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Comment Re:Practical? (Score 1) 103

The cheapest EC2 node has one CPU at a reserve pricing as low as $0.003 for a t2.nano instance. The exact math I used is:

(6500 * 365 * 24) * 0.003 = $170,820

I realize that a nano instances don't really have much CPU power available (they're intended to be used for bursty tasks), but Google didn't define what a "CPU hour" was, so neither did I.

Like you said, t2's aren't meant for sustained CPU use. You only get 30 minutes of full CPU use after launch, and they further limit how many t2's you can launch with the full initial CPU credit (100 per day) - so you can't just keep launching new hosts to reset the CPU balance and run out the balance for 30 minutes then relaunch. After you use up the initial credit balance, they throttle the CPU to 5% and each hour they give you another 3 credits (which will let you run at 100% cpu for 3 minutes). They've been very careful with pricing and launch limits to prevent them from being used as a cheap CPU compute farm.

Maybe Google didn't define what a "CPU hour" was, but they surely didn't mean "5% of a typical server CPU".

To get the $.003 pricing, you need to purchase a 3-year reserved instance for $69, so assuming you want to get the job done in a year, you need to purchase 6500 instances for $448,500, if you could use the full CPU. But you can't, so you'd really need almost 20 times that number.

t2's are great if you have a low CPU use case, but once your application exceeds the CPU credit balance, performance gets terrible very quickly (even getting an SSH session open can take 30 seconds on a throttled t2.nano instance), so you need good monitoring and the ability to re-launch instances if you're going to use them for anything significant.

Comment Re:Last Argument Confusing (Score 1) 52

I think the difference is between their being allowed to sample your fingerprint and their being allowed to force you to do something specific your fingerprint.

If they take your fingerprint then they have to figure out how to turn that fingerprint into a finger again in order to then use it.

Comment Re:Incriminating evidence (Score 2) 52

Best you consult a criminal lawyer before providing or refusing to provide information you are asked. There are times you cannot refuse.

That may be rather difficult to do if you're detained and they're not willing to release you. I suppose that you could use your phone to make a call...

Comment Re:Life before int4rw3bz (Score 1) 123

I donno where you lived, but we were pretty thoroughly smack-dab in the middle of middle-class. We saved up our allowances for almost two years in order to buy that Nintendo. We traded games with our friends because no one could afford to buy everything that we wanted and we bought and sold games at local shops.

Comment Re:Incriminating evidence (Score 1) 52

If I understand the government's side of the argument, a fingerprint is not simply a password or other set of abstract information that courts have previously generally allowed to remain secret. A fingerprint is also a real-world structure that the courts have allowed to be sampled by law enforcement from those arrested. It's right on the body, so it's not truly secret as it is obscure.

If I were going to use a fingerprint I would use it as the equivalent of the username, or as an alternate means of entering the username, not as the equivalent of the password. For that I probably still would use a password, since a password essentially can be changed an infinite number of times. If a password is compromised then it can just be changed. A fingerprint does not really have that luxury beyond the ten we normally come equipped with.

It sounds like from the summary that the court is allowing the government to collect fingerprints in the traditional way, and is allowing the government to use the fingerprints collected in the traditional way to be used to unlock devices, but is prohibiting the government from bypassing the collection step in order to force the individual to use the fingerprint on their own device.

Comment desktop experience? (Score 1) 37

From the summary,

Today, that desktop experience is based on a very simple, pared-down interface that is reminiscent of the 2000 birthdate of the startup itself.

You mean one that actually works, as opposed to useless eye-candy bullshit that was made by people that really want to make fake UIs for movies and TV shows?

Comment misread as cellulite (Score -1) 68

Did anyone else misread this as, "cellulite"?

I thought for moment going into the summary that it was going to contrast difficulty from the San Bernadino shooters phones with some fundamental flaw allowing someone with bit of extra weight to put the phone up against some bit of anatomy to unlock it...

absurd as this sounds, a friend apparently worked at a dotcom whose fingerprint scanners were so awful that one day he let himself into the office with the end of his convenience store hotdog. His hands were full with the dog and the 64 oz Mountain Dew...

Comment Travel mode, AKA... (Score 1) 124

My phone has a global "travel mode", AKA "Airplane mode."

IOW, I just disconnect when traveling. Also when sleeping. And working.

The Internet in all its various forms and guises serves me. Not the other way around. If it's not that way for you, you need to stop selling death-sticks, go home, and rethink your life. Go on. Go.

Comment Yeah, because... (Score 1) 468

"...mass-mobilization warfare, violent and transformative revolutions, state collapse, and catastrophic epidemics. Hundreds of millions perished in their wake, and by the time these crises had passed, the gap between rich and poor had shrunk." ...by the time the catastrophe was over, the wealth was gone. So naturally the gap had shrunk.

Comment Idiocracy doubles down (Score 1) 100

You've really missed the point.

No, I really have not.

You are after complexity of the OS so that you can do complicated things with the OS.

I just want bloody subfolders and the ability to get at the filesystem. I don't care if I have to turn it on specially. I don't care if your snowflake pilots can't see it. I just want it to really work without having to root the bloody phone.

You think you're arguing for sophistication and intellect

Good grief, no. I'm arguing for pre-1990 levels, almost prehistoric levels by computing standards, of organizing capacity. There's nothing wrong with most user's intellects -- other than the intellects behind the reasoning that says "one level is all you get", now those intellects are simply downright crippled.

Your use cases differ wildly from most of the billions of the users of iOS devices in where you feel the need for complexity.

Yeah, my use case incorporates the concept of organization far beyond what these crippled devices allow, and yes, I readily admit this is beyond most phone-only users comprehension at the moment (although not if they have ever used a desktop or laptop computer), but just as you said, they (you mentioned pilots, I'd add four-year-olds) could cope with it if it was there. I don't even think they they should have to; I just think I should be able to.

The idea that everyone must suffer because pilots - or whomever - want simple is nothing less than anathema to me. I despise it, and I despise its proponents, and I find their reasoning (which is being far too generous) to be unworthy of serious consideration.

Filesystems promote organization. Single level folders went out of use in the 1980's, and the reason they did is because they are insufficient to organize any amount of data beyond a cupful. And no, "search" is not a valid replacement, before anyone tries to jump into that moldy old corner. The very fact that my home screen overflows onto additional pages and I am unable to properly, reasonably, organize my apps and data is a huge red flag that the system itself is deficient. Multiple cores, GHz+ clock speeds, gigs of ram and storage... and I can't have bleeding subfolders? Jesus. Hosiphat. Christ.

And the Long-Dong-Silver sized irony here is that if you DO dig into the actual systems underneath the sadly flattened icons to see how the phone actually works, what will you find? YOU. WILL. FIND. SUBFOLDERS.

There's simply no adequate justification for the intentional, irreversible crippling that's been done to end-user level of these devices. None.

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