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This is done without sending any information to Microsoft

Well at least that's how WindowsUpdate used to be. Apparently it now does send information, and more than it really needs to:

But we all trust that Microsoft would never do anything it shouldn't do with all that data, now don't we?

Update: Slashdot apparently didn't read the whole article (well neither did I - pay for news? - but I'd have expected them to). As Shacknews reports, no information about other programs installed on your computer is actually sent to Microsoft. The article merely stated that it was possible for the update client to send such details if they wanted it to.

Posted: 2003-02-27 13:44:52 UTC by Xiven | Cross-references (0) | Comments (0)

Peak District trip edited highlights

First day:

Drove up, arrived, settled in, did little else.

Second day:

On the second day I forgot my camera. We did a lovely 8-mile walk up to and around Kinder Plateau though.

Third day:

Took a walk up from Castleton (where we were staying) up the side of Mam Tor. Was not impressed by the condition of the road. ☺

(the road was closed in the late 1970s due to subsidence - the entire side of the hill is gradually sliding downwards).

We also visited some caves, but the pictures didn't come out too well.

Fourth day:

Took a walk along an old railway line:

And then went home.

I could show you more pictures but I think you've suffered enough.

Posted: 2003-02-24 05:23:50 UTC by Xiven | Cross-references (0) | Comments (0)


Why are rows and cols required attributes for the <textarea> element in both HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.1? I thought we were supposed to be separating presentation from content here....

On an entirely related matter, the comments form currently doesn't validate didn't validate (does now) . ☺

In other news I'm back from a short break in the lovely Peak District. Some selected pictures may follow.

Posted: 2003-02-23 14:25:09 UTC by Xiven | Cross-references (0) | Comments (7)

Recruiter hell

Argh. I think the main problem I'm having finding work is dealing with recruiters. Every day I go to job sites and apply for jobs, and then nothing ever goes further than the recruiters. - LinuxBrit

Well I guess it's kinda comforting to know that I'm not the only one. :(

Posted: 2003-02-16 14:48:27 UTC by Xiven | Cross-references (0) | Comments (1)

Dunce award

[17:47:37] <Cosmo_> was it a bad idea for me to try and run the attachment?

Posted: 2003-02-15 10:46:01 UTC by Xiven | Cross-references (0) | Comments (0)

Urd vs. Urd

Today we introduced the new Voidwars Multiple Account Detection System (VMADS).

Today we detected a multitude of multiple-account abuse.

I can't tell you how VMADS works, since then people would know how to avoid detection, but trust me, it's really cool ok ☺. It does however annoy me that people want to create multiple accounts in this game in order to cheat, especially since there is a strictly limited number of places available in the game, so every person with a multiple account is preventing a valid player from joining. Hopefully though this new system should help us to crack down on this.

If only there were a guaranteed 100% successful detection method...

Posted: 2003-02-14 16:51:19 UTC by Xiven | Cross-references (1) | Comments (0)