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Apple vs. Microsoft: a Tale of Two Mobile Updates

diamondsw Flamebait summary (257 comments)

Microsoft issues an update: it's supposed to update the updating system for future updates. It bricks phones.
Apple issues an update: Adds a few minor features, fixes bugs, improves web browser performance. It Just Works.

I find the trolling with "mandatory silencing of complaints" ironic since one of the features in iOS 4.3 - a user preference for the switch on the iPad to function as orientation lock or mute - is specifically in response to user feedback.

Meanwhile, Google issues an update. You can't use it until your carrier/handset manufacturer says you can (it took a month for Gingerbread to show up even on Google's own Nexus).

more than 3 years ago
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Firewalls Make DDoS Attacks Worse

diamondsw And then load balancers... (217 comments)

TLDR, etc - but let's just say you follow the advice to not use firewalls in front of your web servers. Those web servers aren't going to load balance themselves (at least, not short of old "www1"..."www16" DNS entries), so the next bottleneck becomes your load balancers. Admittedly, these do tend to perform MUCH better than firewalls, as their routing and inspection tends to be much simpler.

However, the common conception of lots of traffic hitting a bunch of web servers directly is not the right way to think about the problem.

more than 3 years ago
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SourceForge Down After Attack [Updated]

diamondsw Re:Why (143 comments)

I have to imagine the majority of users get their stuff second hand through their favorite distro's repository these days.

Yes, because everyone who uses SourceForge is on Linux. There is such a thing as open source Windows and Mac software you know.

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle Asks OpenOffice Community Members To Leave

diamondsw Reminds me of XFree86 vs XOrg (589 comments)

I predict within six months "OpenOffice" will be dead and "LibreOffice" (or similar community-owned fork) will have supplanted it. Linux distros will drop it like a hot potato, and Novell and IBM sure aren't going to tie themselves to a hostile third-party for their efforts.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Has Lost the PS3 Hacking War

diamondsw Re:Banned from PSN... (322 comments)

First of all, this is just used for pirating purposes. In fact that's the only thing the hack allows, so drop the homebrew bullshit.

Pardon? I have no interest in either pirating OR homebrew. I just want to load the games that I bought onto the console to improve load times, avoid disc damage from handling, and keep all my games available at all times. What's the point of a 250GB drive it all I have on it are dinky PSN games?

about 4 years ago
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Flash On Android Is 'Shockingly Bad'

diamondsw Re:Flash is for more than streaming video (657 comments)

Said games are also designed for a mouse, and typically require very precise pointing and clicking, which is very difficult on a phone. Many also require hovering - something impossible on a touchscreen.

about 4 years ago
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US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

diamondsw Re:I guess I'm stupid, too. (1268 comments)

The actual notation for anyone beyond pre-algebra is x, and that renders just fine in text.

The use of parentheses here is needlessly confusing - I didn't take it to mean "variable" at first or even second glance. Had the "answer" not been shown, I still wouldn't know what they were asking for with such tortured symbology.

more than 4 years ago
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Android Data Stealing App Downloaded By Millions

diamondsw Re:Developers Bitch (335 comments)

Such reporting wasn't disallowed until very recently. There was a very good reason for it as well - developers then got that data back so they could tell how many people were still on old OS versions, what the uptake was on a new OS, and could plan their features and releases accordingly.

The only reason Apple got upset is it revealed prototype OS versions in their lab as a side effect.

more than 4 years ago
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Android Data Stealing App Downloaded By Millions

diamondsw Re:Developers Bitch (335 comments)

The tethering app wasn't discovered because it was extremely difficult to trigger - it required very specific network settings, a multi-step setup process, and tapping different colors in a specific pattern just to enable the tether. Very different from discovering an app is sending your data off wholesale.

The hidden tethering app is only going to be discovered via thorough code decompilation and analysis. Sending chunks of data to a random server for no appreciable purpose can be found easily via tcpdump.

more than 4 years ago
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Android Data Stealing App Downloaded By Millions

diamondsw Re:Unfortunately (335 comments)

Amazing what a gets a +5 Informative these days. Adding links?

The first example was due to a developer "hacking" accounts (i.e., guessing passwords).
The second example is the same story as the first, from a different source.
The final example is the only one that holds any water. And that allowing crap apps through, not malicious ones.

more than 4 years ago
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Our Video Game Heritage Is Rotting Away

diamondsw Re:Computer Games Too! (492 comments)

Sheepshaver, Basilisk, and Mini-vMac will keep you going on for classic Mac stuff. I actually have a copy of Ancient Art of War on my shelf, as well as a working Mac Plus. However, mini-vMac plays it just fine on my 2010 MacBook Pro.

more than 4 years ago
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Forced iAds Coming To OS X?

diamondsw Pot, Kettle (416 comments)

Interesting how people are quick to jump on Apple for this, when Android and Chrome are created by an advertising company.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Doesn't Appreciate Toilet Humor

diamondsw A travesty, except for one thing... (104 comments)

They're right, and despite the tone in the summary, Apple's quote pretty much spells out why.

more than 4 years ago
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Does Anyone Really Prefer Glossy Screens?

diamondsw Re:Yes (646 comments)

I was also surprised to find that I strongly preferred glossy screens. Yes, there are more reflections, but working indoors - and even with a window right next to me - I really don't see any. Sure, if I actively look, my eyes refocus and I see my lamp in the corner behind me, but it hasn't been anywhere near the problem I was afraid it might be. And this is switching from four years on a matte MacBook Pro to a new glossy MacBook Pro.

Unless you're going to be outdoors a lot, I'd go glossy. Sorry the submitters particular environment doesn't work, but I don't think it will be an issue for the majority of folks.

more than 4 years ago
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Working Toward a Universal Power Brick For Laptops

diamondsw Re:I hope they figure out a magsafe type solution (365 comments)

Don't stop at standardizing the connector - you need to specify wattage as well. Perhaps multiple classes so as not to burden netbooks and low power systems with adapters designed for 17" desktop replacements.

I found out the hard way that you can't use Apple's older 60W adapters with the new Core i5/i7 MacBook Pro's, which come with 85W adapters (the reverse works fine and is fully supported). It used to be it would work, but charge very slowly - a fine tradeoff. Now with the new i5/i7's it confuses the hell out of the system management controller, and makes the system act as if it has no battery at all - it sleeps immediately if the AC is removed, even if the battery is fully charged. I found that out when I packed my wife's MacBook AC adapter by mistake - which is visually indistinguishable from the new 85W adapter.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Hides Firefox Extension In Toolbar Update

diamondsw Re:Plugin uninstaller for Firefox? (285 comments)

By magically circumventing the permissions system in Windows?

You're telling me there's no way for a program to temporarily request privilege escalation? In other words, no sudo? Seriously?

more than 4 years ago
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Google Introduces, Then Scraps, Bing-Style Background Images

diamondsw Re:Because people like it the way it is (466 comments)

What I find amusing is the people going into length explanations about why a background image is such a terrible thing

  • Most of the default backgrounds made the text unreadable - even white, since the text stayed white with a light gray outline.
  • It made the page much larger and slower to load, which is still important for people on metered and unstable (i.e. cellular) connections.
  • It was impossible to turn off without signing into a Google account.
  • It added nothing in terms of usability, functionality - or anything, really.

For a company that famously limits the number of words on the front page and benches the time results take, this is a very disturbing departure.

more than 4 years ago
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Seagate Confirms 3TB Hard Drive

diamondsw Re:Mac OS X (467 comments)

And Firefox wouldn't work? If the machine still works for what you need to do, then you don't need to upgrade for the sake of upgrading. If it doesn't meet your needs anymore, then why complain about upgrading?

Vendor support doesn't dictate what use you can get out of a machine. I have friends who are still running OS 9 (eek) on a G3, because it does what they need it to.

more than 4 years ago
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Defense Chief Urges Big Cuts In Military Spending

diamondsw Re:Military healthcare (449 comments)

Is the VA as good as the best private hospitals? No, it's not the Mayo Clinic. But better than average? Hell yes. The VA is one of the best-run government programs.

Speaking as the son of a 30-year VA doctor, and of a 30-year St. Jude Children's Hospital doctor (once acknowledged as the best in pediatric oncology). I've seen how they both run inside and out, and the VA is much, much better run than most private hospitals. It's one of the best services we've provided to our veterans and their families.

more than 4 years ago

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