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Facebook revenues 'hit $1.2 billion in nine months'

Tom Maddox
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Noooot quite ...

Excellent analysis, except for your final point and final sentence: "Anyone who buys in at this price has to be a teensy bit dumb."

All investors have to believe is that they will, at some point, be able to sell their Facebook equity for a greater amount, which means that they need to find someone dumber than them, which will probably be fertile ground once Facebook goes public. This principle is called the Greater Fool theory and is basically the foundation of modern investment. Extrapolating that principle to an understanding of the boom-and-bust cycle of the stock market is trivial and left as an exercise for the reader.

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Ptable: It’s all about the interface

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Works for me

Text everywhere--well yes, it's a periodic table, in contains text.

Buttons everywhere--your inability to distinguish between a button and dropdown menu has been noted. The dropdown determines what happens when you click on an element.

Resize--I resized my browser window, and the table resized itself.

This does reveal the essential issue that usability, like art, is subjective, however. I think the UI is nifty, if slightly cluttered. I wouldn't want all this stuff jammed together for, say, a vital infrastructure application, but it's a great proof of concept, IMHO.

In re the article itself, where did you find these guys? The Web is a glorified phonebook? People have been presenting complex data via the Web since the late '90s. Morans.

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Catfish: A fanfare for Facebook fakery

Tom Maddox
Joke

What I've been telling you

See, now this is why I don't use the Internet!

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Microsoft unveils 'do not track' option for IE9

Tom Maddox
Badgers

Optimism defined

"They should serve as a catalyst for continued thoughtful discussion and debate about how best to achieve that balance . . ."

Yeah, that seems likely.

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I was timeboxed in a holistic scrum

Tom Maddox
IT Angle

Case in point

"However, Scrum as a reaction to top-down, rigid waterfall methodology should be seen as nothing short of a developer revolution. Done right, it puts a lot of power in developer hands and really lays bare the pain points (like overoptimistic and overbearing managers deciding on what's possible to do in what time frame)."

Bingo, sir.

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Wikileaks: Berlusconi useless, Pope Catholic

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

And *that* . . .

. . . is how you troll, ladies and gentlemen.

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Seagate DeLorean: World's priciest hard drive?

Tom Maddox
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Here's a question . . .

Will it work with Apple's Time Machine?

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Opera 11 goes beta with extensions, stacked tabs

Tom Maddox
FAIL

ORLY?

What other browser did I mention? I specifically made mention of the behavior of *people*, not technology.

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Tom Maddox
Grenade

It's not hypocritical

No fanboys of other browsers have yet (as of the time of this posting) wandered into this thread and proclaimed their choice of browser to be far superior, as Opera fanboys are prone to do in threads regarding other browsers.

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Tom Maddox
Troll

I was interested . . .

. . . but then I envisioned the onrushing torrent of viscous Opera fanboy love-spatter sure to engulf this comment section, and I suddenly became nauseated.

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US census takers fight angry Americans for their data

Tom Maddox
Grenade

ARRRRGGHHHH

I just want to highlight that, as an American, I do not approve of nor support this "Doug Glass" (undoubtedly not his real name so as to remain "off the grid" despite the fact that he's posting on the Internet, which was developed by the US Government) in his paranoid idiocy. I had heard all the right-wing rants about how invasive the census was, and then I got my form (somehow, for the first time ever--not sure what happened in previous years), and I was shocked . . . by how utterly innocuous the questions were. You would have to be an absolute loon to consider them invasive.

So, Doug, please STFU. You're making the rest of us look bad.

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Microsoft earnings up over 50%

Tom Maddox
Joke

But wait . . .

All the Reg comment threads I've read tell me that Microsoft is dying and irrelevant! Clearly, this is some sort of hoax!

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Top 10 Kindle books outsell dead-tree versions 2-1

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Probably not

My understanding is that the "yoof of today" are a bunch of illiterate thugs who would have no interest in reading anything longer than a Twitter post or text message and that the only way they would have a Kindle is if they'd beaten it out of some yuppie.

On a more serious note, the people I most often see using Kindles are, in fact, professionals of the white-collar class. Granted, that's during my morning commute, so it makes sense. Nonetheless, I haven't seen any "kindle-kiddies," more "Kindle adults." Sorry to puncture your stereotype.

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Ubuntu demotes Gnome for Unity netbook look

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Good

Canonical has finally made Linux usable on the desktop, largely by giving it an attractive, intuitive interface and simplifying many common user tasks such as installation. If the developers push the envelope on the UI, so much the better. Still, I look forward to the onslaught of butthurt penguinistas demanding that Canonical allow the development of the Ubuntu interface to stagnate and instead be subject to the inadequacies of GNOME.

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Apple threatens Java with death on the Mac

Tom Maddox
Jobs Halo

For once, I agree with Apple

Please start with killing Java post-haste. I wince whenever I see the JVM fire up on any system because I know I'm about to be presented with some fugly, godawful half-assed POS that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Java has never lived up to its promises, and it remains an albatross around the neck of end-user experience. Kill it, so that something good and worthwhile can rise up and take its place!

