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Comment: Re: Try and try again. (Score 2) 419

by imgod2u (#49183707) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough

I think that's an exaggeration. What the iPhone -- even first gen -- could do, it did miles better than the WinM 6* or any of its competitors did. Did it lack a lot of features? Of course. But like just about everyone who couldn't get their heads around the idea that features aren't the end-all-be-all of gadgets (and yes, that's what all of these things are), what it could do at release was 99.999% of what people wanted a mobile connected gadget for -- text message, make phone calls, play music/videos on a small screen. It put that in a decently small package with decent battery life and a UI that teenagers and soccer moms could figure out with ease.

If you want to attribute all of that under "fashion" then it's pretty telling.

Comment: Re:This looks like a canary (Score 1) 119

by Qzukk (#49171947) Attached to: Google Backs Off Default Encryption on New Android Lollilop Devices

The problem with your XKCD comic is that $5 wrenches only work on one person at a time, and they have to have already decided which person they're going to use the wrench on.

PRISM and other wide-scale NSA dragnets are specifically designed to be as wide a net as possible so that they can collect everyone's information all the time at a minimum cost, and then later decide what to do with it. As the cost to spy on you decreases to zero, so does your ability to be "not worth" spying on.

The sooner you make your first 5000 mistakes, the sooner you will be able to correct them. -- Nicolaides