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Comment: Re:That's pretty surprising for 2015 Android IMO (Score 1) 287 287

Android supports RDNSS for IPv6, but not DHCP for IPv6. Basically, there is no need for DHCP in IPv6. There is no need for an IPv6 address to be dynamic. Your carrier has multiple ways to supply one or more global IPv6 addresses to your mobile device, and to renumber the devices under its control at any time. Since your carrier is responsible for routing the IPv6 packets from your mobile device, it's up to your carrier to assign IPv6 addresses. For use on a local network, your device can also use IPv6 stateless auto configuration. Also, none of these options exclude any others: IPv6 assumes devices will have multiple addresses at the same time. Finally, IPv4 and IPv6 are not mutually exclusive. If you are behind a firewall, using addresses like 10.x.y.z or l192.168.x.y, then your device is capable of using IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously.

On my android 4.1 phone, connected via Verizon, I can see both an IPv4 address and an IPv6 address. On my phone, tap Settings, scroll to the bottom, tap About phone, then tap Status, and you'll see a field of two IP addresses. With wifi turned on, I have a 192.168.x.y address on my home wifi network. If I turn wifi off, I get an address that begins 100.71, presumably assigned by Verizon and globally routable. With or without wifi, I have a second address with 8 fields, much longer, beginning 2600:1000. That's clearly an IPv6 address assigned by Verizon. Whether or not Verizon will route my IPv6 packets is another question.

Comment: Re:DUHHHHH (Score 5, Interesting) 124 124

Whoever hacked Kaspersky was probably hunting moles. From the outside, it looks as if Kaspersky has been positively brilliant, revealing state level actors, cracking stuxnet, duqu, & duqu2. But what if some other state level actor had been feeding Kaspersky? What if spies, not security researchers, told Kaspersky where to look? It would be worth a lot for the authors of stuxnet etc to be able to confirm or deny that Kaspersky worked without help. That's the best reason I can see for hacking into Kaspersky.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 2) 210 210

Actually, Sun Microsystems made a VM and, in 2006, released it under the GPL. So the only real question at this point is whether there is anything in Dalvic that was not released by Sun in 2006-7. Oracle can hope for control over a few small crumbs, but most of the cookies in the Java jar have been free and open source for over 9 years.

+ - Baidu forced to withdraw last month's ImageNet test results

elwinc writes: Back in mid-May, Baidu, a computer research and services organization in Mainland China, announced impressive results on the ImageNet "Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge," besting results posted by Google and Microsoft. Turns out, Baidu gamed the system, creating 30 accounts and running far more than the 2 tests per week allowed in the contest. Having been caught cheating, Baidu has been banned for a year from the challenge. I believe all competitors are using variations on the convolutional neural network, AKA deep network. Running the test dozens of times per week might allow a competitor to pre-tune parameters for the particular problem, thus producing results that might not generalize to other problems. All of which makes it quite ironic that a Baidu scientist crowed Our company is now leading the race in computer intelligence!

+ - Linux kernel 4.1 Will be an LTS Release

prisoninmate writes: Linux Foundation’s LinuxLTSI (Long-Term Support Initiative) group has confirmed on Twitter that the next LTS version of the Linux kernel will be 4.1. The information has also been confirmed by Greg Kroah-Hartman, a renowned kernel developer who is currently maintaining several kernel branches, including a few LTS ones. Therefore, when Linux kernel 4.1 will be released, it will become the LTS version of 2015 and the most advanced long-term support release,

Comment: Re: False: Sveriges Riksbank Prize (Score 4, Informative) 322 322

Exactly. For example, every time Krugman gets involved in a debate about the banking sector, it becomes clear why he got the award. The Honorary Nobel Prize he got was handed to him by the head honchos at the Swedish Central Bank, so it shouldn't come as a surprise when his views are heavily leaned towards a more finance sector friendly Keynesian way of thinking.

So trying to boost his credibility with this "Nobel Prize" will only work on people who don't know what kind of a rigged anti-prize it is.

Absolutely false. The Riksbank gets its authority from the Swedish Parliament.

As you can see in this photo, Krugman is being handed his Nobel by King Carl XVI Gustaf who is a strictly ceremonial head of state. The King may be a customer of the bank, but he isn't a honcho at the bank; Parliament controls it.

However, figurehead Carl XVI Gustaf has no say in who gets the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences; that is decided by this group of professors. Not the Sveriges Riksbank at all. Yeah, I know, you've got a conspiracy theory to explain why all these professors are puppets of a bank. Bullshit.

I just don't get why people post lies on the internet that are so easily checked on the internet. Makes no sense dude; for a ten second chuckle, you've branded yourself a liar in the Slashdot community. Where's the win in that?

Comment: Re:Moto X (Score 1) 259 259

I think the thing to do is have two SIM cards; one for USA and the other for the UK. That's what I did on a trip to Italy, and I'm assuming not too many band differences between Italy and Scotland. With that in mind, hopefully my Moto X experience in Italy will be helpful for someone.

