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Seems the original story was faked: BBC - Internet Explorer story was bogus.

Original post below...

Thought this was a hilarious survey result -

"There was a clear indication ... that the subjects using any version of Internet Explorer ranked significantly lower on an average than others"

Living Room / Re: Flash TD Game of the Month: Kingdom Rush
« on: July 29, 2011, 03:56 PM »
That's a cool one, very fun to play  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Android tablets to rival iPad
« on: July 29, 2011, 11:51 AM »
That situation wraith is exactly Apples game. Their software distribution ties developers hands and locks you into Apples platform.

General Software Discussion / Re: Mac OS Lion opinions
« on: July 24, 2011, 06:49 PM »
Well I didn't want to turn this into an anti-apple rant thread ;) but while you brought up backwards compatibility this quote from the article I linked seems extraordinary to me-

The day of arrival was never a disappointment. The drama of it all – breaking open the wholly unnecessary white box, wasting half a day on the installation, playing with animated onscreen bits that pop up or slide about, copying files from drive to drive simply to watch the new progress bars – was worth the trouble of half my old software not working properly any more.

This is why Apple will never move into the corporate world, businesses need an OS which can run applications from 10 years ago, if not 15 years. But I digress, of course with Macs "everything just works".

General Software Discussion / Re: Mac OS Lion opinions
« on: July 24, 2011, 09:03 AM »
I don't know anything about it myself, but since you mention you're short on reviews/articles here is one you may not have come across - The Register - Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Part One.

There's something odd going on it sounds like. If you run both Dreamweaver and ActiveWords as an Administrator, and ok both UAC prompts, then they should work just as they do when UAC is turned off altogether.

Rebooting everything would be crazy I agree with you, but there must be an easier solution without disabling UAC altogether.

Living Room / Re: 64 Bit OS - When to Switch ?
« on: July 19, 2011, 04:48 PM »
Yep 64bit Windows ships (and when updating it installs) both 32bit and 64bit versions of IE. In fact the 64 bit version has "(64 bit)" after the name in the start menu, while the 32bit one is just called plain Internet Explorer. In some ways that almost implies MS expects you to default to using the 32bit one.

I run UAC cranked up to max. Personally I don't find it obtrusive at, try running a Mac or Linux and you'll get many many more prompts for a password, that makes to occasional yes/no box seem like a Godsend.

Sometimes it is annoying when you have to quit a program and restart because it needed to be launched a administrator for a particular thing, but more and more powertools are including a "Restart and Administrator" button somewhere.

Personally I say put it to max and leave it there. If you have a badly written app that needs Admin privileges always then select that checkbox in the shortcut compatibility tab. Sure you'll have to ok it every time it runs, but at least you won't ever forget it manually have to right click and say "Run as Administrator".

Daddydave- the funny thing about that is that after reading Renegade earlier link


Sigh... I don't know why we bother...

it seems that class of Captcha are particularly easier to crack.

I saw this related link on Reddit the other day - How not to design a CAPTCHA. I guess Sony and Captchas don't quiet understand eachother.

... and honestly it's more than a little bothersome that google insists on tracking everything I do!


Personally, I always use Scroogle these days.

For those more curious about "God Mode" see The so-called “God Mode”.

Sorry LJ for going a bit OT however :)

Scott Meyers books, "Effective C++", "More Effective C++" and "Effective STL" are arguably must reads for idioms, best practices etc. I've read all of Matthew Wilsons books too, but "Imperfect C++" was the standout and I'd highly, highly, recommend it.

For Boost centric books I've only read "Beyond the C++ Standard Library: An Introduction to Boost", it's excellent and though might seem out of date (Boost moves very fast) the core libraries it covers are stable and largely unchanged.

A more up to date Boost book is the online and free, "The Boost C++ Libraries", which the Boost mailing list was highly impressed by.