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US college girls: Fatter roomie helps control 1st-year plumpening

Tom Maddox
Stop

Interesting

The title bar of my browser tab says "Sci/Tech News for the World." This is about biology, hence science. Go rock yourself to sleep, now.

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Oracle on Unix biz: We can rebuild it

Tom Maddox
Stop

Sigh

Fortunately, the kernel is the only thing that ever requires patching, right? RIGHT?

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Die-hard bug bytes Linux kernel for second time

Tom Maddox
Joke

Sort of

That's really more of a *headdesk*.

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Email worm wants to party like it's 1999 (almost)

Tom Maddox
Flame

Hah

I run Notes 8.5.1, and it's a pile of poo. I don't care if it doesn't get hit by viruses, it doesn't do the job. Your immediate accusation of "fanboy" is way off the mark. I do like Outlook, FWIW, but I despise Notes for reasons that have nothing to do with a particular penchant for Microsoft software, rather to do with a craptacular UI, unreliability, slowness, and numerous "WTF?" moments in a given day. I have never used a piece of software that caused me such pure rage, and it's exacerbated by the fact that Notes fanboys such as yourself cannot fathom that anyone might not love their precious pile of flaming feces. In point of fact, I know that I cannot possibly reason with you or convince you that my perspective has any merit, because I have tried and tried to do so with Notes aficionados in the past, and two things are always clear: they are absolutely convinced their chosen product is the best in the world, and they have never really used any competing product, so they're not aware that the rest of the world has moved on in terms of usability, functionality, and aesthetics.

In short, there's one area where Outlook could use a minor improvement, which is security, and there are numerous areas where Notes could use major improvement. But go ahead and flame away . . . fanboy.

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Tom Maddox
Stop

Scrotes

Notes would protect you by crashing or refusing to run at all.

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Fennec squeezes into Android users' pockets

Tom Maddox
Stop

In before the Opera fanboys

Blah blah blah Opera did it first etc.

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RIM proposes crypto forum to dodge India BlackBerry ban

Tom Maddox
Thumb Down

Misses the point

The thing about using a Blackberry is that encryption is *easy*, which is not the case with most encryption solutions. As someone who runs your own IMAP server, you've already identified yourself as outside the run of normal users; that option is either not available or not appealing to most people. Maybe they *should* care enough to do so, but they won't.

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Citrix takes bare-metal hypervisor to PCs

Tom Maddox
FAIL

You don't get it

I'll assume you haven't really used virtualization, since you entirely miss the point of it.

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Tom Maddox
Dead Vulture

View

View has supported offline desktops since version 3, so I'm not sure why the article claims that this is a "new" feature in 4.5. In any case, where VMware needs to focus their efforts with View is in making the damn thing stable and reliable. It has enough features; they just need to work reliably!

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Firefox 4 beta gets Sync and Tab Candy Tab Panorama

Tom Maddox
Joke

B-b-but . . . Opera!

Opera is perfect in every way! It's better than perfect! It's amazing! It does everything you could possibly want it to do, even if you haven't thought of it yet! If it "arbitrarily" deletes your bookmarks, that's just because the Opera developers have implemented the "delete useless bookmarks" feature which automagically purges your preferences of all the stuff you don't need. Your problem is that you didn't realize you didn't need it. And aren't you happier now that you've been released from the excess baggage of your past?

Opera is the best!

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Tom Maddox
Stop

Whoa

This just in, some people use technology in a different fashion than you. I realize that means they're inferior human beings probably deserving of being made into Soylent Green, but it is true, nonetheless.

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Google knits 11 patches into Chrome browser

Tom Maddox
Coat

Blah blah blah Opera

Something something "no bugs or security holes ever" something something "totally awesome browser" yadda yadda "Opera" etc.

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Opera: Firefox tab sets? We've had 'em for years

Tom Maddox
Unhappy

I don't hate Opera . . .

. . . it just doesn't have the features that I want/need.

My issue with the Opera fanbois is that, when I explain the features that I enjoy in Firefox, they smugly say "Opera has those!" and fail to understand that Opera either *doesn't* have them or doesn't implement them as well. As a result, my apathy towards Opera turns into a hatred for Opera by association with its "advocates."

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Mozilla man: Firefox 4 will leapfrog JavaScript rivals

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Ahem

Yes, the Web has lots of Javascript, and *some* of it is actually useful, although useful to whom is a question worth pausing to consider. When it seems like I'm not getting functionality out of a site, I enable Javascript. Let's consider The Register for a moment, however. Here, I have scripting enabled for "theregister.co.uk" and disabled for googleadservices.com, google-analytics.com and quantserve.com. As a result, The Register loads much more quickly than it would normally, I see fewer ads, and less of my personal information gets piped to advertisers, while still being able to take advantage of the "useful" Javascript functionality like that which enables posting to this forum.

In any case, Captain Butthurt, my primary point was that Javascript slows down Web browsing, a point you didn't even bother to address. If you would care to come anywhere near relevance, let me know.

