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Firefox 35 Arrives With MP4 Playback On Mac, Android Download Manager Support

BenFenner Re:What's scary is (177 comments)

You should give PaleMoon a try. Firefox without all the GUI madness of the last few years.

Also, I noticed this quote from the Firefox Hello page:
"Recently, we introduced Firefox Hello, the first global communications system built directly into a browser to help make things easier."

Have they never heard of Virtual Places? It was a browser with built-in chat rooms for each web page. Every web page you visited put you in a chat with everyone else on that page. There were avatars you moved around on the page, and "gestures" and, whatever. This was 1994 or so...

about two weeks ago

How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

BenFenner Re:Download from the source (324 comments)

I wanted ninite.com to be the solution to all of my app downloading/installing problems, but it turned out not being the solution to any of them. The idea is great, but one simple test showed the issue with this service. They try to make insalling an application a one-click affair, and they do this assuming the software you are installing does not install bloatware of it's own. So take Foxit PDF Viewer for example. This was a great, secure alternative to Adobe PDF Reader which many of us used happily for a while. But, as with most software like this, is started getting loaded down with bloat. Specifically, it tries to get you to install certain browser toolbars, or other such madness. This is the true installer from Foxit's website.

So, Ninite takes this installer, and makes sure nothing else has been added to it. However, they have no concept of the genuine installer forcing bloatware on you. It seems they are just checking for 3rd party bloat. So, with the genuine installer you have the option to uncheck this bloatware and not install it. This is not true with Ninite's one-click installer which accepts all of the defaults.

For me, this made ninite a non-starter, and I do as most of us do, and go to the app provider's site to download.

It's a shame.

about two weeks ago

Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

BenFenner Re:nope (426 comments)

The Volt is a series hybrid (like a desiel-electric train), not a parallel hybrid. The gasoline engine, when it does run, simply charges the batteries and that is it. A distinction that is worth noting IMO.

about two weeks ago

Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

BenFenner Pale Moon (171 comments)

I am so thankful for Pale Moon. I don't have to read Firefox news with dread anymore. Even at work here using Linux I can enjoy it.


about 5 months ago

Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

BenFenner This is a really dismal judgement! (457 comments)

This judgement is really dismal. I'd like to see what the handful of scholars have to say when studying users interaction with the shitty Slashdot Beta site. They could study the user's extreme boredom as this user waits for the shitty Beta site's page and all its shitty JavaScript and CSS crap to initially load. Then they could capture the trillionth of a second when the person notices that it's the shitty Beta site rather than the Classic site, and the person's anger starts to grow. The photos would progressively show the anger turning into madness, and then finally utter and complete disappointment and despair once the shitty Beta site has finally loaded. The photos could also capture the formation and flow of the very first of many teardrops to cascade down this poor victim's cheeks as the user struggles in vain to read the stories' small text with poor contrast. These trillions upon trillions of frames of total anguish could be examined in excruciating detail, so the awful nature of the Slashdot Beta site could be truly comprehended.

about 5 months ago

World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

BenFenner Re:Things that go fast (94 comments)

After thinking about this for a beat, I went from "great idea" to "how in the hell would that work?" pretty quickly.

I have admittedly not read the article, but if the camera captures photos, are there photons flying around in particle colliders just flying around bouncing off sub-atomic particles all over the place, enough to get a video of it all happening? I get the feeling photons don't interact with the particles much if at all, which is why now they can only see where they end up (trapped or puncture a gold film?) and guess their path with math...

about 5 months ago

How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

BenFenner Re:why the word needs openstreetmap (132 comments)

I just started using Open Street Maps today and I'm in love! I can move off from MapQuest now.

about 7 months ago

Cockpit Revealed For Bloodhound Supersonic Car

BenFenner Re:not impressed (81 comments)

No one has stopped doing wheel driven land speed cars. This is just a different class. If you want wheel driven, you can look to those classes and there is still plenty of partisipation. However, the wall of air encountered by a wheel driven car causes traction issues (imagine trying to accelerate pressed up against a birck wall) and at some point (I think it is around 400-500 MPH) the wheels just start spinning. it is not an issue of power. Power is easy to come by these days. The traction is the problem, especially on poor surfaces like salf flats. I agree it would be impressive to see these traction issues overcome, but it has been an issue since the ''60s and I don't see a solution in sight. Do you?

about 7 months ago

Cockpit Revealed For Bloodhound Supersonic Car

BenFenner Re:Why open cockpit? (81 comments)

It is a closed cockpit. In the second video he states as such.

about 7 months ago

Facebook Lets Users Opt Out of Targeted Ads

BenFenner I'm already opting out using my browser... (97 comments)

opt out of that targeted ad system through controls in their Web browser and iOS and Android phones

Through controls in the browser? How about through controls in the Facebook user interface?

about 7 months ago

Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

BenFenner Re:LibreOffice (285 comments)

Reply to undo moderation. Meant to choose Underrated, but for some reason it chose Overrated. Sorry. =/

about 9 months ago

Fire Risk From Panasonic Batteries In Sony Vaio Laptops

BenFenner Slashdot Beta is back? (36 comments)

I was just pushed to Slashdot Beta. Truthfully, this is the first time I've taken a hard look at it. After some time giving it a real chance, I've decided the comment section is the most troublesome (still?) with the lack of truncated comments and abysmal contrast between the background and the separation delineations.

I thought they backed the fuck off of beta? Why is it back?

about 10 months ago

Are You a Competent Cyborg?

BenFenner Re:Have you stopped beating your wife yet? (101 comments)

Those who modded this poster as a troll have no clue what the poster is doing. They are pointing out that the headline of the article is a LEADING QUESTION, and pigeonholes the reader into a false scenario. The poster simply says they reject the premise that they are a cyborg at all.

The beating your wife question is a classic example of a leading question. Hopefully the post will get modded properly? I'm sorry kruach aum, there are some fools modding today.

about a year ago

USB Implementers Forum Won't Play Nice With Open Hardware

BenFenner Re:Pardon my ignorance but... (273 comments)

Just use "USB-compatible" then.

Soooooooooo easy.

about a year ago

Firefox 23 Arrives With New Logo, Mixed Content Blocker, and Network Monitor

BenFenner Re:Dumbing down is out of hand (365 comments)

Josiah Bruner can die in a fire. That is utter bullshit.

about a year and a half ago

Firefox 23 Arrives With New Logo, Mixed Content Blocker, and Network Monitor

BenFenner Re:Removed "Disable Javascript" check box (365 comments)

I looked into it. Do they have a browser-only option? I don't need a whole Internet Suite.

about a year and a half ago



How is everyone doing after the GoDaddy exodus?

BenFenner BenFenner writes  |  about 2 years ago

BenFenner (981342) writes "It has been a little over a year since GoDaddy came out in support of SOPA and there was a (mass?) exodus of site registrations to alternative domain name hosts. I've gone through the old articles and found the recommended hosts, and was wondering how everyone is faring these days with their chosen domain name registrars and/or data hosts?

Here is the list of alternative recommendations I compiled from perusing the earlier article comments:

Cartoon child porn falling down slippery slope.

BenFenner BenFenner writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BenFenner writes "Two out of the three Virginia judges involved with Dwight Whorley's case say cartoon images depicting sex acts with children are considered child pornography in the United States. Judge Paul V. Niemeyer noted the PROTECT Act of 2003, clearly states that "it is not a required element of any offense under this section that the minor depicted actually exists.""
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