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Comment Re:Opportunity (Score 4, Insightful) 279

That's not a reasonable position for Apple to take; not at all. They could have simply left the old gmaps app since their license had not *yet* expired, and at least avoided this debacle. Furthermore, you present "plastering" google's logo all over the app as if its certain this was something truly terrible - when that's not sure at all; it's not unreasonable to claim credit for an app you made so a logo might be reasonable.

All in all - if both parties had wanted this to work out they would have made it work. It's certain apple wasn't being reasonable, and quite believable Google wasn't either (but we really only have Apple's word for that). In any case - it's Apple's device; they're Apple customers, and that makes it Apple's responsibility to come up with a solution that doesn't suck - whether that solution involves using an old-fashioned app for another year, or a different provider, or kowtowing to Google isn't really important.

Regardless of who else is involved, Apple chose to harm their customers, probably intentionally, because that fit their strategic aims better. Given apple's dealings with samsung (and others), Apple doesn't come across as a very open-minded company: does it really surprise anyone they played hardball even if doing so cost them something?

Put it this way: if you blame some third party for a seller's failure to provide quality goods, that's not exactly a great incentive for said seller to be fair with you the next time - why bother? Defending Apple for their abuse of their customers reminds me a little too much of the stockholm syndrome for comfort.

I don't think these power-fights are good for customers.

Comment Re:Seriously (Score 1) 1223

Sorry, I think you may have gotten it wrong. From my understanding, Linus was stating a well-established fact -- that Romney is a fucking mor[m]on. Simple typo; he knows genius when he sees it.

Or fucking [a] mor[m]on, i.e. just pointing out that Romney has a healthy sexual relationships with his wife, who is also a mormon. SImple mistake.

Dude... that's just priceless :-D

Comment Re:are those problems NP? (Score 2) 414

While P/NP is indeed pretty way offtopic here, P vs. NP doesn't necessarily apply solely to decision problems. Furthermore, many problems can be rephrased as decision problems; e.g. Does the cannonball need more than 10 second to complete its flight?

For a traditional P/NP example: the traveling salesman problem is about finding the shortest path, which is also not a decision problem.

Comment Misleadling article (Score 1) 152

According to KPN, the hacked website was not part of the CA's issuing system. Assuming they're being wholly truthful, this article is pure sensationalism: A company has a non-critical website that's hacked: whooptie.

Of course it's bad PR: it doesn't inspire confidence in their other security matters. However, its just as likely that they're concentrating on their actual business (managing certificates), and the site was an afterthought. In any case (maybe I'm just cynical) it doesn't surprise me that a very low traffic, low volume site is negligently secured.

Totally misleading headline.

Comment Re:Beginning of the end (Score 1) 445

Yeah; people seem to have this idea that because FF will change versions several times a year that this mean they'll see the same amount of change and the same amount of plugin breakage several times a year they used to see just once every year or two.

Of course, that's nonsense - development speed won't go up by an order of magnitude; it's just a different (and better) way of packaging essentially the same changes.

I kinda hope they adopt something like chrome's auto-updater for an even less intrusive experience.

Comment Re:Misleading article & summary (Score 1) 45

It's more akin to saying that SQL is broken because some versions of PHP allow SQL injection. The bug was in two common library implementations and can be fixed merely by updating the library... I also love how the article sensationalizes the issue and calls this a "serious" vulnerability... how exactly is this vulnerability going to be exploited in a "serious" fashion? That sure doesn't sound easy to do for most openid uses...

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