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JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla

CritterNYC Re:Possible backlash over Prop 8 support (112 comments)

You do realize you're calling me a hypocrite when I never expressed an opinion. That's a bit telling.

about a month ago
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Why Is Dropbox Back On the Chinese Market?

CritterNYC They likely give the Chinese govt full access (46 comments)

The answer is obvious and pretty simple, both Dropbox and Amazon likely give the Chinese government complete access to everything that passes through those servers in China. That's the only way the Chinese government would allow them entry.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, and What Qt Does Better

CritterNYC Re:GTK is trash (282 comments)

The Q Public license not being GPL compatible made it mostly useless, since the GPL/LPGL was 75%+ of all open source software at that time.

about 3 months ago
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Dark Day In the AWS Cloud: Big Name Sites Go Down

CritterNYC Re:Has Rackspace had any outages in 10 years or so (182 comments)

It depends which data center you're in. PortableApps.com has been hosted at Rackspace for years and we had multiple major outtages due to ongoing power issues in the Dallas data center in 2009. The switch from grid to ups was failing and would take the whole wing of the data center out with every server crashing hard. It would take quite a while to come back up. Then we'd have to wait hours for the Rackspace folks to rebuild our corrupted database (fully managed account on a dedicated server). It happened two weekends in a row in June and one other time if I recall correctly, basically costing us a full day of downtime each time.

about 8 months ago
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Hands On With Motorola's Moto X

CritterNYC $575- 16GB, mid-range CPU, AT&T-only 32GB/colo (120 comments)

It's $575 for the 16GB ($630 for the 32GB which is AT&T only at present) and no microSD so you're locked to that size. The customizations options are similarly on the worst-rated carrier in the US, AT&T. T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon get a black or white 16GB version. That's it. It's $199 for the 16GB one on a 2 year contract, which is the same as you'd pay for a top-tier phone like the HTC One 32GB or the Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB (with microSD so you can add up to 64GB more space on the cheap).

about 9 months ago
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LibreOffice 4.1 Released

CritterNYC Open Source (157 comments)

LibreOffice is free to take everything OpenOffice releases under the Apache license and release it under GPL/LGPL 3.0 of their release. Unfortunately, OpenOffice can't do the reverse without switching their license.

about 8 months ago
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Firefox Takes the Performance Crown From Chrome

CritterNYC Re:How about fixing a 7-month old text rendering b (326 comments)

Just set gfx.direct2d.disabled=true and the problem is solved. That's what the fix for the bug is anyway (they'll do it automatically with a hardware blacklist). It isn't like Mozilla can force AMD to fix their broken, abandoned drivers.

about 10 months ago
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Firefox Takes the Performance Crown From Chrome

CritterNYC about:config, NoScript, etc, etc, etc (326 comments)

As always, you can disable it yourself within about:config. Or use an extension like NoScript, etc to disable it per-site. You likely knew this and were trolling as most folks who are whining about this setting change are. Mozilla is removing the disable JavaScript box from Options as a browser without JS turned on is pretty useless today. A ton of sites won't work right. Most web developers don't even bother to check for JS being disabled anymore, nor should they as JS exists everywhere and in every modern phone browser, too. And the 2m people running NoScript no enough to enable JS when a website doesn't work.

about 10 months ago
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Epic and Mozilla Bring HTML5 OpenGL Demo To the Browser

CritterNYC Re:Firefox only? (77 comments)

If you'd read the links, you'd know that this is new technology being created by the Mozilla folks and being debuted in Firefox first. It's open source (as would be expected from Mozilla) and available to every other browser maker. It uses a subset of JavaScript that's specially compiled to run very fast in the optimized Firefox engine. It's still valid JavaScript, though, so it will run in other browsers, just slower. Some browsers like Chrome can't handle it and crash at the moment. There's already a feature request to add this into Chrome/Chromium. And, since it is in Firefox, it'll be in Firefox OS as well, making gaming on Firefox OS cell phones more of a possibility than it was before.

about a year ago
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Mozilla Brings Back Firefox 64-Bit For Windows Nightly Builds

CritterNYC Same Bugs as Firefox 64-bit (209 comments)

