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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

Futurepower(R) Or, maybe deliberate? (228 comments)

"... one may reasonably conjecture that MS is not exerting strong efforts on quality control."

One may reasonably conjecture that a Microsoft employee deliberately caused problems so that people will buy new computers, with another version of Windows. If that was done at the request of top management is not known.

5 days ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Futurepower(R) Problem: DSL Reports speed test. Recommend? (291 comments)

Thanks for the tip! I was using an i7-3770, which is not much different.

What speed test do you recommend? Everyone needs a speed test that measures data delivery speed, not raw line speed.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Futurepower(R) Numion speed test (291 comments)

I like the Numion speed test. It measure the actual data delivery speed by downloading from numerous web sites. That real speed is very different from the speed Comcast advertises.

Unfortunately, Numion requires Java.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Futurepower(R) Comcast: Least popular company in the U.S. (291 comments)

I've had good luck with the Motorola SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 modem. (The SB6121 is apparently an obsolete model.) Eventually DOCSIS 3.1 modems will be available.

It took me an estimated 9 hours of communicating with Comcast representatives to get Comcast to bill at the advertised rate, instead of far more than Comcast advertises. This is what works: Call the Comcast executive offices at 215-640-8960. Be very polite and logical, but insistent.

Don't check your internet access speed with Speedtest.net. Apparently that web site always reports the advertised rate, the connection rate, not the data delivery rate. DSLReports Speed Test shows that I get one-seventh the speed Comcast advertises.

Comcast was the 2014 Worst Company In America.

Comcast has apparently found that most people don't spend the many hours Comcast makes it necessary to protest over-billing.

It's interesting to me that Comcast apparently expects employees to abuse customers, and Comcast employees hear that as permission to abuse Comcast, also.

Apparently the U.S. government no longer protects the people, but just allows any abuse that will make the rich richer, or allow the violent to be more violent.

about two weeks ago
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New Mexico Levies $54M Against Energy Dept. For Violations At Nuclear Repository

Futurepower(R) There were no more Incas. (36 comments)

That's one of the problems with Slashdot commenters writing comments that are so off-topic. One person said, "Let's give New mexico back to Mexico." The response was "Right after Mexico gives Mexico back to the Incas."

I intended to say that there were no more Incas, because the Incas contracted European diseases.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Futurepower(R) From people who know little about cooperation (698 comments)

"On /. We strive for excellence."

Well, excellence in being stupid and wasting everyone's time is, in fact, excellence, I'm sure you'll agree.

about two weeks ago
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New Mexico Levies $54M Against Energy Dept. For Violations At Nuclear Repository

Futurepower(R) Nuclear disaster area in the United States (36 comments)

There is a nuclear disaster area in the United States, the Hanford nuclear site. I've heard about the some of the problems over many years from a manager of one of the departments of the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Wikipedia article mentions some of the problems. Here is one quote:

"Citing the 2014 Hanford Lifecycle Scope Schedule and Cost report, the 2014 estimated cost of the remaining Hanford clean up is $113.6 billion..." [my emphasis] Retrieved Dec. 3, 2014.

Here is another quote from the Hanford Wikipedia article: "From 1944 to 1971, pump systems drew cooling water from the river and, after treating this water for use by the reactors, returned it to the river. Before being released back into the river, the used water was held in large tanks known as retention basin for up to six hours. Longer-lived isotopes were not affected by this retention, and several terabecquerels entered the river every day. These releases were kept secret by the federal government."

What is called cleaning Hanford has now taken more than 50 years. The Wikipedia article is not, at present, completely clear about that fact, apparently because, as the quote above says, the U.S. government managed the information so that it did not get into the news, although much of the information was not actually a secret, but was known to people living in the area.

about two weeks ago
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New Mexico Levies $54M Against Energy Dept. For Violations At Nuclear Repository

Futurepower(R) Mostly Smallpox (36 comments)

Way off topic, but European diseases such as Smallpox killed Incas. Quoting: "Even before the arrival of Pizarro, smallpox had already devastated the Inca Empire..." And: "... the viruses tore through the continent, killing an estimated 90% of Native Americans."

