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

gnasher719 Re:Not need, but useful (285 comments)

That might depend on how you define people. Nobody who takes themselves seriously is going to use an iPad as a phone in public.

Not planned, but given the choice of making an important phone call and looking like an idiot, or suffering some big disadvantage because that phone call cannot be made, most people would prefer looking like an idiot for five minutes.

yesterday
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

gnasher719 Re:Fifth amendment zone of lawlessness (416 comments)

Providing the password to potential evidence that is encrypted is self-incrimination.

That's what you say, but it is clearly established that you are wrong. The only exception is a situation where your ability to give them the password incriminates you. Let's say someone got his head smashed in with a portable hard drive. The hard drive is encrypted. The contents of the hard drive is of no interest whatsoever, but if you are the one who has the password, then it is quite likely that you were the one who used the drive to kill someone. That's when giving the password is self-incrimination.

yesterday
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

gnasher719 Re:Fifth amendment zone of lawlessness (416 comments)

Solution: include a confession in your password itself. And then hope it was properly stored...

That wouldn't work, because it would just be a password, not a valid confession. You could use the GPS coordinates where you buried your murder victim; that might work.

The usual exception is when the fact that you know the password is evidence in itself. Let's say there is a hard drive with absolutely vile child porn. It's encrypted and password protected, but the encryption is weak. and has been cracked. All the porn has been found, but there is not the slightest evidence who put it there. If the police asked you for the password, then they cannot use it to find any data on the drive that they haven't got yet, but they can use the fact that you knew the password to nail you. So in that case, giving the the password would be self-incrimination.

yesterday
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

gnasher719 Re: iCult (511 comments)

But only 12% worldwide. Android rules the rest of the planet.

Is that a reflex answer? "Half the US smartphone buyers" absolutely forces you to post world wide market share? Don't you think that is evidence that you belong to the cult of Android?

Let's just say that what my post was about was that it is utter rubbish to claim that Apple brainwashed 50% of US smartphone buyers, just as it is utter rubbish to claim that Apple brainwashed 12% of world wide smartphone buyers.

Your statement that "Android rules the rest of the planet" is nonsense. There are many places in the world where the average person cannot afford an iPhone. So they buy the cheapest phone that they can afford. The cheap Android phone is a sign of poverty. It doesn't "rule" anything.

yesterday
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

gnasher719 Re:to apple fan boys (511 comments)

Contrast that with Android phones. They only promise support for 18 months, even on Nexus devices (though they MAY support them longer than that). There are dozens of phones that have fallen by the wayside.

I was told that in California, Apple was required to support (be able to repair) their devices for 7 years. I'd think that would apply to Android companies as well?

yesterday
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

gnasher719 Re: iCult (511 comments)

So now a "cult" is half of US smart phone buyers?

The people screaming that kind of nonsense are those who see how successful Apple is, who _should_ see why Apple is so successful (because there is no secret about this), and even though everything that Apple does to get that success is totally out in the open, they just don't get it.

So because they just can't figure out why a rational person would buy an Apple product, they come with their ridiculous interpretations that there must be a "cult", or that people must be "sheep", or that an iPhone is "fashion" (without trying to figure out _why_ it is fashion), or that Apple has brainwashed for example half the US smartphone buyers (how would Apple have done that? )

2 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

gnasher719 Re:18B on 75B (511 comments)

And some people don't think Apple is overpriced.

74 million phone buyers, 21 million tablet buyers, and 5.5 million computer buyers didn't think Apple products are overpriced. By definition, if you pay the money for a product willingly (not under duress) then it isn't overpriced.

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

gnasher719 Re:grandmother reference (462 comments)

In the UK, you should have kept your invoice when you bought the game on holiday, and then you can go to a small claims court and ask them for damages. Obviously you can't complain to the retailer who may be thousands of miles away.

However, on my last holiday I saw fake products in such huge amounts, you might have a hard time convincing anyone that your product was an original and not a fake.

2 days ago
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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

gnasher719 Re:Anyone think it's about 'sex w/o a condom'? (194 comments)

By all means lets have an investigation. The Swedish authorities want to question him. They can do that in the UK, or by video link. He offered, repeatedly, and it's been done before. Then they can decide what they want to do next, and we can hear some charges and legal arguments.

Since when does a prosecutor go to a foreign country to interview someone? Either they have enough to ask for an extradition, then they ask for an extradition, or they don't have enough, in which case an interview would be pointless.

3 days ago
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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

gnasher719 Re: What did you expect? (194 comments)

You mean they were just following orders?