Waterfox is just Firefox built as 64-bit with some compiler switches and a name change (required by trademark guidelines). It's not a fork and there are no additional bug fixes. It has all the bugs that Firefox does when compiled as a 64-bit binary. You're far better off sticking with Firefox 32-bit which works just fine under 64-bit Windows.

about a year ago
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Android Options Mean "Best" Browsers Might Surprise You

CritterNYC Re:Apple HAS browser competition! (251 comments)

Why would Mozilla invest the time and resources into a platform owned by a company that's completely hostile to competition and openness? Not to mention the small number of jailbroken iOS devices makes it a losing proposition. They could do it to prove a point, but that would be a very expensive point considering the effort to port Firefox to Objective C.

about a year ago
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Android Options Mean "Best" Browsers Might Surprise You

CritterNYC Re:Apple HAS browser competition! (251 comments)

Sorry, that's not Chrome. It's Safari with a Chrome skin, just like all the other "browsers" in the app store. And, like all Safari skinned browsers, it uses the purposely slower Safari rendering mode so that mobile Safari looks better. There is one exception in the app store, and that's Opera Mini. To get around this rule, Opera has a server farm in the cloud rendering pages and JavaScript and sending the results down to the Opera Mini clients. It's inefficient and doesn't work as well as a native browser, but it's the only way to "compete" with Apple. Oh yeah, and the whole Opera Mini client is designed for dumb phones that lack the power to run a real browser.

about a year ago
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Android Options Mean "Best" Browsers Might Surprise You

CritterNYC Re:Hey, Apple has browser competition! (251 comments)

Not sure if trolling or clueless. On the off chance you are clueless, Apple doesn't permit competing browsers in their app store. They sneakily did this by banning all interpreted code (for 'security reasons'). That means no JavaScript. And a browser is mostly useless on the modern internet without JavaScript. So, the only thing you can do with a browser on iOS is to wrap Safari in a skin. But, surprise, Apple screws you there, too, because they give you a slower engine in that mode. So, every single browser on iOS is just a Safari skin and they all run slower than Safari. Hurray for Apple's walled garden. There is one exception in the app store, and that's Opera Mini. To get around this rule, Opera has a server farm in the cloud rendering pages and JavaScript and sending the results down to the Opera Mini clients. It's inefficient and doesn't work as well as a native browser, but it's the only way to "compete" with Apple. Oh yeah, and the whole Opera Mini client is designed for dumb phones that lack the power to run a real browser.

about a year ago
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Popular Android ROM Accused of GPL Violation

CritterNYC Re:Popular? (197 comments)

It's a Cyanogenmod fork designed to look like iOS. It's been in violation of the GPL since its very first release. MIUI users always try and minimize the fact that it's basically illegal software.

about a year and a half ago
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Firefox 15 Released: Silent Updates, Compressed Textures, Add-on Memory Leak Fix

CritterNYC Re:Where is 64-bit version? (393 comments)

Something is wrong with your computer. That grid works perfectly fine in 32-bit Firefox.

about a year and a half ago
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MplayerX Leaving Mac App Store

CritterNYC Re:Professionals Don't Matter (225 comments)

Most open source devs are already out of luck as GPLed code (the most popular open source license used in over 50% of open source apps) is incompatible with the iOS and Mac App Stores. Most consumers don't care as long as they get to play angry birds.

about a year and a half ago
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MplayerX Leaving Mac App Store

CritterNYC Professionals Don't Matter (225 comments)

