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Comment: Re:The problem is always the client (Score 1) 93

by NonUniqueNickname (#48426253) Attached to: WhatsApp To Offer End-to-End Encryption
If an open source client were all it took to establish secure communications between two phones it would have been done a long time ago. There are other hurdles besides the client. It's rare for two phones to be able to communicate directly because phones don't usually get public IP addresses. When a phone gets a public IP address it's likely to have most if not all incoming ports blocked, and even if both phones happen to have public IP addresses with unblocked incoming ports they still need to find each other via some sort of directory server. So at the very least, the IP address and identity of both parties goes through a server that you do not control. But more likely, all data exchange between the two parties (including keys) goes through a server that you do not control.

Comment: Re:PC couch multiplayer is a thing now (Score 1) 99

by NonUniqueNickname (#47740535) Attached to: The Tech Fixes the PS3 Still Needs, Eight Years On
Thank you for the link. I was not familiar with the term "couch" multiplayer and your link greatly improved my search for the next game. For other players looking for a "couch" game I'd recommend Ibb&Obb, nice ambient, smooth platforming gameplay, and quite the linguistic challenge to talk through a puzzle since the words up and down have lost all meaning.

Comment: Re:If you have the opportunity (Score 1) 433

by NonUniqueNickname (#47071331) Attached to: U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong
I'll address gp's ridiculous hyperbole. Goliath is described as a champion, not a bully or a murderous thug. At no point in the story is he said to have killed innocent people. Goliath proposes to not have a war but instead decide the conflict based on the outcome of a single one-on-one combat (himself vs an opposing champion). There is nothing “Goliath-like” about any aspect of the war on terror.

Comment: Re:Believe it or not (Score 1) 69

by NonUniqueNickname (#46979937) Attached to: Astronomers Identify the Sun's Long-Lost Sister
Romance languages go Sun -> Male, Moon -> Female. Semitic languages go Sun -> Female, Moon -> Male . Exact opposites yet quite close geographically. Long story short, assignment of gender to inanimate objects is largely arbitrary unless the object really looks like a penis or a vagina. Bunch of pervs that we are. Not that the two or three billion people who speak genderless languages aren't pervs. Japanese, for example, is genderless.

Comment: Re:User unfriendliness strikes again unfortunately (Score 1) 143

by NonUniqueNickname (#45452075) Attached to: Ars Checks Out CyanogenMod's New Installer
Sometimes it's not about installing, but about uninstalling. I've an old Samsung device that doesn't have a lot of RAM. They still release updates for it, each more bloated than the previous. I jumped ship last year to CM 7.2. It gives me the same OS version as the latest update from Samsung, but without Samsung's bloat. The cherry on top is being able to delete the Google Apps I don't want (gtalk, to name the worst one). On stock you can't delete them, you can't even stop them from running in the background. Now I got plenty of free RAM, phone's snappy, and I don't feel pressed to upgrade the hardware.

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