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WebKit Developers Discuss Removal of Google-Specific Code

etresoft Re:Say "goodbye" to 64-bit builds of Opera... apk (92 comments)

I said nothing about Google being "evil". Google is just providing more value to its customers. Google most definitely does not want ads to be able to access the rest of your browser information. That information should only come from Google, properly anonymized and billed. While this change would make it harder for malicious iframes to sniff data that doesn't belong to them, it would also give malicious iframes more opportunities to inject code. Currently, if such an iframe tried that and failed, it will kill the parent process, effectively ending the injection attempts. With the new system, multiple iframes could keep trying different tactics.

about a year and a half ago
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Blink! Google Is Forking WebKit

etresoft What's the reason for this anyway? (252 comments)

Ah, I see. "Out-of-Process frames" means better management of advertising.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Finally Fixes Unencrypted App Store Login

etresoft Typical haters (52 comments)

Yep, they were sending login information over plain http.

The author of the original article was very careful with what he did and didn't say. He didn't say that Apple sent login information over plain http. And if you read the support document where Elie Bursztein gets his 15 seconds of Apple fame, you will see that Apple says the update now encrypts "active content". In short, login information was never sent over plain text.

about a year and a half ago
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JSTOR an Entitlement For US DoJ's Ortiz & Holder

etresoft That's funny... (287 comments)

I didn't see anything on the JSTOR Alumni program page that said alumni had the right to hide their faces from security cameras, break into networking cabinets, jack into the gigabit ethernet switch, spoof their MAC address via a randomizer script, and bring down JSTOR access for their entire institution.

about 2 years ago
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UK Court Sanctions Apple For Non-Compliance

etresoft What I don't understand (217 comments)

is why the mysterious Pamela Jones and the rest of the open-source community has identified Apple as The Great Satan. What has Apple ever done to hurt them? Complied with the GPL? OK. Guilty as charged. People who love their Apple devices get derided as fanbois. People who hate, without ever being harmed, are the good guys?

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: Forget the iPad, Surface Is the Tablet People Want

etresoft Download an app???? NO!!!! (403 comments)

I can't remotely log in to my Linux machines and do programming on my iPad. I can't create presentations on it. I can't do photo editing or drawing. I can write papers for grad school.

No. wait. I can do all of those thing on my 1st gen iPad.

Nevermind.

about 2 years ago
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Randomly Generated Math Article Accepted By 'Open-Access' Journal

etresoft Tenure (197 comments)

I say if Mathgen can get three such articles accepted this year, then it should get tenure.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Urging Safari Users To Use Bing

etresoft True story (266 comments)

I had a report of problems with a web sites from users who may or may not have been using IE9. So, I fired up my Windows 7 VM to check and it was still running IE8. What? No problem. That is why I installed it this VM. I just searched for "ie9" in my IE8 browser. Bing couldn't find a download link for IE9. It was Google's top hit.

more than 2 years ago
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Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion

etresoft Re:Patent system broken (1184 comments)

The patent system is designed to facilitate copying. It gives the patent holder a temporary, legal monopoly to encourage innovation. After the patent expires, it's fair game. The idea of patents is great, but everyone acknowledges the system needs reform. Maybe this case will make that happen. Would that be so bad?

more than 2 years ago
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Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion

etresoft Re:R.I.P. Innovation (1184 comments)

When it costs a small developer millions of dollars to patent search and licence obvious designs, we have killed innovation.

What we need is a company that stands up for small developers. Someone that frees them from credit card merchant companies. Someone that will go to court and defend small developers against patent trolls!

Oh wait. That's Apple.

Never mind.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Seeks US Ban On iPhones, iPads, Macs

etresoft How the times have changed since 1999 (404 comments)

Funny how people went ballistic when Apple wanted to charge either $1 or 25 cents for Firewire, but now 2.5 % is considered "reasonable".

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Yanks Mac Virus Immunity Claims From Website

etresoft Re:How could they have gotten away with that claim (327 comments)

I think one of the reasons for the re-wording was to remove the word "viruses" since it so obviously confuses people who don't know the difference between viruses and trojans and think the handful of Mac malware in 12 years is equivalent to over 17,000,000 for Windows. Sorry, but market-share doesn't account for that discrepancy.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Yanks Mac Virus Immunity Claims From Website

etresoft Re:Sheesh (327 comments)

It is precisely those unequivocal words like "nothing" that get people into trouble. Let's just say that there is only one thing more secure about MacOS X than Windows - the architecture.

more than 2 years ago
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In Australia, Apple Fined $2.5 Million For '4G' Advertising Claims

etresoft HSPDA+? (154 comments)

This is just the typical "Apple effect". Apple uses industry standard marketing tactics and gets in trouble. Everyone conveniently fails to notice that that the "non-4G" iPad3 is 6 times faster than the old iPad. Any other company would have gotten away with marketing just that as 4G even without LTE.

more than 2 years ago
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DoJ Files Suit Against Apple, Ebook Publishers

etresoft Just wrong on all counts (235 comments)

I have a book in the iBookstore. I set the price on it. Apple sells it for that price and gives me 70%. I have the same book in the other bookstores. I have no control over the price. They give me what they want, which is half of what Apple gives me. I have no choice or say in the matter. And the Department of Justice sues Apple? That's just wrong.

more than 2 years ago
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Dreamhost FTP/Shell Password Database Breached

etresoft Re:Not a big deal (123 comments)

Like many Dreamhost customers, I have used many other hosts over the years. None has even come close to Dreamhost. Many companies try to project an aura of professionalism but are really mickey mouse operations on the inside. Dreamhost is the opposite. I think they make a point to act like clowns only to scare off the clueless, high-maintenance market.

more than 2 years ago
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Dreamhost FTP/Shell Password Database Breached

etresoft Re:Why a Database of Password? (123 comments)

The massive web hosting companies don't run vanilla Linux. The require custom setups to run hundreds or thousands of sites per server and the flexibility to change servers based on usage.

more than 2 years ago
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Dreamhost FTP/Shell Password Database Breached

etresoft Re:Not a big deal (123 comments)

Alas, Dreamhost markets to the public at large, who often have no idea anything other than FTP exists. Dreamhost also provides sftp, ssh, WebDAV, and secure e-mail.

more than 2 years ago

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