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Comment: Re:First Thinkpad (Score 1) 211 211

by geekmux (#49997681) Attached to: Lenovo Could Remake the ThinkPad X300 With Current Technologies

"It's also rather impractical to slide your brand new cell phone in your pocket only to watch it bend." -geekmux

Better than becoming a hunchback from lugging around a Thinkbrick. I'll let my phone's warranty deal with the cost of being able to wear skinny jeans.

Forget the warranty issue, defending those fashion choices says it all.

Comment: Re:First Thinkpad (Score 4, Insightful) 211 211

by geekmux (#49994555) Attached to: Lenovo Could Remake the ThinkPad X300 With Current Technologies

That's exactly the reason I would hesitate with this throwback thinkpad, and haven't owned one in almost 2 decades. I just don't have the time nor desire to carry around a cinder block with me everywhere I go anymore. Back then it was cute because people would notice I'm a geek who could afford nice tech. Today a ThinkBrick is just too impractical.

It's also rather impractical to slide your brand new cell phone in your pocket only to watch it bend.

Presumably this is the result of two identical twins who entered the marketing arena about five years ago. One of them stood in a corner and started screaming "LIGHTER! LIGHTER!" while the other one ran to another corner and started screaming "THINNER! THINNER!". They haven't fucking shut up since.

Of course common sense tried to talk them off the ledge, but got trampled by the consumer mob of idiots who now put fashion over function every time, hence the reason Lenovo execs are drooling over something as superficial as a blue enter key.

16 cores and the latest 3D memory you say? Yeah, fuck all that, I'm just here for the rubberized paint.

Comment: Re:Just doing their job. (Score 1) 136 136

by geekmux (#49976265) Attached to: WikiLeaks: NSA Eavesdropped On the Last Three French Presidents

The job of the NSA is to spy and if they don't spy on everything spyable they aren't doing their job. Can't even figure out why this would worthy of a ./ headline.

Maybe it is. But I'm pretty sure if the USA found out that the French had our Presidents office/phone bugged, we'd (the USA) would have a shit about it.

We would have a shit about it? Well I hope we wouldn't be totally shocked over it. That would be rather ignorant.

I'll refer back to the parents comments regarding the NSAs main job. It's kind of the main job of every other agency too.

Comment: "Caught" would imply... (Score 5, Insightful) 35 35

...a crime was committed, or at minimum that we're going to actually do something to them.

Of course, we all know nothing will come of this, or at best a slap-on-the-wrist fine, which they've probably already calculated as a standard business expense.

Might as well just stop putting stories out like this until consumers are actually willing to act upon it. I'm willing to be there isn't enough consumer give-a-shit left in the world to tackle even this single issue, let alone tackle the mass arrogance that corporations pull off today at the expense of the customer.

What does it matter if you label someone as "caught" if the reaction is nothing.

Comment: Re:No support for dynamic address assignment?!? (Score 2, Insightful) 287 287

by geekmux (#49972875) Attached to: IT Pros Blast Google Over Android's Refusal To Play Nice With IPv6

Obviously at this point it isn't a bug, its a "feature." The only question is why did Google decide to push this negative feature?

I remember first hearing about IPv6 around 1997.

Here we are almost 20 years later still sucking on the IPv4 teat. I'd say Google might as well take their fucking time on this "feature".

It's not like anyone is in a damn hurry, regardless of what's running dry.

Comment: Re:not another one. FUCK! (Score 2) 71 71

by geekmux (#49972197) Attached to: Emergency Adobe Flash Patch Fixes Zero-Day Under Attack

The issue is that Flash's functionality hasn't changed in years, but it needs a security update every other week. You'd think that Adobe could've have sorted that all out by now. If this is the quality of a simple playback plug-in, what conclusion can be drawn about the quality of the rest of their software.

Adobe Acrobat Reader v5 was about 15MB in total size after installation.

Adobe Acrobat Reader v11 is over 400MB in total size after installation.

I really don't think there's any question as to the quality of their shitty bloatware.

In fact, one could argue the main functionality that Adobe has brought to the desktop and browser in the last 10 years is plenty of attack vectors.

And all this bloatware bundling bullshit won't go away until we start holding vendors accountable for the vulnerabilities they create.

Comment: Re:not another one. FUCK! (Score 1) 71 71

by geekmux (#49972025) Attached to: Emergency Adobe Flash Patch Fixes Zero-Day Under Attack

Fuck. Another goddamn Adobe update? Fuck Adobe updates.

Are you new to Adobe, Windows, or just computers in general?

Dunno how the hell you're gonna survive the future when your fucking toilet is gonna need a weekly update to avoid those shitty vulns.

Yeah, yeah, yeah...I know it's just a smart toilet. It was in the EULA. Right there on page 743. You should learn to read those things.

Comment: This is why free is anything but. (Score 1) 271 271

Hopefully this kind of shit will make people think twice about relying solely on free services to advertise or run a business.

Bottom line is you control a hell of a lot less of that hosted environment than you think.

Don't be a cheap ass. Buy your own domain. Then you might at least have a fighting chance (ala nissan.com)

Comment: Facebook ignorance. (Score 2, Insightful) 289 289

by geekmux (#49953467) Attached to: Facebook's Absurd Pseudonym Purgatory

"...forums like Facebook serve as the modern-day equivalent of the public square for a lot of communities."

Is there a way to identify these communities? Just trying to avoid areas of mass stupidity where Facebook somehow supplanted actual news outlets.

Those who feel Facebook is in the position of being a modern day times square have obviously never heard of a troll before.

Enjoy.

Comment: E-books the size of coffee tables. (Score 1) 172 172

by geekmux (#49952533) Attached to: Amazon Is Only Going To Pay Authors When Each Page Is Read

Unless they've discovered a way to insert retinal implants without our knowledge, I can only assume Amazon is referring to e-book sales here.

Therefore, the analogy of a "fat coffee table book" is a fucking stupid one, unless they start selling Kindles the size of coffee tables.

Comment: Re:Scare quotes? (Score 4, Insightful) 141 141

What's with the scare quotes? Of course the thumb prints are for tracking purposes. What else could they possibly be good for? A collage?

And how many more Snowden events need to go down before you realize those quotes are pretty valid today?

When it comes to collecting data today...ANY fucking data, you can rest assured it's being used for more than the "advertised" purpose.

Don't be ignorant about it. It's how we got here.

Comment: Re:So here in the USA (Score 4, Interesting) 81 81

I don't want 2-3Gps. I have to pay $10 per gigabyte. I don't want to lose thousands of dollars a few minutes of some app going haywire.

Well, thank you for pointing out the two main issues here. Greedy providers that abuse caps for revenue, and apps that suck your data plan dry not by going "haywire" but by design.

This is also why competition is absolutely essential, and enough of it. Otherwise, you merely end up with a price fixing consortium hell-bent on raping every consumer.

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