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Comment Re:Java (Score 1) 383

I remember when people promised that Java was the universal solution to interoperability back in 1998... it didn't exactly work out as planned.

Hell, many modern desktop browsers like Chrome and Edge don't even offer a Java plug-in anymore because it's a prime way to get yourself infected with malware if you're running an older version. I'm not sure if any modern mobile browsers support it anymore.

Comment Re:Oh fun (Score 1) 163

My track record with firmware updates in general is that they stop providing them about six months after the product is off the market. Sooner if the company is having financial problems.

That means that these things will be a moving hacking target about 18 months from now. Lovely.

Comment The Core i7 processor came out in 2010... (Score 1) 551

And it will still destroy the iPad Pro in almost every performance benchmark imaginable.

Besides, most people still using PC's that can afford an iPad Pro probably have a specific use case or software that isn't available on iOS. I'm sure as hell not going to through out my old developer workstation and use an iPad Pro for coding, anyway.

Comment Re:Sad. (Score 2) 132

I guess that the only thing he didn't try was leaking the problem to the press. Something tells me that a "NASA Engineer Warns Of Impending Shuttle Failure" headline in the New York Times would have got NASA's attention.

It would have been more effective than going into the office with a rifle, anyway. They just would have declared him to be a mad man, arrested or shot him, launched the shuttle anyway, and would have eventually had the same problem in either that launch or another one soon after.

Sure, he probably would have lost his job, but if he was proven right he could have sued them for unlawful termination and got a nice settlement to retire on.

Comment Re:Fascinating, (Score 1) 97

Yeah, it says that only the 25 mbps service is available in my zip code. That's not true, since I can get the 115 mbps service from the Xfinity site.

Still, I like the idea of having a one stop shop for getting cable service. This new amazon cable site might actually be useful for price shopping once it gets a few more providers.

Comment Re: What's he on, today? (Score 1) 364

What makes you think that his hacking team couldn't pull it off with some clever social engineering tricks? They don't need to decrypt the phone using brute force... just need to figure out what PIN number the shooter used in less than ten tries. Odds are that he used the same PIN on something like his debit card or tax return, and getting that info from a gullible customer service rep wouldn't be too hard.

Comment My wife got a free new phone due to this bug (Score 4, Interesting) 123

The Touch ID sensor died on my wife's iPhone 6S, and it prevented the iOS 9.2.1 update from installing even after doing a factory reset.

The Apple Store couldn't fix the issue, so she got a brand new phone out of the deal. Good thing the phone was still under warranty!

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