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Comment Re:It's not just like chrome... (Score 1) 411

> Will Firefox now become a new attack vector for exploits?

That's a really good question.

From what I understood from the planning wiki, the MozillaMaintennce Service will only install binaries digitally signed with Mozilla's private key. You can't install arbitrary EXEs with this, so I'd say the risk of becoming a vector is small.

Of course, the service can perform privileged actions *and* be invoked by a non-privileged user, so a buffer-overflow type bug in the service could well be exploitable, so I'm hoping Mozilla have audited this thoroughly.

Comment Re:No reason to celebrate now. (Score 2) 335

I agree. At the time of release, IE6 was probably the best browser out there. Netscape 6, based Mozilla 0.6, was released around the same time and was pretty slow and ugly. The problem with IE6 wasn't initially standards support (it supported XMLHttpRequest and a fair bit of dynamic HTML, including .eot embedded fonts), it was Microsoft's utterly contemptuous attitude towards users' safety on the web. Popups, drive-by downloads, rogue ActiveX controls, no adblock unless you used a filtering proxy like Proxomitron -- all of these combined to make web browsing a pretty hellish experience. Which is why, I suspected, a lot of people switched to Phoenix as soon as it was usable in late 2002 -- mainly for the popup blocking and the lack of drive-by downloads. The tabbed browsing was just a bonus.

Joel Spolsky said it best:

Microsoft took over the browser market fair and square by making a better product, but they were so afraid that Web-based applications would eliminate the need for Windows that they locked the IE team in a dark dungeon and they haven't allowed improvements to IE for several years now. Now Firefox is the better product and there's a glimmer of hope that one day DHTML will actually improve to the point where web-based applications are just as good as Windows-based applications


Submission + - Windows 8 to reduce memory footprint (msdn.com)

bheer writes: "Microsoft's Windows 8 blog has a good post about the work being done to reduce Windows 8's memory footprint. The OS will use multiple approaches to do this, including combining RAM pages, re-architecting old bits of code and adding new APIs for more granular memory management. Interestingly, it will also let services start on a trigger and stop when needed instead of running all the time."

Comment Here's to the crazy ones. (Score 5, Insightful) 1613

The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that's never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. --George Bernard Shaw


Goodbye Steve, and thanks for everything. Even the stuff I hated.


Submission + - Apple handcuffs web apps on iPhone home screen (theregister.co.uk)

SF Polack writes: "On Apple's iOS 4.3, HTML5 and JavaScript apps are running significantly slower when they're run from the iPhone or iPad home screen rather than Safari, and the OS is hindering the performance of these apps in other ways. The end result is that it that harder for web apps to compete with native iOS app sold through the App Store, where Apple takes a 30 per cent of sales."

Submission + - PepsiCo Unveils Bottle Made From Food Waste. 1

tetrahedrassface writes: PepsiCo has unveiled a new bottle that ups the ante in unfolding "Container War Saga". This new bottle is made of food scraps and waste material from Pepsi's diverse food manufacturing facilities. This new plastic from Pepsi is in response to Coca Cola's "Plant Bottle", with a couple of provisos, and quid pro quos. First this new plastic is entirely made of food waste, and second it hasn't been commercialized yet. Don't let that deter you however. In a few short years all of our High Fructose Corn Syrup infused libations will be available in this mind soothing and reassuring non oil based plastic. PepsiCo says the bottles are made of switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and other materials. They also plan to use orange peels, oat hulls, potato scraps and other leftovers. Yum!

Submission + - Apple Throttling Performance Of Web Apps In iOS (digitizor.com) 1

dkd903 writes: "According to developers and various tests , there is a very serious performance difference when web apps are launched from the iPhone home screen and when they are launched from the mobile Safari browser. When the web apps are launched from the home screen, the speed of the JavaScript execution is said to be about 2.5 times slower than when the same app is launched from Safari."

Submission + - Ancient Britons Used Skulls as Cups (sciencemag.org) 1

sciencehabit writes: A team analyzing bones from a cave in southern England has found what it claims to be the earliest evidence of people using human skulls as cups, dating the practice back to the ice age nearly 15,000 years ago. It's unclear what the function of these cups were, but the team suspects they may have been used to serve the brains of enemies.

Comment Re:Themes (Score 3, Interesting) 143

I don't understand; how does theming your window manager help against this? I'm assuming the malware bit is *inside* the Google Chrome window, so even if you themed your windows with say a Pikachu theme, the *insides* of the Chrome window would still contain the rogue site, imitating Chrome's red and white-colored malware block UI.

The only way out of this is if crucial error pages are protected with some sort of "sign-in seal", like Yahoo uses for its login screens.


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