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Comment: Re:All using ancient devices (Score 1) 28

Yes, and how many of those devices are supposed to support the factory reset which wipes all the storage?

What's that? All of them?

Full disk encryption is one of 5 problems they found, but not the main one.

the researchers found that all retained at least partial amounts of data from contacts information, images and video, SMS, email, and data from third-party apps like Facebook.

They were able to recover Google authentication tokens in all devices with flawed factory reset, and were able to access master tokens in 80 percent of cases.

To test their findings, they used one of the recovered master tokens from a reset to restore the credential file.

Disk encryption, in theory, should make the factory reset more robust. But the sense I get is that the factory reset is complete garbage independent of encryption on some of these devices.

Which mostly reaffirms that I have no interest in anything but the stock Google Android. Because by the time another entity has gotten their hands on it and tweaked it to advance their own commercial interests , you really have no idea of what holes they've introduced, and you have no idea how long before they'll drop support for it.

Carrier certification is shorthand for "all of our crapware needs to be checked if we get around it". The shit carriers put on phones is for their benefit, not ours. Because it's intended to drive traffic to their garbage.

Comment: Re:More than PR (Score 2) 256

by PopeRatzo (#49748355) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

How exactly would raising funds for his political campaign help him personally?

He can donate the money to his Rand PAC (http://www.randpac.com/) or just let it sit there for future elections. He becomes more influential by virtue of that money. He can use it to generate support for a bid for certain Senate committee positions. When you have money to distribute to other political purposes, you have the juice that creates power. Most important, he can do what his father did and just make personal money by selling his campaign donor mailing list.

Did you know even retired politicians can keep their campaign fundraising going? They can keep fundraising even after retired and can use that money for other politicians political purposes.

Comment: Re:Thank you - just PR for his presidential run. (Score 1) 256

by PopeRatzo (#49748269) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

There are PODCASTS with larger audiences than MSNBC, dude.

Now that you mention it, Rand Paul's filibuster made it to MSNBC, too.

He got his facetime on the TV and that's all that matters.

[note: Rand Paul's filibuster is actually the lead story on bible-prophecy.com right now]

Comment: Re:More than PR (Score 1) 256

by PopeRatzo (#49748211) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

The only problem with this story is that pandering to "bitcoin dudebros" is widely known to not be a way to electoral success, and if Paul is really just a shrewd grifter that you paint him, he knows that, as well.

Paul doesn't expect electoral success at the Presidential level. He expects fund-raising success.

Think for a minute of all the presidential candidates who know they're not going to win the nomination, but realize that a lucrative donor list is the next best thing. Rand Paul is one of those. He's building a nice packet for the future.

Comment: Re:More than PR (Score 1) 256

by PopeRatzo (#49747971) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

So while of course some element of it is PR, that is not the core reason as to why he did this.

And you know this how?

You can recognize a public figure's cult status when their followers start to claim they know what's in his heart and mind.

Rand Paul is a grandstander in the Barack Obama mold. He is sound and fury signifies fuck-all but lip-service to a dimwitted ideology that I wonder if he even believes. It's almost as if some consultant told him that the only demographic where he has a chance is bitcoin dudebros and so he has these little events to check off the box.

Comment: Texas & Football (Score 1) 307

by PopeRatzo (#49746949) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

Clearly, the principal is an absolute goof. It's high school sports, for chrissake. I mean, I know it's Texas and all, and in Texas, high school football is sacramental, but geez. It's bad enough that public universities have become big-money football programs with a little school on the side, but can you at least pretend that high school sports is about the students and not about revenue or aggrandizing adults?

Let it go, or maybe next time the kid will post the pictures he has of the football coach snapping towels and playing grabass in the showers with the defensive secondary.

Comment: Evolution (Score 1) 231

by PopeRatzo (#49746199) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?

Here's what I've learned:

1) Being able to do something is good.
2) Being able to teach someone else how to do something is better.
3) Being able to convince someone to do something is best of all.

In other words, think about whether maybe you should move to management. Do you still really want to write code? I'll bet you've developed some skills over the years that would serve you well in management. And the most important thing to remember is, don't be the manager that you always hated.

Think about your future. Not just what you want to do today, but how you see yourself in a few years. I know it's a cliche that everybody gets asked at interviews, but you've got to be willing to give yourself an honest answer.

Comment: Hope you like coding everything in assembly (Score 1) 160

I can't imagine this OS has anything resembling libraries or runtimes on it...one of those cheapass modems you can telnet into will seem luxurious in comparison. How much need will there be for an OS like this in the future when you can already run a full desktop OS on a $25 single-board computer?

Never say you know a man until you have divided an inheritance with him.