"is it just me?"
No, and the problem is that you can't go by price. For some features, the cheaper ones are better than the more expensive ones.
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Is still the Nokia 1020.
It's not just the resolution (41 megapixels), it has tremendous dynamic range, very low noise which also had a nice quality to it and produced RAW files something other phones didn't catch up with until years later.
(Go ahead, mock Windows Phone as I am sure every iPhone fanboi and Android droid will but it still the best user interface. The only thing wrong with it is that Microsoft is working very hard to degrade the user experience to the point where people just give up in frustration.)
Trump - Election hacked.
Ivanka - 30 trade marks in China since the election.
BTW, in what has to be epic irony, one of Ivanka's trademarks if for a voting machine. Although, in China, I can see it selling.
The problem with USB C on a cell phone comes when pocket lint gets wedged into the crevice in the socket around the contacts. The cable won't go in far enough and starts falling out.
The only way to fix, other than replacing the socket (good luck with that one), it is a very delicate operation with a fine needle complicated by the difficulty in seeing what you are doing since you need light and magnification. Much like keyhole surgery.
(If you plan to try this at home, remove the battery from the cell phone beforehand. If you can't remove the battery....)
A couple of years old but interesting research on misdirecting facial recognition software https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~sbhagava/papers/face-rec-ccs16.pdf.
I would think that it works, at least in part, because the software designers did not anticipate any attempt to defeat recognition other than by wearing a disguise.
I believe that the other shoe is yest to fall and we will find out that computers used in the voting system - the voting machines and the computers used to collate the votes - were compromised.
Kieren McCarthy's October 2017 article "US voting server in election security probe is mysteriously wiped" https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/26/voting_server_georgia_wiped/ talks about an incident with one voting system.
Bruce Schneier's blog post "Hacking and the 2016 Presidential Election" https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2016/11/hacking_and_the.html adds the perspective that evidence might indicate that by targeting systems in key states the electoral college vote was tipped in favour of Trump (potentially explaining why Clinton won the popular vote by a huge margin),
And there is Matt Blaze's testimony to Congress https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Blaze-UPenn-Statement-Voting-Machines-11-29.pdf. In his wrap-up he says:
"In summary, the architecture of current electronic voting systems, especially those based on DRE voting machines, makes disruption attacks especially attractive to adversaries and difficult to effectively prevent. These systems can give hostile state actor s inter est ed in disruption an even easier task than that facing corrupt candi date s seeking to steal even a small local office. And the consequences of election disruption strike at the very heart of our national democracy."
I'd further argue that it is particularly difficult to detect especially if the practice of wiping systems as described in Kieren's article is common.
But the real issue is this: if the voting systems are hacked and the results altered, what does a democracy do? This is a question not just for the US, but perhaps for other countries. Brexit?
Entertainment is the only industry where the competition has exactly the same product with zero cost of goods and often gets to market sooner.
Try this at home: don't watch anything except user generated content for a month.
And if you think the Hollywood studios earn far too much and are rolling in money, consider this: Google's revenue for the first quarter of 2018 was $31 billion as compared to annual worldwide box office revenue (everything, not just Hollywood movies) for 2017 of $40 billion.
Which would you rather be without? Google or Hollywood movies?
Studios get, at most, 50% of the box office in the US and 20% in China. Since most movies worldwide aren't Hollywood movies, it's likely that not much more than $20 billion is for Hollywood movies which would mean the box office revenue for all 5 Hollywood studios is probably at most $20 billion.
This technique is already used in a couple of ways. The simplest is the Cinavia watermark used to stop camcorder recordings made in cinemas from playing on Blu-ray players. Little processing power needed to detect it.
Fingerprinting either of the video or the audio is generally effective but isn't perfect and is skewed toward false negatives. There are ways to defeat it in video. Fingerprinting audio can cause false positives if, for example, a song in a sound track uses a recording that was released elsewhere.
Cinavia is an example of invisible/inaudible watermarking and like the other systems has an astronomical odds against a false positive. Cinavia is either there or it's not, so it would work in this application but other watermarking technologies carry a payload that can be used to trace the point of theft. For them, the watermark detector needs a content provider specific key which is a closely guarded secret so there is perfect valid security reason to not hand them out.
I live in Los Angeles, the FCC website shows 6 providers. But who are they? Spectrum - the one I have - at 300Mbps, but the next three providers are satellite at 25, 10 and 2Mbps. And the other two providers? ATT & ATT, No really, two of them are the same company. And the bandwidth? A stunning 768kbps. When was the last time you saw a 'k' in front of 'bps'?
I'm a bit sceptical.
I just searched shodan.io for devices with the device name 'hacked-router-help-sos' and got 37,000 results. Shodan shows them as Ubiquiti devices of different models but I didn't scroll down very far, well, you wouldn't with 37,000 hits would you? This is consistent with 35,000 of them having responded to port 10001, which Wikipedia shows as Ubiquiti UniFi access points broadcast.
If Reaper has only infected 20,000 devices then it's far less effective than this 'vigilante' worm is with just one make of router.
I spent the 80's writing code for the first generation of routers and I look at where our good intentions ended up and I think "what the f did we do"?
At that time there we two main candidates for network protocols: TCP/IP which grew up organically as systems communicated beyond a length of yellow cable, and there was the OSI stack which was a spec created by a standards group.
TCP/IP could be coded efficiently. OSI was impossible.
You know which won, but what was in OSI that isn't in the TCP/IP was an authentication layer at the network level.
I live in LA and drive 14-20 miles to work depending on route. So the range wouldn't be a limitation and if it got a me the white sticker that allowed me to use the HOV lane...
So, the range per se isn't a problem, it's how much time does it take to refuel.
Also, how much energy is used to make hydrogen?
That's an odd comment about a laptop vs. the docking station. The docking station is small and very light, it only needs two cables, one to monitor and the other to the phone although I'll concede that's three with a wired keyboard. And the power supply? Well, turns out I need that to charge the phone anyway and when I use a laptop, a bigger one for that.
I got fed up with the Netflix recommendation engine suggesting movies based on our sons viewing - he's got very different taste and watches a lot more. So, I started marking everything he watched as "I hate it".
The recommendations were still based on his viewing but every one had the predicted star rating at one star - meaning it was recommending movies it knew I wouldn't like.
My first ThinkPad was the monochrome 700C. I've had about 12 of them since then. After the 700 series, the classics were the X100, T42, T400 and the X1 (pre-carbon). My biggest disappointment is my current Helix. The tactile sensation of the click pad is awful and its top heavy because all of the weight except the second battery is in the detachable display. You can't tilt the display back far enough because it falls over backwards. It's Lenovo trying to do too much.
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