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Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

gnasher719 Re:Not what the masses want. (68 comments)

I love how Apple has shown time and time again what the majority of customers want... except of course that the iPhone market share is a fraction what Android's is.

Apple doesn't want market share. If customer A buys a $600 iPhone, and customers B, C, D, E, F and G buy a $100 Android phone, Android has a six times higher market share. But both have the same revenue, and you may make a guess who makes a ton more profit.

1 hour ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

gnasher719 Re:It's about time (119 comments)

It's surprising that Apple didn't do this a long time ago. Checkout scanners have had sapphire-coated glass for a decade or more. I pointed this out a few years ago, and the Apple fanboys immediately replied that Gorilla Glass was good enough and sapphire was unnecessary.

Here's another example how Apple is often accused of two exactly diametrical faults. You accuse them of using cheap Gorilla Glass which isn't good enough according to you and say they should have switched to Sapphire glass ages ago, while the whole thread started with others saying how stupid it is of Apple to use Sapphire glass, when Gorilla glass is much better.

Guys, can you make up your minds, please?

1 hour ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

gnasher719 Re:It's a design problem, not materials. (119 comments)

It seems like most of the IPhones I see have broken screens, but other phones only rarely. It's just a shitty design. Excuse me, I now have to go underground before the Apple fanboys catch up with me.

So here is the meme that iPhones often have broken screens. There is the other meme that people throw away their iPhones for the slightest reason and buy a new one. Clearly, both memes are contradicting each other. If people keep iPhones with broken screens, then clearly these iPhones haven't been thrown away.

What actually seems to happen is that iPhone screens sometimes break, just like other screens, but you'll always find someone who is happy taking an iPhone with a broken screen. Which indicates to me that the rest of the phone must be bloody good.

2 hours ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

gnasher719 Re:Anyone else notice (119 comments)

I guess my point is, 50 years ago you couldn't. The logistics alone would be too much, let alone setting up the manufacturing...

Of course you could. Just a matter of pouring money into it.

2 hours ago
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Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

gnasher719 Re:Not a open source issue. (75 comments)

But the bug probably is heartbleed. They're just not disclosing that they were affected.

What do you mean by "they were affected"? Only _servers_ were affected by the "heartbleed" bug. Apple was lucky enough that its major services (App Store, iTunes, iCloud) didn't use OpenSSL.

12 hours ago
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GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

gnasher719 Re:The term "Sexual Harassment" is very misleading (159 comments)

Some of her patches were reverted by a co-worker? How traumatic for her.

Tell you what, if I reverted changes that my co-workers did, I would have a hell of a lot of explaining to do.

yesterday
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

gnasher719 Re:Right! (580 comments)

And this is exactly the reason people are pissed off about him saying that. The idea that because someone has a manual labor job must because they are stupid and useless is terrible assumption to make.

Here in the UK, there was a newspaper about some physicist complete with a PhD who decided that he wanted to make more money, and retrained as a plumber... Actually doubling his income in the process.

yesterday
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Reinventing the Axe

gnasher719 Re:Maul (212 comments)

I can imagine all the side and twisting forces wreaking havoc with your wrists and arms.

The instructions tell you not to hold on to the axe handle when it hits the target. Not only because it's bad for the wrist, but the harder you hold on to it, the more you prevent the rotating of the axe head which we are told makes it work so well.

yesterday
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General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause

gnasher719 Re:I'm curious.... (87 comments)

The difference is that those EULAs are license agreements for software (including the pre-installed software that comes on your new hardware) and there is precedent for it being legal to put those clauses in software EULAs.

You are confusing two things. "It is legal to put those clauses into EULAs" means "you can't go to jail for putting these clauses into EULAs". That doesn't mean that such a clause has any legal merit whatsoever. What _is_ legal and enforcable in EULAs are terms that allow you or disallow you making copies of software. Because that's what EULAs are about; they give you rights to copy software and can of course limit what rights they give you. A clause that prevents customers from going to court - good luck trying to enforce that.

2 days ago
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Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

gnasher719 Re:What are the "procedural mistakes"? (128 comments)

So roughly speaking, if a judge tells you to do something, and you think it is nonsense, and you just say "no, I won't do that", then you are in contempt. Even if you were right and what he told you was nonsense. If you tell the judge "what you are asking for is nonsense for these reasons ... so no, I won't do that", then chances are you are not in contempt.

about a week ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

gnasher719 Re:Wouldn't trust Apple (194 comments)

CarPlay is likely to assume integration with an iphone. fewer consumers have iphones than have non-iphones.

