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Comment: Re:Android 5.1 fucked up my Nexus 5's camera. (Score 1) 179

by PincushionMan (#49451409) Attached to: Google Lollipop Bricking Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Devices
This also happened to Samsung S3 phones on CyanogenMod. CM11 M12 (KitKat 4.4.4). They say the nightlies will fix it, but work on the milestones has stopped completely because everyone is working on L. GPS is utterly ruined, too, but according to developers, it didn't work on the stock ROM, either.

Comment: Re:Not Brick (Score 2) 179

by PincushionMan (#49451345) Attached to: Google Lollipop Bricking Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Devices
Not always. Sometimes when a flash happens, the manufacturer blows some e-Fuses to prevent the device from being downgraded. I've heard of it happening on some Samsung phones, specifically one of the JellyBean versions (4.1 to 4.2 or 4.2 to 4.3). From what I recall it was the 4.1 bootloader that could no longer be used, and you had to know the exact baseband you were on to get a proper bootloader to restore your phone with Odin. From what I recall, Odin is an internal Samsung program for repairing phones and tabs in a bootloop. Is there something akin to Odin for Nexus devices?

Phone flashers generally know to:
  1. 1) backup phone before upgrade
  2. 2) flash phone - generally from recovery on SD card, also sometimes from USB when SD slots are unavailable
  3. 3) boot to recovery and wipe cache and system/dalvik

I don't fully understand the OTA upgrade, but you'd think the thing would do the last two bits above itself.

Can anyone confirm if the Nexus OTA upgrade blows some eFuses to prevent downgrade?

Comment: Re:How well forethought of dice (Score 1) 119

No, it does, you just have to use the <pre> tags, like so...
This is preformatted text
Well, that stinks. Let me try the <tt> tags, then:
This is preformatted text with tt & /tt tags.
Phooey. It ate all my extra spaces. I suppose you could use &nbsp; non-breaking spaces....

Nope. I guess trolls abused these features too much in the distant past, so I sort of understand that.
I'm still confused about the lack of Unicode, though. I though Perl could handle it?

Comment: Re:rm (Score 0) 233

by PincushionMan (#48992263) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tools To Clean Up a Large C/C++ Project?
Agreed. Period, as in rm -rf ., works great, though, because it'll delete the current directory, including '..'. the parent directory. It repeats recursively just like you asked.
A friend of mine tried to wipe out all the dot files and dot directories in his home directory as root by typing rm -rf .* He got a little more deleted than he bargained for in the process, thankfully for him he was at the console saying, "Hmm, this is taking an awfully long time...".

Personally, I prefer rm -R ., even though it is a FreeBSD-ism.

Comment: Re:My FreeBSD Report: Four Months In (Score 1) 471

by PincushionMan (#48973575) Attached to: Systemd Getting UEFI Boot Loader

So it's partially a bug in spamassassin. And who the fuck logs in as root? What part of that is ever a good idea?

Remotely, no never. That's asking for trouble. But locally? Yeah! I log in about once a quarter. You never know when you'll need fallback or disaster recovery mode because something's not right with the hardware or software.

I hear what you're thinking: "Why run a server on a single machine? Put it in a cluster of redundant VMs on two or more hypervisors and you don't have to worry about disaster recovery." True. But not every company has the resources plop from a few tens of thousands to a couple of hundred thousand on hardware.

Comment: Re:why google keeps microsoft away (Score 1) 280

by PincushionMan (#48941061) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

I've got a Samsung S3 and it feels like most actions take from around a second and up to complete. Answering an incoming call takes a long time, pressing the home button to activate the screen take 1-2s. It is just annoying waiting everywhere.

Agreed. To be fair, though, the Galaxy S3 that you had (I'll assume from a carrier with 4G LTE, an S3 i747 or i535) a slightly faster dual-core processor and a weak GPU instead of what the international S3 (i9300) had: a slower quad core processor with a strong GPU, but only 1GB of RAM and 3G cellular data. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the international version appears snappier, despite having a slower overall processor and 1/2 the RAM.

I suspect that the TouchWiz layer is heavily GPU dependant, and doesn't perform well on the Adreno 225 GPU of the Carrier version Galaxy S3.

Oh, I just noticed that the i9305 version of the S3 also has 2GB of RAM, and 4G LTE, sounds like the best of both worlds. If anyone is curious about all this, here's the link.

FWIW, I put CyanogenMod 11 on my phone, and I felt like I bought a brand new device. It doesn't feel laggy anymore. I may not say the same when CM12 comes out, but for now it's working great. The privacy feature is also very nice. Not that CM is bug free - the camera crashes, had trouble focusing in earlier versions, and the GPS is kinda hosed. To be fair, the GPS was hosed by Samsung when they took the stock ROM to KitKat, so it's no wonder the CM developers are having trouble.

Comment: Re:Umm..and telnet is insecure. (Score 1) 375

by PincushionMan (#48935007) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure
Yes, but only without 3D acceleration. Xen and CubesOS don't support it. Sure, you can browse the web, but anything that requires 3D, like videos and games are not really feasible. Even newer versions of Excel need 3D rendering. Don't even think of running it in a VM (Hypervisors within Hypervisors).

