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Comment Platform features not exposed through Java (Score 1) 150

That's true of applications that fit within the constraints of 100% Pure Java. Many do not and must therefore use JNI to access platform features that Oracle has not exposed through the Java standard library. For instance, does Java have native joystick support without a third-party native component such as JInput?

Comment ReactOS uses Wine (Score 1) 150

ReactOS's user environment is Wine. As I understand it, the most significant theoretical advantage of ReactOS over Wine on X11/Linux is ability to run apps that depend on bespoke drivers, such as the client for updating a GPS device, fitness tracker, or iProduct. If Linux supports your hardware, you're probably better off sticking with the more mature operating environment.

Comment VirtualBox extension pack costs $5,000 (Score 1) 150

why not just run Windows in VirtualBox

Because commercial use of the VirtualBox extension pack for more than 30 days requires paying $5,000 to One Rich American Called Larry Ellison. (This breaks down as $50 per user with a minimum order quantity of 100 users.) I'd be interested to read about your workarounds for the missing features of VirtualBox that are provided only by the extension pack.

or something

Three reasons. First, Linux + Wine uses less RAM than Linux + Windows would. If I end up thrashing swap despite having maxed out the RAM in my laptop, I'd have to buy a whole new laptop. Second, a Windows license costs $119.99. Third, Windows 10 snitches on users even when telemetry is set to basic, sending a list of all installed applications and device drivers to the mothership.

Comment Re:Cost per received message (Score 1) 254

the price difference between my pay-as-you-go plan and your unlimited plan is $32 per month or $384 per year. I'm interested to read a good case for how 2FA would be worth that much to me.

Penny wise and pound foolish I would say....

Through this cliche', I assume you are claiming that 2FA is in fact worth the price of receiving a text message every time you log in. I'm interested to read details of your reasoning beyond just this cliche'.

Comment No more "waste of resources" than an iPod (Score 1) 254

[A pay-as-you-go plan] is cheap, but effectively worthless for anything other than a rare quick phone call or text message

I use it for exactly that. Longer voice calls wait until I arrive at home, where we have a phone on a different plan with unlimited minutes and zero texts. Longer text conversations wait until I arrive at home or at a hotspot, where I use Internet-based text chat or email.

and if it's actually a smartphone, then it's a waste of resources altogether.

I disagree. Even without cellular data, my Android phone is no more "a waste of resources" than an iPod touch. On this 5-inch tablet, I can still access locally stored information anywhere and connect to the Internet at any hotspot.

If you carry a device for emergencies only

I carry it not only for emergencies but also for the sort of urgencies for which one would have used a payphone in previous decades. The most common is calling home to arrange a ride after the city buses have stopped running for the night or for the weekend.

Comment Removing mobile number also removes TOTP (Score 1) 254

You have to add a mobile number to set up FIDO U2F key or a TOTP client but you can just remove it right after. IDK why they do it that way.

Last I checked, removing your mobile number from your account had the side effect of also removing FIDO U2F or TOTP from your account. At least Twitter does that. From "Twitter's 2-factor authentication has a serious problem" by Jack Morse:

What about just deleting your phone number from your Twitter account? Then it can't send you texts, right? Go ahead, but then you can no longer use the 3rd-party authenticator app.

Does Google also disable TOTP access after you have removed your phone number?

Comment Re:Cost per received message (Score 2) 254

I pay $35/month and that includes unlimited USA talk and text with my limited data. Maybe you need to get another carrier. Or at least another plan.

I currently pay $3 per month to T-Mobile and get 30 minutes of USA talk, 30 USA texts, or a combination thereof per month, and zero cellular data. Thus the price difference between my pay-as-you-go plan and your unlimited plan is $32 per month or $384 per year. I'm interested to read a good case for how 2FA would be worth that much to me.

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