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Microsoft Rushes Out Office Web Apps Preview

idiotwithastick Re:Because google apps are so successful (123 comments)

Honestly, I haven't been incredibly impressed with Google Docs. The other day, a couple of friends and I tried to collaboratively edit a document, but each person would only think that one other person was editing the document, and the only way we could see each other's updates was to refresh the page. Furthermore, changes are only pushed out every 15 seconds from the Google server, making real-time collaboration difficult. If only Google Docs were more like Etherpad...

about 5 years ago

Romanians Find Cure For Conficker

idiotwithastick How long before it doesn't work? (145 comments)

TFA even says that the worm can update itself, so how does BitDefender plan to distribute the worm if the worm can be updated to shut down everything that may harm it?

more than 5 years ago

Draconian DRM Revealed In Windows 7

idiotwithastick Re:How in the hell did this make the front page? (1127 comments)

Yes, I did. That part would have been more interesting if they had provided more evidence of what they did, but it just seemed like a permissions issue (perhaps they had created the files as administrator and could not change it afterwards). However, this does not change the fact is that the first two arguments presented are worthless.

more than 5 years ago

Draconian DRM Revealed In Windows 7

idiotwithastick Re:How in the hell did this make the front page? (1127 comments)

Seriously, what sort of conclusions does this "article" even make? They say that it is somehow Window's fault that their software stops working because a DLL is replaced, because you know, somehow programs are supposed to run after you change parts of them. Next thing you know, they'll blame Windows for breaking their graphics card after they deleted their graphics driver. As for programs modifying the firewall, that has been implemented since the Windows XP firewall at least. Run an iTunes install and you'll see all the exceptions that Apple puts into the firewall for their own software. Hell, perhaps we should blame Windows for letting the iTunes installer put Bonjour and Apple Updater and QuickTime on your computer as well? Clearly, they are allowing software vendors to put crapware on your machine!

more than 5 years ago

US-CERT Says Microsoft's Advice On Downadup Worm Bogus

idiotwithastick Re:News? (290 comments)

Just managed to get worse? That's ignoring things like the Sony rootkit fiasco, right?

more than 5 years ago

US-CERT Says Microsoft's Advice On Downadup Worm Bogus

idiotwithastick Re:Windows itself is a vulnerability. (290 comments)

Actually, I believe Windows Vista fixed this vulnerability. To bad MS did such a poor job with UAC that a lot of people might end up catching this virus anyways.

more than 5 years ago

US-CERT Says Microsoft's Advice On Downadup Worm Bogus

idiotwithastick Re:I'm a linux what's a worm? (290 comments)

Wikipedia says that the first worm spread through BSD UNIX. (1988):

November 2: The Morris worm, created by Robert Tappan Morris, infects DEC VAX and Sun machines running BSD UNIX connected to the Internet, and becomes the first worm to spread extensively "in the wild", and one of the first well-known programs exploiting buffer overrun vulnerabilities.

more than 5 years ago

EC Considering Removing Internet Explorer From Windows

idiotwithastick Re:Can IE be removed? (827 comments)

The EU's issue with Microsoft is that it is limiting competition among web browsers by including IE with its product, so a removal of the GUI wrapper would probably be sufficient. Inclusion of the rendering engine won't do anything if you can't use it to browse the Internet in any reasonable fashion.

more than 5 years ago

Worm Attack Prompts DoD To Ban Use of External Media

idiotwithastick Re:They're just ignoring the real problem (295 comments)

Do you honestly think that foreign intelligence agencies won't write Linux or Macintosh viruses if it would get them into the DoD network? The OS might be part of the problem, but users are the much bigger one.

more than 5 years ago

Silverlight On the Way To Linux

idiotwithastick Re:Javascript (475 comments)

I am not a web app developer, but as far as I can tell Flash and Silverlight will still have their own place for a long while, especially until browsers (most notably IE) get their act together with regards to standards compliance and Javascript performance. The iPhone is a single platform, and the apps only need to work on that one platform. Considering that no browser is completely standards compliant and they all have their own Javascript and HTML quirks, I would imagine it very difficult to program any complex game in purely JS and HTML and have it provide a quality experience in all browsers and platforms, either because it is too slow on some platforms and broken on others because of the lack of certain features. At the very least, Flash and Silverlight provides a uniform platform across all systems for a developer to work on, making life that much easier for everyone.

more than 5 years ago


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