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Why Do Projects Continue To Support Old Python Releases?

Skuto Re:Wrong question (432 comments)

>He only said that he didn't want it to work with older versions, and that it was not a lot of work - i.e. it still took some amount of work - to make it not work with older versions

He doesn't say that at all. Really. It's not even remotely in the article. He talks about dropping support for Python 2.6. This isn't an action involving work! It means you no longer care if it doesn't work in Python 2.6.

about 3 months ago
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Why Do Projects Continue To Support Old Python Releases?

Skuto Re:Wrong question (432 comments)

>What he appears to be complaining about is "Why do projects continue to require old Python releases?"

No, he doesn't. I re-read the article after reading your post and I have no idea where you get this.

He really is talking about dropping support, i.e. no longer caring if it doesn't work on old Python versions.

about 3 months ago
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Opus 1.1 Released

Skuto Re:Oh lookie (62 comments)

>I.e. Apple and Microsoft shitheads

Microsoft was a major contributor to Opus through Skype, both with code and by providing their patents royalty free.

about 4 months ago
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Opus 1.1 Released

Skuto Re:Oh lookie (62 comments)

AMR is pretty widely used as a voice codec, Ogg is used in most major AAA games, and as for Opus/SILK, you might have used Skype before...

about 4 months ago
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Opus 1.1 Released

Skuto Re:Nice, impressive achievement (62 comments)

Depends on what mobile device? The reference code has extensive ARM optimizations, that's in fact one of the main improvements in 1.1 And yes, it can be accelerated with a programmable DSP if present, IIRC there's some support for C55x in the same reference code.

Audio decoding is fast enough on modern ARM SoC that dedicated hardware isn't strictly needed to get good battery life.

about 4 months ago
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Google Multiplies Low-Tier Bug Bounties By Factor of Five

Skuto Based on a study? (29 comments)

This might be due to the result of study showing that the insane bounties Google promises for top end bugs (especially for Chrome) draw many people in to look for Chrome security bugs, but that actually the expected payout for looking for Chrome bugs is exactly the same as it for for (for example) Firefox, because the latter pays more for the easier to find bugs.

Microsoft already changed their bug bounty program significantly days after the study was announced.

about 8 months ago
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Half of Tor Sites Compromised, Including TORMail

Skuto Re:Did I read that right? (583 comments)

You should had to be running Firefox 17 on windows afaik (that was the version included by the Tor Bundle).

You had be running the specific, modified Firefox version that's shipped with Tor.

Mozilla's Firefox 17 (ESR) has been patched for this vulnerability. (i.e. it's not a real 0-day)

about 8 months ago
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Half of Tor Sites Compromised, Including TORMail

Skuto Re: Firefox 17?!? (583 comments)

Tor ships their own, modified version of Firefox. I guess that's why it's ancient. The exploit they used doesn't exist in Mozilla's version as that has been patched for it a while ago.

about 8 months ago
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Opera Picks Up Webkit Engine

Skuto Re:And the winner is... Mozilla?!! (314 comments)

Who do you think the W3C is? It's the browser vendors. Who do you think benefits from smaller browsers not being interoperable with bigger ones? Not the smaller vendors, I tell you.

Now, do you think the vendors with the near-monopoly marketshare on Mobile care about making competition in their market easier?

about a year ago
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Mozilla Downshifting Development of Thunderbird E-Mail Client

Skuto Re:Good. (378 comments)

I don't suppose the re-assigned devs are going to anything useful, like multi-process Firefox.

The conclusion was that multi-process Firefox isn't magically going to make the browser more responsive, and will make it use more memory instead. Actually fixing the bugs that make it less responsive does seem like a much more useful spending of developer time.

about 2 years ago
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Mozilla Downshifting Development of Thunderbird E-Mail Client

Skuto Re:Gah (378 comments)

What do you need a 64-bit email client for? Bigger pointers so it uses more memory?

about 2 years ago
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Telefonica Shows Prototype Firefox OS Phone

Skuto Re:It's not an OS (91 comments)

Depends on what the applications see. In case of Firefox OS, they'll see the Firefox JS runtime. In GNU/Linux, they see GNU libc.

about 2 years ago
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Telefonica Shows Prototype Firefox OS Phone

Skuto Re:Great initiative (91 comments)

It also works the other way around. Mozilla needs to convince people to use their browser and install it on desktop. If you get a Firefox phone (because it comes with the plan or whatever), you don't need to be convinced.

about 2 years ago
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Telefonica Shows Prototype Firefox OS Phone

Skuto Re:Need a niche (91 comments)

accuracy of rendering pages

It's the same engine as desktop Firefox. What you're seeing is that a lot of websites send "Webkit-only" markup to Android devices. (Dolphin uses Android's rendering engine) This is something Firefox can never fix. There's an add-on that makes it pretend it's desktop Firefox, that generally stops misbehaving sites from sending broken markup. I suspect most sites will get their act together eventually.

