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Comment Defining new primitives at runtime (Score 1) 128

the [team] behind wayland are the exact same developers who [messed] up X11 by trying to move it to sending image buffers instead of primatives

It was either that or include a virtual machine of some sort in the X server so that new primitives could be defined, much as HTML5 does with JavaScript and the 2D canvas API. How would you have preferred to implement that? At least image buffers are slightly less likely to cause a security hole than a Lua, Forth, Java, JavaScript, or whatever VM.

Comment Re:Define supported (Score 1) 289

I sure hate to be the IT Director that deployed this on thousands of machines, only to later explain to users that it...umm, has some problem.

You can narrow down what apps conflict with Classic Shell and not deploy Classic Shell to machines that must run those apps. Then you can report the problem to Classic Shell's maintainer and to the developer of the conflicting app. Or you can try Start8 instead; though it costs per machine, you can amortize that over how much time and trouble it saves the users.

Having to get fingers pointed at each other is not my idea of a fun time

There's a chance of finger-pointing whenever more than one program is installed on a computer. IT's job is to find combinations that result in finger-pointing and work around them.

Comment Re:CD, SD, USB, and FTP (Score 1) 138

Download the EXE to your Android device and copy it over with MTP. Or download the EXE to a USB stick with someone else's Mac or Windows PC that already has Firefox. Or download the EXE to a USB stick with someone else's GNU/Linux desktop PC; most of those ship with Firefox. But in practice, using IE only to 1. download Firefox and 2. test your web site in IE should be enough.

Comment ActiveX: old and busted; TLS: new hotness (Score 1) 138

But they could just as well have bundled it as an extension to SSL rather than a separate ActiveX plugin.

So with support for IE 6 ending in 15 months, why doesn't the government just decide that ActiveX with homegrown crypto is old and busted and TLS with homegrown crypto is the new hotness?

Comment Cache size on mobile vs. desktop (Score 1) 138

I run Xubuntu (GNU/Linux) on a laptop with 1 GB of RAM and Android 4.4 on a tablet with 1 GB of RAM. I too have noticed that web browsers for Android tend to cache less than web browsers for GNU/Linux. Perhaps this is because the built-in NAND flash memory is much smaller than a PC hard drive and limited in erase cycles. A 1 GB cache is a lot more noticeable on an 8 GB phone or tablet than on even a 160 GB netbook.

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