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The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

drkstr1 Re:Bad comparaison (135 comments)

If you divide the claimed 10 billion dollars by the claimed 600,000 jobs, you get 16,000 dollars per job. That's much lower than the average developer's salary.

If every dollar of those 10 billion went to paying salaries and every salary was about the US median which is about 50,000 dollars, it would be 200,000 jobs.

So they may have inflated their jobs figure by around half an order of magnitude.

You can miss out on some good stuff if you don't browse the AC comments :)

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

drkstr1 Re:install applications, CAs, encrypt storage, set (186 comments)

It's strange to me that there aren't many options to buy phones pre-rooted. Considering how much I value my free time and how little I want to risk bricking my new device, I would easily pay an extra $50-100 for a phone that was both rooted and under warranty. I imagine even less tech-savvy people could be sold on the idea by just demonstrating the new "features" that you gain.

My understanding is that licensing restrictions prevent o e from shipping an android device that includes any of the useful proprietary bits from google, unless you are an "approved" manufacturer. I believe this is why Cyanogen mod had to make some concessions in order to ship a product that can be sold outside the grey market.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

drkstr1 Re:Try Here (186 comments)

Come on mods... this was clearly a joke. Not a karma smashing troll post.

about two weeks ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

drkstr1 Re:Spoofing! (199 comments)

I would have much rather your +4 insightful mod gone to the people who actually had an interesting/insightful argument against my own. Meh, just goes to show you why you should always browse at 0. That's where all the good stuff is at ;)

about two weeks ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

drkstr1 Re:Spoofing! (199 comments)

No, that is what we get in now in the current hegemony. The i would even say the system we have now in practice was designed so the liars thieves and fraudsters can gain an unfair advantage. This is why income is unnaturally distributed to the top, rather than a nice clean bell curve, as it should be, according to natural law. What I am proposing simply boils down to a change in our priorities. One that puts the persuit of knowledge, truth, and honesty above all else. All of that behavior you describe could easily be weeded out in such a system, as no one would have any exceptional advantage over anoter. The common man is more capable than you give them credit for. Let's create a system designed for them.

about two weeks ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

drkstr1 Re:Spoofing! (199 comments)

PS. The merits would be a more level playing field and upward mobility, and quality of life, at the possible expense of economic efficeincy. But I would argue we are in an age where economic efficiency is no longer needed to improve our quality of life, and may even be detrimental to our long term survival as a species.

about two weeks ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

drkstr1 Re:Spoofing! (199 comments)

Possible, yes. Easy, absolutely not. When has initiating change on a broad scale ever been easy? It is a chore not for the feint of heart, but one that is necessary from time to time.

about two weeks ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

drkstr1 Re:Spoofing! (199 comments)

Simple. Keep capitalism. Make it so ideas and information can't be owned (copyright is OK, but affords no additional protection except for maybe the right to citation to prevent plagerisim aka fraud). In fact, let's just get rid of all the laws except for maybe a few hundred or so. The laws that we keep should be more like commandments (EG though shall not defraud another when entering into a contract). People should not be regulated. Incorporated persons should be regulated only when and if they interfere with the free market (eg. monopoly abuse, fraud, deception, etc). Let the people weed out bad behavior/ideas naturally.

about two weeks ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

drkstr1 Re:Spoofing! (199 comments)

TTWTF is that this is the 20th century thinking that makes such an act illegal (or even considered to be immoral). Insurance companies should be free to price their policies in any manor of their choosing, and we the people should be free to share and spread information to subvert their dirty tricks. Capitalism (as it is practiced) is not suited for the 21st century. It's time for a new economic structure, condusive to an open and free market place of ideas. 20th century thinking needs to die.

about two weeks ago
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Why Aren't We Using SSH For Everything?

drkstr1 Re:Windows (203 comments)

If anything is missing, it's probably only missing on Windows.

Support on Linux and Mac is jut fine, I think.

Exactly. I have used ssh for "everything" for a decade and half already. Moving files, remote word processing across town, accessing email. Anything goes when you can forward X. Might be tricker with windows - but I don't do windows and haven't used it since version 3.1.

How do you get around the lag issue? Even on a good connection down the street from my office, the lag is unbearable for me. One thing I thought might help (if anyone knows how) is to turn down the eye candy when forwarding X. If anyone has any insight on the issue, please share!

about a month ago
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The Open Bay Helps Launch 372 'Copies' of the Pirate Bay In a Week

drkstr1 Re:The worst of Slashdot commenters (63 comments)

Your premise doesn't make sense to someone who doesn't recognize knowledge / information as property. Stop trying to convince us otherwise. It just ain't gonna happen.

about a month ago
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Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

drkstr1 Re:uh - by design? (163 comments)

I didn't claim it was wrong, only that it was useless and full of hot air ...although I may be using that expression wrong... I usually use it for the occasional "know it all" techies I come across who like to use big words to confuse the shit out of non-techies, so they can hide the fact they are a know-nothing hack. Maybe this is not the case for AC, but all signs point to yes.

about a month ago
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Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

drkstr1 Re:uh - by design? (163 comments)

I have on several occasions recovered a working system from an infected boot rom, but it was not easy nor was it straightforward in any sense of the word. Agreed however that if a boot rom is infected most computer techs without a high degree of sophistication and skills will not know how to proceed.

This is an example of what I refer to as "A nearly perfect hack" (analogous to the concept of the perfect murder, leaving little to no evidence allowing the individual committing it to get away Scott free.) In this case you have a low level hardware component as an infection vector and the infection could potentially compromise the information security of the entire system without giving itself away to a malware scanner or virus detection. Even if some of the behavior of the infected system matches a pattern similar to a known root kit or virus or malware on secondary storage, detection and cleaning is confounded by the fact that the infection can re-occur and detection can be confounded by one not being able to trust the data integrity of the machine at runtime in such an infected system. The main takeaway is that the root infection is not where one would normally look for it, on secondary storage or in RAM. Fixing such a thing, in a nutshell, requires being able to examine the system component by component at the hardware level on a non running system which is a somewhat complicated and more involved process than a malware or virus removal or giving up and just re-imaging the system. There are tools to carry out such diagnostics and repairs but it is more in the realm of a digital electronics hardware expert than in the skill set of the average IT Tech.

Your first paragraph had me interested. Your second made me realize you're full of hot air. Eg. Long, overly complex, and unnecessary vocabulary. I presume to hide the fact that you offer no real insight on solving the problem.

I'm not a hardware guy, so I would I appreciate if a real expert would chime in here and ease my curiosity.

about a month ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

drkstr1 Re:I wonder if... (435 comments)

The 'older' exiled Cubans in America were never going to 'authorize' this. That Obama did, was, aside from the true purpose of stopping the absurdity that has been in place, a play to the youner generation of Cuban exiles that are in Florida and elsewhere that are of voting age. They're the ones this will affect in the coming generation, and not the ones who will die off in the next decade.

Politically, anyone who is damning this decision is an isolationist shill who prefers punishment, rather than progress. THAT, is 20th century thinking, and needs to be squashed hard and fast!

Cheers AC!

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?

drkstr1 Re:Objective-C (211 comments)

Interesting read, thanks. Wish I had something more insightful to add, but I haven't had the pleasure of giving Swift a try. From what you describe though, it sounds like it would drive me bonkers!

about 2 months ago
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Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

drkstr1 Re:Idea (244 comments)

Perhaps the police would be more accommodating of blacks if they didn't commit nearly 60% of all crime while being only around 12% of the population.

You must be pretty stupid if you think those shit head statistics mean anything, when there is an obvious selection bias at play (EG. Minorities are statisticly targeted for investigation and prosecution). Do you even think for yourself, or do you just regurgitate shit you hear from your drinking buddies? You are either stupid, or have deceitful agenda. Either way, I don't like you.

about 2 months ago
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Flash IDE Can Now Reach Non-Flash Targets (Including Open Source)

drkstr1 Re:Is this OSX only? Does it run on Linux (57 comments)

It does not (or at least not well and not for long). The DRM on CC is an invasive bitch. I keep a pireted copy of CS5 to run in wine.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

drkstr1 Re:So much for mobile payments in Japan (336 comments)

You can do whatever the hell you want, within the limitations of the hardware. That's the whole point of an open platform. Sheesh.

about 4 months ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

drkstr1 Re:I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

And all three are necessary.

We all love to hate marketing. But the fact is that people make most decisions subconsciously. And not just buying decisions. Some say emotionally, but there's a whole host of other sub-concious factors influencing our decisions, such as habit and hunger. Marketing exists not because of scammers and liars trying to outdo each other, but because informing people about products by way of facts and figures such as feature lists doesn't work - because that's not how people make decisions most of the time.

For sure there are liars out there, such as the purveyors of skin creams. But most marketing is about invoking subconcious feelings about a product, not misleading about what the product is or does.

Thank you for the insightful point of view. Sorry you to see you got modded out for it.

about 5 months ago

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