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Comment Missed opportunities (Score 1) 106 106

NFC and wireless charging really seems like they should have been no-brainers.
The removable backs would seem to really favor of uSD storage (they're already using the cover for access tot he dual sims) and replaceable battery.

It's a shame they went totally cosmetic with the backs. If it had included the back and side (wrap-around), that would have been fabulous. Something like the slim guard case for the LG G3 (that was, oddly, only available in S. Korea) would have been awesome. I know, you can always add a ridiculously bulky case that makes your phone twice as thick and half again as heavy, trapping stray sand between the case and back to produce wonderful swirly patterns on your OEM back, but something integral would have been a real bonus.

Comment Is this not the 21st century? (Score 1) 106 106

If you don't like wireless charging, you must not have a magnetic charging mount. I made one for my car - the phone snaps into place and charges without ever plugging it in. It's also easier to drop it on my nightstand.

I'll admit it's a minor convenience, but we're living in the 21st century. It should feel like it.

And a bottom headphone jack is (as the kids say) teh suck. Want to put your phone in a stand or tilt it up while listening - nope, can't do it. How about putting your phone right side up in your pocket so when you take it out you can see your program right side up. Nope. It's one of the least favorite "features" that came to my iPhone 5, and one of the ones I hated when Android phones followed suit.

Comment Re:Missing the point here...... (Score 2) 69 69

Why does the malware need to be closed source. Can you not write and hide malware in open source software? It's not as if an end user is typically going to be able to audit the entire OS codebase even if it is available. And anyone involved in the setup of the machine would have the opportunity to easily slip in the malware, while the OS appeared to be stock.

Comment Re:Everyone is overlooking a key point (Score 1) 278 278

Actually, no. They lobby to eliminate restrictions on the acquisition of firearms of pretty much all types to nearly everyone. Their justification is typically that more guns = a safer society, principally because criminals will fear to pray on people who might have a weapon. It's a powerful message that speaks to the fear of every human that they could be preyed upon and/or find themselves helpless in violent situation. It's been extended to protecting others as part of patriotism.

Promoting the responsible use of firearms to the NRA is like AAA being for the responsible and lawful use of automobiles. That may be on the membership card, but it's not part of the practical legislative agenda.

Comment Re:/system/lib/libstagefright* (Score 1) 193 193

"Root your phone, and await a new set of /system/lib/libstagefright* files"

I'm actually kind of hoping this is a viable option. I dread the idea of re-installing my phone from scratch, but a drop-in replacement for the affected files would certainly be welcome.

Comment Everyone is overlooking a key point (Score 1) 278 278

Once autonomous weapons become commonplace, the 2nd Amendment will guarantee that any US Citizen should be able to own and (not) operate one for fun and self-defense. It will, if I read the NRA talking points correctly, make for the absolute safest place in the entire universe.

Comment Re:What benefit to announcing it? (Score 2, Insightful) 193 193

Verizon doesn't give a rat's ass. You want a fixed phone, come by a new one you fucking turd. Oh, and pay more for the service because fuck you. .

To those who believe that when they paid $200 for a phone as a guarantee for being able to pay $600-1000/yr for service: Well, in the immortal words of their spokesperson, "Pray I do not alter [the deal] any further"

Comment Re:Prioritization vs Managers (Score 5, Interesting) 349 349

Managers are like placing all of your eggs in one basket which has been specifically designed for carrying eggs, with proper separation and cushioning against nearly all common shipping contingencies.

Having a couple of really secure passwords and a couple of throwaways is like putting a couple of small eggs in your back pocket and carrying the big ones in your hands. Much more convenient, and only as secure as you are diligent.

Comment Re: A plea to fuck off. (Score 4, Interesting) 349 349

horse battery staple

Not any more. Words are now characters. You have a 3 character password right there. Unless you're going to munge up the words with misspellings or nonalphanumerics,

Besides, having to type in your master pass[phrase] that's 30 characters long into something like LastPass from a phone keyboard with ******** as your visual feedback every time you need to re-authorize (which should be frequent if you're being diligent) is a royal pain in the ass. Do that for a couple of days and you'll be back to 12345 out of shear frustration.

Comment Re:New rule (Score 1) 113 113

"people would just memorize the two letter words."

And we'd be okay with that - you memorize the definitions and use them in a sentence then they are part of your vocabulary. But there's a lot more to that than just remembering which 2 letter combinations scrabble considers to be "words".

Sometimes, too long is too long. - Joe Crowe