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Comment: Re:What I need to switch back to Firefox (Score 1) 226

by markdavis (#49606291) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

>"I tried switching back last year and had issues with it. I'm the sort of person who likes to keep like 3 browser windows open, each with 20 tabs. So I'm at high risk for one tab going haywire."

Actually, that is how I browse at home with Firefox. Right now I have three windows open, one with 25 tabs, one with 6, and one with 10. I leave everything open and running for several days or weeks. Occasionally I need to log out or the browser sucks too much memory and I restart it.

Comment: Re:sudo apt-get install chromium-browser (Score 1) 226

by markdavis (#49605901) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

>"Browser developers distribute the debugger with all copies of the browser to keep sites from intentionally detecting a debugger's presence and stopping working if one is found. If everyone has a debugger, the site operator can't block people who want to tinker, learn, and make a site more usable without blocking everyone."

You're kidding? Sites actually do that!? Why? And how are they detecting a debugger and couldn't that be spoofed instead?

Otherwise, 99.9+% of users have no need for debugging and development tools (and I am one of those- about the only thing I ever need to do is occasionally view the source). But it certainly looks like a LOT of code and UI goes into something that is almost never used.

Comment: Re:Firefox - the new UI is killing marketshare (Score 1) 226

by markdavis (#49605863) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

>"They want to stop supporting http - what an idiotic thing to even talk about. There is lots of valid use for http"

Yep. Another unpopular move for many people. I don't need Mozilla trying to dictate how I want to use a web browser. No doubt this change will break lots of older stuff WE DON'T HAVE CONTROL OVER and make corporate use of Firefox even that much more difficult. Plus, it will break centralized caching proxies that we use effectively at work to greatly reduce bandwidth usage. And with centralized caching we need no cache storage on the thin clients taking up TONS of space, since the the proxy *is* the cache. Not to mention it adds yet more CPU resources and memory use for all those things that didn't need encryption overhead in the first place.

Comment: Re:What I need to switch back to Firefox (Score 1) 226

by markdavis (#49605831) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

>"I abandoned Firefox for Chrome long ago for one reason: I can kill individual tabs with runaway CPU usage without fscking the whole browser."

The funny thing is that I haven't seen that happen in Firefox (at least not under Linux, which is all I use) for many years. So I don't even think it is an issue.

Comment: Re:Zooming in causes a horizontal scroll bar (Score 1) 226

by markdavis (#49605801) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

>"A lot of sites are laid out so inflexibly that zooming in causes a horizontal scroll bar."

Bingo, and it really pisses me off. Not because I want to use a huge font, but because I DON'T WANT TO F'ING MAXIMIZE EVERY F'ING WINDOW. I actually do more than one thing at a time and need to see and maneuver through more than one thing at a time.

The other big pisser are all these sites using HUGE unnecessary graphical backgrounds with transparent scrolling and other annoyances that use 10 times the CPU and memory and slow down everything.... all while squishing all the useful information into ever smaller little containers. Yeesh.

Comment: FF (Score 2, Insightful) 226

by markdavis (#49605767) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

>"Have your browser habits shifted recently?

No because

1) I don't want Google even further spying on me or my users.
2) Chrome is not open source, further allowing Google to do who-knows-what.
3) Chromium (which IS open source) apparently has build issues and isn't even in the normal Fedora repos.
4) Chrome is not community driven.
5) I hate the minimalistic UI with zero user control of Chrome.

>" Which browsers do you use most often? "

Only Firefox. It is multiplatform, open-source, community driven, fast, available in every repo, secure, and still has much better addon/customization support. This is not to say I don't have issues with Firefox- them trying to turn it into Chrome and pulling crap like not allowing us to have tabs-on-bottom, having the menus, hiding the URL prefixes, combining the buttons, etc is very irritating (yes, I know about Classic Theme Restorer). And the memory footprint of all browsers is crazy now. I also don't appreciate them throwing unnecessary crap into the browser like the web developer stuff, the "hello" junk, and other things.... all of which should be add-ons.

Comment: Re:Fast track (Score 2) 353

by markdavis (#49573743) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class

>"This isn't Kindergarten. Nobody is there to hold your hand. Just because you paid for the class doesn't mean that anybody owes you a passing grade. If you can't be bothered to pay attention to class, or don't think it's important, or just don't like the professor, then _you_ get to deal with that. If you can't, then you're going to fail."

