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Comment: Re:Too good to be true? (Score 1) 196

by zyzko (#46831457) Attached to: OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

This has been used already by Nokia in Symbian devices and also on N900 (Maemo).

Granted, memory might have been even more expensive then (even relatively to requirements on what is considered much) and this could have been seen as a "smart choice" and not so surprisingly what happened was that Nokia would squeeze the fast "application" memory to a bare minimum, and it left users complaining that their "C-drive" is full on their mighty 16 GB device with 13 GB free. No premium manufacturer concerned with user experience today would do this (unless they can get away with it transparently and hide the fact from the end user) .

Comment: Re:Knowledge is Power (Score 1) 157

by zyzko (#46637499) Attached to: Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?

Those cases where forewarned doesn't help are definitely at issue. The classical example is Huntington disease. It's an autosomal dominant death sentence and there is no treatment or way to alter the course of the disease. Some people don't want to know. There is actually a very elaborate three-phase commit for testing/getting results for Huntington disease, and geneticists won't perform the test on a minor.

On the other hand - in case of Huntington's there is a 50/50 chance of your children inheriting it from you if you have it. So it can be argued that is it not ethical to test yourself if one of your parents has it in case you are planning to have kids?

I can understand some people do not want to know and still have kids and are ok with that, however I would not be in the case of Huntington's specifically (no cure, very, very nasty disease - although depending on the repetition count of the gene pattern that causes the disease the age and severity of when the disease manifests itself vary).

Comment: Re:If it's not broke, don't fix it (Score 1) 101

by zyzko (#46527669) Attached to: Routing and DNS Security Ignored By ISPs


I see this all the time with tech-oriented people as well. They say that we don't need IPv6 because IPv4 and NAT works just fine, and XP is the best thing ever and it is just greed by Microsoft to not support it. What separates tech people and managers is that managers count money. IPv6 and DNSSEC implementation cost money.

Techies who oppose these often cloud their inability or non-desire to learn something new and "complex" in "if it works, don't fix it". Which of course also comes down to investment - if you have to invest your time to learn something new with no immediate (as in pay raise *now* opposed to "able to get a job in 2 years") reward it is easy to write off improvement as unnecessary.

Comment: Re:When you have a bad driver ... (Score 4, Informative) 961

by zyzko (#45584565) Attached to: Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

Yeah, every *novice* race driver claims that they can stop faster without ABS.

This has been debunked even on 20 year old ABS systems. In Finland - with professional rally drivers. Yes - on perfect conditions when the driver has the power to start whenever he likes - the non-ABS braking distances were a little bit shorter. But when you introduce even 1 unknown variable (not knowing when to start braking, unknown traction below the wheels, distraction during braking) even the professionals failed to stop faster on non-ABS car.

Comment: Re:Here's the full story. (Score 1) 682

by zyzko (#44999403) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

You are mixing causes and effects. I'm sorry for your friend, but I guess the biggest problem was not that 3-way he saw, but that his mom was not an responsible adult. And mixing sexual behavior is not the right way to assess that. It is an easy way, yes - calling somebody a "slut" is among the first thing teenage girls learn on how to insult others.

Comment: Re:Here's the full story. (Score 0) 682

by zyzko (#44990299) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

I was with you right before "just fucking everything with a dick". Because how is that harmful to children? Ok, even your first reason "if the bitch cheated" - is it still illegal in US to cheat in some states?

It is sad if the great dads lost custody, and yes, it is problem - females tend to get custody over males in many nations more easily given the same circumstances. But getting into sexual behavior as a deciding criteria...please, go back to 19th century.

Comment: Re:Beware of Microsofties bearing gifts (Score 2) 535

by zyzko (#44754251) Attached to: Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

N9 was moderately successful, but would Maemo have taken off as a competitor to Android and iOS markets? Hard to say - and Jolla might still give it a shot.

But Maemo was far from ready, Nokias HW partner on Maemo (Intel) was (and still is) far from ready, and the whole thing was a management mess. Yes, it could have been fixed - maybe, but frankly Windows Phone was not that bad choice compared to Maemo at the time. The only thing that made N9 come out at all was because Maemo was axed, and the team got "let's show them" -attitude after the fact.

For a nice (but long) history about Maemo / MeeGo read:

Comment: Re:This is AT&T's fault how? (Score 3, Interesting) 380

by zyzko (#44495063) Attached to: First California AMBER Alert Shows AT&T's Emergency Alerts Are a Mess

Cell broadcast is the delivery method (although parent suspected that it was *not* used but they used regular SMS instead, for an example on my Android device (JB) the default is to disable cell broadcast, disabling incoming "normal" SMS is much harder), flash SMS is the name for the "instantly appearing" message.

