122 posts • joined 4 Feb 2011
Agreed in principle... but 3-4 GHz CPUs have been around for 5 years, maybe 10 for the most 'leet :)
It's more like a CDN/host hybrid. It takes over a site's DNS and routes all traffic through the CF infrastructure, for DDoS mitigation etc. And it has a free tier that takes about 3 minutes to set up... they're kinda asking for trouble with spammers/phishers/etc.
I've been using Pale Moon for some things; not bad. It's a mod of Firefox 24.x, so no newfangled GUI, and readily available in 64-bit. Only problem is FF24 is becoming obsolete already (it's a whole year old) and FF29+ is crap... what to do? Oh nice - fork Firefox! (http://forum.palemoon.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5440)
Still using Chrome/Chromium for development though... it has the best devtools and the most users, by far. That's the way it is...
OS from scratch? easier than you think
If you're targeting fairly uniform hardware, you can build an OS in a year. What you need is a single architect and a few developers, mostly experienced pragmatic types along with a little young blood and a couple OCD types to curtail the "we'll iron out that API later" hand-waving.
The tough part is getting enough apps written (preferably from scratch) for you pristine new OS. And, as mentioned in the article, having too much government funding and too many developers pulling in different directions.
Basically, anyone can do this. You don't need (or want) one government-backed OS to rule them all.
Re: Does Steam OS support linux games, not bought through Steam?
FYI- like a lot of Linux distros, SteamOS is built on Debian 7, a stable vanilla release for people who know what they want. I just use deb7, not steam or steamos... but I guess Valve just added a nice default GUI and all the drivers+libraries you might need for a gaming box, the goal being to "just work" after beta testing.
WINE runs some Windows games decently, probably not the latest AAA titles but certainly lots of indie & older titles. Total crapshoot of course. May work one month and not the next.
Re: It's unlikely to improve
DrXym, have you actually tried game coding in Linux within the past decade?
Re: It's unlikely to improve
Speaking as a developer... Windows is a pain in the ass. Linux is easy if you're building a new game engine with OpenGL. It keeps getting better while Windows decays into a fragmented hell like Linux was 10 years ago. While I try to maintain a Windows build, it's an afterthought.
Expect to see some SteamOS exclusives, at least from indies.
For marketing purposes... SteamOS and Linux have a "cool factor" where Microsoft only has volume. Guess which is more important for a niche developer who's happy to get 10,000 sales.
I'd like to scrap the whole CA infrastructure. It's no more trustworthy than self-signed certs; probably worse.
twitchy Doom 3?
FPSes are relatively tolerant of lag. They should be testing twitchy 2D games.
low-tech for me
I doubt anyone will read this far but... anyone else use a percolator? Or grind the beans with a mortar & pestle?
Android sucks too
You can't assume Microsoft haters are like that. Apple was hateworthy before Windows even existed, Google's been getting there for 10 years, and Linux ain't pretty either. Microsoft is merely the worst so far.
Re: Big deal
Microsoft must spend a lot more than $15M. They seem to have people everywhere, especially in the public sector, pulling dirty tricks to undermine all their competition (open-source and otherwise).
Re: Pretty sure we had...
Yep, they did the same thing in 2012. Maybe every year. Just keeps getting better....
Throw in the towel
It's utterly hopeless. I do my best to stay away from healthcare IT, and I've still seen some shit. I assume this kind of thing happens all the time and simply isn't detected, especially in CMMS and the other myriad government bureaucracies.
Re: Old news..
A store-and-forward network (uucp style) with random timing, random padding, and random routing.
Re: Too little, too late
If they made it open-source, BSD licensed... I'd give it a shot.
Re: Not saying PGP is perfect
Read the article. He said newer Elliptical Curve keys are a lot smaller, i.e. a 40-char MiniLock key equivalent to a ~10x bigger 3072-bit PGP key.
"a course that will school you to code from the console like a true neckbeard"
Nice... they're telling coders to man up. Yep, that's in there too.
there's KeePassX - open source & cross platform
$10/yr is the tip of the iceberg
Much much more when you have multiple domains, wildcard domains, CDNs, etc in a business/organization. Plus the time spent/wasted coordinating with contractors and subs, explaining arcane bullshit, getting certs purchased, installation, configuring crazy old backend stacks to work with SSL, patching OpenSSL, downtime due to expired certs, etc, etc.
