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Comment: Re:May not take apart? What? (Score 1) 173

by TheP4st (#48020169) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone
I grant you that I indeed could have worded that better. You are entirely correct that phones of today do more power intensive tasks than they did back then, causing greater drain on the batteries. But that does in no way invalidate the point I were trying to make; that there are very good arguments for being able to easily swap batteries and that apart from the "ooh... shiny" factor there are absolutely none for non-swappable ones as the only real benefit is that manufacturers can shave off a couple of tenths of millimetres of thickness and easier create a seamless design. Neither of which have any usability benefit with the possible exception of hipsters with jeans so tight they do need that extra tenth of an millimeter to fit it into the pocket.

Comment: Re:Like most appliances for the past 40 years? (Score 1) 173

by TheP4st (#48018463) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

You mean, just like basically every electric appliance ever made for the past, what?, 40 years?

That explains why my Marantz amplifier from 1980 (which I still use) came with a circuit diagram that I will consult in a near future to fix a low frequency hum that started occurring a few weeks ago after 34 years of flawless sound reproduction. oh wait...

Comment: Re:May not take apart? What? (Score 1) 173

by TheP4st (#48018259) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone
In the mid-late 90's it were not uncommon that mobiles were sold with an extra battery and charging station that charged both the battery in the phone and the spare one I know this might sound a bit like dark magic to some iPhone users but I assure you that it isn't, more than once did I favor one with this over another that required me to buy these extras separately. I could easily swap batteries if needed, and this were in the days when one charge actually would last for days in difference from today where users look for apps and tweaks to conserve battery power just to make it last from morning 'till evening. One would expect that with smartphones and their relatively poor ability to hold a charge this would be even more important today. But, apparently many people just go "Ooh... shiny" then spend a great deal of their time whining over how they cannot make their charge last even one working day. A battery that require special tools to replace is hardly a convenient solution to this, one that you can replace by snapping off a lid is.

Comment: Re:Think of the children (Score 1, Informative) 353

by TheP4st (#48000847) Attached to: FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Apple has announced that it has designed its new operating system, iOS8, to thwart lawful search warrants.

The piece opens with a blatant lie.

Apple may not have designed it to thwart lawful search warrants but they certainly market it that way.

On devices running iOS 8, your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders is placed under the protection of your passcode. Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.


Comment: Re:OMG, THE TERRORISTS WILL WIN!!!!!! (Score 3, Funny) 73

by TheP4st (#47901187) Attached to: NSA Metadata Collection Gets 90-Day Extension

take away our bacon cheese burgers and beer and NFL/NBA/MLB and get rid of all the booze like prohibition and make everyone bow to Mecca five times a day and keep girls from walking around in shorts because you know THEY HATE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You got it all wrong it never were about hate of our freedom, it is a genuine concern about the obesity problem the US is having and they figure dietary restrictions, exercise 5 times a day greatly would improve the issue, and fat asses in too tiny shorts... Well, most of us rather not see that.

Comment: Re:Woosh (Score 1) 232

by TheP4st (#47669611) Attached to: Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology
Snippet: Despite finding that Mayfield’s print was not an identical match to the print left on the bag of detonators, FBI fingerprint examiners rationalized away the differences, according to a report by the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Under the one discrepancy rule, the FBI lab should have concluded Mayfield did not leave the print found in Madrid — a conclusion the SNP reached and repeatedly communicated to the FBI. The FBI’s Portland field office, however, used that fingerprint match to begin digging into Mayfield’s background. Certain details of the attorney’s life convinced the agents that they had their man. Mayfield had converted to Islam after meeting his wife, an Egyptian.

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"