* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

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

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Yay for me!

I have a bottom five ISP and a bottom five cable company - and they're two different companies! Though actually I don't have too much to complain about with my internet service from Centurylink. True, it isn't hundreds of megabits like cable service but I always get max speed and it almost never goes out, but for the price I pay I should get faster speeds.

The internet service from Mediacom may offer faster speeds, but it slows down a lot during the evenings and goes out for hours on a regular basis. Plus they don't offer static IPs, and Centurylink does. There's a fiber ISP expanding into my city, can't wait to have the chance to check that out!

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

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Who the hell would want an easily accidentally activated external button to control the flashlight? If you need one so often you want a hardware button on the outside of the phone to turn it on, maybe you should carry an actual flashlight with you...

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

Oh, you mean the 2% of people who are techies and read sites like the Register or Anandtech or whatever and are the only ones asking for those features. Sorry, but the average consumer does not care about "vanilla Android" or partitioning an SD card, or a replaceable battery. If they did, someone would be selling phones like that and cleaning up.

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Re: "Do not want" is not strong enough.

Huawei are snapping at their heels because the native brands are taking over China. Samsung used to have really good market share there, but they've been losing out to their Android rivals. Sure, sales of the S9 are down from previous Galaxy models, but it isn't like other Android OEMs have been selling more flagships to pick up the slack. There are just fewer higher priced Android phones getting sold because lower priced ones are a lot closer than they were a few years ago.

If you buy Android today, you get very little extra paying $1000 versus paying $300-$400. At least with Apple, the difference between the SE and the X is pretty obvious so they don't have to worry about cannibalizing their own high end too much - but more importantly as far as Apple is concerned, if you want an iPhone/iOS you have only one source so they don't have to worry about competition nearly as much as Samsung does.

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

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Re: Hum

I doubt anyone at the hotel was monitoring all the guests Twitter accounts, but the FBI probably was. Though IMHO more likely in a conference this size there are a few people who don't like this guy for whatever reason, saw his tweet, and anonymously reported it to the hotel as a threat to cause trouble for him.

Could be anything, maybe he stole the girl someone was talking to in the bar the previous night, professional jealousy at his recent success, or maybe he's just an asshole in person and disliked by many for perfectly understandable reasons.

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

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Re: RF OOps

Probably a bigger risk to point the antenna at electronics (assuming that's even possible) that operate the plane/ship/etc. rather than trying to kill someone with <scarequote>radiation</scarequote>, which is definitely impossible unless someone was somehow sitting outside the metal skin of the airplane. Then you kill everyone (airplane) or inconvenience everyone (cruise ship)

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Re: Still smells of researcher hype

Yes, unless they have demonstrated a proof of concept attack that can take place in the real world, this is all just mental masturbation. Do we even know for sure these guys have ever worked with SATCOM hardware, or are they just reading manuals they downloaded off the web and thinking "wow, the default settings aren't safe, I'm going to assume everyone is vulnerable and any safety protections can be magically overridden".

Not saying they're wrong, just that they don't seem to provide any support for their claims.

NVMe? Well, quite. Now Intel, too, is pumping out consumer QLC SSDs

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Re: My understand is there's not an "SLC write cache"

Well yes, where "cliff" = "still orders of magnitude faster than any hard drive, and competitive with SSDs from just a few years ago". How fast do you need your SSD to be? Most people could use one of those Intel 320 series SSDs from almost a decade ago - which I still do as boot & /home - and not notice if they got the 10x or more speedup possible from the latest and greatest.

If you regularly copy multi gigabyte files, or run an Oracle DB for fun, then yeah you probably want to make sure you don't run into the 88% slowdown.

As for "better off with a smaller or more expensive drive with a proper SLC write cache"...you already have that with this Intel one. You want one that's smaller, use only half its capacity (by leaving half unpartitioned) and you're fine, or you could buy one of Intel's that's twice the size for presumably twice the price, and again use half of it. The nice thing about using half of a drive is that you have some spare storage in case you ever need it in a pinch, something you don't have if you buy a smaller or more expensive one and use its full capacity.

