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Comment Re:Doll. Fin. (Score 2) 305

Learning the American style of trying to stuff all punctuation inside quotes always seemed like a sort of madness to me.

Here is an interesting read that might broaden your stylo-linguistic horizons.

There are so many instances when placing punctuation outside the quotation punctuation makes infinitely more sense, 'style guides' be damned.

Comment Re:one better... (Score 1) 48

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Mophie Space case yet... battery and storage for iPhones in one.

Unfortunately, the Mophie app (which is required for file management, same as the SanDisk) is a broken piece of absolute shit. My mophie has 64GB of storage, but will only manage 10k photos. (I have over 13k on my phone.) But it runs poorly even in the best of conditions.

I am horribly disappointed that SanDisk is only making this for the 6 series phones. It could have been a contender...

Comment Re: Not secure? (Score 1) 82

Well-put. Perhaps the caveat should be the number of contributors, rather than simple popularity. (Though I do imagine those numbers are somewhat correlated in open-source projects.)

Some software faults are tremendously obscure. In fact, there are many that exist that will *never* be discovered. It's just a fact of life.

But I think we agree that open-source software has the inherent potential to be more secure by its nature than its closed-source counterparts.

Comment Re:First world problem (Score 1) 771

You are absolutely correct - the iPhone is a first-world device, no question.

The problem is that Apple is a trend-setter and leader in the mobile space. Other companies and manufacturers will follow suit and make it more difficult for those who need inexpensive options. At the very least, they will fracture the market, and at worst, significantly degrade the experience of those who have no say in the matter.

Only MHO.

Comment Re:First world problem (Score 2, Insightful) 771

Actually, this is anything but a first world problem.

Many third-world countries bypassed POTS infrastructure because it was too expensive, but have adopted mobile technology instead. The mobile phones in those countries are their lifelines. Removing inexpensive, ubiquitous technology that isn't broken for no reason except to pad their already unobtanium-lined pockets is ultimately a purely greed-motivated move in Apple's part that will end up harming those third-world people. (A $30 dongle costs the average person two weeks' gross pay in Chad.)

The first world can suck up the cost. But could end up truly being a problem for the third-world.

Comment Re: Not secure? (Score 1) 82

It isn't the openness of code that makes bugs shallow. In fact, as I remember the original quote, it went something like: 'given enough eyes, all bugs are shallow'.

It has nothing to do with the state of the code and everything to do with how many people are analysing the code.

With open source, the opportunity exists for many more people to examine the code and discover the faults, and that increases hugely with the popularity of the software and its development. With closed-source development, only the people authorised to see the code will examine it.

So the number of lines of code (x) divided by the number of developers looking at it (y) gives the real "shallowness" value. As x:y decreases, more faults tend to be discovered in a given time period. (This does not account for the complexity of the faults, obviously.)

A popular open-source project will be much more likely to have a lower x:y ratio than a comparable closed-source project, even if for no other reason than it is in the company's best interest to increase x:y for profit.

What's more, not only are faults found more easily with more eyes, but the fixes for those faults are also more easily written and applied with more minds working on it.

I hope this helps explain the 'REALITY' you speak of a bit better to you. There is real security value in open-source software.

Comment Re:Time to read the 4th (Score 1) 147

Please show me where I can opt out of 'disclosing' this information.

If you're forced to do something to access a service, have no say over the terms and conditions of said service, and are functionally crippled in modern society without the service, you'll have a hard time making the case that you shouldn't have some extraordinary protections against people abusing the resulting aspects of the service.

That the court could even keep a straight face when calling the disclosure voluntary (which is the crux of their argument) is impressive.

Comment Re:Why are Mars oceans blue and not green? (Score 1) 41

An excellent read - thanks for that! So my intuition was not altogether wrong, though I did find it fascinating (and unexpected) that suspended particles are required for the blue hue of water to be scattered back to the surface.

And it seems the GP of my original post was correct that a high Fe content may well have rendered Mars' oceans much greener in colour than what we observe on Earth.

Comment Re:So forgetting a password (Score 5, Insightful) 796

That's actually precisely what the fifth amendment is about - that the courts do not (and should not!) have the power to compel the accused to produce evidence that would be incriminating or harmful to themselves or their case.

This is fairly clearly an abuse of judicial power. Abstracting the incrimination one level does not suddenly make it acceptable.

Comment Re:They still make game consoles? (Score 5, Insightful) 314

I can't speak for anyone else, but for my own purposes, I have avoided the latest generation of consoles for reasons that have nothing to do with mobile gaming.

Wii: If Nintendo had released a more-powerful, HD version of the original Wii for a similar price point, I would have bought three. Instead they added and required that ridiculous controller, which IMHO completely ruined the experience.

Xbox: Requires a subscription for playing on-line, which I simply won't do.

Playstation: I own three PS3s, but the PS4 went the MS route to require a subscription for on-line play, so I've refused. And Sony's repeated feature regression over the years isn't exactly enticing.

For myself, the draw of console gaming has always been 1) the real-time interaction (including audio) with other gamers throughout the world and 2) and off-line (i.e., completely-disconnected) single-player mode. Both of those experiences have grown steadily worse of late.

If any manufacturer releases a console that allows for offline play and free interactive online play, and doesn't require an absurd controller, I'll buy it in a heartbeat.

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