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Bing Search Overtakes Yahoo

oscartheduck Re:Yahoo? (169 comments)

Duckduckgo is not powered by Bing. The FAQ states:

DuckDuckGo gets its results from over 50 sources, including DuckDuckBot (our own crawler), crowd-sourced sites (in our own index), Yahoo! BOSS,, WolframAlpha, EntireWeb, Bing & Blekko. For any given search, there is usually a vertical search engine out there that does a better job at answering it than a general search engine. Our long-term goal is to get you information from that best source, ideally in instant answer form.

more than 2 years ago

Will Firefox Lose Google Funding?

oscartheduck Re:Free market for the win (644 comments)

You can track the mini-installer.exe inside the Chromium windows repository manually ( or use the helpful mini-updater provided by Dirhael to have an auto-tool (

more than 2 years ago

Fluidinfo, Wikipedia For Databases

oscartheduck Re:So what is it? (79 comments)

It's a slashvertisement; the page linked to in the article is just the front page for the product. No news, no editorial, no review, no discussion (as you pointed out) of what it is. Nothing.

more than 3 years ago

Titan May Have an Ocean

oscartheduck Summary Inaccurate (109 comments)

FTFS: "The numbers indicate that Titan's moment of inertia can only be explained if it is a solid body that is denser near the surface than it is at its centre"

FTFA: "It's also worth pointing out that there is another explanation for Titan's strange moment of inertia. The calculations assume that the moon's orbit is in a steady state but it's also possible that Titan's orbit is changing, perhaps because it has undergone a recent shift due to some large object passing nearby, a comet or asteroid, for example."

more than 3 years ago

Rivals Mock Microsoft's 'Native HTML5' Claims

oscartheduck Re:yeah (211 comments)

My understanding is that the wrote J++ with the specific intent to not allow JVM compatibility, but only with their own JVM implementation. That's a fair bit more than just adding language extensions, y'know? From the EU's research on this stuff

“[W]e should just quietly grow j++ share and assume that people will take more
advantage of our classes without ever realizing they are building win32-only java
  —Microsoft’s Thomas Reardon

And from the NYTimes article on this:

Microsoft also licensed Java from Sun in 1996, but later began adding modifications to the code. The resulting Microsoft version of Java is tailored to run only on Windows, which negates the cross-platform purpose of Java. Sun has a civil suit pending against Microsoft on this issue, charging contract violation and unfair business practices.

more than 3 years ago

Dropbox Authentication: Insecure By Design

oscartheduck Re:Duh? (168 comments)

I always assumed they were using an S3 backend, in which case it'd be the S3 public/secret key combination that wasn't being updated. There's an API to regenerate the key, but I know dropbox encrypts all of your files. I had always assumed that the simplest way to do that securely would be using the S3 secret key. If that's what they did, then regenerating the keys would become less trivial.

more than 3 years ago

Open Source After 12 Years

oscartheduck Re:Yeah, 12 years since the hucksters came (174 comments)

You're correct in just about everything you're saying :) The article is about the branding change that was calling "Free Software" by a different name. Software released under licenses compatible with the Open Source definition, though, is much older.

If you're ever looking for further information on this stuff, the book "Free as in Freedom" has a little on the further history of Free Software from the RMS viewpoint.

more than 3 years ago

RubyGems' Module Count Soon To Surpass CPAN's

oscartheduck Re:How many of those are maintained (206 comments)

Off the top of my head: How about no visibly defined function parameters

I might be totally misreading you here, but are you saying that you can't put a function prototype into a function definition?

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Publishes Some "Thoughts On Flash"

oscartheduck Re:proprietary and apple (944 comments)

"mm, you can fork and license under additional licenses that do not require or allow source code to be available."

Sure, but you still have to redistribute the BSD code *with the BSD license attached*. Nothing you do to BSD code removes your legal requirement to attach the required copyright notice. Ignoring that legal requirement is just as illegal as redistributing GPL'd code without adhering to the license. Just read the license, it's pretty clear on this.

more than 4 years ago

Pumping Sunlight Into Homes

oscartheduck Re:There are no details (182 comments)

Right, exactly. The use cases on the website are even all things like offices, schools, the kinds of places that aren't inhabited at night.

more than 4 years ago

YouTube Was Evil, and Google Knew It

oscartheduck I don't mean to sound rude here (419 comments)

Is this really surprising? I mean, no shit people were aware that material violating copyright was being uploaded to youtube, and that they were aware of it. Do we really imagine that google bought youtube and then had to do a double-take and say "Wait a minute, there's COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL here? Oh my!"

