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Hard Truths About HTML5

TorKlingberg Re:The concept of browser is wrong. (265 comments)

The main advantage of HTML+JavaScript in a browser is sandboxing. A webapp cannot mess with your hard drive, unless you allow it to or there is a bug in the browser.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Support Forums Suggest Malware Explosion

TorKlingberg Re:If they keep taking 8 months to fix security bu (455 comments)

Seriously - how are you supposed to protect against that?

I am going to give the answer that we don't like: Antivirus / anti-malware software. It is not perfect, but stops the user from installing known malware.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Offers Easy Commenting Alternative

TorKlingberg Disqus and IntenseDebate (132 comments)

So, Facebook is trying to take over the market for snap-in comment systems from Disqus and IntenseDebate. I think I would prefer a healthy competition between these two and other startups, rather than Facebook domination.

more than 3 years ago

If App Store's Trademark Is Generic, So Is Windows'

TorKlingberg Re:Generic Trademarks (356 comments)

Also, I would bet a reasonable amount of cash that if you did a survey of non-geek smartphone users, most would think "iPhone" to the prompt "App store".

I think the opposite is true. Geeks may know the difference between App Store, Marketplace, App Catalog, App World and Phone Marketplace, but most people don't.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Develops HTML5 Gaming Benchmark

TorKlingberg Re:All OSX browsers are really slow here (84 comments)

They used different hardware for Windows and OS X. It looks like the Mac is actually more powerful though, so the OSX browsers should score higher if they were equally efficient.

* For OS X: a MacBook Pro laptop, currently OS X 10.6.6, 4GB of RAM, 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7, and NVIDIA GT 330M with 512MB of RAM.
* For Windows: a Lenovo T410s laptop, currently Windows 7 Enterprise, 4GB of RAM, 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5, and NVIDIA NVS 3100M with 512MB of RAM.

more than 2 years ago

NX Compression Technology To Go Closed Source

TorKlingberg Re:Who's had sucess? (286 comments)

NX used to be really great and a number of people I know used it. But I don't know any one that still does.

So what are they using now that is better than NX?

more than 3 years ago

Opera 10.60 Released, With Faster JS, WebM Video Support

TorKlingberg Re:Error in article: 10.60, not 10.6 (301 comments)

How would the users know it's that site that is broken, and not the browser?

more than 4 years ago

Internet Sales Tax Gets a New Champion

TorKlingberg Seems fair (276 comments)

As nice as it is with cheap stuff, I cannot come up with a good argument why internet sales should be except from tax while in-store sales still pay. Internet stores can compete just fine on actual efficiency improvements over physical stores.

more than 4 years ago

How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?

TorKlingberg Re:Please, don't do it . . . (704 comments)

Calm down already, it's a 14-year-old. Give him a chance to try it at least.

more than 4 years ago

Tabnapping Scams Around the Corner?

TorKlingberg Re:Noscript (362 comments)

Couldn't this be done with Meta-Refresh?

more than 4 years ago

X-37B Found By Amateur Sky Watchers

TorKlingberg Re:Remarkable (109 comments)

Forgot to mention that the ISS has been continually powered by solar panels since 1998.

The propulsion is not solar powered. On GOCE of the other hand, it is. It is only 270 km (170 mi) up where the atmosphere is relatively thick and it will stay up for 20 months.

more than 4 years ago

HDTV Has Ruined the LCD Market

TorKlingberg Re:I want my VERTICAL resolution back (952 comments)

It isn't for pandering to movie watchers. It is because a 21 inch screen in 16:9 format has a smaller area than a 21 inch 4:3 screen, and is thus cheaper to make.

more than 4 years ago

The Seven Hidden Browsers In the Windows Ballot

TorKlingberg IE engine with a new GUI (246 comments)

Many of these are the IE rendering engine wrapped in a new user interface. They appeared in the days when IE development was dead and provided useful things like tabs and popup blocking, while staying compatible with the IE6-only websites that used to be everywhere.

