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Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

aix tom A better Firefox alternative (for me) was PaleMoon (158 comments)


It feels "less quirky" than Seamonkey, and some of the Extensions that I have used for years ( Like Tree Style Tab) work with PaleMoon while they don't in Seamonkey.

And with the "Firefox 3 Theme for Firefox 4+ Reloaded" I finally feel at home again on the Internet.

3 days ago

With Community Help, Chrome Could Support Side Tabs Extension

aix tom Re:Tabs on side?? How about tabs on BOTTOM. (117 comments)

I just defected to Pale Moon two month ago.

Absolutely brilliant. Firefox as it used to be. Configurable like it was in the good old days, with that Australis interface ripped out. (And even returned to a sane version numbering scheme lately).

TreeStyle Tab works for vertical tabs (in contrast to SeaMonkey, where it doesnt), and with "Firefox 3 Theme for Firefox 4++ Reloaded" it works, looks and behaves exactly as the Firefox did in its best days. I finally feel "at home" again on the Internet without being irked by unexpected UI surprises all the time.

about two weeks ago

To Avoid Detection, Terrorists Made Messages Seem Like Spam

aix tom Re:Stupid (110 comments)

Of course, never in History, not even in WW1 and 2 has any spy agency tried do collect ALL information that was there. Like every letter sent, every phone call made, every conversation made in public, etc... like spy organisations these days seem to try.

Former East Germany came closest in the last century I guess. Then again, they probably had 20% of the population working at least part-time as undercover agents to spy on the rest.

about two weeks ago

Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

aix tom Re:Honestly go eff yourself Paul. (552 comments)

So this is basically another fine example, where
- The possible American employee loses the chance to get a job.
- The possible foreign employee loses the chance to get fair pay.
- The foreign country loses it's investment in education.
- The US loses it's investment in education
- The US loses through higher cost for social security.

The only group that makes big bucks with the screwed up situation are the lawyers again.

about a month ago

First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

aix tom Re:Is it just me ... (390 comments)

Don't forget: The original clones were made by the Kamino, on their planet, using their facilities and knowledge as the galaxies cloning specialists to create a "secret army"

The usual canon explanation I always heard in various books etc.. was that supplying new clones simply became too expensive and cumbersome, especially with the Kamino not WANTING to supply new clones to the empire and probably sabotaging the process at every possibility. Add to that the fact that "secrecy" is no longer an issue, that you can set recruiting stations on every planet you like, and there is not much sense to continue using clones.

about 2 months ago

First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

aix tom Re:The Star Wars universe has always been impracti (390 comments)

There's no doubt there will be plenty of catwalks with no guard rails [...]

The imperial senate decided that there was no need for OSHA.

And of course that was the REAL reason that thing was called "Death" Star by the people working there.

about 2 months ago

Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

aix tom Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

The software that "stores everything in the registry" is not garbage per se. It's just software that was written by developers that listened to Microsoft between, say, 1995 and 2010. Because they were told "nonono, *.ini files are bad, store everything in this great registry thing we invented".

From my personal gut-feeling that "drive to use the registry for almost everything" peaked around 2005-2006, before the trend was reversed. At least judging from the work related "enterprise stuff" where I still (have to) have some contact to Windows machines.

about 4 months ago

Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

aix tom Re:Let me guess... (421 comments)

If the fabric of my pants is stronger than my phone, then something is wrong, either with the phone or my pants.

Don't forget: its probably pants made of a fabric that was specifically chosen so that miners could choose rock samples in their trousers vs. some gimmick made of aluminium, a metal that basically bends when you just look at it in a funny way.

about 4 months ago

Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

aix tom Re:I just want to say one word to you (308 comments)

I really hope it's real 3D this time, not just some stereoscopic trickery where you need special glasses to eat your hamburger.

about 4 months ago

Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

aix tom Re:Nand flash Dropped only 13% in 2 years? (264 comments)

I only found a courve of the "2008 to end of 2010" prices. Which interestingly rose to double the value in the middle, just to be back on the 2008 level in 2010.


But one interesting fact seems to be, that spot price for 16GB NAND Flash seems only 19 cents below 32GB NAND Flash (2.79 vs 2.98 ):


(with 4 and 8GB being *more* expensive, probably because they are not produced in high volumes any more)

about 4 months ago

Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

aix tom Re:Keep your important data on current storage. (113 comments)

Which goes to show that you better don't use proprietary formats that are used only by one software vendor for archiving purposes, not matter how "everywhere" they are at a specific point in time.

about 4 months ago

TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

aix tom Re: "CipherShed" (270 comments)

It worked pretty OK for centuries. You could buy a "Plow from John Smith over in Blurn Hollows", or you could buy a "Plow from George Smith over in Redneck Fields", and nobody would be confused that they were called the same.

