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Comment: It's marketing bullshit (Score 1) 227

by msobkow (#48671803) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

As far as I'm concerned, it's just marketing bullshit trying to put a good face on Sony's latest breach. If it were their first, I might think differently, but it's pretty clear Sony's "security" is a freakin' joke. Add in a movie that would have probably bombed without all the exposure, and you have all the excuses you need to paint a "North Korea" connection.

It doesn't hurt that the US has a hate-on for North Korea so they can try to score some political points off the story, too.

Shame on Obama for selling out to Sony so blatantly.

Comment: Not for me (Score 1) 60

by thegarbz (#48671741) Attached to: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review

While the idea is neat in general it seems to only make the biggest complaint I have with my phone even worse, accidental touches of the frame.

The industry is chasing ever narrower bezels and ever more sensitive touch panels to the point where phones can only be easily held with the palm. I have to disable the sensitivity boost on all the Galaxy phones I own (impacts the ability to use hover preview functions which are great if I'm cooking and someone sends me a txt) because I like using my phone upside down. When I use it upside down I grip it. When I grip it it registers as a touch on the screen edge making scrolling or using the keyboard difficult.

Now they're actually giving us content to accidentally click which will just make it worse.

Comment: Re:just do strength training (Score 1, Funny) 85

by Frosty Piss (#48670313) Attached to: Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

Use multi-joint barbell exercises like squats and deadlifts. They build bone density and stave off the effects of osteoporosis.

Seriously? You are suggesting weight training to Slashdotters? Well, I suppose they could order the weights on-line and have them delivered to the basement, but could mom carry them down the stairs?

Comment: Re:I was suspicious from the moment they denied it (Score 2) 227

by Frosty Piss (#48670273) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

I was suspicious of the U.S. allegations that the North Korean government was behind it when the North Koreans denied it was them.

Yes, because the North Koreans are forthright and honest chaps, their statements are always unbiased and true...

If you're going to hack somebody to make a political statement, it makes no sense to later deny that you were involved.

The North Koreans do not operate on the same logical reasoning that most of the rest of the world does. Trying to apply what most of the world defines as "making sense" to what North Korea says and does in not as straight forward as you might think. They have often denied involvement in thing later proven.

Comment: Re:Using Non-ECC Ram is Unacceptable (Score 1) 121

by thegarbz (#48669917) Attached to: Many DDR3 Modules Vulnerable To Bit Rot By a Simple Program

How foolish and for what specific workload? I have a gaming rig where I sometimes edit photos and do 3d design and some light coding. In the past 10 years I've never seen any visible data corruption and not had an inexplicable crash.

So tell me again why I should spend the money? Your once a week problem sound note theoretical than practical.

Comment: Re:uh - by design? (Score 1) 160

by mysidia (#48666235) Attached to: Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

Thunderbolt is more like USB to the user - it's a thing you use to connect untrusted devices to your system.

No. USB is not safe either. Don't plug untrusted devices into your system's I/O ports, period.

USB, Firewire, eSATA, SAS, and Thunderbolt do not have a security model.

Thunderbolt just happens to have more capabilities since there is direct access to the PCI bus, and this is also where the greater performance comes in.

With greater capabilities and access comes greater possibilities of abuse from untrusted components. Including the possibility of malicious option ROMs and malicious access to other hardware devices attached to the bus.

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 1) 329

by thegarbz (#48665469) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

The problem, and this is often lost on geeks, is that technically superior does not mean aesthetically superior.

Aesthetics always come after the technology has matured. Think back to the days of colour. The movies first shot on new colour processes would go out of their way to use those colours. Think the release of Technicolor which resulted in the hyper saturated colours you see in the likes of the Wizard of Oz. It was a long time before Technicolor process was mastered and made its way into regular movies. 3D is the same. We went through an endless period of directors wanking in the faces of movie goers with unnecessary camera angles that only exist to make sure some 3D pointy bit is directed at the audience. That is slowing down a bit now and the most recent 3D productions I have seen have avoided the gratuitous displays of 3D-ness.

HFR is no different. Motion blur and lower frame rates were relied on for features of some movies. Directors need to adapt to the new medium to make it look more natural. But in every possible way technically superior should equate to aesthetically superior when done properly. There is nothing aesthetically pleasing about a blurry jerky movie scene and right now I prefer the soap opera look.

Comment: Re:Voicemail won't die (Score 1) 230

by aaarrrgggh (#48665285) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

Only if you make the person leaving the message listen to a machine-reading of the transcribed message and then use T3 notation to edit the message win order to have it accepted will it ever work...

I am starting to contemplate requiring unknown callers to validate their name, company, and direct phone number...

Comment: Re:youmail (Score 1) 230

by aaarrrgggh (#48665267) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

Sorry, but I have to disagree. Our Asterisk system gives me caller, length of call, and time in an email immediately after. We had transcriptions enabled before, but they were terrible so I shut it off.

I appreciate that the telephone can be more efficient for a 2-way dialogue, but it's modality kills me. I can't change trains of thought on a dime and still get things done. To me, the courteous action is to send an email, and follow with a text if it is actually urgent.

Maybe if I got visual voicemail working for the office I could use it again, or if I could play the .wav or .gsm attachments on my iPhone i would feel differently, but right now it is a pain in the ass.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins