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Comment Re:For me it is way beyond advertising... (Score 1) 111

I spend a lot of time removing crap from webpages.
sadly, this breaks things due to wildcarding a bit too much.

but I love having control over what the page renders to. in fact, it was the main idea behind the separation of content and format. the wizziwhig (lol) idiots broke the web when they refused to understand the CONCEPT of a tagged language that gets rendered to the USER'S liking, not the PUBLISHER's.


Comment Re:Call for mass-forking of Android (Score 5, Interesting) 123

google designed a faulty os, their update model is broken, their fragmentation is a nightmare and the fact that they broke vpn's for ALL of 4.4 is NOT a carrier issue, my friend!

I love to blame carriers, too; but vpn api being broken for a year and NOT BEING FIXED is a carrier issue to you? how in the world is that their fault when google, themselves, abandoned 4.4 for key bugfixes?

I'm supposed to jump on 5.0 and not expect MAJOR bugs to be fixed in just a few versions back; a still-current version for most people??

google owns this one. sorry if that goes against your narrative but vpns being broken in a whole version and never being fixed is a huge slap in the face.

Comment Re:Won't buy from Motorola or Verizon again! (Score 1) 123

I also valued the sd card and swappable battery. it was hard for me to convert over to an lg g2 (at a friend's request). the sd card this is not hard to deal with; a $10 OTG adapter gives you usbstick access or even micro-sd. it sticks out (dongle) but its not horrible.

battery wise, my phone can take new batteries but its a huge issue to open the phone and dig out so many things. the batt is not soldered it, but its pretty deep inside. still, a batt change would be needed every 2 years or so and when that time comes, I'll do the $15 batt replacement. in the short term, sigh, there's always those usb batteries that are very common now.

lg g2 bootloader is unlocked. its not a current phone but its buyable for $120 or so, refurb or clean-used, and that's not a bad deal for what was once a flagship and still is quite competitive.

I wen with vzn, as well, due to their coverage. sucks, though, that there are different physical phone models for each carrier. even the case you buy for the phone has to match the vzn version or the att vesion. absurd!

phones really are stupid. I blame the kids who basically don't know the history of how computers COULD be and SHOULD be, and ignored all this shared wisdom we had over the past decades (in computer theory and useability) and basically started from zero and made all those same mistakes again that could have been avoided if they only hired some folks who have been working in software for more than a year after college ;(

thru and thru, android shows that it was not well thought out and is one kludge over another.

is android linux? not really. take a linux admin who has lots of experience and give him an adb shell into a phone. have him poke around. are there syslog files? man pages? can you even friggin run ifconfig -a? no. nothing of the sort. its not like any linux I've been on. whatever I tried other than df, pwd, ls (and such) didn't work. its not really linux as we know it. it COULD HAVE BEEN but the children in control decided against it for some reason.

really absurd. shame what this could have been but wasn't.

Comment Re:Call for mass-forking of Android (Score 1, Troll) 123

I continue to hate on google.

a friend convinced me to try a 'new' android phone (older used one but a few gens back so its now affordable). my one and only android, the N1, is stuck at 2.2 or something equally ancient and I'm tired of that being such a POS.

refurb phone came with 4.4. I rooted it (lg g2) and installed twrp recovery (not easy at all, for some reason) and then a custom rom based on 4.4, supposedly with lots of fixes.

I then find out that vpn is broken (by design) in ALL 4.4 codebases. everyone complains about this, if you search on it. google broke an api or something and nothing works anymore for vpn.