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Futurepower(R) SERIOUS problems in Russia and the United States (409 comments)

60 Minutes has been an extremely valuable news program. In recent years the program has still been valuable, but has tended to fail in 3 ways, in my opinion:

1) Editorial management of the show has not been as good. (It is really, really difficult to find someone who can manage reporters.)

2) CBS, the parent organization, has not been as devoted to the enormous good will that comes from many of the 60 Minutes shows. CBS does not support the show sufficiently, in my opinion.

3) There is no one associated with 60 Minutes, apparently, who has significant understanding of technology, even though the show often tries to cover stories about technology. Here is a quote from the transcript of the show about Chernobyl, showing that Bob Simon has no understanding of the dosimeter he is wearing:

When Caille took us on a tour of the site, we were fitted with dosimeters to tell us how much we were being exposed to. Suddenly, a sound we didn't want to hear. Bob Simon: Hey, there's beepers going off. Nicolas Caille: No, no. It's not. It's normal. Bob Simon: You're sure? Nicolas Caille: Yes, yes, yes. I'm definitively sure. Bob Simon: I don't like a beeper in Chernobyl. I don't like that sound.

However, although Bob Simon twice shows he has no depth of understanding, there is no technical error in the transcript of that 60 Minutes show. Aside from the ooh-wow reactions of Bob Simon, it is exactly correct. (I haven't watched the video. I can imagine there is more ooh-wow in the video editing.) The main idea of the story is illustrated by this quote: "There's still so much radiation coming from the reactor that workers have to construct the arch nearly a thousand feet away, shielded by a massive concrete wall. When finished, the arch will be slid into place around the Sarcophagus, then sealed up."

In fact, the expense of covering the extremely dangerous parts of the area is enormous. That is a very serious issue, an issue of concern to everyone in the world. After many years, the work of reducing the danger is still not finished.

There is a nuclear disaster area in the United States, the Hanford nuclear site. I've heard about the some of the problems over many years from a manager of one of the departments of the U.S. Department of Energy. The Wikipedia article mentions some of the problems. Here is one quote: "Citing the 2014 Hanford Lifecycle Scope Schedule and Cost report, the 2014 estimated cost of the remaining Hanford clean up is $113.6 billion..." [my emphasis] Retrieved Dec. 3, 2014.

Here is another quote from the Hanford Wikipedia article: "From 1944 to 1971, pump systems drew cooling water from the river and, after treating this water for use by the reactors, returned it to the river. Before being released back into the river, the used water was held in large tanks known as retention basin for up to six hours. Longer-lived isotopes were not affected by this retention, and several terabecquerels entered the river every day. These releases were kept secret by the federal government."

What is called cleaning Hanford has now taken more than 50 years. The Wikipedia article is not, at present, completely clear about that fact, apparently because, as the quote above says, the U.S. government managed the information so that it did not get into the news, although much of the information was not actually a secret.

The problem is not in what is said in the transcript of 60 Minutes show, but in what is communicated. The average viewer has no understanding of nuclear radiation. The author of the Atomic Insights story is annoyed by the fact that the 60 Minutes story has the effect of making it more difficult to make progress in providing energy from nuclear reactors.

It is possible to make reliable, safe nuclear reactors. But, overall, nuclear reactors are still unsafe. The problem isn't in the underlying technology. The problem is lapses of management. Managers, and people in general, often do dumb things. Here are 4 examples:

1) CBS 60 Minutes management let Bob Simon do his "ooh-wow" reaction on camera, instead of educating himself. Lesley Stahl is even worse, in my experience.

2) Part of the destruction of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was the fact that people with no technical knowledge made technically important decisions. One of those decisions was to place the backup power generator in a basement rather than on nearby high ground. When the basement became flooded, there was no backup power, and that led to release of radiation.

3) Slashdot Beta is an example. Managers at Dice Holdings don't understand their purchase of the Slashdot technology discussion web site, but they try to make decisions without teaching themselves.

4) The handling of the web site for the ACA, the U.S. Affordable Care Act, showed that the executive branch of the United States government had no understanding of the challenges, as comments on Slashdot frequently said. The law uses the word "affordable", but the main real effect of the law is to draw more money into the original U.S. health care system that was already defective and extraordinarily expensive.

