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Comment Re:This (Score 1) 256

They have nouns and verbs. I'm not well versed in the emoji kung-fu (I'm too old), but I've seen strings on them on Facebook that have meaning. Like a cow followed by a turd. A birthday cake for happy birthday. That sort of thing. The character set is less than 1000 - and as you point out, has a totally different origin. When it hits 8,000 it will be up to a literate Chinese level, 20,000 or so to meet parity.

(I'm not suggesting emoji will ever become a full-blown language. I'm just pointing out that an ad-hoc collection of little glyphs with no alphabet can in fact become one. Dismissing glyphs as "stupid little graphics" is arbitrary since they are clearly filling a communications need.)

Comment Re:Studios probably push it (Score 1) 152

Then what non-ridiculous method of conditional access to video would be acceptable to the companies that fund production of feature films?

What makes flash acceptable now? The DRM as a supposed protector of their content?

Challenge: find an example of a show/movie on Netflix that is also not available as a torrent or on usenet DRM free. Anyone willing to "record" Netflix is not going to be terribly bothered by running Popcorn Time.

Comment Re:This (Score 1) 256

I think you are stretching. Chinese writing has been around a very long time and has an extensive collection of glyphs. While what you say is true, my basic premise still holds - the concept between Chinese glyphs and emoji is not just similar, but the same. Emojis are just more realistic because they are not limited by writing implements of 3000 years ago, or the need to "write" them at all.

Real-life example: I work with Hong Kong (Cantonese) and Taiwan (Mandarin-ish) Chinese guys. We're all sitting at a restaurant in Taiwan with Koreans. Everyone at the table can speak English except for the Cantonese speakers. The solution? They would write in Chinese, the writing could be read by the Mandarin speakers and then translated to English for everyone else. When we needed to speak to the Hong Kong guys, the process was reversed and they would read the glyphs written by the Taiwanese guys. It kind of blew my mind, that these guys could communicate without speaking a common language - but that's the reality.

Comment Re:Typical (Score 1) 403

If you ever want to slum it, I've found myself quite happy with Sennheiser CX-150s (2 for $30 special on Newegg). Those are my most expensive set. My others are neon-green Panasonic RPHJE120G, $6 each. When sitting at work listening to music or podcasts, the Sennheisers are slightly better than the cheap Panasonics. When mowing the lawn or working outside, it really doesn't matter except that the seal with the ear needs to be tight.

I'm happy to report that I don't have golden ears :)

Comment Re:Real bad news (Score 1) 403

Standby time on larger devices will be excellent. There is plenty of room for a battery and the non-screen electronics draw the same amount as the smaller phones. My problem is that I don't like phones with 5" screens, let alone phablets or tablets. I want something that I can stick in my rear jeans pocket and sit on like a wallet.

Comment Re:Typical (Score 1) 403

Needless to say, I haven't spend $700 on headphones if you total up my entire 40 years - and that includes two sets of noise cancelling headphones from when I used to take a lot of long flights. So my headphones are rarely worthy of a new jack. I'll just be happy if the weakest link is moved one step up the chain.

Comment Re:Typical (Score 1) 403

I can't be the only one who has been disappointed for over 30 years by the 3.5mm headphone connector. I think the failure mode for every set of headphones that I've ever had has been the stupid 3.5mm connector (or worse, the socket in the device). I don't have an iPhone, so I don't really have a dog in this fight - but I'll be thrilled if this leads to better connectors for headphones.

Comment Re:non-story (Score 1) 199

You are making me restate my point. Yes, you are technically correct. I cannot argue with a single point in your post. Yet, it is pedantic and useless to most people. The camera is doing nothing. If you want to call that "inactive", "standby", or "disabled" or whatever, it is the same thing from a practical standpoint as "off". Rare would be the end user who gives a crap, especially when the product doesn't even make a claim to be "off".

Comment Re:FUD at least sort of. (Score 1) 199

#2 If the device is already hardwired to allow it to shut down the LED without shutting down the camera then it's only one software update/hack away from transmitting while it appears to be off. (Assuming that such a "feature" hasn't already been included and is just waiting for a signal to activate.)

So? Even if the camera was being powered off, it would only be one software update/hack away from being able to transmit while turning off the LED.

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.