* Posts by DougS

12862 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

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Re: To give them credit for one thing

The problem I have with those earpods is how likely are they to stay in your ears? Seems a design that has hooks to fit around the top of your ear like some in-ear Bluetooth devices would work better. I haven't tried them, so maybe falling out isn't an issue, but I'd have to see it to believe it.

Anyway, for something like listening to music on the go like when running, if I'm getting rid of wires I want to get rid of carrying the phone/ipod also. They need to make a new iPod that's just the earpods. I'd replace my Nano for that.

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Re: Don't buy Apple products until the company pays its fair share of taxes

So what companies would you put on your list of those who are acceptable to buy smartphones from, and how long will it take before someone comes along and demolishes your list with details of the bad things those companies do?

If you're that worried about it, buy used, then you can say you haven't contributed a cent to whatever company made the used product you bought.

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Re: Adapter

Plus I'm sure it won't be long before MFi certified adapters come out in a bag of 3 or 4 for £9. Don't really see the need for getting the 'official' Apple produced one when there isn't likely to be any difference you can see or hear.

Audiophiles might fret over the quality of the DAC used in the adapter (whether Apple's or the eBay bag 'o adapters) but if so I imagine some audiophile company will come out with $100 adapters to solve that "problem".

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Re: Water to 30 meters, but what about SALT water??

According to what I saw in another article, the new watch is good to 50 meters, covered by the ISO standard 22810:2010 which specifies testing in salt water with equivalent levels of salt to the sea.

Interestingly while the standard says it is good for swimming, white water rafting etc., the standard specifically says it is NOT suitable for diving which doesn't make much sense. Is your wrist exposed to greater water pressure than the depth you're at when scuba diving...perhaps because of the suit? Because I'm pretty sure you've got bigger problems than whether your watch is OK if it is submerged by 50 meters when you're wearing it while white water rafting...

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Re: Stupid headphone adapter...

I bought three MFi certified Lightning cables for $10, all work perfectly. The ones that aren't certified are the only ones were you run the risk of the phone not accepting them (and they maybe 50 cents cheaper if that, so not sure what the point of buying them would be)

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Re: Water to 30 meters, but what about SALT water??

How many people go 50 meters deep in a pool or a lake?

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Re: Stupid headphone adapter...

I'm sure in a few months you'll be able to buy a package of three adapters for $10 on eBay, just like you can with Lightning cables so you'll have spares.

Anyway, I hope you didn't pay a lot if you have noise canceling headphones with a permanently attached cord, because that's always what fails at least in my experience.

Printers now the least-secure things on the internet

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Hand wash your clothes or build your own washing machine

Yay for progress!

Star Trek's Enterprise turns 50 and still no sign of a warp drive. Sigh

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Re: It is all wishful thinking

Pity all those PhDs at NASA Eagleworks are apparently wasting their time looking into questions like these without assumptions that they already know everything about how physics actually works, when some random commentard on The Register could have saved them the effort by informing them of what he learned in his first year Physics class.

Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Re: Here's a novel idea

So your answer to reviews you assume are lying because the reviewers are afraid of getting blacklisted is to publish reviews are you know are lying?

'Smart belt' loosens purses

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Measure your waistline?

If your waist circumference is changing so frequently that you need a special device to measure and track it, perhaps your belt is not what needs to become smarter.

Google emits three sets of Android patches to fend off evil texts, files

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Re: Imaginary Bugfixes

Android is "very secure"? Well, ignoring the ability for someone to send you an MMS that executes code on your phone, not to mention similar issues that exist unpatched on many Android devices. How is app scanning and ALSR supposed to mitigate that? It doesn't, which is why the patches for it (third month in a row for different versions of the same exploit, I believe) are marked as critical.

You've just got your head in the sand, and assume because there hasn't been a widespread malware infestation yet that it must be secure. Didn't Windows fanboys all make the argument about XP's security for the same reason, until stuff like I.Love.You and NIMDA showed that it was more a matter of a hacker lacking the will than the way.

The main thing preventing such a widespread attack is that they probably haven't figured out how to monetize it effectively. If some old school malware guy who just wants to make a name for himself and see the world burn decides to do, there is nothing Google to do to prevent it since they can patch the issues but they can't deliver the install the fixes to end users.

