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Re: No swappable battery, no sale
Just out of curiosity, do they make USB chargers that can affix to bicycle wheels so that they can charge the phone while you ride (as well as provide a little extra load for a workout)?
Re: What if ...
Until they learn what your BIOS or EFI system is and infect THAT. At that point, even nuking from orbit may not be an option anymore. Plus what if you have to go BACK to that one system eventually?
Re: Something getting loaded into RAM? ...
That's assuming the USB distro you used was clean, but then you get into the whole "who watches the watchers" thing.
Plus what if the malware, even in RAM, can privilege escalate to root, sniff out other drives attached to the system, mount them, detect installed OS's, and find ways to infect them from there? If some APT hasn't caught on to the idea of infecting offline systems, they probably will in future.
Re: 32 or 64 bit "checksums"???
I think comms are restricted because trying to send anything past the sun means it gets irradiated on the way. Perhaps a conservative estimate will be that at least HALF the bits are likely to get flipped. With a failure rate of over 50%, odds are against the signal getting through, so they assume a transmission will fail and just won't do it.
Re: So *not* a buffer overflow error in fact.
Shouldn't that be JMP (or BRA, depending on the architecture) +0x02? This instruction would have to be two-byte,and you have to clear the instruction itself, after all.
Re: Never travel direct; never use a credit card; never book a flight to eventual destination ...
Not in this day and age. IIRC almost all smartphones use a standard 3.6-3.7v voltage. A savvy investigator would have a way to fake a battery using those specs and knowledge of where the correct pins are located.
Most of the three strikes laws qualify the classes of crime in which they apply. Many have differing levels of punishment. For example, three misdemeanors equals a felony charge. The mandatory "20 to life" sentences are usually restricted to three violent felonies, though some jurisdictions are looser and just use three felonies.
Re: This is why US cells pay to receive phone calls.
I think one reason it keeps going is that many callers have either gone flat (mine is flat) or have such generous allowances that it really doesn't matter anymore. It only really becomes an issue if you're using the most basic prepaid services, and those people tend to be naturally stingy about their cell time (they also know how to ignore a call).
Re: Stop the threats
The trouble is that phone calls, especially of a political nature, run smack into the First Amendment. In terms of freedom of speech, political speech tends to be given the freest reign. At this point, there is a VERY fine line between legitimate campaign calling for tens of millions of Americans and spam, and it likely keeps moving. That's probably why the FCC is taking what may be seen as an excessively careful approach, lest they fire back with claims they've been denied their rights under the Constitution.
Re: The Newtonian Casino
There was a TV series in the US called, "Breaking Vegas," which was all about true stories of outwitting casinos (not just in Vegas). It was based on a pilot special which described the time a college professor and a few students became well-trained Blackjack card counters, and it went on from there. I recall one episode having a family of (I think) Latinos training themselves to study roulette wheels for bias.
Re: Measure Twice Cut Once
And how do you stop insiders? What about the connection to the commission?
Re: $33 million in EIGHT HANDS?
Don't make such a big deal about the AMOUNT of the take. The article notes that this was a very exclusive room, indicating this was a high-stakes cash game. In such an environment, six- to seven-figure wagers can and will happen. For all we know, the table had $50,000 antes and blinds in the $100,000-$200,000 range (if a community card game like Texas Holdem was being played). IIRC such high stakes are not limited to poker. IIRC, baccarat was famously known as a favorite among high-stakes gamblers.
Re: Faraday cage
I sincerely hope you were just joking on an alternate interpretation on this abbreviation of "Persona Non Grata".
Re: Brings a new consideration to the phrase
1. If we look at the Netherlands, we see the possibility of drug use going DOWN because the "forbidden fruit" effect is gone (some people will partake simply because it's illegal--sticking it to The Man and all).
2. Once it's legal, drugs can be regulated. Manufacturers can be inspected and quality controls enacted. IOW, you can help make sure that whatever goes out is as safe as you can expect from it. The users than inherit whatever risks are inherent with the drug.
3. You can still ban specific drugs for significantly justifiable reasons (for example, drugs with a very easy tendency to overdose so whose safety can't be controlled).
Take a look at the US and alcohol. Was alcohol easier to control DURING Prohibition...or AFTER Prohibition?
Re: No Laws Broken?
