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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

SJ Re:"What to do before selling or giving away your. (231 comments)

Nope... Apple iPhones actually securely erases the encryption keys which renders the contents of the storage useless.

It's a big button called "Erase All Contents and Settings". It does precisely that.

about a month and a half ago

Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

SJ PEBKAC (238 comments)

In other news, a friend of mine recently switched to Google Chat. Why hasn't he responded to all my Skype messages? Is he not getting them?

about 3 months ago

Air Force Prepares to Dismantle HAARP

SJ Project done? (178 comments)

If the military don't want something any more, it usually means 1 of 3 things.

- 1. They are no longer interested as they have something better.
- 2. They have finished their research and have succeeded in weaponising/miniaturising it.
- 3. The people that set it up and were milking the cash have all gone and the new guys can't work out what it does or how it works any more.

about 3 months ago

Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

SJ Simple way to test... (330 comments)

Get two hermetically sealed rooms. One with this new Mazda, and one with an all-electric car. Both cars are on roller ramps. Just to be fair, the Mazda can have it's air-intake piped in from outside.

Then grab the CEO of Mazda and give him this choice of 'driving' 20 miles in either the Mazda or the electric car.

Simple... Effective.

about 5 months ago

Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

SJ Re:How are those kind of things patentable? (406 comments)

So why didn't Palm, or BlackBerry, or SonyEricsson come out with something as amazing as the iPhone?

If it was so obvious and all....

about 5 months ago

Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

SJ Re:The term of art is "obvious." (406 comments)

>The problem is that they're not playing by the established rules of the game

You mean like what Tesla is doing by trying to sell their cars without independent dealerships....

about 5 months ago

HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

SJ Re:HP used to be greatl (385 comments)

You're mistaking this company for the original HP. "HP" nowadays is actually Compaq. The old HP that everyone knew and loved is now (at least used to be) Aligent.
They are now Aligent and Keysight.

So anywhere you read something about "HP" doing something stupid... Think "Compaq" instead, and it all makes sense.

about 7 months ago

Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances

SJ Re:Pork, pork, pork, pork (87 comments)

Interesting that the Army is not permitted fixed wing aircraft or heavy boats. The Airforce isn't permitted heavy armour/troops...

and yet the Navy is allowed both.

How the heck did that get worked out?

about 8 months ago

Inside OS X Mavericks

SJ Re:If by "looking good", you mean "looking like iO (362 comments)

I hated... HATED... "Natural Scrolling" when it first came out. But I gave it a week. You push up on the trackpad... screen goes up. You push down, screen goes down. It just feels.. natural.

Now when I use another computer the scrolling just feels weird.

about a year ago

Researchers Reverse-Engineer Dropbox, Cracking Heavily Obfuscated Python App

SJ Re:Waste of resources (242 comments)

Bad analogy.

Code obfuscation is more akin to locking your door, and then hiding the key behind the pot plant.

about a year ago

Next Up: the Jamming Wars

SJ Re:LIcense Plate Scanners (209 comments)

The only problem there is that it won't be long before those cameras start taking photos of everyone, regardless of speed. That data, along with everything else, can then be used to track you.

It's just a side-effect that they can make some extra coin from those people that are speeding.

1 year,6 days

Amazon Vows To Fight Government Requests For Data

SJ Ahem... (104 comments)

This is the same Amazon that just won an $800m bid to host the CIA's cloud computing system?

Uh huh.

about a year ago

Corruption Allegations Rock Australia's CSIRO

SJ Re:Terrible (112 comments)

Q. Why did Australia get all the criminals, while the US got all the religious nuts?
A. Australia won the coin flip....

about a year ago

Old Electric-Car Batteries Put Into Service For Home Energy Storage

SJ Re:Doesn't add up (198 comments)

Your house uses more than 10kw? I really have to ask, what the heck are you doing??

I have a modest 4x2 house, with a stay-at-home wife and 2 kids. Big screen TV, and all the other creature comforts and I wouldn't even come close to use 10Kw.

In this instance I have to say 'you're doing it wrong'.

about 2 years ago

RIAA Failed To Disclose Expert's Lobbying History To "Six-Strikes" Partners

SJ Re:Scumbags (90 comments)

And this is one reason why caped internet plans are actually in the customers interest. If you use more, you pay more, so it's in the interest of the ISP to keep you downloading stuff as fast as humanly possible.

The only time they do throttle you is when you hit your monthly quote. Then they "shape" (throttle) your connection to entice you to upgrade your plan to something more suited to your usage requirements. At which point, you click the "upgrade plan" button and you're back up to speed.

Sure, Unlimited internet is all good in fantasy land, but I really can't see how it's a sustainable business model unless you're paying for a business-grade connection on a megabit per second basis.

about 2 years ago

Sandia Lab Fires Up 300,000 Virtual Android Devices To Test Out Security

SJ Activations (39 comments)

...and no doubt Google will count each instance as an activation...

about 2 years ago

Motorola Seeks Ban On Macs, iPads, and iPhones

SJ Re:Like who again? (446 comments)

Easy... And it almost happened, right up to the point where Google started shipping Android. Apple made the hardware, Google provided the online services. Google and Apple were best of friends.

Then Google decided to make handsets and entire OS to directly compete with Apple. Fast forward to present day, and here we have this mess.

about 2 years ago

EA Exec Won't Green Light Any Single Player-Only Games

SJ Sucks to be EA then (274 comments)

I'm in the male 25-35 demographic. I have disposable income. I don't play multiplayer games.

Guess which gaming company doesn't get my money...

about 2 years ago

Analyzing the New MacBook Pro

SJ Re:Christ... (914 comments)

So why hasn't anyone else built something better already?

more than 2 years ago


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