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Comment: Re:FDE on Android doesn't work as of yet (Score 4, Informative) 116

by phayes (#49170899) Attached to: Google Backs Off Default Encryption on New Android Lollilop Devices

What is lame is people posting ignorant comments as Anon Cowards.

Apple has control of both the hardware & the software & has optimized both to make use of FDE as painless as possible. This is clearly not the case in Android.

Stealing from Seillac's comments on ARS:
"Apparently, Google has not merged the various drivers that optimize Qualcomm's QCE module for encryption and decryption into AOSP. The generally-assumed reason is that this code is proprietary. Without these optimizations, the Nexus 6's hardware decryption module on the Snapdragon 805 is essentially hamstrung."


Comment: The Optimistic viewpoint hade a source (Score 4, Informative) 230

by phayes (#49162453) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

The reason TOS had such an optimistic viewpoint is because it's creator, Gene Roddenberry believed firmly that in the future, Mankind would get beyond the childish violence. You youngsters also need to remember that the TOS was shot at the height of the Hippy/Flower Power movement.

Gene was still around for TNG but passed in 1991 before DS9 (1993) & it shows in the subject matter & tone. DS9 becoming much darker than the previous series for example.

Comment: Re:Who makes a premium phone now then (Score 1) 231

by phayes (#49161265) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

For a twice a year event an external battery pack is a much better fit than the compromises that come with removable internal batteries. This is the same debate where people were hating on Apple for eliminating the slots that almost nobody ever used on. There is a vocal but tiny minority that claims that they MUST have them or the product will be a failure but most people eventually come to the realization that internal is not the only or best way to go.

Comment: Re:Cock Chuggin' (Score 2, Interesting) 308

by phayes (#49126197) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

As an AC, you're a more probable expert on what NSA cock tastes like, so why don't you tell us?

Moxie has been in the trenches breaking drm to free our devices and thus has a good idea of what works & what doesn't.

Much like the "Real programmers" that bemoaned the death of really using the machines when we stopped programming directly in machine code, some will miss PGP, but not anyone who wants encryption to become widespread. PGP is convoluted and a poor base on which to build. We need to move on.

Comment: Re:Cash is so much better. (Score 1) 186

by phayes (#49124263) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

That Google wants to monetize their endeavors is no surprise. The shocking thing is that some people are foolish enough to think that it is a good idea to let their credit history be monetized by an entity that is selling that info onwards. Google could have chosen to not put themselves in the position they are in with Google Wallet & I wouldn't have a problem with it. I don't see what, other than profit is stopping them from going the same route Apple Pay did where they are not in the loop.

Why do you think that Google having your entire credit history and selling it off is a good idea?

Comment: Re:Cash is so much better. (Score 1) 186

by phayes (#49117273) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

Google wallet uses à virtual card so that every transaction gets sent to google for treatment & then rerouted onto the real cards they people add to GW. Thus Google are getting a copy of every transaction everyone makes using GW. This ingredibly intrusive individually identified transaction history is what Google is using to make money off of GW.

Apple Pay sets up a token for each card enrolled into it and is architectured so that Apple cannot get a copy of the transactions. Apple gets a cut off of the card issuers transaction fees for having secured transactions and thus diminishing fraud but Apple cannot sell your individualized credit history the way Google does.

That right there is why GW is DOA for everyone with a minimum of common sense. Yeah, sure I'll give Google my search history & sometimes my location, but NOT my credit history too, waaay too many eggs going into that basket.

Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 675

by phayes (#49110729) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

"dave420 points out the hypocrisy in pseudonymously railing against anonymity."

dave420 disses sardaukar86 for complaining about someone posting as an AC instead of posting under an account (which was all sardaukar86 asked for). I point out that there is a valid reason to prefer accounts & thus his hypocrisy in dissing saraukar86.

"distinguishing between anonymous and pseudonymous is silly"

Elsewhere maybe, but not here on /. where friending & foeing make posting under a logged in, "pseudonymous" account much more useful than posting as an AC. Neither you nor dave420 use the friend/foe system but at least dave420 had the benefit of not reading about it immediately before overlooking it's usefulness & making an ignorant statement.

Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 0) 675

by phayes (#49110099) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

Oh, because dave420 is soooo much more identifiable, right Einstein? Pot, Kettle...
As for criticizing as an AC, I too wish that there were fewer twits abusing the AC system to post insults as I value the occasional intelligent AC posting on threads they have moderated (also the only reason I post as AC). Gratuitous insults, racist comments, etc are not why I read /. & I value friend/foeing as a means of upping the signal/noise.

Oh, so there you are!