* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

8K video gives virtual reality the full picture for mainstream use

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Re: questions before I buy one

Based on how they handle their other products like their multi thousand dollar smart 4K TVs, when they come out with the next version, this one might receive a couple minor updates and that'll be it. If you're looking for a 3-5 year lifetime, keep looking.

Controversial opinion time: Comcast sucks a tiny bit less this year

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Re: Where is my fiber?

Nobody was promising fiber in the 1970s. It was only just starting commercial use in the late 1970s, no one was getting it at their home until many many years later.

'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Re: Evolve

Even if you like Windows 10, you're a total fucking moron if you support the way Microsoft is trying to stuff it down people's throats against their wishes.

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Pirated versions get the nags

I reinstalled both my parent's PCs with pirated Windows 7 using the Daz Loader. One came with XP originally, the other came with a crapware OEM Windows 7. Both were getting notices before I installed GWX Control Panel.

I really hope Microsoft doesn't override the functionality of that, but given their evil quest to put Windows 10 everywhere I am seriously worried that one day I'll get a call from my parents that their PCs are acting funny, and find they've been upgraded to Windows 10 and probably don't work quite right anymore.

Microsoft sells 1,500 patents to Chinese mega-phone biz Xiaomi

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Kick sand in the big boys faces

Unlikely, especially since they've already licensed those out - to Apple via their long term cross license agreement that was modified to include mobile patents some years ago, and to Android in exchange for the money Android OEMs pay Microsoft.

Not sure what good they do Xiaomi. I wonder if maybe they had been getting by without paying Microsoft the 'Android tax' and Microsoft was trying to get them to comply and threatening to sue, and they came to this agreement instead.

Certainly this is further proof for those who are in denial about Microsoft dropping Windows Phone.

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Re: Xiaomi is one of the fastest-growing smartphone manufacturers in the world

Given Microsoft's history with their phone partners (see Nokia, and that partner for Windows Mobile in the early 2000s beginning with 'S' I can't remember) I think it is more likely that this deal will cause Xiaomi to continue to decline, and falter in their expansion attempts thanks to Microsoft's interference.

Server makers love Intel Xeons (true) - but not the price tag

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Why Opteron (briefly) succeeded

It was better than Intel's offerings at the time it came out, but AMD only had the advantage over Intel because of two huge Intel mistakes.

One, they pursued the dead end Netburst architecture, believing they could goose it up to 10 GHz by the end of the decade. They probably could have (by exposing the double pumped pipeline this would have been rather easy, in fact) but it turns out almost no one wants PCs with 200 watt CPUs. Their engineers obviously understood the relationship between frequency and power, so clearly they must have thought that the curve of ever increasing power demand for desktop CPUs that had held for 20 years would continue to hold. Perhaps if CPUs weren't "fast enough" for most people it would have continued, but once they were people valued quiet for desktops and battery life for laptops far more than Intel's engineers had figured.

Two, they purposefully held back offering a 64 bit ISA for x86, because they hoped to keep x86 32 bit only and force everyone to their proprietary Itanium CPUs over a decade's time as lower and lower end markets hit the 2GB/4GB limit and needed to go 64 bit. They assumed AMD could never get any support or backing if they developed their own 64 bit x86 ISA, similar to how their attempts at SIMD instructions like 3DNow! went nowhere and AMD was eventually forced to license MMX and SSE. If they hadn't make the concurrent mistake with Netburst, maybe that would have held true, and we'd all be using Itaniums right now.

When Microsoft announced support for AMD64, Intel was caught off guard since they hadn't notified them of this in advance. Itanium never recovered, and Intel was forced to be compatible with AMD's instruction set for once.

Interestingly, Hans De Vries discovered evidence of 64 bit support in Intel x86 CPUs that predated the release of AMD64. Perhaps there was a war in Intel between the x86 people and the Itanium people and the x86 people put it in hoping to get management approval to enable it, but it never was and nothing about it was ever published.

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Re: Competition

AMD has been essentially broke for most of the past 20 years, but that hasn't stopped them competing. Intel always backed off a bit when AMD was under stress because they needed to keep them around so they could claim they have competition.

They probably still need them around since the FTC may consider "server CPUs" to be a relevant market, and the pittance produced by IBM and Oracle (for their own use only) is a drop in the bucket - far less of the total market share than AMD has historically had in desktop CPUs.

If it weren't for server CPUs I think Intel could drop their prices for a year or two and kill AMD without issue, since they can likely argue successfully that desktop, laptop and mobile CPUs constitute a single relevant market. They can point to the obvious cannibalization of PCs by mobile devices in the past five years.

Swiss effectively disappear Alps: World's largest tunnel opens

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This thing cost less than Boston's Big Dig

Took as long, was on budget instead of 190% over budget, covered 10x the distance and probably will have fewer problems (leaks etc.) in the future.

Granted it didn't have existing infrastructure in the way, but it went through a fucking Alp! Guess we should have hired the Swiss for it.

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84 Empire State buildings

I'm not familiar with that unit. Does that represent the amount of concrete used in the construction of the Empire State building, or an amount of concrete equal to the volume of the Empire State building?

Get outta here, officer, you don't need a warrant to track people by their phones – appeals court

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Wrong note to bank robbers

Leave your phone at home (or wherever your alibi would put it) and if you must have a phone during the robbery use a burner phone that you destroy and dispose of after the robbery.

Then have your lawyer use discovery on the prosecution to see if they've checked your phone's location, and if they have they will be forced to admit they found your phone's location matches your alibi. It'll look bad to the jury that they looked at this and tried to keep it quiet when it didn't match their accusation, and when your lawyer can point to successful prosecutions using the phone's location your lawyer can say something like "so the prosecution would ask you to believe that your phone's location can prove a man's guilt, but not his innocence?" and that will go a long way with the jury even though it is faulty logic.

Enough criminals pull this and pretty soon the prosecution will be afraid to try to seek your phone location data.

Shhhh! Facebook is listening

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No need to turn it off on iOS, unless you deliberately turned it on previously

The first time an app wants to access the microphone, it has to ask for permission. So if Facebook has been given permission to access it on an iPhone, it is because you granted that permission yourself.

IIRC didn't Android 6.0 finally allow users to disable permissions for apps post-installation? As that version starts reaching more phones in the next few years apps won't be able to pull this kind of crap (even if Facebook isn't doing it, you can be damn sure some Android apps are)

These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

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"First thing I do..."

That's likely a strong majority of Reg readers. We are not typical. 99% of computers bought by consumers are not reinstalled and keep the crapware. It is a big problem, even if the technically inclined minority doesn't suffer from it.

You might as well argue that phishing isn't a problem because you are smart enough not to fall for it. Or that armed robbery of your home isn't a problem because you have an alarm and keep a loaded gun on your nightstand.

US computer-science classes churn out cut-n-paste slackers – and yes, that's a bad thing

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Not everybody needs to or should learn how to program

The percentage of people who are programmers or system designers is small compared to the number who need to be computer literate to do other jobs like engineering, finance, teaching or whatever.

The basic courses should teach them how to use a computer, and what computers are and are not capable of. How they can be misused and how to protect yourself from the basic ways those who are out to get you will use. You don't need to worry about more complex stuff like like MiTM or leaked RF emission attacks - that's got to be left to those who design the software and hardware to prevent.

The advanced courses for people who want to have a career as a programmer or system designer can teach programming, but I think using languages like Java is dumbing them down too much. It is starting at the wrong end and that's because of the stupid idea of trying to teach everyone a little programming. Driver's Ed classes don't try to teach everyone how to change their oil, why do we want to teach every kid how to write Hello World in Java?

For those who are interested in learning programming you need to start at the other end, with something really simple, like 6502 assembly language. It is limited and simple enough you can learn how the instructions work and even get a basic idea of how the CPU itself executes the instructions at the logic level. Then build up from there, learning C, C++, then Java or whatever language du jour replaces it. Learn basic OS functions like a filesystem (DOS 8.3 is perfect for this) memory management, databases etc. getting more general as you go.

I agree that starting with how a computer works would really help people truly understand computer science and what they are programming. I can well imagine those in university now, growing up where an iPhone may have been one of their early computing experiences would think of computers as almost magical. Being taught "enter this special syntax and the computer will do what you want" doesn't really teach them programming because they have no understanding of why the computer is doing what they're telling it. That is more like preparing a priesthood for the proper way to prepare a virgin sacrifice.

Longer wait for new iPhones?

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And in other rumors I've read

They are getting rid of the 'S' cycle so we'll go from the iPhone 7 this fall to the 8 next fall. Plenty of rumors to go around...

They're only talking about the exterior, they make plenty of internal changes in the 'S' generations. I don't think anyone will care if they keep the same look for an extra year, it isn't like there's a lot of room for improvement on that front.

You deleted the customer. What now? Human error - deal with it

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Re: Never delete anything.

Keeping everything is a terrible idea. It doesn't matter how good your search is, trying to find what you need is more difficult the bigger the haystack. Especially if you have dozens of different versions of the same dataset but only care about a few of them.

Already the volume of data is becoming a bigger and bigger problem because of attitudes like yours...

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Write temporary scripts when you're doing something potentially dangerous

I'll write a little shell script if I'm doing something that might be risky, like deletion or configuration changes that can''t easily be undone. Add in something that makes you hit a key to continue after showing the state of things for multi-step processes.

This lets you test things by making the risky statements print the command line they would execute rather than executing it for a dry run - important if you are using variables or loops or such to insure what you expect to happen actually happens.

The extra time required to write the script forces you to figure out exactly what it is you're trying to do, preventing the fat finger or 'in too much of a hurry' type of errors.

Obviously writing a script is a bit much if you are just going to delete one directory, but it is still a good idea to replace 'rm' with 'ls' and try that first, just to confirm what you are deleting. If you are using 'rm -rf' and expecting to delete a couple dozen files and see screen after screen scrolling by you'll be saved from a potentially costly mistake.

Another favorite habit was aliasing dangerous commands, like reboot. I'd alias it to echo "use reboot`hostname`" and alias reboot`hostname` to the full path of the reboot command. That prevents accidental reboots of the wrong server (this can be a problem in a major rollout where you are doing a lot of active work on some servers while developers are already working furiously on the test/dev/GM servers)

Earth's core is younger than its crust surface

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Re: Lack of critical thinking, methinks ...

Even if it was a few hundred million years that's a single digit percentage against the age of the Earth. Take a single digit percent off 2 1/2 years and you get ... maybe 2 1/3 years. Not enough to worry about, especially since this was never going to be an exact calculation to begin with.

That doesn't even get into the question of when you start the clock for the Earth's age. Is it when mass starts to coalesce in the orbit we occupy? When it finishes that process and is a sphere about the size of today's Earth? When the surface begins to solidify into a crust?

Illinois senator proposes gutting BIPA

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That Google is now bribing state legislators is news to me, though not surprising to me.

The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Re: Shame

What Betamax could do in the 90s was irrelevant, because it had already lost to VHS by then. What he's talking about with the small tapes is from a decade earlier, when VHS won. By the early 90s when you are talking up a three hour tape, you could get 6 and 8 hour VHS tapes.

That was pretty convenient for setting a few recordings when you left for the weekend. Three hours isn't going to cut it then, especially if what you wanted to record while you were gone was a football game.

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Re: Aww

No, e-ink is a dead end only suitable for readers. We'll need iLEDs (inorganic LEDs) before a true always on screen becomes practical. Apple bought a company called Luxvue a couple years ago that claimed to have figured out a method to cost effectively manufacture iLED displays, some think that's why Foxconn bought Sharp - so they can start making iLEDs for Apple...

I'm not sure there's much value to an always on screen though, other than not having to touch your phone to look at the time or check for notifications/calls/etc. if you step away from it for a bit. I certainly wouldn't want a screen that never goes dark, or I'd have to keep my phone face down when I slept! I think it would be a gimmick, but we'll see it eventually whether it is truly useful or not. Maybe the live tiles concept will make a comeback in some form then.

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Re: Aww

I always thought the home screen looked nice in photos because of the tiles, but when I played around with one it just wasn't as simple to use as a grid of icons. The icon grid may look boring, but its hard to beat for speed and practicality. Maybe if I owned one and spent the time customizing the tiles for how I used a phone it would work better.

Here's the real problem though - given that you would only see the tiles or the grid for a split second between waking the phone and engaging with an app, the better appearance of tiles is one of those "plays well in ads but wouldn't matter much in actual use". Now if screens were low power enough to be always on then you'd much rather have the tiles than the grid, but Apple wouldn't show the grid for an always-on screen anyway. Maybe you'd get a multi-way split screen of the most recently active apps, maybe it would look like live tiles, maybe it would be the same lock screen it wakes up to now, who knows but I guarantee it wouldn't be the grid :)

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Where's the room for another competitor?

You need apps, which pretty much means you need Android compatibility. It has to be better than Android in some significant way for OEMs to want to use it instead of Android. Android is already free, so you can't compete on price. Android runs well enough on bottom end phones now there's no room there. You could totally redo the UI, but is that enough to get consumers to choose it? And if they do, what protection do you have against Samsung or Google copying its essence and taking away your advantage?

The only way you can compete against Android is to monetize it like Google does. That means you need to be the one getting the revenue from the data collection machine, rather than Google, and sharing it with OEMs to incent them to make phones using your OS. You need to already be collecting a ton of data on people to make this viable at scale, which leaves the usual suspects who already got burned in mobile and gave up: Microsoft and Amazon.

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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My generic Dell Inspiron laptop does this perfectly

Running Linux. Yes, Linux, which had problems with entering sleep mode properly for years due to undocumented bugs in ACPI.

Pretty sad that Microsoft's flagship product is such a piece of shit, but I'm hardly surprised at their attitude once they've got your money. That's why once people buy hardware from Microsoft, they never do so a second time. Unless they're a glutton for punishment, or just stupid.

Feinstein-Burr's bonkers backdoor crypto law is dead in the water

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Like the terminator, it'll be back

When the powers that be really want to pass something, they sneak it into a "must pass" bill as an amendment. I wouldn't be shocked if it ends up some spending authorization bill for homeland security or something like that, where congressmen in an election year can't be seen voting against a bill everyone supports. Though that's made harder by the fact Obama is on his way out, so he could veto it without repercussions. Whether he would though, that's another matter.

Swedish old timer pulls airsoft gun on broadband salesman

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@Beornfrith

I guess "real men" like that brave AC figure they can overpower any woman that dares to beat them and beat them worse. That'll temporarily suppress that feeling of inadequacy that causes him to post stuff like that. Maybe he's mad they wouldn't hire him at a women's prison where he could get paid to beat up women.

WinPhone? No PayPal, pal

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First of many, no doubt

Probably why Microsoft was talking about adding the ability to run Android apps to Windows Phone.

Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

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Where do you get the idea US banks make you liable?

I think you might be liable for $50 for debit card fraud, but there's a simple solution to that - don't use debit cards. I use credit cards, which have no liability for fraud, and you don't have to worry about not having any money if you get cleaned out while you're waiting for the bank to rectify things.

I admit I'm not really sure what the law is if someone steals my bank login and connects directly, but since I'm not signed up for any services that would let me write electronic checks or make transfers out of my account to accounts I haven't pre-authorized, I don't have to worry about that.

Euro Patent Office prez's brake line cut – aka how to tell you're not popular

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SIX bodyguards?

I assume that means he has 24x7 protection and more than one bodyguard much of the time. Apparently they're worried about a team coming after him, not a single disgruntled individual.

One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

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This could be a test for a new product offering from Three

Especially since it is just for a day, the web sites won't back down. If anything it will cause more to put up such protection, due to the worry that customers will like the network level blocking and request it be added as a feature.

Now if Three could add it, and customers would pay extra for it, and the revenue would be split with the site operators that might help solve the problem of "who pays for the content if there are no ads". Maybe that's the idea behind all this - Three wants to find out if customers would be willing to pay for this as a permanent service.

German boffins smash records with 37km wireless spurt at 6Gbps

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Not to take away from the joking

But I think I figured it out from the later comments. Such a high frequency traveling via a point to point link over such a short distance would maintain a tight beam between two parabolic antenna. Thus most of that 1 watt of power reaches the other end. Compared to satellite broadcasts, where DBS is output with maybe 250 watts or so but is often spread across an entire continent, so the power level that reaches the subscriber is crazy low, something like a trillionth of a trillionth of a watt. Obviously that's going to be affected by interference to a far greater degree.

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Given the effect of rain of satellite broadcasts in the 10-20 GHz range, what does rain or even fog do to these 70 GHz transmissions? They aren't too useful as a replacement for fiber if they only work 90% of the time!

