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Comment: Re:What whas the problem in the first place? (Score 3, Interesting) 250

by a_nonamiss (#47272061) Attached to: TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible
I don't think it's unreasonable to conclude that some vague, yet menacing government agency has compromised the code and the developers are unwilling to see what they worked for burned to the ground. I mean, 15 years ago, this would have sounded like the rantings of a paranoid schizophrenic, but with all that's come out about the U.S. government recently, I think it's perfectly rational. Given the level of security TrueCrypt has the potential to provide, and the level of oversight the U.S. Government wants over both foreigners and citizens alike, I would honestly be surprised if TrueCrypt wasn't compromised long ago.

Maybe the goals of this vague, yet menacing government agency are pure and wholesome. After all, TrueCrypt would absolutely benefit those organizations trying to keep their activities secret from authority. But we'll never know because of the veil of secrecy behind it.

Comment: Re:XBOX? (Score 2) 616

by a_nonamiss (#44937389) Attached to: Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?
I wish everyone commenting on this would differentiate between the Surface Pro and the Surface RT. The former is a decent piece of hardware, and the latter was a really bad mistake. To say "the Surface has been a bitter disappointment" lumps two completely different pieces of hardware into the same bucket.

Comment: Re:XBOX? (Score 3, Insightful) 616

by a_nonamiss (#44937299) Attached to: Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?
It's part of their long-term strategy to get into the living room, which has been very successful. I know many people who have an Xbox for the sole purpose of accessing movie rentals, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and play an occasional game or two. Yes, there are devices (such as the Roku) that do this, but they don't play games.

I'm not saying Microsoft is full of geniuses or anything. They've definitely made a lot of dumb errors over the years. They are most definitely chasing Apple in terms of innovation in consumer market. But I'm also saying that it's a mis-characterization that they're just burning piles of money for no reason. I actually respect that they're at least trying to work on a long-term strategy rather than just trying to shore up their numbers for next quarter by cutting costs. You can't build long-term market dominance by worrying about what happens next quarter. If you try, you end up like US car companies in the 1980's. They're still digging themselves out of the hole they dug by their shortsightedness, and none of them would even exist if it weren't for government bailouts.

For all the grief that the Surface Pro has gotten, it's actually not a bad piece of hardware. I'm using one right now. The Surface RT is a steaming pile of dogshit, but the Pro makes an acceptable lightweight laptop that can also run touch-friendly apps. Nobody will buy a tablet that doesn't have any apps, and nobody will develop apps for a tablet that nobody owns. I don't use it for "Modern" apps very much, but Microsoft is trying to create a bridge between the desktop and the tablet. Windows 8 actually does this well, and paired with well-designed, reasonably powerful hardware, it's very usable, even for a power-user.

Comment: Re:Sometimes the easy way is the better way (Score 2) 111

Terrific idea, but you'd have a pretty hard time getting that setup into a laptop bezel. Video-conferencing didn't really seem to catch on en masse until the cameras came built into every piece of hardware sold. As a dedicated device, I could see this idea working really well, but I don't think people are willing to sacrifice price and portability just to be able to see someone they're talking to. Of course, there could be exceptions, such as when people are doing high-value business transactions, where eye contact can make or break a deal.

Comment: Re:Gun Makers (Score 1) 1111

by a_nonamiss (#43337811) Attached to: Build a Secret Compartment, Go To Jail
There are a lot of things in your life that serve no practical purpose. Should the government outlaw all of the ones I don't like? Should everything in your house be evaluated to make sure it has a "proper" use? Nearly all guns purchased in the United States are used for hunting and target practice. I understand you don't like to do those things. That's cool, I probably don't like all your hobbies, either. But to say that guns should be outlawed because they have no "proper" use is pretty shortsighted. Do R/C planes have any "proper" use? After all, I could use one to fly a bomb into a building, and they don't open locks, close doors or fix cars. What about my kid's kites? What purpose do they serve? Can they open a soda can? Can they dig post holes for a fence? My neighbor has an accordion, which could clearly be used to bludgeon someone to death. I'd love for the police to take that from him.

It's unwise to go around calling people stupid when your own argument lacks substance.

Comment: Raspberry Pi? (Score 5, Interesting) 137

by a_nonamiss (#40904739) Attached to: How Haiku Is Building a Better BeOS
Seems like this OS would be a good fit for Raspberry Pi, if someone would take the time to build it for ARM. The fixed hardware and low power of the Pi is just begging for a lightweight, low footprint OS, and people using the Pi aren't really shackled to backwards compatibility. I know absolutely nothing about how to port a kernel, or I'd be right in there trying to figure out how to do this.

Comment: Micro Center (Score 5, Informative) 322

by a_nonamiss (#40248451) Attached to: Best Buy Chairman and Founder Resigns Ahead of Schedule
If you're lucky enough to live near one. They provide the "I need this thing right now" fix, while matching NewEgg's prices. Their sales people aren't perfect, but they're generally a tick or two above the TV salesman at Best Buy. You can't buy a washer/dryer combo there, but I count myself as fortunate to live near one. They're always busy, so I truly hope they're making money.

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