* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

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Re: Usual American drama

I guess some conspiracy nutjob who also moonlighting as mail bomber

That's what they want you to believe. They only closed the post office to make something nasty sent through the mail seem like a plausible reason for shutting down the lab.

When the solar observatory accidentally took a picture of the alien spacecraft, their leader on Earth had to act immediately, but fortunately he's dictator of the largest country on Earth and recently managed have a stooge installed as president of the United States. He can't afford to be discovered until his plan - in collusion cooperation with his stooge - to destroy America from within and throw the world into chaos is complete so the invasion can begin. I'll bet he can't help but laugh to himself over the irony of his stooge's tirades against illegal aliens. He even gave him the MAGA phrase, but he knows it really stands for Make Aliens Great Again!

I should watch it, I think QAnon started as a joke, too...someone somewhere is going to believe this shit!

Berkeley bio-boffins' butt-blasting belly-bothering batt-teria generates electricity

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Given all the hassle of having to hunt down the humans who escape the Matrix you'd think the machines could find a way to harness the bacteria directly and dispose of the pesky humans that host them.

Has anyone seen REM lately? No, we mean rare earth minerals

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Re: Perhaps China was smarter than they were given credit for

Such price discovery tactics are used in monopolies all the time. They are constantly playing with prices to try to reach the optimal point that maximizes profit - ideally they want to do like airlines do and find ways to segment their customers so the ones with the ability to pay more see higher prices than others. Drug companies do this, which is why drug prices are much higher in the US than anywhere else. US consumers are "willing" to pay more because of our messed up system of private insurance companies that leave end users price insensitive.

We might be seeing it in action with Apple in fact. They don't have a monopoly on smartphones, but they do have a monopoly on iPhones. This time around we've got a $999 XS and a $749 XR which is slightly spec'ed down but with a bigger screen. It will be interesting to see how sales shake out between the options. If I'd held onto my 6S plus and was buying this time around instead of getting the X last year, I couldn't see paying $250 more for OLED, slightly higher resolution and a second camera.

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Perhaps China was smarter than they were given credit for

Perhaps they knew that appearing to try to 'corner the market' in rare earths would provoke exactly that response. They might find the ultimate outcome more desirable as it would mean lower prices for REs that they consume more than anywhere else and production happening elsewhere would mean they could close down some of their older more polluting facilities (I don't know if they did, but I wouldn't be surprised)

GDPR v2 – Gradually Diminishing Psychotic Robots: Brussels kills Terminator apocalypse

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Re: And they say that like it's a bad thing

Hasta la vista, baby!

John Connor taught advanced conversational skills. Good to know there will still be jobs only humans can do in the post-Terminator world!

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Re: And they say that like it's a bad thing

I'm sure Cyberdyne Systems had a consumer arm before the first Terminators came out, selling stuff like always-listening smart speakers for the home. How else would the T101 learn basic conversational skills?

The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Re: TL;DR but ...

I own a business that employs a bunch of 20-somethings, so I'm pretty familiar with them and they do fit most of the stereotypes. Most of them have iPhones, too.

If you think it is mostly 50 year olds who have iPhones and the younger crowd have Android, you are seeing a totally different demographic than I am in this college town (the students overwhelmingly have iPhones)

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Re: TL;DR but ...

I was thinking the same thing. Millennials can't afford a house and the ones who live in the city don't even want to own a car. Probably for more than a few an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy is their most valuable possession.

Besides, like I always say - I use my phone a minimum of two hours a day, and often more. Let's call it 1000 hours a year. Even upgrading every year and throwing your old phone in the trash is only $1/hour, if you upgrade every other year and trade in your old iPhone for 50% of its value I'm looking at 25 cents an hour.

People pay far more for an RV they only use a couple dozen days a year, or a TV for their patio they only watch while they're grilling.

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You'll be able to buy it for months - a lot of carriers were buying them by the boatload. Dropping the SE before introducing the SE 2 (assuming there will be an SE 2) makes sense so they aren't caught out with tons of inventory that won't be worth nearly as much when the SE 2 is introduced.

