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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Lennie Re:The Microsoft Tax can buy you... (244 comments)

Well, I know of at least one reason:
- uploading lots the data unencrypted to US-based company might not be such a great thing ? (yes, I'm sure they use encryption in transport, but it isn't encrypted before upload and thus Google has access to the data)

I do think, making most of the applications web-application is actually the solution to all these silly problems.

Running on their own websites on a local network or at a datacenter of choice (so you know where your data is) is probably the best way to handle this.

It will make them platform independent if they stick with standards.

It also means you'll only have to upgrade software in one place. On the servers.

2 days ago

Bringing New Security Features To Docker

Lennie Re:Taken to the logical conclusion (29 comments)

I think you meant to say: the point of Linux containers is...

Because many providers of VPS you mentioned at the end are still selling OpenVZ containers (of which a lot of code is already upstream in the mainline Linux kernel).

about two weeks ago

China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

Lennie Re:And well they should. (79 comments)

Do not confuse open formats and open source software. These are 2 different things.

about two weeks ago

Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

Lennie Re:nail in W3C coffin (94 comments)

Most of the HTML5 specifications gets developed here first:

Then eventually after a long process will end up here:

However Picture-tag actually came from the community first, not the W3C or the vendors directly: only later did it become and later became part of the HTML5-specification.

about two weeks ago

Mozilla To Support Public Key Pinning In Firefox 32

Lennie Re:Most SSL certificates have a cost and expire (90 comments)

What probably happens is that a big site says: we use CA 1 and CA 2.

Then uses CA 1. After that when CA 1 is somehow a problem they switch using certificates from CA 2 they have already prepared and ready for use.

about two weeks ago

Mozilla To Support Public Key Pinning In Firefox 32

Lennie Re:Why a hardcoded list? (90 comments)

Empty list also need to be signed. So no.

about two weeks ago

Mozilla To Support Public Key Pinning In Firefox 32

Lennie Re:When will it support killing CPU-hogging tabs? (90 comments)

The electrolysis project is scheduled to go into the stable release at the end of this year. If it will be enabled by default this year I don't know. My gut feeling is they'll do so early next year.

about two weeks ago

Mozilla To Support Public Key Pinning In Firefox 32

Lennie Re:Wreak havoc on corporate networks, SSL observat (90 comments)

You mean what corporate networks are doing is wrong. That is the biggest flaw.

They should move to a model of a proxy configured in the browser. The browser then can trust the proxy.

about two weeks ago

Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

Lennie Re:5.1? (94 comments)

It's a bit more complicated.

The big standards organisation is W3C. They only call it a standard after everyone agrees on what the standard is and there are implementations in the field that prove that the model works. In that sense they are a bit like the IETF. Part of the IETF motto (TAO): "We believe in rough consensus and running code".

So in the case of HTML5, all browsers will implement the parts of the HTML5 they want to first and only when there are multiple implementations of a feature/part of the HTML5 standard, everyone agrees on what that part of the standard should look like and the documents are ready will W3C rubber stamps it a standard.

So you can already use it before it is a standard. Most parts, by now probably pretty much all of it, of the specification is stable. They are just changing documents to improve working and adding clarifications.

Using the implementations is actually encouraged, because the vendors want to see how it is being used to know if the specification actually works in the way it was intended. Or if it is just to complicated to work with.

Then you have the WHATWG, which is a number of browser vendors (Mozilla, Opera, Microsoft, Webkit/Blink) sitting together creating new HTML5 ideas and standards documents. Those standards documents can eventually be used as a basis by the W3C.

The WHATWG was formed when the W3C, a long time ago, said: all HTML will be XML based in the future. And basically said: HTML is a document format. The WHATWG said: no, way. Let's start a new group of people, because we don't want to deal with strict XML and we actually make it possible to let the web be an application delivery platform.

So really HTML5 pretty much is done. All the browser implementations are done, except for support of certain parts or features.

