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Comment: Bye bye Uniden (Score 1) 131

Your product line stagnated and your latest effort was seemingly launched to no end of trouble. I said this would come and now it has.

I'm really looking forward to scanners that finally have nice UIs with modern features like GPS built-in, recording, RR db access, and communities developing for them for additional protocol support.

Comment: Re:No single point of failure is permissible (Score 1) 99

I'd prefer if the cards came with a cert from the carrier on it so your phone could verify it's talking to a real tower, disabling stingrays in the process, and then your phone generated and exchanged keys with the tower. It would periodically generate new ones and expire old ones when you weren't actively exchanging data or on a call, and weren't hopping between towers. The towers would counter-sign them and hand them back. You could then hop towers quickly because each new tower you tried to connect to only has to verify the networks own countersignature.

Comment: Re:When groups like this attack you... (Score 3, Insightful) 99

Exactly. Their explanation is basically, "we did notice a couple of breaches in the outer layer of our network, this was probably that, nothing serious was taken". Meanwhile the NSA is loading firmware-level rootkits into hard drives via numerous exploit techniques that can remote update and survive reformats, etc.

Yeah, buddy. Just because you didn't notice the intrusion did not mean it didn't happen. If the NSA wants in they're getting in, and they're good enough not to get caught in most cases.

Why would the Snowden materials say they got in if they didn't? It's not as if they were leaked intentionally.

Comment: Re:Don't forget Firefox Hello! (Score 1) 146

by asa (#49125077) Attached to: Firefox 36 Arrives With Full HTTP/2 Support, New Design For Android Tablets

Videoconferencing from any device on the planet without installing any special software is bloat?

YES, in the same way that every user on the planet would probably want a calculator once in a while but that doesn't mean the browser needs to add one!

Firefox comes with a couple of calculators built in. It has since before it was called Firefox.

Comment: The biggest challenge is marketing (Score 1) 186

by DigitAl56K (#49116019) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

Google have been absolutely useless when it comes to marketing Wallet.

It works great. It's been out there for years now.

But have you ever seen an ad on TV for it? Have you seen ads online for it? Have you ever read an article about NFC payments that didn't talk almost exclusively about Apple Pay?

Google seem to think that as long as they put the tech into phones people will just somehow discover it, go through the pain of setting it up without really understanding how it works or the benefits of it, and trust loading it up with cash even though they've never really heard of it.

Seriously Google, your marketing people are failing you really badly here.

Comment: Re:How about implementing parental controls on And (Score 1) 81

by DigitAl56K (#49113641) Attached to: YouTube Kids Launches On Android and iOS

While I agree that native parental controls would be great, and as a parent I was also surprised they weren't there, there are apps that you can use to lock down devices quite easily to limit what your kids can access.

Kids Place is a good one:

The bigger problem is no end of "free" games stuffed full of ads that kids accidentally click all the time. IMO Google needs a policy that says if you are marketing to kids under a certain age you may not have certain types of ads (or any ads) in your app. As a parent, I'll gladly give you a couple of bucks to have a "safe" app for my child to use.

Comment: About the structure of the universe... (Score 3, Insightful) 288

by DigitAl56K (#49023795) Attached to: Quantum Equation Suggests Universe Had No Beginning

It's interesting, but I'm curious as to whether the model shows a universe developing with the features we observe. The density of the universe is one thing, the general structure of it is another. There seems to have been a lot of thinking around how the universe was shaped by the big bang including all sorts of models and simulations. It'll be interesting to understand if this new model also fits.

There's no future in time travel.