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Comment Re:Hmm, the only reason to use Firefox... (Score 1) 187

Chrome uses a crazy amount of memory...

But also note that the "more permissive add-on API" is why FF extensions break between FF versions...

Note, I think there is commitment to allow FF extensions to do more than Chrome extensions can... Ie. sidebar-tabs etc. will still be possible.
Hopefully, the extensions won't break as much... In related news Mozilla is also moving various features into add-ons to reduce bloat, and be able to update features independently of Firefox. I think Hello, Pocket are great examples of things that will be moved to add-ons. (btw, at the announcement where I heard about some features moving into add-ons the subject got a standing applause!)

So I'm pretty sure we can expect FF to embrace/extend Chrome extension API.

Comment Re:This is complete bullshit (Score 1) 187

If Mozilla wants their browser share to increase, deprecate the god damned single-threaded engine!!!!

Firefox is already heavily multi-threaded!
Process isolation is already in nightly... Have been for a while now. This is some of what is necessary to roll out per-tab-process isolation...

Note the old way of doing extensions have been on the way out for a long time... AFAIK jetpack based extensions will not be experiencing issues.


Is it any surprise that going major architectural changes to FF necessarily means extensions will break.
Hopefully, the new APIs (and extensing jetpack SDK) will be more stable... The way old extensions were able to dive deep into FF, meant that they easily broke between versions. And yes, the browser needs to move forward that means changing FF internals -- FF is not IE6 the dev team haven't been fired :)

Comment Re:3 months vs. 3 years education (Score 2) 277

I didn't see anybody breaking up a fight in that video. When the video starts, the fight is already over. All I saw were two handcuffed black men and a couple of off-duty cops waiting until the NYPD got there.

Okay, fair enough it doesn't show the breaking up...
But do notice how they ask the detainee if he is alright, if he is hurt... and so on...
Notice that they don't sit on the guy, they hold him, yes, they apply force, but they do so respect and dignity (as trains professionals).

Here is another normal day in the US: http://www.theguardian.com/us-...
Notice how police officers sit on a guy with a prosthetic leg... And how when more arrive they seem to stand around more concern about covering for the video.

I particularly note that when they start talking to him it's "I bet you have a gram of dope in your pocket". Rather than asking if the guy is hurt they escalate the conflict further.
It doesn't matter if he has dope in his pocket, the officer can discover and resolve that later when you are sitting down at the station... But instead they try to intimidate him with at this stage unfounded and unnecessary accusations.

Comment Re:These people... (Score 1) 186

Should be placed in the center of a circle of fellow scientists; their pocket protectors should be yanked out; their labcoats torn off....

It's a pretty efficient way to terminate your academic career. I think at my former University you would be banned for 3 years...
That plus your name in google you career is pretty much over.

Comment Re:And all they wanted was a faster horse (Score 1) 731

I don't believe that's true. WikiP says, "As part of the settlement, the United States did not admit legal liability but agreed to pay on an ex gratia basis US$61.8 million, amounting to $213,103.45 per passenger, in compensation to the families of the Iranian victims."

After being dragged to International Court of Justice...
Same article says "The United States government did not formally apologize to Iran".

Granted the US could have acted worse... :)

Comment How much training? (Score 1) 277

>> training costs more than the taxpayers are willing to be taxed

I doubt it. In fact, many local universities and other institutions are happy to donate this training.

Donated training probably won't work at that scale... Police officers in Norway and Denmark (just to mention two places) have ~ 3 years training.
How much does US police officers have? (I read that it's typically 3-4 months various places online).

To get proper police training you probably need a police academy dedicated to the job, not a bunch of ad-hoc training sessions donated...

Also de-escalation is often just about remaining calm, acting in a calm and orderly fashion while a crazy suspects yell at you. Or showing concern for suspects well-being once handcuffed. Largely it's about communication before things escalate to a point where you even consider applying force; reducing the risk that the officer ends up in a violent conflict. And it's about remaining calm while force is applied, reducing risk that suspects panic and suspect's willingness to fight back.

Comment 3 months vs. 3 years education (Score 4, Interesting) 277

Except 99% of the time it's not the cop that starts off being confrontational, it's some idiot wailing about their right to speed...

I'm sure you're right about that, but officers are supposed to keep their cool and de-escalate the situation.

Here is something to think about: US police officers typically have 3-4 months training, police officers in Norway and Denmark have ~3 years training.

Sure, crime rates and access to guns have a major effect on police shootings, but training is a major part of what enables officers to remain calm and polite in the midst of a struggle.
Here is a video of off-duty Swedish police officers breaking up a fight on the NY subway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment Re:And all they wanted was a faster horse (Score 1) 731

Especially when the rules of engagement require visual confirmation before weapons release. We've already had one commercial airliner "accidentally" shot down during a military conflict last year (MH17), so it's unlikely those requirements will be relaxed any time soon.

Also there was that time the US shot down Iran Air Flight 655, and then decided not to apologize or accept liability.

Comment Re:For Unclassified is Fed IT diff from Corp IT? (Score 1) 676

I'm not a Federal employee and I work in "Corporate America" and I know that if I told people to not use my bob@corporateemail.com but instead send it to bob@gmail.com or bob@myprivateserver.com, I would be terminated pretty fast.

I do exactly that and haven't been terminated so far :)


On topic, we need a technical outline of the issue explaining things in bullet points if we were to take this seriously. The republicans are crazy and say crazy things, so as far as I'm concerned this can be ignored... As usual the republicans are probably trying to make something of nothing by repeating it over and over again. In the words of John Steward something smells bad...


Note, emails could be of a semi personal nature... coordination related, accidentally sent there, this could be related to an out-date practice, or just general incompetence. At the end of the day she was probably trying to be productive in a dysfunctional system, rather than being evil.

Comment Re:Here's a bold idea... (Score 1) 212

Why don't you try offering them MORE MONEY, and watch the problem resolve itself! It might not be cool, but classic labor Economics still works in the 21st century.

Of course, Microsoft (or any other big tech company) doesn't really have a reason to do that as long as they can get a bunch of cheap H1-B workers to fill the positions instead.

An MSc in CS takes 5 years... So that's a very very long term plan... Also not feasible...
To make people choose CS for money to a larger extent than they already do you would have to double or triple wages... Wages that are already high enough to incentivise studying CS for the money.

Anyways, people don't choose everything in their lives with their wallet. What a sad world that would be.

Comment Re:EU High court = EU, not the whole world (Score 1) 64

The decision only affects the EU!

While true, the EU is bigger than the US, so this is still relevant news.
Also the ruling takes basis in the Human Rights convention which many countries have signed.

Sure this has no direct effect outside EU. But this is a legal system covering 28 democratic nations ruling that unrestricted surveillance is a human rights violation.
That ought to give you (Americans) something to think about.

Comment How about common sense? (Score 2) 88

One of the things people seem to forget is the "common sense" argument that labor laws are here to protect employees.
If you try to make an organizational-construct where by the small people (who needs this protection) is denied status as employee, you are working against the spirit of the law/regulation.
It's common sense to argue that the regulation was meant to protect your "contractors".

So all the technical arguments about hours, paid by task/hours etc. might not be important at all.

Ideally, though regulation could be clarified to avoid lawsuits like this.

Comment How about common sense... (Score 1) 88

Consider also the case of a franchise owner of a restaurant like McDonalds or Subway..... Would this ruling potentially reclassify all of them as employees of the franchise parent?

I suspect not... franschise owners have employees and are not necessarily the "small man", this matters because the spirit of the law/regulation is to protect people who needs it.

"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman

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