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Comment Cyanogenmod has gone downhill a bit (Score 2) 86

As another example, in late June they promised final snapshot images of CM11 for all devices. Yet relatively few actually got an update while their build system continued to churn out nightlies. Comments on the original blog post are ignored. Sure we all know it is free but don't promise people something if you have no intention of delivering on it.

Comment Android or is it Java? (Score 1) 105

Perhaps someone with more Java/Android experience can elaborate but my quick read on serialization leads me to believe that this is a flaw in Java itself and that per the below, while steps can be taken to mitigate the risk, it can't be eliminated.

While the patches xed the specic instances that
we had found, we feel that a general problem de-
serves a general mitigation, reducing the impact of
such serialization attacks. Since Bundles are very
common in Android’s Inter-Process Communication,
we suggest changing the Bundle’s default behavior
that automatically instantiates all of its values (under
BaseBundle.unparcel, that is invoked by any ’touch’
of the Bundle) to a lazy approach, i.e. retrieving
only the values of keys it is asked for. Of course by
design the problem will still remain, but will depend
more on specic developer’s code, so less apps will
be vulnerable if another vulnerable class is found,
signicantly narrowing the attack surface.

Comment Who needs 2G? (Score 1) 107

According to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, it won't require more than a stable 15 Mbps to stream 4K.

Even ISO's at 25MBps are done in next to no time. Instead of pumping up the volume so to speak, it would be far more consumer friendly (and valuable) to reduce the price of the connection dramatically. Of course, that will never happen as a) there is no competition and b) profits! The price of broad band is especially gualing giving how much fiber was scooped up for next to nothing during the dot.bomb

Comment Not Conveient (Score 1) 654

Unless you live inside a major city the 'cost' is not the biggest factor. Convenience is. Being able to go on your own schedule and from and to the location you desire, rather than just some approximation of those points determines us. For those outside the city (even nearby suburbs) the sprawl is far too great.

Comment Did Oracle Buy FB? (Score 1) 283

This is exactly how Oracle operates. 'We know what is best for you and shall disable XYZ'. Really FB, just go fuck yourself. Whether Flash is good/bad or something else, FB has no right to collude to deny computer users the right to use any program/plugin/interface outside of their own site.

Comment Hidden SSIDs and MAC addressing? (Score 1) 487

Clearly MAC address blocking can prevent most unwanted access but is a pain to setup every time you have a guest. Wonder how this "feature" handles hidden SSIDs? normally you need to check an extra box to connect to a hidden network. That wouldn't prevent those determined to get acces but might stop the random casual use by neighbors.

Comment Costs ignored? (Score 2) 409

What would the cost have been without foreign sanctions? Without restrictions on suppliers? Iran has long said they wish to build many nuclear plants yet in the sanctions regime that is near impossible. Absent those issues the cost would be much lower, yet might still be considered high by 1st world standards.

Why does the US waste $1 trillion on the F-35 program? Are there not other cheaper alternatives?

Clearly both countries have made decisions based on their own internal metrics and view those costs as acceptable.

Comment The New Nazis (Score 2) 818

are the far left - free speech, free expression, as long as it conforms to their speech and their expression

So sick of the pussies that corp Amerika has become. Uncle like people would really stop shopping at Amazon because they fulfill orders for Confederate flag? Really?

You don't want a Confederate flag then don't buy one. Pretty simple.

And unlike a bricks and mortar where *gasp* your sensibilities might be offended by seeing one on display, you aren't going to get a flag in your search results unless you are actually searching for one.

Comment Re:How many times? (Score 1) 389

A bit late on the reply but...

By this logic, if I have a party or just an outing with friends at a beach or park and we play music on a boom box, the fact that it can probably be heard by others relatively nearby our group seems to indicate that the law is broken and we should be getting a license.

That, to me, is crazy.

"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, preserved their neutrality." -- Dante