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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

exomondo Re:Wow so negative here (197 comments)

Sure, it's faster for the programs you use often enough that you remember their name. That's maybe 20 out of the 200 programs I've installed.

If you don't know their name then are you just reading them all and hoping on jogs your memory?

I do know I filed them somewhere in Programs->XML tools (or one of a few categories I've set up and that make sense for me).

Easy, just go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs in Explorer just like you would on a Mac through Finder or on Linux through Nautilus, Konquerer or whatever. How exactly do you go about this on other platforms currently?

15 minutes ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

exomondo Re:Cost; exclusive applications (278 comments)

Actually, you can put Linux on the Surface Pro.

Yeah that's why I suggested it.

The problem is that there's drivers missing for a lot of things, and certain things just don't work.

Like what? The graphics, sound, networking, usb, etc... are all just standard Intel. Touchscreen input works out of the box too. The pen input on the Pro 1 & 2 is just wacom (official and non-official drivers exist).

To add to that, Linux still has some catching up to do in terms of high resolution displays so that things don't end up really tiny on the high resolution display.

Most definitely.

19 minutes ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

exomondo Re:Twice 8:9 (278 comments)

An 80-column-wide window with a 6-pixel-wide font is 480xsomething inside the chrome, which means two 80-column-wide windows can comfortably fit side-by-side.

80 columns is not enough.

On Windows RT you also can't run a compiler and its output.

On a lot of things you can't run a compiler and its output.

23 minutes ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

exomondo Re:Windows Phone != Windows (278 comments)

There's Instagram, Vine and Snapchat clients for Windows

...Phone.

No, i didn't write phone because I didn't mean phone. I said "clients", which you wrongly inferred to mean getting them from the service provider.

PrimeVine is an example for Vine.
Snapper is an example for snapchat.

These are not the only examples.

I have no smartphone. Is a smartphone still a luxury, or has it become a necessity?

As I said, you can run it in bluestacks or just get a cheap smartphone or communicate in one of the many other ways available. You're limited only by limitations you are inventing.

Is BlueStacks based on Google Play or AOSP?

Im not even going to bother to do a lmgtfy link.

Android distributions based on AOSP lack Google Play Store and thus cannot download Google Play Store-exclusive applications.

Right.

In any case, it appears that BlueStacks is something that "everyone's gonna have to install"

No, it doesn't. Maybe in the contrived case where you don't have a smartphone, refuse to get a smartphone yet want to run a smartphone app. If for whatever reason it doesnt work in bluestacks then get a cheap smartphone or dont use the app.

24 minutes ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

exomondo Re:Twice 8:9 (278 comments)

The display in my Dell Inspiron mini 1012 is even "worse" at 1024x600, yet 120 dpi doesn't cause a problem for my use cases. If you hate 16:9, think of it as two 8:9 windows side by side. And side by side is something you can do on a netbook or x86 tablet that you can't do on tablets that run a phone OS.

Side by side is pretty useless when your windows are 512x300, especially when you can't do them "fullscreen" so you end up with a lot of wasted window chrome. On Windows RT you can split the windows and you don't end up with a bunch of useless chrome. On a lot of Samsung devices you can do multi-window setups as well.

yesterday
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

exomondo Re:Cost; exclusive applications (278 comments)

There's Instagram, Vine and Snapchat clients for Windows and even an official Instagram one in Beta. You can use the whatsapp web client on your device so long as you have the app on a smartphone to register.

And as I said you can run the Android apps in bluestacks.

yesterday
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

exomondo Re:iPad is a luxury? (278 comments)

How come an iPad is a luxury, but a $700 smart phone isn't?

I make perfectly fine phone calls on my old RAZR 3

It is to some degree, but it does a lot more than your RAZR and I think we're at the point where it is just being intentionally stupid to still consider a modern phone to be nothing more than a device to make phone calls.

The point here is that if you have say an iPhone then an iPad isn't really going to get you anything you couldn't do on your phone aside from it being perhaps a little more convenient to do it on a larger screen.

yesterday
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

exomondo Re:Cost; exclusive applications (278 comments)

a proprietary instant messaging application that is available only for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone

If there is such a thing then run the Android app in Bluestacks.

yesterday
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

exomondo Re:Rent a truck, rent a PC (278 comments)

Even a 10" laptop like the "netbooks" that were in fashion from 2008 to 2012?

The problem with them is the poor resolution of the screen. Also most had the terrible 1366x768 screens which is the awful 16:9 aspect ratio.

yesterday
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

exomondo Re:The solution is obvious (575 comments)

Right, but if every phone was upgraded to the version it is technically able to be upgraded to by the hardware vendors, then I doubt there would be very many phones still running android 4.3 (that people were still using).

Well that's a pretty key point, is there any evidence to support that? Also it isn't just 4.3, this vulnerability is anything prior to 4.4.

