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Comment: Re:Try and try again. (Score 4, Informative) 419

by Pieroxy (#49183527) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough

WM 5/6 was a piece of shit of a great magnitude. You mush be some kind of shill to even pretend it was worth anything. You had to reboot the phone basically on a daily basis to get anything running. The second day the photo app would stop working, the next one the alarm clock and the third day your phone would not even ring when called. I got several of them at the time.

Not mentionning you had to spend your days in the task manager killing the apps that you launched during the last hour to get back some memory and hope to run other apps.

Ah, and updating the OS or apps for that matter would take 205 steps on your computer.

I got an iPhone 1 (a gift) in early 2008 and the difference was just that the shit was working. It was inferior to both my former windows phones in terms of spec (ALL of them save the screen size) but the shit was just running smooth. What a relief! I remember the firs time I updated iOS. I realized the phone had been running for TWO MONTH without a reboot. Whishful thinking coming from WM5/6. And it didn't even have apps !

To all the naysayers that will deny Apple their "revolution", man, there was one and of a great magnitude. But it was not the hardware. It was software that worked on the hardware. This made all the difference.

Comment: Re:Breakthrough? (Score 2) 419

by Pieroxy (#49182887) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough

I once read an article which was entitled something like "How to win more at lotery". I though it was a fake at first glance, but it turned out pretty informative.

Yes, 123456 has the same chance of winning than any other combination. But if you win, you will share the prize with all the other people that played this very combination. It turned out the article was about choosing combinations that were the least likely to be chosen by someone else.

I thought it was smart at the time.

Comment: Re:Insecure (Score 1) 128

by Pieroxy (#49178927) Attached to: Schneier: Either Everyone Is Cyber-secure Or No One Is

Also, don't forget they overfucked Iran's nuclear facilities infecting PCs that were on no network at all. It worked for more than 5 years. So all in all, network is just an accelerator, but they can get into anything with plugs. Fill the network plug, USB slots, CD-Rom drives and every other mean of communication from the computer and then it's become worthless.

Comment: Re:Insecure (Score 1) 128

by Pieroxy (#49178921) Attached to: Schneier: Either Everyone Is Cyber-secure Or No One Is

Well, you're right on one thing: unplugging is probably the only option. Given the gazillion lines of code running on any net-connected machine, there is just no way in hell all this code will ever be 100% secure. Given that anyone in the world can find a flaw and then market it for the others, I'd say the future looks pretty dark on that front.

The paper is interesting but quite idealist. No OS, driver, app is going to be rewritten with this in mind. And we need ALL of them to be rewritten. There is, for all intents and purposes, an infinity of vulnerabilities in every system.

Yeah, today is that kind of a day.

Comment: Re:c++? (Score 1) 394

I think you should be modded funny actually. I haven't done any C++ since college (say, 20 years ago) and reading your code makes me happy that I didn't. The mess of it !

As another commenter pointed out, what if the string is made of UTF-8 and not ASCII ? Such trivialities should be handled at a layer way below this.

Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 2) 194

by Pieroxy (#49166947) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

They are very identical in one VERY IMPORTANT way: They'll both push their agenda of the day, but in the end, they'll keep ignoring the real problems and protecting their benefactors (which is a part of the real problem) along with distributing the money to friends, family and allies.

And there's nothing you can do about it.

In that way, they are identical. Now, their agenda du jour... in the end is pretty much irrelevant. Your so called health insurance, we have it in France since about 65 years now. It's 2B€ in debt every fucking year. And there is only 60 millions of us. Because of it, more and more people are poor because it consumes so much wealth. Trade healthcare vs poverty. This is what it will become. The government is inefficient to a point where this will become the number one money gobbler in the US. Just give it time. The system doesn't even have enough money anymore over here to provide decent reimbursement. We have to take extra insurance if we don't want to pay for everything except for aspirin.

And don't tell me I don't know what I'm talking about because I'm French. We have the very exact same bunch over here. I'd like to think ours are worse, but that's just because I'm French and I (obviously) am the center of the world.

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen