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Comment: Re:Open Source? (Score 1) 193

by Divebus (#46417773) Attached to: F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013

Fair enough... but nobody "found" the GnuTLS bug until the effects of it became apparent. Then the Open Source community started looking for it. That's what runs counter to the claim of "many eyes on the code makes security". Nobody was really looking and nobody noticed that some random cert could be reported as trusted for almost ten years. It's just a truth even I've advertised about Linux until I find the truth has been shattered.

Ignorance isn't blissful at all and this very thing is the weakness of closed code - not many eyes looking and things get fixed retroactively after the effects are revealed. However, Apple realizes the great majority of users don't know a thing about computers except they're appliances which need to work reliably. Apple knows they're not allowing the Dancing Pigs into the iOS spectrum and with that comes restrictions which will frustrate some people. They don't advertise anything different from that. So far, they've made 800 million iOS customers really happy at the expense of maybe 100,000 code monkeys.

My bigger problem with Android is who the mother ship is; Google, which has turned into a spy agency in their own right. They've brilliantly created a portable vehicle to map and catalog your every move and view. Their business model is to destroy your privacy and sell what they learn about you to marketers, the scum of the earth, without restraint or remorse. Apple, on the other hand, is well known to frustrate efforts by marketers to gain access to your private data. Frankly, I don't like computers or cars all that much and don't code or race anymore, but I have to use them. Since I have to use them, I'm going to use something I like a lot and not have to worry about too much.


Comment: Open Source? (Score 1) 193

by Divebus (#46416667) Attached to: F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013

Maybe I'm conflating several notions from your post, but I get the distinct feeling you liken Apple products as being in a cage. I can tell you it's more like being in Club Med with hot cocktail waitresses and sunny days with the chain link fence holding back hordes of lepers.

This entire decade, all I've heard was how fully vetted open source gave you freedom and security at the same time. Write all the code you want and run it everywhere. Safely. Freely.

The GnuTLS Library bug tells me it's all been BS. To that end, why should I trust any random developer's software, certificate or not? Isn't everyone in the open source community supposed to be looking at the code? Actually looking at it? You just can't trust anything these days.

Comment: Re:From the ashes into the fire? (Score 1) 253

by Divebus (#44539027) Attached to: Acer Pulls Back From Windows To Focus On Android and Chromebook

I would think that someone with such a low UID and [assumed] broad experience would have a little more insight, especially the "no one uses Macs for business". There are a lot of businesses that would chuckle about that, starting with one of the world's most profitable and valuable businesses (on and off).

You can add to that practically everyone in the entertainment media creation field, especially in LA. Forrester says almost half of enterprises with 1,000 or more employees are issuing Macs. Macs are the default choice of many Silicon Valley startups and larger companies like Google. Some CTOs even make fun of the last Windows holdouts for using a "typewriter".

I work for a giant media conglomerate which four years ago forbade Macs from entering the IT system, but after a great deal of upheaval from the top, IT has been told to shut up and deploy Macs, now present as some 30% of new machines. The greatest "ecosystem" Microsoft has are the IT admins who don't know of or won't examine anything else. Those days are ending.

The Mac is not "an obscure also ran" since more than half of new Mac users come from other platforms... well, one in particular. It's more of a refuge for the many millions of people who are sick to death of Windows. Just having Macs in my workplace side by side with Windows machines is driving many users to ditch their home PCs in favor of Macs (some of them Hackintoshes). None of them would even consider a Linux machine. The Mac is now what Linux wants to be.

Microsoft had become quite lazy under Ballmer. Anything a competitor did, Microsoft would release a half baked lookalike that generally really sucked in a number of ways. Microsoft's belief is that they would automatically prevail because the competition (usually Apple in this context) was an obscure also ran. After having their asses handed to them over and over, they're finally getting it.

The best thing I can say about Microsoft's foray into the tablet and advanced phone world is they're the only ones not blatantly copying Apple. That's turning out to be a mistake but I don't think they could have won if they had copied Apple. The tide has turned against Microsoft and once the legacy has worn off, they're done unless they come up with something totally new that nobody can live without.

Comment: Re:Not a replacement yet (Score 1) 340

Like every energy breakthrough in the past, someone decided the Big Oil companies would know how to handle and distribute it. Somehow, all those promising alternative energy sources never seemed to work out. BP axes solar power business, Transition from oil to renewable energy 100 years away, says Exxon Mobil and dozens more.

Comment: Re:So MS may now back WebRTC??? (Score 1) 112

by Divebus (#43134923) Attached to: Google and MPEG LA Reach VP8 Patent Agreement

Correct again. Microsoft likes to play the "standards" game as long as they can retain a proprietary component inside. Their very first attempt at "standards" was to contribute WMV to the HD-DVD consortium and press for its adoption for Blu-ray without releasing any information required to create the codec. The effort eventually became the VC-1 standard, but the people I knew on the standards body said Microsoft kept thinking they didn't have to release any details about the codec believing the world would simply accept a Microsoft based "standard" because nobody dared bet against them. Meeting after meeting ended with no resolution which looked anything like a disclosure suitable for standards ratification. That was about the beginning of the end for Microsoft (the very first concrete indication that nobody trusted them any more) and signaled the end of HD-DVD.

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