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Comment: Need to encrypt phone calls (Score 1) 126

by pedrop357 (#47941277) Attached to: Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google

Doesn't need to be only wifi. BUT, if the provider had the key they would have to decrypt the call or turn over the key on request.

Nothing requires the provider to interfere with me making an end-to-end encrypted call to another similar phone user. There are reliability issues that would need to be addressed, but it can be theoretically be done

It would basically need PKI or a variant and we know how stupid people are when it comes to accepting unsigned or new certificates. I can only imagine the stupidity induced outrage that would arise when they were told that the bypasses they chose to use left their phone less secure.

The NSA and other TLAs would work hard to compromise any central public key repository, leaving something like direct exchange or NFC the only way to really securely share public keys for the people who cared.

Comment: Re:*attempts to shed light rather than heat* (Score 1) 1262

What's so great is that so many of the examples are presented as though they are constant and prevalent throughout the game and/or only happen to women.

I loved when it shows Red Dead Redemption (RDR), GTAIV & V, Saints Row 3/4 as examples of how women are disposable because they can be killed with little consequence. Guess what? All NPCs in these games can be killed with little to no consequence. Someone who plays these games knows this and doesn't need to be reminded; someone who doesn't play them could be forgiven for coming away with the idea that only the women can be killed without consequences. There might be an even deeper, sadder point in that one time when women can be truly equal to men in these types of games is in their disposability.

One of the more fascinating things I've noticed is that none of these types of critiques ever aim their lens at the last three Quantic Dreams, of which the last two received heaps of (undeserved in my opinion) praise and are misogynistic as all hell. I guess playing through them for more than 10 minutes is too much for a supposed avid gamer who loves video games (as her supporters like to portray.)

Comment: Re:Her work (Score 1) 1262

It worked before to the tune of $160K.

Assuming the posts are valid, I always doubt the 'sincerity' of someone who threatens like that. I figure that the average stalker/murderer type doesn't announce their intentions for the world to see. They post them in their little circles like the lunatic who won't be named in California not too long ago, but I lean towards the idea that direct and over-the-top threats against a relatively high profile person via twitter is for intimidation and show.

I suppose she can go stay with some of the other shallow SJWs until this all blows over.

Comment: Re:The Cloud is Ruining Home Automation (Score 1) 90

by pedrop357 (#47262845) Attached to: Privacy Worries For 'Smart' Smoke Alarms

It's why I eschew Nest and the similar offerings from other companies for something like this:

It costs more but doesn't need internet connectivity to customize settings.

The fact that my (free, won in a drawing) Plantronics BT earpiece needs internet connectivity to change its settings is the dumbest thing in the world. An app is still downloaded to my PC, but I need an internet connected browser to make the changes.

Comment: Spend that money on your network! (Score 1) 158

by pedrop357 (#47173491) Attached to: Big Telecom: Terms Set For Sprint To Buy T-Mobile For $32B

If Sprint has $32B to spend on a merger, perhaps they could spend $16B to upgrade their AWFUL network. I bailed from Sprint to T-Mobile due to coverage and usability issues.

Yes, T-Mobile seems to have coverage issues in some areas, but I've been able to completely, and to my satisfaction, mitigate them with the Wifi-calling feature.

Sprint had huge sections of my company that poor to no coverage. Calls dropped, data was unusable. 9 hour battery life on an S3. We had wifi for the data, but no relief for the calls. The other 3 major carriers had strong 4g signal throughout the property (Casino resort in Las Vegas).

Sprint pathetically fumbled the ball when it came to 4g, leaving some areas with 3g and 4g-wimax. Then they stopped selling Wimax phones in favor of 4g LTE phones. This seriously degraded the 3g experience everywhere I went. Orlando, Miami, Boston, Reno, Biloxi, Philadelphia, etc. were all places where I found the 3g to be unusable and on the rare occasions I got 4g it performed like 3g. My guess was that they were using the same 3g bandwidth backhaul to towers that had 4g equipment.

The short version for me was that it was years after every other carrier had 4g before I started to see the little 4g icon on my phone and a good year after that where it performed like everyone else's 4g in the much smaller number of places it was available.

In places like the LV Convention Center, I eventually had to turn off 4g because the phone would hold onto an unusable 4g connection rather than connect to the usuable (yet still slow by 3g standards) 3g connection that was apparently an in-building thing. Luckily the convention center had wifi so I could get data, but my call/text experience was pretty poor.

I don't have these problems with T-Mobile, nor my Verizon work phone. Some people here would use their work phone as a hotspot for their Sprint personal phone. My t-mobile phone does drop down to Edge at times, it's slow but consistent and has pretty good latency. The few places where I've lost voice AND data had wifi so I was fully functional which couldn't have happened with Sprint.

I can't help but think that for many years, this will be a bad experience for T-Mobile customers no matter what and a mixed bag for Sprint customers if they transition away from CDMA. I see a lot of people reluctantly jumping ship to Verizon or AT&T once the merger is final and network changes begin rolling out.

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