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Comment: Re:works differently in the states. (Score 1) 245

by AmiMoJo (#49627761) Attached to: USBKill Transforms a Thumb Drive Into an "Anti-Forensic" Device

The worst part is that if you really are a terrorist or paedophile you will take the two years over the punishment for what you really did. What are the chances that when the police realise that you are innocent and they screwed up they flip a few bits in your Truecrypt key so your password doesn't work any more and you go down for a couple of years?

Comment: Re:That's one reason the iPhone is so popular (Score 1) 274

by AmiMoJo (#49627729) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

Sounds like a Google Nexus device would be best for you. Currently all devices released in the last 3 years are on the latest OS, and they cost half as much as an iPhone. Why pay twice as much?

An officially supported cyanogen device might suit you too. The OnePlus One really is an iPhone killer for less than 1/3 the price, and extremely customisable.

Comment: Re:Nah. (Score 1) 274

by AmiMoJo (#49627721) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

The security angle is overblown anyway. The OS is secure, and we don't see vast phone botnets or millions of victims with huge phone bills from SMS spam. The only malware we see get any traction requires the user to install it willingly, and even then it will often be blocked instantly by Google's blacklist.

Comment: Re:Some good data... (Score 1) 274

by AmiMoJo (#49627707) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

Update Play to the latest version and you will get security updates. You must have disabled updates for it because 2.2 is supported.

As for crashing apps, you can stick with the old versions that came with your phone if you like. It sounds like turning updates on again would be a good idea though.

Having said that, the device is 5 years old. I don't know of any company that provides updates for phones that old, except Google.

Comment: Re:Some good data... (Score 1) 274

by AmiMoJo (#49627693) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

Users of older versions of the OS do get security updates via Play.

Devices running 2.x must be very old stock. Around here even the cheapest devices are on 4.x. Well there are some feature phones where the ability to install or customise anything has been disabled that might be older, but there is only so much Google can do when the OS is open source.

Comment: Re:Measurements (Score 1) 395

by AmiMoJo (#49619803) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

Are there any examples of other skills where the distribution is bi-modal? It would be extremely atypical. I think the default assumption has to be that the curve is the classic bell shape, like most skills, unless there is evidence to the contrary.

More over, I think the point that programming skills can be learned is an important one. In the west we tend to think people have certain innate abilities and weaknesses, like some people are just bad at maths and can't be helped. In some places the assumption is that almost anyone can master almost any skill with enough studying and practice. If someone wants to do programming, or any engineering, to achieve some other goal they can learn to do it well, even if they don't love programming for the sake of programming like some nerds do.

Comment: Re:Confused (Score 2) 296

Maybe MS has decided to crack down on computer repair stores. I used to work at one many years ago, and an MS rep told us that we mustn't activate Windows ourselves. We had to let the end user do it so that they would be forced to agree to the EULA.

We pointed out that our customers expected a fully working computer that was ready to use when they got it back, but they were not interested. Maybe they want to enforce that rule suddenly.

Comment: Re:The 30 and 40-somethings wrote the code... (Score 3, Insightful) 528

by AmiMoJo (#49618009) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

So you are in your 30s now? Then you are too old. They want graduates who will work 50+ hour weeks for low pay. Around age 28 a little red light starts flashing on their hands and they are replaced before they start wanting s career or work-life balance.

Actually you are kinda showing your age in your post. The kids abandoned facebook, there are too many old people on there. To be honest I've lost track myself... Do they still use Snapchat?

Comment: Re:Poster sounds sympathetic, but sounds like thre (Score 2) 250

by AmiMoJo (#49611407) Attached to: VA Tech Student Arrested For Posting Perceived Threat Via Yik Yak

It's got nothing to do with offence. Making credible threats is illegal, and for good reason. Making credible threats can have extremely negative consequences for the person or institution being threatened. Do they do nothing and take an unknown risk, which leaves them open to being blamed (and probably sued) if something does happen? Do they cancel their event, stay at home with a loaded gun and put their life on hold? Not to mention the stress which can affect their health.

Defining what is credible is the tricky part. I'm not sure this is, but it's probably enough to warrant an investigation to see if the person had the means to carry out an attack. It's a difficult line to draw.

On the other hand things that are clearly jokes, like the guy in the UK who was eventually cleared of posting a tweet joking about blowing up an airport if his flight was cancelled, should not be investigated or prosecuted. I'm sorry I can't give you the exact limit, but that's the nature of life. Speech is imprecise.

Comment: Re:Looks like the prophet's gunmen (Score 1) 1050

by AmiMoJo (#49611323) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

This. Many of the UK citizens who have gone to fight in Syria did so because they are disillusioned with UK society. No job prospects, muslims in general feel that the rest of the nation is turning against them, no acknowledgement that the UK's military adventures have mostly been about killing muslims etc.

I think most non-muslims don't realize what it is like. I have an Islamic surname and when people find out about it they sometimes react quite negatively. Not open abuse most of the time, more like micro-aggressions. Sometimes they nervously ask if you are a muslim, as if it is any of their business (I'm not, but sometimes I'm tempted to say I am just to see what happens). I can imagine how living with that, and seeing the videos that glamorize the fighting in Syria, could push people towards going there.

Comment: Re:Looks like the prophet's gunmen (Score 1) 1050

by AmiMoJo (#49611261) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Isn't that attack another proof that fanaticism == stupidity?

The Charlie Hebdo attacks were very well planned and executed. They were obviously idiots on a philosophical level, but also well trained soldiers with a well laid plan.

Similarly, ISIS or IS or whatever they are called are not doing too badly. It's not often one group manages to establish a new state by force, but they have pretty much managed it. Who knows if it will last but the west doesn't seem to be able to stop them, or the countries they have partially conquered.

There are lots of idiots among them, but don't underestimate them all.

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