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Tor Executive Director Hints At Firefox Integration

SeaFox Re:Addon, not integrate (102 comments)

Interpretation: only remove what *I* want you to remove. Because if you so much as dare to remove my stupid, barely-used half-broken feature and make me install an addon to get it back, you're worse than Hitler. But screw everyone else, they can lose whatever, no matter how useful or heavily-used it is by comparison.

The excuse Mozilla gave years ago when they first started to bloat things up was that people were not really making use of extensions or even aware of their existence. People don't want to have to search for and install the extensions and would rather have that functionality built-in when they first install.

Instead of adding the features to the core app, they could have created extensions that added this functionality, then bundled them, enabled by default, with Firefox. That way the functionality would already be there without the user having to do anything, and then the "power users" who were more familiar with the extensions system and didn't want that functionality could just go disable them to improve performance and memory usage.

But they didn't do that for some reason...

yesterday
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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

SeaFox Re:Let me guess - they bought out Tag Hauer? (47 comments)

Coming soon - the Microsoft Watch.

It has a paperclip for it's face, and asks you really stupid questions ...

Microsoft Watch: "Do you know what time it is?"

yesterday
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

SeaFox Re:You know what this means (181 comments)

Thank you for the tip.

Just rebuilt my NAS in a different case, and while I have no qualms about covering the power LED with electrical tape and blocking it out completely, I'd like the hard disk LED to be visible but dimmer so I can still see it to monitor it for heavy disk activity, but not have it bright at night.

3 days ago
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BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines

SeaFox I can see the future. (71 comments)

They'll run the project to rave reviews for years, then suddenly replace all the 2.4 Ghz access points for 5 Ghz-only ones.
Only a small percentage of people will enjoy the new service, and everyone else will complain about how they can't use their 802.11b and older 802.11n devices on it. Then they will begin running the old routers in tandem. Users will be able to pick them up under with the SSID "Classic".

Eventually the 5 Ghz routers will be decommissioned and no one will speak of them again.

4 days ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

SeaFox Re:Translation: (167 comments)

The Walled Garden is OSX itself. Part of what makes Apple machines popular is how well they run compared to infamous versions of Windows like ME and Vista (pre SP1). Having such tight control of both the hardware and the software helps make this possible. They aren't having to tweak their own hardware or drivers to suit the latest change by a third-party (Microsoft).

I was also talking about the iPod "halo effect". Apple's reputation as being a premium brand is also based on how "exclusive" the whole ecosystem of products is. Can you use an iPhone or an Apple iCloud email account on a PC -- yes. But the products are really made to be more seamless on OSX and there are some features that are heavily tied into other products (like Photostream using iDevices). This kind of integration is possible on Windows -- but that's the problem. It becomes a [i]Windows[/i] thing. Not a Dell thing. That doesn't raise Dell's own brand reputation because it's not exclusive to their products. Apple can create that exclusivity, which in turn builds their brand into something more than just a nameplate on another made-in-China computer. It becomes a "club" (or a cult as some say).

5 days ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

SeaFox Re:Precisely (167 comments)

Just the opposite, the Apple crowd only buys niche products so when they want a gaming PC they tend to buy an Alienware PC or other niche vendor product.

Dell wants a larger niche group. Alienware is kids with too much allowance. They want adults with regular income and a large portion of it disposable. Up to this point they have been in the race to the bottom with other PC manufacturers.

5 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

SeaFox How do they judge this? (383 comments)

Food can sit in a garbage can for a week before they come by.

How do they tell the difference between wasted food and food that was thrown out because it was spoiled and unsafe to eat to start with?

about a week ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

SeaFox Re:Precisely (167 comments)

Except Alienware is niche. Even if it is an up-market brand, it's more closely associated with "gamer kid" than "high fashion". It wouldn't attract the yuppie crowd Apple gets.

about a week ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

SeaFox Translation: (167 comments)

Dell thinks they can be Apple, but don't have the walled garden that makes it work.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

SeaFox Re:Dial up can still access gmail (334 comments)

I actually have one somewhere in my junk in storage. It was an analog modem mated with a hub pretty much. You would connect your devices with Ethernet and the modem would hold it's own dialer setup. When something wanted to connect the modem would call in the provider and it (and any other devices) were online.

In practice it didn't work that good, because once a computer thinks it has an always-on network connection it tends to try making remote connections for all sorts of things unless you lock it down. So the modem was always connected pretty much. This isn't practical when you don't have a dedicated phone line for it and even then many ISPs had systems set up to not allow you to keep connections on constantly like that.

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

SeaFox Re:If it's not like Vista or 8.0 (Vista II)... (543 comments)

Sorry. Factually wrong.

