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Comment: Eh... so? (Score 1) 70

by binary paladin (#47980757) Attached to: Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

Unless I'm missing something, three failed attempts and you have to enter the passcode. Reboot and you have to enter the passcode. 48 hours of not being used and you have to enter the passcode.

I just got a 5S and the TouchID is okay, but even when using the correct finger it doesn't always work and I have to enter my passcode (which is quite long). It wouldn't be hard to guess which finger I used but even then... everything would have to go perfectly to get into the phone using that method.

Comment: Re: Alright smart guy (Score 3, Insightful) 504

by binary paladin (#47960211) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Google's lack of long term support was one of the two reasons I just switched to iOS. I've seen a couple 4S (the oldest supported by iOS 8) that are still working just fine. However, Kitkat on my Galaxy Nexus? "No way man... that phone phone is like 18 months old man." Kitkat even lowered the memory needs of the OS.

I fail to see how Apple offering long term support on their devices is somehow planned obsolescence versus Android devices which are just flat out abandoned by those unwilling to install custom roms.

Comment: Re:When do we return to real tech? (Score 1) 138

by binary paladin (#43362391) Attached to: Facebook Launches "Home" For Android

I'm amazed every time I use a map on my phone—every damn time. It's amazing.

I got my first smart phone (the G1) between two trips to San Francisco. It's completely amazing the way it affected my vacation. Maps, Yelp, and other services... wherever and it just keeps getting better. Consider my G1 from a mere 4.5 years ago compared to a Nexus 4. It's really quite insane.

Comment: Pointless. (Score 1) 126

by binary paladin (#43325365) Attached to: How Mobile Devices Kill Your Creativity

"Mobile devices" is an annoyingly broad term. I made my daughter's birthday cake yesterday with the aid of a smart phone sporting a recipe and videos on some techniques (like making lemon curd). Not everyone with a mobile device spends a majority of their time on social networks. The fact that I have information with me everywhere I go in a convenient form factor is just plain awesome.

When I'm bored I work to solve it, not numb it. A smart phone is a very useful tool in that endeavor. The people who drool their time away on useless nonsense will do it with or without a smart phone.

Comment: Agreed. (Score 1) 524

by binary paladin (#42992873) Attached to: Mayer Terminates Yahoo's Remote Employee Policy

For all the people here talking about the value of "office time" (they say face time but they mean office time) I have yet to find it. Meetings are mostly useless. Talking without a digital aid of some sort is inefficient a lot of the time. Video chat + IM is my preferred method when I need to really COMMUNICATE about something technical. I can trade links, code all while talking through something. There are people IN MY OWN OFFICE that I do this with because it is superior to talking face to face.

The people I know who suck at telecommuting generally suck when they're not. Whether it's Facebook and Imgur in the office or at home, it's still wasted time.

At least half the time I really need to get work done, I stay home. There are times when I'm working with physical equipment that going to the office makes sense, but when I'm tuning servers or something my location is totally irrelevant. There are just too many tools in this day and age to make telecommuting fantastic not to do it. Plus, how much can a company save on office space? This is big consideration if you're a small operation.

Comment: Totally disagree. (Score 2) 524

by binary paladin (#42992825) Attached to: Mayer Terminates Yahoo's Remote Employee Policy

In this day and age there is simply no reason. I work on a small team right now and the guy I do the most work with is remote all the time. Between IM, email, phone calls and video chat there is no drop off between him and anyone else I work with. Office time != face time. I agree that face time can be very important, but there are just too many tools available these days for physical location to matter.

Logic doesn't apply to the real world. -- Marvin Minsky