Hillary Clinton broke law with private email server – top US govt watchdog

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Re: "Printing and filing those records"

Read the document from the state department that was released yesterday. It says exactly that.

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"Printing and filing those records"

The most damning statement of the whole thing isn't against Hillary or anyone else, but the antiqued policy of the State Department. The only way you can be in compliance with State Department recording keeping policy is to individually print out (yes, on paper) and save a copy of every single email you send or receive. That sort of policy might have made sense when they first starting using email, since it was used sparingly, but today?

At least she provided her emails. Powell never supplied a single email from his tenure as Secretary of State, despite being asked to do so. But since he didn't later run for president, he wasn't the subject of a witch hunt. That doesn't excuse her, but it would have been fun if Powell had run for office to watch politicians on both sides have to do a quick 180 in their statements. It is always interesting to watch the verbal contortions they twist themselves into to justify vilifying an action when it is being done by "the other guys" but excusing it when it is one of their own.

Florida man, Chinese biz fined $48k, $35m on mobe signal jam raps

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How is it getting into the country? If they are responsible for getting it imported, they are breaking the law. If you are going overseas and buying it, and bringing it back into the country yourself, then yeah they are free and clear, but that's not what happened here. They were probably selling them on eBay or something, and by sending them to the US they have broken US law.

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For selling it in / importing it to the US, yes. They can make whatever they want so long as they only sell it in China.

Judge torpedoes 'Tor pedo' torpedo evidence

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Re: Why not release this?

That's irrelevant though, as there are plenty of flaws in regular versions of Firefox, Chrome and IE that could be similarly exploited. Since the FBI controlled the site the pervs were visiting, they could put any sort of malicious HTML, CSS, or whatever on the site to take advantage of those flaws. So long as the client PC has the ability to connect to the internet without going through TOR, the FBI can find them.

Using the Firefox with TOR built in is probably harder to exploit, as it probably can't make any connection without going through TOR. You'd have get an exploit that runs code, rather than one that simply makes an HTTP connection without going through TOR.

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Why not release this?

Obviously they put content on the playpen site that pervs downloaded and infected their PCs with, which then made a connection over the open internet to an FBI controlled server.

Giving away the exploit used costs them nothing, it isn't like they don't have a whole library full of them - and what they used might have been fixed by now anyway. They can always use a different FBI controlled server next time, and probably would use a separate one for each such attack.

It would be impossible to protect yourself against this unless you block EVERY outgoing connection that isn't TOR via a firewall using a separate device - which seems prudent whether you are looking for child porn or contacting ISIS for bombmaking advice... Are they afraid people are going to figure that out?

HP Inc-eption: Our new 3D printers print themselves, says CEO

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Re: "Fifty per cent of the bill of materials of our 3D printers are printed by our 3D printers"

No one is surprised that the production volume of a $120,000 device is small, and thus parts for it expensive to make. The fact they're 3D printing so many parts is a GOOD thing, one it shows that the parts are of a high enough quality to be used in something that sells for that much. Two, it shows that they can be produced cheaply enough that they beat the cost of manufacturing them traditionally at the device's selling price.

As 3D printing gets cheaper the minimum production volume where traditional manufacturing is cheaper will become higher and higher. That's a good thing, as it means such products will cost less than they do today - or be available at all if the products can't be made cheap enough for the price people are willing to pay!

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Re: SpaceX ??????????

This has been "routine production" for more and more companies making very low volume products. SpaceX wasn't the first to use 3D printing as part of their manufacturing process.

Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Re: don't run windows update until august 1

You're assuming this won't continue after the deadline for free Windows 10 has expired. They might "helpfully" continue to try to force installs they've identified as existing prior to the date to get their free update forever.

Big Cable uses critics' own arguments to slam set-top box shake-up

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Re: War on Jobs

Your argument is stupid and backwards. Competition is what creates jobs, not profit. If a company makes a lot of money, they aren't going to hire more people because they can afford it - they are probably going to keep it as profits, use it for acquisitions/mergers neither of which creates any jobs (mergers kill jobs instead of creating them, in fact) If every town had three cable companies to choose from there would be a lot more people employed in the industry, even if they had much lower margins. Obviously this change won't make that happen, and maybe it doesn't make sense to have three companies stringing cable around town, but it would be a great situation for consumers if it happened!

