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Comment: Opera! (Score 5, Informative) 261

by uid8472 (#32661358) Attached to: Firefox 3.6.4 Released With Out-of-Process Plugins

Has no-one else yet commented to point out that Opera has run plugins in a separate process for years now? Then I guess I have to.

Not to minimize the accomplishments of the Firefox developers, I mean, and getting this feature to the Firefox userbase is valuable in and of itself, and so on. But there is precedent.

Comment: Oh wait. (Score 1) 271

by uid8472 (#32661334) Attached to: Desired Input For Console Video Games?
I thought "standard 97-button controller" was the sacrastic reference to a keyboard. (Yes, it's usually at least 101. Brain and brain, what is brain?) I actually rather despise the console controllers with like eight different directional widgets and a spray of alphabetic buttons and twelve different trigger/shoulder/undercarriage controls. And this is slashdot, so I can't change my vote.
Google

+ - Verified: Chinese Government attacked Google-> 1

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David Gerard
David Gerard writes "ArsTechnica reports that Verisign iDefense researchers have identified the command servers used to attack Google and Adobe — and that they were operated by the Chinese Government. 'Citing sources in the defense contracting and intelligence consulting community, the iDefense report unambiguously declares that the Chinese government was, in fact, behind the effort. The report also says that the malicious code was deployed in PDF files that were crafted to exploit a vulnerability in Adobe's software.'"
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+ - Programmers Need To Learn Statistics-> 2

Submitted by
David Gerard
David Gerard writes "Zed Shaw writes an impassioned plea to programmers: Programmers Need To Learn Statistics Or I Will Kill Them All. "I go insane when I hear programmers talking about statistics like they know shit when it’s clearly obvious they do not. I’ve been studying it for years and years and still don’t think I know anything. This article is my call for all programmers to finally learn enough about statistics to at least know they don’t know shit. I have no idea why, but their confidence in their lacking knowledge is only surpassed by their lack of confidence in their personal appearance.""
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Government

+ - UK govt fires drugs adviser for telling truth 2

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David Gerard
David Gerard writes "Professor David Nutt of Imperial College was chairman of the British government's advisory committee on the misuse of drugs — until today. On Wednesday night, he gave a speech ahead of a paper noting that on the basis of harm, alcohol was far more dangerous than ecstasy or cannabis. Today, Home Secretary Alan Johnson has fired Professor Nutt, saying that "It is important that the government's messages on drugs are clear and as an advisor you do nothing to undermine them." Such as inconvenient matters of reality-based thinking, apparently. He did this just in time for the six o'clock news, and the press is up in arms. Channel 4 journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy notes with amazement that "nobody will come on to defend Alan Johnson. They all prefer to issue statements that can't be questioned." It's already being tagged the War on Science."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Rich Germans Demand Higher Taxes->

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spun
spun writes "A group of rich Germans has launched a petition calling for the government to make wealthy people pay higher taxes. talk about civic minded, here in America the rich expect to not pay any taxes, get huge bonuses, and get bailed out if they fail. As Adam Smith wrote in "Wealth of Nations" regarding taxes, "It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.""
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Apple

+ - Apple sues greengrocer over apple-shaped logo->

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David Gerard
David Gerard writes "Apple is fiercely protective of its trademark — some would say over-protective. In their latest winning move, they've sued Woolworths in Australia over its new logo (which looks like a green pumpkin). Woolworths is, of course, a supermarket ... it sells apples. No word on whether Apple will sue apples for existing."
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Operating Systems

Behind Menuet, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly 419

Posted by Soulskill
from the keep-it-simple dept.
angry tapir writes "MenuetOS is an operating system written entirely in assembly language. As a result it's extremely quick and compact (it can even fit on a floppy disk, despite having a GUI). It can run Quake. Two of the developers behind MenuetOS took time out to talk about what inspired them to undertake the daunting task of writing the operating system, the current state of Menuet and future plans for it."
PlayStation (Games)

Are Game Consoles Ruining DLC? 399

Posted by Soulskill
from the download-the-rest-of-this-summary-for-five-bucks dept.
A round-table discussion at Gametopius looks into the state of downloadable content for games as it has evolved over the past several years, going from an occasional, welcome supplement to being a common marketing strategy for most of the industry, frequently causing irritation over pricing and availability. "All of the map packs so far released for the Call of Duty games have been $10 each to download on consoles through closed networks, while PC gamers could download those same packs for free off of FileShack or somewhere else. Valve's own Team Fortress 2 has received a significant amount of DLC that's been completely free on the PC. Xbox owners of the same game, however, have only received perhaps half of that content, and they have had to pay for it in $5 packs. Why is this? The idea of this kind of content delivery was scarcely heard of on consoles, so console gamers see no reason not to pay for it. But on the PC, these amounts of content are usually just considered parts of patches. Furthermore, why pay for a few extra maps and costumes when modders are making and offering new ones for free all the time?"
The Internet

The Biochemistry of Searching the Internet 63

Posted by Soulskill
from the how-much-of-your-life-has-wikipedia-claimed dept.
Slate is running a story about how searching the internet and keeping up with events through instant communication can fulfill biochemical needs within our brains. Research has shown that anticipation and simply "wanting" can stimulate dopamine production in the brain, and an internet full of answers plays right into that. Quoting: "For humans, this desire to search is not just about fulfilling our physical needs. Panksepp says that humans can get just as excited about abstract rewards as tangible ones. He says that when we get thrilled about the world of ideas, about making intellectual connections, about divining meaning, it is the seeking circuits that are firing. ... The dopamine circuits 'promote states of eagerness and directed purpose,' Panksepp writes. It's a state humans love to be in. So good does it feel that we seek out activities, or substances, that keep this system aroused — cocaine and amphetamines, drugs of stimulation, are particularly effective at stirring it."

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