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Comment Re:One day they'll discover the folly.... (Score 2) 85

If it is used as a password (IE: no other authenticating properties), it's a password. The logical construction of the token or whatever is rather irrelevant, as is the physical properties. If I can obtain the hash, file, image, whatever the system uses and present it to the authentication service, then how the electronic representation is produced is irrelevant, and you also can't change the source physical properties that generate the digital representation. In short, if someone obtains that representation and is able to utilize it, the user is toast, with little or no opportunity for the user or admin to do anything about it.

Comment High or low doesn't matter... (Score 1) 903

If the public perceives that they are getting an appropriate value for their money, the absolute percent value of taxes is rather irrelevant. It's how the funds are utilized and the end results (or lack thereof) that feed the perception of too high. If they produce perceived value for the money, then much fewer people would think that the taxes are excessive.

Comment Alpha redux... (Score 1) 193

I started my career running NT on Alpha's, great runners, good performance and reliability. However, near zero support from the third party ISVs or add on hardware manufacturers (third party NIC and RAID cards for instance). Unless there is strong market uptake of servers using ARM, I foresee much the same path as NT on Alpha did.

Comment Re:What if you dont care about power consumption? (Score 3, Insightful) 193

you have to worry about performance per watt, not just raw watts. If you get lower transactions (or whatever) per watt with ARM then you've solved nothing and perhaps made things worse. Previous generation ARM chips couldn't match Intel on performance per watt, perhaps the current and future gen ARM chips can change that? I haven't seen that they have succeeded yet though.

Comment Re:Why hasn't MS made Skype the iMessage of the... (Score 1) 47

I completely understand the issue with Winphone market share, it is what it is though. AC asked why MS hasn't done the iMessage thing with Skype, when they have in fact done so. Not being aware of it doesn't make it untrue. When I use my winphone, I get the SMS functionality that you describe. I'm not defending the platform otherwise, in fact I'm likely switching to a Pixel next month for exactly the market share reasons you refer to.

Comment Said the potato chip maker (Score 1) 139

All news aggregators/repackagers have this problem, Flipboard is no different. Their only value to me (was a long term user, dropped them about a year ago) was in repackaging the news into a format more easily consumed on the tablet/phone. Once they started shelling out to the browser for something like half of all articles in the service they became useless and irrelevant. This statement is an example of a dying company trying to prove their relevance.

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