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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

StarFace Re:and speed was never the point of dropbox (122 comments)

You should be relying upon bandwidth throttling features to do that for you, not the inefficiency of your tech. Speed is vital in this market because speed reduces the chances of causing data conflicts. Slow and steady background uploads increase risk of conflicts as the average user doesn't pay attention to upload/download status before shutting down a machine or resuming work. Faster transfer reduce problematic "lazy" sync usage at a statistical scale.

6 hours ago
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Malvertising Up By Over 200%

StarFace Re:Disable Javascript already! (174 comments)

Indeed, I'm not running Flash either. I don't even have it installed. That is why I mentioned using a download utility to acquire videos from websites rather than viewing them in page.

about 5 months ago
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Malvertising Up By Over 200%

StarFace Re:Disable Javascript already! (174 comments)

Only a small minority of sites flat out won't work without scripting. Just cruise past those idiot webmasters (they were probably making Flash only sites back in the day) and find an analogous site, there are usually many.

Then there are some that bitch if you have it off, like YouTube (they cannot track you as well without it, which is why they whine). But they are still functional. I can make full use of YouTube without scripting, with a Flash downloader. I get better performance than with their shitty streaming thing, anyway.

And always send feedback if a company or individual is clearly clueless over how scripting should be optional to the functioning of a site. If you never write in, they will never know their site is broken in a secured environment.

about 5 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

StarFace Re:Isn't hard drive access desirable? (361 comments)

Actually, speaking globally the average person with access to technology does pirate media and software. They might not be using Bittorrent, but the guy that burned the 500 Best Software DVD likely is. The average person is buying it from a street vendor. So with distribution as with the initial crack, it only takes a few people to facilitate, or "mainstream", if you wish, piracy.

about 5 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

StarFace Re:more downgrades (688 comments)

Sweet! Thanks, I'll check it out.

about 6 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

StarFace Re:more downgrades (688 comments)

It looks nice, but unfortunately it is Windows-only from what I've seen? I need Linux/Mac compatibility.

about 6 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

StarFace Re:more downgrades (688 comments)

Isn't that basically what I said? I think you're misreading me. SeaMonkey is an evolution from Mozilla as Firefox is, they are two separate forks from the same source, but SeaMonkey retains the core Mozilla design in its browser component (not to mention the suite aspect) whereas Firefox has gone consumer-oriented. However both started out from Mozilla, so saying that SeaMonkey is more like how Firefox used to be is not inaccurate.

about 6 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

StarFace Re:more downgrades (688 comments)

Yeah, it still includes everything the old Mozilla suite did, though you can largely ignore all of that. I don't use ChatZilla and all that. The only important thing to me is that the browser component is sufficiently configurable and efficient. Firefox had the right idea to begin with, way back when, but in my opinion it has gone too far along the path of simplification and just seems to be trying to play catch up with a false target these days. I stopped using it several years ago when it was clear that the vision for Firefox wasn't in line with what I wanted out of a browser.

about 6 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

StarFace Re:more downgrades (688 comments)

Opera died in the sense that it is no longer a leader in browser technology, as it has been for well over a decade, and is just skinning the Chromium project now. Out of context, that's okay, there have been plenty of skinning projects over the years that have been worth merit, but its the equivalent of say, Mozilla just giving up and using the IE engine and building a shell around it. They have ditched all of their code, from what I can tell, and unless you are keen on Chromium in general, I don't really see why you would be inclined to use the newer Opera versions over grabbing the latest Chromium build.

Opera before the transition vs. now simply is not comparable on any grounds. I used Opera for years, it was my favourite browser even though it didn't have the extension library that FF did, in large part because it natively did what it needed to do without extensions, and I liked their M2 client as well, which was one of the few e-mail clients that captured some of what Gmail got right. But, all of that is gone now. 100%, gone.

Perhaps some day they will rebuild some of their legacy, but I'm not crossing my fingers, especially with the misguided notions about bookmarks being worthless and so on.

about 6 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

StarFace Re:more downgrades (688 comments)

In the past few years I've taken to just not even using a stylesheet when I browse. This isn't always easy to do in the browser, but some extensions can help. Web Developer extension can assign a keyboard shortcut so that if the design is super offensive I can just go back to something that uses a font size and window width I prefer. It often means scrolling past a header area rife with bullet lists, but that's an acceptable compromise for me.

Unfortunately some sites do not even gracefully degrade to simple display such as that, as they have a bunch of dumb Javascript stuff that is hidden by default, like "Page didn't load successfully" messages and progress spinners doing nothing. Ha. Yeah, it is getting to the point where browsing the web is like reading a crappy grocery stand magazine. I find myself doing less and less of it as well.

Maybe all of us that care should just move back to Gopher. :)

about 6 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

StarFace Re:more downgrades (688 comments)

Have a look at SeaMonkey. It is the way Firefox used to be before it all started to go to shit when Chrome came out. It is as far as I know, the last real browser being maintained, since Opera died.

