* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

Ah, um, let's see. Yup... Fortnite CEO is still mad at Google for revealing security hole early

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Re: I learned something

The problem with third party app stores is you don't have the assurance you get from using Apple's or Google's "official" app stores. OK, they aren't perfect but they are a heck of a lot more secure than any third party app store. Reg readers don't realize the hazard this creates because Reg readers are mostly techies capable of exercising good judgment about enabling third party app stores and knowing which ones they can probably trust.

But many many Android users will end up being tricked into using dodgy app stores that install Fornite loaded with a generous helping of malware (cryptocurrency miner if you're lucky, but possibly something much worse)

Once people cross that Rubicon and enable third party app stores, it is MUCH easier to trick them into installing other things they shouldn't from sources they should absolutely not trust, since it requires fewer steps and passing fewer scary warnings (I don't know if Android has scary warnings if you enable third party app stores, but it should)

Apple leaks rekindle some hope for iPhone 'supercycle' this year

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If you want to be ridiculous, Samsung copied waterproofing and wireless charging too. They weren't the first with either. They weren't even first with 'phablet' sized phones, that trend originated in China a couple years before Samsung got on board (and continues today, there are phones sold there that would be well over 8" if they were all screen)

So Samsung copied everything on your list, except maybe OLED. Since Samsung makes OLED screens they might have been the first to use it in a phone, but I'm not sure about that - they might have sold screens to someone else for a low volume botique type model first until they got the volume up enough to use on a Galaxy. I guess we give them the dubious credit for folding the edges of the screen around the phone. Much stupider than the notch, IMHO, since that part of the screen is useless and makes it easier to break. Pretty much everything else Samsung "copied" as well by your logic, since they weren't the first. I imagine Samsung will sell a phone that supports 5G before Apple, and you'll claim Apple "copied" Samsung when they add 5G?

IMHO, making a phone bigger, normal technological progress like LTE/5G, more RAM, more flash, faster CPU, or the addition of minor features like waterproofing, wireless charging, second/third/etc. cameras and so forth aren't things that are really "copied" anyway. The technology already exists, and the idea is already out there - it isn't like when the first waterproof phone came out all the phone designers were like "wow, what a great idea, I never ever would have thought of that if I hadn't seen someone else do it first!" The first phone to support 5G will be kind of a matter of happenstance - it would have to be released after Qualcomm is shipping the chips (assuming Qualcomm is the first to ship 5G chips in volume) be a higher end phone able to absorb the higher cost of that more expensive chip, etc. It isn't an important enough feature in 2018 that I could see an OEM holding the release of a flagship to add 5G. The first generation chips always suck power like nobody's business and run hot anyway.

Even less obvious stuff like that all screen phone that has a pop up selfie camera isn't an original idea. There's been a guy who comments on eetimes.com who's been banging away about that for years now, telling everyone it will be the Next Big Thing. I'm very skeptical, I think an unprotected moving part like that is gonna be trouble - I think the long term failure on it would be unacceptably high. But I guess we'll see if eventually Samsung and Apple "copy" that or not.

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In what way is an iPhone X a "copy of Samsung"? Because it uses OLED? The facial recognition it uses is far better and more secure than Samsung's face recognition, so they can hardly be claimed to be copying that from Samsung. Where's Samsung's phone screen running to all edges, including the bottom?

The iPhone X had a pretty distinctive look when it came out (or months before when leaked info told about the notch etc.) It would be impossible to confuse it with a Galaxy. Certain Chinese Androids on the other hand would be pretty hard to tell apart - some even went so far as to copy the standard iPhone wallpaper.

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It was actually the 3D scanners

Yeah they were probably OLED constrained to some extent, but all rumors said it was the 3D scanners for Face ID that caused the late launch and limited initial quantity, because of the defect rate of the 3D scanners. They (or rather ST) got that licked around the end of 2017, then it was smooth sailing.

The OLED screens still cost a LOT more, but Samsung is happy to make as many as Apple is willing to buy as they make a lot of money off them. I think it was the 3D scanners that caused Apple to price it like they did, which is why I expect the "X+1" to sell for $100 less this year. It also makes room for the "X+1 plus" to take over the $999 slot this time around.

Obviously I'm just guessing about the 2018 pricing strategy, but I've thought this since before the iPhone X launched last year...

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I predicted 2018 would be the 'supercycle' before the iPhone X launched

It was pretty obvious that a 'regular size only' phone, selling at a much higher price and with a late launch, was never going to be the supercycle some analysts hoped for a year ago.

The "X+1" will drop to $899 - which is why it is going away instead of sticking around for an extra year's sales as typically happens - and the "X+1 plus" will take the $999 slot. Both obviously more if you want the high end storage option. The "X-1" i.e. iPhone 9 that's the all screen LCD w/notch will be $699 just like the 8 for people who want the all screen look but aren't willing to pony up for OLED.

Last year there was no plus sized alternative, no 'cheap all screen' alternative, so its obvious this is the year with the supercycle. Not sure how "super" it will be, but the iPhone unit sales will easily outpace last year's. Not so sure the iPhone revenue will since the existence of the less expensive LCD alternative may cause the ASP to fall versus FY 2017.

Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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Re: $185K vs. $71K

I don't know the breakdown of those benefits, but you get taxed on the value of health care so your after tax net is probably going to be a lot less than $50K if you're paying taxes on $60K of health care benefits (i.e. a really top notch plan that covers your whole family)

You'd end up having to clean up your own shit because you'd have to live on the streets with the rest of the homeless!

The Nazz: I'm guessing there's probably a defined benefit pension as part of it, those can add up to a lot especially for public sector employees, especially in places where they have crazy setup like working as a cop for 20 years, retiring on a fat city pension, then taking another city job like building inspector or something working it for another 20 years and getting a second pension! Obviously stuff like that isn't sustainable, but it is surprisingly common all over the US.

Salesforce boss Marc Benioff objects to US immigration policy so much, he makes millions from, er, US immigration

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Re: Unreasonable without reason

I'm a US based IT consultant, and once did a stint based in Canada, flying in every Monday morning and out Thursday afternoon (in 2000, I couldn't imagine doing that post 9/11) But while I was paid through a Canadian bank, the company I was working for was a joint venture between that bank and a US based IT firm, so it wasn't technically the same thing as working directly outside the US. I did a stint with a US company once that flew me to Reading for a week for some work there, that's the closest I've come to consulting in the UK.

While I'm sure there are plenty of barriers I'm not aware of if I wanted to take a contract in the UK, the main reason I wouldn't is probably rates. I'm not sure if UK rates are as high as US rates, but they certainly aren't going to be higher. Since flying in every week isn't a practical option even from the east coast, it is going to disrupt your life more so any reasonable person is going to want higher pay to make it worth it. Why would the company want to pay me more and deal with all the extra hassle unless there was some VERY specialized knowledge at play - i.e. I could do something no one from the UK could.

Keep yer plastic, says analyst: eSIMs aren't all they're cracked up to be

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I wonder how much money this analyst makes from carriers?

It isn't as though consumers are hiring a cellular industry analysts - but carriers would. This guy knows who pays his bills, and is telling the story they want to be told.

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Re: Why does Apple want eSIMs?

If Apple wanted to lock people in to an Apple MVNO they'd just build a SIM inside the phone, with no way to remove it except by disassembly, if that.

The fact they don't shows that your paranoia is not justified. Apple wants to make it easier for people to switch carriers, enable support of multiple carriers at once, and have ways for software to switch between them automatically (i.e. when I'm home use this SIM certificate, when I'm in Europe use this one, when I'm in China use this one)

The carriers obviously don't want this, they want to soak people when they travel outside the boundaries of their plan. That's why they've been fighting it for years.

Winner, Winner, prison dinner: Five years in the clink for NSA leaker

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I find it hard to credit the 'printer dots' with her indictment/conviction

Sure, it would be nice if The Intercept and every other site receiving leaks would take the obvious measure of using OCR to avoid this sort of thing, but if only six people printed what she did, the list of potential culprits was short enough to sift through.

Had it identified someone who printed something a thousand and one others did...

Facebook pulls 'snoopy' Onavo VPN from Apple's App Store after falling foul of rules

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Re: 'The Android version of the app continues to be available, seemingly unmodified'

Regardless of which of the two can claim "first", it would be pretty hypocritical of Google to shut down this app given that it isn't doing anything Google itself isn't doing. Well, other than the "hey, that personal information is OUR personal information, hands off!" defense, which isn't going to make them look all that good.

Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'

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Re: Music files are small

They probably started using this argument when the enforcement began in the mid 2000s - it was true back when many people were still upgrading from dialup to first gen DSL/cable.

Unfortunately for them, technology has changed and when people upgrade today they're going from "more than fast enough to download music" to "way more than fast enough to download music".

Security MadLibs: Your IoT electrical outlet can now pwn your smart TV

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Re: Low Impact - Really?

The only way you could possibly overload the switch is if you had plugged in more things than it can handle, assuming you'd never turn them all on at once.

If you have multiple electric kettles on the same switch assuming "I'll never turn on more than one at once", and have old wiring so a breaker isn't going to trip and save you, I can't say I'm going to feel too sorry for you if your house burns down...

Apple tipped to revive forgotten Macbook Air and Mac mini – report

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Re: I want it to be true

Apple isn't likely to raise the price - they usually slot the new stuff in at the same price as the old stuff. But you're right it probably won't be upgradeable. Not an issue for the CPU since very few people upgrade their CPUs, and the kind of people who do aren't Apple customers anyway, but it would be nice if they'd use SODIMM slots for the RAM instead of soldering it on, but recent history suggests they won't.

Microsoft takes another whack at killing off Windows Phone 8.x

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Re: The most incredible thing is ...

I never used one, but the UI looked kinda of interesting to me. Not sure how well it would work in practice, and the people I knew who had one (all worked supplied, I never met a single person who bought one for personal use) said it took a little getting used to but they thought it was OK.

Regardless, at least they tried something different. The real problem was trying to use that same UI on a desktop...

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Re: Why would you buy a phone from Microsoft ever again?

Not sure if it will be the next iPhone SE, but eventually the screen will grow. The device won't though, and I can't imagine anyone having complaints about having a bigger screen without adding any size or weight.

Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

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Direct debit is risky

A billing error could cause a provider to debit $500,000 instead of $500 or $5000 and suddenly payments for vendors and employees are bouncing, and the good employees will have found another job by the end of the day!

I'd never do it unless your bank can enforce debit limits on an individual basis.

Who was it that hacked Apple? Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, boy boy boy!

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Re: embezzlement.xls

Was his porn in a folder called 'kiddie porn'?

Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

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Re: Even if this were true

Possibly, but look at how much trouble it was to convert from aluminum to copper, and Intel's 10nm issues apparently stem at least in part from trying to use cobalt for some wires.

Switching to gold alone would be fraught with difficulty, but the processes used wouldn't even allow for the the possibility of using wires with a special construction like this would require. It would probably take decades to figure out.

It would be a really sad irony if we finally cracked room temperature superconductors, but we couldn't use them for power transmission due to cost, and couldn't use them in computers because we couldn't make them!

Still, I guess just having a room temperature superconductor to study could potentially help us learn more about the phenomena, and perhaps eventually find others that were less problematic, so it wouldn't be all bad.

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Even if this were true

Its applicability would be limited, due to the cost of gold that appears a primary constituent of this material. You think copper theft is a problem, just wait!

Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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"Response to stripping Google" in favor of AOSP

Does Google really believe OEMs selling low end phones are doing that due to the size of Android? They are doing because the margins on low end phones are zero (at best) and they can sell placement to others.

China will never adopt Android Go, they will continue with AOSP Android phones with Google replaced by Baidu, Wechat, etc. who pay the OEMs for their inclusion.

Even if the idea "Android is too big" was their issue, trimming it from 3 GB to 2.5 GB is hardly worthy of crowing about.

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Re: USB is not a pigs breakfast

Which is unfortunate, as USB-C was supposed to bring order to the messy USB-A / USB-A / USB mini / USB micro / MHL etc. situation where you never seemed to have the right connector on both ends when you were in a pinch. USB-C gave us a "one true connector" but the ports and cables all have different capabilities which is actually worse - before you could look and see what you need, now you have to do detective work to find out what is required.

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Fluff filling

I've had that happen with Lightning. I thought the Lightning cable that came with my iPhone was going bad after a year or so since I had to fiddle with it to make it charge. I bought a pack of three clone cables for $10 and was really pissed that all three were bad - I thought I'd be ripped off. Then I heard somewhere to check for lint. I was amazed at the amount I dug out of there with a needle! After that cleaning, all three of the new cables, plus my old one, worked 100%.

Not much of a way around this - you want ports on phones/computers to be an "innie" so that if something breaks it is the end of the far cheaper cable. Lightning ports are pretty much indestructable, but if you keep your phone in your pocket all the time they attract lint as well as a belly button!

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@DaveK "rarely am I asked for replacement USB Micro cables"

That might be because most people have enough of them laying around by now that they don't need to come asking when one goes bad.

