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480 posts • joined 20 Oct 2007
I had their noise-cancelling headphones once. QuietComfort 35 I believe. When I bought them I was quite impressed by the noise-cancelling ability, the sound was OK, but not great - especially given the price.
One issue I had was that when I had my table fan on it would sometimes lead to crackle if noise-cancellation was on. Luckily they had a firmware update to fix it, by giving you control of the noise-cancelling level. Installed the update and noise cancelling more-or-less stopped working. It still did something, but not anywhere near its original level.
I, of course, downgraded the firmware, which did not solve the issue. When I looked online, it was an issue which had apparently persisted for months already. Returned the headset and bought a sennheiser instead. Noise-cancellation is not as great as the bose originally were (but better than after firmware upgrade) and they have much better sound too.
Oh but they're useful indeed. Take the facebook app, for example. It's a very useful way to have the little bit of privacy not yet eroded by the government spying on you go up in flames and turned into money for Zuckerbeast.
I mean, who doesn't want that? Come on guys!
Sure, most people will stick with Facebooks WhatsApp. But we should assume that those aren't the people the government is interested in.
The ones who really want to hide something can just download an app developed in a country that doesn't impose blanket surveillance. Sure, using an app like that can be made illegal, but note that these are people that likely don't care much about this.
In the end, the only one being spied on are the law-abiding citizens. One wonders if that was the plan all along.
If I compare it to the self-scan options available to me in the Netherlands it seems it has been made incredibly inconvenient.
The way it works here is that you can take a hand-scanner where you scan each product as you place it inside your bag. At the end you go to a machine with your hand-scanner where you only have to pay (all products were already scanned). If you have sold your soul to Google, or given in to Apples overpriced stuff you can also install an app and do the scanning from there. If you choose the last option you can also pay directly from your cellphone.
Only thing is that our system doesn't accept cash (you'll need to go to a cashier for that).
with this ridiculous "national security" bullshit? The main threat to our national security are the so-called "security agencies". If you mandate backdoors in software the real terrorists will simply use software developed in a country without such laws, so the only communications that are actually intercepted are those of the law-abiding citizens.
We gain nothing but lose privacy.
That you need a support contract with them in order to install security fixes. I can sort of understand that you want to charge users if they want to install updates providing new features. But to let customers be unprotected after purchasing your tech is simply unethical.
Not that I'm surprised, of course.
Fair enough - the entry you unlock will be available somewhere in memory. Either on the console, or in your copy-paste buffer. That's obvious because you need some way to get it into whatever form you're pasting in.
Even if your manager is completely safe, you're still pasting it into your webbrowser, which will keep it somewhere in memory until its posted.
I don't get what exactly is "extreme" or "theoretical" about a key unlocking a specific entry. This is exactly what pass does. Each password is individually encrypted and also decrypted on demand (with the use of the token).
There are basically two ways to do this. You can either get a U2F token. This is pretty easy, but the website needs to specifically support it. Many don't.
The other way is to use a password manager which integrates with a token. Personally, I like pass, which uses GPG for encrypting all the passwords. If you then store your keys on the token you can only get at your passwords by having the token and entering the pincode for it. The password database is synced with git (each new or edited password automatically becomes a commit) and pushed to a repository. It also supports submodules and multi-key setup so you can have a shared submodule with passwords you need shared (e.g. with colleagues or a spouse).
I can recommend pass. Open-source (it's just a bash-script), usually available in the repositories (so easy to install), works with GPG (so you can use it with a hardware-token) and integrates nicely with git (for syncing the database over multiple machines).
I have heard a rumor that upcoming builds will re-enable the "remove user files" option, thereby ensuring no private data can leak by preemptively deleting it.
This feature was present shortly in a previous build, but it didn't work consistent enough yet and was therefore removed. Don't worry, though, Redmond is on the job!
My current phone is a Sailfish. My next phone - which I ordered on ebay and should arrive shortly - is also going to be a Sailfish. Why?
- privacy by design
- apps in store are all open source
- very fast
- easy on the battery
- gestures work extremely well
- full Linux system
For the apps where you cannot find a native counterpart, you have the option of running Android apps.
Spooks caught with hand in cookie jar. Cookie jars are now locked by owners. Spooks upset they can no longer steal cookies.
Oh boohoo, they have proven time and time again that they are unreliable little data-junkies with little to no regard for the privacy of ordinary citizens. Why don't they start by showing us that they know how to behave before continuing their demand for access to anything, anywhere.
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