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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

QuietLagoon Re:Russian Programmer's are Brilliant! (106 comments)

Do not underestimate the Russian programmers. If you have not seen their "vaunted chops" you are fortunate.

12 hours ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

QuietLagoon Re:Turn tiles off... but for how long? (160 comments)

...It doesn't matter what they change, someone like you will treat it like it's the end of the world....

The marketshare numbers for Firefox disagree with you. Firefox is losing users.

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So you have a decision to make.

You can continue to blame those who say Mozilla has chosen the wrong path.

Or you can try to change the direction Mozilla has chosen with the goal of regaining the users that Firefox has lost.

12 hours ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

QuietLagoon Re:Work for the man, not for mankind (160 comments)

It's sad, but if Mozilla dies, will any free software group fill their void?

imo, Mozilla is no longer a free software group. They sold out long ago. And now they are exploiting their users, just like other for-profit corporations.

12 hours ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

QuietLagoon Re: Well... (160 comments)

Install Classic Theme Restorer if you miss your overly complicated UI ...

The recent version of Firefox did not remove the complications, it removed the ability to customize.

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If Mozilla wants to have a simple, dumbed-down interface for Firefox as the default, I am absolutely OK with that PROVIDED that Mozilla retains the ability in Firefox to customize the interface to the complexity level that I want.

That is the problem with Mozilla's current thinking. Mozilla has removed the ability to customize Firefox. The "Classic Theme Restorer" is a bug-fest. It's the equivalent of putting a pile of shit out in a fly farm.

if Mozilla strategically intends to have plug-ins or add-ons provide essential functionality of a browser, then Mozilla needs to implement a quality assurance certification program for those plug-ins and add-ons. The current "works for me" ratings systems fails miserably in this regard.

12 hours ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

QuietLagoon Re:Well... (160 comments)

...What, exactly, do you hate about it?...

For starters, I do not 'hate" software. It's not an emotional thing for me. I look at software as something that helps me do what I need and/or want to do.

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To that end, Firefox's Australis is a degradation of Firefox. It has significantly reduced my ability to customize the user interface of Firefox to suit my needs.

Mozilla's attempt to find a "one size fits all operating systems" approach to Firefox has resulted in a significant dumbing down of the user interface.

I do not want Firefox to look the same across all the OS's I use. I want Firefox to exploit each OS to the greatest extent while staying within the conventions of that OS. That's where Mozilla went astray....

12 hours ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

QuietLagoon Re:Turn tiles off... but for how long? (160 comments)

While that may work now, I do not expect it to work in the long term. Look what happened to the download window. The first step was to require the user to visit about:config in order to get it back. Then even that workaround was disabled.

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Mozilla is in a war with its users, and the users are losing. Firefox's declining marketshare is evidence that the users are losing.

yesterday
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

QuietLagoon Re:Well... (160 comments)

Mozilla is the only hope left in the browser market. The rest are controlled by mega corps...

I am more concerned about attitude towards users than who controls the browser.

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Mozilla,over the past year or so, has shown complete disdain for the desires of its users. And the result of that disdain is a declining marketshare.

How long will it be before Mozilla is little more than a Netscape-like footnote in the history of the web?

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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

QuietLagoon Turn tiles off... but for how long? (160 comments)

...a reminder that you can turn tiles off completely ...

How long will it be before Mozilla decides that the users no longer need the ability to turn off the sponsored tiles?

yesterday
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

QuietLagoon Kill switch (254 comments)

Make sure the police kill switch is implemented without any meaningful security.

2 days ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

QuietLagoon Just another exploit vector... (254 comments)

Let's start a pool to guess when the first accident due to a hacked communications system will occur.....

2 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

QuietLagoon Re:Counterproductive (251 comments)

...Microsoft seems to think they need to release a new OS to stay competitive....

I think it is more that Microsoft thinks they need to release a new OS to keep the revenue flowing towards Redmond. Remember the Microsoft Upgrade Treadmill of yore? That business strategy is so engrained in Microsoft that they do not know any other way of convincing consumers to buy Microsoft products.

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Microsoft is still living in the past world where Microsoft controlled computing. First and foremost, Microsoft needs to learn how to compete in the marketplace by convincing consumers that Microsoft products are worth buying.

2 days ago
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Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe

QuietLagoon Why is this a surprise to anyone here? (74 comments)

Supposedly, this is a technology oriented site. All it takes is to put 2 and 2 together and get 4 to know that cell phones can be tracked and are tracked.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

QuietLagoon Re:Microsoft cannot compete in the marketplace... (159 comments)

I'd argue that using windows is easier for most people than it is using Linux....

Why is Microsoft afraid of allowing the marketplace to decide?

about a week ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

QuietLagoon A quick couple of things wrong with the study... (609 comments)

1) it was conducted by a company that is in the business of providing internet ads

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2) it did not take into account the costs associated with the malware distributed by the various ad platforms.

about a week ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

QuietLagoon Re:Here's the rub... (215 comments)

... runs windows 8 just fine....

That was not the point of my message. I was not commenting upon how well the hardware runs a bad OS. But I do give you props for the attempted diversion of the topic. (a typical Microsoft astroturfing tactic)

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Windows 8[.1] was the point of my message.

If your family loves Windows 8[.1], great.

However, the marketspace has overwhelmingly decided that Windows 8[.1] is junk.

about a week ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

QuietLagoon Unintended consequences, or intended consequences? (298 comments)

When there is civil unrest, governments have shown little hesitation to block social media sites.

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Why would anyone think that governments would show the least bit of hesitation to brick smartphones under similar circumstances?

about a week ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

QuietLagoon Here's the rub... (215 comments)

loaded with Windows 8.1

about two weeks ago

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Does Microsoft view Windows desktop as a dead end?

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  about a month and a half 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  |  more than 2 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 2 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  |  more than 3 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 6 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  |  more than 6 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  |  more than 7 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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