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Comment Re: Great! (Score 1) 90

er... any "text message" you send with embedded photos, more than ~160 characters, or to multiple people, is REALLY sent as MMS (by the default text-message app that comes with Android Nexus phones, at least).

News of MMS's death are wildly exaggerated. If anything, it's the de-facto current standard *for* "text" messages.

Comment Re: What should happen and what will happen (Score 1) 138

There's a straightforward reason why lots of web apps continued to use MD5 *long* after it was deprecated: MySQL had a function for md5() almost from the start, but didn't have an inline function for SHA() until 4.0.2... and 4.x didn't become the default version in long-term stable server-oriented distros until 2006 or later. Getting a new release to run on YOUR development computer? Easy. Convincing an enterprise sysadmin to let you have it on a production server before it has become the 'stable' default *and* the servers have been upgraded to the new distro release? Good luck. Most developers don't have the social capital & stamina to campaign for newer versions from stubborn admins, and will just say 'fuck it' and use MD5 if their boss isn't ready to fight that battle for them.

Comment Re: What about random read performance? (Score 1) 48

> You get a massive speed increase if you switch to a better filesystem:
> btrfs or f2fs.

For the record, no stock Android kernel I'm aware of allows you to use anything besides FAT, FAT32, or exFAT on a microSD card since sometime between Jellybean and KitKat (some custom kernels restore that capability), for reasons known only to Google. :-(

Comment Re: What about random read performance? (Score 1) 48

As bad as their random-read performance is, their random-WRITE performance is usually much, MUCH worse. And almost none do their own wear-leveling, so a Linux swapfile can literally max out the lifetime writes of a microSD card in 1-3 months (because the multi-million stat assumes well-distributed block erasures & writes... if you're scrubbing away at the same few blocks, you'll wear it out in a FRACTION of the rated write-life. That's why AOSP Android ROMs (generally) won't allow you to create a swap partition on internal flash... you could ruin the entire phone.

Comment Re: Interesting but useless study (Score 1) 138

Just remember... with Clomid, more is not necessarily better. A small dose (like 25mg every other day) will moderately boost testosterone & leave you looking & feeling GREAT. On the other hand, a BIG dose (like 50mg/day) will boost testosterone a lot, but will ALSO boost estradiol & will probably make you feel like shit. Definitely give Clomid a try first, but if 25mg every other day doesn't do enough after 3-6 months (it takes time to work), bite the bullet and get testosterone instead.

Comment Re: Who needs this? (Score 1) 53

I almost bought 3 UniFi AC-pro units, until I discovered that they eliminated the ONE GODDAMN FEATURE from their AC models that made their hardware unique: Zero-Handoff.

Yeah, ZH was bad for networks with lots of users spread across a large area, but it was PERFECT for making 2.4GHz wifi usable by a small group of people in congested urban areas [by allowing you to put a 2.4ghz AP in every room with transparent hand-offs that ACTUALLY WORKED with Android devices & shout over your neighbors (~97% of Android devices STILL have fucked-up wpa-supplicants that won't switch APs unless the AP literally kicks them off.)

Comment Re: Who needs this? (Score 1) 53

Wireless HDMI. And maybe some future standard for PCIe and Thunderbolt over TCP/IP (the way we now have semi-standards for transporting USB, SCSI, and FireWire over TCP/IP (like almost every networked printserver appliance now sold).

At some point, it probably WILL become cheaper & easier to transmit insanely fast data without wires. At least, if you have fiber to each room, feeding a 60GHz access point with 20 feet of cat6 doing 10-gig ethernet. At that point, the wireless network is basically short-range de-facto open-air fiber [without the actual fiber].

Comment Re:Could be worse (Score 4, Insightful) 626

TSA confiscates nail clippers from pilots, too. The fact that there's a literal AXE hanging behind them in the cockpit (so they can smash the window and escape if the plane crashes and they somehow manage to survive long enough for the axe to be useful) has no effect on TSA's logic.

