* Posts by goldcd

710 posts • joined 12 Jul 2010

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Grandmaster flash Samsung dominated SSD market in 3Q2018

goldcd

I wouldn't normally post a Linus link

but - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OffzVc7ZB-o

I think he raises a pretty valid point about SSDs in general (getting slower).

Spinning Rust (putting aside weird stuff like shingles) was pretty simple to understand. Disk was a particular physical size, span at a particular speed, density kept going up - and everything got better (storage capacity and transfer speed).

SSD tech allows for more interesting design decisions - Sure you can have faster speeds, but for how long do you want that speed?

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Mobile networks are killing Wi-Fi for speed around the world

goldcd

Just to echo so many more of the comments

Why is speed still considered to be such a big deal?

Even the providers seem to be getting a bit non-plussed as to how to demonstrate the 'value' of their connections - I fondly remember the little sub-text explaining how many 'music files' you could download per minute. Or 3G "allowing video calls" (that nobody ever made).

Highest 'normal' usage I can think of is a spangly Netflix 4k HDR stream - which comes in around 15M.

You could do this on 3G HSDPA, to your phone (not that it could display it). LTE and 5G... well there's network efficiency for the operator, but current marketing seems to be confined to 'low latency' .. nice, but.. really, that's the best you can come up with?

https://mediacentre.vodafone.co.uk/news/vodafone-makes-uks-first-holographic-call-using-5g/?cid=aff-wvm/mltprd/_1403995_/prch/5.18/pid=4150339&awc=1257_1543003182_99e42ccfe97e2dc338171ff75ca343f2

Or to take another example, I upgraded my home connection (Virgin) to 200M - not because I need 200M, but because it was the only service they had with non-abysmal upload speeds.

While back I noticed my download was 320M - and they hadn't even bothered to tell me, they knew I'd care so little (upload speed is still semi-shite though).

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Is Google's Pixel getting better, or just more expensive?

goldcd

I like my Pixel XL

and I've had various Googley phones since my original Nexus one.

The reason I like it is simply that it has 'nothing annoying' - Didn't like it costing more than a Nexus, but after suffering with random phones over the years.. I'll pay for the thing 'just working'.. not rooted it, haven't installed an alternate OS, haven't installed some convoluted framework to intercept API calls blah

I then realized the reason I like it is for all the reasons I've disparaged Apple over the years.

I'd happily upgrade, but there's nothing out there tempting me on the subsequent upgrades. I'd like OIS, Stereo speakers, Qi charging - but then I'd be losing the headphone jack, muttering about wtf it's only got 4Gb of RAM and it's the best part of a grand.

"I'm fine" - and I think this is a more general problem for the industry.

Most people seem "quite happy with their phone"

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Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

goldcd

I think the issue was the binary question

1) Leave things as they are

2) Change things

Option 2 leaves quite a lot of wriggle room for personal interpretation/bullshitting.

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goldcd

GBH surely

I want them to stick around to share Sunday lunch rat with me.

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TalkTalk's £1.5bn 3-million home fibre broadband hopes on ice for now

goldcd

Tsk

Surely a missed opportunity for a fibrenation/hibernation pun?

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Congrats to Debbie Crosbie: New CEO at IT meltdown bank TSB has unenviable task ahead

goldcd

Funny you should say that...

I had a summer job in the late 90s, just after the two banks had merged.

Whilst 'officially merged' they hadn't actually joined up their IT at this point. So you could happily stroll into my TSB branch and ask to withdraw many thousands from your Lloyds account (I forget the amount, but might have been 5k, when we would ask them to hold on whilst we phoned to check they actually had the money).

You could then happily spend your day visiting other branches and doing the same - with only the over-night clearing possibly picking up on it..(within a few working days)

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

goldcd

No - that's when you unlock with a reglar RGB/2D camera

Mate 20 has got similar 3d scanning thingie that Apple does.

(so yes, you could probably defeat it with a 3D model of a head, but that's only a small step away from cutting off my fingers for access)

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FCC Commissioner slams San Jose mayor for not approving 5G cells… then slams him for approving them

goldcd

"and the imposition of a flat free for hosting a cell site"

Sign me up - I'll host whatever you want for free housing.

Can only assume the uptake's been dimmed in 'merica until it gets rephrased to a 'condo'

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My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

goldcd

I've still got a pile of 2x10 terminators, T-pieces and connectors.

