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Comment Re:Why the fuck isn't Mozilla panicking?! (Score 1) 419

When I eyeball the January 2016 browser market share stats, it looks like Firefox is now at or just under 7% of the browser market. That's across all versions on all platforms!

IE 11 alone has almost as many users as Firefox does in total. The same goes for iOS Safari 9.2. Hell, even Opera Mini almost has more users than Firefox does! Desktop Chrome 47 has over 3 times as many users as Firefox does in total. Chrome for Android 47 has 2.5 times as many users.

These numbers should be scaring the living shit out of Mozilla. They should be in a constant state of panic right now. Firefox is getting decimated.

Maybe Mozilla doesn't realize it, but Firefox is the only product they have left that has any sort of a user base. Seamonkey, Thunderbird and Persona have been left to flounder. Firefox OS was a massive disaster, maybe even worse than GNOME 3 was. Rust and Servo are dead end projects. Bugzilla is a relic.

Why the fuck will anyone, especially the big players in the game, give a damn about what Mozilla thinks or wants? Mozilla already has so little influence. Soon enough Firefox will have so few users that nobody will give a fuck about it or its users, which in turn means that Mozilla will lose whatever small amount of influence it does have left.

It's fucking insane how Mozilla isn't reacting to this. It's fucking insane! It's like they're nearing the edge of a cliff, but they're running faster and faster!

I don't want Mozilla as an organization to vanish. They play such an important role in keeping the web free and open. Yet they also seem to be so intent on destroying themselves! Please, Mozilla, wake up! Please, Mozilla! PLEASE! Stop ruining Firefox! Stop making yourself irrelevant! Please, Mozilla! Please stop it!

I currently only use Firefox for a couple of specialty plugins, or extensions, and I use an outdated version at work as that's required by IT. Otherwise I use Chrome. That said I agree with you, I don't want them to die. I don't want a Webkit monoculture with a sprinkle of IE. It's bad enough that we already lost Opera. More players and more options is good for the user!

Comment Re:Captain Obvious to the rescue!!! (Score 1) 699

The code is not overwritten, but the code is not expecting *all* variable store data to be wiped, and may go down impossible paths.

If this becomes a standard test case, then you'll see firmware get more resilient to this over time.

Bricking a motherboard due to a bad firmware flash has been a serious concern for a long time (due to power-cut, or a bad floppy, or whatever). Support for any sort of backup firmware has always been sporadic. So I won't hold my breath.

Comment Re:What the doctor ordered... (Score 1) 699

I question the benefit of UEFI ever. I understand the intention is to remove limitations resulting from trying to use 1980's based BIOS code 35 years later, but I don't see it solving more problems than it causes. About the only thing I've come up with is allowing boot volumes greater than 2TB, since it allows GPT partitioned disks.

As to why you would run it, for better or worse you may find fewer and fewer systems with Legacy boot mode. Especially with Secureboot

Comment Re:Eventually... But not yet (Score 1) 406

The projector may have the ports, but are cables run to the podium? Even if the projector is replaced, if the new projector has a VGA port, and most computers (especially business grade) have VGA port, what's to gain by replacing the cable?

At work they replaced the projectors in one of the conference rooms. They have a VGA cable run to the desktop, and then an HDMI cable with mini-display port adapter if you wish to connect your laptop, because none of the laptops ship with an HDMI port. Some older ones shipped with a display port, but there's no adapter provided.

I've seen several times where something must be wrong with the HDMI setup, and people end up unplugging VGA from the desktop, and plugging it into their laptop.

The quality starts to get crappy at 1080p, and with crappy cables, but VGA seems to still be a surprisingly good-enough "just works" solution.

At home my Haswell i5 has onboard 4600 graphics, and I get three ports: HDMI, DVI, and VGA. If I want three monitors I use VGA on the third. I also use VGA when I want to hook it up to the TV in the other room because the VGA extension cord was so cheap.

Comment Re:Article paid by Apple to boo over it. (Score 3, Insightful) 456

The Verge may be right, but they are totally apple fanboys who jump at any opportunity to make fun of the competition.

I would agree, but Windows Phone is not now nor ever was competition for Apple. The company that is competition for Apple's bread and butter market however, is a totally different story:

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-g...

As much as people like to dump on Windows Phone, or Blackberry, the shrinking of the smartphone market to only 2 major players is a bad thing. More competition is good in trying to keep all vendors on their feet, and there are certainly things WP and BB do better than iOS or Android.

Comment Re:A good thing? (Score 1) 160

Nexus is Google's flagship phone, and since Google is directly involved, they want the crapware free experience, and relatively long support period.

The moment you start looking at OEMs, it goes downhill.

Take the Samsung SIII. It was Samsungs flagship phone at one point, and sold in high numbers.

Released May 29, 2012, in most markets the last official version is 4.3 JellyBean, with limited markets / unofficial support for 4.4.4 Kitkat.
Kitkat was released October 31, 2013, and Lollipop November 12, 2014. So you're topping out on 1.5 years on a flagship phone.

The moment you look at bargain android phones, even new, they are usually outdated when you buy them.

Apple, as much as I hate them, usually has a predictable support life. For sale from carriers, you will usually only see N,N-1, and N-2 models. Right now that is 6S, 6, and 5S. The current iOS (9.2.1) supports back to 4S (a phone released October 2011).

Comment Re:For the love of... (Score 1) 98

However, there is support for Linux, Android and iOS, which will probably be the primary targets

There are probably plenty of customer who would choose this over Xeon for datacenters which do not need to serve a win MS-centric market

How many people use iOS in a datacenter? How many people use iOS on third party hardware?

On Linux you'd still get better hardware/software support on x86, and better performance/ dollar, or performance per watt.

I could certainly see this maybe in embedded applications, and maybe networking appliances (like a storage server, or maybe a web server). But I think it will be a few years still before you see a big foothold of ARM based CPUs in general purpose servers.

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