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Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

Tor Re: Nexus 4? (259 comments)

The Sony Xperia Z2, model D6503, should support all 4G bands used in North American and Europe - and is IP58 certified (waterproof to 1m depth for 1 hour).

I got it - works great!

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

Tor Use a scheme (445 comments)

The problem with any password manager/tool (of course aside from a simple text file, which is obviously out of the question) is that you are dependent on that piece of technology. A commercial password manager may exist for Desktop OS 1 today, but may not be supported in Mobile Phone OS 2 tomorrow. The cumulative turnaround time for your password inventory is often much longer than that of any particular device in your possession.

I've resorted to a lower tech solution for my own password inventory: A scheme that is based on the particular website (or other service name) in question. For instance, you may have an invariable prefix or suffix (perhaps an "encoded" phrase that's meaningful to you), a special character or two, and a component that is based on the web site or other name in question. In other words, something like:

            FiXeD#pArT.service-specific-part

How you would "encrypt" that service specific component is really up to you - the point is that everyone would do so differently. But it should be something that you could train yourself to do relatively quickly.

The only downside with this approach is that with so many different services with so many different password rules (some require a minimum number of characters but no more than a maximum, some REQUIRE uppercase or special characters; others do not support special characters at all.... etc), it's hard to find a single universal scheme that works everywhere. However I've found that with a couple of different schemes of this nature, I've gotten by so far.

Another thing to think about is almost the opposite - how to enable access for your loved ones to certain places (e.g. to inventory your financial records etc) in the event of your death. Of course most of this can and should be done with signed affidavits etc, however, it can be difficult for them to get a complete view of all your accounts, policies, services etc unless you have a comprehensive summary somewhere.

about 9 months ago
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Volvo Plans To Have Self-Driving Cars In Swedish City of Gothenburg By 2017

Tor Re:Where did Summary Come From (134 comments)

Look at the title of the post. As of now, it STILL reads: "Volvo Plans To Have Self-Driving Cars In Swedish Capital Gothenburg By 2017".

Not to worry about not spotting that, it's commonly known as the Dan Quayle syndrome.

about a year ago
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Nokia - No More Symbian Phones After 2012

Tor Re:The end of Nokia (234 comments)

The biggest issue was not that they abandoned Symbian. They were already set to do that anyway, what with MeeGo taking over on their highest-end devices and gradually onto mid-tier smartphones.

The biggest blunder was that they abandoned Qt as a development platform. That was their one strategy that would have kept new applications and development coming. You'd write an app using Qt (with some enhancements), and would with minimal effort be able to tailor both Symbian^3 and MeeGo devices.

That train has now left the station. There is now NO SINGLE application environment that a developer can use to tailor current and future Nokia phones. Not Java/J2ME. Not Symbian. Not MeeGo/Maemo. Not Qt.

Nokia has made a lot of serious blunders throughout the last few years (the N85 hardware quality, the N97 software quality, an ASD style management, etc). Allowing themselves to be completely hijacked by Elan/Microsoft for a last ditch futile attempt to promote WP7 is nothing short of astounding. The worlds largest cell phone maker, and at one point in recent history Europe's most valuable company, completely destroyed as little more than a pawn in Steve Ballmer's clumsy quest for making Microsoft relevant again is simply nothing short of astounding.

Nokias. Biggest. Blunder. Ever.

more than 3 years ago
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Building a Traffic Radar System To Catch Reckless Drivers?

Tor Re:Force them to slow down (483 comments)

This is the shortest, sweetest and most constructive reply I read in this discussion! :)

One problem I can see is that as a private citizen, the OP probably does not have authority to build speed bumps, without prior permission from whatever government entity is responsible for that stretch of street/road.

As a private citizen, (s)he also probably cannot expect that any radar (s)he installs will be "validated" by the city government for the purpose of gathering evidence against speeders. (Too many potential ways that data could be manipulated unless gathered in an official way).

At least that's how it would be in the western world. I do not know much about the Middle East in general, much less about particular places and formal/practical government regulations.

more than 4 years ago
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California Sec. of State Wants Open Source E-Voting Systems

Tor Re:Nice step forward (112 comments)

I don't think I came across anyone discussing security concerns w.r.t the G1 being "open source" - but rather, that you'll be able to install anyone's application on the phone. (For "analysts" that are under the influence of Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field, this sounds very scary).

more than 6 years ago

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