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Comment: Re:Let me guess... (Score 1) 421

by aix tom (#47989243) Attached to: Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

If the fabric of my pants is stronger than my phone, then something is wrong, either with the phone or my pants.

Don't forget: its probably pants made of a fabric that was specifically chosen so that miners could choose rock samples in their trousers vs. some gimmick made of aluminium, a metal that basically bends when you just look at it in a funny way.

Comment: Re:Nand flash Dropped only 13% in 2 years? (Score 2) 262

by aix tom (#47953675) Attached to: Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

I only found a courve of the "2008 to end of 2010" prices. Which interestingly rose to double the value in the middle, just to be back on the 2008 level in 2010.

https://technology.ihs.com/388...

But one interesting fact seems to be, that spot price for 16GB NAND Flash seems only 19 cents below 32GB NAND Flash (2.79 vs 2.98 ):

http://www.insye.com/dp/NANDFl...

(with 4 and 8GB being *more* expensive, probably because they are not produced in high volumes any more)

Comment: Re: "CipherShed" (Score 5, Insightful) 269

by aix tom (#47948521) Attached to: TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

It worked pretty OK for centuries. You could buy a "Plow from John Smith over in Blurn Hollows", or you could buy a "Plow from George Smith over in Redneck Fields", and nobody would be confused that they were called the same.

These days, if you buy a "FuxMatic3000XP from XentTeck" one day, you have to make sure if you want to buy one a year later that neither the FuxMatic3000XP nor the XentTeck Trademark have been sold in the meantime and are completely different things and/or products, or if the company itself did a product switcheroo in the meantime.

Comment: Re:Standard remote access (Score 1) 334

by aix tom (#47940011) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

That is all somewhat very bad.

When I consider what I had when I myself was "pretty in the neckiest woods there are" for a while, then I assume they HAVE the possibility to:

1) Receive e-mails in an email-client that allows them to "click on things", e.g. start a HTTP download from somewhere, however proxied that might be
2) Receive attachments in that mail client that they can run.

Then I would suggest a Linux distro with a lightweight Window manger. I have put about a dozen of "Mail-And-Web" clicker-people on LXDE (I did it with Debian, but Lubuntu might be simpler to set up). Pretty simple desktop, with task bar at the bottom where you can put a start menu or quick launchers or other widgets.
I did this setup for a few relatives when they ditched XP (or even Win95) in the last years. Basically just removed the start menu, just put a "Mail" and "Web" button on one side, and the clock and the logout button on the other side of the task bar. Nothing else.

Then you could write a script that you put on the machine (in bash, perl, python, whatever you fancy), which executes scripts you send them with a special extension, and configure those scripts to be executed with your master-script when they click on the attachment. (You could add a key/hash in the comments of the scripts you send them, and check that with the master script you put on their box), and then mail the output of the script back to you.

You could also put all kinds of helper functions in the pre-installed master script, like download files from http sources, or restore the last backup, or create a system report and mail it to you, etc......

Comment: Huh? What That guy undestands neither science ... (Score 1) 937

by aix tom (#47899077) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

... nor religion it seems. More simplified:

- You believe in "God" (A) or you do not believe in "God" (B)
- You can be rooted firmly enough in reality that you realize science (for the most part) reflects the reality that exists (1), or you can be so absorbed in a dream-world that you don't realize that. (2)

(I have encountered people that were A1, A2, B1 and B2 in my life. Although A1 and B1 more often than A2 and B2.)

Totally *unrelated* to those two facts are other aspects of your personality, like if you are friendly to your neighbours and family, or a raving madman that likes to shoot people, etc, etc, etc......

But that B1 and B2 people "need to compensate the lack of a God-figure with some other quasi-god-figure" is pretty much the greatest nonsense I have heard all day. (And I hear a lot of crazy stuff each day) Nature ITSELF is so absolutely mind-boggling that you can spent ages being just enthralled by the basic facts of it. Just listen to the "Fun to Imagine" Series by Feynman on YouTube to see how a person can be excited about basic scientific facts without needing some sort of "God-Figure" or personalized "Mascot"

Comment: Re:Kickstarter's Problem (Score 1) 215

by aix tom (#47893295) Attached to: Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

There are a lot of entities that take part of the money of a project and none of the risk.
- The postal service that is used to send contracts
- The caterer that puts the peanuts and coffee in the conference room
- The taxi driver that drives the participants
- The newspaper that published the add of someone seeking funding
- etc.....

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 1) 819

by aix tom (#47845543) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Maybe there would be a way do store passengers even more economically.

From a space usage standpoint it would require less space to store passengers lying down rather than sitting. Combine that with a flexible layout where you can pay for "cubic foot of space" for your and your carry-on. Might be an interesting alternative.

Comment: Re:And, worst of alll.. (Score 1) 103

The rent's too high, the air's unclean,
The beaches are dirty and the people are mean,
And the women are big and the men are dumb,
And the children are loopy cuz they live in a slum!
The water is polluted and their mayor's a dork,
They dress real bad and they think they're New York ......

Comment: Re: Why did they pick such a bad buzzword? (Score 1) 98

by aix tom (#47674077) Attached to: Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

Dunno about you. But mine must have skipped a bug fix or something. Because ever so often I go into the kitchen at night, open the fridge, look into it, wonder "what the hell am I doing here? I'm neither hungry nor thirsty at the moment, why did I have the urge to look into the fridge? Is it the old hunter-gatherer gene that prompts me to look at my food source location, to see if any interesting prey has shone up? This is madness!!!!", then I close it again and go back to bed.

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