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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

CritterNYC Or Just Use a Password Manager (280 comments)

Or just use a password manager and you can have unique high entropy passwords for every single site and service without taxing your brain.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

CritterNYC Re:This just makes sense... (253 comments)

If you're talking about hard goods like washing machines and lawn mowers, their cost with respect to wages and inflation has decreased dramatically over time. Why? Because people value price over quality. And don't consider ten year investments anymore. So, we have cheap washing machines that don't cost much more than they did in 1962 (and that's WITHOUT inflation) that are basically disposable and meant to last 10 years. A washing machine cost nearly $200 in 1962. A basic top-loading washing machine today with no bells and whistles similar to a 1962 model costs a lot less than $1,550 today (the equivalent in 2014 dollars). Or maybe a basic, single-set cordless phone that was $129 in 1982. A basic model today costs a lot less than $330. You can get the same support you used to, but you have to pay A LOT more for it. Why? Because most people just want it cheap and won't pay for quality and support. So the quality and support side of things loses the economies of scale that it used to enjoy. So, you can get the quality and support, you'll just have to pay a lot more for it.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

CritterNYC Re:This just makes sense... (253 comments)

Sure it does. If they had to provide support, they would build in the cost of said support to the price of the software. Instead, you have the option of paying for live technical support on a contract or incident basis if you so choose. You're free to pay for technical support if you would like it.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

CritterNYC Re:I'm Okay With It (253 comments)

If you paid for a technical support contract, you'll get a person on the phone to assist with technical problems. If you didn't, you shouldn't expect it. Most companies operate on margins that a single technical support call handled in the US would wipe out their margin on that product these days. Everybody wanted everything cheap. Now we have it.

about 2 months ago
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Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

CritterNYC Re:$60+ for ESPN (340 comments)

That's the price the cable networks have to pay for each subscriber with anything more than a basic broadcast package. And they have to include ESPN in all packages except that and aren't allowed to offer it a la carte as per their contracts. So, while it won't show up as a line item on your cable bill, that is the average price ESPN is getting of your monthly cable bill whether you watch it or not. And that's solely for ESPN alone. They often force you to take additional networks as well but it varies by cable provider.

about 3 months ago
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Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

CritterNYC Re:$60+ for ESPN (340 comments)

It's pretty common knowledge. It was $4.69 at the end of 2011. [1] And it was $5.54 in the middle of 2013. [2] And this is ONLY for ESPN proper. Additional properties all have their own price (ESPN2 is another $0.70, for instance). By forcing cable companies to gouge all their customers, ESPN is able to pay $2 billion a year just for Monday night football. As cable subscriptions shrink, that model will become much more difficult. 1 - http://www.sportsgrid.com/medi... 2 - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08...

about 3 months ago
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Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

CritterNYC $60+ for ESPN (340 comments)

And a big part of that is the over $60 a year you're spending on ESPN and associated networked even if you never watch sports.

about 3 months ago
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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 4 months 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 5 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 6 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 a year 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 a year 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.

1 year,5 days
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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.

1 year,28 days
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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.

1 year,28 days
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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 and a half 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 and a half 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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