* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

FCC inspector general sticks corruption probe into chairman Ajit Pai amid $4bn media merger

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Re: Corruption

No doubt corruption in Washington is "business as usual", but meanwhile Trump's supporters really believe he's draining the swamp when he's actually made it deeper than it was under Obama. He's got Pai obviously operating with a backdoor deal to be hired by Sinclair the moment he leaves the FCC - no doubt he believes (probably correctly) that he'll be able to get his "job" done and quit before they're able to stop him.

Trump has multiple cabinet members traveling first class or on military aircraft for various bullshit reasons, which was never done in previous administrations and is quite clearly in violation of government travel regulations. He successfully in some cases and unsuccessfully in others appointed a string of utterly unqualified people to posts with specific requirements (like a right wing radio host without a science degree to a position as "chief scientist" of the Department of Agriculture, I guess because he was from Iowa he must know agriculture?)

Top tip: Don't bother with Facebook's two-factor SMS auth – unless you love phone spam

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Why would anyone feel the need for 2FA for Facebook?

Especially someone who uses it so little don't even bother to install the mobile app? Was he really concerned someone was going to break into his Facebook account?

I want 2FA where it matters, like with my bank. I don't care if someone breaks into my Facebook or my Reg account, so I don't use 2FA for those (well it may not be available here, but even if it were I wouldn't use it) The only reason Facebook supports 2FA is to portray themselves as being so important that people should feel they need that level of security on their Facebook account. Honestly I'd put it on my Amazon or eBay login (where I don't use it either) long before I'd put it on my Facebook.

As to the guy who got spammed, hopefully deactivating 2FA will stop the spam? If not, then perhaps reporting it as text spam to the FCC might get Zuckerberg's attention to the matter...

Three in hospital after NSA cops open fire on campus ram-raid SUV

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The latest mass shooter in the US, a 19 year old white man who shot up a school in Florida, is being portrayed as someone with mental illness. His white supremacist ties are being downplayed as if they aren't relevant to his fascination with guns and violence.

If you took the exact same circumstance and replaced that white guy with a 19 year old who was born in the US but had Pakistani or Iranian parents, they wouldn't be talking about any mental illness. They'd be talking about how he'd spent a lot of time on the internet (because what 19 year doesn't) and be wanting Apple to break into his iPhone so they could probe for the ISIS connections or inspirations they'd already have assumed he had.

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I guess you haven't noticed that:

white mass shooter = "he was mentally ill"

black mass shooter = "he was a criminal / gang member"

middle eastern mass shooter = "he was a terrorist" - if they can't find any links to ISIS etc. they'll claim he was "inspired by ISIS". Can't be mentally ill, because he wasn't white.

Sorry, Elon, your Tesla roadster won't orbit for billions of years

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Re: 1 Billion or 1 Million, seriously who bloody cares?

We all INTEND to live forever. Or die trying!

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Re: 1 Billion or 1 Million, seriously who bloody cares?

Far more likely someone will grab it, put it on eBay2100 and it'll end up in the penthouse of some rich Chinese guy.

Apple Macs, iThings, smart watches choke on tiny Indian delicacy

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Re: Perfect example of why the re-focus on stability/performance for iOS 12 was necessary

Cook doesn't have to be the one personally driving the engineers like Jobs was, it can be someone a little lower on the totem pole. Cook is an operations guy, he should stick with what he knows. Its really Craig Federighi's job, but if he doesn't have that obsessive compulsive instinct for perfection he'll need to find a lieutenant who does. Doesn't have to be a screamer like Jobs, but someone who is willing to keep pushing back and making the engineers fix things until he's satisfied.

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Perfect example of why the re-focus on stability/performance for iOS 12 was necessary

In the last couple iOS releases I've noticed a couple glitches in animation every once in a while. Not often, maybe once a week, but I'll be swiping up or across and there will be a 'hitch' for a split second. Never used to see stuff like that before.

There's NO WAY that Apple engineers haven't seen those, but lacking a Steve Jobs coming down and screaming at them that those sorts of bugs are not acceptable they seem to get overlooked. Say what you want about Jobs, but he didn't accept imperfection and wouldn't allow those who worked for him to accept it either. Hopefully they will get back that attitude, that's one of the reasons I've owned iPhones since 2009.

Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

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Re: Funny thing is ......

There is a lot more variety than there used to be, but it isn't as messy as Symbian. And the iPhone stable is a well maintained garden compared to the forest that is Android.

