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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

creepynut Re: Not Just Phones (281 comments)

It was fixed on the older model. Google released an update quite some time ago which apparently enabled Trim and sped up the device. Mine was god-awful slow, to the point of being barely usable. The update brought it back to life.

2 days ago

Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

creepynut Re:Speed holes! (136 comments)

That's actually Homer after having attended Krusty's clown college (episode: Homie the Clown).

5 days ago

iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

creepynut Re:Google is no better/worse than Apple (323 comments)

Not all of the code on your Android device is open source. Google could easily pack whatever they want into the Google Apps on your phone, just the same as Samsung, LG, HTC, etc could if they want. The OS itself is open source, but what you buy is very unlikely completely open (maybe with the exception of the Cyaogenmod devices)

about 1 month ago

Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

creepynut Re:mac mini still almost 2 years old at same price (411 comments)

I'm surprised they didn't update it (maybe even give it a modest price drop). With all the negative press Windows 8 has been receiving, Apple could market the Mac Mini as a "drop in" replacement for people who currently have a Windows 8 tower at home.

about 2 months ago

TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

creepynut Re:Dumb reasoning? (566 comments)

All the major platforms can create virtual disk images, it's just not one of them is cross platform.

Windows 7 (not sure about previous) lets you create VHD disk images in Disk Management. I assume BitLocker can be enabled on these, more cumbersome than TrueCrypt since you'd need to attach the VHD then mount the BitLocker volume. Not sure how correct this is as I have Windows 7 Home Premium which doesn't do BitLocker.

Alternatively you could GPG encrypt the VHD file, but that would require decrypting it before attaching and would require that it be stored on disk in a decrypted state. TrueCrypt is purely on-the-fly, the data never touches the disk without being encrypted.

Macs support easily creating encrypted disk images through Disk Utility and mounting+unmounting them is painless. Even more so than TrueCrypt.

Linux you can create encrypted loopback files with losetup or cryptsetup. Cryptsetup supports mounting TrueCrypt volumes so there's that.

about 2 months ago

TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

creepynut Re:Truecrypt was the hardest thing for the NSA (566 comments)

Not only for Windows, but cross platform. I love Truecrypt because I can keep a volume in my Dropbox and use it on my personal Mac, my work Fedora desktop, and my secondary PC at home running Windows. There are even mobile apps to mount them. Linux has cryptsetup which can mount TC volumes, but as far as I know there aren't any comparable options outside Linux.

Sounds like Bitlocker might be a reasonable option for full disk encryption at least. All our our work laptops which leave the office currently use TC for full disk encryption, might be time to switch.

about 2 months ago

Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

creepynut Re:Woosh! (409 comments)

I'm not sure I see the inconsistency. He's paying to rent the VM, but he's still not trusting it with his data. It's encrypted before sending.

about 4 months ago

The New PHP

creepynut Re:Still waiting (254 comments)

PHP already has case sensitive variable names. $Foo and $foo are always different variables.

Function names, class names, keywords (class, function, extends, if, while, etc) are always case insensitive.

However, constants are sometimes case sensitive, depending on their declaration.

I do a lot of PHP development, but these days it's only sane by the fact that I've been doing it so long I understand many of it's weirdness. Also, using frameworks (Symfony 1 & 2) and finally using a template engine (Twig) helps enormously. Helps in the same way jQuery has saved me from writing vanilla JS and trying to deal with browser quirks.

about 5 months ago

Google Apps License Forbids Forking, Promotes Google Services

creepynut Re:Gee, just fork it. (163 comments)

Except that no, you can't on an iOS device. Those things are locked right down. Jailbreaks don't allow running an alternative OS like on an Android device with an unlocked boot loader.

about 6 months ago

How Can Nintendo Recover?

creepynut Re:Personally? (559 comments)

You're modded funny, but this is exactly what we would get. This is probably 90% of the smartphone games out there.

about 6 months ago

Leaked Manual Reveals Details On Google's Nexus 5

creepynut Re:Same with every nexus device (177 comments)

The Galaxy Nexus was pretty much in a league of it's own at the time. Seems like Samsung was really pushing for it.

The Nexus One was basically an HTC Desire.
The Nexus S was pretty much a Galaxy S.
The Nexus 4 is very close (internally) to the LG Optimus G.
This new Nexus 5 looks like will be based on an LG G2

about 10 months ago

Apple Releases Basic iPod Touch, Possibly Foreshadowing iPhone Strategy

creepynut Re:Morans (228 comments)

Nah, he might be in Canada where we can get a $50-per month (minimum, which probably has 100mb data) on a THREE year contract to get the phone "cheaply"

about a year ago

Windows 8.1 May Restore Boot-To-Desktop, Start Button

creepynut Re:Too little too late (628 comments)

Wow um... I didn't read your wall of text, but would you like a cookie or something?

about a year ago

Yokohama Accidentally Tweets That NK Missile Is Inbound

creepynut Re:Pre-written? (131 comments)

Not sure if Funny or Informative. Which one more represents "probably true"?

about a year ago

Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

creepynut Re:My theory (1010 comments)

I think they may be coming back soon. I'm in the market for an "ultrabook" right now and I'm quite pleased that there are actually some with higher screen resolutions.

Many of Asus's Zenbook lineup have 1980x1080, same with the new Dell XPS 13. They're still restricting themselves to screens they can market as "Full HD" and 1080p, but we're moving. I doubt anybody will market a higher resolution until they can market it like Apple with their Retina display.

I'm looking at a 13" to replace my 4 year old Macbook Pro. 1280x720 on it was small in 2009, and it feels like it is growing more so in this day and age.

about a year ago

SSH Password Gropers Are Now Trying High Ports

creepynut Re:I do security by antiquity (349 comments)

Replying to undo mod. Meant to pick funny.

about a year and a half ago

Google Announces New Nexus Smartphone and Tablets

creepynut Re:Ugh, Pentile displays (297 comments)

Indeed, I have a 4th generation iPod touch and my wife has an iPhone 4s. Although it shares the resolution, great for text, the screen on the iPhone is vastly superior when it comes to playing games or watching videos.

about 2 years ago

USB 3.0 100W Power Standard Seeks To End Proprietary Chargers

creepynut Re:Doubtful (247 comments)

As for USB, Apple has not put in USB3 in any of their computers.

Excellent post, except one minor correction: the new retina MacBook Pro has USB 3, so Apple is doing USB 3. I suspect all future devices will have it.

about 2 years ago

Samsung Focusing On Phone Software

creepynut Re:First support your phones (124 comments)

I'm torn on the issue.

I think they should keep updating phones while they're continuing to sell them. The iPhone 3gs has iOS 5 because they're still selling it. This helps drive sales of older models (which may have higher margins as they age) because people are more likely to buy the comparable device with newer software & better features over the one with older software.

It would certainly be nice if they kept updating software after they discontinue it. My issue is that people shouldn't be buying phones (or any other tech) based on what it "will do" and buy more for what it does. This will also help discourage manufacturers from releasing products knowingly that suck now but will not suck later.

I applaud Samsung for this because if they don't want to keep the devices up to date then at least the community can. It would certainly be nice if they could keep the things up to date on their own, but I'd be willing to bet most of their share holders are interested in seeing their money go towards new products than old products that don't make money.

more than 2 years ago


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