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Comment Re:Prepare for the era of Bluetooth spam 2.0 (Score 1) 229

For a tech web site, there's a lot of clueless idiocy in reply to things like this.

I work in the field which is using technologies like this on all kinds of things. BLE Beacons are being deployed everywhere - and being used on everything from transport notifications (your bus at stop X is running late!), to wayfinding applications in places like stadiums for non-locals (which can be translated to native languages) and doesn't require GPS coverage and Wifi triangulation isn't accurate enough, to package tracking and presence detection (mobile beacons, static readers). We have interactive displays that activate by putting a product with a tag in it on a 'display case' - and some that even have holographic presentations associated with them.

Merging this technology with web delivery is a massive bonus. It means a consistent interface for many devices. Android already supports BLE push notifications, allowing them in the base chrome technology opens up support to the entire environment - not just gimmick product X.

Forget the "OMG ZEE SPAM! ZEE PRIVACY!" crap, pull your heads out of the sand and use your imagination - because you'll be seeing this stuff everywhere in a few years time - but you probably won't even know you're using it.

Comment Re:Well.... damn! (Score 1) 113

I used OmniROM during the KitKat era, and it felt like an extremely solid and fast ROM. I think they were closer to the stock Android even than Cyanogenmod. The only problem with OmniROM has always been a very poor device support. If you have a Nexus phone, then you're set. But it's pretty spotty/poor outside of Nexus devices.

Yup - hence the best thing they could get is more support / contributions / patches.

Comment Re:Yubikeys (Score 1) 162

As per the GP, I've also used a Yubikey for years. Mine is the original one that doesn't support 2UF, but I've been using it for many things - including some of my own applications in OTP mode.

OpenVPN - Username + OTP.
SSH - Private Key + OTP from unknown sources (else just key).
Admin account on my hosting platform: email + password + OTP (written in perl).
Lastpass - Username + Password + OTP.

In the many years since I've had this key (remember, this is one of the first they made), I've had their validation servers go down once. Newer methods available on the newer keys make this problem go away.

I've been seriously thinking of upgrading (4 generations) of key to the latest and greatest, but good old OTP mode does what I need for now. That 2UF sure looks perdy though.....

Comment Re:Before or after? (Score 2) 227

Congratulations, sitting alone here at home, I actually uttered the words "what the f*ck is this sh*t" out loud when I opened that GitHub link. No mean feat, considering how difficult asterisks are to pronounce.

This. I read through the first two dozen or so posts, then realised how many posts there were and my first thought was "These guys are morons."

It's like the joke: How do you find a vegan? Don't worry, they'll tell you.

As a developer myself, I don't care what your sexual preferences are, who you want to be in life, what your favourite colour is, what your political beliefs are. Its all irrelevant. What I care about is what your diff / patch / pull request does, is it going to break anything, and is it ok to merge.

Trying to make this about anything else is petty bullshit and belongs anywhere but my bug tracker (where I don't care what you do).

Comment Re: What this really means is... (Score 1) 110

One of the features of Windows 10 is to grab updates from other Win10 machines on the same local subnet in P2P mode; the idea on not saturating the WAN link to the ISP with redundant requests. Problem is, I don't think I've ever seen it work. And yes, I only had two Win10 machines on the same network with one already updated. It's network utilization remained at 0% while the other computer was updating. that said even if this function is supposed to work as it is I'm not even sure how differential updating will work in a P2P environment.

I don't think I've ever seen this work either. It would be damn useful - but I've never seen or heard anyone else getting it working either.

Comment Holes in networks, video at 11 (Score 4, Interesting) 337

We did this years ago on GSM / PPP sessions (remember when you connected a laptop via IR and dialed a number to get internet access?).

Set up a VPN server to listen on port 53 UDP somewhere on the internet, then connect to it from your laptop via the phone.

Used to be able to buy a $2 sim card, and pass hundreds of MB per day (which was a lot at the time) with zero restrictions.

Comment Re:This story is garbage (Score 0) 109

No, it COULD NOT 'potentially' do that. Full Google account access IS NOT, and DOES NOT INCLUDE Gmail access. So it CAN NOT access your email, docs, etc, even potentially.

You would do well to read what you are disputing before spouting more garbage. It can, but not in a straight forward way. It is a problem, and needs to be fixed.

Comment Re:Not really ready for prime time (Score 1) 123

I've been holding my breath for a long time for this, and it's pretty disappointing to have to say... This is really not ready for real use -- at least for most non-trivial use.

We're seeing that something is keeping a spinlock going instead of actually waiting - as a process that is waiting for data is using 100% CPU while waiting. Doesn't do the same on Windows. The guys are now refactoring for this release to see if its fixed in this vs Preview 1.

Comment Re:But it runs on Windows! (Score 1) 260

I'm a longtime Linux user and every article I've seen decries Linux's extremely poor power management especially on Laptops.

Can you go into more detail on your setup?

Did you install any custom or non-standard kernels modules?

Any specific config tweaks?

What version of W10?

No special tweaks, or kernel modules - just 'systemctl enable powertop'.

Windows 10 was the ultimate version that was upgraded from the Insider project.

Not only is the RAM usage less (right now, ksysguard is showing 2.2Gb / 7.7Gb RAM used), but the disk activity is less. Performance seems about on par as to loading programs (Chrome / Thunderbird etc). I even get the bonus of being able to use luks for a fully encrypted root partition as well.

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