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Comment Re:What, Security? (Score 1) 135

Symantec, I wonder what goes on there. Hope the engineering is better than the fairly ridiculous adventure I had with customer service. I was reporting a bug in the "Verified" seals for my paying client: the web wizard generates the wrong seals because the product matrix has not kept up with the threeway conversion of Verisign, Symantec and Norton. On the fourth customer service rep I finally had someone who knew what he was talking about. Refreshingly, he was blunt and did not end by asking me if I had any other issues, but just signed off! He sent me the code I needed, but I'm not sure he reported the bug.

Let's hope that means the server security and SSL cert teams are no-nonsense engineers, not bereft souls in a chaotic marketing enterprise.

Comment Re:Opera's had this for years (Score 1) 181

Chrome has it too, but hidden under Settings / Advanced / Privacy / Content Settings / Plugins / click-to-play
Not sure what the default is these days.

Opera is a great browser, but sites with media content can be so complex, I just start with Firefox and the Browser View extension (very simple), and open the page in successive browsers until it works, with IE as a last resort.

The problem with click-to-play schemes is that sometimes there is a smaller Flash controller you don't see or notice. I've been running Firefox with Flashblock for years and this is a common problem, so I imagine it will be hitting click-to-play as bugs. People who use Noscript instead probably haven't noticed the issue, because once you whitelist a page in Noscript, it reloads and the Flash and everything else runs. But with click-to-play, you may need to reload the page whitelisted so all the triggers can fire in whatever js/flash system they have cooked up to keep count of the count-count. Remember when the Count just liked to count, and wasn't such a vampire?

Opera used to be the fastest non-IE browser to open up, so was handy for getting a quick weather report before heading out, but I think that has gone the way of Firefox as a 5MB download. With mobile not ruling the web, maybe we'll get some of that back.

Whatever turned Firefox into 20MB download I assume it should be able to do a good HTML5 emulation of Flash! http://www.oldapps.com/firefox.php (And Flash is monumentally bigger than its old versions too.)

Comment Re:Please include flash! (Score 1) 181

JQuery can eat up cycles too. A common replacement for Flash animation is the jQuery "Cycle" plugin. Well, jQuery sets 13ms timeouts by default for effects. If I have two or three of those things running in ads on a page, my laptop's fan kicks on. The parameter, jQuery.fx.interval, is not that well known, and a developer on a decent system would not notice the CPU overuse. The 13ms resolution is not really needed for simple slideshows.

Comment Re:You can apparently get GIMP on Android (Score 1) 415

Photoshop 4.0.1, (c) 1996, I run it everyday. Only later features I miss are unlimited undo and editable text. Text always becomes raster. No plugins, but I do re-save files before they go out, using command line imagemagick scripts! That fixes the one big sneaky annoyance of PS 4.0.1: it saves PNG's with a weird color profile.

Comment Re:So much for all those awards (Score 1) 301

Does your stat for 747 include hostile attacks? The 747 seems to have a few outliers, like the shoot-down of KAL007 (269 lives) and Tenerife (583 lives, chaos at a small airport due to a bombing at a large airport), Air India 182 (329 lives, bomb), and Sept 11, 2011. Also, there is the massive JAL123 (520 lives, maintenance error). Airbus came along later, but did get hit by the U.S. attack on Iran Air 655 (290 lives).

Comment Re:Here's my question: (Score 1) 301

Two things come to mind. In previous bad battery situation, the initial run of batteries were fine. Then when they went into production, perhaps with other subcontractors, they got the garbage.

Also, with the extensive testing of the planes, we've got to assume they run them under max power load, with every seat running laptops, playing movies on seatbacks, etc., right? And max use of air circulation, etc. And whatever else makes the batteries cycle to make up for generated power, however it works.

Comment Plane power, Li-ion, Colbolt Oxide batteries (Score 4, Interesting) 301

This plane uses a tremendous amount of electricity, see: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/01/boeing-787-electric-fire-grounding/
The li-ion batteries are from a company in Japan, but I wonder where they were manufactured. In the past, subcontractors outside Japan have done shoddy jobs making batteries, such as replacing mylar with paper. Once it's sealed up, how do you test it? Additionally, these batteries use cobolt oxide and are even more prone to overheating than tradition li-ion batteries. The batteries took a long time to certify.

A notorious SwissAir crash over the Atlantic was due to an overheated electrical bus. In a rush to get gambling devices onto seat backs, the airline had gone with a system that required a full computer for each display, which required more power than a more centralized system.

Comment Re:Wish I knew why (Score 1) 589

An indictment, esp. in the U.S. system, is necessarily one-sided, even if endorsed by a grand jury. I don't disagree with reading source material, I just wanted to point out the usefulness of journalism, or whatever that ZDNet article was. Probably I came off too harshly.

As I understand it, in civil code countries (not the U.S.), charges are brought only after some deliberation by a magistrate, after which a trial before a judge results in a likely conviction. In the U.S. the prosecutor leads the grand jury to an indictment (supposedly "could indict a ham sandwich"), and makes a maximal case. At trial it's more likely the charges get denied by the judge or petit jury, compared to a trial in a civil code country. But things have changed over time. U.S. prosecutors once used more discretion rather than trying to rack up convictions even if unjust. Or that's what I've read.

So reading an indictment is roughly equivalent to reading a blog arguing one side of the case.

Comment Re:Good move. (Score 5, Insightful) 180

Linksys did not precisely compete on price value. In the realm of stores like Office Dept, Linksys was top end. After Cisco, the packaging and casing got more extreme, comparative prices went up, all the while bargain basement brands went from unreliable to fine. Didn't help that Linksys alienated the tech-savvy segment of the mass market by killing the routers that could easily be converted to open source community firmware.

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