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Comment: Re:Shocked (Score 1) 109 109

No. Real money is created out of paper, ink, and metal.

How interesting. More real than precious metal coinage? More real than a cheque?

And here I was thunking that some forms of currency are just promises worth less than the paper they're printed on (like cheques - except you pin your trust on unknown people) - and all this time the promise is of tangible value, not some sort of fiat where value can be modified by the whim of a government. Bet the Greeks are relieved.

Comment: Re:Why isn't Mozilla panicking? (Score 1) 99 99

Dear coward,

It's not a "dupe". "Dupe" implies that it's a "duplicate". That is, an exact word-for-word copy. Anyone who can read can clearly see that there are significant differences between the two. Yes, the general idea is the same, but it's obviously not a "dupe". Besides, it's actually very relevant to this discussion. Microsoft is on the ascendancy again with Edge. If Mozilla doesn't shape up then everything good they've accomplished with Firefox in the last decade will be rendered totally irrelevant. Instead of just an IE monoculture like we used to have, we're now heading into a Chrome monoculture, with the only other viable alternative being Edge. It doesn't have to be this way, of course, if Mozilla just did the right thing and stopped screwing around with Firefox. All they need to do is go back to giving us a good, usable browser.

Yeah - you changed a couple of words, so it's not a dupe. Right.

Recent browser market share stats [] show that all versions of Firefox Desktop are only around 8% of the market. Firefox 38 is only at 7.45%, so we can expect Firefox 39 to be below that, possibly forever. Firefox for Android is at 0.14% (yes, that's a leading 0!), and Firefox isn't really a viable option on iOS. [--vitriolic rant--predictions of imminent doom--]

And it's still bullshit. Did you spend long trying to find figures that support your Mozilla hate? What's you association with that site which plucks it's bullshit figures out of it's arse?

I've previously pointed at reliable, undistorted figures. And shown why the figures you point to are,um, distorted - that you base your claim of 8% on are bullshit, real life figure is 12 - 20% - but you keep spewing the big lie like you've an agenda, or some organic problem.

Comment: Re:Why isn't there panic at Mozilla? (Score 1) 157 157

Dear Coward,

Have you allowed for the vast changes in the market i.e desktop no longer is the majority platform type?

What the fuck are you talking about? The stats linked to in that earlier comment clearly show that the desktop is the "majority platform type"!

Which I've already demonstrated is bullshit. You've managed to find the only source of stats that support your view... (how lucky is that?). How's that big lie working out for you?

And the flaws in the reporting i.e. Firefox is counted as Firefox, but Iceweasel, PaleMoon, and a myriad of other builds of Firefox aren't.

Did you actually look at the stats page? Look at the very bottom, where it says

Pale Moon 25.5 0.006%

Do you even look at what you're quoting? I've bolded it for you in case your lips got sore and it's stopped you reading it. Cherry pick much? Where did I say PaleMoon was not counted? I clearly said it was counted as not Firefox

I looked at and responded to all your "points". You, on the other hand ignored the ones I made. How convenient.

Mobile platform browser figure sources aren't given, Desktop platform figures come from StatCounter - I don't know who the fuck they are - and no one I know does either

Netmarketshare says 12.06% , a 3% drop since August last year. Probably a more reliable figure for the broad range of web servers, and similar to other figures from the largest websites.

Wikipedia - from reputable sources which are listed

As of February 2015, Firefox has between 12% and 20% of worldwide usage as a "desktop" browser, making it, per different sources, the third most popular web browser

Note the "reference" you quote, that I provide evidence to show is distorted, claims to use StatCounter as it's source, and "various" other unnamed sources (you probably missed that, ironically. It's "at the very bottom" of your "source").
Then somehow manages to come up with market share figures that don't even agree with the source they do quote (17.87%) using stats from, wait for it -StatCounter .

A long way from the 8% you claim. Smells like bullshit, looks like bullshit, and it fell out the backend of a bull. So yeah - your claims from which you extrapolate imminent demise are bullshit.
If you weren't trying so hard you'd know that Firefox market share peaked back in 2009 when it lost it's new factor with the Eternal September mob. You're a latecomer to the end of the world predicting club.

Iceweasel isn't even listed because, guess what, NOBODY USES IT!

Oh right - Debian is part of the Mozilla marketing grand conspiracy is it? And denial is a river in Egypt.

But really, none of those are Firefox. Firefox is Firefox. Iceweasel is kind of Firefox, but it's not Firefox. Pale Moon is not Firefox.

Bullshit. The only differences with Iceweasel is the name and longer support for security patching. PaleMoon is a fork only by technicality (it's interface contain a few hundred lines of different code, and config defaults are "optimised").

