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Comment Re:Lies. (Score 1) 353

No, Flash does not auto-update on a Mac. Never has.

Flash Player plug-in

CVE-ID: CVE-2009-3794, CVE-2009-3796, CVE-2009-3797, CVE-2009-3798, CVE-2009-3799, CVE-2009-3800, CVE-2009-3951

Available for: Mac OS X v10.5.8, Mac OS X Server v10.5.8, Mac OS X v10.6.2, Mac OS X Server v10.6.2

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player plug-in

Description: Multiple issues exist in the Adobe Flash Player plug-in, the most serious of which may lead to arbitrary code execution when viewing a maliciously crafted web site. The issues are addressed by updating the Flash Player plug-in to version 10.0.42.

Emphasis mine.

Comment Re:part of new software store? (Score 1) 451

Java maintained by Apple has always been WAY behind what everybody else is using. I'm glad Apple is going to ditch it and leave it up to others.

The odd thing is, with the release in question (Update 3), Apple's JVM is 1.6.0_22, exactly the same as the latest release for Linux/Solaris/Winows. This is the first time I can remember that that was the case.

Comment Re:Mac as ultimate dev machine no more? (Score 2, Informative) 451

In the past I've heard macs referred to as the ultimate developer's machine, with a full UNIX, all the gnu tools, a nice UI (with X if you need it), and nicely integrated laptop hardware. But Java is still one of the top languages on the planet, so if Apple really stops keeping it up to date that could put a nail in that coffin. Heck, I'm pretty sure the Apple Store has a big pile of Java back there...

The Linux foundation doesn't develop a Linux JVM.
Microsoft's JVM was awful and incompatible.

Both those platforms are still widely used for Java development and deployment, in spite of depending on a third-party JVM.

Comment Re:Um, I Think You Mean Videos in That Format (Score 1) 341

Nowhere. But right now it's the most widely adopted and implemented (pretty much everyone but Firefox either does or is planning to support it).

Huh, that's really confusing. Because according to Wikipedia, Ogg Theora looks more supported in browsers than H.264.

No, he means exactly what he said. Pretty much everyone but Firefox either does or is planning to support it.

Yes, there are lots of no-name browsers with zero user base that don't do h.264. But IE, Chrome, and Safari all do h.264. Which leaves Firefox and Opera as the WebM holdouts.

Yeah. Good luck with that.

Comment No context (Score 5, Insightful) 1088

I don't think the leaked Afghanistan war documents are a 'little egg'. It's clear proof that the war is lost and there is no hope for winning. ...

Bullshit. The Wikileaks documents a lot of out-of-context reports, mostly from low-level soldiers and unit commanders. Essentially, it's an internal bug-tracking database for the war.

Look at any internal bug-tracking database for any reasonably-sized project and you'll immediately conclude that the project is a horrible steaming pile of crap that everyone hates. That does not necessarily mean that the project actually is worthless. Imagine what the MS Windows (or OS X, or whatever) internal bug database must be like. Millions of known, incompatibilities, crash reports, and unsubstantiated error reports. And yet MS and Apple make shit-tons of money from them, and millions of people use them every ay.

Of course there are major problems with the war. It's a fucking war.

Comment Re:Monospaced or proportional (Score 1) 814

And? Do you think I haven't seen this countless times when I was making the point? The period takes up a small portion of its box in a fixed-width font. There's space to the left and space to the right of it - much more space than other characters. As a result, dot-space looks completely fine in a fixed-width font.


THE PERIOD IN A MONOSPACED FONT IS AS WIDE AS A FUCKING 'W'. IT IS NOT FUCKING SMALL. In a monospaced font, all characters are the same width; hence there are no "small" characters in a monospaced font. Your assertion that a monospaced period is "small" is therefore demonstrably false.

So, in a monospaced font, you need two spaces to (visually) compensate for the wider space. A single space would be lost next to the huge gaping negative visual space surrounding the period.

In a proportional font, the period has no extra padding, therefore no extra spacing is needed after the period.

Comment You had to RTFA? (Score 1) 225

I had to RTFA to find out that WDE is Westinghouse Digital Electronics.

From TFS:

"The Software Freedom Conservancy has received a judgement against Westinghouse Digital Electronics for $90,000 in damages, $50,000 in costs plus a donation of all of the offending HDTV's that were using BusyBox in violation of the GPL. Given that WDE is nearly bankrupt it's likely that most if not all of the cash will disappear in a legal 'poof', but it is a victory regardless."

Did the summary get edited to include that, or what?

Comment Legal term for random event (Score 2, Insightful) 223

"Acts of God" is a legal term encompassing chance events, sudden natural disasters, and other unforeseeable and uncontrollable happenings. Forest fires, lightning, earthquakes, meteor strikes, volcanic eruptions, sudden sinkholes, etc.

The lawyers and judges understand what it means. It's a standard part of contracts and has nothing to do with any deity or religious belief whatsoever.

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