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Comment Re: Uninstall would be nice (Score 1) 80

Or at least disable. Some of these apps don't even let you disable them. I know that doesn't actually free up any space if you just disable, but uninstalling doesn't help so much either because these preinstalled apps are on the /system partition, and removing them doesn't give you any more space on your /data partition.

Actually it can, sometimes. The copy in /system is undeletable to a normal Android system, but that also means it can't be updated. Where do the updates for these apps go? /data of course.

That said I'm pretty sure stock Android allows you to remove updates for those apps and regain that space, but I'm not 100% sure since I haven't run a stock Android system in years.

Comment Re: Uninstall would be nice (Score 1) 80

"easy". "need to know what you're doing".

Does not compute.

Riding a bicycle is easy, but you still need to know what you're doing.
Driving a car is easy, but you still need to know what you're doing.
etc, etc.

There are plenty of things we do every day that are really easy once you know what you're doing, but can be incredibly intimidating to someone who's never done it.

Comment Simple... (Score 1) 373

This one's really easy. Don't buy a car where the core system is internet connected unless you're confident in its security.

The Fiat/Chrysler hack was insane, the result of a total disregard for security.

The Tesla "hack" barely deserves being called that as it requires physical access to the car's data bus to work. Pretty much every car on the market these days is "vulnerable" to that, but it's stupid to worry about because that's like saying your brake system is "vulnerable" to being cut.

Likewise with the Corvette.

I wish the fucking stupid media would stop publicizing any of these that require installing extra hardware in to the car as if they actually mattered.

Comment Re:More practical.... (Score 1) 90

"Most common 1000 words" is great for making a point.

Far more practical would be using a vocabulary that almost all 10-year-old native speakers can read and that a vast majority of non-native speakers who have spent the last few years living in a English-speaking environment (that is, an environment that pretty much forces you to learn to speak and read English at a basic level in order to survive).

I would expect this to be far more than 1000 words.

I believe the idea is based on the Simple English Wikipedia which suggests sticking to the same top 1000 common words where possible. Now your same point may apply there, I can't find an actual justification for the recommended limit other than the basic thought that "it's simpler", but it's not unprecedented.

Comment Re:But... but? (Score 2) 172

LOL ... who the hell still has access to usenet feeds?

Usenet is alive and well with some nice automated tools that handle all the processing of downloads and even download things for you. Search "NZB" and have fun. I just tell my home server what I want to watch and it handles the rest for me.

Comment Re:linux hard to install and use for desktop users (Score 3, Informative) 187

I have to strongly disagree. I've been using Linux-based OSes intermittently since around the time 2.2 was released and have run some of my machines exclusively on Debian or its derivatives since 2004. It used to be a pain to deal with, particularly multimedia and WiFi drivers, but these days it's almost guaranteed that more will work out of the box on Ubuntu than does on a fresh Windows install.

My current laptop is 100% functional on Ubuntu 12.04 or newer with no messing around required. WiFi works, GPU works, SD reader works, etc. My home-built desktop requires a slightly newer distro to support accelerated graphics out of the box and still depends on binary drivers to get useful 3D performance thanks to its Geforce 970 graphics, but otherwise is also fully supported. Both of those require a pile of drivers to work fully even on the latest beta versions of Windows, some of which are very hard to find thanks to OEM-only components where the vendors don't provide standalone downloads. The closest I got in either case to going out of my way for Linux compatibility is choosing nVidia graphics over AMD, but in both cases I'd have done the same even for a Windows-only box because they simply had the better offerings.

I haven't been required to even go as far as dropping to the command line or editing a config file to get something working in years. The last time I had to do anything like that was back when VDPAU was a new thing and I was trying to get a XBMC running with hardware video decoding and HDMI audio output on a fairly new nVidia graphics card. nVidia's ALSA support was pretty flaky at the time so every kernel update required recompiling a few things to get sound back.

I still do tend to use consoles and config files to set things up the way I like them because I know what I'm doing and can get it done faster, but it's in no way required. If I was setting up a new PC for my grandmother I'd probably use Ubuntu rather than Windows because she could do everything on the internet exactly the same as she currently does but wouldn't be able to fuck it up by clicking on every stupid popup she gets.

Comment Re:Not me (Score -1, Flamebait) 172

I am still using XP (32 bit)

And this is where anyone who knows anything should stop caring what you have to say.

Congratulations, you're still using an OS with known security problems that will never be fixed because it's been unsupported for over a year, after the end of support was dragged on much longer than originally intended because corporate users are terrible at planning ahead.

Also still using a 32 bit OS means that either your computer is an ancient piece of trash with <4GB RAM or you're intentionally using an OS that can never utilize your hardware.

Comment Re:Evidence? (Score 4, Informative) 302

Isn't that the problem that BitTorrent solved a decade ago?

Windows 10 actually does have P2P Windows Updates. It's limited to within a LAN so you won't be "sharing" your upstream with your neighbors, but if you have multiple Windows 10 installations on a network they'll pull already downloaded updates off of each other rather than going to the internet.

Probably nice for those getting screwed by their ISPs.

Comment Re:DRM on rentals isn't the same... (Score 2) 260

That logic seems rather bizarre to me.

They send you a download. They DRM the file so that it's CRIMINAL for anyone else to make a player for that file type. And their music player deletes the file after playing it once.

So your argument is that DRM is ok because it's DRM'ed?


The criminalization of breaking DRM has nothing inherently to do with its implementation, nor did I say anything about a hypothetical one-play deletion.

I'm saying that something functionally equivalent to DRM is required for a rental or subscription on-demand service, otherwise it's purely operating on the honor system and I can't blame anyone for having no interest in that. I find these services to be a good value, so I have no problem with the tradeoff. I'm not paying the price I'd have to pay to buy the content, so it's not unreasonable to get less for it.

Comment DRM on rentals isn't the same... (Score 3, Insightful) 260

I dislike DRM like pretty much everyone else who isn't a content industry lawyer, but I really can't find much to complain about when it's used in the context of a rental or subscription service. How else are they supposed to ensure you can't continue using the content when you're not supposed to be able to anymore?

DRM on stuff I'm supposedly purchasing is another matter entirely, if I own it I want to truly control it, but if I'm renting it or paying for temporary access where it's clear from the beginning that I only have it as long as I'm paying I don't see a problem.

Comment Re:No, give me a break. (Score 1) 208

You aren't seriously claiming that everyone that uses SuperMicro servers doesn't care about security because their IPMI interface is a Java webstart application, are you?

IMO anyone who knowingly chose to deploy new Java-requiring things in the last many years was not thinking straight, nor were any vendors developing new Java plugins or refusing to work on replacements for the ones they already had. It's not like the fact that the Java plugin is a huge piece of shit is news to anyone.

If someone was putting out new stuff that still required Windows XP or IE6 you'd rightfully call them incompetent. I believe Java is in the same category. It needs to go away and anyone who's doing anything that keeps it around needs a slap.

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