I've been following this whole 'Bloody Dazah' debate for a while, and have largely resisted from commenting as I was struggling to have anything positive to say. However, having now had a long chat with Dani about Dazah and DaniWeb I have to admit that I've changed my mind with regards to negative thoughts about Dazah and the way DaniWeb integrates with it. Indeed, I'd go so far as to say that I think Dazah will be the saviour of DaniWeb and we should support Dani in her efforts to ensure both have a future. Dani could easily have just …

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I take security and privacy issues seriously, but sometimes I despair when news stories such as that regarding Samsung TVs eavesdropping on private conversation explode across the media as happened last week. The reason for my despondency has less to do with the data privacy debate and more to do with the human stupidity one. That said, let's get the technical bit out of the way first. The privacy scare story kicked off after someone, eventually, noticed that privacy policy relating to Samsung smart TVs included the line: "Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other …

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It's that time of the year again when the whole 'prediction' business machinery gets fired up. So I thought I would grab some of the ones from my inbox that are perhaps most applicable to the digital marketing sector. The following were inspired by some crystal ball gazing by the folk at the Talkwalker social analytics people, and caught my attention today. So, what does the gathered DaniWeb consciousness make of them? Accurate, likely or total nonsense? Here goes: 1. **Facebook will become a major competitor to YouTube** during 2018 in terms of 'social video' consumption. This on the back …

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It all started pretty well, with the announcement by Mozilla at the end of last month that the Firefox web browser would make the Internet a safer place by encrypting everything. That's everything, even those connections where the servers don't even support the HTTPS protocol. Developers of the Firefox browser have moved one step closer to an Internet that encrypts all the world's traffic with a new feature that can cryptographically protect connections even when servers don't support HTTPS. The 'Opportunistic Encryption' (OE) feature essentially acts as a bridge between non-compliant plaintext HTTP connections and fully compliant and secure HTTPS …

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Is Apple really 'closing the gap' on Android as far as smartphone market share is concerned, or is there more to the battle of the mobile handsets than the latest set of headline figures suggest? [ATTACH=RIGHT]23604[/ATTACH]Certainly if you take the research, and associated press releases surrounding it, from Nielsen regarding smartphone sales then you might be forgiven for thinking that Android handsets are in danger of being overtaken by iPhones in terms of handsets in, well, hands. The [URL="http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/consumer/more-us-consumers-choosing-smartphones-as-apple-closes-the-gap-on-android/"]NeilsenWire release[/URL] in question doesn't help by loudly proclaiming "More US Consumers Choosing Smartphones as Apple Closes the Gap on Android" - …

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So Google has [admitted defeat](https://plus.google.com/+GoogleGlass/posts/9uiwXY42tvc) and is pulling the Google Glass Explorer Program with pretty much immediate effect. January 19 will be the last day to get the Glass Explorer Edition. In a statement, a Google Glass spokesperson said that "we’re ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run" and continued hyping it up with "interest in wearables has exploded and today it’s one of the most exciting areas in technology" until almost reaching a climax by stating "we’re seeing incredible developments with Glass in the workplace" before finally dropping the closing it down bomb. …

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American technology companies are by implication evil, and aiding terrorist groups such as Islamic State/ISIS according to a number of highly influential but terribly ill-informed Western players. Apple and Google have become the command and control networks of choice for terrorists and implementing full-device encryption by default will help Islamic State to plan future attacks, if we are to believe certain spy masters and career politicians. I use the term 'terribly ill-informed' wisely, and am aware that I will no doubt get plenty of flack from those who think the head of the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) or Director …

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Today is another of those 'Hallmark' IT security days; in the case of Tuesday the 11th of February 2014 that means 'Safer Internet Day'. I'm not going to start yet another rant about the pointlessness of this, and why every day should be Safer Internet Day. If you want to know my feelings, go and take a look at what I said in my article '[Data Privacy Day sucks elephants through a straw, and here's why...](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/microsoft-windows/viruses-spyware-and-other-nasties/news/472024/data-privacy-day-sucks-elephants-through-a-straw-and-heres-why)' a couple of weeks ago. Instead, I'm going to concentrate on just what those of us who are in the business of trying to …

