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Comment Re:Crickets... (Score 2) 132

I do work on large projects in the multi-hour range for a full rebuild, and the compile time is still pretty much the lowest priority in selecting a compiler. All things being equal, of course I'd like to have the fastest compiles possible. But more important than that is that I can write the code I need to write without dodging compiler bugs / shortcomings all day, and deliver a binary which is optimized well for the target.

You can adapt to slow compiles. Breaking the project up into libraries, for example. You can't readily adjust to other compiler problems.


Submission + - Accountability - Not Code Quality- Makes iOS Safer Than Android ( 1

chicksdaddy writes: "Threatpost is reporting on a new study of mobile malware that finds accountability, not superior technology, has kept Apple's iOS ecosystem free of viruses, even as the competing Android platform strains under the wait of repeated malicious code outbreaks.
Dan Guido of the firm Trail of Bits and Michael Arpaia of iSEC Partners told attendees at the SOURCE Boston Conference on Thursday about an empirical analysis of existing malicious programs for the Android and iOS platforms shows that Google is losing the mobile security contest badly — every piece of malicious code the two identified was for the company's Android OS, while Apple's iOS remained free of malware, despite owning 30% of the mobile smart phone market in the U.S. Apple's special sauce? Policies that demand accountability from iOS developers, and stricter controls on what applications can do once they are installed on Apple devices."


Assange Could Face Execution Or Guantanamo Bay 973

An anonymous reader writes "WikiLeaker-in-chief Julian Assange faces the real danger of being executed or languishing in the US prison camp at Guantánamo Bay if, as a result of his extradition to Sweden, he ends up in the hands of the Americans, his lawyers argue. In a skeleton summary of Assange's defence, posted online, Assange's lawyers argue that it is likely that the US would seek his extradition 'and/or illegal rendition' from Sweden. In the United States 'there will be a real risk of him being detained at Guantánamo Bay or elsewhere,' his lawyers write."

Submission + - Nvidia Engineers Sandy Bridge Alternative (

Stoobalou writes: Sources in the motherboard industry have leaked some interesting info concerning Nvidia's development of a Sandy Bridge-compatible chipset.

Details are sketchy but according to reports, Nvidia is developing an alternative chipset that integrates GPUs and southbridge functions. This could enable Nvidia to circumvent current chipset licensing issues and give OEM/ODMs the opportunity to opt out of Intel's Cougar Point southbridge — saving a few dollars in the process, while gaining some graphics horsepower — Intel's true Achillles' heel.

Submission + - Job-cutting bosses get paid more than their peers (

wiredmikey writes: The CEOs who cut the most jobs during the recession earned more than their peers, according to a study being released today by a liberal think tank in Washington.

Separately, the report estimated that the CEOs of the nation's largest publicly traded companies make an average of 263 times more the typical U.S. production worker.

Comment Re:Cover your eyes (Score 0) 246

Windows 7 can still be targeted by a IE bug that's been in place since IE6. Safari doesn't have zero day bugs *that* old

How would you know? Zero-day means a non-public exploit.

Safari was released in early 2003.

Internet Explorer 6 was released in August 2001.

So the unfixed Internet Explorer bugs have been around quite a bit longer than Safari has. So Safari is unlikely have any bugs older than this IE bug, zero-day or otherwise.

(OK, there could be crusty KHTML era bugs left in the Safari code-base, but there's not much of that code left untouched)

Comment Keep it fast (Score 1) 556

I got frustrated with FF 3.5.2's occasional pauses while i was trying to smoothly and rapidly scroll through a long page of images and links (ve3d) to embedded videos yesterday. The main Slashdot page showed some of the same behavior. I'd grab the scroll bar, pull down, and the framerate of the scroll would stutter and occasionally lag to the extent that it skipped a whole screen in catching up. I decided that I'd do a qualitative benchmark on those two pages on all the major browsers, then find a way to get good adblocking on whichever I picked. This was in Windows 7 with a c2d at 2.6 ghz, 4 gigs of ram, and a 4870.

First I tried IE8, since it was already installed. Surprisingly, it wasn't worse than FF. It wasn't noticeably faster either. A tie goes to the status quo, so I waved goodbye to Trident and moved on. Then I tried Chrome, expecting to encounter my winner. Instead, the problems were vastly worse. Javescript benchmarks showed me much higher scores with Webkit, as expected, but in terms of HTML rendering it was much, much slower. The scroll bar itself noticeably lagged behind my cursor, sometimes to the extent that my cursor exited the bar until I slowed down to let it catch up. The pauses and hickups on the screen during scrolling went from being annoying to agonizing. I probably saw 2-5 fewer frames while scrolling than in FF or IE. Amazing, but true. I hoped that Google simply had a bad Webkit implementation, but sadly, Safari showed the same performance. I removed Chrome (easily) and Safari (less easily, since it installed two or three other Apple things that didn't go away during my Safari uninstall) and moved to my last option.

I installed Opera and ran the same test. I was blown away by how smooth the scrolling was. Loading those pages from cache also matched FF and went a little faster than Chrome/Safari (I didn't check IE). I hadn't expected much from Opera, but the new version (10) is, for me, the fastest browser in Windows. In the grand scheme of things, FF and IE are pretty fast, too, but even when I turned adblocking back on in FF it was still slower than Opera. I never really liked Opera in the past, but I'm going to use it as my main browser for awhile to see how it goes.

Speaking of which, is there an auto-updating adblocker plugin for Opera?


How Microsoft Plans To Get Its Groove Back With Win7 612

shawnz tips a blog post up at thebetaguy that details Windows 7's huge departure from the past, and the bold strategy Microsoft will be employing to maintain backward compatibility. Hint: Apple did it seven years back. There are interesting anti-trust implications too. "Windows 7 takes a different approach to the componentization and backwards compatibility issues; in short, it doesn't think about them at all. Windows 7 will be a from-the-ground-up packaging of the Windows codebase; partially source, but not binary compatible with previous versions of Windows."

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