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

MSG Re:Free Software (161 comments)

Quite the opposite. In the last few years, Firefox has worked harder on reducing memory use and improving performance than anyone, and it shows.

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

MSG Re:Free Software (161 comments)

That's true of all browsers. Firefox uses less RAM than any other browser, with an equal number of tabs open, on any platform I've seen numbers for.

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

MSG Free Software (161 comments)

A lot of us benefit from Free Software. Android is primarily developed by Google, so it has a steady source of funding. GNU/Linux has a large community of volunteers, but is honestly developed primarily by businesses that get revenue from server support contracts (Red Hat, Intel, SuSE, IBM, Google, to name a few).

Firefox is, by a host of measures, the best browser available. If I'm reading arewefastyet properly, it's the browser with the fastest Javascript engine now. The last time I checked, it's the smallest download. It uses the least RAM. It starts fastest. It supports plugins on all platforms, including mobile.

The browser is key to practically every Internet service, and they all really should be contributing to the development of the one browser that's fully Free Software. Sadly, unlike Android and GNU/Linux, Firefox is essentially ad-supported. It's a bad situation for us, the users.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

MSG Re:Go back in time 5 years (575 comments)

you have to reboot the server to get the changes to take effect.

No, you don't. glibc still uses /etc/resolv.conf. If you modify the file, changes will take effect immediately, unless a specific application caches the DNS configuration. Firefox, for instance, does (IIRC). That has nothing to do with resolvconf, though.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

MSG Re:Go back in time 5 years (575 comments)

Just type "ifdown eth0 && ifup eth0" in a shell (as root). When you hit enter, the entire command is sent to the server at once, and the 2nd one is executed if the first one succeeds. The first command will kill your ssh link if it succeeds, but the second one still executes even after you've been disconnected, bringing the link back up.

That's actually not correct. If the ssh session is terminated, the shell will cease executing the command line it has. To be specific, it will receive SIGPIPE (IIRC) and exit.

You should use screen, or tmux, or nohup for this sort of thing.

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

MSG Re:Good (181 comments)

Chrome still has the technology edge in several cases

Some, maybe. It's getting harder to name them. Firefox is a smaller download, uses less RAM, starts faster, and (if arewefastyet is to be believed) has a faster JavaScript engine now. And the mobile version supports plugins. And I can run my own sync server if I want to.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

MSG Re:Thanks for making my point (928 comments)

It happens about 40 times a day on you average PC

No, it doesn't. I operate lots of machines with ECC RAM. I've seen ECC correction. Bits flip, but nowhere near that frequently. It's very rare.

about a month ago
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Drupal Warns Users of Mass, Automated Attacks On Critical Flaw

MSG Multiple queries (76 comments)

The original advisory notes that "Since Drupal uses PDO, multi-queries are allowed." I can find documentation that confirms that's true of the MySQL PDO adapter. Is that also true for PDO for other databases, or is this vulnerability specific to MySQL?

about a month ago
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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

MSG Re:I think they way you tune it can be bigger (108 comments)

Having it on WiFi whenever possible. In good implementations on modern phones it uses less power than the cell network.

Interesting note: that's not always the case. If you're on a network with a lot of broadcast traffic, WiFi will keep the phone from entering deep sleep, and your battery life will be terrible. It took me quite a while to figure out that my battery life's turn for the worse coincided with starting a new job, where the WiFi network is really big.

about a month ago
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Python-LMDB In a High-Performance Environment

MSG Re:database performance (98 comments)

If you haven't used iostat before: Run "iostat -x 2" to get a report of block device utilization every two seconds. Ignore the first report; it details utilization since system boot. All subsequent reports will be for the period after the previous report.

If you can repeat your earlier tests, and want to see if there's actually a Linux bug, compare numbers when the program opens DBs before forking, and when it opens them after. If you're seeing bad latency in the former case, but similar B/s, that might indicate a bug. If you're seeing much higher %system (CPU), that might be a bug. Maybe. Otherwise, it's probably an indication that the program behaves differently in those cases, which is not a Linux bug.

about a month ago
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Python-LMDB In a High-Performance Environment

MSG Re:database performance (98 comments)

so it's not the *actual* loadavg that is relevant but that the *relative* loadavg before and after that one simple change was so dramatically shifted from "completely unusable and in no way deployable in a live production environment" to a "this might actually fly, jim" level.

