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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

colfer "the more items Amazon sells to Prime members..." (168 comments)

"The more items Amazon sells to Prime members, the more money it loses." What bookshops have been saying for a decade is that Amazon is selling books at a loss, which used to be illegal as anti-competitive monopoly activity.

Much better than the opaque NYT article linked is this December article from IBT: "Amazon: Nearly 20 Years In Business And It Still Doesn't Make Money, But Investors Don't Seem To Care" It has the quote above, and the historic profit/loss graph I was looking for. Revenues have risen at a 45 degree angle, but profit/loss hovers around zero.

about a week ago

Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

colfer Good for Netflix (234 comments)

Now all Netflix needs to do is get a FiOS account at their house.

about two weeks ago

European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

colfer Re:A good idea, but... (210 comments)

No results found for "will brooker" +scam.

about a month ago

Protesters Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA's Utah Data Center

colfer Re:They screwed up the website (104 comments)

Click "Full Scorecard." It's an interesting mix of D's and R's.

about a month ago

Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

colfer Re:so how is this different from Microsoft? (132 comments)

Read the article, they are targeting Firefox, Chrome and Safari as platforms. This is a development tool for some reason put into core.

And the "app" does have to be a web app because this is all about mobile. They will probably integrate submitting the app to the various vendor-approved marketplaces, starting with this one:

I question all this, because Mozilla has limited resources, mainly from Google searches. But sticking with Desktop only would be risky.

about a month ago

Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

colfer Re:RIP firefox, lean and fast (132 comments)

That's long gone. The download (29MB for win32) is now larger than Seamonkey (20MB). At least half the development is focused on mobile and other projects. Thunderbird and Seamonkey have no paid developers. I assume the mobile products do have to be lean and fast though. That's been the big turnaround in browsers, back to small screens, low memory and slow chips!

As for desktop. Still a good browser, needs one process per tab. Still good to have a compliant rendering engine besides Chrome. Still good to have privacy and security policies competing with Chrome.

about a month ago

Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

colfer Re:Antitrust...? (132 comments)

Not that.

Right now this protocol is useful for Firefox Desktop, Firefox Android, and Firefox OS. But we aren’t stopping there. We’re working on a protocol adapter that will allow clients using the Firefox Remote Debugging Protocol – including the Developer Tools and WebIDE – talk to all mobile browsers, regardless of rendering engine or runtime. Our first targets are Chrome for Android and Safari on iOS.

about a month ago

Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

colfer Re:Why so much stupid shit, Mozilla? (89 comments)

TB has some architectural problems and the withdrawal of paid developers by Mozilla makes it unlikely they will be fixed. The problem I ran into is that attachments cannot easily be stored separately from messages. That column showing the attachment count is actually just a guess. The db does not have real info on the MIME situation in messages. All that work is done on the fly whenever you open the message. You can detach the attachments from messages and store them separately, but only by clicking on messages one-by-one. There is an extension that attempts to automate detachment through filters, but it will crash if it encounters too many messages with attachments at one time, since the task is asynch. I confirmed all this with the extension developer - not the crashes, but the architecture and the fact that the db only guesses at the attachment count when you view the message list. Of the 12,000 current extensions, I found two or three that attempted to deal with detachment.

about a month ago

Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

colfer Re:Choice is NOT ALWAYS good (128 comments)

BoringSSL is a great name and directly addresses what got OpenSSL into trouble most recently, implementing a new protocol parameter based on a student's idea for a degree thesis. Innovation for innovation's sake, that was. Hurriedly applied for some reason.

And it's not something a website would "use," if you mean a high level protocol akin to "https." It's a library to implement common standards.

about a month ago

Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

colfer Re:How will they address the attitude problem? (128 comments)

Maybe by assigning people to the project who have not chosen security as a career field. On the Mozilla commits I used to follow, the personalities in the security arena were a different kettle of fish from the other developers. They had to maintain FIPS compliance, so were conservative about changes, but it was more than that. Not to mention, there's a possibility of workers with ulterior motives. All the more reason to develop a wider community than just self-selected specialists.