It would be possible, of course, to give thousands of other examples of defective management.

about two weeks ago
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Forbes Revisits the Surface Pro 3, Which May Face LG Competition

Futurepower(R) Care about Microsoft? Arrange better management. (101 comments)

CrankyFool,

Someone who genuinely cares about Microsoft will want Microsoft to examine its behavior as a corporation. The recent release of Windows 8 got very bad press. For example: [Serious] Users of Windows 8, is it really as bad as everyone says it is?

Because Microsoft has a "virtual monopoly", Microsoft still sold many copies. Eventually, however, people will find a way to navigate around Microsoft's craziness. Here is just one of many, many examples. Quoting:

There is so much going on that screams the fact that they didn't have the average Joe sitting in a Microsoft UX lab doing simple tasks such as: "Shut down the system" or "Uninstall software you haven't used in a while" and so much more.

'They tried to force a revolutionary new UI onto the mainstream users. And I love their design, I really do, but it simply doesn't offer any benefits to daily power users such as myself. On the contrary, it annoys me because it has such potential, and they implemented a half-decent version of what it could and should be.


I think that because I attempt to understand Microsoft, I am more caring toward the company than those who merely make negative comments about criticism of Microsoft.

As I said in my grandparent comment, Microsoft has been releasing unfinished products for many years: "... they implemented a half-decent version of what it could and should be." That abusive behavior makes a huge amount of money because there are so many non-technical users who don't know how to defend themselves.

Now Google's Android, a derivative of Linux, is beginning to take people away from Microsoft's operating system products.

about three weeks ago
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Forbes Revisits the Surface Pro 3, Which May Face LG Competition

Futurepower(R) Sensible skepticism? (101 comments)

" In fact, over the course of the device's life, Microsoft has issued a number of firmware, driver, and OS updates that have improved the overall responsiveness and usefulness of the Surface Pro 3."

Translation: Microsoft released a product before it was ready. Do you want to buy from an abusive manufacturer?

Other recent examples of faulty Microsoft products: Windows ME, Windows XP before the 2nd service pack, Windows Vista, and Windows 8. One earlier example: DOS 3.0 was buggy in a way that was fixed in DOS 3.1, but buyers were expected to pay the full price for the new version.

In my opinion, Microsoft is the Zune of corporations in the sense that Microsoft uses its market power to deliver unfinished, faulty products. Quote from Wikipedia:

"On March 15, 2011, Microsoft announced that no new Zune hardware players would be developed, although existing models would remain for sale. The Zune had failed to capture significant market share after five years..."

about three weeks ago
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Obama's Immigration Reform and the Technical Workforce

Futurepower(R) Wealthy companies want ILLEGAL immigrants. (1 comments)

Wealthy companies want illegal immigrants. They don't want immigrants, they want ILLEGAL immigrants, because people who only care about money want people who have little legal protection. The lack of protection means illegal immigrants will accept abuse. The "4 million undocumented immigrants" are illegal immigrants. The fact that they are given the name "undocumented" is intended to distract people from the fact that what they have done is illegal.

It seems to me that President Obama has shown that he is very weak. If rich people want something, he has a tendency to allow it. He has allowed a long list of things that are bad for the average U.S. citizen.

The fundamental issue, it seems to me, is that a child of alcoholics should not be allowed to hold a government position. An alcoholic told me, "No one like me should be president."

When Barack Obama's mother decided she didn't want to take care of him, she gave him to her parents, his grandparents, who were both alcoholics. See, for example, Obama likens grandparents to 'Mad Men' characters: "Grandmother Madelyn Dunham, who rose from secretary to bank vice president, began drinking more as her responsibilities grew."

Obama's father was a very self-destructive alcoholic, also, but he spent very little time with him.

President Obama is what is called an ACoA, an Adult Child of Alcoholics. There is a typical description of an ACoA in the article Barack Obama, Adult Child of an Alcoholic: The ACoAs, with their deep mistrust of people, have no loyalty to anyone. They are master manipulators. They live by the mantra, "What's in it for me?"