That's not loadavg, that's IO latency. You should probably be using iostat to get useful numbers.

loadavg is completely useless when discussing system performance, it is in no way related.

about a month ago
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Python-LMDB In a High-Performance Environment

MSG bitching (98 comments)

I'll start with: LMDB is awesome, and I am super SUPER impressed with OpenLDAP's benchmarks over the last several years. I do not question LMDB's worth.

I'm just not really sure that this letter is evidence thereof. The author got poor performance from a SQL database with no indexing, which degraded as the number of records grew? You don't say! A database that has to do a full scan for reads performs poorly?

Surprise about load average seems equally naive. If you fork a bunch of processes that are doing IO, of COURSE the load increases. Load is a measure of the number of processes not sleeping. That's all it is. I don't understand his surprise that a system steadily doing a great deal of IO would show a lot of time spent in IO calls in profiling.

Reading that letter made me cringe. It didn't help that it sounds like another NSA project.

about a month ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

MSG Re:Alternative headline (429 comments)

In the other case the other person can't access Internet as he wants due to actively being suppressed by the first user.

I can't actually tell if that sentence describes the person using BitTorrent, or the person using BitHammer.

about a month and a half ago
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Tor Executive Director Hints At Firefox Integration

MSG Re:Porn needs Javascript (117 comments)

Tor is ineffective if Javascript is enabled

I don't know what you're talking about. Tor's FAQ notes that they leave Javascript enabled by default.

about 2 months ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

MSG Re:It's sad (427 comments)

Because it's more similar to Android AOSP than OEM ROMs are.

There are some interesting things in CM for Nexus and Google Play devices, but most of the time I'd expect CM to replace the ROM on other handsets.

about 2 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

MSG Re:Really? Using bash for CGI? (399 comments)

From the CVE, I'm pretty sure the problem isn't limited to CGI written in Bash. The problem affects any CGI that *calls* bash, which means any call to system() in any language is going to cause a problem.

about 2 months ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

MSG Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

I seriously doubt that she considered your holding the door open an assult. She probably considered it disrespectful, and unless you are equally likely to hold a door for any person, then it could certainly be considered condescending from a certain point of view.

The issue isn't that intent doesn't matter, it is that intent doesn't matter more than the subjective experience of the second party. Their perception of your actions is equally important to your intent. When you are able to accept other people as equals, and not as subordinates, you'll understand why that's the right way to handle the situation.

Again, that doesn't mean that a complaint is always valid. Mediation is intended to determine both intent and perception, to explain both to each party, and whenever possible, to provide guidelines for everyone to ensure that future interactions don't create further offense.

about 2 months ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

MSG Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

the problem is that it doesnt matter if any harassment or assault happens these days. all there needs to be for sexual assault/harassment is for someone to "feel" abused, intent no longer matters.

You're correct in identifying the standard that is used for sexual harassment. If someone feels harassed, then the issue is treated as harassment. That is not, however, the problem or a problem. It doesn't mean that you'll be fired or even disciplined as a result of the complaint. All it means is that when an employee submits a harassment complaint, that HR treats the complaint seriously and investigates each complaint consistently. If they find that the complaint warrants discipline, then the offending person will be disciplined. Otherwise, there may simply be mediation to remedy the situation.

Your attitude, ganjadude, that treating harassment claims seriously based on the subjective experience of the person making the claim is "the" problem almost certainly indicates that you take criticism poorly. The problem with harassment is that people against whom complaints are made often retaliate against the person making the complaint rather than accepting criticism and working to create an environment where people feel safe.

about 2 months ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

MSG Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (461 comments)

We have more than enough people telling us how difficult things are and how we shouldn't try

We also hear more than enough people telling us that the climate will change unless we stop burning fossil fuels. Do you want someone to tell you how to make ongoing burning of fossil fuels "work" too? It won't.

If a lot of people are telling you a thing, you might want to consider that they may be right.

about 5 months ago

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