* Posts by Vector

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Graphic designs: Six speedy 17-inch gaming laptops

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Re: Clevo laptops

I just recently picked up a Clevo w230ss and, so far, it's been quite nice. It's little (13.3 inch, I'd been looking for a small gaming rig) yet still packs gaming laptop specs (core i7, Geforce 860, FHD screen, couple of mSata slots) all for about US$1000. It runs a little hot (not much space in the case for airflow) but not unbearable.

I certainly won't own another ASUS rig for the forseeable future. Nice specs, nice price, horrible quality control. I had a G53sx that I had to crack open and re-paste the entire GPU board. Then the center pin of the power port broke off (had that happen on 2 different ASUS machines). Finally gave up when the GPU shot craps.

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Mega fatcat Kim Dotcom in deportation drama over SPEEDING ticket

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Re: What are the odds

Damn! Beat me to it!

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Re: "We used to dream of a mac"

"You 'ad GOLD screens? In our day oll we 'ad wus green.

An' macs wus fer th' ritch kids."

Luxury!

We had 3 keypunch machines at the back of the class that we took turns using to punch cards that went into a batch box that got run that night at the administrative offices.

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@Justin Pasher

"So given that rationale and returning to my previous scenario of a neighbor borrowing something, you'd be perfectly content if the neighbor never returned said item or conveniently lost it since you never had a legal contract between the two of you explaining the terms of the loan?"

The difference here is that the school district is mandating these devices for students in the pilot program. How happy would your "neighbor" be if you forced him to borrow some expensive item to be used by his elementary or middle-school aged child and then told him he'd be on the hook for loss/damage?

The really funny thing in all this is that we, the taxpaying public, were assured repeatedly (and I mean at every opportunity) that the loss of these iPads was not possible because they had tracking hardware and software built right in. As to the hacking, well, big shock there...

I've thought this whole program was a boondoogle from the start. The district paid practically full price for these things. It's like saying we have to get BMWs for all the drivers education programs or students won't be able learn to drive properly.

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PHYSICS APPLECART UPSET as dark energy disappears, Universe slams on brakes

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Re: RIGHT!

"Is it possible that there is some form of naturally occurring anti-gravity that pushes the fabric of space apart..."

Or, to broaden that comment: Is it possible that something besides "dark matter" and "dark energy" are behind these anomalies that have been observed?

I am no expert in physics or cosmology, I just have an amateur's fascination with the subject, but every time I hear those terms, I am reminded of Isaac Asimov's essay "The Planet That Wasn't" in which he describes the search by early 20th century astronomers for the planet Vulcan which, based on observed perturbations, they were sure existed inside Mercury's orbit. I don't remember the details, but it turns out something in Einstein's theories explained the anomalies perfectly and eliminated the need for a planet.

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Bell Canada pulls U-turn on super-invasive web-stalking operation

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Re: Customers

They remember who their important customers are: The Advertisers. The people using their service are just fodder.

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Re: Boycott BELL and send a clear message

That would be easy if there were just one naughty company. What to do when they're all naughty!?

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Dutch Transport Inspectorate raid Uber's Amsterdam office

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Re: OMG .... It's ridesharing?

No, that app allows Uber to run an unsantioned commercial taxi service. It might be contrued as "ride-sharing" if it were used by people to find others who happened to be going the same way so they could share the costs of the trip.

Much as the current licensing regimes for most industries being invaded by the "sharing economy" need to be reformed, they exist (or, at least, existed at one time) for good reasons, in many cases related to health and safety. It should not be up to the likes of Uber and Airbnb to just rip up the rulebooks because they're not convenient to the "sharing" business model.

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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Self Contained Package vs Loose Files or MSI

I remember when the "Loose Files" first started appearing and why. It was to limit code redundancy since many applications could use the same libraries. Of course, the flaw was that your application needed a particular version of that library and, as time went on, was less and less likely to find it already on the system (or you were less and less likely to trust the versioning), so you had to bring it along yourself.

Of course, now that memory and storage are no longer an issue, make 'em all self-contained! (ahem)

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Facebook's phone KILLER: Messenger will replace TALKING, says Zuck

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Mushroom

"...it definitely doesn't feel like the future."

I dread a version of the future where I have to be on Facebook in order to conduct business.