I bought a 2nd phone of the same type as a spare. that one came with 5.0 installed. tried the custom rom for that version and vpn works; but the led indicator won't work (at all) for newmail or unaswered calls.

so, I get to pick which version I run; broken vpn but all else (mostly) working or broken led but vpn does work.

sigh. this was supposed a good phone, too. its been out long enough so it should be stable but its not. god know what else is broken but I have not found it yet.

stock os is not any better and has bloat which needed to be removed, anyway.

when I searched for the vpn issue, it seems that google has left this open for more than a year, unfixed! their reply: essentially saying 'go to 5.x and abandon 4.x'.

great. just great. I can do that but many others can't, and the led indicator is broken on 5.x, with no fix in sight that I can find.

android is a fucking mess. a total steaming pile of shit. the reason people put up with this is because there are not many other choices. few want any part of MS anymore, many (like me) don't love apple; and so there's nothing really left anymore but android ;(

a year and no vpn fixes. 4.3 worked (from what I've read). 4.4.* broke it. there is nothing newer than that in the 4.x train (is there?). 5.x is a mess, as well.

this does not even address the security issue (SF). if I want a fix for this, I'm essentially on my own. I have not seen any fixes for this phone yet and since its 'old' now, I doubt I will.

thanks google. you are THE 'short attention span' poster child of the century. you have the talent to be a good vendor but you seem to not care! how sad. strong ability but you lack focus and you give up on things PEOPLE ACTUALLY USE and just move onto the next shiny thing.

sigh. android will continue to be a mess and a nexus does not guarantee anything about patches or support. google just has no reason to care about you. they don't get paid by you, they are not working for you and whatever they throw over the wall, the fanboys will think its great no matter what.

Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

destroy a lot of wealth?

sounds good! anyone WITH 'wealth' these days likely got it by being a sociopath.

people with 'savings' are normal people. people with 'weatlh' are lying cheating bastards and that's the only way, now, to get 'wealth'.

I'm half serious. that's what's sad; this is not a joke. the redist of weath is one of the biggest crimes of this century. resetting that could only be a good thing.

Comment Re:easy (Score 1) 93

if its true that they can't be used if 'cut off'; does every thief who might TRY this, know this?

it actually matters less if it works. what matters is if anyone ever still thinks it can work and is willing to do this evil deed.

again, why even take the chance. there is risk and it seems like its not worth any risk at all, with other alternatives being better in many ways.

Comment Re:Illegal orders should be refused. (Score 4, Insightful) 569

Having a family to feed is not adequate justification for fraud and frankly weren't not talking about the sort of workers who cannot ever get another job. These are well paid engineers with options.

bullshit. spoken as someone who has never been on the 'blacklist' and been denied jobs and been near the brink of homelessness.

I have direct experience in this. been out of work for 9 months now, still no job offers and I'm nearly broke. the insensitive among you will blame me and say its all my fault for not being 'good enough' but I'm not going to feed the trolls. suffice to say, many people, not due to their own faults, are denied jobs and if you have rent to pay, its an incredible amount of stress to face being out of work long enough to lose your home and all your savings.

unless you have done this at least once, you have NO RIGHT to blame others for keeping an income going. jobs are NOT 'just around the corner' for every skilled person who wants one; that's a stupid republican talking point that has long since been untrue (since the fall of our economy, post-clinton days).

I have tons of sympathy for those who try to find work and can't get it. its being in that position that has increased my humanity and empathy. I suspect your life-experience is void of this; but don't worry, as you approach 45 and older, you WILL find out what I've been rambling about. but by then, you will be one of the 'struggles to stay employed' guys. will you feel any sympathy for your future self, now? or do you need to actually live thru that to get what I'm saying??

we all need to be more understanding of the realities of being a working class guy who simply wants to keep working and have the bills be covered. the attitude of blaming the worker has to stop. the bosses are trying to change the dialog and, for many of you, you have bought into his lies and deceipt.

Comment Re:easy (Score 1) 93

maybe I've seen too many movies, but for something that is locked down that tight, it sounds like 'bad guys' would really want to get in there.

I need my fingers. I would have to have one cut off by a bad guy, so he could use my prints.

might be very farfetched, but I'm not so sure I'd want to sign up for a security job that needed prints. in fact, it seems quite stupid for a security company to put its people at risk like this!

nohup rm -fr /&