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Comment This story is garbage (Score 1, Insightful) 109

The accusation was that the app had "full access" to google account data. Hence Slashdot's previous headline, PSA: Pokemon Go Has Full Access To Your Google Account Data

This previous story was accurate and true, because by the developers own admission,

"[Pokemon Go] erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account"

They are fixing it, and kudos for fixing it, and they've confirmed with Google that they didn't access any additional information, but they still fucked up and have admitted they fucked up.

Perhaps people should be more careful about the accusations they make.

Go to hell

Comment Re: Could have been a contender (Score 5, Interesting) 211

In 1995, a kid in my dorm showed me this new OS called Be. Running on a PowerMac 603 with a single cpu and 16mb of ram, he showed me how Be could play 6 video files simultaneously. Mapped to 6 faces of a cube. And you could spin the cube around via the mouse while all 6 videos were playing. Never any input lag, or dropped frames. It was a thing of beauty.

Comment This demands legal action (Score 1) 564

Microsoft have been wantonly abusing their customers with these non-consentual updates to Windows 10. This should not stand. There needs to be strong legal action against this sort of thing. Let's start by calling it what it is: #WindowsUpdateRape.

I didn't consent to the upgrade, I repeatedly said no, Microsoft repeatedly re-pushed the same upgrader and nagware to my machine. The best way to describe this behavior is "update rape".

Comment Re:The list of prefixed properties (Score 4, Insightful) 132

Long story short, WebKit did things exactly as they were supposed to. They implemented a proposed standard, prefixed it as they were supposed to, and then implemented the standard version later while maintaining support for the prefixed version. Really, the only ones who aren't following best practices are the developers too lazy to update their code to work with the current standards, but if we're going to blame WebKit for being too quick to support proposals, then we may as well blame the other rendering engines for being so slow that the lazy devs couldn't use their prefixed versions. Two sides of the same coin. It's no surprise that one side blames the other.

I think browser developers could all have gone a little bit further and not enabled their proprietary CSS prefixes in production releases by default. Maybe push those into a "developers only" mode, or an extension, but keep it out of production.

The prefixed CSS rules were supposed to be for not-yet finalized pre-standards versions of stuff the W3C hadn't yet finalized, to give web developers a chance to play with them, test them, and provide feedback so that when W3C finalized their recommendation, they were well tested in the real world and good.

By making them available to everyone early, it incentivized web developers who wanted their websites to look "cutting edge" to make use of the unofficial properties before they were ready. Also, the slowness with which W3C has historically acted to finalize their recommendations exacerbates this incentive. If a web developer waits for the W3C to finalize and only uses W3C recommendations, they're left hoplelessly behind the state of the art.

From that point, it was only a matter of time before a dominant browser emerged with its proprietary prefixes became de facto standards adopted by web developers before W3C was ready to finalize their own version of them. What else could they do?

So, blame W3C for not being faster, but mainly blame browser developers for tacitly allowing and encouraging developers to make use of the experimental CSS properties ahead of itme for production sites.

Comment Further Reading (Score 5, Insightful) 161

I was an amateur boxer for a few years with no notable accomplishments. One thing I did notice was that supplement companies are COMPLETELY FULL OF SHIT. There is a particularly eye-opening documentary about steroids called "Bigger, Stronger, Faster" where the director creates his own supplement using unknown ingredients and gives it an obscene markup, and they don't even have to list their ingredients.

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