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Comment Re:The gun is pointing at the foot (Score 1) 400

What's in line for 48.0? The download is a static JPEG of the Welcome to Firefox website proclaiming how it's the fastest and smallest browser on the market?What's in line for 48.0? The download is a static JPEG of the Welcome to Firefox website proclaiming how it's the fastest and smallest browser on the market?

You've got the functionality nailed down, but it'll still somehow manage to use a gig and half of ram to do it.

Oh, so badly do I wish I had mod points, lol!!!

Comment Re:Why the fuck isn't Mozilla panicking?! (Score 1) 400

My story is very similar, having been a longtime Opera Presto user. Much weeping, and gnashing of teeth on my part. Just as you said, right around ver. 25, Opera became good again and I could do away with the constant jumping between Chromium and FF (and Opera) and use it as my main browser again. But then, I learned of Vivaldi, which is Opera Presto at heart! It's snapshots have finally reached a point for me that I can use it as my primary browser, and it's been working great. I definitely recommend it to ALL previous Opera Presto fans!

Submission + - How to Build a TimesMachine (nytimes.com)

necro81 writes: The NY Times has an archive, the TimesMachine, that allows users to find any article from any issue from 1851 to the present day. Most of it is shown in the original typeset context of where an article appeared on a given page — like sifting through a microfiche archive. But when original newspaper scans are 100-MB TIFF files, how can this information be conveyed in an efficient manner to the end user? These are other computational challenges are described in this blog post on how the TimesMachine was realized.

Submission + - IT Struggles to Manage Smartwatches as Sales Surge

dkatana writes: Bring Your Own Watch? this is the new BYO nightmare for IT managers and CIOs.

Now C-Level executives are not contempt to have everything on their iPhones, they want to see all relevant information with a glimpse of their new shiny watches.

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) services are struggling to catch up, but it is difficult to be ready for the 34.3 million smartwatches that will ship this year, plus the 20 million already out there.

Feed Techdirt: French Politicians Pushing To Ban Linking To Any Website Without Permission (google.com)

Apparently two French Parliament Members are on a mission to ban linking to websites, unless you first have permission. In short, they're looking to undermine one of the key features of the internet itself.

The idea was proposed but rejected by the Legislative Commission, but it is brought back again. Socialist Karine Berger and Valérie Rabault once again tabled their Amendment #843 to Axelle Lemaire’s Bill for a Digital Republic, which would actually prohibit by default a large quantity of hyperlinks in France.

This device aims at amending the Law for Confidence in the Digital Economy and hold ISP and hosts criminally responsible as soon as they “allow public access to works or objects protected by the copyright code, including through automated means.”

The amendment states “users are required to obtain authorization from concerned rights holders”. The two MPs demand that “such authorization covers actions by users of such services when transmitting to the said users the protected works or objects, in order to allow use as stated in the fist paragraph inasmuch as such users are not acting on professional purposes”.
Now, it's fairly obvious that you're dealing with two politicians who think they're somehow proposing a solution to "piracy" on the internet. But it's really yet another attempt at punishing Google. Similar to efforts in Germany, Spain and even the European Parliament, very, very shortsighted Google haters think that a way to "punish" Google is to make it pay money to sites that it links to (mainly when it comes to news aggregation). The two French politicians admit flat out that they're trying to help copyright maximalists:

The amendment is intended to “protect the creation of authors and define the scope of their rights on hyperlinks”, according to the two MPS’ rationale. “The amendment aims at reinstating protection on these hyperlinks, in favour of the authors and rights holders of the links’ target content.”
But linking isn't and should never be infringement. It's a reference and it takes you to the original content, which is beneficial. And yet, of course, it all comes back to politicians thinking that just because Google is successful while linking to others' content, Google must be somehow bad.

“Just look at Google’s referencing procedures: they are based on hyperlinks, and links that lead to copyright-protected works on their publishing site are precisely what allows Google to create any added value whatsoever”, said MP Karine Berger in her plea for the amendment.

“In other words, some commercial Internet operators benefit from the value of some copyright-protected cultural goods and services without ever paying for using them. The amendment, by raising the question as to whom is responsible for collecting value through hyperlinks, aims at overturning jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union. It is a paramount legal and economic issue.”
Yes, Google creates value for itself in linking to websites. It also creates value for users. And for the websites it links to. That's why there's a massive search engine optimization business in which sites purposely try to get ranked better on Google, because sites that are linked from Google get tremendous benefit out of it.

I have a hard time understanding any kind of logic wherein you have a setup in which everyone basically benefits... and a politician still wants to come in and complain because one of the parties in the setup is doing well.

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Submission + - How do I reduce information leakage from my personal devices? 1

Mattcelt writes: I find that using an ad-blocking hosts file has been one of the most effective way to secure my devices against malware for the past few years. But the sheer number of constantly-shifting server DNs to block means I couldn't possibly manage such a list on my own.

And finding out today that Microsoft is, once again, bollocks at privacy (no surprise there) made me think I need to add a new strategic purpose to my hosts solution — specifically, preventing my devices from 'phoning home'. Knowing that my very Operating Systems are working against me in this regard incenses me, and I want more control over who collects my data and how.

Does anyone here know of a place that maintains a list of the servers to block if I don't want Google/Apple/Microsoft to receive information about my usage and habits? It likely needs to be documented so certain services can be enabled or disabled on an as-needed basis, but as a starting point, I'll gladly take a raw list for now.

Comment Re:rsync and zfs do different things (Score 1) 150

It's more than that - ZFS is basically taking fast snapshots and syncing just the deltas between the latest snapshot and the previous snapshot, which are blocks. Files and pointers don't matter - it's syncing individual changed blocks. You change one letter in a file, it's not syncing the whole file - just the changed block. It's substantially more efficient.

Exactly, and it's why ZFS' transfer speed is so much faster and does not go up with the size of the file (as rsync does), as shown in the article.

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