* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

Google's Hollywood 'interventions' made on-screen coders cooler

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So the bullshit uses actual terms?

The example about the VNX, IDF and so forth used some of the right terms, but still failed to put them together in a coherent way. Is that better? I don't really think so.

It reads like if you tried to make up a fake language using a bunch of random German and Russian words, so it would almost sound like something real to a German or Russia speaker, but not quite. You'd rather they make up something that's complete bullshit, like Klingon.

China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

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@Alan Brown

If a tube is punctured then even in full atmosphere the worst case deceleration is only going to be 2-3g for a very short period.

You sure about that? I'm sure it is true for sub-sonic velocities, but we're talking about supersonic velocities here. The air that rushes in would be almost like a brick wall to the capsule. Perhaps I'm wrong, I'm not an aerodynamic engineer, or any sort of engineer, but the idea it would decelerate at 2 or 3g from mach 3 just seems wrong to me.

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Electric buses

They're using dirty coal for now, but as they build wind/solar/nuclear facilities they can eventually phase out the dirty coal plants. It also allows efficiency boosting stuff like regenerative braking which is very effective for all the start/stop cycles of buses in cities.

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Re: This is what happens when all the leaders are engineers

Yeah basically we waste just as much money on boondoggles in the US as China is now doing, but our boondoggles are all defense related.

The F35 being a prime example of throwing away a trillion dollars and getting nothing good in return - the whole idea was "the F22 is too expensive to buy as many as we want for modernization, so we'll design a new cheaper fighter and con our allies into buying it too". Unfortunately it is now more expensive than the F22 and performs worse. If we really wanted cheap we should have kept building F16s and F18s, the large majority of our combat load doesn't have stealth as a requirement.

Imagine if instead of F35s we were building high speed trains across the US, or repaving the interstate highway system to the specs Germany uses for the Autobahn, or giving people a tax cut that wouldn't increase the deficit for once...

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Re: Pressure suits?

Why would you limit yourself to only 0.1g? A passenger jet pulls a lot more than that during a full thrust takeoff (i.e. short runway) and people are fine with it. A fast sports car (Porsche, Corvette, i.e. kind of car us normal folks could afford, not one of the hypercar exotics) pulls around 1g in first gear.

So let's cut that 300km by 90% and accelerate at 1g. After all, you will be seated during this phase of the trip just like you are at the start/end of a flight. We humans are pretty used to dealing with 1g, given that we experience it all the time. Pretty sure no one would complain about 55 seconds of acceleration. The deceleration would be more of a problem, but the seats could swivel round so you face the other way. Or if not use a five point belt instead of a lap belt and deceleration at half a gee instead of a full gee to be nice.

The problem isn't the 1g of acceleration, it is the far faster deceleration that will occur if the tube is damaged. Same problem as hyperloop, you are just as dead either way.

Well, whad'ya know? 'No evidence' that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower

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Re: Never argue with an idiot

He has 70 years of experience as an idiot, which is why he was able to beat the entire republican field once he sunk the primary campaign down to his level (i.e. insults and bullying)

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Re: @cirby: So much for that Russian collusion story...

And he's not the one fabricating the nonsense, he's just parroting it. The guys at Breitbart, and Trump apologists like Hannity come up with the excuses, and then Trump bots mobilize on internet forums to spread the talking points like manure.

15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

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The race is on between Trump and Kim Jung Un to see who will take credit for it and claim it is a warning for the other.

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Re: But sadly...

Apparently the remnants of the Empire kept building death stars over and over again, despite the rebels continually blowing them up and causing a massive explosion. Will they never learn?

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Communication that required power at that level would be rather inefficient, one would think. But when we see theories about creating actual wormholes, warp drive etc. we're always told the power requirements would be ridiculous. Like maybe something with "million trillion trillion" in it :)

Yeah, I know, 99.99999% chance it is natural and we just don't understand it. But fun to think about some alien warp driving overlords, even if they only lived in our distant past.

Chinese smartphone cable-maker chucks sueball at Apple

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Re: I can see the value in certification

There was only one time I'm aware of that people with fake cables got axed, when Apple first added the checks. If you have documentation (not just random claims on the internet) that OS updates since then have broken cables, please provide it. I've never had any problems with the cheap eBay cables I bought, they still work.

