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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

bemymonkey Re:The solution is obvious (496 comments)

Well, I bought a phone directly from Google about two years ago - a Galaxy Nexus - and that's now stuck on 4.3, including this lovely WebView bug.

1 hour ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

bemymonkey Re:The solution is obvious (496 comments)

This is totally different from microsoft refusing to fix XP bugs, given that upgrading is purchasing a new product.

In the case of Android users stuck on 4.3, upgrading to a newer Android version means purchasing a new phone - so pretty much the same thing here.

1 hour ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

bemymonkey Re:The solution is obvious (496 comments)

What about those of us whose hardware provider is Google? Galaxy Nexus anyone?

1 hour ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

bemymonkey Re:The solution is obvious (496 comments)

My Galaxy Nexus begs to differ. An original Google Nexus program phone, stuck on 4.3, with this bug. The entity responsible for pushing updates to this phone is Google...

1 hour ago
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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

bemymonkey IE Touch/Metro (112 comments)

So will this get me better performance in IE's metro version on my Win8.1 tablet (if/when I upgrade that to Windows 10)?

4 hours ago
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TWEETHER Project Promises 10Gbps MmW 92-95GHz Based Wireless Broadband

bemymonkey Re:Physics doesn't work like that. (54 comments)

Hell, even 5GHz WiFi doesn't have enough penetration for full coverage of a three-room appartment (albeit in Germany - no US style cardboard walls here). If my router wasn't dual-band I'd be screwed every time I need to take a dump :p

90+GHz is going to be pretty much limited to Line-of-Sight unless they have some pretty awesome tricks up their sleeves.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

bemymonkey Re:Office 2007 started the move into alternatives (144 comments)

Apparently the screenshots in the article are the full-screen "touch" versions. I'd expect the regular versions to have the full ribbons just like 2010 or 2013 (which I've actually grown to like, because they expose keyboard shortcuts for practically EVERYTHING).

4 days ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

bemymonkey Re:huh?? (144 comments)

Near as I can tell, Office 2013 is exactly the same as the software Office365 subscribers are getting. I'd assume Office365 users just get auto-updated to Office 2016 as soon as it's released...

4 days ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

bemymonkey I use it... (209 comments)

... to store photos. They have a handy "share via link" function for entire albums, so you can easily share entire albums with friends (albeit without fine grained control of permissions... basically anyone with the link re-share it at will). There's no storage limit for images up to 2048px (longest side), and there's an easy way to download individual images as well as entire zipped albums.

As a social network though? Hahaha, I only have a Facebook account for Messenger - wtf would I need another network for?

5 days ago
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Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

bemymonkey Re:Gadget guys vs photographers (192 comments)

You're forgetting that even pro level cameras have mirror/shutter mechanisms rated for just a few 100k flips. I'm a DSLR shooter too, but I have no illusions about the durability of a mirror+shutter mechanism.

about a week ago
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Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

bemymonkey Re: So we'll get a camara as good as the iPhone? (192 comments)

And even that Nexus 6, the absolute current top-of-the-line flagship in the Android world, has a laggier camera app. And focuses more slowly.

The gap is closing, sure, but what a phone camera needs to be is INSTANT. Keep it in memory at all times for all I care, as long as it's open within milliseconds of me tapping the button to open the camera app.

about a week ago
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Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

bemymonkey Re:Gadget guys vs photographers (192 comments)

It's funny that you should mention the number of exposures and reference a 7D (a DSLR, with a mirror that needs to flip up for EVERY SINGLE SHOT!) in comparison with a MILC camera, which has far fewer moving parts.

about a week ago
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Samsung Unveils First PCIe 3.0 x4-Based M.2 SSD, Delivering Speeds of Over 2GB/s

bemymonkey Re:PCIe 3.0 availability (100 comments)

"That said, it's questionable how much it really matters in the real world at the moment."

On I/O devices? Immensely! Your example with the graphics cards shows little difference due to the fact that the performance of graphics cards isn't limited by PCIe bandwidth. IO devices which can read and write faster than PCIe 2.0 slots are able to throughput data, on the other hand, will show immediate gains. If an SSD can read at 3GB/sec and the slot only allows 2GB/sec, obviously upgrading to a newer standard is going to make a huge difference.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Unveils 5th Gen Core Series Broadwell-U CPUs and Cherry Trail Atom

bemymonkey Re:am disappoint (78 comments)

Other than ABP, NoSquint and PushBullet, I don't really have anything of note installed right now, and it's still slow as balls. :(

about three weeks ago
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Intel Unveils 5th Gen Core Series Broadwell-U CPUs and Cherry Trail Atom

bemymonkey Re:am disappoint (78 comments)

In theory I would like to agree with this, but Firefox and Chrome say otherwise. In the last year, they've gone from speedy on a Core2Duo to bloated and slow on a modern i5.

You want to know the only machine I have that Firefox runs well on including my extensions? A 5Ghz (heavily overclocked, of course) i5... Even the i5 in my laptop (which turbo boosts up to 3GHz) struggles at times.

Yes, I know, I should pare down my selection of extensions etc. - but shouldn't a 3GHz i5 with an SSD and 16 gigs of RAM be able to run a simple browser without issues? And more often than not, it's the websites themselves that are slowing everything down - Slashdot is fine, but loading multimedia-heavy pages actually puts a noticeable load on a modern laptop CPU, which is quite different from a few years ago.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

bemymonkey Re:Extended Range (128 comments)

"Since ~2008 I know they've increased the energy density of their 18650 cells by 20-30%, which would correspond to a 20-30% increase in range no matter what."

Don't they just use Panasonic cells? Last report I saw, they used NCR18650A 3100mAh cells, and I'm guessing by now they've moved on to the newer NCR18650B 3400mAh cells... which would explain the capacity increase. Where are you getting the info that they're manufacturing their own cells?

about a month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

bemymonkey Re:Antecdotes != Evidence (577 comments)

Agreed. I'm still using my Win7 SP1 installs, and the last time they were reinstalled was when the MSDN SP1-integrated Win7 DVDs came out... still running like champs.

about 4 months ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

bemymonkey Re:Battery life? (182 comments)

That's actually not true. I'm typing this from a Win8 tablet that gets 10+ hours out of a 30Wh battery... not shoddy by any means.

Of course, if you're running an i5 with active cooling in your tablet a la Surface Pro, you'll see significantly lower battery life. The HP tablets are likely to have very low power parts though.

about 4 months ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

bemymonkey Re: now that its not $700 (182 comments)

People who know what they're doing use standby or at least hibernate. The rest boot... seriously, 90% of the people I know with Windows 8 laptops praise them for their fast boot times, because even with XP and 7 they used to perform a full boot every time they wanted to use their device. Years of conditioning ("Windows only runs properly when it's freshly rebooted!"), I suppose :(

about 4 months ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

bemymonkey Re: now that its not $700 (182 comments)

I'm running a Windows 8 tablet with a slow ass Clover Trail Atom and 2GB of RAM... for tablet stuff, it's fine. I highly doubt the Hp $99 version will be any slower (which pisses me off a little, considering I paid 700€ for mine :p)...

about 4 months ago

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