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Tom Maddox
Stop

Still no

Nope, it doesn't have NoScript or ABP. I'm getting tired of posting this reply to ignorant Opera users, but, even though I'm 90% certain you're trolling (the giveaway was the "looks better"), but I feel like it needs to be driven home that the functionality you think is NoScript is not NoScript.

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Tom Maddox
WTF?

WTF?

Okay, I must know: why the downvotes? Opera or Chrome fanatics with their panties in a bunch, or Javascript coders getting all cranky?

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Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

Works fine

I'm running Firefox 4 beta 3, and it works fine with NoScript.

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Tom Maddox
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Javascript

Want your browser to run faster? Disable Javascript (or run NoScript). With NoScript enabled by default, most sites load noticeably more quickly in Firefox than in Chrome or Opera (IE is actually pretty quick, too, but I don't generally use it). Without NoScript, it depends which sites I visit; sometimes Chrome wins, sometimes Firefox does.

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Shopping mall mulls Supreme Court bid to back no-speaking ban

Tom Maddox
FAIL

FYI

Westfield is not the government, it's a corporation. When you figure out the difference, your perspective will be considered. If you read the article (a challenging task, I know, since your Marmite-stained fingers could hardly restrain themselves from assaulting the keyboard), you'll note that the local *government* did not press charges and let the would-be proselytizer go.

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Google spins out happy-clappy autofill Chrome 6 beta

Tom Maddox
Stop

Ooh, I know

It supports AdBlock, for one. Also, it doesn't come with a small but voluble cadre of annoying fanboys.

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Plane crash kills 'series of tubes' Senator Ted Stevens

Tom Maddox

No . . .

. . . but I am related to him.

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In before the cretins

I may not approve of ex-Senator Stevens' politics, but neither will I celebrate his possible demise. In a world with millions of power-grabbing, self-serving politicians, he was just one more, and I'm sure even he had people who cared about him and who will mourn his passing. On their behalf and on that of the relatives of the others killed in the crash, I extend my condolences.

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Google, Verizon offer net neutrality proposal

Tom Maddox
Stop

Ahem

"As is true with everything these days in the good ol' US of A, it all comes down to politics"

You could just take out all the words between "everything" and the subordinate clause and be just as accurate or possibly substitute it with "with humans." Seriously, find me anything in the world that matters at all that does *not* come down to politics. Even in supposedly pure practices such as math and science, politics still rears its ugly head; why should this be a surprise when dealing with the Internet, which affects billions of people?

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Apple iPhone app patent claim 'doesn't feel right'

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Aaaand . . .

. . . this sort of douchebaggery is why I quit reading /. so many years ago. You know it's bad when Reg commentards set a higher standard for civility.

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Private browsing modes in four biggest browsers often fail

Tom Maddox
Troll

Not even tested

But only because no one cares about Opera.

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iPad alert: Are you a selfish elite or an independent geek?

Tom Maddox
Paris Hilton

Sure

Made entirely of synthetics and appealing to the mass market?

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Tom Maddox
Flame

I'm not a fan of iProducts

. . . but the original poster in this thread came off as a colossally arrogant douchebag and deserved to be put down.

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Judas Phone: more Photoshop tomfoolery

Tom Maddox
Coat

Wrong

It's "their stupid." Get your flaming right, n00b.

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Apple, Google, NASA, and the Rainbow connection

Tom Maddox
Megaphone

Soooooo . . .

You object to smart people getting together and sharing ideas? No one reading your blog, I take it?

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Dell sandboxes Firefox to boost corporate security

Tom Maddox
Joke

That's nothing

I actually encase my entire computer in lead and manipulate the keyboard with mechanical waldoes. When I'm done, the container is ejected from the case into a thermite-driven furnace and incinerated down the last toxic molecule. That's what I call safe!

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Firefox engine outraces self after Jäger shot

Tom Maddox
Stop

Um, no

Unless this is a very new feature set, Opera doesn't incorporate AdBlock+ or NoScript. You can add AdBlock+-like functionality (albeit inferior to ABP), but NoScript pseudo-functionality required an add-on, last I checked, which was also inferior to NoScript on Firefox.

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Gay teen mag closure sparks privacy fears

Tom Maddox
Joke

Non-issue

This is a non-issue. If the gay teens in question didn't want their personal information exposed, they should never have made it available to a third party, especially one on the Internet. At least, that's the argument I always hear in the the discussions about Facebook violating users' privacy, so I don't see why it shouldn't hold up here.

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eBay whacked with giant patent suit

Tom Maddox
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And furthermore . . .

Having reread the article, it sounds like XPRT is claiming that eBay got a look at XPRT's technology and then went ahead and both used and patented it themselves without licensing it, which sounds pretty damn close to theft in the vernacular sense.

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Tom Maddox
FAIL

Commentards need to learn to read

The Reg is reporting that XPRT claims that eBay stole its technologies. If XPRT is *not* claiming that, then you might have a point, but it sounds like they are, so you don't.

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Tom Maddox
Alert

Welcome to The Register!

You must be new here, so I'll just let you know that if you get your panties in a twist over such a little thing, you'll surely be offended much more by, for example, their coverage of all things Apple. I look forward to your future expressions of offense.

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