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Comment: Re:Competition is good (Score 1) 82

by phantomfive (#48936567) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Phones are getting a bit more memory, somewhat faster CPUs, a bit better screens, and improved cameras but you would expect all of these things. In terms of new and interesting features, it seems like we're in a mature market where we've all decided upon what it means for a device to be a smartphone.

That's a problem phone makers are facing. Amazon's new fire phone, supposed to be revolutionary, is just some parallax graphics (and a bit of rotation magic).

When new ideas fail, you do what Apple did: re-skin it.

Comment: Good luck to them... (Score 1) 82

by bogaboga (#48936481) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

...but last week during a talk in San Francisco, Cyanogen's CEO said the company's goal was to "take Android away from Google...

Google has most of the world's internet and Android users where it wants them and that's not good news for Microsoft. Look, how can one ever do without Youtube or the search engine Google? Guess what, you want Youtube, you MUST take Gmail, Calendar, Photos, Docs and all the rest as well. Heck, Microsoft doesn't even have a compelling YouTube alternative!

I have problems with Google's Android though. Does anyone find that it's native Android apps are kind of cumbersome to use? I specifically point to the SMS app.

Comment: WAMP doesn't cut it in my case (Score 1) 57

by bogaboga (#48936363) Attached to: LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

While I don't belittle or despise the WAMP stack benefits. that stack just won't cut it for me as I need to put business and common logic into the forms before committing data to a table.

Example, clerk inputs sex as "Male" for a child bearing individual, I need to disable data fields asking about how many pregnancies this individual has had. I know this is possible by other means, but it gets complex if my needs are to be met.

Comment: Re:that's the problem. 3/16th" hole = opened (Score 1) 334

by hey! (#48935183) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

The issue as I'm sure you know isn't "opened", but rather "opened within a certain length of time." Obviously given unlimited time you can get into anything, and you probably can get into an ATM a lot faster than a decent safe. But once you have the explosion routine down pat, you can probably be away with the ATM money in *seconds*. In terms of practicality and low risk, that's hard to beat.

Comment: Re:Last 2 planes? (Score 4, Informative) 219

by Idarubicin (#48934689) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

So...$1.65 billion to buy the planes from Boeing, and how many millions per year to have Boeing keep a tooling line up for spare parts?

Since airlines were still ordering new 747-8s (the platform on which the new Air Force One(s) would be built) in 2014 - and might still continue to do so - this isn't exactly an obsolete aircraft. I mean, the first 747-8s weren't delivered to customers until 2011. There are still-flying 747-variant fuselages in commercial (passenger and freight) service that have been in the air since the late 1970s and early 1980s. Based on that history, it seems likely that Boeing will need to support its commercial customers through to at least 2045 or so.

Comment: Re:Liars figure and figures lie (Score 1) 134

by Bogtha (#48934339) Attached to: The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

the functionality of the devices is about the same

It's very different. On Android, you have to decide whether to grant permission before you've ever run the application, and it's all or nothing. On iOS, you run the application before deciding whether or not to grant it permission. You have the ability to deny permission while still running the application. You can also allow permission for some things but not others.

This functionality is partially available to Android users who root their phones and install the right tools, but that's far from the common case.

Comment: Re:What burns in a data center? (Score 1) 133

by pz (#48934157) Attached to: Former NATO Nuclear Bunker Now an 'Airless' Unmanned Data Center

PCBs (printed circuit boards), plastics used as insulation, coatings, and physical parts (card holders, connectors, IC bodies, fans, etc.), paint, capacitor innards (electrolyte and the aluminum), lithium batteries (boom!), and so forth in the servers themselves. Then there's the cabling and connectors between servers and between racks, possibly the floor and ceiling materials, lots more paint, any structural materials used to create the room, etc. Perhaps not as much as in a residence or office, but lots and lots of potential fuel.

Comment: Re:Old news and still needs pwned access (Score 1) 79

by phantomfive (#48933549) Attached to: Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Bridge the Airgap

Secondly almost the first thing said in the video is that they had to install a driver on the target to force it to emit signals they could pull out of the noise.

At that point it's no longer 'bridging the air-gap' (which typically means exploiting across the air gap), it's communicating between two friendly entities through the air.
Which we've been doing for literally hundreds of millions of years.

Comment: Re:not the point (Score 1) 355

by phantomfive (#48932061) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

And you are dishonest.

You're a jerk, and I hate you. Woohoo, insults, I can do them too.

If you had Windows in 1993, and you pushed ctrl-alt-delete and it brought up your login screen, then you were not normal, and the OS was not an OS many people had. THAT is the truth.

As an aside, in 1993, more people were running Unix than Windows NT.

Optimism is the content of small men in high places. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Crack Up"