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Comment Re:Wait (Score 1) 196

To be honest, I can't think of any use cases for a so-called smart watch that requires a companion device. But it kind of fails as a standalone device as well:

  • You wouldn't want to use a "wrist phone" feature because you'd have to be using a speaker phone all the time to hear anything, or always wearing a bluetooth headset (though I guess that wouldn't be too bad an option.)
  • The surface area of any reasonably sized wristwatch is too small for showing useful maps. Maybe a direction-to-go indicator, but that's about it.
  • You'd go blind trying to read text messages on such a small screen
  • Good luck trying to type in a text message on a watch-sized device
  • I can't see a camera being particularly workable, either, as you're either using a teeny tiny watch screen as your "viewfinder" or just shooting blind. The only "use" I can see for this feature is the spy-cam "coolness" idea of imaging documents. And methinks a lot of companies would have an issue with that.
  • Apps? Don't make me laugh. You're lucky if you can display 4 lines of readable text on a watch face.
  • MP3 player? Do you really want a headphone jack and wire dangling from your wrist?

So really, I can't see them being marketable as standalone devices. And as companion devices, the $300 price range they seem to be targetting is a hell of a lot of money for "look -- it shows me who's calling without pulling out my phone!"

Comment Re:Not much worry with a source build (Score 2) 472

I don't. I use Firefox because it doesn't ask for access to my default keystore.

Not that I keep any keys in the default keystore anyhow. I just don't like the behaviour of Chrome in this regard.

Why would any sane person want to unlock their whole wallet just for a freaking browser?

Comment Re:Not much worry with a source build (Score 4, Interesting) 472

Another one that concerns me is Chrome, which on Ubuntu insists on unlocking my keystore to access stored passwords. I'd much rather have a browser store it's passwords in it's own keystore, not my user account keystore. After all, once you've granted access to the keystore, any key can be retrieved.

And, in the case of a browser, you'd never notice that your keys are being uploaded.

Comment Not much worry with a source build (Score 4, Interesting) 472

The big worry is not building from source, but builds delivered by companies like Ubuntu, which you have absolutely no guarantee are actually built from the same source that they publish. Ditto Microsquishy, iOS, Android, et. al.

The big concern is back doors built into distributed binaries.

Comment Re:And the saga continues.... (Score 0) 298

But, but, but....

Miley Cyrus twerked on MTV!


Personally I have a feeling that 99% of the push for bombing Syria is just to distract the population from the very real issue of the NSA's outrageous behaviour. Here in Canada, it seems the Harpercrites are using it to try to distract from the Senate scandal, the robocalls, the F35 cost overruns, the helicopter delivery delays, ....

Comment Re:Stupidest idea ever (Score 1) 202

Well the whole thing is just a tongue-in-cheek spoof, not a real proposal.

But that doesn't change the fact that any header-based approach presumes something that leads to a huge gaping flaw:

What makes you think the NSA is going to respect a voluntary protocol when they don't even respect the law?

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