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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

Galaga88 Re:Too Late? (165 comments)

In best Slashdot style, I did some research *after* posting this, and found out that they're sticking with Trident, so at least that bit of competition will be kept.

about a week ago
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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

Galaga88 Too Late? (165 comments)

Isn't Microsoft announcing a new web browser intended to replace Internet Explorer today? Maybe it'll be open source. Maybe it'll even be based on Webkit.

I don't know how much licensed code is in IE that Microsoft would have to untangle the rights to before open-sourcing it, and given the fact that we've mostly figured out how to work around IE's problems at this point, I'm not sure if it'd be worth the effort to do so.

It'd probably be best to just retire IE, let developers continue struggling through the known-workarounds they've been using until its market-share vanishes, and look forward instead of back. The time spent trying to figure out IE's source could be better spent developing/using a better platform.

Regardless, I think every web browser should be open source, since they work on (theoretically) open standards, run cross platform, and are the defacto presentation layer for an increasing number of applications. Developers need to be able to understand the internals of the browser to assure the best quality of their own work. Really hoping that's what happens with whatever MS announces today with Spartan. (I just don't think IE is worth the effort to open source at this point)

about a week ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

Galaga88 Re:"and they may be bought for their assets." (314 comments)

I dunno, we're not a really large town, and we have an industrial electronics distributor who also sells to the public out of their warehouse. It's quite possible we're just lucky - we have a fair number of local manufacturers who they work with, so I imagine that's what keeps them in the area.

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

Galaga88 This is why the App Store is good (324 comments)

Us geeks despise the idea of a walled garden source for software installs, but at least it nominally protects users against this kind of stuff.

Yes - things sneak through from time to time, but it's still orders of magnitude safer than Joe User hoping to find a program online to perform the same task that won't bring his web browsers grinding to a halt with fifteen toolbars.

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

Galaga88 Re:Find the source (324 comments)

The process goes something like this:

"Help. My computer is slow."
"You need to clean up the malware."
"Okay, I did a Google for malware cleaner. That only made it worse."
"Oh, you have to install Malwarebytes. That software's a fake."
"Okay, I don't know how I was supposed to know it was fake, but now I've installed Malwarebytes. Things got worse."
"That's because the first search result in Google is actually an ad for somebody else distributing Malwarebytes with its own malware. You have to go to this page instead."
"Okay, I don't know I was supposed to know that too, but now I've installed it. Why is it still not working?"
"Because the malware on your computer redirects attempts to remove the malware on your computer."
"Fuck this. I'm buying a tablet."

(one month later)

"How do I delete all this crap on my tablet?"
"You can't unless you root it. Here's a guide that a five year old child could follow, with only a 10% chance of bricking your unit."
"Then fetch me a fucking five year old child because I'm paralyzed by learned helplessness by this point."

I think we forget how overwhelming and stacked against the user the entire process is.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Department Still Runs VME Operating System Installed In 1974

Galaga88 Modern Technology (189 comments)

How many modern systems can anybody imagine still working and apparently doing what we need them to 40 years from now?

about three weeks ago
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Lawmaker's Facebook Rant Threatens Media For "Unauthorized" Use of His Name

Galaga88 Irony (136 comments)

The real irony is that the article he's so upset about painted him as an emotionally unstable and clueless twit with a propensity for going on tirades and rants.

about three weeks ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

Galaga88 Impossible to build purely evil robots? (335 comments)

Presuming that this proof reached via impressively tortured logic does have merit: Does it mean that it is also impossible to build a purely evil robot that would always kill maliciously?

about 2 months ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

Galaga88 Groucho on Microsoft Testing (276 comments)

Why, this Microsoft certification test is so simple a five year old child could pass it.

Run out and find me a five year old child. I can't make head nor tail out of it.

about 2 months ago
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Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay

Galaga88 Re:Slam dunk bet! (107 comments)

I feel bad for Howard Warshaw (the designer of E.T.). He was given all of five weeks by Atari to design and program the game, from concept to final product. I imagine he realized at some point that the game was awful, but had no choice but to sign off on it because there was no way to rework it in that kind of time frame.

The complete opposite of Blizzard and Valve, who've shown a willingness to delay or outright cancel games that aren't up to snuff rather than release low quality products. (At least Blizzard used to be like that.)

about 3 months ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Galaga88 Re:Dear Canada.... (529 comments)

I agree with not going into "panic mode", but we don't know who did this yet. It might be a person who could have been dealt with by improved public mental health, or it may have been a foreign actor engaging in terrorism against the Canadian state.

