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Comment Re:Advertisers, worry about security? Get real (Score 1) 235

And much would be gained. The companies expending such huge advertising budgets would suddenly no longer be spending that money. That means less cost, so lower prices for their products and more sales; or, more realistically, larger management and CxO bonuses. Either way, everyone wins.

Comment Re: Yeah rigth (Score 1) 168

Some checkums can only be guaranteed to catch a single bit error but, in practice, it is relatively rare that multiple-bit errors "line up" just right to create a correct checksum. There are better checksums available, as well, which will catch multiple-bit errors, as well as identify which segment of the data contains the error. Someone more familiar with the topic will have to name these, as I haven't studied them in years.

Comment Re: Time to hold the government accountable (Score 1) 211

A phone operating under normal conditions isn't particularly useful for triangulating its signal.

Actually, TDMA networks (which GSM is) with extremely small time slices (which GSM definitely is), are so timing-sensitive that all stations (read: phones) are constantly adjusting their transmit timing to compensate for distance. If the phone in your hand can calculate round-trip time to do that, the tower it connects to can certainly do so to calculate distance. After all, we know how fast the signal moves.

Sure, it's not triangulation, which requires three points (it's all on the name), but it provides a radius along (not within) which you are located. Actually, an arc of either 120 or 60 degrees, depending on whether the tower uses 3 or 6 semi-directional elements. If your signal reaches a 2nd tower, that's all the information they need; you are located where the two arcs intersect. A third point (for triangulation) is only necessary when distance information is not available.

Comment Re: Google, get your house in order first (Score 1) 198

So, now let's let some reality settle in. I don't need 1tb of storage when I'm out and about, and I keep the things I do need either on my phone's 64gb or on my self-hosted cloud. It's not tied down, it's still quite mobile, being my phone (and not a tablet). I keep a fairly decent security perimeter around that server, with tight access controls, periodic log reviews, and encrypted offsite backups twice per day. I'm guessing it's a bit more secure than your wallet against both theft and loss, and the 1tb drive stays locked in a cabinet with just a USB port for access. Sometimes, especially if your data is sensitive or important, size does matter; and bigger is better in terms of not accidentally dropping and losing something important.

Don't lose your wallet, buddy.

Comment Re: Done to _gouge_ the customer better (Score 1) 378

Can't say I've ever been "burned" by Amazon, but alright. Way to miss my point; you don't know that the cart you pick up off the shelf wasn't bought cheap by the vendor that supplies the store you're buying from. After all, these are legitimate Xerox cartridges and will be in sealed Xerox retail packaging.

Comment Re:Talked to our purchasing dept. (Score 1) 378

It's not about 3rd party ink, it's about 1st party toner. Xerox sells their toner for different prices based on region, then chips the cartridges and locks the printer the the region of the first cartridge used in it. It's right there in the summary. And the article. Even the headline. Did you read anything?!

Comment Re:We are stupid (Score 1) 378

The last Epson printer I bought, with their newest and bet technology, suffered print head damage within 100 pages. It took a month to get my $300 printer replaced. When it came time to buy a laser printer, I was considering Epson, but then I kept that in mind and bought Xerox. At least I have a legitimate source for the region chips and OEM toner for it, so refills aren't a problem. And when I say a legit source for the OEM toner, I mean the actual OEM of the toner.

Comment Re: Done to _gouge_ the customer better (Score 3, Insightful) 378

It's not about knockoffs, it's about the fact that the exact same Xerox first-party cartridges sell cheaper in other parts of the world. Already use a US-coded cartridge? Found your Xerox-branded cart cheaper on Amazon, but shipping from Europe? Well, you're out the cost of that cart when you get it, because your printer won't accept it and the seller won't take it back open. Oops.

And I say this having just bought a Xerox laser printer. I've since sourced the chips needed and learned who manufactures their toner so I can order direct. Since the cartridges in my printer do nothing more than deliver toner, I'll be refilling. With OEM toner.

Comment Re:Class action law suit is deserved (Score 1) 188

I got a check for nearly $40 last week, because Capital One autodialed my cell phone with a recorded message, once, which qualified me as a class member in the suit against them for that practice. The wife and I were planning on leftovers, but we had a free meal out that night instead. That's a benefit, for sure.

Mind you, the 4 past class actions I was a member of netted me less than this one, combined. It's rare, but to say it never happens, is just... incorrect.

Comment Re:Done (Score 1) 31

Oh, and for the record, one email I got from them was about my Time Capsule being used in a DDOS. Fucking Apple ships the things with SNMP on by default, with default communities and no security; and no version of AirPort utility that runs on an Intel CPU can change the setting. I had to boot up an old Windows machine to fix that.

And it should be the law: If you use the word `paradigm' without knowing what the dictionary says it means, you go to jail. No exceptions. -- David Jones