* Posts by eulampios

1186 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Aug 2011


comments moderation or censorship?


Re: comments moderation or censorship?

>>Our house, our rules.

Of course, of course. It's nice to learn though finally the way these comments are being curated to get an idea about the house.

>>You're always welcome to email our writers if you feel your opinion isn't being heard.

No need for this. I wasn't welcomed by the second moderator. Thanks to the fist moderator it was heard and read by a few people.


Re: comments moderation or censorship?

In a previous forum a some sort of explanation why Andew's article require a pre-moderation came up: No, you were posting on one of Andrew's articles, so you went into a queue. Nothing personal; all of Andrew's stories require pre-mod to keep away the anti-Andrew brigade.

And the later : Let's clarify this. Anti-Andrew viewpoint- whatever. Ad homs, often vicious - they're not getting through.

Well, however strange it could sound, I can still accept that, but... The rejected comment in question was nowhere ad-hominem. It didn't even talk about Andrew at all and never even mentioned that article!!!

Another point is that it did go through and got rejected only 3 days later after receiving some votes (and downvotes).

So let's indeed clarify this, don't we? Here it is:

That might be true if the said DA (the Mississippi AG, to be precise ) would try at least to compile the letters to Google by him/herself when communicating with the evil entity, not by using the MPAA's own template as it surfaced after the Sony hack.

This clearly shows that the Attorney General is anything but independent in his pursuit of justice and public well being, but just a corrupted tool in the hands of an organization with the certain agenda which is in conflict with Google's business. This very agenda BTW is also very much in conflict with the key principles of free speech and innovation. (Hint: SOPA)


comments moderation or censorship?

Just found out that one of my posts I left for A. Orlowski's article was removed 3 days later after it was accepted by a moderator.

Well, perhaps a few folks (like me) were noticing their comments to require moderation specifically when left for Orlowski's articles, while no comments pre-moderation is required on ElReg elsewhere.

Now, the trend is changing. You get moderated twice, and can get rejected in the second run a few days later after the comment was accepted by the original moderator.

The reason of all this commotion is that a commenter's opinion doesn't agree with that of the original article's author. A number of other comments were also removed apparently after first moderation in the same forum. Do the guidelines change somehow? Or the moderation is becoming pretty immoderate having turned into some sort of censorship?

I tried leaving another comment in that forum, no surprise, it was also rejected. I put it below:

It's unacceptable, ElReg!!!

Comments now are being censored?

Whenever I leave a comment to an article written by A. Orlowski, I got moderated. It is okay with me. However, when a comment gets originally accepted by a moderator and subsequently rejected 3 days later by apparently another moderator, it's not nice in my book. Moreover, I can claim, that the comment in question was totally within the rules of ElReg's guidelines . The only problem was that it contradicted the article's findings and points.

There are a few other comments that were accepted and subsequently shut up due to the same reasons.

This is a pure censorship. Shame on ElReg!

And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?


Re: Android

>>Eulampios - an argument about Android vs. Windows security based on your demands about how many times I have personally known a user affected by malware is as pointless as you creating the argument in the first place.

However pointless it might be to you, h4rmony, it is not necessarily pointless to the end user that have to deal or not to deal with the aforementioned malware.

>>Why you feel the need to leap in and point at Windows to make it an OS vs. OS battle,

Since you're not a moderator of the current forum, you're not to judge about my needs, so I would say and comment whatever and whenever I feel and think appropriate, shutting me up here is going against the "let the other side be heard as well" paradigm, you have alluded to.

On the other hand, although the term "altera pars" is often idiomatically used with audiatur, the 3d passive subjunctive present form of the verb "audire", to listen, it just means an-/the other side in Latin and was supposed to mean simply what is said: the "other side". Should've used the neutral koine term "ἡ ἄλλη πλευρά" instead :)


Re: Put up or shut up

>>I was talking about software vulnerabilities and fixes so I thought the context made it clear.

Sorry, you were talking about the security in the broader sense: >>I've generally found GNU/Linux and Windows to be comparable in security (assuming competent admin in both cases)...

Since the meaning is clarified now, your

>> slight practical edge to Windows because of their more standardized (imo) release process

sounds strange to me. I would rather choose when a vulnerability fixed within hours or couple days of its discovery without any standardization, than waiting weeks for it when it's done once every month on Tuesday.

Moreover, since on GNU/Linux an update of an application barely requires a reboot of the whole system but only the application in question while many non-kernel MS Windows applications often need the complete system reboot, the practicality edge should be given to GNU/Linux.

Further, in case of the kernel update a GNU/Linux system would keep the old kernel for the user to boot into in case the new kernel is faulty, so it's hard to end up with "an unbootable MS Windows update" situation. Or, likewise, when most of the entire system installs and updates (consisting of tens of gigabytes of binaries) is standardized through a single update/install mechanism (both front and back end), like apt (aptitude, synaptic, update manager) on Debian-based distros or yum on Red Hat based ones, etc versus a tiny number of mostly MS-based software is a huge, fat practical edge right there..


Re: Android

>>..but most of those fixes aren't installed by the majority of the OS's user base, as is the case with Android..

Despite all this deplorable situation you describe, how many times have you heard about the actual exploits of those vulnerabilities in the wild? How many times did you personally hear from users around you about highjacked Android desktops, Android scareware, sniffed password etc? What about the altera pars, MS Windows? As far as I am concerned, I know a lot of users from both of these worlds. The subjective score from my sample is "most to none" , that is most MS Windows users I know have had at least one malware problem before and specifically complained (directly or indirectly) to me about that, whilst no one I know has ever mentioned to me a single Android malware problem on his/her phone or tablet.

To me, when a "mostly unpatched" system with the "atrocious security in the wild " is less exploited than its counterpart with the mostly patched and "the great security in the wild" is a manifestation of the fact that the former has a much superior security design than the latter.


Re: Put up or shut up

>>...because of their more standardized (imo) release process.

Where did you find any standards in Microsoft release process ???

Or did you mean the patch/update release process?


Re: Android

>>This is really interesting. Why? Because the state of actual security of Android in the wild is atrocious.

This is doubly interesting.

I know what tune exactly you're humming, h4rmony, yet let me kindly ask your definition of the security in the wild? There is a virus/trojan in the lab or wild receptively. Never heard about "security in the wild", though.

Or is it a number of Android apps lurking "in the wild" awaiting for users' installation? The statistics of bad wares is meticulously conducted by many AV vendors and reflected in the press, not that it goes very well with my own "local" experience...

If that was the atrocity you're talking about, why didn't you say a word in all of the previous posts about the Windows viruses/trojans atrocious "security in the wild"?

Even if one discounts viruses, those two atrocities beg to differ quite much though, IMHM.

1) How do you prevent installing a trojaned application? On Windows -- by using an AV (recommended by Microsoft) often after the installation. On Android -- by analyzing the transparent apps permissions before the installation.

2) The destructive capabilities of an app. On Windows, the installer does not mandate running it as a separate user and usually ends up running as a current user or admin. Android's installer creates a new user for the app, effectively separating the apps away from all other apps and processes.

3) Third is my experience of not having met a single Windows user that had no malware problem (in the past at least) and likewise, never seeing an Android user that had installed a trojaned app once.

So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish


@frank ly

Mint is fresh for me here too on an Asus laptop. I am quite happy with my Asus K53 and LMDE which has both cinnamon and mate desktops installed. I use the latter. It has i5 (dual core) on it and builds my Debian kernels from source for 45 minutes (ARM cross compilation takes only 10 minutes though). Barely ever get to the half of the 8 gigs o'RAM. A great Linux laptop it is.. perhaps only needs a new battery for now. Awaiting a replacement from ebay costing $14 for me.

This is not a new machine (4-5 years now) , however it's almost perfect for my needs. Came with EUFI option, while not active with Windows 7. Installing GNU/Linux was much more straightforward back then, can't comment on how the preinstalled Windows was bloated, though...


Mint tastes good

Lenovo should speedily reach out to linuxmint.com to become their partners. Start offering, at least as an option, a preinstalled Linux Mint/LMDE on their machines to sort out all the mess they've created while working with their current partners. I would consider buying it then...

HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia


Re: Just for the record: My iPhone 6+ still working fine

>>Bob loves only the Goog.

Only dogged is equidistant from all those three, that's for sure.

Silent but violent: Foul Google Play flaw lets hackers emit smelly apps


Re: Another case of the Pot calling the Kettle Black

Well it sure is a good thing that you don't have any "dirty code" in any of your products.

I am sure they have, however, they would appreciate (not rage at, for certain) if anyone finds some little dirtiness in their code and products, including Microsoft, and most probably would fix it within 90 days, unlike that big, old-fashioned, unwieldy colossus, our ... you know who :)

Avast there: MEELLIONS of Androiders scuttled by 'adware' game app


Re: The Android OS is utterly crippled by poor permission handling

>>What legitimate reason does a game have for access to my SMS messages?

