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Comment Re:Wireless Keyboards (Score 2) 79

Based on my cursory Googling:

Microsoft keyboards have been broken for a while.
http://arstechnica.com/securit...

Logitech apparently actually uses 128-bit AES, though the question of how they generate their symmetric key isn't exactly answered in a way that's satisfying.
http://www.logitech.com/images...

Not sure about Dell. Couldn't find much on their keyboards with my cursory Googling. They seem to mostly rebrand other people's wireless keyboards?

And Apple keyboards all seem to be bluetooth.

Comment Wireless Keyboards (Score 1) 79

I always assume wireless keyboard are cheap consumer products built by the lowest bidder and designed by people whose primary interest is getting a product out the door in advance of or for the next big release of whatever their company's actual product is.

Most wireless keyboards' performance reflects that. It doesn't surprise me in the slightest their security is similar.

Comment Re:Probably not me (Score 3, Funny) 180

That reminds me of a conversation I had with a FiOS installer circa 2009.

"Er, can you run CAT5 instead of coax?"
"No, you need coax for TV."
"You're not installing TV, though. Just Internet. Can we run CAT5?"
"You might get TV later."
"Nope. I won't. And even if I did, you'd be sending out another installer anyway. Can we run CAT5?"
"I don't know how to crimp CAT5..."

Comment Re:Bad input (Score 1) 170

I would say that the only reason browsing the web is "good" on a tablet is because browser and website authors have worked (to varying degrees of success) to make it so.

In the mid-to-late 2000's, when the touch screen smart phones were starting to take off, a lot of websites were not touch friendly at all. Many of them assumed that "hover" was a meaningful action you could take and incorporated things like Flash animations or menus that you had to hover over to activate.

Most of the things you mention that are "bad" are because little effort has gone into them other than trying to badly emulate the old ways. There's no reason you can't have a good touch screen game. But if you just throw a virtual D-pad and SNES buttons on the screen, you're gonna have a bad time.

Comment Timing! (Score 1) 212

I'm sure their management will deny up and down that this had anything to do with the case they just lost and that the timing is "purely coincidental."

But I suspect that their legal department emailed someone in management an Excel spreadsheet detailing the costs of losing that case and how much it would cost to defend similar cases now that there is precedent. The manager probably multiplied that number by some number that may or may not reflect the actual number of users with similar claims and said "Shit, that's actually a lot of money. Maybe we should stop."

Still doesn't change the fact that they spent the last 11 months gleefully burning the modicum of trust in Windows Update they had had managed to build up over the last few years.

Comment Destroying the credibility of Windows Update (Score 1) 664

A year ago, if someone said to me "I disable Windows Updates on all my computers," I would have called them an idiot. Now, I just shrug as I understand why they do it.

Do I know about alternatives that are fairly effective at blocking the forced upgrades? Sure. But I'm not willing to take on an additional support burden to help maintain Microsoft's security posture.

If Microsoft wants to throw away years of trying to convince people that Windows Updates won't fuck their computers up, let them.

Comment Top Something (Score 1) 197

When discussing what source control system to use for any new project, how often does BitKeeper even come up as a suggestion?

In my experience, most conversations of that nature start out with git versus Subversion. Mercurial might get thrown in if git is "too hard." Microsoft's solution might get suggested if it's a Microsoft-centered project. CVS might get brought up by the C-level who read about it in a magazine in the 90's and/or is a year or two from retirement. But BitKeeper? Never even seems to come close to the list.

Comment Cortana? (Score 1) 361

It was one of the first things I disabled. I disabled it for the same reason I disabled the Amazon search integration in Ubuntu.

I've never quite understood why I would want my application launcher to search the web.

Now, if Microsoft did something dumb like make it so you can't disable Cortana, that might just be enough to make me replace Windows with something else. (Haven't wanted to put in the effort, but they are really making it hard to justify not putting the effort in. That might be the proverbial straw.)

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