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Comment Re:Flash? (Score 2) 101

Does anything but ads actually use Flash in this day and age? I haven't had it installed for several years!

Let's see... these are just some results using Firefox 41.0.1 on OS X Mavericks:

Spotify: "To enjoy Spotify, please install Adobe Flash. It's free."

Pandora: "In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later)."

Hulu: "Hulu requires Flash Player or higher. Please download and install the latest version of Flash Player before continuing."

I'm sure there are plenty more, but just these three are enough to prove that you're dead wrong -- or just trolling. And no, there's no love lost between Flash and me, either.


Comment Re: Still better than that malware Android (Score 1) 169

So no, I was not the one "Deflecting" (the fact that you were trying to pull the wool over my, and all readers-of-your-comment's eyes); that would be, er, you.

Sigh. I'm counting 24 posts from you on this topic. If you're on your little crusade or just get a kick out of defending Apple no matter what, be my guest. I would feel very embarrassed, but hey! whatever rocks your boat.


Comment Re: Still better than that malware Android (Score 1) 169

The very first thing Apple should do is admit that it is, in fact, possible for malware to get past their screening process.

This meme needs to FINALLY be taken out back and SHOT: As I said elsewhere in this thread; I don't think that APPLE has ever said that. Instead, it seems to be almost universally Fandroids that SAY that Apple (or their Users) have said that.

Okay, I'll byte: The safest place to download apps for your Mac is the Mac App Store. Apple reviews each app before it’s accepted by the store

Yes, that's about the Mac App Store. Do you want something about the App Store? No problem: We review all apps submitted to the App Store and Mac App Store to ensure they are reliable, perform as expected, and are free of offensive material

It seems as official as it can get, don't you think?


Comment Re:How about 2015 July 15 0000UTC? (Score 1) 283

If you're not using HTML5 by now, you're a fucking dinosaur.

Fair enough, but where are the authoring tools then? Coding everything by hand might be fun for a "look ma, no Flash!" demo, but a full blown application? Not so much. And don't get me started about Google, Apple, etc. pushing their slightly different flavour of HTML5...


Comment Re:WoW? (Score 3, Informative) 277

Fact: I'm older than you are and I was around when Pac-Man was brand new. Nobody but arcade-going nerds played Pac-Man or any video games, really.

That you are older than the OP might even be a fact, but another fact is that a song about a video game that, according to you, "nobody played" peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in March 1982.


Comment Re:My FreeBSD Report: Four Months In (Score 2) 471

If only FreeBSD would boot my old 08 Macbook but only Ubuntu works on it...someone make a howto if it's possible, Linux blows.

Assuming you're serious and the problem is that you can't get FreeBSD to boot after the installation, check the post installation steps ("gpart" section towards the end) -- they fixed my late 2009 iMac.


Comment Re:About that Intel 3D NAND... (Score 1) 438

And while Intel will "begin offering 3D NAND drives in the second half of next year" Samsung has been doing just that for a few months. For insgtance, here a review from last June: Samsung 850 Pro SSD Review: 3D Vertical NAND Hits Desktop Storage. But, then again, since when has IT World needed any facts? ;-)


Comment Re:I don't buy it (Score 1) 265

Heartbleed was caused by a FreeBSD bug,

No. Heartbleed is a security bug in the OpenSSL cryptography library. OpenSSL, in turn, is an open-source implementation of the SSL and TLS protocols vailable for most Unix-like operating systems (including Solaris, Linux, Mac OS X and the various open source BSD operating systems), OpenVMS and Microsoft Windows. See? Not OS specific.

Shellshock was caused by a GNU bash bug.

Correct but, again, not OS specific.

Both projects are independent of the Linux Kernel Project. That's the project managed by Linus. So blaming Linus management for the lost confidence on open source security is, at least, unbased.

True, but the article didn't mention either and, let's face it, a kernel with no applications to run wouldn't be much fun -- or useful.


Comment Re:I don't buy it (Score 1) 265

And the bugs this article refers to are BSD's and GNU's fault.

Would you care to elaborate? The article talks about Heartbleed and Shellshock bugs which, affecting userland components, aren't OS specific.

Actually, I find it odd that you singled out the BSD family, especially considering that bash is not part of the default FreeBSD install and, even if a user decides to install it, /bin/sh is not the same executable as /bin/bash (or rather /usr/local/bin/bash). The FreeBSD went even as far as to disable the "export function" feature by default on 20140926:

AFFECTS: users of shells/bash

Bash supports a feature of exporting functions in the environment with
export -f. Running bash with exported functions in the environment will
then import those functions into the environment of the script being ran.
This resulted in security issues CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169, commonly
known as "shellshock". It also can result in poorly written scripts being
tricked into running arbitrary commands.

To fully mitigate against this sort of attack we have applied a non-upstream
patch to disable this functionality by default.
You can execute bash
with --import-functions to allow it to import functions from the
environment. The default can also be changed in the port by selecting the


Comment Re:Shellshock is way worse (Score 0) 94

For the record, Yahoo, running FreeBSD, was compromised via Shellshock.

No, not really:

Earlier today, we reported that we isolated a handful of servers that were detected to have been impacted by a security flaw. After investigating the situation fully, it turns out that the servers were in fact not affected by Shellshock.

Also, are you sure that Yahoo is running FreeBSD on every server? I can't find anything more recent than this piece from 2011, but it would appear that 75% of Yahoo’s Web sites and services run on Linux".


Comment Re:What's so American (Score 1) 531

In particular, Marx does not "view labour as something nobody really wants to do" - wtf do you get that from?

Where are the mod points when you really need them?!? +several million to you for saying something sensible rather than repeating something heard somewhere -- over and over. I just wonder if the people talking in favor or against net neutrality are as clueless as they are when they talk about Marxism or, for that matter, any other sufficiently complex subject.

Oh, and why did you have to post this as AC? I think it was well reasoned and worth reading, actually.


Comment Re:So, such rules are bad for keeping people worki (Score 1) 327

If *most* people were content with one job and a reduced income things would start to really improve - the labor market would be dramatically slashed, and the law of supply and demand means that wages would rise across the board as businesses compete for a limited labor pool.

Apologies for being blunt, but you are delusional. Have you heard about Ireland? People have "accepted" wage cuts just for the privilege of keeping their job BUT:

1) The labor market has NOT improved;

2) Cost of living has NOT gone down;

In other words: things are tough all over.

And dot get me started about the mythical "law of supply and demand", because we might as well be talking about Santa Klaus, the Tooth Fairy or, since I mentioned Ireland, Leprechauns.


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