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Comment Re:Oh For Crying Out Loud (Score 1) 161

This is more a discussion about mobile devices, which (unless you jailbreak them) don't trust the user.

Barring a root exploit (which do exist for a bit, and are patched when found), a keylogger on android is much less of a possibility. With Apple, the crypto is handled in hardware, and a keylogger gets to be near impossible (though phishing is not).

Comment Why no 6.6 KwH charging for the 2nd gen Volt? (Score 1) 229

I have read that the stock reply is that half the owners only use L1 charging; 120v. What about providing the option to the others who would prefer faster charging? Most pay chargers charge by time used which really makes the cost to charge a Volt not a good deal

Comment Re:Touch Server (Score 1) 681

If you have access, look at it over the last 6-7 years, it is brutal. Make sure you get installed rather than sales, MS keeps commissioning reports that somehow manage to not count Google, Facebook, Baidu, Tencent etc etc's servers. Not sure why though. :)

I can name a few possible scenarios, and I'll let you decide:

  • Ballmer had a notoriously short fuse and the company would rather pay for what he wanted to hear, not what they needed to hear.
  • Gartner, Forrester, et al were a bit intimidated by the piles of bodies in the C-level offices with gunshot wounds in them, and they liked the money.
  • Microsoft-commissioned reports aren't intended for market research, but rather publicity and their own marketing purposes. They don't publicize the ones they commission for actual research, because it's not pretty (especially since Windows 8/Server 2012).

Comment Re:term limits don't matter (Score 2) 247

Bingo. If there are millions of dollars in subsidies at stake or a multi-million dollar firm, paying a bunch of lawyers to take a bunch of lawyer-politicians to dinner and on vacations.

Force Congress to work securely from their respective state houses (make the lobbyists travel if they want to influence) and simplify the tax code (a recommendation of the President's Simpson-Bowles commission which only the GOP has embraced) and you'll go a long way to limit influence.

Comment Re:Fsck x86 (Score 1) 230

BTW x86 32-bit doesn't run on x86_64 either. The software and chips have emulation routines that allow it to happen. The same as happens with A64 that allows old A32 and T32 instructions to still run on the same chip.

Disregarding built-in microcode that converts CISC instructions into simpler RISC-like operations, this statement is not accurate. All x86-64 processors have the same native 32-bit registers and instructions that the original 386 had (some may be deprecated, but IIRC there is 100% compatibility). No hardware emulation is being done.

You may be confusing the virtual memory translation scheme (Wow64) that Windows uses to run 32-bit processes in Windows x64. Yes, there is some slight overhead, but it isn't considered to be emulation.

Comment Re:What about PHP on the JVM? (Score 5, Funny) 213

"Yes, that's just what the world needs: the rigorous code quality of PHP combined with the high performance and lightweight Java Virtual Machine."

Fortunately, I had already swallowed my coffee so the keyboard was safe.
However, your point is valid. Just because you can theoretically run something on something doesn't mean it's a good idea.
Anyway, I need to get back to writing a JVM in VBA. This is going to be the tits.

Comment Re:It's not a privacy policy (Score 2) 221

Moreover what about Terms of Use for the other content? I have not read the LG ToU, but it could be something as simple as 'hey we need to pass this information on and we will store it on your TV for you so you can use Netflix, iPlayer, etc. but we won't receive or store anything.'

Without a copy of the agreement, it's hard to tell how nefarious this is.

Comment Re:Coded language? (Score 3, Insightful) 475

A free market presumes competition, and it presumes regulation against perverse incentives. Neither are the case here... That strongly implies that they have no leg to stand on when they argue 'free markets' to bypass regulations being imposed on their networks.

I think you're restating what parent wrote (only in more detail):

Make the market free so there is someplace else to go

I believe we're all in agreement that cable companies clamoring for "free market" are hypocrites, as there has never really been a free market for communication service providers, and it's amusing (yet sad, since it's often effective) to see the rent seekers that cry "free market" and "deregulation" only when it benefits them. Govt-subsidized and sanctioned monopolies and duopolies aren't capitalism, and neither is the collusion that results when the barrier to entry is so large due to these monopolies.

If they really want a "free market" and "deregulation", then they shouldn't be opposed to more open (unlicensed) spectrum, rather than allowing the FCC to auction frequency blocks off to the highest bidder. They also shouldn't ask for public handouts to "build rural infrastructure" and then completely renege on their contractual obligations through legal loopholes and shell games.

"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman