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Comment Re:Opening Ceremonies (Score 3, Interesting) 69

I thought the same thing, until I RTFA and realized that the attack vector (there isn't one really) wasn't through ads. You have to be tricked into installing some sketchy 3rd party Enterprise app distribution certificate before you can install the malware on your non-jailbroken device. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

Comment Re:Not the only factor? (Score 1) 324

I'm talking more about iMessage, everyone that has iOS and/or a Mac uses iMessage and the built-in messaging app for SMS as well, 3rd party messaging apps don't integrate as well because its iOS of course.

I use Hangouts on iOS for VoIP calls and SMS on my Google Voice number, but I know exactly one other person out of hundreds of acquaintances that even does that.

Comment Re:Not the only factor? (Score 1) 324

Even if I had an iPhone, I wouldn't use any of these services and would use cross-platforms alternatives instead, when possible.

Good luck getting family, friends and co-workers to use cross-platform alternatives when they're technically inept or apathetic. Then, the moment they F something up on their own device they start blaming you for installing Hangouts on their iPhone, as if that's the cause.

Comment Re: Comcast Planning Gigabit Cable For Entire US I (Score 1) 253

No, they never offer to let you simply buy a cable modem outright, you "lease" it and pay $9/mo or something ridiculous like that, for the life of your service, which conveniently works out to way more than a cable modem costs in a little over a year. You can bring your own approved cable modem, but they will try to blame every line issue you ever have on your "unsupported" cable modem.

Comment I wonder how they're jamming? (Score 1) 188

I'm curious if anyone has witnessed this in action, do they block cell signals entirely? If they're jamming WiFi spectrum for example, you could still use your phone for data, or tether it to a PC or router/wired LAN. If they're blocking cell signals entirely, all it would take is one medical emergency where someone couldn't get a call out to 911, huge liability. I suppose they could also jam bands so that phones could only obtain a sluggish 2G data signal, then calls and texts would still work but data would be saturated and almost useless.

Comment Re:As much as conveniently fits (Score 1) 350

The first thing he did with it? Run minecraft with a visibility setting that ate up all 16GB of ram.

I find this comical, I've never played Minecraft but what I've seen of it looks like the graphics engine was borrowed from the original Castle Wolfenstein 3D. I would've never even thought the game was 64-bit and could address more than 4GB of RAM. From a quick Google search I see that it is Java-based and indeed capable of 64-bit addressing, what could it possibly be doing with that much RAM!?

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