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Comment: Re:Big brother is watching... (Score 1) 131

by aksansai (#26690215) Attached to: US Dept. of Defense Creates Its Own Sourceforge

Duh.

[sarcasm]I would feel a whole lot better if all the people of the world could access our government systems and do whatever the hell they could possibly want to with those systems[/sarcasm].

Yes, indeed, big brother is watching over who uses their systems, how they use it, and for what purpose and intent. Just like if someone were to come over to your house and use YOUR system, you'd feel better knowing the purpose of the use. "No, sir, that was certainly not MY kiddie porn on MY computer..."

Comment: Why get upset? Firefox users avoid proprietary sw? (Score 0) 803

by aksansai (#26690153) Attached to: Microsoft Update Slips In a Firefox Extension

I'm seriously confused as to why this is upsetting considering that the average Firefox user installs plugins to assist in rendering media types (I'm picking on Flash) that could potentially be exploited far more than an extension that Microsoft produced because they realize that there is a huge established base of Firefox users on their Windows operating system.

I think this one is a win for the Firefox community in the sense that instead of being greeted with "your browser ain't IE, yo" that they are using the fundamental openness of Firefox to be able to reach users who, like me, think IE is the best waste of disk space on my Windows machines. Let Microsoft continue to develop for Firefox and realize how much of a pair of pants it can hand over to its beloved IE.

Or, continue to bitch and moan over its attempt to reach the Firefox customers to the point where they say, "Screw it - give them the ol' your browser is not supported" line.

Comment: Why 64-bit? (Score 1) 848

by aksansai (#26402753) Attached to: Windows 7 Beta Released To Public After Delay

Is this really an argument of my instruction is twice as wide as your instruction?

Other than the PCI addressing limitation of the 32-bit world truncating the amount of free memory available if 4GB is installed, there is little reason yet for the average consumer (you know, the 98% of all computer users out there) to migrate to the 64-bit world in terms of capability.

Comment: Easy to incorporate does not mean better... (Score 1) 326

by aksansai (#26399733) Attached to: Google Releases Chrome 2.0 Pre-Beta

For all you Microsoft haters - Windows and its development libraries are among the most easy to integrate, adapt, extend, etc. Does BitZtream's argument mean that Microsoft is superior? Embedded IE is as simple as dragging a control to your project... yet, I've passed over that one time and time again. :)

Comment: Chromium... wha? (Score 1) 326

by aksansai (#26399713) Attached to: Google Releases Chrome 2.0 Pre-Beta

Please read about Chromium before posting seriously ignorant posts about Google taking advantage of opensource code and their goals to incorporate Linux and Mac into the fold. It's funny how everyone beats up a less than one year old browser (to the public at least) so much and expects it to deliver the world.

Further, before you start nailing Google for it, Apple's the one that deserves the finger (take your pick) more than anyone else for taking advantage of opensource code.

Comment: Chrome adoption at work - ain't gonna happen (Score 1) 326

by aksansai (#26399577) Attached to: Google Releases Chrome 2.0 Pre-Beta

I use Chrome exclusively at home. The speed over Firefox is simply something that I cannot ignore. Yes, there are ads - for the whiners, there are proxies you can install regardless of your operating system that will strip the ads out, much like Adblock Plus does. I don't personally use them, but I hear they work just fine.

Unfortunately, Chrome is considered one of those "banned" pieces of software where I work. Chrome helps itself to your browsing history, the links you go to, etc. For me at home, this is a moot point - Slashdot, Digg, Woot, and a handful of other sites are what Google finds out about my relatively mundane hyperspace experience. But for work, Chrome does not cut it. Firefox is allowed, so at least I'm not shafted with having to use Internet Explorer.

Medicine

Safe Stem Cells Produced From Adult Cells 207

Posted by Soulskill
from the spare-parts dept.
hackingbear writes "Wired, citing a paper published in Science magazine, reports that Harvard scientists may have found a safer way of giving a flake of skin the biologically alchemical powers of embryonic stem cells by turning adult cells into versatile, embryonic-like cells without causing permanent damage. The technique involves 'adding cell-reprogramming genes to adenoviruses, a type of virus that infects cells without affecting their DNA.' Four-month trials on mice demonstrated that the resulting stem cells are free from unpredictable cancer-inducing mutations. This is definitely a breakthrough in stem cell research." Additional coverage is available at Yahoo, and Science hosts the research paper, although you'll need a subscription to see more than the abstract.
Yahoo!

Security Flaw In Yahoo Mail Exposes Plaintext Authentication Info 66

Posted by Soulskill
from the who-needs-encryption-anyway dept.
holdenkarau writes "Yahoo!'s acquisition of open source mail client Zimbra has apparently brought some baggage to the mail team. The new Yahoo! desktop program transmits the authentication information in plain text. The flaw was discovered during a Yahoo 'hacku' Day at the University of Waterloo (the only Canadian school part of the trip). Compared to the recent news about Gmail exposing the names associated with accounts, this seems downright scary. So, if you have friends or relatives who might have installed Yahoo! desktop and value their e-mail accounts, now would be a good time to get them to change the password and switch back to the web interface."
Government

US Senate Passes PRO-IP Act 212

Posted by Soulskill
from the ruh-roh-shaggy dept.
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "The Senate has passed the PRO-IP Act. While they stripped out the provision to have the DoJ act as copyright cops, it still contains increased penalties for infringement, civil forfeiture provisions, and creates an 'IP czar' to coordinate enforcement. Even though the civil forfeiture provisions are ostensibly intended for use against commercial piracy outfits, history indicates that they will probably get used against individuals at some point. Worse, because they left out the only part of the bill that Bush threatened to veto, it is expected to pass. It is going back to the House where they're expected to pass it on Saturday, after which the President will probably sign it. So, if you want to contact your representative, hurry." An anonymous reader notes that DefectiveByDesign.Org is mobilizing to fight this legislation. The Senate vote was unanimous. We've been following the progress of this bill for quite some time.

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