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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

Lord_Jeremy Re:Do people actually use Siri? (161 comments)

I use it frequently when I'm driving. My car has built-in Bluetooth handsfree phone support so I can get my messages read, make calls, check my schedule or get directions while driving. Since I usually have my phone plugged into power in the car I can use "Hey Siri" to activate it.

about two weeks ago

Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

Lord_Jeremy Re:Seems to be fixed for me(?) (318 comments)

Debian doesn't use bash as the system shell, it uses dash (which isn't vulnerable to the attack). The output from your test commands indicates that your system shell was ignoring the malformed environment variable definitions that are the very source of the problem on vulnerable systems.

about three weeks ago

Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Lord_Jeremy Re:How did she get these figures? (394 comments)

My DVR had an eSATA port on the back to hook up an external drive for additional video storage. So I bought a regular old external drive and connected it. To my horror, the external drive's activity light was going 24/7. Apparently, even when my TV is off my DVR was in full activity mode, recording the live TV channel to disk in case I suddenly turned on the TV and wanted to rewind two hours. It would continue doing this even after the damn thing was supposedly in "Standby" and I had to press the Menu button to wake it up.

about 4 months ago

Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

Lord_Jeremy Re:Snow Leopard (96 comments)

No, you don't have a 2008 Mac Mini. There is no such thing as a 2008-year-model Mac Mini (source). The Mid 2007 model runs 10.7. The Early 2009 model runs 10.9. The 2007 can't run anything beyond than 10.7 natively because 10.8 and newer require a 64-bit EFI firmware. This is due to the newer version always booting the kernel in 64-bit mode. Some older Macs that had 64-bit CPUs, such as your Mini and a couple gens of Mac Pros still had 32-bit EFIs. You *could* run Mountain Lion or Mavericks by using a 3rd-party boot loader (such as Chameleon) that translates the 64-bit EFI calls to 32-bit. I'm actually doing that myself on an older Mac Pro. Of course then you'll discover that the video drivers for you Mini are only compiled for 32-bit in older systems and are totally absent from newer OS X versions. At a certain point, Apple (very reasonably) decided that maintaining two architectures of OS X and all included software, as well as implicitly requiring other developers to do the same was not worth support Macs beyond six years old.

about 6 months ago

Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

Lord_Jeremy Re:Problem with releasing an underpowered console (117 comments)

Funny, my desktop PC runs games at 2560x1600 = 4096000 pixels. Effectively double again the 1080p pixel count. The performance hit is obvious going to that rez, but considering this hardware cost about $700 three years ago... Admittedly I haven't tried Titanfall yet, it just doesn't look that interesting to me. I can tell you that Battlefield 4 runs at High settings and looks absolutely beautiful at high resolution.

about 6 months ago

Is Intel Selling Bay Trail Chips Below Cost?

Lord_Jeremy Bad Attitude (156 comments)

Please, there's way more to say today.

The "fuck beta" obsession is actually making reading slashdot far more unpleasant for me than the Beta layout. A lot of people here are saying that the site leadership is totally ignoring the opinions of the community. Did any of you actually use the beta and the mobile site back in October when they initially solicited feedback? They were practically unusable, and Beta has definitely become much more pleasant to use by this point. That means that someone is listening and taking feedback into account.

Note that "fuck beta" is entirely useless feedback. The layout is going to change, there's no preventing it. Slashdot has invested a great deal of developer man-hours (aka: money) into updating the site. So lets provide useful feedback and constructive criticism. I for one am much happier with the performance of Slashdot on mobile platforms. The layout is actually responsive now, and it's much easier to browse through stories on a 3.5" screen. There are still some styles issues, notably the story titles typeface is awkward and the comments sections get unreadably squashed at times. As a matter of personal taste I dislike seeing so much empty off-white space everywhere, but a lot of UI design in general has gone in that direction for some reason.

The bottom line is this: A goddamn visual redesign of the site does not constitute an effort to kill the community. A lot of the anti-Beta noise is borderline paranoid about that. The submission system isn't changing. The commenting and moderation system isn't changing. The mechanics of being part of the slashdot community isn't changing. Hell there's pretty much exactly the same ad space on the new site as the old one. Let's all try to be reasonable and constructive. Less of the "fuck beta" more of the "I want it to do X instead"

about 8 months ago

Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

Lord_Jeremy Re:In all fairness (237 comments)

No kidding. My employer has a data recovery division and the guys who run it have some pretty well-informed opinions of which drives blow and which drives don't as much. Bottom line: no matter how awesome your storage is, back it up!

about 9 months ago

Postal Service Starting To Use Mobile Point of Sale Tech

Lord_Jeremy Re:Before anybody complains (75 comments)

I had exactly the same experience at what I suspect was the same retail chain. On the other hand, I myself have developed mobile point of sale apps for my employer. On the rare occasion that the server backend for the standard PoS system has gone down, salespeople have been able to continue to check people out using just the handheld devices. It can definitely be done right, but it doesn't surprise me at all that there are many examples of how wrong it can be done.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

Lord_Jeremy Re:Here's the full story. (682 comments)

The real WTF is that he's not using parent.countOfPenises().

