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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

strikethree Re:It's not Google's fault. It's Mozilla's. (129 comments)

You're just whining about minor cosmetic changes.

NO!

He is bringing legitimate usability problems to light. I did not stop recommending Firefox to friends and relatives because of slow javascript performance. I stopped recommending it because it became less usable. It is people like me who spread Firefox so widely. In fact, I am personally responsible for over 100 thousand people being able to use Firefox on their work computers. Granted, I would not have been able to push it over the top if others had not already pushed it up as a possibility... but,

Very few of us a give a fuck any more. And again, it is not because of javascript and mobile and all that other bullshit. We are the real users and we want a usable fucking interface that WE can configure. We want the browser to do what we want. Fuck you and your goddamned "optimal paradigms" that remove choice ans super optimal javascript. Do you think it is a coincidence that Gnome started dying when they took the same fucking attitude? No.

Firefox will die. They are incapable of providing what their real users want. Perhaps Microsoft has someone on the inside pushing this shit. It would not surprise me. They did it to Nokia. They surely hate Mozilla enough to do it there too.

Massively optimized javascript is useful for only ONE thing. Applications in web browsers. Very few end users want that but all the corporate types are drooling over it. We want control over our applications which applications in web browsers take from us. It is clear that all of this effort at optimizing the javascript engine is NOT for the end users but for the corporations who want to control us.

yesterday
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

strikethree Re:The worst use of VR ever (182 comments)

I dunno... Geography and Chemistry seem like they could be enhanced with VR. Sure, 90% of the time, even in those ideal classes, you would not be using VR... but 20 minutes of VR could likely replace 30 days of failed learning about electron "orbits" and sharing.

yesterday
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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

strikethree Re:it's over: the media (in the US) have moved on. (249 comments)

Or simply temporarily leaving them behind? I'd leave my phone on the desk in my office if I was going to meet a contact I didn't want associated with me...

Sure, but when the RFID tags in your tires are noted going under an overpass and the tollbooth notes your EZPASS... all combined with your cell phone not being seen, you will stand out for immediate black helicopter inspection.

Don't forget about all of the cameras...

yesterday
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

strikethree Re:Great one more fail (580 comments)

Many gun affectionados I know think your idea of storing guns in a safe is the start of the guvernment taking them away. Same for a trigger lock. All of those things slow them down if some thug comes into their house.

My father was a police officer. My father had guns unattended around the house relatively frequently. As a child, I picked them up. I looked at them. There was zero chance anyone was ever going to get hurt.

Why?

I was taught what guns could could do. I had actually fired guns. I fired my first gun (a rifle) when I was I was 3 years old.

I never had guns in my house when I became an adult. It was not because I was afraid of them, it was because I had children and knew I could not train them like I had been trained. I did take them to the range but only my daughter shot a gun there. My son wanted nothing to do with it.

Relying on a gun safe to keep your children out of trouble is insanity. If you love guns so much and need to have them around, train your children. That way, if you accidentally forget to lock a gun up one day, you do not come home to a catastrophe. Children may be irresponsible but if they know they are handling something that is dangerous, they will NOT play with it. It can not just be words either. They have to SEE that it is dangerous.

2 days ago
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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

strikethree Re: The most important features... (207 comments)

Apple provided security updates for 3GS released 6/2009 in 2/2014.

There is a bit of a lie in what you say: As soon as the 4 was released, the updated to IOS pretty much killed the 3GS off by making it unusably slow. I "restored" it to an earlier version and never updated it anymore. What was that, IOS 3.2 or somesuch? Yeah. You can claim updates but that is essentially a lie.

2 days ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

strikethree Re:Is this why they call them "smart" phones? (222 comments)

Oh, and the Nexus 4 has famously bad battery life. I borrowed one for a while from a friend to try it out, and I could lose 60% of the battery in two hours while it was sitting in a locker while I was swimming. My venerable iPhone 4 would lose 0-2% in the same time frame.

