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Comment: Re:How about (Score 1) 175

I call nonsense on you. Perfect example: Waterproofing. It would be trivial to make a waterproof (or at least water resistant) phone. Yet there are none. In fact, just having your phone in a overly humid environment will likely ruin it. This is clearly by design.

Sony's Xperia Z is notoriously water resistant:,news-42109.html

Comment: Re:Oh no. Guess what I just bought... (Score 2) 215

by friend function (#42849365) Attached to: Samsung Laptop Bug Is Not Linux Specific

I bought a Samsung laptop at the start of January :( Not only that...I bought it specifically to install Ubuntu :( Bah.

Now what do I do?

I installed Arch in UEFI mode on my new Samsung Series 9 in December... I was getting constant machine check exceptions[1] and found that I had to blacklist the samsung-laptop module from the boot menu (append modprobe.blacklist="samsung-laptop" to your kernel cmdline at boot); this will prevent the samsung-laptop module from loading. Without that I couldn't even boot the Arch USB in UEFI mode! If your Linux distro is using a kernel from 3.7.6+ then this workaround is unneeded, as that module has been disabled from Linux 3.7.6[2]).

Or... you could just choose to install your OS in BIOS mode. :)


Comment: Re:There are some problems with it (Score 2) 137

Also where is the key stored? Expect the government to investigate and interrogate whoever has the keys.

According to the ZeroBin website, the key is not "stored;" it is part of the URL string (which never goes to the server). For example:

You give the link to your friends. The link contains both a paste ID as well as a key. You and your friends' browsers use the key to decrypt the data for the given paste ID.

Also, there's no inherent reason to distrust Javascript running on an "Anonymous"-run website any more than you'd distrust any other site's Javascript (or's, for example). In any case, the source is open (and if you have the technical ability to analyze it for holes/backdoors/weaknesses, you can).

Comment: Re:Sandy Bridge on Linux? (Score 3, Informative) 96

by friend function (#39265921) Attached to: Intel Releases Sandy Bridge-based Xeon E5 Series
As of Linux kernel 3.0, machines with Sandy Bridge chips are stable; kernels version 3.1 and 3.2 even more so. Linux 3.3 will be released in the next week or two and should include more performance/power-related functionality for these chips.

On the graphics front, the on-board graphics on both my Sandy Bridge laptop and desktop work fine enough for desktop workloads, including 1080p over HDMI. This is both with Ubuntu 11.10-based distributions, which ships with a 3.0 kernel by default, but I typically run the latest stable kernel from; I haven't tried running distros with older kernels (such as RedHat/CentOS or Debian) on this hardware.

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