top Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google
Mozilla is squandering the money they have. It should be shows around to a range of open source projects. That sort of money could free dozens of major and important projects from their corporate sponsors' agendas.
That was my reaction as well. If Chromefox and a bunch of money-wasting vanity wank ("Firefox OS") is all we're getting for $300M, Google should be asking for their money back.
top Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8
Its a pot of money a lot of people put into usually with a single goal for an election.
Oh, so in Roman terms it's actually largitiones (referring to the act of providing money for political ends) rather than ambitus (a more general term for the crime of political corruption, including bribery) - see my other post above.
top Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8
I'd Googled it, but it just seems to be a way of funnelling money to politicians or for political objectives. S**t, that's been going on since (at least) ancient Rome, they called it ambitus.
top Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8
As someone who lives outside the US, and after seeing several articles talking about PACs, I have to ask: WTF is a PAC, and WhyTF should I care?
top Major Performance Improvement Discovered For Intel's GPU Linux Driver
The Intel drivers for Linux are official and open source. They are actively maintained by Intel themselves. This is not like the Nvidia/Nouveau split, Intel are actually very open source friendly in this area.
So you've got the choice between crappy graphics hardware with OSS drivers and high-end graphics hardware with binary-blob drivers. Damn.
top Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out
After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy
I know this is terrible and all, but as someone completely unaffected by this (not an apple fanboy, russian or gay) I find some kind of weird surreal humour in the whole thing.
What I find kinda surreal is that they were quite happy to set up a monument to a sociopath, but then felt the need to take it down when a completely different person admitted he wasn't into women so much. In post-Soviet Russia, happy ocelot pancake.
top Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again
And T-Mobile hasn't rolled out 4.4 on the Note II. They likely never will.All other major carriers did this months ago.
You think you've got it bad, my Yu Shiang Fu Yuk phone isn't even on 4.4 yet. If they don't update soon I'll demand my $65.99 back.
top Chinese Hackers Mess With Texas By Attacking Fracking Firms
You don't mess with Texas.
Exactly. It's not nice to pick on retards.
top OneDrive Delivers Unlimited Cloud Storage To Office 365 Subscribers
my work has office 365 accounts and i'll be darned if I can get sky drive sync to work.
This is exactly why my reaction to this story was "Giant who-cares". Instead of x GB of dysfunctional online storage that doesn't work more often than it does Microsoft is now giving me infinite amounts of brokenness to play with. It's like taking a faulty laptop back to Dell and as a special offer they replace it with three faulty laptops.
top FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips
The obvious alternatives for USB-to-serial are:
1) Prolific 220x
Prolific are never an alternative, unless the question is something like "Would you rather have gonorrhea or
...?". In order of preference, it's something like FTDI, FTDI clones, banging rocks together to get ones and zeroes, Prolific, Prolific clones.
top More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10
Is the overall appearance still that of Windows Vista Starter Edition that they moved to in Windows 8? Microsoft are pretty much financing an entire company, Stardock, whose Window Blinds you have to buy if you don't want your desktop to look like some bland flat pastel-shaded 1960s show home.
top South Korean ID System To Be Rebuilt From Scratch After Massive Leaks
Here's a really simplistic example - if you carry auto insurance the liability levels on your policy give a good indication of how much wealth you have (because liability coverage is about protecting your assets not anyone else).
You don't even need to go to the insurance companies, in Russia you just buy the registration database and then target people who have Mercedes and BMWs.
(I'm not being facetious, this is how the criminals actually do it).
top Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images
Don't check for updates, do not notify for updates
Isn't this the Android default anyway? If you want an update to your OS (not your apps, your OS) you throw away your current phone and buy a new one.
top The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real
Springer is a rather serious publishing company. Springer journals carry very real weight.
was a rather serious publishing company. In the last decade or so they've switched to publishing any old rubbish that they can make a fast buck off. Look at the LNCS series for examples, they're publishing proceedings of conference that look like they were held around a table in a beer hall.
top Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone
Now I'm curious. What OS would he run on a low-end device with 128mb of RAM?