Nothing in this article feels particularly compelling. "Interactive Receipts?" You mean like making them clickable on a webpage? Keeping contacts from a business grouped together? Kinda like making a folder and a rule in email.

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Google Glass NOT DEAD. We're just making it 'ready' says chief

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Re: Glass is dead

"Why do people insist on comparing Glass to VR and AR headsets?"

I, myself, have been quite adamant that Glass is not AR every time I've seen it reported as such here on the Reg. That is part of the point. It may not be the same but the functionality it tries to provide can be better achieved with a true AR system and those systems appear to be coming down to the consumer level. At that point, Glass becomes less (probably fatally less) relevant in the same way that teletype machines quickly headed down the road to obsolescence when the terminal became commercially viable.

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Glass is dead

It was a vaguely interesting idea but, at this point, with Microsoft's announcement of Hololens and Google's own significant investment in Magic Leap, it's very unlikely that Glass will ever see light again, even if it's in Schimdt's present gameplan. That's especially true if the price point remains anywhere near the $1500 they wanted for the explorer program.

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Facebook unveils P2P moola-to-mates payment feature

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Holy f*ck! Do you trust Zuck with your bucks?

Might as well.

You given him virtually everything else...

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Wanna stream live TV to your Playstation? Get a Vue of Sony's new stuff

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Really?

"This latest addition to PlayStation Network lets you experience TV the way you have always wanted it"

You mean Ad free and on any device I wish to use to watch?

Thought not...

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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Re: Crash

It's because the terminology is wrong. This, like every other concept I've seen, is not a flying car. It's a drivable airplane.

...and it looks really cramped too!

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China's make-your-own DRAM ambitions growing all the time

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Day late...

Cool! They'll be just in time for MR-RAM and other solid-state memory technologies to start to take over.

Way to stay ahead of the power curve China!

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Google adds evil-code scanning to Play Store

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Huh?

"Google has made efforts in the past to limit malware - with some success - but third-party Android marketplaces still contains huge amounts of dodgy code. The new malware scanning should help that, and better protect customers who spend billions of dollars each year in the Play Store."

How, precisely, is Google scanning the Play Store going to affect the third party marketplaces?

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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@DougS Re: Seems odd to limit access to HBO Now.

My problem with it is the potential for a ballooned version of the console wars where I have to have many different devices just to get the content I want. The different services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, et al.) is a little annoying but palatable as long as I can access them all from one device.

Imagine if you had to buy a different tuner for every TV channel you wanted to watch. That's the road exclusives like this lead us down. This one will expire in 3 months. What about the next one?

Hopefully, the market will prevent this from happening in the extreme, but I think that depends on how willing we are to swallow our displeasure and just be sheep.

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Re: Seems odd to limit access to HBO Now.

I hope so. I'm truly getting sick of content exclusives! I don't have any Apple kit, and I don't intend to get any. Deals of this sort don't entice me, they just make me angry.

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What a hang-up: AT&T dumped from Dow index, Apple installed

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Visa?

...as a Tech company?

I know they use a lot of technology, but so do most other companies in the finance industry. Or any industry for that matter.

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Nvidia waves 4King big Android Shield at games console warzone

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Re: Shame..

As Nvidia will soon find out, it's for no one. They have some blue sky estimates in their PR release saying that the Grid streaming service can provide top tier games with a latency of 150ms. In the digital audio world, we call that kind of latency a "mushy keyboard" because you can definitely feel the delay. On top of that, no one is going to get latency that low in the real world. It will be more like 300 - 500ms or as high as a half second, which will just be unplayable.

...So the top tier games will be a bust, leaving the Android games which I could just as easily play on my tablet. And I can stream video on my Roku for $35, so that's out.

In essence, yawn. next.

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Re: Meh

"The lifetime of batteries is a factor of how many recharge cycles they have gone through, not months. If a phone goes two days between charges instead of one day, it will take far longer for the battery to degrade."

Well, there's an issue too.

This is my use case, and I think it's not uncommon: I come home from work, I put my phone in the charge cradle, and if I not going out that night, it stays there until the next morning!

Now, I know this is not the best thing for my battery (and Lord knows, newer versions of Android want to chirp about it every ten minutes when the phone's fully charged [grrr!]), but I'd much rather have a charged phone throughout my workday than to risk a low battery because I forgot to plug the damn thing in at the optimal time. If the battery is removable, I'll just pop a new one in (in 20 seconds, in the comfort of my own home) when the old one starts showing it's age.