If cable companies can't force people to pay $200/yr to rent their crappy boxes because customers are able to use their own, the only profit they're driving out is on those overpriced cable company boxes. So either people will buy their own (i.e. use what's built into their new TV, or a Roku, or Apple TV, or whatever that is either cheaper or does more or both) or choose to continue renting from the cable company if they don't like change and are happy with what they have now. By enforcing a standard, it will create jobs as a lot of companies will want a piece of this new market that opens up.

If you think the FCC shouldn't set standards, why do we have LTE? Shouldn't AT&T, Verizon et al each be able to create their own cellular standard, so that if you go with AT&T you have to get your phone through them to use their network, and if you switch to Verizon you have to get a different phone? The iPhone would have never been created, because they wouldn't license their proprietary standard to other companies. No one in the US would have anything like a modern iPhone or Android, because the lack of competition would have killed innovation in the industry. You'd be paying $20/month to rent a circa 2000 Nokia brick, because that would be your only option.

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The broadcast flag was added anyway

It was dictated by the content providers, rather than the FCC. HDCP has "copy freely", "copy once", "copy never" flags which is set by cable/satellite companies based on the content provider's wishes.

US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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The reason they can't update these systems is simple

If they decide to begin a clean sheet redesign, a committee will be created which spins off numerous subcommittees, each of which will want to insert their list of pet ideas / enhancements.

If they replaced the tax system with one that simply did the same thing it did but using modern hardware and languages, and THEN worried about enhancements, it wouldn't be that difficult. But such projects will quickly spiral out of control if you try to satisfy everyone with version 1.0.

Replacing the nuclear control system computers should be easy since what they do is so tightly defined and would need so little change for 2016 versus when they were designed in 1960 or whatever. On the other hand, if they have spare parts from decommissioned silos maybe it isn't worth bothering with - it would provide an incentive to continue decommissioning more of them over time to keep the flow of spares coming!

Seattle Suehawks: Smart meter hush-up launched because, er ... terrorism

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Wow, this is a timely article!

Just saw on the news tonight that downtown Seattle had a blackout at around noon yesterday that lasted about an hour. They said it was related to a failure at a substation, though this article says the cause hasn't been determined. Interesting...

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/downtown-seattle-loses-power/

Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Re: Business phone ... anyone?

How's Apple's keyboard any tinier than anyone else's? There's a limit to what you can do with a keyboard on a screen that size, and going to a 6.5" phone calling that 'enterprise' doesn't really solve that problem. It works just fine with a bluetooth keyboard if you need that, but I don't equate 'enterprise phone' with being able to easily type in a bunch of numbers in a spreadsheet or a two page email.

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Re: MS Windows is finished

I think your first three points were good, your fourth is questionable but certainly at least partially true, but the idea that they are going to a Linux kernel? Obvious evidence of insanity and/or wishful thinking.

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Re: Business phone ... anyone?

An iPhone 5c for "much less than €120"? Apple doesn't sell those anymore, but I'm sure you could get one for that price used - but the guy you replied to was talking about getting a relatively current model for that price. You could argue a Ferrari costs less than a Honda, if you buy one after it has hit a truck head on at 100 mph :)

I do agree that Apple's enterprise support is if anything getting better - not that this is a high bar for Apple who traditionally hasn't played in that market. But between the agreement with IBM (which was more about tablets) and the iPad Pro (which was obviously about tablets) they clearly care about playing in that market. There are rumors there will be a third "Pro" version of the iPhone 7 this fall. With rumors who knows whether that is true and if so what would make it "Pro", but I wouldn't be surprised for them to continue slowly but surely trying to better serve the enterprise market.

An iPhone 7 Pro sure as hell won't be at €120 though. If you are looking for budget, Android is your only choice now that Windows Phone is collapsing in upon itself.

Apple hires crypto-wizard Jon Callas to beef up security

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Re: There are simple ways to recover from bricked phones

One other way I remembered thinking of previously I forgot to mention. After the OS is updated, allow passwordless DFU updates until there has been a successful boot and unlock of the phone. That way if the install is borked somehow you can do an OS install from DFU mode without needing a password. Once you've successfully booted and unlocked the phone, obviously the OS update didn't brick it so you can then block DFU mode updates (or make them require a password if there's some reason they should still be allowed) from that point on.

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