writes: Yesterday one of my colleagues started grumbling and swearing even more vociferously than usual. He had installed Adobe Flash in Firefox in order to test some changes to our website and claimed that Google Chrome had been installed as well.
“Impossible,” I said. “Remember Google’s motto is Don’t Be Evil. They wouldn’t do anything as sneaky as that.”Link to Original Source
writes: Mozilla Firefox has been listening to recent memory complains, and as a side effect tested the browser's scalability to the extreme with memshrink's improvements. The results are shocking:
For 150 tabs open using the test script, Firefox nightly takes 6 min 14 on the test system, uses 2GB and stays responsive.
For the same test, Chrome takes 28 min 55 and is unusable during loading.
An optimized version of the script has been made for Chrome as an attempt to work-around Chrome's limitations and got an improved loading time of 27 min 58, while using 5GB of memory. Outch.Link to Original Source
writes: Apple is replacing Samba with their own made up software because of the GPLv3 which now governs Samba.
This looks like closed, iPhone-like Macs are coming in the future.
Indeed, GPLv3 forbids "Tivoization", that is when the hardware is locked up and the user cannot change the software himself.
Please note that AppleInsider linked above is incorrect about the fact that the GPLv3 cannot be used commercially. It can. But devices cannot prevent the user from tinkering with the software (like the iPhone does).
Although, as they say "are we fast yet? NO" they seem to be getting closer and closer to Chrome and Safari performance. Traced fatval "Jaeger-monkey" engine could hypothetically even equal or surpass Chrome's speed in the near future (mid-august) according to the data available.
However, it's a shame that they couldn't run Opera's and IE's engine yet on their test platform.Link to Original Source
writes: Sometimes, news items are just about a good laugh. You may or may not like Apple, but the way it has been handling their antenna issue has been like a small tech soap-opera.
Steve Jobs, the CEO, claiming "not to hold the phone that way", rumors or software issues, and the latest but most crunchy part, since the antenna issue has been widely discovered, on the 23 june, several "Antenna engineer" positions opened up at Apple. Seems someone got fired.