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Comment: And will they fix Yosemite as a result? (Score 1) 303

by ourlovecanlastforeve (#48183903) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data
In a perfect world that would be exactly what the data would be used for.

I worked in tech support for many years and I can tell you that one of two things happens with this diagnostic data:

1. It's aggregated and used for analysis to identify priority problems based on keywords. This almost never happens even when companies say they are doing it. In fact, most of the bugs (even at Microsoft) are cherry picked by programmers who work on whatever bug they feel like in whatever order seems best to them unless it's a priority zero bug.

2. It goes into a database that nobody ever looks at. This one is much more common. You see, the "report a problem" feature doesn't exist for customers to actually get information about their problem to the company that makes the software. If that was how it worked, you'd need a staff of hundreds of support personnel working round the clock doing nothing but processing problem reports. The "report a problem" feature serves to give the user a feeling that someone will see their problem and that they'll be working on it, so the user won't call tech support. As a result the software company can save money on support rep hours.

Comment: You'll give them the password (Score 5, Informative) 220

by ourlovecanlastforeve (#48135749) Attached to: VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

Take this from a guy who saw someone go through a trial for doing The Very Bad Thing:

You will give them the password.

This is how it works:

"If you give us the password and let us prove you're innocent we'll let you go. If there's anything in there that would prove you guilty we'll reduce the sentence. If you don't give us the password and we have to crack the encryption ourselves and we find out you're guilty, you're going away for a very long time."

And then of course you give them the password, they find enough evidence to make you guilty and they don't reduce the sentence.

They just inflate the original sentence to a much worse sentence, and then deflate it to the level they were going to hit you with anyways.

+ - iPhone 6 Plus case bent by casual carrying in a front pocket-> 1

Submitted by ourlovecanlastforeve
ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "Stories are pouring onto the Internet today from early adopters of the new iPhone who report that their new iPhone 6 Plus case is being deformed when it's carried in their front pocket, whereas other smartphones do not have this problem. Users point out that there appears to be a bend point in the case near where the volume keys are located."
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+ - Do specs even matter anymore for the average smartphone user?->

Submitted by ourlovecanlastforeve
ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "While reviewing a recent comparison of the Nexus 5 and the iPhone 6, OSNews staffer Thom Holwerda raises some relevant points regarding the importance of specs on newer smartphones. He observes that the iPhone 6, which is brand new, and the Nexus 5 launch apps at about the same speed. Yes, they're completely different platforms and yes, it's true it's probably not even a legitimate comparison, but it does raise a point: Most people who use smartphones on a daily basis use them for pretty basic things such as checking email, casual web browsing, navigation and reminders. Those who use their phones to their maximum capacity for things like gaming are a staunch minority. Do smarphone specs even matter for the average smartphone user anymore? After everyone releases the biggest phone people can reasonably hold in their hand with a processor and GPU that can move images on the display as optimally as possible, how many other moons are there to shoot for?"
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Comment: Keep voting, sheep (Score 5, Insightful) 316

by ourlovecanlastforeve (#47611723) Attached to: Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

What I don't understand is how we're still allowing carriers to call their service "unlimited."

When I pay my water bill and I am told I get unlimited water, I don't expect the water company to decrease the flow of water to a trickle if I take too many showers.

If they did that, there would be an uprising.

When I pay the electric company for electricity I don't expect them to decrease the voltage on my line if I leave the TV on while I'm sleeping.

So... how is it that Verizon gets to tell me I am paying for unlimited data, but not provide unlimited data?

Where is the uprising for this lie?

Heuristics are bug ridden by definition. If they didn't have bugs, then they'd be algorithms.