Once again, President Obama is showing no respect for the law. The U.S. government continues to help the rich get richer.

about three weeks ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

Futurepower(R) Overall effect of phytoestrogens: Still unknown. (252 comments)

"... consuming so many phytoestrogens than men are growing boobs."

From the National Institutes of Health, a free PDF: The pros and cons of phytoestrogens. The author considered 308 scientific sources and came to the conclusion that not enough is known to indicate that phytoestrogens are good or bad for humans.

about a month ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

Futurepower(R) Who gets the $314 million? (161 comments)

It would be very interesting to know who gets the $314 million every year.

During the same years that easy Google millions have been pouring in, Mozilla Foundation has become much more sloppily managed, it seems to me.

Firefox has become much less stable in the past few years when many windows and tabs are open for a long time. The most recent version crashes without activating the crash reporter. Instead of fixing the crashes, Mozilla Foundation has prevented reporting of them.

Apparently Mozilla Foundation is trying to discourage the use of the Thunderbird email client. The newest version of Thunderbird, 31.2.0, has the Save-As bug. All file saves are Save As, and suggest a different file name than name with which the email was saved before. The Save-As bug has been reported, but no new version has been released, giving the impression that the bug is deliberate.

Other obvious bugs were introduced into Thunderbird. For example, the fields for email addresses are much more difficult to read.

Pale Moon has been removing some of the issues in their FossaMail version of Thunderbird. I haven't tested it to see if the Save-As bug is fixed.

about a month ago
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Intel Planning Thumb-Sized PCs For Next Year

Futurepower(R) Intel: Don't announce until the product is ready. (101 comments)

The real story is about incompetence in Intel management. Intel has often, in past years, announced something before it is ready. Intel management is announcing something that hasn't happened yet.

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

Futurepower(R) Bad management. Discouraging use of Thunderbird? (400 comments)

Yahoo has been terribly managed, and Mozilla Foundation is rapidly getting worse.

It appears that Mozilla Foundation is trying to discourage the use of the Thunderbird email client. The newest version of Thunderbird, 31.2.0, has the Save-As bug. All file saves are Save As, and suggest a different file name than saved before.

Other obvious bugs were introduced. For example, the fields for email addresses are much more difficult to read. The Save-As bug has been reported, but no new version has been released.

If many windows and tabs are open for a long time, Firefox now crashes in a way that does not cause a crash report to be sent.

about a month ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

Futurepower(R) IMO: Deliberate, no accident. (550 comments)

"The best analogy in the Windows world for systemd is the Win95 registry..."

The Windows registry was designed to make it very, very difficult for people to make copies of software to use on another computer. The Windows registry was intentional obfuscation, and very much against the needs of users, because of the huge amounts of time it takes to understand and fix problems with the registry.

A comment below says, "SystemD is RedHat's version of embrace and extend." That seems a better explanation. The way it is being done is certainly deliberate. Starting a big hassle that damages the reputation of Linux is certainly against the needs of the users.

It seems that the entire U.S. culture is becoming more adversarial. For example, there are health care insurance policies that are written in such a way that the insured will not understand that they aren't being fully covered.

Companies are deliberately over-billing. Many people cannot afford the time to find all the ways they are being treated badly.

about a month ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

Futurepower(R) Make providers publish their prices. (135 comments)

First step: Make providers publish their prices on a government web site, and actually charge those prices. Have big fines for charging more. That would help prevent over-billing.

about a month ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

Futurepower(R) Mod parent up. It's deliberate dishonesty. (223 comments)

In 2008, banks arranged bank failures that caused job loss. That allowed companies to fire 10% of their staff and make the other 90% do the work because the 90% were afraid they would lose their jobs, also.

People are so overworked that they don't feel they have time to investigate over-billing. Companies take advantage of that by being as difficult as possible. It's deliberate dishonesty and becoming a standard way U.S. companies do business.

(I imagine that English is a 2nd language for the parent commenter.)

about a month ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

Futurepower(R) What other extensions? (181 comments)

"... couple other extensions..."

What other extensions restore Firefox to the previous usability? Most people don't have the time to search.

about a month ago

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Problems with Windows XP caused by Microsoft.

