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Chrome OS Designed To Start Microsoft Death Spiral

an.echte.trilingue Re:Good luck with that (817 comments)

I'm using a Mac Pro that is ... six years old and it's still working damn well. Not "adequately" - it's working incredibly well. Photoshop, Warcraft, Final Cut, Soundtrack Pro, and more. I would love to upgrade to a newer computer (namely something with an Intel chip) but I just can't justify upgrading because what I have now is more than sufficient.

Funny. I am typing this on a six year old no-name box that I got already one year obsolete from Tiger Direct for $500 and I have the same problem.

more than 4 years ago

Network Solutions Suffers Massive Data Breach

an.echte.trilingue Not true (70 comments)

once you send the transaction to visa and it is accepted, this information should be PURGED. Period.

Not true. Lots of businesses hang on to your card number, especially if you will do repeat business with them, such as Amazon.

Network solutions is my registrar. They do not keep your CC by default, they ask your permission and there is a very good reason for them to do this. This is why:

My business has a few dozen domain names: our trademarks and a couple of names that are similar (typos that we don't want squatters to snatch up; .com, .net, .be, .fr variants, etc). They were all registered at different times and so there is usually one getting ready to expire every few weeks. We could make it part of the daily routine of one of our developers to check up on all of our domains and repurchase a new registration as needed. This costs money... lots of money if you add it up over a year. Besides, it introduces an element of human error: a few years ago, the company lost its primary domain name because the guy in charge of doing that had left and nobody thought to assign the job to somebody else. It cost us thousands of dollars to buy it back.

Alternatively, we can just allow Network Solutions to keep our CC number and re-register the domain automatically. It is easy and cheap. Of course, this kind of solution requires that Network Solutions not hire a retarded monkey to code its ERM...

about 5 years ago

Australian Website Bans ... Australians

an.echte.trilingue Re:*WHOOOOSH* (247 comments)

With a winner being the first post following this one to be moderated "+5 Troll".

I claim my reward, or by "this one" did you mean the gp?

about 5 years ago

Eye In the Sky For City Crime Fighting

an.echte.trilingue Solar Impulse (389 comments)

The technology for this does not exist yet, but it will very soon. Look at the solar impulse aircraft, for example, that is going to attempt to fly around the world on solar power. It stores up electricity during the day so that it can fly through the night. Combine this thing with UAV technology and you have your 24/7 camera surveillance.

Another solution that pop into my mind are balloons that are tethered to the ground.

about 5 years ago

Can Bill Gates Prevent the Next Katrina?

an.echte.trilingue NOT A TROLL (380 comments)

I must call attention to this!

Parent is making a valid point that every location comes with the risk of a natural disaster in response to the absurd assertion that we should never put population centers in a place that can have a storm. People in Kansas have tornadoes, people in California have earth quakes. The solution is not to smugly deny that people live in areas that are victim to the phenomenon du jour, it is to find ways to mitigate those risks.

The danger that hurricanes pose is easily mitigated, just as tornado or earthquake dangers are easily mitigated. Most of those who lost their homes in New Orleans wouldn't have if the government had been doing its job and maintaining the dikes. People in Kansas are safe when the government puts tornado-warning infrastructure in place. People in California are safe when the highways and bridges are built to withstand shock. This is what we have government for.

If we only put population centers in places with no risk of natural disaster, the habitable surface of the earth would be small indeed.

about 5 years ago

SSN Required To Buy Palm Pre

an.echte.trilingue Re:And? (543 comments)

I have been living without using credit for a little over five years. It is not hard at all. The trick is this: you wait until you have the money for something before you buy it.

The hardest part is getting started. You need to build a small nest egg for capital purchases (car, house, etc) before going credit-free. Then, you need to have the discipline to replenish that nest egg once you make a capital purchase, even if it means tightening your belt sometimes.

In fact, phone plans are the only thing I can think of that I can't use. I also worry a bit about what will happen if I ever decide to go back into the credit game: voluntarily not using credit is as bad for your credit rating as a bankruptcy.

more than 5 years ago

US Plans To Bulldoze 50 Shrinking Cities

an.echte.trilingue Just look at Chernoble (806 comments)

The towns around Chernoble have been abandoned for quite some time, which should satisfy your curiosity about how real cities decay if suddenly left alone.

Chernoble is also a great robotic testing ground because people still can't really go there for long periods, so no cheating.

The question of how cities would decay if humans suddenly died off en masse is moot. The reason is that before long, the world's nuclear reactors (especially the older designs) would start running out of coolant and going Chernoble themselves. Will Smith will not be fighting vampires 3 years later because radiation would have killed him already.