Personally I think Android users should root for such a widespread attack, assuming it is one that does no real damage. That might shake up the OEMs and carriers enough to realize that they have to do a better job with patching, at least for the really serious holes. Get that same brand of bad publicity that caused Microsoft to get serious about security back in the 2003-2004 timeframe.

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Re: When I were a wee lad, data was data and code was code.

Every month they patch more holes that allow an MMS sent to the phone to execute code. Eventually there's going to be a huge exploit of this, where the remote code grabs your contact list and sends more MMS messages to your contacts to infect them. Even with some minority of Android phones patched by then, that will still leave a billion or so vulnerable devices worldwide that could be owned within a couple days.

Spoof an Ethernet adapter on USB, and you can sniff credentials from locked laptops

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No, signed devices would be the fix

Leave a way to turn it off for people like you who are more afraid of lock-in than being hacked, and let the rest of us have good security.

Even if it would work, who the hell wants to have a dozen USB ports with only one of any given type. I can't plug two USB storage devices in at once because I have only one port for it? I have to waste a perfectly good USB printer port because I don't have a USB printer? Hey, I just bought a USB webcam but don't have a webcam port...guess I need to buy a new PC. And that's supposed to be better than vendor lock-in??

iPhone outsells Galaxy

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Re: It seems that

Given that the Note 7 only shipped 2 million (sales would be less) in its first two weeks of launch, there doesn't seem to have been a huge pent up demand for it that would account for that.

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Apple's sales are falling off a peak because with the iPhone 6 they simultaneously satisfied the pent up demand of "people who want larger iPhones" and of "China Mobile customers". So it is hardly surprising and doesn't mean the fall is the start of a trend, just that there are no large sectors of pent up demand left for them to exploit. i.e. no prospects for any major growth, there's just the upgrade market and no phones are adding any new features that make them a "must upgrade" whether they are from Apple or Samsung.

Regulators, take note: Tencent is now Asia's biggest company

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Strangely, that's a reasonable valuation

A little googling indicates that Tencent generated around $10 billion profit last year, so that's a P/E of 25 or so. Lower than Facebook, Google or even Microsoft's. If they were traded in the US the crazy multiplier they'd be given would probably have them topping Apple's market cap!

FCC goes over the top again to battle America's cable-box rip-off

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They should call their bluff by forcing them to continue supporting Cable Card

This whole thing started when the cable companies decided that they didn't want to keep buying boxes that had a Cable Card slot - necessitated because the cable companies' support for Cable Cards was terrible until they were forced to use them themselves.

So the FCC convened a meeting to decide on what will replace Cable Cards and that's where we're stuck now. If they aren't going to provide us with anything able to replace them, the FCC should require cable companies to continue supporting them - and further require that to be done even for programming delivered over IP. Otherwise the cable companies will escape the requirement by switching from using QAM channels to using DOCSIS 3.x to use IP to deliver all their content, and Tivos and anything else built to use cable cards would be useless.

The app model will never work because cable companies can choose winners and losers. They don't like Google, they don't have to produce apps for a Google device. Roku pays one $50 million for an app 'exclusive', too bad if they are your cable provider and you would prefer using an Apple TV. Not to mention that they are probably doing this to control what you can and can't record, and thereby limit your ability to skip commercials. That's the big prize that the networks and cable companies want, but they can't move on it so long as people can get around the cable company's limits with a Tivo.

The cable companies are just going to try to delay this with spurious objections until they're able to drop cable card support, or drop the use of QAM channels to end run around the requirement for cable cards.

Hacker takes down CEO wire transfer scammers, sends their Win 10 creds to the cops

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Do CEOs really order multi-million dollar expenses via email?

To vendors with which their company has no prior business relationship? If so, they deserve what they get for having such poor internal controls.

It's time for humanity to embrace SEX ROBOTS. For, uh, science, of course

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If the good doctor is worried about men who treat women like 'things'

Wouldn't she rather have those men treating things like things instead?

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Re: Agenda?

I doubt there are prostitutes making $12K/hr...

But she's worried more about the ones making far less and being forced to give it all to her pimp who gives her an "allowance", I imagine. That's more a problem with prostitution being illegal though - if it was regulated under the law then what incentive would customers have to patronize the ones being run by a pimp? And law enforcement could concentrate on that problem, and leave the legal ones alone.

