Enderle and Khanna are arguing that the iPhone is insecure because it doesn’t (at least yet) allow for third-party software, which means you can’t install third-party software designed to let you securely install additional third-party software.
This single function, added in PHP 5.1.0, will save me so much grief, it’s beyond words.
Ever use $dom->loadHTML($crappy_html_code) to get a website’s content into an XML DOM for parsing or other processing? Normally, every unescaped ampersand and misplaced P tag would generate a PHP warning, just like xsltproc, which made it extremely difficult to use these functions without having a bunch of special-case error-handling routines to ignore these pointless warnings.
Now, we can turn those stupid warnings off, and can safely call ->loadHTML() on anything and have it quietly return false if it has so much trouble that it actually matters.
This is great and all, but why do we care? It only has a purpose if it can replace JPEG for web-browser graphics. There’s no place for it in high-end photo processing and archival, since DNG does an excellent job of that (and I think it’s more open).
The license terms are lenient, but it’s not free, so it’s unlikely to be supported by Firefox… ever. And I’m sure Apple will be reluctant to support it in Safari. Plus, we’ve had JPEG 2000 for years, which is far better than JPEG and similar in many ways to HD Photo, and hardly anything supports it (except Safari, actually), so nobody uses it.
Nice job, Microsoft, making yet another redundant product. At least you changed it from the original name, “Windows Media Photo”, so your precious Windows Media brand won’t be tarnished too badly by its failure.
Interesting idea, and the site’s easy enough to use, but the “hoods” just aren’t very practical. I had severe vignetting problems on the 17-55 seen here. And who wants to be seen with a paper or cardboard hood stuck to the end of their DSLR? I look like enough of a nerd when I whip out this beast of a lens - and if I’m going to lengthen it even further with a hood, it better not be held on by a rubber band.
I think I’ll bite the bullet and spend the $40 for the official rigid plastic version.
A big part of the lesson of WalMart is that the commodities aren’t actually as cheap as they seem: many of the costs that WalMart avoids still must be paid by someone, and often local and state governments are the ones who pay, through channels like increased stress on emergency rooms for WalMart employees with no insurance.
Its just not possible that a freeware like the Linux could be extended to the point where it runs the entire computer fron start to finish, without using some of the more critical parts of windows. Not possible.
Microsoft suggests several different methods for “encouraging” employees to use Windows Live Search during their daily web browsing: an in-house training session to teach the employees how to “get the most from search” using Windows Live, the removal of existing web browser toolbars that use other search engines, setting the users’ home pages to Windows Live Search, and even an “e-mail message of encouragement from the CEO.
One more tip we got regarding Leopard is that InputManager plugins are no longer allowed. That’s right… no more little hacks from anybody besides Apple. No more Apple menu hacks. No more Safari plugins.
At some point - a point we passed long ago - the secrecy itself becomes a threat to our democracy. In the wake of the recent revelations, I believe more strongly than ever that the secrecy surrounding the government’s use of the national security letters power is unwarranted and dangerous. I hope that Congress will at last recognize the same thing.
Gecko, not “Gekko”, is Firefox’s rendering engine, not a “search engine”. Mozilla has not decided to compete with Google quite yet.
I program using the DOM (Document Object Model) all the time, but I have no idea what the “Dominant Object Model (DOM)” is. It sounds dirty.
Firefox 3 will not allow Mac users to “create Cocoa Widgets for their desktops”. I don’t even know where to begin with this possible Dashboard-widget reference, but they’re trying to tell us that Firefox 3 will render its HTML form-input widgets using native OS X interface widgets instead of the manually-created buttons they use now that look like they’re from Windows 95.
OK, I’m getting better at Desktop Tower Defense. The key is to spend whatever it takes to upgrade a few key buildings all the way. The fully-upgraded Squirt Towers cost a ton of money, but a few of them can fend off even the largest army. The fully-upgraded Pellet Towers fire more slowly, but are much cheaper, so they’re good against super-strong bosses.
It depends on what you care about. People have different levels of caring about different things in their life. There’s usually a subset of your possessions for which you’re willing to pay a premium to have the best.
Some people spend $20/lb. on world-class coffee beans. Others spend hundreds of dollars on great wine. And some people spend $600 to get the best video card every 9 months. Most people are perfectly happy with Folger’s, Charles Schwab, and integrated graphics, but to these people, they’re willing to pay whatever it takes to get the best because they can tell the difference (or think they can, which is effectively equivalent) and it matters to them.
I used $30-120 Staples/OfficeMax chairs for years. Even the $120 ones were cheaply made with poor back support, but at the time, I didn’t care. Then I started getting frequent lower-back soreness. I started using an Aeron at work, and the difference was huge. The only reason I haven’t replaced my $30 home computer chair with one is that I only spend an hour or two per day in it.
What they got right: - included cables - big hard drive for downloaded videos - same price for black or white accessories (hey Apple…) - an optional kit to upgrade to the new huge drive and transfer data from your old one
What they got wrong:
No CPU die shrink. Translation for non-geeks: they didn’t reduce the amount of heat and power consumption of the processor, so it’s still going to need ridiculously loud fans, plus the comically large power brick (which has its own additional fans). So the 360 will remain obnoxiously loud, yet still prone to failure from overheating.
No built-in WiFi. The hardware would cost Microsoft, at most, $15. Supposedly, “a study showed the majority of their customers use Ethernet to connect.” Maybe that’s because it’s the only option without spending $100 on their WiFi adapter. I bet MS could significantly increase Xbox Live subscriptions if people didn’t have to run Ethernet wiring across their house to get the 360 online. There’s probably a lot of 360 owners who don’t care enough to wire it, so it sits permanently offline.
It’s a myth that starting modern cars uses a lot of gas. Apparently, when you’re idling for more than 10 seconds, it’s better to turn off your car. This isn’t a huge surprise: for a while, UPS has required drivers to turn off trucks when making every delivery to save on fuel costs.