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Comment 32GB Max??? (Score 1) 208

I love my Nexus 5.1 except I really wanted some additional storage and some additional battery life. Otherwise it has been a fantastic phone, best I have ever used. Price was amazing. Great quality. Perfect size. Decent camera. Fast processor. Good signaling.

I have been excited to see what comes next... last year they decided all people suddenly want only large phones (6). Now the next Nexus 5 (5x) comes out and it is 16 or 32GB storage still? Two years later- it is almost 2016 and they offer only 16 or 32??? And same 2GB of memory? That for me is bad enough, but NO WIRELESS CHARGING???? That is a feature I absolutely love and use every day. Are they out of their minds?

Meanwhile the Nexus 6p has 64 and even 128GB storage and 3GB RAM? Why is it there is still this belief by most manufacturers that a smaller phone has to be lobotomized? WHY?

I am INCREDIBLY disappointed :( FAIL.

Comment Re:Yawn (Score 1) 105

It only ends if you give up your right to non-spyable cash. Unless, of course, you just want to carry cash in your pocket instead...

Besides, that not only doesn't address the "battery is dead" issue, it now further complicates things because I don't know about you, but I would never hand my PHONE to an officer!

Comment Re:Yawn (Score 0) 105

>"Touch ID doesn't store any images of your fingerprint. It stores only a mathematical representation of your fingerprint. "

Yep, that is what they claim.

But the device *is* scanning your finger. And you don't REALLY know what the closed-source software is actually doing. And not all devices even claim to be storing only the "representation". And even the representation CAN be used to identify latent prints. I prefer to be 100% sure by not using such a thing; EVER. Fingerprints are lousy biometrics that have huge abuse potential. The only biometric I will submit to is deep vein scan. I don't go leaving my veins all over the place, and copying those is way beyond difficult.

Comment Re:Yawn (Score 1) 105

Rarely do I ever hand my card to anyone (like maybe 1 in 100 transactions, when the card reader just doesn't work). And you are correct that I have not used mobile payments, but I have OBSERVED them, and I understand the process pretty well... at least as it was implemented in Google Wallet. And there is NO WAY I am voluntarily giving my finger print image to ANY entity, EVER.

I am all for having more options, but I think it is silly how many people think this is going to "totally change" everything or that it is revolutionary.

What SHOULD have happened a long time ago for card transactions was to simply place a PIN code restriction on purchases with credit cards (like we ALREADY do for debit/check/ATM cards). That would be just as easy for users as signing BUT it would have added some real security to the process. Alas....

Comment Yawn (Score 5, Insightful) 105

I will happily take out my credit card from my wallet, which I have to carry ANYWAY (cash, driver's license, insurance cards, etc). To me it is no less accessible than my phone and far easier to use (find phone, unlock it, launch some stupid app, wait, make selections, whatever.... vs. swipe, click on OK, and perhaps sign). And my credit card, itself, is not always connected to a network, subject to remote hack, it also doesn't run out of battery. I really don't want yet another third party tracking what I do in addition to the credit company either.

I just don't see the big whoop.

Comment Reasonable solution (Score 2) 151

To me, a reasonable solution is to:

1) Not allow all those ancillary apps to be a part of the OS image on the system partition. If they want them pre-installed, that is fine. But the user should be able to completely remove any app they want (not just "disable" them).

2) Allow as much 3rd party replacement as possible. And on this, Google already does a good job- it is easy in Android to use the launcher, browser, camera, app store, file manager, etc, of your choice.

3) Reduce dependencies- Don't require app or service X for app or service Y to work. This is a little complex and in some ways it is already pretty good in Android and in other ways not so much. I personally think Google went overboard with the Google+ crap. And they certainly are with Google NOW (which in some ways is the ultimate spyware). For example, I was recently being spammed by several Google apps about not having "NOW" turned on... to the point I actually had to block notifications from Google Play Services or something.

4) Don't have any agreements that prevent vendors from preinstalling whatever apps they want (as long as they are easily uninstallable). (Note- I detest bloatware, but understand why it exists).

Comment Re:If you must, then it should be vein scan (Score 1) 93

>"Any biometric signature that has been digitized can then be used as an attack on a secure system, granted not by the same input system."

Yes, but unlike fingerprints, you can't use the vein data to create a fake palm or arm to trick physical scanners. At least, not without a tremendous amount of effort and complexity...

Comment If you must, then it should be vein scan (Score 2) 93

>"OPM Says 5.6 million Fingerprints Stolen In Cyberattack"

Which is why fingerprints and DNA should *NEVER* be given, taken, or stored as biometrics.

Deep vein scan. THAT is the only reasonable biometric. It is of almost no value if stolen, can't be misused easily, isn't left all over the place like fingerprints and DNA, is quite unique, contains no sensitive information about the person, is very difficult to fake, can't be easily collected or read without the user's knowledge, is fast and easy to collect and also to use.

Comment Simple- don't be stupid (Score 1) 191

>"What's your approach to detecting and dealing with Android malware"

Um, not turning on "allow unknown sources" and then installing a bunch of stolen/sketchy/unknown crap from shady/strange/random/unknown places. It mostly really is that simple. I have never had malware on any of my many Android devices.

Comment Nothing new (Score 1, Insightful) 279

>" many Apple fans snickered. [...]Steve Jobs famously said in 2010, "If you see a stylus, they blew it." [...]And most recently, we've seen Apple pull a literal 180 on this design and platform approach,"

This is nothing new. Apple and/or Apple fans tends to ridicule anything they don't have (note I didn't say "design", because MANY things were first to market in other devices... most notably in high-end Android phones.) Remember smart watches in 2013-2014? Remember notifications? Remember Google Wallet? Remember NFC? Remember large sizes? Just a few things that quickly come to mind.

Apple tends to have some great designs and solid equipment. But they are rarely first anymore- they are more reactionary now.

"You must have an IQ of at least half a million." -- Popeye