* Posts by CanadianMacFan

35 posts • joined 21 Oct 2010

Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

CanadianMacFan

Methodology

Looks like each site was only tested once. Seven measurements for 30 seconds after the page was loaded but I could only find that the page was loaded one time. So it's entirely possible a background task like indexing for the spotlight search or an hourly task impacted the result for the NYT and made it look like it was the coding. Loading the test five or ten times for a reloaded page (ideally restarting the browser and loading the page fresh from a blank page) would smooth out those events. I'm not saying that it isn't the NYT but with a single data point it is hard to make assumptions.

While there was a good effort to try and stop other processes from running in the background, such as turning off Time Machine, there are many behind the scene tasks and jobs that can't be turned off and can impact with the results.

It might have been better to start the Mac in "safe" mode where a lot of these extensions aren't started. Then create a new profile in Firefox with no extensions and have it start up with a blank page. For each page to test start the browser, go to the page, wait until it loads, run the measurements, and quit the browser. Repeat the test until you get your five or 10 samples. Move onto the next page to test in the same manner.

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

CanadianMacFan

Mac OS X

Apple tried this in 2011 with Lion and they stopped it fairly quick. But then they were charging a large premium for buying it on a USB stick. Now it's all downloads through the store.

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Drop-stitch: Microsoft's 3D Photosynth app sinks into oblivion

CanadianMacFan

Re: "Trust us"

I thought it was because they couldn't use your photos without paying you when you didn't have to upload them to their servers.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

CanadianMacFan

This stupidity is probably the only way they are going to get attention. If they weren't being held in Canada they wouldn't be getting nearly the amount of coverage. Normally it's "There's a Pan Am Games?"

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CanadianMacFan

Re: Perhaps

Well they are hoping to use this to show that they could run the Olympics so maybe they are showing just what a good job they could do. Certain segments of Toronto feel the need to constantly seek attention by trying to bring highly visible attractions to the city, usually at great cost to the taxpayer, such as the Olympics and an NFL team. Unfortunately they usually happen to be in power and the money gets wasted where it could be better spent on improving the quality of life of the residents.

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How many top-level domains are there now? 300? 500? No, it's 1,000

CanadianMacFan

Found out about one today

The company that I registered a domain with sent me an ad today about .co becoming available for people who in too much of a rush to type a long name.

WTF?!? A complete money grab going after the .com addresses. They are ruining the internet.

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Mastercard facial recog-ware will unlock your money using SELFIES

CanadianMacFan

New MasterCard ads

(Don't know if they ran the ads in the UK but they had a series of them in Canada .)

Paying for an over-priced Starbucks coffee... $3.75

Getting the cute barista's phone number with extravagant tip... $5

Looking like a twat while taking a selfie to pay for it all... priceless.

There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s MasterCard.

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Australian government demands signoff on telco network designs

CanadianMacFan

Re: "Notify security agencies of any changes…"

I was thinking the same thing. I'd flood them with change notifications for every little thing I could think of. And if I had to patch 100 switches then I'd make sure that 100 separate notifications would be sent in instead of one saying that all of the switches were patched. It wouldn't be hard to script something. I'm sure the admins would be properly motivated to create one.

I do the same type of thing when I go into a couple of stores that insist on checking backpacks when you leave. I don't go often because of their policy but sometimes I have to. They just like to do a quick glance because all of their merchandise has the magnetic stickers that set off the alarms. But I force them to look everywhere, hold everyone up, and usually in a loud voice say things like "oh that half used pack of cough drops that have obviously been in there for months, do you think I stole those? No, you are going to check everything. You've accused me of stealing from you and I'm going to prove I'm innocent."

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CanadianMacFan

If Harper gets in again (shudder) then we'll probably see something like this here in Canada next.

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Gates: Renewable energy can't do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

CanadianMacFan

Status quo on fossil fuels

So we're supposed to pack up the renewable energy sources while waiting for some magical innovation that will come decades from now because any type of incentive from the government for them is bad business. Yet during this time we're supposed to keep on burning fossil fuels, which even if you don't think cause global warming spew out a host of other pollutants and cause other problems during extraction, as if nothing was wrong.

Gates isn't an expert about the environment so I won't pay much attention to him. If I want to learn how to create an illegal monopoly then I'll give him a call.

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Re: Current Renewables are a Band-Aid

Scotland just announced that in 2014 they got 50% of their electricity from renewable sources. That's some band-aid! I do agree that we should be updating building codes periodically to reflect new technologies.

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Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

CanadianMacFan

Re: Force connection?

If you have "Ask to Join Networks" turned off then it will automatically join known networks, those it has joined before. Otherwise you will have to manually select a network. That's right from the settings page.

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

CanadianMacFan

They should hire that design team again

But only to do the company sales because the sales job they did on the HP execs is amazing.

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Re: Green Rectangle

I thought it was supposed to represent all of the dollar bills you are to hand over to them.

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CanadianMacFan

Re: This jiggled a memory cell...

