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Comment Hearing aids (Score 4, Interesting) 311

For something that is starting to border on consumer electronics, the hearing aid industry is very frustrating for a young person with hearing loss. Not just the $7000/pair cost every few years, but the closed system of hearing aid companies and resellers/servicers. Having to schedule an appointment in a week, because this week's tweak made certain frequencies sound terrible, and the bluetooth dongles for adjusting settings are only available to authorized resellers or occasionally on the grey market. If it wouldn't completely disrupt the audiology business, there would have been phone apps with the same functionality years ago. I don't see that changing any time soon, since it's an industry built completely around servicing the elderly who are much less likely to engage with such technology.


Apple Said To Be Working On a Pay TV Service 155

walterbyrd writes Apple is in talks with TV programmers to put together its own over-the-top pay TV service, Recode says. According to the site's industry sources, Apple's proposed service would be comprised of bundles of programming, secured through deals with content providers and sold direct to consumers, rather than a full TV lineup. Apple has reportedly already shown demonstrations of the proposed service to people in charge of TV programming, but Recode says the talks 'seem to be in early stages,' with the pricing and release date still yet to be set.

Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness' 431

Jason Koebler writes: Leslie Caldwell, an assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, said Tuesday that the department is "very concerned" by the Google's and Apple's decision to automatically encrypt all data on Android and iOS devices.

"We understand the value of encryption and the importance of security," she said. "But we're very concerned they not lead to the creation of what I would call a 'zone of lawlessness,' where there's evidence that we could have lawful access through a court order that we're prohibited from getting because of a company's technological choices.

How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year 145

TechCurmudgeon sends this excerpt from an article at Wired: Aaron Foss won a $25,000 cash prize from the Federal Trade Commission for figuring out how eliminate all those annoying robocalls that dial into your phone from a world of sleazy marketers. ... Using a little telephone hackery, Foss found a way of blocking spammers while still allowing the emergency alert service and other legitimate entities to call in bulk. Basically, he re-routed all calls through a service that would check them against a whitelist of legitimate operations and a blacklist of spammers, and this little trick was so effective, he soon parlayed it into a modest business. Last year, his service, called Nomorobo, blocked 15.1 million robocalls.

Comment Re: From someone who gave up on the game... (Score 1) 166

I picked the game back up last weekend and had a pretty identical experience. Quality drops and interesting legendaries that affect skills and game mechanics in fun, useful but not really game breaking ways. I also found far more crafting recipes dropping than I remember. I'm definitely excited to get into the expansion as soon as I can.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (7) Well, it's an excellent idea, but it would make the compilers too hard to write.