Ask this exact question to the game developers. Either way, you should ask this question yourself before installing the game. Perhaps, you shouldn't be installing the game at all. Google API makes permissions transparent to everyone. This was the whole purpose so a user could weight all pros and cons before installing this game.

>>Therefore, I should be able to selectively disable permissions and see if the app still works.

At least you have a way to see them, unlike with MS Windows (before Windows store)



Exactly, my bad. It was the other way around, Google won't allow ad blocking apps in the store. Those are in f-droid for sure. Adblock doesn't work for me very reliably though and has to be restarted when acting up.


Re: Where are the good quality FOSS applications...?

"There's loads of great free and totally safe stuff to be had from the Play store."

Exactly, (not sure about totally safe though), open source apps are aplenty. One problem with it though is that, it's not always apparent, if an app in question is open source or proprietary. One big source where all apps are free (as in freedom) is f-droid.org, which I wholeheartedly recommend. Unfortunately, not all open source apps from Google Play are there to switch to it entirely. Say, my pdf reader - the.pdfviewer3,Far on Droid - com.openfarmanager.android, PariDroid- org.libremath.paridroid, MaximaOnANdroid - jp.yhonda. To say nothing about org.adaway and org.adblockplus.android. All of these are not in the f-droid store (just yet).


Re: The Android OS is utterly crippled by poor permission handling

"..the permissions are so broad-brush that in order to anything, every app can do almost anything.."

The apps can do exactly what the permissions would allow them to. Those permissions are transparent for you to see what they can do, they are also there for you to make sure they won't do anything beyond that.

In particular, they won't be able to hamper other apps, write/read to/from places they are only allowed to, say in the registry of the system. Unless there is a special permission to read the sd fat32 card, hey won' bea able to read it either. I myself format my sd card with ext4 fs, which is a little pain in the arse, thanks to the the strange Google's sdcard-phoebia.

Those permissions are to insure that the app's capabilities are limited and known in advance. We all know what happens with a platform lacking such system of permissions, we get ILOVEYOU, Mydoom, Blaster, Sobig Worm, Code Red, CIH, Klez, Melissa, Sasser, Bagle, Win32/Simile, Nimda, Conficker, Stuxnet (to mention just a few).

On the other hand, if you think that permissions are "broad-brush", what would you suggest? Not allowing to set most or all permissions for apps, or require a valid photo id from every app developer just to be able to set them?


linguistic etymology

it's true, however, "Дурак" is also a (pretty plain) legitimate card game, as such, IMHO, it's not as intelligent as Poker or Preference. Quite fun to play though. The one losing in this game is literally said " to be left a fool", an idiomatic phrase, equivalent to the English "to be out in the cold".

I think also that the original linguistic etymology of the Russian word "дурак" is Turkic.

Android Patent Dispute: Microsoft, Samsung hug it out


sounds pretty plausible

to me too.

My favorite ludicrous MS patent, besides everyone's favorite exFAT long filenames, is "Method and System for Providing Internet Shortcut Icons on the Desktop".

Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?


the largest SSI's are still Linux

"It doesn't fix the fact that Linux doesn't scale very well"

Any links supporting this claim? Are NASA aware of it, since they have been building pretty big single image supercomputers for quite a while.

AMOF, the fastest and largest SSI (single system image) computing beasts have been running GNU/Linux for a long time now. Not sure which one holds the record right now, one notable example was Columbia (named after the crashed Columbia Shuttle crew). Here's one back from 2007, don't have any fresher examples, sorry.

Here is also an excerpt from arch/Kconfig:

"config NR_CPUS

int "Maximum number of CPUs" if SMP && !MAXSMP

range 2 8 if SMP && X86_32 && !X86_BIGSMP

range 2 512 if SMP && !MAXSMP

default "1" if !SMP

default "4096" if MAXSMP


I.e., default number of logical cores is 4096 when MAXSMP is enabled.

YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks


Re: nice one

Youtube has been the only reason to install flash for the last few years.

VLC, Totem, SMplayer can play youtube links directly (with no ads). There is also youtube-dl, (c)clive etc to play or download videos.

DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm


Re: question for the lawyers

.... are Google open to being held responsible for any damages?

According to Microsoft's own EULA, MS cannot be held responsible for any damages inflicted by their software...more than the license cost. Why would Google be held responsible for MS bugs?


@the sensational AC

>>Android which made all versions of MSDOS and Windows look ultra secure.