Bitcoin backer sues AT&T for $240m over stolen cryptocurrency

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Why wait 24 hours? If it really is you wanting to do the port, you should be able to respond immediately while you in the store / on the phone with them.

Not that this is 100% reliable, as there are SS7 exploits that let you redirect calls/texts without needing a new SIM. So don't ever use phone or SMS auth to protect anything worth enough money that someone might find it worth their while to target you to steal.

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Re: A Fool And His Money...

If you had $24 million in gold or cash or Picassos in your house you'd hire an expert to help you secure your house, right? He was negligent in not doing the same here. I'd love to know if he paid taxes on the gains in cryptocurrency for whatever he cashed out pay living expenses etc. last year. I have to think this lawsuit will get someone at the IRS to have a quick look at his recent filings to see, so he might end up losing more than $24 million out of this deal...

AT&T sucks for not properly protecting phone numbers, but this is well known even among Reg readers so anyone you hired to help you secure things would have made you stop using SMS auth as step one. His fault.

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Re: yeah, no...

Sure, any company can lie but what is Apple's incentive to lie about this? They have been marketing based on privacy more and more, and they'd lose that if they were found to be lying.

Even if they wanted to secretly collect personal information they don't have any way to effectively monetize it. Where's their massive advertising network like Google and Facebook have? Where's their store that sells tens of millions of different items from hundreds of thousands of vendors all over the world like Amazon?

Google, Facebook and Amazon don't collect personal information for no reason, they do it because their business model requires it. The only other reason to store a bunch of personal information about your users is if you have a lot of idle disk space you want to fill up.

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Re: 'Why should I be worried about Yahoo collecting data on me?'

I'm not "trusting" Yahoo, I'm just more comfortable with them due to their ineptitude. Google and Facebook are actively evil and don't care about their users at all other than finding a way to monetize us more effectively to their real customers, advertisers. Yahoo might wish they could be like them, but they're too stupid to do so.

Breaches are not a good thing, but no one is ever going to breach a company the size of Yahoo - let alone Google and Facebook - and steal all the personal information they've collected. There's just too much of it. Collecting passwords, who cares, I don't even have a Yahoo password anymore AFAIK, and if someone got my Google password they wouldn't get anything of value...

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When Apple collects information from users to help with Maps etc. it is anonyomized before it is uploaded. I know you hate that there's a company out there that doesn't make their living trading on your personal information like your beloved Google, but if spreading lies about Apple makes you feel better I guess that's your prerogative.

And my iPhone battery life is just fine thank you very much, and has been for every iPhone I've owned. Does it also make you feel better about your phone to believe that iPhones have "shit" battery life?

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Re: Firefox and DuckDuckGo

Why should I be worried about Yahoo collecting data on me? Comparing that to Google collecting data on me is like the difference between putting your SSN and credit card number on a flyer on the windshield of every car at a football game attended by tens of thousands of people, and putting your SSN and credit card number on a single sheet of paper and posting it on the underside of a dumpster behind a McDonalds in Yakima, Washington.

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Where is this setting for "location history" they are talking about

Is this something you set when you login to Google? The only setting for the Google Search app regarding location on my iPhone is to allow it to access my location "always", "while using app", or "never" which is the one I've got set.

There's no setting for "location history", and if that's a setting on your Google account somewhere it makes sense that I'm not familiar with it - I pretty much never login to Google - if I have to I use a private window/tab. Same treatment I give Amazon!

Unless Google has found and is exploiting some sort of iOS bug, it doesn't matter what setting my Google account has, Google is not going to get my location info off my iPhone.

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Re: If Apple didn't knuckle under to the FBI

Apple has nearly half the market in Australia - similar to the US in that regard. So politicians who banned their import because they wanted to be able to spy on citizens would probably get a lot of backlash! Maybe enough to bring the whole Aussie "backdoor" plan down...

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If Apple didn't knuckle under to the FBI

When they made a similar request for ONE phone, they sure as heck won't knuckle under to the Aussie government wanting this capability for every phone. I can't imagine they will have much more luck getting other companies that have encrypted messaging where they don't control the key redesigning their protocols to allow snooping.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: Bezels

Expecting any phone to work 100% perfectly with third party parts is unrealistic, other than maybe a battery, is just not realistic. There's a ton of technology in a modern display. I know someone who repaired his Samsung (I think GS7 but I can't remember for sure) with a third party screen and while the OS didn't give him issues like iOS, it just didn't work well.