We can't call what it is until we have facts. And we have precious few right now. Which is all the more reason not to panic.

about 3 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Galaga88 Antecdotes != Evidence (577 comments)

  1. Is there any actual proof that OS decay is still a thing? I'm running Windows 8.1 that was upgraded from a Windows 7 install that was put on years ago, and I've seen zero performance issues.
  2. Shouldn't the person asking this question have actually used Windows 8 before asking if Windows 10 will "finally" fix a problem that may or may not even exist?

about 4 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Galaga88 Re:A glorious victory for all (474 comments)

This is a loss for all the flagmakers who were gearing up to produce whatever the new UK flag would be. How often do you get the chance to sell a new flag to everybody in a nation?

about 4 months ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Galaga88 Apple? (421 comments)

How would this impact MacBooks, iMacs, etc? You can't really buy OS X separately, and upgrades have become free so I don't even know that there's anything to refund.

about 5 months ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

Galaga88 Apple Stores and Stock on Hand (253 comments)

I'm pretty sure Apple stores have replacement stock on hand. Anytime I've had to get my phone replaced under AppleCare+, I've been able to make my appointment, walk in, and walk out with a (presumably refurbed) new phone from a box in the back. Heck, if the replacement didn't work in the store, they had even more replacements ready to go.

This is probably the result of Apple being able to afford to keep that kind of inventory on hand in their stores. Plus, Apple doesn't exactly have a lot of models of phones. A carrier like T-Mobile or Verizon would have to keep a frankly excessive number of phones on hand for any immediate warranty replacements. (How many Samsung phones are on the market at any given time?)

On the gripping hand, it's not like smartphones are exactly *large* and would take up a lot of space in the backroom so...

I think it'd be a nice customer service perk (and part of the reason I stick with Apple) but not something that needs to be legislated. Do carriers not keep cheap loaners in stock that you can borrow (with a credit card deposit) until your actual replacement shows up?

about 5 months ago
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Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

Galaga88 Things Apple Apparently Enforces at Random (132 comments)

There's not enough fingers in the world to count all the awful apps that violate most of Apple's so-called "standards."

My favorite are the apps that have a string of words from other popular apps' names in them, just to muck up the search results. And they make sure to periodically change the icon to look like another app as well.

about 5 months ago
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T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

Galaga88 Correction: T-Mobile Android Smartphones (127 comments)

They only tested Android smartphones. So we don't know if this is something specific to Android or not. Not like anybody uses iPhones, huh?

about 6 months ago
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Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

Galaga88 Not Getting Paid (121 comments)

Is it a common thing for employees to stick around when they're not getting paid? I've read a lot of stories of software development houses where the paychecks dried up, but people stayed on holding out hope for a paycheck.

How often do companies recover from a situation where they're unable to pay salaries for a period of time?

about 6 months ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Galaga88 Red Bull as a gateway drug? (511 comments)

I've known a lot of people with very poor time management and life skills, who lived in constant panic and crunch time as a result. Rather than managing the introspection required to address their personal failings that were leading to this, they'd just down as much Red Bull as they could under the misguided belief that it'd give them the energy to deal with all of their crap.

So is it any surprise that they then turn to meth or other real drug to try and improve on the boost energy drinks may or may not have been giving them? (I have no idea if they work, they just made me short term wired and irritable.)

Red Bull's not a gateway drug - but it's often co-morbid with personality types that are going to find their way into meth. Obviously the vast majority of people aren't using it as some kind of "gateway" to meth, or else we could call coffee a gateway drug too.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

Galaga88 Why Apple Doesn't Track (134 comments)

As much as I love Apple's hardware and services their online services have always been pretty poor. Do we really think the company behind .Mac, or rather, MobileMe, er, iCloud would be competent enough to log and manage the amount of data this would require?

about 6 months ago

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Apple applies for patent on shoe DRM

Galaga88 Galaga88 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Galaga88 (148206) writes "Apple has applied for a patent on using RFID tags to control the usage of their Nike + iPod sensors. Apparently they want to stop people who were ripping the sensors out and putting them in their own shoes. If nothing else, this gives us a chance to see somebody use the term "authorized garment" in legal documents with all seriousness."
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OLPC PCs used for (surprise!) porn browsing

Galaga88 Galaga88 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Galaga88 writes "In thoroughly unsurprising proof that the third world people really aren't all that different from first world (or second world) people, the children on the receiving end of the One Laptop Per Child project have been using their PCs to surf the internet for porn. An OLPC rep is reported to have said that they'll be putting filters on future OLPC systems, which will certainly give the third world pupils the initiative to develop their hacking skills even faster than before."
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