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Comment: Re:Just what I wanted for xmas time, more bloat. (Score 1) 237

by UPi (#48505611) Attached to: Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

You are making entirely valid, but irrelevant points. I've done all the things you mention. I didn't go into it because it is mostly irrelevant to the discussion at hand. I guess the only thing I disagree on is the "over" part of "oversimplification".

Oh. And thank you for not mentioning legacy Internet Explorers, I do appreciate that. :)

Comment: Re:Just what I wanted for xmas time, more bloat. (Score 5, Insightful) 237

by UPi (#48504559) Attached to: Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

This is the way the world is going right now. HTML5 and JavaScript have become the new, universal runtime that everyone is trying to use to build their applications. It is extremely compelling too: you don't need to worry about deployment, supporting older versions, operating systems, etc. This, however, requires browsers to do a lot more than they did before. Sound and video input is just the tip of it. There's also the canvas, WebGL, WebSocket, tons of new CSS features.

Firefox can either choose to keep up with new features or lose 90% of its share to Chrome. I'm actually happy they going forward because part of HTML5's appeal is that it is multi-vendor and is not solely controlled by a corporation like Google or Apple. Yes, it is "bloat", as in, lots of new features that you personally might not be using today. But someday you, or your friend will come across a site that uses one of these new features and if the site says "Sorry, you are using a backwards browser, please try Chrome instead", we both know what will happen. (You of course will scoff and close the site, but 10 other people will switch for every lean browser snob out there.)

Point is, browsers are evolving. Deal with it.

Comment: Re:Piracy as people think about it is an invention (Score 4, Insightful) 246

by UPi (#45568993) Attached to: Piracy Offers Heavy Metal a New Business Model

Is it just me, or does the word "offer" in the article title sound biased?

"Piracy forces upon heavy metal a new business model" might be closer to the truth. At this point the fact is that the music industry must adjust its practices and find revenues outside the sale of physical media. They can turn to live tours, merchandise or whatever else, but calling this an "offer" is just as much a misnomer as "piracy".

Comment: Re:Free Speech (Score 1) 170

by UPi (#45542657) Attached to: Spamhaus Calls for Fining Operators of Insecure Servers

OK, let's go with the car analogy.

You step out of your car, leaving your keys in the ignition. Someone comes up to you and tells you that the area is crawling with pychotic people, and there is a likelihood that one of them will be taking your car and hitting someone with it. You say it's not your problem and you leave the keys anyway. It is my understanding that Spamhaus is suggesting that you should be fined for that. We can argue that makes sense or not, but can we please agree that this is not about free speech?

Comment: Re:Free Speech (Score 1) 170

by UPi (#45540105) Attached to: Spamhaus Calls for Fining Operators of Insecure Servers

I would prefer a non-car analogy please. It's been a while since the last good one.

In any case, if the event you described did happen, I would feel VERY bad about it, and would be very careful not to leave the keys in the car again. If one of my servers was hijacked to do bad things, be it DDOS or spamming, I would feel bad about that also.

Comment: Re:Another cure that is worse than the disease (Score 5, Informative) 170

by UPi (#45539737) Attached to: Spamhaus Calls for Fining Operators of Insecure Servers

You are merely lucky. I run 3 small mail servers, all very similar in setup. 1 also receives no spam whatsoever, the other two are flooded by it. I need to use Spamhaus's XBL, SPF and graylisting to stem the tide. If I removed either of the three, SPAM volume would exceed regular mail volume about 20x. (This is not because of a lack of regular mail.)

Comment: Re:this is not good news (Score 1) 752

by UPi (#45400553) Attached to: Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

To the lovely people who have moderated this "Insightful" instead of "Funny"... I seriously hope that you have missed the point.

This reminds me of the discredited parable that breaking a window is good for the 'conomy, because it generates business for the repairman, who then buys new shoes from the cobbler, who then bla bla bla. The real economy in the meantime registers the net loss of a window.

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