The number of consumers having each kind of phone doesn't matter. The number of consumers demonstrably willing to spend several hundred dollars matters.

Seriously, if you have one guy who paid $600 for an iPhone, and 10 guys who spent $100 for the cheapest Android phone they could find, who is more likely to spend $500-$700 on music in their car?

about a week ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

gnasher719 Re:What about a re-implementation... (300 comments)

But C++ gives you the tools to automatically catch various kinds of errors and memory leaks. If you use class destructors correctly, you can ensure that an object is automatically closed properly when it goes out of scope. There are a lot of standard classes such as smart pointers that are specifically designed with this kind of programming in mind. It's not 100% foolproof but it is a lot more reliable than having to remember to do it all manually in C (or C masquerading as C++).

None of these would have stopped the Heartbleed bug.

about a week ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

gnasher719 Re:Why do people listen to her? (588 comments)

The only issue is: Are existing vaccines safe and could they be made safer?

The questions are: Is vaccinating a lower risk than not vaccinating? And: By spending the same amount of money, do we get more risk reduction by trying to make vaccines safer, or are there places where the money would be better spent?

about a week ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

gnasher719 Re:Why do people listen to her? (588 comments)

The problem is: what constitutes "safe"? You're never going to have something that's completely safe, so it all comes down to probabilities.

If four million parents in the USA alone take their kids to be vaccinated, I'd be quite sure that some of them will die on their way in traffic accidents. So, just down to probabilities. Of course if you don't vaccinate them they could fall off a step ladder at home (which is a surprisingly high cause of death), so not vaccinating isn't safe either.

about a week ago
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Akamai Reissues All SSL Certificates After Admitting Heartbleed Patch Was Faulty

gnasher719 Re:Do I get this right: (56 comments)

The fact that they are re-issuing certificates clearly indicates that they were open to Heartbleed.

That seems to be the US thing, where trying to fix a problem is taken as admission of guilt. (I heard this weird story that US hospitals have a problem if one of their X-ray machines breaks and the replacement is a better model, because anyone examined using the older machines can claim they didn't get the best possible treatment).

about a week ago
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Akamai Reissues All SSL Certificates After Admitting Heartbleed Patch Was Faulty

gnasher719 Do I get this right: (56 comments)

So Akamai claims that they protected certificates in memory. So that would be independent of the heart bleed bug, if we assume that heartbleed only managed to report "unprotected" data. And someone found that the protection isn't as good as they thought it was. Still doesn't answer the question if the Akamai code was vulnerable to Heartbleed in the first place. (So that's similar to the claims that OpenSSL didn't use malloc and therefore data had less protection, which doesn't make the Heartbleed bug less bad, but could have protected some data).

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

gnasher719 Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (447 comments)

Saddam's removal however, did have justifiable reasons, besides simply political incentive; he did commit crimes against humanity, and his treatment of his country was quite oppressive. In terms of crimes against humanity, the nations of the world had every right to remove him from power.

I don't feel one bit sorry that he is gone. However, what you say is not the reasons that were given for the US attack on Iraq, and the reasons that were given were rubbish.

about two weeks ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

gnasher719 Bad math and assumptions (322 comments)

The amount mentioned is not what the IRS pays. It is what the article assumes, based on number of PCs running XP and an estimatd average price of $200 per PC. But contracts are negotiated individually. The British government pays less than $10 million for all their computers, which includes about 650,000 PCs running XP in the health service, more than 10 times as many as in the US IRS.

about two weeks ago
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'weev' Conviction Vacated

gnasher719 What happens now? (148 comments)

From Wikipedia: "Relief from judgment of a United States District Court is governed by Rule 60 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.[1] The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit noted that a vacated judgment "place[s] the parties in the position of no trial having taken place at all; thus a vacated judgment is of no further force or effect."[2] Thus, vacated judgments have no precedential effect.[3]"

That seems to say that he is now in a legal position as if the trial had never taken place. So can he be taken to court in the proper place now?

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

gnasher719 Re:Singapore (386 comments)

..except for where it gives the 13.8 figure right away in the second sentence of the article, and references it as a number estimated by the United Nations.

That's why you read things on wikipedia _carefully_. The number refers to the 1990's. And even though the number of executions was significantly higher back then, a little bit of maths with the data in the rest of the article shows this is still way off.

about two weeks ago

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