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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

the_B0fh Re:Much ado about nothing (281 comments)

If you didn't update iOS, how did it actually become slower? Did you perform any measurements? Because, as studies of eyewitnesses have shown, your perception of reality may not match actual reality.

If you *DID* update iOS, it falls into that new functionality bucket.

yesterday
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

the_B0fh Re:Much ado about nothing (281 comments)

To quote the professor:

Yet that’s all it shows: People suddenly feel that their phone is slowing down. It doesn’t show that our iPhones actually became slower.

And really, if you want new functionality - which requires new code, are you telling me it doesn't make sense that it will take up more memory and CPU cycles, and therefore "slower" ?

Unless someone finds a "if old phone, wait() and wait more()", even the "optimizing for new phone" argument is bullshit, because Apple pushes out an image specific to your phone (i.e., iOS 6 for iPhone 4 is different from iOS 6 for iPhone 4S is different from iOS 6 for iPhone 5).

Why is everything a conspiracy theory with you?

2 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

the_B0fh Re: Much ado about nothing (281 comments)

According to wc, 1202 words. Certainly crosses the 4 digit threshold for me.

2 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

the_B0fh Much ado about nothing (281 comments)

In the end, the professor, after writing thousands of words, comes to no conclusion. In other words, what a waste of time. Additional new code will take more cycles to run. Gee, what a simple explanation.

3 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

the_B0fh Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (394 comments)

Are you that stupid, or do you just play one on the Internet? This issue has been debated endlessly and there are lots of nice graphs and diagrams, even here on /.

No, it is not the assertion - what Level3 has pointed out is that in the peering hostel, there is sufficient capacity but Verizon refuses to use it. That is the place where Netflix's ISP and Your ISP (Verizon) meets, to pass traffic to each other.

http://tech.slashdot.org/story...

3 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

the_B0fh Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (394 comments)

the point is netflix is trying to increase costs on their business partners who will then have to increase prices of their customers. customers will hate the ISP but like netflix.

No. The traffic goes like this:

Business/Service Their ISP Your ISP You

It doesn't matter who the business is. The issue is the interconnect between their ISP and your ISP.

Your ISP shouldn't be able to blackmail a Business into paying them, like Comcast did. In that case, Comcast blackmailed NetFlix into peering with them. This turns the above diagram into:

NetFlix Netflix's ISP/Your ISP You

3 days ago
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Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

the_B0fh Re:Better than software based, lemme tell you (91 comments)

Because you said so...? People have been using full disk encryption on normal drives for a very long time now without too much complains for most workloads. Something designed specifically for full disk encryption should have less of an impact.

about a week ago
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Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

the_B0fh Re: The end is nigh (126 comments)

You need an app for that?

about two weeks ago
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Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

the_B0fh Re:Sweet (126 comments)

Since when do you have to plug your iphone in to turn off find my iphone? Not in iOS 6, 7 or 8.

about two weeks ago
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Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

the_B0fh Re: The end is nigh (126 comments)

Try watching where your iOS devices connect to when you send an iMessage. Or use Photostream.

about two weeks ago
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All Web Developers Should Have Access to a Device Lab (Video)

the_B0fh Re:Virtual machines (60 comments)

a 2Ghz cpu emulating a 1Mhz cpu with amazing accuracy doesn't mean a 2Ghz cpu can emulate a 2Ghz cpu with amazing accuracy.

about three weeks ago
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First Release of LibreSSL Portable Is Available

the_B0fh Re:FIPS, schmips... (101 comments)

Considering that FIPS is a USA abortion and OpenBSD is Canadian, eh...

The word you are looking for is "abomination".

about three weeks ago
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First Release of LibreSSL Portable Is Available

the_B0fh Re:Donate (101 comments)

The OpenBSD group does a number of things. LibreSSL is one of them. They ask for donations to the general fund. If you like, you donate. If you don't, don't donate. OpenBSD runs a lean organization. Everything they do is open sourced and standards driven. And they make it _portable_ correctly.

If you have an axe to grind against them for forking a piece of shit code, take it and shove it.

about three weeks ago
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All Web Developers Should Have Access to a Device Lab (Video)

the_B0fh Re:Virtual machines (60 comments)

Because emulators do not properly emulate some issues. Keep in mind, most of the time the host is... x86, but the end point being emulated is ARM.

about three weeks ago
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Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

the_B0fh Re: Not just Android (112 comments)

Why does it take this much effort to explain to idiots why this is a bad idea?

about a month ago
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Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

the_B0fh Re:Not just Android (112 comments)

Are you really equating giving your work address and your home address out as the same thing?

about a month ago

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LibreSSL released!

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about three weeks ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "LibreSSL Portable has been released for Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X and FreeBSD. This is a drop-in replacement for OpenSSL, and is written by the team that wrote OpenBSD and OpenSSH which the entire Internet uses. I hope to see LibreSSL take over from OpenSSH.

Donations are appreciated: http://www.openbsdfoundation.o...

Downloads at: http://www.libressl.org/

http://undeadly.org/cgi?action..."