The other thing is, it doesn't matter how fast the thing can charge if there's no charger (or mains to power it) around when the battery poops out.

I will gladly bear the burden of an extra millimeter in thickness to be able to change out the battery when I need to!

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

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Re: el-reg is invited to my nerdgasm event

As a dyed in the wool nerd/geek for over 40 years, I'd like to register my displeasure at the use of the term "nerdgasm" in connection with anything coming from the Fruity firm!

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Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

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@Eddy Ito Re: um ... thanks, Verizon?

Yeah, I love this spin:

"FCC's 'Throwback Thursday' move imposes 1930s Rules on the Internet"

Um...no. Those 1930's rules were amended in 1996. Still old by internet standards and probably in need of another update, but not the "ancient" framework detractors would have us believe.

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Win! Classic El Reg tees, plus something special for the weekend

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Thanks!

I'd like to thank El Reg for not making me use Farcebook or Twitster to enter this contest!

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HTTP/2 spec gets green light: Faster web or needless complexity?

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Joke

Yeah, one connection per server. So that'll cut down on connection requests in modern monetized web pages by maybe 10%?

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Jupiter Ascending – a literally laughable train wreck of a film

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Compare and contrast

This weekend was, for me, an interesting demonstration of modern film critique.

I saw this critically panned movie (22% on Rotten Tomatoes) on Saturday. Yes, the plot was bullet-ridden and the characters drawn like a cheap comic book, but like classical opera, it was more about the spectacle than the story. In the end, it was great popcorn fun.

I also saw the critically acclaimed "Boyhood" (98% on Rotten Tomatoes, 8 Oscar nominations). While it was mostly well acted, it was really just a slice(s?) of life film that seemed to drag through many parts. We came to the conclusion that critics loved it because they've forgotten what that kind of life is like while the rest of us watch it like the antics of the neighbors down the street. In the end, I found "Boyhood" to be pretty meh. Kinda glad I saw it; don't ever need to see it again.

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They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

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Re: Ophidia in herba

"For a little while now I have been undecided as to whether to upvote or downvote this comment."

"Well now you can do both!"

Not if anybody's watching.

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Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway

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Re: Why go to all that trouble!!

Yeah, but they might supply room and board as well.

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SPITTLE SPATTER as America weighs into FCC net neut shoutgasm

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Re: Blah, blah, fscking blah!

What I'd like to know is by what metric does the US have a "world leading mobile broadband market"?

Unless maybe it's in greed and profit taking...

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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Re: Poor timing for this announcement

I strongly disagree. I believe this is a part of Microsoft's attempt to make Windows 10 a hardware agnostic platform. They have already indicated their desire to produce an operating system that can run the same applications on any device, be it a phone or a full blown desktop. How well they can execute on that vision remains to be seen, but I think that is the goal.

Windows RT was a part of the flawed vision that gave us Windows 8. It's something that needed to be put out to pasture.

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

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Re: It sounds like a dead end to me.

Yeah, when they get the price down to around US$30 (preferably lower), they might have something.

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FCC sexes up, er, sextuples 'broadband' speed to 25Mbps in US

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Meh

"...people simply didn't need 25Mbps..."

Yeah, and 640K of memory is more than anyone will ever need...

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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"Why not use a device with 3G/4G in the first place?"

I actually don't understand that scenario. Why would I want to pay for a separate plan for every device I own instead of just using my phones as an access point for all of them. It's bad enough you have to pay a tethering surcharge on most plans (which is just plain usury in the era of capped data plans).

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Mt Gox Bitcoin baron: I was NOT Silk Road boss Dread Pirate Roberts

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Re: Smith

Yeah, all these law enforcement types should probably go watch Princess Bride before proceeding with their investigations into the "one true" DPR.

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CIA exonerates CIA of all wrongdoing in Senate hacking probe

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Make that was the chair...

That D behind Senator Feinstein's name means she lost the chairmanship of the committee with the opening of the 113th congress. Republican Richard Burr is now the chair.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: What do UK and Iran have in common?

Apparently, you missed the Reagan and W-Bush years in the US.

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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Re: Meh

Here's another observation about the pointlessness of this process.

