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Comment: Re: What?? (Score 4, Interesting) 114

by corychristison (#46829337) Attached to: WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

I personally use Telegram (https://telegram.org/), and have for quite some time now. I like it for various reasons. Mainly its open source, and multi-client.

What I /don't/ like about plain jane SMS is I can't sit back at my desk and message people back who message me. I have to completely break my submersion into my computer, pick up my phone, and type on a tiny (virtual) keyboard. Drives me absolutely insane.

Comment: Re: "Vulnerable"? (Score 1) 93

by corychristison (#46625631) Attached to: Security Evaluation of the Tesla Model S

But if the car has an alarm system and it's active, this doesn't help much. If I unlock my car with a physical key, there's a three-step process I need to do in order to disable the alarm and engine kill. If your owners didn't realize their keys would work, what's the likelihood they'd then remember everything else required before driving away?

The alarm will also go off if I open it with a tool to bypass the lock... It's not my responsibility to know how to turn the alarm off. The point I was trying to make was these people did not know they could unlock their car, and gain access to their belongings, without their keyfob.

Of the three calls I handled in this in the situation I described, they were factory keys with the remote unlock buttons on the key itself.

I even had one case, where the passenger window was rolled down half way, allowing me to reach in effortlessly and unlock the vehicle.

Comment: Re: "Vulnerable"? (Score 2) 93

by corychristison (#46615039) Attached to: Security Evaluation of the Tesla Model S

My wife's family owns my towns only Locksmith company.

I spent some time working there, and let me tell you the best tool for breaking into cars is the correct tool for that vehicle. We had toolboxes of roughly 15 tools for various vehicles. Knowing which tool to use and how to use it is a skill I think everyone should learn.

My favourite was the slimjim. I even made my own because I wasn't fond of the one included in the kit. Its so versatile.

As an aside: We worked with CAA (Canadian version of AAA) and once every month or so we'd get a fax to unlock a vehicle (usually a Ford for some reason) who's keyless entry fob's battery had died. We would arrive and they are holding their key in their hand, pressing the button to unlock it and they are getting frustrated the vehicle isn't unlocking. I would calmly ask to see their key, walk up to the door and stick it in the door's keyway and turn it. The look on their face was always priceless. I even had one lady confess she didn't know that was even possible.

Comment: Re: Entitled Asshole Mentality (Score 1) 199

If I could register with an organization and submit donations for movies that I pirated and watched, I would absolutely pay. I still pay my cable bill even though I pirate all of my TV and haven't turned my cable boxes on for over 2 years.

I thought this up quite a while ago, and even brought it up on slashdot once before. I was modded down because the people who did see it screamed "think of the transportation industry!"

Anyway, my vision is quite clear. The media companies put together a website in which we could simply buy a license to obtain a copy of a specific work by any digital means available in whatever formats available.

The idea is since they are selling the license only, it completely cuts out the cost of producing physical media and the costs of distribution. Therefore, the per unit costs would be drastically reduced. For example, a full length movie would be $5.00 or less. A price point I think most people have no problem spending even if the movie turns out to be garbage. It could result in more sales, is easier to track sales. I can even envision companies set up to sell these licenses coupled with high quality versions of these works.

This obviously is a dream. As no media corp would consider it because, well, they are greedy assholes and enjoy their monopolies and ability to fuck with everyday normal people like me who flat out have no need for physical media or DRM encumbered crap I can't play on my home media center.

Comment: Re:Canada... (Score 4, Informative) 273

by corychristison (#46443523) Attached to: WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

Tell me about it.

I live in Saskatchewan. We have Sasktel, Bell, Telus, Rogers and the "spinoffs" (Fido, Koodo, 7-11's SpeakOut).

My current plan is with Telus. $60/mo for unlimited nationwide talk (unlimited to anywhere in Canada, from anywhere in Canada), unlimited sms/mms, with 5GB of sharable Data. My wife also has the exact same plan, so we have a total of 10GB of usable data between the two of us. After 911 fee's and taxes, we are paying $133.24 total. As it stands this is about as good as it gets for my needs.

I was with Sasktel for many years until last July/2014. We were locked into a 3 year contract, and paying $60/mo each for 300 local daytime minutes, unlimited local calling in the evenings ,unlimited SMS (but not MMS, those were $1.00 each), and "unlimited" data. One gotcha they didn't tell you, is they also charged an $7-$8 "system access fee" on top of your plan, plus 911 fee's and taxes. In total we were paying ~$155/month. This does not account for overage or long distance fee's we would end up paying most months.

Comment: Already Exists: Gbox Midnight MX2 (Score 1) 104

by corychristison (#46317593) Attached to: Amazon To Put Android In Set-top Box To Compete With Apple, Roku

I personally have been looking at the Gbox Midnight MX2. They come pre-rooted, with a bunch of pre-loaded software such as Xbmc.

Right now I use a WD TV Live, and it works alright. I really do not like how it organizes content and is not very customizable.

I had a HTPC at one point, running Linux and my own custom interface I developed myself, but the lack of Netflix is what drove me to the WD TV Live. Now netflix is supposed to be easier to set up on Linux via pipelight, I haven't played with it yet though, and I'm sure I could integrate it into my software... but the Gbox Midnight MX2, with Full Android and access to Google Play, hard to pass up, honestly.

Comment: Re: But you do NOT want to lean on that (Score 1) 28

by corychristison (#46225769) Attached to: Comparing Cloud-Based Image Services For Developers

12MP is roughly 4000x3000px. High end mainstream screens cant even display half of that. A 100% quality JPEG you're looking around 2.5MB. That's pretty trivial, really. If you can halve your bandwidth and completely eliminate image processing by reducing down to, say, 8MP, would you not do it?

I wasn't saying to resize it down to 800x600 pixels, that would be crazy. 8MP ought to be enough for anyone ;-)

Comment: Re: I get the idea, but is it really necessary? (Score 1) 28

by corychristison (#46225613) Attached to: Comparing Cloud-Based Image Services For Developers

Personally I build my own servers and colocate them into datacenters.

With that said, I have both enterprise grade servers (600GB SAS drives) and non-enterprise grade (2TB SATA drives). Storing things for serving up on the SATA drives is fine in most cases. The server automatically caches the popular files in RAM, reducing bottlenecks and slowdowns. RAM is also very cheap. 64GB minimum in my machines.

Proper servers, in proper datacenters, with load balancing, and a proper DNS setup and it starts to look like a Cloud solution. I'm still of the mind the "cloud" is just a buzzword.

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