top IAB Urges People To Stop "Mozilla From Hijacking the Internet"
Don't go ad hominem, don't go ad hominem. Ok I can't help myself, you are the stupidest person on the internet today, AC.
about a year and a half ago
top Apple Updates MacBooks and Mac Pro Desktop With Haswell, "Unified Thermal Core"
From the NYT coverage: “You can watch the entire trilogy of ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ” on a single charge, Mr. Schiller said.
Two incredibly boring hipster co-opted concepts combined in one sentence.
about a year and a half ago
top The 'Linux Inside' Stigma
I recently bought one of these (the $249 version) more out of curiosity than anything. It's a pretty bad experience that has led me to believe that ARM is as much the issue as anything. It is slower than molasses to load even a reasonably complex Web page. Slashdot and even GMail peg the thing... four or five seconds minimum to start reading.
And because it's locked down, Google pre-loads a bunch of obscure Chrome extensions that would otherwise be separate programs. Besides that, the build cheapness makes it a throwaway.
I love my Nexus 7, which is a bargain and constructed properly for the tablet use case. (It's also slow to load pages, leading me to suspect ARM.) Anyway, Chromebook is a netbook without any flexibility.
top Postal Service Pilots 'Federal Cloud Credential Exchange'
I've argued for years about the need for a single, free authoritative certificate provider, and the Post Office is the obvious candidate. There's no need to do any deep checks or inspection though... Just make sure that the certificate is the same from use to use. Then let the history of usage improve its quality over time; e.g., certificate reputation. If I have paid utility bills and taxes with a certificate over a period of time, you can be pretty sure it's legitimately me. Yes certs can be stolen/lost, but teaching the importance of good practices places the burden on the user, and in any event it's preferable to expensive verification processes (which as we know can be gamed).
top Announcing Opa: Making Web Programming Transparent
top Space Elevator Conference Prompts Lofty Questions
...runs off to check out this excellent offer.
top Microsoft Continues Android Legal Assault
Now, now, now... that's uncalled for. He's far more witty than MS is innovative. To match MS's innovativeness, he'd have to have posted "this".
top Is Going To an Elite College Worth the Cost?
Where are my mod points.... Right now even elite colleges are finding it hard to get all the full-tuition students they need. My daughter enrolled at a top school this year which gave us a no-strings-attached discount that dwarfed the cobbled-together combination of (grade-contingent) scholarships, loans, and grants that her other options offered. Now she's getting a household-name education, plus perks like great professors and a single room. Of course she's doing all the work and taking full advantage of everything on offer there.
Now's the time to go a little contrarian in your educational choices.
top Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Arrives For Android
Same deal here. Except for the fact that 3G will *never* be supported on AT&T with this phone (I called and they said "oh you have the T Mobile version"), I love this puppy. But it does seem to be a second class citizen.
That said, I've done both the original Froyo and the FRF72 update. Just have to go looking for them and do it manually. The big benefit for me was better landscape handling of applications, especially the phone application in the car dock.
top Droid Touchscreen Less Accurate Than iPhone's
I just got a Nexus One too, and admit that I never used an iPhone to compare it with.... but here's my assessment: You need the fingers of a friggin' safecracker to make this thing work consistently. I don't consider myself graceless*, and with practice it's a bit easier, but all I can say is thank god for the voice recognition -- that works sweet! I can pull up a Web site or call someone with one touch, so it all balances out.
*Those who've seen me golf may disagree.
top How Do I Keep My Privacy While Using Google?
...because you're even asking the question.
This is about people who can't, or don't care, to take any trouble to change defaults -- in other words, the vast majority of computer users. This is exactly the same principle Microsoft has employed over the years: "We'll just do whatever we want and the people who understand it, will find a way to stay out of our clutches. Everyone else we own." Same principle behind Facebook's recent "Privacy enhancements" and all the software that takes over every option of your PC when you install it (Microsoft, Adobe, AOL, Apple, Real....).
As H.L. Mencken pointed out, "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public," and that thought extends perfectly to the computing public. Unfortunately the bad guys understand this.
top Fighting "Snowshoe" Spam
IP reputation and RBL will always be vulnerable because the attackers just hide within the population, like guerrillas or terrorists. If you block legitimate ranges or addresses because you saw a spam come from there, it's like bombing a village because someone shot at you from one of the houses. You may kill the bad guy but you make the population REALLY mad.
This is consistent with recent findings that >50% of spam actually originates from "trusted domains."
top Lost In the Cloud
Deja vu..... You'll recall that the Web was gonna kill the desktop, and client/server, but look around. Sure you'll see a TREND toward more Web/cloud stuff, but the use cases for the old stuff don't go away. Everyone's a top-down, absolutist on these things. If you think bottoms-up, based on customer use cases, you'll have mainframes, terminals, PCs, and client/server -- for good or for bad -- around forever.
That and ego/politics; few Type A managers are gonna give their sensitive data over to someone they can't choke. So you'll see more cloud, and yes a greater tolerance for the model overall. But you won't see everything go online. What remains to be seen is whether the cloud enthusiasm tempers progressively, or bursts like a bubble.
top Buying a Domain From a Cybersquatter
I have a domain I've owned and not used for almost 15 years, it's a
.com that would be very attractive to anyone with a directory or yellow pages plan. Every so often I get a query on it but it's always.... wait for it... a domain squatter. I tell them it's $10k and never hear back. If I had a query from someone who really was going to do something with it, I would negotiate rationally.
So for those who say "registrant!=squatter" that's not my experience. (Well except for me, um, never mind.)
top Microsoft Bing Search Launches Early Preview
I thought I might have found the switch with the "back/forward" button at the lower right.... but it was just there to urge me to install Silverlight. Grrrr.....
top Google Considers Taking Beta Tag Off Gmail
Arguing with an engineer is like wrestling a pig in the mud. After a while, you realize the engineer enjoys it.
....and you both get dirty.
top IBM "Invents" 40-Minute Meetings
Here at IBM it is well known that it takes 20 minutes for everyone to join the e-meeting and/or track down the necessary "executives." So the 40 minute meeting just makes sure you use what's left.
top Billy West Says Futurama Might Return To Fox For 6th Season
Haven't really caught much Futurama but Billy West is one of the funniest and most versatile voice actors, evar. He was on WBCN Boston for most of the 80s (Charles Laquidara's "Big Mattress" program) and to this day I'm still re-using his shtick most days. If you ever heard him doing all Three Stooges in succession, you would agree. Or the old "Fool's Parade," where they would stage a complete virtual parade down Commonwealth Ave on April 1, just to see how many people would actually show up. I still smile thinking about the Somerville Float (to the tune of "Oh Christmas Tree").... "Oh Sumville, oh Sumville, the people there are pissah!"
top Microsoft Accused of Squandering Billions On R&D
I still wish they'd been able to buy Yahoo. Now THAT would have efficiently diminished the checkbook-as-weapon strategy MS has perfected over the years.
top Home Generators (or How DTE Energy Ruined My Holidays)
Wow he's not kidding about the Monty Burns thing.
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