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Comment Disclaimer certainty (Score 4, Insightful) 133

Probable disclaimer from Microsoft:

Users of Microsoft Visual Studio for Mac OSX may find certain features of Visual Studio do not function as expected under the Mac OSX platform. For those users, we recommend using Visual Studio on a Microsoft Windows-based platform, to improve reliability.


You didn't really expect us to write quality software for a competing OS that didn't eventually drive you over to Windows, did you? Silly user...

Comment Nice summary (Score 1) 361

"...comes with 'incredible extreme' all-metal body..."
"The touch strip offers on-screen button..."
"Schiller, Apple SVP, said it was time Apple gotten rid of the dedicated function keys"
"Apple says, twice as larger than the older one"

Summary written by Tomik and Bellgarde:

Comment Are consumers REALLY asking for this? (Score 5, Insightful) 446

It seems to me that this is an example of corporations quite clearly forcing consumers into something they don't want. They only way to stop them is to NOT buy these devices.

I have 2 older iPods, a smartphone, a surround sound a/v receiver, CD players, MP3 players, ancient transistor radios, etc., and NONE of them work with USB headphones. All of them work with standard audio jacks. I'm not investing in new headphones, dongles, cables, etc.

Comment Re:Hardware Switch (Score 4, Insightful) 107

This would be an ideal solution, however...
In an NSA/corporation controlled world, we must be mindful of what smartphone manufacturers define as "hardware switch". By definition, such a switch would use physical/mechanical hardware to completely deactivate the hardware itself (in this case, the radio). However, I can tell you now that if smartphone manufacturers have any say, any hardware switch" would merely trigger a software action that would put the phone into Airplane mode. Thus, we end up needing Snowden's device to make sure the radio is truly deactivated.

Comment Re:Hardware Switch (Score 1) 107

Taking the battery out is not an appropriate solution in this case. I think the underlying idea here is that certain functions of a smartphone are required in some situations, but the smartphone's tendency to "call home" under those situations may be undesirable. Removing the battery defeats both: sure, the smartphone can no longer call home but, with no battery, I am also unable to take notes, use the calculator or view documents previously saved to the smartphone's memory.

Comment About time... (Score 1) 75

In all of the organizations I worked in over my 15 year I.T. career, we were never able to defend from all of those "shadow IT" computers employees would bring from home. I mean, despite corporate policy specifying against doing that, there's just no possible way to prevent rogue Mac, Linux and Commodore 64 computers from joining secure domains and having complete access to the network.

Thank you, HP, for saving us all!
(insert eye roll here)

Comment Re:Brings a new meaning... (Score 1) 220

> "as you spin out, pulling a 365."

Microsoft won't let you complete a 365. If you make such an attempt, an automated check for an Office365 license occurs; if no license key is found, Windows Genuine Advantage will notify you of illegal software, stop the car's spin at 365 degrees and disable braking functions (I'm assuming brakes are an add-on, only available with an Office365 license).

Comment Re:New news about Old software (Score 1) 92

It sounds to me as though you think nobody is affected by this. The study refers to phones that are already in service and at an age where many people are considering trading up to newer devices -- potentially falling victim to a huge privacy and security issue. I have an Android device right beside me that falls into this category. It never occured to me -- until now -- that the factory reset function could potentially fail to sanitize its data storage. T-Mobile is my carrier and there have been exactly zero operating system updates available to my device since 2013, so I don't get any of the fancy, new factory reset functionality that newer Android versions have.

This study's authors have done a terrific job in warning me of a privacy/security issue. Kudos.

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