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Better jump platforms quick

Looks like you can add OnePlus to the list pulling the 3.5mm connector, which is expected to be gone on the 6T. They just introduced a $20 USB-C "Bullet" earbud.

In a couple years, I suspect it will be really hard to find a phone that still includes the 3.5mm jack.

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I always thought the expectations for this launch were overblown

There were analysts that seriously expected the new phones including SE 2, new watch, new iPads, new Macs, new AirPods, AND thought Apple would have some sort of surprise. They'd have needed to start at 8am to get through a list that long!

The SE came out in the spring, I suspect that's when we'd see an SE 2. Maybe they discontinued it to make sure all the resellers run out of stock before they replace it. They probably wouldn't want to get stuck holding thousands of SEs in inventory once the SE 2 is released.

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Re: Exchange rate

The US uses different frequencies, no?

They have a single SKU for the whole world, so you can buy your iPhone anywhere and use it anywhere. I wonder how many iPhones in the original sealed box I could pack without resulting in arrest when customs at Heathrow opens my luggage? It could pay for the trip, and then some :)

Just a few gifts for my friends in the Reg readership, I swear officer!

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Re: It's the Oxfam effect in action.

but what happens when people start buying phones for £200 and keeping them for 5 years?

They get p0wned because they've gone 4 years without a security update?

Facebook can't root out fake news and hate talk, but – oh look – it has software to catch bugs

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If SkyNet is born from this, its use for "fixing" the Android app was destiny.

Princely five years in US big house for Nigerian biz email scammer

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I thought the whole idea was they lived in Nigeria

Pretty dumb of them to run this scam when they are within easy reach of the feds, instead of in a country that will almost never extradite their citizens to the US (or Australia, I presume)

Wow, great invention: Now AI eggheads teach machines how to be sarcastic using Reddit

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I know more than a few people

Who have a sarcasm detection rate far below 69%.

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Testing thousands of slips and falls

So that's why the floor in the spaceship was so slippery!

You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

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Steam probably has a lot more leverage over the game developers who use its platform than Apple (or Amazon or Google) have over Hollywood studios. In short, they have different contracts.

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Re: Music...

Its certainly possible, but music takes up a lot less storage so you don't have to rely on being able to download your iTunes purchases from Apple. The reason this guy lost access isn't that Apple deleted them off his device, it is because he didn't have a copy of them and he wasn't able to re-download them from Apple. Had he kept a copy he'd be fine - but movies take up about 1000x more storage than songs so that's a bit more difficult especially if you own a LOT of movies.

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: Links to resolutions, will work with any browser

Who knows how long those resolutions will last, until Microsoft modifies the EFI to detect when you boot Linux and the firmware tells you "are you sure you don't want to run Windows 10, the safer, better OS!"

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

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Re: GPS on any platform

No, just using GPS to get your position is rather power intensive. No map download required. The main reason is because use of GPS prevents the SoC from entering lower power sleep states.

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Re: I wonder...?

Hoping for a "huge payout from Apple" for what?

Email security crisis... What email security crisis?

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Too much is getting grafted onto the existing protocol

There's so many little pieces, with spotty support. We need a fresh start where everything is mandatory, with a new MXX record in secure/encrypted DNS (can't use it with standard DNS) that includes certificates etc. to fully handle the "prove your domain is who it claims".

It would use a different protocol than SMTP - might be something very similar like XRECV or whatever so you don't need to rewrite from scratch, but it is important that it can't be used with old clients. Every email would be encrypted with the public key of the recipient, and signed with the private key of the sender (oh no, this will make mailing to 1000s of people inefficient, boo hoo cry me a river, mailing lists can keep using the old technology) The mail server would have a new daemon that basically acted as a directory service to get the public key of a sender/receiver for validation/decryption. The keys would be good for a short period of time like a week/month, and automatically re-fetched when needed or regenerated when yours expired.

Two factor authentication would be mandatory. Everyone has a smartphone now, a simple app on a smartphone could generate the OTP to go along with your password (which wouldn't need to be impossible to remember now that you have that second factor protecting you, which would increase its acceptance)

So how do you convert from the old to the new system? Well, your clients would have a way of marking recipients as "MXX capable" or not, and every time you sent an email that was going to be sent via the old way, you'd get a pop up telling you who is getting it the old way. The default would be to NOT send to them (to avoid people simply hitting return and ignoring) and hopefully people with the new clients could help evangelize the laggards into conforming.

OK, I'm sure I've left a half dozen issues unaccounted for, but that's a pretty good start for five minutes thought I think!

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Re: Unsecure

Um, you get an email at gmail, hotmail or whoever to use with setting up a domain, server space, etc. You are making it a lot more complicated than it is. I have my own mail server, have since the 90s. If I wanted to set it up again on a new domain it would take me an afternoon.

The problem isn't that this is difficult, but that it isn't an option for the ordinary person because there's a learning curve involved (as a former sysadmin I already had the knowledge) And there are some compromises (i.e. I am limited in my ISP choice since I need a static IP where I control the reverse map, though if I went with a hosted option or set up a VPN tunnel to be my MX I could get around that)

AI beats astroboffins at sniffing out fast radio bursts amid the universe's clutter

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Why would originating 3 billion years ago rule out coming from life? I don't think FRBs have anything to do with aliens, but the universe was well over 75% of its current age 3 billion years ago. Plenty of time for life to have evolved in a solar system that was formed a few billion years before our own.

Guys, geez... finally 5Gs: AT&T grows super-fast mobile net city rollout

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It doesn't help your phone calls in any way. It doesn't even use spectrum more efficiently. All it does is add the ability to use much higher frequencies (up to 60 GHz and beyond) though I'm not sure how much of that is the protocol and how much is that spectrum opening up, and greatly reduced latency compared to LTE. It also allows using much greater swathes of frequency at once - since it isn't more efficient in bits/Hz this is the only way it will ever be faster than LTE.

Unless you are doing something latency sensitive, there's no reason to care whether you are on a modern LTE Advanced cell or 5G. But watch people refuse to buy phones next summer because they don't have 5G, as if that matters.

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Re: 5G needs many more base stations than the current 4G tech?

More to the point, most operators still have some 3G and in some cases 2G technology in use, when they discontinue those they can convert those frequencies to use 5G. That way there's no need to take away LTE capacity to add 5G.

Expanding Right To Be Forgotten slippery slope to global censorship, warn free speech fans

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Such a Google split is fantasy

If there was a Google that provides only search results, and another that sells ads, how the hell does the search-only Google make money? Are they supposed to operate at a (large) loss for the good of the world?

Dear America: Want secure elections? Stick to pen and paper for ballots, experts urge

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The photo ID requirement isn't bad

In and of itself. The problem is that GETTING a photo ID provides many places from which to suppress the vote. You can charge people for it, which will turn poor people off from voting. You can demand all sorts of difficult ways to prove your identity - low income people who have moved many times in their life often have lost their birth certificate, and never had any other forms of ID like a passport. So how do they prove to the office giving out photo IDs that they are who they say they are?

Even if you pass those hurdles, you can insure that only one location in the whole county is available to provide such IDs, and locate it off any bus routes etc. so it is very difficult for poor people to get there. You can also understaff it, to guarantee long waits, so even if people make it out there with money and proof of ID in hand, they have to leave because they need to get to work, or they don't make it through the line before they close for the day.

This is why a simple requirement for ID will suppress the vote of the poor, especially urban poor who often have no transportation of their own and have moved around a lot in their life so they have no proof of ID.

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Re: It doesn't matter if an OMR machine can be hacked

You only need to tamper with sufficient machines, to cover the winning margin+1 vote.

Unless it is a very close election, you need to tamper with a lot. If you say "well, we need 100,000 votes, so we will turn 100 large precincts that were 80/20 D to 70/30 R, problem solved" it will be quickly discovered that something really odd has happened that would be looked into.

At any rate, that's why my proposal (and the one that the republicans refused to vote on in the house) includes mandatory hand recounts of a statistically significant portion of precincts, with thresholds set that would trigger mandatory statewide recounts if necessary. That's going to easily catch any OMR/OCR fiddling, so matter how carefully done.

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"share of moonbats on the right is much higher"

That's merely your opinion sitting on the left, where someone left of you has to be extra moonbatty to seem like a moonbat. Those on the right would no doubt claim that the left has the much higher share of moonbats.

