2518 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007
Redacting error, maybe?
Given that I haven't been able to solve a Rubik cube after a zillion moves, I somehow doubt that 20 is the *maximum* number of moves needed to solve it. Would it rather be the *minimum* number of moves the one that has been calculated?
Blackberries do secure as the default option.
The thing is that Blackberries not only do the crypto by default, they do it so that even the common user with a BIS account will have all the data encrypted, and coming out at a point where the local government is unable to snoop upon. Setting up Exchange or (insert mail server) with SSL/TLS or VPNs isn't something a common user can do, but BB offers this out of the box.
Also, the BBs have Content Protection, which means all the stuff in the handset itself is encrypted, so this makes it hard to get the info from the handset itself as well. AFAIK, other smartphones don't have these options, so even if you use VPNs, the cops can still dump all your flash memory and get what they're looking for.
Anyway, all this government bitching is sending out a clear message: Blackberries are so secure that governments can't tap them. That's got to be a good selling point for companies deploying smartphones. Now, if BES could work with something other than Exchange/Domino...
I use both BB Maps and Google Maps. I like BB Maps because it actually tells me at what speed I'm moving, and the aforementioned "NO SIGNAL" situation. It was nice to see where I am, even when I was crossing an area with no coverage. I also like that BB Maps actually does support directions in Mexico City, while Google Maps doesn't (even when they have all the street info!). Of course, there's a small problem with BB Maps ... it doesn't know which of the streets are one-way.
It was a good idea, then.
My surname in FB is mangled precisely because of privacy issues.
"Every smart phone OS has the same issues BTW. The only way to minimize the possibility of attack is to lock the phone down. Toss out the marketplace, google apps, twitter, facebook etc. mandate VPN only internet, force web browsing through a proxy, disable the camera & GPS, harden security settings etc."
The Blackberry does this when you use BES. And the hoi polloi BIS also does the encrypted network; the only concern that the German gov't is showing is that the traffic comes out unencrypted in another country, and that that country might be snooping on that endpoint.
There. You got a good reason why I should keep my PC. Of course, I could have a Mac, but I won't as long as Jobs is in the helm, or at least Jobs with his current attitude.
Comcast didn't just "cock up"
They specifically said that they were doing 'traffic shaping' and went as far as equating their forging of RST packets with 'busy signals'. In reality, what they were doing was altering the packet traffic, sending bogus RST packets which in fact is more like 'cutting the phone line' instead of 'busy signal'. I think that behaviour is even considered illegal as it is interfering with comms, probably a federal crime as well.
Traffic shaping and QoS may be bad, but what Comcast was doing was outright evil.
I'm betting that the Saudi Arabia RIM NOC will be mostly separated from the rest of RIM's network. The only traffic I'd expect to flow between the RIM 'secure' network and the Saudi 'not-so-secure' network would be PIN messages between users of the different networks.
At least, that is what I hope for. And it might be what will happen; I doubt the US Gov would like their own users being snooped on.
Interesting Note: SSL/TLS can be snooped on BIS users... unless they tweak an interesting option on their berries. SSL/TLS is offloaded by default to the BIS servers ... but there's one setting that can change that. ;)
So, basically the same complaint I have with IPv6.
I've always thought that having a /64 'host' block is a huge waste of space; hardwiring this host ID to a MAC address is infinitely stupid as well. Now it seems that the same giant block opens up a world of abuse? O RLY? It shows how that idea was so shortsighted. I'd add that wasting a full /64 block for a router-to-router link is also an enormous waste of space. In practice, we're really squaring the IP address space, as the other 64 bits are pretty useless.
Fortunately, I've seen that not all IPv6 implementations add the MAC addy into the Host ID, but still, it is kinda lousy to set that kind of behavior as the default. Maybe they should make IPv7, but disregard the dedicated /64 Host ID block and just let us subnet all the way down to /127?
It's that weird Section 6 AI they made, get ready for the thing to come alive!
Granted, I live in Mexico, not in the US... but over here, things are even uglier:
- No publicly routeable IP for you. Everyone's forced to suffer behind NAT.
- ALL P2P traffic is blocked.
- The usual oversubscribing means your speed will go slow. That is, if the Cable ISP doesn't throttle you further.
- The ridiculous "1 PC ONLY" rule which is even more ridiculous now that home networking gear manages NAT, and therefore bypasses this idiot rule.
That said, 4G services won't be good over here unless some kind of unmetered wireless data package comes through. The 3G carriers have some kind of AUP that cuts you off at 3GB ... looks like they're taking advantage on people not knowing the difference between 3G and 3GB. Meh.
The RIAA/MPAA Hero?
This idiot is basically doing what some idiot US senator proposed a couple of years ago. I'm pretty sure that the *AA's would do exactly that if they could; in fact, they might be doing it already. P2P is a surefire way to get all kinds of crap, which is why I have restricted P2P to a VM.
But truly, I'd expect this from a big media company, not from a jackass virus writer. Destroying personal files, "pirated" or not is a no-no. Jail him!
Regular plates actually screw up sometimes
There was a pic doing its rounds on the internet a couple of years ago from Florida. The plate number was
which would usually have no offensive meaning ... except that that particular Florida plate had a big orange between the two letter groups, so it actually reads:
Action at a spooky distance
If I remember, this is the "Einstein-(something)-Paradox" and is referred to in the Xenosaga game. It is based in the fact that entangled particles would always have an opposite spin with the same speed & such; measuring one of the particles would give you automatically the measure of the other particle, even if it is light-years away. Theoretically, altering the spin on particle 1 would alter the spin on particle 2 *instantaneously*, so that it could work as an FTL comms link.
Of course, this is all theoretical.
It seems like you found the Gold Coast BOFH. Those cattle prods definitely look like they would be in the "BOFH's Best Choice" list...
This means I can actually use that Excuse Calendar entry tomorrow!
Good thing, I was running out of credible excuses...
Looks like they were hearing us after all
My biggest complaint with smartphone manufacturers is that they were sticking either to the Blackberry form factor (QWERTY but no touchscreen) or the iPhone form factor (big-ass touchscreen, but no QWERTY). Other than the Palm Pre, most phones were one or the other, except for Nokia. But BlackBerry had not taken this route ... it seems thaqt if has finally dawned on them that some of us want both features. Alas, they have listened!
Media did complain about the Taliban, though.
I do remember that the Taliban regime over the country had pretty good coverage *before* 9/11, in fact I had been following the whole thing for at least a year before 9/11. The problem was that it seemed to be one of those things that nobody cared about, kinda like the Rwandan genocide. It took an idiot Osama for the world to put their eyes on Afghanistan.
Free BlackBerry publicity!
This incident, like the one in India before this one, gives a pretty clear idea to consumers: Blackberries use such badass crypto that foreign governments are unable to crack it. Most security-oriented people will take this into mind when choosing their next smartphone.
Other smartphones should be pretty capable of doing serious crypto, but RIM's on the news. Nice!
Missing the point
The antenna works really good ... except when you short it with the other antenna by touching the gap. That is the real problem, the one that Anandtech team tested, and later the PA team confirmed. There's no way to cop out from that fact.
Some smartphones you got there...
"I think you seriously need to go back to 1996 prior to the launch of the iPhone and look at the sorry state of smartphones back then."
Yes, the smartphones were in a sorry state back then, because, well, *they didn't even exist in 1996*. I think what you call Symbian or Windows Mobile didn't even exist back then!
However, my 1996 PalmPilot did have a nice UI, thank-you-very-much. The same UI that prevailed with PalmOS, up to the mid-2000's with the Treo, which was actually a smartphone.
While I agree that bad UIs can cause problems, the ones I remember weren't that bad. Haven't really used Symbian, so I can't vow for them.
Interesting graphs, they are
It seems that the Android crowd is feeding mostly from iPhone to Android switchers, and a couple of Blackberry to Android switchers; but the increase in % seems to show that it isn't just switchers that are swelling the Android toters; it is also first-time smartphone buyers as well.
One thing that RIM should do is get out a combo touchscreen/keyboard device. I would definitely want one of those,as I like touchscreens but I wouldn't sacrifice my physical keyboard for a touchscreen. Hm... maybe HP should bring out something like the Palm Pre as well...
Hm, the keyboard looks like it has the punctuation characters accesible by an alt key or something like that. Pretty much the same case with most QWERTY keyboards, even the BlackBerry. If this is the case, punctuation is pretty quick anyway. If it is more like the 'berry's "SYM" key, well then that slows typing down and you will suffer. Which of these cases does this keyboard stand in?
Why exclude the Berries?
Even with RIM's compression stuff going on, these numbers might mean something if they are equal or higher than the iPhone data usage. Because it would mean that the berries are actually sucking *more* data than the uncompressed iPhone data usage!
According to my berry, I've eaten through 287 Mb in the last 3 weeks, so that places me above the 200 Mb mark that iPhone users have.
"oh, and before someone point the finger at the UAE, remember that the USofA already have access to those servers."
... except they don't, because those servers are in Canada.
You're the one that's actually wrong.
"Considering that Cellphones participate in an encrypted data exchange, a cracked phone represents a security failure."
The encrypted data exchange is made by the UMTS handshaking, and that's handled by the SIM card. That particular element isn't being "cracked" by jailbreaking, so the comms are still secure. Carriers don't care what kind of data you're carrying, except maybe VoIP or if they deem that you're "hogging" resources. And unlike a car, you can actually re-flash the OS on a cellphone if it ever gets erased by a software bug. If Sony can manage this with the PSP, I can't see why a Fisher-Price toy can't be restored as well.
They tried to get this exemption shot down
If they had won the argument on this exception, they would have started doing DMCA takedowns and other kinds of bull to go after those who make the jailbreaking tools. It would've been deemed like DeCSS. Fortunately, they lost.
Geeze, I thought that Apple had the überOS to rule them all ... and they still haven't managed to put a permissions sandbox like the one the Blackberry OS uses? It is made so that apps can't dial out unless you give them permission to do so. And even then, you can set it to "always ask", so that you'll get a confirmation dialog before the call is made.
Anyway, enticing kids to dial premium rate numbers isn't new. I was fooled when I was 6 yrs old into calling Woody Woodpecker on a 1-900 number. My dad wasn't amused when the next phone bill came, and I learned about the scam.
Used to be elite
1337 used to be "elite" back in the early days of hacking; unfortunately the k00l k1d5 574r73d 70 wr1t3 l1k3 th15 and it became pretty lame, pretty fast.
Oh, the coincidences...
... I had bought a 9700 a week before the Jobs statement about the 9700.
Before the death grip, I get -66. During the death grip, it goes down to -72 ... and then bounces back to -66, without me "ungripping" it. Not only is the dip in signal much lower than in the iPhone, the handset actually goes back to its original signal strength. Hell, the variation might have been even me moving the phone slightly when gripping it!
Apple is lying on the matter, and they're being called out for that. RIM already spoke on the matter, I'd expect other makers to do the same.
Oh ... and if it lost a couple of bars ... could it be that it had the same kind of "doctored" bar thresholds that the iPhone has? ;)
Power and Noise-to-Ratio
There are other variables that affect your calls. The lower the signal strength, the more power your handset will need to use for transmission. Another thing is that your handset might be better in handling low signals, which the iPhone 4 has been shown is capable of doing.
Having a handset where 1 bar is the threshold of "gonna lose the call" vs. one that "2 bars drops calls" ... I'd rather have the one where 1 bar is the call-losing one. Why? Because I can know in advance if I'm straying into a low signal zone.
RealID ... it is in the name.
"1) RealID is not your real name (unless you choose it to be, in which case wtf are you complaining about?)"
I don't think that word means what you think it means.
RealID was optional (intended to make it mandatory on forums) but the requirement *is* for it to be your REAL name. Similar to Facebook.
And given that WoW users will have Credit Card details linked to them (for game payments), this means that their real names are definitely linked to their account as well. So it isn't like Facebook where I can just mangle my last name; I have to put my full real name.
Wasn't because of licensing
Apple suffered because they did the licensing thing too late. If they had done the move in the 80's, most of us would have been running System 7.1 by the time win95 came ... and win95 would've been dumped like the piece of trash it was.
However, by the time Apple started the licensing program, MS had already taken over the PC market. Most of the PC competitors (Amiga, RISC OS and such) were going poof, or had already been relegated to a niche market. By then, those interested in a cheap Mac were the remaining Mac users, not new users.
I suppose that new that s.44 has been officially killed, he can't get 44'd anymore. Happy snapping!
Why can't you DIE already?
Why the hell does this company insist on beating a dead horse? Hell, even the author of the megablunder has been fired for this!
Whoever still has SCO stock and hasn't used it as toilet paper should get them to stop. It's pointless and stupid.
"You realise that *everyone* will have their real name, don't you? So anyone doing the abusing will be identified as well."
Except the abuser will know this, so he won't post anything. He'll google your address, go to *your* house and beat the crap out of *you*. Tracing that kind of behaviour is pretty hard, while an agressor will have it easy to find out who he wants to hit, and where he lives.
"If it matters to you - don't use the forums."
I'm pretty sure that it matters to most of the useful people in the forums. Be prepared to see an empty Battle.net forum as soon as this goes up.
Inefficient on Earth.
The only place where Solar energy is actually efficient is in Space, where you get the full juice without an atmosphere blocking it, no day/night cycles, and no bad weather to screw up the power output level. There is one project working on Space Solar stuff, though; it involves sending the harnessed energy as targeted microwaves to the surface.
For Earth-based stuff, Fusion is the only thing that will be able to keep up with our power requirements.
MTV got substituted by YouTube because MTV no longer shows videos at all. It had started the slippery slope into crap programming ever since they started putting boy band videos; then they went heavier on the whole "reality show" thing, so much that they are no longer a "video channel" at all. They've lost the 'M' in 'MTV'.
While discmans were shitty, the latest batch of walkmans had anti-shock systems that actually worked. Running and jumping wouldn't wobble the tape; they were very damn resilient for what they were worth. Hell, mine is still in perfect working order after 12 years! I agree on the Discmans though. The mp3-enabled ones were better, but an mp3 player fares much better in this field.
Downloads? Hm... only if you count allofmp3, coz the eyeTunes store is way too overpriced for me. I do agree that I'm more likely to rip my legally purchased CDs and slap them on my Blackberry, but that isn't quite 'downloading'. And I'd rather own a physical BluRay disc than depending on a streaming service when my internet link might go down.
Doing a Monty
I thought that meant 'Selling me an RDBMS that doesn't have standard RDBMS features like transactions and referential integrity checks'. Monty's stubborness in saying that transactions were not needed at all in an RDBMS, that foreign keys were for lazy developers and other kinds of crap.
When I found out that BDB and InnoDB didn't have support for the BACKUP command, I simply said 'Fuck it. I'm going back to PostgreSQL.' Also, I'd like to note that InnoDB was also bought by Oracle, so they could've simply shut down InnoDB if they had wanted to kill MySQL, long before Sun acquired MySQL.
I'd rather like to see PostgreSQL replacing MySQL, as it is a more mature RDBMS, and one that is light years ahead from MySQL. Also, it would be good for a true FOSS DBMS to take over, and squash the weird mutants out there like NoSQL or the MUMPS-based hellspawn called Caché.
PS3 Firmware update
Don't worry, you won't need to pay for FW updates. Never have, never will, and they already added some kind of 3D support in the last FW release.
Unfortunately I can't acknowledge this, as mine is still running 3.15, thanks to the stupid decision of nuking OtherOS support. :(
Anyway, I'm glad that Blu-Ray won that format war, HD-DVD sounded stupid and it also baffles me that anyone would back an inferior product at all. On storage capacities, it was like the 5.25" trying to beat the 3.5" floppy disc, or the Compact Casette trying to beat the CD. Then again, it has happened before ... with the 8 track tape.
Gesture gaming is a joke
" the future of gaming is non-hardcore... think Wiii, think Kinect, think 3/4+ people playing gesture games"
All I can *think* about that is that guy from the Kinect presentation playing Dance Central and looking like a dork. It looks like something out of "Decline of Video Gaming" that even the creators of THAT series didn't imagine possible.
However, I do agree that 3D whatever isn't just ready for consumers yet. The "wear funny glasses" kind works well for the movie theater, but fails for home use. And the few glass-less 3D devices I've seen can only be used in certain angles, and are usually headache-inducing. Ow.
Developing countries have already shunned the iBone.
Don't worry, though ... they're *also* shunning the Android thingys as well. The only ones I've seen over here (Mexico) are the Motorola Dext and something called the Motoroi. And that last one is for the minority CDMA network... I'd like to see how it fares with the iPhone, which is an exclusive to Telcel, the carrier with 80% market over here.
I'd like to note that at my workplace everyone has smartphones. One guy has an iPhone. Unlike the Linux/Windows wars, the OS choice is linked to specific devices, which have a price tag. iPhone's price tag is somewhere near the "average income of a Mexican family"; the subsidized with 18-mo contracts are cheaper but few mobile users have contracts; most of them are on PAYG.
Blackberries are the ones that have been doing some inroads lately, as there are lots of them on sale on the $200 price tag, something that can be bought by middle-class people without wincing. Android handsets also seem to have a decent price tag, so those are selling even though there is close to none marketing for Android over here. Even though I've seen few Android handsets, there are more of those than iPhone handsets. And the few iPhones I've seen ... well... a couple of them are the hiPhone knockoff. I doubt Apple will ever have a raving success here in Mexico.
not the full story though
Anandtech seems to have missed one important factor on signal strength vs. SNR. Low signal strength means the handset will have to ramp up its transmission power to compensate for the signal strength. So yes, you can make calls at -113, but that also means your battery's going down real hard, real fast.
hm... Apple did their own share of 'viral' marketing ... in the manner of installing itself without the user realizing it on the next Apple Update batch. Google at least told you to download it.
So a part of Safari's share might be users that found themselves with a new browser, decided to check it out and kept it. Probably IE6 users.
Problem with that...
The justification of using terms the wrong way for the sake of marketing has been an issue for a lot of tech stuff, as the misuse and/or exaggeration have increased recently.
My 1981 Stereo (which is around my age) is a 60 Watt stereo. Cranking the volume up to 10 will be very frickin' loud.
My mom's minicomponent says it is a "2600 Watt" stereo. If you compared my 60 Watt stereo with those numbers, you would expect for the entire house to vibrate with that sound, and all the windows to explode. Oh wait! It says "2600 Watt *PMPO*". Hey! The Sound Engineer tells me these are fake watts!!!
Hard disks have been conning people with the assumption that kilobytes, megabytes and gigabytes are calculated on base-1000, instead of the universally used base-1024. Thus, every time the prefix increases (mega to giga, giga to tera), you're getting LESS storage space for your money. RAM sticks do comply with the base-1024 standard, because non-base-1024 RAM would crash your computer. (This problem has been aggravated by pedantic engineers who insist on slapping the useless base-1000 to the kilobyte/megabyte, and even invented a rarely used "kibibyte", "mebibyte" and such. HDD manufacturers can now keep on ripping off consumers.)
Some newer cellphone cameras claim a large number of megapixels, however these are achieved by some weird process which blurs the extra megapixels. You'll find these cams with cheap Chinese knockoffs. Also, you may have noticed that some cameras offer real big zoom capabilites which are really achieved by "digital zoom".
Storage tapes, at least in the DAT area, will claim a 40Gb capacity ... then you find out that it gets full at 7Gb. WTF? Oh, that was 40Gb *compressed*. Bad luck, dude!
There are a lot of other claims that are outright lies, or playing with terminology, but it's pub o'clock over here, and I really, really gotta go now. Enjoy!
Drag & Drop
This is the main complaint I get from my sister. She got an iPod shuffle 1GB as a present from my dad a couple of years ago; I used it once and wondered why the playlist was so random. My sis told me that it was annoying, because iTunes would grab all her playlist and chuck it all into the iPod until no more space was left. It seems that checking/unchecking the boxes of a zillion mp3's isn't my sister's idea of "user-friendly". And I also concur.
She said that she would rather have one of those cheapo mp3 players all her friends had, as she would only need to drag & drop the mp3s on it, and it would also double as a USB pendrive.
I'd also like to note that my sister isn't that IT savvy at all. She just hates the iTunes sync option.
I'm left-handed. Does this mean I'm forsaken from the iPhone?
Errr... I'll stick with my Blackberry then.
Yeah, but ...
x86 hardware blows goats.
The fact that ARM has basically taken over all the other embedded device markets is something that is indeed impressive. The day someone comes out with an ARM-based "PC" and actually gets it to take a bite from the Wintel majority, it will be as revolutionary as the first PCs themselves.
Meanwhile, I'll have to keep on suffering the almost 30 year old x86 arch that has been patched over to look like it's actually good.
I'd say that I've been using BT heavily ever since I got my first BT-enabled handset. It serves as a configuration-less tethering option (PAN profile), file transfer with my PC, or mobile-to-mobile file transfers, which seems to be its most used feature.
Then, when I bought my PS3, I added up the use of BT controllers, and a BT remote that I can use when I'm using my PS3 as a DVD or BluRay player. (No more pointing to the device!)
It is also real good for use with bluetooth headphones, handsfree devices and even BT-enabled car stereo. Adding the fact that my Blackberry supports voice-activated dialing, well, that's even better!
I haven't seen anything close to replacing Bluetooth at this moment. My only complaint is that the cheap USB dongles use some weird kind of software driver + software (BlueSoleil) that sometimes craps out. However, it is excellent for mobile devices!
Oh dear! I think that's what we get for saying "pics or it didn't happen"!
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go wash my eyes.
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