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Comment: For internal use? (Score 3, Insightful) 185

by phorm (#48003881) Attached to: Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

HTTPS/SSL, but with the signing, distribution, and recovation done in-house. The big SSL vendors seem to often be prone to poor security, as well as possibly succumbing to the demands of certain government agencies and providing "private" keys.

At least if your certificate is signed in-house, you have control of your certs and a certain amount of extra protection against the above. This might not be a good solution for smaller shops, but mid/medium shops could accomplish this, it's just easier to use a "big name" registrar.

Perhaps one solution would be to have an easily deployed appliance/distribution that runs as an internal certificate store.

Comment: Different marketing (Score 1) 93

by phorm (#47993635) Attached to: Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

While they have their flagship products (Galaxy S? for Samsung), those vendors also sell multiple different models targeting multiple market segments, so one thing they've got going is that they've got phones at a lot of different price/feature points.
If you're talking about Samsung: NFC, Infrared, water resistance/proof, tap, screen mirroring standards, wireless charging (yes, Apple has NFC too but it's also a year later).

I believe somebody (Song?) was looking into cool tech like 3d/spatial scanning etc.

For features that aren't new but make the phone attractive: user removable battery, SD card slot (so you don't need to buy a new phone to upgrade).

The thing is, Apple was once known for bringing new features that really stood out. The one thing in recent phones I'd say makes the iPhone attractive is the fingerprint-authentication, (though I get similar functionality with a tethered smartwatch). For stuff like NFC, payments, and larger screen sizes they're actually playing catch-up.
The new iOS is actually slower in many cases and certainly no better on batteries, while Android L is set to boost battery life and performance (caveat: may not work on 32-bit phones from my current readings).

Comment: Re:Star Trek Communicators (Score 1) 139

by phorm (#47983435) Attached to: Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

... and a battery that would last for weeks, at the least. In TNG, it was also in a very thin badge (unless it had some external power supply under the shirt).

We just had a discussion around smartphones in my office. If there was *one* feature that would sell us no a new model (keeping the same features as the current gen) it would be a few days more battery life, preferably 5-7. No faster CPU with more cores. No fancy graphics, flexible screens, or bigger form-factor, but same size, same speed, and battery life that actually makes it more useful than a paperweight after 24h.

Comment: Solution (Score 1) 184

by phorm (#47976513) Attached to: Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

So what should happen:

Netflix releases data with an NDA against redistributing it or using it for other than a very strict purpose. Seed the data with some false users/address and take out a few PO boxes.

If Bob Nonexistent gets letters from Bell or somebody else because the CRTC gave the info out anyhow, then sue for breach of contract.

Comment: Guns in Canada (Score 1) 124

by phorm (#47974195) Attached to: Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

Yes, Canada has guns, but we don't have the same culture.

There's no public/concealed carry permits. You're not allowed to simply walk around carrying unless you're a police officer etc. If you see somebody walking around with a gun, you call the cops, and - depending on the location - he/she is likely to be surrounded by red and blue lights in short order. You're allowed to own guns (after passing certain tests/checks etc) but there are some fairly strict rules about where you're allowed to be out and about with them.

  In the US, it's not just gun ownership, but the number of people owning guns and toting them around in public.

Comment: Re:Cue "All we are is dust in the wind" (Score 1) 133

by phorm (#47974149) Attached to: "Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

The universe did not come from nothing. Thermodynamics prevents this.

But where did the something it came from, come from. And where did that come from, etc.

Whatever your belief, it seems the human brain is somewhat limited when it comes to the perception of infinity. I wonder if one day we'll discover that - like colours and mantis shrimp - there's a dimension to the universe that we're simply incapable of perceiving.

Comment: OpenGL issues (Score 3, Interesting) 93

by phorm (#47973961) Attached to: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premieres On Linux, 2 Years After Windows

What OpenGL issues, exactly? The only ones I've had recently are with some nvidia-specific stuff for surface mapping, but that was in a coding demo. For the actual games, modern AMD/Radeon drivers seem to do just fine, and are actually sometimes less of a pain than the nVidia ones for installation.

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