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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

QuietLagoon "The Right Choice"? (326 comments)

... Karjaluoto doesn't recall many such changes that we didn't later look upon as the right choice....

The opinion of whether or not it was the right choice is severely clouded by the fact that in the Apple environment, there is No Choice. The user Has To go along with what Apple decides is The Future.

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Apple has built the walls so high around its empire, that few dare leave. Therefore, they must rationalize that whatever Apple decides for the future is The Right Choice.

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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

QuietLagoon "Perfectly timed"? (244 comments)

Seems to me that Apple is playing catch-up in the phablet arena. Apple was late to the party and lost the toehold because of its tardiness.

2 days ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

QuietLagoon So, the default is "I'm not OK" (124 comments)

When there is a disaster in my area, the default that my friends will be seeing (on the basis that I've not told a company that I'm OK) is "I'm not OK?

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Facebook should make this "feature" opt-in, not "you're using this feature whether you want to or not".

2 days ago
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Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

QuietLagoon Re:Sour grapes much? (113 comments)

It not catering to your whims precisely doesn't make it bloated...

I never said that is was bloated because it does not cater to my whims.

... not make Mozilla not care about their users not make Mozilla not care about their users...

Nor did I say that it not catering to my whims means that Mozilla does not care about its users.

5 days ago
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Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

QuietLagoon Re:More bloat, less marketshare (113 comments)

...Firefox still feels less bloated than Chrome...

I was comparing to the time before the recent development fiascos (new UI, etc.). Firefox just seems to be getting larger and larger and larger.

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It appears the Firefox developers are looking to please themselves, and not the users, because the Firefox marketshare is dropping in spite of all the additional bloat being added.

5 days ago
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Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

QuietLagoon More bloat, less marketshare (113 comments)

... and Firefox continues to lose track of its origins and continues to add to the bloat, while hemorrhaging market share....

5 days ago
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Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

QuietLagoon I disagree with the premise... (240 comments)

"Worse is better" is little more than Chiusano's opinion of what is happening.

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So he thinks that compatibility and interoperability are not features which he likes. OK, I'm OK with that.

However, that is his opinion, nothing more, nothing less.

There are reasons why interoperability and compatibility are desired. It is not the easiest path to provide those characteristics, on the contrary, it is easier to just say, ~screw compatibility, screw interoperability~, and you'll probably finish your task more quickly.

So then the question becomes, why do people invest extra effort in order to assure interoperability and compatibility?

...which we all recognize is a problem....

And now he presumes to speak for everyone....

Overall it sounds like he just got out of a bad meeting in which someone told him that his opinions are not worth the air used to utter them, and now he's trying to convince the world that he is right and the world is wrong.

about a week ago
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How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

QuietLagoon OMG, this is AWFUL!!! (94 comments)

If the admin runs a buggy script on a system, it is possible to jeopardise the integrity of that system!!!

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I am shocked!! SHOCKED, I say!!!!!!

Have /. really sunk so low that hyped-up articles like the one quoted are now newsworthy?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

QuietLagoon Re:SpeedTest.Net (294 comments)

Be careful with Speedtest. They use repeating ASCII data, which compresses very well. This can lead to misleading results in some instances.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

QuietLagoon The article is on dice.com. (546 comments)

The purpose of the article is to make dice.com (/.'s owner) appear to be a place where people can go to read articles about job skills and such.

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The purpose of the article is not to convey any manner of knowledge on the subject.

It's chewing gum for the job seeker, no more, no less.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

QuietLagoon Re:Why do people care so much? (747 comments)

... I don't understand why anybody cares...

Some people like to use software that is of a quality architecture and design, and not something that is little more than a security-challenged mash-up with very vocal protagonists.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

QuietLagoon Future headline... (747 comments)

The last vestige of Linux has been removed from the GNU/systemd distributions, as systemd continues to move forward.

about two weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

QuietLagoon So, how does it work as a phone? (132 comments)

They did a review of a smart phone yet do not mention how it works as a phone.

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Is voice quality OK when using it as a phone? Does it work well in weak signals?

about two weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

QuietLagoon Apple has no problem leaving old hardware behind (554 comments)

My Mac is no longer supported (hasn't been for a couple of releases) by OS-X because the CPU doesn't do 64-bits. It's not even 10 years old yet, and it isn't supported by OS-X.

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It was the first Apple computer I bought. It will be the last Apple computer I ever buy.

about two weeks ago
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Building a Honeypot To Observe Shellshock Attacks In the Real World

QuietLagoon Shared hosting (41 comments)

...Since attackers are systematically scanning all available addresses in the IPv4 space...

If your site is on a server that does shared (or virtual) hosting, then IP address scans will usualy not trigger shellshock from your site because your site needs to be accessed via its URL. Accesses via IP address will usually go to a main site on that server, and that main site may not have any exploitable content.

