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Comment: Re:100% effectiveness against any unknown attacks (Score 1) 137

Even that is misleading, because if say an app has a vulnerability that allows arbitrary code execution in its process then that code will be able to write to all the places the app is allowed to write to.

And on Windows you don't even need a vulnerability in one of the whitelisted programs. CreateRemoteThread will gladly give you an execution context in another process you have access to. From there you can LoadLibrary or CreateFile or whatever other evil things you might want to do.

Comment: Re:Odd thoughts: (Score 1) 272

by nmb3000 (#49828265) Attached to: Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH

Agree with pretty much everything you said, but especially

Powershell is nice as a scripting language, but it's a bear as a command shell.

I've tried to use Powershell as my shell but it just doesn't feel right; however, I've written several scripts for it for file manipulation and system administration tasks. It's also nice for administering Microsoft stuff like Exchange, both as a shell and scripting engine.

Comment: Re:Odd thoughts: (Score 4, Insightful) 272

by nmb3000 (#49826263) Attached to: Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH

Well, when you're typing out Unix commands on an teletype that's 80 characters wide, creating short options first made a lot of sense.

Powershell's approach is more verbose, but it's also a little more readable (same as long options in Linux), especially when you're dealing with things more complicated than "copy a file", such as "create AD forest trust" or "reconfigure Exchange retention policies". That said, I still tend to use short options by default.

One thing nice about Powershell is that you can truncate options as long as they're not abmiguous. So you can make -Recursive be -Rec, or even -R, as long as there's not also a -Recreate or -Recover options. That seems to be a nice middle-ground.

Comment: Re:Polls on the Front page are stupid (Score 4, Insightful) 117

by nmb3000 (#49823129) Attached to: Enter the Polls! Now On the Front Page

Polls accumulate data over a period of days, whereas articles on the FP are generally collect comments over a period of hours - then are done.

Not only will fewer people see the poll and have a chance to participate, but it becomes an out-of-sight, out-of-mind issue for everyone else. I usually see the poll and vote pretty soon after it's posted but like to go back to see the results and read the comments after a few days. Without the reminder always there on the sidebar I'll never remember to do this.

Stories come and go on a daily basis. Polls last for weeks at a time. It seems prudent to separate them on the page.

Comment: Re:Personal finance knowledge (Score 2) 570

Save more on 401k, Roth-IRA; leads to tax reduction. ... And set your goal to be financial independence.

Do you (or anyone else) have suggestions on how to get started on this? I'm still pretty early in my career and have taken some of the easy obvious steps to saving, but feel like finance planning is full of dark and twisty passageways (likely filled with grue).

Is it worth trying to find a local personal finance adviser you can sit down with face-to-face? Where would you look for someone like this? Suggestions for types of investment and retirement accounts, and how much you should put away?

I realize it's a deep subject but appreciate any comments. Thanks.

Comment: Re:MS Paint (Score 4, Interesting) 289

by nmb3000 (#49810667) Attached to: Windows 10 RTM In 6 Weeks

What you describe is skuemorphic design which objects mimic real world objects which is the old way of doing things.

Yes and no, I think. I don't think icons generally get classified as skeuomorphic since they just represent targets or classes of entities. Another poster mentioned the Android clock icon -- I don't think the Windows 7 date/time icon was made to resemble another material or object -- it's just a pictogram that clearly presents the idea of a calendar or clock. Compare that to the Android clock icon. I suppose that sort of looks like a clock if you already knew what it was, but it's certainly not clear. In my view that icon has failed at expressing any clear idea and is therefor a failure. Which one do you think a new user would more quickly identify as the way to bring up a date/time widget?

Compare this to one of Apple's absurd interfaces. This day calendar program is clearly trying to emulate a physical day calendar, complete with leather stitching and yellow lined legal paper. This is what the current trend has pushed back against, and that's probably not entirely a bad thing. You can take emulation like this too far, and Apple almost certainly did with their suite of apps.

But I don't think the current "UX" trend has as much to do with a severe over-correction to skeuomorphs as it has to do with flat, near monochromatic designs being a lot simpler to scale and make look uniform on a wide variety of screen sizes and pixel densities (as others said). It might be easy but it looks like shit and is about as usable.

Comment: MS Paint (Score 5, Interesting) 289

by nmb3000 (#49810257) Attached to: Windows 10 RTM In 6 Weeks

I hadn't seen them laid out so clearly before, but now that I have, all I can say about the original Windows 10 icons (middle row) is oh my god.

Seriously, what happened here? When did we go completely off the rails and let pea-brained designers start throwing this kind of bullshit around, calling it "modern" and "clean". No shit it's clean -- that recycle bin probably took all of 30 seconds to draw with the Line tool. No, faster probably, since they were just pulled out of the Windows 1.0 archives.

