I've been using TLS to read Techdirt for over an year. My browser shows it's currently using a Cloudflare certificate. So what's really changed?
While we've "supported" HTTPS/SSL/TLS for a while now, it's only since June that we've defaulted to it and made sure all Techdirt resources are served over a secure connection. But the news here is Namecheap coming on board as a sponsor of that move.
My point? You said that Techdirt is "not real code" because it's Wordpress. It's not. Never was. I thought that, you being a genius and all, it might satisfy your intellectual curiosity to know something about the actual origins of the code. So my point was to add a spark to your already brilliant light. But, um, never mind.
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This is the new version of Wibiya's toolbar, which we're trying out with the hope that our readers will find it more useful than the old one. One thing the old one had, which the new is missing, was a button to collapse the bar. We've already contacted Wibiya about it -- we think there should be a way to collapse the bar, without completely disabling it.
After some investigation, it appears that the problem comes from a combination of the HTTPS Everywhere Firefox extension and the implementation of the Facebook Like button in the Wibiya toolbar (at the bottom of the page). The other Like button we include below the text of each post doesn't appear to have the same problem. We've removed the Like button from the toolbar and reported the problem to Wibiya.
Yeah, we read our posts. Haven't seen this problem though.
However, we have received a few messages in the past 12 hours about the issue. We're looking into it, but it appears to be related to a Firefox extension called HTTPS Everywhere. For some reason, that extension and the Like button appear to not be playing well together. We don't have any more details than that, yet. But we'll let you know when we do.
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I agree with that, but how about infrastructure spending?
That's a good point, but Mike did say the gov't "almost never" creates jobs that are good for the economy. We heard a lot about "shovel-ready" infrastructure projects, when the last big stimulus was being proposed, but a majority of the spending did not go to such projects. Politicians generally use big spending opportunities to reward or pay off constituent groups -- not promote productivity, efficiency, or growth.
Should there be a role for the gov't in funding such projects? That's open for debate. But it never seems to be what politicians actually do when trying to "create jobs."
Several of the comments seem to take issue with me for suggesting something should have been done to these guys. However, that was not what I was suggesting, at all. I was merely pointing out how silly it makes the TSA look. If it's necessary to basically feel up kids, check a baby's diaper, and harass elderly people, why wouldn't in also be "important" to have something in place to prevent people running wild inside the terminal after hours? These guys may not have been a threat, but the *potential* threat from an unguarded terminal (even if minimal) would seem to rate higher than that from letting kids pass through security, unmolested.
Thought I was pretty clear. I don't really care that they didn't stop these guys. It just doesn't make sense that they put on such a big show at the checkpoint, but seem to be paying little attention to what goes on beyond it.
I agree that what these guys did posed no danger. Wasn't saying that it was a threat. The point is with how ridiculously overboard the TSA goes with screening at the security checkpoint, it seems kind of absurd that they don't seem to care about people doing whatever they want in the terminal.
Our business is not dependent on any one of those things that you listed. We could easily switch web servers, "content delivery network systems," ad providers, tools, sharing buttons and toolbars, whenever we'd like, without destroying our business.
Mike (like Fred Wilson) was simply saying, don't be reliant on any one single platform or 3rd party system for your entire business. If we built our whole business around the Facebook Like button, then we'd be in serious trouble if Facebook decided to drop the Like button.
Now, you could say that we're totally reliant on the internet or electricity, and you'd be correct. But it's a pretty safe bet, for now, that neither of those things will disappear at a whim, or due to some company having financial trouble.