The idea that Apple is executing some nefarious plan because they make so much money on cables someone else is selling for $1.49/ea is patently ridiculous. That would be like Bill Gates checking the coin return in every vending machine he passes by to collect spare change others accidentally leave behind.

In fact, I don't think we know for sure they make ANY money when someone sells a MFi cable. They don't make the chips, I'm sure they charge for being in the program that gives a vendor access to buy the chips, but that's probably a flat yearly fee of a couple thousand bucks or whatever to cover their administrative costs. Maybe they charge a per cable royalty for the chip, maybe not. If you can prove they do, please do. Or don't and just keep spreading conspiracy theories you create in your own mind about Apple's scheme to become rich off Lightning cables.

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Re: @Vector - listing of certified vendors

The chip makes a difference because the phone refuses to charge when connected via a cable without the chip.

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Re: @Vector - listing of certified vendors

Dodgy Cables Inc. will have a lot of complaints on eBay and Amazon or wherever they're selling, which will result in them getting booted. So yeah, it doesn't stop them as they could keep coming back under different names, but that's a cost of doing business as well. With the chip costing pennies it seems they've all decided it is easier to go legit, or if they want to make crappy cables, make crappy USB cables instead.

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Re: A chip hidden in a charging cable?

There's a limit to how much power can be handled without damaging something. I'd much rather the cable takes the hit and fuses than the socket in my phone. Pretty sure if something went wrong with your USB wall plug and it sent 120v or 240v AC down the wire, the USB-C socket in your phone or laptop could not gracefully sense that and cut it off without any damage.

Some USB wall plugs are a horror show of dangerously unsafe engineering. You get good ones from Apple, Samsung, etc. of course, but if you buy random ones off eBay or Amazon you might want a cable able to sacrifice itself to save your phone! I used to have one I bought online years ago (before I realized just how poorly made some were) that's labeled 'Abble' LOL. I saw something online about that 'brand' being particularly dangerous and tossed it!

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@Vector - listing of certified vendors

Who is going to check a list of certified vendors to buy a cable for a couple bucks? Besides, there are Chinese companies who counterfeit iPhones - you can actually buy phones that claim to be an 'iPhone', complete with the Apple logo on the it and an Apple logo on the storefront...running Android, of course! Apple shuts those down every year, but there's always another one popping up as fast as they can shut them down.

If companies are so bold as to try to sell counterfeit iPhones, do you really think they wouldn't sell dodgy cables on eBay they claim were manufactured by ReputableCompanyName?

As for the eclipse glasses, the ones I bought were supposedly one of the reputable brands. But nine days before the eclipse I received a notice from Amazon that they might be counterfeit and I should throw them away. So much for buying off the list of certified vendors!

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Re: I can see the value in certification

Checking eBay, the cheapest 'price + shipping' I can find on a single (no quantity discounts) 3' MFi certified Lightning cable is $1.49, the cheapest 3' micro USB cable is $0.79 (ditto for USB-C)

So while it is almost twice as expensive, the difference is only 70 cents. Ignoring the chip and MFi licensing compliance (i.e. whatever Apple requires for participation in terms of paperwork etc.) for a moment, you'd still expect USB to cost less because there are probably 10x as many USB cables sold in a year than Lightning cables. Not only are there way more Android phones worldwide than iPhones, an increasing number of small CE devices use microUSB for power rather than a wall wart to add to the collection.

There's not much room for Apple to be making money out of that 70 cents with the lower production volumes and overhead of the chip and compliance. Like I said, if Apple wanted to profit they'd simply not license Lightning and you'd have to buy from them. Apple charges $19 in their online store for a Lightning cable, while Samsung charges $14.99 for USB-C cable - not much better!

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Re: I can see the value in certification

The chip is to prevent sale of cables that are claimed as certified but are not, simple as that. Otherwise what stops a company from making the cheapest Lightning cable possible and selling it on eBay falsely claiming it is Apple certified? The chip is a technical way of preventing companies from lying about certification.

The chip probably costs a few cents in quantity, so it isn't really a roadblock for a legitimate company but in order to buy those chips they have be registered in the MFi program which will enforce some sort of minimum quality standards. You can buy certified Lightning cables via eBay/Amazon/etc. for a few dollars, or even less if you score a deal on fatwallet or whatever, so it isn't like Apple can be making any money off those chips.

They just want to give their customers a better experience by keeping the really low quality products off the market. If they were doing it out of greed, they wouldn't license the chip and they'd be the only seller of Lightning cables at $9.99 (the price I see at Walmart) and up.

China's cybersecurity law grants government 'unprecedented' control over foreign tech

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Re: So...if I understand correctly...

The amount of US export is irrelevant. Even if the US exported nothing it would have a big impact on its GDP, because how is Apple going to have iPhones made that it can sell to US citizens if they are cut off from China. Yes, eventually they can get production up and running elsewhere, but on the scale of their production that doesn't happen overnight or in a few months.

Now multiply that by almost every US based CE related company, plus all the companies making non-CE products that have a lot of CE content (pretty much everyone, from Caterpillar to Boeing)

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Re: So...if I understand correctly...

If Russia and China think they can get along without the West, let's see if they are right.

Likely the West would suffer to a much greater degree than China if western companies all cut ties with China. Forget all the phones, wireless routers, PCs, TVs and and on and on that are made there. Even stuff that isn't made in China will use some parts that are made in China, or need materials that are mostly made in China.

For example, I'll bet it would hit Tesla hard if all trade to China was cut off. They don't make their cars there, but something that complex has to have a ton of parts and materials that are made in China which would take a long time to find replacements for and complete the necessary re-engineering.

The US GDP alone would probably drop more than China's GDP, though the whole world would feel the pain. The phrase "cutting your nose off to spite your face" springs to mind when I think of the aftermath...

Tesla hit with official complaint over factory conditions

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Re: A bent Union Boss.

Any time people are in power over an organization that has a lot of money coming in, corruption is possible. The more unchecked the power and the more money coming in, the greater the likelihood of corruption. You see it everywhere from businesses, governments, churches, charities, hospitals and so on if there aren't good controls in place.

Obviously if he was able to spend money on a Ferrari - and more importantly believed he could get away with spending money on a Ferrari - there were either no checks in place at all or people were afraid to speak up because he wasn't just a thief, but a gangster.

Big Tech slams Trump on plan to deport kids

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OBAKA

When you see this word, you know you have an angry demented hard right screed, and don't need to bother to read because there will be zero intelligent content. Bob often writes intelligently, even when I (often) disagree with him. I guess "OBAKA" must have taken time out from his retirement to piss in Bob's cornflakes this morning.

Still wondering what OBAKA stands for, if only someone would loan me the secret alt.right decoder ring.

Alert: AT&T customers with Arris modems at risk of remote hacking, claim infosec bods

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Re: This is why you configure modems for RFC1483 bridging

Putting the 589 in bridge mode and putting your own router behind it is exactly what I was talking about. Did you not read what I wrote?

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This is why you configure modems for RFC1483 bridging

And use your own router, preferably running DD-WRT/OpenWRT. Then port scan yourself from the outside as a sanity check, because you shouldn't trust the modem vendor to know the definition of a "bridge" means it must be transparent to all traffic.

If I configure my Actiontec Q1000 VDSL2 modem as a router, it has an open port that can't be disabled - for TR-069 support. I can change the password on it, but I can't know there isn't a default password hidden in the firmware. Luckily, when configured as a bridge, it follows the RFC. Thus I can sleep in peace knowing the only exploit that could get me from the outside is a 0 day in Linux OpenSSH.

Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors

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Re: Flogging a Dead Horse?

You're probably right that Trump won't see it as a cause worth his time, but that won't stop the FBI from trying once again to mandate encryption backdoors. They've been pushing this in one form or another since Clipper back in the 90s, even though the genie has been out of the bottle so long he has grandkids.

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Re: Flogging a Dead Horse?

Probably they're going to try again to get public support for it now that Trump is president. He was on record as against Apple during their battle with the FBI so they'll have his support. The problem is that the public is still at best split on this issue - and Trump's low popularity isn't going to help him win any converts beyond his base.

Fortunately congress can't get anything done, and the stuff they MUST get done will take priority over arguing about stuff like this, so we don't have to worry about any laws of the type of Rosenstein wants happening.

Sony remembers it once made a great little phone

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Re: I hope compact phones become fashionable again

What attire are you unable to wear if you have a phone larger than 5"?

