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Comment These are good changes (Score 2) 41

The daypass thing is mildly more confusing, but I suspect part of the logic is to encourage use of the Binge-On technology, without which towers are likely to get clogged pretty quickly. I also suspect that the soft limit of 27G a month will be torn through pretty quickly by anyone making heavy use of HD video. Go over the 27G and you're "deprioritized" - you'll get full service during quiet times, but you'll be throttled when everyone else is trying to use the network (which is fair, but you probably don't want it to happen to you!)

The big improvement is that Tethering is now an acceptable half-megabit/s, rather than 2G speeds. That makes "Unlimited tethering" actually useful again.

The big question for me is how to encourage video streaming companies to sign up to Binge-On if there's no incentive. In theory, they can just transmit 1080p over HTTPS (protocols like DASH are HTTPS friendly) and T-Mobile will never know.

With the original implementation, the advantage was that your viewers could watch your services without worrying about it coming out of their data. But if data is unlimited...

Comment Re: First item on the agenda... (Score 1) 108

Thanks for the info about the NIST 800 !

Thinking a little more about maybe the security should only apply to commercial products that connect to the internet? That way Joe Blow can add his home test device(s) on the internet without being bogged down by interfaces that no one will use.

But guess we'lll have to wait and see which business and government is going to go with this.

Submission + - 'I'm blind. Kindle text to speech has been a nightmare to master' (

David Rothman writes: David Fauxcheaux, a blind freelance audiobook reviewer for Library Journal, tried out text to speech on the new $80 basic Kindle.

In a TeleRead post reflecting his personal opinions, not necessarily LJ's, he warns of a Catch 22 for blind people.

"Just how can we benefit from the built-in audio VoiceView tutorial and related guidance in the already-loaded users’ guide if we don’t know how to use the screen reader in the first place?" he asks. "You must drill down too far in the menus to reach text-to-speech features.

"Unfortunately," Faucheux says, "this typifies Amazon’s seeming lack of understanding and empathy in considering the needs of blind people."

He goes on in detail to suggest fixes, such as Braille manuals from a publisher specializing in them.

Meanwhile Amazon continues to fail sighted people in need of accessibility features such as an all-text boldface option.

That isn't the only harm from Amazon's pathetic range of typographical options. The problem is one reason why "difficult" literary fiction isn't doing as well on ereaders as it could.

Comment Re: Morons (Score 2) 280

How about some male stereotype tests? Does this movie contain:

A male action hero who isn't good looking?
A male nerd who is good at talking to girls?
A fat guy who isn't the comic relief?
A cop who is happily married?
A gay action hero?
An asian guy who is a stud and doesn't know martial arts?

You know something all those male stereotypes have in common?

They generally have names and get to have a conversation with another male character about something other than a woman.

Comment Re: First item on the agenda... (Score 1) 108

LOL. I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry at the truth of that.

I agree that far too often security is an afterthought. "Gee, is it no wonder you got rooted?"

As much as I hate government interference maybe we need the FCC equivalent for Internet Security?
i.e. All devices on the internet much support encryption of X bits.

Although with the government's retarded stance on encryption (e.g. with the false justification that only criminals use encryption) that might be a hard sell.

Submission + - F-104 Starfighters to launch CubeSats from Florida (

An anonymous reader writes: The BBC has an interesting story about how a famous 1950s jet is being repurposed for use in 2018. From TFA: "The F-104s will fly over the Atlantic Ocean, their pilots taking the jets to around 60,000ft, the jets climbing at an acute angle to give the rockets the right trajectory to leave the pull of the Earth’s gravity." A good read for fans of space and aeronautics.

Comment Re: First item on the agenda... (Score 2) 108

Interesting point about making the devices display only!
Though I'm not sure I'd want an alarm system where someone can query it for "current active people detected." :-)
At least the "damage" would be minimal if it couldn't accept remote commands.

I would have far less qualms about IoT if they adopted something like SSH public+private key.
I guess the question is "How much security is good enough for IoT" ?

(Obviously any at this point is a step up from none.)

Comment Re:Is he going for irony, here? (Score 3, Insightful) 184


I think my Linux is more secure than my Windows, but honestly it only takes one exploit.

If the spooks or large organized crime want in, they're in. Small fry *may* be kept out by best practices, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Anything secret shouldn't be on a computer, let alone a computer on the internet. But then there's the eternal trade-off between security and convenience.

Comment Re:Who gives a shit (Score 1) 177

Irrelevant. I don't care about any of that stuff but I still hate people who don't have enough sense to block or log off.

Blocking doesn't work when you have someone like Milo Yiannopoulos who will send waves of individual followers to harass you. Hence the need for different approaches that can pre-emptively block those would-be harassers.

As for logging off... Well if someone is going to be driven off the service I'd prefer it be the people doing the harassment.

Comment Re:Given the reviews (Score 1) 447

Actually it is worse then that. This is a list of things that Sean said were in the game, implied they were, or where shown in the trailers. Some things made it in, a lot of things didn't:


When a game has a price of $60 gamers expect a certain level of polish and completeness to it. Go figure.

I.e. Going to the center of the galaxy is one major disappointment. (SPOILER)

If the devs had been more upfront about what is and isn't in the game, and the priced itself at $20, basically followed Minecraft's development, gamers would be much more forgiving of an incomplete game.

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