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Farewell, Internet (Download Squad)

Apr 12th 2011 4:17PM Thank you, guys, for all the awesome reviews and news. It was like a breath of fresh air to find someone who wasn't worshiping Apple. Sebastian, double kudos to you for putting a good face on furries. I'm really going to miss this place.

I sent HuffPo a nastygram, for all the good it will do.

Google settles Buzz privacy case with FTC, apologizes (Download Squad)

Mar 30th 2011 4:16PM Given how transparent Google has been in regard to privacy issues, it's also one of the least worrisome companies. Not only is the FTC singling one company to punish, but its picked the most well-behaved of the group. This has got to stop, or eventually Google may decide that being open and honest about mistakes just leads to extra punishment. We should be rewarding their major efforts to fix problems as soon as they're aware of them.

Hooray for Mob Rule: Apple Boots 'Ex-Gay' App After 150K People Demand Tolerance (Switched)

Mar 23rd 2011 4:32PM Yeah, I gotta say, this doesn't meet any definition of tolerance. If people have no right to say someone isn't gay, then they also have no right to say someone is (if they'd wish to argue that 'ex-gays' are still gay) or that they never were (if they'd wish to argue that it didn't count as gay). Organizations promoting 'ex-gays' are fundamentally no different than organizations that promote gay & lesbian activities. I'll grant you that some of the current 'ex-gay' organizations appear a little on the preachy side, but asking for their removal is just hypocritical: why should there be any less tolerance for ex-gays than for gays?

The Youth Choose Twitter Over Blogs (Switched)

Feb 21st 2011 6:58PM I wouldn't mourn the loss. A lot of the 'content' leaving the blogs is the kind of vapid, empty livejournal filler that made good, meaningful blogs hard to find. In the end, I'd have to say that's one of the only real good things about Twitter: It's serving as a sponge to soak up the pointless oversharing that used to clog up a lot of the rest of the internet.

Firefox 4's best restartless add-ons (Download Squad)

Feb 19th 2011 1:43AM A suggestion for your next firefox roundup? I made an extension that fixes the ugly orange button on FF4 for those who don't want to delve into userChrome.css


Internet Explorer 9 RC released: Everything you need to know (Download Squad)

Feb 10th 2011 2:06PM While I doubt it will ever replace the more power-user oriented browsers for most of Download Squad's readers, it looks like IE9 is focused exactly where it needs to be for the average user. Lack of extensibility is forgiveable if your users are unlikely to use it anyway. It also sounds like IE9 is positioned to be a good platform for web apps that you want to feel like desktop apps.

Six infographics that illustrate the growth and power of cloud computing (Download Squad)

Dec 2nd 2010 4:10AM God, I hope not. I've never met a cloud app that could run half as fast as a local desktop application, advances in browser speed be damned. And frankly, I don't *want* all my data in the cloud. You never know what people may do with it, or if it will still exist a year from now.

We're re-inventing thin-clients and the entire operating system in a browser and calling it 'progress'? Sure, it's good for businesses, but the sooner the rest of the world gets over the love affair, the better.

It wouldn't bother me so much except that I can see that soon no one will produce desktop apps if it goes this way: we'll be dragged into the clouds whether we want them or not. Google Voice has already gone this route: they refuse to produce a desktop client for it. (A shame, as that's all that stops me from using it as a general-purpose call center.)

Hacker gets native code to run on Windows Phone 7 -- will a jailbreak follow? (Download Squad)

Nov 12th 2010 1:47PM They'll likely leave the app store discrepancy in place as something of a understanding requirement. A jailbreaker native code hosting app would open the door not only for fun hacky things but for nasty data-theft hacky things as well. So, by leaving it out of the app store, they introduce a barrier that, in order to overcome, you (mostly) have to have a sufficient understanding of the phone that you won't be very likely to put something on it that would result in data security issues for you. I've seen that kind of implicit-barrier-as-a-test thing in a number of situations before, and it's probably good at screening out the people who really should just stick to the very safe stuff.

Statistics show European Microsoft Windows browser ballot screen to be useless (Download Squad)

Oct 27th 2010 6:41PM Frankly, it was delusional to think that if you just let people know that other browsers existed the floodgates would open, especially since Microsoft has put real developmental effort into IE the last few years and fixed it up. (Maybe in the days of IE6, but wake up, you're not competing against the IE of 5-8 years ago.) If people are not power-browsers, Chrome and Firefox have just about nothing compelling to offer. (And Opera has nothing at all until extensions become common) Between browsers, speed differences are small and most major features are supported universally. That's not enough of a pressure gradient to sway people from the default if they only care about, say, Gmail, Facebook and Twitter.

As long as IE is a decent default and delivers at the 90% mark, a large segment of the populace simply won't switch. Period. Don't waste your time wondering about how to capture them.

Google faces landmark fine in Britain for 'gross invasion of privacy' (Download Squad)

Oct 25th 2010 7:46PM I don't know what's more ridiculous about this: that people are slamming Google when it was clearly accidental and they've been extremely honest and open about the mistake, or that it's the original Big Brother State planning to level the fine.