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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

DrStrangluv Re:Not gonna happen. (165 comments)

"Security by obscurity" doesn't mean what you think it does. After all, even correctly handled passwords are still just a sufficiently obscure sets of bytes relative to all possible sets of bytes.

about a week ago

Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

DrStrangluv Opening sourcing IE... (165 comments)

Opening sourcing IE would just perpetuate it, and I'm not sure I want that to happen. I would, however, like to see them use a public issue tracker (and I'm not talking about Connect here) that allows the part of the public that cares to help drive feature prioritization and bug fixes.

about a week ago

Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

DrStrangluv Re:Noooooooo! (165 comments)

What I saw on the "whole new thing" in development is that it still uses the Trident engine.

about a week ago

Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

DrStrangluv Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

To be fair, the phone/tablet markets are very different from the desktop/laptop markets.

Phones are typically replaced after a two-year contract, after which they *might* live for another year on a secondary market. People seem to be stretching their tablet purchases a little further: as long as four years, with again potentially one additional year in the secondary market, though data on this is still in it's infancy. However, that still puts 5 years as the longest life for a tablet, that may be sold as much as a year after the OS release. The result is that I'd really like to see us hold handset makers to a 3 year support life for phones and 5 for tablets, and hold the OS maker (Google/Apple/MS) held to a six year cycle.

Desktops and laptops (and servers), on the other hand, have traditionally been much more likely to be hoarded by consumers for as long as they can make the device go. I've seen desktops pushing the 11 year mark, running an OS that was already 4 years old when the desktop was new. That makes Windows XP's 13-year supported life seem downright short. I like what linux is doing right with with LTS support releases vs standard releases of various distros. That allows them to move the product forward more rapidly, but still provide stability and support for those who need it. However, even those LTS support windows are often laughably short.

about two weeks ago

Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

DrStrangluv Re:Nope (331 comments)

I have some friends in the IT department of a college in Arkansas that did this recently: they exchanged rack space with a college in Oklahoma and have an agreement for bandwidth with use to send backups to each other.

about three weeks ago

Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

DrStrangluv Re:Hack it? (129 comments)

Don't just ditch it. There are some important and useful parts in the DMCA... section 230, for instance.

about 2 months ago

Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

DrStrangluv Wouldn't change anything in IT (545 comments)

Only workers earning an annual income of under $23,660 qualify for mandatory overtime. Many millions of Americans are currently exempt from the overtime rules — teachers, federal employees, doctors, computer professionals, etc.

So let's say they "fix" the computer professionals exemption. If that happens, it defaults back tot he $23,660 rule. How many IT pros do you know that make $23,600 or less?

about 2 months ago

Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

DrStrangluv Re:Everyone? (545 comments)

Disagree, because the probable result here is a lot of people taking a large cut to their base pay with the expectation that they make it up by doing overtime. In other words, it effectively increases the length of the work week without really increasing worker compensation.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Introduces .NET Core

DrStrangluv Re:Minor revision? (187 comments)

It's kinda late now, but MS finally figured out that the major version should update when the runtime changes.

To date there have been 3 versions of the runtime:


The 3.0 and 3.5 series were really about changes to the C# language and then adding all the linq stuff. All this new stuff, including the current 4.5.x version (which should have been named more like 4.1.x ) is still using the 4.0 series, or third generation, of the runtime.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft's JavaScript Engine Gets Two-Tiered Compilation

DrStrangluv Re:That's great (46 comments)

IE7 is already dead. The only supported system that still has it by default is Vista. Vista already has such poor market share, and even most of those users are running IE 9.

With XP now officially end of life, it's reasonable to expect users to be running at least IE 9 now.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

DrStrangluv I'll take a guess (204 comments)

Is it Untangle?

Their update for the v10.2 release changed the OpenVPN configuration (the tunnel interface can now be NAT'd -- and is by default, even if it wasn't before), leaving some of us frustrated trying to find what wasn't working. If that's so, you have three options: adjust your network settings to account for NAT, disable NAT on the tunnel interface, or (recommended) switch to the IPSec VPN option. IPSec just works better anyway. I know my users have been a lot happier, and I've preferred not needing to distribute a client at all for most users.

about 4 months ago

Longtime Linux Advocate Don Marti Tells Why Targeted Ads are Bad (Video 1 of 2)

DrStrangluv Re:Any kind of Internet ads are bad (187 comments)

I used to believe this, and then came Stack Overflow. One day I was reading an answer on SO, and it hit me: compare Stack Overflow, which is fully ad supported, with it's arch rival Experts Exchange, which though it has ads, is mainly subscription supported. Which would you rather use?

about a year ago

Hybrid Hard Drives Just Need 8GB of NAND

DrStrangluv Mixed Research with Application (373 comments)

I saw these two excerpts:

> "Research found that normal **office computers**, not running data-centric applications, access just 9.58GB of unique data per day

and this:

> cease production of 7200 RPM **laptop drives** at the end of 2013, and just make models running at 5400 RPM

So let's take research on one market segment (office computers) and apply it to a completely different market segment (consumer laptops). I'm sure that'll work out just fine.

about a year and a half ago

MagicPlay: the Open Source AirPlay

DrStrangluv Won't Work (177 comments)

Even if they get this technically perfect, it can never work, because it will never be supported by Apple.