Very satisfying when you feel the need for some impromptu-sculpting/construction

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goldcd

Re: I was going to write exactly the same thing

I just googled "tool library" - seemingly there's one already under a mile from where I'm sitting..

They seem light on the IT side of things, but intend to change that.

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goldcd

I was going to write exactly the same thing

More like a local library/storage unit.

Create a list of everything that could possibly be needed. If they have it bin yours, if they don't take yours in.

Then if you need to borrow something, pop in and take it. I'm not even too bothered about theft, I've got so much junk I willingly press into the hands of anybody who expresses the slightest indication it's what they need.

As well as all my IT gubbins, I'd like to include those tools you buy for single jobs. Currently on my desk I've got a mega-pack of washers, tap-spanners and grinders I used to sort out a couple of annoying taps. Suspect I won't need these for another decade..

Would be quite a useful addition to the high street - don't need any more charity shops, and good reason to get somebody to go in.

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This just in: What? No, I can't believe it. The 2018 MacBook Air still a huge pain to have repaired

goldcd

Let's see what Apple pricing for say an iPhone repairs is

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/iphone/repair/service/pricing

So, I've cracked the glass back on my phone, or.. well anything that isn't a screen.. maybe if I look closely there'll be a foot-note that it can 'cost up to' and maybe some ball-park numbers...

Can't for the life of me imagine how people get the idea into their head that there's a place for 3rd party repairs and/or Apple may be in the business of trying to push upgrades over repairs..

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Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software

goldcd

As you seemed to be reviewing windows 10, whilst using 7

Just thought I'd have a crack at seeming at accessibility was like - to say read a PDF as your suggest.

Ctrl+Win+Enter turns narrator on, which seems to give you a running commentary of whatever you've loaded, hovering over (including right click options).

Found PDF and opened it (defaulted to Edge) and got description of the doc (name, it's 5 pages, currently showing one page per screen). Then had bar at top that read me the PDF. Nifty 'karaoke' thing that highlights text it's currently reading, and lets me 'jog' through sections (auto-scrolling and highlighting where the focus is).

I know it's cheating as my vision is fine - but honestly didn't seem that bad.

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The Chinese are here: Xiaomi to bring phones to the UK next month

goldcd

Samsung are worse

Mine just refused to boot.

Support was hidden option on their phone system.

Had to wait for them to send shipper. Then sent it back to them.

*silence*

"Where's my phone?"

'Oh we were going to charge you £200 for the broken screen. Will you pay?'

"The screen isn't broken, it's just dead"

'Yes it is'

"No it isn't"

*wait*

Grudging - 'If you pay we'll re-assess the damage'

"Well screen wasn't broken when I sent it to you. Fine. You have another look"

'Oh we can't, we returned it to you as being uneconomical to repair'

"IT'S UNDER WARRANTY!"

'Not for you breaking the screen it's not'

*wait*

Phone arrives back in exact state I sent it to them, intact screen and all.

"I've got the phone in my hand, the screen is fine, can I sent it back SO YOU WILL REPAIR IT?"

'Sir, the screen is cracked'

"It's in my hand and absolutely fine."

'I don't know what you're trying to do sir. You have broken your screen and we will not fix it'

*sobs*

"You are THE worst company"

'OK, we'll let you drop it off at our nominated third party system, but we'll need your credit car number to charge you for the repair to your screen and anything else they find'

I actually gave up at this point and bought another phone.

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Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition

goldcd

Thanks

I'm due an upgrade on my original Pixel XL, and after being remarkably unimpressed with the Pixel 3, was looking at a switch to Huawei.

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Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

goldcd

What a lot of FUD

If Super Micro construction had been compromised, well you'd think one of these boards would have escaped to an outraged owner who'd have provided a photo of the 'unknown chip'

As it stands "There's been a massive hack" - and then "a massive coverup" - and all involved wish it to go away (except for a load of third parties who've both leaked the details and hidden the evidence)

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Desktop Telegram users showing off not only their silly selfies but also their IP addresses

goldcd

Damn

The first and only security bug I could actually have found myself, and I missed it..

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Hacky hack on whack 'Hacky Hack Hack' Mac chaps hack attack rap cut some slack

goldcd

Jeesus

You'd think if a random 16 year old had managed to break into your systems TWICE, you'd just give him a job with a gag-clause.

Good thing the Russians are rubbish with computers, or we'd be in real trouble.

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goldcd

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Damn, I double posted, and there's no delete button.

