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Comment Re:Phones. (Score 1) 78


> But I can't buy a phone that doesn't have expandable non-cloud storage. I use cloud storage TOO but that's not what I want when I get on a plane and want to watch movies, play games, and read books.


> I also wouldn't touch one without a headphone socket. That's just stupid and somehow the fad infected the industry.

The "somehow the fad infected the industry" = "And of course, you will want these convenient $130 wireless, easy-to-use, inferior-sounding, needing-to-rechage-every-few-hours earbuds. Would you like them in black or white? We also have rose gold, for a mere $20 more."


> Boy, do I want the "modular phone" idea to take out. Gimme a base phone with 20 module ports on it for anything from Bluetooth, GPS, IR, headphones or whatever and I'd spend twice as much on modules as the actual phone itself.

Every few years, a few laptop makers get together and propose modular, upgradeable platforms... but no products EVER come out of it because they decide the upgradable model is bad for business rather than building ewaste. ewaste is far more profitable.

Comment GOOD. (Score 1) 78

I just recently upgraded to Sennheiser headphones. I wanted the best sound I could get with good noise isolation but NOT active noise cancelling, but cheap enough (~$130 on sale, IIRC) that I don't care too much if they get trashed.

Also, two of my cars don't have bluetooth. One is a 1991 ZR-1 Corvette. To go the bluetooth route, I'd have to install a 3rd-party head unit and gut the interior to run signal cables, amplifiers, and build custom speaker enclosures to fit where the BOSE amp+speaker assemblies are. So... 3.5mm-to-cassette adapter (or just listen to CDs) for that car. I'm not terribly worried about originality any more since a tree fell on the car... but I rather LIKE the stock appearance so when I restore it, I'm hoping to keep the stock head unit. I'll probably do a stealth install of speakers and amps at that point though, sacrificing the rear storage compartments - and possibly ABS since I used to disable ABS in that car anyhow.

The other is a Saab 9-3 that didn't come with bluetooth, so I use an AUX jack. I'd upgrade the head unit in a heartbeat, if it wouldn't result in a loss of functionality (car system alerts and sounds - everything including door and light alerts, turn indicators, etc. run through the stereo system). if a CAN bus interface which preserves these features is released I'd go for it... but since SAAB is long dead as an entity and there will never be any more Saabs built, the probability of such a device being released is near zero.

And, I use 3.5mm to RCA/phono jacks for playing content via my home stereo receiver. If you think I'm going to accept further degradation of the sound via bluetooth, you're nuts. It would be a waste of Klipsch speakers. I may have well stuck with the crappy JBLs I had previously (they were almost as bad as BOSE - no highs... although the JBLs produced decent lows, unlike BOSE.. why BOSE thinks their shit smells like a rose, no one knows...).

So, yeah... I use the headphone jack... a lot!

I also use bluetooth: in the Lesbaru (which DOES have bluetooth... and a surprisingly decent sound system!), and for hands-free phone calls in the above-mentioned vehicles.

Comment Re:Compromise (Score 3, Informative) 111

Different problem.

Yes, the provider could initiate a man-in-the-middle attack against all users from the start. However, let us assume that he didn't do that, for various reasons that are for a seperate discussion.

In such a scenario, Alice conversation with Bob is secure. It requires only the initial secure key exchange. Once that is complete, they are fine.

But with the backdoor of silent key-renegotiation, the provider can at any time decide that now they want to eavesdrop into this or that conversation. Say, because a government agency asked them nicely, or a FB employee looked up that woman he met last night in the database and found her WhatsApp number...

It is a different scenario with different ramifications.

Comment missing the point (Score 4, Informative) 111

He is missing the point.

The article is not speaking about an encryption flaw or anything like that, but about a backdoor - a feature that allows Facebook, without any code changes on your device or other intrusion - to eavesdrop on any conversation you are having.

A good encryption would be impenetrable even to the vendor. It should not allow the keys to be changed underneath you. It should not warn you afterwards about this fact, and only if you have a special option enabled, but it should tell you before it does a key change, and require your consent.

Comment Re:Why "I" shouldn't trust Geek Squad? (Score 1) 389

First off... Geek Squad are IT professionals in the same way a burger flipper at Micky D's is a chef. They aren't.

