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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

apraetor Re:Why? (Another opinion) (326 comments)

TRIM is already implemented in firmware; what the OS sends to the drive are "hints" indicating blocks which have become free and require clearing. Without the OS sending those hints I don't see how the SSD would know which blocks are safe to clear; doing so requires reading the drive's file system, which is why the OS has always been involved.

5 days ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

apraetor Re:This isn't new (326 comments)

It's a declarative sentence, any conditions narrowing scope should have been included in the (absent) part of the sentence called a clause. You're confusing written English with conversational English. That sentence would have been read and understood if one person said/typed it to someone else during an interactive conversation; using that type of sentence structure on a forum/group conversation thread is ambiguous and can lead to multiple contradictory meanings.

5 days ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

apraetor Re:This isn't new (326 comments)

You can't go back to square one, it hasn't been cleared for rewriting yet.

5 days ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

apraetor Re:This isn't new (326 comments)

It's a declarative sentence, the scope is global unless a clause is used to restrict it. Likewise, the use of "this" (as pronoun) in this context requires that the noun to which is refers be used *in the same sentence* because otherwise it renders the sentence so ambiguous as to be useless -- two people can read the same sentence and come away with opposing messages.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

apraetor Re:don't worry about it (178 comments)

You don't even have to look as far as eBay, those same counterfeit cards are also available on Amazon.com. You can even get them "Fulfilled by Amazon"; I called to complain and was told "we just distribute what the sellers send to our warehouse" -- if that argument wouldn't keep a fence out of prison why should Amazon get to use it to profit from fake goods? Also, even though you can still get 4GB microsd cards every fake I've seen has been an 8GB one; do you think perhaps that's because it's easier to add the "12" without needing to scrape off the "4" first?

about a week ago
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Shady car dealers install secret GPS trackers.

apraetor Ridiculous (1 comments)

That's a completely baseless accusation. The dealership basically requires that persons with bad credit must sign a form consenting to the GPS locators (and many dealers include ignition interlocks, too). That's perfectly legal. The GPS might have let the cops figure out where he was hiding, but it had nothing to do with how they actually identified him as a suspect; evidence was found linking him to the crime, then cops found out his vehicle had tracking, THEN the GPS was used to find him. I do, however, think that they should have to give you an in-car display that tells you how often the GPS has been activated -- to help prevent use of the GPS for purposes other than repossession or whatever.

about two weeks ago
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Gigabit Internet Connections Make Property Values Rise

apraetor Re:YouDontSay.JPG (108 comments)

Plenty of people can't spend the next decade stuck on 3 mbps, while waiting for a rollout that they "hope" will come someday.

about three weeks ago
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Gigabit Internet Connections Make Property Values Rise

apraetor Tortious Interference (108 comments)

So when Big Cable gets wind of my community considering putting in FTTH, and they invariably engage in their traditional filth-throwing, can I sue them for tortious interference because they're causing me financial hardship? Provided my house is technically "for sale" at the time, of course.

about three weeks ago
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Michelle Sleeper Creates 'Gaming, Comics, and Pop Culture Based Props'

apraetor How is a fluff piece actual news? (35 comments)

There are countless people across the world making knock-off props (both theatrical AND nautical, as if you'd mistake the two...) and the quality can vary wildly. The stuff she shows in the video looks OK, but that just means she knows how to download a 3D model from the internet and print it. People who make really good copies of famous paintings are still artists, and it's only forgery if you try to pass off the dupe as original content; so while the question of whether she's stealing IP is in the air.. I guess she's an artist *if* she make the models herself, which isn't clarified in the video. Regardless, her products are derivative -- I would expect that she either had some novel take on prop-making, or made them from trash/scrap metal/something unique, or designed her own props from scratch instead of copying pop culture items, for her to be featured on /. -- and this "article" must have a reason for being posted which isn't apparent.

about three weeks ago
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Legal Marijuana Draws More Homeless People To Colorado In Search For Jobs

apraetor missed opportunity (1 comments)

to say "jobs in the budding industry". Shame.

about three weeks ago
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How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

apraetor Re:mathematically equivalent ? (89 comments)

Yes! I was checking to make sure someone pointed that out, the headline is demonstrably incorrect.

about a month ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

apraetor Re:And? (367 comments)

"...sometimes the only kind option for some animals is to put them to sleep forever." ~Ingrid NewKirk. She's right, I know one animal I'd like to see put to sleep.

about a month ago
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Sonic.net implements DNSSEC, performs MITM against customers.

apraetor Left out the key element (1 comments)

