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Comment: Re:Bye Bye Samsung Smart TVs (Score 1) 309 309

Smart TVs have a bad record of having their interfaces/applications updated.

Actually, the main apps I use on my Samsung Smart TV have been updated reasonably well. (My Smart TV has the gesture control, but not the voice. I turned it off in the service menu. It's a pain to use and turns itself back on if you turn it off from the regular menu).

Having said that, I'm not happy with the "smart" features of the TV (compared to Roku). I've replaced the other (dumb) TV with a Roku TV, and the UI is just tons better than the Samsung, and surprisingly nicer than adding a Roku to an dumb TV. Until something better comes along, the only TV I'd recommend is a Roku TV.

+ - Facebook to fix flaw that can force iPhones to make calls

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook will soon be pushing out an update to its iOS Messenger app meant to patch a vulnerability that could allow attackers to place pricy calls from users' phones by simply making them click on a web link. The flaw has been recently discovered by developer Andrei Neculaesei from Copenhagen, and can be triggered by using the tel URL scheme.

Comment: Re:metrics? (Score 1) 49 49

This is just a guess, but still a reasonable one:

Google+ Photos has facial recognition (Find My Face). So if google runs their facial recognition software on all photos where the user has set up their phone to automatically upload photos to Google+ and also agreed to the Find My Face feature (or some similar agreement that people generally just click through), that would give them a pretty good approximation of these numbers.

Comment: PlayLater? (Score 1) 200 200

Until they get big enough and are sued by everyone suing Aereo, http://www.playlater.tv/ does what you're asking for.

Records Netflix and Hulu, adding information stating that your account was used to do the recording (so that if something shows up on P2P, you'll get implicated fairly quickly). For movies/shows my kids watch repeatedly, I've found it nicer to just save a copy on my NAS and then stream it to the TV via Plex. The kids know exactly how to do this and typically check Plex before going to Netflix.

Comment: Re:14th Amendment (Score 2) 284 284

Like a "map" a "search engine" should not be biased

I would argue that the whole point of a search engine is to be biased. Google chooses to make their bias "what we think you really wanted plus some ads to earn us money". Baidu makes their bias "The results the Chinese government would prefer that you see".

Of course, these are my approximations of what their biases are and do not necessarily reflect their actual biases.

If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong. -- Norm Schryer

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