I wrote this a while ago but I will continue to post it as long as stupid people exist: You Do Not Have A Facebook Page!. Facebook has a page on you.
I signed up to Facebook and occasionally update Facebook's page on me, I find the service quite useful for keeping in touch with people, but I am under no illusions as to why Facebook provides this service. Anyone who uses Facebook with anything they expect to keep private has seriously misunderstood their relationship with the company.
Speaking of HTML5test, I just ran a before and after test with firefox 15 and firefox 16:
Firefox 15: 346 out of 500
Firefox 16: 363 out of 500
Chrome 22: 437 out of 500
Nobody uses everything in C++, I estimate that most programmers only ever use 75% of the language. The problem is that everybody uses a different 75%. For instance, diamond inheritance can be a pain, but is occasionally unavoidable and I am glad it works. STL algorithms are the best part of C++, complex problems reduce down a few lines of code.
Your one example that is actually bloated is iostreams, which is slow and overkill for almost any program. I wish more C++ text books would ignore iostreams and spend more time on STL.
Facebook has reached the pinnacle of social networking - the only place to go now is downhill unless they change. They already have every user who wants a page, the only new users are young kids just getting online - not Facebook's target demographic. Also, they have just gone public which puts pressure on the company to make more money.
I predict Facebook will start to branch out into video and music more and more in an attempt to get more pages views - it must be galling for Facebook to see people sharing videos with YouTube advertising instead of Facebook's. They are going to have to be careful, users don't like change.
(One thing users don't want is a whole slew of different social networks. I am on Facebook and G+, but I would only use one if either gave me full control over who sees what. I think projects like Diaspora are always going to be niche ideas)
Bingo. Facebook is a reasonably good service, but all it doesn't take much to launch a competitor. Sooner or later another site will become the next Facebook and Facebook will become the next MySpace. Personally I think the biggest threat comes from mobile, all it would take is for a few of the mobile providers to get together and launch a service aimed at teenagers (who are not as invested in FaceBook) and in a few years FB is the old-persons network.
FaceBooks only saving grace is that the mobile providers all hate each other and couldn't provide an appealing service if their lives depended on it (which, somehow it doesn't - I've never worked that out).
Yes, but not for this reason.
This goes for all social networks (including Slashdot) but I will use Facebook as an example:
You do not have a FaceBook page.
No you don't.
Facebook has a page on you, which you update for them for free. You are a product that Facebook produces for its customers. The customers of Facebook are the advertisers, not you. This is not necessarily a bad deal for you. You get to show people Facebook's page about you, and derive pleasure from interacting with Facebook's pages about your friends. All for free.
But don't get upset when Facebook decides to improve things for its customers, because they can (and should) put them first. Facebook owes you nothing.
Regulating social networks seems like an exercise in frustration. What counts as a social network? Does my blog count? Do I need to let users download all their comments in an "industry standard format"? Do MMO's count? Can I download my +5 firesword?
Sometimes I wish Slashdot would let me download my mod points in an open format and use them on another web site. I have some Facebook posts in mind that need down-modding.
That NASA link is 50 times as interesting as this lame story. Thanks.
Exactly right. I have noticed a huge upswing of probing behavior in my Wordpress site logs, all targeting timthumb in various common themes. Wordpress is easy to install (and easy to upgrade) but requires ongoing upkeep as vulnerabilities are found and patched. Too many people just install it and let it rot.
With Roulette you don't need to predict very well to get an edge on the house. Even you if can fairly consistently guess which quarter of the wheel the ball will land in, you can shift the odds well into your favor over the long run. That's what the "cheaters" with electronic aids were doing.
On the flip side, I remember installing a PNG datatype and then suddenly every single browser could display PNGs, whether the browser author cared (or even knew about) PNG or not.
That's great, but what are websites supposed to do? Start serving up PNGs (or whatever modern equivalent) and hope that users have the correct plugin? Or do they stick with something not quite as good that they know will work? That is why having a small list of supported codecs is important (leaving aside the fact that many users simply cannot install additional software).
Nobody cares about Matroska files except for pirates (which is a shame, because it has nice features). Neither Windows or MacOSX are interested in supporting every single codec under the sun. You can install additional codecs for both Windows and Quicktime if you want to, but if you are distributing files it is better to just use an industry standard like h264. This is exactly my point.
I don't really have anything to add except to say the Netflix and similar products will never use the standard video tag to stream video, since it doesn't offer the flexibility and DRM that they need. Netflix isn't really a web-based product anyway, all the heavy lifting is done outside of the browser.