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Comment Re:anti-repair ain't all that (Score 1) 55

The battery in your phone is no longer holding a useful amount of energy to power the phone all day. You could replace the battery and bring the whole phone back to "like-new" condition, but the manufacturer has glued the case together. This is the malicious intent: The manufacturer *KNEW* that the battery would not last forever, and still welded the case shut. You would not stand for this if it were your car.

I really don't like defending cell phone companies, but I have to play devil's advocate on this one. Gluing all the components together may be the only, or most cost effective, way of giving the phone enough structural integrity to not bend when put in your pocket. These things are /always/ malicious, sometimes it is a really engineering problem that needs to be solved in a way that balances the different things the consumer wants.

Comment Re:Block at the router? (Score 1) 148

I'm going to monitor my smart TV at the router and see what it connects to, then block those marketing addresses. This should be fun.

If they were smart it would connect to a single company controlled address for everything and be proxied out from there. Blocking that address would basically disable any special features. If they were smart.

Comment Re:May be delivered? (Score 1) 148

"may be delivered to smartphones, tablets, PCs or other internet-connected devices that share an IP address or other identifier with your Smart TV."

According to TFA , they somehow link the cookies they store on your browser when you visit their website to your TV. So I'm guessing they store the external IP address of the TV and if the same address suddenly starts querying their website they assume its a device behind NAT and feed it ads.

Solution - don't visit their website or delete your cookies. Quite why anyone needs a smart TV anyway is another matter. My TV is just a monitor - the smart stuff happens on my other devices.

What is "not buying a smart TV" really going to change though? They are still going to push an ad to you no matter what, this just ties it to something you previously watched on TV instead of the result of a random number generator.

Comment Re:That's nothing (Score 1) 258

I don't see the issue.

For many scenarios where a human will have to fave that decision the autonomous car never will because it would have chosen option C, avoid situation long before it became an issue.

Autonomous cars are subject to the same laws of physics as any other car. If something steps out in front of it at a distance too close to be able to stop in time then depending on what other traffic is on the road and what is around the vehicle its choice is going to be hit that thing that has just stepped out in front of it or hit something else. As the occupant of that car I want it to be the option that does the least harm to me. Problem is that the AI may not share the same concern for me as I do.

Unless you live in Middle Earth, trees "suddenly stepping out at a distance too close to be able to stop in time" isn't really a problem that autonomous cars are going to have to deal with.

Comment Re:They admit user data snooping! (Score 1) 330

How would they know about "entire movie collections" being stored?
So very comforting!

When you upload a file to a server the file name and the actual data bits gets saved to this thing called a "database". This is required if you actually expect to get your file back down to your computer at some point. A simple query of the extension on the file name would give you fairly reliable numbers.

Comment Re:Capitalism at work (Score 1) 168

Really. This is a (rare) sighting of Capitalism doing good. There is an inefficiency (high price), and somebody comes in to fill in the void to make money.

(I hope there are no ulterior motives, though).

Sure, it worked EVENTUALLY. Fuck those people who didn't get their medication for several months when they couldn't afford it.

Comment Re:Locked out of tenders (Score 1) 120

A tender is an offer to provide a requested service for a government. Governments put out a request for a service (say, "we need somebody to help us ensure our computer systems are secure") and companies and individuals can tender an offer saying, "these are my qualifications, this is my price range". Government will then select one of those tenders to get the job.

Presumably, people who speak out against governmental practices are having their offers tossed.

At least, that's how I read it.

In previous jobs where I've worked that dealt with government contracts those were called RFPs (Request for Proposal), I've never heard them called "Tenders" before.

Comment Re:Where did that 3600 cubic miles figure come fro (Score 5, Funny) 67

we would only have couple hundred years to prepare for an eruption that could blanket the entire continent with up to 3,600 cubic miles of ash and rock!

Where did the 3,600 cubic miles of ash and rock figure come from?

The largest 3 previous explosions of the Yellowstone caldera happened 2m, 630k, and 1.3m years ago releasing an estimated 600, 240, and 67 cubic miles of ash and rock. That's a combined 907 cubic miles, a quarter of what the summary suggests could happen. I can't find that number in the article anywhere. 3600 cubic kilometers converts to approximately 863.7 cubic miles which would be more believable. The largest volcanic eruptions ever believed to happen top out at 8,600 cubic kilometers, ~2063 cubic miles.

It was precisely calculated by taking the realistic number and adding the "scare multiplier" to it in order to increase page views.

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