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The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
People who "wear" browsers and Operating Systems like a fashion statement really piss me off.

LJ has discovered a security flaw and this has prompted a complete reshuffle of how the site works... what do you mean you haven't noticed? There's a shit storm happening over in news because, to many, LJ is now virtually unusable!

I should not get involved, but inevitably I have to respond to some over blown reaction and get myself sucked in... and this is where the worst case of snobbish behaviour happened. After asking someone, who had listed the 40 different reasons why their use of LJ was now ruined, if they would rather the security flaw was left alone they replied that they heard it was an IE specific bug and "as a Mac user browsing with Firefox, I'm not feelin' it."

Whoop-de-fucking-do! I'm alright Jack - you can all go fuck yourselves. This "I'm a minority browser/OS user" elitism really gets my goat (if you hadn't noticed). I use a mixture of browsers and OS's (although not so much with the OS's any more.) They are tools, and I use the tool most suited for the job. If x million other people use it - that doesn't mean it's a bad tool - usually the opposite. If half a billion other people are using it - there's a fair chance that it's reliable 99.9% of the time.

Using Windows/IE combination to browse the web does not automatically make you an idiot. Likewise, using some beta software on an OS used by a fraction of the worlds population doesn't automatically make you smart: Quite the contrary. Beta software is software that has not been tested completely. If there are only 10 people using an OS, chances are there are undiscovered quirks that could screw you over. Smart people may chose to accept these risks, but not all people that accept these risks are smart!

I once wrote my own web browser... now don't get excited, I was just messing with some socket library. It was text only, and could only handle a couple dozen html codes... but it could view web pages and I know for a fact it was completely safe. It was safe because it couldn't read cookies, not could it run java, scripts, activex or anything else. It was 100% safe, but only about 1% useful... but if thre was some magic link between the minority factore of the software and your intelligence then I guess I am a genius. Hey! - I always thought I was anyway.

There is a certain amount of irony in this particuar case. I have heard this flaw is actually specific to Firefox. I have also heard it does not just affect the person using the browser, but can affect other accounts that the person browses. I await eagerly the full write up in lj_dev to silence these elitest snobs and their minority Os/browser combinations.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: January 21st, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

To a genius.

Most of this entry went over my head - er dumb of what?!!!! But I bet you feel oh so much better e?

Looking forward to Sunday games. x
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