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Comment ISP ad injection (Score 1) 87

There's little reason why publicly available non-controversial information should be encrypted

For one thing, what you find non-controversial a third party may find controversial. For another, home ISPs such as Comcast can and do inject their own ads and other malware into cleartext HTTP connections.

Comment Re:Google Scroogle (Score 1) 87

Ever wonder why the advertised 12 hour battery life of your mobile device has dropped to 8 or 6 hours? This is why.

On which device, and with which websites, have you benchmarked a battery life difference of this magnitude between cleartext HTTP and HTTPS? Because otherwise, I'm more inclined to blame the growth in both lithium dendrites and ad display script complexity for reduced battery capacity.

Comment Re:Executable documents... (Score 1) 355

The Web was pretty useful before the onslaught of ads.

Before ads, the Web was accessed through dial-up. Would you prefer to go back to 0.05 Mbps?

And the ad driven content isn't worth watching. So I'm happy to pay. Why would an ad free web be so bad?

If you view one document on each of 25 sites in a month, such as documents linked from a web search result page, you'd end up having to pay $4 per site per month times 25 sites = $100 per month on top of what you already pay for Internet access.

Comment Re:Once sites like that fill search results (Score 1) 184

What they actually did was even scummier - they included the actual answers on the page if the referrer was Google.

That's called "cloaking", which Google generally forbids. But since October 1, Google has officially allowed this specific kind of cloaking under the name "flexible sampling", so long as the document contains a JSON-LD block to mark specific CSS class names as being paywalled.

Comment Wine to the maintainers of Windows apps (Score 1) 129

ubuntu should build in a subsystem for windows apps. iow, the ability to transparently install and run any windows app.

sudo apt install wine and bug the maintainers of the Windows apps you use for Wine fixes, which shouldn't be any bigger than the fixes that were needed to port an app from Windows 98 to XP or from XP to 7.

Comment Re:Service Workers enable offline mode (Score 1) 355

With very rare exceptions most native development is in a virtual machine language or is in a language that is compile-able on multiple systems.

Just because a language is "compile-able" doesn't mean that the developer has a copy of a cross-development toolchain targeting a particular platform and a device of that platform on which to test it. For example, a developer without a Mac and an iPad isn't going to be porting his app to iPad, and a developer without a Windows license isn't going to be porting his app to Windows PCs. You might end up facing a screen like this:

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In theory, it'd be possible to choose an application distributed as free software, download the application's source code, cross-compile it for execution on your own device, troubleshoot and fix any inadvertent reliance on platform-specific behaviors of the library (be they implementation-defined, unspecified, or undefined), send a pull request to the application's maintainer, and respond to subsequent issues filed by users of your port to that platform. But in practice, what fraction of users are willing to become the port maintainer for a particular application on a particular platform just to use the application?

I'm not even sure the last time I saw a native app not crossplatform (iOS/Android or Mac/Windows).

Xcode is Mac exclusive, the game Tiny Wings is iOS exclusive, and Safari in which to test a web application's compatibility with Safari is exclusive to Mac and iOS. Or do you want a third-party, non-game example on each?

Comment Painful to move insertion point or insert HTML (Score 1) 222

for a paragraph or two, a phone is fine.

When I compose a paragraph such as this one, I don't necessarily enter the words in the order that I intend them to be read. I go back and forth, using Ctrl+left and Ctrl+right to move backward and forward in what I'm writing. I have found moving the insertion point with Android's touch screen input to be an exercise in frustration. I also find it frustrating with Android's touch screen input to select text to copy for an inline quotation and place the insertion point to paste them. Having the parts of an HTML or BBCode closing tag such as </em> or [/quote] spread across three different pages of the on-screen keyboard is also painful, as well as turning href into great or beef when I'm trying to enter an <a> element because autocorrect can't tell markup from prose.

Work emails sometimes involve longer responses and when I have to use a laptop I do.

You are correct that I had work email in mind, be it my day job or free software projects' mailing lists, not noreply@ things like purchase receipts.

Asian languages like Chinese, Japanese and Korean are far easier to input for some people using a finger as opposed to a keyboard system.

I can see your point for logographic languages like Chinese and Japanese. But Korean hangul is an alphabet, theoretically just as amenable to keyboard entry as the Latin letters in which English is written.

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