Touch would randomly stop working in various sections of the screen and he'd have to hard reset it, sometimes that wouldn't work and he'd need to do a factory reset and restore. He ended up trading it in on a newer one - I'm sure his old one was probably refurb'ed by the carrier and later sold to some poor sucker who will never know it has a dodgy third party screen.

So what's better, having the OS figure out you are using a third party part that's not a proper replacement for the real part, or having the OS ignore that you are using a third party part that's not a proper replacement and just not work correctly?

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Re: Bezels

No bezels means it's even more glued up and therefore more difficult to fix.

Not true, at least not in the case of the iPhone X. iFixit gives it a repairability rating of 6, the same as the fully bezeled iPhone 8. The past five generations of iPhones all had a score of 7. The reason last year's models went from 7 to 6 was the glass back, which was included to support wireless charging. Apparently on either one replacing the back glass is a major endeavor. Replacing the front glass, or battery, on the iPhone X is no more difficult than on the previous half decade of iPhones, something most Reg readers could easily accomplish.

The Galaxy S9 and Note 8 have a score of 4, but they have a bezel on the top/bottom. Same as the S6, which has "traditional" top/side bezels with no wraparound screen or anything. I see no evidence that lacking a bezel makes a phone harder to repair. Shouldn't the Galaxy S6 score a lot higher if that were true? Shouldn't the iPhone X have a lower score than the iPhone 8 if that were true?

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Re: Bezels

Because you get more screen.

What's your problem with phones without a bezel that "made you wish you had them"? I sure haven't wished for bezels on my iPhone X. There's just enough 'bezel' or inactive area or whatever you want to call it on the edges that you can hold it, and even if your fingers curl around the touch the screen you don't get false touches.

Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Re: Hum

And how is the hotel going to know your Twitter handle is Justicesays, since I'm assuming that's not your real name? It isn't like most people use their real name on Twitter, or if they do that the hotel would have any way to link their real name to one of the many accounts with the same real name.

Besides, if they searched on "break the bank" they'd probably have dozens of hits a day. Everyone always makes some smart ass comment like that when they post in social media about going to Vegas.

Sorry, there just isn't any way for them to link social media to real life, unless they decided to act like US Immigration and required people to turn over a list of their social media accounts (and passwords, in case their posts threatening to count cards weren't public)

You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands

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Re: "Broadcast TV fee" has not existed for decades

There's help on the way for reception problems. At least in theory. ATSC 3.0 uses a different modulation which nearly eliminates multipath as an issue, so having multiple transmitters on the same frequency in different directions works just fine. Thus ATSC 3.0 supports the concept of "single frequency networks" or SFNs, which allow TV stations to add a bunch of smaller transmitters throughout their footprint to fill in areas where people have bad reception (like if they live in a canyon or the wrong side of a mountain)

They can be pretty small, so theoretically they could rent out some space on the tallest cell tower in a city and cover that whole city and surrounding area.

The question is whether stations will want to make the investment for this to happen. If this causes viewers who are currently paying for cable/satellite (and thus paying the station) to cut the cord and pick up the station for free with an antenna, it'll cost them money! So it isn't clear to me that we will actually see SFNs or not.

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"Broadcast TV fee" has not existed for decades

Not sure where the author got that ridiculous claim from. It is a fairly recent phenomena, and until five years ago was less than a buck so it wasn't even worth itemizing. But local stations have been jacking up the price they ask cable/satellite companies to carry them by 200-300% every time they come up for renewal.

Not because they are greedy, but because the networks charge them more to carry their programming. A lot of that is because they pay a ton of money for the sports they carry, especially the NFL.

Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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Re: Who's this "us" you're talking about?

Apple did the notch because it was necessary - they have a bunch of stuff that needs to be on the front face of the phone, so they can either have a big bezel on top with wasted space on either side, or they can put some screen so the space isn't wasted.

Other phone makers have similar issues, even if they don't have as much hardware up there as Apple does they still have some stuff that has to be on the front of the phone. People have been talking about "big ugly bezels" for years and lusting after concept designs that were all screen. Well too bad, all screen designs just aren't possible today, so the notch is as close as you can come. Maybe some of them were aping Apple, but some of them simply reached the same answer to the same problem that Apple did.

Some Android phones with a notch let you disable it, which gives you the big bezel you apparently would prefer to have instead of the notch. So I don't see why you would complain, when you can have what you want with a simple configuration change!

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Re: Who's this "us" you're talking about?