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LibreSSL Update

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about 2 months ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "Bob Beck reports on the progress the OpenBSD team has made on LibreSSL. Some highlights:

Code was horrible. Nobody wanted to touch it. OpenSSL Foundation appears to be a million dollar a year for-profit company doing FIPS consulting. Bugs rot for years in bug tracker. ROP coding function — allows you to jump to any arbitrary address — ROP coder's wet dream! Current third party ports are all insecure. Need funding. Linux Foundation has not committed to support LibreSSL."

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Apple demonstrates leadership

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about 5 months ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "NCPPR pushed for a shareholder proposal that Apple only commit to doing things that were profitable — a position rejected by the majority of Apple's stockholders, receiving only 2.95% vote.

Tim Cook responded by saying, "When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind, I don't consider the bloody ROI," and said the same thing for environmental issues, worker safety and other areas where Apple is the leader.

"If you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock."

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo..."

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High End Mac Pro is 40% cheaper than what you can build it for?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about 7 months ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "That is interesting. Apple is the value proposition. Building your own high end Mac Pro would cost you $14,300. From Apple, it costs just a tad under $10k. If you can even find a PCIe 1TB Flash drive.

And of course, you lose things like the beautiful case, Apple's AppleCare service, the 6 Thunderbolt2, OSX, etc.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/12/24/apples-new-mac-pro-a-better-value-than-the-sum-of-its-parts"

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Is Democracy possible in Malaysia?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about a year ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "ay 5 was the national election day in Malaysia. The people are very unhappy with the government. Over $1.5 trillion was stolen through corruption in the past 30 years. The prime minister is alleged to be involved in a cover up of the killing of a Mongolian model http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Shaariibuugiin_Altantuyaa to hush up the corruption case in the purchase of French submarines — http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/scorpenes-sting-liberation-publishes-expose-re-malaysias-bribery-murder-scandal-05347/"

Now, there allegations of widespread election fraud, tampering with votes, bringing in foreign nationals to vote, paying for votes, and outright fraudulent votes and ballot boxes being moved in during the counting period. Apparently there is wide spread electricity "outages", and after the power comes back on, new ballot boxes have magically appeared.

Does anyone, including the US government, have the power to intervene and force a clean election? Or will the ones in power continue to abuse and corrupt the process in order to stay in power/ Will the citizens of Malaysia be strong enough to stand up for themselves? Will Malaysia experience the Malaysian Spring and overthrow a corrupt government?"

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Is democracy possible in Malaysia?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about a year ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "May 5 was the national election day in Malaysia. The people are very unhappy with the government. Over $1.5 trillion was stolen through corruption in the past 30 years. The prime minister is alleged to be involved in a cover up of the killing of a Mongolian model http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Shaariibuugiin_Altantuyaa to hush up the corruption case in the purchase of French submarines — http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/scorpenes-sting-liberation-publishes-expose-re-malaysias-bribery-murder-scandal-05347/"
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Did Samsung pull dirty tricks on Apple?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about a year ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "Samsung admitted to paying college students to report fake problems with their HTC phones in Taiwan. Turns out that Samsung also hired a marketing agency to create fake blogs in UK and Sweden:

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/04/21/apple-samsung-agent-provocateurs/?iid=HP_LN

http://brianford.newsvine.com/_news/2012/08/12/13234078-samsung-hired-a-marketing-agency-to-fake-blog-about-its-products

http://www.kullin.net/2010/02/samsung-caught-in-fake-swedish-viral-campaign/

So, the question is — how much of the current anti-Apple campaign by rabid Samsung fanboys are actually paid advertising...?"

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Is it inevitable that smartphones will copy each other?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about a year and a half ago

the_B0fh writes "Is it inevitable that new and useful features will be copied from competing smartphones? Even if features and functions are copied, is it OK to mimic it all the way down to the icon?

Samsung seems to be very blatant in copying Apple's passbook over here..."

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STUPID SECURITY POLICIES AT BLIZZARD

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about 2 years ago

the_B0fh writes "Blizzard locks your account everytime it detects an IP address change. My ISP changes my IP address more often than some of you change underwear.

I haven't played a blizzard game in a while, and within the past couple of days, I had it locked, and each time, it is a pain in the ass to get it unlocked — because I did not register with my real name.

1) Why do I have to login *ONLINE* to play StarCraft 2 or Diablo 3, which are offline games?
2) Why are they locking accounts based on IP address changes and *FORCING A DAMNED PASSWORD RESET EACH TIME TO UNLOCK IT* — It's a damned pain in the ass.
3) Why all the damned security theater, especially for people who don't care to play online, you damned idiots.

This is pissing me off so much that I'm seriously considering not buying the next SC2. *GAH*"

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Google deletes G+ emails out of INBOX without consent?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

the_B0fh writes "Make sure you enable emailed notification in G+
Create a public post on G+.
Have a friend post a comment.
Check your INBOX — see the comment.
Have friend delete comment.
See that email disappear from your INBOX.

Isn't that a pretty major violation of trust?"
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ACM performing character assassination

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "This is fucking embarrassing. The Association for Computing Machinery is performing character assassination based on falsehoods.

