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Will Firefox Lose Google Funding?
You can track the mini-installer.exe inside the Chromium windows repository manually (http://build.chromium.org/f/chromium/snapshots/Win_Webkit_Latest/) or use the helpful mini-updater provided by Dirhael to have an auto-tool (http://dirhael.dcmembers.com/cnu/)
Fluidinfo, Wikipedia For Databases
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.
Titan May Have an Ocean
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."
Rivals Mock Microsoft's 'Native HTML5' Claims
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.
Dropbox Authentication: Insecure By Design
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.
Open Source After 12 Years
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.
RubyGems' Module Count Soon To Surpass CPAN's
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?
Steve Jobs Publishes Some "Thoughts On Flash"
"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.
Pumping Sunlight Into Homes
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.
YouTube Was Evil, and Google Knew It
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!"
How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?
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.
How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?
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.
Mozilla Puts Tiger Out To Pasture
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.
When Software Leaks (and What Really Goes Down)
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.
Canonical Halts Ubuntu CD Free-for-all
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.
A Tale of Two Windows 7s
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.
Ubuntu "Karmic Koala" RC Hits the Streets With Windows 7
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 google.com to launch in graphical mode.
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.
Michael Dell Says Windows 7 Will Make You Love PCs
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.
EFF Warns TI Not To Harass Calculator Hobbyists
What did that anonymous coward misspell?
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