Yes, it is clear. You don't think companies playing in billion dollar markets do market research? There are many Android OEMs, and they are all competing for the same customers. If there was a way for them to tap into a huge new market by offering a different product, they would!

It is the same way you know there is not a huge demand for pink cars, because very few carmakers offer any models in pink. If that became a thing, you'd see major brands begin offering cars in pink.

Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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Re: Don't get me started on Architects who know best...

What would have stopped the other drainpipe from getting clogged up? No one noticed the first until water came inside the building, if it was draining down the other pipe they wouldn't know until it too became clogged.

It would probably be better as a backup to have an open pipe that drains off the roof directly over the front entrance. Then you'd be SURE to notice the first pipe had clogged up, and get it fixed right away!

Ought to be easy for an architect to hide a six inch section of open pipe sticking around with some trim detail, or the open mouth of a gargoyle if he wanted to go gothic.

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Re: Is that legal now?

Yes, we have the exact same thing but they are called ground fault circuit interrupters here, or GFCIs for short. They are required by code anywhere water may be present, like kitchens, bathrooms, patios, etc.

There are also arc fault circuit interrupters or AFCIs which are a bit newer which detect arcs (but somehow distinguish between a non-problem arc like in the normal operation of a switch and one that could cause a fire) They are required by code in bedrooms.

To my knowledge there aren't any GFCIs or AFCIs for multi phase circuits (i.e. hot/hot/ground 208v or hot/hot/hot/ground three phase 208v)

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Re: Is that legal now?

Ah, so it is a rule that predates grounded receptacles. That's presumably why server rooms are exempt, along with anywhere else that's up to modern code.

The business I own has three phase power, and the panels are wired in sequence on each side - i.e. from top to bottom breakers use phase 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, etc. (standard US 120v, along with a few things that use "two phase" 208v, and rooftop HVAC units that use three phase 208v) so I've got multiple phases in the same room all over. I have three meters for different sections of the building, and each meter is fed by a separate utility phase.

Since the main/middle section has almost outgrown the two panels that serve it, some later additions were wired from the single panels in adjacent sections. Once in a while the utility will have an outage that drops only one phase, so you get this seemingly random mismash of things that lose power and things that don't - i.e. one 'single panel' section will lose all power, plus a few things here and there in the main section, or most but not all of the main section will lose power. The first time it happened I had no clue what was going on, I thought the building was possessed! :)

Talk about left Field: Apple lures back Tesla engineering guru

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Re: Cue Elon Musk

Yeah from the looks of things, working for Musk combines the worst parts of working for Steve Jobs (screaming, abuse, impossible deadlines) and Donald Trump (bizarre public statements and tweets, persecution complex)

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Re: Cue Elon Musk

Apple started work on the iPad in 2002, but knew it would be years before it could be manufactured at a reasonable price for the quality they wanted so they changed directions to do a phone first. It took five years from the start of that to the iPhone seeing the light of day, eight for the iPad.

So forgive me if I cut them a little slack on seeing something come of this. Tesla is still years away from an autonomous car, as is everyone else, so it isn't like Apple is losing any ground in a market that doesn't exist. Unlike Tesla, they have no interest in selling an ordinary human driven electric car, so no one is going to see what they're doing until it is VERY close.

The rumors go back and forth about Apple, first they were doing a car, then they were doing a 'platform', now they are doing a car again. Apple is a company that sells hardware, they don't license their stuff to run on someone else's hardware, so personally I think they will do a car.

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Cue Elon Musk

Claiming the guy was let go rather than quit. He's said that before when engineers leave Tesla for other companies with self-driving ambitions, like Apple, Google, Uber, etc.

Australia on the cusp of showing the world how to break encryption

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On the contrary, they love progress

That's what has enabled them to conduct mass spying on millions of communications simultaneously for decades. They just don't like that progress has continued, and they are losing that ability they became used to - which had caused them to mostly forget older methods they used before they could listen in everything at once.

What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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Re: Another affluenza victim, shirley.

The Trump connection is because a growing number of former campaign or administration staffers are being convicted of various crimes, as Mueller slowly works his way up to the top.

Hackers can cook you alive using 'microwave oven' sat-comms – claim

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Re: Risk to people?

Which was several times the classified distance the associated missile could fly for some reason.

Makes perfect sense to me. That gives command time to be made aware of the fighter sized contact, determine its FoF status, and make the decision whether or not to fire upon it before it reaches missile range.

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