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CyanogenMod Android ROMs Accidentally Logged Screen Unlock Patterns

Em Ellel Re:Accidentally? (69 comments)

Ahh, you miss the point. The vast majority do not need to understand the code.

Open source's strength is not that everyone has to read/understand the code -- it is that everyone can. It takes only one person to find an issue, then others can see for themselves and confirm/fix. If the vendor not fixing it fast enough, a fork or patch can be done without vendor's approval. On the other hand when Apple logged your location, it was only found by accident because they left data laying around. Then you had to wait for Apple to fix it, which, for all we know, they did by not leaving the data easily findable.

Of course that is not perfect and plenty of bugs and issues do not get found quickly in Open Source - but if it is popular enough, it is much harder to be evil on purpose and hide it.

Oh, it's open source so it's all good?

Open source is so fast to get a pass on being Evil(tm) around here. More people who own an Android phone have the skills to rebuild an engine than to properly interpret the source code of their phone. Open source only matters if you have the skills to understand the code. The vast majority of people running CyanogenMod don't have this skill set.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Now Discounting HarperCollins EBooks

Em Ellel Re:Good for Whom? (136 comments)

Can an author survive (and thrive) self-publishing? Retailers and publishers are certainly important for physical copies of a book; how well can an author do publishing only digitally?

According to Bezos in the HD presentation, something like a quarter of Kindle top 100 sellers are self published.

Hmm, I wonder how many of the top 100 grossing titles are self published.

Self published titles tend to be very cheaply priced and Amazon frequently has a (virtual) monopoly on the sale of the title. This places them higher on the list of most units sold for the Kindle. Even with that advantage they only occp>

Writing a good book is very hard. Editing a book is very demanding as well. Add on top of that the need to market it yourself ...

Just being a good writer is hard enough.

Well let's do the math and see - the #1 and #2 on kindle top 100 paid are kdp(self) published, #3 is a publisher book. They are priced $3.99, $6.59, and $12.99. Assuming they all sell same number of copies (which giving their rankings they don't, but let's assume) author of the first gets about $2.79 a copy, author of the second one gets about $4.54, and the third is lucky if he is getting $1.29 a copy. You think the first two authors would rather be with the publisher?

And by the way, kdp is not only digital, you can get a paper copy too. There are even audiobooks available. Furthermore - you are not restricted to kdp either - you can sell through other channels too. Amazon will want the cheapest price though. Quick google of the #1 book finds her in a number of online bookstores.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 Rooted

Em Ellel Re:An honest question (62 comments)

Depends on what you want. Most people do not care if it is android, iOS or windows. Most people don't know what bootloader is, let alone know why a locked one is bad. In fact for most people, locked bootloader is good, or at least irrelevant. They want someone else to take care of everything for them and the device to just work, even if only in limited capacity. On the other hand Fire HD has nice hardware, stereo sound, good WiFi, hi-res screen, features not found elsewhere (xray, basic multiuser support, backup of your app data, etc) all at a dirt cheap price.

It is not a device for everyone - I'd rather have a real android device, but I get why it is popular and would even recommend itin some cases.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 Rooted

Em Ellel Re:The Greatest Mistake (62 comments)

You are assuming their goal is to sell tablets. YOU ARE WRONG. They do not care about Android. They do not care about selling Fire to someone who wants an Android tablet. They are selling these things at cost, so the main thing they care about is you buying content and other items from them. If you want an open tablet, they would much rather you buy Nexus7. If you want apple experience, they cringe a little, but say "knock yourself out"- buy an iPad. Guess what, you can still use either to read Kindle content, or shop at amazon.com. If you don't want to do that, why should they waste their and your time selling you something you do not care about and they make no money on?

Truth is that you and I and others who want open devices are a minority. Most just want a simple device that just works and does the few limited things they need. Fire, (just like iPad) is for them, not for us. Just a way to make it easier to buy from amazon for those who WANT to buy from amazon and don't care about building our own custom ROMs or paying through the nose for overpriced iCrap. It is not a mistake, it is a brilliant strategy which is clearly working for them (22% of the market in under a year ain't bad)

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Now Discounting HarperCollins EBooks

Em Ellel Re:Good for Whom? (136 comments)

Can an author survive (and thrive) self-publishing? Retailers and publishers are certainly important for physical copies of a book; how well can an author do publishing only digitally?

According to Bezos in the Kindle HD presentation, something like a quarter of Kindle top 100 sellers are self published.

about 2 years ago
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Ubisoft Brings Back Always-Connected DRM For Driver: San Francisco

Em Ellel Re:That's ok (261 comments)

The computer is a "communication" device. It is a fairly safe assumption that it is, or will be connected to the internet at some point, more often sooner rather than later (or never)..

Erm, computer is inherently a computing device, not a communication device, thats why they call it a "computer" and not "communicator".

about 3 years ago
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Google Announces Google CDN

Em Ellel Re:Opera...again (205 comments)

No. Not even close.

Knee-jerk much? At least spend a second Googling something you know nothing about before commenting.

