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Firefox Was the Most Attacked & Exploited Browser At Pwn2own 2014

Thanosius Re:Not so many options (207 comments)

Now everyone uses Windows, hence Linux and OS X users aren't exactly in a position to switch to IE, regardless of its technical merits. This is no longer a Windows-only world, even if it's still the majority.

Besides, IE lacks the useful extensions I rely on in Firefox. Don't tell me said extensions are pointless or useless - I find use in them, so clearly they have worth. Going to IE would mean giving up said extensions or having to do things in a less smooth or capable fashion. Firefox is still the best browser for the power user who wants as much functionality and flexibility as possible. IE is for the conservative user who wants something fast and integrated well with the OS and doesn't have any particular needs or wants outside of what the browser itself supports.

Sure, Firefox has its deficient (the inability of Mozilla to use multiple cores for separate tabs is still worrying), but you take the good with the bad. There is no one good browser.

about 7 months ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

Thanosius Re:I was wondering about that... (377 comments)

Impressive. It would take me just under 24 hours of constant, full-speed downloading before I'd manage to get 35GB.

Fuck you and your post internet connections! I say this in the nicest way possible of course, but it surprises me how much people under-appreciate what they have in terms of bandwidth.

about 7 months ago
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Ubuntu's Mir Gets Delayed Again

Thanosius No big deal (241 comments)

Delays just mean they're working on perfecting and producing the best of what they're trying to develop, and that once released it'll be a crowning moment of awesome as a consequence of the delays. Just like Duke Nukem Forever.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Dumping License Fees For Windows Phone?

Thanosius Re: Does this mean (125 comments)

Heh. I suspect just I keep falling for the fallacy that since there's so many Linux users around here, and using Linux is supposed to mean a higher level of intelligence and hence a higher aptitude for reason and logic, that logic would be more evident.

I guess everyone's susceptible to thinking from the heart rather than the head though.

about 8 months ago
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VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

Thanosius Re:great news. (170 comments)

Funny how Linux users and distros a few years back were hyped up about the push towards faster and faster boot times and made a habit of announcing improvements towards it. When someone makes a point of how the new Windows version is faster than the old... you call the a shill? Do you realize how pathetic you look?

Fucking Linux users, negative as always.

about 8 months ago
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VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

Thanosius Re:Only useful for tablets (170 comments)

Huh, you're right, I just checked. I could have sworn I read how it cost (or would cost, once out of beta) a couple of bucks, but it's possible that was misreported somewhere or my mind got scrambled. I apologize for that.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Dumping License Fees For Windows Phone?

Thanosius Re:Does this mean (125 comments)

I wonder what the various national courts around the world will make of this... giving your own OS away for free while running an extortion racket for protection money from your competitors?

I used to think the same, but I've mellowed a bit after detaching my emotions and looking at it logically. Presumably Microsoft gets money from Samsung per Android phone sold. I'm pretty sure Samsung wouldn't just pay Microsoft without at least first checking to see if there's any validity in the patent claims. The fact they haven't tried taking Microsoft to court suggests to me that Microsoft might have some basis for their claims, even if they haven't been made public. It's not as if Samsung doesn't have the cash to challenge them if they really though Microsoft's claims were ludicrous.

So, with the situation of basically no-one challenging Microsoft regarding these Android patents in court despite the big guys being able to afford it if necessary, I ask you, what conclusion would you draw?

about 8 months ago
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VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

Thanosius Only useful for tablets (170 comments)

The purpose of this app is to provide capable media playback on Metro-focused devices - specifically, tablets. Except for the Microsoft fanboys on Neowin.net, most people who want to use VLC on a desktop/laptop will continue doing so with the main VLC program, particularly since it's free compared to the Metro version. It's also interesting that the RT version is non-existent, considering Windows RT is tablet exclusive and if you'd want a Metro-built media player for anything, it'd be Windows RT. One more nail in the coffin I suppose.

about 8 months ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

Thanosius Don't know what to believe anymore (382 comments)

As someone else has already mentioned, this has been denied by Malaysian officials. Just like China has now said that those satellite images which were supposed to show plane debris did in fact not show debris, but indeed, said satellite images were "released by mistake". Just like that admiral of the Vietnamese Navy saying they had lost radar contact with the plain just over the Gulf of Thailand, but apparently it was just incorrect information (another mistake).