Windows 95 would work fine: 4MB RAM (8MB recommended) so the RAM is overkill, ~50MB disk space so you could squeeze it in by omitting a few optional bits, VGA display so you really want 640x480 not 320x480 but it'd probably be OK, and the CPU is about as much overkill as the RAM. It had networking, a browser, everything but the touch-screen interface for which you'd need a third-party add-on. Or Windows for Pen Computing, a modified Windows 3.1.
about a month and a half ago
top Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista
Citation on user noticeable difference? Maybe on synthetic benches but not in any real world scenario.
Exactly. The reason why MS has kept the baseline constant since Vista came out is because that's about all the typical user needs. Whether you have a 2006 machine with the CPU idle 95% of the time or a 2014 machine with the CPU idle 99% of the time doesn't make any difference to Joe/Jane Sixpack browsing the web, reading email, and updating their Facebook page. Now admittedly sometimes they may really load the machine down and fire up Word, so the CPU is only 92% idle, but that's the exception.
This is also why the PC market has been stagnant for the last five years or so. Despite the constant predictions of pundits that "the PC is dead, tablets are taking over", the real issue is that there's no need to upgrade every two years any more. If you're a typical user (so not a Slashdot reader) and you bought a PC in the last five years you can just keep on using it until it physically wears out. It'll do everything you need to do with loads of capacity to spare.
(Typed on my not-so-new laptop with its CPU clock-throttled to 800MHz, and 97% idle).
top Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records
In addition to the obligatory "mod parent insightful", I should add a comment on HL7: It didn't get that complex for the fun of it, but because medical systems are extremely difficult to systematise, and over time you end up having to add special cases and exceptions and exceptions to the exceptions and so on ad nauseum. As you say, Google couldn't even get the basic CCR implementation done ("hey, we can simplify things if we leave out this, and this, and this...") which ignored the fact that those things (well, at least some of them) were in there for a reason. HL7 has all of its "more than one instance of X" and "free-form anything" fields in various places for a reason...
top Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices
I get irked by the forced soullessly bland corporate inoffensiveness which seems to be popular round these parts at the moment. I'm actually heartened to hear that that phone vendor has not also suffered from that particular disease.
There's actually two considerations, the obvious one is "Do I like the picture?", but a more important one in many cases is "Can I see the icons above the background clutter created by the picture"? In the not-quite-Hello-Kitty version the answer, for about two thirds of the screen, was "No". So I've now switched to a fairly bland pic of a sunset that has muted, graduated colours that allow the icons and widget displays to be visible. Probably counts as corporate bland, but the usability is greatly improved.
top Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices
Just note that the evil(tm) will be compounded by the crapware that some OEMs *and* carriers tend to slather onto the phones, on top of what Google is going to require.
I was stunned when I helped a family member set up their Android phone from a major vendor. A ton of Google crapware preloaded, and you couldn't do anything without signing up for Google everything (I didn't even know Android had an anal-probe permission before then). When I got my Chinese Android phone ($140, 5.5" IPS screen, unlocked, dual-SIM, quad-core 1.3GHz, etc) it had no preloaded crapware and, apart from Google Play which is needed to install apps (well, unless you want to jump through all sorts of hoops) didn't ask to sign me up for anything. The sole annoying thing about it was that the Chinese vendor's taste in wallpapers doesn't necessarily match Western tastes (it wasn't quite Hello Kitty, but close), but that was quickly fixed.
So it seems like the trick is to buy from vendors motivated by good honest greed (the product is the phone they sell you) rather than strategic business alliance blah blah considerations (the product is you).
top New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise
The entire nature/nurture debate almost always ignores the "quality of practice" issue. Not all practice is equal, just because it is deliberate. The specific activities chosen may be more or less efficient at improving a skill.
It also depends on what talent, or aspect of personality, you're looking at. One case which has been heavily studied, because it has such a large impact on society, is psychopathy. The answer to the question of "is it nature or nurture" is "yes". In other words an at-risk child doesn't necessarily develop a full-blown personality disorder (= psychopathy) unless the conditions are right, and conversely a child treated a certain way doesn't necessarily automatically develop a personality disorder (that's in most cases, in some cases they're lost no matter what anyone does). So having the needle swing back to "it's both" won't surprise people who have looked at nature vs. nurture in other areas.
