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Comment It's just one business (Score 1) 39

> abusing its dominance in search to benefit its own advertising business

Yeah, but those aren't separate businesses. They're the same thing. Google accepts questions (search queries) from users and gives them back answers (relevant information, including information from people who paid to be considered relevant). Even advertising embedded in pages is the same; the page information constitutes an expression of interest in a topic, and the advertisements are intended to answer that interest. That's one coherent business. It's not one I like, but that doesn't make them separate businesses.

You wouldn't accuse Schick of abusing its dominance in re-usable handles to benefit its own razor-selling business.

Comment It's the second switch that'll really anger users (Score 1) 771

If the rumors are true, the iPhone 7 will have no audio jack, and a Lightning port.

The MacBook already uses USB-C for power. How far into the future does Apple expect to get before the iPhone does as well? A transition to Lightning headphones is going to cost users a whole bunch of money, and a lot of people who aren't very technical are going to spend that money on Lightning headphones instead of an audio adapter.

The day Apple migrates to USB-C, making those lightning headphones useless (or requiring a USB-C to Lightning adapter), even the most loyal users are going to throw a fit.

Comment Gnu (Score 1) 492

"because it is Linux"

Actually, it's not. It's a GNU system running on Windows. There's no Linux involved, at all. There's just a compatibility layer that implements the Linux system calls on the Windows kernel.

This is GNU/Windows, and it only serves to highlight the fact that the correct name was always GNU/Linux.

Comment Let's look at the stats (Score 4, Interesting) 288

I see a lot of comments about Firefox's security but no references so far. So, let's look at cvedetails code execution counts:

Edge: 6
Chrome: 0
Safari: 0
Firefox: 3

Edge: 19 (Nov 12 - Dec 31, a projected rate of 142 per year)
Chrome: 8
Safari: 101
Firefox: 83

Chrome: 4
Safari: 65
Firefox: 55

So while Firefox is getting a lot of hate here today, I think the unbiased view is that Firefox is clearly more secure than any browser other than Chrome, which has by far the best record. I struggle to imagine an objective reason to exclude Firefox from any evaluation while including Safari. Edge hasn't been out very long, but based on the very small amount of data we have so far, it looks significantly worse than Firefox.


Comment Re: What do you mean... (Score 1) 190

No modern computer user can honestly say they'd prefer searching through dropdown menus over the ribbon that focuses on putting the most used features at the users fingertips.

The ribbon wasn't introduced to improve the UI, it was introduced to create a UI that was consistent between desktop and web applications.

Comment Why is this a flaw in the app, and not the OS? (Score 3, Interesting) 162

I'm aware of the Windows DLL load behavior, and how it creates "DLL Hell." I never thought of the security implications, because I assumed that Windows behaved more ... sanely.

The root of the problem is that the affected applications are installers, which need to be run with elevated rights. On Linux systems, for example, when an application is run with escalated rights (through SUID or sudo), the dynamic library loader uses only the system library paths and ignores user specified paths (such as the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable).

Why the HELL doesn't Windows do the same for apps run as administrator?

Comment Re:Yes: Thunderbird archive (Score 1) 177

I'd second "use the thunderbird archive" and add "use IMAP."

Thunderbird can archive mail into a single folder, or per-year folders, or per-month folders. When you are using IMAP, those folders are on the server, and accessible from any client. All of the clients I'm aware of allow you to "subscribe" or not to folders of your choosing, and most offer more fine grained control to choose what to download and keep locally in order to control client storage and bandwidth use.

Thunderbird has an excellent search engine built in, so searching is straightforward.

Thunderbird also supports IMAP tags (labels), so you can apply an arbitrary number of tags/labels to each message. This is a lot more flexible than sorting messages into folders manually. Once you start tagging messages, a clear and simple workflow becomes clear:

Your inbox should contain only messages that require you to act on them in some way. Once a message no longer requires action, tag it if necessary and archive it. Or, if it is definitely not required, delete it.

Simple. Now your inbox is cleaner, you'll spend less time sorting mail, and a lot less time searching for it. You can unsubscribe from older archives if you like, or simply choose not to keep them locally to save disk space on the client.

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