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Comment: will pirate (Score 0) 215

by tom229 (#48669805) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball
I wouldn't be giving these cowards my money even if I was able to (I'm Canadian). This entire story has been shameful. When did the USA stop being the land of the brave? Everyone knows your weakness now. Scare you a little bit and you'll do whatever anyone wants, the least of which being handing over all your freedoms to the government.

Comment: A step in the right direction (Score 1) 110

by tom229 (#48473765) Attached to: UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap
back to the apprentice/mentor relationship. I'm not sure why we all buy into the falsehood that specifically targeted for-profit post secondary school is required for any position above minimum wage. Regardless, a system like this will at least help prospects in a new field learn real skills based on real experience while also not starting off their lives smothered in debt.

Comment: Re: The only way MS gets more apps in their store (Score 1) 192

by tom229 (#48426173) Attached to: Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)
I would say it partly is apple's model. Perhaps not in software services, but certainly in electronic distribution of software. The amount of money they make in their "app store" and iTunes has to be monumental. What they lack in data-mining software services they certainly make up for in convincing everyone that their products are "cool", "just work", and are worth spending an extra 30% on.

Comment: Telegram (Score 1) 93

by tom229 (#48425609) Attached to: WhatsApp To Offer End-to-End Encryption

Do you have a current favorite for encrypted online chat?

Telegram. It's open source, uses end to end encryption, and, unlike whatsapp, supports multiple connected clients at a time - including desktop clients for all platforms.

Of course you'll be hard pressed to find anyone on telegram expect my wife and I. Kids don't care about security, or source code.

Comment: Re:AMD wins again (Score 2) 75

by tom229 (#48412423) Attached to: Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions
I'm not trying to be a troll or flame here, so please don't take it like that. But, you may be comparing AMD processors and Intel in the same price range. Because the highest passmark bench results for laptops certainly belong to the 4th generation Intel mobile processors.

You must also work in an area of the country that is either really ahead, or really behind. I'm Sr sysadmin for a medium sized company and I haven't encountered a single person - outside of a geologist or engineer that needs real power - who prefers a desktop to a laptop in many years.

Comment: Re:We need a business phone!! (Score 1) 75

by tom229 (#48412029) Attached to: Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions
The phone doesn't necessarily have to be x86 based, but it needs to be designed with business in mind. You'd be hard pressed to argue that either your Lumina, or iPhone is designed with business in mind. They are designed with the primary concern of taking pictures and uploading them to facebook.

In the last 5 years, all work being done has been focused on the consumer. Phones now have pedometers, FM radio chips, and IR transmitters, but we're no closer to having real business support. This extends way beyond reading your emails and spreadsheets. We need functionality like directory integration. Let me extend the policies of my directory with mobile-based ADMX policies. Give me a smart VPN service that's also configurable through policy. How about built in device management instead of having to rely on third party "crapps" that use some cloud storage bullshit and require me to pay /user/month?

There's SO much work to be done with regards to mobile computing in business environments. All the sales people and psuedo-technical bloggers keep telling us that mobile is the future. If it is, at some point, someone's going to have to pay attention to business.

Comment: We need a business phone!! (Score 2) 75

by tom229 (#48410527) Attached to: Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions
Intel needs to get behind an organized effort to bring us a business-grade mobile device. That's the only low hanging fruit left. Take the following excerpt I pulled from an article:

Let's rewind to 2007. RIM owns the mobile space for business, while consumer devices are primarily "dumb phones". In comes Apple, flush with iPod money, and looking for the next evolution of it's highly profitable device. The solution is simple: why carry an iPod and a phone? Thus, the iPhone is born.

In a single generation the iPhone brings massive innovation to the market. The device is targeted at Apple's primary demographic: the consumer, but the features are so beyond what is currently available that this type of smartphone doesn't take long to become a favorite in the business commnuity as well.

The large touch screen destroys the conventional track ball/pad, allowing the user to display more text, and use multi-touch to navigate more efficiently. The full webkit browser completely destroys the WAP-based dinosaurs giving the user a desktop grade browser at their finger tips. The user can carry all forms of media with them and display it at their whim. And, finally, and most importantly, the design of the operating system is centered around a robust API which doesn't take long to bloom into a wealth of independent applications that let the user do things they never before thought possible.