Sorry.

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Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'

goldcd

Maybe the internet has jaded me

But that actually seemed pretty tame and well frankly respectful of the physics of real "boobies".

Wasn't DOA style moon-gravity balloons, nor original TombRaider giant rigid silicone cones with a ridiculous skimpy clothing mesh applied.

Yeah, I can see why they've been called out on it - but really?

Correct response would have been to apologize for the lack of slightly-jiggly crotches on the male characters, and get to work on the mo-cap.

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Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

goldcd

Android never assumed they'd got it right

When IOS and Android were young, there were all manner of glaring omissions from each platform.

Pinch to zoom, copy & paste, ability to choose your own default apps, choice of screen size, OTA updates etc.

You could bicker in a fan-boy fashion over it, but the gaps are mainly gone - but how they were filled varies massively.

Apple with each successive piece of hardware/OS told their users what they were getting new in a lovely polished silo. Apple knew best and made sure the damn thing did what it said it would.

Android just let people fiddle, alternate apps, rooting, intercept frameworks, custom OS etc. My Android (my side) would always be able to do the latest and greatest things - and quite frequently would be out of action for a day as I tried to work out how to recover the latest bricking my fiddling had caused.

Today - I see less of a difference. I own a Pixel and have never even felt the urge to root it. Conversely though, I can't really think of anything that would prevent me switching to IOS (I seem to have conveniently forgotten my arguments over fixed batteries, removable storage, eye-watering prices).

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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

goldcd

Re: Equality in advertising

I agree with you logic - but this isn't "not accepting people for the job" - this is merely choosing where to place the advert.

This would be like banning recruitment drives from a single-sex school or college.

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FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

goldcd

But what about his mansion?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCTlWKzQIuo

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Equifax IT staff had to rerun hackers' database queries to work out what was nicked – audit

goldcd

Re: Impressive consequences

Ah - but if nobody chose the dark-side, there'd be no jobs on the white.

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Plex plucks media cloud service, sends users scurrying to exit

goldcd

Same here

Been a lifetime user for many years and one of the best value things I've purchased.

Dabbled in the cloud thing a while back (started pushing stuff into my 'unlimited on amazon' storage) - and then when amazon unceremoniously pulled the plug, simply gave up on the cloud aspect and cancelled the amazon account. Clearly too good to be true - but well thought it would last longer.

Currently have my plex server running on a lovely synology box under my stairs, get frequent updates, faultless features and a load of stuff I keep on meaning to play with like adding a SiliconDust dvb ip streamer, but haven't got around to yet.

I think everybody involved just wishes they'd not tried the "silly cloud thing".

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It's here! Qualcomm's new watch chip is finally here! Oh, uh, never mind

goldcd

Pssht

I wear a watch and always will.

However the Omega is back in its box (complete PoS that kept breaking and culminated in a swatch service centre gouging me a load, returning it in a f'in jiffy bag (box and warranty card missing) AND STILL BEING BROKEN)

*ahem*

Liked Pebble, until that died. Tried a Moto360 which was fine, until it didn't last all day.

I'm currently sporting a citizen eco-drive (procured from Argos no less) that:

1) Looks nice (to my eyes at least)

2) Runs off the sun (no winding, shaking or batteries)

3) Keeps rather excellent time.

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Feel the shame: Email-scammed staffers aren't telling bosses about it

goldcd

Re: Tech Savvy Millenials

To be fair, I've never actually met a millennial who self-proclaimed they were "tech savvy"

Seems to be the older ignorant demographic who just assume they are, as they seem to have their noses buried in their phones all day (yes, I generalize :))

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Huawei Mate 20 Lite: A business mobe aimed at millennials? Er, OK then

goldcd

Whenever I see these "overly diverse" SKU options

I just have that shuddering feeling that "They're never going to support all of these for updates.."

No fan of Apple, but at least they've got their range right - "Here are the models - choose a model, size, memory - and we'll see you again next year"

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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal: Directors quit, new sack effort started

goldcd

Is there a point where we get to feel sorry for them?

I backed https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora_(console) many many years ago, handed over a load of money and ultimately never got a console.

Was clear they were a bit out of their depth, hit with problems, and 'personality differences' (one guy took my money and then said they needed more, the other also said they needed more but did actually get some shipped).

In the end I realized I wasn't going to get my money back either way, and chasing them up was just going to make their lives more miserable than any pleasure I'd get from the console.

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London fuzz to get 600 more mobile fingerprint scanners

goldcd

I'm guessing you still have the same right to be carted off to be identified

Really don't see an issue with there being a "done here in 60 seconds option".

If you're lying you might be dissuaded from pissing everybody else off by wasting an hour, and if you aren't you get to go on your way.

I'm all for limitation of powers, anti-big-brother blah blah - but this is just a tool that gets the same thing get done faster.

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Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

goldcd

I presume the next Alexa

will include a tiny little battery to enable it to shout "Help, I can't breathe", whenever it gets unplugged.

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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

goldcd

Amazon have been doing exactly the same thing for years

with their "Amazon Underground" app (lets you access their app store as well as all things amazon, in one, google-market-rule-violating place).

If Epic had had their heads screwed on properly, they'd have negotiated a deal with Amazon to distribute Fortnite via the underground app (and negotiated a low/free deal) with Amazon.

In this scenario it's Amazon who has to handle all the security stuff (already have the app) and money (they do this quite well I believe) so Epic can just get on with making the game. From the Amazon side it gets their google-avoiding app onto millions and millions of new phones immediately.

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High Tech Concern: Struggling HTC to slash a quarter of workforce

goldcd

I've got a soft spot in my heart for HTC

Their OEM WinMo phones - they launched a new one, and I'd buy whichever rebrand was the cheapest. TomTom in my pocket without a pile of random adapters stuck into my ipaq!

(I feel I've lost the millennial audience already)

Nexus One - why can't my phone have an f'in rollerball today (complete with rainbow notifications)? Why must I paw at my screen like an animal?

*then some Samsungs - lovely tech, worst customer service ever, never bought one since*

HTC One. God I loved that phone. Lovely black lump of metal, with a camera that sacrificed MP for the ability to shoot in the dark, and Boomsound. Crap name, but lovely stereo speakers that actually sounded good and went loud.

Then I had one or two more I progressively hated and left HTC.

Sure thy don't care what I think, and it's probably too late - but HTC One M6 is hands down the phone I was happiest to own ever.

After that it was all a bit down-hill as they tried to play catchup with the other brands, and never quite did, but managed to lose what made them special on the way.

My hope for HTC phones is that they find a niche again.

We have Apple and Sansung with the latest cutting edge tech (for the sake of it). Then no shortage of great brands giving you 90% of that for 50% of the price. HTC can't beat that, and shouldn't try. Just be unique again (and I don't mean a malfunctioning squeeze)

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So... where's the rest? Xiaomi walks away from IPO with less than hoped

goldcd

Yeees - but that's one of the reasons I like them.

They find a decent product, with nice design and add it to their catalogue.

Get updates occasionally when they launch a new set and varies between little rubberized USB fans and short-throw laser-projection TVs. All well made and nicely designed either by them or as a co-brand.

Not sure I agree with your comment on the markup. Yes, after they launched their fans a load of clones sprang up - but demonstrably not as good (I'm OK with $5 including shipping). Laser projector was identical to I think a Sony, but significantly cheaper.

Bought all manner of other small bits and pieces as well - favourite maybe a cobranded screwdriver set they did with Wiha. Way cheaper than a proper Wiha set, but excellent quality and just a lovely bit of design.

I maybe think of them as they old high street chain Habitat - a nicely curated set of nicely designed stuff that's well made and only a bit more than the lowest price for a similar product (but a lot less than a big brand).

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Test Systems Better, IBM tells UK IT meltdown bank TSB

goldcd

A "Hypothesis" is an educated guess you make before

This happened afterwards and is therefore an "Autopsy"

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This HTC U12+ review page is left intentionally blank

goldcd

Review it now

and if that puts people off from buying it now - well 'good' as that's what they'll experience.

If they patch the phone, review again, and replace the original one.

I'd like to think that a shit-load of "don't buy yet" reviews might assist somebody in their middle-management to prioritize the fix.

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First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

goldcd

Re: This underlines one more thing

Also used to fly to New York out of Bristol.

Was awesome - flights were only a few hundred in scum-class, and you always got an empty seat next to you.

No idea why they dropped the route...

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Nvidia quickly kills its AMD-screwing GeForce 'partner program' amid monopoly probe threat

goldcd

nVidia (like Intel) are in a curious position regarding their customers and AMD

If you *want* the highest FPS then you're going to go with Intel&nVidia - but you'll be grinding your teeth as you hand over the cash for the few % incremental gains you get over the last gen/$.

