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Comment: This will only change after a catastrophe (Score 1) 400

by Kenshin (#49625579) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

The only point I see this changing is if someone discovers a horrible, easy-to-abuse exploit in older versions of Android, and releases the mother of all DDoS attacks on the cellular network, prompting quick security updates.

Aside from something like that happening, I don't see the update problem going away.

Comment: Re:At the same time (Score 1) 303

"If it were not for Microsoft everything would be like Linux is what you meant to say."

If it weren't for Bill Gates, some other entrepreneurial weasel would have taken his place.

The free software types rarely knew how, had the resources, or even wanted to bring their technology to the wider world.

Comment: Industrial Revolution (Score 1) 154

by Kenshin (#48834689) Attached to: The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

If it's classified as "he period when human activities started having a significant impact on Earth", then wouldn't the industrial revolution mark the start of that?

Or were coal-powered factories all over Europe belching horrible soot and smoke into the atmosphere not good enough?

Comment: Out of context... (Score 4, Informative) 305

by Kenshin (#48168757) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Everyone's taking that snippet waaaay out of context.

OS X and iOS work better together now, they don't work the same.

As in, for example, you start typing a document on your desktop, like you normally would, and you can continue it on your phone seamlessly and automatically if you have to go out. Both with different, and appropriate, interfaces.

This isn't about making your desktop work LIKE a phone. It's about making your desktop work WITH your phone.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 5, Interesting) 305

by Kenshin (#48168693) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

I've been using Yosemite for a couple of months.

It's not turning into iOS. It's just working alongside iOS better. On the surface, de-glossification aside, it's more or less the same as Mavericks.

But of course, let's whip ourselves into a frenzy without even trying it out. This is Slashdot, of course.

Comment: Re:Go to hell (Score 4, Interesting) 218

by Kenshin (#46622001) Attached to: Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

This goes a bit further than remote wiping.

It's already somewhat available with iOS devices, and is completely under the user's control. Basically, without your AppleID and password, the phone cannot be wiped and reactivated by a thief, essentially making it a fancy paperweight. (So it's not really a "kill switch", just a really strong theft deterrent.) The owner can wipe it themselves remotely, for security, but it would still *also* require their AppleID and password inputted directly into the device to reactivate it.

It's been working since September, and no one's found a way to bypass it. (Yet.)

If I set here and stare at nothing long enough, people might think I'm an engineer working on something. -- S.R. McElroy