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Comment Reference for those who didn't get the memo... (Score 1) 272

Hell, they probably got exploited by exploits they hoarded and were discovered independently.

But hey, remember folks, everything should have a Government-approved back door in it which only the Government can use, just in case they need access. It'll absolutely be secure...

Just like that time Microsoft thought the Clipper chip was a great idea and lost the master key to their entire Surface subscriber encrypted disks?

Comment Wanna know what killed G+ ? (Score 4, Insightful) 75

The real name policy was a complete turnoff.

Oh, that and the fact that G+ conflated my "mission-critical" GMail, Voice, Wallet (mainly for Express), and other stuff with my personal life, where I could get banned for saying the wrong thing to the wrong person.

Yeah, about the same kind of incentive mismatch as Apple Ping (where I had to worry if Apple's closeness with the music/movie industry meant I couldn't discuss torrents/etc).

You have everything to lose (your Google identity) with G+, and little to gain - why should I bother?

Comment Re:He's full of shit (Score 1) 120

the odd types of security flaws often found in iOS and in particular OSX, and Apple's suspiciosly long silence before fixing them, even when the fix is simple and given to them, clearly shows that they are willing to both insert and leave discovered security holes in their products because the government tells them to. The whole hard stance on privacy is a necessity to keep the sales up, and to keep all that sweet money from going to foreign competitors. Don't think for a second your Apple devices and computers are a good choice for privacy.

Compare to every other phone manufacturer and tell me who does it better. Lemme guess - you don't own a mobile phone? Cause thats about the only way you can guarantee privacy if you don't have some level of trust in your phone manufacturer.

Comment Re:NPAPI has started acting strange under FireFox. (Score 0) 134

Are you using any kind of HOSTS block?
If so search on:
Windows HOSTS "DNS Client"

All sorts of things start timing out for extended periods when your HOSTS file becomes to large for the "DNS Client" of Win7 forward not sure about Vista.

Are you running antivirus? Could also be DLL hooks "helpfullY" inspecting your traffic.

Comment Re:sharp edge (Score 1) 304

the ridiculous noise was the first thing i noticed when my employer bought these computers. there was no dust in them back then. there simply isn't a large enough air exhaust to be quiet.

Macs are the quietest laptops (about 1/3 of the population) in our company of 5000+. Are you sure you or your employer aren't mining bitcoin in the background or something?

Comment Apply Grey's Law (Score 1) 129

Such a simple solution to that problem, that *not* doing it makes them look incompetent.

Incompetence at large scale is indistinguishable from malice in the outcome. Insiders should be suspect in such a clear case of fucking up.

Gray's Law

"Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice."

Comment Basic Electoral Fraud (Score 2) 129

Never assume malice when stupidity will suffice.

At this stage all reports indicate that the ABS cocked things up big time. The DDoS angle seems to be furious spin doctoring.

Basic Electoral fraud starts with gerrymandering - an input of which requires census data to be amenable to the district hacking.

Comment Re: Hypocrisy (Score 2) 149

"Windows mobile is dead." Well, I hope not. A year or so ago, I ditched my old Android phone for a Nokia with Windows8, and I much prefer Windows to Android. Many reasons, but one of them is exactly apps that you're told you shouldn't remove from Android, lest it go belly-up. I've had no such problem on my Windows phone.

You get the opposite problem - very few worthwhile apps, or native experiences.

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 3, Interesting) 536

So what's the objection to everyone using BT headsets? People hate wires today.

In no particular order:

  • Hitting pause on NetFlix, then hitting play again, and having no sound for the first two seconds, thus missing half a line of dialog
  • Relatively poor sound quality
  • Having a radio transmitter basically in my ear
  • Having another device to charge every day, and possibly more than once per day

That first one by itself is a showstopper for me. The rest just add more reasons to question the sanity of Apple's upper management. Not that I needed more reasons to question their sanity given that they're still trying to make the d**n things thinner even after they were forced to reengineer parts of the iPhone 6 Plus to fix bending problems....

I've used about 10 BT headsets over the years. The best ones for latency of response are my LG HBS 730's (not the newer ones) and those were really good (100 milliseconds, no sound delay) However, I don't wear BT headphones because they strain my neck, fall off, or (in the case of those cheap Amazon eel-looking ones - simply didn't hold in my ear too well.

They're really convenient, but there's a reason I don't use them anymore (other than they wore out). I use Apple Earpods (don't buy those on Amazon either - too many knockoffs and AZ doesn't care if you get scammed) - they're essentially sweatproof, they stay in nicely, don't tangle, and are relatively cheap for decent sound quality ($30).

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