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Comment Interesting Data Point (Score 5, Interesting) 97

The most interesting aspect of this, in my opinion, is that once the vulnerabilities were known to not be private anymore, the vendor (Mozilla in this case) immediately fixed all of them. Some bugs had been open for over 300 days. What this says to me is that by keeping vulnerabilities private, it makes vendors lazy about fixing them, and is another data point in favor of the "full disclosure" model of computer security.

Comment Just researched this for my kids (Score 3, Interesting) 313

I've done a lot of research on this, and the Nokia Asha 501 is the best dumb phone I've found: http://amzn.to/1HncbcC

I purchased it because it was the most smartphone-like phone on which AT&T does not require a data plan (my definition of dumb phone, yours may vary). The battery lasts a few days when using it mostly for music and internet, or a couple weeks (!) when using it for calls only. It's small, but not too small to be useful. With it's built-in WiFi, it's the only dumbphone that I know that will do Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Email, and even a small number of games.

This is not going to touch any iPhone or Android phone by a long shot, but for the price it does pretty well.

Comment Re:An Odd Bird (Score 1) 110

Stephenson's books have gotten worse and worse as he's gotten older. Usually authors improve as they age, not put out dreck like Cryptonomicon.

Dreck? Odd, I thought Cryptonomicon was quite good -- possibly his best, or at least in a close race with Snow Crash. Diamond Age was quite good too, though I wasn't crazy about the ending. Zodiac was very good as well.

Anathem, on the other hand... I was really excited for it to come out, as I'd read every other Stpehenson work at that point. It's literally one of the only books in my entire life that I started but did not finish. I got maybe 30% of the way through, and I just couldn't get into the story at all. The characters didn't give me any reason to be interested in them, at least not enough to slog through the last 4 inches of that monster tome.

Comment Re:What an idiot (Score 2) 180

How about a dead-man's switch, like the ones worn when you drive a WaveRunner or SnowMobile? It might be a physical lanyard, or a more modern approach could be Bluetooth based. When the BT dongle/wristband/whatever that you are wearing gets more than the range of Bluetooth away from the laptop, it auto-locks.

Neutrinos have bad breadth.