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Comment: Re:Privacy implications? (Score 2) 147

by brunes69 (#48025933) Attached to: LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Without having any more information than the link.. I would think this would make it HARDER and more expensive for the NSA/FBI to do their job, not easier. Right now, everyone's calls go through a choke point that is easily tapped. If all kinds of people start making peer-to-peer phone calls, then eavesdroppers now have to put LTE sniffers all over the country in a very dense arrangement.

Comment: Fun Question (Score 1) 48

by brunes69 (#48019943) Attached to: Lenovo Set To Close $2.1 Billion Server Deal With IBM

Fun question - who would you rather have spying on you? The NSA or the Chinese?

Personally I would rather have the Chinese spy on me because I never go there, and am not too worried about them shipping me off to prison on trumped up chargers because I disagree with whatever government is in power. The NSA on the other hand....

Comment: Whatever happened to Ubuntu for Android??? (Score 1) 131

by brunes69 (#48013697) Attached to: Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

Ubuntu for Android ( was a hybrid Ubuntu/Android OS that promised to allow you to use Android as the phone OS, then plug your phone into HDMI and a Bluetooth mouse/keyboard and have a full Ubuntu experience running alongside. It was announced with a lot of splash and got a lot of people excited. The ability to use a phone as a desktop computer on the road was very enticing. But it never materialized, and the source code was never opened (even though it is supposedly "open source", where the heck are you supposed to get the source, or download a build? I can't find one anywhere).

Ubuntu says the reason it never launched is because they need a partner with whom to launch since it needs modifications to Android... er, has Ubuntu ever heard of CyanogenMod?

Comment: So offer a cost effective replacement (Score 5, Insightful) 185

by brunes69 (#48003643) Attached to: Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Yes HTTPS is flawed. Name one protocol that is not.

Unless someone can offer a cost effective replacement (IE one that can be deployed and scaled into without breaking existing technology) then the best approach is to continue and fix the flaws as they are found.

The solution to a problem is not always "throw it away and re-write it". In fact the longer you are around in technology, the more you will realize that this is hardly ever a good idea.

Comment: You don't need to make "deals" (Score 1) 335

by brunes69 (#47935137) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

You need an open platform that emulates a card that everyone accepts. Google Wallet works EVERYWHERE, because it just emulates a Visa card. You can use it at ANY Paypass or Paywave terminal regardless of if it says Google Wallet on it.

The only need to make "deals" is if you want to take a cut of the transaction to increase your bottom line. Google tried that, failed, and changed Wallet so that it is totally open.

Comment: Re: Who to believe? (Score 1) 393

by brunes69 (#47931733) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

It depends on how you measure success.

Does the leaf sell more raw units? Assuredly.

Does the leaf outsell all other gasoline cars in their market segment? No they dont, but the Tesla Model S has.

Is the Model S more profitable than the leaf⦠does the Model S make Tesla more money than the leaf makes Nissan? I have no idea but I bet it is at worst a draw.

Comment: Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (Score 2) 292

by brunes69 (#47916071) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Agree 100%. Maybe we're both old-timers (I am not even 35? *SIGH*), but I too play games to escape. I really dislike multiplayer games. I especially despise multiplayer first person shooters - the genre that has literally been the same rehash year after year for over a decade. Personally I prefer third person games because it lets me actually SEE my character and interact in a much better way than any FPS game.

Meanwhile, multiplayer games and FPS games are all most people in my circle care about so it is hard to find any common ground.

Everyone can be taught to sculpt: Michelangelo would have had to be taught how not to. So it is with the great programmers.