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Comment Re:How exactly will they break steam? (Score 1) 200

Read the Halloween Documents to see how Microsoft killed my Pappy!

That shit was 18 years ago now, give it a rest. Hanlon's Razor applies here as always: never attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence. If Steam games are starting to have issues on WIn10, it seems far more likely that MS can't find its ass with both hands these days, than that it has some nefarious master scheme.

Comment Re:Steam should stop modifying perms (Score 1) 200

Sorry Steam, you're insecure.

What, the major games that install DRM rootkits didn't tip you to that?

My gaming machine install is disposable. It's the only sane approach. I'm sticking with Win7, perhaps forever; it's an arena where DRM rootkits fight each other for dominance; Steam itself is insecure; I occasionally download a mod and you never know about those. "Security" and "gaming machine"? Lost cause.

And that's just fine. Almost all games save state to the cloud these days, so if I find myself singing "FDISK, reboot, re-install, do-dah, do-dah" nothing of value will be lost.

Comment Dear Blackberry... (Score 3, Informative) 47

Does it report when I am on a government spying cellphone tower?
Does it report when the connection is untrusted or detects a MITM?
Does it do encryption without using ANY of your services?
Does it not allow any software to be installed without rebooting to an admin mode and then only allows offline apk installs?
Does it wipe all user storage before reboot?


Then it is not secure.... in fact it's insecure as hell.

Comment Re:Try again. (Score 1) 47

Exactly. Not to mention that it appears (at least to me) that Blackberry is desperately casting about for a niche to make itself relevant.

There's no longer a real difference difference between what Blackberry makes and what is made by LG, Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, Xiaomi, ASUS, Sony... so what's the point of getting a Blackberry again?

They had a chance long ago, but chose to sit on their fat laurels instead of innovating. This is what they get as a result.

(I mean, damn, if they were to go Android early-on and customize/modify it for BES, then improve BES itself and give that away to enterprises, they might have had a chance to stay at least somewhat relevant... )

Comment Re:They did the same thing for dual booting Linux (Score 1) 200

I still dual boot -- but I almost never use Windows, which is kind of the point. I don't use it enough to justify paying for a virtualization compatible license, and it's just a static waste of resources to boot in Windows to run Linux under a VM.

I suppose one solution for those instances where you have to boot Windows yet also access stuff in your Linux partition is to use raw partition access in a virtual machine and serve the data over a virtual network server. I know it's possible but it's been so many years since I've had to do it I couldn't comment on how other than to say read the virtualization platform documentation.

Comment Re:Nope. This involves active sharing and consent. (Score 1) 62

Does not matter, The morons in Congress will call it a terrorist action and put him in Gitmo for 60 years.

This is the problem when laws are passed by dimwits that can barely tie their shoes in the morning, let alone understand something as complex as a computer or twitter.

Here int he USA we have a major problem. WE allow the very uneducated to be the ruling class, this causes tons of laws that are absurd and applied badly.

Comment Re:Apple's on the wrong road (Score 1) 114

They occasionally undercut their competitors. The first flash iPods were cheaper than any other consumer device (including USB flash drives) with that much flash because Apple anticipated the demand and bought up an entire year's flash production capacity from several suppliers, getting a reasonable discount. No one else could get flash chips at close to the rate that Apple was paying for a while. More recently, they've used their cash reserves to build factories for suppliers in exchange for the first year of output from them. They end up paying less for chips than anyone else, and the suppliers then get to keep operating the factory and selling the output after Apple has moved on to wanting the newer process.

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