Wow, did we all miss some Android Apocalypse? Where can we read about Android epidemics similar to (or according to you even more severe than) ILOVEYOU, Mydoom, Blaster, Sobig Worm, Code Red, CIH, Klez, Melissa, Sasser, Bagle, Win32/Simile, Nimda, Conficker, Stuxnet (to mention just a few)? Or you're gonna be referring to the millions of trojaned apps that await Android user, although pretty much nobody ever had?

French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week



Andrew Orlowski will appreciate and borrow this sentiment from you for the next anti-Google article of his, I am sure.

As a matter of fact I agree with most of your findings: Google is not a hero for doing this, it was just a right thing to do, MS, Apple and others should have done the same, they didn't.. And it's in the Google's business DNA to do this. Simply because their business revolves around Free Press and they get pretty unhappy when this liberty is under threat.

As for for publishing the cartoons by ElReg, I am not sure if it's a heroism, there is no doubt that it a very honorable, bold and just a right thing to do. Other members of the free press should have done the same, since ils sont juste comme nous tous sommes Charlie

Lollipop licked: KitKat still king in Android land


are you sure?

>>What it did is to kill Google Maps, replace it with an idiotic so called 'update' that is now totally useless.

My up-to-date version of Google Maps with the evervolv AOSP KitaKat running pretty well on HTC Droid Incredible doesn't have this at all. (Small) regions of map can be stored on the device and used subsequently off-line. I used to do it a lot without this data plan I now have.

And BTW, you might be able to downgrade the map app (provided you have the apk version in question) just through adb. Without the "-k" option, uninstalling the old one first, you'll lose all the data associated with this app though, so better backed this up in advance.

Moderator: My best wishes! @ElReg: My best wishes. I thought it was only Andrew Olowski, my posts should be moderated for? Or is it written by Andrew again?

Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor


Merry Christmas!

to Andrew Orlowski! A Happy New Year, dear moderator!

Good job, you guys/gals/lads. Still there is room for a little improvement, to which I am eagerly looking forward!

Microsoft's dodgy new Exchange 2010 update breaks Outlook clients


@ Awil Onmearse

>>"sudo apt-get install update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Job Done."

No it isn't :P

What else is there to be doe? Please, enlighten us.

Linux software nasty slithers out of online watering holes


@ ElReg!comments!Pierre

>>It changes that you can run it. How, so? I can run tcpdump too:

ls -l /usr/sbin/tcpdump

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 962544 May 25 2013 /usr/sbin/tcpdump

Again, what difference would that make? I can pretty much run any executable in /sbin or /usr/sbin

AMOF, most executable in /usr/sbin dir have 755 perms, including the files they link at. I think you and Kasperski people are confused with the fact that some distros exclude sbin dirs from the $PATH variable:

echo $PATH


Hence the filename name of the executable won't be sourced to the shell and you'll get the "not found" error, if the exact path is not supplied.

BTW, the problems arise not from running it or even accessing specific files with insufficient credentials when the kernel sees that the uid != 0, so it wouldn't allow to read the packets. The issue is insufficient capability, not insufficient file permissions.

However: "Reading a saved packet file doesn't require special privileges"

So yes, no problem running /usr/sbin/tcpdump with the "-r" option for any user.


Re: Maybe it's sudo?

That's the point. Either su, or sudo, or "sudo setcap cap_net_raw+eip' /usr/sbin/tcpdump". What Kasperski "experts" are trying to tell us that you can get a specially crafted binary capable of grabbing network packets when run with a regular privileges. Sounds like a vulnerability when/if were true.

Statically linking libpcap or even using raw sockets won't remove the kernel credentials checking when trying to eavesdrop on the sockets. Granting CAP_NET_RAW capability to the binary is also done by the root -- no luck here as well.



I don't know what does the "statically linked" change here. tcpdump can be statically linked as an option. Is it allowing to read the raw and packet sockets and passing the corresponding capabilities checks? No, unless, there is CAP_NET_RAW capability pre-set (with setcap) which by itself requires root privileges.


Re: So how does it work then ?

>>but use of PCAP requires superuser privileges???

Exactly, it's been the case for some time now. On my machine here:

id -u; /usr/sbin/tcpdump -w $(date +%Y_%h_%d_%M).dump -s 0 -i eth1


tcpdump: eth1: You don't have permission to capture on that device

(socket: Operation not permitted)

tcpdump's man also says:

" Reading packets from a network interface may require that you have special privileges; see the pcap (3PCAP) man page for details. Reading a saved packet file doesn't require special privileges"

The linked article's example shows a screenshot of the process running as root as well.


