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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

khellendros1984 Re:This should be free (166 comments)

I know that for most GSM calls, there are a few stream ciphers in common use, and most or all of them can be cracked in realtime. That just covers the connection between your phone and a cell tower, anyhow. It's meant to protect you from eavesdropping, and not much more.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

khellendros1984 Re:been there, done that (279 comments)

As much as people say that, and as much as it's theoretically true, most schools will include at least some software engineering courses in their computer science degrees. They know what most of their graduates are going to use the degree for.

4 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

khellendros1984 Re:Hmmmm ... legality? (138 comments)

Doesn't it already work the other way? A seller is offering a product at a stated price. A buyer states that they will pay that price for the product. The sales contract is in effect when the seller ships the product (implicitly accepting the deal), and charges the buyer. If the buyer realizes before the product ships that they'd like to back out of the transaction, they can do so.

At least, that's the theory. In practice, a seller may not be completely honest about whether the product has already shipped or not. And in theory, a seller would check that their price was as it was intended, but in practice, they might not for every transaction.

5 days ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

khellendros1984 Re:Read one, write other (567 comments)

Browsing the web often involves a fair amount of typing on the web, which isn't comfortable on a tablet. And that I'll often be chatting with one or more friends at the same time, possibly watching a video in another window, etc. If I've got a PC available, it's always going to be my machine of choice, over a tablet. Now, if I'm reading the news before bed or something, a tablet's just fine. But not for much more than the most casual of uses.

about two weeks ago
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$35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

khellendros1984 Re:Can it run Flash? (140 comments)

I found some information that implies that the Android version will be 4.4, and I think you can sideload Flash on Android devices, even though it's not supported by Adobe any more. (In fact, I just tried it, and it'll run on my Android 5.0 phone just fine)

For desktop Linux, I don't think that Adobe has ever released an ARM port of the plugin, so you'd be out-of-luck if you wanted to run a "real" OS, rather than a mobile one. Well, unless Gnash has gotten good enough to be usable for your purposes. It's been a number of years since I tried it, and it didn't impress me then.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

khellendros1984 Re:One good turn... (235 comments)

Racism is a belief. Facts can't hold beliefs, although they can be used to support someone's belief. Unreasonable conclusions and unreasonable interpretations of facts can be racist. Facts cannot, and logic cannot.

Say that a bullet-proof study came out saying that blond-haired people are, on average, far less intelligent than brown-haired people (assuming some specific, concrete definition of and way of measuring "intelligence" were to be discovered). In and of itself, that would be a fact. If you add the opinion that "more intelligent is better than less intelligent", then you might come up with the prejudiced opinion that "brown-haired people are better than blond-haired people". That doesn't make the fact itself "colorist". It's only the combination of fact and preconceived opinion that makes the thought colorist.

about two weeks ago
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$35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

khellendros1984 Re:Also, (140 comments)

Hoping this new little ARM board is ARM v7

TFS states that it's a Cortex-A5. That family of chips implements the ARMv7 instruction set. Cortex-A5 looks like it's a little less powerful per-MHz than a Cortex-A8, but the higher clock and core count should mean that it's much more powerful than the Beagleboard XM. I don't get the focus on Ubuntu, though. There's no real benefit to running that instead of Debian.

about two weeks ago
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The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

khellendros1984 Re:No, it's not crazy (205 comments)

Well, they could provide a marketing benefit via word-of-mouth, of course. But what software do you know that's really bug-free? And anyhow, you can't say that a user like that isn't *more* of a freeloader than someone who at least gives some kind of positive feedback to the developer (well, you can, but I'd disagree with you).

about two weeks ago
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The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

khellendros1984 Re:No, it's not crazy (205 comments)

The "freeriders" in the summary don't include those that "test it, and give feedback, find bugs, suggest improvements". If someone's doing that, then they're a helpful part of the development process. The text in the summary that describes freeriders/freeloaders is:

A huge number of people and businesses ostensibly benefit from these projects, and the vast majority are freeriders that contribute nothing to their development.

Obviously, that can't be talking about people that submit bug reports and suggestions.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

khellendros1984 Re:No (545 comments)

I'm in southern California, and I have a similar experience. I work 40 hours, and it's enough to finish everything that's required of me. In the 6 years I've been employed here, there've been maybe a dozen times that I've had to go over a 45 hour week. When I hear some of the work stories that people talk about, all I can do is thank my lucky stars that I don't live somewhere like SV, because I wouldn't have lasted long with those kinds of workdays.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

khellendros1984 Re:I have nothing better to do... (545 comments)

but not much to do at home besides watch TV.

There are lots of interesting and/or frustrating problems to work on at home too. If TV's all you can come up with, then you aren't even trying. My work is within a fairly constrained field. I have a lot of ideas for things that I don't have the opportunity to do at work, and when one becomes sufficiently interesting, I find time to write it at home instead.

