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Comment Re:Told ya (Score 1) 274

I actually thought Apple would have had the better success with a smart watch than most other vendors, as in if any technology company could get the jewelry status symbol angle right, it would be them.
And I suppose looked at relatively that could be argued is the case, as their watch sales are a bit higher than the others lacking that angle.

But the problems with the current crop of smart watches run much deeper than just Apple, and spans pretty much every vendor making general purpose smart watches.

The only real successes are the devices primarily targeted at primary purpose. Think along the lines of the FitBit.
But at least from the point of view of companies like Apple or Google, those target markets are way too small for their tastes, and even without that the expectations of such companies are significantly higher.

As far as the iPhone went, I could see the potential of such a device made well even as far back as the first gen.
My first iPhone however was still the second (or maybe third?) gen, with the 3gs model, and after the application model was in existence for a time. The concept of nothing but webapps just wasn't the right way to go before that point.

Even so there was a window of time when it was clear the iPhone was going in the right directions that Windows CE and Blackberry just wasn't willing to go yet desperately needed to somehow.

A handheld general purpose computer with a phone built in to it was a great concept to start with, but what was desperately needed was a user interface designed around the limitations such hardware inevitably had to have.
I may not have agreed with all their choices, such as an on-screen keyboard which have all traditionally sucked so bad as to be useless (which even now is only a partially overcome problem), and choices such as locking the system down so much as to no longer be fairly called a general purpose computer (which I still very much disagree with.)

A jailbroken iPhone 3 or 4 however was practically my dream come true for such a device.
But sadly when Apple chose to fight against all of the advantages brought about by jailbreaking instead of embarrassing the concept and providing a better way to give us the same features, the writing was already on the wall, and things have only gotten much worse ever since.
Between Apples lockdown of their platform and fighting back against the user doing with their property as they wish, and Googles UI being so ugly clunky and bad to work with, I've no idea what I will be doing for a phone in the future once my iPhone 4s dies completely. If anything :/

Comment Re:Told ya (Score 1) 274

To be fair I wasn't (or didn't intend to imply) the problem lies with developers, but specifically with the problems brought upon by the vendors themselves.

I would certainly agree the entry fee and sometimes inconsistent approval rules are a problem though, and at least in Apple and Googles cases, brought upon fully by themselves.

Be it cost to publish apps, or the input data an app can have available to it, the devs can only work within the limits of the hardware and the stupidity of the app stores provided for them to use.

Only the vendors could change that, and they don't seem to be wanting to do all that much to fix such things.

Comment Told ya (Score 2) 274

Remember how smartwatches were supposed to be the next big thing?

But do you remember how we told you they were just an early adapter fad, and would remain so until a killer app came along, or at least some more useful functionality than as shipped?

About that...


The market intelligence firm IDC reported on Monday that smartwatch shipments are down 51.6 percent year-over-year for the third quarter of 2016. This is bad news for all smartwatch vendors

Well as we all mentioned back then, perhaps the vendors should now be working on coming up with new features and functionality so the watches would be even more useful, and perhaps spend a bit more effort searching out for those killer apps that still don't seem to exist.

Then they can make those available to the current early adapters that already bought the things, so when asked "How do you like the watch?" they could rant and rave about the awesome things they are doing with it, instead of just replying "meh"

That just might spur more people to buy the things.

Comment Re:Which is the bigger crime? (Score 1) 212

Does the IRS even legitimately call non-businesses on the phone?

For the adamantly small sample size of the two people I know of with issues on their taxes or back taxes owed, the first step was getting papers by certified mail.
For one of those two cases, who I'm pretty sure was actually trying to pull something and ignored those letters, they sent an agent to his home that brought along a uniformed sheriff, I'm sure both with plenty of identification of who they were.

Even if no red flags like gift cards were involved in the call, they would still need to send paperwork showing what you owed and why (which is generally what comes with the information required to make payment)

It's mind boggling such scams could work.

Comment Re:Hacked executables are hacked?!?!?! (Score 1) 67

And at this point I tried struggling through the first paragraph in your first link, and I really want to ask: WTF, taxes? Really?

Is that some complex analogy you're making to an argument I didn't bring up or mention?
You may want to find another example that isn't so boring and obviously baseless. I couldn't even get past the first paragraph so really don't get the point you intended to make.

I also didn't mention taxes let alone claim we don't owe them. Is that what you think?
Personally I pay my taxes in full and on time, and don't run my own business so no potentially questionable deductions (or any deductions)

I happen to both love living in society and have grown very dependent upon it.
I may not agree with each and every little thing the govt spends that money on, but similar to my employer may or may not agree with what I spend my paycheck on, not paying at all is not the right way to go about it.

Back on the actual topic, are you trying to claim that because most things downloaded off torrent sites are not legal to be there somehow means people don't still do it?
Are you claiming *I* do it?

Sorry to repeat myself but WTF?

Comment Re:Hacked executables are hacked?!?!?! (Score 1) 67

Ok fair enough, "impossible" was a poor choice of words.

However is it provably not what they are doing. In Google search for "Bing torrent [some game or pirated app]", and note you do not get the same warning even though the result contains the same SHA1 hash.
So that is clearly not what is triggering it.
The actual malware they scan for isn't in the SHA1 so that is clearly not what is triggering it.

The only likely place a malware signature would match is in the ads.
A more unlikely place would be if the site itself was hacked and changed to serve up malware directly too of course.

