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Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 629

Google can't push out updates to the handsets. The carriers by law mandated that only they can update and test the devices. You as a citizen and owner of the device cannot do this yourself either.

I'm not sure how this statement can be true. Apple is not a carrier and directly provides iOS updates and bugfixes to older handsets for several years. Their oldest supported device is the 4S which came out in 2011.

I am curious if you have a reference that shows that Google and their partners such as Samsung are legally prevented from doing the same. I can and do blame them for their disinterest in security patches.

Comment: Re:What IP address ranges are in the US? (Score 1) 234

by Goetterdaemmerung (#48707591) Attached to: NSA Says They Have VPNs In a 'Vulcan Death Grip'

If you're making a parallel with the wizard then maybe but one would normally abbreviate to 'Aus'

Exactly. "Land of Oz" is the slang reference that I first heard when I was visiting. At the time I was traveling with backpackers (including locals, not just foreigners), so maybe it was just a humorous joke and in less common use than I thought. I'm sure no official document would spell it that way.

Thanks for the insight!

Comment: Re:What IP address ranges are in the US? (Score 1) 234

by Goetterdaemmerung (#48702345) Attached to: NSA Says They Have VPNs In a 'Vulcan Death Grip'

Trust me, no one here spells it with an Oh-Zed.

You've never heard it referred to as Oz?

I have heard those 2 letters used in conjunction as reference to Australia many, many times during my travels there.

Now the term "ozzies" is somewhat new that I haven't heard before. Could be a recent development.

Comment: Re:Give us QWERTY (Score 1) 75

by Goetterdaemmerung (#48672867) Attached to: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review

> Differentiation is difficult in the smartphone market these days.

> all are nice upgrades but are only iterative

Please give us one huge upgrade - simple QWERTY. Last QWERTY phone is N900 from 2009. The next will be Jolla+TOHKBD in 2015 just thanks to a community funding effort (but still with weak hardware from 2013). Everybody in forums wants QWERTY but no single manufacturer makes one.

Huh? I can immediately name two examples of a modern QWERTY phone here or here.

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 4, Informative) 351

by Goetterdaemmerung (#48665005) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

I hate the way my friends' HDTVs make movies look like soap operas. I hated the last Hobbit which I saw in HFR/HD and the "look" completely ruined the film for me. The lighting used stood out like a sore thumb from the live action characters vs. the CG, the movement of the CG itself was horrible in many scenes.

And this film was no different. Ugh.

Your experience is due to the TV settings. Most TV's out of the box have the "soap opera effect" set to maximum and the sharpness set to maximum. Brightness adjusts the black level and contrast adjusts the white level. These are all set to make it look good in the bright store but are generally not desirable for home movie viewing to a discerning viewer. Perhaps your friend is open to adjusting his picture - however be aware that a lot of people believe they like the super sharp picture because they are used to it and might dislike the softer, more natural picture. Ask him to try it for a couple of weeks before making a decision to go back.

This is the first thing I did on my Panasonic plasma TV (after the burn-in) was to turn that shit off and calibrate the display. The picture is incredible.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 440

by Goetterdaemmerung (#48610695) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

>You can freely move through the 50 States with more ease than EU nationals can establish themselves in another EU State.

But what about all the other American countries?
As a Brit I could move to France without asking permission. I don't think that's true for a US citizen to move to Mexico or Canada.

Mexico and Canada are not part of the United States. They do not have the same treaties with each other as do the the EU or the Commonwealth countries.

As a Brit can you freely move and work in those countries outside of the European Union that are still in Europe or the surrounding area? I don't know why you'd want to move to, say Serbia or Albania however can you do so without permission? What about Ukraine, which is usually considered part of Europe?

Comment: Re:Wrong conclusion (Score 2) 269

by Goetterdaemmerung (#48587869) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

> Not so sure. Try to find another mp3 player with massive storage, an excellent user interface, and good to excellent build quality.

Any Android device.

