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Comment So, why? (Score 3) 72

From TFA:

I asked eBay to explain their rationale for suggesting this switch. I received a response suggesting the change was more about bringing authentication in-house (the security key is made by Verisign) and that eBay hopes to offer additional multi-factor authentication options in the future. âoeAs a company, eBay is committed to providing a safe and secure marketplace for our millions of customers around the world,â eBay spokesman Ryan Moore wrote. âoeOur product team is constantly working on establishing new short-term and long-term, eBay-owned factors to address our customerâ(TM)s security needs. To that end, weâ(TM)ve launched SMS-based 2FA as a convenient 2FA option for eBay customers who already had hardware tokens issued through PayPal. eBay continues to work on advancing multi-factor authentication options for our users, with the end goal of making every solution more secure and more convenient. We look forward to sharing more as additional solutions are ready to launch.â

Although that doesn't fully explain why they felt the need to take things in-house. Possibilities that occur to me: 1. The backend they need to use for the old fobs is hellish to maintain. 2. Verisign charges them a lot of money and so some manager decided they should ditch the external methods for the sake of profit. Or some other sort of falling out between eBay and Verisign, but isn't it always about hope for higher profits? Speaking of... 3. It doesn't actually cost them much, but they want to develop their own in-house methods to then re-sell because upper management is still regretting spinning off PayPal and they want to create another such more universal middleman. Consider this the "??? Profit" possibility.

Comment Microsoft failed at legacy, too (Score 1) 245

Once Android has the same desktop dockability, the only advantage of Continuum will be the ability to run legacy Windows apps. Not a small advantage, that - but the keyword is legacy. The market for people that want a pricey phone with crappy phone apps so they can dock it to use legacy X86 Windows apps is pretty small.

But that's the thing, Microsoft's solution doesn't even do that; because their Windows Phone (now Windows 10 Mobile) devices run on ARM, they can't run legacy x86 Windows apps, and people can't even recompile those for ARM even if they wanted to and in the cases where there'd be no issues because Microsoft won't let you distribute and install non-'Metro' (or whatever exactly they're calling it now; UWP, I think?) code on ARM-based versions of Windows. The only stuff you can run using Continuum is Windows Store non-legacy apps, which are actually a far smaller set of applications than those available on the Google Play Store or iOS App Store. Hell, my old Nokia N9, the product left in a ditch as Nokia jumped foolishly on the Windows Phone bandwagon, has a more vibrant developer community with a better selection of applications than Windows Phone managed for quite a while, so leaning on the new-apps side of the strategy wasn't ever going to be a winning play for Microsoft.

Microsoft's mobile offerings floundered for many reasons, and no small part of it was how they completely failed to take advantage of their entrenched positioning in the desktop market.

Comment Huh? But, Chromium may be what you're looking for. (Score 1) 93

Are there any slimmed down versions of Chrome that don't include Chromecasting or Hangouts or Facebook or etc., etc. I'm looking for a lean 64-bit build of Chrome.

Err, well as far as I've checked my version of Chrome doesn't "include Facebook" and in fact I needed to install an extension to include Hangouts, but if you're looking for a version of Chrome without the proprietary bits and blobs (which presumably includes this, although I could be wrong), you should just use Chromium.

Failing that, as others have pointed out above this function can be disabled.

There are also plenty of Blink and WebKit based browsers out there, although as someone who's quite satisfied with Chrome and Chromium and uses Google services extensively (and so benefits from such integrations) I can't say I've used any extensively myself. The Vivaldi browser seems to be the new trendy one, last I checked, although it isn't as open as Chromium. And if you're looking for a lean 64-bit build of Chrome, even if existing builds aren't lean enough for ya you could probably skip some things at compile time and slim it down even further if you built it yourself.

Comment Re:Cast To What? (Score 1) 93

Err, what? I chromecast between wired and wireless sources and wired and wireless sinks all the time. My Nexus Player is hooked up via a microUSB ethernet adapter, for instance, and I often cast to it via my phone (or when random guests are over and want to show something briefly on teh projector they do so with their own phones). And I've cast from my desktop computers to a wireless ChromeCast before I had the Nexus Player hooked up.

Comment Pixel has far more than one port (Score 1) 209

If skinny eliminates all but one USB port, fuck right off.

I have the previous Zenbook and it has 3 ports. Too skinny for an Ethernet Jack, but I was willing to live with that. One USB port isn't enough.