You could probably get illegal wiretapping on the books, but casino cheating isn't normally in the books as a crime, especially if they don't involve the instruments of the game (in this case, the cards). Still, as happened here, the casino is perfectly withing their rights to tell a cheater to get out and stay out. Happens all the time, and casinos usually pass around blacklists between each other to help keep them in the loop about cheats who might try to find new haunts.
Still, given the sophistication involved here, I would (pardon the pun) place my bets on an inside job.
Some of us have BEEN waiting.
Well, it depends on what phones we have right now. Your phones are pretty recent. Mine was released about three years ago and is starting to get long in the tooth (even Opera Mobile starts to chug on any decent website, even when in mobile mode--512MB just doesn't carry well these days; my big thing was its hardware keyboard). Plenty of us have even older phones. It's not like we jump every year, but when things start getting clunky, we start making considerations. I moved from an N95 to my original Android phone for the same reason. I did not regret the decision as I got lots of use out of it. Once the S4 comes out, I'll start looking for live demonstrations to get some hands-on time and see if it's worth it. What I really want to know is if anyone other than HTC (sorry, but no removable battery or SD slot is a deal-breaker) is going to come out with similar devices before year's end. AFAIK, nothing yet.
Re: As long as you can turn off bits.
BT keyboard support has been standard fare since Android 3 Honeycomb IIRC.
A further update. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 600 (the 1.9Ghz quad core) will be in the American version of the S4. The 1.5GHz big.LITTLE Exynos processor will be in the international version. This introduces other considerations. The Snapdragon is faster while the Exynos is supposed to be more efficient. Plus there are questions about the frequencies that will be used in the different versions of the phone.
I think the situation is that we've reached something of a plateau in terms of phone functionality. They can already do so much, and as you've said, many people are content with the functions their phones possess, but many might jump if something very innovative and practical came along. But right now, no one can see what that new killer application can be. Even Apple, long reputed for being able to drive hordes to some new feature, suffered a rare misfire. So, if APPLE can't find the killer app in the current generation, then perhaps the best one can hope for is to throw a few things and see if something sticks. The S 4 has a lot of things in it. Perhaps someone can make something useful out of it.
Need to play with it first.
Battery life under use is something that is difficult to gauge without experience, since architecture and design can have a role in battery usage. We do know that the battery is rated at 2600mAh, which for a phone is decently beefy (to go bigger, you normally end up at the Notes or at phones with non-replaceable batteries--the Notes and some of the fixed-battery phones can do over 3 Ah).
I've been gathering more news about the S 4, and an interesting one I've read is that reaction back home in South Korea has been...less than flattering. So I'm of a mind to see if there will be competition to it in the coming months. Does anyone have an idea if anything comparable to this from the likes of other companies is on the schedule sometime this year? I am patient enough to wait if competition is coming soon.
Since Home screens are customizable, the basic belief is that if you access an app often enough, you'll have the inclination to drag the app from the drawer to the home screen of your own volition. In this case, "smart" may not be desirable since some people are sticklers for their particular form of organization. But in other areas, favorites lists and so on do show up from time to time.
Re: Some features I'm excited about
"MicroSD slot - This is a pet peeve... Manufactures charging more for higher capacity because there is no expansion option"
Actually, the plan is that Samsung will charge more for higher capacity AND still offer the SD Slot. Oh well. At least you can pick and choose and still build up later.
Re: You have my attention.
Have to wonder, though, if they'll support the capacities out of the box. Since the big hurdle (exFAT support) is already licked, I would hope so, but you never know.
Re: Sounds great
You're talking to one. I did it for a three-week stint, and it worked out nicely, and despite a number of international calls and texts (not to mention a generous data allowance) the final damage wasn't all that significant.
GLONASS was cheap to add in.
I believe they use compatible setups, making it easy for GPS chipmakers to add in GLONASS support. It basically boiled down to "Why the hell not?"
1) None of them start with a K.
2) Google is an American company, and Key Lime Pie is a well-known American dessert. Has anyone given thought to what'll be the next name? Lemon Meringue Pie, perhaps? Probably just Licorice...
3) At least Samsung gives recent adopters some slack. My Tablet 7.0 Plus was upgraded to ICS eventually. I think we'll see the SIV's move on up in due time. It'd be best to give the pie a little time to cool in any event to avoid biting into a hot spot. I'm sure as soon as it comes out we'll see work begin on CM11.
