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Comment Re:VPN (Score 3, Informative) 51

A regular public WiFi, that you can connect to without installing profiles, etc... is indeed unencrypted. But most services that matter these days use SSL so it's not an issue.

But if you have to install a profile, it can do things like set proxies, install SSL client certificates and so on. It can spy on you VERY deeply. You're actually better off connecting to unencrypted open WiFi than one of these.

Comment I went to use one of these... (Score 4, Informative) 51

I went to use one of these and it wanted to install an iOS configuration profile on my phone.

These profiles can configure your phone on a fairly deep level, doing things like adding proxies, restricting functionality, and so on.

I hit cancel and just continued to use my data plan. Screw that.

Comment Re:So make it equally first amendment to block the (Score 3, Informative) 174

The state law closed the loophole the politicians left in the federal do-not-call system. Yay for the state.

The state could have accomplished the same end by banning all robocalls that the recipient didn't specifically sign up for. Since that wouldn't be based on the content of the calls it wouldn't be subject to this particular 1st Amendment challenge. By banning politicial robocalls in particular they guaranteed that the law would be found to violate the 1st Amendment.

Comment Re:Skinny? (Score 1) 108

You call $30/mo skinny? $30 for a lifetime is skinny..

Well, compared to the average US cable bill which is WELL over $100/mo.....$30 a month is skinny!!

Don't get me wrong, I like a bargain as much as anyone and am always looking for a good deal. Even though I make a healthy living, I try not to over pay for things. I look for bargains on everything I buy...food, clothes, toys...etc.

However, most all LEGAL things have a price, and you decide what is and isn't reasonable.

I don't mind paying for things that are valuable to me, as that I know other folks have to make a living too.

However..if $30 a month for a TV service is too MUCH for you to afford, then I suggest your time would be better educating yourself or working harder to get a better paying job so that $30 isn't a burden for you to pay a month after necessities of life.

Comment Re:Sad but unavoidable (Score 1) 162

Do you think there's a difference between "can run" and "runs stable and performing"?

Semantically, sure, but the AOSP builds for the Nexus phones are stable and performant. The differences between AOSP and the official Google firmware images are mainly skin-deep, in the form of UI themes and preinstalled apps. In other words, things which do not require a great deal of work to port to each new version of Android.

Are you trying to tell me the Nexus system image is exactly the same as AOSP?

Google has their own customizations and add-ons just like the other manufacturers. You can build and install fully functional AOSP images on Nexus devices, but they don't ship with stock AOSP. However, Google's changes are layered on top of the system using the AOSP mechanisms designed for that purpose, which reduces the porting effort considerably compared to other phones which need proprietary binary drivers (and thus specific kernel versions) and deep modifications to core AOSP components.

Comment Re:Sad but unavoidable (Score 1) 162

Since you obviously know more about this and I, maybe you could let me know what big name smart phones or Android devices are built in this manner. Please make it one that has shipped 100k's of units.

The Nexus line of smartphones has over 100k units sold (more like millions, actually) and can run AOSP out of the box with no patches.

Comment Re:How were crimes solved before cell phones? (Score 1) 254

As far as plastic bags go, it wasn't "some". It was "most" - maybe "all". I really really REALLY wanted to dispose of plastic bags properly, but had no way that I could figure out to do so

You can't just throw them in the trash and let the garbagemen take them away??

What's wrong with that...?

Comment Re:Is this legal? (Score 1) 245

I suspect legally companies are free to tweet anything they want as long as they don't include terms specifically trademarked by the IOC, much as advertisers referred to the Superbowl as "the big game" instead of the trademarked "Superbowl" term.

Even if they did use the trademarked terms, the use of trademarks for purely descriptive purposes is not trademark infringement, whether or not you have the trademark holder's permission. Trademarks only exist to prevent confusion, not to censor discussion.

Calling your own event "the Superbowl"—trademark infringement.

Accurately referring to the Superbowl as "the Superbowl"—not infringement.

Comment Re:Sad but unavoidable (Score 1) 162

Every single change you made in the previous release needs to be ported to the new release and tested. And it's more likely than not that the files have changed and it's not simply applying a patch. If you are unlucky, the kernel changes and you need updated version of your drivers. Sometimes you don't even have the source for those so you need to go contract with chip maker or a 3rd party to rework the drivers.

This is why you upstream everything and choose hardware with open-source drivers. If you have to apply proprietary in-house patches to get the latest AOSP running on your device, you're doing it wrong.

Comment Re:The basest, vilest (Score 1) 1005

So you're saying that Russia should have all the emails sent and received by the Secretary of State?

I'm guessing most of our largest enemies and likely many of our allies...DO HAVE copies of her emails from her "private server".

I've heard many of the Three Letter Agency types and experts saying that any intelligence agency worth their weight, had gotten into that server and gotten any info they wanted.

I personally have little to no doubt that Russia and many other foreign governments have Hillary's emails on that server in their files.

Comment Re:The basest, vilest (Score 4, Insightful) 1005

Sounds like a form of Treason if true. Inviting a foreign nation tho cyber-attack America and/or Americans... can;t believe people actually are willing to vote for this piece of garbage

OH c'mob, lighten up Francis....

He's only saying something that MANY folks have been jokingly been saying since they first released the DNC emails....

I've heard numerous folks joking and saying "well, hell, if the US govt can't find the missing emails, maybe these Russian chaps can...."

Comment Re:It's not money (Score 1) 150

Gold is rare. The argument is null.

The situation described was that one was offered a handful of gold or a handful of seeds. Under those circumstances gold could not be considered rare. In any case its rarity is orthogonal to its utility as a raw material.

You're only proving my point that gold only develops value in the context of a society/economy (i.e. your trade) that can provide the basics of survival and has the sophistication to turn the gold into a useful tool.

The same could be said of the seeds—or did you think that the knowledge of how to grow, preserve, store, and prepare a proper harvest from a handful of seeds somehow comes by instinct? That, too, is a form of technology learned by society over a very long period of trial and error. Without that knowledge acquired from society you might manage a single meager meal, provided the seeds are of an edible variety.

You need to define "easily." Because most people don't have spare metal extruders lying around or the parts and skill to assemble one.

It doesn't take a great deal of capital equipment to draw wire, and gold has a relatively low melting point. A deserted island would most likely have everything you need provided it's survivable at all. Gold sheets are even simpler and can be hammered out with rocks if you're patient enough.

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