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Comment Chinese economy on the verge of collapse? (Score 1) 136 136

My suspicion is that China's island-building brinkmanship is intended simply to stoke the fires of nationalism while the Chinese economy teeters on the verge of collapse. What better way to mis-direct the discontent at home than perceived enemies abroad (us against the world or at least our nearby neighbors)? That or the Party is making the landgrab while it still.

Comment Dash/action cam replacement (Score 1) 45 45

The new business Glass looks like the more mobile replacement for the dash/action cams beloved by extreme sports enthusiasts and Russians, if the device is made rugged. The police force could also be a target market, although I'm not sure Google would want the "police state" association. (This might prove useful in settling police abuse cases though.)

Comment Re: Bravo (Score 1) 181 181

"If this were the 80's and a hard drive vendor had more than two reports of data loss under, say VMS, there would have been engineers on a plane to DEC by morning to get it solved by the coming weekend."

Hard disks were way more expensive in the 80s, and they sold in lower numbers. So it makes economic sense to do hands-on damage control.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 871 871

This is just like the way touchscreens have come to dominate the mobile computing landscape. Convenience trumps the corner cases. Since most people are slow typists anyway, the slowness of an onscreen keyboard works out just fine. Since most people are mediocre drivers anyway, if they can drive at all, a self-driving car will become the norm everywhere but offroad and on the racetrack. Maybe human car drivers will become idolized like today's Formula 1 competitors or at least have the rebel youth cool factor of a dragracer.

Comment Re:Whistle blower (Score 1) 592 592

"This is not the America I grew up in. This is disgraceful." Unless you're over a hundred years old, teh America you grew up in is fiction. The current regime is more evil only because of its access to more sophisticated tools. Go look up the guy named J. Edgar Hoover. Hint: he was already "in service" during FDR's time and survived well into NIxon's second term.

Comment Re:Scripts that interact with passwords fields aws (Score 1) 365 365

"I wouldn't put my bank login details in to it though, because of vulnerabilities + trojans + keystroke-loggers."

So how do you input your bank login details? Vulnerabilities, trojans, and especially keystroke-loggers would affect you (if you have a compromised computer) whether or not you have a password manager or not. Beyond these common securities issues, the only flaw of many standalone password managers is using the clipboard as temporary storage. So in theory, malware that targets the clipboard could steal your password. I don't know about Windows, but I recently installed a security app that showed me how this was clearly a problem in Android since all (most?) apps have the "permission" to cut-n-paste the clipboard. A built-in browser-specific password manager won't suffer from this problem.

Comment Rooting is over-rated (Score 5, Informative) 120 120

"It can only be fixed by a rooted device or a software update to replace the broken library."

"Rooting" (or allowing runtime access to root-level functions) is unnecessary for fixing any Android OS-level problem. However an unlocked bootloader will allow you to install an unofficial update or patch (unfortunately also allowing you to install a malware). A "rooted" device is actually even more of a security risk, especially if you have to trust a closed-sourced "superuser" binary.

Note that I distinguish between "rooted" Android systems that allow you to gain root level access on demand and those setups that allow for off-line root access via special recovery or debug modes that require a reboot and so is not available when running the system normally.

Comment Re:Republicans have always said... (Score 1) 292 292

... "we have these convenient, near-magical devices called computers, and more to the point, .pdf files, which make the cost of 'publishing' such a reference work near zero, and the cost of updating it also, relatively speaking, near zero. "

I get your point. However, PDF files are difficult as hell to update. Now I don't know what proprietary/open source/web-based desktop publishing and/or word processing software the state of Georgia uses, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't chew PDF files for breakfast.

Comment Wrong title then (Score 2) 85 85

The goal as I see it is not to build an OPEN SOURCE community but to build a large end USER community around the project. An open-source community would want, by most implied meanings of the term, the ability to modify the product and to share the changes. Of course, strictly speaking, open source is simply allowing others to view the source code. But that's the peep show definition, useful only to software voyeurs not developers/modders.

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