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Comment Re:Phone Numbers (Score 5, Funny) 289

- Universally Ubiquitous
- Nationalized
- Lowest Common Denominator
- (for POTS anyway) Pretty damn rock solid in most of the world

Did Facebook kill Email? No.
Did Google kill the address bar? No.
Did Apple kill the PC? No.
Did solar panels (insert any other energy technology) kill the grid? No.
Will Facebook messenger (or any company-centric IM system) kill telephones? No.

Next flamebait topic please.

Yes, but video killed the radio star....

Comment iPad 2 vs iPhone 4s (Score 1) 344

So they're both mostly contemporaneous devices (with the iPad 2 6 months older but iPhone 4s going a year longer), but iOS 9 runs fine on my old iPad2. It's not going to break any speed records, but it's certainly a) not unusable and b) not worth suing someone over. Boot times suck, but that's about it.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 170

This latest move is one that will be view very suspiciously by foreign companies operating within China, or looking to do so.

Why would they view it suspiciously? They'll fall into line and do what the Chinese government requires of them because they'll deem it worth the cost. Money and profits above all else.

Yep. Research In Motion paved the way when they handed over BES encryption keys to the Indians.

Comment Re:Just a branding change (Score 1) 61

Apple figured they'd rather have an Apple-branded music service to pre-load onto their phones as bloatware and all profits from said bloatware.

We know from Apple Maps that Apple is hit-and-miss with application software. Their greatness is hardware.

But yet they buy the company with with horrible--yet trendy--hardware, and a service with an ephemeral subscriber base. I don't understand this acquisition at all. I'd stab my eardrums out with a pencil if I was forced to listen to Beats for any length of time, and having a music service a la Pandora doesn't differentiate and sell their hardware--where Apple makes their money. Not sure where they're going with this one....

Submission + - Linus, Linux Security, And Thoughts Pro And Con

Rick Zeman writes: The Washington Post has an lengthy article on Linus Torvalds and his thoughts on linux security.
From the article: "...while Linux is fast, flexible and free, a growing chorus of critics warn that it has security weaknesses that could be fixed but haven’t been. Worse, as Internet security has surged as a subject of international concern, Torvalds has engaged in an occasionally profane standoff with experts on the subject. One group he has dismissed as “masturbating monkeys.” In blasting the security features produced by another group, he said in a public post, “Please just kill yourself now. The world would be a better place.”
There are legitimate philosophical differences amid the harsh words. Linux has thrived in part because of Torvalds’s relentless focus on performance and reliability, both of which could suffer if more security features were added."
Of course, contradictory points of view are presented, too.
“While I don’t think that the Linux kernel has a terrible track record, it’s certainly much worse than a lot of people would like it to be,” said Matthew Garrett, principal security engineer for CoreOS, a San Francisco company that produces an operating system based on Linux. At a time when research into protecting software has grown increasingly sophisticated, Garrett said, “very little of that research has been incorporated into Linux.”

Comment Re:Oh look (Score 1) 88

I wish people would stop with the nickelodeon party line bullshit: That other political party is bad, they are eroding your civil liberties!!!.
Republicans and Democrats are both complicit. The depressingly small number of privacy protecting politicians defies party lines...

Yep. Both parties are bought and paid for, and ethically (if not morally) bankrupt.

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