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My understand is there's not an "SLC write cache"

Instead it uses some of the QLC as SLC when there's free space, until it gets to something like 60% full. So if you choose to use only half the device, it will be VERY fast for writes thanks to the SLC write cache. If it fill it up, it loses that advantage and is up to 88% slower. Pretty clever, and a good compromise between price and performance.

Say what you will about self-driving cars – the security is looking 'OK'

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Re: "Know where every tree, curb and stop sign is"

It doesn't all change at once, though.

Sure it does. Never have road construction where you live?

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"Know where every tree, curb and stop sign is"

Good thing none of that ever changes then.

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

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Re: Is that legal now?

What would be the reason for wanting all the receptacles in a room on the same phase?? Electrical/fire code almost always has some basis in safety, even if a pretty theoretical concern...not sure what safety would be compromised by having outlets on two different phases.

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Re: get out quick

I found out (by trying to cut a wire and getting a flash and loud bang for my trouble) that the overhead lights in my mom's kitchen are powered by TWO breakers. There is a switch in the kitchen, but a second switch in the dining room. Turning either one on will power the lights, and the breakers are wired to the switch not the fixture!

I'm not really sure if that's against the electric code, but IMHO it sure as hell ought to be! Of course I was using insulated snips to cut it, knowing it might be live since the breaker box was unmarked and "flipping breakers until everything in the kitchen was off, so I could probably assume the non-functional overhead lights were also off" was not a 100% safe strategy. I probably should have turned the main off, but then I wouldn't have discovered how stupidly wired her house was!

I wonder how common this sort of thing is? It was built in the late 70s, maybe that was considered OK then.

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Re: Which is worse ...

It is almost like Trump is trolling us. The "Space Force" name is stupid enough, but you gotta be kidding me with those logos.

One can only hope he's impeached before Space Force is actually formalized, because once it is there's no hope of ever getting rid of it even though no one other than Trump really wants it. We ought to be reducing the branches, not adding to them. There's no reason for the Air Force to exist, when all the other branches already have their own air wings. The Coast Guard shouldn't be a service branch, they should be lumped in with Customs, INS, etc. under "Homeland Security" (another terrible name that we're unfortunately stuck with) and the Marines arguably are simply a cross between the Army and Navy...

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"Budgets cut" ???

You obviously aren't familiar with how the DoD budgeting process goes. They will get $8 billion extra. In fact, they'll probably get $18 billion extra, with the excess $10 billion distributed to the other branches to soothe any hurt feelings.

Then they'll ask for $50 billion to build the Hexagon, because clearly six branches don't fit in the Pentagon... BTW, I got that price by taking the $5 billion Apple's spaceship reportedly cost, and then multiplying by 10 as per standard defense contracting procedure.

The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

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Water cooling

Without a fan to get the heat out of the device, what's the point? I guess if the SoC was a hot spot that will distribute the heat more evenly, but the glass in the all glass designs typical today for wireless charging tends to work against letting the heat out.

The overall limit of how much power a cell phone can use isn't going to be affected by this - no one wants a phone that feels hot in their hands, or against their head. Especially not a Galaxy Note, given what happened to the one a couple years ago...

Oh, fore putt's sake: Golf org PGA bunkered up by ransomware attack just days before tournament

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Re: What a bunch of ...

Not that I buy that researcher's conclusion, but I don't think golf (especially as played here in the US, where most people ride a cart) is exercise on the same level as running or lifting weights.

And yeah, people should play faster - unfortunately too many take their cues from what they see on tour. It makes sense the pros play slow, when one stroke over 72 holes can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars difference in your pocket! I think playing in two hours might be asking a bit much though unless you are playing alone and walking fast. Most people would probably take 90 minutes to walk four miles carrying a bag or pulling a cart, and 'four miles' assumes you hit the ball straight all the time (I've had days where I probably walked six :)) That leaves only 30 minutes for actual shots, criss crossing the green, etc.

If for some reason you're still using TKIP crypto on your Wi-Fi, ditch it – Linux, Android world bug collides with it

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WPA3 won't fix it, but it will sure help

Not only will it fix the known attack on WPA2, it will encrypt passwordless wifi as well as passworded.

You should still make sure something secure like HTTPS or a VPN is in use if you are connecting to anything where you wouldn't want the traffic sniffed - but that's already true for most things. You'd have to work hard in 2018 to find webmail, online shopping etc. where you can enter a password or credit card number in the clear.

Think of it this way - everything that's in the clear on a passwordless wifi today is in the clear when you are sitting at home once it leaves your ISP. The odds of getting sniffed at internet exchange points by the NSA or GCHQ is probably 1000x greater than getting sniffed by someone sniffing your wifi in the coffee shop. Worry about the right things!

Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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So put up a warning

WARNING: Connecting to this page will result in a network scan of your computer/phone, clicking Accept indicates consent to this.

Then set a cookie after you've consented, begin the scan, and do it silently on future visits thanks to that cookie (or every time if you have your browser set to not remember cookies)

Motorola strap-on packs a 2,000mAh battery to appease the 5G gods

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Re: Shannon

5G doesn't get you any closer to the Shannon limit. It has the same maximum bits/Hz as the most recent version of LTE, so it isn't making more efficient use of spectrum at all. The only advantage over LTE it has is reduced latency - which is a good thing, but it isn't getting you any more bandwidth.

The promises of huge bandwidth from 5G come from all the new spectrum that is being opened up for it on higher frequencies, as high as 39 GHz. AFAIK there's no reason LTE couldn't use those higher frequencies, but since those high frequencies are much less useful for voice (you'd constantly lose connection while walking as you passed a tree or building) it makes sense to dedicate them to 5G with its advantage of reduced latency.

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I wonder what the pricing is

How much sense can it make to spend a couple hundred bucks (likely) to upgrade an outdated phone? They're just doing this for publicity for this ridiculous 'mods', and to claim 'First!' to 5G. Not that there are any 5G base stations for it to connect to yet...

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The extra power is necessary for 5G

Very likely its mostly because first generation 5G chips promise to be extremely power hungry and run very hot. Just like first generation LTE chips did, and like first generation 3G chips did...

NAND we'll send foreign tech packing, says China of Xtacking: DRAM-speed... but light on layer-stacking

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Re: interleave

That's pretty much how you see SSDs with speeds of multiple gigabits per second even though the individual chips have speeds measured in hundreds of megabits. The only advantage of faster chips is you can make smaller devices faster...making bigger devices faster than SATA's 6 Gbps max has been possible for years now.

Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you

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Re: Alt-left

The leftists who want to censor 'inappropriate speech' aren't far left in the way the alt right is far right. The far left are still anarchists like they were in the anti Vietnam days, but the far right now increasingly shares that anarchist viewpoint, which is a departure from the past.

This is simply a reflection of the fact that the extremists on both sides don't like what they see from the government or society today. During the cold war, especially during the time of McCarthyism, the far right wasn't against the government, they were against those who were trying to change the government (i.e. integration, civil rights, protesting Vietnam, etc.)

Since the left was successful in changing the government and society, that mindset has gone mainstream - i.e. "me too". As a result the far right no longer sees anything in the government/society worth preserving. They either want the government gone (the far right who falsely considers themselves libertarians, thinking libertarian=anarchist) or they want to turn back the clock to get the government and society of the past - that last is the anger Trump has been tapping into. "Make America Great Again", to them, means bring back the America before civil rights, before it became frowned upon to call someone a faggot or a retard.

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Re: "Came here to read about tech"

But you'd only influence that minuscule percentage of techies who attend hacker conferences. That's like trying to influence the opinion of people who watch Marvel cinematic universe movies by staging a false flag at ComiCon. You'd reach something like 0.01% of the people who watch those movies, though at least ComiCon has enough press around many people who didn't go would hear about it.

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"alt left"

One of the leaders of the "alt right" movement - Richard Spencer, an avowed white supremacist - coined the term himself, so applying it to people with those views is appropriate. Therefore someone who is on the extreme right isn't necessarily part of the alt right - having white supremacist views or Nazi ideography is part of the definition. You can be far to the right of the republican/conservative mainstream without believing in the superiority of the white "race", and wouldn't be "alt right", just "far right".

So I'm not sure what the definition for alt left would be, since there aren't any extreme left white supremacists or Nazis (before someone says that "socialist" is part of the name of Nazis, "democratic" and "republic" is part of name of North Korea, and they are clearly neither of those) Clearly it can't be fairly applied to everyone far left of the democratic/liberal mainstream, but applying it to those who advocate violence to achieve their goals would probably be as close as you can come (even though Spencer has been pretty careful to avoid crossing that line, many of his followers have had no problems doing so)

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"Came here to read about tech"

And the article IS about tech, it is about issues confronting hacker conferences. If you have your feelings hurt that some Trump supporters who cross the line from the political right to the alt-right are acting like jackasses and that's being called out in a Reg article, maybe READ THE TITLE before clicking on an article.

As for the "false flag attack" theory, I don't buy it. The point of doing false flag in the political sphere is to get noticed and make the news. If El Reg is the best press they're getting for this, it wasn't worth their trouble. Better to disrupt something that will have representation from the national press in the US, so it actually makes the news.

Alaskan borough dusts off the typewriters after ransomware crims pwn entire network

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"Manual procedures" are less and less possible

What's Amazon's manual procedure supposed to be when their web site goes down? What's the backup plan for a company that runs a fleet of self-driving taxis if GPS goes out?

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Re: Because no one has ever stolen records from a filing cabinet before.

Not from halfway around the world they haven't.

Porn parking, livid lockers and botched blenders: The nightmare IoT world come true

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Ring doorbell for elderly or disabled

That's a great use case, the problem is that's not how they're marketed or who is buying them. Is it even possible to restrict it to your local network - for a normal person, so don't say "configure the firewall in your DD-WRT router to block it". That's how it should work by default, and if you want to be able to see who is at your door when you are at work or on vacation you can enable that functionality.

But of course Ring is owned by Amazon, and like Google and Facebook they want to collect every scrap of data about you they can possibly can, and leaving a possible entry point for hackers isn't something they care about.

Drink this potion, Linux kernel, and tomorrow you'll wake up with a WireGuard VPN driver

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Re: "It is time, therefore, for WireGuard to be properly integrated into Linux."

It IS a module, the article is written in a bit of confusing fashion. Currently it is an out of tree module, so if you get a Linux distribution you don't get it like you get xfs or drivers for <insert random 15 year old network card>. You have to track down the source and compile it yourself, or find (and trust) someone who has already compiled it for your Linux kernel version.

They are simply putting the module in the tree, so it'll be on equal status with those other drivers, and most Linux distributions will include it by default. It won't actually load unless you make that happen, of course, just like xfs won't load unless you use it or the 15 year old network card driver won't load unless you have that hardware.

'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist

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Business plan

1) Create super cheap device using off the shelf parts, enabling high margins with minimal design costs

2) Announce to the world that it is unhackable, challenging security professionals to hack it

3) Sell hundreds of them to security researchers who want in on the bounty, plus probably thousands more to amateurs or fools from the publicity

4) Close up shop after the sales dry up, no more company means no payouts need be made

Amnesty slaps Google amid crippled censored China search claims

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How is this hurting Chinese customers?

Currently they use Baidu, which is censored. If they get another option, also censored, they are no worse off.

It isn't great, but refusing to do business with them isn't going to make them change either. Indeed, by staying away for years all they did was make Baidu that much stronger. The real risk for Google is that they'll introduce Google search in China, and no one will care.

The End for Fin7: Feds cuff suspected super-crooks after $$$m stolen from 15m+ credit cards

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Re: The USA ...

The crime occurred in the US, shouldn't the US be the one to prosecute it? They may be guilty of something in their home country, but the victims and losses incurred were elsewhere.

What if I mailed some cookies laced with rat poison to a person in the EU, and who ate them and died? Should I not be extradited to the country where my victim resides for prosecution? Rat poison is legal to purchase in the US - and since I was curious I checked and it appears it would be legal to send through the mail if the LD50 for humans is greater than 50mg per kg! I'm not sure I'd be guilty of any crime under US law...

Sitting pretty in IPv4 land? Look, you're gonna have to talk to IPv6 at some stage

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Re: Never!

Exactly. Whoever wrote that obviously doesn't understand NAT, and that it doesn't need a firewall to provide security. How is anyone going to send packets to a PC at from outside the NAT unless ports are being forwarded, or even send packets to the router unless there are open ports on the router on the WAN interface side. Typically management from e.g. HTTP is only enabled on the LAN by default, so the clueless home user doesn't have to worry about it.

Security may not have been the reason for its existence, but it was a highly serendipitous benefit.

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Re: "won't be long before websites *demand* that you access them over IPv6"

I'm not aware of anything inherent in IPv6 that makes it more efficient at carrying TCP/IP. Maybe the routing is more efficient, but that's certainly not a reason for a website to demand people access them over IPv6.

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Re: Zero mention of firewall problems?

They're ahead in IPv6 use, but what advantages does that give them over IPv6 laggards like the US? None that I can see. If anything, being a laggard is a good thing because all the bugs will have been worked out of IPv6 implementations by the time us foot draggers finally join in. And perhaps the powers that be will have decided on ways to fix the issues with IPv6, by for instance blocking the ill-conceived extensible headers in a firewall by default.

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The security comes from FORCING people to use NAT

If IPv4 addresses were plentiful enough NAT never existed in consumer level products, most people would have had their PC and other home devices directly exposed to the internet. Wireless APs would not be routers, because they wouldn't need to route. They'd bridge your wireless and wired nets, and wireless devices would be directly exposed to the internet.

The average person would be at the mercy of their ISP for security, hoping that their cable/DSL modem provided a firewall, and that firewall defaulted on. OK, in 2018 even crappy ISPs like Comcast would do that, but 10 years ago? Many people would have been unprotected, and even though things would be bad and ISPs would encourage people to enable the firewall would be loathe to force the config on everyone because they'd know how many things that used to work would break and how many support calls they'd get. They'd wait until the user upgraded something and needed a new modem, and give them one with the firewall on by default.

The hacks they could blame on the end user, or Microsoft, or anyone else but themselves. If they pushed a new config on people's equipment they'd have to take the blame from angry customers themselves.

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"won't be long before websites *demand* that you access them over IPv6"

Huh? Given that countless thousands of websites can be hosted from a single IP address, I don't see any pressing need for websites to try to push people towards IPv6 access, even in countries that are by necessity adopting IPv6 well ahead of us laggards in the US and UK.

Why would websites demand IPv6 access? What's in it for them? How does reducing their potential audience benefit them in any way? How much more could their hosting provider really charge them for the use of a tiny fraction of one IPv4 address?

I wouldn't be shocked if I could carry on ignoring IPv6 and using IPv4 alone for the next twenty years. Maybe it'll stop working then, because of unfixed Y2038 problems that were ignored because "no one will still be using IPv4 by then".

Holy ship! UK shipping biz Clarksons blames megahack on single point of pwnage

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Re: How nice...

Even in the US if your info is hacked you'll typically be given a year of free credit reporting. If it is your employer that loses your info - which is generally a lot more info and a closer relationship that to a customer - they'll sometimes offer more.

Is it possible there's really a country with worse privacy protections than the US?

Irish Supremes make shock decision to hear Facebook's appeal in Schrems II

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Given that the EU is trying to force Ireland to collect more tax from Apple

Ireland is on notice that getting US firms to HQ there for sweetheart tax deals on EU income isn't sustainable in the future. So instead they'll have to give them sweetheart legal deals if they want to be sure of keeping them.

Microsoft: We've almost dug Your Phone out behind sofa. But will it make Insiders app-y?

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It still astounds me

That Google never seemed to 'get' messaging. The one thing you'd think they would have copied from Apple was iMessage, as it would have been so simple to create something similar and put it on Android by default. It would have killed WhatsApp before it really got going, and would undoubtedly be the most-used messaging platform in the world today simply by the sheer numbers of Android users.

Instead they seem to create a new messaging platform every year or two, promote it as the next big thing, and then let it die on the vine because someone inside Google has a better idea, which somehow requires tossing out the old platform, bathwater and all.

I can see RCS replacing SMS from a carrier perspective, as it makes sense in today's 'everything in data' model that arrived with LTE and will be in full force once 2G/3G are permanently extinguished in a few years. But I have a feeling Google will find something shiny that will cause them to forget all about RCS in a couple years, and be pushing that instead.

Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Re: A few important details left out

Maybe not. There are some artifacts found in ancient Egypt that appear to have been electroplated. They may have had some type of primitive battery able to generate enough current to do that, perhaps similar to the "Baghdad battery". But yeah, nothing to do with resonant frequencies of pyramids!

Apple laughing all the way to the bank – with profits of $5.3m per hour

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Lots of problems to overcome before we get folding / rolling phones

Screens without glass means screens where scratches are a problem. No thanks, I was glad to leave behind the old days of phones with plastic screens that would magically acquire scratches from being in my pocket despite never putting anything else in the pocket with it. I guess pocket lint contains a little bit of fine silica or something else that scratches plastic.

It was annoying back when there was hardly ever any reason to look at a phone screen, now that we look at phone screens for hours a day there's no way I'd tolerate a screen that's not at least as resistant to scratching as glass.

Everyone likes the idea of folding phones or phones with rollable screens. Reality bites, though - folding phones will need to be square when folded, or be a trifold, to get a decent aspect ratio when unfolded. Phones with rollable screens will need some sort of frame that unrolls with them to keep them perfectly flat, because who wants to look at a display that's wavy or otherwise non-flat.

Between those issues, the aforementioned scratching, weight (for the backing for folding or frame for rolling) bulk since they'll probably be larger when folded/rolled, battery life (more display = more power draw) and likely durability problems with the first gen (at least) after repeated folding/rolling multiple times a day over a year or two I think when released they will get a lot of hype, but won't prove to be very popular. Especially if they cost significantly more than current flagships, which seems likely. The issues will be worked out eventually, but not for years after they first appear.

Pentagon 'do not buy' list says нет to Russia, 不要 to Chinese code

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Re: @DougS - @Nick Kew

At this point in the 2008 election cycle no one knew who Obama was, let alone thought he had a chance of being elected president. At this point in the 2016 election cycle everyone assumed the race would be between Hillary and Jeb Bush, and while people knew who Trump was few thought he'd run for president and everyone assumed if he did it would only be for a short time for publicity.

Assuming Trump will win because it isn't clear who will be running against him is foolish. Hell, assuming he will be president in 2020, rather than Pence, is probably foolish...

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@Nick Kew

You're conflating stuff that happened with private companies (i.e. Nokia hiring a former Microsoft guy, then getting mostly bought out by Microsoft) and things that are only happening because of Trump (trade battles with Canada)

If you think there's a grand strategy behind all this, you must imagine quite a massive conspiracy - a conspiracy which includes Trump. The only conspiracies Trump is interested in are those that benefit him personally. He's a shitty president and I'd struggle to find anything good to say about him as a man, but I can't see him participating in the type of long term grand conspiracy you envision. There's nothing in it for him, and he switches positions at the drop of a hat so he could claim "he won" the trade war and drop all the tariffs tomorrow. And he will if he thinks it'll benefit him politically.

15% revenue growth is great for most – but it's piddling if you're Huawei

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Re: A taste of what is going to happen

They added a higher end phone that costs more to make that sells at a higher price and people bought many of them. Are you saying there's something wrong with that strategy? The 8 / 8 plus were available for the same prices they've always been - and they still sold the 7 and even the 6S lines for people who wanted to spend less.

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Re: A taste of what is going to happen

Hope you didn't put money on that "dismal figures from Apple" thesis.

The internet's very own Muslim ban continues: DNS overlord insists it can freeze dot-words

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Re: "Who gets control of it"

I didn't intend an exhaustive list, I'm aware there are various Orthodox flavors of Christianity, the Church of England, and so forth. Pretty sure all Catholics will submit to the authority of the Vatican though, or by definition they are no longer members of the Catholic church. That's the difference between .catholic and .christianity and .islam.

Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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"Younger citizens ... comfortable ... having their every step watched by CCTV cameras"

They conclude that based on what? Because the CCTV cameras have been around for most of their life and younger citizens haven't revolted and smashed them all like Luddites?

People being resigned to something sucking is not the same as being comfortable with it. I hate that there are few privacy protections here in the US against the likes of Google, Amazon and the credit agencies, and if I could change the laws I would. However I know I cannot, so I just grit my teeth and ignore it. If the US government did a whitewash report like that UK one, I imagine they'd lump me in with those "comfortable with self regulating corporations offering opt out privacy policies".

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