Veign, I just click your first link,, to check it out and it said the domain was for sale :o

Living Room / Re: 64 Bit OS - When to Switch ?
« on: July 08, 2011, 10:43 AM »
That release was in the same league as the Win32 subsystem on Windows 3.11: Total crap, with near to none support from applications or drivers.
It's sister-release Windows Server 2003 x64 edition was a little better (read: less worst) as there was actual hardware-driver support from the larger (server) vendors, but generic consumer-stuff was, as to be expected, a total disaster.

Well I had no difficulty getting drivers for all my hardware, but I accept I may have been lucky and that in general x64 drivers were few and far between back then. The OS itself though was for me absolutely rock solid, and as I understand it, it was Server 2003 x64 under the hood, but with the server applications stripped out and XP media-ish apps put in.

@vlastimil I'm not sure about that specific issue you mention, though the link you posted (and the linked msdn blog post) does sound reasonably scary. In general the move to 64bit has vastly improved the various resource limits available to applications (see these blog posts), so if anything going by that measurement, 64bit is more compatible than 32bit Windows.

I fully accept that things like 16bit applications or 32bit shell extensions might not work, but these days I firmly believe that the ordinary user should default to 64bit and only consider 32bit in exceptional circumstances. As anecdotal evidence, when purchasing laptops over the last year I noticed it's nearly, if not actually, impossible to buy a €400+ machine that doesn't come without 64bit pre-installed.

It is still one of the key languages of high performance number crunching software. I believe compilers for it can produce superior code than for similar C++ programs because lax rules in C/C++ regarding pointers limit the compilers scope for optimization.

Many libraries such as Blas, Linpack and Intel's Math Kernel Library are written in Fortran.

Living Room / Re: 64 Bit OS - When to Switch ?
« on: July 07, 2011, 07:42 PM »
I'd say the time to switch was about 5 years ago when WinXP x64 came :D That's when I switched.

Seriously though, since day 1 of processors supporting 64bit, they have been powerful enough, so that's not the issue. It's only a question of driver support, and if your hardware supplies Win7 drivers they have to supply 64bit version to pass MS driver testing, so pretty much all manufacturers do so. Indeed that condition may have applied for Vista too.

Update - A Windows 7 dual boot with an original Snow Leopard disc (which can be ordered online) seems like a very viable solution. See this guide. Try and verify that your hardware will be compatible first of course.

Interesting, I've no idea about that myself. Computer security is not for the faint hearted.

Using your dropbox to host a Truecrypt container is a pretty smart idea. But I'm happy enough with SpiderOak myself.

Whooo C++ whoooo!

Developer's Corner / Re: Google Go
« on: June 26, 2011, 07:38 PM »
While I had an MSDN subscription I had no better access to documentation than now. Got to agree with Renegade, MS docs are excellent.

The one I tried lacked 3d card support so it really wasn't usable. Maybe there is a way to enable it with VirtualBox, or perhaps VMWare but I would consider it a necessiaty for any real use.

Dual booting a hackintosh however seems to be quite workable from what I'd read, though I never tried it first hand.

I've had the same thoughts recently as I'm writing a mobile app and want to support Android and iPhones. Eventually I settled on Marmalade (then known as Airplay SDK) with which I can develop on Windows.

Before that though, and more relevant to what your talking anout, I did setup a Hackintosh in VirtualBox just to see what the Mac is like. It's something I would recommend before spending cash. Obviously the legality is dubious, but then it's not something you would ever use, it really is just to test the waters.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Angry Birds free for Chrome
« on: June 12, 2011, 10:51 AM »
Not that I can see, but I'm saying I expect there will be in the future. Not that I think that's a bad thing or anything.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Angry Birds free for Chrome
« on: June 12, 2011, 08:33 AM »
I suspect it's free because it'll be ad supported. Rovio say they make much more money from the ad supported Android version than the paid for iPhone one.

Personally, from playing the Andoird game quite a bit, I don't find the ads intrusive at all.

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