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Comment Eh. (Score 1) 203

I feel like they're going for what they had when they owned Motorola. Basically stock Android with Google Apps and a few extras (like enhanced camera apps and the like.)

As long as they don't do things like bundle "special offers" as non-removable systems apps and continue with the Nexus update policy, I don't really see it as a problem. (New versions for at least 18 months, security updates for at least 36 months.)

Hopefully, this time, they won't sell it all to Lenovo.

Comment Re:Not a Comcast shill, but... (Score 1) 101

Er... what?

If we go by that metric, then the fastest internet is satellite or cellular. Those are available in far more places than Comcast (or cable in general) is and are usually faster than a landline with a 56k modem. (Which, despite the copper network being largely left to rot be some phone companies, is STILL more ubiquitous than cable.)

Comment Preserve the experience. (Score 1) 331

How to enable to movie theaters to compete:

1. Make in-home screens larger than 42 inches illegal.
2. Make in-home audio systems with more than two speakers illegal.
3. Make fast forward/skip and rewind/back buttons illegal.
4. Start embedding random phone ringing, talking and infant screeching in the audio tracks of Bluray and DVD.
5. Require that home systems 1% chance making a curtain appear in front of the left and right edges of the picture. (Make sure it's time based so restarting won't fix it.)
6. Require that home systems digitally add film scratches and artifacts when playing older movies.

With all these perfectly reasonable requests implemented, people should start seeing the value in coming to the theater more. Anything less is a dire threat to the world economy and entertainment industry, both of which are very clearly on the brink of collapse because of criminals who have been allowed to brazenly pirate elements of proprietary theater designs into so-called "home theater systems."

Comment Re:Wireless Keyboards (Score 2) 85

Based on my cursory Googling:

Microsoft keyboards have been broken for a while.

Logitech apparently actually uses 128-bit AES, though the question of how they generate their symmetric key isn't exactly answered in a way that's satisfying.

Not sure about Dell. Couldn't find much on their keyboards with my cursory Googling. They seem to mostly rebrand other people's wireless keyboards?

And Apple keyboards all seem to be bluetooth.

Comment Wireless Keyboards (Score 1) 85

I always assume wireless keyboard are cheap consumer products built by the lowest bidder and designed by people whose primary interest is getting a product out the door in advance of or for the next big release of whatever their company's actual product is.

Most wireless keyboards' performance reflects that. It doesn't surprise me in the slightest their security is similar.

Comment Re:Probably not me (Score 3, Funny) 180

That reminds me of a conversation I had with a FiOS installer circa 2009.

"Er, can you run CAT5 instead of coax?"
"No, you need coax for TV."
"You're not installing TV, though. Just Internet. Can we run CAT5?"
"You might get TV later."
"Nope. I won't. And even if I did, you'd be sending out another installer anyway. Can we run CAT5?"
"I don't know how to crimp CAT5..."

Comment Re:Bad input (Score 1) 170

I would say that the only reason browsing the web is "good" on a tablet is because browser and website authors have worked (to varying degrees of success) to make it so.

In the mid-to-late 2000's, when the touch screen smart phones were starting to take off, a lot of websites were not touch friendly at all. Many of them assumed that "hover" was a meaningful action you could take and incorporated things like Flash animations or menus that you had to hover over to activate.

Most of the things you mention that are "bad" are because little effort has gone into them other than trying to badly emulate the old ways. There's no reason you can't have a good touch screen game. But if you just throw a virtual D-pad and SNES buttons on the screen, you're gonna have a bad time.

Comment Timing! (Score 1) 212

I'm sure their management will deny up and down that this had anything to do with the case they just lost and that the timing is "purely coincidental."

But I suspect that their legal department emailed someone in management an Excel spreadsheet detailing the costs of losing that case and how much it would cost to defend similar cases now that there is precedent. The manager probably multiplied that number by some number that may or may not reflect the actual number of users with similar claims and said "Shit, that's actually a lot of money. Maybe we should stop."

Still doesn't change the fact that they spent the last 11 months gleefully burning the modicum of trust in Windows Update they had had managed to build up over the last few years.

Comment Destroying the credibility of Windows Update (Score 1) 664

A year ago, if someone said to me "I disable Windows Updates on all my computers," I would have called them an idiot. Now, I just shrug as I understand why they do it.

Do I know about alternatives that are fairly effective at blocking the forced upgrades? Sure. But I'm not willing to take on an additional support burden to help maintain Microsoft's security posture.

If Microsoft wants to throw away years of trying to convince people that Windows Updates won't fuck their computers up, let them.

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