Re: Different bands for different markets - how awful
In any event, they're trying to be as accommodating as possible. The GSM and HSPA radios are each quad-band and the LTE one is hex-band, and you can usually find some overlap between areas. Even for my T-Mobile G2 (aka HTC Desire Z), I was pleasantly surprised to find an overlapping HSPA+ frequency in the Philippines at 1900MHz. 900MHz is being included in the US frequency list for HSPA(+) and both 900 and 1800MHz are supported on EDGE. Hopefully, the LTE radio will make room for some common international bands.
Re: What I'd like to see...
I'm also grateful that Micro USB has become the standard charging method. It makes getting a USB battery brick more versatile.
Re: High dissatisfaction
If I do get an SIV, i'll definitely be getting it unbranded (otherwise, I'll hold off). I can tolerate TouchWiz and I'll see what apps they offer. If I'm not satisfied...hopefully Samsung will be lenient on those who buy the phone unbranded and make it easy to reflash it.
Re: Sounds great
Sensible travelers would swap SIMs upon arriving and use a local prepaid system (pay for a short stint, use it, then toss it away as you leave). Rates may vary, but they're likely better than international roaming.
Re: Different bands for different markets - how awful
I understand the feeling, but it's pretty much the best we can do. Compactness demands pretuned antennae. Besides, a software radio isn't sensitive enough.
You have my attention.
My 2-year-old phone is starting to feel long in the tooth with today's apps, so I have the itch to switch. I was turned off the HTC One because you can't change the battery or use SD. This one is ticking all the marks so far: current Android, high res (I still have good eyes), power, battery can be removed, even SDXC support (from the 64GB claim). I plan to jump later this year, and so far this is the one to beat.
Re: Recycling of ideas
But does it SCALE? Let's see this happen at 500MWe. IIRC that's about 1GWt. That's a lot of energy to render safe without any assistance.
Re: What about the oil barons??@Tom Welsh
And if fission takes off, there's even work under way to use spare nuclear power to produce synthetic hydrocarbons. The US Navy's interested because it means carriers have to pack less fuel each time they refit. If they can pull it off, the oil companies will probably be paying more serious attention to nuclear power since it could actually disrupt their bread-and-butter industries.
Re: Nice, but still just a fancy kettle
The problem is we lack an efficient industrial-scale way to convert thermal energy directly into electricity. The steam turbine process is three-step (heat->chemical->mechanical->electrical), but in the hundred-plus years since then we've yet to produce anything better. The closest we've gotten at this point IIRC is the Seeback thermoelectric engine, but it's less efficient and more expensive at scale than the turbine process and has issues of its own.
Re: low carbon energy source?
If you can produce gigawatts of baseload (read: steady) electricity strictly from renewables, I would love to see it. Otherwise, it's nuclear (fisson/fusion) or bust.
Re: Better PR spin...
You'd think the Nevada delegation would be all over this. No more need for Yucca Mountain or the like, after all.
Re: Recycling of ideas
Because, at the time, most of the reactors that used spent fuel were designed to ALSO produce high-purity nuclear fuel: the kind you need for WARHEADS. This and other Generation IV reactors, OTOH, are designed to consume the fuel as completely as possible: leaving probably only reactor poisons that by their nature aren't much good for any kind of fission reaction regardless of their purity level.
That said, I'm getting a feeling of "too good to be true" out of this reactor design. Many people claim "fail-safe" designs, but can they be conclusively proven? I'd be more interested in their work if they can substantiate their claims of utility and safety.
Re: Activists already have a workaround...
A darknet is simply an encrypted network where access is severely limited on the basis of trust. Only those who have the proper credentials can enter the net, and it's called "dark" because, by design, you only open the net to those you trust. It's widely rumored that criminal elements like child porn traffickers use darknets to pass their stuff around without anyone outside being able to determine what's being/
Freenet experimented with the idea in an earlier version, to try to get around LEOs getting into the network to sniff things out, but it found that its network really needed a lot of people to make it work and have made the darknet feature strictly an option now. Besides, against an authority who deigns ANY encryption to be suspicious, Freenet would have trouble regardless of its settings.