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?

oscartheduck Re:Waste of time. (951 comments)

No, I am not. I was replying to the parent message ;) This is a pretty nasty little system, and I think you're dead right that modal boxes for errors is design error.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?

oscartheduck Re:Waste of time. (951 comments)

Try clicking on the dialog box, hitting ctrl-c, then opening notepad and hitting ctrl-v. It's non-intuitive that you don't have to highlight the text, but it normally works.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Puts Tiger Out To Pasture

oscartheduck Re:Nooo ! (440 comments)

It's an open source project. The old saw about supporting the code yourself if you don't like what's happening is entirely applicable here. The folks at Mozilla have decided to spend their money elsewhere. You can stand on the shoulders of their last release if you'd like to.

more than 4 years ago

When Software Leaks (and What Really Goes Down)

oscartheduck Re:I always had the impression (179 comments)

I'm responding to this because earlier posts from you have seemed to be on the level.

Firefox stores the history of each tab in RAM. So if you reopen a tab with ctrl-alt-T (presumably, it's command-alt-T in Mac OS) then to maintain this behaviour the tab has to reopen with its history intact. Because that history is stored in RAM, this means that merely closing a Firefox tab does little to minimise its memory usage. There's an about::config flag to alter this behaviour, but I don't know it offhand.

more than 4 years ago

Canonical Halts Ubuntu CD Free-for-all

oscartheduck Re:Well just download the ISO. (324 comments)

How does that respond to the offer of buying it for someone, the other part of the post? A pack of 5 is less than ten bucks.

more than 4 years ago

A Tale of Two Windows 7s

oscartheduck Re:Vodka (770 comments)

I drink vodka martinis exclusively. Dirty.

Which isn't to say you're wrong; if you ask for a martini, it will be made with gin. You have to ask for a vodka martini.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu "Karmic Koala" RC Hits the Streets With Windows 7

oscartheduck Re:Win7 wtf?! (483 comments)

Sensible questions, reasonable responses. Pleasure to see.

Firefox is the preeminent open source browser; k-meleon, konqueror, all those are much less feature rich. I would have thought opera would be your best choice.

If your primary goal is lightweight browsing, though, nothing beats links. It's a text mode only browser, launchable from the command line. links2 has a graphical mode, too, which might meet your goal. If you're using one of the ubuntu based linuxes, you're looking at aptitude install links2 to install it and then links2 -g to launch in graphical mode.

Good luck! As far as lightweight OSes go, thinking about it, OpenBSD is very, very lightweight. FreeBSD is, too. According to the handbook, FreeBSD requires a minimum of 24 megs of RAM and 150 megs of hard drive space. Might be worth investigating, though it's worth bearing in mind that that's probably a non-X11 installation of FreeBSD.

more than 4 years ago

Michael Dell Says Windows 7 Will Make You Love PCs

oscartheduck Re:Yeah, right. (627 comments)

Man, I remember back in the day before Windows Vista when Windows XP was, quite rightly, called a resource hog and compared to Windows 2000. Windows XP isn't low resource by any reasonable standard; it's not a very good SMP OS at all, so modern processors aren't being used effectively by it. It was thought heavyweight when it was released, it's still heavyweight compared to the server OS line that MS puts out. Not that this is relevant to the article, just it bugs me when folks say XP is lightweight. Sure, next to Vista it is, but that's like saying that an elephant is lightweight compared to the continent of Africa.

more than 4 years ago

EFF Warns TI Not To Harass Calculator Hobbyists

oscartheduck Re:Nonsense. (405 comments)

What did that anonymous coward misspell?

more than 4 years ago



oscartheduck oscartheduck writes  |  more than 7 years ago

oscartheduck (866357) writes "In a blog post a few weeks back, Mark Shuttleworth a good long look at what makes the Debian community work when it works and not work at other times. Notable quotes, "Consider Sid. Yes, it breaks your toys now and then, but by and large it represents an extraordinary achievement ... Nothing else, from Ubuntu or Red Hat or Novell (or Microsoft) comes anywhere close." and "Debian is the Tibetan Plateau of the free software landscape ... It can be difficult to breathe up there, sometimes" show off what is an amazingly thoughtful essay. And it includes some advice, "If Debian were a business, now would be the time for a careful review of strengths and weaknesses, and perhaps for a plan to focus the resources of the organisation on the things it does best." Also included are some contrasts with the Ubuntu project and ideas about the relation between the two."

oscartheduck oscartheduck writes  |  about 8 years ago

oscartheduck (866357) writes "Tom's Hardware has a preliminary review of the Intel Core 2 Quadro Kentsfield. With 8MB of L2 cache, "We noticed performance jumps of up to 80%" over the Core 2 Duo, though apparently applications have to be coded correctly for the most impressive increases in speed."


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