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It _does_ work unless you hit some bug (and there have been some that affect some people). If you were an early adopter in particular there were some database corruption issues. If that's the case deleting the places database is often the best fix (especially if there's nothing in there you care about -- you're clearing private data, right?). Instructions at http://support.mozilla.com/ for this and other common problems.

The other issue is that the url bar shows both history and bookmarks. Obviously people don't want to clear their bookmarks so some data still shows up even after clearing history. This issue has been addressed in Firefox 3.5 with an option to not show bookmarks in the URL bar (on the Privacy tab in Options).


Shaw Cable Again Blocks Firewire On Canadian Set-Top Boxes 257

WestCoastSuccess writes with this excerpt: "A year and a half ago, Canada's Shaw Cable began encrypting channels with the '0x02' flag. This flag has the effect of making the IEEE1394 (Firewire) output useless to customers who use third-party PVRs (such as the excellent MythTV, for example). After complaints to the CRTC and Industry Canada about this practice, the encryption flag was dropped on most channels and the Firewire connection again functioned. Until last night, that is."
The Courts

AT&T Makes Its Terms of Service Even Worse, To Discourage Lawsuits 412

techmuse writes "AT&T has changed its terms of service (including for existing contracts) to prevent class action suits. Note that you are already required to submit your case to arbitration, a forum in which consumers are often at a substantial disadvantage. Now you must go up against AT&T alone." This post on David Farber's mailing list provides a bit of context as well.

OnLive and Gaikai — How To Stop a Gaming Revolution 125

happierr writes "The gaming industry has been struggling in the last few months, and it is about to struggle even more when OnLive and Gaikai launch later this year. The new services are both a step in the right direction to counter piracy and provide easily-accessible gaming to people with low-end PCs. They might even do for PC gaming what the Wii did for casual gaming; greatly expand the market and draw interest from people who would not ordinarily play games. The services are a real threat for the Big Three video game companies (Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo). How will they combat these revolutionary services? There are a few steps that the Big Three are taking to combat the New Two, such as an increased reliance on peripherals and vision cameras, exclusivity deals, and more online multiplayer features, which OnLive and Gaikai will have a hard time matching."

Printable Batteries Should Arrive Next Year 92

FullBandwidth writes "Paper-thin batteries that can be printed onto greeting cards or other flexible substrates have been demonstrated at Fraunhofer Research Institution for Electronic Nano Systems in Germany. The batteries have a relatively short life span, as the anode and cathode materials dissipate over time. However, they contain no hazardous materials."

Comment Re:How does this change userland? (Score 2) 160

The reason something like this scares me is that it lulls users into a higher level of trust... and doesn't protect them from hacked sites, or sites that choose not to implement this.

This mechanism isn't intended for users -- this is a tool for site authors, to cooperate with them in enforcing their policies. The site still has to make a best effort at implementing those policies themselves to protect all their visitors using browsers that don't support CSP (which includes every officially released version of Firefox to date). This is an extra layer of protection for users of CSP-compliant browsers, and a benefit to the site through the reporting function.

Please do continue running NoScript if you like. CSP is a mechanism for site authors to declare their policy, add-ons like NoScript and AdBlock are tools for users to declare their policies.

Comment Re:This is great for Firefox users... (Score 1) 160

Even if this was never implemented in any other browser sites still benefit through early detection of active attacks. If your site implements a security policy with a report URI then every Firefox visitor will be conducting a passive security scan on every page they visit, at least for the types of security problems CSP targets (primarily XSS).


Submission + - RESTful Web Services (oreilly.com)

Bbazzarrakk writes: "I always try very hard to resist gushing about any book I'm going to review for other people. There are just too many differences of opinion on what makes for a good book to ensure that what I like will also be what you like. That said, I think it's fair to warn you now that I doubt I'll be able to hold back when talking about RESTful Web Services. This is a sensational book and, though it is a bold statement to make, I'm quite sure anyone interested in the subject matter is really going to enjoy it.

It's pretty rare to see a book that successfully defines a new school of thought, but I bet most of us can point to a few such titles and that we hold those titles in high regard. RESTful Web Services is such a book. While nothing in these pages was really invented by the authors per say, they have definitely collected a major resource of practical knowledge and best practices.

It's really that pragmatic emphasis that makes the book so valuable too. REST discussions are often so idealistic that it's hard to take much away from them besides all the clever quotations. This books avoids all that. This is usable REST, the kind you can code up and put to work today.

The book begins by defining the landscape of RESTful Web Services. Right off the bat you learn how clever the authors really are as they casually win you over to their cause by studying the competition. They classify and walk through examples of every type of Web Service in common usage today. They even cover the services that aren't easily classified. The best part is, the REST example service they selected isn't perfect. While it does most things quite well, it misses the ideal REST implementation mark by a few minor points. This complete immersion in the real world of Web Services leads you to make up your own mind about REST and what it can do for you, not to mention providing a terrific amount of background for what is to come.

The book uses this study to build up proper definitions for REST and Resource-Oriented Architectures (ROA). These definitions follow so naturally from the earlier exploration that it's surprising to learn these concepts have been hard to classify until now. Furthermore, your trip to these definitions is so natural that you will have a real instinct for how to employ them to the best advantage in your own projects.

The meat of the book includes plenty of examples. What's great about the examples is how the authors remember to cover both the design and implementation sides of the process. You even get to see where these sides get each other's way and minor concessions are made to bridge the idea with reality. I can't stress enough that this is practicality all the way.

The back of the book includes complete references for HTTP response codes and headers that you will wonder how you ever lived without. Each definition in this section includes suggestions for the correct usage of these often cryptic pieces of metadata. The authors even tell you what to skip altogether when it's not worth your effort to learn.

The primary programming language used in the book is Ruby, but the content really transcends language specifics. I'm sure any intermediate programmer could adapt the sample code to their favored language with a little effort. The book does include short descriptions of frameworks in Java and Python, in addition to Ruby.

One aspect that truly astounded me was just how much wonderful peripheral knowledge this text sneaks in as you read. I learned valuable tidbits about HTTP, Amazon.com's Simple Storage Service, microformats, and more. You'll find side discussions on how newly popular Web tools, like Ajax and JSON, fit into the RESTful picture. This domain knowledge really rounds out book's content, making it all the guide you need to get going.

I'm sure the book has minor flaws. What doesn't? But honestly, any shortcomings are eclipsed by everything this book does right. Because of that, I can't even remember anything bad to mention.

If you work with Web Services, you will want to pick up a copy of this book. If you are in a position that requires you design Web Services this book ought to be required reading. It just does too much for your understanding of the goals to overlook.

Though it is cliché to say so, this book is the new Bible for Web Services. We can only hope it will catch on like wild fire and revolutionize the services we will be interacting with more and more in the future. Everybody wins if it does."

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