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Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

CritterNYC Re:video chat (237 comments)

Ah, did not know that. There's still quite a bit of closed source bits in Chrome (unlike Firefox which is all open source code), but it looks like the PDF viewer is no longer one of them.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

CritterNYC Re:V34.0.5? (237 comments)

Yes and no. Chrome, in general, has more between version patches than Firefox. Version 33 was a notable exception due to the landing of off-screen GPU renderring though. So, even though Mozilla's release cycle is 15 days faster, Chrome is still pushing out more new browser versions. Source: I have to package every version of each for portable use, so I know about every new full version and patch version whereas most local users don't notice due to automatic updating.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

CritterNYC Re:V34.0.5? (237 comments)

> Don't worry about it, next week you'll be running Firefox 35 anyway. Which is funny and all, but you realize that Chrome is on version 39 despite the fact that Firefox is 4.5 years older than Chrome, right?

about 2 months ago
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Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

CritterNYC Re:video chat (237 comments)

Firefox has no such issues these days. And Firefox has an open source PDF viewer, unlike Chrome.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

CritterNYC The Majority Of People Can Use It Now (237 comments)

It'll start with users on Windows that are using better browsers (Firefox and Chrome as well as variants) as well as some of the 8% of the world that runs Mac who've grown beyond the often-outdated Safari (since it's OS tied and you have to upgrade your whole OS to update it). And it'll start on the majority of smartphone users that use Android. So that means most users can either use this now or upgrade to a better browser that can use this now. It'll come to the #2 mobile OS later once Apple adds it in to Safari but then it'll work for every browser on iOS since every browser on iOS is actually just Safari with a pretty UI on top.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

CritterNYC Re:Murder-suicide? (400 comments)

Firefox and Chrome have about equal market share.

about 2 months ago
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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 6 months 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 a year 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.

1 year,15 days
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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 and a half 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 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 8 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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