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China Mandates Wi-Fi Hotspot Traffic Monitoring

JinjaontheNile Re:What's the difference? (83 comments)

At the risk of going even further off topic

Christians have understandably been very quick to distance themselves from the Oslo nutter
One of the prime methods has been to claim that that he was really a godless heathen
As an Atheist, I find that disgusting.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Laptops Vulnerable To Battery Firmware Hack

JinjaontheNile Re:Why? (272 comments)

Surely if it were so dangerous, it would be thoroughly tested and then locked down.
Externally updatable negates reliability

In the real world, the answer is always, there is something wrong with your battery - you need a new one.
Resistance will be met with appeals to fear (it could blow up, the plane will fall from the sky, the world will end etc)

about 3 years ago

Apple Laptops Vulnerable To Battery Firmware Hack

JinjaontheNile Re:Why? (272 comments)

Yes, but why does a simple hardware controller need it's own login???

about 3 years ago

How Do You Get Your Geek Nostalgia Fix?

JinjaontheNile Re:Easy (422 comments)

I'm looking at a 41CV circa 1981 on my desk at work.
I use it everyday as well

Sitting beside it is a nice shiny Samsung Galaxy S2, I don't want a 30 year old phone on my desk

It's really strange how many young whipper snappers (any one under 40 these days) recognise the 41 it as "the engineers calculator"....

about 3 years ago

WSJ and Al-Jazeera Lure Whistleblowers

JinjaontheNile Re:Anonymity (84 comments)

Sounds like a standard company email system to me.
Companies don't want random emails from unknown people that may mean they have to do something.

From a lame arse managers perspective:
Option A Get random a email, don't realise it's importance, no action taken. Get in lots of trouble
Option B Don't get a random email, no decision need - no problem

Most companies these days seem go for option B and hide all email access from Joe Public.

more than 3 years ago

White House To Announce IT-Powered Smart Grid

JinjaontheNile Re:Sigh (320 comments)

I don't think there was any need to shorten a link to the wikipedia article on 911 (it's not as if we are on twitarse or anything)

It is also a ridiculously long bow to draw to link defense cuts to 911 - esp when the inteligence agencies had info that something was up but decided it was nothing
spending more money on tanks and planes isn't going to change a judgment call.

(unfortunately we have now gone from one extreme to the other extreme - usually to the point of charades to be seen to be doing something.)

more than 3 years ago

A Deep-Dive Look At Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

JinjaontheNile Re:Not a fan boy, but... (264 comments)

Hmmm, to me that sounds more like possible rather than easy

How about
Right click, Copy (or Right click "search google" or Right click "Open link in new Tab")
Or just Click (or Ctrl-tab) to change browser Tab
Ctrl X,C or V makes moving text very easy
Selecting text down to individual letters is also trivial

When I am traveling I take lots of photo's
With my netbook I can plug the SD card into it, delete the dud pictures, Copy the rest to the hard drive then do another copy to an external drive.
3 copies means it will take an armed robbery to lose all the pictures.
I just spent $280 on a dual core netbook so I won't cry (much) if it breaks (the old one had a glossy screen which I absolutely hated)

On the up side, Maybe being more difficult to open lots of tabs would mean I wouldn't have so many open tabs (I often end out with over 2 dozen open - even on the netbook)

more than 3 years ago

A Deep-Dive Look At Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

JinjaontheNile Re:Not a fan boy, but... (264 comments)

I will have to take my hat of to you
I have put the challenge I described to 3 people who loved their tablets (2 Ipads and a cheap chinese thing running Android 2.1)
They all ended out agreeing that it was horses for courses.
Possible != better no mater how much you love your toy

I could probably do all the tasks with a Symbian phone as well, I would just prefer not to.
I could easily do them on My N900 but I wouldn't unless I had no other choice.

If you want the convenience of portability, you sacrifice size
If you want more convenience, lose the keyboard
If you want the same convenience with longer battery life, sacrifice processor power.
Everything is a balancing act which the user gets to choose.

At home or work, I want a desktop with a decent screen
In a different city or country) I want my netbook
On a plane, bus or train, I want my tablet or my Kindle
Walking around, My phone is more than adequate

Horses for Courses - unless you are involved in a religious argument

more than 3 years ago

A Deep-Dive Look At Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

JinjaontheNile Re:Well (264 comments)


Probably something to do with attempts to "optimise" execution time in JavaScript.
Some of the tricks I have read sounded fantastic but also set the danger bells off

more than 3 years ago

International Monetary Fund Hit By Cyber Attack

JinjaontheNile I Love Bloomberg sometimes... (208 comments)

In the middle of the Bloomberg article is the statement:
A SecurID device is shaped like a key fob or a computer-memory stick and generates random-number passwords used to gain access to a computer network

Continuously changing passwords != Random

more than 3 years ago

Historic Pairing: Shuttle Docked To the ISS

JinjaontheNile Re:It's all about the angle (133 comments)

Having a spare Saturn 5 lying around after the moon shots were canceled definitely helped get pure tonnage into space.....