Face it, Firefox is dying off. It's losing users left and right. It's marching full speed into its own grave!

Sounds like it's a football fan thing....
You confuse your psychosis with psychic abilities, and conflate a reduced user-base with "dying". Bookies must love you.

+ - Responsive Design and Fluid Grids with these Lightweight Frameworks->

An anonymous reader writes: My favorite three responsive web design frameworks are Bootstrap, Foundation and Gumby, in that order. But sadly, development of Gumby has recently ceased. And these frameworks aren't necessarily the right solution for every project. For example, if you want to rapidly create a responsive design in the shortest possible time, you should consider a lightweight framework.

Here are four of the most promising complete, lightweight, intuitive, and responsive CSS frameworks. They are all released under the MIT License, a free software license originating at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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+ - First successful widely used symmetric cipher broken since before DES

semper_statisticum writes: A team of cryptographers has submitted an outline of an attack against a symmetric cipher, which was one of the AES candidates.This is the first public successful attack against a symmetric cipher since before DES was introduced. Although the attack is only equivalent to a 2 bit reduction in security compared to a brute force attack, it is still an impressive development.

+ - Theresa May named internet villain of the year->

An anonymous reader writes: The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has been named the UK internet industry’s villain of the year for pursuing “snooper’s charter” legislation without fully consulting the sector.

The gong, part of the annual ISPA awards, was given for “forging ahead with communications data legislation that would significantly increase capabilities without adequate consultation with industry and civil society”.

“With an investigatory powers bill due before parliament in the coming months, it is essential that ISPs are consulted,” the Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) added.

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+ - Bitcoin Snafu Causes Miners to Generate Invalid Blocks->

An anonymous reader writes: A notice at warns users of the cryptocurrency that many miners are currently generating invalid blocks. The cause seems to be out-of-date software, and software that assumed blocks were valid instead of checking them. They explain further "For several months, an increasing amount of mining hash rate has been signaling its intent to begin enforcing BIP66 strict DER signatures. As part of the BIP66 rules, once 950 of the last 1,000 blocks were version 3 (v3) blocks, all upgraded miners would reject version 2 (v2) blocks. Early morning UTC on 4 July 2015, the 950/1000 (95%) threshold was reached. Shortly thereafter, a small miner (part of the non-upgraded 5%) mined an invalid block--as was an expected occurrence. Unfortunately, it turned out that roughly half the network hash rate was mining without fully validating blocks (called SPV mining), and built new blocks on top of that invalid block. Note that the roughly 50% of the network that was SPV mining had explicitly indicated that they would enforce the BIP66 rules. By not doing so, several large miners have lost over $50,000 dollars worth of mining income so far."
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Comment: Re:Clickbait bullshit. (Score 1) 124 124

Dear coward, there are 15 stories listed on /. these days, there were 10 then (no need to reach for your calculator - that's 50% more). Compare apples with oranges much?

The 15 stories in your first link include how many that use drama and rhetoric to direct readers to advertising driven sites that have merely reposted stories from elsewhere? Or do you consider a "story" about the fucking muppets something that wouldn't get rightfully slammed as clickbait spam if it was run today - you muppet.

Today's stories:-

Brain-Inspired 'Memcomputer' Constructed
Microsoft Edge, HTML5, and DRM
Researcher Who Reported E-voting Vulnerability Targeted By Police Raid in Argentina
Frank Herbert's Dune, 50 Years On
When Nerds Do BBQ
Ask Slashdot: How Much Did Your Biggest Tech Mistake Cost?
Why Electric Vehicles Aren't More Popular
Solar Impulse 2 Completes Record-Breaking Flight
Wired Cautions Would-Be Drone Photogs on the 4th
Someone Will Die Playing a Game In Virtual Reality
Machine Learning System Detects Emotions and Suicidal Behavior
How To Design Robot Overlords For "Robot Overlords"
In Response to Open Letter, France Rejects Asylum For Julian Assange
Japanese Court Orders Google To Delete Past Reports Of Man's Molestation Arrest
Turing Near Ready To Ship World's First Liquid Metal Android Smartphone

I guess you'd call them all click-bait huh? No - what percentage then?

From the archived page you reference - fourth story, about fucking muppets, (which may be too personal for you to call it clickbait). "This Week's Episode - Will War of the Worlds' aliens scare off our cranky coots? Will Bewitched be the end of Will? Plus, Pepe the Prawn begs Miss Congeniality to cuff him.". 10% bin-spam I'd of called it then. Now it's just over-hyped bullshit that doesn't belong on /. (that's long hand for click-bait).

