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Comment Re:For some time now (Score 2) 543

Yep, we were told the same thing. We even had a tracking SKU for the setup to, I guess, prove to mfgrs that we did it (though we could have just as easily not done it and ran the track SKU anyway.) I did it because it was easy, and I didn't mind doing it, and it killed 5 minutes that I'd normally be forced out to the sales floor to try and sell our services. So I actually did quite thorough inspections of customer machines in order to kill as much time as possible, haha.... tested CD ROM drive, removed pack-in crapware, tested the AC adapter, turned on the pre-installed anti-virus, the whole nine. That job was pretty easy and actually got a lot less stressful if you just built a little rapport with the customers and tried to help them, because really, you got paid the same whether you were an ass or actually tried, and most customers were pretty cool. Made the time go faster, I thought. Something the current gen Geek Squaders seem to know nothing about.

Comment Re:Attention, Driver! We Have a Special Offer for (Score 1) 521

Neat ideas, but unfortunately if an innocent, law-abiding person is driving the vehicle of someone who's license is suspended / is uninsured / a criminal, we're going to have a lot of false positives. If my license was suspended and I was obeying the law and not driving, it's totally possible that a family member or friend would then be driving my car, and it'd be out on the road getting scanned by these scanners.

Comment Re:Mac cam : LED on (Score 1) 235

This wasn't exactly recording half-hour long videos of people, but rather quick snaps. In a reasonably lit room, it's possible some may have missed a blink of said green dot, or if they had their back turned, doing something else in the room, even looking down at the keyboard. Those who saw it might have just thought "eh, that was weird, but it's off now" and wrote it off as a glitch.

Also of note, this fella got caught because this software was actually also popping up strange error messages designed to look like OS X system-launched messages that directed users to "use hot steam to clear a sensor" on their laptop. So maybe he was trying to keep himself in business hoping hapless users damaged their own computers heeding these warnings, so they'd call him back for return business? Because I'd guess that would also add a fraud charge. Perhaps he got greedy on top of pervy.

Comment Re:+1 for VirtualBox (Score 1) 384

There was an old project called PearPC that was able to virualize a PowerPC G4 for virtual non-Intel OS X, but I heard it ran like crud.

Your best bet might be just to pick up a cheap USB KVM and a refurb Intel Mac Mini, doubt it'd cost you more than $400-500 tops, as well as a modern copy of Pagemaker... and just have them working side-by-side. I find for moving stubborn users, having the "migration-target" right on the desk with them for a reasonable transition period ends up being the least painful way, if you have the option.

Comment Re:An Ad? (Score 4, Informative) 348

Not defending either machine, just straightening your facts.

The Acer is more extensible, with user-replaceable battery, savvy-user-replaceable hard drive and RAM (though the RAM is a total pain to get to, not just a door on the back, everything has to come out to get at it) and the possibility for a lot more storage as laptop hard drives get bigger. If it gets stolen, and your data on it is backed up and protected from malcontents, it's $300 and not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things.

The Macbook is much thinner, a little lighter, significantly more powerful with it's 64-bit dual core processor, has reportedly better battery life (Apple's reporting has been pretty close to reality lately) and a full-sized keyboard and almost full-sized multi-touch trackpad (compared to the postage stamp Acer calls a trackpad,) slightly larger screen with quite a bit higher resolution, higher resolution webcam, much faster but more limited storage, can be configured with 4gb RAM (must be done at config time, part of the logic board) and for those that care, Apple's customer service and reliability are rated much higher (per the keynote video.)

Between the two? I'm probably going with the Macbook Air. I don't mind the premium for what I think will be better usability. I'm a larger gentleman with larger hands, and I haven't found a netbook keyboard and/or trackpad yet I want to use for more than a few minutes at a time... too small, slash key and period/comma keys are half size, etc. While the machines are similar in size, the MBAir has it beaten quite soundly in specs. It's really easy to say "haha, Jobs-o made a netbook after putting them down..." but he really didn't. This is no netbook. I had a netbook for two months, gave it to my mother, and I'll never own one again.

Comment Re:Apple's security (Score 2, Insightful) 315

It's mathematically impossible to make a device completely safe from someone who has complete physical control over it. You can encrypt this and that all you like, but it's literally only a matter of time before someone applies enough computing power and breaks said rights-management. Boot loaders can be heavily obfuscated against reverse engineering, but since the device has to actually boot and work at some point, there's a key to the proverbial lock in that haystack somewhere. I hope I'm making sense, coffee hasn't kicked in yet.

And as for jailbreakme.com, yes, that was a genuine surf-and-get-pwned situation that utilized a "one-two punch" of two exploits, one that caused MobileSafari to execute arbitrary code, and the other that allowed the Unix user that MobileSafari runs as to execute a second payload of code as root. THIS "jailbreak" method was a prime example of sloppy coding and a lack of security mindfulness. Apple could have actually taken a page from Microsoft's recent secure coding initiative by renting some computing power and fuzzing files fed to their world-facing services to try to flesh out exploits. The Unix security model offers fantastic security if you a] implement it correctly and b] don't code sloppily. I get that Apple engineers are probably under an insane time-crunch, but still.

These bootloader jailbreaks however are just cat-and-mouse/whackamole between Apple who has to secure a device but yet make the damn thing actually boot, and an indefinite number of hackers with nothing but time. Hope I've cleared up any confusion anyone feels.

Comment Re:Bruce Willis (Score 2, Interesting) 118

He's probably thinking of Fifth Element, in which Tiny Lister plays the president of Earth. Essentially, some unnamed evil force, in the form of an asteroid that can make phone calls, is bent on destroying all life.

I made that sound really silly but it's actually one of my favorite movies of all time.

Comment Re:So It's catching my droid then? (Score 3, Interesting) 386

I consider myself to have pretty good eye-sight, if not 20/20 (no glasses/lenses) and I really can't see a pixel on my iPhone 3G from a measured foot away either. I can from about 3" though. If Apple's going to increase the pixel count by four-fold, I don't think I'll ever see a pixel again...

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