast that knocks a DNA strand in one of your important cells, you are likely to recover from any burning or boiling that it might cause you, just like you would after an accident in the kitchen.

The operational scenario is likely to be one where people get a few quick blasts, recoil from the heat and all is OK. But if someone tries to run away, and accidentally runs in the direction that the beam is sweeping, or the operator gets a bit trigger happy, the burns caused could easily lead to loss of fluids, shock and even death. And that's just burnt skin. If the burns run deep, who knows how much damage could be caused. This could well be targeted at someone's face.

What's more, where in the Western world does a crowd hostile enough to warrant such a weapon ever accumulate!? Surely this was only ever designed for war-torn countries, or are riots anticipated by the powers-that-be, perhaps due to the legislation they wish to pass that removes our last human rights?



I bet the ally is Isreal; and can't help but wonder who did the testing for this product? Did the Engineers gather up some stray farm animals and see what the effects were?

I guess you don't test a gun by pointing it at someone, but how can they claim it's less than lethal without having done so?

US military gets a camouflaged cloud


I can't wait to see the English version

... served up on the Amazon S3 and with a gaping hole in it's security. Then an apology, some overlooked mistakes and everyone walks free saying "computers, eh?"

Top prices, old shows - the Beeb's iPlayer goes global


£10 per episode!?

Why couldn't they just offer a subscription something like the the licensing fee, divided into a monthly amount and provide it as a subscriber service.

I pay £5pm for a VPN connection and get the iPlayer that way, it works wonders. Why don't they just create an official version.

But, as the article says, if they overcharge I'll simply revert to iTunes purchases.

MoD 'How to stop leaks' guide leaks


It is still restricted

"Trivial" or not, a classification is a classification, and by being marked as such indicates that the document is not for general public release. How precisely does the release of this information on WikiLeaks help towards a safer public? Truthful it may be, but there is a reason why some documents are kept out of the public domain. Indeed, Restricted does not necessarily mean that the public can't see it - just that they should not tell people about it who do not need to know.

I don't suppose that this document has everything we suspect/know about the Chinese and other foreign intelligence agencies, but either way the less they know about what we know the better. We are talking about our national security here, and while most of the information this might give them access to (by knowing how not to ask) might be relatively 'trivial' or useless to them, it's that one important thing (perhaps that no one thought of) that this document and the classification system was designed to protect.

Woe betide the employee who let it slip. But no one is immune to prosecution for this - it is your obligation as a British citizen to return it to its owner, which would have been very clear on the front of the document. I find it depressing that we have so little pride or respect for ourselves, that we laugh about this sort of mistake rather than get angry.

Firefox 4.0 developers granted year of living dangerously


Please, just fast and user-friendly

I used to loath IE, but it's now pretty high on my list of favourite browsers considering how irritating Firefox has become in its goals to produce endless more good ideas that no one thought through.

IE was basic, too basic as it didn't even adhere to some pretty simple and widespread standards. That's all gone now and it's a delight to use. And that's coming from a guy who uses Safari on his Mac at home.

Firefox had so much promise, but like all spoilt children it has grown up to be arrogant and useless; and impossible to live with. I can't browse without endless security popups, which are due to very good reasons but can't be turned off. It's slow to start, fails to load the tabs I set in the options, fails to respond smoothly to almost all interactions and.... I have a fast machine with plenty of memory. And that's Windows. On the Mac it's even worse.

No support for standard controls in either OS due to skinning and plugins. They need to go back to scratchboard, remove all the stupid pretty features that bog it down and stick to what they first promised to deliver: a good, fast, reliable and secure browser. Not secure as in a chastity belt, secure as in secure software that keeps me aware of what's going on.

Men far worse than women on password security


@Sir Sham Cadd

Exactly! Anyone who takes a survey detailing their password habbits won't be a useful representation of the public. I assume they all answered to their names, date of births, addresses and pin codes because they might be one of the winners of the top prize: their house conveniently raided while on holiday and their bank accounts emptied.

Having said that, as the vast majority of websites store no useful information on you, who cares what password you use!?

The women I know have accounts for: their banks, online shopping, their e-mail.

Men: Computer forums, car forums, other rubbish....

Snow Leopard arrives with meow, not a roar


Meow not a roar...

... but Apple promised to deliver Snow Leopard on the same day it was released to my door. So why would I go and queue for it? It seems pretty obvious to me why the crowds were small - people had better things to do with their time (like sleep in until the postman comes).

Firefox 3.7 swivels glassy eye



I can't believe they've just copied Google. I always thought Mozilla were the innovators, but I'm finding Firefox to be bigger, bulkier and more useless with each release. I use Safari everywhere now, not becuase IE's not any good (it really is, now) but because many of my machines are Macs.

Back to the point. Mozilla seem to ignore their users' messages all the time. The "make exception" feature is one that comes to mind, something I have to do for every secure website on every visit because the proxy rotates. It's a UI workflow disaster. And it can't be turned off.

What will be turned off is people. I can quickly see Firefox being hated by all but those that love toys, hundreds of plug-ins and clichés.

Gov geek publishes 5000-word Twitter guide


5000 words?

5000 words? I thought you were limited to 140 characters?

Do they have that many people laying around that they can spend time churning out documents on how to use popular web services? Do they have internal memos reminding them to look before crossing the road?

"Hmmm, what else can we write about?" Newbie: "Saving the global economy and liberating the world from over-indulgent capitalists?" "Ha! You've a lot to learn, boy. Start with 'Which bit of your body to use when sitting down' "

Apple bars Google's Voice from iPhone



So why can't we use it in the rest of the world, if it is just down to AT&T?

Net sleuth calls eBay on carpet over shill bidding


Wasn't against the term and conditions

So basically, eBay's line is that they let the sellers off because they might not be aware it's against the terms and conditions. Well, it's clearly immoral and likely illegal, but hey, these people are probably the ones bringing eBay the most money at the end of the month, so lets not put them off too much.

It just says "find an alternative auction house" to me.