I took a stock Verizon Moto X to Rome, Italy. No unlocking, no rooting, no special side-loaded apps; just a plain vanilla Moto X. I pulled out the Verizon nano SIM and plugged in a T.I.M. (Telecom Italia Mobile or something close to that) nano SIM. It just worked! (Note: you'll need a paper clip or earring stud or something to pop the tiny SIM tray.)

When I boot the phone with the foreign SIM card, it first asks for a 4-digit SIM PIN. This number is printed on one of the cards from T.I.M. Then the phone puts up an annoying message: "Sorry, this SIM card is from an unknown source". Then it goes to the home screen, and all is good. Two small annoyances: you have to enter the 4-digit SIM PIN every time the phone boots (you get 3 tries at the PIN - after that I don't know what happens); and it seems to want a reboot about every 2 or 3 days - the symptom is data seems very slow or gone, but a reboot (with 4-digit SIM PIN) makes it all good again.

In the place along the top notification bar where the phone would (in the USA) display the "4G LTE" logo, in Rome it would often display "H+", presumably indicating some kind of HPSA+ connection. I know nothing about European signaling standards, but presumably H+ is good.

We used voice and maps pretty heavily: for example, speak the command "navigate to the Borghese Gallery," choose walking, and you're on your way. Mostly it could understand my english names for places: the Pantheon, the Vatican Museum, the Trevi Fountain, etc. If I had an Italian street name or piazza name, I'd have to type that in (for example, it never understood the voice command "nearby gelato" or "nearby gelateria."). On the other hand, commands like "find nearby ATM" or "find nearby artist supply store" worked pretty well. YMMV

Comment: Re:None of the baggage of C? (Score 1) 636 636

According to https://developer.apple.com/li... Swift includes several C pointer types.

C Syntax ---- Swift Syntax

void * ------ COpaquePointer
Type * ------ UnsafePointer
Type ** ----- AutoreleasingUnsafePointer

There are several more C pointer types on that page, but you get the flavor. You can take that C baggage into your room, unpack it, and make it all home-like.

Comment: None of the baggage of C? (Score 1, Interesting) 636 636

Many sites are reporting Swift as having "none of the baggage of C."

However, they also report that "Swift code can still be mixed with standard C and Objective C code in the same project."

Seems to me that if you can call C routines, C can happily malloc() and free() the heap and leave stale pointers into freed heap. Likewise, C can happily point into the stack and leave pointers into stale stack frames, and point past the end of arrays, etc.. I don't think they can get rid of the "baggage of C" withoud building all kinds of performance killiing safety checks into the C code. If I'm wrong about this, please don't hesitate to let me know!

Comment: Re:Off-topic Swift baggage (Score 1) 411 411

Many sites are reporting Swift as having "none of the baggage of C."

However, they also report Swift code can still be mixed with standard C and Objective C code in the same project."

If you can call C routines, C can happily malloc() and free() the heap and leave stale pointers into freed heap. Likewise, C can happily point into the stack and leave pointers into stale stack frames, and point past the end of arrays, etc.. I don't think they can get rid of the "baggage of C" withoud building all kinds of performance killiing safety checks into the C code. If I'm wrong about this, please don't hesitate to let me know!

Comment: Re:I cooled off on Samsung... (Score 1) 105 105

Yeah, that TouchWiz layer is pretty annoying.

Check out Motorola. The Moto X (4.7" diag) is very highly reviewed & I like mine far better than my earlier Samsung Galaxy Nexus. My mom must bought herself a Droid Maxx (5" diag) that's pretty good also. Being owned by Google, Moto keeps its UI pretty close to pure android.

Comment: Re: Myth of the Obama Bank Bailout (Score 5, Informative) 143 143

.... Do you remember those hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayers money, Obama and his team of banksters handed over to commercial privately held banks?

Not quite. Not quite.

Personally, I recall the $700 billion dollar TARP program advocated by Henry Paulson and signed into law by George W. Bush. Can you provide us with links describing the Obama bailout program you refer to? (Don't worry, I'm not holding my breath).

I also recall Obama announcing that the banks had paid back their loans with interest, such that the government made a profit on TARP.

In summary, you are entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts!

Comment: We knew the gist already (Score 3, Insightful) 238 238

We pretty much already knew that the MPG we saw on the sticker was higher than the MPG we would actually be getting. Hence the phrase "your mileage may vary."

But we also know that the sticker MPG numbers are good for comparing among similar cars, and that's mostly how we use the sticker MPGs. Kudos and thanks to 'What Car?' for calculating the 19% offset figure. I wonder if they could tell us how the offset varies among different types of cars. Maybe SUVs vs econoboxes vs sports cars have somewhat different offsets.

BTW, I would bet that different driving styles, lead foot vs hypermiling, makes a bigger differnece than the 19% calculated by 'What Car?'

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