* Posts by DougS

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Rhode Island proposes $20 porn tax. Er, haven't we heard this before?

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Offensive content

That's pretty broad - the bill doesn't limit it to sexual content so it could be anything. A picture of a muslim praying, an ad for guns, an article that says nice things about Hillary Clinton, Trump's official re-election site.

Some people might think a picture of a woman in a bikini is offensive, others might not find a picture of people having sex offensive. This would get tied up on court for years and has no chance of ever being enforced in the unlikely event a state like Maine passes it. I could see Utah or Alabama passing something like this, but it has no chance in Maine.

BlackBerry unveils bold new strategy: Suing the c**p out of Facebook

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No Apple or Google?

They also have messaging apps, and surely lawyers would see them as potentially infringing on at least one of those rather broad patents.

Apple may have already done some sort of licensing deal with them years ago that would cover it, but not so sure about Google...

Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners

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Wouldn't they get similar data every year?

Its just more obvious this year because the price of the X is higher than previous iPhones.

There's a reason Apple always sold "last year's iPhone" at $100 off the previous price instead of dropping it, and this time around even sells "last year's +1 iPhone" at $200 off the previous price, and a reason the value of a used iPhone holds up better than that of other phones.

Not everyone wants to pay full fare for a new one, so Apple offers options to pay less to get a cheaper one that's new but not the latest n greatest, which a lot of people take advantage of. Some people don't even want to pay that much, which is why there's a thriving market for used iPhones.

Adding a $999 option obviously increases the number of people who will say "that's too much for me" as that was nearly a 50% rise from the standard entry price for the latest (non plus sized) model. That's probably why the rumors say they will be offering a less expensive one that skips the OLED screen next fall, so people who don't want to pay extra to get one with OLED don't have to. (Fortunately the other thing that made it cost more, terrible yield on the 3D sensors, has been fixed so that won't be a major cost contributor for future Face ID models)

Apple's new 'spaceship' HQ brings the pane for unobservant workers

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it was certainly not something he was happy to show in a glass walled room

For $5 billion no doubt Apple has the super expensive type of glass with liquid crystals embedded that can darken to opaque at the touch of a button for meeting rooms and executive offices where sensitive things will be exhibited, and piezoelectric vibrators on the external glass to shield from laser audio spying by drones outside the properly line.

New algorithm could help self-driving cars scout out hidden objects

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Re: Or it could

Speed around curves has more important limits. First physics, not of light but of centrifugal force and friction. Secondly, and more importantly, passenger comfort - reasonably priced sports cars on dry roads with new tires are able to slightly exceed one g of lateral acceleration, but the commonly accepted value for passenger comfort is only .25 to .30 g.

People might like to exceed one g when driving themselves for fun - when they are in control. But even then generally don't when they are on a point A to point B trip. Hardly anyone is going to be happy pulling hard turns in a car they aren't in control of.

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Or it could

You know, slow down a little when going around corners that might be hiding something bad like a rockfall in the middle of the road, a deer ready to jump out, or whatever to leave sufficient room to stop. Like us meatbags do are supposed to do.

But no, let's create some nearly impossible to perfect technology to allow us to go around curves 10 mph faster...

Copper feel, fibre it ain't: Ads regulator could face court for playing hard and fast with definitions

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10Gb only with fiber?

DOCSIS 3.1 allows 10 Gb over RG6 coax, and the full duplex variety makes it symmetric. Dunno how far, but based on cable losses I'd guess at least 100 meters. The important thing is that it doesn't require fiber to the house itself, which is the most expensive part outside of greenfield developments.

Fiber to the home (let alone "to the router") is definitely not necessary for broadband FAR faster than anything anyone needs to their home.

4G LTE pried open to reveal a slew of new protocol-level attacks

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Re: Hardly surprising

That's just a radio right? You need all the LTE software to manage a base station which I'm sure costs a LOT more as I've never heard of an open source LTE base station. Writing your own from spec would take so long we'd be on 6G by the time you're done!

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Hardly surprising

I'm not sure if the protocol spec is publicly available, but even if it is there isn't any way for most people to test it - you'd quickly get in trouble if you tried it on a public cell. Setting up a private LTE base station or base station simulator isn't something the typical person has the financial resources and technical ability to do. If it was open and easily available to every curious hacker the way TCP/IP or SSH is these sorts of problems would have been shaken out in the pre-standard phase (i.e. the phase 5G is in right now)

Good thing no one is talking about connecting nearly every device on the planet to 5G. Oh crap...this is how Skynet begins, isn't it?

