Re: Ban Them.
But last time the EU law wasn't binding - they expected everyone to play ball. This time the plan is for the law to be binding.
571 posts • joined 27 Jan 2012
"I thought USB-C was in answer to Apple's Lightning?"
No it is the successor - that's why Apple use it on macbooks etc. Apple was one of the early adopters of it, there were very few USBC devices out there at the time..
If lightning was actually better it would be on macbooks too wouldn't it?
“The value of American-made components in the new Mac Pro is 2.5 times greater than in Apple’s previous generation Mac Pro.” Note the word “value” in there – not number."
From the US perspective value is all that matters - it means 2.5x the $$$ going into the US economy instead of the Chinese one - which is the whole point.
Reality is Apple did a deal with Trump - Apple significantly increased the amount of money they put into the US economy, Trump dropped tariffs. Everything is a negotiation with him.
I have a 256gb card in my mate 20x. Plus the 128gb internal memory. That's plenty for me travelling or otherwise.
Genuine question - how much storage do you need in a phone?
Agree using micro sd would be better, but card was like $5 more expensive so it wasn't a big deal to me.
"Thats the same argument as build more motorways to solve congestion. Its been a proven failure for decades now"
Sorry that's rubbish - motorway upgrades allow for more cars to travel during a given period.
"Exactly. There are enough flights already...unless you believe the fatuous rubbish about the new runway leading to more business with china)."
Firstly, if you don't want to take more flights then don't, it's your choice. Please stop trying to make decisions for the rest of us. And if you don't believe Chinese tourist numbers I suggest you go anywhere in Europe - there are throngs of Chinese tourists everywhere, and the numbers are growing.
"as the most expensive part of a hire vehicle is a driver"
No it isn't - not even close. Cab drivers make peanuts.
And that's why this 'no one owns cars and everything's automated' vision of the future seems a bit off to me. We already have self driving cars, they are called taxis. People still own their own cars, because ultimately it's WAY cheaper than catching taxis everywhere.
Removing the cab driver and replacing it with an AI that took tens of billions to develop doesn't seem a dramatically cheaper way out to me, even if they do ultimately make it work.
Not sure what you are on about Barry.
- which features have been disabled by Google? None that have affected me.
- You can switch offl notifications from apps quite easily from the notification pane - just swipe left on the notification you don't want and the settings icon is right there. Couldn't be easier
- again I haven't had a single app disabled by default settings...
- there are heaps of apps to track GPS while hiking. The one I use is alltrails, but it's by no means the only one out there
- choose a call recording app from another app store if Google play doesn't have it. Often these things are blocked by local regulations.
Well Barry Huawei don't have to create a new OS - they can keep using the open-source android (AOSP). All they really have to do is replace all the closed-source Google stuff - Google play services, play store etc. Which shouldn't be that hard, as they already have their own app store, location services, voice assistant, search, etc on their current phones (I own one).
So they could release a google-less android phone without a huge amount of difficulty.
Actually a google-less phone has some appeal...
Yes, but it is always possible to install all the Google apps on those phones once you buy them.
I know a guy who imports these phones as they are way cheaper, and just installs the google apps for customers on the spot. Takes about 30 seconds.
I have a Huawei and find the Android runs well, much better than the Samsung I had before it (but that may be because it has far less bloatware...)
Well iphones will be the first to go. If the Chinese block those that would hurt Apple (and the US stock market) big time. And there are reports of Chinese people already dumping iphones for Huawei because of this.
The list of US companies needing access to China's massive market to continue sales growth is pretty long.
" future devices shipped by the world's second largest handset maker will not get access to the latest Android operating system or Google services like Play Store, Gmail and YouTube."
Pretty sure it's only the Google services - android itself is open source.
Come to think of it I'd be up for a de-googled phone!
You can always uninstall GMS from your phone - everything still works. The only real downside is that you get a few notifications from apps saying they need it, but they still work.
Just use Yalp store or similar which will download all the apps from the Play Store for you under your account details.
"Listen to a pixel2 with the bundled inline DAC and compare it to literally anything with an integrated DAC and it's not only significantly better"
How about an LG V30 with it's quad DAC? You can keep your bluetooth mate, I'll stick with 24bit wired connection thanks...
"Amazon and Google (via their so called home assistants) are just as bad."
I find those hilarious - let's put a microphone from companies known to be spying on me online and put it in the middle of my home.
Oh, and I'll pay money for the microphone and supply the internet connection.
It's like a Yes Minister episode...
"And then start having to pay for Gmail, Outlook.com"
Yeah that's why I ended up going with a paid service. It's only $20 a year. Things like this make me value privacy more than that.
Harder with facebook though, I have friends all over the world and it really is the best way to keep in touch. I compensate with adding all kinds of false stuff in my profile. It's kinda fun to put "morris dancing" as an interest and watching the wacky and totally irrelevant ads come though LOL
Same boat here - couldn't give a hoot about my laptop, I can pick up a cheap one in next to no time to get me through the trip, but try finding an insurance company that will cover $15k of photography gear when its checked in and handed over to the wreckers and thieves more commonly referred to as baggage handlers.
Wonder if Samsung got wind of this. That dock turning the S8 into a pseudo computer would actually be pretty handy if all you needed was email, light word processing or spreadsheeting etc.
Certainly not ideal from a user perspective but might be a more secure proposition than handing over your laptop...
"However, a web where the only content is paid content – where literally everything you see or read is itself an advertisement – isn't an outcome they seem to want to consider."
What are you on about - we're already there.
-News sites run puff pieces all the time disguised as news.
- Movie sites are just there to get people to watch movies. Even when they bag one they always suggest another readers should watch.
- Review sites write stuff which make people feel like what they have is inferior and they need to buy the latest gadget which is so much more shiny than the one you were perfectly happy with 5 minutes ago. Again where they do a negative review there's always an alternative they suggest with the obligatory affiliate link.
I'm a photographer and 90% of photography sites operate simply to generate hype and drive sales via affiliate links. Often these sites are owned (or part owned) by the retailers. Most of the rest are just "don't listen to all those other sites telling you to buy new gear, just improve your technique. Oh and by the way here's my new workshop/video series which you can buy".
Content which isn't advertorial these days is rare. At the end of the day most of what you read on the net and in papers/mags is designed to make you buy. That's how sites stay alive. Whether it is entirely conscious or not writers have just packaged their sales suggestions into content people voluntarily choose to consume.
"My gosh you people, how long is your flight?"
My next holiday will see me on 18+ hours of flights in each direction (nearly 40 hours in total) - baggage has to be checked the whole way. That's a hell of a lot more than a snooze mate.
And I'll be travelling with $7.5k of easily stolen camera gear that I now have to check in and pray the minimum wage baggage handlers don't help themselves to.
This is a nightmare.
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