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Comment: Re:Blackberry (Score 1) 405

I switched to a $200 Blackberry Z10 a few months ago after getting tired of Google's attitude w/ regard to my Nexus 4. Without any bloatware installed by the carrier, it still comes with about 10 different Google Apps that cannot be uninstalled.

Furthermore, it seems like Google has gone out of their way to give app developers the necessary permissions to basically know everything about me. Does an app 'really' need to see all of my contacts, SMS, and call history just so it knows when a call is incoming?

Even if I uninstalled every app on my phone, I'd still have Google's keyboard phoning home everything I type. And of course Android Lollipop is as much of a dud as was Windows 8.

My Z10 blows Android out of the water when it comes to actually dealing with emails, texts, messages, calendars, etc. On Android, I had to use three different mail apps to do the same thing. The browser always shows a full screen web page, while Chrome needs a root hack to do the same.

Why did you buy a Nexus 4? It seems like you changed more than the phone did.

Comment: Re:Where did they get the COA for the ingredients? (Score 1) 412

by spacepimp (#48972811) Attached to: Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

I too used to work for the Herbal supplement industry. What you are saying is true to my experiences as well. The barrels originating in China always required extra scrutiny. It was not uncommon to find things wholly foreign to the ingredient list in the shipped packages. It was disturbingly common to find Chinese/Indian suppliers being less that honest in their COA's.

My theory is China/India or another manufacturer/supplier failed to send what they claimed (ripped them off). The fact that the ingredients went to manufacturing none the less is a scary thought. I guess it is possible the manufacturing occurred over seas as well.

Comment: Where did they get the COA for the ingredients? (Score 2) 412

by spacepimp (#48971553) Attached to: Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Every herbal supplement that is going to be ingested in America needs a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) to verify their legitimacy. Disclosure: I used to work in the herbal supplement industry. This is not wholly uncommon. The biggest issue here is that the suppliers/manufacturers were ripping off the GNC etc. Someone along the way faile dto check the authenticity, and they got burned.

Comment: Re:But does it matter any more? (Score 1) 181

by spacepimp (#48913757) Attached to: Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

It depends how you define success. Enterprise agreements hold that in order to install Win 7 you need downgrade rights, made available by purchasing Win 8 licenses.
How exactly are you defining success? Success in sales? Success in giving them a presence in mobile? Success in unifying two disparate paradigms of interface? Win 8 failed on many fronts as well.

Comment: hypocrtical bastards (Score 2) 307

by spacepimp (#48876915) Attached to: Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

BBM was made for Blackberry only and served precisely to keep people locked into the platform by not allowing other platforms to access the service. It wasn't until they had lost their user base that they cared about such things. It was as wrong when they did it, as when Apple does it now.

Comment: Re:Inconceivable! (Score 1) 34

by spacepimp (#48815207) Attached to: Forget Stuxnet: Banking Trojans Attacking Power Plants

Not everyone who uses a SCADA/Siemens system has internal staff to maintain the system levels. I was asked this week to connect a SIEMENS /SCADA system for Rail delivery to be connected for remote access for support/trouble shooting. The saddest part was the lack of network and security knowledge that the deploying entity had in their possession. It was uncomfortable to discuss networking with them. We were paying them to listen to why their solution was insecure, and would not be set up in the manner they wanted. They got it eventually. But I'll say this..There are many many many SCADA systems which are online for no reason other than simplicity's sake. Don't get me started about the ones left with default settings by the VAR during deployments. Scary world.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.