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The Search Engine More Dangerous Than Google

pjfontillas Re:astounding that defaults are not tougher (210 comments)

When I got Verizon Fios the router came with a unique password, but only for Wi-Fi. The actual device login was a default (actually technically just one of the "default" logins techs commonly used; I had to Google this).

I think this can be helped by not allowing remote access until the default password has been changed. If you're going to require remote access you should know enough that you should try to secure your device.

Obviously, this doesn't help the problem with weak password or technicians commonly changing the device default and then re-using that device in another household. But it's a start.

about 2 years ago

Android Hits 73% of Global Smartphone Market

pjfontillas Re:How cool is it though... (601 comments)

I think what he meant to get across what that you don't need the command line. Sure, it's there and it's great, but the real improvement is that the Android community hasn't been plagued by forums with people advising others to copy+paste bash commands, run scripts, or compile stuff just to get something to work.

more than 2 years ago

Buckyballs Throws In the Towel

pjfontillas Re:More mindless federal regulation (383 comments)

accidental deaths of children due to handguns in the US: ~500 per year

accidental deaths of children choking on balloons: ~1000 per year

Is anyone else concerned that the number of deaths from balloons doubles handguns? Where are you getting these numbers?

more than 2 years ago

Do Recreational Drugs Help Programmers?

pjfontillas Re:I can sleep (878 comments)

Weed on the other hand made the spiders do very detailed, ornate work, but they seemed to have wandering minds, get bored and leave their webs unfinished. I don't know what OS that would correspond to.

Linux. That would definitely be Linux. Just look at all the different distros.

more than 2 years ago

PS3 Encryption Keys Leaked

pjfontillas Re:subject (284 comments)

Winrar. When I was buying I actually thought to myself: "This PS3 is $300+, but then again so is that Blu-ray player I was looking at. But I can do so much more! I can play games with it... connect to Windows Media Player... I heard it can even run Linux...". However, nowadays it has issues connecting to Windows Media Player so I use PS3 Media Server instead; and I dumped the Linux install so I could keep playing the latest games. But hey, at least I can still play games.

more than 2 years ago

Blender Debuts Fourth Open Source Movie: Tears of Steel

pjfontillas Re:Kudos to Blender! (126 comments)

Keyword in your sentence: usually. The purpose of this movie was not to entertain, it was to demo digital content with live action using Blender. Mission accomplished. That is what we should be commenting on. The fact that /. categorized this "Entertainment" is unfortunate, because it detracts from the technological prowess we are supposed to be evaluating.

more than 2 years ago

Intel CEO Tells Staff Windows 8 Is Being Released Prematurely

pjfontillas Re:Define premature (269 comments)

Mod points! My kingdom for some mod points!

I have had my fair share of Windows problems and even though the changes in Windows 8 aren't revolutionary or ground-breaking they are much welcomed. Just about every feature you listed is possible with Windows XP, 7, and even Vista; but they required knowledge of how to properly configure Windows, get rid of all the crap you don't need, and then properly install and configure the third-party applications that handled features the OS now natively provides.

I got to the point where I came up with a list of must-have apps and configs for any family member or friend asking for help "fixing" their computer. I had to keep my list and software library up-to-date, or rely on a website like "i use this" to take care of that. And I have lists for Windows, Mac, and Linux OSes; nobody is perfect.

UI mess aside I welcome such improvements in an OS like Windows 8.

about 2 years ago

Apple iPad 2 As Fast As the Cray-2 Supercomputer

pjfontillas Re:My wristwatch (231 comments)

The iPad2 is the second coming of Christ, we got it already.

If the iPad2 is the second coming of Christ then the New iPad is...?

more than 2 years ago

Millions In China Live In Energy Efficient Caves

pjfontillas Re:Better watch out for the creepers! (210 comments)

Not just you, buddy. With my recent addiction to Minecraft before I even finished reading the summary I began thinking about how all of their building materials will actually be affected by gravity (not just sand and gravel).

more than 2 years ago

Dutch Psychologist Faked Data In At Least 30 Scientific Papers

pjfontillas Re:Obviously (254 comments)

Pro-meat people would also be happy with overall human population reduction too. More meat for them.

more than 3 years ago

Android 4.0 Source Code Coming "Soon"

pjfontillas Re:I thought (203 comments)

Or real birth certificate?

more than 3 years ago

Tokyo Subway Gets Lightsaber Handrails

pjfontillas Re:Interesting (61 comments)

For you, maybe.

For short people? That's at a comfortable level.

Ewoks? Forget about it. They shouldn't be handling those anyways.

more than 2 years ago

Massachusetts Attorney General, Victim of iTunes Fraud

pjfontillas Re:What was her password? (100 comments)

That's because it's your password. To me it looks like ******* but to you it's hunter2.

more than 3 years ago

What HP's TouchPad Fire Sale Teaches iPad Rivals

pjfontillas Re:$100 is an impulse buy, $500 is not (312 comments)

You brought up an interested point. Do you think any company is willing to bleed money just to get more market share? How much is spent in marketing the product and can any of that be relocated to supporting selling at a loss? Would the benefits of (potential) increased market share outweigh the cost of lower priced products?

more than 3 years ago

Sports Bars Changing Channels For Video Gamers

pjfontillas Re:Correction (351 comments)

I can understand that if the Chess game is a tie then a winner is decided using the boxing scores. But if the boxing scores are also a tie then the player with the black pieces automatically wins? That I cannot understand.

more than 3 years ago

Autodesk + Instructables: For Makers?

pjfontillas Hypocritical (77 comments)

Getting people to use free and trial versions of their Autodesk software isn't part of a plan for them to upsell? And they're not going to make Instructable-like communities by obtaining members and projects from Instructables? Ok... I'll bite. What other things do they have planned, MAKE?

more than 3 years ago

Swede Arrested For Building Nuclear Reactor

pjfontillas Re:Now, Come On ... (410 comments)

As long as he doesn't have to bolt it down or changes something with the appearance of the house, most landlords wouldn't really complain too much. If they get their cut of the power, it's a sure thing they'll not only green light it but shoot down any complaints of neighbors concerning radiation or other minor complaints.