Everything that "security specialist" saw in "verifying" the laptop could have been performed by a board the size of a credit card or smaller, leaving a large amount of space on the laptop's body for whatever nefarious purpose a person would like. In fact, it could be a fully functional computing device, kinda like those...whadda ya call 'em...oh yeah! smartphones

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Agreed on the size of the Headline article. And I really miss the old 5 article carousel. I don't know if that headline is supposed to change or not, but it only changed for me on a refresh.

Also agree that the article spacing is a bit wide.

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DEAD STEVE JOBS accuses Real Networks of 'hacking' iPods

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FTFH(im)

“It posed a danger to the consumer Apple experience and to the quality profitability of the product,”

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Apple: Want a PATCH for iOS Masque attack? TOUGH LUCK, FANBOI

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The sword of Damacles Hangs over our heads...

...but it hasn't fallen yet, so there's nothing to worry about.

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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They're not alone

There are a slew of 7 and 8 inch Win Tabs coming with exactly the same specs (and about the same price). HP and Toshiba, off the top of my head, have similar offerings.

The hidden gotcha in this new generation is the memory bus of the processor which is only 32 bit and has a paltry 5.3 GB/s throughput (compare to 25.6 GB/s on an Intel Core processor). I looked at several of these recently and opted instead for a last generation tablet just to get a better memory bus. Still crap, but it gets the basics done 'til I can replace my dead laptop.

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Judge: Terror bomb victims CAN'T seize Iran's domain name as compensation

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" I do see trying to seize a whole national-level domain as analogous to trying to seize the telephone country code, or postal codes."

And about as useful too. They're just letters and numbers. Even if the judge had handed the plaintiffs ".ir", Iran could've just switched to using something else (internationally sanctioned or not) to identify their domains. Might cause a bit of havoc initially, but long term, those folks would probably find themselves holding an empty bag.

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

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Re: Intel based

Intel says they have an on the fly recompiler that will handle most NDK stuff. How well this works remains to be seen. I haven't tried it myself and haven't seen much press about it. My experience with this kind of thing is that it's a poorly stuck bandaid at best.

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Re: Intel based

"I also wonder, does this ever matter to users ?"

Depends on what your needs/wants are. For standard Android apps, this one will run about as well as a midrange ARM based tablet.. The issues will appear when you start getting into apps that use the NDK (native development kit). These apps, primarily graphics intensive (read: games) are coded "closer to the bare metal." That means they're more dependent on the processor architecture. Since Android has been an ARM game until recently, most NDK stuff is going to run better on those chips than Intel for the foreseeable future.

On a side, but related, note: I find it humorous to see the reviewer's comment that Intel for Android is "every bit as quick as the best ARM devices" right under a graphic showing a half dozen ARM devices with a significant performance advantage.

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: Added

"I suspect it'll only make a connection when it hears its given name"

This thing is just waiting to be abused. Even if the intent is that it only connect when it hears it's name, how do you guarantee that hackers won't subvert it? Particularly, if it has some sort of "learning" function(s). They can turn on your webcams...

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Re: Amazon's telescreen

Oh no, this is far scarier.

Unlike your examples, this one people chose to inflict on themselves.

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

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Re: [phones] "treat them like the small computers they are ..."

You could start here: arm.slackware.com

Sez it'll run on any arm5te or higher.

Though why you'd want to shoehorn slackware on to a phone is beyond me...

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Re: 160 Characters

"I do not beleive that it would be sustainable..."

Here's the key to the whole thing: Stop thinking of them as phones. They stopped being that when the first iPhone was released. Treat them like the small computers they are and your life becomes much easier.

As mentioned earlier in this thread, a bluetooth keyboard will make typing much more tolerable and productive. With the right device, you can also hook up (wired or wirelessly) a larger screen instead of peering into the tiny one in your hand. I've used a mouse with many of my mobile devices with no problem (because trying to do even simple photo editing with your finger is a fine route to insanity).

The fact that the phone is the source/portal to your data and applications should by no means limit you to just using it in its native form factor.

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Intel: A tiny video drone? Disguised as a BRACELET? Great! Take half a million dollars!

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Re: This is the winner?

Yeah...someone should've proofed a bit better. According to Intel's website, second place went to a 3D printed prosthetic hand, not a wearable 3D printer.

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