I go to work to do the things that my employer wants done. I go home and do the things that I want to do. It works out nicely.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

khellendros1984 Same observation (312 comments)

I noticed a similar tendency in my own behavior. There are two things that I've done about it. First, around an hour before bedtime, all the electronics go off. Pull out a book of whatever you like to read for recreation. Force yourself to start reading, but don't force yourself to keep reading, because then it will feel like a chore. The deal is that you can read as long as you'd like, but when you put the book down, the light needs to go off too. Second, almost everyone has some kind of creative endeavor that they can pursue on their computer. In my case, there are a small number of programming projects that I've started. Writing software requires long periods of concentration, and if you're working on something interesting, then you'll have more incentive to stick to the project.

If you're unhappy with your level of concentration, then find something you enjoy concentrating on. Then when you're obligated to do something tedious, you at least have the attention span to properly apply yourself to the task.

about two weeks ago
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Pantry Pests Harbor Plastic-Chomping Bacteria

khellendros1984 Re:Deobfuscated Links (45 comments)

Good to know, thank you.

about two weeks ago
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Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviewed and Benchmarked

khellendros1984 Re:Support the developers! (91 comments)

DRM is a source of bugs. Removing it can have significant benefits beyond piracy. When games usually came on CD/DVD, it was my standard practice to download a No-CD crack after I bought the game, so that I could be lazy, and avoid digging through the CD pile to switch games.

The equivalent today is perhaps playing a game without an available internet connection. I'm not in that situation often, but a few times a year, I am. Then again, that usually means I'll just switch to the cellphone instead.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

khellendros1984 Re:IPad is an insult to technology (229 comments)

No, the device worked as well as it did before, but with some improvements (a shell to log into wirelessly, compiler, normal contents of binutils, alternate appstores, customized UIs, etc).

Closed hardware is certainly shittier than open hardware, but exaggerating the point is counterproductive.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

khellendros1984 Re:IPad is an insult to technology (229 comments)

It's not sold as a computer, but it can be made into one. I turned my iPod Touch into a little remote-accessible Unix system with some compilers and such. I'd be surprised if you couldn't do the same with the current crop of hardware.

about three weeks ago
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

khellendros1984 Re:Change in operations instead of cash.... (246 comments)

I can also buy an off-the-shelf hard drive and modify it for use in my Xbox; that doesn't mean that Microsoft supports the use of hard drives that they didn't supply. In a similar sense, I've got a 10 year old iPod, and I got to ride along as the first reverse-engineered libraries were designed. It worked fine during certain stretches of time....when Apple wasn't repeatedly changing the on-device database format to break compatibility with non-iTunes song management. My iPod Touch was worse; none of the open software ever reached feature-parity with iTunes, in terms of managing that device.

Just because someone figured out how to circumvent Apple's lock-out measures doesn't mean that Apple didn't do something anti-competitive.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

khellendros1984 Re:Fantastic! (523 comments)

I think that they should just focus on helping people come to a deep and intuitive understanding of how and why the math works. Sadly, they go for the rote memorization route instead.

Rote memorization gave me a list of facts to play around with in my head, and it became the basis of the mental math that I use now. If we studied math without using numbers, then I can see how the memorization would've been unnecessary. Then again, I don't see that having a practical application in most people's lives, since concrete numbers are all that people generally deal with. In any case that comes to mind, learning math itself isn't directly useful, while learning arithmetic most definitely is.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

khellendros1984 Re:Fantastic! (523 comments)

I had to learn cursive in grade school around 1993. My cursive was never pretty or fast, and three years of writing purely in cursive ruined my printing. I've never understood people saying that it's faster and easier. I've had the opposite experience.

about three weeks ago

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Lenovo to offer $200 budget tablet

khellendros1984 khellendros1984 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

khellendros1984 (792761) writes "Amazon's not the only big-name company planning on a budget-level tablet release; Lenovo recently announced their Ideapad A1 tablet as competition. It includes a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, along with other features more commonly seen on higher-priced tablets, such as dual cameras, bluetooth, GPS, wifi, and a MicroSD slot. Is this the start of the Android tablet price avalanche?"
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Ma 1st post

khellendros1984 khellendros1984 writes  |  more than 9 years ago This is a journal post cuz I feel like it. Basically to introduce myself. I'll keep calling myself Khellendros, so don't need to worry about name..... OK. I'm a student at Cal Poly Pomona in California, United States. I'm a 2nd year CS major (it should be obvious by now why I'm not an English major =P) I've also got a blog at xanga. OK, Why did I sign up to /.? Linux- centric community (for a large part), without ignoring what's going on outside the penguin, Sometimes I just have some 'incredibly witty and/or intelligent' comment to make.....those are the main reasons. Bleh. I'm getting bored, so I'll end the blog here. Um....I guess IM me if you want, if you annoy me I'll just block you. ALl right, Khell signing out!

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