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Windows Blue: Microsoft's Plan To Release a New Version of Windows Every Year

calibre-not-output Re:So... (712 comments)

They've been doing that for years and have it down pretty well (though far from perfect). I upgraded my Ubuntu desktop with every new release since Feisty until earlier this year when I switched to LMDE, which is a rolling release and much less of a hassle. Each new update brought along a few problems (especially with ALSA/PulseAudio and WiFi) but they were all trivial to fix. Upgrading Windows is such a PITA that it's better to just format your hard drive and do a fresh install. All in all, it's probably going to be a lot more trouble to upgrade Windows every year than to upgrade Ubuntu twice every year. I could also say that nothing's to stop you from sticking with the LTS releases and only upgrading once every eighteen months, but considering that almost every PC at my office still runs Windows XP, I have to concede that barring some wird policy shift in the future regarding backwards-compatibility and updates, Microsoft has the advantage in that area.

about a year and a half ago
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The Dark Side of Digital Distribution

calibre-not-output Re:Beyond the DRM dilemma (270 comments)

Neither of these is a dilemma. Any righteous person should feel the moral obligation to boycott DRM-inflicted products and inflict physical violence on the people who make them, their loved ones and their property.

more than 2 years ago
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Hunters Shoot Down Drone of Animal Rights Group

calibre-not-output Re:If they hadn't brought their drone (1127 comments)

And if women didn't walk around dressed like sluts, they wouldn't get raped.

more than 2 years ago
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$100,000 Prize: Prove Quantum Computers Impossible

calibre-not-output Re:Proving something negative is impossible (324 comments)

I don't follow you. Assuming time-travel were possible, then, what would happen if I went back and shot my grandparents? Or rather, what I really want to know is, what's wrong with the logical process that leads me into the assumption that it would somehow be impossible to do that?

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Says It's 'Ambidextrous,' Hints It May Offer ARM Chips

calibre-not-output Re:Could we have a hybrid? (140 comments)

Performance-wise, what advantage does this offer over just having a faster x86-64 CPU? I don't see it.

more than 2 years ago
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Insects Rapidly Becoming Resistant To GM Corn

calibre-not-output Re:becoming resistant or... (368 comments)

But these changes will not transfer into the descendants of the guy who was changed still in the womb unless they're exposed to precisely the same factors and change in the same way. It's not a "lasting" change like a genetic one.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Files Patent For Fuel Cell Laptops

calibre-not-output Re:Surely (215 comments)

More likely they're not innovative, but still are patentable.

more than 2 years ago
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NFL: National Football Luddites?

calibre-not-output Re:They do allow non-humans to compete (257 comments)

So if I prescribe you aspirin as a blood thinner and you take one for a headache, that's aspirin abuse? Don't pull definitions out of your ass, fuckface.

more than 2 years ago
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NFL: National Football Luddites?

calibre-not-output Re:They do allow non-humans to compete (257 comments)

I didn't mean to restrict the meaning of "abuse" to addiction. It also happens that most of these pro athletes do not use performance enhancers in doses or with a frequency so high that it ruins their health. Any one of these factors can constitute abuse, but most athletes don't fit in that description, even though some of them obviously do.

more than 2 years ago
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NFL: National Football Luddites?

calibre-not-output Re:They do allow non-humans to compete (257 comments)

Was that "later in life" that you typed there? Seems to me you're not refuting my point at all. One or two people getting carried away because they can't keep up with the younger generation does NOT mean that the "abuse" generalization should hold any water.

more than 2 years ago
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NFL: National Football Luddites?

calibre-not-output Re:They do allow non-humans to compete (257 comments)

Substance "abuse"? It's just substance use - athletes using chemical aids, steroids and hormones to improve their physical performance. I can't imagine why you'd qualify it as abuse in any way, shape or form - it's not like the athletes are hooked on steroids. They use these substances as a means to an end, not as an end in themselves.

more than 2 years ago
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Google-Funded Study Knocks Firefox Security

calibre-not-output Re:NoScript! (225 comments)

From a technical standpoint, the ideal solution would be to include both plain Firefox and Firefox with the most popular security extensions, like NoScript and AdBlock(Plus). But this was a marketing study, so I think they were justified in their approach.

more than 2 years ago
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Google-Funded Study Knocks Firefox Security

calibre-not-output Re:NoScript! (225 comments)

Shipped or not with them is exactly the issue. It'd be a murky point if NoScript were developed by Mozilla, but not even that - if you want to keep your Raw Processing analogy, you'd have to assume that Raw Processing is only available if you root your camera and install a third-party firmware.

What good is a browser safety test that assumes every user is both very knowledgeable about Internet security and very diligent in protecting his/her own data, when in truth the average user is completely clueless and doesn't even care that much? Yet that's a built-in assumption in a test that pretends that an optional third-party security plugin used by a minority of the overall users of that particular browser is in fact part of the browser itself. Besides, if you want to add NoScript to Firefox when testing, it's only consistent that you also add every other extension that's at least as popular as NoScript, right? But why should you stop at that particular level of popularity? Why not install every single extension you can get your hands on? It'd be a miracle if you could get the browser to launch, and even then it wouldn't beat IE 4 on a security test with all those added vulnerabilities.

more than 2 years ago
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Google-Funded Study Knocks Firefox Security

calibre-not-output Re:What about Opera! (225 comments)

This was a market-oriented study and Opera has a negligible market share when compared to IE, Firefox and Chrome. It's a pity. I really like Opera, but from a market standpoint it's irrelevant.

more than 2 years ago
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Google-Funded Study Knocks Firefox Security

calibre-not-output Re:Switching to Chrome on Linux? (225 comments)

Even better, use SRWare Iron Browser. Also based on Chromium, but with a bunch of privacy- and security-oriented tweaks. AFAIK, it's nothing you couldn't do yourself while compiling chromium, but it's a lot more convenient like this.

more than 2 years ago
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Google-Funded Study Knocks Firefox Security

calibre-not-output Re:NoScript! (225 comments)

it would be like reviewing an SLR and not using its raw mode

No, it'd be like reviewing an SLR without an external flash bulb. Raw mode is built-in to the camera, NoScript is not built-in to Firefox. NoScript, like the external flash bulb, is an optional feature that the browser/camera is made to accept, but also made to work without. Most Firefox users don't use NoScript, even though almost every power user does. Likewise, most people who buy SLRs are overspoiled teens who will never leave the safety of "Auto" mode and probably don't even know that you can swap lens at all - but every serious photographer has a bag full of peripherals for each specific kind of photo they want to make. I've never read a side-by-side comparison of, say, a Nikon and a Canon camera where the reviewer concludes that despite being all-around worse than model B, you should still buy model A because it fits more different kinds of peripherals. It's the same thing with web browsers.

more than 2 years ago
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Google-Funded Study Knocks Firefox Security

calibre-not-output Re:NoScript! (225 comments)

Yes, that's exactly what I didn't mean. The test was a test of Firefox (and IE and Chrome), not a test of "Firefox with some add-ons installed". Chrome has optional third-party security plugins too, and they also weren't enabled for the test. NoScript isn't a part of Firefox, doesn't come bundled with the browser, and isn't developed by Mozilla. Why should it be included in the test?

more than 2 years ago
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Google-Funded Study Knocks Firefox Security

calibre-not-output Re:NoScript! (225 comments)

They tested the vanilla browsers, as they should. Most people don't install NoScript, and many who do get annoyed with it and switch it off.

more than 2 years ago

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