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Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 350 350

Google harvests your data to sell you ads. The data is one of the most valuable things they own. They'll begrudgingly hand it to the government on demand, but they won't sell it to anyone else, because then they lose the value of that data.

Neither are a good place to store data, but I certainly trust Google more than Microsoft.

Comment Re:Well, now we actually know several things (Score 3, Insightful) 63 63

Had this part been on the plane at the time of a "gentle" ditching, it likely would have been dragged to the bottom with the rest.

It's a flap (and high-speed aileron). In a 'gentle' ditching, it would have been one of the first things to hit the sea, at over 100mph. I'd be amazed if it wouldn't be one of the first things to be torn off the plane, after the engines.

Hopefully Boeing can work out whether the damage is consistent with ditching or an uncontrolled impact, but I wouldn't make any claims yet myself.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 2, Interesting) 350 350

I've been running Windows 10 on a couple of systems that are six years old. Boot and shutdown times markedly better than Windows 7.

As I understand it, that's because Window 8 and above don't actually shut down, they do some weird partial hibernate thing.

Besides, my Windows 7 box boots in under ten seconds anyway. Most of that is in the BIOS.

Comment Re:Just another case.... (Score 4, Interesting) 144 144

Devices working perfectly in other OSes is no indicator that the device is no at fault. Witness the vast amount of crap laptop hardware, whose disastrous ACPI implementations only worked because their Windows drivers were chock-full of workarounds.

Back when I was writing Windows drivers for plugin cards, there were certain motherboards that we'd detect and switch the motherboard bus to the slowest possible speed, because the chipset was a heap of junk that didn't work properly at higher speeds. Anyone who said 'but it works on Windows!' clearly had no idea that it only worked because we'd intentionally turned off most of the features.

Comment Re:Look for the gaps (Score 1) 211 211

Amazingly enough it seems like the best way to reduce crime is to simply reclassify it.

Much simpler to not record it in the first place. Given how useless the British cops have become, many people I know there wouldn't even bother reporting a crime to them unless they needed a crime number to make an insurance claim.

Comment Re:What happens if they turn off 750,000 CCTVs? (Score 1) 211 211

The UK has hundreds of thousands of surveillance cameras in use on public streets.

Actually, I was there a few months ago, and the local newspaper said they were turning off a lot of the CCTV in town, but, don't worry, because CCTV hadn't actually reduced crime rates anyway.

Comment Re:Electric is Evolution. Driverless is Revolution (Score 0) 733 733

The move to electric is a natural evolution, and will have a significant impact.

Uh, no. Our ancestors 'evolved' from electric car drivers to ICE car drivers, because electric cars sucked.

They'll continue to suck, for most drivers, until there's a dramatic improvement in battery storage and charging.

Comment Re:Streaming doesn't work (Score 1) 150 150

Except 'cloud gaming' has been tried, and doesn't work. For strategy or point-and-click adventure games, maybe, but for FPS games--which are typically the ones that need the CPU and GPU power--the network lag is simply too high.

The only way to make it work is to have servers local to every subscriber to keep ping times low, and then you've lost all the cost benefits of 'The Cloud!'.

Submission + - MH370: Found Airplane Debris is believed to be from missing Malaysian 777->

McGruber writes: Air crash investigators have 'a high degree of confidence' that a piece of wreckage found on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion is from a Boeing 777 — the same model as the doomed MH370 which disappeared in March 2014. Investigators will need to examine closely the wreckage to link it to MH370, but MH370 was the only Boeing 777 over lost over water.

NOTE: The Daily Mail article I'm submitting has the best pictures of the debris that I've been able to find.

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Submission + - Youtube And Google Plus Have Come Unglued->

The Chaos writes: Hands down, it was stupid of Google to try to force its social network, Google Plus down Youtubers' throats. But now it seems the company has finally come to its senses and decided to remove the mandatory integration. In a statement issued by Google VP Bradley Horowitz over on google Plus, the company is uncoupling the two services, allowing users to comment on videos without having to sign into Google Plus.

"We want to formally retire the notion that a Google+ membership is required for anything at Google ... other than using Google+ itself,"

Find out more by watching the video at the link.

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