They are no less IT professionals than, say, a senior network engineer at Google. Why?

Because nobody will be an "IT professional" until there exists a licensing organization to enforce ethical standards.

Comment Re:As it should be... (Score 1) 389

Well, if you'll note the information given IN THE SUMMARY, it does hold in a federal investigation. The reason is because someone could be looking for "legit" porn and stumble across the kiddie porn. I'd say the fact this image was in his trash is pretty strong evidence for that.

Comment Re:Systemd, WTF? (Score 1) 165

> You're expecting a religious systemd opponent to read a manual. Don't do that, it only angers them.

They're probably angry because they're naturally assuming, based on their past experience, that like most F/OSS projects that its official documentation sucks... and that assumption isn't wrong. However lots of third party documentation projects (including various distros' documentation sites) resolve that shortcoming.

Comment Re:Why isn't Linux a viable desktop OS? (Score 1) 165

What keeps me on Windows:

Adobe CC (Lightroom and Photoshop primarily, although CS2 would run fine under crossover, or WINE with tweaking, for when I need Illustrator)
Embroidery software
Games (more and more games are available on Steam, but many are not)
Label printer software
PowerDVD and any games that work with 3D Vision (will 3D Vision ever get ported to Linux? Doubtful.. NVIDIA hasn't shifted focus away from 3D, unfortunately, just like everyone else has just as the tech matured to the point where 3D is not just usable, but actually enjoyable)

I work with Linux all day long and on my laptops I dual boot Windows 7 and Linux (OpenSUSE on one, Ubuntu 16,04 LTS on the other) but rarely boot the laptops to Windows.

My desktop PC has Windows 7 installed on the host; I run Linux guests (RHEL, Ubuntu) under Virtualbox on my desktop.

The second I can get Adobe CC, software for my embroidery machine, label printer software, and 3D Vision support (with 3D video players for my Blu-Ray collection) on Linux, I'll wipe my desktop and install a Linux distro.

Comment Re: Systemd, WTF? (Score 1) 165

From RedHat (SystemD) to what - CentOS (RHEL clone built from RHEL sources, more recently with support from RHEL itself)? Ubuntu LTS (SystemD)? SLES (SystemD)? Oracle Linux (another RHEL clone, SystemD of course)? Mandriva (first, bwahahaha! second: also SystemD)? ClearOS (Based on CentOS, also SystemD)? Arch (SystemD)?

All the distros that matter, and even the ones that don't (Mandriva), have gone or are going the SystemD route. Learn to love it, because for enterprise you're stuck with it as you migrate off older releases.

I suppose you could choose Slackware (no dependency resolution, great for hacking, shitty for a maintainable system - it is THE distro for luddites and masochists)?

So, I suppose the answer to the question is no one would rationally abandon RHEL due to SystemD; they'll just resist upgrading until they NEED an updated framework they cannot get off the epel or ius repositories, or until PCI or HIPAA compliance requirements forces them to move out of the stone age.

Comment Entitlement (Score 1) 336

The wealthy have an interesting sense of entitlement; they accuse the poor of having an "entitlemernt" mentality but they are projecting upon the poor.

Apple is a good example of this.
So are the music and film industries.


Apple's revenue decreased slightly, but is still close to a quarter of a trillion dollars, eclipsing the revenue of its closest competitors combined. And yet, they're still achieving astounding numbers in a supersaturated market with intense competition. They've beating everyone else by a wide margin, and the board isn't happy with that. They aren't happy that Apple is maintaining its lead and tremendously profitable numbers, and they're punishing Cook for results that anyone else can only dream of.

That is entitlement right there; when obscene profits aren't enough, or they consider a slight decline in sales while maintaining leadership and near-record-breaking profits to be a loss.

Comment Re:D-Link doesn't learn or doesn't care (or both) (Score 1) 72

Nader is a selfish cock whose data on the Corvair suspension issue was obsolete, as it had already been fixed for the 1965 model year. Instead of correcting his book before publishing it, he put it on the market to quickly collect his profit and contributed to the failure of the (now much safer) Corvair and probably causing many people to lose their jobs.

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