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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

jimbo Re:Perfect timing (233 comments)

iPhones have this and with iOS7 a thief can't even reflash your phone without AppleID authentication. So newer phone are safe and hardly even needs remote wipe/kill as long as people use better lock screen passwords than '1234'.

I'm guessing Android have this too but that's such a diverse market that I'd check first for sure. The reflash lock is essential of course.

What I wonder is if this remote kill would be added to the GSM protocol or require a data plan.

about three weeks ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

jimbo Re:Please STFU and show yourself out (288 comments)

Samsung devices have also had their share of problems but the press wasn't interested in those.

That ads or the claimed capability or benefits of their products are lies applies not only to Apple but also to their competitors and indeed most industries on the face of the planet.

about 2 months ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

jimbo Re:Apple no saint with 2 year disposable iPads (288 comments)

I could be wrong but I'm guessing it has to do with age, younger people tend to be more aggressive on getting new stuff. I used to do that too. I've thrown a lot of money out on endless desktop PC upgrades that really made little difference.

As it stands my wife is still perfectly happy with her 2006 MacBook Pro. It's great for Office stuff, GIMP and Firefox and it's still plenty fast. We had to get a new battery for it two years ago though.

I got a new laptop last year but only because I wanted to play Guild Wars, it replaced a six year old one which now has found a new home with a friend.

about 2 months ago
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Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

jimbo Re:Much, Much Later (243 comments)

I've used EncFS and BoxCryptor with Dropbox from day one and 'd do that with any cloud storage solution, no matter what they claim it is irrelevant. It is my data, by choice I'm retaining the responsibility for it's safety/security.

I'll continue to use Dropbox because I never trusted them and made sure I didn't have to.

about 6 months ago
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TorrentFreak Blocked By British ISP Sky's Porn Filter

jimbo Re:America, F*** YEAH (171 comments)

        Sir Humphrey: Minister, Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least the last five hundred years: to create a disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Germans and Italians. Divide and rule, you see. Why should we change now, when it's worked so well?
        Hacker: That's all ancient history, surely?
        Sir Humphrey: Yes, and current policy. We 'had' to break the whole thing [the EEC] up, so we had to get inside. We tried to break it up from the outside, but that wouldn't work. Now that we're inside we can make a complete pig's breakfast of the whole thing: set the Germans against the French, the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch. The Foreign Office is terribly pleased; it's just like old times.
        Hacker: But surely we're all committed to the European ideal?
        Sir Humphrey: [chuckles] Really, Minister.
        Hacker: If not, why are we pushing for an increase in the membership?
        Sir Humphrey: Well, for the same reason. It's just like the United Nations, in fact; the more members it has, the more arguments it can stir up, the more futile and impotent it becomes.
        Hacker: What appalling cynicism.
        Sir Humphrey: Yes... We call it diplomacy, Minister.

about 8 months ago
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Jolla's First Phone Goes On Sale

jimbo Re:Why such low specs (307 comments)

Specs are probably fine for any other use case than high end games and very complex Java apps.

Seriously; they're a tiny new company. Developing your first device takes longer and they don't have access to the same massive bulk order component discounts as behemoth players in the market.

about 10 months ago
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GIMP, Citing Ad Policies, Moves to FTP Rather Than SourceForge Downloads

jimbo Re:who cares (336 comments)

Or - you select the brush you want, hold down SHIFT, click where you want the line to start and where you want it to end.

I'm told Photoshop have a similar method.

about 10 months ago
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HP's NonStop Servers Go x86, Countdown To Itanium Extinction Begins

jimbo Re:Ah, Itanium (243 comments)

Heh; I seem to recall a marketing announcement of the Merced that was practically a copy of an earlier announcement for the i860.

about 10 months ago
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Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

jimbo Not good (390 comments)

This is not good, I'd like to see a more diverse market rather than one supremely dominant player.

about a year ago
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An Animated, Open Letter To J.J. Abrams About Star Wars

jimbo Not terrible, just... A movie factory product. (376 comments)

They are not terrible. They are run of the mill action flicks made after the same safe recipe that Hollywood uses for any movie these days, no worse and no better.

The original movies are in a league of their own.

about a year ago
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Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

jimbo Re:Redundant keys (665 comments)

Genius. I wonder if VMWare Player can be configured to do this...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

jimbo Re:Yes, slow (488 comments)

Somebody mentioned disabling iCloud sync of docs and settings as an effective workaround. Might work for you.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

jimbo Re:Of course it's slower on older hardware (488 comments)

Well, silly mine-is-better-than-yours wars aside in these threads - Android really badly needed project Butter. Everybody from fandroids to Google admitted this and I think the project managed to achieve it's goal quite well.

about a year ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

jimbo Re:Fail (773 comments)

Perhaps you don't like these newfangled smartphones from brands such as Apple, HTC, Motorola or Samsung (they're all roughly similar anyway) but that hardly makes people sheep for seeing some value in them.

1 year,10 days
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

jimbo Re:Where's the led notification? (773 comments)

Well, all those gyrating widgets straining for attention are just a nerd fest anyway ;)

1 year,10 days
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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

jimbo Re:Huh? What? (506 comments)

Hmm, I signed up when I first noticed it, can't remember why or when. The Internet was all exciting then and full of gyrating "under construction" GIFs.

1 year,25 days
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Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

jimbo Re:A step in the right direction! (496 comments)

Steve Jobs' talent was that he understood computers should be easy for everybody to use, in a time where they were technically intricate wonders for the initiated circle. He understood what people needed.

1 year,26 days
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Windows 8.1 RTM Trickling Out, With Start Menu and Boot-to-Desktop

jimbo Re:Propaganda (496 comments)

Problem is they're constantly redoing everything so it never get the time to mature.

Ten years ago in SuSE I could install my 3rd party TrueType fonts by clicking on the file and follow the KDE font viewers directions. Yesterday on Ubuntu I had to google how and use the command line for installing my extra (no, not the Microsoft) fonts.

I installed Cryptkeeper from the Ubuntu repository but Ubuntu doesn't allow the GUI to show up in the panel (according to a Google search, when it didn't work).

Three times today, while working in Gimp, I got a "Compiz has crashed, wanna send report?" message.

I'm not complaining, I know how to deal with all this. I guess what I'm saying is that the currently "best known" Desktop distribution is just not a mature GUI environment.

1 year,26 days
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New Animated PNG Creation Tools Intend To Bring APNG Into Mainstream Use

jimbo Re:quite a few browsers? (246 comments)

I remember in particular a time when all sites had "under construction" animated GIFs.

about a year ago
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New Animated PNG Creation Tools Intend To Bring APNG Into Mainstream Use

jimbo Re:quite a few browsers? (246 comments)

Even a few percent would save Google terabytes a day. That's why improvements to compression and protocols that seem quite insignificant to the end user are very popular at the host.

about a year ago

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