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Comment Remember? (Score 1) 276

>" Do you remember first seeing or installing Windows 95? Do you have any systems still running it? "

I was installing Linux at the time, not MS-Windows. And yes, I still have almost all my systems running it (although not the same version, of course, and certainly not the same distro).

Comment Re:Left, right (Score 1) 240

Poor Microsofty serf... so sorry to offend you. And yes, I have a 75" high-end TV, whatever that matters.

Oh, my mouse is Microsoft, also. They can't make an OS worth a damn, have destroyed innovation for decades, have cost consumers and taxpayers countless billions of wasted dollars, have illegally ruined tons of competitors, but certainly have made some very decent keyboards and mice!

Comment Translation (Score 3, Insightful) 16

>"its embedded server encryption hardware that tests the authenticity of a platform and its operating system before sharing data"

Translation: "Use our proprietary hardware and software and forget about using anything open-source like Linux".

Reminds me a lot of that horrible, crappy "Trusteer" junk that some banks are trying to force on people, especially corporate customers.

Comment Re:Custom firmware (Score 2) 373

That's not that feasible: they use the consumer-area electronics a lot now to allow configuration of the more critical systems, and to read data from them.

It's not feasible to lock my front door, because my house was built with a non-stop conveyor belt running from the mailbox to the kitchen.

The entire point of this ask-slashdot is to identify cars that DON'T integrate entertainment systems and wireless access with the safety critical electronics. Cars that DON'T do the dumb&dangerous stuff you just listed.

Data flow *from* the primary systems *to* entertainment&wireless systems is marginally acceptable, if it's a physically enforced one-way data flow using optocouplers or something.

I seriously want each car manufacture to have one employee on staff, who's sole job is say "YOU'RE FIRED" every time any idiot engineer wants to permit ANY data flow from entertainment-or-wireless systems into safety-critical systems. I don't care how limited the APIs are, I don't caret how encrypted it is, I don't care how cryptographically-secure the certificates are. If there's data flow into critical safety systems, it's effectively certain that it's going to be vulnerable. You don't connect safety-critical systems to wireless input, period.


Comment Re:Why hasn't anybody forked Firefox already? (Score 2) 294

I haven't used it much yet, but Pale Moon may be what you're looking for. It's a fork of Firefox. The development design choices favor privacy, user-control, and improving speed&stability by dumping rarely-wanted code. Examples: They removed the Parental Controls code, they're excluding the new Firefox DRM support, they dumped support code for obsolete CPUs, they dumped some of the code for handicap-accessibility, and they currently removing phone-home code for crash reports and other potentially privacy-violating telemetry.

I haven't seen specific mention of it, but I'm certain there's no way in hell they will implement Mozilla's new policy of *prohibiting* you from loading any extension that hasn't been reviewed&approved&signed by Mozilla.


Comment Re:Tired... (Score 2) 294

In the next release or two, Firefox is going to start blocking you from loading any extension that hasn't been approved and signed by them. People have been SCREAMING on their message boards for a way to disable/override this, but they flat out refuse. The only way to get around it is to install a non-standard browser executable.


Comment Doesn't matter (Score 1) 44

I have had a 360 since it came out and I am pretty picky. But the "flat tire" part doesn't bother me at all. The 360 is a great design with lots of nice features (besides being very rugged, stylish, and affordable).

Please note, the "incredibly short video" is not of any real watch, it is just an animated mockup. So although I don't think it matters much either way, it doesn't prove anything at all.

Comment Re:The problem is Android (Score 1) 208

That's why you need to upgrade to CyanogenMod. It's all the bloatware and adware that's eating up the battery life.

I have been getting better battery life out of my Moto X since unlocking it and putting CyanogenMod on it. I think a big part of that, though, isn't a matter of stock settings or installed apps, but more a matter of increased flexibility in power settings. CyanogenMod lets you do things like turn LTE and 3G on and off that I don't think the stock firmware allows. With Tasker, I can have it automatically disable LTE when WiFi is available, and reenable it when out of range of WiFi. If I'm doing something that's not too data-intensive, I can manually cut data speeds back to 3G or EDGE. Sometimes, the battery ends up lasting longer now than it did when my phone was new, and I've had it for more than a year and a half now.

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