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Comment Hmm, the only reason to use Firefox... (Score 4, Insightful) 187

Actually the main reason I use Firefox (alongside Chrome) is that it has some extensions that Chrome does not, and AFAIK that is exactly due to the more permissive add-on API. Otherwise, on fast modern systems it is rather sluggish compared to Chrome, I don't see why I wouldn't use Chrome all the time. I get it that it would be safer and easier to use the Chrome model, but what would the selling point be then? Is "not made by Google" enough?

Comment Classic FUD (Score 2, Informative) 373

Unless you are someone important, people won't spend the significant effort required to hack your car. I would say you can probably avoid the seemingly quite inept "classic" US manufacturers, especially if you don't plant to do the usb upgrades etc that they might require if a remote exploit is found, but still it should be a minor concern. Ok, if you are paranoid get a Tesla, researches spent TWO YEARS and they ended up with an exploit that required physical access to a port inside the car, could at most turn of your engine (very gracefully in neutral and with you in full control) and could be instantly patched over the air...
Again, if you are some sort of a dictator etc I could see an intelligence organization with great resources finding a way to hack your Tesla if they have physical access to it, but it will still be cheaper and more efficient to just plant a bomb...

Comment Re: micro-tablets (Score 1) 133

I can lend you my Dell Axim from 2004. Still works great, but I don't use it since my cellphone is a superset of its functionality. Or you can remove the SIM from an android phone. The reason they are cheaper than the PDAs were is that the chipsets are produced in massive volumes since they are now found in everybody's phone. So you aren't actually paying extra for the phone part - on the contrary it discounts the hardware that you can still use as a PDA.

Comment Re:Microsoft (Score 4, Insightful) 200

It was more about screwing Symbian developers (incompatible OS versions/ multiple APIs, then sudden abandonment of the platform after there was assurance to devs etc) and also the abandoning the one phone OS that was better than Android & iOS (I am talking about the Maemo/Meego as seen on the N9 of course) in favor of being a "me too" Windows Phone manufacturer, that killed-off Nokia in the end.

Comment Half every 5,730 years? (Score 1) 108

Half every 5,730 years? What kind of scale is that? The whole universe is barely over 6000 years old, dating scales should cover years or dozens of years, like tree-ring dating or biblical character dating, otherwise they don't make any sense. Carbon dating seems like a scam anyway, they are probably trying to find excuses for why it is not working out.

Comment Bit-rot? I am a bit confused. (Score 0) 167

The article says the problem to address is "bit-rot". So, they only had one copy of the program which degraded due to failure of the storage media and they have to patch it? No. From the context that does not seem to be the case, although that is the only meaning of "bit-rot" that I know.
In any case the article seems to continue with the problem that old code optimized for old hardware has to be patched now and then to improve performance. Helium seems to be a tool for that, working directly on binaries, but it seems to be a very specialized tool, working only on "stencil kernels", which is not clear from the summary.

Comment Maybe they were very early SSDs? (Score 1) 144

I have only had one SSD fail on me, it was an early one. I have switched everything I have at work and at home to SSD (currently mostly Samsung 840/850, Crucial M500/MX100) and have never looked back, modern drives don't seem to have high failure rates and the speed difference is so great I would still use them even if they were unreliable and I had to back them up all the time.

Comment It has advantages and disadvantages (Score 1) 318

One way to get to work from home is to become indispensable. For example, I told my boss that I will move to another country and he asked me if I could continue working from there. I accepted and it had many advantages, the biggest for me being the fact that I then moved to a third country, still keeping the same job. But it is true that you have many distractions and it is hard to separate your working from non-working hours, which poses problems if you have a family or at least a wife. And the lack of the social contact at work is also something you have to replace somehow.
I would think the best deal would be to be able to work from home a couple of days a week. That would offer some of the advantages without giving you much of the problems. But good luck convincing your boss ;)

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