If I have Hangouts on my phone, it somehow self-activates at a very annoying time and repeatedly posts notifications asking me to sign in. I quickly solve that by uninstalling it.
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Just wait until Sony and Hollywood find out that Samsung is transmitting illegal copies of movie audio every time somebody says, "Hi TV."
Warranty void if seal is broken
I thought Jedis liked to customize their lightsabers. They won't go for a sealed disposable cutting appliance that takes a very long time to turn on.
Fail like the telcos
Big brother Oppo has gone the same way with their ColorOS. Much like big telcos with their custom ROMs, Oppo is angering customers with upgrades that lag by more than a year. AOSP is buggy, ugly, and no easy task to turn into a polished product. You'd think that independent phone makers would be better off donating money and technical support to public AOSP teams to improve custom drivers and themes.
The list of signatures looks like it's from mayors and public utility companies. I'm not seeing any independent providers in there. Unfortunately, I think that mostly says that independent providers don't exist any more.
U16 is a naked chip - solder balls on silicon that is melted face-down to a high precision PCB. It's supposed to be sealed with some black goop after soldering.
I read this as...
They'll be closing their stores in two phases.
Re: "...no last-mile unbundling."
Sparsely populated areas can be well served by fixed wireless. Big cities are where big telcos bribe and sue the local governments to eliminate competition. Charging 6 million people $100/month to use decades-old wiring is extremely profitable.
BTW, Kansas City has Google fiber.
Re: In the meantime,
The second recall was about them self-detonating so pulling the fuse or wires is no help.
(I have no hate for airbags. Having been in a crap 1988 Tercel during a fender bender, as the car flexed so that my front teeth almost met the steering wheel, I was thinking that a bag of explosive would have been a nice feature. That, and a car that doesn't flex so much. ...and a gas pedal that isn't behind the brake pedal.)
Sucking power from trees to later detect a fire? By driving a giant nail into them? HOW ABOUT USING ENERGY FROM THE FIRE? Is that too obvious? A reservoir of liquid and a turbine. Heat from the fire boils the liquid, drives the turbine, and provides tons of power. It's so good at harvesting power that the circuits will stay nice and cool until the liquid runs out.
Step it up
I'd appreciate it if they'd hurry up. I'm tired of having to firewall China myself to keep out all the bandwidth-leaching attacks from state run networks that, by policy, publish fake contact information.
Verizon engineers, please write this 1000 times on the whiteboard:
There must never be a user ID parameter in authenticated REST calls. That's what authentication is for.
Re: 15 Mbps is not enough
4K TVs are a gimmick so 15 Mbps should be plenty. With racks of CPUs crunching at it, the video can be compressed using proprietary intelligence that your average freeware on a desktop can't do. This is already being done to cram more channels into a single OTA stream without the P-frame distortion and I-frame flicker you'd expect of such a huge bandwidth deficit. You also have to take into account that smaller pixels in a 4K TV allows for much larger defects to go unnoticed. The MPEG group has gotten quite good at hiding losses in AAC and H.264 so I expect that H.265 will be able to convincingly simulate details without having to faithfully encode them.
Re: So broadcast is the way to go for 4k media?
There's plenty of bandwidth available in the USA because channels were sized for MPEG2 + AC-3 codecs with tons of error correction. All we need to do is start the 15 year process to free ourselves from the old codecs.
Agile has morphed into a religion backed by big money. Consultants will tell you you're inefficient, preach of miracles, and offer themselves as a guide down the long path to being Agile. Go ahead, find an employed consultant who says otherwise. Most Engineering teams suffer from weak project management so execs welcome change at all costs. In the end it's no different. Agile reduces the chances of having epic project cancellations but the pressure of rapid release cycles and unclear long-term goals instead pushes projects into a slow death of technical debt long before anyone is happy with them. I often say that I prefer a flexible process rather than Agile but it's heresy.
Did the need for a Flash plugin come from Voyager too? I thought Voyager was much older than that.
Maybe things have changed since I last looked at NoSQL... Key-value stores can be used in an ACID manner with just the server-side feature of an atomic conditional update, right? It's the compare-and-swap technique where you build new data and apply it only if its dependencies have not changed, otherwise throw the data out and compute again. It's such a simple operation yet, at least a couple of years ago, conditional updates did not exist. The same technique is used in highly multithreaded code where blocking semaphores can not be used.
Computer versus appliance
I've had Samsung and Sony phones and am now using a Chinese Oppo phone. While Google and Apple are trying to make phone appliances, the Chinese phones are more like a pocket computer. They're more powerful, completely customizable, and they have all the bugs that come with those features. I don't see Chinese phones directly competing with iPhones because they appeal to completely different uses. As the open source community gains access to more brands of powerful unlocked phones, I do expect there to be a surge innovation and new expectations of what a phone can do.
The losers in this game are telcos wanting to force customer lock-in with custom ROMs. The telcos can't keep up with fast-moving releases from Apple, Google, and AOSP maintainers.
