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Comment: usually will not do the sdcard partition (Score 2) 46

Last time I checked the standard Android encryption will not do the sdcard partition (I mean not the physical card, but the partition on the internal flash, usually the biggest chunk of it, like let's say 11 out of 16GB). YES, some manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola (possibly many more) have their own solution (I bet a really crappy one but never mind that) and it would do mostly everything, including the big sdcard partition and (if needed) even the physical sdcard.

Anyway bottom line is that:

a. depending on the phone you might not be able to encrypt at all /sdcard
b. ANY activity, including storing random (non-private) crap on the phone and then removing it helps. However, this is no maggic bullet.

Comment: Re:Where the fault lies? (Score 1) 228

by itsme1234 (#47413821) Attached to: Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Well how are you using the phone otherwise? Do you keep it locked in some booby-trapped safe? Otherwise you can still lose it and it'll be in a much worse shape than it is when you sell it with keys wiped and storage formatted (even if technically not fully wiped even if still encrypted). It might be unlock-able, it might have some SD-card you regularly keep in it (but you wouldn't leave there if you sell the phone). etc.

Comment: ... and the water is wet (Score 3, Interesting) 228

by itsme1234 (#47412933) Attached to: Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Yes, most devices we use don't actually wipe the data when you "reset to factory settings". Even desktop OSes don't do it (either by default, either at all, need special tools, etc). I bet this feature is really low on the "to do" list for most manufacturers of not only phones but also wifi routers, TVs, wireless cameras, you name it. We didn't (or maybe barely) manage to educate them not to put trivial backdoors, secure wipe is a long way out.

Comment: Re:I Use Streets and Trips on RV Trips (Score 1) 174

Sygic has TomTom (Tele Atlas, well in Top5, maybe Top3 players) maps and is currently on sale ($70 for "World" and about half that for North America or Europe or something like that).

If you want desktop/Win 8 there is Here (Nokia) Maps (again, "top data") - free.

There are multiple usable solutions based on Openstreetmaps (which has fantastic coverage in most parts of the world). Anroid has for example Be-on-road for "full navigation" and Mapswithme for simpler (but much faster) "map browsing" - both free.

Everything mentioned above works (also) off-line and basically world-wide.

The problem is that good programs are out there but somehow people don't seem to find them. I'm sure there are some very good ones I've never heard of even if I read regularly about this. Even starting way back, with the first iPhone (that didn't even had GPS at all, and no 3G and "data" was anyway more expensive and rare than now), with Google Maps that didn't have any "real navigation", no re-routing, nothing - even on technical sites Google Maps on iPhone was given as the best navigation solution. While in the meantime you had "full" turn-by-turn navigation from at least 3 big vendors, offline, some with traffic info (for some countries), some running on phones (with real GPS!), etc. But people (and by that I mean even technical bloggers) just didn't know.

Comment: Re:No customer notification (Score 1) 495

by itsme1234 (#47357535) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down Domains

Even if you were using one or some of the affected domains still this is the type of service where most customers just won't notice any problem, even if they would be technically counted in the millions from TFA.

Such notification has less operational importance and more PR/image. They might send one eventually, once dust settles.

PLUS ... they might be having issues with the emails as well! They say now for me:

Alert: Email communications to your email address on file recently bounced. Please update your email address on file.

Comment: Caught in the digit (2/2.5/3/3.5/4G race much? (Score 0) 259

by itsme1234 (#47157089) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

Frankly for a PHONE I don't think it matters AT ALL if is LTE/4G or whatever 3G HSDPA 7/14/42 Mb/s flavor of the day present in even 99 euro phones.
For a laptop yes, that's another story; assuming you can find a provider where you don't eat all your traffic in 20 minutes at your great "full speed" yes, that might be worth thinking about which dongle is faster and what band it supports and so on. And it might not cost more than 15 euros/pounds/dollars anyway if bought locally with a sim card.

Comment: Re:You say tomato? (Score 1) 236

by itsme1234 (#46812845) Attached to: Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Is not like we run out of reliable DDNS services (at least yet); has been around since late 90's (still using my hotmail email with it...). The only nag is if your ip doesn't change for 30 days (or you just don't use the client at all) then you need to do a manual update but otherwise if your IP changes regularly you don't need to log in or do anything (I assume you could program another instance of the client to shortly change your IP to something else and then put it back if you had a dynamic IP that somehow is still fixed for more than 30 days).

+ - Second World War code-cracking computing hero Colossus turns 70->

Submitted by DW100
DW100 (2227906) writes "The Colossus computer that helped the Allies crack messages sent by the Nazis during the Second World War has celebrated its 70th birthday. The machine was a pioneering feat of engineering, able to read 5,000 characters a second to help the team at Bletchley Park crack the German's Lorenz code in rapid time. This helped the Allies gather vital information on the Nazi's plans, and is credited with helping end the war effort early, saving millions of lives."
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Comment: Re:MathML is Retarding (Score 3, Insightful) 84

by itsme1234 (#45309451) Attached to: A MathML Progress Report: More Light Than Shadow

While MathML can be used to describe stuff related directly to computation (like for example 1+2+3+...+n written with the big sigma symbol) more often is used for things that aren't computations and don't have a program equivalent (or at least not a useful one).

Try to use a program to communicate some abstract theorem you just discovered.

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