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Comment: Re:Non-story? (Score 2) 98

by mysidia (#48227181) Attached to: AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

So... how are AT&T able to technically achieve this?

Did Apple screw up in some manner, that accidentally left a venue open for ATT to successfully be able to lock the SIM?

Is there a way Apple can fix this in a future revision, so the customer will be able to unlock their SIM, or ATT won't be able to lock it?

Comment: Re:Performance issues? (Score 1) 168

by mysidia (#48214599) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

You want to keep the hard drive at 50% or less to maximize performance.

You're talking about short-stroking the drive which is fundamentally a different question --- than what percentage of your space usage is best for performance.

For the sake of argument: Let's assume you create a single partition on your hard drive that only uses the first 30% of the disk drive, AND your partition's starting cylinder is carefully chosen to be in alignment with your allocation units / stripes down all RAID levels to avoid RAID crossing.

What amount of filesystem usage is appropriate?

Is there a point at which you should increase the size of your partition and filesystem for performance reasons, and how do you decide?

Comment: Re:Overly broad? (Score 1) 422

by mysidia (#48192763) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Starch is broken down into maltose and glucose, but starch is not a sugar.

Starch is not a sugar, but starch contains sugar, in the sense that it will be rapidly converted into sugar, so there is an equivalency between consuming starch and consuming some sugar.

I wasn't about to suggest that people can't survive eating only proteins+fatty acids; however, it's likely to not be at all pleasant.

Comment: Re:Yay :D (Score 1) 312

by mysidia (#48192727) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

I believe you are forgetting who the customers of Google are. Hint, they're not you. The people who give money to Google are their customers - the advertisers.

Actually, both the free users of the search service AND the paid buyers of the advertising service are both customers of Google.

Just because you are providing the service for free, does not mean the buyer is not your customer.

Google is providing you a service if you use their search tool; it is the reason to visit their website and enter your search queries.

There is a related service being sold to various companies that choose to advertise.

But this doesn't exclude users of the other service from being a customer.

Just like if you buy a magazine, you are still a customer, even though there is another company paying to list ads in the magazine you read.

You are still a customer, even if your magazine is provided on a complimentary or promotional basis free of charge.

Comment: Re:Hey Verizon, can you hear us NOW! (Score 4, Informative) 173

It's already socialism, because the big Telcos and cable providers have a government-protected monopoly.

I like the "socialism" where the cities build some public infrastructure a little better. As long as they aren't going to start attempting to regulate content.

Comment: Re:Yay :D (Score 1) 312

by mysidia (#48186095) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Right!! And Google would never record your searches in a non ananomized history which you have to explicitly turn off in your google account.

This is why a search engine should not be allowed to run their own advertisement channel provider or share search/user profile information with advertisement channel services or 3rd party companies.

Because Google runs Adsense, they have a perverse incentive to act against their customers'/users' best interests.

Comment: Re:It is opt-out in OSX. (Score 2) 312

by mysidia (#48183447) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

I've noticed the same thing. With all of the "privacy" related options enabled, there is still a great deal of chatting with Apple servers.

I would say it's naughty of Apple to provide opt-out options and communicate anyways. It would be better for them to just display a notification that you won't be able to opt-out, except by returning the computer or downgrading back to Mavericks.

If they offer a privacy opt-out that claims to stop communications with Apple, and you check it, and the software still communicates, then IMO: Apple should be fined by the government and given a mandatory order by the feds to turn over and destroy all copies of information gathered.

Comment: Re:Yay :D (Score 2) 312

by mysidia (#48183431) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

To get this, Apple doesn't need to know what the person typed.

Correct... for browser GUI design Apple doesn't need to know what they were looking for.

It would be the search engine provider who needs to know what the user typed, and based on what they clicked --- if they found what they were looking for, and which result they found most relevant.

But the search engine provider doesn't need access to other information like what brand of mouse they were using, or which particular search box the user utilized.

Comment: Re:Yay :D (Score 0) 312

by mysidia (#48183121) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Desktop Linux will be at a disadvantage? As in, revenues will be halved? What?

I'm saying that the proprietary vendors will continue to have a competitive edge in improving their user interfaces to compete, since the vendors that require the stats will have more datapoints about OS usage which are also less biased.

As for revenues.... half of zero is still zero, and it's theoretical rate of increase in market share which could eventually be affected.

Probably, there must eventually be some way of addressing privacy concerns besides just "opt-out"

Comment: Re:Yay :D (Score 3, Interesting) 312

by mysidia (#48183085) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Yeah, it should be opt-in. At the very least, opt-out.

The challenge is that it will skew the statistics.

Collecting anonymized UI instrumentation data doesn't really have privacy concerns, other than revealing your OS.

However, whether you choose to opt-in or opt-out says something about you that may very well be closely connected to other behavior traits that affect your usage of the user interface --- such as whether you prefer GUI or CLI, how much computer/Linux expertise you have, how comfortable you are editing text-based config files, etc.

I personally believe that the more experienced computer users are likely to have acquired more skepticism surrounding software vendors, and users who are more ignorant are also likely to be more trusting of the marketing message, resulting in skewed data due to selection bias: in other words, less useful data which mostly only reflects a segment of the audience.

Comment: Re:Overly broad? (Score 3, Informative) 422

by mysidia (#48182611) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

You have it wrong... there's no recommended daily dose of Refined sugar for sure. You definitely need to eat products that contain sugars, or you will die.

Keep in mind.... meat, all fruits and vegetables, milk, yogurt, butter, contains sugars, bread, raw potatos, rice, corn, wheat, all contain sugars.

You don't need any sucrose or artificially refined sugar products in your diet, but you do need simple and complex sugars, you just get them automatically, because all nutritious foods contain them.

Comment: Re:how do SSD's compare to HD's? (Score 1) 108

by mysidia (#48178293) Attached to: iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

The only real problem taking it apart is cutting the stupid tape, which you then have to replace.

Well this sounds like a new problem Apple have created then.... the mid 2010 27" iMAC had no tape to cut or replace; just some annoying magnets that made it very difficult to put the thing back together by ripping screws away from your screwdriver and occasionally causing them to get flung into the computer.....

Comment: Re:Would sooner have a Dislike button than this (Score 1) 130

by mysidia (#48174469) Attached to: Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

Eh? Slashdot, Ycombinator, and most other major news sites have no thumbs down options.

Youtube, Quora, and Reddit do, but I would say they are unusual exceptions to the rule.

Most sites provide no "downvote " option, only Thumbs up / Like, or occasionally "Report to moderator"

Put no trust in cryptic comments.