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Comment: Band would seem to cover port pretty well... (Score 1) 56

The diagnostic port is hidden by a cover. I'd be interested to see if removing the cover adversely affect's the watch's water resistance.

It may somewhat, but given that the port itself is located under the round part of the band that slides into the watch, it seems like it would be sealed away fairly well (especially if you designed the strap with that in mind).

It seems pretty sure sweat would not be able to get in there, really only submersion would have a chance.

Comment: The review, it does something... as does sandbox (Score 1) 26

I agree it would have been really illuminating to do the same test for a large range of free iOS apps.

However I think that you wouldn't see the most egregious of tracking stuff going on in iOS, for two reasons:

1) iOS reviews would I think alarm on something connecting to 810 different tracking sites. Definitely f you were trying to do anything like that in the background.

2) There's simply not as much data to gather. Most Android apps ask for all possible permissions, because why not? You're probably not going to read it anyway. With the iOS permissions as they are the user is going to think "why is this app which has nothing to do with contacts, asking for contacts" (or location, or photo library, or health data, etc).

That said I'm sure many free apps on iOS are doing everything they can possibly get away with, and I would love to see quantified just what that is.

Comment: Re:Real reason (Score 2) 429

by MillionthMonkey (#49616339) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

Carly spouted off on Saturday about net neutrality, and claimed that it was forced down our throats by lobbyists from Verizon and Comcast.

And she says this as a former CEO of HP. I hope her campaign fails soon because her voice gives me faceslapping injuries.

Comment: Apple is controlling and mercural (Score 1) 56

About their platforms, especially the iPhones. I would expect them to be as or more so with a watch. I wouldn't expect this port to remain usable, in the same configuration or even be there in the future. Because that's how they work.

Most of the time I sort of buy the benevolence in their designs (ie, the lighting port on phones) although generally speaking I think they're too controlling and they actually limit things you can use the devices for.

But if you discover something that hasn't been advertised as for a speciic function, don't be disappointed when they take it away.

Comment: Purity Test (Score -1, Troll) 199

You know what motivates scientists? Science. And to a lesser extent, their ego.

It's amazing how all of these pure Beings of Science can exist without any sources of funding, or motivation deriving thereof...

Oh wait.

Science if hard work for little pay

Little > 0

$500k is also > 0

I'll let you have the last response. Just thought someone should, in the name of scientific accuracy, throw actual truth into the froth.

Oh, one last truth...

Now, with the benefit of hindsight, it's clear that the phrase "liberal media" was a conservative talking point

Only 7% of reporters are Republicans.

I would say to draw your own conclusions from that glaring fact but you already have, and you got them wrong.

Comment: Re:Not just ineffective (EEO bullshit) (Score 1) 368

by Just Some Guy (#49615235) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

No fool like an old fool. But I am sure Sanjiv from Punjab is thankful for the push to outsource the job you were worried about.

That process works better for fungible young talent who might be plenty gifted but have no experience to set themselves apart from the pack. The best defense against seeing your job outsourced is becoming so good at it that you don't have much competition. The second best defense is becoming friends with the greybeards who are positioned to argue against the manager who wants to rightsize your job.

Comment: CF: Comcast & Verizon wanted net neutrality (Score 1) 429

by MillionthMonkey (#49614765) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House
This is what Carly Fiorina said about net neutrality two days ago:

The dirty little secret of that regulation, which is the same dirty little secret of Obamacare or Dodd-Frank or all of these other huge complicated pieces of regulation or legislation, is that they don't get written on their own, they get written in part by lobbyists for big companies who want to understand that the rules are going to work for them.... Who was in the middle of arguing for net neutrality? Verizon, Comcast, Google, I mean, all these companies were playing. They weren't saying "we don't need this," they were saying "we need it."

I think my grandmother could have done a better job running HP.

Comment: Re:All aboard the FAIL train (Score 1) 429

by swb (#49613079) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

I'd be curious what would happen if a Republican would be:

* Pro-market but without slavish devotion to specific big money interests or backing crazy tax cuts

* "No stance" on abortion. "I wouldn't have one but I'm not telling anyone else what to do"

* Pro-pot legalization "I wouldn't use it, but let's be honest, banning it hasn't worked and jailing people really hasn't worked. Let the states do what they want, like booze"

And the rest basic, run of the mill Republic policies.

Would they get run out of town for not genuflecting on abortion and big money, or would the establishment shit their pants as somebody who violated the party line on pot suddenly got a lot of interest?

