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Comment Re: non-story (Score 1) 127

Wifi should be completely off. It's a big current drain usually, and if you're in standby there will never be a need for periodic transmits (I hate that smart phones refuse to understand this as they want "instant" connection to the access point so they suck up more battery life than they should).

My guess is that they don't really know how to get to low power mode. It's not something commonly done. Most engineers grew up in the PC oriented world where power saving wasn't even a concept, and "instant on" tube televisions were common. It's only now that we're getting to have more devices with batteries that power is more important and people are learning how to manage it. But even then we're still mostly in a "rechargeable battery" mode which means engineers assume someone is recharging overnight and there's no need to try and get lower even lower.

Comment Re:non-story (Score 1) 127

It's on though. Still sucking up a whopping 340mA. Ok, not that whopping but only a slight dip in power. 10mA for a power LED seems like a lot to me, but I'm working on low power devices too long maybe.

Pedantic or not, if the manual says it's "off" then it should be off and not lying about it. The power drop is far too small to actually be in "standby" mode.

Then again, these devices aren't made for people who care about power or privacy. They're designed for people who want the latest gadget.

Comment Re:Websites will block EE ip ranges (Score 1) 62

I'm not sure. Many of these web sites are operated by people who don't control the advertisements themselves. They outsource the ad job to a third party then wait for revenue to trickle in. They may not even have the skills to do the blocking if their tech skill level is just enough to customize wordpress.

Comment Re:Legality? (Score 1) 287

EULAs are not legally binding in all countries. A contract is not a contract if both parties have not agreed to them, and a "click ok to continue" does not always constitute legal agreement to the terms. The US is beholden to its corporations and not its citizens, so any immoral laws in that country do not necessarily apply elsewhere (and yes, I put most click-to-continue EULAs into the "immoral" category).

Comment Re:Awwww thats so cute (Score 1) 287

However cable television subscribers are not required to actually watch those advertisements. There is no message that says "your programming will be suspended until you stop leaving the room to pee during commercial breaks." And even on DVRs you are allowed to fast forward past the commercials (despite lawsuits trying to prevent this).

Comment Re:Look at the bean counters for your answer (Score 1) 162

No, we may not necessarily care about the companies per se. But we do care about our coworkers, we may care about the customers, and we usually care about quality of the products we make. Even at the base pragmatic level where the inner voice says "don't screw this up because you'll have to keep maintaining it for a few years." Of course some workers are an exception to this, but in general I tend to see that actual employees will spend more effort making sure things are done right.

Comment Re:Wouldn't this lead to Natural Selection? (Score 1) 166

I'm not a social media person. You can't get upvotes without commenting and you can't comment without upvotes. So that leaves asking questions and hoping someone upvotes that? The only time I ever want to comment is when someone has answered completely wrong and everyone is agreeing with that. So I have to figure out the social media game before I can say "you're wrong, you can't divide by zero".

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements. -- Norman Douglas