* Posts by Captain Black

10 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Jun 2010

Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

Captain Black

Re: Security

"they don't have a re-usable credit card number stored as they will if you swipe your credit/debit card. They don't get your name, nor any sort of unique information at all that lets them know whether you're a first time customer or visit them daily"

No, Apple get all that lovely info instead! and as any leading lady of the hunger games will tell you, Apple's security is top notch :)

Microsoft shoots Windows Live Messenger, brings in Skype IM

Captain Black

First major IM client?

What about ICQ? Surely that was pretty big way before MSN.

Mass ASP.NET attack causes websites to turn on visitors

Captain Black

Mass ColdFusion attack causes websites to turn on visitors

This is a complete joke. Nothing here to suggest this has anything to do with ASP.NET, IIS, Microsoft, or anything else specific to a particular brand. There are almost as many ColdFusion pages in the linked Google results.

It's an exploit that all dynamic data driven sites try to program against.the only newsworthy bit of this article is the information about what happens to the users after they're redirected off to malicious sites.

Sky wins TV riot battle

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Sky was good but didn't anyone see Al Jazeera?

I was flicking through the foreign news channels to see their views (whilst Sky News showed adverts, and continued to repeat it's aerial view of the fire in Croydon) and there was a bloke with some body armour on, and some sort of riot helmet, standing outside a fence of Morrisons car park while people were looting the place, then they all started throwing things over the fence as the police turned up!

Now I dont know if this was another channels feed, or Reuters or something, but if not then I think Al Jazeera did a fab job with that report.

No one needs Blu-ray, says Microsoft exec

Captain Black

Not for a while

I too can't see how this can be realistic in the near future. I live in an area with reasonable broadband, getting on for 8mb, and I can't stream bluray quality movies over XBL at all, and even when one day I get 20mb broadband, when kids are in th bedroom playing online games, and missus in the kitchen doing her online shopping, i'll still not be able to stream my movie.

I only own a couple of blurays, but I rent them all the time from Lovefilm, and any movies I feel good enough to want to keep I do buy on Bluray, and for something to 'keep' I think people will always want to go to the shop and get something tangible.

I guess it's compared to how music has gone, but I think that has been pushed more by the portability of it, and also music is a far lighter bandwidth requirement.

'Larry and Sergey's HTML5 balls drained my resources'

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Isn't this a bit out of date? The BuckyBall has already gone, they are using some particle animation now. I thought for a minute you we're referring to the particles but then you mentioned HTML5, which that is not.

Google patents search that tracks your mouse moves

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Sorry, I was only really talking about a handful of comments that seemed to misunderstand the implementation.

By the sounds of it, they will only be collecting data about certain zones on a page, I assume those zones will be links in search results and the like, so people like you and me who would rather move the mouse pointer out of the way while we read/scroll through search results will probably not give them much in the way of tracking data anyway.

Captain Black

I did think so to

I thought there would also be prior art, however after reading the patent fully I now understand that it's specifically relating to changing the order of the search results weighted by which results a user has hovered their mouse over on previous searches, which probably hasn't been done before!

Captain Black


Not sure everyone posting comments has understood what Google are talking about, it's nothing to do with automatically sending you to a site just by hovering the mouse, not is it like a JS dropdown menu.

It's just about them collecting another stat on their search results (and will probably apply this to analytics too)

My interpretation of this is they'll have an area around each link/search result, when you move your mouse into one of these areas it'll start a timer, when your mouse has been there for a certain minimum period it'll send a tracking message, via ajax probably, to Google. I think I could probably code this in 10 minutes so i'm sure someone somewhere has prior art on this one?!

Mozilla man blasts Apple and Google for HTML5 abuse

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...and so now our customers are going to start demanding their next rebrand or site is HTML5 and CSS3, more headache for me!