Nest cracks out cheaper spin of its thermostat

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Re: Savings?

If you have sufficient thermal mass the interior will maintain a constant temperature that's the average of the entire day. In such a house it would make no sense to have the heat go off when you leave for the day. With enough thermal mass you don't even need insulation for this to be true - that's basically what adobe houses were all about.

To achieve this in a modern house you'd need to build with ICFs, or out of real stone with suitable insulation on the interior. A standard stick framed home in the US has almost no thermal mass, and no amount of insulation can make up for that.

Mind you, I still think Nest is stupid, and the "savings" are phantom. They compare with a standard "set to the same temperature 24x7" old school thermostat to achieve their savings. Over a programmable thermostat your savings couldn't even pay the interest on the money you paid for the Nest, let alone pay back the Nest itself.

Korea extends factory automation tax break, is accused of levying 'robot taxes' anyway

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Taxing robots is not really practical

You'd have to define what a robot is, and decide whether the tax is based per robot or per person it replaced. Not to mention are you going to go back and tax the robots who have already replaced people. Is pure software (like an IVR system that answers phones and directs calls) a robot? It is replacing people, after all.

Clearly if technology reaches a point where large segments of the population are effectively unemployable because robots are better, we'll have to figure something out. I don't think taxing robots is the answer. That's trying to shoehorn the existing system of taxing wage income into a new world - making the end result (collecting taxes from the income of those who own the "robots") needlessly complex.

The more complexity you add to a tax system, the greater latitude there is for various schemes and loopholes. Imagine you have a definition of 'robot' in your tax code and Boeing manages to avoid having anything defined as such, so it pays no robot taxes even as produces many billions of dollars worth of aircraft every year in its fully automated factories.

Google ARCore brings augmented reality to relatively small audience

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Well obviously the examples of Pokemon and Snapchat aren't great selling points for AR, but fart apps weren't exactly a great selling point for the App Store either. Somehow the concept of smartphone apps survived the crap flung at the wall stage and ended up being quite useful, so I wouldn't count out AR just because Pokemon is the best anyone has come up for it on phones so far.

Criticize Google, get fired: Spotlight spins on ad giant's use of soft money

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Re: drain the swamp

What's the definition of "draining the swamp"? There is more than one type of "insider". You have your political insiders (i.e. someone who used to work on some congressional staff or a former lobbyist) you have your corporate insiders (someone who used to work for a big company like Google or Exxon and former lobbyists count here too) you have your military insiders (former officers who worked in the Pentagon or filled non-combat roles like procurement or logistics) your intelligence insiders (former CIA/NSA/DIA etc. employees) and your media insiders (former journalists, cable news talking heads and so forth) There are probably other categories I'm leaving out.

Obviously you can't say NONE of these are acceptable, or who can you appoint? Some might call for an administration to avoid appointing anyone with strong business ties, to prevent corporations from calling the shots (like Google is here) or if you have a fear of the "deep state" you might avoid appointing people with an intelligence background. But you gotta pick someone, unless you're going to appoint plumbers and programmers to roles they are completely unqualified for in the CIA, EPA, DoD and so forth.

That's the problem with Trump's whole charade about draining the swamp. He's appointing just as many swamp creatures as every other president, just a different type than Obama was, who appointed a different type than Bush and so forth. Since there's no way to measure the level of the swamp he can claim he's draining it and there's not really any way for anyone to prove otherwise. Now of course he can't prove he's doing it either, but Trump doesn't think he needs to prove anything because he just assumes whatever happens to come out of his mouth is automatically true because he's president...

Some positive news: LG, Hitachi, NEC charged $65m in li-ion battery price fixing shocker

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Re: 65 Meeelions...

Of course the case has to do with phones, if your phone came with a battery made by one of the defendants.

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Re: 65 Meeelions...

10 cents? How many batteries did they sell during those 11 years? Probably billions, which means we'll get less than a penny for each device we bought containing one. It wouldn't even be worth filling out the form with every laptop and phone you bought in the 00s...

Couple fires sueball at Amazon over faulty solar eclipse-viewing goggles

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My eclipse glasses were recalled by Amazon

I used them anyway, because I've seen partial eclipses before so I was only in it for the full eclipse. I put the glasses on and looked at the sun for a second or two maybe a half dozen times total. Took them off and looked at the full eclipse for two minutes. When the sun started peeking out again we went straight to the car and started for home so we could beat the inevitable traffic jam.