(Oh dear, I am now off for another Wikipedia trivia search to find the max lift capacity of the Saturn 5 compared to the shuttle. Maybe the intertubes are a waste of time after all)

Back already - Saturn V 119,000 Kg - Space Shuttle 24,400Kg.

more than 3 years ago

A Deep-Dive Look At Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

JinjaontheNile Re:Not a fan boy, but... (264 comments)

Try booking an Airline ticket with a tablet

How about sending an email while referencing a web page
Or messaging someone while VNC'ing into a remote machine

How about anything that requires doing more than one thing at a time - or even just changing apps with something like a quick alt-tab
Netbooks plow through that sort of thing with out blinking - Cut down OS's just choke at the idea.
It horses for courses and the Netbook course is a lot lot bigger.

more than 3 years ago

A Deep-Dive Look At Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

JinjaontheNile Re:Well (264 comments)

Yep, but as everyone already knows
Motorola = Douchebags (bootstrap fuses anyone)

When the Xoom was released, it was duly noted by all the reviewers that some advertised features were missing.
Anyone who jumps onto the bleeding edge of technology based on a marketing promise deserves to get cut to ribbons.

more than 3 years ago

A Deep-Dive Look At Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

JinjaontheNile Re:Well (264 comments)

Like, browser being essentially unusable on Slashdot

Somehow that might not be the browsers fault (There is miles to much javascript on Slashdot these days)

more than 3 years ago

A Deep-Dive Look At Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

JinjaontheNile Re:Well (264 comments)

There are a couple of good points there, Part of an open system is of course that it is open to everyone - including douche bag marketers.
I personally would like it if Google were a bit fussier in there acceptance of apps but I vastly prefer their approach to Apples closed door policy.

With Android, I can load any app I want from anywhere I want. (including my own)
I hate it when companies decide they know better than me as to what I can and cant do with my own equipment!

You should be thankful to Google for some of the functionality you now enjoy (Like teathering, VOIP over 3g etc)
Without Android, Apple would happily ignored the wants and desires of their users while raking in the dollars

On a side note, I Australia we are now getting an enormous number of advertisements for Iphones and Ipads. Something we have never had before.
I wonder if Apple is getting a bit worried that android is outselling them by so much?

more than 3 years ago

A Deep-Dive Look At Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

JinjaontheNile Re:Well (264 comments)

Itunes - How many fart apps would you like today????

Sure, people could write more apps for Android than iOS... but they haven't (yet)

corrected that for you

more than 3 years ago

Apple Rips Off Rejected App, Says Wireless Sync Developer

JinjaontheNile Re:Apple may not have ripped this off. (549 comments)

Rejecting it because it would be in IOS5, that doesn't help people prior to the release IOS5 and kills a nice little niche market for those who don't want to updgrade to IOS5

The smell of corruption is strong in this one
Combined with apple having proven itself time and time again to be a "do as I say, not as I do company"
It is the sort of thing that companies can get away with due to trade secrets and closed source.
The only way we can know for sure is for a disgruntled employee to spill the beans.

I can never figure out why so many people try to be innovative with Apple products knowing the high probability they will be screwed over - They should just stick with Fart Apps and have done with it.

more than 3 years ago

Tennessee Bans Posting 'Offensive' Images Online

JinjaontheNile With a bit of Luck (372 comments)

Something good will come of this law
Goatse will disappear forever in case someone in Tennessee sees it (I doubt it)

more than 3 years ago

Ex-Google Engineer Blasts Google's Technology

JinjaontheNile Well Duh (158 comments)

What did you expect ?

If you must keep something running then updating the entire architecture every couple of years is expensive (and plain stupid)
Upgrading requires a realisable benefit and a budget.
I have an acquaintance who works in a company that sells spares to the military and get this, they make a fortune selling unused MFM and RLL hard drives that have been properly stored.
Device X works, whats the problem.
Once again, upgrading requires a realisable benefit and a budget.

I say the same sort of thing to people who want a computer.
For most people an Atom processor is more than capable.<BR>
You do not need an I7 processor to surf the net or use word! <BR>
If you're not playing high end games or video editing, save hundreds and go for the low end processor<BR>

more than 3 years ago


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