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Comment: Opt-out is the new default... (Score 1) 152

by 0ld_d0g (#46722885) Attached to: Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

Remember that awkward interview with Zuckerberg where he was asked why some of t he FB privacy stuff was opt-out instead of opt-in.. ? I think a lot of companies have learnt from that exchange. Other than nerds, the average person won't care about this as well. Hell 7 years ago all of us would be highly suspicious of software that downloaded unverifiable executables and could update them behind your back like Chrome does now. In the same way where you don't have control over the UI experience of a website, soon any program will be able to modify itself at-will removing control from the user. I remember people being outraged by cookies in the early 00s. The frog has been in the water too long...

Comment: Why *should* we see an increase? (Score 1) 4

by 0ld_d0g (#45924915) Attached to: PC Shipments In 2013 See The Worst Yearly Decline In History

Is there any positive reason to see an increase? I'm still using my desktop I built in 2008. The only thing that I might want is an SSD. But with 8GB of RAM, once all the apps/data are cached in memory, there are only very specific use cases where I'd see the boost from the SSD.

Comment: Re:Keep pushing your tech on us, Google (Score 1) 123

by 0ld_d0g (#45410415) Attached to: Google Chrome 31 Is Out: Web Payments, Portable Native Client

Even if the GP was a bit harsh, I don't understand why you think its wrong to be suspicious of Google's motives? What happening is fairly obvious. They want to become a platform like Windows/Linux/OSX and establish control. Chrome (the browser) + NaCl is the trojan horse to accomplish this. I personally would definitely *NOT* want a future with a SaaS model where running applications on my machine would necessitate internet access to Googles servers.

Your 'if you don't like it, fork it' attitude is misplaced. That works for tiny 'hello world' type open source projects. Once OSS projects get to be complex you cannot just fork them without major $ resources. Without the money all you can do is complain on online forums.

Also, One could say a similar thing to you. If you don't like the comment, ignore it :)

Comment: Re:TL;DR Version (Score 2) 148

by 0ld_d0g (#45011717) Attached to: The Memo That Spawned Microsoft Research

Yes, they let them research the shit out of stuff, and then SHELVE IT AND NEVER USE IT.

Who cares if they shelve it as long as they publish it. Just last week I benefited from their research. MSR has a paper on resolution independent curve rendering and using that technique to render text using implicit curves. People are using that to render fonts inside the pixel shader w/o any font/graphics API !

M$ R&D department has only one role - to slurp up all the Stanford/mit/caltech they can get their hands on and deny other big corps (FB/google/amazon) that brainpower.

Some evil trickery forces people to apply for jobs? MSR has a Vulcan mind meld?

Besides.. I'm happy if they hire the smartest people and keep publishing papers. Everyone gets to benefit.

Comment: Re:Applets only (Score 1) 282

by 0ld_d0g (#44968137) Attached to: Will New Red-Text Warnings Kill Casual Use of Java?

You're underestimating the legacy java crap that bank/intranet websites run on (Though I have yet to find one that uses ActiveX). My bank's (OCBC) website requires java.. and requires some shitty hardware token for generating and validating one time use numbers. I basically have to maintain a separate browser install with the java plugin enabled for it.

Comment: Re:yawn (Score 1) 488

by 0ld_d0g (#44918991) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

You must be living on a different planet. As others have stated:

Your planet seems to be the one where facts can be created just by stating them. On my planet, facts need to be supported by evidence.

1) You decide whether to upgrade to iOS 7 or not.

False. Apple will force me to use iOS 7 whenever I reformat and restore my phone which I end up doing atleast once a year because the phone slows down after about a year of use.

2) Others have managed to restore back to iOS 6.

If you have a device that has the A5 or newer chip, you cannot downgrade the OS because Apple has fixed bugs people used earlier.

Also *IF* and that's a big if some people (on some devices) have managed to restore the OS back go 6, they are using techniques that use flaws in Apples update process. They have to know in advance the steps that need to be taken. e.g. (If you happen to be the one of people that know how to.. and managed to cache their SHSH blobs in advance - note that this technique used to work but does not anymore). Apple *does not* allow you to downgrade.

So, how's the weather on your planet?

You can ask the voices in your head...

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