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Comment: Don't block it, QoS it. (Score 5, Interesting) 159

by phizi0n (#45741599) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Managing Device-Upgrade Bandwidth Use?

There's no reason to avoid using your bandwidth when you can use QoS to deprioritize it so that they can still update any time the bandwidth is available. Most any linux router can do this with tc and iptables, or sometimes with less configurability through their GUI's.

At home you have control over the devices and can just disable them from automatically updating.

Comment: Re:No PC yet (Score 5, Insightful) 396

by phizi0n (#44891921) Attached to: <em>GTA V</em> Makes $800 Million In 24 Hours

You can have a refined, bug-free, well-performing PC release after the console versions are done, or you can have a crappy, poorly optimised version day-and-date with the console release, but you can't have both. Rockstar North favour the former.

How do you explain GTA4? It was delayed a year and performed like shit on PC when it was released. GTA was originally a PC game and they have been treating PC as a second class citizen lately.

Comment: Re:So it listens all the time... (Score 1) 151

by phizi0n (#44290595) Attached to: Moto X Demo Video Reveals Google's Android Superphone

More like "in the cloud LIKE GOOGLE." Google had voice search long before Apple ever did but Apple marketed it better and expanded it to do other things, Google Now expands the existing Android voice search to do other useful things like Siri does such as adding reminders/alarms. It is mostly cloud based voice recognition but you can use it to call people without a data connection though the local voice recognition is much worse and often wants to call the wrong person.

Comment: Re:So it listens all the time... (Score 3, Insightful) 151

by phizi0n (#44278669) Attached to: Moto X Demo Video Reveals Google's Android Superphone

The video only shows it doing hands free voice search when you're already in Google Now which is already possible with any Android 4.2 rom (probably anything >4.0). The voice search only activates when you say the "google" keyword which she says "okay google now..."

The specs look pretty lackluster so I'm confused why they are calling it a "superphone."

Comment: Different code == invalid results (Score 5, Informative) 115

by phizi0n (#44207093) Attached to: Modeling How Programmers Read Code

This article is complete garbage. They tested 2 people with different code that produces the same results and then make up a narrative of how novice and expert coders think in different ways. Use the same code to test a much larger pool of programers and then the results might actually be interesting.

Comment: Leave it connected to a separate secure network. (Score 1) 284

by phizi0n (#43943733) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Best To Disconnect Remote Network Access?

Either use managed switches to separate the LAN's and lock down the ports to only allow certain mac addresses on the PCS VLAN, or create another LAN with dumb switches. Add a VPN box that is connected to both networks, make it the only allowed method of connecting remotely to the PCS LAN, give the vendor a VPN account, and only enable the account temporarily when it has been approved.

Comment: Kill the link (Score 5, Informative) 250

by phizi0n (#43917735) Attached to: Mozilla Plans Major Design Overhaul With Firefox 25 Release In October

It is very irresponsible to link to a dev branch of firefox without even including instructions on how to set up a separate profile for it. There is a good chance that it will mangle your profile in ways that will be incompatible with the final release or the current release should you choose to go back.

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin