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Comment: Re:DON'T PANIC (Score 1) 94

by Plumpaquatsch (#47509397) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Just buy an Android phone without Google Apps pre-installed. I have one (Huawei). No Google Play Services (and any other Google Apps - Maps, Mail, etc.)

Yeah, having everything send to the Chinese intelligence agencies is soooo much better. Not to mention the NSA backdoors in the Linux kernel that Google itself hasn't found.

Comment: Re:DROPOUTJEEP backdoor (Score 2) 94

by Plumpaquatsch (#47507891) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

This may be the backdoor known as DROPOUTJEEP, which was described in some Snowden-leaked documents last year.

Looks like Apple sold out, put in a backdoor, and then lied about it.

Yeah. Or the guy who wrote that is either a moron or a jerkass, and completely ignored some important info given. Like the fact that DROPOUT.JEEP was actually the codename for a wired jailbreak for the first iPhone that NSA had to develop themselves. It's not like that info is hard to gain once you strip out the boasting and bullshit bingo from the l33t NSA haX0r slide.

Comment: Re:Too many words (Score 2) 94

by Plumpaquatsch (#47507701) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Except for the fact that Apples handing all of your data over to the NSA anyway. Apple has a very cozy relationship with the US federal government. http://cdn.bgr.com/2013/11/app...

According to that table there were 0 - 1000 cases in which "some" content data was disclosed to law enforcement in the US (and 1 in the UK and 0 in about 30 other countries). You call this "a very cozy relationship"? With 313 million citizens in the US there were less than 1000 requests granted. What's "cozy" about that?

Not to mention that this number includes all requests for tracking down stolen phones and those from missing persons.

Comment: Re:Another misleading headline (Score 1) 236

by Plumpaquatsch (#47480371) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

PowerPC had good performance for several years. When the 603 and 604 were around they had better performance than x86 did. The problems started when the Pentium Pro came out. Even then it was not manufactured in enough numbers to be a real issue. Then the Pentium II came out...

And even that still go creamed whenever SIMD was used.

Comment: Re:Intel (Score 2) 236

by Plumpaquatsch (#47475391) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

They'd released the i860 (RISC, not x86-compatible) in 1989 and tech magazines were saying it would kill x86. Windows NT was originally written for the i860 and only later ported to x86, so even Windows looked like it might not be tied to x86 in the long term.

This is technically true. Windows NT was originally designed to be OS/2 version 3.0 and at first they targeted the i860 which never did well, so they changed to the MIPS platform. Prior to release Microsoft decided to make it their next Windows platform and the rest was history.

What made Windows NT unique at the time was the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) that allowed Microsoft to target multiple processor platforms. At release, Windows NT supported i386 (called IA-32 at the time), Alpha, and MIPS.

And later, it ran on PowerPC.

Comment: Re:Fanbois (Score 1) 91

by Plumpaquatsch (#47475039) Attached to: Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

the whole point of Apple's ebook efforts was to provide a bulwark against the Amazon Ultron-like eater-of-worlds mopolistic behavior.

It was replacing one monopoly with another, in fact the Apple case was worse because

... Apple was never anywhere near a monopoly - and that's obviously the worst kind of monopoly.

Comment: Re:Fanbois (Score 0) 91

by Plumpaquatsch (#47475023) Attached to: Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

Regardless of what you think of Amazon and them being a monopoly, Apple colluded with publishers to raise the price of ebooks. It was anti-competitive at it's core and it's illegal under US law. Not to even mention that it cost the average US buyer $5 per book.

Too bad (for your argument that is) that in reality ebook prices actually fell in all stores but Amazon. Even on Amazon, only those Amazon had sold below price rose in price. Provable fact.http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304355104579236261045331876 (paywalled) http://www.salon.com/2014/01/12/amazons_bogus_anti_apple_crusade/

Comment: Re:Climate Change on Slashdot? Bring on the fun! (Score 2) 389

by Plumpaquatsch (#47431807) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis
http://climatecrocks.com/2011/...
"It’s important to note, Roy Spencer is MOST famous for being wrong – wrong in the the very areas that should be his area of greatest strength and expertise."
http://ourchangingclimate.word...
John Christy, Richard McNider and Roy Spencer trying to overturn mainstream science by rewriting history and re-baselining graphs
http://www.realclimate.org/ind...
"So here’s what Roy did. He took two indices of interannual variability: the Southern Oscillation (SOI) index, which is a proxy for El Nino, and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation Index (PDOI). He formed an ad-hoc weighted sum of these indices,and then multiplied by an ad-hoc scaling factor to turn the resulting time series into a time series of radiative forcing in Watts per square meter. Then he used that time series to drive a simple linear globally averaged mixed layer ocean model incorporating a linearized term representing heat loss to space. And voila, look what comes out of the oven!"

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