* Posts by DougS

12862 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? AVOID AT&T

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If there is such a case to be made, rest assured that Apple will make it, and they have pretty good lawyers (not the IBM Nazgul, but they know their way around a courtroom by now)

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Re: Call me crazy but...

How is using Apple's SIM making you pay "rent" to Apple? They aren't charging you anything for it, it comes with the iPad. If you don't like it, take it out and throw it away, and use whatever SIM you want just like you would in any device that doesn't come with a SIM already present.

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Re: Sort of defeats the object then

It is a standard SIM in a standard SIM slot. Of course you can replace it with your own. The Apple SIM is just a value add (well, if you choose a carrier other than AT&T) so you don't have to get a SIM from the carrier but can use the one that's already there.

I wonder if it would be possible for Apple to foil whatever AT&T is doing to lock down the SIM, or if it is part of the SIM protocol and there's nothing they can do about it?

I'm sure the intent is to get this working well enough that eventually they can do away with the hardware SIM and make it software (i.e. certificate based, so you could just copy bits from device to device to move your "SIM") which would totally remove the ability for carriers to "SIM lock" you in. I'm sure the carriers are going to do everything in their power to prevent that, and it looks like AT&T is off to a good start in that regard.

FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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Sounds like Microsoft called them to the carpet on this

I'm sure they don't want to be seen as responsible for delivering updates that break user's hardware, especially when said users will have no idea their hardware is "counterfeit".

Apple: We're still GREAT pals with GT and we'd LOVE to team up again

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Production quantities say you're wrong

The number of furnaces that were being put into that new plant Apple loaned GT the money to build, at their full output, would have increased the amount of worldwide sapphire glass production tenfold.

That was not needed for watch faces, the current world production can adequately support that. In fact, that plant would have output more glass than was necessary for Apple's entire iPhone production, so they might have been planning on eventually using it for more than just iPhone (or were assuming a lot of waste, or 50% growth in iPhone sales, or something)

GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it stumbles on IRC, slaps it in an app

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Isn't this like Whisper 2.0?

Doesn't matter how anonymous I am to other Facebook users, Facebook will know who I am and will undoubtedly be collecting what I say and knowing I said it.

If I anonymously revealed in confidence to anonymous friends that I'm into hardcore S&M, I'll bet I soon start to see Facebook ads for whips and "suggested posts" regarding a company that helps you build your own dungeon. Facebook wouldn't add something like this if they didn't see it as a way to further monetize you - now that they know everything public about their users, they want to know their secrets. They won't tell Facebook voluntarily, but they'll tell their friends, especially if they feel they have some level of anonymity, but doing so in this way will also be telling Facebook.

Who's to say who Facebook might share this information with, deliberately or not? They were, after all, one of the companies who were voluntarily cooperating with the NSA spying. They also make all their money off selling personal information (i.e. as with Google, we are not their customers, we are their product) and to say Facebook has a spotty record on privacy is a huge understatement. At least Google pretends like they're sorry when they get caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Facebook acts like the customer is in the wrong for calling them out on their abuses!

Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it

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Re: Amazon's approach seems a sensible approach to me

Quick quiz for you, what should the share price be for Amazon if it NEVER pays a dividend? Answer: Zero. Otherwise investors rely on the greater fool theory where someone pays them more tomorrow than they paid yesterday for a share, and someday the fools will run out and those who hold shares will be left holding the bag.

The "yeah if you don't think it is super-valuable like I do you should short it" argument is rather weak, because it assumes that investors come to their senses based on some sort of a schedule. They haven't done it yet, though the 30% drop this the past 9 1/2 months may indicate that is starting to happen. But it could equally be seen as an opportunity to load up more shares by those deluded like you are, and the stock price could be quickly bid back up again if there are enough of them willing to put enough money behind their delusion.

Amazon can play this game of claiming they lose money because they're investing for the future all the want, but what is the POINT of investing for the future if not to be more profitable in that future? Amazon is massively overvalued, but until investors who think like you finally realize there's no pot of gold at the end of Bezo's rainbow, it will continue to be massively overvalued.

If you bought in a few years ago you've made out pretty well, even with today's 10% drop and the larger drop this calendar year. If you bought in less than a year ago, you might be starting to panic seeing the value of your investment drop by a third with no sign that the business will generate any better results that would give a reason to bring it back up again. Once the number of panicked investors exceed the number sitting on the sidelines waiting to buy because they think it will continue to go up and up for no reason, that's when you should short it.

I have no way of measuring that so no way to know when to short it, and prefer instead to invest in companies who have a sound reason behind their stock price with boring traditional measures like actual profit instead of fantasy "maybe in a decade, if we run every other retailer in the world out of business somehow". They are subject to their own bouts of delusion (c.f. Apple's decline that dropped its P/E well below 10, without any reason to think its current products were a problem, only that "no Steve Jobs, no new paradigm-shifting products) but so long as there is an actual profit stream that can be relied on at least in the short/medium term, it sets a floor below which the stock price cannot go. A stock like Amazon that generates no profit has no floor, it could theoretically drop down to its book value, which is about $20.

Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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Re: It's an Apple car patent

Of course not, there are some Apple haters who don't like anyone questioning anti-Apple posts, even when that post is 100% incorrect.

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Re: It's an Apple car patent

Find just ONE instance where Apple has sued someone for violating a patent they hold that they have no products that use it, and don't later make a product that uses it.

Apple only cares about people copying what they do. They could care less if they come up with something, decide they aren't interested in making it a product, and someone else does it.

NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code

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Could this be sent over email?

If someone sends you an email with a .apk attachment, is it possible to install that? Most people know these days not to click on unknown attachments, and spam filters will remove exe files and may remove apk as well.

However, if it looks like a jpeg, many people feel safe clicking on it. If after clicking on it, it shows an image and there's also a pop up for installing an app with a name like "Facebook Messenger update" they might think it was an automated thing unrelated to the email and click OK. If it works with inline images, simply opening/previewing the image would be enough to launch the installer dialog.

I wonder if we're going to see a lot of spam using this technique in a few weeks? If what I'm suggesting can be made to work, the Android malware problem is going to grow exponetially in the next few months.

FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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5K iMac

It is clearly targeted at content creators (i.e. editing 4K video, with the excess pixels for menus etc.) so of course it must have sockets.

Apple doesn't solder RAM to piss people off, they do it because it is cheaper and easier to assemble, is more reliable, and the people buying the hardware with it soldered in don't care. It is only us techies who read El Reg who would ever even think about opening up a computer to replace/expand its RAM.

I'll bet three quarters of people who own a PC laptop don't even realize there is a removable panel on the bottom that gives them access to the memory.

Hey Apple, we're gonna tailor Swift as open source – indie devs throw down gauntlet

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They may release Swift tools eventually

Apple likes to move slowly with new stuff, like how they had the infrastructure for third party apps in iOS from day one, but didn't announce it as a feature they made available until iOS 2.0.

Whan Lattner was asked a few months ago he said it hasn't been decided yet and there is a lot of stuff yet to do before it even goes to version 1.0, but that he and others would like it to be open source and included in LLVM.

Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook

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They had a PDA back in the 80s! It may have not been long term successful, but it is the grandfather of today's smartphones and tablets.

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Me me me?

Of course like always Jesper puts his own negative spin on it, as if Cook is attributing the successes to himself or his own leadership. He isn't, of course, he specifically says "These very strong results were made possible by your hard work and dedication."

But hey, don't let facts get in the way of your Apple bashing, Jesper!

Mars needs women, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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North Koreans

They're mostly tiny due to lack of childhood nutrition. Or midgets. Or midget North Koreans.

You get what you pay for: Kingston's SSDNow V310 960GB whopper

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A matter of precision

Hard drives have to fly the head a matter of microns above the platter. That sounds like a precise tolerance until you consider that flash chips are precisely patterned to nanometers.

Not that precision of engineering should translate directly to cost. The diesel engine in a supertanker may have tolerances of millimeters at best, but you could buy tens of thousands of drives (flash or "spinning rust") for the price of one of those!

That's PROFESSOR Woz to you from now on, young whippersnapper

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Re: brickmakers and bricklayers, among other tradies

Wow, makes the Gehry building where I live look almost straight by comparison.


NSA approves Samsung Knox for use by TOP SECRET g-men

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I would have hoped

If they cared about security, they'd be rooting it and installing their own Android build on it. Are they trusting Samsung and Google not to spy on THEM? Maybe the next release of top secret files will come from an insider in Seoul or Mountain View, rather than an NSA insider?

Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Re: "The idea of Dronecode is for a common, Linux-based software platform"

What is the requirement for hard realtime for a drone? Things are not happening on microsecond timescales, if they were humans would not be able to fly them. Linux may not be hard realtime but they can certain guarantee responses on the timescales required by them, and which are possible for humans.

Hey, iPhone 6 fanbois: Apple's bonk to 'Pay' app IS GO

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OK, so let's say Apple's secure element is broken into. You're worried about someone gaining access to your credit card numbers? Such a thing has never happened before, what a disaster - you might be liable for up to $0 in fraudulent charges if that occurred!

Having your credit card numbers stored in POS systems all over, some of which may be pwned at this very moment and the breach not yet found is surely worse than having them stored in only one place (your phone) Well, two places, if you include your wallet.

The secure element is a totally separate CPU on the A7/A8 SoC, which communicates via a defined protocol to the main CPU. The bar to attack it is far higher than to attack the main CPU, so while it isn't impossible, it won't be easy.

Even if a viable attack for the secure element was found, a criminal who steals your phone needs to break into the phone first to perform whatever steps are required to break into the secure element. Yeah, like all fingerprint scanners Touch ID is far from foolproof, but is it really worth the criminal's time to bypass Touch ID, then break into the secure element, when his "prize" is a handful of credit card numbers, if the owner is using Apple Pay at all?

You can find credit card numbers by the thousands on pastebin, or by the millions on underground carder sites. Why risk getting caught trying to snag someone's phone - and if you are, why not steal their wallet which in addition to cards will also likely contain some cash!

IBM: Please, take our chip unit. We'll give you $1.5 billion

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Re: Puzzling

IBM probably has contracts for stuff like mainframes that require components to be made in the US.

Bad news, fandroids: He who controls the IPC tool, controls the DROID

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Re: How many

Gingerbread? I'll bet the majority of Android phones sold on today, October 16 2014, will never see an update. Too often people think about the big name phones that get a lot of attention like Samsung Galaxy or HTC One, which of course will be updated (at least the more recent models) but those are a pretty small minority of the overall Android sales. Few of the low/mid range phones will ever get an update. This is why El Reg refers to them as "landfill Android".

People like to claim Apple has "planned obsolesence" to force people to upgrade, but the 3gs, introduced in June 2009, was able to update all the way through iOS 6 released in 2012, and still iOS 6.x is still updated for pressing security issues - the most recent 6.1.6 released early this year. Does anyone think that their shiny new Note 4 will be receiving updates in early 2019?

Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized fusion reactor breakthrough boast

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If they're in business to raise money, why are they looking for outside investment for this? If Apple developed a revolutionary new device that would rival the iPhone in sales, would you expect them to ask for investors and share the profit with them, or fund it themselves and keep 100% of the profit?

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Re: To the skeptics...

They also haven't ever asked for outside investment either. I thought that was really weird when I read it, and seems weirder the more I think about it.

It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

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Register buying into crappy analyst projections

If there's growth of 10%, how is it a "tastrophe" of any sort? It is only bad for the idiot who projected it to rise 30% or whatever his previous figure was, and had to cut it back by 83 million.

I predict 12 tablets will ship in 2015, and one billion Windows PCs. Look for my revised predictions based on three quarters of actual data one year from today, and for the Register article that will trumpet "incredible surge in 2015 tablet sales" and "Windows PC sales experience unprecedented crash in 2015"

Apple hit by INSIDER LEAK: New iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 blabbed

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Re: You're assuming it was unplanned.

How would this rain on the parade, when it doesn't show anything surprising but pretty much exactly the same minor updates that were expected? If they wanted to rain on Android's parade they could have scheduled the iPad announcement for the same day, or leaked something big that would attract some real attention.

If Android can't hold people's attention over "yeah, they have touch ID like everyone assumed and the same camera improvements the iPhone 6 has" that would be pretty sad.

Intel, Asus charge sneak into US mobe market with ATOM-powered PadFone X mini

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Intel is selling tablet SoCs for approximately 7 cents each

No lie. Look at their earnings announcement from earlier this week. They had a revenue of $1 million from their mobile communications group, and said they shipped 15 million tablet SoCs.

How is that possible? That's easy, read up on what they call "contra revenue", which is basically kickbacks given to OEMs in exchange for using their SoCs. Since revenue of $1 million for 15 million SoCs works out to about 7 cents apiece, they're pretty much giving kickbacks equal to the cost - that $1 million is probably shipping or something else they don't cover in their kickbacks

It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

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Re: Why would you PARSE FONTS in the kernel?

Having the video drivers in the kernel doesn't mean the fonts have to be parsed in the kernel. That could easily be done by a non-privileged process with no performance impact - you're only going to message pass for each character you render, which might add up to a few dozen microseconds to render a screen filled with small print.

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Why would you PARSE FONTS in the kernel?


Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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Intel CPU

Sounds like an Intel CPU, if it really is dual core. The 64 bit ARM SoCs that I'm aware of being worked by Qualcomm and friends are 1) not quite ready yet and 2) quad core.

If it is a dual core ARM, I look forward to the backpedaling by those who have spent the last few years claiming Apple is behind having only two cores.

NSA Sentry Eagle placed spies in private companies

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@AC - placing someone inside Apple and Google

With the encryption keys existing only on the device itself, even if the government has plants within Apple and Google (and I agree, that's virtually a certainty given their size and influence) there isn't much they can do. If they had a copy of the keys available to provide to law enforcement, someone on the inside could have compromised that system and dumped all the data for spooks to have handy, or at least been able to provide keys on demand in situations where a court order couldn't/wouldn't be sought, so taking that away is a big deal.

Yeah, having someone on the inside providing access to the source code of stuff like iOS and Google Search, having early access to bug reports so they can exploit them before fixes are available, and so forth would certainly further the NSA's cause, but this change does negatively affect them and that's why they're raising such a fuss over it.

Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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Re: Gender parity == hogwash.

Society needs to accept that we'll never have gender balance in all fields/professions. If there is active discrimination that prevents women from entering a certain profession, that's one thing, and should be fixed.

However, if it is simply a lack of interest, well, should we also try to recruit more male nurses and elementary school teachers? More female roofers and truck drivers? Some jobs by their nature won't attract a balance, even if every job site had "PC police" patrolling 24x7 to make sure there was zero discrimination of any sort at any time.

PANTS on FIRE? Too late for you. But others will benefit from singed trouser phone alert

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Re: which is great

Nice try, but there were three devices mentioned. Well, there was a third link to an unnamed device, which Jesper decided not to name as it was a Samsung GS3, which would blow his narrative that only Apple devices suffer from any problems or defects.

Once your GS3 is already on fire in your pocket, are you really going to get any benefit by removing the battery at that point? Even if it hadn't caught fire at that point but just got "wow, that's hot" I think I'd get it away from me rather than fiddle with it and burn (at best) my hands and have something catch fire (at worst) while I was fiddling with it!