They responded to a search warrant. The only thing that makes this search warrant different from other search warrants is that for some reason you think that emails of the accused person shouldn't be searched in this case. Your justification seems to be purely political. I don't think Google should fight specific search warrants on purely political reasons, Google itself might not have your political views and might not want to fight these search warrants at all, and last Google doesn't actually have any standing to fight these warrants. If there is something wrong with the search warrants, someone's lawyers will bring it up in court.

3 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

gnasher719 Re:Insurance (213 comments)

Insurance companies just need to start dropping anyone who drives for Uber and create a new category of insurance for them (which would most likely be the most expensive bracket there is, considering they're driving around customers professionally all day long with no special training whatsoever).

They have that. It's called "commercial insurance". Same as other taxi drivers. The reason Uber doesn't like this is that they are not competitive when they have to compete on even terms.

4 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

gnasher719 Re:Yes. (661 comments)

"Innocent until proven guilty" used to be an essential part of English/American culture, not just the legal system.

I always assume you are innocent. I just don't trust you. For the drug testing, where it is important, if you refuse a test I will always assume that you are innocent, but unemployed.

about a week ago
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Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

gnasher719 Re:Absolutely fair.. (114 comments)

Consider that China is legally allowed to do security audits or "security audits" on any open source system. So what would Apple have to be afraid of that Linux or OpenSSL just as examples don't have to be afraid of?

about a week ago
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Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

gnasher719 Re:Absolutely fair.. (114 comments)

I believe the GP was suggesting that the phrase "security audit" was being used in a euphemistic manner.

And in what alternate universe would Apple agree to a euphemistic security audit?

about a week ago
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Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

gnasher719 Re:Absolutely fair.. (114 comments)

"Security Audits" - In other words, making sure these governments have a way to access secure information stored on confiscated iPhones from activists, dissidents, journalists, and other troublemakers.

How would a security audit achieve this? Just curious. I'm sure you know a lot more about this than I do.

about a week ago
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Barrett Brown, Formerly of Anonymous, Sentenced To 63 Months

gnasher719 Re:Be afraid (110 comments)

"Three felonies a day" is nonsense. Thoroughly debunked on skeptics.stackexchange.

The felonies in the book are acts where for any particular random American it is possible, but highly unlikely that they will commit one in their lifetime. It is close to impossible that any American will ever do three of these felonies in one day. The claim that every American will do three of these felonies every day of their life is utterly ridiculous.

about a week ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

gnasher719 Re:It all comes down to payroll (263 comments)

This. I've actually seen this practice in action. My division is always in the red because we do not directly make money, we build the products, services and tech that another division then sells. So we end up looked down upon as a money sink while they are heralded as the saviours.

That's a severe management problem, which is solved by internal billing. Everyone using your services should get an internal bill, which gets internally counted as your income. If your department thinks something should cost $100,000 and they only want to pay $50,000, then they should hire an outside company to do the job for $50,000 (either you are inefficient, or they are living in a dreamworld). Obviously with heads rolling if you offered to do the work for $100,000, and they found someone who offered it for $50,000 and ended up costing $200,000.

about a week ago
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Gender and Tenure Diversity In GitHub Teams Relate To Higher Productivity

gnasher719 Re:Really? (106 comments)

Diversity is fine. Let people do whatever the hell they want to do. But shut the fuck up about it already. Constantly harping on the same shit over and over again. Just like a woman, my god...

On MacRumors, it was reported that Apple dedicated their homepage to Martin Luther King, Jr. a few days ago. The same kind of outrage as yours was the result.

If you don't want to hear about it, surely the title of this thread was a giveaway that should have stopped you from reading it, if that is what you wanted. But that's not what you want. You want people to "shut the fuck up" about a subject that is interesting and important to many people. You must really feel threatened by the idea that women could be part of a software development project.

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

gnasher719 Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (687 comments)

Don't forget she was also caught retweeting offers from GNAA trolls to pay for fake harassment tweets directed against her.

Strange sentence. What do you mean by "caught"? If someone offers to pay for harrassment tweets, that's highly damning and any victim of this would make it known as widely as possible. I would have said "She cleverly fought back against the GNAA trolls by retweeting their offers to pay for fake harrassment tweets directed against her".

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

gnasher719 Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (687 comments)

No, that's been researched. GG is mostly left of center. This is authoritarian left (SJWs like Quinn, Alexander, Grayson, McIntosh, Chu, etc) vs libertarian left (GG).

Could you give some names of the libertarian left, with addresses, information about their families etc. so they can be attacked same as the authoritarian left? Information wants to be free.

about a week ago

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