1 year,19 days

First Looks At Windows 8.1, Complete With 'Start' Button

Lord_Jeremy Re:If you don't like metro... (800 comments)

What Mac have you used that had a UI like that? One running Windows 8? Macs do NOT use a "Start Screen", they have the Dock. Odldly enough I've heard people complain that the enhanced taskbar in Win7 was too Mac-like.

about a year ago

Red Light Cameras Raise Crash Risk, Cost

Lord_Jeremy Re:Cost vs injury (499 comments)

Reminds me of something I heard very often from two wise men: Don't drive like my brother!

about 2 years ago

Is It Time To Commit To Ongoing Payphone Availability?

Lord_Jeremy Re:No - Move Forward Instead (267 comments)

Really? How many times have you used a cell phone and been unable to make a call? I mean not just a dropped call that you redialed and it worked but completely unable to make or receive calls in an area of normal coverage under non-emergency conditions? I have not had that experience for at least 15 years now.

Are you serious? This past week I was completely unable to make or receive calls in an area of normal coverage. I live on the south shore of Long Island, NY.

about 2 years ago

Apple Now Shipping Lightning To 30-Pin Adapters

Lord_Jeremy Re:Lightning, not Maps, is the iPhone 5's big prob (173 comments)

AFAIK, no HDMI interface is even announced let alone available
'An Apple spokesperson told The Verge that Lightning to HDMI and Lightning to VGA cables "will be available in the coming months."'

My understanding is that the 30 pin adapter they are selling provides analog audio but not iPod control
'Apple has confirmed to Macworld that these adapters support analog and USB audio-out, as well as syncing and charging. However, the adapters don’t support video-out or iPod mode, the latter a special mode that lets particular accessories, such as car stereos and some whole-home-audio systems, display your iPod’s menus on the accessory’s own screen.'
And as a commenter in this article points out, the iPod will still play audio over these systems since that's handled by the analog interface.

some of this is a desire to manage DRM

What DRM? None of the music on my iPhone has any DRM on it! The "FairPlay" DRM was removed from iTunes store music in early 2009.

about 2 years ago

Gov't Approves Parts of Verizon-Cable Spectrum Sale

Lord_Jeremy Re:Fiber to the premises is too costly (76 comments)

You don't have FiOS, do you? In addition to my regular ol' modem, there's a big fibre link and battery backup box bolted to the wall of my basement. Ignoring the fact that fibre line and the splicing is pricey, theres a lot more equipment required for each home, for which Verizon foots the bill.

more than 2 years ago

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led To Mat Honan's Identity Theft

Lord_Jeremy Re:the 4 last digit of CC are unsecure (222 comments)

What?!! Apple requests the CVV2 code of your credit card for verification, not the last 4 digits of the number. The CVV2 code is never shown on a statement or invoice anywhere, and since they're processing credit card transactions they can only store it hashed.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Graphics: Microsoft Has Hardware-Accelerated Everything

Lord_Jeremy Re:Maybe it's just me (563 comments)

What makes you think there's no power saving on a Hackintosh? Out of the box I've got things like speedstep enabled (thank you Gigabyte board) and the hard drives spin down too (I think I left it at the default of 15 minutes). I have noticed that sometimes when I do something as innocuous open the context menu in Win7, it waits for all six of my internal disks to spin up before doing anything.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Graphics: Microsoft Has Hardware-Accelerated Everything

Lord_Jeremy Re:Maybe it's just me (563 comments)

Well first of all, no it's not a Mac. It's a Hackintosh built with off-the-shelf PC parts running a dual boot with Mac OS X and Windows 7. Also, there's a huge difference between Bootcamp drivers and iTunes. For one thing, iTunes is running on what is essentially a port of Cocoa/CoreFoundation to Windows. Much of the Bootcamp driver package is provided by hardware manufacturers and is most definitely not written in Cocoa. On my older MacBook Pro I've had no issues that I could attribute to the Bootcamp drivers.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Graphics: Microsoft Has Hardware-Accelerated Everything

Lord_Jeremy Re:Maybe it's just me (563 comments)

It's not just a partition, it's a dedicated 7200 rpm disk. Anecdotally, I have generally found my system performance to be overall much more inconsistent then it is in Mac OS X. Typically I don't have notable performance issues with general use cases in either OS, yet Windows exhibits hiccups and seemingly random slowdowns much more often.

more than 2 years ago


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