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Comment Re:Oblig. XKCD (Score 4, Interesting) 328

OT but I believe that XKCD has reached the level where it is the embodiment of the old joke where the prisoners (or whoever) sit around telling jokes by reciting the joke's index number. Sometimes you don't even have to look at the XKCD cartoon, you just look at the number in the link and go "yep, that's applicable". (Although in this case I had to look).

Comment Re:But... (Score 2) 47

Replying to myself.

I just read another article that says

Imagine a few years from now traveling from New York to Paris with your spiffy iPhone 9. You get off the plane, go into the iPhone’s settings, and in a few steps, you sign up with a plan from any one of a number of carriers for a bundle of voice minutes and data.

http://www.barrons.com/article...

So probably I don;t know jack about the pro's and con's of eSIMs.

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 47

A remotely reprogrammable SIM card, so you don't have to switch SIMs when you change networks and it can be soldered on the PCB instead needing a slot.

But unless this lets you switch back and forth at will, it doesn't seem that great if you travel a lot. Also, I imagine it will act like a permanent identifier for tablets/PCs and they'll try to tie software and music purchases to it so you're fucked when it dies.

From what I saw chasing down what an eSIM is, it looks like the use case is to allow you to swap providers at the end of a contract. Which will mean (among other things) that you will be forced into roaming with a network when you travel rather than have the opportunity to swap out your SIM for a local one.

Comment Re:Easily detected (Score 2) 507

Just watch his twitter feed. If he begins making sane, rational tweets you'll know it was hacked.

His tweets are made both by him and his staffers. There was some analysis last year that shows a split between Android and iOS devices as well as the times of day the tweets were made. Basically he makes the un-hinged ones while his staffers make the rational ones. See things like http://varianceexplained.org/r...

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 2) 507

Other than his base, I think the rest of the world treats Mr. Trump's tweets the same way they would when read something strange and inexplicable that has gone viral from an eccentric old man that's gone viral.

My problem is that I subscribe to a philosophy that basically says

If I see something wrong on the surface that is obvious to fix, then what am I missing underneath that I can't see?

This sort of thinking assists me in fault finding and problem solving in my job. But applying it to the current administration is making me shake in my boots.

Comment Re: Just another mindless attack (Score 3, Informative) 507

Wouldn't you want to know if his personal phone was compromised and he was carrying it around all over the place?

OMG! Then we'd know where he is every minute of the day! (You do know the President's daily schedule is public record, right?)

OMG the presidents schedule is public. But what happens when there is a security issue and the president is whisked away to a secure location. Do you really think that the schedule is publicized.

Or how about the use of Marine one to transport the president:

As a security measure, Marine One always flies in a group of as many as five identical helicopters. One helicopter carries the President, while the others serve as decoys.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

So do you want that security measure invalidated?

Comment Re:Just another mindless attack (Score 5, Informative) 507

Exactly and as it has been pointed out in the past. Top secret meetings have phones barred from entering rooms. I doubt he can get around that no matter how much of an asshole he is.. Hes not Stupid.

Look at what happened in Mar-a-lago with the North Korean issue and the lackadaisical handling of documents in public. If they think that is reasonable then I don't put anything past this administration.

Comment Re:Just another mindless attack (Score 4, Informative) 507

What they forget is no one cares what phone Trump uses to tweet from. As long as he has a second phone to keep the classified stuff secure, who cares if he also keeps his personal phone? Not even the Democrats really care: this is just yet another tactic to try and smear a very popular president.

Wouldn't you want to know if his personal phone was compromised and he was carrying it around all over the place?

At the very least it acts as a big red target painted on his back where ever he goes. At the other end of the spectrum the microphone and camera record and pass on everything it sees and hears.

This is security 101 and not political. That is Trump we are talking about makes it very easy to slip into an argument of "He's a doofus. No, you're just butthurt".

Comment Re:Hmm, marketing dept confusion on the value add? (Score 1) 81

Just because they're not showing ads in your e-mail inbox doesn't necessarily mean they're not data-mining you to use information collected about you from your e-mail inbox.

I'm scared to think what MS has mined out of my hotmail account. The one I use for (you know) non-professional email conversations.

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