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F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013

danbob999 Re:Left out a key piece of the original headline (193 comments)

...(something which isn't even an option on iOS).

Wait. You just acknowledge that the VAST majority of malware comes from sideloaded apps and then make a snide comment about iOS because sideloading malware-laden apps isn't an option.

REALLY??

Only on Slashdot is the inability to load malware-riddled apps on your phone viewed as a negative...

Because it is negative. Just like a car limited to 30 km/h is negative, even if it prevents accidents. You know, with a real car you have the option of staying under 30 km/h if you want to. And with Android you have the walled garden option if you want to. Just don't activate the sideload option. If you are too stupid to activate it and you get malware, you have earned it.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's Messages Offers Free Texting With a Side of iPhone Lock-In

danbob999 Re:Android does it too (179 comments)

The fact is you can use any XMPP client to send messages to those using Google Hangouts / Google Talk. If you want to communicate with iMessage users you need an iProduct and a software written by Apple. So even without the federation, it is much more useful than a proprietary protocol.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's Messages Offers Free Texting With a Side of iPhone Lock-In

danbob999 Re:Android does it too (179 comments)

Hangouts works on any device connected to the internet, phone, PC, whatever. It uses the open XMPP protocol. It's a shame Google left the federation however.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices

danbob999 Re:Ah yes... (178 comments)

They do require that you have an existing Intel Mac

Not only that you have an intel mac, but it must be already running OS X, which you bought when you bought your Mac. Therefore it's not free.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices

danbob999 Re:Ah yes... (178 comments)

Just because Apple includes the price in their PC doesn't mean it's free. It is not free if you want to run OS X on a non-Mac PC.

about 2 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

danbob999 Easy (597 comments)

1. Attend college in Oregon 2. Move to another state/country 3. Profit Since it's a tax, and not a debt, you don't legally owe anything back and you are free to move elsewhere.

about 2 months ago
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A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

danbob999 Re:apple was/is for (501 comments)

Besides, from what I've read from other posters and sources, it sounds like you can't actually build a superior machine (or even one with the same specs) unless you spend more money than the Apple model.

You are doing it the wrong way.
Try building an Apple desktop computer with the same specs as a high end ($1500) custom PC.

You can choose between a Mac mini with a 2.6 GHz CPU, intel graphics, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD and 1TB external hard drive (because there is not enough room inside the box) for $1600

or

Get about the fastest core i7 PC with 32GB RAM, a high end video card, 512GB SSD and two 3TB hard drives in RAID and save money.

about 4 months ago
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Standardized Laptop Charger Approved By IEC

danbob999 Re:Mag-safe or nothing (289 comments)

Let say a mag safe connector cost an extra $10 and a laptop cost $1000. Is there a 1% chance that I destroy my laptop because of not having a mag safe connector during its life time?

No. And it's not because I am especially careful.

about 4 months ago
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Standardized Laptop Charger Approved By IEC

danbob999 Re:Mag-safe or nothing (289 comments)

Because people should be able to get quality hardware from more than one vendor. I'm tired of chassis that flex and get visible wear spots on their finish, inferior touch pads, crappy keyboards, flimsy chargers and plugs out of the 80s and crumby displays (I mean color/angle/contrast, not useless resolution) - because I *won't* pay the apple tax.

Chassis flex and visible wear spots are hardly a reason to replace a laptop.
I'd rater have 5% more performance than a nice-looking chassis that won't make me more productive.
Chargers are fine. I just wish they were standardized.

about 4 months ago
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ITU Standardizes 1Gbps Over Copper, But Services Won't Come Until 2015

danbob999 Stupid naming (153 comments)

Why don't they call it Gigabit DSL? Now it's G.fast. Before it was "Very high speed" DSL. What's next? G.super-mega-ultra-fast?

about 4 months ago
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Over 20% of Online Black Friday Sales Came From Mobile Devices

danbob999 Re:That's the real data folks (201 comments)

And which country have more Macs than PCs?

about 5 months ago
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Over 20% of Online Black Friday Sales Came From Mobile Devices

danbob999 Re:That's the real data folks (201 comments)

Because you think that those $1 application do not collect your data?
The only applications that can really be trusted are either because they are open source or because you wrote it yourself.

about 5 months ago
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Over 20% of Online Black Friday Sales Came From Mobile Devices

danbob999 Re:That's the real data folks (201 comments)

It depends what you consider crapware. I consider WinZIP and its infamous "I agree" nag screen to be crapware. There are tons of such examples in the App Store.

about 5 months ago
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Over 20% of Online Black Friday Sales Came From Mobile Devices

danbob999 Re:That's the real data folks (201 comments)

I wouldn't use an ad-supported calendar application if the built-in one wasn't good enough.
Most quality free applications are either developped by charity/for fun or are part of a larger commercial offering like my banking application.

On my PC Small utilities like file archiver, CD burner, FTP client, media player, email client and even developer tools (IDE, compiler, editor) are all free and without ads. In fact I don't use any ad-supported application on my PC. Why would it be different on my phone?

You could try, but you'd either never get through the app review process

Fake diplomas and pills was a little exagerated, but there are a lot of cappy applications in the App Store, like the thousands of fart applications.

about 5 months ago
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Over 20% of Online Black Friday Sales Came From Mobile Devices

danbob999 Re:That's the real data folks (201 comments)

Most non-crap free applications do not intent to directly make money from the application. They don't have ads or in-app purchase.
I don't have any ads or in-app purchase in my email, calendar, banking, music player or instant messaging application.

For adware, crapware and other *ware, however, I totally agree with you. Therefore if I were developing a crapware application trying to fool people into buying fake university diplomas or fake pills, I would target iOS first. I would also sell a "pro" version with ads disabled.

about 5 months ago
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Over 20% of Online Black Friday Sales Came From Mobile Devices

danbob999 Re:That's the real data folks (201 comments)

Which should never be an argument if you are developing a free application. I guess this is why Android has the lead in the number of free applications, but iOS probably still lead in paid applications.
Also this survey is only in the USA. Apple products have far more market share in their home market than worldwide.

about 5 months ago
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OpenSUSE 13.1 Released and Reviewed

danbob999 Re:Third party software (113 comments)

From what I've seen in the past, if you're looking to run big "name brand" software, your only real Linux choices are Red Hat and Suse if you want to run on a certified OS. It makes no sense to run software costing $100k+ on uncertified platforms.

No problem. Give me any OS and I will "certify" it. For a mere $1000. That's nothing when you run $100k+ software, right?

about 5 months ago

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