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Comment: Re:Only payments? (Score 1) 336

by chis101 (#47938379) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only
You may be mistaking what you use it for with what it is capable of. You can send any arbitrary information over it, as long as an application on both ends understands what you are doing. I believe that Apple devices may impose additional restrictions on what you can pair with (I know that I use Bluetooth to connect to a $5 OBD-II reader in my car, but that my friends with iPhones are unable to make this pairing and have to use the $15 WiFi version).

Maybe take a look at this page:

Comment: No conspiracy, but old phones are slowing down (Score 2) 281

I don't think they intentionally sabotage them, but they are definitely slower. It's just that they keep getting pushed new OS updates, and new app updates, and the new updates expect faster hardware.

I bought a Galaxy Nexus 2 years ago, and when I got it everything was blazing fast. By a few months ago, my phone was frustratingly slow. For a while I considered that I was just looking at newer phones and thinking "Wow, that's so much faster than mine" but just thought that it was the comparison that made mine feel slow, not that it really was slow. I finally decided my phone was objectively slow, not just by comparison.

A few weeks ago I 'downgraded' to Android 4.2.2 (Had been running Android 4.3), and turned off auto app update. (I had previously tried various ROMs with 4.3, but they were all still slow.) Now my phone is fast again. Maybe not as blazing fast as it was brand new, but I no longer feel like I'm ever waiting for the phone.

So, I don't think there is a real 'conspiracy' to slow down old phones, but I think that old phones *are* slower, they know they are doing it, and just don't care. Why would they? They think we should be happy they are pushing updates to us, but they don't think they should have to worry about the experience on devices they sold years ago. But, I have the ability to refuse these updates, so I can keep my personal phone usable for the foreseeable future.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 608

by chis101 (#47417105) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

... use frameworks the new guy is likely unfamiliar with because there are so many. Time for a new web GUI standard; the existing attempts keep falling on their face and try to turn JavaScript into a GUI OS language, which it wasn't meant for. We need fresh standards, dammit!

This sounds familiar.

Comment: Re:Because I'm lazy (Score 3, Informative) 279

by chis101 (#47318753) Attached to: Why Software Builds Fail

If you are talking about C/C++, the variable is *not* null in either case. If you assigned null to it, then it is null. If you never assigned any value to it, then it is whatever happened to be in memory at that location. It's a pretty good warning to let you know you are using a variable without it being assigned a value.

int* ptr;
if( ptr != NULL )
*ptr = 0;

This code will at some point crash. Maybe not on the first run, but at some point ptr will not be null, but will not be a pointer to valid memory.

Comment: Re:I believe it because.. (Score 1) 291

by chis101 (#47110245) Attached to: Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

I have been discriminated against a few times because I choose to be childless.

Do you really choose to be childless or can you just not find anyone who will put up with you long enough to have a child together?

Though you may have been joking, this kind of response is an example of what he was talking about.

Comment: Re:Trade secrets, not patents (Score 1) 148

by chis101 (#46898885) Attached to: Zenimax Accuses John Carmack of Stealing VR Tech

Actually, all the sodas, even common ones like Coke and Pepsi, use real sugar when their market is Mexican people. Even soda sold in Mexican food stores in the US sell the real sugar version. They don't like the HFCS, so the companies make what will sell better. I don't know why us US Americans have such a weak will that we have to buy what they give us whether it tastes good or not. Brainwashing perhaps?

They sell Mountain Dew Throwback, which uses real sugar instead of HFCS. I actually don't like the taste of it. It tastes flat to me, like it was normal Mountain Dew that's been left open for a few days.

That's just my opinion though.

Comment: Re:A win? (Score 1) 328

by chis101 (#46759067) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket
Replying to myself, but here's what it is like where I live:

Block 1: $3.76/1,000 gallons
Block 2: $5.02/1,000 gallons

Block 1 rate is applied to usage up to and including 125% of the average winter consumption (AWC) used for billing. Block 2 rate is applied to all usage in excess of 125% of the AWC used for billing.

Residential customers are billed bi-monthly and charges are determined by multiplying the average winter water usage by the volume rate and adding the customer service charge

So, my waste water bill is based solely on my winter usage. My water bill charges me extra for any usage above 125% of my average winter usage.

When I first moved into my house (during the summer), my waste water bill was based on the 'average' winter usage for the neighborhood, since they did not have historic winter usage data for me. I live alone, so they were charging me 3-5x my actual usage. I had to call them and request that they use my actual usage, instead of the average for the neighborhood. I'm sure they could have very easily ran that check without my calling, but I think they were hoping I wouldn't complain about my sewage bill being 3x my water bill :).

Comment: Re:A win? (Score 1) 328

by chis101 (#46757605) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket
They do that where I live, too. They use your winter water usage as a baseline on the assumption that you aren't watering your lawn or washing your car during the winter months. During the summer months any usage over your average winter usage is charged at a higher rate, on the assumption that this extra usage is being used for things such as watering the lawn or washing your car.

Comment: Re:not developed by a responsible team? (Score 4, Informative) 301

by chis101 (#46718247) Attached to: Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

Even if OpenSSL is using system's malloc, with all its mitigation features, the bug still works. The attacker just has to be more careful, lest he should read freed() and unmapped memory, and so cause a crash and (supposedly) leave some kind of meaningful trail.

You got it exactly right. He's complaining that because they provided their own malloc() wrapper that the read of freed() memory is NOT causing a crash. If they had used the system malloc() then there would be crashes, the issues would be detected, and they would have been fixed.

Comment: Re:On the bright side (Score 1) 144

by chis101 (#46369681) Attached to: How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk
It says right there in your Wikipedia article:

The term "begging the question" originated in the 16th century as a mistranslation of Latin petitio principii "assuming the initial point". In modern vernacular usage, "to beg the question" more frequently is used to mean "to raise the question" (as in "This begs the question of whether ") or "to dodge the question".

It does go on to say that authorities deem such usage to be mistaken or unclear, but I don't know if I'd say he was incorrect. Language evolves.

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson