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Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 696

The point, which you missed completely, is that the Android SDK works perfectly fine on even quite old versions of Fedora. There is no law of nature that says development kits must require an updated operating system. We have the choice to use iOS alternatives such as Android (at least until Apple sues Android out of existence). If those alternatives are better in some way, then that's a pretty valid reason to use them in my book. It's perfectly reasonable to prefer Android on the basis that the Android SDK runs on multiple versions of three different host environments (Windows, OS X, Linux), unlike iOS.

Comment Re:It's Still Available, should I buy it? (Score 1) 696

The phones will still be available from Google Play, for much longer than just a few hours. This lawsuit is between Apple and Samsung. The injuction against selling Galaxy Nexus phones in the US applies to Samsung only. Google is not a party to this lawsuit. The judge in this lawsuit is not capable of ordering Google to do anything, since Apple has not sued Google. Bottom line is, Google (or any other third party, e.g. Verizon) can continue to sell Galaxy Nexus phones for as long as they have the phones to sell. Obviously, once they run out of stock, they will no longer be able to buy new stock from Samsung.

Comment Re:This needs to be something you can disable (Score 1) 393

I beg to differ. You've got a lot of balls to come in and accuse me of prejudgment when you're the one who's prejudging me. In fact I've been accused (not by you obviously) of being too trusting of Microsoft on this very issue. See this thread. Anticipating the possibility of future problems absolutely does not involve prejudgment of any kind. There's absolutely nothing wrong with thinking through the possible scenarios. It's a lot worse to be blindsided by the unexpected at the last minute.

Comment Re:This needs to be something you can disable (Score 1) 393

So how exactly would that harm your system if it were something anyone could turn off with a simple trip to the bios?

My main concern is that, although the spec does indeed require that the manufacturer must allow the user to turn off secure boot, Microsoft might not enforce this requirement very aggressively. There are tons of examples of buggy BIOSes and ACPI implementations which claim to be compliant with the ACPI spec but fail badly on Linux because of various severe bugs, all while somehow managing to pass Windows certification (because the Windows certification tests don't actually test alternative OSes).

Microsoft has no financial incentive to make sure that manufactuers adhere to the portion of the specification requiring that users be allowed to turn off secure boot. They could easily arrange for their test suites to refrain from rigorously checking whether or not the BIOS switch works.

Comment Re:What do they have to bring to the table? (Score 1) 530

Sorry, Dropbox and Owncloud do not solve the problem of airplanes. I spend a lot of time on airplanes. With very few exceptions, airplanes have no wifi, and they certainly have no 3G. Even when wifi exists on a flight, it is unacceptably slow. I want to access my files on a mobile device during a flight. This is hideously difficult on an (unjailbroken) iPad. Downloading and saving files onto the device one file at a time does not scale to my needs.

Comment Re:So much for that idea... (Score 3) 99

The real story is going to be how something with (apparently) severe weaknesses became anyone's pet new crypto standard.

Oh my god, uninformed summary is uninformed. Please don't make it any worse with your (even more) uninformed comments.

I'm a cryptography researcher specializing in pairing-based cryptography. I know this subject well. Here's the real deal. Pairing-based cryptography is just as (in)secure as RSA. Nobody goes around thinking that 923-bit RSA keys are secure. RSA is very widely used. (The current world record for an RSA break is 768 bits, but 1024 bit keys have been disrecommended for a LONG time, and there are teams working on breaking 1024-bit RSA right now that expect to succeed within a few years.) Nobody really expected 923-bit pairing keys to be secure. Those keys are too short. It's nice that these researchers did this, and it's nice that we know exactly how hard it is to break a 923-bit key, but the only take-away lesson here is that short keys are insecure. It does not mean that pairing-based cryptography has "severe weaknesses" or that the whole concept of pairing-based cryptography is somehow insecure.

I repeat: the key broken in this study was short. The study's conclusions are not very surprising or indicative of any weakness in the underlying protocol.

Another gross misrepresentation in your comment is the insinuation that pairing-based cryptography is somehow anyone's "pet new crypto standard." The number of international standards documents dealing with pairings is exactly zero.

Comment Re:Your problem SOLVED.... Eee PC (Score 1) 339

Your snarky reply, while cute, is not particularly accurate, and does not really contribute to the discussion.

Since you didn't bother to provide any details, I have to guess what you mean by your three words. Anyone who's taken a compilers class knows that the word "compile" is a very general term; it would be no exaggeration to say that almost anything a computer does consists of compiling something in some form. Assuming you mean the iPad can't compile, say, C code (and that this is presumably a showstopper or at least a significant drawback), it's certainly true that if compiling code is one of your main requirements while traveling then an iPad will serve you poorly. But given the incredibly limited capabilities of any sort of rig along the lines of what the asker is proposing, I have a hard time believing that the ability to compile code is a major requirement for the person who was asking this question. It's not like a Raspberry Pi (or even an Eee PC) will be a beast at compiling.

If you have to, an iPad can be used for compiling C code, either indirectly (by sshing to a remote server), or directly by jailbreaking. So your use of the word "can't" is wrong. It would be much more accurate to say that compiling code on an iPad is difficult and that if this is one of your main requirements then you need to say so up front in order to receive useful advice in return. Certainly the vast majority of travelers don't have any sort of requirement to compile code on the go.

Comment Re:Your problem SOLVED.... Eee PC (Score 1) 339

I have one of those Eee PC 1001PX's, and it's not bad, but let's be real. It doesn't get 9 hours of battery life. I get 3 hours on a bad day and 4 on a good day. This is on Windows 7; it's actually a bit better on Linux, but not by much. If you want battery life (and you should, when traveling), get an iPad with external keyboard. I don't like what Apple does as a company, but I have to admit that from a technical standpoint their product wins.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 288

Yes, you hit the nail on the head. Facebook's privacy controls are so crude that they force users to overshare. Google+ gets fine-grained sharing exactly right. Any analyst using quantity-based metrics (all of them) are going to overestimate Facebook and underestimate Google+.

Also, Google Maps is curiously missing from your list. Maps was developed almost entirely in-house and dominates its market.

Comment Re:Nokia's death spiral continues (Score 1) 350

As Wikipedia makes clear, the difference between a savings and loan assocation and a bank is far less than the difference between a smartphone and a PC. Even if we count WaMu, it's not much of an exaggeration to say that Nokia is the biggest one-and-done failure ever if there is only one larger such failure in history.

Comment Re:Nokia's death spiral continues (Score 1) 350

The article never said Nokia's failure is the most massive failure ever. It said Nokia represents the most massive corporate failure in history from a position of global market dominance. Enron never came close to dominating world energy markets, or even world electricity markets (several state-run electric utilities, for example China's, are bigger than Enron ever was). I agree Enron was a massive failure but this simply has no bearing on the article's accuracy since the article never made any claims otherwise.

Comment Re:USA Today is retarded. (Score 1) 376

The Verizon site that you linked states pretty clearly that only existing customers are allowed to keep their tiered plans. New customers will have no option other than the shared plans. It's unclear from the site whether adding an extra line to an existing tiered plan will trigger a mandatory change to a shared plan -- does this count as a new customer? If so, that's a huge issue for the fairly large proportion of the population that gets married, has kids, moves in with their parents, etc.

Comment Re:Nokia's death spiral continues (Score 2) 350

Of the three companies that you listed, none of them ever at any point ranked #1 in market share in their sector. Lehman was as you said the 4th largest investment bank (Goldman has been #1 for at least several decades), WorldCom was never at any point the largest telecom (AT&T was), and WaMu was never the largest bank. Nokia on the other hand had the largest market share in both the smartphone and dumbphone markets in 2010 and plummeted to the #4 rank in a single year. The claim in the article states that this is the largest market share collapse in history by a Fortune 500 company having #1 market share. His claim is very clearly restricted in scope to market leading companies. I think you're misinterpreting the blog article and thinking that it claims more than what it actually says. Your examples do not involve market-leading companies (those having #1 rank in market share) and therefore cannot invalidate the author's claim. I think it's quite remarkable that no market-leading company in history has ever fallen so far, so fast as Nokia.

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