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Comment: Re:It's not surprising (Score 1) 129

by SJ (#49526575) Attached to: YouTube Going Dark On Older Devices

The difference between the Analog/Digital switch being that it was a government mandated change. Everyone knew about it for a very long time and there was a legitimate reason for the change (to free up a scarce public resource). In Australia at least, the government even offered coupons for Digital TV tuners so that existing TV's could still be used.

In this case, Google just can't be bothered supporting their old API any more. (I wouldn't be surprised if their new API forces the collection of more data or something like that).

Comment: Re:On the other hand ... (Score 2) 116

by SJ (#49193547) Attached to: Anthem Blocking Federal Auditor From Doing Vulnerability Scans

Not really...

Just because your firewall drops a port-scan (simple terms here) doesn't mean that someone won't get lucky and guess an open port and exploit it.

The Auditors want to know if you're patching your systems.

No point leaving the combination to the safe on a sticky note next to it, and then saying "it's ok. I always lock my front door".

Comment: Re:Gruber at DaringFireball nails it (Score 1) 558

by SJ (#48238677) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Google Wallet has some other advantages. You don't have to pay with a credit or debit card, you can use the balance from your Wallet. You can control the balance available to spend that way, and it prevents purchases being reported to the bank.

No, it reports it to Google instead.. who make money by mining your data..

Are we seeing a theme here?

Comment: Re:no key needed when you have the data (Score 1) 146

by SJ (#48080039) Attached to: Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption

Actually... The passphrase only decrypts the key that is used to protect the data.

Plus, each app is sandboxed and can not access other apps data. (with a few controlled exceptions)

Plus, warnings a thrown up if your app starts trying to access things. (Contacts, Microphone, Photos etc)

Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 4, Insightful) 504

by SJ (#47962079) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

So you bought an old phone that was current at the time of purchasing.

It seem he bought a current phone at the the time of purchasing. Because... that's what was currently available.

The warranty starts from the date of purchase, not the date the design was handed over to manufacturing.

If Google supports a phone for 18 months, then they have to support it for 18 months from the date it was last officially on sale.

Comment: And nothing of value was lost... (Score 3, Insightful) 292

by SJ (#47916169) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Given the number of things competing for my eyeballs and dollars these days (tv, movies, games, books, work, children) I have no qualms about 'missing out' on multiplayer-only games.

The times I actually get to sit down and play a game for an hour are few and far between. I play games to get AWAY from people, not socialise and interact with them in a virtual world. I _hate_ multiplayer.

If game developers don't want my money, then that's fine by me.

Comment: Re:That ship has already sailed. (Score 1) 113

by SJ (#47763189) Attached to: IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

Regarding the RAID6 thing -- I have seen plenty of shops that try to run databases on RAID5/6 and yes it isn't pretty, but that's how they do.


This annoys me greatly. There is nothing inherently wrong with RAID5/6 as long as your use is within certain bounds. This sort of thinking gets us stuck with a glorified address book that requires a MySQL Cluster instead of a simple Sqlite DB.

Set your requirements and your budget, and then find a system that works within those two limits.

Comment: Re:Dropbox use AWS (Score 2) 275

by SJ (#47745129) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

DropBox is an over-the-top provider. Yes, they use AWS. But they are competing with Google Drive and MS OneDrive, both of whom are pushing the price down hard, and willing to lose money.

DropBox still has to pay AWS.

That said, perhaps DropBox could sell a self-hosted version of their software and bring over their ease-of-use.

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