The problem on the right is that the moonbats became empowered, and unfortunately rather than speaking out most conservatives / republicans are just going along with Trump and defending his craziness. Some of the names being posited as potential democratic candidates for 2020 are pretty moonbatty themselves. Maybe it is a reaction to Trump, or maybe it is a overreaction to having run a more moderate establishment candidate in 2016 who managed the seemingly impossible and lost to Trump.

If a democrat moonbat becomes president in 2020 we'll probably see much the same thing, though without the entertainment value of deranged tweets and pools over how long he/she will remain in office.

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So what stops PEOPLE from being subverted, including any watchers?

Party loyalty. There will be at least one observer from each political party in most precincts. I suppose one of them could try to bribe all the rest to look the other way, but you'd only be do that in a LOT of precincts to swing the total. And somehow keep that from ever becoming public, or those who were bribed from coming back and asking for more money saying "while I was being offered this money, I had my phone recording what your guy was saying, I'll call all the major newspapers and networks with this unless you pay $20,000 a month for life to keep it locked up"

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It doesn't matter if an OMR machine can be hacked

You'd have to hack them in person, one by one, so it isn't scalable. What I've been saying for years is that there needs to be a mandatory recount of small percentage of randomly selected precincts (statisticians can determine the value of 'small' based on the confidence we want) that's done by hand to catch any large scale fiddling. If any is found then a full statewide hand recount can be conducted.

The reason you want machine reading is because people aren't patient enough to wait until the next day to find out who wins an election. You can't have the ballots hand counted the night after the election, anyone who thinks that's possible does not understand how US elections are conducted well enough to comment.

So you let the machine count them, send them to the county/state HQ, and the results can be reported as 'unofficial'. The next day you do the random audit recount in thos precincts that are selected, and if no problems are found you're done other than late arriving absentee ballots etc. that get added to the total and don't matter unless the election is close - in which case the loser will request a full recount anyway which can be done by hand pretty quickly since it is only one item on the ballot.

Give people the electronic touchscreen machines they are familiar with, have them spit out a ballot with text designed to be both human and OCR readable and the voter looks at it to verify his vote for Lizard 1 was recorded instead of Lizard 2, puts it in the secrecy folder then deposits it into a locked ballot box (or a fancy machine like the one at my precinct that takes the secrecy folder off it and reads the ballot then and there so result reporting is very quick)

Top antivirus tool nuked from macOS App Store – after it phoned browser histories to China

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Re: That's the problem with AV apps

That's what I get for not reading carefully I guess. I suppose I'm about 1000x less shocked that an AV app is the top grosser in the Mac app store than I was when I thought it was in the iOS app store. Probably a far lower bar to hit #4 in the Mac app store.

Anyone know if Apple conducts the same sort of review process for the Mac app store? Even if they do, the iOS app store and iOS itself includes a lot of protections the Mac does, like against interpreted code, downloadable code, etc.

Since an AV app has to download stuff anyway for new virus definitions and the like, it would be easy for it to download an executable that does the nasty stuff, uploads its payload, then deletes itself. Then the next time it checks for updated definitions, does the same thing all over again... That wouldn't be possible on iOS because it couldn't execute what it downloaded, since iOS will only run signed code. The Mac obviously is fully capable of running unsigned code.

Even if you had the source code and reviewed it line by line you'd never find anything wrong that that AV product, since the nasty work is hidden in an ephemeral download.

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That's the problem with AV apps

Whether on phones or PCs, they need access to a lot of stuff to do their job. Making it easy for someone to make an illegitimate one - probably by making it work "honestly" at first and only adding the evil capability in updates. I doubt Apple looks at updates quite as closely as the initial version.

I'm shocked that an AV app is the #4 grosser on the iPhone. Are so many people really that brainwashed by their experience on PCs that they are paying for an AV app on the iPhone? Almost certainly the only malware they've ever had on their phone is this particular app!

I wonder if a lot of enterprises are required BYOM employees to install "AV" on their phone before they will allow them to connect to the corporate network? It would be doubly ironic if some of these companies had their app on their 'recommended' list, and they're responsible for their employees choosing this one (and its high ranking in the app store)

$200bn? Make that $467bn: Trump threatens to balloon proposed bonus China tech tariffs

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Re: You can always count on the GOP!

