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Comment: Re:Quick, make up something dark (Score 1) 143

by DigiShaman (#49170523) Attached to: Astronomers Find an Old-Looking Galaxy In the Early Universe

Meh. I'm just waiting for AI to become cognitive enough to figure it all out for us and announce a great revelation as to the origins of the universe. Some will be shocked, other amazed, perhaps others will face-palm at the new data. In that event, I'll be drinking a Dos Equis.

Stay thirsty my friends.

Comment: Re:FDE on Android doesn't work as of yet (Score 3, Insightful) 116

But how much? At least on Intel CPUs that have the AES-NI instructions, FileFault2 on a MacBook Pro is of minimal impact. Throwing a number out there, but perhaps less than 1% hit in performance?? And this is me running and compacting (cleanup) VMs (massive read/write operations) on an encrypted SSD. Certainly these new CPUs in mobile phones contain a similar feature as AES-NI, no?


Comment: Re: Interesting idea, nasty downsides (Score 2) 92

by DigiShaman (#49169111) Attached to: New Seagate Shingled Hard Drive Teardown

There is even ransomware out there that exploits domain privs and actually attacks Active Directory to encrypt schema and the user information, which would shut an entire organization down.

All users should be a member of the Domain Users group along with other security groups isolated to the share access they need. Only IT sysadmin should be using AD accounts that are Domain Administraors and Schema for utilitarian reasons only! Even sysadmins should have their own Domain Users AD account. Sadly, many sysadmins still conflate the roles with one account; very bad!!

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 0) 231

by DigiShaman (#49163379) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

Two things.

1: You're assuming that I'm conflating counterfeit with legitimate 3rd party.

2: I didn't know Anker (whom is a respectable brand) made cellphone batteries at such a price. Previously it was only pirated counterfeits sold anywhere from 12 - 14 dollars. But yes, there are a plethora of counterfeit OEM batteries passing themselves off as the real McCoy. The chemical composition and its purity is dubious at best. So when I said don't let that 12 buck burn a hole in your pocket, I literally meant it. :)

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 0) 231

by DigiShaman (#49162185) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

Wow, what a colossal glittering jewel of ignorance the AC espouses! No, not all lithium batteries are the same. At best, a Samsung S4 battery will use a generic 1500mAh cell with filter material to fake a real one that's rated for 1800mAh. At worst, the actual cell is substandard quality in both materials and protection circuitry that leads to a run-away exothermic reaction; FIRE!

Comment: Re:Nope (Score -1, Troll) 231

by DigiShaman (#49161685) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

You paid for, and trust a counterfeit battery?! Don't let that 12 bucks burn a hole in your pocket.

BTW, my phone isn't just for personal use, it's also business. When I need a working phone, I need one ASAP. As usual YMMV. For me, value is in turn-around time to resolution; be it replace or repair.

Comment: Re:Smoking Hot Blondes (Score 1) 207

by DigiShaman (#49160689) Attached to: Research Suggests That Saunas Help You Live Longer

Never been to sauna, but I want to try. I'm a texan, so we don't really have the environment for that being a warm gulf state. When I traveled to China, I did try the hot springs (Singapore design I think) while I detoxed with rice tea; more or less. But yes, you come out feeling like a million bucks. I only wish I could do it once a month or more often.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 0) 231

by DigiShaman (#49160387) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

See, that's why I get AppleCare. It's both insurance and covers battery failure too. Just walk right into an Apple store and often they will either replace the battery right then and there, or swap the phone within the hour. Restore from iCloud and done! To hell with those other cell replacement plans or insurance policies, AppleCare is the way to go.

Can I walk into a BestBuy or elsewhere and get the same level of service for a Samsung phone?

Comment: Dept of DUH (Score 1) 31

by DigiShaman (#49150187) Attached to: Simple IT Security Tactics for Small Businesses (Video)

IT 101 for SMB (or any business)

1. Get a business class Next-Generation firewall.
2. Don't install JRE or Flash if you can at all avoid it; they're vector for web drive-by-download malware
3. Installed managed AV for all workstations.
4. Block outbound port 25 (SMTP) so as to not be black-listed and fart SPAM from an infected machine to others out in the world.
5. Block TOR at FW level. Unfortunately. it's how bot-nets communicate these days.
6. Limit share access by department and roles.
7. Educate users of cons online.

Comment: Re: To answer your question (Score 1) 279

by DigiShaman (#49118569) Attached to: Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Will Switch Away From Silicon For 7nm

The more space you have, the more hardware you can cram into it. All things being equal in hardware, extra space defines performance. From multi-socket CPUs, to 4x SLI video cards and beyond.

Basically, the desktop says to the laptop "whatever you can do i can do better!"

Refreshed by a brief blackout, I got to my feet and went next door. -- Martin Amis, _Money_