Bitcoin heist with a twist: This time it's servers that were stolen

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You think 90% are sensibly configured? Where the hell do you work that this is a reasonable expectation??

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What happens when they find a bitcoin? If there are enough of them on the SSDs that haven't been transferred to the wallet of the server's owner(s) the value of the bitcoins might exceed the value of the servers. If I robbed someone and stole a very expensive safe, it probably isn't because I want that very expensive safe, but rather what's inside it...

Cryptocurrency miners go nuclear, RSA blunder, Winner back in court, and plenty more

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Re: I don't really have a problem with it

Electric resistive heaters, CPUs and GPUs are very inefficient ways to heat a building.

That's true, but I'd rather pay for content with higher energy cost than with my personal information and eyeballs. For something that requires electricity I can install solar panels and avoid the future cost (both to myself or to the environment) There's not much I can do to mitigate the future cost of companies collecting and selling my personal information.

Besides, some people do have electric resistive heat in their house - either as the main heat or for spot heating like a space heater. In that case CPUs and GPUs are exactly as efficient in providing that heat, at least when you are near them.

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I don't really have a problem with it

OK, I have a problem with hackers planting mining code in sites that aren't getting the benefit of it. But I'd like it if sites said "Instead of flooding you with ads, we are going to mine cryptocoins when your browser has focus on the tab as a way of paying us for our content, bandwidth, etc." Its winter here, if they make my PC output a few watts more heat that's fine by me!

Boring. The phone business has lost the plot and Google is making it worse

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Re: There was one cool feature I liked

The sensors required for FLIR are around $100 right now. I'm sure some of that is patents, I don't know the details. No one is trying to "rob you blind" any more than they were when a digital camera cost $300, a GPS cost $200, a video camera cost $800, a computer able to run a web browser cost $2500 and so forth that now all comes for free inside your phone thanks to economies of scale.

If FLIR became a common feature you expected to get with any high end smartphone the price would become a fraction of that (you might want to negotiate with the patent holders for a maximum payment, like how the MPEG patents max out at a certain number of units) If it doesn't get added, which seems more likely, it will probably be a $100+ add on or $200+ standalone unit a decade from now.

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Re: There was one cool feature I liked

You missed the whole point of what I said. Unless it is built in to a model that sells tens of millions it will always be an add on for a "few hundred quid". Given that a separate FLIR unit costs that much and you have to carry around something besides your phone either way that's hardly worth it.

I'll bet if Apple had decided a couple years ago they are going to put it on the iPhone X follow on and its 6.5" big brother coming out this fall, they could have driven the price down 20-40x by contracting to buy 120 million of them in a year. That's about the order of magnitude they drove down the price of MEMs between 2006 and 2009 by buying in huge volume. I don't think there's any chance Apple would add them on since it is a niche feature, but Samsung is the only other company that can drive enough volume to a single model that they could make this happen (not that I think they will)

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Re: Fashion statement

For me, the Nokia 8860 was never a fashion statement, it was a "I want a phone that can easily fit in my pocket" statement. No way was I ever going to be one of those hopeless dorks with a belt clip/holster, so paying $500 out of pocket for the 8860 versus taking a free 5100 series or whatever the common phone was back in 2000 from the carrier was worth it.

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Re: Let's face it..

Its been a trope in sci fi for decades (Earth Final Conflict in the late 90s, and I'm sure there are plenty of examples before that)

There's a problem with that too though - with a foldable screen you could have a smaller device that has a working display unfolded, but not so with one you unroll/pull apart.

I'm not saying it will never be cracked, but I think the first ones we see will be gimmicky, fragile and not very useful. There will be some tradeoffs too - glass doesn't fold so the surface will have to be plastic. Well there's a reason everyone uses glass on smartphones despite its tendency to break, and that's because plastic scratches easily.

I'm also pessimistic about how well a folding screen holds up to a year of folding and unfolding dozens of times a day. Sure, you can build a machine to rapidly and repetitively do that, not see any problems, and think you licked it. Then you get them out in the real world with wide swings in temperature and humidity, shearing stresses from imperfect unfolding, etc. and we'll see how well the products hold up in day to day use.

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There was one cool feature I liked

The FLIR camera in the Cat S61. I know, I know, that's a niche thing (but anything new these days is going to be niche) It could be sold as an environmentally aware feature since it would be easy to tell where the air leaks are in your home and caulk them up to save energy. The cost would have to be driven down, but if someone like Apple or Samsung contracted to buy tens of millions a year that problem would be addressed.

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Re: Let's face it..

It is getting that 16:9 aspect ratio that's going to kill the idea of foldable phones for the foreseeable future. It isn't going to be particularly useful to have a phone that unfolds into a square.

Your folded phone is going to need to be a square, which is limited by the size of a typical pocket meaning it won't be able to unfold in a significantly larger phone. The only fix would be a trifold phone, but good luck making each part of it thin enough that a trifold phone won't be as thick as a wallet stuffed with 50 bills and a dozen credit cards.

I agree the active 3D scanning is going to be the big thing in the next few years. No so much for faces but having a laser scanner on the back that can scan an object or room. Lots of niche applications for that, surely some that will be created when it is widely available, and of course it will be heavily used in games from day one.

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Re: Phone design

Back when phones were just phones a glovephone might have had a market. But you give up all the things that make a smartphone a smartphone if you put it into a glove. Unless you think you are going to hold your hand flat and be able to read a website on it...

Hypersonic nukes! Nuclear-powered drone subs! Putin unwraps his new (propaganda) toys

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Re: How many countries (or parts of countries) has the US annexed recently?

Well... Scotland with bears. And no golf courses.

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Re: No real commonality in the F35

The F35 is a disaster, and no amount of "tweaking" will save it. It would have cost us much less to buy a lot more F22s for combat superiority, and an updated F18 for the common case with air superiority in place.

Besides, in a decade all human piloted fighters will be obsolete. Someone (probably China) is going to build small and comparatively cheap drones that rely on kinetic kills. Maybe with jet engines but if they could make it work without they'd be really cheap - just fit a solid rocket booster in the back to briefly go supersonic when they go in for the kill. Now you might say "hey an F22/F35/F18 is way more maneuverable than a drone with a solid rocket booster that will flame out in a short period of time" and you'd be right. Except a wing of jets will be facing a thousand of these drones, and there will be nowhere to hide.

When the first such "dogfight" takes place and human pilots are slaughtered by sheer numbers, that will be the end of the F35 program - long before it is scheduled to end in 2070. Yes you read that right, that's seriously how long the F35 is projected to be viable! The Air Force is run by guys who used to pilot a jet, and they are unable and unwilling to see a future where pilots aren't needed in fighter jets - even half a century from now! That's how out of touch they are.

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Re: Mutually Assured Destruction - MAD

No, MAD means that his new weapons are pointless. Russia could already destroy the US or any other country they wanted to with the weapons they had. Our missile defense system (if it even worked at all in real life) is designed to defend against a handful of missiles, like if terrorists took over a Russian base, or North Korea or Iran or whoever got it working. It was never designed to or remotely capable of stopping an all out assault from Russia, no matter which pole it came over.

This is Putin campaigning in Russia: "see I made Russia strong, big bad US can't push us around!" Normally the US would ignore it, but it will end up causing Trump to redouble the stupid project to "strengthen" our nuclear arsenal. Our nuclear arsenal can already destroy Russia many times over, we don't need the capability to destroy it more times.

It is a doubly bad idea right now because we have an unstable lunatic with his finger on the button and hardly any friends left in the White House who could talk him down. Fortunately I think the military would simply ignore his launch orders, but I'd hate to depend on their common sense overriding decades of indoctrination to follow orders.

Mobile World Congress: 5 buzzwords, an homage to Windows XP and a smartphone snorefest

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Re: Latency? In my self-driving car?

Radio most certainly does go around bends, at least at some frequencies. Anyone who is getting cell service but doesn't have line of sight to the tower because there's a hill between them lives that reality. Or receives TV signals via one edge or two edge paths...

Besides, you wouldn't need to go around bends if you are getting messages passed from cars around the bend to cars on the bend to you. You might have a little latency, but so long as you aren't bumper to bumper at 120 mph a few dozen milliseconds of latency isn't a problem.

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Re: Latency? In my self-driving car?

I wonder if they're talking about something like a line of autonomous cars traveling bumper to bumper at 200 kph. If say a rockslide happens and the lead car has to emergency brake, all the other cars have to do so instantly. I'd rather rely on M2M communication (at a lower frequency band so the lead car's broadcast is heard by all cars at once even if the rear car is around a corner separated by solid rock) than a 5G tower being up and maintaining 1ms latency.