You normally see it with the airlines. When they are circling the drain they roll out the new logo and repainted planes.

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NO, Joe Hockey, a 'Netflix tax' wouldn't raise 'billions'

CanadianMacFan

That's easy

He's using the numbers that the Australian equivalent of RIAA and MPAA are saying piracy are taking away from the industry. Once those illegal down loaders start paying then the billions will roll into the treasury.

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Bell Canada pulls U-turn on super-invasive web-stalking operation

CanadianMacFan

Re: Boycott BELL and send a clear message

And go to Rogers? Hardly much better.

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Go, daddy, go: GoDaddy shares rocket 30% in value at IPO

CanadianMacFan

What a surprise

Wow, the investment bankers and the company set a low price (no matter what they say publicly) and let their friends in at the low initial price so they can do a quick sell at the higher first day price and make a killing before the stock tanks. How is this different from other IPOs? The system is rigged against the common person as we can't get offering at the initial price.

Now, it'll be a surprise if it remains above the initial price for any sustained period of time.

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Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

CanadianMacFan

Re: In a word

Wouldn't that be .denied?

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French plod can BAN access to any website – NO court order needed

CanadianMacFan

Re: If a website is really so bad...

They are just banning ISPs with a French presence from allowing those sites to be shown to their customers. Doesn't matter where the site is located.

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Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

CanadianMacFan

Easier solution

Wouldn't it be just easier to generate the electricity without burning fossil fuels and then you wouldn't have to worry about capturing the CO2? Especially since the current methods of sequestration use up about 40% of the electricity generated.

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NO WARRANTS NEEDED for metadata access, argues Oz A-G

CanadianMacFan

Re: encrypt everything

That doesn't work with the metadata.

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US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

CanadianMacFan

Maybe they could ask the Chinese for a copy of their code

They seem to have theirs working pretty well.

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FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss

CanadianMacFan

You see what you want to see

Isn't it weird that when they see a packet come a computer with an IP address that isn't North Korea then they assume proxy but when it's got a North Korean IP address they assume it's a direct connection? I'm not jumping to conclusions to who did the hacking but just saying that I don't see why it isn't possible for a computer in North Korea to have been hacked and used as a proxy just as easily as anywhere else.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

CanadianMacFan

Re: 50 Lashes per Week Over 20 Weeks?!

Probably less fatal than all 1000 at once. Unfortunately I have the feeling that the person giving out the lashes has lots of practice in such things and will be able to inflict the most damage without it being fatal.

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Microsoft diverts research funds to data centre efficiency studies

CanadianMacFan

Not use Microsoft?

When I was doing admin work I could put multiple clients on a Linux server and know that they wouldn't impact one another. But when it came to the Windows group it was a strict one function per server rule so that a misbehaving application wouldn't impact others.

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Plastic iPhone 5Cs? Nah, we'll flog India our OLD iPhone 4 models - report

CanadianMacFan

5c was never a budget model

It was only a business analyst guessing before it was launched that said the 5c would be a budget model and everyone jumped on the bandwagon.

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Top Microsoft bod: ARM servers right now smell like Intel's (doomed) Itanic

CanadianMacFan

Bloat

Of course they aren't going to run Windows on ARM in the data centre. They need all the horsepower in the CPU just to run the OS, GUI, anti-virus, etc before even putting on the application.

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Target's database raided, 70 MILLION US shoppers at risk of ID theft

CanadianMacFan

70 million people

It'll soon be easier to contact the people who weren't in the database. Or Target should just buy a one year blanket fraud insurance coverage for everyone in the US. Probably be cheaper.

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Mandela memorial. Yup, let's SNAP A SELFIE, say grinning Obama, Cameron

CanadianMacFan

Was he afraid that all of the press photographers there might somehow miss him and he might not get a photo of himself at the ceremony?

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Borland's heir Embarcadero says one dev tool can rule them all

CanadianMacFan

That will work so well

Creating applications to the lowest common denominator of four operating systems is going to work so well. It worked out great for Java didn't it? (And yes I know this is a different approach to the problem but Java apps never looked truly native because you were always working with a subset of the OS's features.)

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

CanadianMacFan

Re: 1000 System Admins?

You have system admins based on the number of machines, not on the number of employees. I'm pretty sure that the NSA has a large number of servers in the back end to look after.

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USB accelerates to 10 Gbps

CanadianMacFan

Obvious marketing name

Plaid speed

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Files aren’t property, says US government

CanadianMacFan

Files are not the property of the owner unless it suits the US government to believe the opposite.

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Apple threatens Java with death on the Mac

CanadianMacFan

Not thrilled about this move Steve

One of my favourite applications, FreeMind, requires Java. I won't be upgrading to Lion if you aren't going to let me run it. I hate having to run a VM just for a particular application. Leaving it open takes up a bunch of resources. Starting up a VM wastes time.

I'm not going to complain about how iOS is so closed. It's always been that way. But I will look somewhere else for my hardware and software if OS X moves towards iOS. And I'm sure that many others will do the same.

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