You'll have more luck 3D-wise with a Hyper-V server combined with Windows new RemoteFX technology. I know that this is unpopular option, and if anyone can set me straight on hypervisors and 3D for Windows guests not running on Windows hypervisors, please do. I've researched KVM, LXD, Jailhouse, or ESX, and of those, only ESX has experimental Windows 3D guest support.

Comment: Re:No secure download (Score 1) 79

by PincushionMan (#48875967) Attached to: Oracle Releases Massive Security Update
This is infuriating. You can change the registry value above - doesn't work, and the program resets it for you. Digging around on the filesystem, I found this gem:
It has the same entries as in the registry. However, changing those also has no effect on the checkbox, either. In fact, when you reload that registry key and file, those settings will automatically change back to false. I'm baffled.

The only way that seems to be available is the Config Java advanced checkbox. Nothing else appears to work. MS must cache something somewhere with the LocalLow directory or AppDataLow registry entries. This was attempted on Windows 7 & 8 64 bit.

Comment: Re:No secure download (Score 1) 79

by PincushionMan (#48875365) Attached to: Oracle Releases Massive Security Update
Other workarounds:
Use ninite, and you will get the latest 32 bit and 64 bit JREs. Run the installer again and it updates again. No spyware pushed by updates. Also does more than Java.

If you prefer, you can install the JRE the normal way, and then in the Java Control Panel (start / type 'java' / click on 'Configure Java', or click the java icon in the control panel), go to advanced, scroll to the bottom, and check the last checkbox Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java. All fixed, and you can use the standard java update method. Wish I could make a .reg for this, and push it out with GP or as a login script.

Comment: Re: TFA (Score 2) 229

by PincushionMan (#48863091) Attached to: Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software
Chiclet Keyboard refers to the style where there's wide spacing or a border between the keys, all keys are level with each other, and there's a soft mushy membrane behind the keys. In my experience, I type slower on that type of keyboard, but still make more errors.

It looks a bit more stylish than the old keyboards, and doesn't seem as hard to keep clean, but the membranes seem to wear out much much faster than those old IBM buckling spring keyboards or those Cherry MX keyboards, but about equivalent to those laptop keyboards with darn scissor switches that lose a key about once every other year.

Comment: Re:Good news! (Score 1) 229

by PincushionMan (#48863041) Attached to: Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

>You can replace the SSD in the current Macbook Pro and replace it with what? It's got a proprietary connector, and I don't think there any 3rd party drives out for the current models.

Actually, I bet it is a standard PCI Express SD Card. What's the form factor called again, it has a strange name... NGFF or M.2 SSD. Oh wait, that doesn't appear to be it. I stand corrected. Looks like they are completely custom in a mac. Still, it's nice to be able to fixed a trashed SSD - even if it has to come from Apple or an Apple reseller, much better than those models that had the SSD directly integrated into the motherboard, like some of the MacBook Air models.

Comment: UQM (Score 1) 227

by PincushionMan (#48857751) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships
IIRC, you can even have the voices and music that was developed by Toys For Bob (the company behind SC2) for the 3DO. Also, some of the original MOD files have been resampled and updated by modern mixers. I prefer the original MOD files, but it's cool that it has had updates, even 20+ years on. Many thanks to Toys for Bob for releasing the source *and* content.

Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 2) 629

by PincushionMan (#48796005) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw
No, not with encrypted-locked bootloaders becoming common. For Verizon starting with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and phones after that era, and AT&T with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and other phones, you will have tough time putting anything other than what the carrier supports. You may get lucky and be able to break it, but it takes a lot longer. If there are unlocked bootloaders available, you may be able take matters into your own hands, but it is quite risky.

Also, when you buy a phone locked to a carrier, you may not be getting what's advertised elsewhere. iPhones are universal, Android, not so much. The AT&T Galaxy S3 (i747) was completely different than the international S3 (i9300). Some things were better - more RAM (2GB vs 1GB), slightly faster processor (1.5 GHz vs 1.4GHz), and faster cellular data (4G LTE vs 3G). Others things weren't so good - dual core instead of quad core (Snapdragon S4+ 'Krait' vs ARM Cortex-A9), weaker graphics processor (Adreno 225 vs ARM Mali 400), less storage (16GB vs 32GB), and a lot less battery time. And a broken GPS, if you upgrade to KitKat - even on stock. I wouldn't recommend buying a locked carrier phone (other than an iPhone) for anyone.

Comment: Re:Parent comment shows exactly what's wrong with (Score 1) 164

by PincushionMan (#48667913) Attached to: NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development
Thank you for your insightful commentary about my mental status. Yes, I may not have 160 IQ like you. I'm actually thankful for that, because I understand how to relate and empathize with other humans. You clearly do not. Since the problem must have been me, please go install Hardy Heron or Intrepid Ibex and set up a static address. If you can, please go here and tell these users they are all idiots also. We need people like you to keep losers like me and these other Ubuntu fellows on Windows where they belong. After all, if you cannot set up a DHCP server to hand out static addresses, what are you doing running Linux, right?


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