... On one hand, that's a lot for a machine no one knows anything about; on the other, it indicates that attackers haven't wholesale dumped other methods in favor of going after this particular bug....

This is a straw man. Of course the bad guys are not going to walk away from all the other exploits in their toolbox. No one said they would.

Most of the shellshock accesses I see are just scans, i.e., the bad guys are building an inventory of what hosts are vulnerable. I haven't seen too many (i.e., only a very few) attempts to take over the host.... yet.

about two weeks ago
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Xen Cloud Fix Shows the Right Way To Patch Open-Source Flaws

QuietLagoon Re:Apples and Oranges (81 comments)

... BASH and OpenSSL are more key infrastructure bits than Xen is. What I mean is that they are integrated into FAR more devices and systems making a silent patch nearly impossible.

Quite correct.

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Just try to estimate the number of devices affected by Heartbleed and Shellshock. It's probably in the billions.

As a case in point, a single Zen installation can host hundreds, maybe even thousands, of vulnerable installations of Shellshock and Heartbleed.

It is truly an apples and oranges comparison.

about two weeks ago

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A&E Network: Disabling Video On Demand Fast-Forward Is Good

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  about a month ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes ""A study commissioned by A+E Networks concluded fast-forward disabling did not have any “adverse effects” to the program viewing experience via Video On Demand, nor did it negatively impact intent to continue using VOD."

Apparently, the Video On Demand viewers enjoy watching commercials, and do not mind the removal of the ability to fast forward past those commercials."
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Does Microsoft view Windows desktop as a dead end?

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  about 3 months ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Mr. Nadella, CEO Microsoft, sent out an email last week that outlined Microsoft's focus for the future. One had to wade through more than half of the email before there was any mention of Windows desktop.

In his all-hands strategy email of last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demoted Windows to a handful of terse mentions deep in the 3,100 communique, a clue how he, and thus the company, now see the firm's long-time cornerstone. "Windows will deliver the most rich and consistent user experience for digital work and life scenarios on screens of all sizes — from phones, tablets and laptops to TVs and giant 82-in PPI boards," Nadella said in one of the first uses of "Windows" in his massive message. That sentence appeared well past the half-way mark in the email: 60% of the message preceded it.

Is Microsoft now unable to innovate within the desktop Windows space? Is Mr. Nadella's memo a tacit admission by Microsoft that there is little innovation left in the desktop space? Is Microsoft's inability to innovate in the desktop space indicative of a larger problem within Microsoft? Has rigor mortis set in?"

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In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "As a follow-up to the article a couple of days ago, the New York Times has an above-the-fold front-page article today about the horrible working conditions in the Chinese factories that Apple uses.

Employees work excessive overtime, in some cases seven days a week, and live in crowded dorms. Some say they stand so long that their legs swell until they can hardly walk. Under-age workers have helped build Apple’s products, and the company’s suppliers have improperly disposed of hazardous waste and falsified records, according to company reports and advocacy groups that, within China, are often considered reliable, independent monitors.

More troubling, the groups say, is some suppliers’ disregard for workers’ health. Two years ago, 137 workers at an Apple supplier in eastern China were injured after they were ordered to use a poisonous chemical to clean iPhone screens. Within seven months last year, two explosions at iPad factories, including in Chengdu, killed four people and injured 77. Before those blasts, Apple had been alerted to hazardous conditions inside the Chengdu plant, according to a Chinese group that published that warning (PDF alert).
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Global Internet governance fight looms

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  about 3 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The global fight among governments over control of the Internet is heating up amid a flurry of documents, the opening of the United Nations' General Assembly (GA) and next week's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Will the change in Internet governance result in states like China and Russia exerting more control over what is allowed on the Internet? The United States has so far comprehensively outmaneuvered attempts by other governments to seize control of the Internet, helped by the fact that it holds the keys and represents the status quo. But how long will it continue to be able to do so?"
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Doctors and Dentists censoring patients

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Timothy Lee writes about his experience with a dentist.

"When I walked into the offices of Dr. Ken Cirka, I was looking for cleaner teeth, not material for an Ars Technica story. I needed a new dentist, and Yelp says Dr. Cirka is one of the best in the Philadelphia area. The receptionist handed me a clipboard with forms to fill out. After the usual patient information form, there was a "mutual privacy agreement" that asked me to transfer ownership of any public commentary I might write in the future to Dr. Cirka. Surprised and a little outraged by this, I got into a lengthy discussion with Dr. Cirka's office manager that ended in me refusing to sign and her showing me the door...."

Can a patient be required to sign such an agreement before medical care is tendered? What if the medical care is more urgent or an emergency? Can the patient be in the correct frame of mind to sign a legal agreement?"

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Should Microsoft be split up?