I look at those three rows of icons and truly cannot fathom why someone would ever choose (especially) the second or third rows. They're low contrast, simpleton drivel that doesn't even do a good job of representing the objects they're trying to depict. Whoever created them should be fired, along with the manager that approved them.

In fact, Microsoft would be well-served by firing the whole damned "UX" group and replacing this new-age cargo-cult mentality of user interface design with a scientific approach of usability studies and research. You know, that thing they used to do. Let Google and Apple waste their time with that hipster crap if they want to -- normal people and business just want to get shit done and you don't get off on the right foot to do that by making all your icons indistinguishable pale pastel blobs.

Comment: Re:Missing the 'why' of it. (Score 3, Insightful) 155

by nmb3000 (#49805495) Attached to: Let's Take This Open Floor Plan To the Next Level

I disagree strongly that "culture" (a word that's constantly misconstrued by executive trying to justify a horrible workplace) has any bearing on whether an open plan is successful. It much more strongly depends on the type of work being done.

A police bullpen or typing pool may be fine in a big open area. The same goes for sales and marketing types. However, if you're talking about any work which requires stretches of concentrated effort then it's just a Bad Idea. Engineers? No. Programmers? No. Accountants? No. Any kind of researcher? No.

the lower real estate costs

This is the only real reason they're pushing this model. It's a clear terminus of the erosion that's led us from offices, to cubicles, to the little half walls, to just acres of desks. Well, that, and wanting to look hip by copying other companies who are doing it.


Study: Science Still Seen As a Male Profession 295

Posted by Soulskill
from the need-an-opposite-for-bill-nye-the-science-guy dept.
sciencehabit sends news of a study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology which found that science is still perceived as a predominantly male profession across the world. The results were broken out by country, and while the overall trend stayed consistent throughout (PDF), there were variations in perception. For explicit bias: "Countries where this association was strongest included South Africa and Japan. The United States ranked in the middle, with a score similar to Austria, Mexico, and Brazil. Portugal, Spain, and Canada were among the countries where the explicit bias was weakest." For implicit bias: "Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, and Sweden were among the countries with the highest implicit bias scores. The United States again came in at the middle of the pack, scoring similarly to Singapore. Portugal, Spain, and Mexico had among the lowest implicit bias scores, though the respondents still associated science more with men than with women."

Comment: Re:bye (Score 1) 531

by nmb3000 (#49751333) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

Chrome starts up for me a lot faster than Firefox and runs much smoother.

That's funny, because it's the opposite for me. Chrome starts slow, and feels so clunky. Every now and then it pauses for several seconds, and if I minimize the window it takes 5-10 seconds before it's responsive again (I assume the 20-processes of memory are paged out or something).

Plus Chrome uses html5 playback on Youtube

Firefox does too, by default now, but I don't see why everyone fawns over HTML5 video. It's just a damned webm/H.264 video stream, and we had <embed>'d videos way back when.

Comment: Re: bye (Score 1) 531

by nmb3000 (#49751241) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but in this case I have to ask, is there a clandestine effort underway to utterly destroy Firefox, and maybe even Mozilla, from the inside?

It's like every decision made over the past several years has been designed to alienate Firefox's remaining users, without bringing in any new users.

Hanlon's razor says

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Of course that doesn't mean malice and stupidity can't walk hand-in-hand, and I'm pretty sure that's what's happening at Mozilla. I wouldn't be surprised at all if there were a few bad actors, but there are dozens more that simply suffer from stupidity and lack of foresight. Every "ux expert" and "architect" seems to think they're god's own gift to mankind, and Mozilla is packed to the brim with those. Combine them with some ivory towers and you can pretty easily explain the current sad state of affairs.

I've loved Firefox since it was Firebird and it kills me to see it painfully dying from this cancer. My only hope is that we'll be left with a fork of some kind that continues from somewhere before it went completely off the rails. All such a fork needs is a little momentum behind it and some pragmatic people at the reins and it could be great.


Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users 531

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-what-you-wanted dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has announced plans to launch a feature called "Suggested Tiles," which will provide sponsored recommendations to visit certain websites when other websites show up in the user's new tab page. The tiles will begin to show up for beta channel users next week, and the company is asking for feedback. For testing purposes, users will only see Suggested Tiles "promoting Firefox for Android, Firefox Marketplace, and other Mozilla causes." It's not yet known what websites will show up on the tiles when the feature launches later this summer. The company says, "With Suggested Tiles, we want to show the world that it is possible to do relevant advertising and content recommendations while still respecting users’ privacy and giving them control over their data."

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