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Comment: Independence from Google (Score 1) 218

by munozdj (#39288013) Attached to: Apple Switches (Mostly) To OpenStreetMap
So is this one more step to be independent from Google services? I don't see Apple starting their own search engine, but if they can get rid of the other Google products they use then it would let them do more things in iOS without Google having to explicitly allow it. In a kind of related rant, why does it have to be so hard to access StreetView info from an iPhone?

Comment: Registry (Score 3, Informative) 370

by munozdj (#39287877) Attached to: For Windows 8 Users, Stardock Revives the Start Menu
I had the urge to change the metro interface to the classic one in my copy of the Developer Preview and, after some googling (google is my friend indeed), I found that it only requires changing a certain value in windows registry. So this Stardock changes only that? Seems to be just a glorified way to set a registry value. Citation!

Comment: Security through obscurity (Score 5, Insightful) 54

by munozdj (#38922345) Attached to: Satellite Phone Encryption Cracked
These guys have once again proven that security through obscurity is not a sensible strategy. If the codes were published in due time, the flaw could have been found with enough time to allow for preventive measures to be deployed. (I know there are a lot of inferences in the sentence, but it seems plausible to me, taking into account what has happened with other algorithms (DES, anyone?))

Comment: Re:$299 with a contract? Really? (Score 1) 123

by munozdj (#38382846) Attached to: Verizon's Galaxy Nexus To Launch Tomorrow
CDMA is also a flagship of the US. IIRC, when the US invaded Iraq, they planned in the middle of the reconstruction ordeal to build a new cell network. Guess which standard they would choose? CDMA. In some ways it makes sense, since the leading CDMA provider and owner of most of it's patents is Qualcomm.

Comment: Re:states? (Score 1) 392

by munozdj (#38382352) Attached to: A Quarter of the EU Has Never Used the Web
What I find amusing is how americans don't say that they're from the US but from their particular state when somebody asks them where they're from. For instance, when you ask someone from Europ where they're from, they will answer with their country's name, but if you ask someone from the US they would say something like "I'm from Montana" or "I live in California". It's funny if you ask me, but I believe it diminishes the feeling of national unity to call yourself from a "state" instead of your country, although they have proven me wrong a lot of times with their wicked redneck agenda... Just my two cents as a foreigner.

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