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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

guygo No suprise... (111 comments)

Seems to be the way things work with the Mozilla crew. Look at the "progress" of the Thunderbird project. For over a decade people have been complaining about its inability to accurately render html, yet that problem still exists in the software today. No one wants to work on the un-sexy nuts and bolts stuff; everybody wants to be the guy who wrote the flashy new UI. Kinda difficult to do anything about it when you can't fire someone and hire a decent replacement.

3 days ago

Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

guygo Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

It's the State of Comcast. They have no such niceties as "innocent until proven guilty". They can do whatever they want, because they own everybody who could possibly be effective in trying to do something about them. So let's let them swallow Time-Warner, too! All hail Comcast!

about a week ago

Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

guygo finds little... (269 comments)

what? Little evidence of the gene, or (more plausibly IMHO) little evidence of intelligence?

about two weeks ago

Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

guygo another major decision criteria (132 comments)

They forgot to mention the rejections due to the App Store reviewer having had an argument with his SO that morning, or had a lousy breakfast, or sat in a traffic jam, or ...

about three weeks ago

Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

guygo Re: Two words: (215 comments)

They asked what issues drone delivery will face. My point is that the ability to anonymously take down a drone is way too much temptation for some to pass up. I think it highly likely that there will be attempts to bring them down. What I do personally has nothing to do with it. Sheesh.

about three weeks ago

Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

guygo Two words: (215 comments)

Target practice.

about three weeks ago

Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

guygo On the good side... (212 comments)

Mom loves the way the meat glows when you cook it!

about three weeks ago

Feynman Lectures Released Free Online

guygo So cool... (70 comments)

total gold. and for free. most excellent.

about three weeks ago

A New Homegrown OS For China Could Arrive By October

guygo new platform (93 comments)

Oh good. Noob hackers need a new platform to practice on. Windows exploits are SO 20th century. If their knock-off OS is anything like their knock-off lunar rover, it should be as stable and secure as the first release of Win95, providing no end of fun for wannabe malware authors.

about a month ago

Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

guygo Re:Probably has to do with pages. (105 comments)

I'm with medv. I much the way people wake up just before their alarm clock goes off, I think we subconsciously keep track of where we are in the book, and the pages give us a concrete measuring stick to judge by. Then we can relate passages of the story to physical locations in the paper book, giving us more of a timeline reference. At least, that makes sense to my experience with ereaders v books.

about 1 month ago

John McAfee Airs His Beefs About Privacy In Def Con Surprise Talk

guygo Re:Why? (124 comments)

you have no idea what you're talking about. if I "must be young", you must be unborn.

about a month and a half ago

John McAfee Airs His Beefs About Privacy In Def Con Surprise Talk

guygo Why? (124 comments)

Why would anyone listen to this paragon of paranoia?

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

guygo The Wart (427 comments)

... rules. I have been on a WRT54Gs running DD-WRT since I can't remember, and I really see no reason to mess with something that ain't broke.

about a month and a half ago

How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

guygo It's a trick question... (180 comments)

The vaulted Speaker of the House has already stated it is a better metric to judge them on how many laws they have repealed. Oh... nevermind.

about a month and a half ago

Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

guygo next... (167 comments)

the Berlin Wall goes back up.

about a month and a half ago

HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

guygo FS compatability... (136 comments)

As an old DECcie I loved VMS, but then I was coming from RSX-11m. It made for a pretty good software development system. One thing that can really hold it back though is its file system. While it is a robust FS, it is very closely coupled with the OS. There could be some real problems if/when people want to run it on something like ext4 or ReiserFS. Bodes for a whole new set of drivers and fs converters. Sigh.

about 1 month ago

China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

guygo Oh great! (219 comments)

Just what we need. From the people who brought you the Yutu moon rover...

about 2 months ago

Appeals Court Affirms Old Polaroid Patent Invalid

guygo amazing... (45 comments)

a common-sense decision from a Patent Court.

about 2 months ago

Wireless Industry Lobbying Hard to Keep Net Neutrality Out

guygo sometime... (85 comments)

AT&T also said their service representative would be there at 10:00am. How'd that work out?

about 3 months ago


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