I suppose this is true of PCs and windows updates as well, but there is enough consumer demand that Microsoft continues to release patches

Like I said, if it doesn't say "hey, here's an update" they won't care, Windows does that, Android does not. Android's approach to updates is a new operating system version rather than a patch.

yesterday
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

exomondo Re:Wow so negative here (197 comments)

Search is a great feature! Having a mouse and clicking around a GUI browsing for files was the most gimmicky, mouth-breather way of launching programs that added nothing for users. If you want something then just type it, it's faster than hunting through and clicking ever-expanding menus trying to reveal what you're looking for. Not only that but I don't need to rely on different operating systems having all the items in the same place, for example if I need mouse settings I just search for it and whether it's Windows 7, Windows 8 or OS X it gives me all the mouse-related items. I can do it with programs too so I don't need to worry that somebody may have organized their programs or files differently to me if I use their computer.

This also works on phones, I know where I put Safari on my iPhone but I don't know where it is on somebody elses so instead of hunting for it the more efficient way is to search. I could just browse for it but search is quicker.

Power users can go further than search and do things like scripts that copy lnk files from the start menu folder (yes it is what drives the start screen in Windows 8 too) to a directory that you add to your PATH variable so you can just launch any applications directly from the command line without having to remember where they are. This is great for when you have to work on a different system where things aren't where you expect them to be.

You can still put things in sensibly named and organised layouts if you prefer, and you can create shortcuts to things you need and place them in the most appropriate locations. I'm not sure where you get the idea that you cannot do that anymore.

yesterday
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

exomondo Re:Not that great of a preview (197 comments)

I don't wish to be "stuck" with Win10 as it's going subscription after a year free.

Where did you get that information from? I saw they are going to charge for it after the first year and that they will obviously charge OEMs for it so they can make money but I didn't see anything about "subscription".

yesterday
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

exomondo Re:The solution is obvious (575 comments)

How long should they realistically keep doing this? I know it is common to support some hardware for decades, but people just don't keep cell phones that long.

Well if you look at the usage of versions prior to 4.4 it is most of the Android userbase. I don't think there's a hard and fast rule on how long but given that most people are still using earlier versions I think it's pretty clear there needs to be some support.

Continually patching older releases may provide some short term good (if the hardware vendors are even willing to push those patches), but it also allows hardware vendors a convenient way to skirt their responsibility to port newer android versions to their phones.

Well really this is a special case anyway, the problem has been mostly resolved in recent Android versions where this is all moved into the Google Play app/services so Google can update these things directly. Webview specifically has been moved there in later versions.

Maybe this would work. But I still think a consumer demand based approach could work just as well or even better.

I doubt it, most people would have no idea about vulnerabilities such as this or that there is a new version of Android for their phones. If it doesn't say "hey, here's an update" most people don't know or care.

yesterday
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

exomondo Re:The solution is obvious (575 comments)

That fact does remain, but what I am arguing is that the real problem is the hardware vendors not google.

That's a fair position to take but in my opinion Google should see the situation and adapt to it by patching the older version especially since many of those phones do lack the capability to run 4.4 (though some may be able to skip 4.4 and run 5.0).

Until the hardware vendors change their ways, I think the most reasonable advice is "Don't buy phones with locked bootloaders, and preferably buy nexus phones from the google play store".

Even an unlocked bootloader isn't going to help you if you don't have a compatible system image, the binary drivers of one version don't necessarily work with the next because of the instability of the kernel ABI.

What Google should do is force a support requirement through the OHA.

2 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

exomondo Re:First Sale (461 comments)

Yes, the "no, you tell me" answer. It's not a phonorecord, but the ECU of my car is copyrighted. Am I allowed to transfer the license to my ECU (and the car along with it)?

I'm not sure why you said "car" up until this point when you are specifically referring to the ECU component of a car that has one, which of course not all cars do. Were you trying to be intentionally misleading? ECUs can be replaced irrespective of the First Sale doctrine because that copyright is not tied to the car but to the ECU.

But that is irrelevant anyway, unlike the case of Ubisoft revoking keys for games no ECU has a requirement that ties it to an owner but if it did then it would still satisfy the First Sale doctrine because it is not about being able to use the goods after they were sold but to be able to sell the copyrighted goods in the first place.

So I still don't see how you're relating an ECU to re selling insurance policies, or to Ubisoft game keys for that matter.

2 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

exomondo Re:The solution is obvious (575 comments)

I suspect most phones running 4.3 could have been upgraded to 4.4 if the hardware vendors did the work to port the 4.4 release to their phones.

Even *if* your suspicions are correct the fact remains that they cannot be upgraded to 4.4.

2 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

exomondo Re:First Sale (461 comments)

Then how does the Right of First Sale have nothing to do with my car, when it applies to my car?

We're talking about the First Sale Doctrine, it doesn't apply to your car.

Seems the only one here that doesn't know what it is is you.

No, it is definitely you. So please explain to me what you think the First Sale Doctrine is.

2 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

exomondo Re:First Sale (461 comments)

So the First Sale Doctrine has nothing to do with my car?

Correct.

That would mean that I'm not allowed to re-sell my car without Ford's permission.

No it would not.

Is that what you are saying?

No.

2 days ago
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Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

exomondo Re:Open source code is open for everyone (209 comments)

When a FOSS hole is found... it is a hole... but not yet being exploited.

Where do you get the idea that when a FOSS hole is found nobody is exploiting it? How do you even know when one is found? You wait for somebody to tell you about it and assume that nothing is ever found by anybody until then?

2 days ago

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New iOS keylogging vulnerability discovered

exomondo exomondo writes  |  about a year ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Following hot on the heels of the iOS (and OS X) SSL security bug comes the latest vulnerability in Apple's mobile operating system. It is a security bug that can be used as a vector for malware to capture touch screen, volume rocker, home button and (on supported devices) TouchID sensor presses, information that could be sent to a remote server to re-create the user's actions. The vulnerability exists in even the most recent versions of iOS and the authors claimed that they delivered a proof-of-concept monitoring app through the App Store."
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Google Play Services supplants Android as Google's "platform"

exomondo exomondo writes  |  about a year ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Google has a plan to circumvent the problem of fragmentation of its Android operating system across the installbase by using its proprietary, closed-source Google Play Services. Play Services is a privileged service that runs on Android and provides the sort of functionality to applications that would generally be seen in operating system updates like cloud backup, remote wipe, push messaging, etc... This service can be updated silently and independently of the operating system and runs on almost every version of Android out there allowing Google to add functionality to Android devices without having to go through the OEMs so having an up-to-date version of Android is looking like less of a necessity."
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Google demands Microsoft pull YouTube app for WP8

exomondo exomondo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Google has given Microsoft until May 22nd to pull their Windows Phone 8 YouTube app from the marketplace and disable it on customer devices. It not only includes a built-in ad blocker but also allows users to download videos and doesn't impose device-specific streaming restrictions outlined in the YouTube Terms Of Service."
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Apple's Lightning connector hides Authentication chip inside

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Apple's new Lightning connector — introduced at the iPhone 5 launch — may be 80% smaller than its 30-pin predecessor, it may also boast reversibility but it includes within it an Authentication chip effectively preventing any unlicensed accessories. This allows Apple to completely control the market for all cable and dock accessories that make use of the new Lightning interface."
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Apache webserver updated to ignore Do Not Track settings in IE10

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "An Apache webserver update has been released that ignores the 'Do Not Track' privacy setting sent from IE. Patch author and Adobe employee Roy Fielding states "The only reason DNT exists is to express a non-default option" but critics of the patch point out that the initial Windows 8 setup explicitly points out that if you choose 'Express' setup as opposed to 'Custom' then 'Do Not Track' will be turned on."
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Sinofsky Confirms Desktop for Windows 8 ARM Devices

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Steven Sinofsky has set the record straight with regard to the desktop experience on ARM with Windows 8 in stating that it will indeed ship with desktop capabilities. Regarding Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) he says in a recent blog post on the Building Windows 8 site:

Using WOA “out of the box” will feel just like using Windows 8 on x86/64. You will sign in the same way. You will start and launch apps the same way. You will use the new Windows Store the same way. You will have access to the intrinsic capabilities of Windows, from the new Start screen and Metro style apps and Internet Explorer, to peripherals, and if you wish, the Windows desktop with tools like Windows File Explorer and desktop Internet Explorer.

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Windows 8 on ARM will have the Desktop

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Steven Sinofsky has set the record straight with regard to the desktop experience on ARM with Windows 8 in stating that it will indeed ship with desktop capabilities. Regarding Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) he says in a recent blog post on the Building Windows 8 site:

Using WOA “out of the box” will feel just like using Windows 8 on x86/64. You will sign in the same way. You will start and launch apps the same way. You will use the new Windows Store the same way. You will have access to the intrinsic capabilities of Windows, from the new Start screen and Metro style apps and Internet Explorer, to peripherals, and if you wish, the Windows desktop with tools like Windows File Explorer and desktop Internet Explorer.

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Website tracking and posting details of File Share

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Website youhavedownloaded.com is publicly listing details of file sharers of select files from various file sharing websites as well as torrents. Currently it doesn't store timestamps so users with Dynamic IPs have deniability and naturally those behind a NAT gateway aren't individually identifiable from the outside. But will the *AAs consider implementing such a thing in the future?"
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Windows 8 Tablet UI Revealed

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "The Windows 8 Tablet UI has been revealed at D9, an obvious take on the 'Metro' UI from their Windows Phone 7 operating system, it looks as though a touch-based desktop 'window manager' sits atop standard Windows allowing it to run native applications as well as supporting HTML5 applications and 'Live Tiles'. It doesn't look overly mouse-friendly but it appears that Metro can be turned off for a classic Windows experience or turned on for a touch-friendly tablet experience. But will this end up a cobbled-together mess that sits 1/2 way between both?"
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Low-level iOS4.1 exploit discovered

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "It seems the exploit that could pave the way for an iOS4.1 Jailbreak has been discovered, and it's a low-level bug that — unlike the one used by the jailbreakme website — may be a little more difficult for Apple to patch.

The exploit in the boot ROM of iOS devices was first announced by iPhone Dev-Team member pod2g. It was soon confirmed by other hackers, who said that because the exploit targets such a low-level part of the operating system, Apple won't be able to stop jailbreakers without making significant hardware changes.

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