I just had to reformat my machine a couple weeks ago and, just like the first time I set up the machine from the Windows 8 final retail version, I used a Local account (no Microsoft Account tie in at all). After I installed all the normal Windows 8.0 patches I clicked the store and right there on the left was the huge-ass tile for the 8.1 update. I clicked it the machine started downloading it, and I went out for a couple hours to run some errands. No login prompt at all.

When I got home it was (coincidentally) just finishing the install.

I have a Hotmail account but I never enter the information on Windows 8 Mail (because I've heard it will convert a local user account setup to a Microsoft Account enabled one if you do. I also never use Skype out of the same concern. I access the Hotmail account as IMAP in Thunderbird, same way I do all my other email accounts, and IM with people on the MSN Messenger network using Pidgin to connect to it (news of MSN's death are greatly exaggerated -- by Microsoft to get people to start using Skype).

about two weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

SeaFox What about Kindles (610 comments)

Amazon has been "helpfully" adding books to people's Kindle devices for months now. They just show up on your library like you purchased them and you didn't.
I haven't heard any big outrage over that.

Oh, that's right. That's not Apple.

about two weeks ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

SeaFox Re:Ask the US Postal Service (124 comments)

Management 101: If you don't trust your employees - you are screwed

That''s how every business operates now, though. Employees are always under surveillance because the management doesn't trust them not to steal from them in one way or another. Either by actual supply/money theft, or by not working hard enough when on the clock.

And funny enough, employers have actually made the situation worse on themselves. If they want to know why they can't trust the employees to be "committed and motivated", look no further than the modern low wage, low appreciation, low potential for advancement employment they offer. When you're not paying people enough to make ends meet, don't be surprised when they look for ways to supplement their income.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

SeaFox Re:hmmm (238 comments)

somehow i think he is just trying to hide behind a VPN to do some "torrenting"

So... what's he really doing behind the VPN if he's not torrenting?

*cough*

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

SeaFox Re:How much! (405 comments)

Indeed, if they randomly distributed 2M surfaces for free throughout the population it would probably cost them about the same, and it would immediately create a demand for applications, it would get their product in front of consumers, etc.

Except "Surface tablets are the official tablets of the NFL" sounds a bit better in the press for Microsoft than "Microsoft has to give away Surface tablets to get people to use them".

about three weeks ago
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Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

SeaFox Re:Wait, TwitPic != Twitter? (81 comments)

I think you might have hit on why this was an issue to start with...

about three weeks ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

SeaFox This lawsuit's great and all... (199 comments)

But if anyone believes this database is gonna actually be shut down, erased, etc, I have some beach-front property to sell you. Best case scenario is is gets ruled illegal and then moved deeper underground, and we can all pretend that it's really not operating anymore.

about a month ago
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Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

SeaFox Re:First impressions (220 comments)

How does it compare to Pale Moon, though? Performance and not liking Australias was my main reason for changing to Pale Moon.
Since Pale Moon can no longer sync with my Firefox on other machines (one of which is my laptop I cannot use Pale Moon on), and the Classic Theme Restorer undoes most of the UX damage, I'm wavering to dropping Pale Moon.

about a month ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

SeaFox Look out Brian Roberts! (542 comments)

Someone's after your job.

about a month ago

Submissions

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SeaFox SeaFox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SeaFox writes "Macworld reports that a U.S. judge has denied the request of E360Insight to have Spamhaus's domain pulled by ICANN. Judge Charles P. Kocoras wrote that such an action would "not correspond to the gravity of the offending conduct." ICANN has previously said that even if served such an order they would not have the authority or ability to carry out such a request and it would be the up to the actual registrar to carry out the action. Spamhaus's registrar, Tucows is based in Canada, making the situation even more complicated. Tucows could not be reached for comment at the time of ICANN's statement on October 12th."
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SeaFox SeaFox writes  |  more than 8 years ago

SeaFox writes "Mac-rumor site ThinkSecret reports that at least part of Apple's WebObjects, the web application infstructure that powers the iTunes Music Store and Apple's own online store will be Open-Sourced in a new version to be released next year. A public announcement is expected at the release of Leopard. This follows up the license fee for WebObjects falling from $50,000 to Free when Tiger was released.

From the article:
Apple will not be withdrawing support for WebObjects, sources stressed, despite the software's omission from the list of Application Server Technologies under Mac OS X 10.5 Server and the Intel-based Xserve. Portions of WebObjects code are covered by patents Apple acquired from NeXT, and Apple will keep that code in-house.

Also mentioned are changes to a J2EE-style environment and preformance improvements of four to six fold via a new threading module. Apple aquired WebObjects as part of the 1997 buyout of Steve Jobs's company NeXT."

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