Comment: Re:let me get this straight (Score 1) 284

by zyzko (#44494573) Attached to: Comcast Working On 'Helpful' Copyright Violation Pop-ups

TL;DR - their lawyer must be having a seizure over the potential liability exposure they seem to be asking for

Why? More work for them... And you forget that this is Comcast, a huge entertainment conglomerate, not some streaming video startup or small regional isp. So they have the muscle and can "negotiate" with other content providers and lobby groups. If an anti-porn group raises an issue with them they will happily comply with filters, maybe even create a nice portal only accessible at night and with opt-in where you can buy safe adult content from Penthouse and Playboy - and maybe get a nice funding from somewhere for the filters because they are progressive and innovative on protecting children and a cut of the Penthouse / Playboy revenue because they are driving customers there. They do not care how they will get their money, and the worst customer is one who just wants a "dumb pipe".

Comment: Re:Moving Toward Stock Android Not Away (Score 1) 223

by zyzko (#44389089) Attached to: Forget Apple: Samsung Could Be Google's Next Big Rival

It is still Samsung who is providing the updates. Sure, you can unlock the phone more easily and put Cyanogenmod on it, but if you want "supported" OS it is still yet to be seen if Samsung updates the Play Edition or not. But choice is good, from reading reviews; would I buy an "Play edition S4" - probably not (battery life is actually worse, getting rid of TouchWiz doesn't give any real peformance boost, extra camera goodies are gone), and when the manufacturer version reaches it's end-of-life and you have to put Cyanogenmod on it to get to the newest stuff there probably exists an unlock hack for the bootloader anyway. If you wan't to unlock the phone from day 1 of course the story is different.

Comment: Re:Windows Phone sales (Score 1) 467

by zyzko (#44341055) Attached to: Microsoft Stock Drops 11% In a Day

No, Ahonen is not fun. He is bitter ex-Nokia worker who has now self-promoted himself as an expert Nokia-analyst. His every blog post keeps repeating (in very boring and long way) the same old song - how strong Nokia was in 2010 and how badly is has been since, but he really doesn't offer *any* insight on what should have been done.

He completely (on purpose) forgets that Symbian was in really deep shit. Everyone else had abandoned it, developers generally hated it and Nokia devices were famous for their cost-cutting (too little RAM, slight differences on Symbian releases making cross-device development a huge pain, crashing built-in software) while Apple and Android were offering superior tools for developers and superior devices. Sure, going with Microsoft may have been a mistake, and it can still prove to be a catastrophe if MS does something nasty like decides to ditch WP in the failure bin. But just taking an arbitrary point in time (the end of 2010) and pretending that everything was fine and implying everything would have been fine and rosy also after that (without telling on what strategy) is just delusional.

Comment: Re:Name and address? (Score 2) 252

by zyzko (#43767383) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Do Firms Leak Personal Details In Plain Text?


I do not live in the US, and we do have here (an evil and communist) centralized SSN system.

Still, companies and even government agencies sometimes (although they are getting wiser...) use SSN's as passwords when they should not - SSN should be public, your "GUID", and just identify that "I am this person", but not verify that identity. It is stupid - because once the SSN leaks out it is extremely hard to change, and you can't manage your identification method on per-service basis (on some less important cases you could resort to no authentication at all, on some use passwords, and decide that on the really important ones you have to be present and provide biometric proof).

Your address and name - well, it might not be wise to yell them out loud on every occasion, but they are not secrets either. I can imagine that the original poster shreds all his snail-mail thoroughly, but majority of people do not and that information is readily available in the trash for any passer-by.

Comment: Re:Defamation of character, anyone? (Score 2) 258

Unfortunately these people are experts in hiding their tracks - more skilled than the ones they are suing.

Sure - eventually they will be barred but until that they can just make up new shell companies and name a hobo as a CEO for the price of a wine bottle - or better yet, just use someones name without their knowledge instead. One the judges get pissed, deny everything and refuse to testify, repeat and get a fee hundred thousand each round - keeps a few people employed.

I would not be surprised at all even if the producers they claim to represent are not aware of what is done using their products - I would guess that in the industry today you have to be nice to the customer and offer options, and that is what most are doing, not name and shame (because the competition is fierce, and there are free legal alternatives).

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.