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KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

Rob Simpson Re:Google has patched only version 4.4 (71 comments)

Yeah, they don't have any problem pushing out new versions of Google Play that hide when an update adds permission for full internet access. But a patch to improve security? Hahaha, no.

about a month ago

Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

Rob Simpson Re:Russia (417 comments)

Where do you live? Iran? Drones have a long way to go before they can replace a supersonic air superiority fighter.

Let's see what happens when the fighter is swarmed by dozens of them. Paging Van Riper...

about 2 months ago

Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

Rob Simpson Re:4K is dead to me too (304 comments)

Also word processing. The only thing that requires* monitors wider than 4:3 is cinema, and I'd rather watch on the couch.

*Yes, first-person shooters benefit from a wider screen, but they would benefit more from a curved screen or multi-monitor setup.

about 2 months ago

Some Users Find Swype Keyboard App Makes 4000+ Location Requests Per Day

Rob Simpson Re: Can someone blow the lid on Android Apps? (191 comments)

The store doesn't offer any means of sorting by permissions or hiding apps that request permissions you don't want to give. Trying to find the one good solitaire app or simple flashlight app requires individually clicking on several dozen apps to find the one that doesn't want any permissions. Several will ask for your GPS, phone book, calendar, and full internet access.

about 3 months ago

Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Rob Simpson Re:X Miles IS a standard for me (398 comments)

That's a neat idea. Even 50 HP is probably more than necessary, too, if the user can activate it before the battery gets critically low. It could even be removable for less weight and full storage space, as long as it can be secured and have connections for electrical and exhaust.

about 3 months ago

A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

Rob Simpson Re:Most android phones can go back (199 comments)

I use Simple APK Extractor. Easy to use and no dependencies. I've only had to revert to a previous version of an app once, but I've also been able to use it to copy a couple apps that are no longer available.

about 4 months ago

Firefox OS Will Become the Mobile OS To Beat

Rob Simpson Re:Why? (205 comments)

Who cares? Memory is the cheapest part to increase. I have an old phone I bought new for $50 that has 512 megs, and that was 3 years ago.

Open a few windows on Firefox, and you'll exceed that anyway.

about 5 months ago

Firefox OS Will Become the Mobile OS To Beat

Rob Simpson Re:Wow (205 comments)

Sounds like you just bought a crap phone. Hint: Next time, pay $5 more to buy a phone from somewhere with a hassle-free return policy.

about 5 months ago

Firefox OS Will Become the Mobile OS To Beat

Rob Simpson Re:Why? (205 comments)

The only low-end Android phone I used was an LG Shine Plus, which ran fine, though it wasn't as fast as I wanted and the battery life wasn't good enough. It was $50 on sale, and that was years ago.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Rob Simpson Re:I have your conversion right here... (860 comments)

Yeah, I installed XP mode on a new computer for my parents, just to run one program (tide chart software), and it refused to work at all for any reason I could see. VirtualBox worked fine, though.

about 5 months ago

Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution

Rob Simpson Popular misconception re: face masks in influenza (156 comments)

The use of face masks in flu outbreaks is to prevent the spread of droplets from the person with the flu. (Note that it's possible to shed and spread influenza before you realize that you're infected.) But a face mask is worthless at protected you from getting the flu if you touch near your eyes after touching an infected surface. Hand washing and being conscious about touching your face is more important.

about 5 months ago

VA Tech Experiment: Polar Vortex May Decimate D.C. Stinkbugs In 2014

Rob Simpson Re:Hurray? (112 comments)

Great, so all we have to do is release wave after wave of Dobermans...

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Rob Simpson Re:Dwarf Fortress (669 comments)

Ha! More like Autism Spectrum Disorder testing game. Hipsters are too busy "playing" Gone Home.

Dwarf Fortress is pretty amazing, but the last version I really enjoyed was 40d. I find the interface in the newer versions even more cumbersome. It runs reasonably fast with a decent processor, but doesn't benefit from multiple cores.

about 5 months ago

Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

Rob Simpson Re: Still abusive (511 comments)

You own games you buy in Steam. Waiting for a sale is not renting. I don't know what gave you that idea, it certainly isn't in the EULA.

No. You can sell the things you own.

Furthermore if you buy a game you are free to crack it and run it without Steam running, and run it offline.

I doubt that's in the EULA.

I bought Skyrim because it said it just needed Steam for activation. Ha! I won't make that mistake again.

about 5 months ago

Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

Rob Simpson Re:GDP (717 comments)

It is difficult to do both 1 and 3 at the same time. While his statistic wasn't too useful, I'd expect it to be due to a large amount of paid vacation time per year (3) rather than a higher hourly wage (1).

As for 4, WTF?

about 5 months ago

Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Rob Simpson Re: It's about time. (731 comments)

It's a separate thing in the card, and usually indicated by a wireless-like logo. The shiny exposed metal chip requires direct contact and doesn't have anything to do with tap to pay. Also, you can request a card without tap to pay, but it will have chip and pin.

about 6 months ago

Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Rob Simpson Re:Don't use a debit card (731 comments)

I'd rather not screw over local businesses with credit card fees - and some give discounts because Interac charges them less than a cent per transaction - and I don't want to deal with a pocketful of change.

about 6 months ago


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