Maxthon for one is very popular in China because it supports ActiveX which many Chinese banking websites rely on (bleh), and it is much nicer to use than IE6. I am not sure how it compares to IE8 though.

more than 4 years ago

A Skeptical Comparison of HTML5 Video Playback To Flash

TorKlingberg Re:Let's wait and see (391 comments)

It means there will be competition between the browsers, so you can choose the fastest one. Mplayer and VLC use far less CPU for the same video file, so if Firefox uses libraries form other open source products we can expect much faster playback.

Most of all, I am looking forward to having video played by the browser itself, rather than a plugin. That way keyboard shortcuts and other UI features will not not stop working when watching a video.

more than 4 years ago

Brinksmanship Continues In Google-China Row Over Censorship

TorKlingberg Re:Google is the only one that stands to lose... (133 comments)

China loses because Google is the best search engine, especially for scholarly papers, books and such. Sure they have Baidu, but it is basically the AOL of China; very popular with those who don't know better. University students, engineers, and smart people in general prefer Google, especially when searching in English. I suspect Google leaving China will lead to more people bypassing the filters to get to Google.

Also, Google has been a symbolically important, and may influence other western companies.

more than 4 years ago

Losing Google Would Hit Chinese Science Hard

TorKlingberg Re:Being IN China necessary? (161 comments)

Possibly blacklisting china's address space themselves if the chinese government doesn't get around to it fast enough to prove the point.

I see absolutely no reason to believe Google would do that.

more than 4 years ago

EU Says Google Street View Violates Privacy

TorKlingberg (300 comments)

Swedish mapping website has a feature similar to Street View, but with higher resolution and they do not even blur faces.

more than 4 years ago

The Wi-Fi On the Bus

TorKlingberg Re:behavioral problems have virtually disappeared (241 comments)

Why is the Slashdot house view that kids should always be doing exactly what kids 50 years ago were doing? Since when is stuffing a large number of kids in a cramped space for hours with little to do considered important for their development? Anyway, this is high school students. What's so wrong about them using laptops and the internet?

more than 4 years ago

Mining EXIF Data From Camera Phones

TorKlingberg Re:Scrubbing (175 comments)

Image data beyond the edge of the image after lossless resizing

I never heard of that. Could you elaborate or provide a link for further reference?

more than 4 years ago



Google funds Theora codec for ARM

TorKlingberg TorKlingberg writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Tor Klingberg (599697) writes "Google has provided funding to TheorARM, a project that produces an ARM-optimized implementation of the free Ogg Theora video codec. TheorARM has now been released under a BSD license, allowing makers of mobile devices to freely integrate Theora support. While it is unlikely that H.264 will be defeated, widespread Theora support will hopefully give web publishers the choice of which codec to use."
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Wikipedia administrators in deletion coup

TorKlingberg TorKlingberg writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Leif (599697) writes "A group of the high level administrators on Wikipedia who are unsatisfied with the site community's unwillingness to change its deletion policy have taken matters into their own hands, mass-deleting articles directly without discussion. Facing wide-spread protests, the administrators have stated that they no longer care about the opinions of the writer community. The conflict is about whether articles about people that lack sources can be deleted on sight. Among the deleted articles are former prime ministers of Russia, South Korea and Tuvalu as well as a many cabinet members of smaller nations, astronomers, writers and athletes.

Normally, Wikipedia rules are decided by a model of consensus and discussion where the opinion of an administrator does not count more than that of an ordinary contributor. Many administrators who are not part of the coup have tried to stop the deletions, but the arbitration committee, a kind of Wikipedia supreme court made of of the top-most administrators, have sided with the deletion campaign warning other administrators and users from interfering."

Europe to launch two space telescopes today

TorKlingberg TorKlingberg writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TorKlingberg (599697) writes "As the Hubble is being repaired, the European Space Agency is about to launch two new space telescopes in an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Centre at 15:12 CEST (09:12 EDT) today. Herschel is an infrared telescope with the largest mirror ever deployed in space at 3.5 m diameter. It can see further in the far-infrared than any previous mission and requires liquid helium to cool the instruments to under 2 Kelvin. The smaller Planck will study the cosmic microwave background over the entire sky.

Unlike Hubble there can be no repair missions as the telescopes are going to the L2 Lagrangian point 1.5 million km (1 million miles) from Earth in the opposite direction of the sun. The launch will be streamed live online."


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