Odd. I have a Nexus 4 (using my Nexus 5 now though) and I had exceedingly good battery life from it. Much better than the Galaxy Note and other Galaxy versions (and iPhones) that I have owned. To be quite frank, it was the best battery life I had ever experienced up until I started using my Nexus 5.

At the end of the day, I usually had at least 40% battery left. With the various Galaxy and iPhone devices I have used, it was usually closer to 10%. If you are getting poor battery life out of a Nexus 4, you either have an app installed (Facebook?) that is sucking the life out of it or you just have a phone with a bad battery.

In short, show me the "famously" part of your claim.

2 days ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

strikethree Re:Simple explanation. (170 comments)

All of existence is bi-polar and has needed the lithium just to maintain it's current state...

You jest, but people are still trying to figure out why most of the universe appears to matter rather than anti-matter. It is the lithium!

5 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

strikethree Re:This is getting out of hand (461 comments)

Am I the only person who has a problem with that?

No. You are not the only one.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

strikethree Re:Is the history he teaches incorrect? (362 comments)

I could write a counter-narrative that really didn't conflict with Tolkien's all that much, which would put the forces of industrialism stumbling badly on their way to making a new society, with influence from the southern democracies, before being wiped out by the autocratic reactionaries of the West.

Hm. Your ideas are intriguing. I still can not get over the lack of Free Will from Sauron's and Saruman's armies. If there were any evidence of liberty and/or freedom at all, I could easily swallow such a reversal as you are proposing. Very interesting.

5 days ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

strikethree Re:Oh dear, the widening wealth gap.. (811 comments)

Hm. All valid points. Something is wrong since I can fly in other countries and have more service from airlines making more profit all while charging me less and harassing me less at the airport. WTF? I do not know. A 7 million dollar a year salary can not be helping the situation but it surely is not the main problem.

5 days ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

strikethree Re:Wages (524 comments)

Yeah, no problem. Because paying people minimum wage for most jobs worked out so well in Los Angeles. Bloods? Crips? Nah, MS13.

Rock on.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

strikethree Re:Hell no (362 comments)

Word Perfect for Windows was total crap.

I agree, the first version for Windows was crap.

...because Word 2.0 was centuries ahead of Word Perfect for the vast majority of the population.

lolwut? Word was crap and still is crap. It is barely suitable for writing cheap business documents.

Word Perfect owned the word processing market but lost it because the development and management teams were utterly incompetent...

You are correct that they owned the word processing market but you are utterly and completely wrong about the development and management teams being incompetent. Microsoft was changing the functionality of the APIs and such so that ALL competitors would appear to be incompetent and incapable of matching the "utter awesomeness" of Word.

That is all documented in the anti-trust trial so I will not continue to argue with you about it. The Netscape issue was how the whole trial started so I fail to understand why you are even arguing about all of this. Perhaps you wish for the world to be different than it is...

5 days ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

strikethree Re:Studying your field might be a good thing (111 comments)

With enough study, you can pass the exams to be a medical doctor.

That is true... and I have had many bad experiences with medical doctors. Just because someone can pass a test immediately after studying for it, that does NOT mean that they understand whatever it is that they just passed.

I kind of want a doctor, and a security professional, who have studied their fields.

I want more than just studying. I want understanding of the material.

Sorry you couldn't pass.

Heh. You are funny. I passed Security+, Server+, CISSP, etc all without breaking a book to specifically study for all of those certifications. I have read lots of books. I have learned lots of stuff. Knowing that stuff was sufficient for passing the tests. It is almost a form of cheating if you have to study to pass a test that checks for whether or not you understand the material.

I am well paid for my services.

I suppose it MIGHT be possible to do that, but that would be the hard way. Understanding the material is a lot easier than memorizing every possible question and answer.

You say that as if it is negating what I am saying. On the contrary, you are just validating what I say.

Understanding takes a LOT of mental energy. It also requires a certain speed of synapse firing or somesuch. Most people are not willing or are not capable of expending that type of energy... but they still want the high paying jobs. So they study. And study some more. They take the tests. They fail them. They study some more. Eventually, after several more failures, they pass them. They get hired into a high paying job... and then can not perform at the level of some of those around them.

