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Comment: Re:The whole point of Chrome (Score 0, Flamebait) 294

by ednopantz (#26998631) Attached to: The Future of Google Chrome

No kidding. I find it amazing that javascript-- that abortion of a compromise of a hack is what holds the web together.

There was a moment when they could have had java....but no. They picked js because it would be quicker to download a browser with a js engine. And instead every web page has 800K of hacky js scripts attached to it.

Comment: Re:Mac reliability (Score 1) 450

by ednopantz (#26937409) Attached to: Ma.gnolia User Data Is Gone For Good

Even past the hardware and cost issues: How many people out there can they turn to for help?

For every XAMP (xserve..apache..?) setup, there have to be 5000 ubuntu/debian/redhat/whatever LAMP installs.

When you run into problems, you don't want to be the only admin dealing with that problem--you want there to be thousands of other admins dealing with the same issue. With luck, one of them has already solved whatever problem you have.

Comment: Re:getting rid of the secret ballot (Score 1) 715

by ednopantz (#26145245) Attached to: Tech Firms Oppose Union Organizing

An optional secret ballot is the same as no secret ballot. When the union guys come around "I'm using the secret ballot" is the same as "I'm voting against the union."

There's no reason to have card check except it allows union organizers to bring the integrity of an ACORN voter registration drive to a union election.

Displays

+ - HP's New 30" LP3065 Wide Screen LCD Monitor

Submitted by
Spinnerbait
Spinnerbait writes "30 inch LCD panels as computer monitors are becoming more commonplace on the desktop these days, with offerings from the likes of Apple, Dell and now HP. HP's LP3065 is based on the same WCCFL-based (wide cold cathode florescent lighting) panel that Dell's UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC is built on. However, HP saw fit to one-up Dell (or two-up as the case may be) and added in a much-needed two additional DVI inputs. These panels have color spectral capabilities that allow them to reproduce 92% of the NTSC color gamut (better than most standard LCDs in the 70% range), with a 12ms black-to-black response time and 1000:1 contrast ratio. Not to mention they offer an enormous 2560X1600 native resolution in a 16:10 widescreen format."
Security

+ - PGP cracked?

Submitted by rosydreams
rosydreams (666) writes "Guys, I cannot believe that: it seems that russian hackers were able to http://software.techrepublic.com.com/download.aspx ?docid=239052crack PGP !!! I'm using this program (PGP of course, not this cracker!) for years (from very old DOS version) and trusted it, so that shocked me to death :((( I'm not a crypro guru but as I understand they're using the distributed network (probably from KGB? :) and may be some advanced cracking algorithms. Btw this program is able to crack not only PGP but also Micro$oft Word, Excel, PDF, Windows logon passwords and a few others (actually, I don't care this, but really worry about PGP). Whether such software is legal? Are they allowed to distribute (sell!) password crackers?? I remember there were some Russian hackers that were jailed in the U.S. a few years ago after cracking Adobe e-books — why we cannot do the same with those ones? And after all are there any other encryption programs that are more reliable than PGP?"
Mozilla

+ - IE-derived Chinese Browser challenges Firefox

Submitted by crush
crush (666) writes "Maxthon holds 30% of the Chinese browser market and is built on top of IE's layout engine. A Linux Journal article (by Glynn Moody) reports on the challenges this non-Free browser presents to Firefox by offering many of Firefox's features and offering compatibility with IE. Firefox apparently is a negligible presence in the important Chinese internet community."
Programming

+ - Charles Simonyi's intentional programming

Submitted by
prostoalex
prostoalex writes "MIT Technology Review describes how Charles Simonyi and Intentional Software will change the programming paradigm. For a long time Simonyi was a lead applications developer for Microsoft. According to MIT Technology Review, Simonyi can be considered the world's most successful coder, since everybody else who made more than a billion dollars off software was mostly involved in managing companies, not coding."
Handhelds

+ - Analysis of the Apple iPhone

Submitted by Provataki
Provataki (666) writes "Now that the initial dust of the iPhone's launch has settled down, here is a no-frills, objective analysis of the iPhone's feature-set and how it compares to other smartphones today. The author seems to like the device a lot and believes that will drive the industry in the coming years, but he also mentions the lack of a native (non-widget) SDK (which is what defines a "smartphone") and the old-style input method used (why didn't Apple go for something as innovative as this?). Stereo Bluetooth A2DP, MMS support and user-replaceable battery (a norm in the cellphone industry) are still a questionmark."
Education

+ - El People or El Nino?

Submitted by
ThatGuyPat
ThatGuyPat writes "From an article on Spiegal Online (http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,457759 ,00.html):

"It has become an annual tradition among climatologists in this age of climate change. Every January, they announce where the just-ended year fits in among the warmest years on record.

While global warming caused by human activity is a major factor in the warm year to come, a mild El Nino will also play a large role. Because the effects of El Nino are often felt for months afterwards, the phenomenon will likely raise global temperatures throughout the spring."

How do we differentiate between nature and us "unnatural" human folk in global warming? Gets a little cloudy (no pun intended) when there are articles the Associated PRess put out (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld /2003433914_webwarming16.html) about the positive effects pollution may be having on slowing global warming."

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