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  about 4 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Goldman Sachs had downgraded Microsoft from "buy" to "neutral," criticizes the company's efforts in mobile computing, and most radically, suggests that the company carve out its consumer business from its enterprise one. This is just one more sign that Microsoft could use a vision overhaul. ...

The report also warned that Microsoft isn't likely to make any headway in mobile this year because "Apple's iPad and iPhone plus Google's Android operating system are well established."

That's putting it mildly. Windows Phone 7 will have to be a spectacular success if it's to make any headway not just this year, but in the next several years as well. And Microsoft may try to sue Android out of business, but technology, not lawsuits, are going to have the lead the way.


What do you think? Does Microsoft have a chance of catching in the mobile devices marketplace? Is the enterprise where Microsoft's future lives?"
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New AVG fetaure DDoS's the Internet

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The Register is running a story about a new feature in the AVG virus scanner.

Six months ago, AVG acquired Exploit Prevention Labs and its Linkscanner, a tool that automatically scans search engine results before you click on them. If you search Google, for instance, and ten results turn up, it visits all ten links to ensure they're malware free. Then, in late April, AVG rolled Linkscanner into its anti-virus engine, which has about 70 million active users worldwide. The company estimates that 20 million machines have upgraded to the tool's new incarnation, AVG version 8, and this has already cooked up enough ghost clicks to skew traffic not only on The Reg but any number of other sites as well.
What will the effect be when AVG rolls this new fewture out to all of its 70 million users?"
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Here come the thought police

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "In a Baltimore Sun op-ed piece, Ralph E. Shaffer and R. William Robinson write, 'With overwhelming bipartisan support, Rep. Jane Harman's "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" passed the House 404-6 late last month and now rests in Sen. Joe Lieberman's Homeland Security Committee. Swift Senate passage appears certain.

'Not since the "Patriot Act" of 2001 has any bill so threatened our constitutionally guaranteed rights.

'The historian Henry Steele Commager, denouncing President John Adams' suppression of free speech in the 1790s, argued that the Bill of Rights was not written to protect government from dissenters but to provide a legal means for citizens to oppose a government they didn't trust. Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence not only proclaimed the right to dissent but declared it a people's duty, under certain conditions, to alter or abolish their government....

'Ms. Harman's proposal includes an absurd attack on the Internet, criticizing it for providing Americans with "access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda," and legalizes an insidious infiltration of targeted organizations. The misnamed "Center of Excellence," which would function after the commission is disbanded in 18 months, gives the semblance of intellectual research to what is otherwise the suppression of dissent.'"
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Comcast blocks some Internet traffic

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  about 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "MSNBC is reporting the results of an Associated Press test that show Comcast blocks some Internet traffic. "Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.

"The interference, which The Associated Press confirmed through nationwide tests, is the most drastic example yet of data discrimination by a U.S. Internet service provider. It involves company computers masquerading as those of its users.

"If widely applied by other ISPs, the technology Comcast is using would be a crippling blow to the BitTorrent, eDonkey and Gnutella file-sharing networks. While these are mainly known as sources of copyright music, software and movies, BitTorrent in particular is emerging as a legitimate tool for quickly disseminating legal content.

"The principle of equal treatment of traffic, called "Net Neutrality" by proponents, is not enshrined in law but supported by some regulations. Most of the debate around the issue has centered on tentative plans, now postponed, by large Internet carriers to offer preferential treatment of traffic from certain content providers for a fee....
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Zenith Electronics Corporation said today that Engineer Robert Adler, who co-invented the TV remote control with fellow Engineer Eugene Polley, has passed on to the big sofa in the sky. In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, earning more than 180 U.S. patents. He was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly sedentary pastime. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Adler and co-inventor Polley, another Zenith engineer, an Emmy in 1997 for the landmark invention."
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The email transcripts of Microsoft anti-trust trials always make for interesting reading, and the Iowa trial is continuing the tradition. An email from Jim Allchin asks the question of whether Microsoft has lost sight of what matters to its customers:

Exhibit 7264. Almost three years ago, on January 7, 2004, Jim Allchin, the senior executive at Microsoft, sent an E-mail to Microsoft's top two executives, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, and the subject was losing our way. Mr. Allchin says, I'm not sure how the company lost sight of what matters to our customers, both business and home, the most, but in my view we lost our way. I think our teams lost sight of what bug-free means, what resilience means, what full scenarios mean, what security means, what performance means, how important current applications are, and really understanding what the most important problems our customers face are. I see lots of random features and some great vision, but that does not translate into great products. He goes on to say, I would buy a Mac today if I was not working at Microsoft."
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  about 8 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The next version of Windows Media player that will be appearing in Windows Vista has upped the ante for DRM, removing a significant portion of the rights you have to the media content you own. So much so, that a Microsoft VP appears to be advocating the flaunting of DMCA in order to get the content into Zune, "Lots of DVD ripping software out there..."

What do you think about the loss of the rights to use the media you own?"

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