EU will force telcos to offer 90 days of 'roam like home' contracts

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Re: 'Improvement' gives poorer service

I had an arrangement like that for years in the US. When I got a mobile phone in 2000, I was commuting to Canada each week for consulting work so I needed a plan that covered it. AT&T provided the only good option (a $20/month add on that made Canada part of the US as far as my plan was concerned) but they didn't offer service where I lived. So I used a friend's address in another state to sign up, and was always roaming.

I "roamed" at home for years and AT&T never said anything, then I read they were going to start cracking down on people who were roaming off their network more than 50% of the time. But the year before they'd bought a regional carrier where I lived so I was no longer roaming.

Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Re: Maybe the problem is the 'just' once a week thing.

That proves nothing of the sort. It sounds like their diet is granting them the longer healthier live, and they are making good use of it. Unless they show the people who don't have sex are the ones dragging down the lifespan average, the sex sounds much more like a result of being healthy at 100 than the cause.

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Meaningless

Even if taken at face value, there are a lot of things that are bad for you but you choose to do them anyway knowing they may shorten your life. Why would anyone skydive or race cars? Why would anyone drink beyond a medically "moderate" amount? Why would anyone visit countries with higher rates of terrorism or violent crime higher than one's own? Why would anyone drive?

There are a lot of things that will reduce average life span, and I imagine few men are willing to give up sex in exchange for living a bit longer. If it cut your life span in half that might be a different matter (at least for some) but this is surely at the margins or it would have been previously observed.

Publishing military officers' names 'creates Islamic State hitlist'

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We should keep the results of the upcoming US election secret

If the terrorists learn whether Clinton or Trump is president they will know who to attack! Press conferences can be given behind a screen, with one of those voice disguisers.

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@Commswonk

Perhaps that might explain why back in '99 I attempted to drive a friend on a day trip from Wroxton to Bath, but we got lost and stopped seeing signs for Bath - so when we saw a sign for Salsbury we decided we should visit Stonehenge instead!

Chubby Chinese students refused top bunk

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Re: Mini-lift entrepreneurs take note...

The manufacturing floor workers at Foxconn aren't going to have college degrees. Probably the supervisors and engineers do, but they may get better housing.

When Irish eyes are filing: Ireland to appeal Europe's $15bn Apple tax claw-back

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Re: @Roland6

I actually agree with Icahn though. Not the "borrow as much as the cash pile" but "return substantially all the cash pile to investors". Apple doesn't need $200 billion in cash. They don't need $20 billion in cash, given the rate at which they generate cash.

If Apple repatriated all their overseas cash (for whatever reason) I'd expect them to declare a massive one time dividend/buyback to get rid of at least 80% of what's left after US taxes are paid on it. If they continued to sit on a 12 digit cash pile in the US, I'd be very worried as a shareholder about what their intentions were. Nothing good can come of a company holding that much cash.

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@Roland6

Apple has only borrowed against about a quarter of the overseas cash pile. Carl Icahn was trying to get Apple to take on a lot more debt - effectively to borrow against the entire amount - but he was unsuccessful in swaying Apple's board.

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Re: A no-brainer ?

The problem is that there already WAS a tax holiday allowing companies to repatriate overseas cash at only 5.25%, back in 2004. Given that the standard corporate rate is 39.4%, it makes a LOT of sense to keep the cash overseas indefinitely, hoping for another tax holiday. The savings are simply too huge to ignore. If they do another tax holiday, all it will do is cause companies to bring back overseas cash that one time, and then start accumulating it again waiting for the next one - which will be seen as even more likely since it would have happened twice.

If they introduced a permanent lower rate for bringing overseas cash into the US instead of another tax holiday, that would fix the problem, as most companies would assume there is little chance of another tax holiday after the new permanent rate went into effect.

YouTube breaks Sony Bravias

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Re: Who uses the internal TV smarts?

And in a couple years when the firmware updates to your Samsung TV's apps stop, and eventually they stop working because Youtube or Netflix changed things?

Go check the firmware update history of older Samsung smart TVs if you don't believe me. Buying a smart TV is for fools, it is much cheaper to buy a non-smart TV and get a set top box like a Roku, Apple TV or whatever. It will be updated, and when it no longer is or the hardware can't handle new stuff you want to do with it, you replace it and you STILL come out ahead in how much you spent.

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Re: Who uses the internal TV smarts?

I'm not even sure including a tuner is desirable any longer, considering how most people never make use of it.

HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way

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For broadcast material at 50/60 Hz you will almost certainly NOT be using a USB-C connector to your display. Your phone, tablet and laptop can't receive ATSC or DVB-T, after all. If you think you're going to be offered the chance to live stream 4K at 50/60 Hz to your mobile device anytime soon, I've got a bridge to sell you in downtown London.

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30 Hz is fine for playing movies, the overwhelming majority of which are 24 fps, which is realistically almost all the 4K people will be playing from a device with USB-C out to HDMI in (i.e. from a phone, tablet or laptop to a TV/monitor)

If you are gaming in 4K@60fps or whatever you will have a device with HDMI out and connects with a standard HDMI cable to your 4K display.

The long term fix will be yet another speed upgrade for USB to 20 Gbps, which will allow 4K@120 fps 4:2:0 at 10 bit color depth - that covers the highest possible spec for future 4K broadcast TV.

I wonder what they will call it, supercalifragilistic speed USB?

FBI Clinton email dossier

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Re: That won't stop the calls for her

The big difference with this year's election is that the left is almost as scared of the republican candidate as the right is scared of the left's. The right always demonizes the democratic candidate, to drive voters away from the democratic candidate to their own. They've always had a particular hatred for the Clintons but did the same with Obama, with Kerry, with Gore... The left does it too but not to the point that the average democrat actually feared what would happen if Romney or McCain become president. At least not until this year, with Trump.

It is too bad no republicans imitated McCain's challenge to a woman at one of his campaign rallies who call Obama a Muslim, correcting her and saying that's a decent man who he just happens to disagree with on a lot of issues. I saw a poll a few days ago that said 80% of Trump voters fear for the future if Hillary becomes president, and 62% of Hillary voters fear for the future if Trump becomes president. So instead of "vote for me because I'll make this country better" it is "vote for me because if the other one wins it will be hell on Earth".

Presidential campaigns shouldn't be conducted by trying to make people think that if the other side wins, life as you know it is over. Trump inciting his supporters into thinking elections are rigged is even worse. I guess doesn't care if he tears down people's faith in the electoral process, just so long as he doesn't have to admit he's a loser if Hillary wins! I can only wonder whether he'll make a concession speech at all, or if he does he'll say something like "the results of the election were that Hillary won, I don't agree with those results and I think I should have won, but I can't change the results".

Paint your wagon (with electric circuits) but leave my crotch alone

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Re: Heat does have a way with electronics, doesn't it ?

If your phone is a "scorcher" or shuts off from the heat in your pockets, you need a new phone. They shouldn't even get hot while in use, let alone when just sitting your pocket!

Exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phablets recalled immediately

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Re: Owning up

Yeah the main reason they have to take this seriously is because it would only be a matter of time before someone is severely injured or dies. If Samsung was sued, and an email trail could be produced that showed they knew about the problem but decided to ignore it based on a cost/benefit analysis, the punitive damages could be massive. Given how many explosions happened with the phone only being out a week or two, there wasn't going to be any ignoring this anyway.

Look at Takata for an example of what happens to companies that try to sweep life/safety issues under the rug. They will not survive as a company. Car companies can sweep stuff under the rug when they have problems that are outside that realm, like misapplied rustproofing in the wheel wells or a Nav system that cuts out randomly but it is inadvisable for things that can injure or kill people.

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So this isn't a dodgy USB cable issue after all

That explanation never really made sense to me in the first place. From what I understand, Samsung didn't ship a USB-C cable with the phone - knowing that almost no one has anything with a USB-C connector into which the plug the other end. Instead they shipped it with a USB-C to mini converter.

So then the story was "everyone who had this happen was using a USB mini cable with a mini to USB-C converter". Well duh, if that's all Samsung provided, of course that's what almost everyone would be using, including both those with exploding and non-exploding phones.

Samsung obviously scheduled this launch with the iPhone's standard September launch in mind, hoping to garner a lot of positive press in the meantime and assuming the iPhone 7 is basically a 6SS with the real update coming next year hope to get some people who were hoping for a bigger change. Instead they're taking a big black eye that makes antennagate look very minor by comparison.

If this happened to Apple it would be far worse, simply because of the number of phones they ship - over 10 million launch weekend alone. If the problem was discovered two weeks later like this they'd probably be well over 20 million. There would be 10x as many exploding phones, with greater likelihood someone might actually die from it (imagine the size of that lawsuit) and the recall would cost them 10x more as well.

Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

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Re: @sjiveson - tax blackmail

Apple, Google and Starbucks should combine forces and purchase their own country to base operations.

A simple solution to counter that would be for countries to institute a tariff or sales/VAT tax, applied only to the products of companies based in that special corporate country.

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@sjiveson - tax blackmail

No, companies shouldn't blackmail governments over taxes but it happens all the time. Not just on an international level. In the US companies will move from one state to another, or choose the site of their factory, based on tax incentives they are offered. Sometimes the laws are written so that only that one single company can take advantage of them!

It even happens at a local level. A department store based for at least 20-25 years at a mall located in the city where I live was induced to move about 5 miles to a suburb thanks to a property tax break of $1 million a year for 15 years. You'd think that wouldn't happen between cities that are "neighbors" but they wanted an anchor store for a new riverfront re-development they were doing and the fact it would leave a big hole in that mall that ended up taking almost five years to fill didn't bother them in the least. They also gave countless smaller incentives to smaller businesses that located there, providing them a big unfair advantage to competing smaller businesses who didn't know the right people to be offered those deals.

If I had my way, there would be a nationwide law that there can be no tax breaks, interest free loans or similar incentives to influence a company's decision where to locate or relocate its facilities. But good luck ever getting that passed, I'm sure the government officials involved are often 'greased' one way or another. Probably sacks of cash are rare, but taking them out for expensive dinner, or a trip to NYC or Hawaii on a "fact finding mission" or season tickets in prime seats to football games, or a management job for their daughter....I'm sure kickbacks are plenty even in the small scale of local stuff. Can't imagine what sort of kickbacks would be at play on the EU level, but I'll bet the officials making tax policy decisions are set for life after they leave their bureaucrat job with bureaucratpay.

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@Mage wow, so many wrong statements in that trolling post

"their greed is now clearly exposed" - Please list the large multinational companies that don't try to minimize the amount of taxes they owe/pay.

"less evil kind to Google and Facebook" - From your first few paragraphs it sounds like you are practically equating Apple to Hitler's more evil twin, but Google and Facebook are worse? Care to share with us your evilness scores for various companies and historic/fictional figures like Hitler and Satan so we understand the degrees of evil you are able to divine?

"They don't spend very much on real R&D" - Apple's R&D budget is over $10 billion. That BILLION with a 'B'. That's more than the revenue of most companies. Or is it somehow not "real R&D" to you if it is Apple doing it? If so, what do you consider real R&D, and which companies are doing it?

"Most of their innovations are bought in" - that's true for most companies. You didn't think Microsoft invented DOS, Word or Excel, did you? I guess they invented Windows, but only after they'd had a look at the Mac once Apple had figured out how to take a GUI out of the lab (which they compensated Xerox for in terms of stock options, and saw with their permission) and work it into something ordinary people could use rather than the PhDs who used Xerox's Alto prototype. The only thing Google invented was search, they've bought in everything else from Android to Maps to their advertising network that actually makes all their money. And they didn't even invent search, they just invented the 'page rank' algorithm that made search better (well until SEOs found it was easy to game by creating link farms)

"Where do they pay any tax on profits?" - they pay full whack on all their profits in the US, and are the largest single taxpayer in the US. More than Wall Street banks, oil companies, retailers like Walmart, and so on. US law doesn't require them to pay taxes on overseas profits until they bring the money home, and they haven't brought the money home. They arranged things overseas in an advantageous fashion for them to minimize the taxes they pay there, just as almost all large multinationals do. They make more money than any publicly traded company in the world, so they are an obvious target when tax authorities decide to start overturning couch cushions looking for more money.

"Cosmetic badge operation" - yeah, they should make everything in the US like all these other US based consumer electronics companies do like Samsung er I mean Panasonic er I mean Lenovo er....oh wait US companies...I know Dell, nope guess again, IBM, nope guess again, Microsoft, nope guess again...

Google scraps its Project Ara modular smartphone wheeze

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Re: Try a Fairphone

Fairphone isn't really the same thing. The idea Google had with Ara was that there would be thriving ecosystem of modular parts for your phone, so you could upgrade pieces at will. Want a better camera, install an upgraded camera module. Want something you can't get in any smartphone, like FLIR? Install a FLIR module, etc.

Fairphone makes it easy to replace individual parts, but you can only replace them with what was there before. Unless I'm wrong about their intentions, when the next Fairphone comes out, its modules will only work in that phone, you won't be able to upgrade your Fairphone 2 with Fairphone 3 parts.

The other problem with the modular phone idea is that smartphones have kind of run up against a wall as far as improvements. Improvements are now largely incremental, and unless you are hung up on specs you aren't going to care about a few more megapixels or an extra GB of RAM.

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Re: We're in the big squeeze right now.

Err, the EU going after Apple for $14 billion in taxes they say are owed to Ireland is hardly the harbinger of trillions of tied up money coming free.

The reason most of that money is sitting overseas is because companies don't want to bring it into the US and pay 40% taxes on it. That hasn't changed, and won't change until US corporate tax law changes. Given how the two parties in the US seem to be less cooperative than ever, I don't expect that to change whether we end up with Clinton or Trump. If Clinton wins the Trump supporters will believe his likely claim that it must have been rigged, and if Trump wins pretty much everyone will end up wishing it really had been rigged.

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Re: FIgures

There was never going to be a big enough audience for this idea to be workable. Pretty much the type of people who read/post on the Reg were the only audience for a product like this, which would mean very small manufacturing volumes - forget any high end or specialty modules. It was doomed from day one, I don't understand why Google even wasted the time with it they did.

Feeling Locky, punk?

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Re: it ain't just people with British addresses

Me too, been seeing a lot of these in the past few months. Also spam that claims to be attaching faxes.

It seemed spam was on the decline earlier this year, I didn't see many. Now I see about a half dozen of the above type of spam to one email address on a daily basis, and one or two dozen Viagra/Cialis type spam to another each day. Enough that I'm thinking I should insert a junk mail filter rule for those words, but I haven't ever filtered my spam because it is kind of interesting seeing the various strategies evolve. Been forever since I've seen a 419 scam email, for instance, but I used to see several a week.

Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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Re: Opportunity to get rid of 32bit silicon?

I'm willing to bet Apple is getting pretty close to dropping the 32 bit ISA from the iPhone/iPad SoC. It is only needed now to run apps that haven't been recompiled since before iOS 7 was released and universal apps could be built. Seen in the light of Apple's recent announcement that they will soon start housecleaning apps that haven't been updated in a long time (they haven't specified how long) makes me think that in either fall 2018 with the A11 & iOS 11 or definitely by fall 2019 with the A12 and iOS 12 Apple will:

1) build that version of iOS 64 bit only

2) drop support for the remaining 32 bit hardware (iPhone 5 & 5c, and iPad 4 is the only 32 bit hardware iOS 10 supports)

3) drop non-universal apps from the app store (i.e. those that haven't been built with the new tools that came out with iOS 7 back in June 2012)

The apps still on your phone that are 32 bit only could still be run, as it is easy to emulate the 32 bit ISA using a 64 bit CPU (Apple did much the same thing for its various transitions in the Mac world) but they'd be gone from the App Store, so if you deleted them off your phone you wouldn't be able to re-download them.

Doing this would have a lot of benefits for Apple in reducing the effort involved in designing and (especially) testing new versions of iOS and new SoCs, since all the 32 bit stuff simply goes away.

Hey, uh ICANN. US govt here. You know we said we'd give you the keys to the 'net? Yeaahhh...

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The timing of this was always stupid

When they first indicated it would be in fall 2016, barely a month before US elections, it was obvious to anyone with half a brain that it would become a political football. Of course that may have been the idea all along.

Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

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Re: Teleporting trucks

Autonomous vehicles will have to coexist on the roads with non-autonomous vehicles for many years. I doubt many Reg readers will live to see the day when human driven vehicles are banned from all public roads.

Crashing PC sales don't stop HP Inc releasing two new ones

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Re: The natural result of a front-loading economy.

What's ridiculous about this? Not everyone wants an ordinary oversized beige or black rectangular box sitting under their desk. Are you suggesting that more choice is a bad thing, and that if the PC market was still doing well we would be happy that we have almost no choice in form factor unless we build it ourselves or buy a Mac?

Transmission hijacked to broadcast Mac malware

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Re: Not true

Sounds like they hacked transmission's official web server, not Mac OS, in this particular case. That doesn't say anything good or bad about Mac OS security, as no hacking of Mac OS was required since the "malware" was unwittingly being deliberately installed by end users.

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