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Comment Re:Ummmm ... (Score 1) 286

So, couldn't the Iranian government just use different IP addresses?

Maybe, but I imagine that the Iranian government might have some reservations about downloading and running this software anyway. At least until they figure out whether Stuxnet is built into their 'special' version of Chrome, or if it's an optional add-on.

Comment Re:Allow users to set user-agent/etc themselves (Score 5, Informative) 338

Google should just make an advanced configuration settings page, and let users set whatever user-agent/etc they want there.

As the linked article states, Google does allow users to set their user-agent. The video content sites are blocking on the Flash Version ID, and Adobe does not provide a mechanism for changing that.

Comment What a Bizarre Article (Score 1) 450

This article is entirely based on the experience of one 49-year-old Latina woman who is having difficulty finding work. The article concludes:

The experience of Ms. Mann and others like her suggests that the technology industry may not be the savior of the American job market

Look, Ms. Mann might be awesome at her job, or she might not be very good. Maybe her experience tells us something about her work history, or maybe it tells us something about the software industry creating unfair barriers to entry for middle-aged hispanic women.

But you have to be kind of a lazy journalist to say that Ms. Mann's story can be extrapolated to describe the state of the US software industry. The only other industry source cited in the article was a hiring manager who said he still has to fight like hell and humiliate himself to get the candidates he wants.

And here's the money quote that explains to us how all domestic software jobs have been offshored.

"The programming language “C++ is now an international language,” she said. “If that’s all you know, then you’re competing with people in India or China who will do the work for less.”

Uh, yes. I do see a lot of C++ work being offshored. A lot of COBOL and Fortran work as well. The author of this article doesn't seem to be aware that these are not exactly areas of growth in the software industry.


Mozilla Reveals Firefox 4 Plans 570

Barence writes "Mozilla has given a breakdown of its plans for Firefox 4. Perhaps the most striking change to Firefox 4 is the user interface, which takes a great deal of inspiration from Google Chrome. 'Something UI designers have known for a long time is that the simpler an interface looks, the faster it will seem,' said director of Firefox Mike Beltzner during the presentation. Also mooted was the ability to give applications such as Gmail and Twitter their own permanent tabs for easy access, and the introduction of a 'switch to tab' button, allowing power users running hundreds of tabs to quickly find the one they want. Beltzner said Mozilla was also looking at replicating Chrome's tactic of silently updating the browser in the background, removing the annoying wait when Firefox first loads up."

Extremists Warn South Park Creators Over Muhammad In a Bear Suit 1131

An anonymous reader writes "A radical Islamic website is warning the creators of South Park that they could face violent retribution for depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit during an episode broadcast on Comedy Central last week. posted the warning following the 200th episode of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's South Park."

Doctors Baffled, Intrigued By Girl Who Doesn't Age 599

phyrebyrd writes "Brooke Greenberg is the size of an infant, with the mental capacity of a toddler. She turned 16 in January. Brooke hasn't aged in the conventional sense. Dr. Richard Walker of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, in Tampa, says Brooke's body is not developing as a coordinated unit, but as independent parts that are out of sync. She has never been diagnosed with any known genetic syndrome or chromosomal abnormality that would help explain why. Brooke's hair and her nails are the only two things that grow, Howard said. 'She has pajamas and outfits that are 10 or 12 years old,' he said."

US House May Pass "Cap & Trade" Bill 874

jamie found this roundup on the status of the Waxman-Markey climate change bill, which is about to be voted on by the US House of Representatives. (The article notes that if the majority Democrats can't see the 218 votes needed for passage, they will probably put off the vote.) The AP has put together a FAQ that says, "[The bill, if passed,] fundamentally will change how we use, produce and consume energy, ending the country's love affair with big gas-guzzling cars and its insatiable appetite for cheap electricity. This bill will put smaller, more efficient cars on the road, swap smokestacks for windmills and solar panels, and transform the appliances you can buy for your home." The odds-makers are giving the bill a marginal chance of passing in the House, with tougher going expected in the Senate.

Blu-ray Adoption Soft, More Still Own HD DVD 685

MojoKid writes "A new study by Harris Interactive notes that currently, one in ten Americans (10%) own an HD DVD player, while just 7% own a Blu-ray player. Crazy, right? More Americans own HD DVD right now than the 'winning' format, Blu-ray. If you think about it, that statistic isn't that shocking. When HD DVD was around, it was far and away the 'budget' format for high-def. The players were cheaper, the films were cheaper. In other words, it was a format more ready to thrive in a down economy. Blu-ray was always viewed as a niche format for those absorbed in A/V, not the common man's format. The survey also found that on average, consumers purchased approximately six standard format DVDs in the last six months, compared with one in HD DVD format."

Submission + - PSone and PS2 games look awful on the PS3

Sad at Sony writes: Sony's slipped up once again. The PS3 games console seems to be having a really hard time dealing with PSone and PS2 games.
It seems that there is a serious issue with the way the new PS3 handles PSone and PS2 games. The 480i games are outputted at a lower resolution. To make matters worse, the output is jagged and contains a number of distracting screen artifacts.
This issue apparently has nothing to do with the TV used, cables or resolution settings ... it's just down to the console. Hopefully this can be fixed by a firmware update, but you would have thought an issue of this kind would have been picked up on by Sony some time ago.

Did Sony actually do any serious testing of the PS3 or did they just push it out of the door in a rush to satisfy shareholders?

Submission + - Sony 'Fesses Up to Viral Marketing

An anonymous reader writes: After a wave of articles revealing Sony's YouTube-based viral marketing scheme, Sony has removed all videos and posted a confession on the "blog".

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