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Comment Fix for Firefox users (Score 1) 116

Find your profile directory. It should contain a subdirectory named chrome. Edit or create a text file there named userContent.css (ie., chrome/userContent.css relative to the profile directory). Insert the following:

@-moz-document domain( {
.comment-bubble { opacity: 0.3 !important; }

changing the opacity value as required. Restart Firefox.

(This would be more useful as a Greasemonkey script, but I don't know how to write one of them. Volunteers?)

Comment Not bytecodes (Score 1) 126

If by bytecode you mean 8-bit instructions for a stack machine, such as Python and the JVM use, then WebAssembly is NOT NOT NOT a bytecode. In fact, it is a concise binary encoding of a program in AST form. The team are working on a polyfill for existing browsers which will translate the AST into Javascript for execution. Future browsers will be able to JIT-compile the WebAssembly in much the same way as they JIT-compile asm.js or its equivalent.

Basically, WebAssembly is a distributed compiler infrastructure for the web, where browsers get to see a pre-parsed top-down view of a program instead of the bottom-up view that the JVM gives. Low-end devices will be able to quickly translate the AST into something that runs relatively slowly; browsers etc on high-end devices will be able to do lots of optimization.

Further reading:

BTW, the really scarey thing to be learned here is near the top of that FAQ: "pthreads ... are coming to asm.js". Yep. Asm.js will support pthreads. And people will write code that uses pthreads. In your browser.

Comment Pielke Jr's earlier response to similar attacks (Score 2) 335

A few weeks ago, Roger Pielke Jr wrote this in response to similar attacks on him by John Holdren.

BTW, the United Nations report he mentions comes from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group which shared a Nobel Prize with Al Gore.

Comment WazHack (Score 1) 669

I really like WazHack, a roguelike from a one-man operation. (How indie can you get?) It's Nethack redone as a side-scroller, with animated 3D characters and monsters. Better yet, it was released on Steam earlier this week (, is still 15% off and now runs on Linux.

Comment Long story short: scam websites (Score 1) 90

The 1000+ websites mentioned in the post are (supposedly) part of a "cold-calling investment scam using the name ‘Global Capital Wealth’". The Australian Securities and Investment Commission, the federal corporate regulator, has ordered that their IP addresses be blocked, which also catches innocent websites co-hosted at those IP addresses.

The Australian Federal Police also asks ISPs to block websites listed by Interpol as containing “'worst of the worst' child pornography", apparently via DNS (news reports mention "domains" and "URLs"), but perhaps also at the IP level. Most ISPs have complied; at least one has refused.

[My take: There may be a case for corporate regulation bureaucrats to get some websites blocked, but only at DNS level and only in smaller numbers. Blocking extreme child porn sites via DNS would be next to useless, so I hope they also block at IP level.]


Submission + - Certificate Authorities Unite in The Name of SSL Security->

CowboyRobot writes: ""We felt SSL needed a leader," says Jeremy Rowley, associate general counsel for DigiCert, which, along with Comodo, Entrust, GlobalSign, Go Daddy, Symantec, and Trend Micro, today officially launched the new organization. "We felt a group of CAs, rather than one CA," was a better approach, he says. The first line of business for the new Certificate Authority Security Council (CASC) is to push the adoption of online certificate status protocol (OCSP) stapling for Web server administrators, software vendors, browser makers, and end users. OCSP stapling is a method of revoking invalid or expired digital certificates. It's an enhancement to the OCSP protocol that basically eliminates the need for Web users to check OCSP responses with the CA, and is more efficient because the Web server caches the response from the CA."
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Comment This is about how much money NASA gets (Score 1) 318

Gingrich says he'll use big monetary prizes to get private enterprises (Bigelow, SpaceX, Armadillo, etc) to build the infrastructure. (He carefully left that detail out while campaigning in Florida.) Mike Griffin and other long-time NASA people would prefer the existing approach: giving NASA lots of money to spend in the sponsoring politicians electorates. (Why was Mission Control in Houston, of all places? LBJ put it there to boost the local economy.)

Comment SysV init "simple and elegant"? (Score 1) 433

The current init system is "simple and elegant"? The one with lots of shell scripts in /etc/init.d, and symbolic links in /etc/rc[0-7S].d to those links? Symbolic links with names like "K09dm" or "S51cups", where the first 3 characters are highly significant?

I disagree.

(Moreover, both upstart and systemd are significantly faster than the current system.)

Slowly and surely the unix crept up on the Nintendo user ...