Wanna bet he's got a puppet protege waiting for that situation?
Re: "[s/When/If] the ports open again..."
I was thinking about that, too. I would think, the way they describe it, they basically put any encrypted traffic (or anything resembling it, like unidentifiable gibberish) up against a whitelist, and only approved address/port combinations are let in. By my reckoning, TOR, i2p, even Freenet would be blocked. Getting anything more than small bits of information through that would probably take some serious thinking.
Re: after installing Xubuntu wouldn't turn on the built-in screen
Because the systems I was working on did not recognize Boot from CD/USB. And one laptop I was using was so old it had USB *1* ports and a broken CD drive, making boot from CD useless. PLUS the installation ended up different from the live CD session for some wacko reason.
And for smaller retailers, they may actually lack the capital to perform the compliance upgrade. Taking away from the marketing budget could hurt them in the fact of competition from big-boxers like Dick's and Sports Authority. So they're caught in a Devil's Dilemma. They're contractually obligated to do it but can't afford it.
Re: multimillionaire seeks funding?
"No; not if you pasue to think about it. The way we traditionally do business is that if a turkey is released, nobody buys it and the company take a loss and maybe go under. With kickstarter, you can deliberately release a turkey, send out all those 'free' copies to people who paid in advance, then pocket the cash and laugh. It is NOT good for quality. Furthermore, the free-for-all way it operates positively encourages scam artists."
I will admit there's a bit of "caveat emptor" involved (check what you're funding), but to elicit donations for a much-desired project and INTENTIONALLY respond with a turkey? In today's era of social media? You'd be inviting a Twitter Storm...for starters. The phrase, "You'll never work in this town again" springs to mind.
Re: multimillionaire seeks funding?
"I agree, but I have to wonder; do we blame businesses for seeking free cash when they're legally beholden to their shareholders to reduce costs and risk wherever possible, or do we blame the fools handing over their money with no strings attached to already rich companies/entrepreneurs?"
No strings attached? When it comes to games, barring a cheap donation, the most common reward for your contribution is a copy of the finished product. Sorta like a very long pre-order, IOW, so they just get your money a little early and use it to help actually develop the game. Less of a gamble that way, and both sides win. They get an advance on the production and you help to ensure the end product actually appears.
Re: multimillionaire seeks funding?
"Yes, but investors and partners share the risk and also the reward. Any discount in the Kickstarter price over retail really doesn't account for the high risk of nothing ever appearing."
The Kickstarter policy is that you don't get charged until the fundraising period closes, and ONLY if it makes the goal. I should know. I helped to Kickstart the Carmageddon reboot, and I only got charged when the Kickstart period closed (after beating its fundraising goal by a comfortable margin).
Re: May the best technology win
But whether it was a SIGNIFICANT factor can be questioed. Playboy produced their soft porn on Betamax, and there were studios that hedged their bets. Besides, any porn that was only an hour long could take advantage of Betamax's full-quality recording mode. Truth is, though Sony didn't like it, they couldn't control the distribution of porn since they had no say in the tapes once they left the factory. And according to statistics, porn sales and rentals weren't exactly the meat and potatoes of the rental industry. It helped, but the biggest lineups were the mainstream films. The big factors that won the war for VHS were easy availability and bigger spools (feature films could fit a VHS at full speed but had to use half-speed on Betamax). Plus the quality bonus of Betamax was lost on the typical 80's TV (especially in the US where the usual link was through the RF connector). This might have been a strike against V2000 as well--"good enough" won out.
I think the point was that the phone could charge while still doing something useful (like being the car's GPS unit) without having to dangle wires all over the place.
Re: May the best technology win
Technologically, Betamax was superior. Unfortunately, only Sony and Sanyo made the devices then because Sony's licensing terms were too strict. VHS came out ahead because JVC was more open to licensing, so more companies could jump in. Also, the VHS cartridge was larger, enabling it to fit more tape (twice as much if memory serves me right). This enabled feature-length films to fit even when recorded at top (Super Play--SP) quality. In contrast, top quality for Betamax (B-I, IIRC) only allowed for an hour, so feature films had to use the lower-quality half-speed mode.
PS. Rumors that the porn industry helped turn the war remain just that--rumors. Most experts agree licensing and VHS's larger cassette size seized the day.
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