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Comment A bad move (Score 1, Interesting) 77

From the PR point of view this is a very bad move.

The less people remember about the Note 7 fiasco, the better. By reselling them, Samsung damages its reputation even further because people have exactly zero good associations with the fire catching Note 7s.

Do anything you want with them but don't create another yet another uncertainty and news material.

Comment The truth (Score 1, Flamebait) 486

What's the best way for a newbie to get started with Linux?

Here's how it works in Linux.

Either you're very lucky and Linux works for you out of the box and you don't have problems with your hardware or you're very unlucky and you have troubles with your hardware and software.

I'd recommend that you download Xubuntu/Mint LiveCDs, run them and verify that your PC works (including your GPU/peripherals like printers and scanners/networking like Wi-Fi/LAN). After that you may proceed with the actual installation. If you want to spare yourself from frequent OS upgrades, please install an LTS version of a chosen distro.

Linux even in 2017 is not exactly a friendly OS with zero problems, the truth is to the contrary. Unless you're content with the software your distro provides, you'll have to teach yourself command line and Linux CLI commands.

Also make sure you read this article - it has a lot of wisdom in regard to Linux and its inner workings for a beginner like you.

Comment Re:Phishing is good (Score 1) 250

That is a problem, but one that should be addressed by education, not by dumbing down the population even more, because that makes the majority of people even more helpless.

I quite agree with that, however just like I said, the Internet and computer devices are inherently insecure. How would you teach them not to trust DNS or their Internet connection? How would you teach them not to trust their OS or their computing device (now that we know that BIOS/UEFI/your NIC/HDD firmware can all be p0wned)?

As of 2017 we're all fucked. Some people naÃvely believe we aren't. The ones who usually run Windows without any decent AV. At the same time 100% of modern CPUs (x86/ARM) are rigged for remote control without you knowing. >98% of people in the world run software/firmware/integrated circuits (read CPUs, DSPs, etc. etc. etc) which only select people in the world can access and verify.

Comment Re:Phishing is good (Score 1) 250

Normal people have no idea what is. For them looks perfectly fine (PayPal might have bought all second level domains but I highly doubt that). Normal people have no idea what "com" means, what domains levels are, what's the meaning of dot in the domain name. What's the meaning of HTTP or HTTPS whereas the former is now hidden by all major web browsers. I'm an IT pro and I've no idea why there are these three letters "://" after the protocol name. Why not "::" or "->" or any other arbitrary combination?

Normal people may want to visit paypal for the first time ever which means no AutoFill data or any indication they've arrived at the website they can really trust.

Idiots who say you should trust a website based on its name think too much of people. The Internet was designed for geeks and remains so, no matter what geeks say. And it wasn't designed with security/privacy/encryption/simplicity in mind - to the contrary, the first major protocols had nothing to do with encryption or remote party identification.

Here's an example from real life: my ISP transparently replaces IP records for DNS queries for forbidden websites (it's a usual practice even in the USA) - how on Earth you could trust a domain name, when your ISP can reroute your traffic at will? And no! I'm not using my ISP's DNS resolver - I have a recursive DNS server on my PC - which means they transparently replace my UDP traffic. The only way to be sure that my connection attempt is not spoofed is what? VPN? No, you cannot trust it either. DNSSEC hasn't really taken off and then you cannot really trust CAs nowadays.

Sorry, I've never seen so many idiots at /. simultaneously.

Comment Re:Phishing is good (Score 4, Informative) 250

How on Earth would a non IT person "verify the legitimacy of emails and websites?"

Let's say, you entered paypal in Google and miraculously the second link leads to (such a SEO "optimization" is entirely possible if your have enough resources) which is the exact same copy of, which siphons your log in credentials. How would you know is not PayPal? Extended validation is still better than nothing.

HTTPS was a badly realized afterthought and it bites people all the time. I wonder if this problem can be solved at all. There are way too many things you have to blindly trust when you're using the Internet: several layers of routing, DNS, SSL, etc. etc. etc. 99% of people in the world have no idea how this all works and how you can be sure you're safe. Then even your OS is not exactly without bugs and security vulnerabilities which allow the attacker to hijack your connection. Then you have various three/four letter agencies around the world who have ways of getting into your computer systems without you knowing.

"Verify", my arse.

Comment Not the only problem unfortunately (Score 4, Interesting) 103

Android has a lot more problems than you think and Google does nothing to solve it.

We need a standard ARM platform, just like we've had the x86 platform since roughly 1981. And Google has all the resources to create and enforce it. And since they don't I wonder if they are malicious or negligent or it's just part of their business plan which is called "planned obsolesce". Too bad, in Google's case this obsolesce involves even original Google devices like Nexus 5 (stopped receiving any updates since October 2016) and it will soon be joined by Nexus 6.

That's just horrible.

Comment No, We Probably Don't Live in a Computer Simulatio (Score 1) 414

Sounds like, "I'm a physicist and I disagree to disagree because I believe I'm better than a philosopher".

I don't hold physics in contempt, in fact I love and respect it, but such statements make average people question physics and its methods. Please, don't do it unless you have a proof in your hands.

Comment Re:Why do people pay attention to Kurzweil? (Score 1) 161

The brain is an information processing machine, with inputs and outputs.

This is pure BS. Not a single human being understands how the brain functions. There are input and outputs, that's for sure, but "information processing" is nothing more than a conjecture which hasn't been proven by anyone.

Submission + - Users of new CPU architectures will not receive Windows 7/8.1 updates at all ( 1

Artem Tashkinov writes: In a move that will shock a lot of people someone at Microsoft decided to deny Windows 7/8.1 updates to the users of the following CPU architectures:
  • Intel seventh (7th)-generation processors (Kaby Lake)
  • AMD “Bristol Ridge” (Zen/Ryzen)
  • Qualcomm “8996"

It's impossible to find any justification for for this decision for the x86 architectures listed above because you can perfectly run MS-DOS on them. Perhaps, Microsoft has decided that the process of foisting Windows 10 isn't running at full steam, so the company created this purely artificial limitation. I expect it to be cancelled soon after a wide backlash from corporate customers.

Comment Unbelievable (Score 1) 174

I envy the Americans. For instance in Russia most people run

  • Whatsapp (1)
  • Viber (2)
  • Skype (3)

Also Telegram (4) is becoming very popular.

And also you use Slack (5) at work.

That makes it five. And some cling onto ICQ or messenger which makes it 6. And did I mention SMS? Yes, everyone still uses SMS but I don't count it.

Submission + - How would you solve the IM problem?

Artem Tashkinov writes: The XKCD comics has posted a wonderful and exceptionally relevant post in regard to the today's situation with various instant messaging solutions. E-mail has served us well in the past however it's not suitable for any real time communications involving video and audio. XMPP was a nice idea however it has largely failed except for a low number of geeks who stick to it. Nowadays some people install up to seven IMs to be able to keep up with various circles of people. How do you see this situation being resolved?

People desperately need a universal solution which is secure, decentralized, fault tolerant, not attached to your phone number, protects your privacy, supports video and audio chats and sending of files, works behind NATs and other firewalls and has the ability to send offline messages. I believe we need a modern version of SMTP.

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