I don't see the "slanted font" problem you talk about on my Galaxy S2, so that's rather strange. The "small font" problem can be solved by setting text size to "tiny" (yes, it's pretty retarded that you have to do the exact opposite of what you would expect, from what I understand it's because that option is completely misnamed).

about 2 years ago
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Telefonica Shows Prototype Firefox OS Phone

Skuto Re:Need a niche (91 comments)

That was originally what the iPhone was supposed to do

News to me, to be honest. But in any case: we're quite some years later now. Maybe the Firefox phone won't be too late, but the iPhone was too early instead :P

ou won't until you get high-bandwidth non-capped connections

What? Bandwidth is irrelevant there. If it's bad, both the HTML/JS based app and the native App will suffer. If it's offline, neither of them cares.

about 2 years ago
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Telefonica Shows Prototype Firefox OS Phone

Skuto Re:Looks exactly like Android (91 comments)

Odds are pretty big that the first phones will be ones originally mean for Android.

about 2 years ago
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Telefonica Shows Prototype Firefox OS Phone

Skuto Re:Battery life and Peformance (91 comments)

The main hurdle for late comers would be the apps ecosystem.

From what I understand they're banking on the fact that writing an app for Firefox OS will use the same technologies as making a webpage, which should make it viable for a huge developer community. Apps for Firefox OS will also run on the desktop browser (and the reverse), which isn't something Android or iOS can do.

It's an interest situation, for example if you compare to the need to totally recode everything for Android (Java) and iOS (Objective C).

about 2 years ago
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Telefonica Shows Prototype Firefox OS Phone

Skuto Re:Need a niche (91 comments)

then it all goes to shit because all of the developers time is spent dealing with corner cases that each affect 500,000 users (after all, money isnt made in the mobile space until you have a few hundred million phones out there)

I'm guessing that is how Firefox development already looks right now, they have 300M users or something thereabouts? Compare the "Bluetooth headset disconnecting" to "Firefox leaks memory, oh and I have these 20 add-ons installed".

publish a very polished OS that lacks some very basic features for the first few years until you get your legs under you?

Let's hope the restriction to low-end phones keeps this firmly in check. I know loads of people who'd be happy with a cheap smartphone that only has basic functionality (plus web browsing) but not terrible bugs like Android has now...

about 2 years ago
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Telefonica Shows Prototype Firefox OS Phone

Skuto Re:Need a niche (91 comments)

Security -> The browser already contains a fully sandboxed JS runtime environment since, what, 1995 or something?. They have to do almost nothing there, and it'll probably be actually a lot safer than the comparatively entirely untested Android security model.

Extensibility -> Pretty sure the idea is to just make as much as possible the "original" webpages more usable on a mobile device, instead of requiring the user to install half-assed "apps". There's already API's for pretty much everything in JS.

about 2 years ago
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Telefonica Shows Prototype Firefox OS Phone

Skuto Betanews article misses the mark everywhere (91 comments)

The Betanews article is wrong in almost every paragraph, so let's just point out the biggest hole in the authors understanding:

Mozilla should stick to where they’re good at, which is the browser market.

Mobile devices are the fastest growing web clients market. There *is no browser market* on iOS, on Windows 8 RT or on Bada. It's not even fully clear yet if there's really a "browser market" on Windows 8.

The only way to get a browser market now is to have an OS out, too. The alternative is to die a slow and certain death. Google search money isn't going to keep coming if there's no devices on which Firefox can even be installed.

There are loads more fundamental misunderstandings in the article, such as the idea that Mozilla will make money on those phones. How can they do that, it's free software... They'll likely just make a deal about who the default search providers are and make money off that. They don't have to care about the margins on the phones at all...

about 2 years ago

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Chrome hacked in 5 minutes, 60k USD prize claimed

Skuto Skuto writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Skuto (171945) writes "After offering a total prize fund of up to 1M USD for a successful Chrome hack (http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/02/28/1833229/google-offers-1-million-for-chrome-exploits), it seems Google got what it wanted (or not!). No more than 5 minutes into the Pwn2Own cracking contest team Vupen exploited 2 Chrome bugs to demonstrate a total break of Google's browser. They will win at least 60k USD out of Google's prize fund, as well as taking a strong option on winning the overall Pwn2Own prize. It also illustrates that Chrome's much lauded sandboxing (http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2011/12/chrome-sandboxing-makes-it-the-most-secure-browser-vendor-study-claims.ars) is not a silver bullet for browser security."
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Notes on Reducing Firefox's Memory Consumption

Skuto Skuto writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Skuto (171945) writes "At yesterdays linux.conf.au Browser miniconference in Ballarat, Australia, Mozilla engineer Nicholas Nethercote gave a detailed presentation about the history of Firefox's memory consumption. The 37 slides-with-notes explain in gritty detail what caused Firefox 4's memory usage to be higher than expected, how many leaks and accidental memory use bugs were tracked down with Valgrind plugins, as well as the pitfalls of common memory allocation strategies. Current work is now focused on reducing the memory usage of popular add-ons such as AdBlock, GreaseMonkey and Firebug.
Required reading for people working on large software projects, or those who missed that Firefox is now one of the most memory-efficient browsers in heavy usage."

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SHA-3 Finalists Known

Skuto Skuto writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Skuto (171945) writes "NIST just announced the final selection of algorithms in the SHA-3 hash competition. The algorithms that are candidates to replace SHA-2 are BLAKE, Grøstl, JH, Keccak and Skein. The selection criteria included performance in software and hardware, hardware implementation size, best known attacks and being different enough from the other candidates. Curiously, some of the faster algorithms were eliminated as they were felt to be "too fast to be true". A full report with the (non-)selection rationale for each candidate is forthcoming."

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