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Comment: Re:Repair (Score 1) 51

by sjames (#47949721) Attached to: Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

So you're claiming it is somehow cheaper to produce 10,000 desk fans with 3 phillips head screws and one security head crew epoyed in than it is to produce the same run of fans with 4 phillips screws?

You claim the parts are interchangable on the assembly line but somehow not on the repair bench?

Or are you claiming somehow that it's cheaper to have employees assemble random piles of parts in bespoke fashion than it is to have them putting the same parts in the same place every time?

Comment: 3D mobile phones (Score 2) 54

I bought the LG 920 Optimus 3D phone some years ago. Awesome 3D screen, 2 x HD cameras for taking 3D photos. Fun for 14 days, after just became an annoyingly big bulgy battery guzzling smartphone just like any other oversized phone out there.

3D TV? I so wanted them when they came out. After a while with very little use for them I thought Meh... and after an even longer while, the 3D tv sets went for a few hundred dollars, even in 50" sizes. I still thought...Meh...I'll stick to my old 47" LG full HD tv.

Same thing with Kinect, fun the first few days, fun to also connect it to the PC and play with all the hacks out there....same issue, technically useless stuff, fun...for a little while, but ultimately useless.

3D scanners? Meh... it'll probably be another fad, scan your objects, watch them on a 3D screen kind of like my Optimus 3D phone or the Nintendo 3DS...novelty item at best.

Comment: Re:Repair (Score 1) 51

by sjames (#47948827) Attached to: Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

On the other hand, there are plenty of LCD monitors thrown away even though a $25 CFL and 10 minutes could have it up and running if you could get the right CFL.

And don't forget that the time to go get a new whatever isn't free either. Some problems can be fixed in less time than it takes to buy a new one if it's reasonably made to be repaired.

Comment: Re:"unlike competitors" ??? (Score 1) 490

by m.dillon (#47938615) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

It's built into Android as well, typically accessible from the Setup/Security & Screen Lock menu. However, it is not the default in Android, the boot-up sequence is a bit hokey when you turn it on, it really slows down access to the underlying storage, and the keys aren't stored securely. Also, most telco's load crapware onto your Android phone that cannot be removed and that often includes backing up to the telco or phone vendor... and those backups are not even remotely secure.

On Apple devices the encryption keys are stored on a secure chip, the encryption is non-optional, and telcos can't insert crapware onto the device to de-secure it.

The only issue with Apple devices is that if you use iCloud backups, the iCloud backup is accessible to Apple with a warrant. They could fix that too, and probably will at some point. Apple also usually closes security holes relatively quickly, which is why the credit card companies and banks prefer that you use an iOS device for commerce.


Comment: Re: "forced labor" (Score 1) 182

by sjames (#47932975) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

Actually, the war on poverty was working until the GOP insisted on surrendering.

And yes, businesses that mooch on the taxpayer to supplement their inadequate payroll are evil. They know damned well they are mooching off of people with a lot less than they already have.

We don't claim the car thief is blameless if you leave your keys in your car, do we?

Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 1) 182

by sjames (#47931873) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

That's the new innovation of forced labor. In the bad old days, slaves were quite expensive so you had to provide food, clothing, shelter, and at least minimal healthcare.

The new improved forced labor lets them pick up the slaves cheap, provide them minimal food and shelter and just let them die from overwork.

Comment: Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (Score 1) 357

by sjames (#47928635) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

Both upsides were already easily solvable. Most distro's rc scripts already call a function to start a daemon. That could easily have called a helper program to set up the cgroup and register on dbus to act as a controller for the group.

Meanwhile, at least Debian's rc scripts already had dependencies listed in their headers that could be used to compute a start order. It could as easily be used to compute a makefile to start in parallel.

The problem is, now that the init process will be such a hairball of dependencies, it becomes harder to implement such solutions without seemingly unrelated bits breaking. For example, no reasonable person expects the GUI desktop to break if you switch out init. (and no reasonable person creates such a dependency)

How can you work when the system's so crowded?