People kill for money. Studying to get money is not so hard as actually learning, knowing, and understanding the material. People would rather than kill than expend the energy needed to understand.

In summary, the average person is a lazy and murderous brute who wants money and will take the path of least resistance to get it. Regurgitating facts is that path.

5 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

strikethree Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

Lying on those forms or omitting facts like that is one of the things they really look for. You can have a clearance suspended for forgetting to mention minor financial debts.

Heh. Filling out those forms is so stressful that on my first one, I forgot to include my kids! D'oh! It is VERY difficult finding and gathering all of the information that they want. Essentially, your entire life is audited.

about a week ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

strikethree Re:One Sure Way (275 comments)

There is one sure way to reduce negative reviews: Make sure your product and/or service is good quality.

One aspect that you are missing:

Let's say that I am a plumber. Let's say that I work in a very competitive market. Let's say that some of my competitors are less than ethical. Let's say that one of my competitors hires an astroturfing firm. Let's say that the astroturfing firm has a hundred people give my company negative reviews and my competitor good reviews.

No. Quality work will reduce "real" negative reviews but will have zero effect on fake negative reviews... and of course, the person seeing the reviews has no way of telling which are real and which are fake. :(

about a week ago
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5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

strikethree Re:Am I the only one? (203 comments)

Hm. None of the addresses that belong to me or anyone that I correspond with is in that list. If it was from a breach at Google, then they were stopped before they were able to access the entire list that Google has. My main is account has been around since gmail existed and it is not compromised.

Did you use shared passwords with ANY other site? That is the only method I can think of for them to have a list like this. I hope you were able to regain exclusive control over your account before anything bad happened.

about a week ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

strikethree Re:Understood. The new CompTIA is better than most (111 comments)

but I'd say that if even 10% of the people designing and maintaining these systems had enough knowledge to pass Security+, we'd be in a lot better shape.

I am sure all of them could pass it if they studied for it. That is why all certifications are useless. With enough studying, almost anyone can pass it without understanding the material, just regurgitating facts.

If you could force someone to take and pass such a test without studying, THEN your statement would be useful.

about a week ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

strikethree Re:PCs are the problem (111 comments)

Fuck "enterprise IT" and the bullshit anti-update mentality. If you can't update, you're doing it wrong.

Fuck software "engineering" and the bullshit always-update mentality. Build shit that works so that it can be used 20 years later without issues. If I have to update, YOU are doing it wrong.

I say this as someone who has written software. Oddly enough, it was in C, has never had any exploits, has not needed updates, and has been running in a hostile environment since 1999, and is still just as reliable now as it was then (never needs to be restarted/rebooted, no memory leaks, etc). And it is not Hello World.

about a week ago
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3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

strikethree Re:ah (155 comments)

This is why coffee is good for your health. It makes me get up and walk twice an hour. Once to get it, and once to put it back.

Hopefully not in the same container. :P

about a week ago

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MtGox finds 200,000 missing bitcoins in old wallet

strikethree strikethree writes  |  about 6 months ago

strikethree (811449) writes "BBC — Bankrupt Japanese firm MtGox said in a filing that it has found 200,000 lost bitcoins.

The firm said it found the bitcoins — worth around $116m (£70m) — in an old digital wallet from 2011.

That brings the total number of bitcoins the firm lost down to 650,000 from 850,000.

MtGox, formerly the world's largest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in February, after it said it lost thousands of bitcoins to hackers."

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Wikipedia

strikethree strikethree writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Oops. I made a statement about contributions to Wikipedia being reverted rapidly. Someone pointed out that the name that I gave, strikethree, had not made any edits.

There are two reasons for that:

One, there is no strikethree there.
Two, my username there is megaton.

I am nevertheless dismayed that I had only made one edit while logged in. All of the other edits I had made were while I was not logged in. Regardless, I still stand by my previous statement.

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