AFAIK, these events occur as runaway reactions as a result of damage or manufacturing defect, not something that slowly builds over hours, so battery removal won't help unless you mean "I always remove the battery when I'm not using it".

NO MORE DOUBLE IRISH, thunders Dublin. Erm, from 2020 that is

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Re: Its ok

I imagine all these companies have contingency plans in place to reorganize things as necessary to work around such things. Probably already have the necessary filings in place and small offices opened in the necessary locations for years. Paying a few people to push papers around and look busy as a backup plan to insure you keep saving the bulk of $700 million or $2.5 billion Facebook and Google save, or whatever $large billion Apple and Microsoft save each year is well worth it.

They might scramble to find a backup to their backup now that they have a target date for bringing their backup plan online. Good luck to Ireland with whatever the "patent box" is, I suspect they're going to lose out on this regardless but it sounds like they were left with no choice.


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If anything killed it, it was Android, though it was really self-inflicted

Nokia played the whole market from high to low end, all over the world, and covered every single carrier. How could Apple, who competes ONLY on the high end, and was for a long time not available on certain very popular carriers (like Verizon and China Mobile!) have destroyed Nokia? Taking away a good share of the high end would certainly damage Nokia, but they could have survived and regrouped.

My first two phones were Nokia (8860 and 8260) and I was totally ready to make my third a Nokia but their US offerings in the 6 months or so I was looking were, to a one, utter shit. I went with a KRZR and later a 3gs. Apple didn't steal me away as a customer, Nokia had already lost me through their own inability to make good products long before I ended up with an iPhone

Had Nokia not been asleep at the wheel and seen that original iPhone showed the way toward the future, they would have had some strong products ready by the time Android finally got their act together and stopped sucking with 4.0 and probably beat it in overall market share due to the inbuilt advantage of their positive name recognition throughout most of the world.

Because Nokia had nothing to compete with aside from decade old technology and Microsoft's catch-up attempt, Android took the mass market by default. Had Android not existed, it isn't like Apple would have been serving that market. Nokia wouldn't have been bleeding low/mid range market share, and wouldn't have needed to burn their platform. Though eventually, Windows Phone would have started to eat that share so not having Android would have only delayed Nokia's demise, not prevented it.

Secret U.S. 'space warplane' set to return from spy mission

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You do realize that exporting natural gas is a lot more difficult/expensive than exporting oil, right? As a result, the gas price in the US is significantly lower than it is in the ROW because of the greatly increased production due to fracking. More to the point, if other places in the world started producing a lot more gas it won't affect the price in the US much at all. There's a world price for oil, but that's not the case for natural gas.

It might affect those who want to put up cyro stations to liquify and compress gas to be exported from the US to take advantage of that price difference, but as no one is doing that yet there's no one to protect. And no guarantee that by the time all that infrastructure was set up, that enough other places might doing fracking and getting their own cheap gas that the ability to exploit that price difference disappears.

I think you'll need to find some other conspiracy theory to run with, yours has too many holes in it.

Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Re: Only 15 mins faster not 30 mins!

I don't know about Simon's route, but when I ride my bike straight across town I end up stopped at red lights a lot because they're timed for cars, and I can't ride as fast as a car. Neither would this bike, but if you can get through a few more timed light intersections before you're forced to stop that would add up fairly quickly.

Cops and spies should blame THEMSELVES for smartphone crypto 'problem' - Hyppönen

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@AC the "traditional liberal"

Well, the reason I'm not outraged by Obama's "betrayal" is because I'm not a liberal, and never said I was, so I don't know why you're faulting me on that. I consider myself a libertarian, so I find a lot of fault in both parties, and the spying program which both parties support is just the tip of the iceberg. I was never under the illusion Obama was going to keep his promises any more than I thought Bush was going to "reach across the aisle", or Clinton was going to do whatever stuff he claimed he would during the 1992 campaign.

The democrats had control of congress when Obama took office, and democrats like Feinstein (who few would accuse of being a "fake liberal") knew about the spying program. Why didn't she talk to her colleagues and say "I can't tell you the full extent of what we're doing, but its bad, let's make some laws that won't allow it to happen any more"? Because the democrats do support it, just like the republicans. You and your liberal friends might not, but you're too much into the "us against them" dialogue that both parties want and encourage to tell your nose from your ass, and don't see the democrats are every bit as corrupt as the republicans, and support anything that helps insure their continued power.

Yeah, there are some democrats who want to see it end, just as there some republicans who do. But not enough to make it happen. If you think Obama is so terrible in his support of this, who you are going to vote for in 2016? Certainly not Hillary, she'll support this stuff even more than Obama. Some fringe candidate like Kucinich? That'll just hand the election to the republicans, it would be the democrat equivalent of nominating Palin.

There's your problem, there isn't anyone who can reasonably win the democratic nomination who will stop this. Your best would probably be Rand Paul, though I think he's too much outside the orthodox republican view that the party machine will put a stop to him like they did McCain in 2000, and he'll either have to compromise his views like the new and disimproved McCain in 2008, or be called "crazy" and "dangerous" and relegated to fringe status like his father.

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Re: Obama's Snooping

The point is that it isn't solely Bush's or Obama's fault, it is institutional, and the next president, whether it is Hillary or one of the republican contenders, will do his/her best to further expand the spying. The government never voluntarily gives up power, and in the rare cases where it is forced to, it takes a big scandal (i.e. Watergate) to focus the public's attention long enough to make it happen.

Sadly, most people don't even pay attention to further disclosures from Snowden's cache. Unless he's been saving up a bombshell, it is all old news to the typical person, so the window for rolling back the clock has passed and the government knows it. They're probably already trying to figure out new and better ways to violate our privacy and novel ways of interpreting laws or creating secret EOs to get the FISA court's rubberstamp of approval.

Perhaps as a nod to the scandal they're shutting down to the old spying programs and replacing them, so they can say "we shut down RANDOMCODENAME as detailed by Snowden, yay us!" when it won't change anything as far as the privacy of citizens is concerned.

Linux Foundation plans open-source drone hit

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Re: This is a good thing

Why should a drone require a RT kernel? Yeah, you want deterministic response, but you don't need deterministic down to the level of microseconds. The kernel is already deterministic to the level of milliseconds which is more than adequate - it only needs to beat human response times to be better than leaving a human in charge of the same task.

Apple's iPhone bonk to 'Pay' app launches on Monday

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Re: But, but...

You must not live in the US. I have a half dozen cards, none of which are EMV compliant.

But when I do, I agree that using a phone to pay is rather pointless, assuming the merchant gets the same data (i.e. lacking my name or anything else unique to link me to a purchase) from the card they do from Apple Pay.

It would be nice as a backup if I ever forget to my wallet, but that might happen maybe once a year. On the other hand when I go out for some "serious" drinking when my college friends come for a visit I specifically leave my wallet at home so I can only pay with the cash I carry. That limits unintentional overspend as well as reducing the size of the hangover the following morning. I guess I'll have to remember to delete the card from Apple Pay before I leave to preserve the efficacy of this strategy :)

Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Re: Don't forget...

This would be easy to check. People whose water supplies come from wells fed from aquifers should not show any increased incidence of obesity.

In many areas such water is hundreds if not thousands of years old - it shows no increase in radiation attributable to atomic testing, so being older than 1945 would also be free of female hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, fluoride, and man made chemicals.

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Glad to see the mention of gut bacteria

I think this demands a lot further study. We have only scratched the surface of this sort of study. For years, we thought the reason people got ulcers was purely down to stress. Then we found out a bacterium called h. pylori was responsible. Many people have it and don't show symptoms, but everyone with ulcers has it, and eradicating it will allow the ulcers to heal.

