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Comment More like walled gardens (Score 0) 131

The on-board map will have only streets that Apple decides are in your (their) best interest listed. All other streets will simply, as far as your car is concerned, not exist. Any time your car is "in limbo" (moving from one mapped area to another) your car doors will lock and the windows will tint black to prevent any interaction with or observation of an area outside the knowable universe. Trying to attach a third party charging or fuelling device will cause your vehicle to immediately shut down. And yet, despite these facts, millions of people will develop panic attacks any time they are encouraged to actually leave their vehicle leading to a society that is forever commuting but never actually arriving anywhere useful.

Comment Windows 10 * is Microsoft's * (Score 1) 101

It doesn't matter what * expands to, Microsoft's price inevitably ends up being too high Microsoft can fill in the blanks with hard AI or FTL and I'd still give it back to them unopened. Or, rather, since they prefer to shove everything down your throat now, regurgitated back up as soon as I can rest control back and left in a burning paper bag on their front doorstep.

No thank-you.

Comment If you're going to lie... (Score 1) 89

If you're going to lie...

Google has spent a lot of time and money on security over the last few years, developing new technologies and systems to protect users' devices.

... then lie big. (Donald Trump's life coach)

Any added security that Google has put in is to ensure they have a monopoly on selling you out to the highest bidder.

Comment What, is Google new or something? (Score 1) 179

NTP shouldn't have to smear it. All that will happen is that one second your computer will think it's on time, and a couple seconds later your computer will think that it's a second behind and correct itself against the NTP server. Computer clocks are inaccurate enough that it's expected they will drift by a few seconds in a day anyway and NTP corrects that quite handily already.

Instead of making NTP servers smear a second over twenty hours, here's an idea, how about just implementing support for it at the OS level? It's not like this phenomena is new. It's been around since 1972, longer than many countries have been implementing daylight savings, yet that little gem happens twice a year without a hitch. Despite this, proposals for abolishing leap seconds continue to abound, and claims that the next one will make the sky fall continue to waste people's attention. There have been 27 leap seconds since 1972, and not a single one of them has broken the world yet.

I suspect Google spent more time adjusting their NTP servers to wingle around it than it would have taken for them to, say, update Android to support it.

Comment Re:Is this surprising? (Score 3, Interesting) 138

Trust has levels, just like risk does. On my new laptop that came with Windows 10, I trust Windows to be my platform for gaming and for doing quick work or to access emails from my use-this-address-for-forum-registrations accounts. There are just times when I'm playing a game and booted into Windows and can't be bothered to switch over to Linux for some relatively trivial other action. But I don't trust it with banking, personal files, or access to my real email server. I don't trust it to hold SSH private keys for logging into any of my Linux servers. And there is no way I'll give my Windows 10 access to my high security files like my KeePass key file or database. I'll put that on my phone before Windows 10 will get it.

That being said, regardless of the low trust I have in Windows 10, I will not just roll over and let Microsoft update my computer whenever they want to. My computer gets the updates that I choose. I also will not leave my Windows partitions without encryption that precedes Windows in the boot sequence. That will not happen, and no one else should do this either.

Comment Is this surprising? (Score 5, Insightful) 138

Is this really surprising? From the company that just made accepting every update they want to push mandatory? I didn't trust Microsoft before they did that, now it's just blatant in your face "we own your computer". The fact that anyone trusts BitLocker is what astounds me.

Your Windows 10 friends are:
1) Windows Update Mini Tool. Gives you back control of your windows update experience.
2) Windows updates details. A spreadsheet maintained with every patch and what it does. Microsoft gets more and more evasive with their explanations of what their patches do, this is a good site for info. And, for heaven's sake, please please please get...
3) VeraCrypt. Based on TrueCrypt 7.1, development was continued by the community. Security audits have been done on this code base and, while no non-trivial software can ever be proven completely safe, I trust this software far more than BitLocker (which I actively distrust).

