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Comment Re:A news? (Score 1) 190

That's the most idiotic comment if i ever heard one. The virtual screen obscures half of what you're looking at? for the X time your are typing ? a feature phone blocks half of ALL of your phone, depriving you permanently of the possible screen area you would have if you didn't have a mechanical keyboard claiming half of your phone space.

Comment Not sure I understand (Score 2) 116

The user will receive a code via sms which then he will have to manually enter ? If that is so, it is a much worse - less practical - tactic than just entering my password. Unless, the app will automatically read the sms and enter the code. Plus I don't understand why this new method is needed, most apps and browsers offer the option to save my credentials, why would we need a new method ?

Comment Re:You get what you pay for (Score 4, Interesting) 77

Here's a nice warm thought to keep everyone up at night: What is to keep hackers who enjoy this sort of thing from buying devices at BestBuy, hacking them to insert remote back doors, and then returning them to BestBuy the next day? If they put it back in the packaging, possibly with new shrink-wrap, they could claim they never even opened it, and it would go right back on the shelf for some unsuspecting victim to buy.

Would it matter if the device were a $20 webcam, a $2,000 desktop PC, a $50 Wifi router, or a $100 HP printer?

Comment Re:community 'crime' watch organizations (Score 1) 238

Maybe 4-ish years ago, I called my local police department to see if they would want to work with crime watch organizations that installed cheap FOSS license plate readers to monitor traffic into various neighborhoods. At the time, they were only interested in using that technology to monitor the neighborhoods where most of the crimes occur, rather than worrying about the mostly sleepy suburbs.

FOSS license plate readers are here. Just wait for the facial recognition software to complement it. We'll know the car _and_ the driver. With enough of these cameras, it will become impossible to be anywhere without both the government and public knowing about it. Given that my movements and online browsing are already tracked through my phone and computer by both governments and corporations, I don't know if there's much privacy left to lose.

Imagine the whole world is watching, and act accordingly.

Comment Re:not the only coutry (Score 5, Informative) 236

That's where it geographically should be (Greenwich meridian) and it isn't for political reasons. It's not just what you said, but also reasons such as differentiating from the UK.France's time was GMT+0 and it was changed by occupying Nazis. When the war ended, there was a decision to change it back but it was canceled.

Spain is in the "wrong" time-zone as well due to Franco's decision during WW2.

Comment shameful slashvertisment (Score 0) 179

"The high speed Thunderbolt interface standard, which is used for everything " Seriously ? Is it indeed used for everything ? By all 12 worldwide users of thunderbolt?

"this time jumping from 20Gbps to a whopping 40Gbps. While that is impressive in its own right" - this one sounds like it was worded by a poorly paid marketeer.

"the truly big news is that Thunderbolt 3 is moving away from the Mini DisplayPort" - see above

Comment flat as a pancake: invasion pending (Score 5, Interesting) 236

I (genuinely) don't understand this tendency with flat buttons and interfaces, they do look slight of "90-sh revamped". Generally speaking through the years, changes in the UI have been positive and IMHO they were at their peak with Windows 7.

What's the sudden (the last year or two) appeal with the super flat GUIs all over the place ?

Change for the sake of .. UX experts...I apologize, for the sake of change ?

Comment Re:Yo dawg, I heard you like keychains... (Score 2) 278

No keys in my pocket, but I do carry a gold-plated stainless-steel Klarus MiX6 AAA LED flashlight. The company is not reputable, IMO, but this is one great light. Too bad they don't make them anymore...

I also carry a Moto-X cell-phone with Republic Wireless, and an Infinite Noise Multiplier. Never know when you might need some true randomness :-)

Comment Re:The barrier has been there all along ! (Score 1) 63

One more point... this patent pool thing is all bad, in that it keeps out new players, reducing innovation. Also, it does nothing to stop trolls, who have no product to protect. You can't counter-sue a troll, since they don't do anything, making it impossible for them to violate patents. Billions of dollars are being flushed down the toilet in this anti-innovation patent-lawyer shake-down.

Comment Re:The barrier has been there all along ! (Score 3, Interesting) 63

Patents back in the 1970s were only slightly broken compared to today. I've met several inventors or their relatives who invented things like milk cartons and every-day items we now take for granted. Up through the 1970s, "inventor" was a potential career path.

That all changed rapidly starting in 1982, when Congress voted to give all patent appeal cases to a single appeals court in Washington DC. This court basically created the patent troll industry. Before 1982, trolls would have been thrown out of court. Since then, this court has become a puppet to the patent troll industry through something called regulatory capture.

I wont go into the evils of software patents here. It is a regular flame topic on slashdot. However, we can blame this appeals court for them. Most recently, I was shocked when they changed long standing precident and declared that APIs are copyrightable, which if upheld, has potential to end software development as we know it.

I have several software patents. We are required to get them for defensive purposes. This is essentially a lawyer's tax on the software industry, with zero benefit to non-lawyers, so far as I can tell.

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