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Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads

jeepies Re:er, Netscape? (309 comments)

Netscape was dead in 2004. IE was closing in on 90% market share by the end of 2000.

I remember finally making the switch to IE from the Netscape 4.76 series that summer after my friend asked why I didn't use IE and showed me it was better. To be fair, IE had surpassed Netscape at that point. I believe that was IE 5 or 5.5. Prior to that Netscape was better hands down but it stagnated after Netscape 4.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads

jeepies Re:Bastards ... (309 comments)

If you disable directory tiles on new tabs, the ads are also disabled.

about two weeks ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

jeepies Re:hahaha (155 comments)

It actually makes a lot of sense if you think about it in historical context.

The car manufacturers originally offered a franchise model. Only after the franchisees had successfully set up the market did the manufacturers try to come in and eat their lunch with corporate stores. The anti-competition laws were put in place to prevent the car manufacturers from undercutting those who had built their client base for them. In the case of Tesla this issue doesn't exist because Tesla has never franchised.

A more modern example is companies like RoadRunner and @Home. They built out most of the cable modem infrastructure under contract to companies like Comcast and Time Warner who thought there was too much risk involved. Once the cable companies saw how easy it was, they refused to renew the licenses to use their lines and set up their own cable modem service. The laws in the automotive space are designed to prevent this kind of scenario.

about 2 months ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

jeepies Re:1024-fold (210 comments)

Almost all modern operating systems report hard drive space in Kilobytes (2^10), Megabytes (2^20), Gigabytes (2^30), and Terabytes (2^40). This has been standard as long as I've been using computers, which is over 30 years. Gibibytes are what you get when a third party who has no stake in something tries to impose a definition on someone. Hard Drive manufacturers only use the redefinition of Gigabytes/Terabytes because they can claim their drives are bigger and they're relying on the confusion caused by the redefinition.

about 2 months ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

jeepies Re:1024-fold (210 comments)

File systems are always organized with sector and cluster sizes that are a power of 2. It's true that modern hard drives use the power of 10 definition for a Gigabyte, but this is mostly for marketing reasons. You'll notice your operating system reports the drive space as a power of two regardless of whether it uses GB or GiB as the unit. Most current OSes use GB for 2^30 instead of 10^9.

about 2 months ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

jeepies Re:My understanding of the issue (354 comments)

That's not how the LGPL works. It's perfectly fine to mix LGPL derived binaries with binaries derived from proprietary code. In fact that use case is in the entire reason the LGPL exists.

You're thinking of the GPL if you're talking about "viral licensing." And even in that case, it's a fallacy. Linking GPL code with non-GPL code is a copyright violation. That violation doesn't necessarily have to be remedied by releasing the non-GPL code as GPL. Other remedies are possible including withdrawing the combined project and potentially paying a fine. Ultimately you can't force someone to license their own work under the GPL, as much as that gets passed around as fact.

about 3 months ago
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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

jeepies Re:Rejected! (111 comments)

If they pass go and collect $2 billion, Illiad's bid will have to go up $2 billion.

about 4 months ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

jeepies Re:simple fix (221 comments)

Sports involve physical activity.

about 5 months ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

jeepies Re:simple fix (221 comments)

Sport: 1) a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other 2) a physical activity (such as hunting, fishing, running, swimming, etc.) that is done for enjoyment

about 5 months ago
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Expedia To Accept Bitcoin

jeepies Re:Bitcoin lost 11.6% of its value this week ... (87 comments)

So there's some flip sides: 1) In terms of anonymity, the government doesn't want the ability for people to move large quantities of money around anonymously. That capability opens up a lot of black market activity that they want to put a stop to. So I think in this case, anonymity is negative for cryptocurrency in terms of its long term viability. 2) Transactions being irreversible is great for the merchant, but what about consumer protections? What if someone buys something and it's not shipped? What if it's defective? What if it's substantially different from what was offered? The consumer is left to beg for their money back or seek legal remedy. Under the current system with credit cards and paypal, it's a simple matter to remedy these issues with a phone call or a few clicks on a website. Also, addressing the wallet issue: If someone steals loses a wallet or it's stolen, a couple phone calls and they'll have new credit cards in a week. This is precisely why most people don't carry a lot of cash around. Worst case you're out $50 if someone uses your card, but in most cases credit card companies waive those fees for lost and stolen cards. The other difference is that a crypto wallet is more akin to a bank account in terms of the amount of currency that stands to be lost. I would imagine most people carry less than $100 in their wallets. 3) This is too much to expect from most people. Again I would expect a real wallet to have far less to lose than a crypto wallet - especially if we're imagining this in a future where crypto is king. Remember you can also get spyware and have your crypto wallet stolen. In general people are just not very good with computers. Expecting them to back things up, wall off computers from hackers, etc, is unrealistic. It's fine for people who are into it like you and me, but to expect the averge person who sees a computer as a way to use Facebook to do these things is just not going to happen. Bank accounts and credit cards have safety mechanisms built in that cryptocurrency lacks and are better options for almost everyone. Until that's addressed cryptocurrency has no hope of going mainstream.

about 5 months ago
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Expedia To Accept Bitcoin

jeepies Re:WTF *IS* a Bitcoin? (87 comments)

What is a bitcoin? It's an entry in a shared block chain (list of transactions) which requires computing a very difficult hash function to verify. That computation is called a "proof of work." The computer that successfully verifies a block also gets an entry in the ledger giving it a reward for calculating the hash. You can't arbitrarily create a bitcoin precisely because everyone on the network has the same shared block chain. All of this requires a lot of computational cycles and hence electrical power. So in a fashion you're translating electrical power into currency.

about 5 months ago
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Expedia To Accept Bitcoin

jeepies Re:Bitcoin lost 11.6% of its value this week ... (87 comments)

That said, bitcoin is an excellent payment system. It will probably replace paypal and such, put a dent in credit cards.

In its current form, there's no way any cryptocurrency replaces paypal or credit cards. The major problems: Anonymity, Lack of protection from fraud, susceptibility to loss (lose your wallet, oops.), and user unfriendliness (expecting the average Joe to deal with wallet software and bitcoin addresses is major stretch).

about 5 months ago
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Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released

jeepies Re:Please, please just stop... (270 comments)

When the ESR branch updates to a new version, there is a 12 week deployment and certification window where the old version of ESR is maintained. There will be two more point releases of 24 ESR (24.7.0 and 24.8.0) that coincide with 31 and 32 on Release before 24 is gone for good. So here's what's going to happen in 6 weeks: Firefox 31 is released on the Release Channel Firefox 31.0 is released for ESR Qualification - you can update to 31 on ESR at this point Firefox 24.7.0 is released on the ESR Channel 6 weeks later: Firefox 32 is released on Release Channel Firefox 31.1 is released for ESR Qualification Firefox 24.8.0 is released on the ESR Channel (last version of 24) 6 weeks later: Firefox 33 is released on the Release Channel Firefox 31.2 is released on the ESR Channel - anyone running 24esr will update to this So you've got 18 weeks. Enjoy!

about 5 months ago
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id Software's Original 'Softdisk' Games Open Sourced

jeepies Re:Awesome! (100 comments)

Apple II? These are all PC games from the early 90s.

about 6 months ago

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