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Comment: Patent filed in August of 2002 - prior art? (Score 1) 252

by mightyteegar (#29665213) Attached to: Eolas To Sue Apple, Google, and 21 Others

I'm being lazy here, but according to Wikipedia:

Techniques for the asynchronous loading of content date back to the mid 1990s. Java applets were introduced in the first version of the Java language in 1995. These allow compiled client-side code to load data asynchronously from the web server after a web page is loaded.[5] In 1996, Internet Explorer introduced the IFrame element to HTML, which also enables this to be achieved.[6] In 1999, Microsoft created the XMLHTTP ActiveX control in Internet Explorer 5, which is now supported by Mozilla, Safari and other browsers as the native XMLHttpRequest object.[6][7] However, this feature only became widely known after being used by Gmail (2004) and Google Maps (2005).[8]

IANAL, IAN even a legal hobbyist, but wouldn't this prior art insubstantiate the patent?

Comment: Re:Amazon! (Score 3, Insightful) 241

by mightyteegar (#28232915) Attached to: The Pirates Will Always Win, Says UK ISP

If I got that right, that's 54 albums, so in cost that's $215 you've spent right there. I bet I could have the majority of that on a torrent in a day or two, for nothing.

What's the incentive for pirates to look at amazon?

Of course you could find all those via torrents -- with no guarantees that an album in a discography won't be incomplete, there won't be any pops, skips or warps in the song files and that your download won't stop at 98% for eternity. Part of the reason I quit pirating is because, just like getting anything else on the black market, the quality often left a lot to be desired.

Furthermore, Amazon has a massive catalog of great albums that aren't freely available as torrents. Some of them you'd be lucky even to find on Soulseek. And all of it downloads quickly; almost all the albums I've purchased from Amazon MP3 were in my music library less than 2 minutes after I bought them. It's 192k MP3, which isn't lossless, but it's not bad.

What was my incentive? Amazon eliminated my desire to pirate by offering me cheap music, the lack of which led me to pirate in the first place.

Comment: Re:How can this be? (Score 1) 613

by mightyteegar (#28035493) Attached to: Windows 7 Users Warned Over Filename Security Risk

That's more or less what PowerShell was intended to do: scripting that batch files can't do and is too much of a headache to do in VBS. One of the nice things about PS is that it can interface directly and cleanly with stuff like Exchange and Active Directory. But yeah, it's not a *shell* shell in the traditional sense.

As for ZSH, I don't need to head over there because I've been using it for five years on my Debian box. But I'm glad you mentioned it because my .zshrc is getting a little cluttered and I need to clean it up. Thanks!

Comment: Re:Where I'm confused is... (Score 1) 674

by mightyteegar (#28035445) Attached to: MS Word 2010 Takes On TeX
Like anything else that depends on what you're doing and how comfortable you are in each environment. Word is not the best tool for crafting a document containing complex mathematical or scientific formulas, or for setting a 400-page book with decorative initial letters, an extensive bibliography and charts with legends and captions. But it's a great program for almost any non-technical thesis or dissertation, particularly in the liberal arts disciplines, and I find it far easier for tasks like creating complicated tables with spanned cells and multiple headers. It's all in how you approach the document and how well you know your tool.

Comment: Where I'm confused is... (Score 2, Informative) 674

by mightyteegar (#28019319) Attached to: MS Word 2010 Takes On TeX

...why people think it's not possible to properly lay out a document in Word. If you have equations or some weird complex imagery, or you need to work from master sheets, then no, Word is not for you. But for professional-looking structured documents that don't require some sort of overly technical (use *TeX) or creative (use InDesign) bent, Word is absolutely fine -- provided you know what you're doing.

Having once learned TeX and subsequently discovering I had no practical use for it, I took the same concepts I learned from playing with TeX and applied them to the tool I knew, which was Word (and later OpenOffice). I discovered that by mentally separating content from presentation before I started and learning the finer details of Outline Mode, I could generate far more impressive-looking documents than I ever thought Word capable of. (It helped that I once had almost 2,000 mostly pro fonts to work with as well, but I digress.) TOCs, cross-references, many of the things that make a document "professional", I could do with ease and style, provided I applied and tweaked the formatting at the end instead of on the fly, which is what you're supposed to do anyway. Office 2007 made that task much easier.

TeX and InDesign have their place, but I'm seeing a lot of people bashing Word claiming it can't do some things that it most certainly can. It's not a pro layout program and it's not a typesetting program, but if you don't actually need either of those things then it does perfectly well in the right hands.


Have Sockets Run Their Course? 230

Posted by kdawson
from the as-it-was-in-the-beginning dept.
ChelleChelle writes "This article examines the limitations of the sockets API. The Internet and the networking world in general have changed in very significant ways since the sockets API was first developed in 1982, but the API has had the effect of narrowing the ways in which developers think about and write networked applications. This article discusses the history as well as the future of the sockets API, focusing on how 'high bandwidth, low latency, and multihoming are driving the development of new alternatives.'"

Comment: Re:Extensions? No extensions? (Score 1) 613

by mightyteegar (#27872091) Attached to: Windows 7 Users Warned Over Filename Security Risk

This is why MS should have focused more on information people how to use their computer rather than changing the OS to be idiot friendly.

Thank you for your common sense and stating what should be ridiculously obvious to most people here but apparently isn't. While reading this thread all I could think of was my experience with the thousands of users I've dealt with, all of whom look up to "the IT guy" for information and, in a roundabout way, training. If "the IT guy" tells them something is bad, they'll listen, pay attention, maybe even take notes or ask questions. And they will remember.

Even a massively stupid user can be taught simple things. They may still continue to be a stupid user, but in most cases they wind up being a stupid user whose harm is limited to their own selves rather than everyone in their contacts list or the Internet at large (botnet node).

Extensions on by default, icons, metadata, executable flags, random new ideas -- none of that is a substitute for knowing the basics of how the hell the "infernal machine" works in the first place and how to defend against attacks, and It is my prerogative as a nerd (and I also consider it an obligation) to teach every "stupid user" I come in contact with how to recognize when something isn't right and how to avoid easily-avoidable malicious activity. Then again, it shouldn't be a surprise that the only "solutions" being bandied about here are technical rather than philosophical.

The beer-cooled computer does not harm the ozone layer. -- John M. Ford, a.k.a. Dr. Mike