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Comment: Re:Perfect timing (Score 1) 223

by jimbo (#47758791) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

iPhones have this and with iOS7 a thief can't even reflash your phone without AppleID authentication. So newer phone are safe and hardly even needs remote wipe/kill as long as people use better lock screen passwords than '1234'.

I'm guessing Android have this too but that's such a diverse market that I'd check first for sure. The reflash lock is essential of course.

What I wonder is if this remote kill would be added to the GSM protocol or require a data plan.

Comment: Re:Please STFU and show yourself out (Score 1) 288

by jimbo (#47541517) Attached to: Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

Samsung devices have also had their share of problems but the press wasn't interested in those.

That ads or the claimed capability or benefits of their products are lies applies not only to Apple but also to their competitors and indeed most industries on the face of the planet.

Comment: Re:Apple no saint with 2 year disposable iPads (Score 1) 288

by jimbo (#47541505) Attached to: Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

I could be wrong but I'm guessing it has to do with age, younger people tend to be more aggressive on getting new stuff. I used to do that too. I've thrown a lot of money out on endless desktop PC upgrades that really made little difference.

As it stands my wife is still perfectly happy with her 2006 MacBook Pro. It's great for Office stuff, GIMP and Firefox and it's still plenty fast. We had to get a new battery for it two years ago though.

I got a new laptop last year but only because I wanted to play Guild Wars, it replaced a six year old one which now has found a new home with a friend.

Comment: Re:Much, Much Later (Score 5, Interesting) 243

by jimbo (#46623423) Attached to: Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

I've used EncFS and BoxCryptor with Dropbox from day one and 'd do that with any cloud storage solution, no matter what they claim it is irrelevant. It is my data, by choice I'm retaining the responsibility for it's safety/security.

I'll continue to use Dropbox because I never trusted them and made sure I didn't have to.

Comment: Re:America, F*** YEAH (Score 1) 171

by jimbo (#45890609) Attached to: TorrentFreak Blocked By British ISP Sky's Porn Filter

        Sir Humphrey: Minister, Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last five hundred years: to create a disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Germans and Italians. Divide and rule, you see. Why should we change now, when it's worked so well?
        Hacker: That's all ancient history, surely?
        Sir Humphrey: Yes, and current policy. We 'had' to break the whole thing [the EEC] up, so we had to get inside. We tried to break it up from the outside, but that wouldn't work. Now that we're inside we can make a complete pig's breakfast of the whole thing: set the Germans against the French, the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch. The Foreign Office is terribly pleased; it's just like old times.
        Hacker: But surely we're all committed to the European ideal?
        Sir Humphrey: [chuckles] Really, Minister.
        Hacker: If not, why are we pushing for an increase in the membership?
        Sir Humphrey: Well, for the same reason. It's just like the United Nations, in fact; the more members it has, the more arguments it can stir up, the more futile and impotent it becomes.
        Hacker: What appalling cynicism.
        Sir Humphrey: Yes... We call it diplomacy, Minister.

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