Exactly. And yes, I apply that standard to the MacBook and the Pixel, too. For one thing, it instantly means you can count on purchasing a Port Replacer Docking Station to the tune of about $200, and then either dragging it around with you everywhere, or suffering the pain and embarrassment of not having a critical port available when on the road. And the Power connector shouldn't be shared with ANYTHING, period, full stop. Say what you will about the MBA, but at least it has 2 USB 3.0 ports, a dedicated MagSafe power connector, AND a Tumderbolt port. Plus an audio out/in port and an SDXC card reader. Yes, it doesn't have an Ethernet port; but a $30 adapter takes care of that, when needed. To me, the MBA is what better describes a PRACTICAL minimum for Ports in a size-conscious laptop. NOT this ASUS POS, the Pixel, or even the new MacBook.

Huh? I'm not sure where you're getting your hate for the Chromebook Pixel in this case. The Pixel, in addition to two USB Type-C ports, has two USB 3.0 ports, a TRS jack, and an SDXC slot. By my count that puts it at the same connection count as the MBA, and I'd personally take two Type-C ports over a magsafe and a lightning port (but of course that's preference; if you're in the Apple ecosystem of devices already you might well prefer differently) which is the only difference in terms of ports and slots.

Now, I can't actually buy the current-gen Pixel because Google for some unknown reason won't sell it to Canada, only the US and UK, but that's another story entirely and has nothing to do with what we're talking about, I just bring it up incessantly because that's what annoys me about the Chromebook Pixel.

Comment Re:Thinner and lighter is not always desirable... (Score 1) 209

If carrying a 4 pound laptop is a physical issue for you, then you got some serious, SERIOUS health problems to address...

Actually . . . yeah, personally my back is terrible (a combination of a childhood accident and mild scoliosis), but it's honestly quite fine as long as I don't spend long periods of time with my spine in a non-straight position or carry things for very long. I walk everywhere, and my Pixel C (which is a bit less than 1 Kg with both it and its keyboard) combined with a few other things in a bag are starting to reach the limit where it'll cause issues for me, but I'm fine as long as I keep things at that. A nearly-2-Kg laptop would be quite questionable for me, personally.

Comment IPS is fine when rotated; also, try VESA mounts? (Score 1) 209

I have a cheap (~$200) LG IPS monitor and it's completely fine when rotated vertically, so I'm sure any IPS panel will be fine. I'd bet your Dell has the ability to use VESA mounts, so even if its own stand doesn't support rotation you could probably just get a stand to use instead and mount it using the VESA mount points.

Comment Migrated to SVN a few years back... (Score 2) 197

The wars between git and perforce are eternal. But I haven't seen SVN come up in a while.

I migrated the company I work for to SVN just a few years back now. Some of the programmers expressed worry that we were jumping on "the latest bandwagon", but I reassured them that if Subversion was a bandwagon, it was a bandwagon abandoned in a ghost town. Change-adverse as engineers are, they found that reassuring. And I mean hey, at least it isn't CVS anymore!

When I first came in as the sysadmin I found out the company was using CVS (specifically cvsnt running on an old CentOS box), which the lead programmer had been administering. First time the cvs lockdaemon went down, I tried restarting the service . . . and it didn't work. I tried again, didn't work. Eventually it came back up after 7 tries, writing nothing at all helpful to the log file in the meantime. I asked the lead programmer if he had any idea what was going on, and he just said "oh, it does that some times, once took me 11 tries!".

So, you can imagine that I was able to convince the herd of cats (ie. the dev team) to adopt any other version control scheme was a huge relief. I had been kindof hoping for Git, but the new guy replacing the older lead programmer hated Git with a burning passion (he's a hardcore Windows fan and hadn't used Git for many years at the time, but that didn't stop him from holding unwavering opinions on it). And, frankly, the "CVS done right" tagline may have been rightfully mocked by Linus Torvalds, but SVN as a version of CVS that works 450% more reliably and has quasi-modern tools associated with it was exactly what the doctor ordered in our case.

We'll migrate to Git in 2024.

Comment Re: Nintendo is irrelevant (Score 1) 88

And how many of those Windows 10 installs sit on desks at workplaces and don't play games at all.

And how many of those Win10 installs at homes don't play any games other than free facebook games, Solitaire or Minesweeper.

His raw 200 million number was bogus, but the numbers still show PC gaming as easily above the Wii U and rivalling the other current-gen consoles. Even just Steam alone there were as many as 11 million people concurrently on Steam at points in the last 48 hours, for instance, so nearly as many people playing games on Steam at a time than have ever even bought Wii Us (source: ), so PC gaming is nothing to scoff at.

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