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Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans

rliden Re:Thanks for nothing (570 comments)

The problem isn't "bloat". I don't find Firefox or Chrome to be "bloated". You can have a small fast program with a really sucky user interface -- like Chrome for example. History in Chrome is useless -- it only shows the website, not the actual page you visited within the website, making search impossible.

Odd, because as I look at my history tab I see all the websites I visited within the last day. Not only does it show the specific pages I visited I can search history and even find the search pages and terms I used for that search on the page.

You have to run Chrome with a special command line switch to get a bookmark toolbar. Sorry, but bookmarks are a key essential feature of a browser.

You don't have to run anything with a special switch to get your bookmarks, which support an automatic sync feature if you choose to enable it. The bookmarks bar is available by selecting "Always Show Bookmarks Bar" from the customize dropdown menu (the little wrench icon in the upper right hand corner), or you can just toggle it with Ctrl-B.

And the list goes on and on .... I don't expect Chrome to be just like Firefox. I can handle different. I can't handle inferior. Speed isn't everything. Speed without function isn't very useful.

I don't expect you to like a certain browser, but I do expect that you use and understand it before you make a bunch of off-base and erroneous statements.

more than 4 years ago

One In Eight To Cut Cable and Satellite TV In 2010

rliden No Cable for 10+ Years (502 comments)

We haven't had cable in our house for 10+ years now. The local cable company, Charter, is really expensive and doesn't offer internet service. Our telco, CenturyTel, offers the only available internet (10Mbit DSL) but their TV offering is a partnership with Dish Network and that's a deal breaker.

Recently we found out we could watch NetFlix through our Wii for $9/month. We can watch a lot of the BBC programming we love and a ton of movies. The user has control over what and when they watch programming. Not everything is available for streaming but more and more seems to be added all the time. This is how cable should have been all along. Now if only the services of NetFlix and Hulu could be combined it would be perfect.

more than 4 years ago

PowerPoint of Afghan War Strategy

rliden Re:PowerPoint makes us stupid (233 comments)

Does removing PowerPoint make the presenter any smarter or the presentation they've done any clearer? Somehow I doubt having it drawn out on paper will make it any easier for the good general to understand. :p

From TFA:

It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control,” General McMaster said in a telephone interview afterward. “Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable.”

Commanders say that the slides impart less information than a five-page paper can hold, and that they relieve the briefer of the need to polish writing to convey an analytic, persuasive point.

When I was serving in the US Navy I don't remember over-head presentations from photocopies of "well written briefs" being any more entertaining or any easier to understand. Sometimes the situation or mission is complicated. There isn't anything you can't write on paper that can't be put in a presentation or it's accompanying printed notes. This sounds a lot more like finger pointing due to failure or incompetence in the field than it does a software limitation. I find it ludicrous that the blame is shifted from incapable leadership and poor communication to a software tool (take special note of the third to the last paragraph). I also find it boggling that the US military can't figure out how to use both presentation and word processing tools at the same time. Is there a reason a five page report can't be written to accompany the presentation? And they wonder why upper level logistics are a mess.

more than 4 years ago

Russian Hacker Selling 1.5M Facebook Accounts

rliden Re:FB has been quite liberal with users' privacy (193 comments)

I have a FB account. I have reestablished contact with old friends and very distant family members I didn't otherwise have contact with. The alternative to finding someone you have lost contact with (if your other close family and friends don't know where someone is or how to contact them) is by searching Google and hoping you find a reasonable match. Even then most sites that find a person for you want an idiotic amount of money and a buy in to their scam service to get the contact info. Then there isn't a guarantee that it is the right person or the contact info is still relevant.

People do use FB for more than asking someone to fertilize their crops or signing some mob-mentality world solving petition. It's possible to use social networking in a responsible manner. Facebook does seem to have a blatant disregard for their users and it's possible that a better service will come along and people will move to it. Another point condescending pedants might be missing is the exposure of security and privacy risks can help to educate people who might not otherwise even know about them. That is, just because people aren't using social networking doesn't make them any more safe on the internet. There were plenty of online scams and security risks before social networking; at least now people can communicate the nature of them and educate users how to safeguard themselves. One of the first things I did after seeing that CBS news story is post it on FB so that people could change their FB and email password info.

more than 4 years ago

IEEE Introduces Mario Level-Generation Competition

rliden Re:Random Levels (114 comments)

Torchlight is a single player action RPG from Runic Games. It's made by the creators of Diablo and Fate. It has random levels. There isn't anything incredibly different about it, but I think it's loads of fun.

more than 4 years ago

Proof of Concept For Ajax Without JavaScript

rliden Re:How is this new? (148 comments)

It's not new. I got to the article before it was slashdotted. The author (who is also the author of the story) created a python script that spits out different inline CSS depending on the button you select to style some text, loading it into an iframe, in other words the sort of messy 'dynamic' pages that many sites used before being replaced by AJAX.

It's often messy, but doesn't have to be. For that matter AJAX can get ugly and messy at times.

I think the good point to take away from this, that many sites seem to have tossed away, is to provide a way to interact with the site if a user has Javascript disabled. One thing /. pedants often harp and bark about is how they have Javascript disabled and their shock that everyone doesn't. Maybe site owners and developers aren't interested in providing their pages to those who won't allow them to run JS, but that doesn't mean this isn't a useful lesson to those who might like that.

more than 4 years ago

Proof of Concept For Ajax Without JavaScript

rliden Re:Nothing to see here, etc (148 comments)

And this is somehow AJAX?