top The upcoming Windows 8.1 apocalypse
arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "As most people will have heard, Microsoft will end support for anyone who hasn't upgraded to Win8.1 Update 1 on May 8. What fewer people have heard is that large numbers of users can't install the 8.1 Update, with over a thousand messages in
this one thread alone, and that's for tech geeks rather than home users who won't find out about this until their PC becomes orphaned on May 8. Check your Windows Update log, if you've got a "Failed" entry next to KB2919355 then your PC will also become orphaned after May 8."
top Windows 8.1 Update creates chaos for many users
arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Update has been creating chaos for many users, as demonstrated by threads running to
six hundred and eight hundred messages respectively in Microsoft's support forums. Users report spending days trying to get it to work, with the Microsoft-recommend solution of using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool fixing some failed updates, followed by more recent reports of it corrupting the Windows component store and requiring a complete reinstall of Windows. For users with OEM pre-installs, that means going out and buying a Windows 8.1 CD. Since no further updates are possible without the 8.1 Update, this now leaves large numbers of users of Microsoft's latest OS in the same boat as Windows XP users."
top Is Android the next Microsoft monoculture?
arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "A decade ago, Microsoft was criticised for creating a monoculture full of security vulnerabilities. Today we have another emerging monoculture, Android, which is becoming as pervasive as Windows was a decade ago, and just as full of security issues. Will Android be the next insecurity monoculture?" Link to Original Source
top Sophos A/V riddled with vulnerabilities
arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "Security researcher Tavis Ormandy has had a look at Sophos A/V and found that it'll actually make your system less secure after you install it:
The paper contains details about several vulnerabilities in the Sophos antivirus code responsible for parsing Visual Basic 6, PDF, CAB and RAR files. Some of these flaws can be attacked remotely and can result in the execution of arbitrary code on the system. Ormandy even included a proof-of-concept exploit for the PDF parsing vulnerability which he claims requires no user interaction, no authentication and can be easily transformed into a self-spreading worm.
The findings also include this gem:
Ormandy also found that a component called the 'Buffer Overflow Protection System' (BOPS) that's bundled with Sophos antivirus, disables the ASLR (address space layout randomization) exploit mitigation feature on all Windows versions that support it by default, including Vista and later.
here." Link to Original Source
top Is Google targeting Firefox?
arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "As of about two weeks ago, Google searches carried out from Firefox are returning
meta redirects that require manually clicking through every search result in order to reach your target. In doing this Google is specifically targeting Firefox and no other browser (switching your user agent to anything other than Firefox gets rid of the problem). Presumably switching to Chrome would also resolve the issue. Could this targeting of Firefox be because it's Google's main competitor in the open-source browser market?"
top (Possible) Diginotar hacker comes forward
arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "At the risk of burning people out on the topic of PKI fail, someone claiming to be the Diginotar hacker has come forward to claim responsibility: It's the ComodoGate hacker. He also claims to 0wn four more "high-profile" CAs, and still has the ability to issue new rogue certificates, presumably from other CAs that he 0wns." Link to Original Source
top Another CA issues false certificates to Iran
arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "Following on from Comodogate, we have another public CA issuing genuine false certificates to Iran, this time for Google. There's speculation that it's a MITM by the Iranian government, but given the existing record of CAs ready to sell certs to anyone whose check clears, it could just be another Comodogate." Link to Original Source
top The end of the end-to-end principle
arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "The Internet was designed around the end-to-end principle, which says that functionality should be provided by end hosts rather than in the network itself. A new study of the effect of vast numbers of middleboxes on the Internet indicates that this is no longer the case, since far too many devices on the Internet interfere with traffic in some way. This has serious implications for network (protocol) neutrality (as well as future IPv6 deployment) since only the particular variations of TCP that they know about will pass through them." Link to Original Source
top Poll: Browser PKI provides users with...
arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "- An effective defence against phishing attacks
- Better than nothing at all - More security theatre than the TSA - A protection racket to keep CAs in business"
top 13-year-old password security bug fixed
arglebargle_xiv (2212710) writes "In a sign that many eyes don't really make (security) bugs shallow, a thirteen-year-old password-hashing bug that affects (at least) PHP, some Linux distros (Owl, ALT Linux, SUSE), and a variety of other apps has just been patched. This problem had been present in widely-used code since 1998 without anyone noticing it." Link to Original Source
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