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So, Microsoft has finally announced that the SkyDrive cloud storage product line is to be renamed OneDrive. This isn't as a result of disappointing user take up leading to a re-branding exercise, it's much more daft than that. Six months ago a judge in a UK court ruled that Microsoft had to drop the name after 17 people contacted BskyB, which owns the Sky TV brand, thinking it also owned SkyDrive. ![b8bbc347cb422023a9fc79e5d3569e53](/attachments/small/0/b8bbc347cb422023a9fc79e5d3569e53.jpg "align-right") This despite the fact that if those 17 hard of thinking folk had looked at the website they might just have noticed the Microsoft branding. This despite …

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So this morning I get an email from Amazon which promises to inform me of some important information about my Amazon Prime membership. This is the subscription service which, in return for an annual charge of £49 here in the UK, provides free next day delivery on any item which is flagged as eligible for Prime members. That may sound like a lot, but actually if you do the math properly it's a pretty good money-saving deal for anyone who falls into the 'regular shopper' category and likes the tracked next day delivery option which usually costs an arm and …

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The average DaniWeb member if not already au fait with Pastebin.com is almost certainly aware of something like it. A pastebin has become, for many programmers, a default tool in the coding box and for very good reason: it makes sharing large quantities of code very easy indeed. Of course, any pastebin is essentially just a temporary text store and that means any type of text, not just code; and it's here that the problems for [pastebin.com](http://pastebin.com) would appear to start. The service has been branded "a major trading place for exploits and passwords" according to recently released research. ![601d5c136ccdd3c2b09d9d6ec4851946](/attachments/small/0/601d5c136ccdd3c2b09d9d6ec4851946.jpg …

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Apparently it's Data Privacy Day tomorrow (January 28th) which, if you will allow me to quote the [Stay Safe Online](https://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/about) website blurb, is an "international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint". Given the Edward Snowden NSA spying revelations that broke during the course of last year, and the fallout from the recent Adobe and Target breaches which is ongoing, I don't happen to follow the flock and agree that Data Privacy Day is a timely and important event. More quotes from Stay Safe Online simply fuel my anger on the subject: …

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Hey.. I've been working on this small project and i just thought if i can get you guys to give some opinons on the design of my program? what can I improve, what should I do to fix etc... Here's the design : http://puu.sh/4a04g.png Thanks!

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hi i have built a website which has been live for a while but i am not sure if i am doing it right. The website i created is http://canadianfavoritepizza.com ( by no means am i trying to attract people to this website, obviously this is a location based website for a bussiness.) 1. how is the usability on the website? 2. I have placed tags and etc like h2 for tittles of menu items in the menu but doesnt respond well in the search engines.( though not many people would want to help me in this area but would …

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With no actual Halloween-based security threats to report, it looks like the security vendors have had no choice but to start reporting scary stuff that might happen to your data instead. While I have no qualms about genuine warnings to 'be careful out there' this Halloween, a little reminder about not clicking like an idiot on something stupid just because it is seasonally apt is never a bad thing, I do have a bit of a beef when that advice is wrapped up in a press release in order to get some column inches for the vendor concerned. I will …

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I have been using a Dell Vostro 1500 laptop for almost 4 years now. I purchased it to use in college and now that I am almost done my four year degree, I am wondering if it is time to move on and buy a new one. I know the "average lifespan" of a laptop is said to be about 4 years anyway. The only real problems I'm having are the slow and painful death of the battery (I can get a new one for about $50) and the 2GB of RAM really seems to be showing in the computer's …

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Good day, I am currently starting to use wordpress for better CMS and I wish to learn more about the framework. Any advises on what website I should refer to? I have download several framework to dig into but in the end I am still confused. Any reply is appreciated. Thanks.

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Hey everyone I was wondering what you guys thought about having a php slideshow on a website. Is is a good idea? Why or why not? Could I put user controls into it? What are its benefits or downfall versus a Jquery slideshow. Thanks in advance hope to hear you soon.