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  about 8 months ago

Futurepower(R) (558542) writes "We are seeing 4 kinds of problems with Windows XP today at 2 remote locations:

1) One kind of problem is similar to the one in this April 7, 2014 story about computers in Australia: Pop-ups irritate Windows XP's remaining users. Microsoft Security Essentials on computers in the United States give pop-up messages about the MSE service being stopped.

2) Computers are requiring far longer to start, perhaps 12 to 15 minutes. Then the MSE pop-up appears.

3) Microsoft Security Essentials now calls into question whether XP is genuine. These are all computers that have run without issues for several years. The customer bought licenses when Windows XP was first released.

4) We have seen problems with the Windows XP operating system detecting a key stuck down when no keys were pressed on the keyboard. That is a software problem, not a keyboard hardware problem. It causes the system to be un-responsive because the key being detected is not one actually pressed, but is actually a key combination. Again, that is happening on computers that have been trouble-free for years. That problem began happening after a Windows update.

Microsoft said it would support MSE on Windows XP for another year. See the Microsoft article, Microsoft antimalware support for Windows XP. Apparently that support is not happening in the normal way."
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Windows XP did not instantly become unsafe on April 8.

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  about 8 months ago

Futurepower(R) (558542) writes "Windows XP did not instantly become unsafe on April 8, 2014, the date Microsoft calls the "end of life" for Windows XP.

"End of life" is a way for Microsoft to make more money. Governments and big corporations are often influenced by people with no technical knowledge. Because of their ignorance, governments have already paid Microsoft probably more than it costs to fix the few security defects found each year. However, the taxpayers of those governments will not be allowed to have the fixes.

It's like Toyota told all owners of older Toyota vehicles that the vehicles are unsafe now and owners must buy new vehicles or pay millions of dollars to keep them. Except its worse: Software doesn't have mechanical wear.

This article contains tips about how to use any version of Microsoft Windows safely that can be shared with people you want to help. Unnecessary computer maintenance is an ugly way to make money."
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How to turn off Slashdot Auto-Refresh?

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  about a year ago

Futurepower(R) (558542) writes "Slashdot's Auto-Refresh is annoying. I go to another window to do something, and when I come back, what I was reading is not there!

How do I turn Auto-Refresh off?"
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Book software?

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "What is the best software to organize and print a book? The software must order and format all the chapters, generate the table of contents and the index, and allow HTML links inside PDF files. Good documentation and ease of use for non-technical operators would be a big plus."
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Mozilla Foundation should fix Firefox instability.

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "Unfortunately, Mozilla Foundation suffers from poor management. The rapid unexplained major version changes are only the most visible evidence.

Mozilla Foundation is a rich, rich corporation. No one should make the mistake of thinking that work on Firefox is done mostly by volunteers.

Did you see $78.6 million worth of improvements in 2008?

Did you see improvements suggesting that Mozilla Foundation had $168 million in assets in 2010? (Official PDF file, see page 2. Numbers are in thousands, as it says at the top of the page.)

Firefox is a world-class asset. Firefox is extremely important partly because those who need to do a lot of research online depend on Firefox and Firefox add-ons such as Session Manager, Session Manager Export Tool, Mozilla Archive Format, Flashblock, Multi Links, and Tab Mix Plus. There is no substitute for the capabilities of Firefox together with Firefox Add-ons. (Add-ons are also known as extensions and plug-ins.) For those who do research, Firefox is simply the best browser. Firefox is literally a world-class asset.

Biggest flaw: Firefox is unstable. The first step in improving management would be to fix the instability of Firefox. There would be a huge additional advantage in doing that, as someone else mentioned. Investigating how Firefox can be so unstable under Microsoft Windows might reveal flaws in Microsoft Windows that make the OS so unstable when using Firefox.

Firefox instabilities are experienced most frequently by those who open many Firefox windows and tabs, and leave them open while putting the computer into standby or hibernation several times. That is the pattern of use of those who do a lot of online research.

