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Comment: Re:Breakthrough? (Score 1) 428

by paulatz (#49183805) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough

How can they earn back their $6.4 billion investement in Nokia with $40 smartphones? Marketshare isn't everything here. Someone who buys a $40 phone buys it to make phone calls and doesn't want a data plan (like my mum). They will not load the phone with many apps, if any at all.

They won't spend a single penny on their phone, but they will kick and scream if they don't get windows & ms office at their workplace.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 579

Also battery life is allright, and usability is not worst than Samsung craptastic interface. Just at providing updates they really suck . Also note that they said they one major update was coming, then they retracted.

And still I would not mind, if it was not for unpatched vulnerabilities.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2) 579

I've got an HTC ONE-S, that was not dirty cheap at all, and I love it: small, lightweight, nice screen, fast. But, shortly after having bought it HTC went back on their promise to udate it at least one mayor version. So now I'm fucked.

I have three choices: 1) stop using a perfectly good phone that I like, but is basically a portable danger until I to get my data stlen by some russian mofo 2) throw away a perfectly good phone 3) sue HTC for selling an unsafe device, and spend all my money for a very dubious outcome

Comment: Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (Score 1) 353

by paulatz (#48233541) Attached to: Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Calling Apple excluded from any such ruling of a court as above, is contraindicated. The OS is clearly not in any way free at this time.

except that Italy uses a system of Roman law, not common law, where precedent judgments do not make law. If you think you have a case against Apple you can move to Italy, buy a Mac, try to get a refund for OSX and eventually bring the case to court. What will be decided , after two levels of judgment and one of appeal, will not depend on precedents but on the law, the interpretation of the law given by the judge, the large discretionary powers that he has and other circumstances.

Comment: Re:I'm not an encryption expert by any means... (Score 1) 220

by paulatz (#48138623) Attached to: VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better
You are right, but let me rephrase: the algorithm scales perfectly, what does not is the initial distribution of the data; also the operating system poses some limits to scalability, specialized parallel infrastructures use custom operating systems to mitigate this effect.

Comment: Re:I'm not an encryption expert by any means... (Score 1) 220

by paulatz (#48138287) Attached to: VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

And that probably only begins to approach the computational power the NSA has at its disposal

It is sure that the NSA has at its disposable a ridiculous amount of computing power, but it is equally evident that they cannot only use it once at a time. I.e. they may well have a billion CPUs, if it takes one billion hours to crack a disk they can only crack a disk an hour. Also, even the best parallel cracking scheme is going to scale less than perfect on a massive parallel setup, let alone a cheap cloud infrastructure.

Comment: Re: Application sandboxing (Score 1) 577

by paulatz (#48054027) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

And its a ton easier on any unixy-box. And guess what, all this is even easier for a homogeneous hardware pool like a particular cell phone model, or a particular OEM PC model, with a preconfigured image that matches your hardware exactly - for a random home PC thats more work.

I don't agree on this. On a Linux box, if you used separate partition, it's as easy as save down a list of installed rpms (or deb), reinstall os, reinstall list of rpm. On OEM windows installation you normally only have a recovery partition that can only do automatic repair (that never works) or destroy everything and restore to the factory state.

I'm not talking about restoring the factory state, I'm talking about restoring your PC to a working state, with all your software and data as before but not fucked up

Comment: Re: Application sandboxing (Score 1) 577

by paulatz (#48045117) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

You are right to some extent: There is a tradeoff. A strict sandboxing will prevent many useful features; a lax sandboxing will not be completely effective

Yet, even a lax sandboxing can be extremely useful. In an Android phone it is relatively easy to keep track of which apps are using a lot of battery, and you can uninstall them from the same screen, this is possible thanks to sandboxing keeping track of where every system call is coming from. If you decide to give up and restart from scratch, it only take 5 minutes to erase all user data, and you have a reborn phone; eventually add 15 minutes to copy your pictures back, if you really want to. Compare this to the afternoon of cursing it takes to reinstall windows and all the programs, redo all the updates, restore the backup. find out that some stuff was not backed up because it as stored in hidden directories scattered around.

"There is no statute of limitations on stupidity." -- Randomly produced by a computer program called Markov3.

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