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Comment: Re:Flat Look may be ugly, but it is useful (Score 1) 466

by gbjbaanb (#49145837) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

Scaling will matter when you have a 4K display, and half your dialogs appear a quarter of the size you're used to. Take one of your dialogs and think how small that is. More pixels means better looking dialogs, and most of the time you still want them to be the same physical size.

Comment: terminal? (Score 0) 681

Not necessarily - Wilko Johnson, a famous guitarist,was diagnosed with terminal and apparently inoperable, pancreatic cancer and decided to basically go out with a show - he refused chemo and organised a farewell tour.. and then a doctor got in touch to say he could cure it, and he now is. Which is good news, apart from the farewell tour not being a farewell any more.

http://www.independent.co.uk/n...

Addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge, UK. Give them a call, you never know.

Comment: Re:I've posted this 1312 times (Score 1) 146

by gbjbaanb (#49126247) Attached to: Firefox 36 Arrives With Full HTTP/2 Support, New Design For Android Tablets

I agree, I tweaked a few settings on my work FF (as work laptop is 4GB) and it shows 245MB private bytes used with 6 tabs open and doesn't show nay signs of slowness compared to the default 'cache up loads of stuff' settings.

I think the most important is the sessionhistory stuff as that can multiply how much back button pages are stored, per tab!

browser.cache.memory.enable;false
browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers; 2
browser.sessionstore.max_serialize_back;5
browser.sessionstore.max_tabs_undo;5
browser.sessionstore.max_windows_undo;2

I think those are the only settings that I've changed WRT memory. Maybe they could do a pre-defined setting set that optimises FF for low-memory PCs.

Comment: Re:It's there for a reason. (Score 1) 146

by gbjbaanb (#49126195) Attached to: Firefox 36 Arrives With Full HTTP/2 Support, New Design For Android Tablets

not if its a walled garden that all the browsers (and W3C) specify and support. Then its a club that you can join if you like.... or go back to sitting on the steps outside whining at passersby, who don't really care.

I think you can generally blame Google for this, and I think one day they will wall off their part (in a Microsoft-eque de-facto standard) and then we'll be really unhappy with the internet.

Comment: Re:What about the 87% of 'sad' feedback reports? (Score 1) 146

by gbjbaanb (#49126113) Attached to: Firefox 36 Arrives With Full HTTP/2 Support, New Design For Android Tablets

what exactly is the negative feedback about?

I imagine its all kinds of stuff. I clicked the sad button when an upgrade made the pop-out hamburger menu thing instantly close itself. Turns out it was privacy badger plugin, but FF still got 'sad' feedback from me.

They also got valid 'sad' feedback from me too though., when an upgrade added the search box to the 'new tab' screen, all the thumbnails got quite a lot smaller, I complained about that and they did, fair play to them, make the thumbnails bigger in subsequent versions.

+ - Starter kit for IoT development->

Submitted by gbjbaanb
gbjbaanb (229885) writes "A "starter kit" designed to spur on the invention of internet-connected gadgets has been announced as part of a tie-up between chip designer ARM and IBM.

They say it can take just five minutes to unbox the equipment and start sending readings to online apps, including software tools from IBM. The box is made by Freescale and pricing will be between $50 and $200."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Hurr durr I'ma sheep?? (Score 1) 261

by gbjbaanb (#49110543) Attached to: Linux Kernel Switching To Linux v4.0, Coming With Many New Addons

The Linux distros would have done a lot better if they were codenamed after an animal, without the stupid adjective. Lucid Lynx - crap name. Lynx - acceptable name suitable to interest PHBs.

Its not so much the name but the sense that people who are coming up with these names are finding it amusing or humorous and so it comes across as unprofessional. Anybody who isn't already deeply into Linux and open source will look at such a name and think its a toy or joke, not something to bet the business on. This is why Microsoft sells Windows, if Linux wants to make inroads they have to appear professional first.

Its like putting your CV up for a job, if its full of schoolboy humour, jokes and nonsense, then you're never going to be invited to interview, no matter how good your qualifications, enthusiasm and intelligence are.

Comment: Re:Could we please stop this Java is insecure crap (Score 1) 318

by gbjbaanb (#49086315) Attached to: Java Vs. Node.js: Epic Battle For Dev Mindshare

And on server-side, it's as secure as anything. Probably more secure, as you get none of the memory issues or buffer overflow issues

Seriously? Have you looked at the CVEs for Java severside anytime recently?

http://www.cvedetails.com/prod...

For example:
The Double.parseDouble method in Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in Oracle Java SE and Java for Business 6 Update 23 and earlier, 5.0 Update 27 and earlier, and 1.4.2_29 and earlier, as used in OpenJDK, Apache, JBossweb, and other products, allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service via a crafted string that triggers an infinite loop of estimations during conversion to a double-precision binary floating-point number, as demonstrated using 2.2250738585072012e-308.

or an oldie that you'll appreciate given your criticism of C/C++ :-)

Integer overflow in the embedded ICC profile image parser in Sun Java Development Kit (JDK) before 1.5.0_11-b03 and 1.6.x before 1.6.0_01-b06, and Sun Java Runtime Environment in JDK and JRE 6, JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 10 and earlier, SDK and JRE 1.4.2_14 and earlier, and SDK and JRE 1.3.1_20 and earlier, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (JVM crash) via a crafted JPEG or BMP file that triggers a buffer overflow.

Simple fact: *nothing* is as secure as you think, that's why you have to design your architecture with layers in mind. This applies to Java just as much as any other platform.

+ - BBC drops WMA for Mpeg-dash->

Submitted by gbjbaanb
gbjbaanb (229885) writes "The BBC has converted its legacy WMA (Windows Media Audio) streams to the "industry-wide and open source" Mpeg Dash format. whilst this has left some users of old devices unable to receive the broadcasts, the BBC has claimed the use of WMA was 'prohibitively expensive to operate' when existing licence agreements ran out.

The BBC says that they are working with "radio industry and manufacturers towards using just one standard"."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:how about "NO!" (Score 1) 40

by gbjbaanb (#49067039) Attached to: Online UK Courts Modelled On EBay To Settle Legal Disputes

I doubt its to make profit, lower costs so more people can benefit from justice... but that's hardly a bad thing.

I imagine it'll be an online way to submit forms and evidences by both parties (in a back-and-forth manner) which will be ruled upon when all the bits are uploaded.

The small claims court works pretty well, and it perhaps the model for the rest of the judiciary, but then the lawyers wouldn't be able to stretch out the case with bullshit and legalities to collect fees for longer.

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