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Blizzard Wins Legal Battle Against WoW Bot Company

FooBarWidget Re: We beat them because the EU has no DMCA (285 comments)

So anything that can be used to cause adverse effects to other people, can be considered malware? That's a pretty broad definition.

about a year ago
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Intel Shows 14nm Broadwell Consuming 30% Less Power Than 22nm Haswell

FooBarWidget How much does this help? (88 comments)

How much does lowering CPU power usage help? How much of a computer's power usage comes from the CPU, instead of the GPU, the screen, the LEDs, the disks, etc?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Node.js vs. JEE/C/C++/.NET In the Enterprise?

FooBarWidget Re:node.js has a very serious issue (304 comments)

That is exactly the problem that Phusion Passenger solves. It is a Node.js application server, built on Nginx, and not only provides world-class HTTP management but also things like auto-scaling processes, supervisoring, load balancing, resource management, etc.

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Developing Its Own Package Format, Installer

FooBarWidget Re:The good old days (466 comments)

I'd like to see you try.

Oh yeah, BSD doesn't have GNU make installed by default. Good luck.

about a year and a half ago
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Ubuntu Developing Its Own Package Format, Installer

FooBarWidget Re:The good old days (466 comments)

I can make my Makefile just as simple by targeting Linux + gcc.

Want to make it work on Clang? Oh my Makefile needs to be bigger.
Want to make it work on BSD? Oh my Makefile needs to be bigger.
Want to make it work on Solaris? Oh my Makefile needs to be bigger.
Want to make it work on Windows? Oh my Makefile needs to be huge.

Autotools exist for a reason.

about a year and a half ago
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Qt 5.1 Adds Android and iOS Support

FooBarWidget Re:Not native (81 comments)

Unfortunately - on platforms where Qt isn't the native UI already - Qt just emulates (draws) the native UI, it doesn't actually use the native UI controls.

On Windows, Qt does a very good job of emulating the native UI. But then again I'd argue that Windows has few truly native UIs. You always notice small differences in how controls behave between different apps. I guess all the different versions of MFC, WPF, VCL, WinForms and whatever implement controls slightly differently from what the Win32 API offers and even between different versions of itself. But users are used to these inconsistencies, so no big deal.

On OS X, the situation is unfortunately a lot worse, probably because Cocoa is so different from everything else that it's hard to emulate properly using primitives from other toolkits. For example you can notice that Qt draws the focus border around buttons differently than Cocoa does. The biggest difference being that Qt buttons are focusable but Cocoa buttons are not. Toolbars also look different: in Cocoa they blend in with the window title bar. Qt doesn't do this - the toolbars look very much Windows-like. The border spacings and alignment are also off. Developers often don't take time to align and space all the controls properly to give them a Cocoa look.

about a year and a half ago
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All Ruby On Rails Versions Suffer SQL Injection Flaw

FooBarWidget Re:More information (81 comments)

That is one, and probably the most common, attack vector. There are other ways to introduce attack vectors as well, documented under the "Other exploitable scenarios" section. Even if you believe you are not vulnerable you should upgrade.

about 2 years ago
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All Ruby On Rails Versions Suffer SQL Injection Flaw

FooBarWidget More information (81 comments)

This article explains what the vulnerability is, how it is triggered, how severe it is and what the facts are.

about 2 years ago
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Firefox Notably Improved In Tom's Hardware's Latest Browser Showdown

FooBarWidget Re:more information on firefox (218 comments)

They do that because the users with 300 tabs open and users who are on Pentium II with 512 MB RAM complain about memory usage.

more than 2 years ago
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Operators: Nokia Would Sell Better With Android

FooBarWidget Re:A true story (439 comments)

Using self-signed certs for these sorts of things is more secure.. theoretically. In practice, I'm not so sure, the grandparent has a good point. By using self-signed certs you rule out MITM, but that's only when the following assumptions are also true:

* The device has the self-signed cert installed.
* The device recognized the aforementioned certificate as the *only* valid certificate for a given website.

