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Comment Re:Exactly: If you use Twitter a lot, your public (Score 1) 67

You probably want to use Qubes OS which provides an environment where all of this is handled for you. I switched to it and I'm really happy with it.

You can create multiple templates and all you do in the templates is installing software and make generic configurations. The actual VM's where you run stuff is based on the templates and are reset whenever you restart them.

Comment Twitter? (Score 4, Insightful) 67

First, they talk about a user's identity. Later they merely talk about Twitter links and finding the user's Twitter ID. So what is it? Can they identify users or Twitter accounts? If it's the former, that's concerning. But it seems to be more likely that they found a Twitter account user by comparing the browser history to a Twitter account that had been sharing those links. The latter doesn't seem as impressive now does it?

Comment Not just Pixel (Score 1) 69

I've had the same problem on my Nexus 6P since a few months. It doesn't happen often (at most once or twice per week) so it's not overly problematic, but when it does it completely freezes the device until some watchdog kicks in and it reboots itself.

Comment Re: Too expensive (Score 1) 61

And therein lies the problem.

Watches are generally jewellery with some secondary use case

Apple watches sell because it allows Apple fans to show that they are part of the group, without holding their phone all the time. It's similar to people wearing t-shirts with their favourite heavy metal band on it. When they pass someone, they know they are part of the same social circle. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. People do it all the time.

But this is where smart watches have a problem. They have to compete on their own merits, and frankly, it's very hard for a watch of any kind to do that. I use one for biking, but that's pretty much it.

I'll buy one of the new Android Wear watches, but I doubt I'll be using it off the bike.

Comment Re: Entertainment (Score 1) 56

I have travelled extensively all over the world, and I haven't seen this degradation of quality of air travel that US people seem to complain about all the time.

Now, I haven't travelled on a US airline since 2000, and even then they were worse than any other I've travelled with. If they got even worse, I can certainly understand the complaints, but all I can say is perhaps people should try an airline outside the US. They might just regain some hope for air travel.

I recall seeing the list of best airlines, and if I remember correctly the highest rated US airline was in the 40'th position or something like that. If I wasn't on mobile right now I'd find the link.

Comment Why does Verizon have a say in this? (Score 1) 96

It seems strange to me that the carrier has the capability to control this. The update would be pushed from the manufacturer, not by the carrier. Unless they installed a special firmware that uses different update servers, which seems to be the case here. My question is if all the US carriers do this, since most commenters seems to think this is perfectly normal.

Comment Re:"it" (Score 2) 130

Another way to think about this is that if their product actually did everything that was claimed in this article and they were indeed close to having an actual product in people's hands, they wouldn't be secretive. They'll be showing it off everywhere to drum up excitement about it.

There are only two reasons to keep a product secret while still talking about it:

  1. You are genuinely worried that competitors will steal your idea
  2. You don't have a working product but you need more investment

1 can't be true since they explained what to expect from the product in this very article. Thus, it must be 2.

Comment Re:Ex post facto (Score 4, Informative) 302

This is the fundamental misunderstanding of everyone that comments in Apple's defence. Their actions were never legal to begin with. No laws were changed.

A lot of people outside of Europe (and to be fair, even Europeans) doesn't understand how the EU works. Ireland can't simply decide to stop obeying EU treaties any more than a US state is allowed to all of a sudden decide that someone no longer have to pay federal tax. If that happened, you can be sure that the IRS would demand the taxes be paid in full after they found out about it.

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