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Amazon Outage Shows Limits of Failover 'Zones'

michaelhood Re:sounds like TWCs DNS servers (125 comments)

or just use and or and

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 4, A Huge Pile of Bugs

michaelhood Re:Why not wait? (481 comments)

it's not necessarily the regexp comparisons, but that DOM manipulation is pretty slow in Firefox.

more than 3 years ago

Why haven't you bought a tablet?

michaelhood Re:Price (459 comments)

a lot of the time this can point to patent issues

So what you're saying is that the US patent system is anti-competitive and harmful to consumers?

Thought so.

so if you spend millions/billions developing a microchip, then sell a phone that uses it..

you'd be okay if I just opened up the first phone that rolled off the assembly line and duplicated your chip? then started selling clones for a tenth of what you charge?

that's what happens when there's no [reasonable] patent protection for hardware. see: China.

more than 3 years ago

Why haven't you bought a tablet?

michaelhood Re:Price (459 comments)

The cheap tablets and handhelds that you can buy everywhere else in the world just aren't in the US. It seems fishy.

a lot of the time this can point to patent issues. there might be chipsets (often the radios or something else fairly narrow) that prevent legitimate US import.

I'm having trouble finding it now, but sometime in the last few years there was a pretty major seizure by Customs in a situation like this. I believe it was related to this, if memory serves.

more than 3 years ago

States Launch Joint Probe of Google Wi-Fi Snooping

michaelhood Re:still dont see (134 comments)

Why this is being given such legal scrutiny. Its akin to driving down the street with a tape recorder and parabolic mic, recording whatever conversations people might be having as part of a population density study, and accidentally recording someone in their front yard yelling their cc# into the phone. It should fall under general privacy law: if you dont spend the time/energy to setup encryption of some form, dont expect privacy (same as if you dont try to block peeping toms, or if you go sunbathing nude in your front yard next to the street, dont be surprised to find yourself posted to /b). Even windows warns you now if you try to connect to an unencrypted AP. If anyone should be sued for this, sue the manufacturers that distributed the APs with a default configuration of no encryption and see how well that flies.


What if I sniff all the guests' network traffic in a hotel? (via ARP spoofing or otherwise)

There's certainly no warnings presented in any OS when you plug in ethernet and grab an IP, and the average computer user certainly doesn't know that it's possible to do this.. so, how do you feel about that?

more than 4 years ago

HTC Android Smartphone Stores Browsing Screenshots

michaelhood Re:Hahaha (179 comments)

An unmodified, unrestricted Android OS phone would be a selling point in and of itself.

There is, - you can buy it directly from Google. Sign up as an Android developer for $25 (one-time fee that gets you access to submit apps for the Market, required to purchase the phone unfortunately). The latest version of the phone is actually just a completely unlocked HTC Magic; it costs $399 from Google (no contract subsidy here obviously.)

If you're interested in a "solution" (only workable to tech savvy folk, really) for from-carrier devices you can pick up any Android device you'd like, root it (attain su via exploits, there are one-click scripts for every popular device) and install whatever OS version you'd like on it. XDA-Developers forum has hundreds of custom Android "ROMs" that have been developed by regular users with no more access than the phone they bought and the Android SDK.

You can install a regular 'vanilla' release of Android OS from source and customize (or not customize) to your heart's content.

more than 4 years ago

HTC Android Smartphone Stores Browsing Screenshots

michaelhood Re:Huh. (179 comments)

maybe a better practice would be to store a thumbnail size image of the screenshot.

They _are_ only storing a thumbnail; the article just sucks.

C:\android-sdk-windows\tools>adb shell
# cd /sdcard/.bo*
# ls -l | wc -l
# du -h .
2.0M .

Here, I uploaded the largest one out of the 62 for your review.

more than 4 years ago

HTC Android Smartphone Stores Browsing Screenshots

michaelhood Re:Huh. (179 comments)

It’s not the SD card, and people stating otherwise are lying. That is part of my point.

I really wish you and that commodore64 kid would leave the Slashdot I know and love with your paranoid delusional trolling.

C:\android-sdk-windows\tools>adb shell
# find . -name *.jpg | grep -v -e customize -e contacts -e wallpaper -e DCIM | more ./sdcard/.footprints/thumbnails/1272099190529.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/mcd0bb890.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/scd0bb890.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/m46bb1b3c.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/s46bb1b3c.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/mdabb3bb3.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/sdabb3bb3.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/m66c70c76.jpg ./sdcard/.bookmark_thumb1/s66c70c76.jpg

[snipped for brevity, more of the same follows]

the /emmc/ folder that's present on some Android devices (including the incredible) is a mount point for the internal eMMC storage. it's a bus for a type of embedded flash memory (like SDHC for removable cards).

when there's no SD card, the phone might choose to use this embedded storage (or might choose to use it for other reasons).. it's not really the same as the "internal storage" (which is wiped in a factory reset).

this is a simple oversight on the part of HTC and/or the Android team - not making it more obvious, on devices that have eMMC (very few models of which exist yet), that this is another persistent area of storage that needs to be treated like the SD card when it comes to privacy concerns.

there is no conspiracy here, just innocent mistakes in a massive contribution-driven software project.

more than 4 years ago

HTC Android Smartphone Stores Browsing Screenshots

michaelhood Re:Huh. (179 comments)

Why accept the obvious answer when you can assume the paranoid answer?


more than 4 years ago

HTC Android Smartphone Stores Browsing Screenshots

michaelhood Re:Huh. (179 comments)

Wonder what those are used for?