Comment: Re:wtf (Score 3, Insightful) 88

by swb (#49612877) Attached to: US Gov't Will Reveal More About Its Secret Cellphone Tracking Devices

1) Cops gather evidence via unconstitutional means.
2) Consulting attorney tells them what evidence is needed to get a conviction via constitutional means
3) Cops use unconstitutional evidence as a roadmap to gather constitutional evidence
4) Cops present case with just constitutionally gathered evidence to prosecutor, don't share unconstitutional evidence with prosecutor
5) Prosecutor in the clear, has no knowledge of unconstitutionally gathered evidence and nothing to share with defense regarding unconstitutional evidence gathering

I believe the general term is parallel construction.

Comment: Re:Another market overlooked (Score 1) 285

by swb (#49612811) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

Maybe I wasn't clear -- most houses have a single panel with multiple circuit breakers. Each breaker services a separate circuit. Each circuit represents a single run (hot, neutral and ground) from the panel to the destination. Only really old houses that haven't been upgraded use fuses. The panel itself has two buses, one for each 110v leg, a common neutral bus and a ground bus, a main breaker which controls the entire panel. The legs aren't switchable.

The fuzzy part is the "destination". Since each circuit is usually breakered for 15A it can support more than a single outlet or light fixture. When an electrician wires the circuits, they commonly will run the cable from the panel to, say, a socket and then feed off the socket's secondary terminals (or via wirenut splice) to another close by socket or light fixture. And "close by" doesn't mean "in the same room" or "the same type of connection" -- if there was another socket on the other side of the wall installed at the same time, because the distance is close and it's easy for the electrician they will often connect that socket to the same circuit as the first one.

What you end up with is basically a parallel circuit of devices (light fixtures and sockets) that are close together "as the crow flies" but not necessarily in the same room or a common type of connection (socket or light fixture). This is especially true of remodels or small-scale room re-dos or where people have wanted additional outlets and rather than rip out a bunch of drywall, they will tap from the closest place they can.

Large draw devices (central AC, electric stove, hardwired electric heaters or furnaces) will have their own, dedicated high-current breaker at the panel and a dedicated run from the panel to the device. It used to be allowed years ago to even tap off one leg of a 240v circuit to get a 110v, but codes are tighter and these days a new install will require a dedicated run.

So what you usually end up with a single panel with a handful of dedicated breakers for high-current and 240v devices and then a bunch of other breakers which control the outlets and fixtures in a specific area, but which may also control other outlets/fixtures "nearby" often with no logic other than what made sense for the electrician when the wiring was done.

What I think is needed is much stricter cabling standards and structured panels. One panel should control lighting with a dedicated breaker for each room and ONLY fixtures IN THAT ROOM connected to it. Another panel should control general purpose outlets by room. A third panel should control high load devices (electric stove, central AC, other major electric appliances). A fourth panel for "mandatory devices" you would always want priority given to, such as refrigerators, furnace blower motors for gas or oil furnances, etc, perhaps a few "emergency" outlets for computers or USB chargers).

With a properly structured panel system a transfer switch could then feed the lighting and mandatory device panels but leave the high power devices and general outlets off until mains power is restored without risking overload of the backup source or from vampire loads connected to standard outlets that aren't critical during a power outage. Of course this is a lot more expensive to install because you need much more cabling, more panels and more wall space to place the panels.

A better option, IMHO, would be a smart panel or maybe even smart breakers which could be individually controlled so that you can assign the basic panel "values" and determine which ones to run under specific non-grid scenarios. Such a control system tied into the backup system's monitoring and capacity could then switch off or on circuits as power was available or as loads were brought up/down.

Comment: Hasn't been that way yet (Score 0) 429

by SuperKendall (#49612533) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

Treating sexes equally means that when a hack comes our way we judge her just like a man.

If a male politician used a private email server for government work, then deleted the whole server when it was discovered - would he still be a viable candidate?

If a male politician ran a "charity organization" that collected millions from foreign countries after those countries were favored by the organization the candidate worked for - would he still be a viable candidate?

Those are just two of many, many examples of a level of ethics so low as to be practically immeasurable.

In no way is the media treating sexes equally. For Democrats they ignore all flaws; for Republicans the flaws are amplified as far as possible and then beyond.

Either way, it stinks. You're ideal of how Carly should be examined simply will not happen.

Comment: Plan worked perfectly. (Score 1) 895

by SuperKendall (#49612415) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

This was a perfect example of a honeypot. Just in physical form...

A more physical metaphor would be flypaper. All we have to do to protect the U.S. against terrorism is have one of these Mohammed art exhibits in every town, attackers will naturally be drawn there first and when they attack, they are killed.

In a very real way this is the ghost of Hebdo striking back.

It is better to live rich than to die rich. -- Samuel Johnson