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RIM Helps Indian Authorities Access BlackBerry Messages

idiot900 This is perfectly fine (74 comments)

Nobody in the Indian government would ever consider misusing this surveillance capability. As we all know, Indian government workers do not take bribes, the rich and powerful only have the same rights as anybody else, and the Indian government has a long history of the utmost integrity. There is no reason for anyone using BlackBerry who is concerned about their privacy to switch to another provider.

more than 2 years ago

An Inside Look At the Rise and Fall of RIM

idiot900 Re:Use the Droid platform (267 comments)

I have a Playbook. It's nice to use but doesn't do much beyond browsing the web. My Android phone does a lot more, and has many more high-quality third-party apps available.

Developing for RIM platforms is frustrating. Developer documentation is poor quality and App World takes weeks to months to approve apps. Not acceptable when the base of app-buying users is not near that of iOS and Android. And since when have you been able to develop for Playbook in Java, with Android, or natively? These SDKs have been "coming soon" for a long time now.

more than 3 years ago

First Ever HIPAA Fine Is $4.3M

idiot900 More to come? (197 comments)

I'm a med student who has worked in several hospitals, and have yet to see one where HIPAA is rigorously followed. Directives by management are common, but when HIPAA impedes patient care (it's a hassle and timekiller to comply completely), it is always worked around. Doctors by and large, in my experience, toss HIPAA aside the first time they have to decide what to do with their limited time - adhere to every last rule or take care of a patient.

I'm really surprised it's taken this long for a fine to come about.

more than 3 years ago

Google Goes After Content Farms

idiot900 Re:Death to (345 comments)

If you reach an page via Google, just scroll down to the very bottom for the solution.

more than 3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tablet Coming In September

idiot900 Re:Possible GPS navigation? (202 comments)

If you are willing to hack your phone, you can install the GPS software from the new Epic 4G, which is a Galaxy S phone. In my experience this substantially improves the function of the GPS receiver on my Captivate (AT&T version of the Galaxy S). So while Samsung made a big mistake shipping a clearly broken product (did they seriously never try out the GPS even once before shipping the phone?), at the very least a fix exists and I feel confident it will make it out officially.

Other than the GPS issues it really is a brilliant piece of hardware. Overall I do not regret my purchase.

more than 3 years ago

Getting Around Web Censors With Flickr

idiot900 Re:bottleneck? (81 comments)

A system like this could presumably work through any site that hosts user-generated content. A repressive government would have to ban every service that doesn't allow them to tie each message to a real person. So they would have to block all of the Internet originating in the western world. Even for a place like China that would be pretty untenable.

more than 4 years ago

Blackberry Gives India Access To Servers

idiot900 Re:Are you sure it's *securely* encrypted? (182 comments)

That's absolutely terrifying.

This also highlights the fact that Verizon can impersonate any site, and that there is little chance they haven't granted a private key to US intelligence and law-enforcement agencies.

I guess the moral of this story is that if you want to communicate securely, without every government under the sun listening, you have to manage the encryption yourself.

more than 4 years ago

Extreme Memory Oversubscription For VMs

idiot900 Re:What's new? (129 comments)

Actually, if the load average is greater than the number of cores, you have oversubscription.

more than 4 years ago

iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites'

idiot900 Re:Ahh, the old days... (780 comments)

Lots of scientists use Macs. They are easy to use, UNIX-like, and don't require antivirus nonsense like Windows does. Apple markets to smug bastards but the products are often actually pretty good.

more than 4 years ago

How IT Pros Can Avoid Legal Trouble

idiot900 Re:Legally questionable scenarios? (230 comments)

They fired me three days after reporting this flaw, calling me a security risk.

What a brilliant idea by whoever fired you - producing a disgruntled former employee who knows how to steal money from the company.

more than 4 years ago

Measuring LAMP Competency?

idiot900 Re:More than just knowledge (453 comments)

If they are told up front their position is temporary, what's the problem?

more than 4 years ago

Droid X Self-Destructs If You Try To Mod

idiot900 Re:Goodbye Moto (757 comments)

Does the monthly fee (with its built-in subsidy) become any cheaper if you supply your own phone?

more than 4 years ago

Rest In Peas — the Death of Speech Recognition

idiot900 Mod parent up (342 comments)

Would that I had mod points today.

The above is a valid English sentence and a poignant example of how difficult it is to parse language without knowledge of semantics.

more than 4 years ago

BlackBerry Maker To Buy QNX For RTOS & Dev. Suite

idiot900 Replacement phone OS? (51 comments)

Does this mean there will be a new kernel for the phones, and a POSIX userland API exposed to developers? This announcement, combined with previous noises about Flash on BlackBerry, make me suspect so. RIM's JVM and apps are still cripplingly slow when compared to the pizzazz-filled user experience of the iPhone...

more than 4 years ago

Could UK Tax Breaks Pave the Way For GTA London?

idiot900 Re:I'm sold, my only question is... (137 comments)

Well, in GTA: Chinatown Wars you had to pay bridge toll. Congestion charge would actually be pretty funny.

more than 4 years ago

GPS Log Analysis Uncovers Millions In NYC Taxi Overcharges

idiot900 Re:1.8 million incidents out of 360 million trips (232 comments)

One mistake per two hundred trips

It's pretty hard to confuse being inside NYC for being out of town. Given the state of traffic in NYC, it's easy to hit a pedestrian or another car. Do these same drivers have a one in two hundred trips accident rate?

more than 4 years ago

GPS Log Analysis Uncovers Millions In NYC Taxi Overcharges

idiot900 Who is surprised? (232 comments)

I live in NYC and I am not surprised in the least by this. It's amazing that it's only 75%.

The taxi drivers expended a lot of social capital vigorously opposing and even striking over the GPS units, when everyone (taxi drivers included) knew that the GPS units would help keep the drivers honest. Now that fraud has been exposed, it will be even more difficult for the drivers to gain public support the next time they are angry about something.

more than 4 years ago

Valve Confirms Mac Versions of Steam, Valve Games

idiot900 Re:well no (541 comments)

(i.e.: 64-bit support is required for Snow Leopard.)

I realize I'm nitpicking, but 64-bit support is not required for Snow Leopard. It runs just fine on my 2006-era 32-bit Core Duo MacBook.

more than 4 years ago

Long-Term Storage of Moderately Large Datasets?

idiot900 Different manufacturers (411 comments)

Hard drives are ridiculously cheap these days, especially for how much data you are storing. You may wish to consider buying drives from different manufacturers but of the same size to put in a single mirrored set. This way if there is a problem with a particular batch of drives it won't ruin everything.

more than 4 years ago


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