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Comment: DRTFA (Score 1) 60

by Jeslijar (#46896019) Attached to: Why Does Amazon Want To Sell Its Own Smartphone, Anyway

Oh I couldn't possibly imagine any reason why amazon would want to break into the smartphone market at all. The Kindle Fire isn't overly successful with their own app store enabled and the google app store stripped out. They don't sell kindles at a loss so they can reap huge profits from their chunk of a digital content sale. No sir.

Come on.

Comment: Re:Of course! And you never need more than 640K RA (Score 1) 373

by Jeslijar (#44516967) Attached to: Hybrid Hard Drives Just Need 8GB of NAND

Yeah, the early firmwares for the m4 series had some issues but it was nothing like the sandforce controller based drives at the time. Once they did that major firmware update that improved performance like 20% across the board it was more or less ironed out.

Now that i'm thinking of it though, I think there was an issue with the M4 drives where it would crash after 5000 hours of use... http://forum.crucial.com/t5/Solid-State-Drives-SSD/Crucial-M4-128-GB-Random-Freezes/td-p/95787

That was fixed with a firmware update well over a year ago now.

Comment: Re:Of course! And you never need more than 640K RA (Score 1) 373

by Jeslijar (#44516453) Attached to: Hybrid Hard Drives Just Need 8GB of NAND

IMO go with crucial. Using a 256GB crucial M4 in my gaming laptop, have had a raid0 128gb crucial M4 setup in my gaming desktop for a couple of years now. Zero issues.

I had issues with a patriot torqx 64gb dropping sometimes before firmware updated several iterations. I have a corsair force 3 120GB that hasn't had too many problems. I have an adata SSD in an ultrabook without any issues. Most of them are pretty good. The samsung stuff is using TLC chips which wasn't super popular afaik before they came to the market with it. In the long run it may get more reliable and cheaper but for now there isn't any advantage to going with the TLC stuff.

My next SSD will be a crucial drive assuming they keep up with speed and reliability. Intel has always sacrificed the most speed and capacity, OCZ has always been the least reliable (granted, mostly due to controller woes that aren't all their fault, ultimately I blame them)

Comment: Re:If new Xbox requires always on internet connect (Score 1) 261

by Jeslijar (#43421631) Attached to: Microsoft Game Director Adam Orth Resigns Following Xbox Comments

I'd buy it because I pretty much just use it for online gaming. I will admit of the four or five people i've met who aren't into gaming heavily but still own an xbox 360, none of them have connected their xbox to the internet. They just want to play games on it like an atari, nintendo or playstation. They don't care about a new social UI, they don't care about DLC. They just wanted something they can have an hour or two diversion on - they don't live their lives gaming. Something simple that they don't have to think about.

I can see where the always-on side appeals to businesses though. If the xbox 360 required an internet connection to function - i'm sure they would have found out a way to hook it up. Xbox probably would have made money on them too once they realized there was a marketplace with movies, games and other distractions. If the original console had a wireless nic, i'm sure the people I know would have set it up since they all have a wireless network.

Comment: Spread em' (Score 5, Insightful) 111

by Jeslijar (#42966263) Attached to: Cellphone Privacy In Canada: Encryption Triggers Need For Warrant

This seems directly equivalent to "If your front door is unlocked the police can come in and snoop around without a warrant"

You could say the same thing with several other things like...

"if your car is unlocked they can rummage through it legally without a warrant"

and

"If your fly is down, they can do a cavity search legally without a warrant"

Twitter

Twitter's New Transparency Report: Governments Still Want Your Data 30

Posted by samzenpus
from the lets-have-a-look dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "All your Tweets are belong to us... with a court order. Twitter's second transparency report reinforces what many already know: governments want online user data, and to yank select content from the Internet. Twitter's first two transparency reports cover the entirety of 2012, so there's not a deep historical record to mine for insight. Nonetheless, that year's worth of data shows all types of government inquiry—information requests, removal requests, and copyright notices—either on the increase or holding relatively steady. Governments requested user information from Twitter some 1,009 times in the second half of 2012, up slightly from 849 requests in the first half of that year. Content-removal requests spiked from 6 in the first half of 2012 to 42 in the second. Meanwhile, copyright notices declined a bit, from 3378 in the first half of 2012 to 3268 in the second."

Comment: Re:Disk space (Score 1) 182

What happens if there's not enough disk space left for the game? Or is it being installed in a dedicated system partition?

