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Comment: Re:You Can Help (Score 2) 90

by Fuzi719 (#47221467) Attached to: Behind the Great Firewall: What It's Really Like To Log On From China
Last year the GFW began blocking OpenVPN connections. Many VPN providers were blocked, their DNS entries erased from the standard DNS servers that the Chinese ISPs use. The way around that now is to hardcode a DNS server like OpenDNS or Google DNS and to use PPTP or L2TP VPN connections. I can attest that those still work, I was back in China over the Chinese New Year holidays. I was able to use VPN on my laptop connected to a Shanghai ISP as well as on my Android phone using China Mobile HSPA+ data.

Comment: False accusations? (Score 1) 183

by Fuzi719 (#45174759) Attached to: Huawei Using NSA Scandal To Turn Tables On Accusations of Spying
Perhaps the reason for all the congressional/government banning of Huawei equipment was really not because there was any proof of Chinese government spying, but because there was no way for the NSA to get THEIR backdoors into Huawei equipment. The NSA could not allow US government and telecommunications companies to begin using equipment they could not hack.

Comment: Here's an idea... (Score 2) 292

by Fuzi719 (#45133481) Attached to: For Playstation 4 Owners, Bad News On USB, Bluetooth Headsets
"ITworld's Peter Smith is shedding a tear for his $250 Turtle Beach PX5 headset." Sorry, but no sympathy for him. Instead of shedding a tear for your "beloved" device, why not DON'T BUY A PS4. But no, everyone will bitch and moan and gnash their teeth and rant online, but they'll still hand over their money to Sony, who doesn't give a rat's ass. Hey Peter Smith, it's YOUR fault, yours and those like you who keep giving these greedy idiots your money.

Comment: Re:Sure, it's good today (Score 1) 415

I currently have several devices that are nothing more than paper weights now as they are no longer chargeable due to broken micro USB ports.

Add me to the users that have never broken a microUSB port. My current 2+ year old phone gets plugged into the charger at least every day, previous phones were used even longer with no broken plugs. Several other devices I've used daily with plugging/unplugging their microUSB connections. Until reading of the few people in this thread complaining about broken plugs, I would have never assumed it to be much of a problem. I am an active participant on XDA forums where many Android smartphone owners discuss many issues with devices, including hardware. The only time I've ever encountered much discussion of broken ports, it is when someone accidentally did something really stupid with the device/plug.

Comment: It's the design. (Score 2) 327

by Fuzi719 (#44405649) Attached to: Tim Cook May Not Know Why, But Samsung Is Winning in China
When Apple first became available in China, the "status" drove sales. But, that market was quickly saturated. The Chinese market typically demands several things of a smartphone: microSD support and swappable batteries. Phones without those abilities are simply not as well received. Some manufacturers make special products just for the Chinese market, like HTC does with their One model. In the US and Europe, the HTC One is completely sealed, no access to battery, no microSD slot. But in China, the HTC One has at least the microSD because that market demands it. In China, they put a lot of video onto microSD to play on their devices, whether phone or tablet. The Apple system requires those videos to be converted on a host computer before they will play on the device. Android typically does not require any conversion, it plays many more formats than Apple. The microSD can be loaded up with movies and tv shows to watch on the commutes to/from work and school. Apple doesn't seem to understand the Chinese market. They had the initial status-driven people, but those don't offer continued sales/growth.

Comment: New plan (Score 1) 259

by Fuzi719 (#43329895) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Ahead of Phone Tracking ?
As part of the new KGB-Plus service available as an option on many plans, the wireless provider can have genetically modified carrier pigeons enhanced with bloodhound DNA find and alert you anywhere in a growing number of metro areas. The specially-trained pigeons will carry a coded message that only you will understand to tell you to turn on your phone and prepare for an incoming call or text message, or to seek a safe house/shelter should your identity and location be discovered by unknown forces.

Comment: Re:Here come the deniers (Score 3, Insightful) 449

by Fuzi719 (#42462519) Attached to: Connecticut Group Wants Your Violent Videogames — To Destroy Them
So what of all those children in other Western countries who watch the same movies and TV shows and play the same video games and have nearly the same access to weapons as do Americans, yet they don't go on violent rampages with the frequency of Americans?

You can do more with a kind word and a gun than with just a kind word. - Al Capone

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