Re: Well...

>>Remember that Flash is available for Linux and is required to watch Youtube unless you grab the official Google Chrome.

May I recommend NoScript, FlashBlock, vlc/youtube-dl? Most other flash videos can be sourced via tcpdump /wireshark.

>>Honestly, this is why I have ClamAV's daemon on all my *nix boxes (Linux, OpenBSD and Mac OS X)...

No need for any *antivirus* software, the approach to security that is so prone to both the I- and II-type errors.

Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards


Re: Clarification

With any of the available distros, one important fact is that they are all GNU/Linux distros, despite all the ARM SoC mess.

You might find these kernels interesting. The desktop option supports CedarX video decoding. Not sure about Maili/Lima though.

Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then


@Handy Plough

Are you sure? I think you're mistaken. FYI, gmail is not on the top of the ALL search results when looking for "mail" keyword:





As you can see only the German result puts gmail at the top. In the .com and .ru option, you get yahoo and mail.ru,resp., above gmail. So this might indicate that Google do not really put their own products above their competitors, relevance could be their main priority. Interesting, that bing does a similar thing there.

This happens when gmail is the most popular mail service on the planet. So are saying that Google should intentionally underrate their products below their own products promoting their competitors'?


Re: (un)fair advantage

>>As to buying a PC, a PC with Windows generally costs 50€ - 100€ more than one with only FreeDOS installed over here.

With the same specks? Lucky you, we don't have it here in America. The question of MS Windows Tax is not only about the monopoly of Microsoft it's about the collusion between independent companies. Since, why would you bundle the products of HP and MS, two separate entities? Let MS buy HP or the other way around, or otherwise make unbundling possible (like it was done by an Italian court recently).

>>Should Google be giving its products prominence over others, just because they belong to Google?

In your original post it was more of pushing ads vs relevant information, since you complained about 2 first pages full of eshop links when searching for a phone issue (the situation I I had never experienced myself).


(un)fair advantage

>>It isn't about buying and it isn't that you can't change search engines...

What this choice or lack thereof is about then?

>>here isn't much choice at all, the others, as I said above, have been next to useless until recently.

Which choice are you talking about now? Is it no choice because it doesn't exist on this planet no-choice, or a user has no-choice because he/she is not presented/informed about one?

>>The problem is similar to the problem with Microsoft.

In my opinion, it's not.

>>...because of that situation, they could use their sway to push other products on you at a disadvantage to the competition.

It is COMPETITION, if you can push the products along with results when somewhat better search algorithm is used. It is fine. If Google ever had an analog to the Vista fiasco, they would have been sunk into oblivion by now. Not true for MS, they have locked so many customers in, "collaborated" with so many universities, schools that even after having fallen so low they still continue to prosper. The cost of using Google search is not bundled with any other cost (with no way to get a refund for it by the EULA, like with the Windows Tax). This again greatly differentiates the two cases.

Yeah, INHMO, I am using LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) here, it's better than Windows in almost every single aspect there. Windows is still preinstalled and imposed on me and other users for our own cost. Just received a call for help from an acquaintance, her recent Windows 8 brand new laptop "got a virus", or simply being very slow. AMOF, her 10-year old breaking apart hardware-wise laptop is still working okay since I installed XFCE Ubuntu on it, 3 years now.

So, point me at the similarities sways that Google and Microsoft implement again?

>>Browser Ballot was a good idea in 1999, by the time it was implemented in 2005, there was already competition and by 2010 it was no longer really needed - yet it still persists today, even though it is pretty irrelevant.

It was anything, but not the best idea. Like giving a speeding ticket to a serial killer.


Re: which Google are you using, big_D

>>sometimes I'll get good results, then for a couple of months

I can't recall a similar experience you describe. I would hate 2 first pages of ads as well. It's weird though, I am allergic to ads, especially, the obtrusive, idiotic type and I am still okay with Google, a company having their main source of income in ads. They must somehow be doing it in a pretty UNobtrusive and quieter than others for me way. Say, gmail vs yahoomail in their webmail form. Yahoo used to be so bad, I couldn't stand it for a couple minutes, while when I need to get out of Mutt or GNUS, my main email clients, and use webmail on gmail, I can tolerate all their ads!


(un)fair advantage

>>It is like the sanctions against Microsoft, why weren't they also made against Apple and Linux? Because they didn't have over 90% market share.

Fair and unfair. Here's the difference. A search engine is not imposed on a user. One can EASILY change it to his/her liking. Neither Google nor MS Tax is involved at this point.