I didn't experience any symptoms. Well, a mild headache but that was probably due to the seven total hours of driving there and back in a single day. I wouldn't care if I was guaranteed to have proper eclipse glasses, I'd never stare at the sun through them for minutes at a time like I saw some people doing. What if your reputable brand had a manufacturing defect?

One thing I'm curious about, how would they even know they have a central blind spot? Doesn't the brain make up for it, similar to how it makes up for the blind spot we all have in each eye where the topic nerve connects to the retina in our most-definitely-not-intelligently-designed eyes? I assume they went to an eye doctor for a diagnosis - but if so wouldn't the doctor have told them to wait a few months and see if the damage reverses? They pulled the trigger on this lawsuit awfully quickly, the eclipse was only 10 days ago!

They say 'quality over quantity,' but quantifying IT performance is a good shout too

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You can't really measure performance of sysadmins

The more visible they are, the worse they are. The best ones have set everything up with enough redundancy and monitoring that problems don't become apparent to the end users, so they never need to play hero and swoop in to fix things.

Its like trying to measure the performance of a fireman, if a fireman was only responsible for fighting fires in buildings he's responsible for the inspections of.

How does Apple chief Tim Cook's package look now? Like $89m

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Outperforming the middle third

If he outperformed 499 of the S&P 500 he outperformed the middle third as well. It sounds like the incentive was "you get your full payout if Apple outperforms the middle third", not that they were saying that's all he did.

As an Apple shareholder, given the massive size of his stock award I'd think it would be more appropriate to only award the full payout if Apple was in the top 10% at the very least. While I'm not sure incentives really matter much once you're already pocketing the better part of a billion dollars over the course of a decade, what's the point of incentives that say "we demand slightly better than average!" which is what finishing above the middle third is. Give a big incentive for being in the top 10 of the S&P 500, less for being in the top 100, and lose your incentive payment completely if you're in the bottom third - because if so there are obviously a lot of CEOs who would potentially do a better job!

Best Korea fingered for hacks against Bitcoin exchanges in South

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Going after bitcoins is probably the result of the increased sanctions

Even if they stole dollars or euros or renminbi electronically, getting those funds to a place they can spend it is difficult. Bitcoins don't have that problem, plus have the added advantage that many of their users are criminal so they aren't likely to report it to the authorities.

Japanese sat tech sinks Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists' hopes

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They should pay those Somolian pirates to stop the whalers

That would keep the pirates from messing with other ships, and they'd probably do a much better job of harassing the Japanese whalers.

DC court says Dish skirted rules in US airwave auction

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If Dish pays the full undiscounted price then it doesn't need to go back to auction - if no other small company was willing to buy it at the discounted price Dish's sockpuppets paid and Dish is willing to buy it at full price what's the point?

The big question is what the heck is Dish going to do with all their wireless bandwidth. They've bought a lot, and never used any. Much of it is "use it or lose it" so they either have to start using it soon, or get bought out by someone who will.

Living in space basically shoves a warp drive into your blood stream

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'human bodies are not very keen on very strong magnetic fields'

No problem, we just build a shield to protect them from those magnetic fields! Then a shield to protect them from the effects of whatever protected them from the magnetic fields...

NYPD head of IT doubles down on Windows smartphone idiocy

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@bombastic bob

Well they are going to be locked into a Windows based solution - on the server side. Nothing was said about the NYPD scrapping that, so when they rewrite their apps for iOS and buy the 36,000 iPhones, they'll still have all those Windows servers and software on the backend.

Perhaps Microsoft makes more from that than Apple will make from the sale of those iPhones, so other than the poor slob in charge of the Windows Phone product line they don't care about the NYPD switching to iPhones. Given that they'll have written the apps twice within the space of a couple years, at this point it would be difficult for anyone to seriously consider moving the server side to a new platform since it would mean rewriting those apps a third time!

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Re: Hold on, if I read this right

Was Microsoft really so desperate they made an offer to not only provide free Windows Phones, but buy 36K competitor phones in two years? Something about that sounds fishy.

