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Comment Logjam (Score 5, Insightful) 126

So, just as the net is reeling from the latest SSL/TLS vulnerability, Logjam, which is in large part due to the export restrictions on cryptographic technology from 20 years ago, politicians are at it again. I wonder how this will end up biting everybody in the arse in the future. Possibly not as directly as in the case of Logjam, but perhaps restricting such tools will mean that certain critical vulnerabilities may not be discovered in time, or not reported.

Comment Re:stopped using it? (Score 1) 857

Even better? It does a heck of a job interrupting my workflow even better. At least the Start Menu covers only a relatively small part of the screen and I can just type what I want without looking at it. I keep looking at whatever I'm working on. Start screen? Blam! In my face. Highly intrusive. Makes me want to strangle whoever came up with it every single time it pops up.

Comment Re:Aw c'mon (Score 1) 237

Firefox 4.0 was not a feature release. It was a major release that included changes in the core.

Yet another arbitrary distinction... especially when most people here complain that 4.0 should actually be called 3.7.

You just showed that version numbers aren't just a number but carry meaning with them. Mozilla using them arbitrarily distorts their meaning, and this is what people are complaining about.

They don't carry meaning other than what we assign to them. What I showed is that they broke their own rules before, in a small way, pointing out the inconsistency does not mean that I think those "rules" are important. Are they doing it arbitrarily now? Nope, just differently. Bugfixes etc: small number, features added and major functionality changes: first number. It's not confusing to me, nor is the old system. And I don't care if a user says he has a problem on 4.3.5 or 7.0. The only thing that I find annoying about the change in version numbers is the addons needlessly expiring, but that situation already seems to be improving. How those numbers increase isn't very important, as long as we have an easy way of determining which is which. Their removing the number from the about box does have me worried though.

Comment Re:Aw c'mon (Score 1) 237

Now, you have no clue if 7 represents a major change or just a bugfix without actually testing it.

Really? What about 5.0.1 and 4.0.1? Bugfix releases still can and do happen. 7 is a feature release, as were 6, 5 and 4 before it. Perhaps the features added aren't alway major news or huge visible changes, I agree. But at least they're coming available much quicker now and can be refined sooner as well.

Hence, frustration for developers.

As a web developer, I am not frustrated by the jump in version numbers. It is, after all, just a number. If anything, it makes it easier to know when new functionality becomes available, even if it comes in bite-sized chunks, rather than wondering whether a point release is just a collection of bugfixes or actually expands functionality. If anything, I thought that they shouldn't have done the out-of-process plugins in the small numerical step from 3.6.3 to 3.6.4... that alone warranted calling it 3.7, imho.

Comment Re:They never stop do they? (Score 1) 500

Depends on what you call "recently". The tax on fuel was already getting long in the tooth slightly before the dawn of time. Today's fuel prices are â1.682 per litre. That's â6.367 per gallon or $9.07 in fake money. Don't think for a moment that the price of petrol will drop when this "rekeningrijden" is truly introduced. They'll probably find ways to keep the "wegenbelasting" too, taxing both ownersnip and use based on distance and use fuel consumption.

Comment Still available for CDs and DVDs. (Score 2) 340

This is only for things like USB sticks etc. It's not like every CD-ROM that John W. Clueless has ever bought is suddenly going to stop auto-running. From the original source:

...so this update does not turn off the feature entirely. For example, it does not impact "shiny media" such as CDs or DVDs that contain Autorun files.

I for one think this is a sensible thing to do.


Submission + - DOSBox 0.73 released

Kippesoep writes: Almost two years after the previous version 0.72, the popular open source DOS emulator DOSBox has been granted a new release. Version 0.73 is out now. The increase in version number may be small, but a tremendous amount of development has happened. Check out the changelog for a small sampling of the most important changes.

Comment Re:The Holy Bible is pure (Score 5, Insightful) 178

I agree... It appears most Americans are more easily offended by even mild nudity than by horrible acts of violence. The Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" springs to mind. In this country such a thing would be pretty much completely ignored (maybe a small message on the third-to-last page of the papers). This behaviour has long puzzled me. We're all born naked. I can understand not wanting (ones kids to) see explicit porn, but nudity does not mean porn per se. I get the feeling Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" would be censored in the US. On the other hand it seems perfectly ok to show violence in cartoons and games to kids. The dichotomy is what's interesting. Maybe the whole 2nd amendment thing has something to do with it. Personally, I could care less about the effects of nudity and violence, but only if paid to do so. Well, actually, I prefer kids to grow up into people running around (semi-)naked than into people who think violence solves anything.

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