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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

abhi_beckert Re:How much longer will Foxconn need Apple? (109 comments)

Depends what you're running on it. If you run a minimal OS with limited options on a processor or a more complex OS will make a difference. That and Android has to run on any phone, so efficiëncy is probably lost there too.

No it doesn't have anything to do with that. Apple's CPUs are just better. A lot better.

Even basic stuff like copying memory from one location in the CPU to another location is drastically faster on an iOS processor. The latest iPad Air is as fast as a low end Intel x86 chip... and the iPad chip does it with *far* less battery drain than the intel one.

This tablet has a low end x86 chip, which means it will be faster than any ARM processor money can buy... except for Apple's ARM processors.

about a month ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

abhi_beckert Re:Wait a second, this is very interesting. (109 comments)

What else is distinctive about an iPad apart from those two things? Really, all tablets look the same. They're basically just a rectangular touch-screen. About the only variations possible in their hardware are colour, size, and buttons - and some utilitarian designs as to which ports are located where, which are hardly distinctive.

Sure... except that this one has exactly the same colour (although Apple has three colours and they have only copied two of them), exactly the same size, exactly the same buttons in exactly the same locations, ports in exactly the same location except that Apple has two rows in their speaker grill and this has three rows of holes and it has USB-Type C instead of Lightning (which are also visually indistinguishable from each other).

The design is so close one has to wonder if they are actually using the same machinery for some of the components between this tablet and the iPad. They really are that similar.

about a month ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

abhi_beckert Re:Wait a second, this is very interesting. (109 comments)

Nope, only the phone division of Nokia was sold to Microsoft... this product is by one of the other divisions of Nokia not part of Microsoft.

There are no "other" divisions of Nokia. All of the employees who worked in every other division is now a Microsoft employee.

All that remains at Nokia is a skeleton of upper management (and not even that really, most of those work for Microsoft now too. Including Nokia's CEO).

At least until they re-invent themselves Nokia is basically a patent and intellectual property troll and a brand name. They have sold their name to Foxconn for use on it's own product.

about a month ago
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Building All the Major Open-Source Web Browsers

abhi_beckert Re:Building should not be complex. (106 comments)

If only someone would come along and write a new, unified make system.

This has been done. A thousand times over.

And now we have a thousand unified make systems.

about 2 months ago
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Building All the Major Open-Source Web Browsers

abhi_beckert Re:Easy with Gentoo (106 comments)

That's exactly what people who make distributions do. If you want to see how complicated the build is for any piece of software, just look at how complicated the build scripts are for various distributions.

I think it's a bad idea to rely on distributors to do this work. With my projects, I always try to make the build process as simple as possible.

If somebody is thinking about maybe contributing to the project, I want it to be completely painless.

It doesn't always work out, especially with third party dependencies, but I try to keep the build process as simple as checkout source code, and build it. No configuration at all. Obviously you can configure stuff, but there should be a default that will work for almost everyone.

about 2 months ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

abhi_beckert Re:lol (328 comments)

My non-noise-cancelling closed ear SRH-440's have better sound than any pair of headphones Bose has ever made and they cut out more background noise as well. I recently wore them trackside at a car race to prevent hearing damage, worked perfectly.

about 2 months ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

abhi_beckert Re:One crap audio brand battling with another (328 comments)

"Flat" relating to headphones usually means a flat frequency response, unless you are talking to people who don't have a clue (which is a very real possibility). A flat frequency response is the goal of a high fidelity system, the very word "fidelity" means trueness to the original source, which is what you get with a flat frequency response. The idea that a speaker needs to distort the sound because it "sounds good" is absurd, and in fact it's the exact same rationale audiofools have for preferring vinyl. Vinyl inherently has an uneven frequency response (among other things) and it is those characteristics that give it is distinctive sound, leading some to prefer it. It is distinctive but it is low fidelity, just like a poor set of speakers. Besides, if you want the treble or bass jacked up or some other frequency band notched, that's what equalizers are for. Although it should be noted they are called equalizers because the intent is to bring an equal loudness to all frequency bands - aka, a flat frequency response. To compensate for speakers that are not already flat.

Anybody with enough money for a pair of good audiophile headphones will be buying the "pro" beats, which have neutral sound by all reports (I've never tested them).

about 2 months ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

abhi_beckert Re:This is a stupid question (151 comments)

After all, any car (and pigs) with sufficient propulsion do fly. Landing is slightly more difficult, however.

It's not hard at all! Just throw yourself at the ground and miss.

about 2 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

abhi_beckert Re: Application sandboxing (577 comments)

Except that "modern mobile devices" get messed up and bogged down exactly the same way - even if the apps are supposed to be sandboxed.
There is one million os wide settings , or system apps and services that can get screwed up and their internally stored data will start causing issues.
Is the battery drain on your android the same as it was after factory reset ? Didn't think so.

Android doesn't sandbox apps.

iOS does, and it doesn't suffer from this problem. All software is given a directory that they can read from/write to. There are a few places outside that which can be read, but virtually nothing has write access (except for a few cases where a system app will expose access to it's data via inter-app communication. Calendar for example has this).

When you uninstall the app, that directory is deleted. There is no trace at all that the app ever existed.

about 3 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

abhi_beckert Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

When a program is UNinstalled, all traces of it should be gone. Apple took a different approach, which arguably works far better. Even if stuff is left behind, it just takes up a bit of disk space, and doesn't affect the system at all.