They could have maintained the simplicity, if only people had been content with a 320x480 resolution 3.5" screen and a wide bezel, I suppose...

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Re: Suckers...

WTF are you smoking? They are going to stop selling the iPhone X this fall, but are introducing three new phones which will all have the same design (one identical to the X, one plus sized 6.5" and one in-between the two in size with an LCD screen that will be the cheaper version)

They want apps to take account of the notch, because there will be a lot of phones with it in the future. This isn't some "buy it now or you'll never have a phone with the notch" gimmick like you thickos seem to think.

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Re: Have Apple learnt nothing from the Microsoft's Metro/Tile Interface forced rollout?

There is a cheap "no nonsense" iPhone out there now, it is called the iPhone 8. It will still be out there next year, as "last year's model". And probably two years from now, if like this year with the 6S they continue selling "year before last's model". This fall they will have a cheaper model without OLED (which now that the manufacturing issues for the 3D scanners are licked, is the main driver of increased production cost for the X) so you will even have one that still has the latest and greatest CPU, etc.

Though I'm sure you won't admit it if true, I imagine you probably were wanting a "cheaper no-nonsense" iPhone that didn't include the fingerprint reader" when the 5S was introduced, right? I get it, some people don't like change. People whine that Apple doesn't innovate, but when they do something new some people are screaming "I don't want that!"

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Reg got it wrong in the headline. Again.

They aren't requiring devs to "code for the iPhone X", they are requiring them to code for the notch. The X was already rumored to only be sold for a year even before reports that its sales weren't meeting (possibly inflated) analyst expectations.

Next fall they will have three notched phones, one that's basically identical to the X, one that's plus sized (6.5" screen) and one sized halfway between with an LCD screen that will be the cheaper model. So it makes sense they want new apps (the requirement doesn't impact existing apps) to take account of the notch because by summer 2019 there will be a quarter billion notched iPhones out there.

Former ICE top lawyer raided US govt database to steal aliens' identities

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What a stupid idea

Long jail sentences for a crime like this costs a lot and puts pressure on sentences for other crimes to become longer because "why did this armed robber get only 10 years when this identity thief got 20?"

I'd rather sentence people like him to public service. Let the government pay (the much lower cost) for modest accommodations, food, etc. instead of housing him in jail, and let him choose - subject to the court's approval - a charity to volunteer at for a decade. If he stops showing up for 'work' or otherwise screws up, then sure put him in jail. Maybe he can do some good to make up for his crimes instead. Maybe in some cases the charity can start 'paying' him a salary (which would go to the government to pay for his living expenses)

He's not doing anyone any good sitting in jail, but volunteering at the ASPCA or homeless shelter or VA hospital or something he could be. This would make sense for a lot of non violent crimes, but provide a perfect example of why corporate run prisons are a terrible idea. They grease the legislators, who make sentences longer to keep the jails full, and insure more prisons are needed. No wonder we have the highest incarceration rate in the world here in the US! Let's fill the prisons with rapists and murderers, not identity thieves.

Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

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He's responsible for Flash as well?!

That's like being responsible for both the Nazi death camps AND the Nanking massacre!

Zuckerborg, Microsoft, Amazon letting the side down for green energy among hyperscalers

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Re: Since 'green' is a political concept...

Maybe you can partner with Trump and the Koch Brothers to start up some coal powered data centers.

I have some skepticism in the way the global warming data is massaged etc. but I think "better safe than sorry" applies to something that will melt the icecaps if "sorry" applies. Only a fool would claim to be certain that global warming is false.

Anyway, fossil fuels will eventually run out, and we're better off getting off them before scarcity and high extraction costs cripple the economy.

Roses are red, Kaspersky is blue: 'That ban's unconstitutional!' Boo hoo hoo

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Oh looky here, we have another one who gets all their news from only Trump approved sources.

Sorry, the FBI probe was started BEFORE the Steele dossier came out. That's been proven in open congressional testimony, not that Fox News is going to tell their viewers that because it conflicts with the storyline lie that the right wing is trying to spread that blames everything on Steele.

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I'm continually surprised at the number of people who dismiss the possibility that Russia is interfering in US elections, hacking emails, etc. Russia is basically run by gangsters but somehow a lot of people seem to think they are squeaky clean!

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Re: Good Luck

Just because they've said corporations have first amendment rights doesn't mean everything that applies to a person can apply to them. How do convict a company rather than its leadership in a criminal trial, and how do you jail it?