This is EXACTLY like Opera Turbo - which is an optimizing proxy server - the only key difference is that Google's service is browser agnostic and Opera's designed to work with Opera browsers only.

-Em

about 3 years ago
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Google Announces Google CDN

Em Ellel Re:Worthless (205 comments)

How do you expect a 3rd party without your TLS private key to proxy AND compress (i.e. modifying the content) your HTTPS connections?

Its Google - we expect magic. Damn the common sense!!!

Seriously though - they could support it by you providing them with a key/cert - just like any other HTTPS proxy. The issue is that the way GHS works - it is very difficult, if not impossible, to support SSL. They would have to have a separate dedicated IP for each site (i.e. no just assigning your DNS to ghs.google.com) or a very large, very convoluted, ever changing certificates with a LOT of aliases. This is why GHS never supported SSL - even for content hosted by Google.

-Em

about 3 years ago
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Google Announces Google CDN

Em Ellel Re:Holy shit (205 comments)

Holy shit, 6 out of 7 respondents to the GP (all but anredo) completely missed the point. [insert standard complaint about slashdot going downhill].

Web pages with script are not static, and caching the HTML script output does nothing. Server-side code generally has to be run per-visitor. Akamai has all sorts of crazy custom XML to specify which portions are static.

Setting up a proper CDN for the modern web is more complicated than just redirecting some DNS entries.

LOL. Talk about pot calling kettle black. This is what happens when you read the slashdot summary instead of the source material. Allow me to explain what you are missing - what Google is doing is not a CDN at all, its just a bad summary. They are providing an optimizing proxy - it could care less if your content is static or dynamic, as long as it generates HTML output, it will work. It is unclear from first glance if the proxy is a caching proxy - I would guess it is - but even then it would be a stretch to call it a CDN in a modern sense of the word.

about 3 years ago
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Google Finally Uses Remote Kill Switch On Malware

Em Ellel Re:GJ GOOGLE (177 comments)

The next time Microsoft releases a patch for a security vulnerability I would like to see this sentiment repeated.

Generally I think when Microsoft release a patch of a security vulnerability - I do say good job. Everyone has security problems, the issue is how they deal with it - and Microsoft in the past often ignored the issue for a long time (I dont deal a lot with Windows these days, but it does seem that that has shifted as of late)

Of course as others pointed out - this less like Microsoft patches to their own code and more like forced Anti-Malware install - for which I have mixed feelings.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

Em Ellel Re:Texas Budget Deficit (811 comments)

Well, it might not any more. As I said in another post, I did this a decade ago. The laws may have changed since then. But back then, intrastate shipments and being too close to the distribution center in terms of ownership or management could bust Nexus protections in a hurry.

In this case, Amazon ran this warehouse through a subsidiary. This is not a case of a separate company doing distribution, it's a separate division of the same company. That's not arm's-length, that's married with kids.

I suggest looking up the difference between "division" and "subsidiary". Subsidiary is by definition a separate company, so yes, it is a case of a separate company. Having tangled with Amazon's lawyers (not a very pleasant experience), I know for sure those guys do not leave anything to chance - so I am sure they crossed the T's and dotted the I's when it came to this sort of thing.

Meanwhile Texas already screwed its people out of thousands of jobs and millions in taxes that the distribution center WAS paying.

The Distrbution Center has an unknown number of employees, but Amazon claiming that they are avoiding hiring "up to 1,000" new employees when they canceled plans to open multiple DCs. So I doubt this one DC had "thousands of jobs". Still sucks to be Texas on this one, but they'll probably make more in this sales tax revenue suit than the jobs will ever make them in income tax.

Most DCs don't employ thousands of people - by the time you reach the point where that many people are necessary you'll have put in significant automation systems because there won't be enough room for all of them. Amazon's an efficient company, and they know distribution. If that DC had 250 employees I'd be surprised.

PS: Just looked it up. http://www.statesman.com/business/119-to-lose-jobs-when-amazon-closes-texas-1248784.html 119 jobs lost.

Well, they CLAIMED to be creating up to a thousand new jobs in planned expansions, though you are probably right, the real number would have been smaller (thus "up to" claim). Still, thats 119 REAL jobs slashed, still sucks for 119 families that have to either loose jobs or move out of state.

Really, Texas should get off their ass and just tax every internet purchase, like NY did. It'll save a lot of headaches to everyone involved instead of trying to trying to do weaselly and shady back-billing that even their own Governor disapproves of (as per the article you linked).

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

Em Ellel Re:Texas Budget Deficit (811 comments)

So, as long as the Texas DC was:

1. Only ever used to ship Amazon product to Amazon customers OUTSIDE Texas, and
2. Not owned by Amazon or shares a parent company with Amazon. ...it may be true that neither company owes Texas jack shit.

It sounds logical but has nothing to do with legal reality.