These days, if you buy a "FuxMatic3000XP from XentTeck" one day, you have to make sure if you want to buy one a year later that neither the FuxMatic3000XP nor the XentTeck Trademark have been sold in the meantime and are completely different things and/or products, or if the company itself did a product switcheroo in the meantime.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

aix tom Re:Standard remote access (334 comments)

That is all somewhat very bad.

When I consider what I had when I myself was "pretty in the neckiest woods there are" for a while, then I assume they HAVE the possibility to:

1) Receive e-mails in an email-client that allows them to "click on things", e.g. start a HTTP download from somewhere, however proxied that might be
2) Receive attachments in that mail client that they can run.

Then I would suggest a Linux distro with a lightweight Window manger. I have put about a dozen of "Mail-And-Web" clicker-people on LXDE (I did it with Debian, but Lubuntu might be simpler to set up). Pretty simple desktop, with task bar at the bottom where you can put a start menu or quick launchers or other widgets.
I did this setup for a few relatives when they ditched XP (or even Win95) in the last years. Basically just removed the start menu, just put a "Mail" and "Web" button on one side, and the clock and the logout button on the other side of the task bar. Nothing else.

Then you could write a script that you put on the machine (in bash, perl, python, whatever you fancy), which executes scripts you send them with a special extension, and configure those scripts to be executed with your master-script when they click on the attachment. (You could add a key/hash in the comments of the scripts you send them, and check that with the master script you put on their box), and then mail the output of the script back to you.

You could also put all kinds of helper functions in the pre-installed master script, like download files from http sources, or restore the last backup, or create a system report and mail it to you, etc......

about 4 months ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

aix tom Huh? What That guy undestands neither science ... (937 comments)

... nor religion it seems. More simplified:

- You believe in "God" (A) or you do not believe in "God" (B)
- You can be rooted firmly enough in reality that you realize science (for the most part) reflects the reality that exists (1), or you can be so absorbed in a dream-world that you don't realize that. (2)

(I have encountered people that were A1, A2, B1 and B2 in my life. Although A1 and B1 more often than A2 and B2.)

Totally *unrelated* to those two facts are other aspects of your personality, like if you are friendly to your neighbours and family, or a raving madman that likes to shoot people, etc, etc, etc......

But that B1 and B2 people "need to compensate the lack of a God-figure with some other quasi-god-figure" is pretty much the greatest nonsense I have heard all day. (And I hear a lot of crazy stuff each day) Nature ITSELF is so absolutely mind-boggling that you can spent ages being just enthralled by the basic facts of it. Just listen to the "Fun to Imagine" Series by Feynman on YouTube to see how a person can be excited about basic scientific facts without needing some sort of "God-Figure" or personalized "Mascot"

about 5 months ago

Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

aix tom Re:Yeah, so? (215 comments)

That's probably one of the problems of the KS Campaign. I read the article, and did some googling, and was never quite sure "What is this going to be? A card game or a computer game?"

about 5 months ago

Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

aix tom Re:Kickstarter's Problem (215 comments)

There are a lot of entities that take part of the money of a project and none of the risk.
- The postal service that is used to send contracts
- The caterer that puts the peanuts and coffee in the conference room
- The taxi driver that drives the participants
- The newspaper that published the add of someone seeking funding
- etc.....

about 5 months ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

aix tom Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

Maybe there would be a way do store passengers even more economically.

From a space usage standpoint it would require less space to store passengers lying down rather than sitting. Combine that with a flexible layout where you can pay for "cubic foot of space" for your and your carry-on. Might be an interesting alternative.

about 5 months ago

This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

aix tom Re:And, worst of alll.. (103 comments)

The rent's too high, the air's unclean,
The beaches are dirty and the people are mean,
And the women are big and the men are dumb,
And the children are loopy cuz they live in a slum!
The water is polluted and their mayor's a dork,
They dress real bad and they think they're New York ......

about 5 months ago

Early Bitcoin User Interviewed By Federal Officers

aix tom Re:Never talk to US law enforcement (92 comments)

No. Capitalist America. They must do everything in their power, that the government of the money, by the money, for the money shall not perish from the earth.

about 5 months ago

A New Homegrown OS For China Could Arrive By October

aix tom Re:Chinese programming language (93 comments)

From experience, it is usually enough to have the comments and the variable names in a foreign language you don't understand to make source code completely unreadable.

about 5 months ago


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