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Comment Re:Why no 32 bit browser? (Score 1) 329

Shipping a 32-bit browser requires much more than distributing a different build. You also need 32-bit versions of all of the browser's runtime dependencies.

On my box, I see at least the following dependencies for Firefox 3:

lennon@tachikoma:~$ ldd /usr/lib/firefox-3.0.3/firefox => (0x00007fff2bbfe000) => /lib/ (0x00007fd923780000) => /lib/ (0x00007fd92357c000) => /usr/lib/ (0x00007fd923271000) => /lib/ (0x00007fd922ff0000) => /lib/ (0x00007fd922de2000) => /lib/ (0x00007fd922a80000)
/lib64/ (0x00007fd92399c000)

So, you'd need 32-bit builds of pthread, libc, libgcc, libstdc++, etc., which implies pretty much a complete 32-bit runtime. I also suspect that GLib and Gtk+ should be in that list, which would further bloat the redundant set of libraries.

After a certain point, you should probably just run the browser inside a 32-bit virtual machine, hosted on a 64-bit OS, since you're already going to have to distribute about half a complete distro in runtime requirements.

Feed Techdirt: Do ISPs Ignore Security Researchers Who Point Out Zombied Machines? (

Over the last few years, we've all heard stories about how organized crime groups have taken to using botnets of "zombied" computers to run all sorts of scams and spam campaigns. ISPs have been somewhat slow to react. While they try to use fairly blunt instruments, like cutting off certain ports, many don't seem to have a very good process in place for tracking down and stopping customers whose machines have become unwitting members in a botnet. In fact, security researchers are growing frustrated that when they come across evidence of a hijacked computer, ISPs don't respond at all when told that a customer is causing trouble. There certainly are a few ISPs that are careful to help get rid of botnets, doing things like quarantining or cutting off certain users from their internet access until their machines are cleaned up, but most of the bigger ISPs don't appear to do very much at all. Of course, there is the other side of this story -- which is that when ISPs may be too proactive, it can often snag people whose machines aren't actually doing anything wrong. But, it certainly seems like completely ignoring reports with evidence of a botnet may be going to the opposite extreme.

Feed Engadget: Solar-powered plane breaks unmanned flight record (

Filed under: Transportation

According to a BBC report today, a UK defense firm called Qinetiq has developed and tested a lightweight, solar-powered plane which has just broken the world record for longest unmanned flight. The plane, known as the Zephyr, spent 54 hours in flight using only self-recharging solar power, thus breaking the 30-plus-hour flight of the previous record holder, the US Air Force's Global Hawk surveillance craft. Although the record has been smashed, the plane won't be eligible for entrance into the "official" record books due to a late announcement of the feat, though another 33-hour flight might make the cut. The plane -- which has a wingspan of 59-feet -- is controlled from the ground after a hand liftoff, and is capable of cruising at 58,000 feet. According to the designers, the Zephyr is, "Going to go a lot higher and a lot further," and added that, "You ain't seen nothing yet." Indeed, ICEMAN, indeed.

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