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Comment Re:Why do they keep doing this? (Score 5, Insightful) 150

Why is this still complex for people after 15+ years? Google's business is selling ads to an audience made captive by "free" email and search (I include Maps here) paid for by the privacy of that audience. The rest of what they do is wanking because they have more money than they know what to do with, the incremental info they get from most of these projects is nil. Google "strategy" these days is to make an inferior copy of other people's ideas, try to leverage their captive audience by strong-arming them and then failing anyway. People have been ripping on Apple lately, but Google is in exactly the same "no-innovation" spiral. They are ripe for disruption, it is only a matter of time.

Comment Re:Not implausible (Score 1) 102

>Maybe English is not your first language
>I'm not trying to knock you

Yes you are.

>is making a false claim

No. He made a statement that they stopped a particular class of attacks. You then incorrectly stated that the claim was that Google no longer suffered attacks (which is of course absurd) and proceeded to debunk THAT. So you are really arguing with yourself, which is kind of amusing but not very informative.

Comment Hindsight is 20/20 (Score 4, Insightful) 301

So, it's always great fun bashing "obvious" bugs, especially when they have such an impact, but let it be noted that thousands of implementers used openssl to build systems taking the package at face value despite these now "obvious" deficiencies in development process. If you were that concerned about security, they would have done what Google did, and audit the code. There are of course many practical reasons why people can't do that, but regardless, the blame arrow here points both ways.

Comment Re:works for me (Score 1) 366

I've been on Aurora on OS X for about 6 months, after having moved to Beta during the initial switchover to the quarterly release cadence. The initial cutover and probably the following six months were kind of rough, but I now am seeing the benefits of the change. The improvements to the memory management would have probably been a year more in coming under the old scheme. I've used Chrome at length, and it's a very fast browser, but for me on OS X the tab process model results in significantly higher memory usage. Ymmv as always.

What I find odd is people's vicious condemnations of a still largely volunteer project vs. a program (Chrome) by a huge corporation that is leveraging a near-monopoly in internet search advertising to produce it. Chrome *should* be wiping the floor with Firefox on any possible dimension. The fact that it's still even on the field with Chrome and in some cases not far behind in performance I find remarkable.

As for the original linked article on this thread: >Infoworld. I actually read it, and it's some guy's whiny rant that Firefox has a bug that broke his favorite embedded editor, thus Firefox's rapid release schedule sucks. Will he also write a blog post when the next Chrome update perhaps breaks TinyMCE? If he does, it will be just as pointless and stupid a post as this one was.

Comment Re:Programmer != Engineer, idiot. (Score 1) 422

One of the (few) things that I still am glad about in working in the software field is the absence of retards brandishing some kind of government-issued license and feeling this entitles them to some kind of respect. You're judged on your skills and knowledge *as demonstrated* in this business. If this offends you, you're definitely in the wrong place, since I'd bet 95% of the people on /. have no form of professional licensure.

Comment Re:AIG in 2008 was safer than U.S. Treasury in 201 (Score 1) 1239


Why anyone would listen to any of the ratings companies that whitewashed the mortgage debt disaster that got us into this mess is beyond me. It's astounding that they are even in business, and that people would pay them money to rate anything. There should be Federal indictments coming down for the executives of every one of these guys, not news stories on their "ratings" of the Federal debt.

Comment Re:more importantly... (Score 4, Interesting) 173

How about actually reading the article?

Kissmetrics has a single identifier that is used and tracked across all sites that use it for an identifiable visitor. It would be stupidly easy to aggregate this data and get a complete profile of a person, esp. considering the sites using it - what shows they watch, when they watch them, what music they listen to and when, combined with geolocation data, where they do these things, and for sites with subscriptions, they will have credit card information and home location and contact information. The researchers have no way of knowing if such information is sold between sites, but if there was no "tracking" application to it, why is the identifier not unique between sites?

Comment Re:"a simpler way to find applications"... (Score 3, Interesting) 370

It's really more than "a bit silly" it's Apple's move to make the computer a consumer device like the iPod. Apple's vision is that the non-mobile devices become, essentially, static iPhone/iPad with large screens and storage, with Apple getting its 30% cut of every revenue stream that transits the device.

However, I didn't sign up with Apple computers 25 years ago because it was "Computers for Dummies". Windows is the corporate computer, and Linux is and always will be for guys with lots of free time and a burning desire to swear like a sailor any time you need to attach hardware. Where have you gone, Computer for the Rest of Us??

Comment Re:Firefox dropped the ball (Score 1) 308

FF5 also uses twice the memory and more over time thanks to persistent memory leaks on OS X. Chrome is an even bigger memory hog but at least it's stable and also noticeably the fastest overall browsing experience on OS X. I left my laptop on FF 3.6 because it can't handle the memory consumption of FF4/4.1 and I find it amazing that Mozilla seems intent on *forcing* its userbase onto its new leaky and buggy platform...which is, in effect, forcing them onto Chrome. Mozilla has 1/10th the resources on this that Google does, and trying to go toe-to-toe with them on release speed will swiftly reduce Firefox to an unusable mess.

I do wonder why FF hasn't been forked yet, though...

Comment Re:Harsh terms vs. opaque language (Score 1) 374

You'll find the same situation at any others, because now that this clever strategem is well-publicized, every other self-respecting titan of finance is going to attach such a standard clause in any of their deals. Do you think anybody wants to be at a gallery opening in San Francisco with a bunch of Sand Hill guys and have to admit they let $70K slip into the pockets of some technical dork like Yee Lee? Did that guy even *go* to Stanford?

You see the issue.

Comment Re:Private options can be diluted on a whim (Score 1) 374

Yeah, unless you've got a founder's stake and good lawyers, equity participation in a new business is very probably a waste of time. Also, as noted, since a pure IPO is pretty rare these days, the days of big upside are now merely legends of the bubble. You are much better off getting an additional $10K in salary and then investing that in real companies if so inclined.

I negotiate salary and benefits and pretty much ignore any option offers unless they think I'm stupid enough to take them in lieu of additional cash compensation. I view options strictly as a lotto ticket, with about the same probability of winning but a much smaller payout. In fact, I probably should just negotiate a lotto ticket package instead of options next time...

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