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Comment Re:Just a failed publicity stunt (Score 1) 200

I realize that you are personally invested in seeing this phone succeed, and that you can site some minority of smartphone users who are fine with massive phones, but it doesn't change the fact that my argument is sound. If you want to talk into something the size of a small tablet, I'm not going to stop you, but don't be surprised when Apple outsells it with phone-sized phones.

Comment Re:Just a failed publicity stunt (Score 1) 200

Hmm - if that is true, I wonder why Google wants to create the impression it has a security team that is quite happy to pretend to be law enforcement.

Because, unlike Apple, they could not get actual law enforcement interested in getting involved. So they needed to do something to add some drama, intrigue, and a sense of danger to the situation.

Comment Re:Just a failed publicity stunt (Score 1) 200

I don't think it was intended to be funny. I think that it was intended to make people think that there is the same kind of buzz around this phone that there was around the iPhone that was left in the bar. The whole intimidating security routine was all part of the "just like Apple" routine they were doing.

I'm sure that there are some folks with big pockets that will like the phone, but I just don't see it having the kind of mass appeal that the iPhone does. On the other hand, a huge phone definitely can't be missed on a display filled with normal size phones, so it will get attention at Best Buy.

I've seen women with hands big enough to hold this phone comfortably. Of course, they used to be men. ;)

If you can imagine a 4.7" display functioning as a laptop replacement for routine stuff, you've got way better eyes than I have. I go nuts having to work on a laptop with a 13" display.

Comment Just a failed publicity stunt (Score 1) 200

What's really funny about this is that it's a transparent publicity stunt -- but almost no one in the mainstream press even noticed.

Even if you're Google, you can't create much buzz about the release of yet another Android phone into an already overcrowded marketplace. It's about as exciting as a new inkjet printer.

Outside of the nerdosphere, there really isn't a lot of call for a phone that is almost the size of a small tablet . It dwarfs the iPhone 5 shown next to it, and bigger isn't always better in something that is supposed to be portable. Well-heeled consumers can afford both a smartphone and a tablet. They don't need a phone so large that it requires its owner to only buy clothes with massive pockets.

Comment Re:Never designed to be network-aware (Score 1) 182

Microsoft's entire security model was based on the idiotic notion that one could take a single user OS with no security (Win 3.x/95/98/Me) and years later create successors (NT/2K/etc.) that didn't break applications that were already written. It wasn't users -- it was coddling the software vendors that drove the convoluted, unmanageable pseudo-security that got pasted on to the OS.

No rational OS architect would have permitted end-user applications to write to OS system directories, nor would they have allowed Dynamically Linked Libraries to be created and added to OS directories with no entity controlling the namespace (meaning you could create a blorm.dll that installed with your product and I could create a blorm.dll that overwrote it when my product was installed).

Other ideas, like allowing some kid in the Philippines to e-mail you a script that automatically ran when viewed, were just examples of the level of stupidity that had permeated the Microsoft campus.

Comment Re:Has to be bash (Score 2) 477

Embedded systems may not have a full featured shell. So even relying on shell scripting won't help.

Embedded systems usually use busybox, which can support a full-featured shell (even bash specific extensions, optionally). Most of the embedded systems I've looked at include at least ash support, so if there's any need to do scripting, shell script is the obvious choice. Anything else is likely to require more system resources.

Comment Re:Run Away! Right in Front of Your Family (Score 1) 1198

Actually, it's not legal to videotape/shoot photos inside of a McDonalds and the employees overreacted to this ... that's my point ... and you missed it ... completely.

I don't know about the law in France, but in the United States it is perfectly legal to photograph in any public place. That said, most citizens and law enforcement are ignorant of this fact, and people are routinely hassled for photography. Sometimes their photos are forcibly erased (which actually _is_ against the law). Places might have a "no photography" policy, and if they tell you to leave and you don't, then you are trespassing, but that is usually their only remedy under the law.

Besides, under normal circumstances this device does not save any information, and is not "videotaping" or "shooting photos". It's a bit like assaulting someone at a concert for wearing a hearing aid.

Comment Re:Solutions for Linux, less for XP (Score 3, Interesting) 442

What about chain loading XP from the Canonical boot loader?

Secure Boot only looks at the first boot loader to see if it's certified. Whatever happens after that is anyone's guess.

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BMO

It's not likely that the Canonical boot loader will allow chain loading XP. Any signed UEFI boot loader that boots an unsigned operating system will be doing so under threat of their own key being blacklisted.

Comment We're not dead, but an old server is. (Score 5, Informative) 252

Good hello folks! It's wonderful to see we've made it onto Slashdot in-between releases again!

However, our website hardware is nearly toast, and is also co-located a long way away from where I live. It is an ancient VIA based system with a Celeron and 512MB of RAM. It also sports a Maxtor hard drive connected to a Promise Technology PCI IDE card, and LILO boots from a 3.5" floppy drive. Frankly, this wasn't really great hardware even when it was brand new, but it ran our site and mailing lists with excellent uptimes for over a decade in spite of that. It looks like the trouble could be a flaking Tulip based Ethernet card (getting DUP and dropped packets, and RX/TX errors). It was doing OK again after a reboot, but I'm having some trouble reaching it again for some reason.

We're looking for a new place to put the main site. Perhaps it could move to our other server, connie.slackware.com (in which case we need a PHP guru to port it to the latest version). There are other Slackware related servers that might be able to host us as well. To be honest, connie is also getting a little long in the tooth (that's a Pentium III with 256MB of RAM).

RIP bob.slackware.com, and long live Slackware!

Comment Re:But a plecebo is the most effective drug of all (Score 2) 566

To be an effective placebo, it has to be a believable placebo.

Thus, you have to dress it up with ritual or herbs or pins and needles or lots of water or whatever the method of convincing the patient that they're getting something that will help.

Actually, there was a study comparing a double-blind placebo with "here, take this sugar pill containing no active ingredients", and the placebo was just as effective even when the patient know it was a placebo.

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