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Comment: Bye bye Uniden (Score 1) 131

Your product line stagnated and your latest effort was seemingly launched to no end of trouble. I said this would come and now it has.

I'm really looking forward to scanners that finally have nice UIs with modern features like GPS built-in, recording, RR db access, and communities developing for them for additional protocol support.

Comment: Re:No single point of failure is permissible (Score 1) 97

I'd prefer if the cards came with a cert from the carrier on it so your phone could verify it's talking to a real tower, disabling stingrays in the process, and then your phone generated and exchanged keys with the tower. It would periodically generate new ones and expire old ones when you weren't actively exchanging data or on a call, and weren't hopping between towers. The towers would counter-sign them and hand them back. You could then hop towers quickly because each new tower you tried to connect to only has to verify the networks own countersignature.

Comment: Re:When groups like this attack you... (Score 3, Insightful) 97

Exactly. Their explanation is basically, "we did notice a couple of breaches in the outer layer of our network, this was probably that, nothing serious was taken". Meanwhile the NSA is loading firmware-level rootkits into hard drives via numerous exploit techniques that can remote update and survive reformats, etc.

Yeah, buddy. Just because you didn't notice the intrusion did not mean it didn't happen. If the NSA wants in they're getting in, and they're good enough not to get caught in most cases.

Why would the Snowden materials say they got in if they didn't? It's not as if they were leaked intentionally.

Comment: The biggest challenge is marketing (Score 1) 186

by DigitAl56K (#49116019) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

Google have been absolutely useless when it comes to marketing Wallet.

It works great. It's been out there for years now.

But have you ever seen an ad on TV for it? Have you seen ads online for it? Have you ever read an article about NFC payments that didn't talk almost exclusively about Apple Pay?

Google seem to think that as long as they put the tech into phones people will just somehow discover it, go through the pain of setting it up without really understanding how it works or the benefits of it, and trust loading it up with cash even though they've never really heard of it.

Seriously Google, your marketing people are failing you really badly here.

Comment: Re:How about implementing parental controls on And (Score 1) 81

by DigitAl56K (#49113641) Attached to: YouTube Kids Launches On Android and iOS

While I agree that native parental controls would be great, and as a parent I was also surprised they weren't there, there are apps that you can use to lock down devices quite easily to limit what your kids can access.

Kids Place is a good one:

The bigger problem is no end of "free" games stuffed full of ads that kids accidentally click all the time. IMO Google needs a policy that says if you are marketing to kids under a certain age you may not have certain types of ads (or any ads) in your app. As a parent, I'll gladly give you a couple of bucks to have a "safe" app for my child to use.

Comment: About the structure of the universe... (Score 3, Insightful) 288

by DigitAl56K (#49023795) Attached to: Quantum Equation Suggests Universe Had No Beginning

It's interesting, but I'm curious as to whether the model shows a universe developing with the features we observe. The density of the universe is one thing, the general structure of it is another. There seems to have been a lot of thinking around how the universe was shaped by the big bang including all sorts of models and simulations. It'll be interesting to understand if this new model also fits.

Comment: Re:Yes meanwhile.. (Score 4, Insightful) 167

by DigitAl56K (#48986083) Attached to: Google Quietly Unveils Android 5.1 Lollipop

On a Nexus 5 here.

- 5.0 shipping was announced something like a month before I could actually get either an image or an OTA update
- The Nexus 5 got the 5.0.1 fixes well after other devices like the various Nexus tablets
- The Nexus 5 still hasn't got the 5.0.2 update despite several other devices having it
- That's awesome that 5.1 is out! But for nearly all of us who care, it isn't:

Basically, Google does an awesome job talking the talk, and a shitty job of meeting the expectations they themselves set amongst their most fervent followers.

Comment: Re:Who ISN'T on a terror watch list these days (Score 3, Insightful) 127

by DigitAl56K (#48970253) Attached to: FBI Put Hactivist Jeremy Hammond On a Terrorist Watchlist

It will at some point reach the stage where if you aren't on a watch list you aren't being a very active participant in the steering of society: You don't talk about real issues because you either don't care or are too afraid to, you don't exercise your rights and are too afraid to associate with anyone who does, you go out of your way to be part of the status quo and do whatever you're told, your opinions will be handed to you by Fox News, and someone will be checking you share them on your Facebook.

Comment: Re:VirtualBox has been excellent, but needs QA (Score 2) 288

by DigitAl56K (#48941263) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

every software upgrade is a gamble

No. It is usually rare that a minor update version that is an official release will fundamentally stop working altogether. Sure, maybe some quirks are introduced, but generally the product has been tested enough that it is 95%+ working and most users either won't encounter or can work around the deficiencies.

On the other hand, official releases of VirtualBox can just flat out break to the point you can't even start some of your VMs, or crashing the entire VM is just the matter of running some common piece of software. The next release can be months away and when it comes, it may fix your original issue and introduce another equally as crippling to your ability to use the product.

NB: This isn't an attack on the VirtualBox authors, who obviously produce a great product used by many with few resources. But the lack of testing or beta releases literally mean I roll back more than I roll forward - not out of personal preference but because I am forced to just to use the product - and that is what I mean when I speak of the upgrade gamble.

Comment: VirtualBox has been excellent, but needs QA (Score 4, Interesting) 288

by DigitAl56K (#48940821) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

I user VirtualBox all day every day for fairly complex tasks, and it has performed admirably, yet it is sorely in need of QA help. Major releases happen with auto-update notifications and then you realize that your old snapshots can't be started, using a debugger blows up the VM, sometimes snapshots don't save properly even though it looks like they did, etc. etc. Then you have to dig out the last working version, which came out 6 months back, to get up and running again.

Aside from this "upgrade gamble", which I put squarely on a lack of beta releases, VirtualBox is fantastic. Hardware accelerated graphics with full Aero support, fast virtualization, shared clipboard and files, attaching USB devices - it's everything you need in a friendly UI that anyone can work with.

It'll be a tragedy IMO if it's left to rot.

For anyone interested, I find the last stable version to be 4.3.12 (on Windows).

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