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Second Federal 'Kill-switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft

Mark4ST Re:Where are stories of maliciously erased iPhones (158 comments)

THIS. Apple has their Activation Lock system (AKA Find My iPhone) already, and I think this law is asking for something like that-- not a remote bricking system that can be activated by just anyone. Unauthorized bricking can only be done if someone guesses the person's Apple ID password, which is exactly as easy as it sounds. Apple's Activation Lock makes in more difficult to resell Apple phones, whether they be legit (like a phone you returned to the store) or stolen. More phones' system boards end up in the waste stream. (The other parts are usable)

about 6 months ago

Not Just NASA Has 'Significant Problems' With $2.5B IT Contract

Mark4ST BETA looks like any other news site (176 comments)

I can't stand the new Slashdot. I hate being referred to as "Audience" when we are making this site happen. If I wanted CNET, I'd go to CNET.

about 7 months ago

GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

Mark4ST Re:History (359 comments)

The problem is that Quanta (they build system boards for Apple's laptop division) has never been able to properly do a ball grid array. The problem is not the chips or cooling, it's the "good enough" techniques Quanta uses to attach them to to a system board. If a ball grid array is done properly, it can be quite robust-- Quanta doesn't seem to care about longevity of the product, and hasn't for a number of years.

Quanta's quality problems are even more dire when you see that they manufacture about one third of the world's laptop system boards.

Please see Quanta and ball grid array.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Reputation Manager's Guide To Xbox One

Mark4ST Re:Spin it all you like guys ... (611 comments)

Yeah... how am I going to use this where there is no internet? Like on a boat at sea, or down a mineshaft? OR A RURAL AREA?

about a year ago

Lenovo Announces Grand Opening of US Manufacturing Facility

Mark4ST Re:Oh, hell... (153 comments)

I hope this new plant begins to make system boards for Thinkpads and the like. Right now they are made by Quanta (Taiwan), and the BGAs are terrible. Quanta has still not come to terms with lead-free BGAs, and it's been going on for years.

Hopefully they can consistently make a system board that will last for more than 2 years.

about a year ago

Study: Online Dating Makes People "Picky" and "Unrealistic"

Mark4ST Re:It's unrealistic (630 comments)

As a male who spent a few years online dating myself, and seeing both sides of the fence.

You don't need a service to date yourself.

more than 2 years ago

Google Music Goes Live With Google+ Integration

Mark4ST 99 cents an album! (240 comments)

At 99 cents an album and no DRM, this service is sure to be a success. That price is reflective of the overheads of digital distribution, and makes it competitive with bitorrent.

more than 2 years ago

US Pumps $175M Into Advanced Auto Fuel Research

Mark4ST Still using gasoline? (200 comments)

I'm a little disappointed that they thing we'd even be using gasoline in that far-flung future. Aren't there a bunch of competing technologies just around the corner, if not ON that corner?

more than 3 years ago

Phone Customers Pay $2B Yearly In Bogus Fees

Mark4ST Separate the extra charges (220 comments)

Call your phone company and ask them to separate the extra charges from your phone bill. That way, the (perhaps) evil company will have to bill you independently of your phone bill. Often, they won't bother because they now know that you're the kind of person that doesn't mindlessly pay some mystery charge on your phone bill. I did this when I received a huge and clearly exploitative charge for receiving a collect call. This was several months ago and I have yet to hear back from the company that now has to send me a bill independently of the phone company.

more than 3 years ago

New MacBook Pro Teardown Reveals 'Shoddy Assembly'

Mark4ST Re:And, yeah? (531 comments)

And no, I'm typing this on a Dell.

They're both made by the same ODM, possibly in the same factory. Quanta makes most laptops. It's all the same faulty crap. Designed, manufactured, sold, purchased, and serviced by imbeciles.

more than 3 years ago

Supreme Court Says Gov't Employee Texts Not Private

Mark4ST Simple. (263 comments)

Couldn't an employee just use their own phone to send private texts?

more than 4 years ago

New Litigation Targets 20,000 BitTorrent-Using Downloaders

Mark4ST Re:Good thing (949 comments)

I want to know how they can get a users name when they only have the IP address. I was assuming that ISPs don't just hand over that info. Am I missing something?

more than 4 years ago

3-D Printer Creates Buildings From Dust and Glue

Mark4ST He's paying for it? (139 comments)

The designer, Enrico Dini, is even talking with various organizations about making the printer compatible with moon dust, paying the way for an instant moonbase!"

He's paying for it? Is Mr. Dini some sort of James Bond villain? (I think it could of meant paving the way.)

more than 4 years ago

Correcting Poor Typing Technique?

Mark4ST Re:Dvorak isn't better (425 comments)

Looking over at my wife's Qwerty, A and S are are close.

Dvorak doesn't stop mistakes like that!

more than 4 years ago

Correcting Poor Typing Technique?

Mark4ST Re:Dvorak isn't better (425 comments)

(3) at least one study indicates that placing commonly used keys far apart, as with the QWERTY, actually speeds typing, since you frequently alternate hands[.]

That sounds backwards. A Dvorak has, for example, A and S on opposite sides of the keyboard. In fact, all the vowels are on the left side of the home row. And all of your most popular consonants are the other side.

Looking over at my wife's Qwerty, A and S are are close. So are E and R.

[This is off topic in regards to the above quote] Please realize that there's hardly anyone that just types Dvorak. Those that have two weeks to learn the new layout type both Qwerty and Dvorak! Your Qwerty speed can't go down, unless you neglect Qwerty entirely for years.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?

Mark4ST Re:Firefox plugin install method (951 comments)

Just put a timer on the buttons that won't let them click it for 10 seconds [like Firefox's plugin install method]

That's kinda neat. I thought it was allowing time for Firefox to download the plugin or somesuch. Had me fooled, to their credit.

more than 4 years ago

US Lawmakers Set Sights On P2P Programs

Mark4ST Re:Legislate a technical solution. (180 comments)

Bwhen some idiot is breaking the rules to install some sort of software that they're already not allowed to install...

What sort of rules are you talking about exactly?

more than 4 years ago

Preferred Apocalypse?

Mark4ST Re:Missing Option (509 comments)

You sir lack imagination.
You, sir, lack commas. (What's a "sir lack"?)

more than 6 years ago


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