Apple is making record profits ($35 billion last quarter) and only 14.2% of those profits ($1.287 billion) came from sales of Mac hardware last quarter (all desktops and laptops). (source) The percentage of money Apple makes from desktops and laptops is getting progressively smaller each quarter. And the number of 'professionals' in those numbers is smaller still. The bottom line is that there is FAR more money to be made from consumers. To the point that professionals really don't matter to Apple's bottom line at all. Consumers, consumers, consumers. Consumers consuming music/video ($1.571 billion, up 29 percent from $1.571 billion a year earlier.) and apps ($891 million, up 28 percent from $696 million a year earlier.) on their iPads ($9.17 billion, up 52 percent from $6.046 billion a year earlier.), iPod Touches ($1.06 billion, down 20 percent from $1.325 billion a year earlier.) and iPhones ($16.425 billion, up 22 percent from $13.31 billion a year earlier.). That's where the money is. That's where nearly ALL the money is. Microsoft is seeing the same light. That's why Windows 8 is what it is. It is a 100% consumer operating system, corporations be damned. It's about setting up an ecosystem of apps, music and video across your desktop, laptop, tablet and phone. So, no, it doesn't matter if you can't install Eclipse, Mac Ports or various command-line tools on your Mac. The Mac App Store is about consumers, just like the iOS App Store. Not creators or 'professionals'. Even if you estimate that 10% of Mac's desktop/laptop hardware sales were 'professionals' (an extremely high estimate) and every single one of them abandoned Mac as a result of these changes (unlikely), that's still only $493 million. 1.4% of Apple's revenue. And that will be more than offset by another platform where Apple for all intents and purposes controls the keys to the kingdom (Mac App Store will be 95%+ of all Mac software sales in the next couple years) and makes a 30% cut of all software sales. They can ditch professionals and make a killing on consumers.

about a year and a half ago
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TextMate 2 Released As Open Source

CritterNYC Re:Unfortunate license choice (193 comments)

He can if he so chooses. And when he accepts contributions from others, he can ask that they sign a joint copyright assignment (ala OpenOffice.org pre-Oracle/Apache) so that he can include those in the app store version. Or he may choose to go GPL only and not pay the Apple tax, meaning no iOS version at all, and an Apple version that users will have to tick the box allowing non-Apple signed apps to run.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Yanks Mac Virus Immunity Claims From Website

CritterNYC Re:Closed? (327 comments)

The next Mac OS release will block any software not signed with an Apple-approved digital certificate by default. Advanced users can go into options and untick the option. This is seen as the next step to an iOS-style lockdown of the whole OS. The first being the release of the app store (with some preferential placements of apps installed via said app store). The next step, in Mountain Lion, making it so all developers have to go through apple, pay a yearly Apple developer fee, and be approved through some process before their software is allowed to be installed by default. Likely, a later release will require app store software only by default with an advanced option to disable that.

about a year ago

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Firefox 3.7 Alpha 2 (and 3 Pre) Released Portably

CritterNYC CritterNYC writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CritterNYC (190163) writes "The latest alpha as well as nightly builds of Alpha 3 of Firefox 3.7 have been released over at PortableApps.com. Both run from a self-contained directory allowing developers and users to test the upcoming version of Firefox without impacting their installed version. Mozilla Developer Preview, Portable Edition 3.7 Alpha 2 is a self-contained package that can be installed to a flash drive or even your Windows desktop. The Alpha 3 Nightly build will automatically download and configure the current 3.7 Alpha 3 Pre build for portable use."
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AbiWord Portable 2.8.2 Released for USB Drives

CritterNYC CritterNYC writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CritterNYC (190163) writes "AbiWord Portable 2.8.2 has been released. AbiWord Portable is the lightweight AbiWord word processor packaged as a portable app, so you can edit your documents on the go. This new release updates AbiWord to the latest release. It's packaged in PortableApps.com Format for easy use from any portable device and integration with the PortableApps.com Suite. And it's open source and completely free."
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iPad May Only Be Worth $220 in Parts

CritterNYC CritterNYC writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CritterNYC (190163) writes "Component analysis firm iSuppi estimates that the upcoming Apple iPad may be worth as little as $220 to $335 in parts depending on the included features. The $499 entry-level iPad would only include $220 in parts and the $829 high-end model appears to have as little as $335 in parts in it. So, it would appear that Apple has built in a reasonably comfortable cushion of retail price vs cost making the walled garden app store and book sales gravy."
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CritterNYC CritterNYC writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CritterNYC writes "PortableApps.com released the PortableApps Suite 1.0 along with Firefox Portable 2.0. PortableApps Suite is a collection of popular open source apps packaged to run entirely from a removable drive (USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive, etc) on any Windows PC or Linux PC with Wine. Included in the suite are portable versions of the Firefox web browser, Thunderbird email client, OpenOffice.org office suite, Gaim instant messenger, Sunbird calendar, ClamWin antivirus and a Sudoku game along with an integrated menu to use the apps and a simple backup utility. Updated versions of the FileZilla FTP client, AbiWord word processor and 7-Zip compression tool that work with the suite were also posted."

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