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Comment: Re:You mean BMW numbering? (Score 1) 109

by mobby_6kl (#49139405) Attached to: Intel To Rebrand Atom Chips Along Lines of Core Processors

Bzzzz! Wrong!

Nice try, but their new scheme makes no fucking sense at all so don't worry about it.

Before the recent change there was nothing to be confused about - you had most models in various body styles: coupe, convertible, sedan, or wagon. Of course it'd look ridiculous if they made even more (expensive) variants of the same car so they had to make a bigger mess to hide it.

Comment: Re:Video Editor and PCs Not Fixed Specs (Score 1) 146

by mobby_6kl (#49125519) Attached to: 18 Months On, Grand Theft Auto V's Mount Chiliad Mystery Remains Unsolved

Thanks, captain obvious! :)

No doubt that porting to PC requires some additional effort to develop and test for various configurations, but it's not that bad, not TWO YEARS TO PORT A FINISHED GAME bad. It just stinks of incompetence, compounded bad decisions (like the video editor, WTF) and possibly a desire to milk as much revenue as possible by releasing the same game three times.


Homeland Security Urges Lenovo Customers To Remove Superfish 134

Posted by timothy
from the confessed-fully-as-soon-as-we-were-caught-red-handed dept. (3830033) writes "Reuters reports that the US Department of Homeland Security has advised Lenovo customers to remove "Superfish" software from their computers. According to an alert released through its National Cyber Awareness System the software makes users vulnerable to SSL spoofing and could allow a remote attacker to read encrypted web browser traffic, spoof websites and perform other attacks on Lenovo PCs with the software installed. Lenovo inititally said it stopped shipping the software because of complaints about features, not a security vulnerability. "We have thoroughly investigated this technology and do not find any evidence to substantiate security concerns," the company said in a statement to Reuters early on Thursday. On Friday, Lenovo spokesman Brion Tingler said the company's initial findings were flawed and that it was now advising customers to remove the software and providing instructions for uninstalling "Superfish". "We should have known about this sooner," Tingler said in an email. "And if we could go back, we never would have installed this software on our machines. But we can't, so we are dealing with this head on.""

Comment: Re:Look at the specs (Score 1) 177

by mobby_6kl (#49010123) Attached to: The First Ubuntu Phone Is Here, With Underwhelming Hardware

Sounds like my HTC Desire A8181 from five years ago:

Size - 4.0 inches (~61.3% screen-to-body ratio)
  Resolution - 480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density)
  OS - Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  Chipset - Mediatek MT6572
  Internal - 4 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  CAMERA -2 MP, 1600 x 1200 pixels
  BATTERY - Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery


Size - 3.7 inches (~54.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution - 480 x 800 pixels (~252 ppi pixel density)
Chipset Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon (1 GHz Scorpion CPU, Adreno 200)
Card slot - microSD, up to 32 GB, 4 GB included
Internal - 576 MB RAM; 512 MB ROM
Camera - 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Battery - Li-Ion 1400 mAh battery

Comment: Re:oh good grief (Score 1) 823

by mobby_6kl (#48877209) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

And that's hardly a secret. Designing a pleasant engine and exhaust sound has been around forever and everyone (appliance manufacturers excluded) is doing it. What is fairly new however is straight up faking it by playing pre-recorded audio through the sound system. At this point I think it's time to give up and admit that you're in a crappy 3-cylinder diesel shitbox that sounds like a tractor.

Comment: Re:Rent seeking (Score 1) 570

by mobby_6kl (#48868179) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Yep, and my citation is watching the stream. They did mention "windows as a service" or something like that, which is what got misinterpreted, but it was fairly clearly referring to a whole larger infrastructure with Onedrive and other cloud crap, various mobile devices tying together to provide a comprehensive "service" to the users.

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