Elephants in the room
Why all this concern with the origin of the hacking? It's probably some bored kids who received a bribe, which they'll later realize is 0.2% of the going rate. Networks need to get serious about shutting down bot armies and unplugging peers who willingly host them. Clean up your network and fix your abuse contacts or get off the Internet. I'm talking to you, Yahoo, EIG, China, Jordan, Taiwan, and Korea. I'm betting that all of these attacks would vanish with a few cables unplugged from the right places, and nobody would notice any side effects except for a huge drop in spam and unauthorized login attempts.
Early reviews of the Z3 series said that rooting it caused advanced firmware to delete itself. The obvious loss was in camera quality. Later models seem to have a permanently locked bootloader to make rooting impossible via normal means. Full instructions are here:
Broken microSD and locked bootloader
I just had to return my Z3 because the microSD card is read-only except for per-app cache directories. Those cache directories are extremely dangerous for storage because they're erased when an app's data is cleared or the app is removed. With this new phone, my 128GB card was rendered useless for the things that external memory is meant for.
This microSD problem is essentially broken KitKat feature from Google that various phone makers are supporting or rejecting. The Z3 had absolutely no way restoring microSD write access other than waiting for a Lollipop upgrade. The bootloader came permanently locked to prevent custom updates.
I figured a timely Lollipop upgrade wasn't happening with all the issues Sony is having.
I see a slightly more technical article at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/23/sandisk_takes_the_bics_route_to_3d/ but the operation is still a bit fuzzy. Is it turning each cell into a small vertical bucket brigade?
Re: just look at the DSL market
DSL must be open to third parties. When that openness was mandated, DSL went from being an expensive and poorly maintained service to a moderately expensive and poorly maintained service. AT&T will not fix degraded wires if it only impacts DSL.
This is probably going to work itself out like dietary fads. All the inputs and outputs are misunderstood so conclusions are made from patterns that exist only from unintentional inputs and unintentional measurements.
I doubt that magnetic fields are any more harmful than light or sound. Just keep in mind that moderate levels of light and sound, when modulated in exactly the right way*, does cause illness and death. Any other measurement of light and sound would find that it's usually safe except in high doses.
* Certain frequencies in the tens of Hz range, and possibly Fox News.
Which way was that DDoS facing?
I had been receiving lots of spam and dictionary attacks from compromised 1 & 1 hosts until just recently (more than usual).
Should I feel sympathy yet?
No. I just had to return a new Sony Xperia Z3 a refund. The microSD came disabled because Google doesn't like them. That's normally a quick fix except Sony permanently locks the bootloader to protect their DRM system. Yeah, hackers are bad but I don't care here. Sony can't generate revenue and respect for their corporation unless they start respecting their customers.
There, fixed it. All done. We're a good monopoly.
AT&T will run one Cat6 cable from each neighborhood VRAD box to the house next to it. Tens of thousands of customers have gigabit fiber to the home in record breaking deployment time.
(I wish this was purely a joke, but it's what's already done with VDSL to make incredible "up to" speed claims.)
But... but... but... it would cost a tiny bit more
It's not like resampling the frame rate is any kind of exotic technology. Simple anti-aliased blending gets rid of the harsh judder. Some really fancy TVs will even analyze motion to produce intermediate frames by morphing. An extra or upgraded chip in the Chromecast should fix it.
Name-and-shame indicator that shows just what's responsible for slow service
That, in most cases, would be Apple's virtual memory and HFS.
Glacier Point in Yosemite often has electrically charged wind from a mix of glaciers, sun-baked rocks, and a few thousand feet of elevation to generate turbulence. Your hair messes up, your clothes stick to your body like they're wet, and you can feel a slight tingling when you move. The wind will blow your hair up and it will stay up. (I don't recommend stopping for selfies on the edge of the rock when this happens.)
This being far from glaciers and baking sunshine, I'd suspect it's just an updraft.
I have a 2W violet laser and it's a nasty device to use as an open air toy. It reflects all over the place and natural fluorescence means that blue-blocking goggles aren't effective for protecting your eyes.
I'm all for selling component lasers, though. I suspect that a large number of people buy the toys and pull the laser diode out because they're nearly impossible to buy directly. They have lots of legitimate uses in hobby tools and devices.
I follow the link
I want to find out who is hosting the phish so I can get it nuked. The link e-mailed is usually a shady tracking service on on a network like eNom, Internap, Rackspace, or Unified Layer. What's behind it is usually a compromised machine running ancient PHP admin consoles.
Re: The REAL problem was building it in San Francisco, California
Barge-like vessels that pass inspection probably don't have seven floors of air-tight steel walls that would convert a fire into an occupant-mulching high power explosion.
Japanese carriers only need to "customize" the phone like US carriers so that they can not work with other phone providers. Surely Soft Bank can pick up this trick from Sprint.