More ads - yeah, more troll posters, yeah, are the stories generally lower quality since Cowboy left, yeah. Do I think the current "story" about leased LEDs is spam - yeah (that's why I block all that shit). Are more people submitting spam as stories - yeah. Are people using comment to promote their products (like a recent scifi "writer and his sockpuppets) yeah. Are a huge percentage of so-called stories on the wider internet (from which /. sources it's stories) clickbait - absolutely. Are as many people using Firehose - no, and they don't seem to mark much as bin-spam.

Face it, Paco.

Go fuck yourself with a garden tool you moronic bigot.

+ - Brazilians Launch "Squeaky-Clean" Facebook Competitor, 100k Join First Month->

An anonymous reader writes: The Telegraph reports, "It all started three years ago when Mr Barros and three other devout Christian colleagues working at the mayor's office in Ferraz de Vasconcelos, near Brazil's financial capital Sao Paulo, decided there was a market for a squeaky-clean version of Facebook. ... With help from the Ferraz de Vasconcelos mayor's own pocket, they set up a business with about $16,000 in start-up money and Facegloria was born. Anyone can sign up to, but if they do, they better mind how they behave. Swearing is banned ... as is any violent or erotic content ... "We want to be morally and technically better than Facebook. ... Behind the scenes, more than 20 volunteers patrol online to weed out bad language and to decide whether or not to allow potentially risqué selfies and bikini shots. ... But the morality police don't have a hard job. "Our public doesn't publish these kinds of photos," said one of the volunteers ... Mr Barros expects Facegloria to become online Brazil's go-to site. "In two years we hope to get to 10 million users in Brazil. In a month we have had 100,000 and in two we are expecting a big increase thanks to a mobile phone app," he said. Acir dos Santos, the mayor of Ferraz de Vasconcelos, says there's no limit. "Our network is global. We have bought the Faceglory domaine in English and in all possible languages. We want to take on Facebook and Twitter here and everywhere," he said. "
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+ - Brain-Inspired "Memcomputer" Built, Could Surpass Quantum Computers->

DorkFest writes:

Inspired by the human brain, UC San Diego scientists have constructed a new kind of computer that stores information and processes it in the same place. This prototype "memcomputer" solves a problem involving a large dataset more quickly than conventional computers, while using far less energy...Such memcomputers could equal or surpass the potential of quantum computers, they say, but because they don't rely on exotic quantum effects are far more easily constructed.

The team, led by UC San Diego physicist Massimiliano Di Ventra published their results in the journal Science Advances.
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+ - Microsoft Edge, HTML5, and DRM->

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is building its new browser, Edge, with the intention of avoiding many of the flaws that plagued Internet Explorer over its long and tumultuous life. Part of this involves moving away from plug-ins, and Edge will not support ActiveX. Instead, they're focusing on interoperable media, and that means non-plug-in video players that meet HTML5 specs. Of course, not all video players want to disseminate their content for free, which means: DRM. Microsoft's Edge team has published a new post explaining how they'll be handling support for DRM and "premium media" in the new browser. They say, "Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge support DASH, MSE, EME and CENC natively, and other major browsers ship implementations of MSE and CENC compliant EME. This support allows developers to build plug-in free web video apps that runs across a huge range of platforms and devices, with each MSE/EME implementation built on top of a different media pipeline and DRM provider. In the days when DRM systems used proprietary file formats and encryption methods, this variation in DRM providers by browser would have presented a significant issue. With the development and use of Common Encryption (CENC), the problem is substantially reduced because the files are compressed in standard formats and encrypted using global industry standards. The service provider issues the keys and licenses necessary to consume the content in a given browser, but the website code, content and encryption keys are common across all of them, regardless of which DRM is in use."
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Comment: Re:Oh boy! (Score 1) 157 157

You, on the other hand, need your own damned custom browser! LOL I am impressed. I think you have some sort of record (for intentional use) with the number of BHOs that you have going.

Some web developers develop for all browsers, I'm one of them, I use tools to do that - many of them Firefox extensions. As long as the browser loads quickly I'm happy - I avoid crappy extensions, of which there are plenty, which slow the browser or cause it crash. Likewise shitty page design and bad javascript - of which, unfortunately, like unrepentant idiots, there are far too many.

If another browser works best for your needs - more power to you. Choice is good.

+ - Reporter of an e-voting vulnerability raided in Argentina

TrixX writes: There have just been police raids at the home of an Argentinian security professional who discovered and reported several vulnerabilities in the electronic ballot system to be used next weeks for elections in the city of Buenos Aires. The vulnerabilities (exposed SSL keys and ways to forge ballots with multiple votes) had been reported to the manufacturer of the voting machines, the media, and the public about a week ago.
There have been no arrest but his computers and electronics devices have been impounded. Meanwhile, the information security community in Argentina is trying to get the media to report this notorious attempt to "kill the messenger".

VMS must die!