How about NoScript? How's that one coming along?
It's Australia, this will be made illegal in a couple of days time.
Until then they're getting a lot of free publicity.
It's almost as if you didn't read the last line of the summary.
Or any of the posts that were before yours.
Cut two slots in the photo where the eyes are. Insert small pink Post-Its from behind. Flick them with your fingers. Blinking!!
The USA's famous "right" to free speech only applies to dialog between you and the government.
Other citizens don't have to put up with your bullshit and your right to free speech isn't being violated in the slightest when they tell you to STFU.
People from the USA are always amazed when they hear anybody would try to enforce the spirit of the law, not the letter.
Yep. It would be much cheaper/safer to buy a few thousand fake positive reviews to drown out the negative ones.
exemptions are permitted for particular "specialised services" where the service is not possible under the open network's normal conditions
Cue a bunch of ISPs playing games with the definition of "normal conditions".
Also, why do we care what a former biologist, now sci/tech article writer for the WSJ has to say about technology-related education? Is there some connection that I'm missing?
We already have Playboy models advising the public on medicine and Fundamentalist Christians in charge of the National Science Curriculum so hey, why not?
If you're not "into networking", why would you know what a netmask is?
Because anybody who has any aptitude at all for CS has usually been called on to configure Grandma's router, that's why.
If they've never done that then be very suspicious of their claimed interest in computing. You might be dealing with a bullshitting hipster who decided yesterday that computing might be a "good career move". Until he decides it's too much like real work.
CS != IT. This makes as much sense as complaining that your car mechanic knows nothing about plumbing. If you want a sysadmin, then hire a sysadmin. But that is not what a CS grad is, or should be.
A decent car mechanic might not know the building code by heart but he's probably unblocked a drain or two in his time simply because he's the sort of person that enjoys using tools to do stuff. If my mechanic could only do cars then I'd be suspicious of him.
If nothing else a potential employee should be interested in the job he's applying for. If you've got "CS grad" who don't know what an IP mask is then they clearly have no personal interest in computers and only took the degree because they thought it "might lead to a career". You can bet that sort of person will be in management within a couple of months (maybe at another company) and you'll be looking for yet another programmer to fill their place.
"The idea of programming as a semiskilled task, practiced by people with a few months' training, is dangerous. We wouldn't tolerate plumbers or accountants that poorly educated. We don't have as an aim that architecture (of buildings) and engineering (of bridges and trains) should become more accessible to people with progressively less training. Indeed, one serious problem is that currently, too many software developers are undereducated and undertrained. Obviously, we don't want our tools--including our programming languages--to be more complex than necessary. But one aim should be to make tools that will serve skilled professionals--not to lower the level of expressiveness to serve people who can hardly understand the problems, let alone express solutions. We can and do build tools that make simple tasks simple for more people, but let's not let most people loose on the infrastructure of our technical civilization or force the professionals to use only tools designed for amateurs." - Bjarne Stroustrup.
At least if something goes wrong with the stew you know where to look for the problem.
The last update to jQuery was to fix "a timing bug in iOS8 that causes mobile Safari to incorrectly report a 'length' on objects that don't have one."
You'd have known 'where to look' for that and been able to fix it, right?
I don't think the blocking of shitware is a problem per se. It seems that the objection is to the labeling of the products of others as "shitware". There are apparently rules that forbid Coca cola from saying "You should drink coke instead of that diarrhea water called pepsi".
"diarrhea water" is a specific term that can be tested and proven false. That makes it libel.
Stick to subjective things like 'taste' and you'll be fine. eg. You can say "Drink Coke because Pepsi tastes nasty!" with no problem.
Back to "shitware". That word isn't in the dictionary AFAIK so you ought to be fine calling your competitor's product "shitware".
"Potentially unwanted applications", the term used by Avira, is very conservative. I'm not surprised the judge tossed the case out and ordered freemium to pay costs.
Net Nanny and the likes have been offering essentially the exact same service for years now and nobody bothered to complain.
Presumably Net Nanny never came to the attention of whatever fuckwit is in charge of freemium.com
This isn't about people's rights or the right to do legitimite business, it's about fuckwits who think it's perfectly OK to infest your PC with sluggish, personal-data-stealing crapware using whatever means they can legally get away with. Just so long as they can get a new car out of it, that's fine.
Me? I'm now thinking of registering my copy of Avira.