The billion dollar companies can afford it, and should have a long time ago.

about a month ago

Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

colfer Re:what about... (153 comments)

They made a whole movie about this one, on the Alabama border. But the franchise was for... sin! The Phenix City Story

about a month and a half ago

Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released

colfer Re:Total bullshit (270 comments)

Classic Theme Restorer. Cheap, easy, no config.

about 1 month ago

OpenSSL To Undergo Security Audit, Gets Cash For 2 Developers

colfer Re:wrong direction. (132 comments)

The big companies probably want more control over the project than LibreSSL will allow them. They've been burned once by relying on old-style Unix community dev. But it's also entirely their own fault for not funding and auditing the open source code they were building their billions on.

Seems to me LibreSSL is the way to go, but I can also see why the corporations would just use it as a side-stream for hints on what to fix. They have enough resources to rewrite openSSL from the inside rather than the the LibreSSL tear-down approach. Having both projects is really a benefit for LibreSSL as longs as it gets sufficient interest and resources.

about 2 months ago

Cox Promises National Gigabit Rollout; Starting With Phoenix, Las Vegas, Omaha

colfer Also FiOS (129 comments)

Cox also competes with Verizon FiOS in several markets. This article says only 9%, last year:

about 2 months ago

Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

colfer Re:You dont want a car completely reliant on the e (865 comments)

The odometers did not even have a digit for 100,000. The rare car "turned over" back to zero. Title forms still have a check box for that. It's one thing the Car Talk guys were right about.

about 3 months ago

California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought

colfer Re:now I never looked into it (420 comments)

Some actual energy and costs figures are here:
(Concerns a different region in California, but has been put together well.)

In the political battle in Santa Cruz last year, a key contention was that the proposed carbon offsets were not a real benefit to the environment.

about 3 months ago

GNU Mailman 3 Enters Beta

colfer Re:Most Popular? (57 comments)

MailChimp etc. are not mailing lists. They are one-way distribution lists. Mailman has to deal with replies to the group.

about 3 months ago

Heartbleed Used To Bypass 2-Factor Authentication, Hijack User Sessions

colfer Re:News: Not just webservers use OpenSSL! (59 comments)

In other words, you could not detect the bug by looking at "openssl version" at the shell prompt, or looking for the openssl version in phpinfo().

about 3 months ago

Heartbleed Used To Bypass 2-Factor Authentication, Hijack User Sessions

colfer Re:News: Not just webservers use OpenSSL! (59 comments)

Yes, LiteSpeed web server, a common drop-in replacement for Apache, had the bug even when the shell of a LAMP stack did not. LS patched it.

If this bug had been in 0.9.8 the web would be in a real disaster now. Many web ISP's stay behind a few versions on the stack. I've got one that runs the oldest PHP version still in release. That's a bit extreme. So the bug hit more big companies.

about 3 months ago



Canadian judge: Cisco & US prosecutors in caho

colfer colfer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

colfer (619105) writes "A former Cisco exec was arrested while testifying in a hearing at a Vancouver Hotel, and spent a month in jail awaiting U.S. extradition. Now the Canadian judge says it was all a setup, with Cisco convincing U.S. prosecutors to fabricate Homeland Security charges against Peter Adekeye because he had sued Cisco. Judge McKinnon calls it "unmitigated gall" by the feds in San Jose."
Link to Original Source

colfer colfer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

colfer (619105) writes "From today's Independent

The plant is winter-flowering heather, and botanists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, many of them heather experts who have recognised the source of its active ingredient, now expect it to be the next must-have plant in British gardens. Demand is already high. Nurseries and garden centres in some areas are having trouble finding sufficient supplies as word spreads of the plant's unexpected properties.
But not everyone is happy about this new discovery. One woman shopping at a Wyvales in Dorking yesterday said: "It's amazing. My husband has never shown any interest in gardening before, but now he's out there night and day fussing over his heathers. Frankly, I preferred it when he left the garden to me and wasn't so frisky."


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