No, it's not AJAX. That is, I think, his point. the point. The point of the demonstration doesn't seem intended to replace AJAX, but to provide a graceful degradation for those with Javascript turned off.

more than 4 years ago

What Happens When IPv4 Address Space Is Gone

rliden Re:The Internet is Full (520 comments)

I was wondering why I got a busy signal through my DSL router this morning.

more than 4 years ago

Blippy Exposes Credit Card Numbers Through Simple Google Search

rliden Re:Looks bad... for 4 people (95 comments)

-- Off Topic --

Uh oh, I replied in the same topic (posted just above) as the person I stole the sig from. I didn't see your post until I had hit the submit button. That has to be like crossing the streams.

more than 4 years ago

Escalating Gmail/Spamming Attacks

rliden Re:Breaking in? (139 comments)

I didn't Google it and I'm not a lawyer or work with law enforcement. I had this explained to me by the police after a robbery. If the intent is theft you can be charged with burglary; if not, at the least you can be charged with criminal trespass. It may be more complicated, or not, but the bottom line is it's not okay to enter another person's private residence (and it's not limited to private residence) without permission. Blaming someone for having an easily copied key or weak security doesn't and shouldn't imply they are at fault. This is where you original criticism of the victim is weak.

Here is a definition of "Breaking and Entering" from Breaking and entering. Here is the definition of privilege from the same source. According to that site those definitions are based on the Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Law. Here is another site that discusses burglary in regards to B&E: Burglary.

more than 4 years ago

Escalating Gmail/Spamming Attacks

rliden Re:Breaking in? (139 comments)

That would probably depend on your current residence. In the United States it *is* breaking and entering if you enter another person's home without permission whether your door is locked or not.

Your original analogy is shortsighted. Having a simple password is more akin to having an easily copied house key and not permission to enter a domicile. Your condescending belligerent attitude (relax junior) betrays your lack of intelligence and ability to think critically.

more than 4 years ago

Sun Pushes Emergency Java Patch

rliden Java 6 u19 Works Fine (90 comments)

I have Java 6 update 19 installed and I get the same error and failed attempt using this link (weird url but it's the one from the TFA): test demo. The author also said the fix wasn't mentioned in the patch notes. Could this vulnerability have been fixed in a previous version and no one actually tested what versions/updates were actually vulnerable before publishing these articles, or did I miss something?

more than 4 years ago

Turbine Responds To DDO Community Protest

rliden Re:I was glad to hear this (57 comments)

....and for apologizing to DDO players. That helps immensely.

I'm glad it makes you feel better and it was the right thing to do, but it doesn't make me feel better. They knew what they were getting into when they got greedy. They're sorry it turned out badly and they look bad, but not really really that it was inconvenient for their subscribers.

I enjoy playing DDO, and I hope that the apology will help mitigate the harm to the game caused by this incident, and I also hope that the game population will continue to grow.

I like DDO too and play sometimes. I'm a LotRO subscriber and the deepest harm they've cause is between them and their subscribers. That can't be undone, but time will probably let people forget and forgive if they don't do something stupid in the meantime.

It's not that they did something stupid, but that they got very greedy and chose to disregard the personal information and possible financial safety of their customers to squeeze out more cash. This isn't some unknown company or practice. It is the same gross scam Facebook flash game companies use to screw players. I don't mind RMT, micro-transactions, subscriptions, or other legitimate business models. Keep them fair and legitimate or face the consequences; in this case a loss of trust and maybe a few subs.

more than 4 years ago

How Sony and Microsoft Hope To Crack the Motion Control Market

rliden Re:Games??? (138 comments)

This is it exactly. I'm probably somewhere in the market Sony and Microsoft are targeting. My wife and I are in our 40's with a couple young kids. We all have PCs and play games on them. We also have a Wii for playing console games. We have a Blu-Ray player for watching movies. I can't see us "upgrading" to a PS3 or an XBox 360. At

We play Wii games when we want to play arcade style games or play muli-player together. The Wii is fun and the graphics are good. Before we bought the Nintendo we looked at the PS3 and the Xbox. The cost of the hardware and games was a significant factor, but the deal breaker was probably the game selection. The Wii has a lot of titles that are fun for all of us either in single player or multi-player mode.

If Sony and MS make decent motion controllers I'm sure their player base will be happy, as long as the software works well with the controller. You can tell a sucky game because the controls are clunky. For initial release Sony and Microsoft need to make sure the games that support motion work awesome or people will blame the controller.

The thing that makes motion control fun is how you participate in the game. It doesn't matter if you can technically do something with more precision using keyboard sequences on the PC or button sequences on a standard controller. Neither of those give you the feeling motion control does in SW: Force Unleashed, for example, when you pick up your opponent with Force powers, toss them around in the air, and slam them to the ground.

more than 4 years ago

Web Browser Grand Prix

rliden Re:You newbie (273 comments)

No they didn't.

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium has: Telnet Client, Telnet Server, RIP Listener, and TFTP Client. They are turned off by default for security reasons.

I don't know why they weren't in whatever version you saw, but they haven't been removed.

more than 4 years ago

Warner To End Free Streaming of Its Content

rliden Re:Maybe try treating customers better? (278 comments)

Sorry to hear about that. It really sucks you got shafted like that.

This is one huge reason why I buy my music from Amazon. I am tired of buying the same stuff over and over as CDs wear out, formats change (albums, cassettes, CDs, etc), or digital files are lost. Amazon music is DRM free and I can back it up. If I do need to re-download my digital content again I can do that too. I'm not sure if that is an unlimited feature, but Amazon hasn't complained to me yet or given me warning about not being able to download the albums again.

more than 4 years ago

Intel Details Upcoming Gulftown Six-Core Processor

rliden Re:DRM Support (219 comments)

In addition, Intel has built in AES encryption instruction decode support

You can bet the sole reason for including this was to support DRM-protected content.

It may very well be useful for DRM, but I would venture that there are several reasons to include further AES instructions in hardware; one of the chief being full disk encryption performance.

more than 4 years ago


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