My Windows 7 laptop was safe from the whole Windows 10 upgrade debacle and the "we are going to upgrade your OS unless you happen to catch this message in time and say no" nagware because I carefully and meticulously have always gone over every windows update that goes on my computer. It was with literal astonishment that I learned that update is mandatory in Windows 10. I can't believe people stand for it. I've managed to work around it, but that was really the last straw for me. I have finally migrated mostly to Linux. I have used it for my servers and personal cloud services since the days of SLS but never really adopted for my desktop. I kept it for stuff I couldn't do in Windows. Now I've reversed that, using Linux for everything I can and only using Windows for gaming or software I absolutely can't do in Linux.

Comment Do No Evil (Score 2) 236

I reached the end of my love affair with Google long before now. "Do No Evil" sounded sincere 20 years ago, but it's pretty hollow today. It doesn't matter whether this was an accident or not. Not owning my own data is just bad medicine by any account. I won't do it.

I've wondered, instead of funding the Googles/Microsofts/Dropboxes of the world, we need to work on easily deployable mini-personal-cloud-server-in-a-box distributions. Email/webmail, iCal, rsync, with your own blog thrown in for good measure on personally controlled virtual servers is eminently doable. I mean, sure, I'm savvy enough to do this all with Debian, I've been doing mine for years. But it's got to be able to be made far more push-button that it is now. Something where you pay your $20, feed in a domain name, and you get your own personally owned cloud services. It won't keep the NSA out of your business, but it will keep people's data more firmly in their control.

Comment Or use subaddressing (Score 1) 120

Or, better yet, use subaddressing, also known as plus addressing. I use a different subaddress for every merchant site I buy from and keep track of it all in keepass (along with unique random passwords for each). When I start getting spam to that address, I change my address on the site and move on. Some places, like AliExpress, don't allow plus signs in email addresses, so I configured my mail server to also use the underscore as a sub address delimiter. It's a good thing, since AliExpress is particularly bad for this. I'm up to address kurt_ali4 now there. Each time I happen to buy something from a bad apple vendor where I forget to check uncheck the "allow merchant to see email address" box for, I increment my subaddress suffix, redirect the previous one to my spam folder, and the flood of spam abuptly stops.

So, to summarize, subaddressing + keepass are your friends for dealing with <strike>state-sponsored terrorism</strike> merchant-supported spam.

Comment 100% ransomeware solution... (Score 1) 102

Here's a 100% effective ransomeware solution. When you fork out hundreds or thousands of dollars for your computer, fork out a $100 more and get an identical hard drive to what it has inside and a one-button disk cloner off of Ali Express or eBay for a few dollars. Weekly disk cloning kills ranssomeware dead. In the worst case scenario, you clone the drive with the malware on it but before it activates. In that scenario, you can still restore from backup and even if the OS is hopelessly compromised with malware beyond anyone's skill to remove, you still can access all your files.

Of course, the best solution is still not to run stupid software.

Comment Re:This is fucking dumb (Score 1) 771

Thing is, you've carefully crafted your post so that it's almost impossible for anyone to try and tell you you're wrong. You make sweeping claims and hardly anything specific. So yes, you're going to get emotional "fanboy" type responses, because there's really nothing for a reasoned person to refute. I will take a stab at a couple things:

1) "The UI is terrible" - every time I get on an iPhone I feel hamstrung by the lack of a "back" button. Going back is almost as important as going forward, and every little iPhone app handles that differently because there is no consistent interface for it. Also, a back button makes linking between apps much easier, since one app can invoke another to provide a certain service and then the back button returns you to the first. The Android UI promotes cooperation and best practices between apps. Apple's UI can be described as pretty, but, well, absent.

2) App badging - I understand this to be the little number an app presents on its icon to show you how many messages, for example, are waiting. This is identical for every app that uses it, since all it is is a little number.

3) Updates: If anything, apps are updated far too frequently for my liking. I don't enable auto updates, which while it gives me much greater control does require me to vet every update and it is a considerable number.

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