MIT gives one-star review to Lyft, Uber over abysmal '$3.37/hr' pay

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Re: We know Uber is losing billions

Oh how wrong you are. In many cities (especially big ones) there is a lot of regulation around taxis. You can't just "buy a few cars" and set up shop. In NYC you have to get an official medallion. The numbers the city issued were limited, so you have to buy one from someone who has them. Uber may have driven down the value, but last I heard five years ago they were going for about $1 million each!

What is easy is setting up a "ride sharing" competitor to Uber. Setting one up worldwide would be very difficult/expensive of course, but if you just wanted to set one up that serves your metro area only it would be pretty easy. Cities are placing some regulations on them as well (like drivers having to prove they have licenses, insurance, passing criminal background checks - all the usual stuff you'd hope for anyone being allowed to operate as a commercial business driving strangers around) but they can't effectively limit the size of the market like NYC does with its medallions, or London does with "the knowledge".

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We know Uber is losing billions

If most of the drivers are losing money too, the only thing being accomplished is driving taxis out of business. Consumers win with cheaper fares temporarily, but after taxis are gone Uber will jack up the rates to enjoy their new monopoly. Hopefully they get more competition than Lyft before that happens.

Organic battery tech could work better than a woolly hat in the cold

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Never been a problem for me

While it is often well below 0C where I live in the winter, I've never encountered a time when my phone stopped working due to cold. I suppose that's because 1) I keep it in my pocket where it stays warm against my leg and 2) I don't take it out often when I'm outside in such temperatures because I'd rather wait til I'm inside where my fingers won't freeze and 3) I don't spend nearly as much time outdoors when it is that cold as I do when it is a more reasonable temperature!

I guess if I still snowboarded it might be more of a problem, but when I used to do that regularly I didn't have a cell phone at all. So I think I'd be able to survive either having mine stop working or leaving it in a locker in the lodge...

Mayors of America demand net neutrality protections… again

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Re: There's a storm brewing

I think that's wishful thinking. People will be voting on issues they feel are more important - feelings about gun violence / NRA are a lot stronger on either side than positions on net neutrality ever will be. Likewise for anti-Trump sentiment amongst the 2/3 of the population that aren't his remaining hardcore supporters. There are still seven months before election day for other issues to rise up.

Net neutrality COULD affect "darn near every voter" but only if ISPs act quickly to make anti net neutrality changes, like squeezing Netflix for billions for transit across their networks. Even then, the worst outcome for voters is Netflix raises their rates a few bucks and tells people it is because net neutrality was reversed (and even then you'd likely hear from fake news from the right claiming that's not true) There's no way you'll ever see a pro NRA voter going democratic due to anger over Netflix charging him more. Net neutrality is simply never going to get people riled up anywhere near as much as hot button issues.

We need baby Googles, say search specialists… and one surprising VC

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Re: It rubs the Monopoly on it's skin, or else it gets the antitrust again...

Apple Maps are just fine now in my experience (i.e. where I've driven in the last few years) but no matter how great or how awful Apple Maps is, it is irrelevant as competition for Google because it isn't an option on Android.

The only purpose Apple Maps serves from a competition standpoint is making Google's share of mobile maps equal the ~85% share of Android, rather than the ~100% share of Android and iOS combined.

Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly

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Re: Men Vs Women

I know/see far more women wearing an Apple Watch outside the gym than men, and those wearing a Fitbit outside of the gym/exercising it is almost 100% women. Men who wear watches out and about tend to wear an expensive (or at least expensive looking) fashion watch, women are more likely to wear something cheap or functional. I see plenty of Apple Watches and Fitbits in the predominantly college crowd gym I go to, but again a lot more women than men.

A couple years ago I knew a few people wearing Android / Samsung watches but I don't recall seeing one for a long time now.

Stop us if you've heard this one: Ex-Googler sues web giant claiming terrible treatment. This time, sex harassment

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Re: Is this the same in other large corporations?

I've never been in a workplace where where I DIDN'T see sexual harassment. As a consultant I've seen a lot of workplaces - I've been in a number of Fortune 500 companies, a startup in Palo Alto, a non-profit that makes educational software, a major Wall Street firm and a large bank in Canada. Before my time as an independent consultant I worked in a major hospital, a large university and a medium sized engineering company.

If you've only seen it once you must walk around with your eyes closed, or think it isn't sexual harassment until a guy exposes himself or reaches his hand up a woman's skirt.