Are they ever read? Sent anywhere? Are they permanent (always taking up space), or are they rotated out?

Is there any particular reason I should care?

They're used to make thumbnails for bookmarked pages (and maybe frequently-visited in some versions, I don't have access to >2.1 now.)

This is exactly like the start page in Chrome, where it shows thumbs of recent pages.. they're at an infinitely small resolution. The entire screen on the EVO is only 480x800px wide, and they cram like a 9-thumb grid in 50% of the screen.

I wish I could downmod this submission.

more than 4 years ago

HTC Android Smartphone Stores Browsing Screenshots

michaelhood Re:Sounds like a debug feature (179 comments)

>>>as you're typing them in, they show each letter for a second or so then it becomes an asterisk

No. They don't.

do you have his phone?

you're climbing up my "most obnoxiously narcissistic posters" list.

every android device i've used has exhibited this password-masking behavior. it's common for mobile devices with low-confidence keyboards.

see your parent post's sig, please.

more than 4 years ago

IBM's Question-Answering System "Watson" Revisited

michaelhood Re:Tune in a half-hour early... (170 comments)

H&R Block's mainframe system has computed that all of the the offers on Deal or No Deal are bunk, you're always statistically better off sticking with your case through most of the game... but they're still unsure whether you should take Howie's offer to switch your case with the last one left in the hands of the models.

That's interesting to me for a couple reasons.

I loathe that show. I'm not part of the anti-pop-TV brigade, I just find it incredibly boring. I tell my wife it's like watching someone throw dice against the wall for 42 minutes (DVR!), interspersed with crap dialogue.

Having admittedly never thought about the last two cases scenario (the one you started with, and a final model's case). I would have thought that the probability maths behind this would be pretty simple.. do you have a link for that H&R block conclusion? I'd find their reasoning for it being unclear interesting.

My math is as follows.

- You pick one of the [26] cases at the beginning. Instead of focusing on amounts let's call one a "winning" case (top prize), all the others losers.
- This means you have a 25/26 (P=0.96) chance of selecting a loser.
- If you open the 24 cases on the stage, and one remains in addition to the one you're holding, and you haven't 'cleared' (opened) the winning case.. you're now left with a 1/2 (P=.50) chance at picking the winner.

This is part of the reason the show bores the crap out of me. :)

more than 4 years ago

Starbucks Frees Wi-Fi

michaelhood Re:Finally (241 comments)

And I'm still not interested in using any wifi device in a coffee shop. And not interested in drinking coffee either. Or hanging out with the sorts of people who hang out in coffee shops.

Sometimes it's nice to actually NOT be connected to the internet.

Thanks for sharing. I'll look for next week's post about you not watching TV.

more than 4 years ago

MA High School Forces All Students To Buy MacBooks

michaelhood Re:iNelson (1217 comments)


Ugh, IBM PC/2! PS/2 is the connectors, PC/2 was the overall product, PS/2 does not include a computer, it's just a connector. Or wait, are you saying they are going to stare at a PS/2 connector?

this is one of those classic mistake posts with an added arrogance bonus that will haunt that UID forever..

more than 4 years ago

2 In 3 Misunderstand Gas Mileage; Here's Why

michaelhood Re:Solution? (1042 comments)

That isn't possible. Long term consumption is dependent on driving habits, maintenance routine (oil and tires), and the type of gas used. In places where E10 and winter specific gas is used there is less energy capacity per volume than normal straight gasoline.

I hope someone comes up with a way to solve these pesky math problems.

more than 4 years ago

Study Claims $41.5 Billion In Portable Game Piracy Losses Over Five Years

michaelhood Re:Losses? (316 comments)

According to Wikipedia there's 129M DS units sold, and 60M PSP units sold.. that's $220 worth of pirated games for every handheld in the world. Keeping in mind that a lot of people bought multiple revisions of the DS, replacement units, units that aren't in use, and so on, it's probably more like $300-400 per handheld owner.

Sorry, but that number is completely ridiculous and not credible in any way whatsoever to anyone owning a calculator.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Announces iPhone 4

michaelhood Re:iAds (1184 comments)

Sounds reasonable enough to me. I'm a developer myself and I don't think I'll be doing it either. However, I could see people doing it as a way to put out a clearly-labeled free version to defray development costs and serve as a try-before-you-buy.

It depends on a lot of factors but at least it's an option and easy to add into an app if you want to give it a whirl.

This is how the Android market works (in a de facto, not policy sense) presently. I'm hardly putting up the Android market (it's terrible, IMO as someone who has an iPad and an Android phone to contrast with) as an example of it being done right, but I'm pointing out this is what the Android app developers have chosen to do when presented with the choices you're about to face as iOS developers.

Many non-free apps have two versions: Appname, Appname Free. Where the 'Free' generally implies ad-supported, if it's not outright labeled as having trial-esque limitations.

This works generally well, for me at least, as I find the ads wasteful (in loading time, CPU, etc. (I have unlimited data)). So if it's an app I use for more than a day or so I'll buy the premium version to support development and skip the ads.

I suspect this will translate over to the App Store in a similar way.

more than 4 years ago

California Judge Routes Campaign Robocalls Through Colorado

michaelhood Re:Vote (191 comments)

Oh well <flips coun>

Poor coun. :(

more than 4 years ago


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