Here is the basic issue. Cisco obtained a patent for VRRP, and licensed it under RAND. The BSD license does not allow RAND licensing (constraints). Theo/OpenBSD tried to work with them, and they said — go away.

IANA, the people responsible for assigning IP protocol numbers basically said you have to bend over and we don't use lube.

So, OpenBSD, after 2 years of trying to work with them, released their own implementation called CARP.

And someone this one FreeBSD developer thinks it's all OpenBSD's fault? Do you even understand how the BSD license works?

ACM — *SHAME ON YOU* *SHAME SHAME SHAME*

http://marc.info/?l=openbsd-misc&m=133832434412686&w=2"

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Why does a 5 year warranty suddenly disappear when you get a replacement drive?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

the_B0fh writes "I have some drives that are having problems, so I sent them back to the manufacturer. The original drives had various warranty end dates from 2013 to 2014.

The replacement drives that came back all had uniformly warranties that ran out in a few months (something like 90 days).

Shouldn't the warranty last as long as the warranty on my original drive?"
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No good cheap disk enclosures?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about 3 years ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "OK, 3TB drives are now out. Rather than building a zfs server in the basement and be limited by wireless, I've been considering just putting some drives in an enclosure and then hooking up a firewire (I have a macbook pro, and prefer that to usb, thank you very much).

Why aren't there any external disk enclosures that just holds a bunch of drives and connect via firewire? I don't want your raid or anything else, I just want firewire, sata backplane, power, and that's it.

MacZFS works fine, and with Tens Complement coming out soon (fingers crossed), I'll have all the ZFS goodness that I can need."
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IBM Tivoli Identity Manager *REQUIRES* RLOGIN?!

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  about 3 years ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "It's 2011 — why does the Tivoli Identity Manager (TIM) agent *REQUIRE* rlogin to function!?!?

The bigger question — WHY HAS NOT ONE CUSTOMER COMPLAINED ABOUT IT?!??!?!"
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Stupid defaults

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "Been doing some searches in Outlook. Why are the defaults so stupid? Why does it not default to search all subfolders? And there's no option to change that as well!

I'm doing a search. That means I'm trying to find something. That probably means it's here, or somewhere in here....

Another stupid design — why does the "search" menu item disappear and reappear? WHY DO I HAVE TO START A SEARCH SO THAT I CAN GO INTO SEARCH TOOLS TO LOOK AT THE INDEXING STATUS?!

bloody morons designing crap. And lets not get into how they don't understand what a message-id is."
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How badly can hardware vendors suck?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "Adventure in sucky vendor land. Apparently some vendors timebomb their debug firmware — the firmware they ask you to run, to help them, on the hardware that *YOU* own, reducing it to... a doorstop.

Is this malicious? Can it be considered malicious? Or merely incompetent?"

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social network games have no customer service?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

the_B0fh (208483) writes "OK.... question — should players of "free" games such as Mafia Wars by Zynga, and so on, be able to expect to get customer service, when the games have bugs and causes the characters to have issues?

Here's my issue — I have been addicted to Mafia Wars on facebook, by Zynga. Last November, Zynga had some "minor issues" with some users, and unfortunately, I was one of them. My char was reset to 500k exp (level 250-300 or so), and the next level up exp was 1.05mil exp (level 409).

I was patient, and waited for them to fix the problem. They claimed to have fixed it, but, apparently didn't fix my char. I wrote to them. Got ignored. Wrote again. Got ignored. Wrote 4-5 times. Keep getting stupid form letters asking me for OS version, how much ram do you have, what browser, etc etc. Sent a screen shot showing them the exp needed to level was too much (average of 4000 exp to level, not 500,000).

Customer service prefers to sit on their ass and keep asking stupid questions, and sending out useless FAQs.

So, my question is — does Zynga have an obligation to me? Am I not a customer?"
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facebook disables because I said IE was crap?

the_B0fh the_B0fh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

the_B0fh writes "My facebook acct just got disabled. Barely 5-10 minutes ago, I commented to someone that IE was "[[soapbox]] crap" and they should use firefox + greasemonkey + facebook invites if they want to add friends to their mobs in facebook games.

And suddenly, without any warning, my facebook acct was disabled. Of course their FAQ tells you nothing. And yes, I reported it to disabled@facebook.com, but you don't even get a response email back.

And so, all of a sudden, I just lost contact with a whole bunch of friends. This sucks. Should facebook have full disclosure on the reason why an account was disabled? Can they disable accounts for no reason at all, or because someone reported you for saying "Internet Explorer sucks"?

At least that's what I think the reason was — when you report your acct being disabled, *YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO TELL THEM WHY YOU THOUGHT IT WAS DISABLED?!?!* WTF?!

Where's the appeals process? Why isn't the appeals process more open?

Disclosure: A friend got me hooked on Mob Wars, and I'm playing a bunch of other facebook sanctioned games. They all want you to invite more and more friends into your mob, so I do it every now and then. And stop sending invites out whenever I hit their warning. The most recent warning a few days ago, so that shouldn't be it.

ps: send invites to http://www.facebook.com/goodb0fh if they turn me back on! :)"

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