It seems clear that no-one knows where the fuck that plane is, but due to the pressure to find something, ANYTHING to satisfy the media as well as political pressure (not to mention relatives of those missing), anything that could be seen as a clue is pushed out as something important before it's even checked or verified.

At least it can be assumed that those on the flight must be well and truly dead by now, if only because the alternative would be more horrifying...

about 8 months ago
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Is One Laptop Per Child Winding Down?

Thanosius Re:OLPC served its purpose (111 comments)

I disagree. OLPC's purpose was to get their particular brand of cheap computers into the hands of children in developing nations. This was achieved on a limited scale, but seems to have faltered when cheap phones and tablets came around.

Now, if you want to move the goalposts and suggest that the overall purpose was simply to get computers, any computers, into the hands of children in developing nations, then it succeeded but not because of anything the OLPC project did. Android did that, coupled with the process of technology becoming cheaper and cheaper. OLPC can't get any real credit for that since they never competed with regular laptop markets to force the price of tech lower (you couldn't easily buy an OLPC as opposed to a laptop in the domestic market, hence there's no competition to reduce prices of other devices apart from natural reduction of tech costs).

OLPC failed on its own. If kids in developing nations are able to have cheap computing power in their hands now, it's probably happened despite the OLPC project, not because of them.

about 8 months ago
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Google To Replace GTK+ With Its Own Aura In Chrome

Thanosius Re:Qt? (240 comments)

Indeed. Google Earth, qBittorrent, VirtualBox in addition to those you mentioned...

Anyone who things Qt isn't incredibly popular with rich applications is fucking blind or biased.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

Thanosius Re:Physical security? (374 comments)

For a lot of people in first-world countries, I doubt they see their phone as much of a status symbol anymore (perhaps a few years ago this was the case, but now when everyone has an iPhone or decent smartphone, the allure of exclusivity kinda disappears) and hence they just use their phone like any other device and don't think too much about it. However in a place like Colombia, a tourist used to having their phone our or easily visible/accessible isn't necessarily aware of how damn poor the environment they've entered is, at least compared to their regular lives. So by acting as they normally would, you think they're just flashing their gear as a means of using it as a status symbol. I assure you they're not - they just have the privilege of living in a place that has a better standard of living and behave in a manner that's normal for them, but not normal for the residents of that area. So they become attractive targets for theft due to their inability to blend into their environment.

I really hate visiting countries with high levels of thief. I suppose I'd rather have my gear lifted without my knowledge than violently mugged for it, but I'd also rather not have to worry about it in the first place. I visited Rome on a tour and was warned about the considerable level of pickpocketing - in the end I spent more time paying attention to strangers and keeping my stuff hidden on me than enjoying myself. Thiefs are total pricks.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

Thanosius Re:Cerberus (374 comments)

How does Cerberus compare to say, Prey (http://preyproject.com/)? One thing I like about Prey is that I can use it on my mobile, tablet as well as laptop (since it started as a anti-theft tool for computers and then branched out to mobiles/tablets), and have all devices available for manipulation with the same account using the same software. It's a bit unfortunate that I see Cerberus talked about all the time but Prey is barely mentioned. It seems like Cerberus can do a bit more I'll admit, but options are worth expressing.

about 8 months ago
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Bug In the GnuTLS Library Leaves Many OSs and Apps At Risk

Thanosius Re:Ars Technica comments about open-source (231 comments)

Fair point. The "many eyes" argument might not hold well in practice, but from a personal perspective I feel more comfortable when important code at least has the opportunity to be analyzed by anyone due to it being open, as opposed to being under lock and key with only one vendor having access. At least the bug was fixed quickly.

about 8 months ago
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Bug In the GnuTLS Library Leaves Many OSs and Apps At Risk

Thanosius Ars Technica comments about open-source (231 comments)

One thing I found interesting about the comments on Ars Technica about this article is that all comments regarding the (apparent) fallacy of open source allowing quick detection and turnaround of bugs tends to get very highly positively moderated, whereas the ones that argue that closed source software tends to limit the detection of such bugs and encourages sweeping detected bugs under the rug as much as possible get negatively modded or labelled "controversial".

