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Comment: Re:Status Bar??? (Score 1) 537

by sinclair44 (#34887422) Attached to: Firefox 4 Beta 9 Out, Now With IndexedDB and Tabs On Titlebar

There are absolutely no users who think that getting rid of the status bar is a good idea. Absolutely none. Had you guys even bothered to consult with any actual users before making this change, you'd immediately have known that it was a stupid change to make.

I think that getting rid of the status bar is a good idea. Your statement is wrong. Absolutely wrong. Had you even bothered to consult with more "actual users" than yourself, you'd immediately have known that saying that everyone wants the status bar was a stupid statement to make.

Comment: Re:Uh, what's the point?!? (Score 1) 97

by sinclair44 (#34670286) Attached to: How To Be Popular On Facebook, Quantified

Likewise if someone else has 3 friends, who are all just their immediate family and has locked every privacy setting as far down as possible to limit anyone else seeing anything and they are happy with that than more power to them.

I'm not sure if that was just hypothetical, but I do actually know people who do that. Indeed, more power to them.

Comment: Re:slow news day? (Score 2) 211

by sinclair44 (#34460684) Attached to: Facebook Rolls Out Redesigned Profile Pages
A lot of the performance stuff is "how can we do X without fetching too many cache keys?" and "how many cache keys is too much given we already have X Y and Z? Which one can we optimize?" The infrastructure for caching does exist, but the infrastructure for efficiently fetching and caching your brand-new feature does not. When you're writing a whole new profile page, you have the dual problems of "I have a whole lot of new features I have to build" and "we really really have to make sure this page is fast".

Comment: Re:Let the ..... (Score 1) 211

by sinclair44 (#34460330) Attached to: Facebook Rolls Out Redesigned Profile Pages

If I view my profile without being signed in, I don't see the birthday; but, it also doesn't really look like the new profile, so either it hasn't been updated yet or something else...

If you go to edit your privacy settings and click "customize settings", there is a preview profile feature you might find useful.

Comment: Re:Unsurprising (Score 4, Interesting) 428

by sinclair44 (#34180934) Attached to: Apache Declares War On Oracle Over Java
I think/hope that they are going to absolutely shoot themselves in the foot with this. Much of their top talent has left in droves since the Sun acquisition. They sent a recruiting email to myself and some of my friends -- some of the top students at the top CS school in the country -- asking if we were interested in coming to work on the Solaris kernel full-time; they were pretty much collectively told, "After what you did to Sun? No way." If their talented engineers are by-and-large leaving and they are by-and-large unable to hire more, they will quickly become a dying shell of a mediocre company.

Comment: Looks just like referrer passing (Score 3, Informative) 95

by sinclair44 (#33932530) Attached to: Top Facebook Apps Violate Privacy Terms

From my interpretation of TFA, it just looks like some apps were accidentally passing a referrer containing the user's Facebook ID.

"Recently, it has come to our attention that several applications built on Facebook Platform were passing the User ID (UID), an identifier that we use within our APIs, in a manner that violated this policy," Vernal wrote. "In most cases, developers did not intend to pass the information, but did so because of the technical details of how the browsers work."

"Press reports have exaggerated the implication of sharing at UID [user ID]. Knowledge of a UID does not enable anyone to access private user information without explicit user consent. Nevertheless, we are committed to ensuring that even the inadvertent passing of UIDs is prevented and all applications are in compliance with our policy."

Comment: Re:Real advantage over SSL? (Score 1) 215

by sinclair44 (#33884566) Attached to: Facebook Introduces One-Time Passwords
Except Facebook doesn't sell or give this information to advertisers:

We never share your personal information with advertisers. We never sell your personal information to anyone. These protections are yours no matter what privacy settings you use; they apply equally to people who share openly with everyone and to people who share with only select friends.

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin