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Security-Focused BlackPhone Was Vulnerable To Simple Text Message Bug

ArhcAngel Re:But, But (46 comments)

You meant that as a joke but when Microsoft first attained government security (C2 IIRC) certification for Windows NT there was a little asterisk by the cert. For the OS to be considered C2 compliant it must not be connected to a network in any way.

yesterday
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

ArhcAngel It's a new part of the industry (809 comments)

If you look at this demo of the QNX Kia Soul at CES 2014 starting at about 1:20 they demonstrate the acoustic shaping properties of QNX Car 2.0. From dampening exterior noise to engine sound "enhancement". They demo the Soul revving but sounding like a Dodge Challenger.

about a week ago
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Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

ArhcAngel Re:Finally. A Google plan I can get behind (101 comments)

That's good to hear. Perhaps they are improving. I'll admit I haven't even tried in over a year it had been so bad.

about a week ago
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Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

ArhcAngel Re:Finally. A Google plan I can get behind (101 comments)

One thing Google has continuously failed miserably at is customer service. Unless they are going to invest some time/money/energy in improving their track record in this regard their wireless plans had better be dirt cheap/free. You already have Republic Wireless and FreedomPop sitting at that level. And I switched to Ting two years ago despite them being on the Sprint network because they have great rates for all but the most voracious data consumers and the best customer service of any company I have ever done business with. Next month they'll be adding the T-Mobile network to their offerings and they just started offering Internet in a couple of locations. I'll be watching to see if Google gets the customer service aspect down.

about a week ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

ArhcAngel Re:Time for a UNION! (263 comments)

I'm glad I work for a non-profit.

You work for the NFL?

about a week ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

ArhcAngel Re:Why HDMI? (227 comments)

Exactly! With one DisplayPort I can output to two HDMI ports. DisplayPort has double the bandwidth of HDMI so I can literally run two HDMI monitors on one port without degrading the signal. Add to that DisplayPort is royalty free and HDMI is not.

about a week ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

ArhcAngel Re:Why HDMI? (227 comments)

HDMI is less capable but MORE useful than DisplayPort? Is that a form of fuzzy logic?

about a week ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

ArhcAngel Why HDMI? (227 comments)

If they were going for free wouldn't DisplyPort have been a better option? I mean HDMI is at its roots video DRM. With DisplyPort you can opt to output to almost every modern video connection available including HDMI.

about a week ago
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Samsung Launches Tizen Phone In India

ArhcAngel Re:LOL fascists (35 comments)

Uh...you go RTFA linked to. No modification necessary. Just install ACL app and install apps.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Launches Tizen Phone In India

ArhcAngel Tizen is OSS (35 comments)

Samsung has put A LOT of time and energy into Tizen but Tizen is OSS from the ground up. Google gave us a mostly OSS Android experience but OEM's don't like being beholden to them in many areas. Especially areas where Google is competing against them. Tizen is very appealing in that regard and why so many OEM's are looking at Tizen in their devices. Look for all manner or smart devices to start running Tizen in the near future.

about two weeks ago
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Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own

ArhcAngel Re:what about spectrums rights? (104 comments)

Which is why the FCC needs to take back all the spectrum and assign one company to build out a network using the whole spectrum while carriers sell service and lease capacity from the company maintaining the network. Basically make all service providers MVNO's. Much like deregulated electric providers are today. It aint perfect but it's better than what we have now.

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

ArhcAngel Re:yeah well, (324 comments)

I made the mistake of installing that abomination ONCE! After I calmed down enough to stop the steam from coming out of my ears and reassured the dogs I wasn't going to skewer anything within twenty feet I uninstalled it and scrubbed the system as best I could.

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

ArhcAngel Re:Why choose sides? (258 comments)

If the creator is flawed the creation will be flawed. How the creation is flawed may not be patently obvious but rest assured it is flawed and those flaws will manifest eventually.

about two weeks ago
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HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

ArhcAngel Re:Shrug (161 comments)

Oh the irony...

Or did you intentionally bork the <quotes> tag?

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry's Survival Plan: the Internet of Things

ArhcAngel Re:BlackBerry is fine (74 comments)

Ah...but the killer feature BlackBerry brought to QNX is BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server) connectivity. BlackBerry was never a mobile handset company. They were always a mobile communications company that sold two way pagers / phones. You see, BlackBerry has an international network in place. It's no longer needed to support their phones so it is being re-purposed to allow encrypted communication between all those QNX devices out there and a companies BES. Each QNX device connected means a license and each BES means a service agreement. If you bother to look at everything QNX is already running (Cisco network equipment, industrial automation [SCADA] equipment, medical electronics, and over 50% of the automobiles made today) you might begin to understand just how well positioned BlackBerry is to take advantage of the IoT. Earlier this year BlackBerry invested heavily in NantHealth and today they announced the HBox gen 2. A health monitoring device that will send its data in real-time back to the doctor via a BES. That's a potentially huge market.

about three weeks ago
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AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks

ArhcAngel Re:Shrinking your competitor's capacity (230 comments)

Actually oil companies have been exporting crude products abroad (They still can't legally export unrefined crude oil) for a few years now because they can make more selling them in other countries. In fact this past June some restrictions were lifted and they started exporting unrefined ultralight oil

about three weeks ago
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AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks

ArhcAngel Re:I got an idea (230 comments)

Dear OEM X,
We are intrigued by your new technology Y. We have begun production of our own version we copied straight from your designs and need you to sign the attached licensing agreement giving us complete autonomy to use your patents as we see fit. We very much enjoy our relationship and would hate to see OEM X lose its ability to purchase our chips at base rate and be forced to seek them from 3rd party suppliers.

Sincerely, Intel

about three weeks ago
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Boeing and BlackBerry Making a Self-Destructing Phone

ArhcAngel Re:Hints (75 comments)

lets the magic smoke out of the storage and ram chips

You had the same electronics theory professor I did!

about a month ago

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ArhcAngel ArhcAngel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ArhcAngel writes "My stepson's laptop was stolen recently and the person who stole it knew exactly where to look. I'm pretty sure he is acquainted with the person who stole it and they go to college together. My question for /. is since I have the MAC address of the laptop and I know where the kid goes to school is there a way to have the college IT dept. flag that MAC address when it hits the schools network? Has anyone ever done something similar and what kind of help or hindrance was the IT dept. in assisting in this kind of request?"

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