They probably want one, because they know the democrats will be taking over soon in the house, and two years later in the white house. Just like when Bush left the economy in tatters for Obama and they blamed it all on Obama - I saw some serious suggestions from right wingers that the economic downturn before the election was because the market feared Obama would be elected!

Regardless of whether they want one, or what Trump does to create one, one is inevitable soon. We've had an economic expansion lasting about nine years now, so we're overdue for a recession. A trade war will hasten / deepen it, but it would have come regardless. If the democrats were really smart, they'd sit out the next election and make sure republicans keep full control so they have no one to blame. If the democrats take the house, you know damn well Fox News is going to pin the blame on them when the recession comes because they "obstructed Trump".

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In his mind they are easy to win

In his mind he's had the greatest first year and a half of any president. If he can believe that he can believe anything. No matter what happens, he'll claim he "won" on his tariffs, and any negative impacts that are pointed out will be declared either "fake news" or somehow be Obama's fault.

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How exactly could you do this?

If you put a tariff on every overseas employee of a US based company, they'll simply create a subsidiary to employ them. If they try to get around that by tariffing employees of wholly owned subsidiaries they'll outsource them to an independent third party.

Some that employed more people overseas than in the US might just feel it is easier to pull up stakes and move their HQ elsewhere. You think Trump rages against Twitter and Facebook now, imagine if they re-domiciled in our greatest enemy, Canada?

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"screaming for killing Obamacare"

Its worse than that, there was a lot of polling that showed much higher unfavorability for Obamacare compared to the ACA. The drooling idiots who like one but not the other don't even realize they are the same, they've just been brainwashed by Fox News to hate Obamacare, or reflexively hate anything "Obama".

If Trump's tax cuts had been tagged with Obama's name there are probably enough similar drooling morons in the house's "freedom caucus" that it would have been voted down by accident.

Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges

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If phone service was unregulated

Then people in rural areas would lose access to it. I don't know where you live, but there are a LOT of rural areas with no cell service (don't believe those maps that show LTE coverage basically everywhere east of the Mississippi, but even they show many gaps in the western US)

Without the regulations that forced phone companies to provide phone service to rural customers they'd let the lines fall into disrepair and those people would lose their only link with the outside world. I suppose you believe that it would be fair if phone companies said "well, it costs us a lot more to provide service to on this ranch in western Texas, so if you want to maintain phone service it'll cost you $250 a month instead of $25 a month". After all, that's the free market at work!

Hell, while you're at it deregulate electric and free the electric companies from the regulations that forced them to bring electricity to the rural United States. If they want electricity they can set up a wind turbine or solar panels...sorry, I mean a Trump approved dirty coal burning generator!

No, no, you're all wrong. That's not a Kremlin agent. It's someone with 'inauthentic behavior'

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Re: Sheryl Sandberg was/is considering a run for President

The problem isn't career politicians per se, but the way that being a career politician makes one beholder to special interests to get money to continue winning elections - and help others from the same party win elections so they can become beholden to those special interests from the moment they take office.

Unfortunately the Supreme Court has ruled we will need a constitutional amendment to take the money out of politics. Instead of electing "outsiders" like our current narcissistic snowflake with the temperament of a toddler, I wish they'd put their energy behind starting the process of getting this amendment passed in the states. There are a lot of smaller states that don't have quite the same flood of special interest money as do the US government and large states that it should be at least conceivable to get this passed in 38 states. Then public pressure will do the rest to force congress to go along.

And maybe term limit them while we're at it (make it only apply to newly elected members to get the incumbents to go along, then we can vote the bastards out!)

Nokia reinstates 'hide the Notch' a day after 'Google required' feature kill

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Android phones with a notch aren't using 'leftover' displays

The displays Apple is using (at least up until now) are Samsung OLED, while AFAIK all of the Android phones with a notch are LCD. They'd all not only be OLED but be the exact same size, resolution, same notch dimensions etc. if they were using leftovers.

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Re: Here's an idea!

