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Comment: Blackberry bold (Score 4, Insightful) 191

by netsavior (#49754085) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?
If you want a smartphone that isn't a smartphone, I am assuming you want to avoid the app infrastructure of apple and google? I have no idea what your actual goal is, but blackberry solved this ages ago. What you really seem to want is a smartphone from before iPhones ruined the market for practical smartphones.

I submit to you: Blackberry Bold
insane battery life (remember BB was competing with dumb phones not smartphones, so the charge every 8 hours thing hadn't started yet) - 12 days standby 6 hours talk, 50 hours audio playback
camera, sure it has a decent camera
Insanely good Keyboard that openly laughs at "swipe" keyboards.
Podcasts, sure
costs about 80 dollars now.

Comment: Re:Unenforceable laws (Score 5, Interesting) 55

by netsavior (#49725863) Attached to: Swedish Court Orders Seizure of Pirate Bay Domains
If Disney realized how much I spend on Iron Man shoes, backpacks, toys, notebooks, Infinity characters, crackers, cookies, drinks, t-shirts, and costumes for my kid; they probably would laugh at me for sweating over a 7 dollar movie ticket. Their core business is brand awareness, piracy is quite nicely aligned with that.

Comment: Re:Sudafed (Score 0, Offtopic) 331

by netsavior (#49720455) Attached to: Genetically Engineered Yeast Makes It Possible To Brew Morphine

Fun fact, doesn't change the fact that its spelled wrong.

"Spelled" is actually "spelt," unless you subscribe to the philosophy that people living in a secondary English colony should be allowed to introduce their own spellings of words. In which case, being flusterful at misspellings on the internet would be silly.

Comment: Schneier's Law (Score 1) 133

by netsavior (#49673261) Attached to: Microsoft Is Confident In Security of Edge Browser
"any person can invent a security system so clever that she or he can't think of how to break it."

Here is the problem... If you only allow a few thousand people to look at your source code, and fully test your product, then you only have to design security clever enough to evade the efforts of a thousand people.

In order for something to be secure, it needs to be widely published, and universally assaulted.

Comment: How to survive a police encounter (Score 1) 509

by netsavior (#49641441) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them
I am honestly considering taking the policy of laying face down on the ground with my hands interlocked behind my head any time a police officer talks to me. That way if they shoot you it will be in the back, and they might have to think twice about beating a murder wrap if there is no way they can claim you were "resisting".

Comment: Re:It wasn't the tweet (Score 5, Informative) 185

by netsavior (#49580311) Attached to: How One Tweet Wiped $8bn Off Twitter's Value

It wasn't the tweet that caused the sell off, it was the poor Q1 numbers.

Well sort-of. The thing is wall street speculation is now highly automated. If a stock starts to slip before the numbers are supposed to be released, all the algorithms start to throw off warning bells and cause a sell-off run much more efficiently than humans reading twitter ever could.

If stock slips during an earnings announcement, it is expected, and bots don't emulate panic... if it happens BEFORE earnings announcements, bots latch on to the pattern in what is essentially insider trading, but with plausible deniability.

Comment: Charge the customer to be our customer (Score 1) 208

by netsavior (#49579747) Attached to: IBM CIO Thinks Agile Development Might Save Company
It doesn't matter what methodology you use or what you call it if your business model is based on exploiting your disappearing market position.

IBM's horrible business model is "Of course they have to buy IBM and once they do we will punish them for buying IBM by making them pay for IBM over and over again on the "integration services" and "custom maintenance" consulting racket.

That worked great back before every company was a software company, but in the modern era, every company with enough money to look fat and juicy to IBM can and must simply hire their own coders.

Basically the more coders there are in the world, the worse IBM will do. Or rather, the more people understand technology enough to realize IBM is a scam, the worse IBM will do.

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary saftey deserve neither liberty not saftey." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759