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Comment: Re:It's easier . . . (Score 0) 77

by tomp (#45319665) Attached to: Shutdown Illustrates How Fast US Gov't Can Update Its Websites

The quick response isn't a reflection of how easy it is to change a page. It's a reflection of the millions of dollars government agencies have spent preparing for every potential shutdown over the past few years.

Long before the shutdown happened, government agencies stopped doing the people's work and instead started to prepare for a lapse in funding. Government inefficiency caused by the same people who are tasked with oversight to prevent wasteful spending.

The web sites were able to be turned on quickly, in part, because it started happening *before* the president signed HR 2775. OPM ordered government employees back to work the day before it was signed.

Comment: Re:So out of curiosity, (Score 5, Informative) 147

by tomp (#38247110) Attached to: Domain Theft-for-Ransom Hits css-tricks.com and Others

Gandi rocks, no doubt about it. However, they cannot protect a domain owner from the US government.

I have my domain there because they respect the rights of a domain owner far more than other registrars, but there's nothing they can do if the US government wants a domain in a US-hosted top level domain. When it comes .com, .net, or .org, NSI is all that matters. And unfortunately, they don't care about domain owners.

Comment: Re:Does it still have the AwfulBar? (Score 1) 554

by tomp (#35588882) Attached to: Firefox 4 Released!

I'm not sure which 'forever' you're thinking of. If the location bar was for searching, there wouldn't be a need for that little search box to the right of it.

Before the awesome bar, the closest thing to search in the location bar was automatically adding 'www.' and '.com' to bare names. Even that went away for many years due to the whitehouse.com brouhaha.

I'll let the 'typing in URLs is bad' pass. We all know that's silly.

Comment: Re:Does it still have the AwfulBar? (Score 1) 554

by tomp (#35582928) Attached to: Firefox 4 Released!

What's so awful about the Awesome Bar is that it has partially repurposed the location bar, causing the UI to be inconsistent.

In all cases before the awesome bar, the location bar was used for URL's. After the awesome bar, the location bar is almost always used for URL's, but during text entry it is used to search both URL's and web page titles.

An inconsistent UI us a bad UI. The awesome bar introduces inconsistency into the firefox UI. It's bad.

Comment: Re:Does it still have the AwfulBar? (Score 4, Insightful) 554

by tomp (#35576702) Attached to: Firefox 4 Released!

Disabling the awesome bar solves part of the problem. However, it doesn't restore the functionality the location bar had before it was replaced by the awesome bar.

It's not just the the awesome sucks. It's that mozilla removed something that worked and replaced it with something that doesn't. Turning off the part that doesn't work is insufficient to solve the problem.

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990