Roses are red, Ajit Pai is tickled. Broadband from SpaceX gets him out of a pickle

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Doubtful it'll happen

Within five years high speed fixed wireless broadband will roughly 100% of the population able to afford Musk's satellite broadband. In ten years it'll cover anywhere on Earth you can get a cell signal.

While there's a market for connectivity in the places that don't, it isn't enough to make this project feasible. A decade ago it made sense, but it would be a huge money loser if you tried something like that today.

You won't believe this: Nokia soars back into phone-flinger top 3

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Nokia didn't need Android

If back when Elop took over Nokia they had chosen someone who wasn't a Microsoft lackey who took the company on a path to polish Maemo/Meego into a modern touch-based OS it could have been the third mobile OS to compete with Android and iOS. They'd probably have second place market share today a little ahead of iOS (because unlike Apple they sell across the entire range from high end to low end) and pretty much all of that share would come out of what Android has.

By the time they abandoned their foolish Windows Phone path they had no choice but to go Android because it had become too entrenched for a third alternative to have a chance.

From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work

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Google has dominant share in two markets here

It isn't just browser market share, there is also market share of online advertising to consider. Google has a huge share there as well, and you don't need an actual monopoly to abuse your market position in browsers to help your market position in online advertising.

Because non-Chrome browsers allow complete ad blocking, even if not all Firefox/IE/Safari/etc. users take advantage of it, web sites have to rely on Chrome users for a greater share of their ad revenue than their share of Chrome users. Thus when sites get the Google banhammer dropped on them they lose the large majority of their ad revenue. If they go to Google and say "we've asked our ad network to not give us those bad ads but sometimes they do, how do we stop them?" Google will say "come into our warm embrace and use our ad network, you will never get blocked!" and suddenly third party ad networks find all their customers fleeing to Google.

The US probably wouldn't do anything about such behavior other than just have a few congressional hearings, but the EU will put the hurt on them.

NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

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Re: Blue Balls vs Red Balls

But as was already pointed out, you can't just drop the iron balls from orbit and expect they will float lazily down their desired altitude. Instead they'd crash down like an iron asteroid because they'd be move too fast for the buoyancy to take effect. So you'd need rockets to slow their descent, shielding to protect them from re-entry, etc.

Meanwhile if you build an iron balloon on the surface you just need to keep it weighted down while under construction, then remove the weights and let it float up to its design altitude when you're done. Unless there is something about this scheme that requires construction in orbit, it seems a lot simpler to do it all on the ground and launch nothing into space. Oh sure you won't be able to attain a vacuum inside as nice as the one you'd be able to attain in space, but what's a fraction of a percent of atmosphere between friends? Add another percent to its diameter and call it good.

I'm curious where the guy who originally posted this idea got it from. The idea of mining asteroids to create floating iron balloons in Earth's atmosphere is only slightly less crazy if you remove the "mining asteroids" part of it...

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Iron balloons

Same way a balloon made from heavier than air materials is able to float if the overall density of balloon inflated with light-than-air gases is lower than the density of air. Same way a ship made from heavier than water materials is able to float if its density calculated based on its displacement is lower than the density of water. I mean, you do realize that a vacuum is "lighter than air" by definition, right? Lighter than helium or hydrogen.

Mythbusters made a balloon out of lead, and it wasn't even a vacuum inside. An iron balloon with a vacuum inside would float very well indeed - though it would have to be enormous if you wanted to have people living in it instead of just floating around for people to call in UFO reports on. And even if you did, what would be the point? Creating a luxury accommodation that blocks the sun from Trump Tower?

I fail to see why you'd need to go to the asteroids to get the iron to construct these balloons, either. Why not bring it from the Earth? Yeah there's a gravity well but that's a lot of work mining it out of asteroids so I find it hard to believe launching it from Earth would be more costly. And why iron, wouldn't a lighter metal like aluminum or titanium work better for this? After all, who wants a rusty balloon?

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Re: Outer Space Treaty?

Other than He3 I can't imagine what there is on the Moon that would be worth anything to anyone. There hasn't been enough volcanic activity to bring the heavy stuff out of the core (assuming there IS any heavy stuff in the Moon's core...) near the surface where it is reachable.

Maybe someone will find an asteroid that has some big seams of gold in it, but if they brought enough of it back to Earth the price of gold would tank - modulo occasional bubbles the price tends to track pretty closely with the cost of production.

If you could find enough gold that divided by the huge cost of mining it in space and bringing it back to Earth the production cost was far less all you'll do is drop the price of gold - might be worth it as a way of making money by shorting gold I suppose.

