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Comment Re:Something's missing (Score 1) 150

Agreed and seconded. Don't get me wrong - I was pretty unhappy when I spotted the throttling clause (and they described it as being throttled back to "modem speed" IIRC. Actually an overstatement on their part in my experience; even throttled, the connection is usable for basic network functionality).

Comment Still a necessary activity. (Score 2) 42

I'm quite certain there are multiple engineers within Samsung's organization who must have an understanding of Lithium battery technology. They must have been aware of just how hard they were "pushing the envelope" for a consumer-grade device.

I'll wager there were emails requesting that customers at least be exhorted to "use only Samsung manufactured and approved chargers" - and since we've all known certain Android apps to eat battery like candy, I'll wager there were more than a few internal emails warning that certain apps could be dangerous as well.

The Bene Gesserit understand the correct response. The courts need to tell Samsung: "You will pay."

Comment Man, I hate to defend MS . . . BUT . . . (Score 1) 185

I more than half suspect that the problem is coaches such as Mr. Belichick (not having grown up on a continuous diet of technology) either don't know how to effectively use the technology or (more likely) expect the technology to do a better job of implementing the "dwiw()"* function.


* dwiw() - Do What I Want (null function - a return code should be unnecessary)

Comment Sounds just like Samsung and ISIS. (Score 1) 283

I can remember not too long ago when Google Wallet wouldn't run on my Samsung Note, only ISIS. Flashing the phone didn't make a difference because Google Wallet wouldn't run on anything but manufacturer installed OS (security, which makes perfect sense. If the phone is rooted or the OS has been modified in any way it becomes harder to assert the system is secure).

I note that nowadays, ISIS refers to something else. I wonder what ever happened to Samsung's ISIS?

Comment I regulated Comcast. (Score 3, Interesting) 86

I bought (not rented, not paid for via installments, bought) a Comcast-branded cable router (to ensure physical layer compatibility with Comcast's cable network offering). I turned off the wifi and attached my own wifi router via 1G copper. No XFINITY free hotspot.

But you know, just when I thought it was safe to go back in the internet, Comcast flashed my router. Suddenly, even with wifi explicitly turned "off", there was the XFINITY free hotspot, just advertising that any wardrivers with a valid or hacked Comcast account should park near my place.

Anybody ever see what the built-in (internal) antenna on an Arris cable modem/router looks like? It's just a little green piece of circuit board, and the connector just comes right off without any excess tugging or pulling. I do think Comcast misses me, though - they seem to send hits downstream to my cable modem/router several times a day. It's vaguely frustrating to hit these forty to fifty second network outages from them because they just can't believe nobody is using my free wifi SSID.

But I regulated Comcast.

Comment Sounds suspiciously like Socialism to me . . . (Score 2) 883

At the very least, yet another utopian ideal doomed to be shredded on the jagged rocks of reality. The only way the UBI can work is if there's some magical way to get everyone to "give according to his abilities" while being satisfied with "getting according to his needs".

Comment Windows Ubuntu is NOT a replacement for Cygwin. (Score 1) 163

The Ubuntu environment provided is not merely a POSIX-layer, it is a native environment capable of running Linux ELF binaries. This is not done by providing compatibility libraries but by actually providing quasi-kernel layer functionality in a (memory-resident?) environment. Each approach offers strengths and weaknesses.


The Cygwin layer has a long track record of success in providing a POSIX layer with some notable exceptions. There no native software management layer (forcing reliance upon the downloaded installer for software management). Further, while it is possible to build and install software locally from source, the process to do so is at best far from bulletproof - I personally was never able to get ClusterSSH running correctly under Cywin under multiple versions of Windows. However, it does provide a fairly robust software selection "out of the box" and does receive regular patches and updates. Being implemented as a set of API calls and libraries it tends to live within and get along more-or-less well with the underlying MS-Windows system.

They Bash on Ubuntu on Windows stack provides a binary-ready environment pre-loaded with a somewhat modified version of Ubuntu (GNU, but not technically Linux IMHO). Software management is performed using APT, and with very few exceptions software runs identically to the Linux counterpart. The entire environment appears to be created as an abstraction layer in memory on demand, although once running the subsystem does not spawn separate processes as more shells are created. Note that the environment is destroyed when the last user shell is logged out. This is permissible because there is no (significant) boot time associated with the environment - it is created and destroyed instantly without user intervention of any kind. This arrangement neatly precludes the likelihood that system services will be run in an environment which the MS-Windows system cannot control, but does lead to some coexistence issues in regards to filesystem metadata - specifically security-related metadata. The two systems (MS-Windows and Linux) are fundamentally incompatible by design at that level and so implementation/execution of GNU Linux binaries will turn up some quirks caused by this basic incompatibility. Incidentally, I've only been using the Ubuntu subsystem for a month now, and while I've installed and tested Xming and I've been able to install ClusterSSH with one command, I can't get the thing to work correctly in this environment yet either.

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