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Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

BorgDrone Re:Thankfully those will be patched right in a jif (127 comments)

Not as seamless and my wife's iPhone, but close enough for me

And not as long either, Google only provides updates for 18 months. If you buy a phone on a 2 year contract (as many people do) and you get the new Nexus the day it is released, you still have 6 months in which you will not receive (security) updates.

Completely unacceptable.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day

BorgDrone Re:IMDB is full of descriptors (86 comments)

Probably because of all the lawsuits that IMDb would file over that.

about 3 months ago
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Dell Exec Calls HP's New 'Machine' Architecture 'Laughable'

BorgDrone HP should liquidate (173 comments)

Yeah, maybe HP should shut down and give the money back to the shareholders. Right ?

about 4 months ago
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New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

BorgDrone Re: How is this a good idea? (249 comments)

No, you do it like apple, ask it when the app uses it first, that way the user can place the request in context. If you click on 'upload photo' in a social media app and it asks for permission to access your photo's, you know that makes sense and grant permission. If a calculator app asks the same when you start it, you know something's fishy. Asking upfront is the dumbest thing ever, the user hasn't even started the app once so has no way of knowing if the requested permissions make any sense.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

BorgDrone Re: I want to see where this goes (364 comments)

How is Netflix supposed to "connect directly"

By paying Verizon shitloads of money for 'fast lane' access, duh.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

BorgDrone Re:Other way around (711 comments)

Eh.. the author of the app can select which countries to publish in, what does Apple have to do with it if it's not due to a regional restriction ? Why was the author unable to just tick 1 checkbox ?

about 4 months ago
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Invention Makes Citibikes Electric

BorgDrone Re:Wheel reinvented. (166 comments)

And that's basically an electric version of the Solex from 1941.

about 7 months ago
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Physicists Claim First Observation of a Quantum Cheshire Cat

BorgDrone Chesire Cat (148 comments)

Is it just me or does that sound a lot like a Heisenberg Compensator ?

Beam me up!

about 9 months ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air

BorgDrone Re: Incompetent Press (471 comments)

64 bit - better performance, but it's still fewer cores and lower performance than high end Android devices.

I'm assuming you're referring to the snapdragon 800, which seems to be the top performing SoC in Android devices at the moment. Have you seen the benchmarks ?

The dual-core 1.3Ghz A7 whoops the quad-core 2.4Ghz Snapdragon 800's ass. Which just shows how awesome Apple's chip designers are.

about a year ago
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Android Co-Founder: Fragmentation "an Overblown Issue"

BorgDrone Re:I disagree (289 comments)

As a developer, I can say hands down that iOS is WAY more difficult to work with than Android, for completely unrelated reasons.

I'm also a mobile developer (both iOS and Android) and I feel the exact opposite. What makes you say iOS is more difficult to work with than Android ? For me iOS gives me a lot more power to do what I need to do; Google made some design choices in Android in order to support low-end device, which make life a lot more difficult on Android than on iOS. On average I'd say it takes 2-3 times a much time to make an Android version of an app than the iOS version, while sometimes having to drop features because they won't work on older OSes or can only be supported on high-end devices, resulting in less polished apps.

about a year ago
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DRM Chair Self-Destructs After 8 Uses

BorgDrone Re:That's not DRM (215 comments)

This could be applied to anything. Imagine if the whole world worked like the content mafia does and people don't get paid for the work they do but every time the result of that work is used.

You don't pay the plumber for the hours he worked, you pay a little for every time you sit on the toilet, every time you flush, etc. You don't pay the guy who tiled your kitchen, instead there's a micro transaction for every tile you step on. Couch in the living room ? Few cents every time you sit down.

And if your grandfather used to be a plumber, you'll get paid for his work until 90 years after his death.

Brilliant!

about a year and a half ago
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Home Server Or VPS? One Family's Math

BorgDrone Re:Uh.. bandwidth? (380 comments)

The word doesn’t even appear in the article... yet it’s probably the biggest consideration when looking at a server, be it local, shared/vps, or dedicated.

Maybe it's not mentioned because its not an issue for him ?

Not everyone lives in the US and has to deal with crappy ISP's. I get 200Mbit up/down on fiber, no limits whatsoever (no FUP or anything like that, truly unlimited), my ISP allows me to run servers (explicitly stated in the T&C) and basically do whatever the fsck I want with my connection.

about a year and a half ago
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Home Server Or VPS? One Family's Math

BorgDrone Re:Uh.. bandwidth? (380 comments)

The problem with cable or any solution where there is shared bandwidth for upstream and downstream is that for home connections they will always choose to allocate more bandwidth for downstream. For me that was one of the reasons for switching from cable (120/10) to fiber (200/200).

about a year and a half ago
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Xbox 720 Could Require Always-On Connection, Lock Out Used Games

BorgDrone Re:And for those with a normal... (592 comments)

Screw the Internet. They haven't worked out trains yet...

The nice thing about railroads is that they are long. uninterrupted stretches of land linking major urban areas. They are ideal routes for burying fiber. I see a two-birds-with-one-stone situation here.

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Lands Drunk Driving Teen In Jail

BorgDrone Re:How is this gasping news (443 comments)

It's because teenagers are immature and are worse at realizing the consequences (or caring)

Which is why you shouldn't let children operate 2000 pound death machines.

about a year and a half ago
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Netflix Ranks ISP Speeds

BorgDrone Re:Define "rural" (186 comments)

Yes, my parents live in a thinly populated area of the Netherlands and they have fiber, also all the houses and farms outside the villages are getting fibered up, some several kilometers from any community (the whole area is mostly farmland).

about 2 years ago
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RIAA Failed To Disclose Expert's Lobbying History To "Six-Strikes" Partners

BorgDrone Re:Lucrative Business (90 comments)

We can't even stand up against election fraud.

What election fraud ? As if there is a need for it.

about 2 years ago
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Mother Found Guilty After Protesting TSA Pat-down of Daughter

BorgDrone Re:Not criminal? (652 comments)

You forget it is also the home of the brave. Where 'brave' means so scared of the extremely remote chance you might be the victim of terrorism that they gladly give up their freedoms.

Land of the oppressed, home of the cowards.

about 2 years ago

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