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Re: Moon? Mars? Moon! Mars!

Presidents don't want to commit the funds to really make a manned mission to the Moon happen, let alone Mars. So it is easier to move the goalposts by shifting from the previous president's goal to the other, which resets everything and doesn't require a lot of funds.

But it still lets you give a speech about going there, and in their head all these presidents think they sound like JFK when they give that speech. Trump will not doubt claim "people are saying it is the greatest speech ever delivered by any president", because the voices in his head will tell him so.

I don't have a lot of faith in Musk's ability to land a manned mission on Mars, but at the rate NASA is going some private enterprise will get there first.

Hyperoptic's overkill 10Gbps fibre trial 'more than a clever PR stunt'

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Re: @DougS Fiber backhaul to cell tower

In the US, when AT&T upgraded a rural tower from 2G to 4G, they replaced the T1 or microwave link it had with fiber. They skipped upgrading most rural towers to 3G entirely because GSM had smaller cell sizes that would have required adding towers, which wasn't practical in low density areas.

They completed this process and shut down their 2G network in late 2016. I believe less than 1% of their US footprint is now 3G only, so almost all their towers have a fiber link - and rural areas in the western US are FAR more rural than anywhere you can find in the UK or mainland Europe.

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Re: @DougS Fiber backhaul to cell tower

You really think there isn't a HUGE difference in cost running fiber just to cell towers (which are often near major roads that have utility right of ways in place) versus running fiber up to every single house all in the area? Just look at how spread out towers are versus how spread out houses are!

Then look at how much money you can make from (potentially) selling service to a single house, and how long it will take to recoup that investment versus how long it takes to recoup the investment to run fiber to a tower which serves many customers.

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We'll never see it so it doesn't matter. I have a feeling 4Kp120 is going to be about the limit. Just because better quality is possible doesn't mean it will be delivered - otherwise we would all be getting DVD-A quality FLAC audio streaming, instead of MP3/AAC, because the latter is "good enough" for the vast majority.

Heck, its not even guaranteed 4K will take off and be anything more than a niche, and we'll end up sticking with HD in most cases.

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Fiber backhaul to cell tower

Just because a given resident can't get fiber service to their home is no reason to expect that a telco can't get fiber service to their towers.

I'm willing to bet there are a lot more areas where you can get good 4G but can't get FTTH/FTTC than there are areas where you can get FTTH/FTTC but can't get good 4G (assuming an antenna on the outside of your house, cellular broadband isn't limited to that corner of your house where you only get 1 bar)

IBM declares it's the 'backbone of the world's economy'

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There are no longer any steady state environments

Things change too fast, and outsourcing contract lengths keep decreasing so the amount of post due diligence (i.e. figuring out how everything works because the old incumbent sure isn't going to be of much help) when you are in a true steady state is pretty short. And that assumes you took over something that was pretty new.

If you are taking over a bunch of outdated stuff and they want "steady state" management that goes out the window as soon as their auditors start telling them this or that is no longer compliant so there will be a constant state of emergency where something has to be replaced ASAP - but because you never truly understood where all the bodies were buried in the legacy gear you'll break stuff and create more emergencies.

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Re: A fine plan

They need more than cheap labor, they need cheap educated labor. The pool there is a lot shallower than the pool for cheap unskilled labor for manufacturing.

Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

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Re: A mobile OS will need, eventually, to become a desktop OS for real work...

Why? Is there some reason that laptops and desktops need to be replaced by smartphones and tablets?

Next time you visit a cubical farm in a non-techie company (i.e. not software development, engineering, etc.) look at how many people are using applications taking up the whole screen. They might switch from their browser to their email and then to their spreadsheet, but each is maximized. The number of people who have multiple smaller windows overlapping is much less - and generally they are the ones with jumbo monitors on a desktop or mobile docking station.

Rather than try to add all the abilities of a desktop OS into a tablet's OS, why not let it excel at what it is good at, add incremental capabilities here and there (like a couple windows alongside each other, but not unlimited windows placed anywhere) and accept there will still be a role for laptops and desktops that tablets will never reach. Apple isn't trying to say the iPad Pro completely replaces the Macbook Pro - if they ever did say that knowing Apple they'd announce the end of the Macbook line when they said it!

Winter Olympics 5G isn't real 5G, says Qualcomm, that won't land until 2019

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Re: Interesting

They weren't complaining about the iPhone X not having 5G, but that it doesn't have the fastest possible LTE. It can hit "only" 600 Mbps, versus 1.2 Gbps for the fastest (currently shipping) Qualcomm chip.

