* Posts by Tom Maddox

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Firefox 4 debuts: The last kitchen sink release

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NoScript

Install the NoScript plugin--it really does make Web browsing faster, and you can easily enable/disable it for specific sites and sessions, plus it gives you added protection from malware-infested sites.

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SpectraLogic adds tape 'validation' to fight silent decay peril

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One small problem

As mentioned in the article, tape is now primarily an *archival* medium, which means that the tapes are usually stored offsite. The only way to validate the tapes therefore is to periodically recall them and run them through the tape library for analysis. Sounds fun!

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Microsoft+IE9: Holier than Apple open web convert?

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I'm with stupid

Do you just keep that post in a document editor ready to auto-post whenever IE is mentioned? I think most human beings would consider an operating system *without* a browser to be worthless, so it would be profoundly stupid of Microsoft to ship Windows that way. They could include someone else's browser; for example, I hear there's a crappy Firefox knockoff that comes out of Norway (sorry, that was gratuitous, but I just couldn't help myself), but that leads to other issues of bundling and favoritism, and of course, there's the issue of the browser code being outside of Microsoft's control.

It is not illegal to bundle the browser with the OS, otherwise Apple and Ubuntu would also be in dire straits. Commingling the code is not illegal either; the developer of an OS can do whatever they want with the code. What *is* illegal is using that technology combined with monopoly power to squeeze out competition. At this point, there is sufficient competition in the browser space that arguing that Microsoft has a *browser* monopoly would be difficult. In any case, you can 1) remove IE and 2) install any other browser, which was not the case when the original anti-trust case went to trial.

I feel like I should address the "directly harm" bit as well, but I'm struggling to come up with an argument that doesn't involve insulting you. Suffice to say that you have not demonstrated harm in your post.

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NASA aims for space tests of Mars-in-a-month plasma drive

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Presumably . . .

You decelerate the way a regular rocket would: turn the ship around and thrust in the opposite direction. You just would have to do it for a longer period. Rocket scientists, being rocket scientists, will hopefully have thought of the whole "needing to stop" issue and planned appropriately.

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EMC blows benchmark away - again

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I spotted the EMC employee!

What do I win?

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Chrome 10: Google whips out its Crankshaft

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Because . . .

. . . you didn't provide enough context in your post to diagnose the issue? No, wait, that's what's wrong with your post, not Chrome.

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Rogue AV pimps finally show love for alternative browsers

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I await . . .

. . . the Opera users who, failing to understand the methodology behind this approach, erroneously attribute Opera's absence from the list to be a sign of its superiority rather than its obscurity.

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Amazon confirms the terms of its declaration of war on Netflix

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Pedantry fail!

Even in the US, there are no fewer than 51 capitols--let's see if you can guess what they are!

Hand grenade icon as the modern equivalent of the petard by which you have been hoisted.

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Android phone to replace shop till

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That's crazy talk

Imagine the logistical challenge of trying to keep track of countless tiny pieces of paper or metal. Why, you'd have to have an entire industry of people devoted to the task, and just imagine the shenanigans *they* could get up to if they decided to manipulate the system!

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Putting it mildly

"There are also significant security considerations, which aren't addressed by the company's demonstration."

Ya think? How can NFC be secured against skimming in, for example, a crowded subway car? They can have my physical wallet when they pull it off my cold, dead--uh, never mind.

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Antennagate Redux: Consumer Reports condemns Verizon iPhone 4

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Not entirely

It would also have to be monochromatic and be called an iTurd.

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Doctors warn on patient data

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Juniper flat-packs data centre networking

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960MBit/s of switching capacity

Unless I'm missing something, I really hope that's 960 GBit/s, otherwise I'll stick with a Linksys four-port gigabit switch, thank you.

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Chemists create current-bearing plastic

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Interesting

The picture in the article implies that this technology is already being used in Apple products.

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FOSS maven says $29 'Freedom Box' will kill Facebook

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Ha

Like I'd trust the French with my data . . .

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AdBlock Plus: Open source for fun (not funds)

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I wondered how long

it would take before an Opera fanboy revealed that he *still* doesn't understand AdBlock+.

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Google Chrome extension bars domains from search results

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Lighten up, Francis

Or perhaps, gosh, I don't know, it was a joke? Unfortunately, even HTML 5 doesn't provide the <joke> tag, so parsing non-literal semantic content is left to that thing between your ears, which you apparently use for cold storage.