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Is having a php slideshow a bad idea. I was seeking your opinion because I dont know how many people are doing this already but with php everyone can view it. I want to know the drawbacks and advantages to both. Just hoping to get the best possible advice thank you very much in advance.

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Hi and in a previous discussion I wrote a bot that created informational text articles from the php forum at daniweb. This discussion can be found at [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/forums/thread200918.html"]http://www.daniweb.com/forums/thread200918.html[/URL] However I now have another question due to the great success of my bot. Is it possible for to expand the bot to do the same but in additional forums which are limited to the following: [LIST=1][*]PHP forum (already done as in discussion) [*]HTML/CSS forum [*]Javascript/DHTML/Ajax [*]Java [/LIST]So basically the bot will check the rss feeds of those forums then will get from my database 10 day old links and retrieve data …

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If you believe the results of the first annual [URL="http://www.fiascoawards.com/index.php"]Fiasco Awards[/URL] then the answer would appear to be an unequivocal yes considering that Vista got a rather staggering 86 percent of the vote for the worst performing IT product of the year. But then appearances can often be deceiving, and I wonder if this is not a great example of some quarters of the media, along with the usual [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3327.html"]Microsoft haters[/URL], jumping a little too quickly onto the 'Vista is a pile of pants' bandwagon once more? First of all, what are the Fiasco Awards exactly? A good question that …

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Sarah Palin is always keen to talk about open and transparent government, indeed it was one of the main focal points of her campaign when she ran for the office of Governor in Alaska. Of course, she continues to talk the transparency talk now that the campaign has ramped up a notch or three to Presidential level. But some are asking with increasing urgency if Palin can actually walk the walk. Especially considering the whole [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20713/53/"]hidden email debate[/URL] that has raged ever since the [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20831/53/"]Palin Yahoo webmail account was hacked[/URL]. With emails coming from [email]gov.palin@yahoo.com[/email] with subjects such as 'Court …

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Let me get one thing straight before I go any further. I am a caring father of four, the youngest of which is just 7 years old. If any of them were abducted, I would do everything in my power to find them. Just like any caring father. Certainly the search for missing Madeleine McCann has been spearheaded by just such a caring parental unit, and my heart goes out to them. However, while the use of the Internet has been a core component in keeping the publicity going and ensuring that as many people as possible are aware that …

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Yeah, yeah, yeah – how can an operating system be environmentally unfriendly I hear you ask? User friendly, security friendly, productivity friendly even, but environmentally unfriendly? Well that is exactly the claim that I am prepared to make considering reports from the likes of [URL="http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1040_22-6181366.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=zdnn"]ZDNet[/URL] regarding the sorry state of battery life on mobiles running the Microsoft flagship Windows OS. I rather like the comment of Rob Bushway, a blogger at [URL="http://www.gottabemobile.com/CommentView,guid,4dff585c-7ec1-4df3-887e-1193342a0194.aspx"]Gottabemobile[/URL] who says “And don't even get me started on battery life with Vista - certainly not a mobile friendly experience there at all. When a consumer has to …

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New research from [URL="http://answers.vizu.com/"]Vizu Answers[/URL] and [URL="http://adage.com/"]Ad Age[/URL] suggests that when it comes to blog posting discovery, the majority of readers use links from other blogs to arrive there. The fact that the figure is as high as 67.3 percent is slightly surprising, given the amount of people that use services such as [URL="http://www.digg.com"]Digg[/URL], [URL="http://www.reddit.com"]Reddit[/URL], [URL="http://www.technorati.com"]Technorati[/URL], [URL="http://blogsearch.google.com"]Google Blog Search[/URL] and [URL="http://www.feedster.com"]Feedster[/URL] for example. Indeed, the [URL="http://answers.vizu.com/pdf/Blog_Readership_Report_March_07.pdf"]report[/URL] reveals that only 5.6 percent of blog post discovery comes by way of specialist blog search engines, and far more people use standard search engines, 19.6 percent in fact. Other interesting snippets to come …

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The End.