* Posts by Vector

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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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Apple OSX Yosemite infested by nasty 'Rootpipe' vuln

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Really? January!?

While I understand that a permanent (and elegant) fix may take this long, surely a quickfix of some sort could be cobbled together much sooner while that more permanent solution is developed.

Even if the details aren't released by this researcher, I'm quite sure that he's not the only person smart enough to uncover it, particularly now that the flare that something exists has gone up.

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Facebook sticks vid ads on faux retro photo app biz Instagram

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What a delightful way..

...to kill off that company for which you paid handsomely. Making users watch videos in an "insta" app and sucking up their precious mobile data allocation.

Brilliant!!!

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Find My Phone does just one thing but Samsung's messed it up

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"Internet-activated remote-wipe..."

And yet, kill switches are now required on all phones sold in many US states and will soon be required across the entire US...

At least, we can still opt out (for now)

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I'll cap internet tax, says Hungarian PM as mob attacks his party HQ

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FTFY

...However, users fear the cost of the tax will be passed onto them...

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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Re: Should just

All this seems like punishing the customer for the vendor's chicanery, which I find to be bad form. Do you know what USB chip is in that latest bit of kit you've had your eye on? It's easy to say "make'em go back to the shoddy vendor" but the customers probably had no idea and are now put out, probably with little recourse.

Not saying knockoff are ok, but this is a really ham-handed way to deal with the problem.

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

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There is no way to opt out of this short of deleting the application.

'nuff said!

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Smartphone giant _____ puts citizens' private data beyond reach of oppressive regime _____

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Re: Why...

Follow the money...

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Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

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So that means the average Netflix (or other streaming) movie would cost somewhere between $.60 to $3.00 depending on quality.

That'd put a crimp in your online viewing.

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ARM heads: Our cores still have legs ... as shares tumble amid 'peak smartphone' fears

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The Intel Threat

Much as I'm not (yet) a fan of their mobile offerings, Intel's hard push into the mobile space has to be considered as well. I'm not aware of any design wins in smartphones, but there have been a slew of tablets, both Windows and Android with "Intel Inside" this year. The Android devices, at least, would formerly have contained ARM SOC's of various flavors.

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Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?

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Re: Damn

Why? Replace your 7.1 receiver with an (overpriced) Atmos receiver and you're done.

So, let's see if I have this right. Atmos installations in a theater use a matrix of ceiling speakers to achieve their (in my mind questionable) effect. Now, we're being told that 2 speakers can imitate that effect in your home. Oh, and we'll just subtract the side channels from your current setup and replace them with these special ceiling bouncers. So, instead of two side speakers (which are often mounted high anyway) we've got 2 Atmos channels that fill in the center of the sound field by bouncing the sound high.

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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re: Multiple Devices

Better yet, how about one device that connects to the cellular network which all your other devices can use for access?

Oh, but that will cost you extra because of all the additional data you're using on your capped data plan.

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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"I've never been someone who is a scaremonger..."

...but, in this case, he'll be happy to make an exception.

I wonder if it has ever occurred to him that even if Apple and Google didn't put encryption into their systems, it wouldn't stop criminals from puttting it in themselves?

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Intel, Asus charge sneak into US mobe market with ATOM-powered PadFone X mini

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Re: If only they made the phone part...

I actually think this is where we should be going in mobile, though ASUS's execution with the padfone line has been a bit clumsy thus far. The one with the 10 inch tablet accessory had the phone sliding in at a 90 degree angle from the tablet screen which would require a lot more software adjustment to the sensors. Ultimately, that's a nightmare waiting to happen as one of the settings doesn't transition and your device is 90 degrees out of whack. It was also a bit pricey.

Other than that, the only difference between a smartphone and a tablet these days are the size of the screen and the size of the battery. The other components are pretty much the same. I've wondered why there aren't more products like this out there. Samsung could certainly do it with their 11-pin MHL. I guess the biggest obstacle is Android itself. It's too myopic to adapt to different screen metrics in one device.

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Gates and Ballmer NOT ON SPEAKING TERMS – report

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Re: @I ain't Spartacus to buy a failing company

Wow. In the US, the square cabinet was the norm and lived well into the 80's. I think consoles even managed to survive until the late 70's here.

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@I ain't Spartacus Re: to buy a failing company

"Why were they ever called set-top boxes? I don't recall seeing many CRT tellies that had a flat enough top that you'd balance the video on them..."

Apparently, you're not old enough. In the early cable era, when settop boxes made their first appearance, there were tellies that you could (and most did) use as a table!

They're called that because that is, in fact, where they originally sat in virtually every household.

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Slap for SnapChat web app in SNAP mishap: '200,000' snaps sapped

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Devil

Proving once again...

...the internet does not know what impermanence is.

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AndroidScript returns to Google Play Store: Ad giant YIELDS TO THE MIGHT OF EL REG

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Re: Droid®Script

We..!?

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Re: Droid®Script

"I don't think Google get sued by Mr Lucas for putting 'An' in front."

That would be because android is a different word from droid and a dictionary defined term making it generic and distinct. IIRC, Lucas "coined" the term Droid for the original Star Wars as an exotic alternative to saying robot.

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Re: Droid®Script

Yeah, he's not out of the woods yet...

In the US, every time you see an ad for one of Verizon's "Droid" phones, you'll see the Lucasfilm Droid trademark disclaimer in not so fine print at the bottom of the screen.

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HTC débuts Desire Eye, 'GoPro-slapper' RE digital snapper

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Dear HTC

Enough with the carrier exclusives already! First, the One M8 Windows Phone comes out as an exclusive for Verizon. Now, the Desire Eye is being sold exclusively through AT&T.