The hilarious thing is that there is no difference between the two. The fastest any version of LTE can go with a single channel is 150 Mbps. All faster varieties use multiple channels and/or multiple MIMO streams. The iPhone X has exactly the same spectral efficiency as devices using "faster" LTE chips - both are using QAM256. In a busy cell there are too many devices for any single device to grab multiple channels or make use of MIMO, so both phones would be limited to 150 Mbps.

In a nearly idle tower sure the 1.2 Gbps capable device will go faster, but someone please tell me how your mobile experience is improved by downloading at 1.2 Gbps instead of 600 Mbps? Or for that matter 150 Mbps instead of 600 Mbps.

Pressure mounts on FCC to cough up answers over fake net neutrality comments

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Re: ?

The article didn't say the democrats would fix everything, merely that they'd want to fix the system to be resilient against fake comments.

Not really sure how you do that though, the only really proper fix would be to issue everyone in the US a private key (cue the "mark of the beast" moaning from fundamentalists) they'd have to use to sign their comments (and somehow keep secure)

Probably the only realistic option would be to use their phones. Google and Apple could cooperate on a secure way for apps to attest to the phone owner's identity via the phone number / SIM / carrier billing info. Then the FCC could create a submission app where if I submitted a comment they would know it came from me and not paid corporate astroturfers. And also know I had taken some minimal initiative to make the comment instead of going to a web site, giving it my email address, and letting it comment for me.

Of course the democrats won't do that, they'll just order the FCC to address the issue, and who knows what sort of braindead half measures we'll end up with that only cause the astroturfers to change techniques, not block them.

Roses are red, Windows error screens are blue. It's 2018, and an email can still pwn you

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Adobe didn't release any flash fixes?

Surely some kind of oversight, there's no chance a month could go by without another bucketful of flash flaws, right? Or did the last person using it finally give up?

FCC commish gobbles Verizon's phone-locking BS, says it tastes great

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Do they mean locking phones bought on contract or full price purchases?

The latter would be criminal, the former would just catch them up to what AT&T and other US carriers have done for years.

Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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I wasn't suggesting Trump would be hands off due to loyalty, but due to fear that Wikileaks may have been leaked some info that could be very damaging to Trump they are "saving for a rainy day".

Remember what Trump REALLY fears isn't proof of collusion or obstruction of justice, but proof his businesses have been knowingly laundering dirty Russian money for years and years.

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Re: Schrödinger's Embassy

Why would Trump want to see Assange arrested? Wikileaks only leaked stuff about Hillary, there haven't been any leaks from the Trump administration on their site. Which is quite amazing, considering how leaky the Trump administration has been to everyone else...

The interesting question in my mind is whether Wikileaks was a (mostly?) unwitting pawn in the Trump/Russia discussions (won't call it collusion yet as that remains to be proven) over releasing emails that make Hillary look bad, or they took an active part. Clinton has had it in for him ever since the state department cable leak when she was SoS, and so he had reason not to want to see her become president. You could understand his fear of extradition if she was president, but why with Trump when hardly any US citizens give a damn what happens to Assange?

After all, Trump "loves Wikileaks", arresting its founder would seem to be counterproductive - he has no way of knowing if they have received something incriminating on him that they've been sitting on. Why take the risk of poking the bear?

It's official: .corp, .home, .mail will never be top-level domains on the 'net

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I use .internal

Whenever I need to set up an internal network. I'm pretty sure that's not going to be an attractive TLD for obvious reasons, but it is good that ICANN put common sense above money grabbing registrars for once...

Samsung needs to eat itself, not copy Apple's X-rated margins

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Re: Apples and Pears?

I think the point is that competing Android OEMs sell phones that are pretty much equivalent to the Galaxy S / Note phones for half the price or less. Sure, Samsung sells phones for a lot less, but they aren't equivalent to their flagships. They can't be, otherwise people would not buy the flagships.

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@Gordon 10 - import from China

There's a difference between "made in China" and "manufactured in China". How is a contract manufacturer going to put spyware on something where someone else controls the software? They can't put spyware on an iPhone, or on a Samsung phone (some Galaxies are made in China but IIRC most are made in Vietnam)

For a Chinese OEM like Huawei, sure they could add spyware, but surely the Chinese government realizes that when they are caught (I won't say 'if' because it would only be a matter of time) their economy would take a massive hit. China wants to spy on its own citizens, it doesn't care about spying on an average American or Brit. Why should it? Even if they did, I'd personally feel more safe as an American having China spy on me than my own government, because my government can take action against me much more easily than China's can.

