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Comment More analysis required (Score 3, Insightful) 499

One problem with the approach used is that the firewall is configured to drop all connections. This is not a realistic picture.
An analysis of the content would also be interesting because even with telemetry disabled, there are plenty of reason for connecting to Microsoft servers such as software updates. Most of them are port 80 and port 443. Port 80 is normal http traffic and is easy to analyse, port 443 is encrypted so it is a bit harder but if you can add your own certificate authority to the windows install, you can try doing man-in-the-middle. There is also UDP port 3544 which is related to IPv4 - IPv6 transition, which in itself is probably harmless but may hide other connection attempts (that's one of the reasons why you won't get a realistic picture by dropping everything).

The only thing this experiment tells us is that Windows communicates with MS servers even with telemetry disabled. It smells but without further analysis, it is not very useful information.

Comment Re:Internet service disruption? (Score 2) 166

Oooh, ooh, can an app mess with my internet connection by loading many ads? So anything that uses the device bandwidth excessively could also be banned now?

If it does it in the background than yes, probably. Google banned several apps that were a bit too aggressive running in the background because it interfered with the "doze" feature.
However, as long as you stay confined within you app, anything goes. There are ad blocking browsers on the Play store, there are also apps that abuse your bandwidth in the foreground, for ads or anything. What is forbidden is for an app to act on another app. And while Google may be a bit partial regarding this rule, it doesn't only apply to ad blockers, for example, they kicked out apps that did multi-window because it changed the way apps were rendered.

Comment Re:Cats & dogs living together (Score 5, Informative) 166

Buy a good Android device with an unlocked bootloader and use an AOSP based ROM with no gapps. Use Firefox mobile with your favorite blocking extensions as your browser. Use permission control to restrict apps that are a bit too curious. There you have it : premium device, no ads, no tracking. It may not be enough if you wear a tinfoil hat but nothing is good enough for tinfoil hats.
According to XDA, Sony seems to be the recommended brand because they are developer friendly and produce nice devices. Nexus have good support too. Also don't buy your phone through your carrier.

It is not as easy as buying a phone off the shelf and there are some downsides but you have understand that what you are asking is not what most people want. People want tracking because it allows plenty of nice features (like Google now), they like free stuff and ads are an effective way of financing free stuff, and they just want things to work out of the box rather than control all the details.

Comment Re:Mars is impossible (Score 1) 309

There are no alternatives. We have evolved to live on Earth only. It has the gravity and protection from the radiation we need. Also we cannot "colonize other planets". They are too far away. You are limited by physics from reaching the ones outside of our solar system. And the ones in our Solar System cannot sustain human life. We are stuck here.

Venus has 1g, protection from radiation, and a surface so hellish that even demons refuse to live there. But believe it or not, flying cities in the atmosphere of Venus are considered and may be a better choice than Mars for long term colonization, if such a thing is possible.

Comment Re:Karma (Score 4, Insightful) 132

Do you love patent trolls or do you just want to hurt Apple so much?
Like it or not, Apple actually makes good products, maybe they are overpriced, maybe they don't fit your expectations but there is no denying they have some technical merit. And while I would like them to lose against another innovative company or for consumer rights there is no way I want them to lose against a company whose whole purpose is to exploit the patent system for personal profit without contributing anything meaningful.

Comment Re:GOOD (Score 2) 165

Unfortunately for you (or any Java hater), Java as a programming language is as healthy as ever, with Java devs being on high demand despite being commonly taught in school. Android is probably no stranger to its renewed success.
If you are talking about Java applets (that's what the browser plugin is for), it only had limited success : Flash and then JavaScript essentially killed it. As for advertising/abuse, I don't remember it being that bad, at least compared to Flash. It did have a lot of vulnerabilities though but it was mostly because of sloppy coding rather than a fundamentally broken design.

Comment Re:Beats? Danger Danger! (Score 1) 149

Here is a relevant Gaston Lagaffe comic :
It is in French so here is an approximate translation
- What is this strange thing Gaston??!?
- Wonderful isn't it! I bought it in a flea market, it is an automaton that plays chess!!
- I am curious to see this!!
- It is very strong said the seller...
- I played! what will the champion do?
- It seems like it always win!
- You see, you see!!

Comment Re:Market idea (Score 2) 169

Machina Dynamica is the best. Did you see the other products? They are all just as ridiculous as that bag of rocks.
One of the best is that he can improve your gear over the phone, using "quantum teleportation", genius.

Thinking it was a joke, I proceeded to order something and had to stop just before paying. So yes, he will really take your money, and according to some audiophile forums, the guy is serious about his stuff, using customer feedback to "improve" his products and all that.

Comment Re:How about games that require thinking and math? (Score 1) 238

Playing Monopoly properly requires quite a bit of maths.
Mortgaging is the obvious one. But the biggest one is how to decide where to build : you may need to take into account the position of other players (and know that a 7 will fall much more often than a 12), whether it is better to build a lot on cheap property or less on expensive property, the risks, etc...

Comment Re:The more you tighten your grip... (Score 1) 315

There are plenty of keyboard layouts that can be used to type French correctly, like the one that is used in Canada. If you want to be more exotic, there is the bepo layout, which is the French equivalent to the Dvorak layout.
And while French could benefit from some revision to fix the many irregularities of the language, it won't make it easier to type on an AZERTY keyboard unless we add even more irregularities or turn French into another language entirely.

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