AMD have recently come out with maybe the first gear in 5 years that challenges. GPU have more grunt if not quite the game-tuning, their CPU whilst maybe still at a slight core disadvantage have more cores and less costly mobos to put them on. The underdog has done good - and even if you don't want to switch, has forced Intel to compete on price/performance.

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Microsoft wants serious, non-gaming developers to make more money

goldcd

OK *puts hand up* I battled the shite to buy "Sea of Thieves"

Has anybody else actually bought any 3rd party app from them?

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'Uncarrier' T-Mobile US to un-carry $40m for bumpkin blower bunkum

goldcd

Re: Cost Benefit Ratio

Not just 'can' - legally are compelled to do as their fiduciary duty to shareholders.

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A developer always pays their technical debts – oh, every penny... but never a groat more

goldcd

Technical debt is a problem

BUT - Agile does have a mechanism to deal with it - developer self-interest/autonomy.

In a happy-clappy-perfect-agile world, dev get a US for a sprint - but it's in an epic, that's tied to a feature, that's tied to maybe a nice wiki page explaining the business case.

Sure, they could bang out the minimum to hit the done critera - but the stuff outside the US exists for a purpose.

Read the context, see what's coming up next in the backlog - and 5% extra effort now, will make the next US 20% easier.

Prior to release, when the shit hits the fan, then yes shortcuts are taken. However under 'normal conditions' devolution of design is supposed to incentivize everybody to avoid debt for a more pleasant life in the next sprint.

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HTC Vive Pro virtually stripped. OK, we mean actually stripped. (It’s a VR headset, geddit?)

goldcd

erm it's not quite obvious why it's expensive

It's because it can be.

Best VR headset you can buy today and expect to work with pretty much everything.

*shrugs*

You want the best, you can now buy it, and pay for it.

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Boffins find new ways to slurp private info from Facebook addicts using precision-targeted ads

goldcd

Hold on a moment..

"The minimum number of people in a custom audience is, right now, 20. It’s a low number compared to 1,000 for Google, 300 for LinkedIn, and 500 for Twitter. By peppering in 19 fake or complicit accounts, for example, advertisers, and anyone else curious, can narrowly target and snoop on just a single person, or a group of people by going through them one at a time."

Yes Facebook might allow a custom audience of 20 - but that's just "interesting"

Even taking that upper number of 1000. You think there's somebody out there employing a copy-writer to design custom adverts for 1000 unique people?

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Cryptocoin investors sue Chase Bank for sky-high credit card charges

goldcd

Nah

Chase should've just considered these like buying 'rare' Beanie babies on Ebay.

Maybe you'll make some money from them, maybe you'll lose everything, but we'll extend you the agreed credit to do whatever you want with it.

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Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

goldcd

Couldn't the cyclist see the car?

Would have been nice if the Lidar had managed to pick up the cyclist - but most remarkably overlooked point to me was that the car was on a road, had its lights on, was well under the limit - and the cyclist walked out in-front of the car.

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Android P will hear no evil, see no evil, support evil notches

goldcd

Penguin

(~Tim Tam for the criminal colonials, no idea if the US has equivalent)

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Will the stock market drop Dropbox like it's hot? Numbers say no

goldcd

I think they'll be fine.

Yes, only 2% of customers may be paying - but customers pay to get more storage.

More interesting stat would be how much of their storage is paid for?

How much of a paid storage level is actually used?

Their conversion rate of free to paid?

Dropbox was my first 'cloud file thing' and I have a soft place in my heart for them for that free service I really appreciated.

I semi-randomly ended up paying google a tiny amount each month instead - but I think dropbox is still the one that's going to make money - and my reasoning is because my mother uses it.

Not just that she uses it, but how Dropbox doesn't intelligently de-dupe files, but how it encourages duplication across accounts.

e.g. My brother-in-law creates a folder containing pictures of his children and shares the link. My mother clicks on the link and mounts it to her dropbox account. She loves that, a folder where pictures of her grand-children magically appear - but for every photo uploaded, it consumes her free dropbox space - and then ultimately nudges her to pay (just a little bit) - whilst on the server side the cost to dropbox is just a smidge of additional metadata.

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Got some broken tech? Super Cali's trinket fix-it law brought into focus

goldcd

"Super Cali makes a fix-it law come into focus"

*standing ovation*

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