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Comment: Re:Sorry but I have to bite (Score 1) 261

by dbIII (#49151209) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy
If you are going to go that far back should I start mentioning slavery and some bad American management practices that demonstrate that it's sorely missed? Will that hold up enough of a mirror to show how stupid your above comments are?

The US financial system fucked up the world's economy and the Greek situation, Spanish situation, Irish situation etc is an echo of it (because they blew everything on GFC bailouts and the cupboard is now bare), yet you have the gall to blame it on some sort of racial stereotype that is the opposite of reality. Greeks are lazy? You need to get out of your gated community.

Comment: Re:More of this (Score 1) 153

by jbolden (#49146703) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine

Well said, excellent comment. Just a correction. CR LF (Windows), LF (Unix) and CR (Macintosh) so there are still 3. Also 0x00 is still used for lots of mainframe data for end of line though that gets a bit more tricky since the underlying concept of file doesn't map as well.

As CRLF was most common on teletypes.

Comment: Re: Hard to believe (Score 1) 153

by jbolden (#49146587) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine

I don't know that's true. Gecko is open source as well. I'd say Webkit is likely dominant because Google picked it as an alternative to Firefox and Google's programmers plus Apple's programmers worked cooperatively for years. That pairing could have happened on a closed source project under a licensing agreement as per many other projects jointly developed.

The other thing I think that helped Webkit is that Webkit was designed from the ground up to be useful for other applications to build small custom browsers like one sees in many mobile apps.

Comment: Re:Hard to believe (Score 1) 153

by jbolden (#49146521) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine

Yes I can. That's the sort of stuff they did say 20 years ago. They were advocates of both standards and individual experimentation. So for example they liked Flash being cross platform but wanted Active-X for when developers wanted platform specific features.

10 years ago their goal was to retard progress on the web.

Comment: Re:One thing for sure (Score 1) 499

by jbolden (#49145957) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

I'm not sure it is such a long time at all. How much does the complexity of computer systems increase every 5 years? How far is something Google's engine from being an autonomous, self improving analysis system far smarter than a human? As for self replicating code is what is self replicating not the AI. The same way that cultures break themselves into individual brains and replicate partial copies of the culture into new brains.

Comment: Either way it still gets drive-by malware (Score 0) 153

by dbIII (#49145687) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine
I don't know the mechanism, but IE as of 2015 is still just a single click away from infecting entire office networks with malware such as cryptolocker. Two recent events I've had reported to me were from clicking on an email link about parcel tracking (which opened IE, which then helpfully ran the malware in some way) and another to see an invoice (once again the two usual suspects of Outlook and IE).
I don't know if Firefox is immune to such a malware attack but I've only heard of it coming in via IE.

Comment: Re:Interesting retort (Score 2) 87

by dbIII (#49145643) Attached to: Fighting Scams Targeting the Elderly With Old-School Tech
A decade ago it was easy - post a pile of crappy jokes and karma is up to 50 in no time. Now there's apparently no karma for jokes, so the easy way to get mod points is to say X is shit and Wayland is not just for phones and tablets sometime soon but can now do everything X can now. The easy way to lose points and attract foes is to politely point out that neither is the case. Pick another trendy topic like bitcoin evangelism for similar results.

An adequate bootstrap is a contradiction in terms.