You get extension compatibility with FF, too.

about 6 months ago
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David Auerbach Explains the Inside Baseball of MSN Messenger vs. AIM

StarFace Re:900-pound gorilla? (86 comments)

It is a mixed metaphor too, as it includes the elephant in "the room". This person sprays idiomatic English like a Hollywood scriptwriter describing the process of hacking.

about 6 months ago
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The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

StarFace Re:Every year (453 comments)

What are you talking about? My favourite game from a few years ago (and still is today for that matter) is Path of Exile, and I don't see that turning into a fingerpainting gamelet any time soon. In fact, I seriously doubt any of the games I have enjoyed over the past few years are something that could be even in theory turned into fingerpainting.
        I guess for people that just play casual games it does not really matter, but then we have not really changed the conversation have we? Just as some tasks are better performed at a workstation, like programming, some types of games will always be better suited for sitting down to something with hundreds of buttons, multiple monitors, maybe a joystick & throttle and several hundred hours to kill.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

StarFace Re:Community and OS declined, I switched to OSX. (631 comments)

You're making up issues that don't exist, either that or have no idea what you are talking about and are just repeating arguments you have heard elsewhere and have remembered only poorly. In all of the decades I have been using the hell out of computers, and I have used the hell out of them, I have never "automated" my config files. What the hell man? I can certainly perceive contrived scenarios where that might be useful, but that is not as burning desire for even geeks, let alone normal "power users".

What you probably heard people talking about is basic system control and "automation" (what we generally refer to as scripting), and the Mac has just as much of that as Linux does, and what it does not have installed by default, you can easily get, just like most modern Linux distributions.

With a new Mac I can get Zsh up and running with my eight year old dot files, dump all of my scripts written in Zsh, Ruby and Python into my home/bin, set up the path and be just as automated as I am on any Linux machine, and even more so, because I have access to surface layer software which is just so above and beyond anything provided within the Linux realm that it turns my entire GUI into something as keyboard driven and abbreviated as running pipes. Hell, with no more than eight keys I can tarball 15 files, upload it to my FTP server and then e-mail a copy to a proof pool. I have system-wide text abbreviation which triggers hand-coded scripts, boiler plates and just plain old things I'd otherwise have to type in over and over. Can you call up the results of a Ruby script within the search bar of your web browser? I can, and it is damn useful, too.

People that don't know how to use a Mac think it is all dumbed down and rigid, but that is only because they don't know how to use a Mac. They are as ignorant as the people that think you have to switch distributions if you don't like e default desktop manager.

1 year,28 days
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

StarFace Re:Community and OS declined, I switched to OSX. (631 comments)

The laptop keyboards have these keys, you just need to learn where they are because they are not printed on the key. They are where they have been on Mac keyboards for over a decade. You use the Fn key plus the right/left and up/down keys for home/end and pgup/pgdn respectively. Fn and delete for forward delete.

1 year,28 days
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GTA V Makes $800 Million In 24 Hours

StarFace Re:8 hours is on the short end of the norm. (396 comments)

Again, who said I was not having fun? You sure do love to leap and bound to conclusions. Perhaps you are just using a different definition for six hours of content than I would. Out of that list, I think only Uncharted and HL2 would qualify would they not? I don't know what those types of games are like though, except in theory. I've never owned a large console, nor found point-at-monster-and-click stuff to be very fun. But for instance, I'm sure we clocked in more than six hours of Tetris, Gameboys tethered together back when Gameboy only meant one thing, on a single road trip. How would one even rate Tetris on an "hours of content" scale, since it is an escalating puzzle game?

Hence, I think we are speaking a different language.

about a year ago
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GTA V Makes $800 Million In 24 Hours

StarFace Re:8 hours is on the short end of the norm. (396 comments)

I don't follow your comparison. What does sexual congress have to do with playing a video game? I suppose in some strange eclipse of the two, one might find an intersection, but I was not thinking of any of those hypothetical examples.

I'm sure you have a point somewhere in there, but perhaps a more meaningful example would serve it better. Perhaps you are not even responding to me though, as I never used the phrase, "not worth your time" (and doing so would be odd as I can only speak for myself, not yourself).

To come back to what I actually did ask: what is a game like, that only has six hours of content in it?

about a year ago
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GTA V Makes $800 Million In 24 Hours

StarFace Re:8 hours is on the short end of the norm. (396 comments)

Jesus, I don't even consider buying a game unless I know I can get at least 100 hours out of it. Some of my favorites probably have more like 500 to 1,000. What does a six hour game even look like? That sounds like watching commercials instead of films, to me.

about a year ago
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$375,000 Lab-Grown Beef Burger To Debut On Monday

StarFace Re: Beats meat (221 comments)

Except that "kosher" has very little to do with the humane treatment of animals. It is more a strange, antiquated notion of basic hygiene that is as dogmatic (and often, absolutely incorrect) in its principles as any other offspring of religion.

about a year ago

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