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Comment: Finally a post worth logging in for... (Score 1) 292

by etresoft (#49218853) Attached to: Do Tech Companies Ask For Way Too Much From Job Candidates?
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the obvious here. First of all, how many people have actually worked with any of those geniuses who know every technology under the sun? Now, how many people have worked with people so incompetent you can't imagine how they were ever hired and then despondent because those same people also hired you? It doesn't add up, does it? The interviews are designed to legally discriminate. They are used to turn candidates into rejects. There is no law that says people who are hired must have all of those skills. But anyone who doesn't have every skill is legally a candidate for rejection. This allows employers to hire according to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, personal acquaintance, or just about any other criteria. That is the way the system works people.

Comment: Re:Say "goodbye" to 64-bit builds of Opera... apk (Score 1) 92

by etresoft (#43371323) Attached to: WebKit Developers Discuss Removal of Google-Specific Code
I said nothing about Google being "evil". Google is just providing more value to its customers. Google most definitely does not want ads to be able to access the rest of your browser information. That information should only come from Google, properly anonymized and billed. While this change would make it harder for malicious iframes to sniff data that doesn't belong to them, it would also give malicious iframes more opportunities to inject code. Currently, if such an iframe tried that and failed, it will kill the parent process, effectively ending the injection attempts. With the new system, multiple iframes could keep trying different tactics.

Comment: Typical haters (Score 5, Insightful) 52

by etresoft (#43127663) Attached to: Apple Finally Fixes Unencrypted App Store Login

Yep, they were sending login information over plain http.

The author of the original article was very careful with what he did and didn't say. He didn't say that Apple sent login information over plain http. And if you read the support document where Elie Bursztein gets his 15 seconds of Apple fame, you will see that Apple says the update now encrypts "active content". In short, login information was never sent over plain text.

Comment: That's funny... (Score 0) 287

by etresoft (#42634779) Attached to: JSTOR an Entitlement For US DoJ's Ortiz & Holder
I didn't see anything on the JSTOR Alumni program page that said alumni had the right to hide their faces from security cameras, break into networking cabinets, jack into the gigabit ethernet switch, spoof their MAC address via a randomizer script, and bring down JSTOR access for their entire institution.

Comment: What I don't understand (Score 1) 217

by etresoft (#41944621) Attached to: UK Court Sanctions Apple For Non-Compliance
is why the mysterious Pamela Jones and the rest of the open-source community has identified Apple as The Great Satan. What has Apple ever done to hurt them? Complied with the GPL? OK. Guilty as charged. People who love their Apple devices get derided as fanbois. People who hate, without ever being harmed, are the good guys?

Comment: Download an app???? NO!!!! (Score 3, Interesting) 403

I can't remotely log in to my Linux machines and do programming on my iPad. I can't create presentations on it. I can't do photo editing or drawing. I can write papers for grad school.

No. wait. I can do all of those thing on my 1st gen iPad.


Comment: True story (Score 1) 266

by etresoft (#41410913) Attached to: Microsoft Urging Safari Users To Use Bing
I had a report of problems with a web sites from users who may or may not have been using IE9. So, I fired up my Windows 7 VM to check and it was still running IE8. What? No problem. That is why I installed it this VM. I just searched for "ie9" in my IE8 browser. Bing couldn't find a download link for IE9. It was Google's top hit.

Comment: Re:Patent system broken (Score 1) 1184

The patent system is designed to facilitate copying. It gives the patent holder a temporary, legal monopoly to encourage innovation. After the patent expires, it's fair game. The idea of patents is great, but everyone acknowledges the system needs reform. Maybe this case will make that happen. Would that be so bad?

Comment: Re:R.I.P. Innovation (Score 1, Insightful) 1184

When it costs a small developer millions of dollars to patent search and licence obvious designs, we have killed innovation.

What we need is a company that stands up for small developers. Someone that frees them from credit card merchant companies. Someone that will go to court and defend small developers against patent trolls!

Oh wait. That's Apple.

Never mind.

Comment: Re:How could they have gotten away with that claim (Score 3, Informative) 327

by etresoft (#40441147) Attached to: Apple Yanks Mac Virus Immunity Claims From Website
I think one of the reasons for the re-wording was to remove the word "viruses" since it so obviously confuses people who don't know the difference between viruses and trojans and think the handful of Mac malware in 12 years is equivalent to over 17,000,000 for Windows. Sorry, but market-share doesn't account for that discrepancy.

In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. -- R.G. Ingersoll