As I always say, if you want thicker phones with more battery life you already have them today. Buy a case for your phone that has a built in booster battery. Why should I have a thick heavy phone because of people who use their phones so heavily they can't get by for a day on a full charge? I often get two days out of my iPhone X - used to sometimes get three days out of my 6S plus. I have no use for a phone with more battery life. Not saying I want a thinner phone, but if it had a little less battery life I wouldn't have a problem with it.

If there was sufficient demand for phones like this, you would see them in the market place. And there are a few - you're just choosing to ignore them because you want that form factor to be forced on everyone so you have lots of options.

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Re: It is all Apple's fault

There were rumors about the iPhone X and its notch long before the Essential phone came out. Not saying they copied the Apple rumors of course, but the notion that Apple 'copied' the notch from them is ludicrous. As if Apple could design a whole new phone in the three months from when the Essential phone went on sale to when the iPhone X was announced.

In fact, I saw something recently (maybe it was here at El Reg, but maybe not) where an exec at some company, might have been Huawei, lamented the fact that they'd come up with the notch two years earlier when they were pondering how to remove more of the bezel, but were afraid of doing something so radical.

Its a pretty obvious idea if you want to maximize display area when you have some front facing elements that can't be display, knowing that you have status information that doesn't take the whole top row. You can't "steal" this idea any more than you steal the idea of a bigger phone, or steal the idea of having a 5G phone.

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Isn't adding black bars on either side of the notch

exactly the same thing as not having a notch in the first place? i.e. what the notch haters wanted?

In what way is it better to not have a notch, versus having a notch that you can disable and make the phone look exactly like it would if it didn't have the notch?

Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job

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Re: Tough times

While Tesla was already on shaky ground, and the Boring company / Hyperloop will never get off the ground, SpaceX is doing great things. I hope the board of SpaceX has a plan in place for how to continue operations should he continue further on his descent into Trump-ness.

A real shot in the Arm: 3% of global workforce surplus to requirements

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Re: Only 3%?

While I agree that an occasional decimation would be healthy for a business, the trick is for bosses to figure out WHICH 10% to get rid of! If anyone ever figures out that, they deserve to go down in the annals of greatest business minds of all time.

It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

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Nokia just showed an 'interesting' phone

Five cameras on the back in a circular array. The jokes that cameras were becoming like razor blades in the SNL skit that called the five blade razors may have likewise called the future for smartphones.

Interesting that Nokia always seem to be prioritize the camera. While I think the improvements over cameras a decade ago are great, the improvement in the photo/video capability between my iPhone 6S plus and iPhone X is pretty marginal, and further improvements are increasingly marginal. Why would the average person (or even average flagship phone owner) want five cameras, aside from "its more than four"?

Wannabe Supreme Brett Kavanaugh red-faced after leaked emails contradict spy testimony

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Re: Meh. Not a smoking gun.

The real smoking guns are undoubtedly among the 100,000 pages that are being withheld by "executive privilege". It shouldn't be possible to withhold unclassified documents of a previous administration from congress for something as important as picking a Supreme Court justice.

It is clear that the Trump administration is hiding some bad stuff from democrats, and there's obviously a lot of it judging by how many pages. There are plenty of ultra conservative justices available, Trump wants this one particular guy - who is the ONLY name that was added to the Heritage Foundation's list of conservative judges Trump was picking from. It is obvious why, because he has some way out of mainstream ideas that presidents are basically above the law, which sounds pretty good to a common criminal like Trump who's finally getting some well deserved scrutiny.

If only Obama was as petty as Trump, he would have sicked the DOJ on Trump's business activities when he started pushing the birther thing, and would have been in prison before the 2016 election.

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The reason the TSA can do it is because flying is not a right, and it is possible to travel without flying. Not easy, especially if you want to leave the US, but possible. Thus the claim is that you must waive your rights and accept the TSA's invasive searches as the price for choosing to fly rather than drive, or travel on horseback.

Similar to how the military can invasively search members of the armed forces - it is your choice to join, and by joining you voluntarily waive certain rights.

Not saying I necessarily buy into this logic, but that's the logic on which it is based and similar logic is used in many places in US law.

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