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Comment Re:Another obvious defense against this (Score 4, Interesting) 281

I want a "panic" finger such that it displays a "could not read fingerprint - try again" message and then immediate sets "allow_unlocking_with_fingerprint=False" internally so that a password is required. Make it indistinguishable from the usual unlock failure message so that it's impossible to tell that it was triggered (even by examining the on-device logs, if that's possible).

Comment Re:There is something to that... (Score 1) 484

Agreed, it has been far too long for the refresh on the Pro models - and it's very hard to recommend them at their current price.

With that said, they might not be letting them die a slow death, but rather been unhappy with that particular generation of Intel mobile chips in a "Pro" model.

Comment Re:easily made up in peripherals. (Score 1) 484

Your suggestion, in a thread about relative costs of systems, is to buy a custom piece of hardware, from a vendor who's website doesn't actually list a price.

Y'all got Amazon where you live? Or access to any of the vendors they list on their website?

But it's not like Windows can backup to thin air. You have to have something on the other end of that CAT-5, so it's probably a wash hardware-wise.

Do you know what I think when I see a website selling a product but not listing a unit price.

"Huh, I wonder if Amazon has them?" would have been my first thought, but apparently it wasn't yours.

Comment Re:easily made up in peripherals. (Score 3, Informative) 484

if things ever get too hairy for a dell, your restore process is entirely automated in windows or linux. restoring a mac is nothing short of corporate witchcraft.

To backup: buy a Synology NAS. Enable the Time Machine service. Configure your Macs to back up to it. Voila, done.

To restore from scratch: hold down Command-R when booting a Mac. Tell it to restore from Time Machine. Wait an hour. Voila, done.

Comment Re:There is something to that... (Score 1) 484

because Mac is like 10 percent of the worlds PC sales, and the viruses usually dont survive that far when the percentage of ownership is that low

That has zero to do with the relative dearth of malware on Macs. (Pausing for a moment for a pedant to point out the one or two Mac bugs they've read about. Yes, we know. It's still proportionally much less than Mac's market share so move along.) Macs are initially more expensive, but that also means there owners tend to have more money and therefore the machines are more valuable targets. There are also still tens of millions of Macs out there in the wild. Even if there are more PCs, there are still a hell of a lot of Macs to be owned for anyone interested and capable. The fact that they're not is an indicator that building a nice interface on top of a solid Unix platform is a good way to end up with a stable, secure desktop.

Comment Re:There is something to that... (Score 1) 484

To be fair, some of us like Macs because it's a super-easy way to get a smoothly operating unix laptop. The hardware is generally within +/- 10% of equivalent Windows gear - though that calculus got difficult for a while when Apple fell behind the Intel upgrade curve. I run Linux all day, every day, but it's in a VM, so at the end of the day I don't really care what the underlying OS is.

Comment Re:Typical Conservative Response (Score 1) 564

My base ideology is libertarian, so I'm all for individual freedoms. I honestly believe that, in the vast majority of cases, a system that emphasizes strong individual freedom and personal responsibility will leave humanity better off.

With that said, all ideologies eventually smack into reality, and none to date deal with it perfectly. One of these realities are germs. Disease does not respect the individual model and demands a coordinated approach. Absent a 100% safe and effective vaccine (which would be compatible with individualism), the only way to stomp out a communicable disease is to reduce the population with it to such a degree that it fizzles out.

As such, I feel that we can and should make allowances for individuals to act selfishly or in ignorance, but only up to the point where the vaccines are no longer effective in wiping out the diseases. At that point, you have to make the pragmatic decision to set your failed ideology to the side for the moment and solve the problem at hand.

Comment Re:blackouts, lack of channel choice, forced hardw (Score 1) 198

sports blackouts

OMG yes. I bought my wife an season pass because she loves watching baseball. What do you get for $109.99? Every game on TV except the ones in your home market. You can watch the Twins suck any time you want, so long as you don't live in Minnesota. Oh, and no postseason: that's a separate subscription.

Who the fuck came up with those ideas? I'll be damned if MLB ever gets another penny from us.

Comment About time (Score 1) 87

Finally, one of the prime problems with the secret orders authorized under the Patriot Act is beginning to come out: "We'd like to reassure our rapidly shrinking customer base that we no longer do this, but under the law, we are subject to arrest for saying ANYTHING about it!" Clumsy attempt to avoid legal sanctions by asking the FBI to come clean about it so they don't have to won't work because the FBI has no incentive to say anything.

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