Compare it with you buying a desktop or a laptop with 90% + of preinstalled MS Windows having the license cost already included and bundled with the price of the PC. No easy disentanglement of this bundle exists out there, neither MS nor a PC manuf. would reimburse you for the unwanted software.


which Google are you using, big_D

>>the first 2 pages are usually links to eshops and price comparison sites!

Are you talking about the first 2 resulted links or the the first 2 pages of results?

If it's the latter, we must be using very different google engines.

Here's a few examples: compare

google's wifi+problem+on+incredible


bing's wifi+problem+on+incredible

Both queries brought almost no ads for me: AMOF, Bing got one and Google did none. BTW, I use Firefox+ NoScript with google.com being allowed and bing.com being disallowed by default. On ff both queries are almost instantaneous. Interesting to note also, that when I use a text browser without js, like w3m, bing is busy with uploading a lot of cookies and takes a few seconds to finish, while google fetches as fast as it does on ff.

Frisky patent WAR: Samsung seeks to BLOCK Nvidia graphics chips from US market


Who would've thunk, nVidia?

"...all who draw the sword will die by the sword"


@ inappropriate AC

Sorry but you are mistaken, this article is talking about nVidia as a copycat, so you must be barking up the wrong tree.

Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search


Re: Time to duck and cover?

duckduckgo requires javascript to fetch the search queries while google doesn't. Why would that be?



@Gis Bun

you're misinformed:

Heartbleed affected some applications used on MS Windows as well, GNU/Bash is a cross-platform software too.

No, the problems are completely fixed. Comparing Microsoft with all the *nix systems would be very unfair and incorrect, since MS ship only a tiny portion of what the latter provides.

Please learn more about the topic before making an incorrect statement.

Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins


Re: MS, please help me understand

>>Just installed yesterday security fixes for file, libgcrypt11 and nss in Debian... the problem is not in Windows only, it looks...

Equating every vulnerability with every other vulnerability is a fair play, I am sure.

As well as comparing the complete plethora of all possible software of various sources, an 50+ gig behemoth Debian pan-distribution with a very thin number of isolated software pieces MS barely manages ...

However, we can take that, perhaps though it's just the time to get a Debian Tax instituted instead of the good ol' MS Tax you have to still pay nowadays?

Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes


@Bleu on DLLs innovation

>>except their few genuine innovations, DirectX, DLLs, object linking and embedding

Although you might be using incorrect punctuation and colons are intended somewhere, I'd appreciate if you could share with everyone what exactly innovative was there about the DLLs, object linking and embedding. As for the Dynamic Linking, it's been first implemented even before Unix, since Multics, if I remember correctly.

Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?


Re: top -p `pidof firefox`

amof, I also tried opening ten tabs of different el reg articles. That consumed about 1% total.


top -p `pidof firefox`

I was monitoring the memory usage of firefox on one of my LMDE boxes (2004 P4 Dell E510) after I read Vic's comment. My version of Firefox is always up-to-date. I can confirm that firefox seems to release memory just fine after tabs are closed. In my case ff was using around 17% (45 m) for a dozen tabs. It would release around 1% for every closed tab.

I remember having a memory leak issue 3-4 years ago, however it's been fixed almost immediately when I got aware of it.

It never crashes on me. I have NoScript enabled with variable policies and use vlc or mplayer to watch youtube and other videos.


@a non-believer AC

>>4.4.4 on an old HTC? Don't believe you.

HTC don't have to do with my ROM, directly. Look for AOSP, CyanogenMod et al

"The official HTC" version for this phone here ends at 2.3.4

Unlock the bootloader, unleash your phone to flash a ROM and version of your choice. It's not some kind of restricted iOS, RIM, WP, you got a choice, you know


@dellusional AC

>>Well if you are running Linux, you are used to patching and compiling your own kernels, as well as spending hours on a command line fixing dodgy software.

Everyone in my family, quite a few friends/acquaintances run GNU/Linux. It's only me that is occasionally building custom kernels, just for fun. All is rather boring and automated. Linux and Unix people are a pretty lazy lot, everything must be simple, logical and automated. Over-complex, illogical, mouse-clicking tasks are not for us, it's for the Windows geeky brethren :)

>> So you repeated browser crashes (once a day for FF is not uncommon) probably go unnoticed.

It could've not, when ff crashes it opens a window asking to restart its session. On my many LMDE and Debian systems of mine, I can't really recall any crashes for the past couple years.