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Comment: Old news, but new to Slashdot? (Score 2) 219

by podmf (#46630449) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

Free to air statellite has been big in Europe since the 1980s, and digital (DVD-S) since the 1990s.

Hacked Linux-based receivers have pretty much dominated the European DVB-S market for the last decade, and especialy in FTA.

It's a shame that it has had little attention from Slashdot and other mainstream open source media over the years, because that has left the field free for some pretty unsavoury people in the TV encryption cracking market.

I wouldn't be at all surprised to find that cracked satellite receivers were up there with cracked routers as a major source of Linux malware.

Comment: Quirky CSS (Score 2) 213

by podmf (#42911619) Attached to: WebKit As Broken As Older IE Versions?

I certainly spend more time dealing with webkit quirks than IE quirks these days, thanks to the demise of IE6 and IE7.

So far, few of the visual 'bugs' I've encountered in webkit have been strictly 'non-standard'.

They pretty much ll fall into two categories:

  1. 1. Experimental, i.e. not yet standardised, CSS
  2. 2. CSS where the standards are silent on the precise method of implementing rendering, e.g. list markers.

Comment: Re:Whats the big deal? (Score 3, Insightful) 688

by podmf (#38683882) Attached to: "Learn To Code, Get a Job" According To CNN

Your problem with CSS appears to be that you aren't familiar enough with it to use it effectively. That's expected, and the same would be true for any sufficiently complicated system.

Mod my parent up. The vast majority of the anti-CSS comments here appear to come from hubris-sufferers who couldn't be bothered to research the language or the browsers properly. Truth is, practically all serious problems and divergencies come from one family of browsers (we all know which). If you understand how to put them into their standards modes and how to control their ridiculous hasLayout property, all of the problems described so far go away instantly.

Comment: Re:Statistical Noise and Statistical Bias (Score 1) 557

by podmf (#13321850) Attached to: Firefox Share Slipped in July for the First Time
The report could be dismissed as statistical noise if the slight decline weren't also reflected at sites like w3schools.

As we all know, surveys are no more reliable than their sampling procedures and reliable surveys are not necessarily valid.

For the time being, I'm inclined to accept the argument for noise, but there are also many anti-firefox biases in standard browser counting methods.

Most are relatively consistent over time, but there is one obvious one which increases with firefox use.

With experience, Firefox users increasingly find and deploy extensions which block the images and scripts that research companies use to count user behaviour.

I try to avoid blocking the more obvious ones, but it's far from easy to distinguish them from spam-minded market research.

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.