My 500G Archos still refuses to die. It fits a particular niche that Apple will refuse to address and Android hasn't quite caught up yet with (but will eventually).

No, just no. Android OS has very little overlap to a dedicated music player that requires a few physical buttons to play, pause and skip along with basic displays. The markets are only related because modern phones can also store and play music. That doesn't mean a smart phone is best at playing music.

Comment: Re:Bail terms - no more money making (Score 1) 166

by Goetterdaemmerung (#48494957) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Faces Jail At Bail Hearing

The car was part of the assets under seizure, so no he can't sell it. compared to what most people go through in such a criminal trial where the assets may be considered illicit gains he has actually been treated unbelievably well. He was able to keep his money to spend on his legal bills as well as a political campaign, gambling and even a ridiculous music venture and a monthly rent bill that was $80,000. seriously that is nearly a million a year he was spending on rent.

I thought Kim Dotcom was broke and not even able to pay his lawyers?

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 257

by Goetterdaemmerung (#48374273) Attached to: Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

Only if you live in one of the states in which they have a physical presence. This refers to someone like me, who pays no sales tax to Newegg because they don't have a presence in my state.

Or if you live in a state like I do that has no sales tax. I don't want a new federal tax imposed on my purchases, which is one of the ideas floating around. Having the feds collect a tax and redistribute it is a tempting angle to avoid certain sticky issues of state tax collection across state lines. People who already are used to paying sales taxes might be ok with this, but what about states like mine that are quite opposed to a sales tax? Would my state have an exemption along with due recourse to fight the collection on merchants who might falsely collect it?

Comment: Re:Get rid of the electronic voting machines. (Score 1) 388

by Goetterdaemmerung (#48315209) Attached to: Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches


Your stated advantage is loss of paper ballots.

Your stated negative is "to get electronic voting done securely and properly"

I think paper ballots win. More security staff is a much larger payout than developing a fully trusted and accountable complex computer system.

Comment: Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (Score 1) 388

by Goetterdaemmerung (#48315167) Attached to: Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

So how does that let a blind person vote unaided (the original reason electronic voting machines were "invented")? And how does that fix the large number of people that don't fill in the bubble completely or otherwise spoil or partially spoil their ballot? And what happens when someone stuffs the ballot box with extra votes?

How does a blind person see the touchscreen? How is this an improvement over a paper ballot with fixed braille next to each option?

Comment: Re:Marked Paper Ballots FTW (Score 1) 388

by Goetterdaemmerung (#48315131) Attached to: Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Great, so how does that stop someone stuffing ballot boxes? Anonymous paper ballots are vulnerable to stuffing and loss.

Ballots must be anonymous to guarantee an uncompromised election. Preventions against stuffing the ballot box is a local check and balance. It's hard to lose a paper ballot once they are in the lock box.

Comment: Re:Finally.. (Score 2) 130

by Goetterdaemmerung (#48313419) Attached to: American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Verified by VISA and similar programs for online shit that did everything we needed but there was one critical flaw - no one used it because they didn't have to. The only site I've ever used that actually implemented it was Newegg. And when I accidentally closed the Verified by VISA popup (I assumed it was a shitty 3rd party offer popup and closed it before it loaded), I discovered that failing the Verified by VISA challenge still let my transaction go through because the merchant never wants to miss out on the sale.

Verified by VISA didn't succeed because:
1) It looked like a scam site complete with redirection to a 3rd party asking for personal details like portion of social security number. Nowhere does it display security credentials.
2) Real phishing scams exist using the name and similar form layouts.
3) Yet Another Password. Hopefully not the same one used to log into the shopping site.
4) If you forget your password, all you need is the card information to reset it, plus a birthday. Not exactly a big secret.
5) It never worked for me because I disable third party cookies, run ABP, disable javascript, etc. I had to use IE the one time I tried to use it.

Here is a paper that describes the flaws in Verified by Visa. Gross Domestic Product Implicit Price Deflator for State and Local Government Consumption Expenditures and Gross Investment

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.