An example of research: For example, in researching HDMI cables there are numerous manufacturers, distributors, online sellers, explanations of HDMI standards, explanations of the U.S. National Electrical Code, and online reviews. The research is made far more complicated by the many companies that try to take advantage of the ignorance of the average person about cables. Good research is important because HDMI cables are often embedded in the infrastructure of buildings. Poor cables may need to be replaced when video equipment is upgraded, sometimes requiring tearing walls apart. Equipment upgrades may be years away, but are almost certain to happen.

One condition of instability: Windows XP 32-bit with Service Pack 3, for example, becomes unstable when Firefox has taken all the available memory, and is beginning to require the OS to use virtual memory. It seems a reasonable guess that Microsoft will be slow to fix Windows instabilities since poor experiences encourage people to buy new versions. Microsoft requires payment of the full price for each new version of Windows. Microsoft does not allow upgrade pricing even when a previous version has had many flaws, as with Microsoft Windows Vista. The laws against unfair business practices of those who have virtual monopolies have had no effect on Microsoft, apparently.

Firefox crash info: Here are some links for those who want to discover more about the instabilities in Firefox.

about:crashes
Put about:crashes into your URL bar and press ENTER. Firefox will then show a list of crashes of the copy of Firefox on that computer.

Crash info for all users and all versions
https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/products/Firefox

Crashes per 100 active daily users, version 7.0.1, last week's version
https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/products/Firefox/versions/7.0.1

Top crashers, version 7.0.1
https://crash-stats.mozilla.com/topcrasher/byversion/Firefox/7.0.1/14

Notes:

1) The lists of crashes are ONLY the ones that Firefox caught. The lists do NOT include crashes that don't start the crash reporter.

2) Version 7.0.1 sometimes stays in memory even though the GUI was closed.

3) The crashes are often preceded by rapidly increasing memory use. Firefox often corrupts Microsoft Windows, so that Windows needs to be re-started. When Firefox corrupts Microsoft Windows it often damages operations in Windows that are not connected with browsing.

4) The crashes and memory gobbling have been reported for more than 10 years, since version 0.9 of Mozilla Suite, before Mozilla began using the name Firefox. Firefox is still unstable even though the change reports for every version say there have been "stability improvements".

5) Versions 4 to 7 of Firefox were more unstable than the Firefox 3.6.x versions. Version 7.0.1 is more stable than the others, but still unstable. So there has been some improvement. This week's version, 8.0, is too new to have extensive statistics."
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Western Digital buys Hitachi, Seagate buys Samsung

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "Western Digital is buying the Hitachi hard drive division and Seagate is buying the Samsung hard drive division. So the major hard drive competitors will be reduced from 4 to 2.

Hitachi recently plead guilty in the U.S. to bid-rigging and price-fixing conspiracies. Samsung recently plead guilty in the U.S. to a price-fixing conspiracy.

The European Commission is investigating both the Western Digital-Hitachi and the Seagate-Samsung hard drive division mergers. Apparently there is no action by the U.S. government concerning the mergers.

Will having only two major makers of hard drives make it easier to raise prices?"
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Western Digital buys Hitachi, Seagate buys Samsung

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "Western Digital is buying Hitachi and Seagate is buying Samsung. So the major hard drive competitors will be reduced from 4 to 2.

Hitachi has recently plead guilty in the U.S. to bid-rigging and price-fixing conspiracies. Samsung has also recently plead guilty in the U.S. to a price-fixing conspiracy.

The European Commission is investigating both the Western Digital-Hitachi merger and the Seagate-Samsung merger. Apparently there is no action by the U.S. government concerning the mergers.

Will having only two major makers of hard drives make it easier to raise prices?"

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Best framework for database programs?

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "We want to write an application that uses a database. What is the best C++ GUI framework?

Also, what open source database applications are good examples of coding using that framework? We are interested in the PostgreSQL v8.4 and/or SQLite v3.6 free databases.

The cross-platform Nokia Qt 4 framework is impressive, and the database classes look clean, but the license causes concern. The Qt 4 license says that if any work was done with the free version of Qt 4 it cannot be used in a commercial environment unless it is licensed as GPL. Technically that means that someone experimenting at home could corrupt an application written for commercial use. GUI design is done with Qt Designer.

WxWidgets is also cross-platform, free, and has database classes. Apparently there is no support for SQLite. There is a commercial application, WxDesigner, for designing GUIs.