Sonic.net is providing alternate DNS servers that don't implement the blacklist, so the fact they have blacklisted ones using a MITM isn't the real story; the really horrible part is that the blacklisting servers are DNSSEC, but Sonic.net makes a point of warning any would-be opt-outers that their uncensored servers do not support DNSSEC.

about a month and a half ago
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China Bans "Human Fresh Searching"

apraetor Fix the demeaning title (1 comments)

It's one thing to make fun of an accent in a joke -- even then it's context-dependent -- but making a joke about Chinese accents in pure-news story is very inappropriate as it only serves to demean and can't possibly contribute to informing the reader.

about a month and a half ago
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"Phony Cell Phone Tower" Stories Were PR For A Secure Cell Phone Company

apraetor Either way it brought up an important topic (1 comments)

Android devices lack any way to warn the user than the device has been forced into unencrypted operating modes -- the OS doesn't even have sufficient support to let a developer create a custom app to poll the encryption status and notify the user. That's just ridiculous.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

apraetor Re:VPN improves my net performance and test result (294 comments)

Does your VPN use compression? Try running the VPN-routed test using testmy.net; they use random incompressible data for their testing.

about a month and a half ago
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US Officials: New iPhone is a Tool for Pedophiles

apraetor No, they'd probably go with Android (2 comments)

The sad reality is that pedophiles sharing files over the internet appear to be, for obvious reasons, more meticulous in their interweb-hygiene than the average [derisory term for tech-illiterate folks goes here]. A rooted Android device can be configured fairly quickly to route all non-GSM traffic through Tor, which is great for anybody privacy-minded. Police don't find pedophiles based on what's on their phone, that would mean they're monitoring EVERY phone's internal storage; cops find pedophile websites and work backwards to find the users. Having your phone's local storage encrypted would do nothing to hamper that. What the FBI should really be pissing itself over is deniable encryption, aka the "hidden partition" feature TrueCrypt offered -- I would think that someone being able to show that the contents of the device are completely innocuous would do more harm to the State's case than any lack of access.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

apraetor Re:I have two answers for you (279 comments)

Agreed. I'd also add: You don't need every drop to be the fastest that money can buy, just fast enough for the purpose. If the goal is to be able to max out the fiber from any single location in the house then you'll end up spending a lot of time and money; if you want each device to have at least as much bandwidth as required, but don't need to go beyond that, then you can use a mix of ethernet and wifi 802.11ac (or even 802.11n depending on needs).

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T To Repay $80 Million In Shady Phone Bill Charges

apraetor Re:This just happened to me (61 comments)

I've got to finish paying off my phone, I had switched to AT&T Next so once that contract is up I'm probably going pre-paid. I use Google Voice for my main number anyway, so I can bounce between carriers once I get my phone *crossed fingers* unlocked.

about a month and a half ago
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Accurate broadband speed test?

apraetor testmy.net (2 comments)

Testmy.net is good for independent testing. Also, you can sign up for the SamKnows project and they'll send you a "whitebox" to plug into your network that'll run tests every hour and give you comprehensive interactive graphs.

about a month and a half ago

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Child Porn Suspect Must Decrypt Own External Hard Drive

apraetor apraetor writes  |  about a year and a half ago

apraetor (248989) writes "I wonder how this stacks up against recent federal court rulings related to border searches and self-incrimination.

MILWAUKEE (CN) — A man suspected of housing child pornography on his hard drives must help the U.S. government decrypt them, a federal magistrate ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Callahan Jr. issued the order last week, overturning an earlier decision that said the suspect, Jeffrey Feldman, was protected by his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.

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Apple sells apps that don't actually *do* anything

apraetor apraetor writes  |  more than 4 years ago

apraetor (248989) writes "This app, like many others in the Apple App Store, claims to do things which are patently untrue. In addition, the claims are things which the iPhone OS SDK outright bans developers from doing. For example, the app claims to repair battery capacity issues. Meanwhile, the SDK allows only polling the battery's current charge % and state (i.e. charging, full, discharging). An email I sent to Apple's App Store support last week has gone unanswered.

This app is such bs. It doesn’t actually *do* anything. The “features” it claims are all built-in to iPhone OS anyway. It relies on the naivety of users for sales; it is unfortunate that Apple, which purports to “approve” apps for customer protection, lets dishonest developers openly deceive those same customers for profit. The developer claims that the app “performs maintenance” to restore lost battery life, but the iPhone SDK documentation makes it clear that 3rd party apps can do nothing other than display the current charge of the battery, and the charge status.
“Magical battery-fixing junk”
This app claims to increase your iPhone volume.. yet another piece of Apple-approved deceptive advertising."

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