And, of course, we could use Chernoble for movie sets and kill off the god awful generation of actors that is plaguing American cinema.

more than 5 years ago

Google Announces Chrome For Mac and Linux Dev Builds

an.echte.trilingue Re:Speaking of browser innovation... (251 comments)

Ah, well firefox does... awesome. My mistake.

Any idea how long the feature has been around?

more than 5 years ago

Google Announces Chrome For Mac and Linux Dev Builds

an.echte.trilingue Use the repositories (251 comments)

I am not sure why this is news, actually. The repository for Chromium has been available for Ubuntu for some time. Instructions for adding it are here:

The big advantage to this is that you get the nightly builds automatically every time you update; no need to mess with downloading and installing debs

more than 5 years ago

Google Announces Chrome For Mac and Linux Dev Builds

an.echte.trilingue Speaking of browser innovation... (251 comments)

Speaking of browser innovation, why is it that we still don't have any major browsers that have detachable/retachable tabs? Konqueror has done this for years: you can right click on an open tab and detach it to its own window, or drag one window into another to consolidate them.

I personally find this really handy, to the point that I am willing to overlook that several popular javascript libraries (like jQuerry) are buggy in Konqueror which breaks a lot of useful websites (google aps, yahoo mail...) and I use it anyway.

Yet none of the other browser people have done this. Does anybody know why?

more than 5 years ago

Russia Launches Anti-trust Probe of Microsoft

an.echte.trilingue What about Gazprom? (221 comments)

Talk about Goliath versus Goliath. The successful monopolist versus... the slightly less successful monopolist who can rewrite its own legal system. Time to invest in popcorn.

more than 5 years ago

Buying a Domain From a Cybersquatter

an.echte.trilingue Re:Not quite that simple (800 comments)

We as geeks really need to stop underestimating people. It reflects poorly on us.

I have worked in tech support, so I have seen the way that many people use their computers. While a few people do surf the web as you describe, their numbers are small. While it is true that most people do not see the benefit of changing browsers and therefore stick with the default, most of them can and do change their home page, most of them know what a bookmark, address bar and search box are, and most of them use google.

By the way, I have seen very few computers for the home that have a microsoft home page. In my experience the manufacturer sets it to their own page. It is only the corporate boxes that have MSN, as far as I have seen.

Funny side note, the time I told somebody to go to, he typed / in the address bar. After that I used google.

more than 5 years ago

Buying a Domain From a Cybersquatter

an.echte.trilingue Re:Not quite that simple (800 comments)

Your observation of the phenomenon is correct, but you're a tad naive when it comes to "why". This has less to do with the domain name, and more to do with what the domain owners pay Google.

Bullshit. I would gladly pay google for higher placement in their results, and I have the money to do it. Show me the form where I can sign up, please.

more than 5 years ago

Buying a Domain From a Cybersquatter

an.echte.trilingue Re:Not quite that simple (800 comments)

I don't believe that for one second. Google doesn't care about the domain name it the site sucks.

Yup, but if the content is the same as somebody else's, then google uses the domain name to tell the difference. For people who sell real products and services, there often just is not that much content to put on the site. Then, things like the domain name make a difference.

more than 5 years ago

Buying a Domain From a Cybersquatter

an.echte.trilingue It is not about the site (800 comments)

Yet some of the most successful sites don't do that at all. Google, Yahoo and Amazon are fantastically successful, and both Slashdot and Digg are doing pretty well for themselves.

Those are all sites that are successful because they have regular readers/frequently repeating customers. If you sell widgets, and people only buy widgets once a year, people will go to your site once a year. Nobody links to widgets on their blogs. A lot of companies sell things that you buy once or twice in your life. Unless you want to get billions of dollars of capital together to build a company that immediately dominates your sector (it is spurious to claim that you could repeat google or amazon on a startup budget today) good SEO is really the only path.

Most of the sites that I visit that have descriptive names are using names that are descriptive of what company runs them rather than what they do (and that company name was already known/trademarked).

This is my point. In the case of the OP, the trademarked name is already registered. This is a serious problem.

I'm sure it helps you a little in search results, but it doesn't seem like it's that big of a deal.

When was the last time you purchased something from a company on the fifth page of Google? A small company I worked for paid thousands of euros to an SEO get first page google ranking. Our business (which was already pretty good) doubled immediately. Our main competitor had a position called Vice President of Search Engine Optimization, that is how important this is in a sector that has real, physical products (cheap consumer goods don't count).

more than 5 years ago

Buying a Domain From a Cybersquatter

an.echte.trilingue Not quite that simple (800 comments)

In meatspace, if a business sets up in a poor location, it affects their traffic because it is a PHYSICAL business. More importantly, no land = no business. On the internet, very few people even type URLs anymore, they google everything. All that domain registration does is place a few letters in the address bar of people's browsers.