Re: Mobile-specific web pages are usually a UI travesty
Can't zoom? Blame Apple for this nonsense which originated on early iPhones:
<meta name="viewport" content="initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no">
You need that if you want a mobile site to fill the screen width and only scroll vertically (because 4-way scrolling on a phone is pretty horrible). You can say user-scalable=yes, but users will zoom in by accident and then wonder why everything's broken. What a trainwreck.
Oh, apparently Android browsers ignore this... but web designers all use Apple.
Guys, the original article says the cable companies are only increasing speeds from 25-50 to 50-105 mbps, nothing close to Google's 1gbps. Seems to be typical for urban areas. I live in a semi-rural town of 30,000... last year Comcast upgraded service to 25-50 mbps, for real, pretty consistently. They serve a decent chunk of the surrounding rural towns too.
Problem is the lack of competition, unserved rural areas, and apparently inadequate infrastructure in some cities. State/municipal broadband gradually rolling out though... maybe that's what's keeping the cable companies on their toes.
If they wanted to do it right, they could show a "recommended extensions" dialog after installation, also available from Addons. Want pdfjs and sync? Want our devtools and/or firebug? Various ad blockers? Check the boxes.
But I guess the extension architecture might be inadequate somehow, and the recommendations might be unfair or "whatever's most popular".
If only end-users used ESR... like back In the good old days -- of 2012 -- when ESR was "release", 25-28 would've been would've been 5.0-beta, and 29-31 would've been 5.0-rc1, rc2, rc3... and end-users were not auto-upgraded to a new release which breaks everything.
I remember there being some "move the web forward" rationale for this, having to do with HTML5 and security patches. Time to rethink that. Yes, Microsoft is actually setting a good example, problem is nobody trusts them, for good reason.
Re: Memory growth in v29+ on Win 7
Yeah, FF 29 broke Firebug 1.12, so you need 2.0, but there have been serious bugs in that too. 2.0.2 came out last week; maybe that's the long-awaited fix.I can't confirm, as I reverted to FF 24 when 29 came out, and I shifted to Chrome for development earlier this year. In that time I've learned that Chrome has some nasty bugs as well. Screw 'em all.
Re: Old news - WordPress is a disaster
WWW is a huge pile of fail. FTFY.
And we keep coming back for more....
It's up to document producers (also known as government bureaucrats) to lead the way.
Just subscribe to the Privacy / Tracking / AntiSocial filter lists. No "like" buttons, no GA, no AddThis... it's beautiful.
I have a folder called "crack dealers".. as of 2 seconds ago. It's full of recruiter spam.
Re: @Charles Manning
I would use APL if it was nicely integrated with today's software environments. Modern languages suck at vector math. NumPy feels like the cumbersome Python bolt-on it is. I'll take the funny symbols any day.
Re: "You would need a tap on every one of thousands of transformers..."
No you wouldn't, not if you're already tapping millions of microphones.
I doubt it's precise... maybe state- or country-level accuracy. Useful for tracking an elusive whistleblower, though.
Re: Splitting California
It's true, the poorer parts of California (and NY and MA, where I've lived) would be better off without the big cities which tend to leech off them. (Maybe that's why they're poor, eh?)
Also true that Bitcoin is more stable than some countries' currencies.
We all make mistakes... especially when we're in a hurry.
He's probably right
Software like AVG can't do much about social engineering, and so far at least, it hasn't been very effective against tracking and malware. Laws are ineffective against hackers and malware, but a company selling apps or running websites is an easy target for enforcement IF the law is clear. I wouldn't get my hopes up, but I'm not opposed...
[Edit:] A law against data mining would be a can of worms. Simply saying "you can't ask for certain personal info" woud stop the most egregious behavior.
Yup, servers can't properly fix this. If they accept unlimited cookies they'll get DoS'd. There's no way to skip long cookies without receiving and parsing them... for example:
...most of the important headers...
Cookie: <100 MB of garbage>
I suppose a server could stop after ~80k of cookie and ASSUME those last two headers are the only ones after Cookie, but that seems dodgy.... and more importantly it would block POSTs from commentards.
Re: Errm, Richard...
I find that life's easier when I use a stable linux distro, even if I have to build a few things the old fashioned way. This is especially so with music/audio, where the apps are rapidly improving (and some aren't even included in distros yet) but you want to stick with an older kernel because the new ones keep breaking things. Even in webdev work, given the choice between an outdated package or config-make-install, I'll sometimes choose the latter. I'm used to it. :D
It gets even better
No web devs here? So many levels of hell now....