The response at RIM is unforunately short-sighted. RIM sees the device as a "toy". It sees it as a consumer-grade flash in the pan that will eventually collapse in the face of the established security and familiarity of their Enterprise Server platform, and BBM. RIM does opt to borrow some of the innovations - like the touch screen - and implement it their own, poorly advised ways but, ultimately, things at RIM continue as usual.

Now let's fast forward to 2013. The market has spoken. Blackberry market share is down to single digits and the company needs to do something quick to turn things around. They've been working for years on something that is supposed to change our lives and we're finally going to get to see it. What they unveil is astonishing: a consumer-targeted device.

The playing field in consumer-grade devices is now beyond saturated. We've had Google, Apple, and even Microsoft all battling each-other for the last 5 years. Innovation year-over-year is staggering. Why blackberry decided to try to compete in this market is baffling. What's worse, is they released an inferior product, on their own independent platform, that - of course - is going to gather no developer support in an already saturated market.

So here we are, 2014 and - still - no business-grade device in the mobile market. We have a dizzying amount of consumer-grade choice, but nothing properly designed with business in mind. In response I would like to say the following to the entire tech community involved in mobile device development:

We're here. We have money. We have a lot more money than all these teenage kids. Please, please, I want to spend it. Someone give me a business-grade mobile phone and tablet. Important things to me are: checking my email, security, centralized device management, and integration with existing business technologies. Reward: see Microsoft's stock price in the 90's.

Comment: Re: The only way MS gets more apps in their store (Score 3, Insightful) 192

by tom229 (#48395045) Attached to: Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)
Also, hopefully MS has realized - like Google does - that the future isn't in software licensing. The future is in electronic distribution, and software services that collect information. It's not a great future, but it has been created by a population that is willing to trade their privacy for free stuff. It is what it is. I wouldn't be surprised to see them start to give Windows away in the future.

Comment: Re: So you have to install an app... (Score 1) 113

by tom229 (#48200761) Attached to: Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files
What confuses me is that android has the exact same walled garden approach by default. You have to manually allow "untrusted source" installs. Apple, of course, doesn't allow this because then they wont get their 30% cut (it has nothing to do with security - sorry folks).

If you want to do this on ios, you jailbreak , and make your device more functional, but arguably less secure if you don't know what you're doing, or you're some sort of chimp.

Talking about security used to mean how free from vulnerabilities and exploits a platform was. It would seem things have devolved into a conversation about which platform more readily allows the town dullard to shoot himself in the foot. It's a political conversation indeed.

Comment: Re: Here's the solution (Score 1) 577

by tom229 (#48124861) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?
Arch, good guess. You're obviously using something debian based, probably Ubuntu. I haven't used Ubuntu in some years, but I don't remember them actively supporting the use of a ports-like system. It would certainly be possible in Ubuntu, but without community involvement, rather pointless.

Give Arch a try in a VM. I've yet to encounter a piece of software that hasn't had the source converted to a make package by someone in the AUR. Using the AUR is as simple as downloading the tarball, extracting, running makepkg, resolving dependencies, then pacman -S .

Oh, and don't use the base arch installer unless you have a lot of time on your hands. Go with something like ArchBang.

Comment: No Google (Score 1) 210

by tom229 (#48124653) Attached to: Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy
Living without [a google account] is certainly possible. I've been doing it for years. I would agree that "app" developers seem obsessed with publishing their offerings through a single medium, that takes 30%, and requires their users to buy into the google/apple ecosystem. However, I blame this on the typical "app" developer being a mindless dullard, addicted to the status quo. The entire IT spectrum has been infested with these types of late. It's been frustrating.

Comment: Re: Google just pissy (Score 2) 107

by tom229 (#48068029) Attached to: Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation
While the Android core operating system is free, the Android branding and "Google Apps" are not. In order to use either of these on your version of Android you need a license from an authorized testing facility that ensures the GApps suite functions properly. This is Google's one catch to providing the world with a free mobile operating system, and I think that's probably fair.

Regardless, I think many people wouldn't be happy if cm automatically included GApps, since the lack of that proprietary spyware is the main reason to use it.

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