THIS, EXACTLY. I taught college Linux/Unix classes part-time for three years (that is all I could tolerate) and after the very first semester it was obvious how I would intro the following classes. So this was my day one speech from that point after (roughly):

"This is college, not high school and not elementary school. I don't care if you don't complete assignments, nor do I care why. I don't care if you come to class or not. I don't care if you ask questions or not. I don't care if you sleep in class. As long as you are not disruptive to others in class, you can do anything you want during non-testing periods... you are all adults and are paying a lot of money to be here. I will do my very best to help you succeed in this class, if you want that help. I will try to make the material interesting and fun, too. But if you goof-off, don't pay attention, don't study, and don't complete assignments, it is highly likely you will fail this class. And that would be a shame."

Amazingly, quite a few students seemed surprised.... and usually those were the ones that later did poorly.

Comment: Re:Why do all diet drinks taste vile (Score 1) 629

by markdavis (#49564495) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

>It seems like no matter what they use in diet drinks, all of them have a pretty horrific aftertaste that I get after just one sip.

You have not tried Sucralose, then, because it tastes closer to sugar than just about anything else. But it wouldn't surprise me if you haven't tasted anything else, because 99+% of non-sugar sodas available use aspartame.

Up until now, the ONLY national soda that has used sucralose (and has for many years now) is RC (Diet Rite). I am glad to see Pepsi changing.

Like you, I drink mostly water, but I do have a Diet Rite maybe once a day. Oh, and Diet Rite also has no sodium and no caffeine.

Comment: Re:Xylitol to the rescue? (Score 1) 629

by markdavis (#49564421) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

And yet sucralose also doesn't rot teeth, also tastes just like sugar, isn't dangerous to pets, doesn't cost much, has no calories, is stable at all normal temps, and doesn't pose a danger to phenylketonurics. Up until now, the ONLY national soda that has used it (and has for many years now) is RC (Diet Rite). I am glad to see Pepsi changing.

Monkfruit and stevia are both more natural and promising, but they don't taste like sugar (especially not stevia).

Comment: Rewritten (Score 1) 98

by markdavis (#49555495) Attached to: Apple's Next Frontier Is Your Body

>"[watch/body]Alongside the company's new frontiers, like the car and the home,"

Oh yes, Apple, save us. Because somehow Apple is or will be first and/or most innovative in those spaces just like the concept of the smartwatch they just invented, or the larger phone screen, or pull-down notifications, or touch screens, or auto-updating apps, or handwriting recognition, or all-in-one computers, or windowing! Or whatever the media wants to currently declare Apple created.

I love how when it involves Apple, somehow history is always re-written. And yes, I will scream the next time someone asks me, again, if my 8-month-old Moto 360 I wear every day is "the new Apple watch!!!!!" Funny how almost nobody noticed it until recently.

Comment: It hurts! (Score 4, Funny) 148

by markdavis (#49553079) Attached to: Random Generator Parodies Vapid Startup Websites

OK, I am in pain from laughing so hard!

Some of my favs include:

* Effortify! "Share your favorite efforts and discover new ones." http://tiffzhang.com/startup/?...

* Sprayit! "Spray like never before." http://tiffzhang.com/startup/?...

and

* Insectify! "The evolution of the insect" http://tiffzhang.com/startup/?...

Comment: Re:Feminism ruins society again... (Score 1) 599

>"Why would view a program intended to help girls as a put-down on men?"

And here is your answer:

We are in a class and I am a teacher. I give candy to all the girls, not because they did anything good. But give nothing to the boys, and not because they did anything bad. Have I rewarded the girls, or have I punished the boys?

Substitute any other situation or groups into that situation and ask the same question.

Comment: Re:Constitution (Score 1) 216

Indeed. But the Fed has no right to do that. Education funding with or even without stings attached is still contrary to the Constitution. The States should collect the money they need for education and then it remains in their respective States.

Medicare and Social Security also have no basis in the Constitution, either and should be State programs (if they must exist).

Interstate roads is a bit different, since they really are between states and really are commerce.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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