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Valve Confirms Mac Versions of Steam, Valve Games

Chris Lawrence Re:Native clients I hope. (541 comments)

Hope so, more Mac games would be good. I still like to buy software the old fashioned way though, on disk.

more than 4 years ago
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Valve Confirms Mac Versions of Steam, Valve Games

Chris Lawrence Re:Native clients I hope. (541 comments)

Yes, it's native, and they are optimizing for OpenCL and other Mac-specific stuff. No cider or other such crap. Now, if only they can release something other than third-person shooters which I both dislike and suck at. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Best WAP For Dense Crowds?

Chris Lawrence Re:WAP? (178 comments)

Fair enough then, happy to hear I didn't have to resort to a smiley!

more than 4 years ago
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Best WAP For Dense Crowds?

Chris Lawrence Re:WAP? (178 comments)

Bad attempt at a funny. But if you have to explain...

more than 4 years ago
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Best WAP For Dense Crowds?

Chris Lawrence WAP? (178 comments)

I thought WAP was dead with real mobile browsers?

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft VP Suggests 'Net Tax To Clean Computers

Chris Lawrence Re:Tax Credit? (577 comments)

Yes, I do get free health care. I live in Canada.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft VP Suggests 'Net Tax To Clean Computers

Chris Lawrence Tax Credit? (577 comments)

Do Mac or Linux users get a tax credit?

more than 4 years ago
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Over Half of Software Fails First Security Tests

Chris Lawrence Re:Bolting On (145 comments)

So, what's your point? Bugs are hard to find. Bugs can be fixed, a broken security model cannot.

more than 4 years ago
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Over Half of Software Fails First Security Tests

Chris Lawrence Re:Bolting On (145 comments)

If the design is good, you can fix the bugs. If the design is fundamentally flawed, you
need to throw it out and start again. There is a difference.

more than 4 years ago
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Over Half of Software Fails First Security Tests

Chris Lawrence Re:Bolting On (145 comments)

Sure, bugs can always be introduced, and some of these will open security holes. But as long as the fundamental design conforms to a sensible security model, this isn't a big deal. That type of bug can be found through additional code review. (Note that testing is *not* a method to find security bugs.)

more than 4 years ago
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Over Half of Software Fails First Security Tests

Chris Lawrence Bolting On (145 comments)

As Bruce Schneier has said, trying to bolt on security to an existing product or application can be very difficult and time consuming. Sometimes you even have to redesign things. Designing for security and using secure coding practices from the beginning, however, makes it much, much easier.

more than 4 years ago
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Senators Blast NASA For Lacking Vision

Chris Lawrence Re:Mars (319 comments)

Why live your life, why do anything? In the grand scheme of things, there's no point to anything. We create that meaning for ourselves.

more than 4 years ago
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Senators Blast NASA For Lacking Vision

Chris Lawrence Mars (319 comments)

Make a declaration that the US will land on Mars before this decade is out, provide the funding, and it can be done.

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Can't Pry IE6 Out of Their Cold, Dead Hands

Chris Lawrence Re:This is news? (416 comments)

Yeah, Oracle Apps is in a different category from the Oracle DB. That runs on Linux, Windows, Solaris, HPUX, Mac, etc. No lock-in there. Oracle Apps? Something doesn't do what you want, put in a request, five years later you get it, if you're lucky. But at least it isn't IE only.

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Can't Pry IE6 Out of Their Cold, Dead Hands

Chris Lawrence Re:This is news? (416 comments)

Sure, of course I remember. That explains why a company might use IE as their standard browser. It doesn't explain why they would choose an app that depends on IE-only extensions. If you use something based on standards, you're future-proof, if you don't, you can get locked in.

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Can't Pry IE6 Out of Their Cold, Dead Hands

Chris Lawrence Re:This is news? (416 comments)

The problem is you were buying something that *only* worked in one browser. It didn't work in Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox, or Opera, IE for Mac, or anything else. So, let's say your company rolls out an update that breaks IE, or just introduces an incompatibility with your intranet app (I've seen this happen many times). Normally you could just say, use Netscape until we fix it, but instead now your finance or customer service app (or whatever) is completely inaccessible. So it's not just a problem with different OSes.

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Can't Pry IE6 Out of Their Cold, Dead Hands

Chris Lawrence Re:This is news? (416 comments)

Um, that's why you choose cross-platform solutions! Of course no one can predict that future, that's why you need to keep your options open.

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Can't Pry IE6 Out of Their Cold, Dead Hands

Chris Lawrence Re:This is news? (416 comments)

If they really don't want to change often, and use things for a very long time, then choosing proprietary software is probably the worst choice. What do you do when support is dropped and you have a critical bug or security hole? In that case, open source is a much better option, since you can run it forever, and if you absolutely need to fix something you can.

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Can't Pry IE6 Out of Their Cold, Dead Hands

Chris Lawrence Re:This is news? (416 comments)

Yes, it's just fine, unless you want to move to a different server OS, or a different client OS, or a even a newer version of the *same* client OS. In other words, you've completely removed the ability for IT to make any strategic or tactical decisions. All of these problems could have been avoided with a cross-platform solution, either open source or proprietary. These alternatives did exist, and some companies used them and avoided such lock-in.

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Can't Pry IE6 Out of Their Cold, Dead Hands

Chris Lawrence Re:This is news? (416 comments)

What I want to know is, will the managers or admins who chose solutions that locked them into an obsolete browser will be fired? Subordinating your business interests to the business interests of your vendor seems like a pretty stupid move, and one that should have consequences.

more than 4 years ago

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