I'm going to go ahead and assume that since this is bundled with a system update that unless there was disk space available for both the update and the game(s) and bloatware that it just wouldn't update the phone. I'll assume again that this would all be put on internal phone storage as well so that a user couldn't just delete it off the SD card storage.

Still, rooting the phone would allow you to eliminate it and give sprint that much less control :)

Comment: Re:TFA firewalled off here (Score 1) 338

by Jeslijar (#33592214) Attached to: Google Engineer Spied On Teen Users

I was talking about the original slashdot post that really just says "Google dude spied on minors" which sounds creepy to me. Not any linked articles within the /. post or comments.

If you think of how many worse things that a person that has access to "at the most sensitive information at the most powerful internet-based company in the world" one could see that this is a rather minor offense. He didn't gain anything out of it and in some ways is no more than stupid bullying.

There are plenty of 'what ifs' that you could run this through. I personally don't know what type of auditing Google does of their site reliability engineers - if any. Clearly the best way to be secure is to refrain from using a public email service as your medium for your sensitive data, no?

Very few people could know exactly how much 'snooping' went on. If he was doing this day in and day out for four months i'm sure someone would have noticed. If he did this very rarely over the course of four months it wouldn't necessarily be easy to audit. When it comes to personal violations like this - if the first guy it happened to reported it immediately it wouldn't have taken four months.

Finally: I tend to lean towards the side of criticizing any attempt at fear mongering on any medium, be it a simple post on slashdot or every major news agency saying the H1N1 is coming with the swines to eat you alive!

Comment: Re:TFA firewalled off here (Score 2, Informative) 338

by Jeslijar (#33585890) Attached to: Google Engineer Spied On Teen Users

according to this FA, it wasn't some creepy stalker type deal.

He found a techie group and wanted to impress them with his 'haxor' skills. It probably didn't come out until later that he worked for Google. It was a stupid move and an abuse of power, but it wasn't something as creepy as the original post here makes it sound.

"Barksdale's harassment did not appear to be sexual in nature, although ... [he] demonstrated extraordinarily questionable judgment. ... It seems part of the reason ... was to show off the power he had. ... A self-described "hacker," Barksdale seemed to get a kick out of flaunting his position. ... The parents of the teens whose Google accounts were violated by Barksdale were hardly amused, however."

Doesn't sound newsworthy. Google did what they should have did; They got rid of him. Sounds like "do no evil" to me. He doesn't deserve to be burned at the stake for something like this, as immature and stupid as it may have been.

The Internet

+ - 4chan Does Something Nice->

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "Members of 4chan aren't known for doing things that are cute and heart-warming and when they decide to go after someone, it's typically to subject them to ridicule. But not this time. Someone at 4chan decided that the Internet should get together and wish 90-year-old WWII veteran William J. Lashua a happy birthday, and soon Lashua's local branch of the American Legion was deluged by birthday calls from people as far away as Sweden. The account someone set up for Mr. Lashua's birthday on facebook had 3,956 "likes" and over 500 comments, most of which wished him a happy birthday and thanked him for his military service. It's not clear how 4chan originally came across a photo of Lashua, but a member of the site posted a snapshot of a flyer that was on the bulletin board at a store in Ashburnham, Massachusetts asking for guests to attend the nonagenarian's birthday on at the American Legion hall and the post took off. In contrast to their usual behavior, 4chan members "were giving him nice phone calls and sending him nice notes" and discouraging those who wanted to do something stupid or mean. "They were all being.. well, shucks, awful nice.""
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The Internet

+ - Fidel Castro Loves the World Wide Web->

Submitted by pickens
pickens (49171) writes "The LA Times reports that 84-year-old Cuban ex-President Fidel Castro consumes 200 to 300 news items a day on the World Wide Web and in a recent interview called web communication "the most powerful weapon that has existed" and extolled its power to break a stranglehold on the media by "the empire" and "ambitious private groups that have abused it" adding that the Internet "has put an end to secrets.... We are seeing a high level of investigative journalism, as the New York Times calls it, that is within reach of the whole world." Well, not the whole world. Cuba has the lowest level of Internet penetration in the Western Hemisphere (lower than Haiti), plus severe government restrictions and censorship affecting those who do have access. In addition Cuban law bans using the Internet to spread information that is against what the government considers to be the social interest, norms of good behavior, the integrity of the people or national security. Most Cubans who do have computers have access only to a Cuban intranet, a national e-mail system with approved websites and journals while on the World Wide Web, Cubans encounter filters and blocks on any information coming or going that might be construed as unfriendly to the Cuban government."
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