Of course, the name does enormous things for your placement in google. Just do a google search for "buy flowers": at least half the results have the search the search terms right in the domain name. This is not a coincidence. If the name describes what you do and is also your branded name, your success in google is almost guaranteed.

Having a domain name that describes your company is tremendously important for a variety of reasons, not least of which is google ranking. Further, with modern browsers, the address bar searches your history. If you have your name or your product in the domain, this helps people find you a second time. Google Chrome is even better: search and address bar are the same. While I despise these people who park pages, their price is usually worth it if you are a company and the name is good.

So, in the cyber-world, picking the name actually does make a big difference in the amount of traffic you get. Having "" really is the equivalent of being off of the highway, while "" is really miles down the road.

Also, giving up domain names means completely abdicating your surfing to search engines and people who know SEO. Not a good idea.

more than 5 years ago

Cisco Introduces Rackmount Servers

an.echte.trilingue It is called opportunity cost. (93 comments)

I was going to reply and say the same thing, but then I saw the parent. Just to expand (for the benefit of the GP):

The concept is called opportunity cost. Basically, the if you do A, but B would have made more money, B-A= the amount of money you lost doing A = opportunity cost.

This is, incidentally, the reason that competition in free market economies pounds out inefficiencies. If a person is efficient at programming computers but inefficient at fixing cars, then he can fix his car in less time by trading his programming for car fixing. For the mechanic, it is the other way around: he can easily earn enough in a couple of hours to pay the programmer to do what would take him days. Money is, in this sense, just a medium to facilitate this kind of exchange.

Companies work the same way. If Cisco were to open a business supplying flying cars, they could probably scratch a profit. But they lack the experience, knowledge and brand to do that efficiently. However, they are very good at networking equipment, and for the same money that it would take to make cars, they could just branch off of what they now into, say, subspace communication. Meanwhile, toyota, who already understands the fundamentals of how to build nice vehicles that people want to drive, can build the flying cars.

more than 5 years ago

KDE 4.2.4 Released

an.echte.trilingue Promising? Yes. Usable? not really (153 comments)

KDE 4.2 is perfectly usable.

You seem to have a different definition of usable than I do.

  1. (s)ftp is broken in kde file browsers (dolphin, konqueror). I can load the root directory listing, but not download any files or change directories. Have to use filezilla or something.
  2. Similarly, the integrated text editors will not save over an ftp connection. Very annoying.
  3. SMB shares: when you refresh on a passwordless windows share in Konqueror or Dolphin, you get an authentication failure that lasts for the session.
  4. The fish plugin for ssh in konqueror seems broken, although I did not take the time to investigate so it might be a simple config error.
  5. Network configuration does not work for wifi connections secured with WPA-EAP/TTLS encryption. You have to edit the config by hand.
  6. This is more of a gripe: klipper is truly black magic that I cannot for the life of me figure out. Copy-Paste should not be this complicated.

Except for number 3, this all works fine in KDE 3.5. It all works fine in Gnome (same machine).

I like KDE4.2, it has a lot of really promising concepts. I am a big fan of the plasma widget desktop. I use it whenever possible, which is why I can actually tell you some of the bugs. But interesting concepts are not enough. For a lot of my work, I simply have to log out and log into KDE 3.5 or Gnome. I am using KDE on two machines, one is debian and the other is kubuntu, so the problem might be in debian's packages.

more than 5 years ago

Human Language Gene Changes How Mice Squeak

an.echte.trilingue Re:this can only end.. (185 comments)

I can't reproduce your border error. I bet it has to do with your iframe having width set in a way that causes it to run under another element that does not take the extra 2 pixel width of the iframe+margin into account.

You really should not be attaching events that way. This is bad for a number of reasons, the biggest of which is that you only get one event per element. Personally, I really like the observe method from prototype.js, but with what you are talking about MooTools might be better.

It is really pretty rare that you should have to pass variables that way. Just use objects and store your variables in that object.

They do however show that it IS possible for other browsers to support features that MS have invented, features that (many of them) actually make things better.

Yes, but a lot of them make life harder, and a lot of IE's quirks are just plain buggy. The point is that the web should be cross-platform: you have a standard and you code to it. Vendors should not have to implement features invented by a third party that may or may not be properly documented (ooxml anyone?). This is why we have the W3C to develop and innovate standards. Hell, MS helped write a lot of the standards that they don't implement.

Basically, whatever platform you're used to programming for, be it mozilla or ie, the other one IS going to seem alien to you, and stuff is frustratingly not gonna work on it.

A browser is not a platform. It should implement the standard so that we can code to it... "write once, run anywhere" should not be a paradigm reserved for Java.

