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Firefox 20 Arrives With Per-Window Private Browsing, New Download Manager

Yer Mum Re:Firefox starts to piss me off (181 comments)

The download freeze bug is fixed in Firefox 20.

about a year and a half ago

Beware the Garden of Steven

Yer Mum Re:fail (580 comments)

You're right, code can be self-signed. Self-signed code be run without a complaint if Apple allows it or it can be treated as suspicious as unsigned code if Apple decides to do so, it all depends on how high the walls are on Apple's garden.

On this point I'm inclined to see the glass as half-empty.

more than 3 years ago

Beware the Garden of Steven

Yer Mum Re:FUD! (580 comments)

They may have actively courted this market but they've just actively dumped it as Java used a lot here, both to run programs and as an interpreter for other languages. They've announced it's depreciated in 10.7 but they haven't announced any ordered handover to a 3rd party.

If Apple had said that Oracle or some other company were picking up and would have a JVM ready by 10.7 then there wouldn't be half the furore. As it is the timing along with the App Store announcement and the lack of Flash on the new MacBook Airs can be seen as suspicious and the first step down the road of locking down the platform.

more than 3 years ago

Beware the Garden of Steven

Yer Mum Re:Flash and Java not excluded from OS X (580 comments)

Has anyone from Apple or Oracle said that Oracle's going to do a Mac JVM?

Half the Java team have walked, could they even do one by Lion's launch date if Larry told them to do it? And secondly, it's rather difficult to integrate it into Cocoa as well as Apple have done, if Apple haven't handed the source code to Oracle then they'd need to take Apple developers on.

If Larry is even aware of what's happened he's probably himself how many yachts he can get out of distributing a free JVM for Mac after taking costs into account, and the answer is probably less than one.

more than 3 years ago

Beware the Garden of Steven

Yer Mum Re:FUD! (580 comments)

I'm betting on mandatory code signing for applications outside the Mac App Store, making freeware impossible and shareware only available if the App Store censor allows it by 10.9. All for the customers' own good, you understand (viruses, uncertainty of downloading off the internet, and stuff).

At that point the web browser starts to become less important as newspapers can be accessed by (paid-for) apps.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia Trades Symbian For MeeGo In N-Series Smartphones

Yer Mum Re:Very pleased (184 comments)

There's no app store because it's a new platform. This will in all probability change when Symbian becomes mid-range and Meego becomes top-range and both use QT for the GUI.

It's unpolished because it's a new platform yet the nerds still wanted to beta test it in their thousands and the platform was later tidied up for mass consumption. I assume we've forgotten Android 1.0?

more than 4 years ago

Europeans Bury "Digital DNA" Inside a Mountain

Yer Mum Re:Nothing new (161 comments)

And to prove the article's point, the Domesday project is to all intents and purposes now unreadable.

more than 4 years ago

First Impressions of the 11th Doctor Who

Yer Mum Re:The New Tardis (379 comments)

You do remember that River Song had a green sonic screwdriver?

more than 4 years ago

Wii Gets Price Cut To $199

Yer Mum Re:Ah... (320 comments)

Europe gets more in the bundle for the same price: Wii Sports + Wii Sports Resort + Wiimote + Nunchuck + Motionplus. The bad part (for Nintendo)? There are people who might never buy anything else for it during the console's lifetime.

more than 4 years ago

New Standard For EU-Compliant Electronic Signatures

Yer Mum Re:Adobe Lobby machine (42 comments)

But unless alternative PDF readers can verify electronic signatures, they'll be useless. And more importantly, unless alternative PDF writers can generate electronic signatures, they'll be useless. That's where the money is.

about 5 years ago

Phorm "Edited and Approved" UK Government Advice

Yer Mum Re:Translation to US English follows: (126 comments)


It's more like Front Porch/NebuAd/PerfTech "Edited and Approved" US Government Advice.

more than 5 years ago

Visitors To US Now Required To Register Online

Yer Mum Re:And another reason not to visit the US (734 comments)

Don't worry, fingerprinting's being worked on...

The European Commission is about to announce the compulsory fingerprinting of all visitors to the EU, both visa holders and non-visa holders, along with automated border checks of EU nationals through the analysis of fingerprints and facial scans.

EU to announce fingerprinting for all visitors

more than 5 years ago

Visitors To US Now Required To Register Online

Yer Mum Re:And another reason not to visit the US (734 comments)

The thing is if you fly to Spain from outside the Schengen zone you have to do a similar thing, although your airline forwards the data on your behalf. And so on for the other Schengen countries (if a Schengen country doesn't currently require it then it'll be rolled out soon).

The main difference between the US and EU might be some aspect of data retention, where usually in the EU the data is deleted after one or two years and there are a few more limitations on who can get to see that data, unlike the US.

So effectively the US and the EU are equally screwed in this respect and each new 'advance' in technology on one side of the pond will end up appearing on the other side, sooner or later.

more than 5 years ago

Nintendo Slapped With Wiimote Strap Lawsuit Once Again

Yer Mum Re:I'm dubious about this. (356 comments)

The first thing you do when you fire up a game is get a warning about using the Wiimote. At that point the most you should have done is point it at the screen and press A, not thrown it at the screen in an attempt to get the game started.

So on the one hand we have weak kids causing accidents using the remote so weakly that the weak strap breaks and on the other we have people who are so strong that they break the new strap when they're waving the remote around.

Ah, lawyers...

more than 5 years ago

Firefox 2 and Gecko 1.8 End of Life

Yer Mum Well I hope Thunderbird 3 comes out soon... (138 comments)

Then. In any case it's not nice to be forced to upgrade to version 3 and have support immediately cut off for version 2. I'd like to be able to stay with the old version for half a year or so, I like my mail profile and I don't like data loss bugs.

more than 5 years ago

Researchers Find Problems With RFID Passport Cards

Yer Mum Re:Again (172 comments)

My first reaction would be to say that you are kidding, but then this is yet another example of policy laundering.

In the UK the government said it was because it was being deployed by the US.

Basically it was a working group from the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand which pushed it onto the ICAO and then each country was forced to grudgingly and unwillingly implement this standard which they previously pushed for.

more than 5 years ago

Stephen Fry Helps GNU Celebrate 25th Birthday

Yer Mum Re:Stephen Fry... (282 comments)

Possibly, but you can't see it.

Or so I've read; I can't see it either, I'm on my work computer and Ogg's a no go.

I could see it at home but I'd have to install the Ogg codec. The question is... am I really bothered?

If the FSF want people to come to them, they're going to have to at least make some attempt at bringing their message to the people they want to convince.

about 6 years ago


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