- configure-make-install hell
- linux package dependency hell
- php/python/ruby/nodejs package system hell
- wordpress plugin hell
- browser bug/feature hell
- css's own special hell
- 3rd-party SaaS soup hell
Yep.. 10 years ago Firefox was JUST a browser, and it was great.
WebIDE looks like a training environment for Firefox OS mobile app creation. Try it out, then graduate to a grown-up webdev env, or iOS/Android. Should be a separate addon like Firebug.
Re: how much data loss can you afford?
Definitely. So many idiots out there giving advice to basically do what Code Spaces did. Encrypted S3 backups don't do any good if your crypto keys and S3 credentials are sitting there on your highly hackable webserver.
Re: An opportunity for the competition
Nice thought.... but most of them are already dead. Since this article was posted, one more (Pixorial) announced it's shutting down. Vimeo, Metacafe, Dailymotion, and Clowdy are about the only ones left in the running, and that's quite a stretch.
If all you care about is the music, sites like BandCamp and SoundCloud and Jamendo are competitive with Youtube.
"secure and private internet protocols, which balance legitimate access to law enforcement"
Whoa there! Protocols are either 100% secure, or not secure at all. Law enforcement backdoors are unacceptable. Cops can do detective work the old fashioned way, and find physical evidence. Electronic evidence should be inadmissible in court anyhow; it's too easy to forge.
Were they all in denial?
Am I the only one who *expected* the NSA to be tapping fiber optics all over the world? It's a logical step from the telephone and radio interception they've done for decades. Mark Klein confirmed it in 2006. Paying or intimidating private companies into handing over customer data? Credit card companies were doing that 20 years ago.
I'm only surprised at how amateur these guys are. The DUAL_EC_DRBG standard. The internal Sharepoint crap. The powerpoint slides where they brag about how 'l33t they think they are for doing script-kiddie hacks. The woeful lack of internal security...
As a sysadmin this sounds nice to me in theory, but as a programmer I'm afraid it will usher in a new era of platform dependence.
...as in "This website is only known to run on CentOS 5 (i386) with PHP 5.2, Python 2.1, Ruby 1.8.42, MySQL 5.1, and OpenSSL 1.0.1d"..... what could possibly go wrong?
Yeah! I find all kinds of stuff on there... mostly amateur recordings and bootleg concert videos from before I was born, which seem to pass below Google's indie-label-extortion radar.
But why Youtube? Why isn't there a blogosphere for music/video? There should be.
LibreSSL is a stripped-down fork of OpenSSL, not a from-scratch alternative. Given that the SSL protocol itself is pretty flawed, the LibreSSL approach seems like the best compromise for now.
1. Ideally you understand all the crypto algorithms and write your own software, as simple as possible. You write your own OS, compiler, everything. You fab your own CPU and chipset.
2. Too hard? Ok, download something from the internet, examine the source code until you understand every line of it and know for a fact that it's flawless, and compile it yourself. Do that with the whole OS. Audit your hardware, somehow.
3. Still too hard? YES. You're screwed. Assume all electronic devices are 100% insecure.
Re: WWW cannot be saved
No, do you? NSA fucking loves SSL.
Dat false sense of security...
WWW cannot be saved
Just search 'spdy issues' and you'll find plenty. A big one is that SPDY *requires* SSL/TLS in order to bypass proxies.
Glancing at the mailing list, I see Poul catching flak for other proposals, like "get rid of cookies", which would be great but break ~99% of websites. Thing is, mandatory SSL/TLS is also unrealistic. If that's in HTTP 2.0, most of the web will stay on 1.1.
And SSL/TLS is a security & management nightmare which should be deprecated ASAP, not enshrined in the next generation of protocols.
But anyway, this is all an exercise in turd polishing. The entire WWW is a rough prototype, long overdue for replacement.
"E-mail is dying in the water anyway. Within five years, it will be unusable"
That's what devs thought 10 years ago. Didn't happen. We know email's got issues but I'd like to see you invent a decentralized communication system that does any better when *everyone* is using it. But if you want to do something *useful*, the world needs better email readers after 10 years of neglect.
Is this any indication of the reliability we can expect from the new Firefox DRM by Adobe?
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