* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

RFID wants to TRACK my TODGER, so I am going to CUT it OFF

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Re: Hate RFID T-shirt passports

Curious, what washing machine do you have that has a 95C cycle? Never heard of such a thing, though I admit I haven't exactly familiarized myself with all the products on offer. How many kwh does it take (and how long does it take?) to heat up a full load of wash from the 50-60C a hot water heater outputs all the way to 95C?

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Re: Hate RFID T-shirt passports

If I've had bacteria or mite colonies that were left in place because I didn't wash in hot water, they've had no deleterious effect on me or those around me.

Besides, if you need 60C washing to kill them, I guess everyone has problems because no one washes everything they own in 60C water. If the dryer takes care of it, that's fine, but what about stuff that's "hang to dry"? Generally things that are hang to dry are recommended to wash in cold water, and definitely would not be washed in hot, so I guess everyone is living with bacteria and mite colonies so what's the difference?

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Re: So tech companies, a new item is needed

I might carry my phone with me most of the time, but I don't have to. If all my clothing had tracking chips the only way I could avoid being tracked is to go around naked, which has its own set of problems...

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Re: Hate RFID T-shirt passports

If you have a quality washing machine, and buy a good detergent made for cold washing, you can wash everything in cold on either permanent press (for towels, jeans, underwear and socks) or gentle cycle (everything else) and not have to worry about this. No need to sort colors (though I still wash blacks separately because I want to dry them separately) and everything lasts longer this way.

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Re: So tech companies, a new item is needed

You already own it, it is called a microwave. If they ever start sewing the RFID tags into the waistband or collar, so you can't get at them by removing the tags, this is only way of destroying them without destroying the clothing (modulo possible burn marks - might need to do some testing to see what percentage of full power is required to destroy the tag with a minimum of of fireworks)

AMD chief architect Jim Keller quits chipmaker – again

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Re: Mystery?

Amanfrommars1 is posting under a new ID?

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Re: Mystery?

But that was true before he left Apple and went to AMD. Not everyone is motivated by money, he may be motivated by the challenge or by doing something novel. When something more novel comes along, he follows it. Be interesting to see where he lands next...AFAIK he's never been involved in a startup, maybe that's his next challenge.

Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

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Re: Sounds like Samsung's benchmark cheat

So they check whether the car is in gear and 'moving' but the accelerometers detect no actual forward motion? I guess that would do it!

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Re: I'm guessing that...

The cost would only hit billions if the EPA does some insanely high fines. I've read that they can fine $37,500 for each occurrence, but what defines "occurrence" is a bit of a gray area. Is each car an occurrence? They were threatening to fine a local farmer $37,500 each time it rained, for having some runoff problems, and others have been fined $37,500 a day until a condition was corrected. So I guess if you combine all that they could fine VW $37,500 each time any car affected is driven, going back to when the cars were first sold, and get a judgment for trillions!

The cost of fixing should be pretty small - the owner will just bring in the car, have a software update that corrects this. This might hit owner satisfaction, if the update causes a significant change in the behavior of the car. It isn't clear how much it would since "up to 40x" could mean "worst case if you start your car in below zero weather and immediately drive away without letting it warm up" but be far less under the vast majority of cases.

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Sounds like Samsung's benchmark cheat

Though I wonder, how does the car know when emissions are being measured? Does it go to lower emissions mode when in park but not when in gear?

US govt: Why we're OK with letting control of the internet slip into ICANN's hands

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If it becomes an issue in the presidential election?

I'm sure if someone asks Trump, or hell any of the republican candidates, "is it a good idea that the US is giving up its control of the basic infrastructure of the internet?" they'd all say hell no and derail the whole thing. But that won't happen because they're too busy asking him questions about pressing issues like women he called ugly or conspiracy theorist fantasies like ISIS training camps inside the US.

I'm sure everyone else is happy with the idea of the US is loosening its grip on the internet, but handing control to ICANN is like Caesar handing over his throne to Stalin - most of the world outside of Rome might be happy Caesar is gone, until they realize he's been replaced by someone much worse.

Look out, world! Apple is about to launch .apple

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Re: Let's face it...

And it worked, Apple paid the $185K for .apple just to make sure someone else didn't grab it and cause potential confusion. Now that they have it they're trying to figure out what the hell it is good for (answer: nothing)

Global warming stopped in 1998? No it didn't. If you say that, you're going to prison

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Re: The more I know, the less I am sure of.

No, just that those who are downwind of you wish they were.

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Re: The more I know, the less I am sure of.

Which is why in the last few years talk about a 'tipping point' or 'point of no return' has started up, with claims that we must act immediately in major ways or it will be too late.

The thing that really made me give this all a closer look was when I found out that temperature records were being 'adjusted', and learned how the adjustments were almost exclusively to lower older temperatures and raise more recent ones. There seems to be no justification for this, other than simply cooking the books to allow the models to output what they want to output. In some cases the same dataset that has been adjusted previously is adjusted again, amplifying this affect.

If it turns out AGW is happening, the shady corporate interests who are backing deniers will be to blame, but less so than the warmists who were cheating the system trying to make it look like a bigger problem. You expect the oil and coal companies who are most directly contributing to the problem to act this way, but you expect scientists to methodically pursue science, not to seek shortcuts even if they honestly believe the ends justify the means. That makes people like me stop and question things, and gives ammunition to those who aren't questioning but simply want to stop the whole thing in its tracks.

Imagine if the Surgeon General was found to have fudged the numbers to turn a 30% increased risk of cancer from smoking into a 60% risk, or to make it so smoking a pack a day looked as bad as what actually required smoking two packs a day? The tobacco companies would have had a field day with that, and it would have set the prevention movement back by decades. We'd be lucky to have warnings on packs, let alone the smoking bans in public places that most states now enjoy. This is what falsely adjusting temperature records is causing.

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Re: Attempts to prevent debate ALWAYS show a lack of solid ground

Even if you compare to things like smoking, where US tobacco companies successfully resisted warnings and other restrictions on their product for years as evidence mounted, there was no need to silence them. Eventually the evidence became so clear that tobacco friendly or anti-regulation legislators weren't able to stop it.

Instead of trying to use RICO has a club to silence dissent, if they believe they're on the right side of climate change they should let the same process play out. Oh, I know, "tipping point" and all that so we have to act TODAY or the world will end. Sorry, even if that's true that's no excuse to silence those who disagree with you. Allow that once even for what you believe is a 'noble cause' and it opens the door for its misuse in the future - maybe you get silenced next time, maybe even when you are on what later turns out to be the 'right' side depends on who has control over who the RICO laws go after.

Bad enough the RICO laws even exist in their current form, but it is a ridiculous stretch to use them in this way. Next they'll be advocating for claiming deniers are eco-terrorists, and allowing the US military drones to target Lewis Page and Freeman Dyson for death from above. That'll teach them to think for themselves and have an open mind!

Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

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Well iOS 9 has only been out for two days

I'm sure someone else will fill this need and reap the rewards.

Alternative explanation: he's looking for publicity, so by claiming his app is "too effective" and pulling it, then bringing it back a few days later "by popular demand" everyone will want it.

I was all excited to try out an adblocker since intrusive ads have become a real problem on my iPhone recently, but on second thought I decided to wait a month or so before I make the move so I can get more information on which one(s) are the most popular and get the best ratings.

Hate noisy jets above you? What if they were charging your phone?

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Bring back the Concorde!

The sonic boom may crack my plaster walls, but it'll take my iPhone from 50% to 90% in a jiffy!

Flawless Dutch does for cuffed duo in CoinVault ransomware probe

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Let this be a lesson to you

Never comment your code!

We are the Knights who code Ni!

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Re: It is now NO LONGER the language called Ni

From the script:

Knight of Ni: We are now the Knights who say "Ekky-ekky-ekky-ekky-z'Bang, zoom-Boing, z'nourrrwringmm".

I think your spelling better reflects what they actually said, so here's a pint for you!

Apple VICTORY: Old Samsung phones not sold any more can't be sold any more

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Re: A ban in the USA is not a Worldwide Ban ...

therefore it's not uncommon for users to buy new units after 6-12 months - and just toss the old units

I don't get the connection. Why does selling them without plans mean people want to buy new phones every 6-12 months and throw away rather than resell the old ones? Are the phones they're buying such low end junk that they don't last longer than that?

Blood-crazy climate mosquitoes set to ground Santa's reindeer

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Re: biting pests...

Scotland? Where in Scotland are biting pests so bad? I've been there a couple times to play golf (though Dornoch near Loch Ness was as far north as I've yet been) for a total of about four weeks and never had issues, even on the few rare days when the wind laid down.

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Re: biting pests...

I briefly dated a girl from Finland, she used to visit her grandfather way up north when she was a kid. She said one year the blackflies were so bad when a swarm passed it would block out the sun, and they killed baby reindeer (not sure if it was due to blood loss, shock from all the bites or they were breathing them in and choking)

SPOOKY new Pluto snaps will make the HAIR RISE on the back of your neck

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Re: Weather? Wow!

I'm sure the Sun drives its weather too, but the 'ice' they're talking about flowing is not water ice, but CO2 or something else that freezes at much lower temperatures. This is Pluto's balmy summer, since it is much nearer the Sun than it is on average.

Water ice is probably indistinguishable from granite at several hundred degrees below zero.

Shedload of security bugs squashed in iOS 9 – what the hell went wrong with iOS 8?

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Re: straight question

So you're going to claim the same amount of effort is required for every bug fix, and that "rather than do a halfway job of fixing this bug now, we're going to rewrite this whole subsystem in the next major rev to do a proper job" isn't a reasonable idea? If the bugs were being actively exploited obviously I want the fix sooner rather than later, but no one is able to fix everything with a day/week/month (whatever you seem to feel is the appropriate time after becoming aware of a bug) in every case. They have delivered point releases specifically for a single security issue in the past, so they'll do it for bugs they feel it is necessary for.

Apple is fair from perfect, but point me to someone who is doing better. Google's code sure isn't any better, when overflowing the lock screen password drops you to the home screen! Even if they deliver fixes few Android owners ever see them until they buy a new phone. Microsoft has a terrible history WRT to security, and while they're better than they used to be they still have many security fixes in their monthly patch cycles and offer fewer and fewer details about what is actually be fixed these days. They obviously released Windows 10 based on a marketing schedule than when the engineers thought it was done, so they aren't an example Apple should strive to emulate.

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Re: How is this any different than anyone else's OS?

AV/anti-malware doesn't protect you against security holes in the OS. There are essentially zero viruses or worms for iOS, so regardless of your feelings about Apple you have to admit there would be zero difference in your safety/security if you had it. Maybe that changes someday if there's a widespread virus (and one that affects non-jailbroken devices)

The walled garden is far from infallible, but if a dodgy app gets past Apple's checking they can remotely disable it easily so the window of vulnerability would be pretty small even if someone manages to slip something by. I get that some people don't like giving up that level of control and want to be able to run whatever they want. I want that freedom on my desktop, but I look at my phone as more of an appliance, which is why I'm one of those oddballs who has an iPhone but has been running a Linux desktop since before 2000 (i.e. before the first of the many "year of the Linux desktop"!)

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Re: straight question

They do fix security issues on the point releases as well. The reason for the larger number could be that the fixes were more involved so they wanted to wait for 9.0, or they or someone else ran some new types of bug scans (source code scans, fuzzing, whatever) that found heaps of new bugs, or the extended beta cycle of a major release gets better testing and more issues get found than in the shorter cycles of a 8.3 or 8.4.

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How is this any different than anyone else's OS?

There are always long lists of exploitable bugs fixed. If you even see the list - Microsoft puts out so little information in its patches you often don't know what it fixes other than 'security' and whether it fixed a single bug or a dozen unrelated bugs in the same subsystem.

Here's a question to ponder (I don't have the answer) Is a lengthy list of security fixes a good thing (because a lot of stuff is being found and fixed) or a bad thing (because there were so many issues before) If they had 100 bugs this time, but only 5 bugs found and fixed with iOS 10 a year from now is that a good thing (hardly any bugs found) or a bad thing (they stopped looking as hard and potentially left many bugs in place)

Arctic summer ice cover is 31st highest ever recorded

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Lewis doesn't need to post all the articles in the other direction, because most everyone else is busy posting them. No point in spending time writing the same stories everyone else does.

You can argue that's wrong, that he's biased, and so forth, but either you think he's doing it because he's chasing clicks (in which case you fell into his trap) or he's trying to brainwash people into believing like he does (in which case you're wasting your time reading this article, because you're already brainwashed in the other direction)

He may go off the deep end with some of his stuff, but it is hard to argue that the idea that headlines like "4th lowest ice extent ever" that don't point out the records in this case go back a mere 35 years, is as much propaganda in the pro-AGW direction as his articles are in the anti.'

And that's the problem, both sides are trying to sell their goods and conveniently leave out the "inconvenient truths" that don't point in their direction. Does Lewis leave out a lot of stuff in his articles that don't support his position? Damn straight, but if you think that's not true for articles that support the opposite position, you're brainwashed rather than thinking critically.

I used to be a pretty strong believer in the pro-AGW side until I learned more about how severely the temperature records are adjusted - and always mysteriously down in the past and up more recently. That really disturbs me, and if you are willing to overlook or dismiss that you are as close minded as those who think it is all a hoax by people who can make a buck off 'green' technologies. I badly would like to see results that are COMPLETELY unadjusted to see what they look like but they do not exist - in fact adjustments are being done on previously adjusted data which only makes the problem worse.

US librarians defy cops, Feds – and switch on their Tor exit node

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As an Iowan, I'd like to apologize for our nuts on both sides of the aisle. Unfortunately primaries/caucuses tend to bring out the most dedicated people, who also tend to be the most polarized. So we will reliably select one of the most conservative republicans and one of the most liberal democrats, and leave it up to the states that follow to have their voters figure out "what a minute, maybe this guy is so extreme he's unelectable in a general election" or decide to roll the dice and go with him.

Don't blame us for Trump though, he was big nationally before he took off in Iowa. Instead of "who is the most conservative" this year republicans seem to be choosing based on "who is the least tainted by previous political experience". Considering that Scott Walker was leading Iowa a few months ago, Trump can hardly be considered worse. Who knows, maybe a billionaire who can't be bought (or so we hope) is better than the same shrubs we keep getting every 4-8 years who are hard to tell apart despite their supposed differences in party affiliation. At least he's making the election entertaining.

Google stretches tentacles into the health market

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A company that makes their money on advertising

wants to have anything to do with my health information? Hell no!

AirDrop hole deposits stealth malware on all pre-iOS 9 Apple devices

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So if the device needs to be rebooted to be vulnerable

It doesn't sound like it is a terribly easy/practical attack. AirDrop requires you are on the same wifi network, so you could do this attack to iPhones in a Starbucks for instance. But then you have to wait for them to reboot for it to become active, which probably doesn't happen until they do an iOS update. Which as of today, would be iOS 9, which fixes it (or it sounds like mostly fixes it, might need iOS 9.0.1 for the full fix)

The 'vampire squid' wants a bankers' blockchain

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Bitcoin may be nowhere near the limit on coins, but the blockchain size is becoming an issue and there is disagreement on how to deal with that by expanding it, since it will obsolete older bitcoin clients.

It also isn't scalable at all, I've heard something like 3 transactions a second is about the limit it can handle. For a niche application like bitcoin is today that's not an issue, but those who wish it would become widespread would need to first completely re-architect the whole thing to address that. If someone piggybacked enough unrelated transactions into it, they could effectively DoS all bitcoin transactions. I'm actually surprised someone hasn't already done this.

'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

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Re: iOS adblockers

I really do believe they have deliberately instituted a delay of multiple seconds when downloading ads specifically to make the page reflow. It isn't a browser or device performance issue, it sometimes happens 5 or 10 seconds after everything else has loaded and I've read the page (on one of the more and more common 'slideshow' type presentations where you have to click next 20 times to read 20 items, instead of having them all on one page, to maximize the number of ad impressions)

The new 6S I have on order will be a lot faster than the 5 I'm using now, but I'm sure that's not going to help page load times at all since that's all internet slowness - and in this case probably deliberate on their end.

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I've thought they should do that too but I suspect the reason they don't is because it hasn't really been necessary, and the benefits of bandwidth reduction/faster browsing are lost. If checking for ad blockers becomes more prevalent I'm sure someone will write one that does this.

I hit maybe one site in a thousand that tells me I can't view it because I have an ad blocker enabled. I just leave the site and don't come back.

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iOS adblockers

As recently as a year ago viewing the web on an iPhone was a pleasant experience. Mobile advertising was becoming a big business, but most of the ads were unobtrusive. Sure, there were a few sites here and there that abused it with ads that cover the page or scroll across it and make it hard to hit the tiny 'x' to close it. The worst abusers tried to send you to a page to download their app, apparently not realizing that only results in a dialog to open another app (the app store app) that you can cancel. But such things were only a few percent of sites, most did not cause a problem at all and I didn't wish for an ad blocker.

But lately it has become a horror, with more and more crap being slung on a higher and higher percentage of sites, and worse as the ads slowly load and cause the page to reflow you miss the link you were trying to click on because it moves between the time your brain thinks "click there and aims your finger" and the time your finger hit, so you click on the ad! I somehow suspect they have arranged things deliberately to make that happen...

They have no one to blame but themselves, Apple didn't support adblockers before because they weren't really necessary, but the shit the advertisers have been feeding us lately has made it necessary. Too many PC users had installed adblockers so they started pushing crap on mobile, and now they're going to wail and cry about how we're "stealing" from them by reading content without viewing ads. If they check for an ad blocker and won't let me on the site, I'll just leave the page. Almost all content is available elsewhere, I'll go where they don't check.

Apple working on 3D mapping at secret Swedish hideaway

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That's something that can be helped by "previous experience" from other cars. So if my car drives by today and sees the stop sign, then your car drives there a week later and has been knocked over by a careless human driver or sticky snow has covered it up, your car can assume "that stop sign is probably still there" and stop anyway, even though it didn't see a stop sign.

That assumes the telemetry from my car is uploaded to 'the cloud' which is going to need a LOT of privacy protections and anonymizing of data mandated by law with very severe penalties for violations, before I allow it. I'll disable the cellular radio in my car if the automaker or author of software (esp. Google) is allowed to use the information for targeted advertising.

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Collecting street level detail is NOT needed for a self driving car

Self driving cars aren't going to rely on old pictures of what was there a year ago, or even a day ago. They're going to rely on their own cameras and sensors to tell it what is there at the moment. Otherwise if you based where the car drives on data collected from a streetview type drive-around you'll drive right through the "road closed" sign they put in the night before.

Burn all the coal, oil – No danger of sea level rise this century from Antarctic ice melt

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If it takes 1000 years for it to happen is it still "enough of a problem for you"? You don't imagine that sometime in the next few hundred years technology to capture CO2 from the atmosphere and the oceans might come along that could reverse such changes long before we reach such dire circumstances?

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Re: 17cm 20th century 8 cm this century!

The 8cm is the contribution from melting of Antarctic ice. There would be other contributors like Greenland, along with thermal expansion that goose up the numbers.

As pointed out by someone else, the error bars in their paper make the contribution from Antarctica actually between -6cm and +14cm. So even their model shows that Antarctica could actually add ice in the 21st century. Either way, the worries of multi meter sea level rises in our children's lifetime don't seem to be corroborated by their paper.

Qualcomm goes freestyle: Snapdragon 820 will support unlicensed spectrum

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Good thing it supports 802.11ad

The 867 Mbps that ac supports is obviously not enough since of course everyone has gigabit broadband at home now.

Unique astronaut job perk: Create a SHOOTING STAR by having a dump

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That's not a shooting star

Its a shitshow!

Fed-up sysadmins beg Microsoft to improve pisspoor Windows 10 update notes

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Re: my theory

What about from orbit? Because NASA's apparently shitting on your from orbit according to that other Reg article!

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Re: Red Hat's push for SystemD

You do realize there are Linux distributions other than Red Hat's, right?

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Re: Quite Frankly

Its a sad day when someone advocates for using Vista, and I think "that's really not a bad idea".

This new new chip will self-destruct in less than 10 seconds

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What's wrong with having a few large pins connected directly to the metal layers

And running as many amps through them as your power supply can output to overheat the chip so badly it actually melts?

ESA tries UPLOADING PATCH to Philae lander to fix radios

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Re: Care to translate...








You didn't think to google "morse code translator"?

Microsoft throws crypto foes an untouchable elliptic curveball

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Well FourQ too, Microsoft!

I mean thank you.

Flash sale pioneer Xiaomi opens old-school, bricks-and-mortar shop

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Missing the instant gratification

Why would someone walk into a store to buy online and wait for delivery? They can do that at home. Yeah, I guess it gives them an opportunity to hold one in their hand and see what its like, but Xiaomi sells so many phones in China surely everyone has friends who have one they can check out.

PSST! You wanna iPhone 6S Plus? YOINK! You can't have one - Apple

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Re: Ming the Merciless says...

These morons say the same thing every year, and every year Apple sells more iPhones than they did the previous year. If they keep saying it long enough, I guess someday they'll be right but I wouldn't bet it on this year, or next with the 7. Maybe the 7S will finally be the one that can't exceed the previous models' sales....the haters can only hope!

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Re: Tee Hee!

That's a load of crap, because Samsung is making the SoC this time around, not TSMC. TSMC made it last year (and is rumored to make it again next year)

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