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Comment Re:Good (Score 4, Informative) 64

Except this is the recovery key for an Apple account, not an encryption key. Apple explicitly has access to information about your account. For example, they know which songs you've purchased from iTunes and which iPhone apps you've downloaded.

This has nothing to do with encryption. This information is already available to the government if they have a warrant. The recovery key in question here is to authenticate, not to decrypt.

Comment Re:microsoft cash (Score 3, Interesting) 181

I seriously felt that way until just a couple days ago, too. Wired had this piece about Satya Nadella and what's going on in Microsoft, specifically about the HoloLens project. It was the first time in a long time that I read something about Microsoft and thought "Oh wow, that is really cool," instead of "LOL."

Then today I decided to check out the Windows 10 Technical Preview and I have to say I was impressed. It is very solid.

I'm not a Microsoft person, either. I'm typing this on a MacBook Pro and I've been running Slackware on my desktop for 10+ years. Disclaimer: I use Win7 extensively for Steam but for little else.

Comment Re:Really, Slashdot? (Score 1) 135

The LastSession.plist file stores way, way more data than just URL's.

When I log into my bank account, my username and password are not in the URL and certainly not passed unencrypted over the wire. They are happily stored in the LastSession.plist file though.

I'm using Safari 7 on Mavericks, so it clearly isn't fixed in the latest version.

Comment Re:i can always wipe my phone remotely (Score 1) 356

There are some details here: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/09/11/apple-new-iphone-not-storing-fingerprints-doesnt-like-sweat/

Basically if something goes wrong with the fingerprint scanner it will always fall back to the passcode and in some cases it will require the passcode instead of a fingerprint.

Also, you need a passcode to unlock the phone after it has been powered off and if it hasn't been unlocked for 48 hours.

There are probably some other special circumstances but that is the gist of it

Comment Re:Macintosh's ease of use (Score 3, Insightful) 170

What exactly does Apple have to do with shoddy 3rd party software?

Neither Parallels or VMWare Fusion are in Apple's App store. So if grandma is going to the store to buy virtualization software, I would hope she has some idea of what she is doing.

Also, if grandma happens to hose the Ubuntu machine you gave her and she has to look at this:

~#:_

Does that mean Linux is shit and just for freetard lusers?

Comment Re:What is it about the Nook? (Score 1) 132

You don't need an Amazon device to read Amazon ebooks.

I do own a Kindle touch, but I have the Kindle app on my iPhone, iPad, and Macbook. I frequently read various things on every one of those devices depending on the situation.

The sync up nicely too so that each device will pick where I stopped reading on any other device.

Comment Re:What about new talent? (Score 1) 1501

Well, Steve Jobs was a dick too but also brilliant at his role.

I wouldn't read too far into things as far as major products like the Linux kernel goes. The people in production roles are no nonsense people. Start out smaller. There's no shortage of learning resources and forums or IRC channels with people who are explicitly there to help out newbs ;)

Go to places like that, ask questions, get to know people. Hang out in IRC channels, post to forums and mailing lists. These are the places where the real chatter takes places and where you can learn some "real life" stuff.

Something like the LKML is the last place you'd want to try to start out at.

Comment Re:What about new talent? (Score 4, Insightful) 1501

I'm sorry, but at this point in my programming life, I don't have the knowledge to be able to stand up to some dev with 10 or 15, or hell, even 5, years of real experience, and tell them why they're wrong, and I'm right.

And that is why Linus has absolutely no time for you or your ideas. He's maintaining one of the biggest projects out there and doesn't care about your feelings. Put up or shut up and get the hell out.

But don't forget that the vast majority of projects out there are not this cut throat. The vast majority of projects are also not this big and this fundamental either. There are plenty of projects that would love your contributions at this stage of your career. The Linux kernel is absolutely not one of those projects.

Comment Re:Why is DRM a nightmare for me? (Score 1) 221

Except customers aren't being punished, they actually really enjoy the service they are getting.

DRM is a non-issue for the vast majority of people who are streaming their stuff. I think Netflix is great. If I really like a movie I'll sometimes buy the DVD too. I also like being able to "rent" movies on iTunes for a few bucks and maybe purchase later if I choose.

Streaming services are just one of many options available today and none of them are mutually exclusive.

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.

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