One person even said this:

I would argue that closed source like Microsoft and Apple products might be more secure for two primary reasons: the software is so ubiquitous, it's exposed to orders of magnitude more users. By extension, more security experts are interested, so closed source doesn't stand in the way of people discovering vulnerabilities. And secondly, closed source software companies have a financial interest in their products that's harmed if they are insecure. No comment about Apple, but I know that Microsoft has put massive resources into making its products more secure.

Said comment was modded quite well. Yes, things like this get a lot of attention and look bad for the open-source movement, but keep in mind that open-source/free software is fully transparent. No-one can hide the details with FOSS, something that is far easier to do with closed source software. That level of transparency make it appear as though open-source has more bugs for longer. No-one outside of Microsoft and very select partners are able to audit Windows or Office. And yet the closed-source software is more secure?

It boggles the mind a tech site like Ars Technica can be so pro-closed source and anti-open source despite what I'd assume to be populated with geeks who should know better.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Thanosius Re:You lost me at vim (531 comments)

Notepad++ on Windows, Geany on Linux.

Vi vs Emacs is an outdated battle, a relic of a time where Vi and Emacs were the only real options for quality editors. Nowadays there's a heck of a lot more quality editors to choose from, and overtake Vi/Emacs in terms of usability, discoverability and power. Not to take away from the power of Vi/Emacs - they're just used due to people having learnt them in the past and finding no reason to change. Which is great if you're a power user who knows how to make magic, but there's no real reason for an aspiring programmer to use either.

about 8 months ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Thanosius Re:Is the gcc losing relevancy? (480 comments)

If people use something in sufficient numbers, it's not losing relevancy. I use gcc because it's extremely well supported, well known, well understood and compiles well. All the software and toolkits which rely on gcc aren't going to just change over to the current "in" thing just because Apple/Google/whoever are pushing LLVM like crazy with their cash and influence to make people believe that gcc isn't relevant anymore.

Fuck I hate the tech world sometimes, particularly since people get swept up in (paid) hype so damn easily when they should know better.

about 8 months ago
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Thief Debuts To Mediocre Reviews

Thanosius Re:The Dark Mod (110 comments)

And that's great! I'm not a hater or want to prevent people have fun just because I'm not a fan of something.

about 8 months ago
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

Thanosius Re:Now and then.. (270 comments)

(assuming the idea hasn't been worn to death like WW2 shooters)

To be perfectly honest, I wouldn't mind some new WW2 shooters. Yes they were over-saturating the gaming market a while back, so developers moved to making modern combat games like CoD 4 and Battlefield 2/3/4. Now the modern combat scene is flooded - everyone's seen one to many M4s by now and it's getting boring. A decent WW2 game would at least be... different? What's old is new I guess.

about 8 months ago
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Thief Debuts To Mediocre Reviews

Thanosius Re:The Dark Mod (110 comments)

I have no nostalgia. The most I ever played of the actual Thief games was a demo of Thief 2 back in the day and a little bit of Thief 3. But I've been playing The Dark Mod to death because of the incredible detail and the fan missions made by people who clearly love the old-school style of the games. New games are more obsessed with catering to all audiences, which makes them dilute the more interesting aspects of suck genres.

From most accounts (reviewers as well as users) this new Thief game is incompetent. Heck, one guy even made the observation that at no point does Garrett sneak into a building, steal an object, and then leave the way he same, since the game forces a linear path through an environment to be suddenly spat out at the other end. One of the great things about the Dark Mod is that once you've achieved your objectives, most missions will make you return to where you started to complete the mission. Hence you'll to deal with the remaining guards, environment, and potentially consequences for whatever actions you took during the mission.

But go ahead and assume I'm just hating because of "nostalgia". I'm not going to pay money to be disappointed in Thief when there's enough evidence that this will happen.

about 8 months ago

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