Apple took a different approach on iOS.

OS X suffers the same problems as Windows, although perhaps not as severe.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

abhi_beckert Not Brute Force (93 comments)

"Balic goes on to explain to Apple that he was able to try over 20,000 passwords combinations on any account."

20,000 is not a brute force attack. That will only succeed if your password was 3 characters long.

I find it hard to believe anyone was actually vulnerable to this.

about 3 months ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

abhi_beckert Re:Because... (253 comments)

I use my phone more often than any other possession I own.

This means any extra money I spend on top of what I "need" is well worth it.

FWIW, I purchased a 5s a few days ago. Not a 6.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

abhi_beckert Re: Alright smart guy (504 comments)

My sister is just using Safari on her PowerMac G5.

Anything with flash is pig slow... but most stuff still works. The kids play lots of games without any issues.

about 3 months ago
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

abhi_beckert Re:Bose is worried (162 comments)

Bose and Beats are both highly brand-focused. Bose targets the more mature quality-seeking crowd, while Beats targets the bass-hungry and fashion-conscious youth. There's some overlap, but generally I'd say their targets kept competition to a minimum, and they've pretty much cornered those targets

Apple has the best of both worlds being viewed both as high quality and a status symbol. If they start using their monster marketing teams to align peoples' view of Beats with that of Apple, Bose stands a chance of being pushed out of the market by a frightening direct competition. They've got good reason to try to stall the acquisition as much as possible

Bose also targets youth, although they do a terrible job of it and are getting their ass kicked by Beats.

And Beats also targets musicians with their "Pro" headphone which is not bass hungry at all and has higher quality than anything Bose has ever shipped. As far as I can tell, Beats Pro are some of the best studio headphones money can buy at the moment. If they weren't so expensive I would probably own a pair.

about 5 months ago
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

abhi_beckert Re:Typical (162 comments)

"Those who can't create, litigate" --- who does this remind you of over last 2-3 years? Funny to see Apple whine about plays outta their OWN playbook

Apple filed a patent lawsuit against HTC in 2010, and Samsung in 2011. According to Wikipedia, are the only two patent lawsuits Apple has ever filed in the entire history of the company.

Both those lawsuits only happened after Apple spent years trying to negotiate their disagreements without involving the legal system.

A company that has only filed two lawsuits hardly has a "playbook" for suing people for patent infringement.

about 5 months ago
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Biodegradable Fibers As Strong As Steel Made From Wood Cellulose

abhi_beckert Re:Stronger than steel (82 comments)

Stronger than steel is cool and all, but that doesn't necessarily mean "all the same properties of steel". Durability, heat tolerance, reaction to moisture and a host of other things are likely to mean it's not a drop-in replacement for fibreglass/plastic/metal.

Fibreglass is terrible at all of the things you just listed and we use it for all kinds of things. It just has to be coated with a thin protective layer.

about 6 months ago
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After Trademark Dispute, Mexican Carriers Can No Longer Use iPhone Name In Ads

abhi_beckert Re:Seems correct (53 comments)

Maybe Apple or the carriers will cut a deal... or maybe their marketing material will just start referring to "apple phones."

Apple is also a trademark, so they are not allowed to use that in advertising either.

I'm not familiar with Mexican law either but these laws are pretty well unified by international treaties. You cannot use another company's trademark in your advertising material unless you have permission. Any carrier who sells the iPhone to customers would have permission to use the trademark, so this tells me the carrier does not sell iPhones and therefore has no business using iPhone in their ads.

about 6 months ago
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Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store

abhi_beckert Re:Data loss due to accidental navigation (225 comments)

This is one of many reasons why I like Safari -you have to jump into the command line settings to *enable* backspace-to-go-back.

It's definitely the best browser available, in terms of getting little things like this right.

about 7 months ago
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Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store

abhi_beckert Re:Welcome to your new walled garden (225 comments)

Chromium is open source so if you don't like it, fork you own copy and get whatever useless toolbars that install without permission that you want.

Darwin is open source too, so you can fork it and install whatever apps you want.

The fact is most people stick with the official release. Your platform is not "open" if your official release if third party extensions aren't allowed.

It's worth mentioning the (non-mobile) version of Safari does allow arbitrary third party extensions. There are some warnings to the user that it might be malware, but they don't block installation.

about 7 months ago
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PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

abhi_beckert Re:Encryption (220 comments)

Last I heard, it still supports unencrypted, but only if both the client and server ask for it. If either one asks for encryption, then the connection is encrypted, even if there's no authentication (i.e. certificate). With no certificate, it's still possible to pull an active(MitM) attack, which is much harder to pull off at a large scale without anyone noticing (i.e. you can just collect all data you see).

A server cannot ask for encryption.

Unless the client establishes a secure connection in the first place, the server has no way of knowing if the client is actually who they claim to be. If the client attempts to establish a secure connection and the server responds with "I can't give you a secure connection" then the client needs to assume there is a man in the middle attack going on and refuse to communicate with the server.

There is no way around it, security needs to be initiated on the client and the server cannot be allowed to refuse a secure connection.

HSTS is a partial solution for this problem (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_Strict_Transport_Security)

about 7 months ago

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