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* Posts by luminous

43 posts • joined 24 Oct 2016

Dot-com web addresses prices to swell, thanks to sweetheart deal between Uncle Sam, Verisign

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Well er... which is it?

"Verisign needs the additional pricing flexibility to compete in the market"

"Verisign runs a monopoly with little real competition"

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No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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So when a client wants to be able to update the text on their website or add a blog post, I should tell them to go learn my job instead of me providing them with a drag and drop facility?

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Adobe Flash gets emergency patch for zero-day exploit

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Re: The internet's screen door?

"More like the herpes of the internet."

50% of people have flash?

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Let's kick the tyres on Google's Android P... It's not an overheating wreck, but UX is tappy

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https://fuckoffgoogle.de/

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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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This is why I don't buy stuff from Amazon. By doing so you are green lighting their horrible treatment of employees, demanding that taxpayers make up the shortfall in wages, and hammering the nail into the coffins of high street retailers.

We'll all be living entirely in our own Matrix pods soon.. I hope people will be happy with that.

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Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS

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Re: I m getting scared, *how* do they know so much stuff about me?

Your IP address? Unless you are using a completely different wifi/data connection on your phone to your other device?

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"You could prevent it from automatically identifying and tagging you in pictures that anyone else takes and uploads."

How can I do this when I've never had a facebook account? And how do they get away with allowing me to be tagged (thus making some sort of shadow account on me) without my consent? Surely this is against some sort of data protection law? I guess there aren't enough people who have never been on Facebook to make a complaint about it that gains public attention?

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Billion-dollar investor tells Facebook: Just Zuck off, already!

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Just found out.. late I know.. .that Chrome (and therefore Vivaldi) ignores your hosts file and uses Google DNS by default. So very Google.....

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Birmingham UK to Uber: Want a new licence? Tell us about your operating model

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Why do we need all these checks and balances for a ride sharing app where you presumably know all the other people in the car rather well.

Or is it actually a taxi app? In which case they should be told to apply for a TAXI LICENCE.

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WordPress is now 30 per cent of the web, daylight second

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Re: Wordpress is NOT a CMS

If it only had posts and media then fine. Please tell me how wordpress is NOT a content management system? 30% of the web uses it to manage their website's content.

Probably like trying to say snapchat is only for sexting. It was originally made for that, but is now used by millions to share content, messages and communicate.

Wordpress was originally made only for blogging, but has since evolved to be a pretty decent CMS.

Also you probably should complain to wiki if you feel that strongly about it: "WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPress

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The Great Bulgarian Streaming Scam may well have been scummy, but Spotify got paid

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It's worse than that. The more plays an artist gets per month, the more the artist is paid per play. It's not a flat rate per play for all, like you would assume would be fair.

He was probably getting 0.0004 p per play since he was in the top 50. Others get much less. If you generate 10s of millions of plays a month, sure you can get a decent return, everyone else is stuffed.

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Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

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Uber was banned for a few days in Manila recently and traffic decreased by 5%.

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NBD: Adobe just dumped its private PGP key on the internet

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Re: Really nothing new

Premiere is probably not that widely used but I would say Lightroom is very popular with Photographers. You may find that InDesign is used by many graphic houses for layouts but I wouldn't know about that.

And even then... if they had only created Photoshop... what a creation. Think how many people in the world have job because of that program.

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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Now will anyone listen to people who say that automatic updating of software is NOT a good idea.

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Trello boards the desktop with Mac and Windows apps

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I hope they don't alienate all their windows users who install this and then spend ages looking for their "dock".

If it's a native app then good, but going on a previous comment, it looks like just a frame that loads a webpage that takes up loads of memory so more pain than it's worth.

Tried Trello at the beginning, all my colleagues and I loved it for about 2 days then slowly just began to fall out with it and never used it again. Can't put my finger on what about the app that turned us away... perhaps it's not wanting to do housekeeping which managing your boards feels like in a way. Or the subconscious way it leads you to move all boards to the far right to get them finished, sometimes without having completed the task fully.

We went back to email, phone and chat which seems to work absolutely fine.

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Mozilla ponders making telemetry opt-out, 'cos hardly anyone opted in

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Dumping all the plugins was the final straw for me. Australis was the start of the slippery slope. I really can't fathom how they don't understand that a lot of people used Firefox exactly because it didn't behave and look like Chrome and that they could customise it however they wanted. And they've spent the last 3 years trying to make it more and more like Chrome. And that idiot from Mozilla who said that "only 40% of users use any plugins" so we can just ignore them.....

I've probably been using Firefox for around the last 10 years, and I finally dumped it last week. I've switched to Vivaldi, which, I know is based on Chromium, but the whole ethos behind it reminds me of how Firefox was before. Hopefully it stays that way. I can't get it exactly how I ran Firefox but I guess I have about 90% of my customisations.

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Send mixed messages: Mozilla wants you to try its encrypted file sharing

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Re: why bother when there is keybase ??