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Google brings 2-factor authentication to Gmail

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Good point!

However, I hear that you can prevent Google from getting that information if you just wrap your phone in tin foil. Or maybe it's your head. I can never remember, so I guess you better do both!

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'Race against time' to find LOST TREES from the MOON

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Easy enough

He just opened the capsule window and stuck his hand out with the seeds in them.

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Superphone system-CRACKING cable of DOOM ... is quite handy

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Okay, you win

I've worked with some paranoid security guys, but that's taking it to extremes. OTOH, that's kind of the nature of academia, so it makes sense.

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HA HA!

This is why I superglue shut the USB ports on all my computers and still only use PS/2 connectors for keyboards and mice!

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Converged stacks will retard storage innovation

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Not so hard

As long as the storage appliance can be configured to receive the traffic coming out of the enclosure, the appliance can sit logically in-line between the storage enclosure and the storage and provide whatever feature set is required. The only way this would not be possible would be if the storage actually sits inside the blade enclosure.

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Facebook moves into Sun Microsystems carcass

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Yep

To say nothing of the risk of making it through East Palo Alto in one piece.

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First fondleslab found in 1970s kids TV sci-fi gem

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True

For example, no science fiction show has ever predicted the dreadful inability of forum commentards to detect irony!

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Superphones: A security nightmare waiting to happen

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You're Doing It Wrong (TM)

"You’ll likely be reinstalling your PC at least once a year."

For my part, I only reinstalled XP on my six-year-old laptop because the drive needed a reformat due to hardware degradation, and my company's help desk only does so as an absolute last resort. XP can certainly benefit from the occasional reinstall, but there are plenty of tools to freshen an install without a complete wipe, and Windows 7 is significantly improved in the area of "creeping Windowsitis."

The issue of the personal smartphone/tablet is a tougher one to tackle, but I find a decent sledgehammer to go a long way in that direction. A good three-pounder only needs one hit, two if your arms are exceptionally flaccid.

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ROBOT COP scatters LIVE GRENADES in San Francisco STREET

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Sure

You go first.

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Open source to bust up Cisco Borg collective?

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Hmm, if only there were a way to look that up

http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=chutzpah

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Official: PhD in 'Essential Oils' or 'Natural Toiletries' = 'a Scientist'

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Oh dear

I trust you'll be cancelling your subscription, then?

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World shrugs as IPv4 addresses finally exhausted

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NOOOOOO!!!

It's the Apocalypse! THE APOCALYPSE!

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Marry Microsoft, analyst tells Nokia

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Not a valid point

If Germany were an opinion leader, we'll all be listening to David Hasselhoff and eating sauerkraut.

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Apple clips publishers' wings

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True

The correct descriptor is "fanbois."

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Google algorithm change squashes code geek 'webspam'

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Alternately

They could just send a brute squad around to so-called SEOs and whack them in vital bits until they agree to stop.

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Hubble squints at most distant galaxy

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A valid point

All purely theoretical, but the ramifications are fascinating.

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Let me refer you . . .

. . . to the notion that nothing travels faster than light. The light will always get to us eventually.

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NYT casts Assange as 'arrogant' (with a little 'Peter Pan')

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Okay, then

All right, Skippy, let's hear what *you* consider one of the best traditions of the USA. I await the sound of crickets from your direction.

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Backup: It really should be easy

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Exactly

"if there is ever a problem and the truth is, 9 times out of 10, it will work." It's that 10th time that you want bulletproof data protection, and the discerning IT practitioner will want to ensure that the methodology is well-known and tested, which is hard to do when the data is "in the cloud."

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Matrix 4 and 5 in works, threatens Keanu

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And, best of all

No Keanu.

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US Navy puts stops on server spending

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And that's what they're doing

If you're not implementing virtualization, you're probably doing something wrong.

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Mozilla slings out 9th beta for Firefox 4

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Tempted to upvote

You know, because Chrome trolling is so much more inventive than Opera trolling. On balance, though, the thumb says it all.

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Microsoft sends Windows 7 SP1 to OEMs

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¿Qué?

I think you mean "cue."

</pedant>

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Mozilla plots February Firefox 4 release

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For sufficiently broad definitions ...

... of all those terms.

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Facebook revenues 'hit $1.2 billion in nine months'

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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And *that* . . .

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

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Seagate DeLorean: World's priciest hard drive?

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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

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ORLY?

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

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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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