I can already use AirPlay mirror to transmit not only my iPad/iPhone or Mac screen, but through additional software I can also mirror my Windows or Linux Desktop and even an Android tablet or phone. Oh, and the receiver doesn't have to be an AppleTV. A Mac or PC can receive streams as well. You can even hack a Pi or XBMC to receive AirPlay, too. The only major missing device categories today are Windows RT and Blackberry 10... and if they know what's good for 'em, they'll open up API's to make this possible. Apple's AirPlay is already the lingua franca of wireless A/V, even more so than technologies like WiDi.

AirPlay today is already *everything* MagicPlay wants to be, with the exception that MagicPlay has virtually no chance of ever working on an iPad.

The only way this changes is if Apple decides to go legal on the third party tools making this possible... tools which currently have their blessing... a move which would make no sense, as the core technology is too easy to duplicate (as proven by this very story). Moreover, the move would make some new enemies in tech circles and especially in education (historically an Apple stronghold), because at that point there will be no hope for places like conference centers/auditoriums/classrooms to easily have a single generic point of contact for wireless display.

I will grant that if Apple does go for the legal option, MagicPlay could be well-positioned as a single alternative supported by all the competitors: Android, Windows (regular and extra-crispy metro), linux, etc

about a year and a half ago

Snowden Is Lying, Say House Intelligence Committee Leaders

DrStrangluv Sadly (749 comments)

Sadly, an (almost certainly soon to be) convicted felon has more credibility than any member of that committee right now.

That's a strong indication that every single one of them, regardless of party, ought to resign. If you're not credible, you're not qualified.

about a year and a half ago

How Maintainable Is the Firefox Codebase?

DrStrangluv Lots of pretty numbers... (127 comments)

... that have no meaning at all.

Impacting 8 files on average would be horrible... for a project with 8 files. But how many is that relative to the size of Firefox?

11% of files in Firefox are highly interconnected... but how does that compare to other projects of similar scope?

The one value in that summary that had any meaning at all was the comment that the percentage of interconnected files "went up significantly following version 3.0". That at least has some relative measure we can use as a base.

about a year and a half ago

MySQL Founders Reunite To Form SkySQL

DrStrangluv Re:Stronger rival? (215 comments)

You could also call it the poster child for closed source software: a company chose open source because it was cheaper in the short term, and now that they've outgrown it they're stuck devoting countless engineering hours to make the solution work anyway. A closed source system might have cost (a lot) more up front, but may also have required (a lot) fewer engineering resources long term.

Not that I'm saying this definitively true for the Facebook case study. Rather, my point is we just don't know. Calling this case a poster child for anything is nuts, because we just don't have near enough information. It's funny that everyone keeps bringing Facebook into this at all, being so far from the typical deployment.

That out of the way, there's really no good reason to use MySQL or it's derivatives any more. Ever. Postgre is superior in pretty much every way. Sure, MySQL is good enough for some things, but that's like saying you'd choose a CRT monitor for your computer when you have a perfectly good LCD right there ready to go. Sure, CRTs still work just fine, but no one in their right mind would choose one over an LCD unless they have some really exotic requirements.

about 2 years ago

Internet's Energy Needs Growing Faster Than Efficiency Gains

DrStrangluv Re:What about the Energy offset? (158 comments)

This is definitely happening. It is a factor, and an important one. But let's not forget our Economics. Economics claims that the world's appetite for energy has some level of equilibrium to it, such that as energy is saved from one area (such transporting rental DVDs or bill envelopes) it's likely picked up by another area... and it's almost impossible to spot the corresponding increase.

The same effect applies to nearly every effort so far at reducing carbon emissions. There are lots of things aimed at specific places like cars or power plants, but not enough yet to actually change appetite, and truly alter the equilibrium state.

about 2 years ago

What Will The Expanding World of ChromeOS Mean For Windows?

DrStrangluv Re:LiveBook (263 comments)

This is what Surface RT was _supposed_ to be. Too soon to say whether it's working... it's selling slowly, but it is selling.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Fails Antivirus Certification Test (Again), Challenges the Results

DrStrangluv It stays current (228 comments)

Bad engine with current definitions beats a good engine with out of date definitions.

The thing of MSSE is that it stays current on it's own. I come across machines running the other products all the time that are months out of date, because someone bot the product one time or just stuck with the trial that shipped with their computer, and couldn't be bothered to re-subscribe later on. With MSSE, there is no risk of that, and for this reason alone I'd rank it above most of the other products.

That said, I give good scores to AVG for the same reason, and to a lesser extent also to AVast (still requires re-registration every 14 months, but at least it's free, which removes one barrier to keeping it current).

about 2 years ago


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