But for you, the one you hate is IE rather than FF, which can only lead to the conclusion that IT'S SUBJECTIVE!

It is not subjective. There is a standard. While no browser implements it fully, IE is (still) the worst.

more than 5 years ago

Human Language Gene Changes How Mice Squeak

an.echte.trilingue Re:this can only end.. (185 comments)

Well, this thread is off topic, but I'll bite.

Quit letting your opinion be swayed by your bitterness over the fact that a browser from a company you don't like is widely used. If you really have trouble using a non-IE browser, that reflects only on your own abilities.

This polemic is not about the user. The trouble is not in using another browser, the trouble is writing websites for IE. It is a frustrating fucking nightmare. It is such a mess that anybody who has written a website in the last 5 or 6 years can not believe that people would choose IE of their own free will. Of course, the mess is transparent to the user who will blame the website if it does not look right in IE.

Now, I know that the IE situation has gotten better (but is still pretty bad) since IE7, but IE6 just won't die because its quirkiness caused a kind of lock in: corporate intranet sites are written for it and they are too expensive to correct. For these people, using another browser really has become impossible. Whether this corporate lock in was deliberate is debatable, but that is the reason the EU gets involved.

more than 5 years ago



Firefox 3 hits the mirrors

an.echte.trilingue an.echte.trilingue writes  |  more than 6 years ago

an.echte.trilingue (1063180) writes "Although Firefox 3 has not been officially released yet, the official 3.0 build is now available for download. You can get the Windows/US-English version here. For other versions, just modify the appropriate GET variables in the URL."

Steve Fossett is dead

an.echte.trilingue an.echte.trilingue writes  |  more than 6 years ago

an.echte.trilingue (1063180) writes "Steve Fossett has been declared dead. Mr. Fossett attained several records before the small plane he was piloting disappeared last year, including the first solo flight around the globe without refueling, the nonstop distance record and the first around-the-world balloon flight. While the importance of his achievements is disputed, he represented the epitome of geekhood: he was the king of cool toys."

The future of unmanned flight

an.echte.trilingue an.echte.trilingue writes  |  more than 6 years ago

an.echte.trilingue writes "The Economist has an interesting article about the future of unmanned flight. From the article:

Having evolved from military use, drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are taking to the air in increasing numbers for public-service and civilian roles. They are being operated by groups as diverse as police, surveyors and archaeologists. A UAV helped firemen track the blaze that recently ravaged southern California.(...) [Researchers at Harvard University] are working on a fly-like robot which weighs only 60 milligrams (0.002 ounces) and has a wingspan of just three centimetres — about the size of a real fly and so most unlikely to be noticed. This means going beyond scaling down existing components, like electric motors, and trying entirely new manufacturing processes. The Harvard "fly-bot" has flown, but so far only on a tether from which it gets external power.
I personally wonder when airlines will adopt this technology."

Guilty verdict in music file-sharing case

an.echte.trilingue an.echte.trilingue writes  |  more than 6 years ago

an.echte.trilingue (1063180) writes "CNN is reporting that the RIAA has managed to win in court. From the story "In the first such lawsuit to go to trial, the record companies accused Thomas of downloading the songs without permission and offering them online through a Kazaa file-sharing account. Thomas denied wrongdoing and testified that she didn't have a Kazaa account.[...]

During the three-day trial, the record companies presented evidence they said showed the copyrighted songs were offered by a Kazaa user under the name "tereastarr." Their witnesses, including officials from an Internet provider and a security firm, testified that the Internet address used by "tereastarr" belonged to Thomas.""

European Court Dismisses Microsoft Appeal

an.echte.trilingue an.echte.trilingue writes  |  more than 6 years ago

an.echte.trilingue (1063180) writes "A European Union court on Monday dismissed Microsoft's appeal against an EU antitrust order that ordered it to share communications code with rivals and sell a copy of Windows without Media Player. It also upheld a $689 million fine — the largest ever levied by EU regulators. The EU Court of First Instance ruled against Microsoft on both parts of the case, saying the European Commission was correct in concluding that Microsoft was guilty of monopoly abuse in trying to use its power over desktop computers to muscle into server software."

Scientists Discover New Link in Ocean Currents

an.echte.trilingue an.echte.trilingue writes  |  more than 6 years ago

an.echte.trilingue (1063180) writes "CNN is running a story about the discovery of one of the last ocean currents near Tasmania. From the article:

New research shows that a current sweeping past Australia's southern island of Tasmania toward the South Atlantic is a previously undetected part of the world climate system's engine-room, said scientist Ken Ridgway.

The Southern Ocean, which swirls around Antarctica, has been identified in recent years as the main lung of global climate, absorbing a third of all carbon dioxide taken in by the world's oceans.

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