Dabo looks helpful for desktop database applications.

SQLite Database Browser is an example of a open source SQLite database application using the Qt framework.

There is a extensive list at the The GUI Toolkit, Framework Page, but no indication if the frameworks have database classes, and the latest update to the page was in 2007.

An open source example of good coding for database access and good GUI design would help us avoid the usual hassles."
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Lessons from the Haiti earthquake

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "Writing in the scientific journal Nature, seismologist Roger Bilham says, "Every possible mistake was evident: brittle steel, coarse non-angular aggregate, weak cement mixed with dirty or salty sand, and the widespread termination of steel reinforcement rods at the joints between columns and floors of buildings where earthquake stresses are highest."

About 15% of the more than 2.5 million people in Port-au-Prince were killed or injured and about 1.5 million people are now homeless, a consequence of many decades of unsupervised construction permitted by a government oblivious to its plate-boundary location.

"Calculations show a 1–2% chance of magnitude-7 earthquakes ... before 22 February [2010]. Such forecasts are not an exact science... Yet there is no doubt that the recent shock has enhanced the risk of another earthquake."

"The catastrophic earthquakes that have occurred since 1999, in Turkey, Taiwan, Sumatra, Kashmir and Sichuan, demonstrate that elementary engineering guidelines for earthquake resistance in crucial civil structures (schools, hospitals and fire stations,) have been alien concepts to local authorities, or have been ignored."
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What makes Windows slow and unreliable?

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "Windows users often talk about re-loading Windows because it has become slow or unreliable. In your experience, what causes the problems?"
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Dave Chappelle show demonstrates Twitter's power.

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "Dave Chappelle's surprise show demonstrated the power of social networking. Drawn by rumors on Twitter and Facebook of a free performance, a crowd estimated at 2,500 to 4,000 packed into a downtown Portland, Oregon square after midnight on Wednesday."
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Sun Microsystems: What are your theories?

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "Why has Sun Microsystems not done particularly well in the last few years? Why are they finding it necessary to sell themselves to Oracle? My theory is that the highly reliable hardware Sun Microsystems sells is no longer popular because it is far cheaper to use consumer-grade hardware with software that is fault-tolerant. The excellent 2008 book Planet Google describes Google's experiences on page 54: "For about $278,000 in 2003, [Google] could assemble a rack with 176 microprocessors, 176 gigabytes of memory, and 7 terabytes of disk space. This compared favorably to a $758,000 server sold by the manufacturer of a well-known brand, which had only eight multiprocessors, one-third the memory, and about the same amount of disk space."

Why would Oracle buy Sun? Possibly because there are difficulties in making Oracle database products work with the new fault-tolerant technology. For example, fault-tolerant technology may require performing all database modifications on 4 computers at the same time, and Oracle may not want to sell 4 licenses for one application at the same price as the 1 license used with the more expensive high-reliability equipment.

What are your ideas about the sale of Sun, and Oracle's interest? There are many people with far more knowledge about this than I have."
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Moving money to and from other currencies?

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "We need to move money to and from U.S. dollars, Euros, and Brazilian Reais. It's obvious that the banks are in control; our banks charge a large fee, take a percentage, and decide the exchange rate themselves. Is there a fair way to move money?"
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CNN pushes this year's most abusive EULA.

Futurepower(R) Futurepower(R) writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Futurepower(R) writes "Windows Secrets has a story about CNN's use of software called Octoshape that presents an incredibly abusive EULA. If you agree to the EULA, you agree that CNN can use your bandwidth, and that you will pay any costs. Also, you lose the right to monitor your own network traffic. You can't even use information collected by your own firewall. Quoting the EULA:

"You may not collect any information about communication in the network of computers that are operating the Software or about the other users of the Software by monitoring, interdicting or intercepting any process of the Software. Octoshape recognizes that firewalls and anti-virus applications can collect such information, in which case you not are allowed to use or distribute such information."

Adobe is allowing the Octoshape company to use its Flash update install software.

What would YOU say to the CEOs of CNN and Adobe? Personally, I'm waiting for the time when all the CEOs with no appreciation of technological issues have retired."

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