Radiation from a nuclear reactor is a minor complaint?

more than 3 years ago

Chrome Extension Helps Find Noisy Tabs

pjfontillas Re:Is this the place? (108 comments)

Um... so... I'm an idiot. This is EXACTLY what we were talking about in this entire convo. I quit.

more than 3 years ago



Apple Eases Rules for Publishers on Apps

pjfontillas pjfontillas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

pjfontillas (1743424) writes "Apple has quietly reversed their decision that required publishers who sell content and subscriptions in their iPhone and iPad apps to go through iTunes, with Apple taking a 30% cut. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/10/technology/10apple.html?_r=1&hp

It's not so quiet in the workplace, however, as this news has a pretty big influence on developer workloads.

Here at The New York Times our developers breathe a sigh of relief once we realized we don't have try and work around that requirement like The Financial Times did: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/08/technology/08ftapp.html?scp=10&sq=apple&st=cse

Apple seems to have been doing much better with their community (consumers and developers alike) recently. As a long-time Linux advocate it's hard to say but I've actually come to appreciate some of Apple's products."

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PlayStation Plus (Sucks)

pjfontillas pjfontillas writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pjfontillas (1743424) writes "Usually when I get an email from Sony with the subject "Here's your PlayStation Store update" I quickly skim through it and move on. This one made me do a double-take, actual reading, and finally clicking through to learn more about it. PlayStation Plus is a service designed to make Sony more money. PlayStation Plus promo

Let's be honest, that's all it ever would be. However, the last part of the PlayStation Plus description, if possible, swiftly kicked me in the balls when I wasn't paying attention: "All free games and add-ons are yours to keep and use the entire time you are a PlayStation®Plus subscriber. All this, and much more." Much more? Sweet! UGH. Wait, what? The free stuff you give me can only be used while I'm a subscriber? So it's not really free? More like... on loan or something? I know you want my money, and I might be willing to give it to you, but don't tell me something is free when it really isn't. Sony Exec: Free? Are you kidding me? Hahahahaha!!!!

God was willing to set aside a few moments of his/her/its eternally busy/hectic/non-existant (whatever floats your boat, or sinks it, whatever...) schedule to comment on that last article stating that "I don’t understand why this is news? Sony clearly spelled this out when they first announced the service. Here’s another news flash: When your phone contract expires, your phone will not have the ability to make/receive calls."

Thank you for your input, God. But seriously, why are you, of all people/things, unable to understand human nature? You made us, right? RIGHT?

You're comparing apples to oranges, and you really seem to dislike apples. When paying for a phone subscription you know what you're getting, and they never tell you that what you're getting is actually free, because... they're not lying to you (at least not completely). Sony is telling you that with PlayStation Plus you're getting something for free when, at first glance is "free", it's actually not.

This PlayStation Plus subscription really reeks, because if successful who knows what else they'll eventually throw into the pot and label "VIP access only"? Free online play? Let's hope not.

Feel free to talk to God (who is apparently a geek) about this, on geek.com or here on /. I'm sure God will see it regardless."

Microsoft Cancels Bing Cashback

pjfontillas pjfontillas writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pjfontillas (1743424) writes "Yusuf Mehdi, Senior Vice President of Microsoft's Online Audience Business Group, has recently announced:

One of the principles we have here at Bing is to constantly experiment and learn. We do this to ensure we are keeping pace with new social and technology trends, and can continue to deliver great value for our customers and advertisers.

As part of this "test-and-learn" mentality, we will be retiring the Bing cashback feature, which means that the last day you can earn cashback will be July 30, 2010.

From the look of the comments, M$ has at least 35 saddened users.

eWeek does a follow-up attempting to explain the situation in more detail."


Touch Book, dual core netbooks, or an iPad?

pjfontillas pjfontillas writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pjfontillas (1743424) writes "With Always Innovating always innovating — in case you didn't notice there's a blinking message stating that at the beginning of the summer they will release a new product — and news of dual core netbooks on the rise should I hold off on buying a new netbook? The iPad is somewhat old news and a bit of a problem due to its restrictions but I figured it's worth a mention.

I know the Touch Book is on a different level than dual core netbooks — in terms of power, how it's used, and how the Touch Book runs on customized software and a chip that supposedly doesn't support Windows (fine by me!) — but regardless, I'm currently looking to buy one or the other.

I just want to browse the web, view and edit some documents, and occasionally stream standard — don't care for HD — video/audio, and remote desktop/SSH. I don't think any of those require a lot of processing power. The Touch Book looks like it will provide an interesting experience while supposedly lasting somewhere around 10-12 hours, while dual core netbooks should provide more power but may drain battery life.

My questions may seem specific but this topic is really quite open. I'm simply interested in what /. has to say.

Thanks for your time, everyone. I appreciate it."


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