The only upside is that since the software was only written two years ago, they probably have a lot of the people who helped with the initial design process (I'm assuming the actual programming was probably contracted out) who will now have the benefit of hindsight if they're smart and rather than porting they redesign the apps from the ground up. It is always said if you want quality software, develop it twice, since the first time you'll end up with a lot of limitations for stuff you didn't think about when you designed it the first time.

So thoughtful. Uber says it won't track you after you leave their vehicles

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Why quit tracking after only five minutes?

Keep tracking them forever after they've left an Uber. You might fall down a well two weeks later, and Uber can be heroes by sending a driver out there to rescue you!

Mazda and Toyota join forces on Linux-based connected car platform

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Phones and cars don't need to cooperate much

All you really need is a way to play audio through the car's speakers. If the car has a microphone, access that. If you have a couple buttons on the steering wheel, maybe they can be used for answering a call or skipping a song, that sort of thing.

That's it! The phone should not be capable of displaying anything in the car, at least not in the front seat. Maybe an exception can be made for showing some graphics for turn by turn directions, but it should be illegal to have a car capable of receiving and displaying video (or Facebook, or whatever) on a display located where the driver can see it.

Facebook will deny ads to repeat promoters of fake news

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Re: @Chris G Curious

They haven't "lost the trust of the people", in fact the New York Times is seeing record subscription rates. You wouldn't know that, because Trump and Breitbart are peddling the lie that the New York Times is "failing".

The hard right has been busy redefining what a "fact" is for so long they've actually got you thinking Breitbart is better journalism than real newspapers with real journalists, not some trashy internet rag designed to stoke the fires of partisanship. The ones you list have some liberal slant, but nowhere NEAR the slant Breitbart has! When you get spoon fed lies from the hard right long enough, you start to believe the crap Breitbart is slinging is true, and then everything else is "fake news" by comparison. Even Fox must look like it suffers from liberal bias once you spend enough time with Breitbart. You're one step away from Trump's favorite news source, the National Enquirer. Might as well go all the way!

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Re: Cue the inevitable

How in the world does Breitbart score "higher in terms of integrity"? Because they don't admit when they're caught posting bullshit like reputable journalists do, but instead double down on it and their clueless readers lap it up? Anyone who thinks they have better journalistic ethics than the Washington Post or New York Times is so far gone they're beyond all help, or hope.

They basically exist as a shill for the hard right. If Trump "shot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue" like he said during his campaign, Breitbart would have his back and find a way to blame democrats or RINOs for it.

Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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Re: Fool me once tovarisch

Errr how would a Faraday cage stop a small camera built into the copier from stealing their secrets?

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@Cynic_999

I was taking the 'NSA making their own chips' to mean they'd design and make their own x86 compatible CPUs to be sure there's no backdoor. Having a way to disable ME is fine, but what if there are backdoors to enable a way to get to ring 0 from user mode via a certain instruction sequence? OK, if such a backdoor really existed the NSA probably put it there, but what if Intel were infiltrated by the Chinese and someone managed to put something like that in the instruction decoder? That's where I was thinking as far as having them roll their own secure CPU.

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Re: The mind absolutely boggles.

The minimum order size is one hell of a lot more than one wafer. The mask set for a modern CPU is probably $50 million, so that "one wafer" order that netted you say 500 chips at Intel's current sizes would mean they cost $100K each just for the mask set. Costs even more than that to design the thing (especially if it is from scratch) and verify it, port the toolchain, and so forth.

Its not practical for even the NSA to design their own chips. Yes, they have unlimited funds, but not unlimited manpower and time.

Australians still buy 100,000 feature phones a quarter

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"Usage" meaning what exactly, though? My parents both have phones, which they keep turned off nearly all the time. They have them for emergencies in case their car breaks down or to make calls when traveling. My mom's is actually some sort of smartphone - never really looked it so I'm not sure what, but I'm sure it was the cheapest she could get when she had to replace the old one because 2G was getting shut off by her carrier. She buys a bucket of 2000 minutes that expire in a year and uses about 50. They use their landline normally, with the same number they had when I was a little kid.

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No "big shift" to Android

Comparing Q4 2016 to Q2 2017 and trying to infer a shift between iOS and Android is stupid. Apple releases new phones in late Q3 every year, so Q4 is always their biggest quarter, and Q2 is always their smallest.

If you want to infer shifts in market share you should use yearly figures.

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