Google powers up latest app it'll cancel in two years: Hangouts Chat

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Re: Two years?

They don't care about Android, they care about advertising. If they split Android's market share with another OS but it doesn't damage the overall share they get the same advertising revenue and a get out of jail free card when the EU etc. wants to go after them for a smartphone OS monopoly.

Google: Class search results as journalism so we can dodge Right To Be Forgotten

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"Right to be forgotten" is so stupid

It is mainly crooks who don't want people to know they have been convicted before - probably because it makes it harder to find new victims! This isn't going to be used by someone who streaked through a classroom as a prank and made the college paper.

Even for those who did their time and are reformed, if everyone has the warts in their past out there for all to see no one is going to care much about what you did unless it was something pretty serious like armed robbery or child abuse.

If you feel strongly enough about it change your name to John Smith. Good luck to anyone digging through the records to find out what a particular John Smith's name used to be, then searching on that. If they go to all that trouble they deserve to know that you were arrested for drunk driving back in 1995.

Cryptocurrencies kill people and may kill again, says Bill Gates

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"vision and speech are solved"?

WTF is Gates smoking? It wasn't that long ago a Tesla plowed into a fire truck at full speed because it couldn't "see" it, and those of us who talk to phones, smart devices, IVR systems etc. know how fallible that is.

I agree with him that understanding text is a holy grail, because that will make speech recognition actually useful, instead of just a gimmick to tell your phone or whatever to do a simple task you could do yourself in a few seconds.

Inviting nearby exoplanet revealed as radiation-baked hell

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Wait, only TEN times more powerful than the most powerful flare here?

I sure hope there's a lot more decimal places between the most powerful solar flare observed from our sun and one that would kill all life. A flare 1/10th the power of one that increased the brightness of a star by 1000x means our most powerful flare would have made our sun 100x brighter than normal!

Seems more likely Proxima's flare would be 10^10 times more powerful than the most powerful one observed here.

US watchdog just gave up trying to get Google to explain YouTube's huge financial figures

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Youtube as a loss leader

I have no idea if that's the case, but let's say that's true - it is still utterly ridiculous for Google to claim that the CEO of Google, or the executive in charge of Youtube, can't see figures for revenue and cost for Youtube. Just because a business decides to pursue a loss leader strategy doesn't mean they don't care how much loss there is.

Let's say you have a grocery store and decide to make milk a loss leader. You still care how much that loss is - because the whole "loss leader" premise is that you will make it up via greater overall sales. Lose $500 a day on cheap milk and make an extra $1000 from the increased traffic that results.

It isn't clear to me how Youtube as a loss leader is going to lead to more money elsewhere in Google, but that would have to be the case for it to be a valid business strategy rather than an illegal anticompetitive tactic. And you have to know how much Youtube is losing to know whether it is paying off overall when you add in whatever extra revenue that strategy somehow brings in.

NSA boss: Trump won't pull trigger for Russia election hack retaliation

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Who says they will support him in 2020?

Or support republicans in 2018? What Trump and those of his supporters who don't see a problem with him playing grab ass with Putin so long as Russian interference was for "our side" don't seem to realize is that Putin went for Trump because he didn't want Hillary. That's why Russians tried to help Bernie over Hillary in the democratic primary. It isn't certain by any means that had Bernie won the nomination that Putin would have supported Trump. He may well have supported Bernie.

After all, liberals in the US have traditionally been less hostile toward Russia and the conservatives were the ones taking a hard line. It is amazing to me how many conservatives are fine with Trump's hands off policy on Russia - had Bernie won with the help of Russians and then refused to act on congressionally approved sanctions like Trump has republicans in the House would have already impeached him for treason and the trial in the Senate would be all over the news right now.

Based on Trump's actions I think it is likely he's been compromised by Putin, so maybe they would have supported him over Bernie since they owned him. But their overall goal is for chaos in the US, and that goal would be better served by having democrats take over the House and begin impeachment proceedings against Trump. Republicans who supported Trump's inaction may wish for a do-over if next year at this time evidence is coming to light that Russians interfered with or tried to interfere with congressional elections to help democrats win.