Re: Consumers = Livestock
You pay $12 to $18 to get in, you're forced to watch loud advertisements until the start time of the movie, and then another 30 to 40 minutes of advertisements play. Low grade food, if needed, is available for $15 at a large troth in the lobby. If all goes well, being milked for money is rewarded with an old story retold with new special effects. You can't sue for NATO/MPAA-sized damages of $5 million if the speakers are blown or the projector lamp is flickering at half power.
Still no user accessible filesystem, still stuck in the walled garden, still using proprietary file transfer, doesn't play nice with Linux, sucks up precious limited storage, and doesn't magically reveal hidden microSD and USB ports.
Apple doesn't do nerd releases anymore. This is strictly to make Apple appear productive during a lapse of creativity and energy towards new markets.
Death to "unlimited"
The FCC should ban claims of "unlimited" unless the connection is guaranteed to run at advertised speed all the time. To my knowledge, zero of the major telcos offer that. They either throttle or they deliver a typical performance that is a tiny fraction of the advertised potential.
No stereoscopic T-shirt?
You're really asking for trouble, aren't you?
Marketing department snorting too much coke again
Club Credit Card?
Want to sign up for a Club Credit Card?
You'll save 5% on your purchase today and up to %10 on selected days...
Customer Savings number?
Want to sign up for Customer Savings? You'll save up to...
Would you like to download our NFC app? I just takes a few minutes.
Just go to our web site and follow the links...
- What is wrong with you?
- Yes, here
- That's illegal.
...in case we need to contact you about your purchase.
- Nevermind, bye.
Keeping up with Google
China has been using Google Groups to flood Usenet this spam for about 10 years now, and Google is fine with that. Luckily, Apple's walled garden should keep this new spew within their own walls.
So many dead horses
American TV networks are due for a sudden epic failure. Cable TV fees continue rocketing upwards long after people have reached the point where they no longer want to pay for it. To have TV networks sue Aereo for improving penetration into the targeted advertising market must feel like a big F-U to their other source of income. A point of no return will be reached where broadcasters are so despised that no tweaking to the price model is going to fix it.
It's a shame that this must happen now because IPTV isn't at all ready to take over. There are no widely adopted systems ready for distributing massive amounts of subscription video and there are few ISPs that aren't owned by broadcast network. Cable TV/Internet/Broadcast companies will laugh at the collapse and start selling expensive video data passes to "protect" their networks. People won't pay that either so it will just become a long, ugly standoff.
Suing for the reality distortion field?
Bose R&D is in MARKETING so it's amusing that they'd sue for something technical. Their hardware is paper, plastic, wood pulp, and standard audio chipsets. One or more DSPs in every system injects some acoustic smoke and mirrors to get the product out the door. #1 thing that I hate about my car is that I could not get it without a Bose system that sounds like a 1970s factory radio.
Re: Sometimes ...
Vertical filing cabinet with a single lock: Turn it upside down.
As for the digital safe cracker, are there no clues that can be used for acceleration? Unlike an amateur cracker, a computer could analyze timing, frequency, and reverb of each sound to detect when the internal state of the lock has changed. Combinations similar to those causing a state change would be prioritized over those that do not.
Could be worse
In the US, digital radio is crammed into a fragile sideband of FM between the stereo channels of each station. It only works when the signal is so strong that the analog is already performing better. I suspect that the whole scheme is a way to collect loads of money on a collection of low quality patents. DTV uses MPEG2 and virtual channel numbers. DTV doesn't work while moving (or even rotating a large antenna) because the virtual channel numbers will conflict.
Time to roam the technical journals
Such a shallow and bitter article. It's not just about better light. The invention of usable blue LEDs, and the race for efficiency that followed, launched a broad range of new technologies. I would call it a world changing invention.
Re: Not as green as it could be
The idea is to modulate window openings rather than run the extremely powerful air conditioning systems required to cool a cube full of people and computers. Cupertino weather is so mild that the only difference between summer clothes and winter clothes is the length of your shirt sleeves.
I used to service vending machines. All ROMs in all devices were in sockets so that they could be quickly upgraded in-place. PRAM was in sockets too so that you could swap motherboards and preserve a custom configuration.
The one and only security mechanism making the machine impossible to open without people noticing.
Re: It is spreading through Warez sites
Apple locks down shared directories so it's normal for software to need an admin password during installation. It in no way helps the user know whether the software is legit or a trojan horse backed up by some good social engineering. This is a case where finer grained permissions would be very helpful.
Apple's digital signatures are worthless except for validating the integrity of paid apps. Open source software binaries are rarely signed and not all forms of executables can be signed.
Tesla is missing a motorcycle from their product lineup.
- Invent fake business named $SLEAZE
- Spam Earth for partner web site
- Apologize and say that $SLEAZE will never e-mail you gain.
- Repeat for new value of $SLEAZE
There are even biznesses sites that help automate this. Salesforce/ExactTarget, eNom, and Internap come to mind first.