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Comment I'll probably keep it (Score 1) 25

We canceled our cable subscription about a year ago, and while I was OK with it my wife hated not having certain live TV channels. We'd tried Sling, but it was hit-and-miss on the stuff we wanted. Some channels, like BTN, aren't available at all on Sling. DirecTV is only a little more and actually covers the live programming we want.

Make no mistake, the launch was rough. I don't think they allocated enough hardware or bandwidth to handle their initial demand, so streaming cut out constantly. It's finally getting to be pretty solid, though, and I'd much rather pay Sling a few bucks than have anything to do with Comcast.

Comment As usual the non-technical get screwed (Score 0) 18

That's nice that they offer the flexibility, but why on earth is the default the one worse for battery life? A non technical user will generally not appreciate the extra resolution while they WOULD appreciate the extra battery life... All users will know is they get an update and the battery life is worse.

This move seems like one that is done by marketing (to make the phones generally look better) than from any group that considers user happiness.

Comment Are you kidding? That is a prime example (Score 2) 1356

You have got to be joking, that was one of the more calculated tweets. He knew the press would react immediately to any criticism of anyone black. Except that Trump's criticism was accurate, so it actually weakened John Lewis (who was coasting on a history of civil rights support fifty some years ago until that point with no accountability for current inaction) and also made the press look stupid for fervently protesting against a valid point. Even black women in Atlanta (Lewis's district) agreed with Trump.

And you call that uncalculated... that tweet was carefully chosen in target to increase black support for Trump.

Comment Not impulsive at all (Score 5, Interesting) 1356

It amazes me that people continue to believe Trump is impulsive. There's nothing impulsive about anything Trump does; it's all extremely calculated. If I didn't know better I was say the press were in collusion to spread that myth in order to make people underestimate Trump, but as usual Occam's razor applies and the press are just full of idiots.

Comment Re:Retracting the Truth (Score 1) 67

If WhatsApp want to sniff your messages, they can. They update the app to just not encrypt.

If government forces them to do that, they can.

In and of itself, that's an entirely different threat model.

What this says is not "WhatsApp is 100% secure to use" (because security experts are not stupid enough to ever say that).

They are saying "This compromise that you claim lets anyone open your encrypted messages? Yeah, it's rubbish unless you literally take over WhatsApp servers."

There is no service in the world that cannot be subject to government interference, and no software in the world that cannot be subject to the software authors themselves putting in a backdoor.

At best, you can try and shut down if you're asked to do so, and hope that trusted companies are covering your back.

Comment Re:Sad end to a great operating system (Score 1) 113

Focusing on the Alpha was also a mistake. People learned UNIX by running it on cheap machines. Even during the heyday of proprietary UNIX systems, people were learning BSD on the Amiga and then going to work on SunOS, AIX, or whatever. In the i386, Intel added the 4-ring protection model to x86 because DEC said that they needed it for VMS. Instead of porting from VAX to i386, they ported to Alpha (which only had two rings). If they'd made a cheaper uniprocessor VMS (maybe missing some of the clustering features), they'd have had an entry-level system for people to learn about the system. Instead, you had 100 people who knew UNIX for every one who knew VMS and this made it a no brainer to use UNIX.

Comment Re:Sad end to a great operating system (Score 1) 113

No, but more importantly it was never ported to the PDP-11. The Multics process and library model required a lot more from the memory management unit than most modern commodity hardware provides, whereas UNIX ran on systems with no MMU at all. You could run UNIX on a toy computer, even if you couldn't afford something that could run Multics. That's a key lesson for tech companies: watch out for competitors eating the low end of your market because economies of scale matter.

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