Reality is simple: Company A Sells a product, but they contract to Company B to do their distribution. Company B is not selling anything, so it is not in charge of collecting any sales tax, all they have to pay is income tax from the contract. It does not matter who owns what - as long as these are separate companies and are run as separate companies. It's a loophole, but a very established and known one. And it is very hard one to close down, as it would pretty much screw every public company - after all they are owned by a lot of people in a lot of states. Plus same people own lots of other company stocks, so by your logic they would all have to be treated as one company.

The only way out of this is by just flat taxing everything shipping to your state, like NY does. But really, that just screws the people of your state. Meanwhile Texas already screwed its people out of thousands of jobs and millions in taxes that the distribution center WAS paying. Go Texas!

more than 3 years ago
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Preview of Ubuntu's Unity Interface

Em Ellel Re:Huh? (382 comments)

"Showing" isn't about the server or client. You can have a server-client connection without showing anything.

Besides that you missed the concept of "example", you focused on "showing", where the key word was "request". You request something of a server and receive a reply action. The confusion here is that X-Server machine is CLIENT to user request to display something but it is a SERVER to the program doing the actual displaying.

It's actually quite simple: The server controls a resource, and the client uses that resource through the server. For example the file server controls the files, and the clients connect to it to access them. The web server controls the web pages, and the web clients connect to it to access them. The sound server controls the sound device, and the clients connect to it to access them. And the display server controls the display, and the clients connect to it to use that display.

Yes, except it is not so simple because you are missing the human factor. The trouble comes from definitions and how they are interpreted. For example you state that a "sounds server" serves sound output (i.e. sound card) but you can just as well call a shoutcast server a "sound server" - which is the opposite. Now you and I understand that they are both "servers", and that when someone listens to a shoutcast server they are a client to the shoutcast server AND a client to a sound card server and that they are two separate sessions, but to a lay-person this is not obvious in the least.

I guess the real reason for the confusion is that for many people, "server" means "big machine somewhere else". While the X server is on the possibly small machine in front of you.

Pretty much.

-Em

more than 3 years ago
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Preview of Ubuntu's Unity Interface

Em Ellel Re:Huh? (382 comments)

Confusing? X is the server, and handles connections to it telling it what to display. Like httpd (apache) is a server and handles a Web client telling it what Web page to send down the pipe. People weren't confused running the Tetrinet server, seeing the clients connect to them and output images to the screen; but they're confused running the X server, seeing the clients connect?

It is confusing because while it makes sense from point of view of the X protocol, from the point of view of the user, the "server" appears to be the client and the "client" appears to be the server. If I connect to server and request an image - in the http protocol, I connect to a server(apache), and it shows content on the client(browser). However if I am doing the same thing using X, it appears as if I connect to server(remote system), and request to show an image, and it shows content on client(my display or X-Server). What is actually happening is that the remote server's program is the client that requests to display things on the server - but that is not what the user sees. Thus the confusion of so many people, which is understandable as it is not the most logical thing unless you understand the X protocol.

-Em

more than 3 years ago
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Compiling the WikiLeaks Fallout

Em Ellel Re:Where Is The Trust Metric (833 comments)

that guarantees the leaks from Wikileaks are legitimate and not some delusional writing from Sarah Palin?

That is my thought as well. The best way to silence WikiLeaks is to leak tons of false data that seems right, let it make a lot of noise, then prove that it is all fake. No one will trust them again - so hearing another major leak right after the pentagon one - makes me wonder just how real is this...

-Em

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Bans Android Magazine App From App Store

Em Ellel Re:Apple getting desperate? (574 comments)

The definition you gave applies to every business that uses a EULA or any other take-it-or-leave-it contract. Got any real-world definitions?

Yeah, exactly, which is why those contracts are generally unenforceable. Look up legal term "Contract of adhesion".

-Em

more than 3 years ago
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Beware the Garden of Steven

Em Ellel Re:FUD! (580 comments)

I like that you put that much effort into replying to a troll

Thanks, it amused me :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Beware the Garden of Steven

Em Ellel Re:FUD! (580 comments)

What is with the fucking sheep. Be original and think of another herd animal. You're just like the other sheeple comparing people to sheep.

Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away; Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air...

It is called communication. You see, the point is not to be "original" or even to entertain people, but to get a concept across - and judging by your reaction it clearly did - as you clearly knew exactly what I was talking about - you even mentioned the word "sheeple" to underscore my point (and, if I may say, make yourself a bit of a hypocrite)

So, you see, "sheep" is the perfect choice of a herd animal exactly because everyone else uses this word in that context.

HTH,

-Em

more than 2 years ago
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Beware the Garden of Steven

Em Ellel Re:FUD! (580 comments)

Can we seriously cool it with the 'OMG Lockdown!' claims? Yes, Apple introduced an app store for macs this week, but at the moment there are plenty of other ways to get applications, and use of said app store is certainly not required. When the lockdown is actually in place, then we can complain and move on from OS X to [insert your favorite Linux flavor here]. Let's stop rolling down this slippery slope already.

And thats, my friends, is how you boil frogs... (erm, make that sheep)

more than 3 years ago

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