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Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

farble1670 Re:Ecch ... (74 comments)

i don't know about you, but the functionality and performance of the hardware matter to me, not just the fashion statement.

thinner, lighter.
higher res / higher quality display.
better sound.
longer battery life.
port configurations (HDMI, SD card).
antenna performance.
durability / waterproofing.
screen sizes.

there's a list of some really very obvious ways that companies can differentiate based on hardware. i'm guessing if i could come up with that list, a hardware engineer could increase that by 100x.

don't believe it? look what samsung did with the galaxy note. ALL they did was make a phone w/ a really big screen, which was something no one else was doing at the time.

about a month ago
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Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

farble1670 Re:Ecch ... (74 comments)

were graciously allowed to pollute the pure Android experience with some of their own crap

you can disable any android app from running ever and from showing up in the launcher, even if it's delivered as part of the firmware. it's annoying to get a new phone with all that stuff loaded, but it's not the end of the world anymore.

on the contrary, nexus devices will never have the customized UI elements that you see on every other non-nexus android device. android device manufacturers need to figure it out. let google make the software. they are pretty good at it. you focus on building awesome hardware. delivering an android phone with slightly different UI elements isn't going to differentiate you from your competitor.

about a month ago
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Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

farble1670 market dominance? (74 comments)

Shunning larger manufacturers like Samsung, speculation is that Google is trying to mitigate the effects of market dominance by one firm.

yes, because the nexus line has been such an amazing market success? on the contrary, the nexus lines have sold in relatively low numbers, and very thin profit margins. and AFAICT, that's by design. stock is always extremely limited at launch, and advertising is non-existent.

this is more of a desperation move by HTC. samsung is eating their (and everyone else's) lunch. try something, anything to get a name for themselves.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

farble1670 Re:You "mind isn't as sharp"? (234 comments)

While I can't swim laps or run miles as fast as I could when I was 20, at 48 I sure as hell can out think my younger self.

at least you think so.

about a month ago
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Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

farble1670 Re:Shades of... (93 comments)

did the marketing lie? did it show content that doesn't exist? gameplay that doesn't exist? how were you fooled?

about a month ago
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Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

farble1670 Re:Call it what it is... (93 comments)

a legit question as i'm somewhat new to consoles after last owning a SNES ... are there *any* reasonable MMOs for modern consoles?

about a month ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

farble1670 Re:It should be (364 comments)

i guess because many people require a driving license to be a productive member of society. taking away someone's license, causing them to lose their job and go on public assistance or worse isn't good for anyone. so you allow them to drive to work only.

about a month and a half ago
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Researchers Hack Gmail With 92 Percent Success Rate

farble1670 Re:the hard way (87 comments)

Clue tip. just because someone has or is working towards a Phd, is head of a company, and so on, don't assume they are clever or smart. judge by the content. in the real world, simpler is better. i assume that applies to the world of digital attacks as well.

the article discusses a very convoluted and complicated way to perform a phishing attack. the point is you don't need to know anything more than the foreground process. e.g., run the "bank of whatever" app. when the login screen comes up, run your app and see that the activity is "com.bank.LoginActivity". now your phishing app watches for that, and inserts it's fake login screen on top of that. simple and effective. doesn't rely on spurious metrics from the device that are going to vary based on the device, other processes, and so on.

  the article takes something simple and makes it needlessly complex. i guess that's fine for thesis. the point of which isn't necessarily practicality but doing something in a novel way.

about 2 months ago
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Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

farble1670 Re:Actually... (175 comments)

thanks for pointing out another correlation.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Hack Gmail With 92 Percent Success Rate

farble1670 the hard way (87 comments)

TFA article isn't much more than an academic exercise. practically what they are doing makes little sense. if you want to know the foreground process, you don't have to look at shared memory and fingerprints. do this,

ActivityManager am = (ActivityManager) AppService.this.getSystemService(ACTIVITY_SERVICE);
RunningTaskInfo foregroundTaskInfo = am.getRunningTasks(1).get(0);
String foregroundTaskPackageName = foregroundTaskInfo .topActivity.getPackageName();
PackageManager pm = AppService.this.getPackageManager();
PackageInfo foregroundAppPackageInfo = pm.getPackageInfo(foregroundTaskPackageName, 0); ...

that's it. start a service that queries this every 500ms or whatever. or, use this in conjunction w/ the shared memory "UI state change" trigger TFA article discusses. you now know the foreground app, activity, it's name, it's unique identifier, it's icon, everything.

this requires the android.permission.GET_TASKS but someone that's going to fall for a phishing attack isn't going to be aware enough to note that permission either.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Hack Gmail With 92 Percent Success Rate

farble1670 summary (87 comments)

basically, a well-timed phishing attack.

1. in android, you can detect when the UI state changes (a new activity, or screen is brought to the foreground) by looking into a shared memory channel. this tells you nothing else other than that the UI state has changed.

2. you can build a "fingerprint" of a particular UI state change based on CPU utilization, network activity, process list, or possibly other things when the state change occurs. you can use this, plus #1 to know when *specific* UI state changes are occurring.

3. if you have managed to get a malicious app installed, and you know when a specific UI state change is occurring, the malicious app can impersonate the real UI state change, fooling the user into entering sensitive information.

about 2 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

farble1670 Re:Hash Collision (790 comments)

Make the sender, subject and body look like spam so they won't open the file and you could probably ruin somebody's life quite thoroughly.

sigh. if it was really that easy, don't you think it would have happened by now?

no one is getting locked up because they were sent a spam email with child porn. it hasn't happen and it won't happen. google's not that stupid and even the FBI isn't that stupid.

about 3 months ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

farble1670 Re:Neither (436 comments)

Ads are pollution, and have zero value.

here's what websites / apps, whatever will do: WHATEVER MAKES THEM THE MOST MONEY. they've learned that almost no one will pay then $X a month to access, but almost everyone is happy with having a few ads in the sidebar and accessing for "free".

like it or not, that's what consumers want.

Some website operators are greedy, they want the "free" page views and they want the income at the same time. That's evil. Luckily there are plenty of people like me, who have well paying day jobs, and have no problem whatsoever to give away free software to help ordinary people deal with and filter that shit out.

wanting to get paid for a service you provide is not evil. i assume you provide a service for your day job that you already admitted you get paid for? so you are you evil? no, it's just that you decided the work you do is worth getting paid for. well, great, bully for you then huh?

please.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

farble1670 Re:surpising (168 comments)

I can literally order everything I need and have it shipped to me, and never touch amazon. Lowes, Giant Foods, clothing stores, Ali Baba, Ebay, all have online stores.

yep, and you have to remember your logins for all those stores, go through a lengthy registration process re-entering your CC info, addresses, and so on.

about 3 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

farble1670 Re:not a permanent fix (550 comments)

that's not how it works. it didn't wear off, your spouse's vision has just continued to naturally degenerate to the point that it was when she had the surgery. if she didn't have the surgery it would have been much worse now.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

farble1670 Re:Fanbois (91 comments)

the whole point of Apple's ebook efforts was to provide a bulwark against the Amazon Ultron-like eater-of-worlds mopolistic behavior. It was a last ditch effort from apple and the publishers to try and prevent Amazon from eating and owning the entire author and book industry, from writing books to editing them to printing them to selling them.

so your whole argument is that it was okay for apple to commit a crime to thwart amazon from becoming more successful? if amazon ended up breaking laws, so be it, and let them stand accountable at that point.

apple isn't some angel coming down from on high to protect the poor little ebook authors. they were simply trying to thwart a competitor from becoming dominant in the field. they wanted a (larger) piece of the pie, and they broke the law trying to get it.

the irony of course is that Amazon is the one that pushed the DOJ in the first place, and that an "independent" lawyer involved on the plaintiff's side does a lot of work for amazon and even works out of Amazon's building.

i don't think you understand what irony means.

about 3 months ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

farble1670 Re:Good (300 comments)

big companies never fire employees unless it's something really, really terrible.

i talked to a manager about this once. to fire someone, he needed to go through 3 cycles of evaluating, documenting their deficiencies, and laying out a plan for improvement with the employee. he said it just wasn't worth his time. thinking back on this, that seems like a cop-out. they should have subtracted that employee's wages from his, because that's what he was losing the company by letting them stay on.

about 3 months ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

farble1670 Re:Good (300 comments)

Pity that corporations like this always seem to want to lay everyone off at once, though. Why can't they do it gradually?

because that's absolutely terrible for morale. employees don't like coming in to work every day wondering if they are going to be asked to clear out their desk. it's much better to have a week of chaos and bad feelings then get back to business.

about 3 months ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

farble1670 Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (300 comments)

But mostly because it seems the new CEO has accepted they aren't going to succeed in mobile devices

no, it means they don't need two accounting depts, two HR depts, two public relations depts, and so on. it also means they don't need to continue (or at least start phasing out) development of non-MSFT mobile operating systems.

about 3 months ago

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Google Maps Navigation now on all Android Devices

farble1670 farble1670 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

farble1670 (803356) writes "Google has rolled Google Maps Navigation for all Android 1.6+ devices, even the lowly HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1). Features include traffic, satellite, and street view overlaid with your route. PC World has a nice feature overview. What does this mean for dedicated GPS device makers, now that a free, "good enough" turn by turn GPS is available to the ever-increasing number of Android users? What does it mean for the iPhone, where Google has yet to port this application? Google says it will port, if Apple approves.

After using it for a few days now, I agree with the "good enough" verdict."
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farble1670 farble1670 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

farble1670 writes "The European Commission on FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) has made it official — Sun contributes to and participates in more open source projects than any other commercial company, including IBM, Red Hat, Novell and HP. See the Economic impact of FLOSS on innovation and competitiveness (page 51) for the breakdown. In person months, Sun contributes over 3x more than the second place company, IBM.

This was concluded prior to the OpenJDK announcement, so we will see Sun's contributions grow significantly in the near future."

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