HTML 5.1 is just a working document title. It is just a set of new features being added to HTML 5 which will end up as part of HTML5.

Fun fact about the picture element is: it did not come out of the WHATWG or W3C or browser vendors, it came out of a community of webdevelopers to create 'responsive images'. A problem that didn't have a good solution yet.

Responsive images is about downloading a the right size of image based on the device it will be displayed on.

about two weeks ago

If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Lennie Re:What's the point? (511 comments)

Well, there is a whole lot of Java in the enterprise and other organisations like banks.

Obviously they are always last to move, because they have a lot of legacy applications anyway.

about three weeks ago

Virtual Machine Brings X86 Linux Apps To ARMv7 Devices

Lennie Re:still slow (61 comments)

No, dynamically is definitely the wrong approach. It just won't work.

Shippping LLVM byte code could still be possible yes.

Does any distribution have some kind of package that can be installed ? llvm-runtime. Like you can install Python or Java.

Shouldn't be to hard to make a package for Linux for that, right ?

Maybe someone could even add it to the kernel so it can recognise the bytecode.

about three weeks ago

Virtual Machine Brings X86 Linux Apps To ARMv7 Devices

Lennie Re:still slow (61 comments)

Maybe it is just me but when I see these things, I sometimes get crazy ideas. And I think:

Might as well translate into LLVM bitcode and recompile the code:

Hell, maybe it's even faster if you compile the LLVM bitcode with emscripten and use asm.js to run into the browser. :-)

about three weeks ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Lennie Re:The US does not have an IT talent monopoly (441 comments)

We are not disposable blue collar idiots. We are white collar professionals and we just want the same damn respect accountants, other dept managers, other educated employees and even secretaries get within the same organization.

If you are not in the 1%, then you are one of the rest.

Some might get a bit more, some might get a bit less.

That's all there is to it.

about three weeks ago

Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

Lennie Re:Google don't be evil (155 comments)

The problem is context.

On one site the same content is illegal on an other it is legal.

about a month ago

National Science Foundation Awards $20 Million For Cloud Computing Experiments

Lennie Re:What do they mean by cloud? (25 comments)

Why do people think "virtualized computing" is cloud ? It isn't. Because a VMWare cluster isn't cloud.

Cloud has characteristics like:
- pay per use
- API to control it, so it can be automated
- a failure model, like availability zones. So you know that things are 100 % seperated so if one AZ goes down an other AZ does not depend on it.
- etc.

Nobody says it has to be virtual either, you can get physical machines from Rackspace or Softlayer.

about a month ago

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Lennie Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

Number of birds killed for human consumption ?

about a month ago

Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World

Lennie Re:People seem to be forgetting what a server is (129 comments)

one way or the other this is going to solve it self, right ?

Or pipes, etc. get a lot bigger (things like silicon photonics in the data center and NVRAM will help) or people with more knowledge of the problem will find a better job.

about a month ago

If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

Lennie Re:The power of the future... (305 comments)

I'm starting to think it would be easier to solve the energy storage problem than get a working fusion power.

Because it looks like solar is on a similar exponential improvement cycle as Moore's law:

about a month ago

Plan Would Give Government Virtual Veto Over Internet Governance

Lennie Re:They Don't Get It? (65 comments)

DNS is still pretty centralized though.

about a month ago



Mozilla announces Enterprise User Working Group

Lennie Lennie writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Lennie (16154) writes "On the announced: Recently there has been a lot of discussion about enterprises and rapid releases. Online life is evolving faster than ever and it's imperative that Mozilla deliver improvements to the Web and to Firefox more quickly to reflect this. This has created challenges for IT departments that have to deliver lots of mission-critical applications through Firefox. Mozilla is fundamentally about people and we care about our users wherever they are. To this end, we are re-establishing a Mozilla Enterprise User Working Group as a place for enterprise developers, IT staff and Firefox developers to discuss the challenges, ideas and best practices for deploying Firefox in the enterprise."
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