Comment Re:Factory reset before you get off the plane. (Score 5, Insightful) 626

I'd be more worried that they'd install NSA-grade bootloader-compromising malware capable of surviving anything short of JTAG-reflashing everything from the motherboard BIOS to the hard drive, videocard, and network card firmware, and turn my kick-ass laptop into one that mysteriously crashes for no apparent reason thereafter, even after I've reinstalled Windows multiple times (without even getting into the fact that it would be permanently compromised from a privacy and security standpoint). Think: Sony rootkit on steroids, with the nearly-unlimited of the US government and support from the legal system behind it (for the few who don't know, Sony's rootkit was distributed as a file that auto-ran if you inserted certain audio CDs to play them on your computer. It literally REFLASHED YOUR DRIVE'S FIRMWARE to disable functions used by ripping software).

The question isn't whether the NSA has malware like that. They absolutely do. Google "Advanced Persistent Threat" ("APT"), and know that it's common knowledge that the US, Russia, Britain, China, and Israel (plus countless more) ALL have state espionage agencies with the resources to develop and deploy APTs... and they actively do it every single day.

The NSA is full of self-perceived super-patriots who've willingly sacrificed every shred of their own privacy, and see nothing wrong with inflicting large-scale collateral damage to American citizens' computer hardware in the holy name of protecting the American homeland from any threat... major or minor, real or perceived. To their mindset, if deploying malware to the laptops of 14 million American citizens crossing the border in some given year causes Windows (or any network hardware that might be subsequently used by those laptops) to occasionally crash for no apparent reason thereafter, but enables DHS to prevent a single terrorist attack, it's 100% worth it, and as far as they're concerned, anyone who thinks otherwise is an evil commie terrorist-loving scumbag who hates America.

Comment Prototypes are ALWAYS huge & klunky (Score 4, Informative) 62

This story is insane. Prototypes of things involving emerging technology are NEVER, EVER, **EVER** tiny & compact.

In the early 1980s, pre-Commodore Amiga showed off their new computer's prototype at Comdex. It was a rack the size of a small refrigerator stuffed with handmade (wire-wrapped) logic boards. Two years later, it was an attractive-looking desktop computer with nifty open space underneath that was big enough to tuck the keyboard into.

The first version of Android was developed for a device that was a "phone" only in the sense that it could be used to make and receive phone calls, but was REALLY several cubic feet of prototype boards connected with ribbon cables and LITERAL duct tape.

It would be a HUGE mistake for MagicLeap to prematurely commit to a controller design just for the sake of early miniaturization. I'd rather see them implement the controller as an 802.11ad-connected semi-dumb remote frame buffer, and offload the back-end heavy lifting to a desktop PC that's as big as it needs to be to do its job and impress everyone.

The fact is, landfills around the world are littered with the corpses of prematurely-optimized hardware that ended up being inadequate for their intended purpose. That's why first-gen routers usually have more ram, faster processors, and better chipsets than second-gen routers... the first-gen ones are slightly over-engineered to give them headroom to handle more advanced capabilities, while the second-gen ones are pruned back to the bare minimum specs capable of running the first-gen model's firmware 9-15 months after release.

Comment Re:Usual useless fluff (Score 1) 139

Yeah, just TRY enabling QoS on a consumer-grade AP/Router. It'll KILL your throughput. Why? Because consumer-grade hardware doesn't have sufficiently-fast CPUs to actually inspect network traffic at gigabit speeds and make intelligent traffic-shaping decisions... they just implement "QoS" by arbitrarily limiting the bitrate from any one device to some fraction of what it thinks is the total link rate, exclude traffic on ports used by popular VoIP services, and call it a day.

With QoS enabled, I couldn't get more than ~8mbps to speedtest.net from any device on my LAN. With QoS disabled, I get 50mbps+ without breaking a sweat.

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