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Comment: Windows on 32 GB? (Score 1) 282

by tepples (#48043869) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Or, just join the rest of us in 2014, get an SSD and don't worry about it.

Windows itself takes the majority of the 32 GB SSD that comes with a Windows 8.1 tablet such as a Transformer Book, Aspire Switch, or older Surface Pro. I imagine that most people don't want to have to manually shuffle data between such a small internal SSD and an external HDD.

Comment: DRM in game servers (Score 1) 282

by tepples (#48043849) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Your server isn't getting games installed on it, which put all kinds of settings in the registry, then removed later when the game is old and tired, leaving behind cruft (including DRM bullsit) in the registry.

You'd be surprised at how many games have the same digital restrictions management BS in the game's dedicated server app that they have on the client.

Comment: Shake the bad bits out of the cable (Score 1) 282

by tepples (#48043797) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?
The one kernel of truth in your joke is that sometimes you do have to reorient the Wi-Fi AP to improve signal coverage. And sometimes you have to unplug and reseat cables in order to get devices into an operable state. One phone rep recommended disconnecting the USB line and "shaking the bad bits out".

Comment: OS-provided structured sharing mechanisms (Score 1) 282

by tepples (#48043755) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

and you can say good buy to.

your email app from being able to see any office files.

When you drag from the file manager or Office to your e-mail program, the operating system would make a read-only view of the file in the e-mail program's space.

no more flash , java , quicktime and more on the web.

Three words: good fcuking riddance.

adobe apps can't work with each other

Having been published under the same private key (that of Adobe Systems) would let them run in the same sandbox, if the model you envision is anything like the model of Android.

no more visual pinball working with pinmame (at least both are open source and can have both join to one app)

They could join through more structured data sharing mechanisms, such as local sockets set up by firing an intent.

IDE / codeing apps may be come hard to do.

Console gamers and iOS fans would say "good riddance". But they could work the same way AIDE does on Android.

No more NV or ATI driver apps

Again, having been published under the same private key (that of NVIDIA or AMD) would let them run in the same sandbox.

games can't have mods or map editors.

Console gamers and iOS fans would say "good riddance", as I described in another article, because modding helps cheating. But a mod could be installable through the same share mechanism I mentioned above.

Comment: Re:If you live outside T-Mobile's coverage (Score 1) 173

by tepples (#48043229) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Sprint most certainly will activate a phone not purchased from them, as long as it's a CDMA phone they support

I was under the impression that Sprint supports only the exact makes and models that it sells. If I bought a CDMA2000 phone without carrier branding, do you think Sprint would just sell me a CSIM to plug in?

Comment: Re:We've heard this before. (Score 1) 113

by swillden (#48042681) Attached to: Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

The FAA requirement for a lock on the door was only issued after 9/11

On October 9, 2001, the FAA published the first of a series of Special Federal Aviation Regulations (SFARs) to expedite the modification of cockpit doors in the U.S. fleet. This Phase I fix included installation of steel bars and locking devices.

No mandatory door locks before 9/11.

Yes, but the claim was that prior to 9/11 pilots were asking that locks be installed and that airlines refused the expense. I was asking for a citation supporting those claims -- that pilots asked and airlines refused.

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 1) 425

by swillden (#48042659) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Oh, I see the problem. You've internalized Republican wingnut derp. Only a wingnut would hold being a community organizer against someone.

I'm not a Republican, but even I can see that you've misunderstood the complaint. He's not holding having been a community organizer against Barack Obama, he's implying that community organizer is the role in which Obama belongs, i.e. that he's not competent to be the president and that he should therefore go back to what he knows how to do.

Comment: Re:No, it is not. (Score 1) 425

by swillden (#48042591) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

It is if we are permitted to keep our own information secret from law enforcement except when compelled to deliver it by warrant.

That's an interesting statement, because some US courts have ruled that we cannot be so compelled because it violates the fifth amendment protection against self-incrimination.

I see three options:

1. Makers of devices are required to provide back doors for law enforcement access. This was part of the idea of the Clipper chip... which was a total flop because no one wanted to buy it, and Congress didn't get around to (or didn't dare to) compel usage.

2. Makers of devices don't have to provide back doors, but people can be held in contempt for refusing to provide access to officials with a warrant. Some US courts have taken this position.

3. Makers of devices don't have to provide back doors, and fifth amendment protection prevents requiring people to provide law enforcement access. Some US courts have taken this position.

So, which should we aim for? I think 1 is clearly not a good idea, not least because providing a LE backdoor that can't be exploited by malicious actors is far easier said than done. 2 is what you suggested. 3 is what many on slashdot believe they prefer.

Personally, I lean towards 3, though I can see arguments for 2.

Comment: Re:GTFO. (Score 1) 425

by swillden (#48042313) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Won't be long before Google and Microsoft follow suit.

Google has never had the ability to decrypt an encrypted Android phone. The key encryption key is derived from the user's password (plus salt), so a brute force search of possible passwords can recover it, but Google hasn't ever had any special back door. If you use a good password, no one is going to be able to get in without your assistance.

(I'm a member of Google's Android security team. Not speaking as an official representative, mind you, but anyone can look at the code and see exactly how it works, so no official statement could appreciably differ.)

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 1) 191

by hairyfeet (#48042181) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks
Uhhh...nearly every router out there will let you set rules and set up devices which are not allowed to reach the outside, all you have to do is use 'em. For the record it was a $30 Trendnet so if I could set one up using that no name POS surely you can do so too?

And sorry if I didn't make it clear but that is the point of the VLAN, the 2K box can talk to the Win 7 box but CAN NOT reach the WWW, whereas the Win 7 box not only can reach the 2K but also the net.

Comment: Re:uhh (Score 1) 489

by swillden (#48041891) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

And unlike Earth where you can simply reboot society via going outside and farming a little plot of land, you can't do that on Mars!

You can't necessarily do that on Earth, either. Earth as it is right now, sure. But it hasn't always been like it is now... in fact it mostly hasn't been like it is now, and it's guaranteed that it won't always be like it is now. Changes can happen with lightning speed, too. A supervolcano eruption, a meteor strike... or even just climate change. What would happen if the planet suddenly reverted to "Snowball Earth", with 30 feet of surface ice covering the equatorial oceans?

We're eventually going to have to learn to either (a) sustain human life in extreme conditions or (b) engineer the planet's climate, deflect rocks, suck the energy from supervolcanos, etc., or else we'll die. Learning to live on Mars, or in space for that matter, without constant support from Earth is a Good Idea.

Disobedience: The silver lining to the cloud of servitude. -- Ambrose Bierce