What if you can catch obesity like you catch a cold, or be exposed to it by picking up someone's "more efficient" gut bacteria? Regardless of how well we clean, most people are exposed to fecal bacteria in tiny amounts on a regular basis. This may partially account for obesity running in families.

We all know those people who are overweight even though they seem to eat normally and exercise, as well as those who seem to eat nothing but fast food and sweets and have a desk job but are skinny as a rail. It is easy to excuse this "oh, he has a slow metabolism" and "he has a fast metabolism", or assume that maybe the overweight person binges when no one is watching or the skinny one retreats to the bathroom to 'purge', but while that may be true in some cases there's no way it is true in all.

Not suggesting this accounts for all obesity, but it should get more study. I just read an article where they developed a better way to do a "fecal transplant", which is used to get someone else's gut bacteria into you. Previously it required a tube inserted you know where to deliver the fresh (yes, it had to be fresh) donor feces, typically from a relative, which no one likes the idea of. It has helped cure people of issues like IBS.

Now they will take feces from a healthy donor and freeze it, and they can be watched for a month or more to insure no health issues of any sort. The frozen feces is put into a capsule you swallow, which has a protective coating that allows it to survive the stomach and make it to the intestines. You take a dozen pills a day for two days and you're done. Still pretty unpleasant, but a lot less unpleasant than before. I would imagine many of those who struggle to lose weight and who say they're willing to "try anything" would be willing to try this, if it were shown to be effective.

Samsung: Thought your PIPE was FAT? Check our 4.6 GIGABIT WiFi

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Re: Not for Fanbois.

It can't be accepted as a standard by IEEE if isn't freely licensed, and it would be just another "S-beam" type technology that only appears in Samsung products.

Not sure what the point of gigabit wireless is when you still have broadband measured in megabits.

Rupert Murdoch outs self as iPhone 6 fanboi

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I think Murdoch would have to be a Microsoft guy

He can't use iOS because it is based on taxpayer funded Mach and BSD. Android would be even worse as far as he's concerned, in his eyes the GPL would be akin to a communist manifesto designed to prevent anyone from maintaining ownership of the code and being able to charge for it.

No, he's gotta stick with Microsoft, closed source, pure capitalist, that's more his speed. Maybe his advisers will set him straight, or Steve Ballmer will buy out his media empire so he can switch everyone from iPad to Surface like he did the Clippers!

Heistmeisters crack cost of safecrackers with $150 widget

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Re: Those systems exist for decades

They weren't denying these products already exist, just denying they exist at a price of $150.

Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE

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Will it bend?

Maybe Samsung will buy it to make an ad showing it being bent so they can say Apple has been making bendable products for almost 40 years!

Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

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Better hurry

My state already banned cigarettes in most indoor locations back in 2008, and there is talk of banning e-cigarettes in those places now.

White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

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Re: Won't reduce the need for power stations in the US

That really only matters for difficult to reach places. For a typical bulb in a lamp, or fixture in a normal height ceiling you'd have to be atrociously lazy to consider saving a few replacements a year to be worth it.

Until fairly recently it was pretty hard to argue that alternative bulbs saved money on the basis of having to replace incandescent more often. Maybe it was true for you, but I've not had the experience with CFLs you have! What did save money was power - but only on bulbs used frequently. As bulbs I frequently used burned out, I replaced them, first with CFLs (which had little or no improvement in lifetime for me, and an annoying delay in turning on) and now with LEDs. Knowing I'll save money on energy, and hoping that it lasts long enough to make up for at least some of the difference in cost.

When a bulb I almost never use burns out, like say the bulb in the hall closet, I replace it with an incandescent because they're cheapest. There's no energy savings on a bulb that's lit maybe 20 minutes a year, and I probably won't live long enough, let alone live at the same house long enough, to make up the difference in cost through avoiding future replacements.

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Re: Apple invented nothing @DougS

Since Apple NEVER made a flip phone, it is a pretty safe bet they didn't have the first one!

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