In practice, many (most?) phones do not support installing arbitrary certificates. I've never encountered even a desktop browser that allows me to configure a cert as being the only valid certificate for a given website. For these reasons, using self-signed certificates actually trains your user to always click 'Yes' when they see a certificate warning, and they were already clueless about security to begin with. Even if the device supports installing self-signed certificates, without enforcement one can hack into a CA, create a false certificate, poison the user's DNS and redirect traffic to his MITM website.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

FooBarWidget Re:Not an issue (807 comments)

You can easily have that many images loaded if you have many tabs open. The modern web is full of images. Or just browse a few photo galleries in different tabs.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

FooBarWidget Re:Not an issue (807 comments)

> There is no excuse for a web browser process to hit the GB mark, none.

So if all the images that are open in your web browsers all add up to 2 GB of uncompressed pixel data then the browser still shouldn't use hit the GB mark? I want my computer to be magical too.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Offers $1 Million For Chrome Exploits

FooBarWidget Re:What Google doesn't like, it replaces... (63 comments)

No, it's about the cost of the bugs vs the cost of fixing the bugs. Suppose that a smartphone costs $400 in its current state. It has a few bugs here and there, not always noticeable, and when they show up they're annoying, but in general the device works fine. Now suppose that fixing those bugs and preventing new bugs from occurring costs the company $700 million in additional developer expenses (training, hiring ever better developers, improving Q&A) etc which causes the price of the device to jump to $1400. Would you buy the $400 device and take the bugs for granted, or would you buy the $1400?

more than 2 years ago
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FreeBSD 9.0 Released

FooBarWidget Re:Clang/LLVM in FreeBSD (418 comments)

Uh, yeah, so? My point is that the filesystem installed on the device is what the OS sees and your post says nothing to refute that assertion. Your flash device is not going to emulate an FAT filesystem when there is in fact an ext2 filesystem on it.

more than 2 years ago
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FreeBSD 9.0 Released

FooBarWidget Re:Clang/LLVM in FreeBSD (418 comments)

He isn't. He's complaining about people's apparent false sense of entitlement. Avoiding GPL is perfectly acceptable. Avoiding GPL *and complaining that GPL has harmed you* displays a false sense of entitlement.

more than 2 years ago
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FreeBSD 9.0 Released

FooBarWidget Re:Clang/LLVM in FreeBSD (418 comments)

I believe his point was that BSD'ed code promotes standards by allowing anybody to easily incorporate the code. Suppose that the original TCP/IP stack was GPL'ed. Others could still have written their own TCP/IP stack, but would they have bothered to do that or would they just have invented their own proprietary standards instead of bothering with TCP/IP at all? BSD'ing the code makes TCP/IP the path of least resistance.

I don't necessarily agree with this point of view but I can see the reasoning.

more than 2 years ago
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FreeBSD 9.0 Released

FooBarWidget Re:Clang/LLVM in FreeBSD (418 comments)

Your web browser speaks HTTP. However an operating system reading the contents of a mobile device involves treating it as a block device. There is no commonly-used high-level file access protocol over USB. Unless the device can emulate an FAT filesystem over a block device interface (is this even possible without huge amounts of resources?) the device's filesystem has to be formatted as FAT.

The alternative is to create your own file access protocol and force the user to install a custom application that speaks this protocol, e.g. how iTunes interfaces with the iPad/iPhone. This really, really sucks, you now have to install iTunes everywhere.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 9 Released, JavaScript Performance Greatly Improved

FooBarWidget Re:Firefox - Too little, too late (330 comments)

I agree that Chrome is more responsive that Firefox. (Note that I didn't say "faster"...) But to say that it uses less resources is bollocks. Chrome consumes vastly more memory than Firefox and I have less than 10 tabs open. Go ahead, browse for a day and measure it; the total memory usage of Chrome tops Firefox by quite a bit. The UI responsiveness is the only reason why I use Chrome over Firefox.

more than 2 years ago

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