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Google Wants To Help You Tiptoe Around the NSA & the Great Firewall of China

Myen Re:False. (140 comments)

Is there a particular reason to block reading (search) instead of writing, given a highly suspect origin? That is, they can enable search and disable mail/plus/whatever, right?

I guess my question boils down to, what advantage does SEO pieces of shit get from searching Google? The only thing I can think of off the top of my head is to check if their SEOing was successful. That doesn't seem overly useful to me (but then, I've never tried to look at that).

about 9 months ago

18 Carriers Sign Up for Firefox OS Phones

Myen Re:closed source parts ? (107 comments)

Pretty sure they're running on Androids guts, so kinda?
(I think they took out the UI/Java/whatever layers and are using the Linux kernel that Android uses, plus their own UI layer. See info on Gonk.)

about a year and a half ago

GitHub Hacked

Myen Re:They KNEW about this vulnerability? (202 comments)

There are two groups of developers here.

Ruby on Rails, the framework, had developers that knew about this general class of vulnerabilities - it's easy to write code that ends up being buggy.

GitHub, the web site (that runs on Rails, and hosts the Rails source repository), knew about the general class of vulnerabilities but not that they had these particular instances of them.

It appears that Homakov tried to get Rails to change the defaults so that these things can't happen unless you ask for them, and was rejected as making the framework more difficult for prototyping use; the opinion on the bug was something along the lines of "the developer using the framework should be protecting against this". He then demonstrated in frustration that this was a bad default, since GitHub is one of the leading sites using the framework and is developed by people generally thought of as knowing what they are doing.

It appears that this has worked and the opinion of the framework developers have changed, and no real damage was done, other than possibly reputation.

GitHub, overall, seemed to be collateral damage.

P.S. I don't think GitHub is open source; Ruby on Rails is.

more than 2 years ago

Apple IOS 4.3.4 Jailbroken Hours After Update

Myen Re:Tethered jailbreak (121 comments)

Do you happen to know how the drive-by PDF exploit manages to keep root, then? I'm curious as I don't see how arbitrary code execution via a PDF vulnerability differs from arbitrary code execution via a cable - what sort of magic allows the former case to bypass the security checks that the latter can't duplicate?

about 3 years ago

MPEG LA Extends H.264 Royalty-Free Period

Myen Re:From TFS (260 comments)

That particular comparison keeps getting reposted as the proof that Theora is feasible.

Theora may or may not be comparable in quality to H.264, but that comparison doesn't tell me either way. It completely ignores the H.264 encoding process, which means that Theora has the advantage of taking however long it needs to compress things. Lots of things involve a time/space (memory or disk) trade off, that needs to be taken into account too.

I don't particularly like the licensing issues around H.264 / MPEG*, but that doesn't mean I am willing to take an unfair comparison either.

more than 4 years ago

What Tools Do FLOSS Developers Need?

Myen Re:Visual Studio replacement on Linux (310 comments)

(Caveat: I'm a C++ programmer, working on code that has lots of macros.)

The debugger. You can mouseover variables in the source view, and it shows the data (reliably, and points to concrete classes). It lets you switch between threads easily, and shows backtraces you double click on to get to the relevant source code. It uses a normal GUI file browser to let you choose symbols to load, if you haven't set it up beforehand (also via a GUI), and warns when it's out of date. With lots of annoying config file hacking, it can let you display structures in a custom manner.

The closest I've seen on Linux was insight, and that was quite a few years ago (maybe it's improved since?). GDB has a huge barrier to entry, and being line-input based means there's no organization (I don't want my code to be displayed in the same place as my backtrace or my local variables). DDD doesn't reliably display my data, and when it does manage to do so visualizes anything C++ horribly.

I've tried KDevelop (3 and 4) a while back; it absolutely hated dealing with things that has an external build system (i.e. it doesn't work as a pure debugger). Debugging C++ in Eclipse was a joke when I tried it (the one time I did have to work on Java, though, it was pretty nice).

As a reference, I code in Komodo/Eclipse/vim (all on the same code base, depends on what I feel like), on a project that uses autoconf/gmake. That applies to both win32 (via msys+msvc) and Linux. I use MSVC as a pure debugger, not as a code editor.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Exec Urges Switch From Google To Bing

Myen Re:The Blog Page (527 comments)

Yep, that's his personal blog (in fact, explicitly not listed in Planet Mozilla by his choice).

The background is trees - he recently bought a nice wooden house somewhere; there's blog posts about that too.

more than 4 years ago

Google Chrome Extensions Are Now Available

Myen Re:Extensions security? (291 comments)

Odd, your updates should end up in the sandbox (and due to AMO being silly, used to also mean your whole extension ends up on the sandbox, instead of having a last-reviewed version public).

This is of course assuming you haven't been marked as trusted; people who were on AMOv1 were grandfathered in, though I understand that's been mass-removed recently. Other "trusted" authors include google and various mozilla employees, AIUI (but unconfirmed).

more than 4 years ago

New York Times Site Pop-Up Says Your Computer Is Infected

Myen Re:I expected better. (403 comments)

They actually appear to embed the ad code directly into the page (you can see which campaigns the ads are for; the one that hit me was for Vonyage, near the bottom of the page). In my case, it wrote a weakly obfuscated script that redirected the whole page to (... err, yeah) which redirected to protection-check07.

Poor NYT, they now have a special rule in my ad filters.

more than 4 years ago

GPLv2 Libraries — Is There a Point?

Myen Re:NiteMair found a loophole!? (585 comments)

Umm, sounds like MS is complying with the BSD license to me! They're keeping the copyright statement in, and presumably anybody who gets a copy of whatever BSD licensed source in ftp.exe would still get the original BSD bits under BSD. For the second clause (copyright notice for the binary), see maybe? (Yes, the Windows XP release notes.)

They're quite free to add non-BSD licensed bits to it, of course, and still be compliant. They're also quite free to ship binaries under a different license. All that doesn't change the license of the original source code.

What's not okay is removing the original copyright / license. (There was an attempt to do so in one of the patches to the Linux kernel a while back; uproar ensued, the change never went in.)

more than 4 years ago

EU Says MS Must Offer Other Browsers; Now What?

Myen Re:interesting times (911 comments)

IE4 was also, IMHO, superior to NS4. Heck, I think IE3 was about on par. (I started with whichever Netscape had the throbbing giant blue N, in Windows 3.1 using Trumpet WinSock.) In fact, I believe we had specifically gotten a copy of IE4 on CD (separate from Windows 95) from some magazine or other to upgrade.

Seriously, causing the whole page to reload when you resize the window? WTF, Netscape?

more than 5 years ago

Sun Slips Firefox Extension Into Java Update

Myen Re:There's a much simpler way (311 comments)

And then the crapware installers would drop things into Firefox's main directory, instead of being an addon. Oops, now you can't even disable them!

Yes, some other piece-of-crap already tried that; removing it involved manually finding the .jar and the .manifest and killing them in the Firefox install.

more than 5 years ago

What Programming Language For Linux Development?

Myen Re:Programming for Linux? (997 comments)

In that case the correct solution is probably something along the lines of "learn how to install VMWare so you can host a Windows VM".

more than 5 years ago

What Programming Language For Linux Development?

Myen Re:I like Python (997 comments)

Huh, I find that tutorial-as-documentation to be horrid (I don't want to do it in those steps, and it's a giant pain in the ass to look up any syntax). The standard library, though, does have excellent documentation in the same place. But that's not the syntax.

more than 5 years ago


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