Why, why, Mr American Pai? FCC boss under increasing pressure in corporate favoritism row

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Two of the network affiliates where I live are Sinclair owned. They aren't really as bad as most people think, there isn't any detectable slant in the local news reporting. The main difference is a "terrorism watch" report (produced at their HQ I guess) that apparently all Sinclair affiliates are required to run, presumably intended to drum up a little fear in the populace with the goal of making them want republicans (though I'm not sure if republicans will be seen as the go to party for "safety" once Trump gets through destroying it and his Russian collusion is exposed)

Sony Xperia XZ2: High-res audio but no headphone jack

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Re: What's gone wrong ? IT'S BIGGER !

Tastes change. I remember when the iPhone came out I thought it was ridiculously huge. The phones I'd owned before - Nokia 8860, 8260 and KRZR - were all chosen because they were very small. Now almost everyone (myself included) would think a 3.5" screen is ridiculously small.

Though if you think about it, if you gave that original iPhone an edge to edge display like the X it would be over 5" which many would find just right...

The phone OS that muggers wouldn't touch is back from the dead

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"complexity and notification overload of the modern Android experience"

Seems like it would be easier to strip the stuff you don't want out of Android than starting fresh with a new OS that has never proven itself in phones. Maybe if you strip enough out it'll run acceptably in 512MB.

Apple: Er, yes. Your iCloud stuff is now on Google's servers, too

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I never said they don't do the same to many companies, but claiming they do it ALL is a bit of a reach. They have their favored ones that get a bit of a kid glove treatment. Look at how they fawn over SpaceX, for instance.

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Re: Redundancy

Please tell me how you convinced your boss that you needed a second identical vMax to mirror the first? EMC arrays are resilient to controller failure, a typical SAN has dual paths so it is resilient to HBA failure on the host. What you're talking about isn't what I said at all.

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Re: Strange, whats their huge data centers for then

They need datacenters for iMessage, the App Store, iTunes / Apple Music, Siri, etc.

It is either a lack of capacity (they need what they have for the above) or because Google has so many more datacenters all over the world it makes iCloud work better (lower latency) than if they used their comparatively much smaller number of datacenters. Obviously Apple has the money to build as many as they want, but not having the needs of Google building that many datacenters would be wasteful when they can contract it out to someone who already has that infrastructure. Apple controls the encryption, so having it sit in Google's cloud doesn't mean Google can get at iCloud data, despite El Reg's misleading headline.

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I wondered why Apple doesn't have their own cloud yet either, but I wonder if it has to do with connectivity for low latency access. Google has a lot more datacenters in a lot more locations, while Apple's are mostly in the US. Even in the US the large majority of people are probably closer in ping latency to a Google datacenter than one of Apple's.

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Re: Redundancy

Clouds like S3 and Google's have their own redundancy, so Apple doesn't need to add more on top of it. That would be like saying "what if your EMC array fails, do you have another EMC array to mirror to?"

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Re: iCloud to China as well

Not much choice - either do that or pull out of China.

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Apple DOES use their own encryption

As usual when it comes to Apple, El Reg is at best misleading when it comes to their headlines. You can peruse the iOS security guide PDF Apple helpfully makes available if you want proof.

I agree it is odd they are using anyone's cloud at this point. What the heck are they using that billion dollar datacenter in North Carolina for, and the several other giant datacenters they have? Those are all for iMessage, app store, Apple Music etc.?

The only thing I can think of is that Google has a lot more datacenters all over the world, so it is better connectivity (i.e. lower latency) access than Apple could provide from their limited set of datacenters that are mostly in the US.

Samsung's Galaxy 9s debut, with not much other than new cameras

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Samsung slowing down Exynos versions?

According to the review at Anandtech, Samsung told them they were going to limit the much faster Exynos versions to performance roughly equivalent with the 845. They saw much lower than expected performance on most benchmarks they tried that was on par with the 845, except for Geekbench.

That would be a stupid plan if they did it, but I'd have to laugh if they did after all the Apple haters who thought it was a terrible thing that Apple limited the iPhones with Qualcomm hardware to match the LTE speed of the Intel hardware (i.e. an iPhone X can hit "only" 600 Mbps instead of 1 Gbps max)

Voice assistants are always listening. So why won't they call police if they hear a crime?

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What a ridiculous idea

How the heck is it going to be able to tell the sounds of an assault versus the sounds of an assault happening on TV? Or two boys fighting? (like many of us did with our brothers all the damn time) Or (consensual) rough sex?

Can we as humans reliably tell when there's something criminal happening in the next apartment over? So how the hell is Alexa going to be able to? The kind person who comes up with this boneheaded idea is the kind of person who thinks Alexa is "AI".

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