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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements 253

Posted by Soulskill
from the easier-than-having-mcdonalds-stock-replacements dept.
Bennett Haselton writes: I would be in favor of a regulation requiring cell phone stores to have replacement phones on hand, for any phone model covered by a customer's insurance policy. Then customers who have insurance protection on their phones could get the damaged phones replaced instantly, and the replacement phones that are normally mailed out by overnight mail to customers under their protection plan, could instead be mailed to the stores to replace the one they just gave out to the customer. Read on for the rest of Bennett's thoughts

Comment: Re:Not an open problem. (Score 1) 161

by Dynedain (#47813359) Attached to: New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster


Except I have never seen a web client that handles JPG this way. Not a single one will stop at target resolution, and will continue to load until they have all the bytes of the image. Furthermore, there's plenty of reasons to download the full image size. Perhaps the image needs to resize dynamically after being loaded. Perhaps I rotated my device from portrait to landscape and now I need a larger image to fill the space. There's no pause/resume mechanism in the format to handle this, and the resulting interpolation during a resize effect would look horrendous. Oh, and btw, depending on the image contents, progressive format JPG can actually result in larger file sizes than non-progressive. Lastly, with responsive design, the contents of the image may actually need to be different for different resolutions. For example, embedded text or iconography may not be legible at smaller sizes.

Now solve for GIF and PNG.

<picturefill /> is at least a format-agnostic approach that doesn't require extra implementation on the server side, addresses all the above concerns, and can be implemented on browsers that don't currently support it using a little bit of javascript.

Comment: Re:New potential battleground? (Score 1) 118

by Dynedain (#47501355) Attached to: Preparing For Satellite Defense

By contrast to get even the same small warhead to geostationary, with guidance and course course correction ability, will require a rocket very similar to that used to put geostats into orbit in the first place.

I think you just backed up my claim. Reread what I wrote. If you can get a satellite to a specific point, you can get a weapon there as well.

By payload I am referring to the use type, not the mass. Assuming equivalent mass, it doesn't matter if you're throwing up a few kilograms of circuitry or a a few kilograms of rock.

Comment: Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (Score 2) 280

by Dynedain (#47467569) Attached to: Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

I love KeePass, but the community needs some help...

There's a myriad of client apps for it, but the 1.7 vs 2.X database formats fragments the market.

2.X requires Mono if you want to run it on Linux or OSX.

I wish they had a central dev team with first-class OSX, Windows, and Linux versions like VLC or Transmission.

Comment: Re:Subpoena vs Warrent (Score 1) 749

by Dynedain (#47452381) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Uh, no.

A warrant means that law enforcement has the legal standing to search and seize evidence in your control (forcibly if need be).

A subpoena means that you, the targeted party, are required by law to provide the evidence demanded.

Jurisdictional boundaries aren't the difference. A warrant can be issued internationally. The key difference is authorizing a government-operated search versus a legal demand that you provide evidence. The entities involved and their roles is the key distinction.

Comment: Re:Will this affect overseas profits tax evasion? (Score 4, Insightful) 749

by Dynedain (#47452309) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Tax avoidance is by definition, figuring out what is legal, what is not, and adjusting accordingly.

Claiming your charitable donations on your tax return (which you're supposed to do) is tax avoidance. If the laws allow for undesirable tax avoidance behaviors, then they should be changed.

"Once they go up, who cares where they come down? That's not my department." -- Werner von Braun