Obviously TANSTAFL but the clear point here is you can burn coal only once. Solar panels + Li-ion can be reused atleast 500 times (assuming standard Li-ion batteries that crap out after 500 full cycles).
>The terrifying part of this is that computers with Windows Media Player installed are running critical infrastructure. Shouldn't that be a stripped-down Linux machine with perfectly understood characteristics and close-to-zero attack surface?
Maybe I'm appealing to the wrong sentiment but most of these control softwares aren't available for Linux. Large CO2 generation plants, tissue plants, whatchamaycallit, it's just not available. So, the problem is with the vendors.
Another problem is that the people who decide to buy the software are completely clueless about what is secure or not. They may ask for 'advice' from their more tech savvy juniors but that is merely a formality to confirm their view point, as anything contrary to their already decided viewpoint is quickly discarded with the mental rationalization of 'He probably doesn't have my experience' or 'I know better because I'm senior and I've been around these longer than him.'
Still begs to reason why wouldn't they provide a stripped down industrial Windows for these cases, rather than just a layer of Enterprise apps on top of the regular thing. Even their "Enterprise for Manufacturing" page is all about apps and Metro tablets.
One thing that perplexes me is Google's decision. On one hand they've gone with very bright whites and vibrant (almost iOS like) colors and design in the newest Android 5.0 version. On the other hand, they use an OLED panel for their reference+flagship phone.
Do they need to use OLED to do the 'active notifications' thing where it shows notifications by only activating required pixels? That's a pretty big Lollipop feature so maybe the decision was based around that.
No its not "needed" but if you dont have an OLED screen it will have a noticeable impact on your battery life. Depending on which particular device this may or may not be an issue. If you have a device that barely manages to make it through the day as it is, ambient display is not for you.
There are ethical questions about the person ripping off multiple different products and not crediting them. He is taking a bunch of things and putting them in a nice shiny box with almost zero end user configuration required. Now, that's a moral question and I'll let you all decide if it's right or wrong.
Coming to the technical aspects of the box, the product is fine in the sense that it does exactly what it says technically - routing your connection via Tor. Using verified credentials over Tor is a bad idea for that specific identity. If you're the kind of person who's going to buy this, I can take a guess that a large percent of the population wouldn't really know how it works and will think "I'm anonymous and private now, thanks to this little box" and use the Internet exactly as they were using it before - bad idea. The concept is flawed simply because a layman will use email and facebook over Tor and then bam! you can identify him instantly.
> The concept is flawed simply because a layman will use
> email and facebook over Tor and then bam! you can
> identify him instantly.
This doesn't match my understanding of how Tor works, and I'm happy to be wrong on this. Do you mean that their actions when logged-in/authorized will be identifiable as them, or if while using a Tor service, if you make any identifiable internet calls, the whole of the rest of your session is identifiable?
Because of the way Facebook and other sites can track your movements across websites (due to Like button embedding and other third party scripts that we all use on our sites), they'll be able to identify you across your session, defeating the purpose of Tor. At least thats how I've understood it.
True, most people, ourselves included since we are posting here, cannot maintain true anonymity online. It's not that they do not want to, it's that they do not know how nor do they realize that Fb is not anonymous.
Still, it is an educating experience and the success of the kickstart is a great indicator of a itch the wants to be scratched. I think the way to view this is that people want to have privacy but are unaware of how to go about it or what it takes. We should view this as an opportunity to educate people about TOR and it's benefits and costs to each of us personally and as a society. Having people log into TOR to use Fb is dumb, yes, but at least they are using TOR at all!
The common factor in all these time-sinks is not the phone, but it's the internet. I have a smartphone and although I could definitely live without it, the only thing I've done is disable data. Rather, I'm too cheap to pay for data. What difference does that make, you ask?
One, on messaging, people would use text to contact me or each other if they notice that WhatsApp/Talk message hasn't reached for a couple of minutes. And a call is very helpful to transmit high density info in short time.
Two, I can still use my very nice phone with a large screen to watch videos, read ebooks on the go like if I'm in a bus or something. The difference here is that these things are not infinity-sinks in my experience - I can go 1 hour or so reading a book on a cellphone but then need to take a break which is when you look up and around. Also, subconsciously, the permanence of the book/video prioritizes real world interrupts (in an embedded programming context) rather than blocking them.
Then, you always have music that you can copy to the phone and listen to if you don't want to put your face to the screen. This enables you to move your head around everywhere and still not be all that bored because you still have that music going on.
If I absolutely want, which is almost never, I play games but I find that mobile games are not something that I like so it never comes up at all.
But a lot of time, I've just noticed myself looking around, just absorbing the world around me and being in my own thoughts rather than a forced stimulus and I find that relaxing unless I'm stuck in a very noisy environment in which case the earphone doubles up as a noise blocker.
And the general trend I've heard here is that you need to be on email. But work already has wifi and if you're at work your computer is right in front of you. Secondly, aren't you making a big mistake by configuring work email on your phone?
Maybe I'm the second coming of RMS but I do not install Facebook and Twitter apps on my phone for privacy reasons. Checking at most once everyday seems to be enough for me but I know that's not the case with everyone. It seems a lot of plans are made over fb for you guys, which is understandable - we use hangouts and whatsapp over here, but primarily whatsapp. But more importantly, for immediate plans we generally use SMS and phone calls which might be why we're not as reliant on facebook. FB is considered more of a public 'show-off' billboard than a private friend group.
So yeah, maybe this was worthy of its own blog-post but my gist here is that turning off the data does wonders. You still get to retain those handy unit converters, two factor authenticators, password wallets and other things that are yours without the Skinner box annoyances of the infinity-sinks.
Of course, before someone rants "You don't know how important it is to have internet on my phone", I'd say you're obviously right. However, maybe after reading my post, you realize that it isn't all that important then kudos to you. You should atleast try it once before knocking it right? A lot of times we think "It's impossible to get through without X" but humans are surprisingly adaptive and can cope without X just fine.
I'm just sharing my experience, hoping that it's useful to you.