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Comment: Maybe in China (Score 2) 243

by Nocturrne (#48855611) Attached to: Could Tizen Be the Next Android?
All Google services are blocked in China, so there are hundreds of millions of Android phones with no access to the play store. At the same time, most mobile phone manufacturers are designing their phones for the Chinese market and following Chinese trends. Tizen could do very well there. The communists think they are helping their own domestic tech companies, but they are really just helping Samsung and other non-googles.

Comment: Re:Google is blocked in China, Yahoo is not (Score 1) 155

by Nocturrne (#48784727) Attached to: Google Sees Biggest Search Traffic Drop Since 2009 As Yahoo Gains Ground
I've lived in China for most of the last 15yrs. Everyone used to use google until it was blocked. People in the tech/electronics industry still use it, with VPN, if they can. Baidu and other Chinese search engines are nothing in comparison to google - they are extremely limited and aggressively filtered and monitored. They think they are promoting the development of domestic Chinese tech companies, but all they are really doing is creating corrupt monopolies and isolating their own people from the rest of the world.

Comment: It's called a "Feature Phone" (Score 0) 150

by Nocturrne (#48737913) Attached to: Microsoft Unveils Nokia 215, a $29 Phone With Internet Access
There have been lots of these cheap feature phones for years. You can find many models in developing countries already, with an FOB cost of around $14. In fact, this type of phone is already old and out-dated. The market for them is almost dead, even in India. This just shows how clueless M$ is about pretty much everything in the universe.

+ - Knocking down the Great Firewall of China->

Submitted by Nocturrne
Nocturrne writes: The FOSS project Lantern ( is having great success in unblocking the internet for many users in oppressive regimes, like China and Iran. Much like Tor and bitorrent, Lantern is using peer-to-peer networking to overcome firewalls, but with the additional security of a trusted network of friends. The network of peers is growing, but we need more friends in uncensored countries to join us.
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Comment: A minimum wage job is not a career... (Score 1) 778

by Nocturrne (#47497953) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth
Working as a cashier at McDonold's should not pay a wage high enough for someone to "live." Minimum wage jobs should be something people do while they are young, living with family, students, etc. If you want to earn a "living" get a real job and work your way up the ladder. If you are illegal, GTFO.

Comment: Encryption NOW (Score 2) 457

by Nocturrne (#43944203) Attached to: Inside PRISM: Why the Government Hates Encryption
We need to talk about solutions, not politics. I want strong encryption of all my data, in the cloud and local, by default. Come on fellow nerds, let's make this happen. Has anyone tried moving their email to an encrypted cloud storage? We need someone to step up and offer encrypted cloud based email. Google clearly has no interest in encryption, as digging through our data is their bread and butter.

Comment: Re:Surveillance (Score 2, Interesting) 629

by Nocturrne (#28929637) Attached to: RadioShack To Rebrand As "The Shack"?
I used to be an exec at RadioShack, but left when they started to go into a downward spiral. Don't be fooled by misleading financial reports. The "profit" they claim was achieved through cost cutting. If you look at the details, you will see their revenue and sales have been dropping continuously for the last 8 years. They can't survive on cost cutting forever...

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