I don't know how to tell you this but you're not Apple! Few (if any) will switch carriers to get one of your phones. All you are doing is limiting the market for these devices. I would take a look into the Desire Eye since it looks like a good mid-range phone (nice specs, don't care about the cameras) but I'm not switching to AT&T so I guess I'll wait and probably forget.

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Google AXES AndroidScript app used by 20,000 STEM coders WITHOUT WARNING

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Re: Technically, they aren't being evil...

Actually, this seems more robotic; the wheels of the machine grinding on.

I guess now we'll see if there's anyone at the controls.

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Nvidia's screaming new Maxwell GPUs bring 4K gaming to notebooks

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Re: What ... you mean your notebook doesn't have a 4K screen?

"10 years ago laptop screens were 1920x1200..."

Yeah, sorry, I guess I was thinking of next month's phone!

...and I don't quite get that: most of the phablets coming out are already at QHD (on a 5.5 inch screen, no less), yet you have to pay a premium just to get FHD on a laptop.

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What ... you mean your notebook doesn't have a 4K screen?

Naw...that'll be in next month's model.

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Atlas snubbed! Ad blocker says it can kill Facebook's stalker tech

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Re: This "Facebook" you speak of

"No, it's where people are sold."

So...it's where corporations buy things..?

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Meh

I'm so glad...

...I don't have a Facebook account.

Of course, I'm far from safe.

I use Google.

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So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

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Re: RIP, Lotus.

Yes, it was the benchmark for the original clone market. At my first computer store, since we didn't have an IBM dealership, we spent a good year testing various MS-DOS boxen to see if they could run 1-2-3 out of the box. If it couldn't run Lotus, it wasn't gonna sell. IIRC, there were a couple that had tweaked their BIOS's specificly for it, though they were crap otherwise.

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Thumbs also for the apology:

If you're listening Apple, we're sorry for what we said to your Peak CEO back in the good old days. Can we have a free bendy iPhone, please?

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Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

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Really?

" it can hardly be much worse than the film adaptation of Battleship..."

Wanna bet?

Battleship was a pretty far reach for a screen adaptation, but at least there were ships to work with in creating a storyline.

Hollywood really is out of ideas, aren't they.

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SPECIAL iPHONE TROUSERS will ease Apple into the fashion world

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"If the iPhone 6plus rids the world of skinny jeans hipsters..."

Fat chance

I guess we could dream though...

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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Re: fallacy of false choice

"Give the keys to a variety of authorities and make it so that a significant subset of key holders is required to gain access."

How would you feel about a door to your house that had locks to which those same authorities had keys? There's lots of locks, so just one agency can't get in. Not only do you have the concern about official intrusion, but somewhere out there are a bunch of keys to your house that you have no control over.

These officials still fail to grasp that if there's any sort of backdoor, it will be exploited.

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Super Cali so litigious, Uber is the focus. Even German judges say it's something quite atrocious

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Re: Sung it in my head...

Yeah, on the one hand, it's a nice turn of a headline. On the other: damn ye, now I'm going to have that song in my head all day!

The only thing worse would've been It's a Small World...

Ah crap!

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Re: Court orders, and enforcement.

I find this to be a very interesting 5th Amendment issue, though probably in my legal naivete.

It seems to me that the information stored on mobile devices is akin or maybe adjacent to the information stored in people's heads. To compel them to allow access to that information is to compel them to incriminate themselves even if indirectly which would be a violation of their 5th Amendment rights. I'm sure courts have established otherwise, but then, they think corporations are people and money is speech.

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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Re: No Brainer, Really....

"It is much easier to SAY you're going to set up a lunar base than to actually do it."

That may be true, but is it more difficult to do that than to create a large scale space station? It would certainly be easier to scale once established.

The fact is, we need a staging point somewhere around this planet in order to do anything really effective beyond its orbit. The Moon may not be the perfect place, but it's a lot better than lifting everything out of the Earth's well. We may start with having to import everything from Earth anyway, but with time, we could probably figure out how to use the local resources for some purposes.

The plans for going to Mars as they stand at the moment are going to end up just like our little jaunt to the Moon. We go, we bring back some rocks, we say we went, then forget about it for 50 years because it was too expensive.

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

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Re: @Vector

Are we sure he's gone? I coulda swore I saw him and Elvis at a gas station in the Nevada desert!

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Re: Maids a milking

"Was it an unrealistic deadline or was the realistic deadline simply handled poorly?"

Depends on whether the Reality Distortion Field™ is still in effect.

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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

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pointless

Yet another fine example of ignorance. Go ahead, shut down 4chan. All you'll accomplish is the mass movement of it's participants to the next vogue black forum.

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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@DougS Re: @Vector

"The merchant doesn't have power in this relationship, so they aren't going to get this"

The merchant's power lies in simply not adopting the system. No adoption=useless feature. I know that they've announced some support at the launch, but in the modern world, no data means no real advantage for the merchant, thus no motivation to adopt.

What is Apple's compelling case to the merchant that will overcome losing access to all that nifty marketing data? If they are. Which I very seriously doubt.

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Re: Security

"So not only are you safe when the next Home Depot style breach hits (about one per month lately) you don't give their Big Data machine any personally identifying information."

Believe that at your own peril.

At some point, in order to complete the authorization, the card issuer has to connect that "one-time code" to an actual customer account. Since you can bet that your friendly merchant really likes their Big Data and can simply opt out of any POS system that doesn't get it to them eventually, they are probably going to get all that data in a summarized monthly statement from the issuers. Maybe not the card number itself, but just about everything else.

The other question this article brings to mind: Can you still use Apple Pay if your battery's flat?

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