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Comment: Hahaha (Score 1) 316

by man_ls (#47948669) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Netflix should have laughed in their faces and told them that if they want to stop Canadians from subscribing, they'd need to get every ISP and VPN provider in the country to block access to it, then continued on happily taking credit card payments and sending traffic to Canada.

It's not Netflix fault that Canada doesn't produce any noteworthy cultural exports. Lots of other good stuff, sure, but TV and movies not so much.

Comment: Passcode Options (Score 1) 126

by man_ls (#47940955) Attached to: Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google

Unless something has changed with a recent system update, last time I checked the local device encryption for Android disabled the Gesture and PIN input, leaving Password as the only option. I don't exactly care to enter a full-on alphanumeric password every time I take my phone out of stand-by, so the feature is of limited use.

I prefer to use TextSecure. This hooks into the SMS and MMS handlers and redirects them from the internal store, to an encrypted store with an application passphrase. Keeps my phone easy to open up, but keeps the only data I have an interest in protecting safe.

Comment: Remember, Microsoft Approves (Score 5, Interesting) 188

by man_ls (#47697525) Attached to: Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

Lacking evidence to the contrary, it seems Microsoft actively approves this state of things. They have a human performing certification and content compliance, which involves actually installing and verifying these applications:

"Content compliance: Our certification testers install and review your app to test it for content compliance. The amount of time this takes varies depending on how complex your app is, how much visual content it has, and how many apps have been submitted recently."

With that statement, they must be 100% complicit in these scams, because it makes them money when someone bites, and because it keeps the number of apps in the app store up.

Comment: Re:Sue them for all they're worth (Score 2) 495

by man_ls (#47357735) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

Since I'm replying to an AC post I don't feel a need to include citations, but there's been at least one case where the domains in question were purchased through registrars and registered to owners both outside the United States but because the domains themselves were .com domains and Verizon is the ultimate authority for .com domains, the U.S. simply ordered Verizon to update the global master registry to reflect the seizure and there was nothing to be done about it.

They'd have to use a non-U.S. TLD as well.

Comment: Half-right. (Score 1) 323

by man_ls (#46548121) Attached to: More On the Disposable Tech Worker

He's kind of half-right, and the part he's right about is why I left the IT industry entirely. I just couldn't keep up, the skills churn was just too much and I couldn't devote enough time to learning the constant parade of new buzzwords just to continue to be able to do my job, while also having to do my job.

I knew quite a few people who were in various IT careers a few years ago, but have universally washed out and are now technical managers or in entirely different industries. The few who did stick around managed to do so because IT was both their career and hobby, and so they had home labs that were always running the latest-and-greatest of anything. Windows 8 was the straw that broke the camel's back, and I quit. Now I'm a technical manager too.

The industry moves too quickly, and requires a level of continuous retraining that's unlike anything else in existence. I'm not at all surprised it's better - for many reasons - to hire a new temp or employee than it is to retrain someone.

Comment: Re:Multiple Desktops on a Single screen. (Score 1) 389

by man_ls (#46280485) Attached to: Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

As far back as Vista, I've had success running bizarre GPU/Monitor configurations that you'd think would never work but were always perfect. I'm talking 3 GPUs driving 5 monitors, with a GeForce and a Quadro of the same generation in PCIe slots and a 4-gens-back-not-same-driver GeForce in a PCI slot. Or two GeForces and a Radeon. With monitors of all different resolutions going at once.

It's not perfect, sure, but in my opinion Windows multi-monitor support is the most forgiving and easiest to configure of all operating systems currently on the market.

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas l'Informatique. -- Bosquet [on seeing the IBM 4341]

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