Because I don't want to install an app just to send a file?

And if I need a client to send me some large files, there is no way I'm going to tell them to install an app so that they can. If I can send them a link, then they can drag and drop a password protected zip file and it's almost done - it's so much easier. The key can be shared in a chat app that supports end to end encryption - easy, and they can tell me the zip password over the phone. Nothing I deal with needs more security measures than this.

Things like WeTransfer have offered a similar service for years. There are use cases for this sort of thing. I would love it if everyone could use FTP but it's very rare that you find someone who even knows what it is these days.

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Developing world hits 98.7 per cent mobile phone adoption

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Dual SIM here as it's only free to call the same network on monthly payment plans or pre-paid promos, and cheaper to text the same network if using pre-paid. I hardly make any calls, but people can call me if they want (there are only 2 networks where I live).

I guess the researchers need to get out more and realise that non apple phones can and do have more than one sim in them. I would also point out that I have another sim card in the pocket wifi (backup internet connection), which I guess counts as another "subscription".

I see quite a few people carry a "dumb" phone because the batttery lasts for days, so that they can still communicate if the smart phone is dead (which it frequently is).

But of course the percentage doesn't sound as good if they actually think about it...

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

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A company should not be allowed to claim that they care about privacy when it's opt-out.

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Petition calls for Adobe Flash to survive as open source zombie

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Re: Destroy the culture too

How about pointing to an open standard that is around now that can compete with the functionality you can get in flash?

I remember some really incredible sites (one that comes to mind is Jim Carrey's old one), and it would cripple all but the very high powered computers to do anything even remotely like that using modern open standards.

I've got nothing against retiring technologies, but doing it before there is something else that can do the same job seems a shame.

One example I can think of is a client wanted an animated logo on their splash page. The swf is 16kb, the jquery version is 205kb. Is that really progress?

Just because many people use a technology in a bad way, doesn't mean you should get rid of it. Should we just ban all music because of the likes of bieber et al?

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Marketing giant Marketo forgets to renew domain name. Hilarity ensues

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How lucky they are that a "friendly" renewed the domain for them. Imagine it had been someone else and they refused to give it back. Even if they eventually got it back through the courts it would be too long before they would have had to change the domain anyway.

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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No one has pointed out people who work with 2, 3 or more screens. Like stock brokers for instance. Rather than having 3 screens with 3 power cords, running off several graphics drivers, this could be good as a solution. I use two 22inch screens slightly pointing inwards to each other. A curved screen might to the job... the price has to come down significantly first though...

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Hi! I’m Foxy! It looks like you want to run Flash. Do you need help?

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Re: $5 Credit?

I would imagine it's cheaper for them to offer each customer a $5 discount, than to get their website rebuilt.

Not that I am defending that attitude... but seems the most plausible explanation.

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Like a celeb going bonkers with botox, Google injects 'AI' into anything it can

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Good grief. Surely anyone knows you need to change the default password? Where I live there is an app that somehow got hold of the database of the biggest ISP in the country... anyone who hasn't changed the default password can get leeched in seconds.

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It's 2017 and Windows PCs are being owned by EPS files, webpages

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I see plenty of patches for Linux too. Yes.. software needs patching constantly as people find bugs. What is your problem?

If you want to be sure you don't get exploited, then unplug the internet and never use a portable disk drive/ key etc ever again.

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Twitter cofounder to sell chunk of his stock for personal reasons

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"Ev Williams, the cofounder of Twitter and Medium, has revealed that he'll be selling a large chunk of his stock in the microblogging site to fund other activities."

"After a year and a half of no selling, I have filed a new 10b5‑1 plan to liquidate a minority of my TWTR over the next year," he said on Medium."

A large chunk or a minority of his stake... well, which is it? Or maybe you don't know but 'a large chunk' will get the keyboard warriors angry?

$69 a share down to $14 a share... and they are still losing half a billion a year. The mind boggles, it really does...

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WWE star's swiped sex snaps survey spam snares selfie sickos

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Yes, but it would not have helped in this case since she had her device stolen. Yes she is a fool for keeping the content on a device she was carrying around or left out but unfortunately we cannot blame the idiots who upload their nudes to the cloud in this particular case.

Nothing wrong with having your own sex tapes I suppose... it's your life. But keep them on an external drive locked in a safe.

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Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears

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Re: "very security conscious"

Was thinking along the same lines but giving him the benefit of the doubt. Surely that is not his primary email account.

You can't use Google Webmaster Tools and some of their other services without a Google account. So we are pretty much forced to have a Gmail account. Putting anything else into it of importance is lazy, but there is no real choice in the matter if you use their services for yourself or on behalf of your clients.

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Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

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Mac Pro 2?

You left out all the wild rumours flying around about the next generation mac pro. Interesting if true and I definitely want one.

