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Comment: Re:Hoping for Windows 7's success... (Score 1) 350

by sabinm (#29978128) Attached to: Firefox Passes IE6 In Browser Share

Um, you're completely off base here. First of all ie6 browser share is at 18-19%. The subsequent releases (ie7-8) make up the other part of that 62%. Even if we can take it as fact that in 2001 ie6 was 95% of browser share (which we cannot--it was probably ie5 or some sort), then what you're talking about that internet explorer usage has declined 72% in the past eight years, and I would submit that this is significant evidence of the preference of the vast majority of people to Firefox. Considering that a great number of corporations, including the United States federal government still are using ie6, considering that IExplore is the default install on 95% of personal computers, and considering that in order to use firefox you have to 1. connect to the internet 2. know the name of the browser 3. "google" or "get firefox" it and 4. keep changing it back to the default browser every time IEx changes the user back to defaulting to its own, I'd say that firefox isn't the browser that should be worried. Trending at this rate, IE will be a niche browser in the next decade. Although I do tend to like ie8 more than 7 or 6, for me Firefox is MORE compatible with the majority of my websites, including my online banking. Plus I can't stand the fact that they bother me with their "accelerators" crap. I prefer to install my "accelerators" when I needed, not all your pre-loaded crap when I first start up my browser--and I'd wager that most average users feel the same way.

Sir, I do believe you're trolling.

Comment: Re:national security (Score 1) 364

by sabinm (#27184861) Attached to: FOIA Request For Pending Copyright Treaty Denied
14th Amendment Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. Yeah- States are far less restricted than the Federal government . . .
Google

+ - Google building Artificial Intelligence

Submitted by kegger64
kegger64 (653899) writes "Larry Page announced that Google is looking into building an AI system. "We have some people at Google [who] are really trying to build artificial intelligence and to do it on a large scale," the Google co-founder declared. "It's not as far off as people think." http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2007/02/19/larry -page-google-look-into-ai"
Books

+ - Fantasy novel serialized on web

Submitted by Jon Lundy
Jon Lundy (666) writes "Lawrence Watt Evans has been serializing novels using a donation strategy. His traditional publishers found weren't interested in the series, but his fans were. His second novel is almost done at http://www.ethshar.com/thevondishambassador0.html.

This seems to be an interesting alternative to the current publishing mechanisms, where the readers and writer can use the internet directly to get a book published, that the traditional publishing house wasn't interested in."
Announcements

+ - Lucid Movement - A high-speed video blog.

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "I wanted to let you know about a new video blog that may be of interest to other Slashdot readers. Lucid Movement — A gallery of High-Speed / Slow Motion videos. http://www.lucidmovement.com/ From the site about: "Lucid Movement is a daily updated video blog that was created to display the wonder of the world through the lens of a high-speed / slow motion camera. In addition to displaying these videos this site acts as a video reference for artists and researchers by including information on how the shot was created including specific camera settings etc. Lucid Movement also serves as a resource for prospective camera buyers. By listing the manufacturer and model of camera, camera buyers can look at footage from the camera they are interested in getting to judge if the quality/features are what they are looking for.""
United States

+ - Glass Walkway over the Grand Canyon

Submitted by
hac
hac writes "Afraid of heights? In March 2007, you will be able to walk over the rim and into the Grand Canyon, with glass separating you from a 4000 foot fall.

"The Skywalk will jut out 70 feet (21 meters) from the canyon rim, allowing tourists to go for a stroll with nothing between their feet and the Colorado River — 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) below — except for four inches (ten centimeters) of glass. "
How long until someone sets a record for wireless transmission within the Canyon?"
Portables

Dell Laptops Have Shocking New Problem 475

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the jolt-of-reality dept.
dapsychous writes "A friend of one of my coworkers has noticed a problem in Dell notebook computers (also covered in this engadget article about a problem that has been popping up lately in Dell 17" notebook computers). It seems that these computers are putting out between 19 and 139 (65 according to article, 139 according to him) volts of AC power as measured from any chassis screw vs. earth ground. This has led to several problems including fried ram, blown video circuits, and a stout zap on his left hand. According to him, Dell has tried to keep him quiet about the problem and has even gone so far as to have him banned from a few websites, and threatened him with legal action if he tells people about the problem."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - A Truly Useless Web 2.0 Service

Submitted by
Jaggo
Jaggo writes "Creating his 10,000th account broke Jim Whimpey down, and so he decided to create his own web 2.0 service.
From the website: "Today's web is crazy. Open ID is a pipe dream. Every direction you turn you're forced to create yet another account. Most of the time it's for one of those throw-away web startups created 10 times a day, but occasionaly it's worth the effort. It might be to purchase some fancy threads, order a pizza or see how fat the Cool Kids from high school have become. When it's that important, you can't afford to drop the ball. With a useless account you can practice without fear. So when it comes to the crunch, you're ready! Sign up now!""
Novell

+ - Peugot-Citroen to Switch to SUSE

Submitted by
VE3OGG
VE3OGG writes "According to several news sources, the French automaker Peugot Citroen has announced that over the next several years they will be integrating upto 20,000 Novell SUSE desktops as well as 2,500 SUSE servers into its facilities. Some of the reasons cited by Peugot's IT representative include ease of use, support, commitment to open source software, and the clincher "SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop integrates seamlessly in our Windows-based infrastructure." Given some of the recent controversy surrounding Novell in the open-source world, let's just hope that Peugot didn't buy a lemon!"
Google

+ - Google Apps to become paid service

Submitted by FredDC
FredDC (1048502) writes "Business Week reports Google Apps is becoming a paid service soon for companies who wish to use it for their domain. Disney and Pixar are reportedly thinking about switching to Google Apps innstead of using Microsoft Office. Could this be the end of a monopoly? Or the start of a new one?"

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