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A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

jaseuk Summary (180 comments)

I've got drawers full of returned windows mobiles and early smartphones. Blackberries and iPhones were of course very different, but early smart phone sales definitely were returned or misused a lot. I can see wearable being exactly the same way!

Jason

about two weeks ago
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Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts

jaseuk Re:Wrong (339 comments)

I never saw a desktop computer offered without Windows prior to the anti-trust legislation. It's still rare now.

Although I actually think the IE thing was positive. Purchasing Netscape or using an AOL disk with custom browser was hurting the widespread use of the internet.

Jason.

about 3 months ago
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Proposed California Law Would Mandate Smartphone Kill Switch

jaseuk Re:No... (252 comments)

You are confusing remote wipe with deactivating a phone.

Remote Wipe (if successful) means that a lost or stolen phone if successful you can be as close to sure that no data on the device is still there. The thief is welcome to to the phone.

Deactivating the phone means that the smartphone cannot be used again. Apple have something close to this now with find my iPhone. A wiped iPhone cannot be reactivated without the original username and password, if it is still linked to your iCloud account. It is questionable as to whether this can be easily defeated. There are very few opportunities to jailbreak a device that is pending activation.

Jason

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Extract RSA Key From GnuPG Using Sound of CPU

jaseuk Re:Remember TEMPEST? (264 comments)

This article reminded me of that one. Nice to see that one again.

Jason.

about 4 months ago
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FreeBSD Developers Will Not Trust Chip-Based Encryption

jaseuk Re:Very Smart Move (178 comments)

How many?

about 4 months ago
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Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines

jaseuk Re:Also an issue for 2003 (413 comments)

This is probably an issue with every Windows operating system using the update services, it's only visible with XP as it's the oldest supported operating system, so it has many, many more patches.

Jason

about 3 months ago
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Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data

jaseuk Re:Hah (195 comments)

Yep and in fact despite what I said earlier, this could be worse. If google pre-fetch every image for instance, then this could have some horrid consequences. Such as confirming e-mail addresses.

Jason

about 4 months ago
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Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data

jaseuk Re:And google will retain that info exclusively. (195 comments)

Yes and the point the summary misses, is that the images are used to verify that you have received and viewed the e-mail. This is far more important than browser types / locations etc.

It also prevents some evil things, such as first time you hit the page you get a drive by, the second time (with cookie set) you get the actual image and all seems fine.

Jason.

about 4 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

jaseuk Re:Should be legal, with caveat (961 comments)

My gran lasted 15 days with no food or water after a stroke. The care home who saw her through this inevitable stage said that even wetting her lips with a sponge would keep her alive for a lot longer. Bear in mind that if you are in this shut down state your body doesn't need much of anything;

Jason.

about 4 months ago
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OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

jaseuk Re:Tiniest violin (292 comments)

The trouble with Dell is that the support service isn't permitted to do a full replacement. You have to go part by part until you have a working system. The trouble is to go through all the parts on a typical server or PC can take weeks. This isn't quite what you expect when you have a 4 hour on site contract, you sort of expect to be back up and running in at the most a day or two.

Of course they don't really commit anything till you've gone through full diagnostics. Which can seem a bit of an irritation when you are struggling to recover a down service and you have a call centre insisting on dset, bios updates etc.

On the whole though I've been happy with Dell. If you are aware of these quirks then you can work with them.

Jason.

about 6 months ago
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SSHDs Debut On the Desktop With Mixed Results

jaseuk Re:oops (154 comments)

Forget endurance failures, think more about firmware blowouts. The latter are far more likely and will take all your data with it, while leaving the drive for warranty purposes and statistics functional. Premature SMART errors are on thing on traditional hard drives due to bad firmware, but this trend with SSDs of firmware issues hosing all data is the real concern.

Jason.

about 6 months ago
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Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?

jaseuk Re:In summary... (348 comments)

I think this device is all about getting corporates to go with the 5C rather than the 4S. For a small increment on the 4S you get the 4G connectivity and twice the storage. Corporates won't be pre-ordering.

This is a very neat way to increase revenues. Realistically for the consumer though, there is such a small difference that I'm sure that anyway going for the 5C is going to say screw it and go with the 5S full phone.

Jason.

about 6 months ago
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SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs About 5%

jaseuk Re:Poor statistics (512 comments)

Yes, but. Bad firmware that can be fixed by flashing wouldn't generate a warranty return. Yet the customer has still lost all their data.

We have a lot (around 20 out of 100 drives in just over a year) of SSD firmware issues (resulting in lost data), but only one for destruction (we don't return drives).

That said, I have 288 drives in a traditional array (between 2->5 years per shelf), we replace under warranty 3-4 a year. This is still a very small sample.

Jason

about 7 months ago
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Big Jump For Tablet Storage: Seagate Intros 5mm Hard Disk For Tablets

jaseuk Re:no thanks (201 comments)

No, they were 5mm thin. It was an Apple product.

Jason.

about 7 months ago
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UK Mobile ISP Blocks VPN, Citing Access To Porn

jaseuk Re:You can switch it off. (195 comments)

No, this is excellent news.

This means that there are absolutely legitimate reasons to ask your ISP to turn off the filter. There was an implication that if you had kids and disabled the filter you might get some funny looks from the authorities. I run several VPNs for work based purposes, so good to know I have a cast iron reason for switching off any porn filter.

Excellent!

Jason.

about 7 months ago
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Aussie Public Servant Criticises Gov't On Twitter, Gets Sacked

jaseuk Re:Sacking... (151 comments)

wow - under your scheme my employer would have to add an additional 4000 staff.

You really thought that one through.

about 8 months ago
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MS Researchers Develop Acoustic Data Transfer System For Phones

jaseuk Re:Ah, the circle of technology (180 comments)

I've actually been thinking for a while that this could be really good for challenge / response systems. Hold the phone up to the laptop, let it talk. A reliable character a second is probably less painful than dealing with a human.

Jason.

about 8 months ago
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VMware CEO: OpenStack Is Not For the Enterprise

jaseuk Re:Citrix Clones (114 comments)

I agree for the small environment. A 50 man company will not need 1-2 IT people.

For the Enterprise, I doubt it. If you have more than 1,000 users you still have enough on-site hardware and networking to worry about, that you'll still need IT. Even if it's just for making purchasing decisions, pushing buttons for off site support, information governance, project management and resolving issues when multi-cloud services are in play, it's the latter that becomes the problem.

If you have multiple tenants for the same cloud services in one company behind one IP address, things start getting really interesting really fast. As when you and a partner company use different cloud services and you start having difficulties. Trust me.. Microsoft / Google etc. can't just stick Wireshark on their data centre to work out exactly what's happening. All current troubleshoot tends to rely on a non-cloud partner having these skills to give them the detail that they can't afford to investigate.

I'm not a nimby, I've helped and encouraged the use of a number of cloud services in my enterprise, particularly for easily solved problems or where it's so specialised or small that it's really not worth anyones time learning how to do it in house. I'm sure there will be a move to outsource a load of services to cloud providers.. It'll be when people try to switch for the first time that the difficulties arise. So I expect "Cloud Reconsidered" in 3-5 years. Probably also if there is another major 2E2 debacle or security breach or outage.

I cloud be wrong.

Jason.

about 8 months ago
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Aussie Public Servant Criticises Gov't On Twitter, Gets Sacked

jaseuk Re:Sacking... (151 comments)

That would be amusing. It would also be almost impossible to blame anything on the previous administration. It could work, but I think you could only afford to change government only once a generation...

Jason.

about 8 months ago

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