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US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling

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Re: But

It involves a soundproof room with no windows, padded walls, rubber globes, lube, a wooden stool and pain....

I don't have any either... but it's impossible to prove otherwise.

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Kids these days will never understand the value of money

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Re: Do you want your receipt?...

I'm sure there are many that find the question strange but for me, I have no interest in receipts for personal purchases. For example I go to a deli and buy some meats. The receipt is useless to me. It's a specialised deli so I would not have a problem in another shop with them thinking I bought it there. It's a cash transaction; the receipt is a waste of paper hence bad for the environment as I will just throw it away. Honestly it's the same for me at supermarkets.

Unless I have to (overseas online payment), or it's significantly easier (online flight ticket), I will avoid purchases with any of my cards. I prefer to take out cash. If you are just swiping your phone, the concept of giving over money is lowered. When I go to the ATM, I think about how much my balance is, how much I think I want to spend on the purchase(s) I will make. This makes me question the value of things more than if I was going to pay say via card or phone.

Interestingly, yesterday I went to the department store to buy some new chinos and all this year's lines, on all the brands, have lost the little pocket that I would use for coins. It does seem that society as a whole is going cashless. I don't really resent other's choice to go cashless, but I do resent there not being choice, and the sheep mentality society seems to have now.

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Samsung's Chromebook Pro: Overpriced vanilla PC with a stylus. 'Wow'

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Ok I'll bite...

Unless you are using an ad blocker, you get ads from google all the time. And they are targeted to you according to your browsing, other sites you visit, all the other things you do on your google devices. So you may say, well I'm a pretty boy and I don't do anything wrong so I've got nothing to worry about. We all have private lives and we shouldn't put up with big corporations or governments spying on us. Or would you prefer that everyone's life is open all the time and big brother is recording exactly what you are doing all the time? This principal is what gets a lot of us, even if we don't experience an actual embarrassment over leak of data. We don't want to live in the matrix.

And you may disagree with the above... that's fine. You don't care that your data is being slurped and spied on by other people. But there are other consequences that will effect you daily. It's called bubbling and this is mainly what google's slurping is for. Ever wondered why a friend's search results for the same string are different? Google shows you the results they "think" you want to see. This is really dangerous and dividing, and very very wrong. We've seen major consequences of this last year and I guess it will only get worse.

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Chrome 56 quietly added Bluetooth snitch API

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Good grief you live in a bubble then. You've never heard of the site years ago called pleaserobme.com - took facebook posts of idiots boasting about their new massive tv then going on holiday for 2 weeks. They got robbed. It happened so frequently that insurers updated their policies to exempt them if the insured person made such posts.

And I guess you've never heard of identity theft either? Or someone not getting a job or something because of a stupid post online.

You can still be online and keep most things private. It's about the choices you make.

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WordPress fixed god-mode zero day without disclosing the problem

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Re: So...

Look, originally it was not intended as a CMS but there are millions of websites that use it as a CMS. Sorry, but that now makes it a CMS. Look at all the plugins and themes that are available that are nothing to do with blogging.

Concrete5 looks interesting but way too much in its infancy on first glance.

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Re: So...

What CMS would you recommend instead?

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SporeStack: Disposable, anonymous servers, via Bitcoin and Python

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No SSL in 2017... oh deary me...

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Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

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Re: Perfect If they fix the scrollbars

Depends on your screen size I suppose, but on a 22 inch monitor, the size of the scrollbar is far less important than the ability to scroll at ease down a very very long page or file.

I thought Linux was meant to cater for all, and you could change a setting for most things even if it is clunky in the command line for people not familiar with doing it that way. How hard can it be to have a setting in the preferences to use minimal or normal scrollbars? There are many themes/ templates etc for websites that do this.

I've yet to see a nice UI for Linux, although I haven't tried many flavours. Then again, the programmers I know who use Linux don't care about the look of the UI at all.

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Maps and alarm clocks best thing about mobes, say normies

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I can't ever take the majority of these surveys seriously considering that they are only asking 0.003% of the population. Is it really that hard to poll more than 2000 people? Surely you can do this online rather than calling them all? Even facebook (shudders) has polls now.

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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Impartiality

Calls out someone for not being impartial... then refers to searching the internet by using "Google" as a verb...

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Calls out someone for not being impartial then refers to searching the internet by using Google as a verb....

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Who's in Peter's file? Moneybags Thiel hits up Silicon Valley brains to join his Trump think tank

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Has Thiel not been "cured" by Pence yet?

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Firefox hits version 50

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Statcounter gets stats from people who don't care if they are being followed around the web. Which basically means any Chrome user.

Reg - can you release sample month stats on browser usage? Being as your audience is rather niche it would be very interesting to see compared to the general stat reports.

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Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

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Can you tell me a DTP program for Windows that doesn't pixelate screenshots when you embed them in a word document? LibreOffice pixelated them so badly that they were unreadable. I signed up for Office 365 on the spot so I could deliver to my client.

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