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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

Pascal Sartoretti Schneier says (210 comments)

I didn't know what to exactly think about this, then I saw what Bruce Schneier says about it:

This is an absolutely fantastic idea.

Good enough for me.

about a week ago

Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption

Pascal Sartoretti Re:So what you're telling me (146 comments)

a couple corrections to your inaccuracies (intentional?): * iphones back up automatically to icloud.

By default only. Mine doesn't.

about a month and a half ago

Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

Pascal Sartoretti Re:1 B$ for open source software ? (107 comments)

The value is not in the code but rather in the developers. I challenge you to take a few of your friends take the current version of cyanogen mod and get it working on the next Samsung phone when it gets released.

You are totally right. I could not do it, but the current CyanogenMod could easily fork it after having cashed Google's Money.

This exactly what happened with MySQL in 2008 : Monty Widenius sold it to Sun Microsystems for $1 billion. He then left to start MariaDB, a MySQL fork.

I don't think that Google is stupid or desperate enough to spend $1 billion on a company having only brilliant developers but no IP.

about 2 months ago

Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

Pascal Sartoretti 1 B$ for open source software ? (107 comments)

CyanogenMod being open source, what is the value of such a company ? Once bought by Google, anybody could fork CyanogenMod...

about 2 months ago

Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Very sad (277 comments)

I hate, hate, hate, hate large phones. If I needed a bigger screen, I'll pull out my tablet or my laptop. I'm a skinny guy, I wear tight-ish jeans (fiance hates it, but I gotta be me), and pulling a big-ass phone out of my front pocket is a pain in my ass, and that's with an IPhone 5S.

I'm going to pass on the 6 and hope they come out with a traditional-sized one for the 6S or 7.

I agree with you. Unfortunately, I think that Apple wants us to have a large phone in our bag and an Apple Watch at the wrist.

I would not hold my breath for an iPhone 6s (with "s" for "small").

about 2 months ago

Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Silly design decision (425 comments)

I see no reason why Apple felt it necessary to slim the device down even more - when they could have just had the same thickness as the 5/5S resulting in no silly bulge for the camera.

Plus, they could have put a bigger battery in the case and maybe get an hour or so extra time out of the thing. Which I can imagine would be a lot more useful than shaving a couple mm off an already perfectly slim enough phone.

Did you consider weight ? The iPhone 5s weights 112 grams, versus 129 grams for the iPhone 6. Apple certainly didn't want to make it heavier. And I don't even mention the monstrous iPhone 6 Plus...

I am very happy with my iPhone 5s. My ideal phone would be a 5s with NFC.

about 2 months ago

Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Disappointing (730 comments)

I'm not a giant Apple fan, but one thing that I actually liked about their strategy up to this point was keeping their phones smaller.

Same here. My iPhone 5S is great, but I wouldn't want it to be bigger. I guess I will need to wait one year before seing an iPhone 6C (with "C" as in "Compact").

about 3 months ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

Pascal Sartoretti Re: Good luck (149 comments)

It's not stupid website. It's just stupid 4 char tld that shouldn't exist according to the standards.

Please show me in RFC 1035 where you see this 3 letter limitation.

By the way, the ".arpa" pseudo-domain has always existed.

There are myriad of validators out there that will reject it

No, most validators correctly implement the standard, only a handfew are incorrect.

they worked well for decades.

Something on the web that worked well for decades has necessarily been enhanced at some point...

about 4 months ago

40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

Pascal Sartoretti So 60% positive ? (256 comments)

Then it means that 60% from this list have terrorist ties ? Good result.

about 4 months ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

Pascal Sartoretti Re:+ in an e-mail address (149 comments)

"+" or plenty of other special characters. Stuff like quotes can even be valid if used properly, while we still have some website that won't even accept a dash/underscore.

I had to wait nearly 10 years for my ".name" domain to be accepted by most websites (say, 99.5%).

For "+" or other funny characters, my estimate is that you will need at least 10 years starting from now.

I would not hold my breath.

about 4 months ago

Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

Pascal Sartoretti Good luck (149 comments)

My e-mail address ends with the suffix ".name". It is perfectly correct (even if not common), but I still sometimes have issues today because some stupid website has an outdated regular expression which says that ".name" is not correct.

Now imagine this with non-latin characters (or just non-ASCII characters)... If you only write to people also using GMail, it might work.

about 4 months ago

Multipath TCP Introduces Security Blind Spot

Pascal Sartoretti Breaks Traffic Inspection ? (60 comments)

From TFA : Breaks Traffic Inspection

One good reason to use it !

about 4 months ago

Google Shifts Editing From Drive to Docs and Sheets In 'Confusing' Switch

Pascal Sartoretti DropBox (89 comments)

This is why I love the DropBox concept : it is just a local folder on my machine and I can use any application I want to edit the files stored in there.

And if one day DropBox becomes too evil or too expensive, I can transparently switch to an other solution to sync my documents without changing the way I edit them.

about 7 months ago

The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Buggy whips? (769 comments)

Mass deployment of nuclear power could almost completely replace fossil fuels in half that time.

Nuclear fission is based on fossil fuels.

about 7 months ago

iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Original iPads Work Well ... (386 comments)

So why would I want to use a new one yet?

If you have the original iPad, there are plenty of reasons to upgrade (size, speed, limited to iOS 5, etc.)

But my iPad 2 still works very fine, I see no reason to replace it.

about 7 months ago

WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

Pascal Sartoretti Re:What?? (116 comments)

This looks like a "messaging" app. It seems like the only point is to get around the few remaining billing plans on the planet that don't have unlimited text messaging

Few billing plans ? Maybe in the USA, but in the rest of the world (including Western Europe), many people use pre-paid plans. Especially kids, who happen to be heavy users of messaging.

And remember that "unlimited" text messaging is usually only for domestic messages : you often pay to send messages to another country, and you often pay when sending from abroad.

about 7 months ago

JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Communication skills (112 comments)

"Brenda"? Are you saying this heterosexist is actually trans?

Freudian slip...

about 8 months ago

JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla

Pascal Sartoretti Communication skills (112 comments)

I once saw Brenda Eich at a conference in Amsterdam maybe 10 years ago, where he did the final keynote.

As usual for such conferences in Europe, 90% of the audience was not of English mother tongue, but spoke and understood it quite well (thanks, Slashdot). But Eich's keynote was barely understandable to many people : he managed to speak at the same time too fast and too low, with inside jokes that only a few Americans seemed to understand.

Most of us thought "What a jerk".

about 8 months ago

Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

Pascal Sartoretti Re:Similarly... (409 comments)

Why use Google Apps when LibreOffice is not only economically free, but spyware free?

And works in off-line mode.

And doesn't need a Google Account.

And respects your privacy.

And can open MS Office documents.

And has a familiar GUI.

Feel free to add to this list...

about 8 months ago

OASIS Approves OData 4.0 Standards For an Open, Programmable Web

Pascal Sartoretti Re:JSON Sucks (68 comments)

XML is much more mature. XML has standardized schemas, validation, querying, transformation, a binary format and APIs for interoperability from any language.

Which means that XML will still be around in 10 years, and can safely be used today for major projects.

about 8 months ago


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