As for legality, I made no such claim so I'm not sure why you'd mention it or insult me over it.
We are talking about malware detection here, which is purely technical.
Of course uploading something under another persons copyright is illegal.

Comment Re:Hacked executables are hacked?!?!?! (Score 2) 67

Pirate Bay has categories "Applications" and "Games" (aka executables). It seems most of these are supposedly hacked to get around the licensing check.

Chrome may be indicating that some of these hacked executables are ... wait for it ... HACKED!

That wouldn't be possible, since there are no executables on the pirate bay to download.

Those pages have only an SHA1 hash, which is all that's required to get the needed magnet link into your bittorrent client.
Any potential infected executables would be coming in over your bittorrent client, and would be completely invisible to your web browser.

That said, the site does use an ad network, which many of the smaller ad networks are known to deliver malware via javascript and such.
Malware containing ads are certainly delivered through the browser, and are a legit infection method to be blocked.

NoScript or a similar extension would provide full protection in such a case.
AdBlock I would like to think would also block the maware containing ads, but these days that's less assured and I don't feel like going there to verify that.

Comment Re:Hubris, pride comes before a fall (Score 1) 292

You'd be wrong on at least the first part. I don't know of anyone who uses a dock at all. Even back when Apple gave them away for free, most people threw them in a drawer and never used them. :-)

Actually I had a dock for my car which was pretty nice.
It connected to the cigarette lighter for power, and had a bendy arm up to the dock part.

Of course that was back in the iphone 3 and 4 eras which used the 30 pin connector.
This let the phone charge through the connector from the car, as well as had analog audio out pins which the dock used so it could be wired into the car stereo system, all with no extra wires to connect into the phone itself.

Together with some cydia software to expand the function of the phones volume rocker to control music playback, it was a pretty decent setup for in the car that didn't require upgrading/replacing the factory stereo.
(I could hit vol up then down for next track, down then up for previous track, and both up and down for pause/play - meaning I didn't have to look down taking my eyes off the road for those functions)

However if you mean only those large blocky at-home-only docks, no I've never had one of those either.

Comment Re:Decommissioning servers (Score 1) 569

I still disagree with you.

When I decommission a hard drive, best practices state you wipe the entire hard drive.

You don't go and delete specific files like exchanges .EDS data store files and your web browser cache only.

In fact the way BleachBit deletes data, even though recovery of emails on these drives would be impossible, the windows SAM file remains undeleted and in perfect operating condition along with the entire OS.

I could easily extract password hashes from those untouched files and brute force them.
There could be many other files left littered around the HD that would provide or point to other authentication credentials, not to mention all the saved passwords in the windows password store and all the applications that do it on their own.

No, wiping the entire hard drive with something like DBAN is the only way to properly decommission a hard drive if you are concerned it may leave your possession (selling or disposal doesn't matter)

BleachBit is absolutely nothing like a paper shredder. It is more like using a black marker to redact lines printed on those papers and then leaving the entire stack of paper out so anyone can still read the rest and see there is text redacted.

Shredding the whole paper would plausibly be proper disposal. Marking out lines while keeping the paper is not.

Comment Re: "Millions of dollars"? (Score 4, Informative) 110

They arrested this guy because he had a server located somewhere in the USA. The same way they went after Kim Dotcom.

KAT had all their servers located in Canada-America and Sweden-America, while Kim Dotcom had his servers located in America-America.

While it's been obvious from legal history over the past couple years that Canada and Sweden operate under American law only now, many people are not yet used to that and incorrectly assume those are other countries with their own laws.

That confusion is what lead the parent poster to ask their question. It's just your explanation is equally as confusing of an explanation as it implies the servers were located within the old traditional US borders when that is obviously an incorrect statement.

Instead you should have explained that the servers located in Canada are fully held under US law as if they were located somewhere in the USA.

Comment Re:Hyper-linking was invented in the 60's .... (Score 1) 70

3-4 years prior to RoboBoard was a system called FirstClass (originally macintosh only) that was started to be a groupware 'learning management system' but was heavily utilized as BBS software as well.

It provided email and forums (even with fidonet support, although mainly via 3rd party software as FCs remained pretty lacking), voice/fax, file transfer, etc and the protocol was multithreaded so you could be doing all of those things at the same time, and all over a 1200 baud modem.

It was primary used with a GUI client, although had options in the server to provide a crappy text interface for dialup users in a terminal app. This text interface had nothing on wwiv but did at least provide a simple way to download the mac or windows GUI client for the advanced features.


They later added appletalk networking and finally tcp/ip as well in the early 90s, but by 94/95 the BBS era was pretty well dead and everyone moved on to the Internet.

At least around these parts the transition was a fairly obvious one.
First you offered a BBS.
Then you offered a BBS with Internet.
Then you offered Internet with a BBS.
Finally you just offered Internet.

Between Eternal September in '93 and the web just being invented shortly before, that is when Internet usage exploded and was the beginning of the end for the entire BBS world.

Comment Re:The console advantage. (Score 1) 86

Because there were a ton of 2600 machines out there that would not be compatible, while the 5200 was compatible with 2600 games.

Just a tech-nit, but it was actually the 7800 that was the "next gen" 2600 that had backwards compatibility with games and utilized the same controllers.

The 5200 was a totally different and unique beast that wasn't forward or backward compatible with anything, used completely different shaped cartridges, and a different controller protocol and connector (it was analog input with a keypad of buttons and the new pause from the controller function)

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