Huawei claims national security is used as plausible excuse for 'protectionism'

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Submarine cable?

So long as your country controls the encryption put on it, the provider of the physical pathway between the points can do whatever they want as far as trying to snoop it and won't get anywhere. That part really does sound like protectionism.

Talk down to Siri like it's a mere servant – your safety demands it

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Don't necessarily need voice fakery against an 83 year old

The reason the scamsters like targeting the very old is because their mental faculties aren't what they used to be. Not talking about senility, just generally more gullible and easier to fool (not all, but many)

You wouldn't need the right voice, heck in some cases you wouldn't even need the name "I'm your grandson, I called you because I was afraid of what my dad might say if he found out. This is my only phone call and they say I have to get off right now if you aren't going to come up with the bail money, please help me!"

There was a statement from the police in our local news that someone had tried this locally against a couple elderly folks, and they were able to trace the call a VOIP service so they have no idea if it even originated in the US. Luckily the scamsters picked the wrong people, or at least those wrong people called the police - they didn't have a grandson! Others might have been fooled and sent them money, and would probably be too embarrassed to call the cops after they figured it out.

Wow, MIND-BLOWING: Florida Man gets an earful from 'exploding Apple AirPod' bud

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Re: He inserted it the wrong way

Maybe not insert it the wrong way, but if you do something that damages it (like fall asleep while wearing them and roll over onto your side - putting pressure on it) that could eventually make a failure more likely. Or maybe crack the case so that water can get inside and short the battery - like say if you were working out and starting to sweat.

Perhaps we might start hearing about more of these over time as Airpods age and are exposed to more and more cumulative damage.

US states accused of skimming cash from 911 emergency call dosh

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@Milo Tsukroff

Way to make it partisan. Yeah NY didn't file but also Missouri, Montana and Oklahoma didn't file, all of which voted for Trump and can't be called liberal bastions by any stretch (the other three non reporters weren't states, they were Guam, Puerto Rico and Northern Mariana Island)

While corruption is one potential reason for a non report, usually general incompetence or buck passing account for these sort of things all too often. If not reporting was done to hide corruption, you'd think Utah wouldn't want to report given that they are spending only 3 cents per resident on 911 services. Where that money is actually going, who knows...

Of course spending a lot of money on 911 services doesn't indicate a lack of corruption either. Iowa spent the most but we don't know why. Maybe it is to provide first class 911 service, but perhaps a company owned by a relative of the governor is getting overpaid for its services.

It took us less than 30 seconds to find banned 'deepfake' AI smut on the internet

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Could mark the end of the celebrity/political sex tape

If they are now indistinguishable from the real thing, they can now claim it is a fake. In fact, they could hire an actor and actress willing to say "yeah, that was us" and fake THEIR faces over that of the celebrity and partner to "prove" it wasn't them!

Wish you could log into someone's Netgear box without a password? Summon a &genie=1

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Re: That's no vulnerability

Most likely added during some testing phase and they forgot to remove it. If it were added as a backdoor I'd think whoever did it would be more subtle about it...

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Use DD-WRT/OpenWRT for longer support life, not better security

The reason to use open source on your router isn't better security. While really boneheaded stuff like this isn't present, DD-WRT and OpenWRT don't and can't have perfect security.

What they do have over vendor software on routers is longer term support. Anyone care to bet whether the list of routers in that Netgear advisory is ALL the ones affected, or only the more recent models they have chosen to keep supporting? Netgear isn't going to put out a press release stating "we have fixes for this list of affected routers, and we will not be providing fixes for this list of slightly older routers which are also affected."

Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Re: Sigh....Secrecy is not Security

That's only true if secrecy is the ONLY security. If secret code becomes public you are no worse off than if it had always been public. If it stays secret you have an extra layer of difficulty for people to try to find exploits.

Now that's taking the p... Sewage plant 'hacked' to craft crypto-coins

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Easy explanation

The supervisor wants to be able to keep tabs on what is going on, so he said "set it up so I can access it from my PC or phone" and it gets done by someone in the city's IT department. Even if he is aware it is risky, he's outranked by the guy in charge of the sewage plan (he's king shit after all) and doesn't have the authority to tell him no. If this sort of thing happens in the corporate world all the time (maybe less often the last few years but still does) why would anyone be surprised it happens in a municipality where they are years behind in security - and years behind in actual attacks so they have so far had less cause to worry about security.

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