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Comment: Re: Enlighten me please (Score 1) 450

by Albanach (#49235189) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

I didn't for a minute suggest it couldn't. Rather, that a single wire doing all that plus power is going to be a spaghetti like mess, and a dock might be the better solution. I don't see anyone crying out for a single cable that has two adapters going off to monitors, another to the keyboard, another to the mouse, another to network, another to an external drive and then a few spare for regular USB use like SD cards, charging your phone, etc. Presumably, the solution is a usb-c hub, which begs the question why that's better than a dock which provides all the same at your desk, plus the laptop having sufficient ports for when your away from the mega cable?

Also, from my understanding, usb-c does have some practical bandwidth limitations that could be an issue if your driving a multi-head setup and want decent bandwidth remaining for external disk and Ethernet. Admittedly that's going to be less common.

Comment: Re: Enlighten me please (Score 1) 450

by Albanach (#49232359) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

I can understand the sentiment, but I wonder what sort of wire is going to give me 2 or 3 HDMI ports, a half dozen USB ports, audio in/out and Ethernet? Surely some Mac users also use dual head displays, an external disc drive (two if you need an external hard drive and CD/DVD/bluray) desktop speakers and a keyboard/mouse?

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 4, Insightful) 282

by Albanach (#49219171) Attached to: Scotland Yard Chief: Put CCTV In Every Home To Help Solve Crimes

Then again, Orwell did write that tyranny in UK would come in the guise of nationalism and security

Well, he isn't apparently suggesting the police or state should be able to place a camera in every home, just that it's a smart idea for a homeowner. Personally, I'd have thought that for anyone willing to pay for a home security system this would be a no brainer today. There's countless wireless enabled camera systems that are obviously going to be useful in the event of a burglary.

That said, it's a short term fix. As burglars become more aware of the presence of cameras, they'll start wearing a mask just like folk robbing stores and banks where CCTV is expected already do. Once outdoor cameras become more prevalent, they won't use your driveway to park. There might be a small deterrence factor that would encourage an opportunistic thief to go next door if they can see cameras outside your house, but equally you might just be advertising that you have stuff worth stealing.

Comment: Re:A laptop with almost no ports?! (Score 1) 529

by Albanach (#49218869) Attached to: Apple's "Spring Forward" Event Debuts Apple Watch and More

You're a student. They're marketed to you. That doesn't mean they are marketed particularly to students. Here's a clue... They're marketed to everybody.

Sure, they're marketed at a wide variety of people. The Apple Store for Education does, however, suggest they market directly at students. Particularly since the new MacBook is sold to students at a discount.

Comment: Re:A laptop with almost no ports?! (Score 1) 529

by Albanach (#49218423) Attached to: Apple's "Spring Forward" Event Debuts Apple Watch and More

What is it you are not understanding about products being built for different purposes, and Apple having different lines to meet different requirements?

I've yet to see an Apple laptop that's not heavily marketed at students. Perhaps you're right and this will be the first.

Right. It's life might have halved. To 5 fucking hours.

And that means for my afternoon classes it's going to be plugged in. And if I need to use a USB stick I'm either using adapters or juggling wires.

Given that USB-C is a standard connector (albeit implemented by Apple first) there will be whatever fucking hubs you want.

Of course there will be 'whatever fucking hubs you want.' What I was questioning was whether they would add USB port(s) to an official power supply in the same manner as Lenovo do with the Thinkpad (obviously Apple's would be more beautiful). Such a decision would certainly make the design choice more understandable. Otherwise many users are going to be using third party chargers, or have hubs sitting between their laptop and the power supply which could be awkward in the tight confines of a lecture hall.

Comment: Re:A laptop with almost no ports?! (Score 2) 529

by Albanach (#49218089) Attached to: Apple's "Spring Forward" Event Debuts Apple Watch and More

Surely it's purpose is to be functional. It certainly seems a bit strange to require you unplug your laptop - even if it has excellent battery life - in order to use a USB stick.

Regardless of 'the cloud', students make plenty of use of USB sticks. And in four years time, nearing the completion of your undergrad degree, that battery life might not be so hot. Maybe the power brick will have a USB hub?

Comment: Re:News (Score 3, Insightful) 211

by Albanach (#49096141) Attached to: 800,000 Using Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data

their premiums more than double thanks to obamacare

Do you ave any evidence to cite that justifies this as the reason for the increase? Or is it possible their employer saw an opportunity to screw the workforce and blame the President?

Obamacare did little to change most employer plans, so unless your friends had extremely limited insurance coverage, a > 100% increase seems implausible.

Comment: Re:Don't be naive (Score 1) 232

by Albanach (#49048317) Attached to: Iowa Wants To Let You Carry Your Driver's License On Your Phone

They already have been told. The case has been litigated and SCOTUS held the police need a warrant to conduct a search. Letting the police look at what is displayed on your phone screen is not a voluntary consent to a search of the phone.

As for the cost of fighting them, if it's litigated again it will be as a civil rights violation under 42 U.S. Code section 1983 which includes a fee shifting provision.

(for some reason /. doesn't permit § to generate a section symbol)

Comment: Re:This has been going on for a while (Score 3, Informative) 232

by Albanach (#49047717) Attached to: Iowa Wants To Let You Carry Your Driver's License On Your Phone

Did you read the linked article in my post above? The Supreme Court has already held that police need a warrant to search the phone of someone they arrest. I don't see why you think that handing an officer your phone for one reason - viewing the on-screen ID, would appear to translate into "I grant you permission to close the ID app and browse/download my email and photos."

Comment: Re:This has been going on for a while (Score 1) 232

by Albanach (#49047413) Attached to: Iowa Wants To Let You Carry Your Driver's License On Your Phone

whyt not? He's on a salary, he gets PAID to sit on the roadside, you don't. The only person it's costing is YOU.

Perhaps because the Supreme Court think the search would be unreasonable and while the officer may not have to pay personally, the local police force aren't going to be very happy after paying out for a few constitutional violations.

I doubt the Supreme Court would think that, having given your phone to an officer for them to check your ID, you have somehow consented to them collecting GB of other personal information from it.

Now you could probably hand over the information voluntarily if the terms and conditions associated with their app requested it, but if they do that I don't expect there to be much take up of the app in the first place.

Comment: Re:But... (Score 2) 101

by Albanach (#49038467) Attached to: US Gas Pump Hacked With 'Anonymous' Tagline

Can you change the price?

From the article photo, it looks like the 'pump' is actually some sort of monitoring device used to track how much gas/diesel is in the storage tanks. I imagine that gets used by suppliers to anticipate delivery requirements.

I don't know if the same system is used to control the pricing at the customer pumps, and the article doesn't make it clear. I'd guess than since this was published there are going to be some who will be trying it out though.

Comment: Re:Internet hyperbolic echo chamber strikes again. (Score 1) 200

by Albanach (#48985581) Attached to: Too Much Exercise May Not Be Better Than a Sedentary Lifestyle

In your 200+ sample, eight died. Certainly that's more than the seven deaths in 570 light joggers, but we really are stretching the meaning of statistically significant when we work with such small numbers. The tiniest factor that wasn't accounted for could easily make the difference.

Also, given the time period of the study, it's likely there's a great reliance on self-reporting of activity level. Doing the same study today, over ten years should be possible with a much better data set thanks to apps like Strava, MapMyRun, etc.

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