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Comment Re:Apps (Score 1) 41

Yes, that too. My understanding (though this was before my time) was that "application" used to refer to the use, whereas "program" was the thing you ran. So "word processing" is an application of your computer, while "Microsoft Word" is the program you use to do that. That was according to my dad, who worked for IBM back in the days of punch cards, but it's possible that was just his own distinction.

But by the 90s, you could describe Microsoft Word as either an "application" or "program" (or "app"). They were all fairly interchangeable. Admittedly, though, it could have been a regional thing, since we didn't really have the Internet yet (yes, it existed, but it wasn't in heavy practical use for most people).

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 459

Not me. It'll claim that the windy little country road is faster, but it's definitely not. I guess they never thought that, on a single-lane little windy road, you might get stuck behind some slow-ass, whereas on a two-lane road you can pass them. Most nav systems I've heard of will prioritize larger streets over tiny residential roads for this very reason (and because the speed limit is lower on them of course).

For this particular route, if you look at it on a map, the windy country road definitely looks shorter (hypotenuse of a triangle, sorta), but it's not shorter to drive on, and a lot more aggravating.

Comment Re:told us... (Score 1) 48

Same in Belgium. Signing is done with your eID card. Worried about having an eID card (Card with chip) and what they might hide? Download the source code en do whatever you want with it.

It works under Linux and it is a shame that not more of this is used for websites. You could easily order something and not only will your adress be filled out, the website will be sure it is correct and age is verified.

It can also be used as a legal signature for contracts, unlike e.g. email or fax.

Comment Re:Wait a mintue (Score 1) 69

The former. All modern browsers except Firefox have decomposed their browser into multiple processes, so that a compromise from one site will only gain control over an unprivileged (i.e. isolated from other stuff the user cares about) process. They also run plugins in separate processes and have fairly narrow communication paths between them. Firefox is still a massive monolithic process, including all add-ons, plugins, and so on.

This basically means that you just need one arbitrary code execution vulnerability in Firefox and it's game over. In contrast, if you have the same in Chrome, Edge, or Safari, then it's just the first step - you now have an environment where you can run arbitrary exploit code, but you can't make (most) system calls and you have to find another exploit to escape from the sandbox. Typical Chrome compromises are the result of chaining half a dozen vulnerabilities together.

Comment Re:This is a big bitchslap to Mozilla (Score 2) 69

It also scales based on processor resources. They hit serious TLB scalability issues at around 17 processes (varies a bit between CPUs, in some systems - particularly mobile - you'll hit RAM limits sooner), so if you have more tabs open than this, you will start having multiple independent sites share the same renderer process.

Comment Re:A case of being legally right, but morally wron (Score 1) 32

Reminds me of the letter I saw several years ago from the department of Justice in Belgium to the national RIA, SABAM. They said basically:
Do start any lawsuits as long as people are not making money from it. They will be handled with the lowest priority. If they are making money from them, we are happy to help.

This preventedcases against grandma doing some down and uploading. They also tried to ask for info about ISP customers, but the standard answer would be 'FOAD, not allowed to give you any information."So prividers started sending things like 'Well, they told us you were downloading something illigal. We do not know what legal or illegal is. If it is ilegal, we point to our AUP, if it is legal, please ignore this. This is just information.'

So the went after the providers themselves.

The letter was written in a way that it was clear NOT to bring in any 'person X is uploading via Torrent' bullshit as long as they did not make money from it. If they would have done that, I am sure it would not have ended well. I can imagine them saying 'this is a stern warning' to the accused and then going after SABAM for occupying the courts with stoopid lawsuits.

Comment Re:Interesting. (Score 1) 165

Exactly! After the fall of the wall, what was East Germany became a huge drag on the economy. Yes, there is strength in numbers when it comes to productive and trade. However, if you have a huge imbalance, that takes time to (pardon the pun) work itself out.


Pwn2Own 2016 Won't Attack Firefox (Because It's Too Easy) ( 69

darthcamaro writes: For the last decade, the Pwn2own hacking competition has pitted the world's best hackers against web browsers to try and find zero-day vulnerabilities in a live event. The contest, which is sponsored by HPE and TrendMicro this year, is offering over half a million dollars in prize money, but for the first time, not a penny of that will directed to Mozilla Firefox. While Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Apple Safari are targets, Firefox isn't because it's apparently too easy and not keeping up with modern security: "'We wanted to focus on the browsers that have made serious security improvements in the last year,' Brian Gorenc, manager of Vulnerability Research at HPE said."

Comment Re:tom (Score 1) 119

Typically not to end users though. Microsoft sold the BASIC that computer vendors (including Apple) burned into ROM. Microsoft QuickBASIC for DOS contained a compiler that could produce stand-alone .exe or .com binaries, though the free QBASIC that they bundled with DOS 5 and later was a cut-down version that only included the interpreter.

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