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Comment Amazing what a little competition can do (Score 1) 65

For decades, the Telcos did nothing about unwanted calls. If anything, they encouraged it because they were able to often charge by the minute. All of this was possible because there was absolutely no competition. You signed up with Ma Bell, or you didn't get phone service. It literally took an act of Congress to force them to let you buy your own phone instead of leasing one of the two models (standard or trimline) offered by the Phone Company.

Nowadays, the old-fashioned Telcos are starting to feel the pressure of competition. People are ditching land lines in droves. They can actually choose a carrier now.

Guess what! Suddenly the Telcos are starting to remember they they have living, breathing, unhappy customers. FINALLY they are starting to innovate. Unfortunately, it's a bit too late.

Comment Second tier smartphone (Score 1) 278

Flagship phones use a lot of battery, in the interest of making the most powerful, cool devices out there.

Second-tier phones like the Moto G are less powerful, but they still run Android just fine, and they use a lot less battery power. These phones can easily last 2-3 days on a single charge. The one exception is when you use the GPS, in which case you need to keep it (or any phone) plugged in to a charger constantly while using that feature.

Comment Re:what? (Score 1) 53

You had to side-load it, right? That's the point, you can't install another App Store without side-loading, which is riskier than third-party app stores.

And of course other stores aren't on Google Play That would be like Walmat allowing a Bestbuy to setup inside its walls

The problem with you analogy is that Walmart (Google Play in your analogy) is the only store where you can "legally" shop. Every other store is considered "under the table" and "use at your own risk"--kind of like buying from the guy on the street corner in front of Walmart.

A better analogy for what I would like Google Play to be, is a shopping mall. Lots of stores under one roof.

Comment Solution in search of a problem (Score 1) 96

There are a few interesting and useful applications for IoT. Home security systems and remote medical devices, for example. But for the most part, it's just an excuse to charge you more for a product. Do I really need my lights, air conditioning, sprinklers, refrigerator, coffee maker connected to the Internet? Yeah, some of it's cool, but is it worth the added risk?

Comment Re:You need an adblocker (Score 2) 53

Google IS currently free to do what they want. But should they be?

I'd like to see alternate app stores become available, giving users a real choice. Yes, I know Amazon and Samsung have their own stores, but they are available only to users of their own branded devices. Of course, you can side-load apps, but then you open the door to all kinds of security issues. What I want is alternative stores that are completely integrated. THAT would give us some true competition, and maybe some better rates for developers.

Comment Private mode and forensics (Score 0, Troll) 159

Locard's exchange principle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locard%27s_exchange_principle) says that the perpetrator of a crime will always bring something into the crime scene, and leave something behind. This is one of the foundational principles of forensics.

Although private browsing doesn't equate to criminal activity, the principle applies. Electronically, you will always bring something with you, and leave something behind. There is not, and never will be, a truly "private" browsing experience, regardless of browser. There will always be trace evidence that can lead to discovery of what you were browsing, and what you did while there.

More broadly, this principle is true in all of life.

Comment Re:Simple solution, 100% effective (Score 1) 262

You are not thinking like a cheater. Of course, it's unlikely to defeat the x-ray itself. So you do what any cheater does: find holes in the process.

For example, it's unlikely that all bikes could be x-rayed at the same time, in the seconds just before the race. The process takes time. That means that bikes will be sitting somewhere--theoretically in a secure area--for some period of time after the x-ray. This leaves open an opportunity to bribe someone, or breach security in some other way, to make the desired modifications after inspection.

Another possibility is to find a way to swap out a look-alike cheater model, for the duly inspected version. In any long bike race, it's unlikely that every foot of the course is under the watchful eye of officials, leaving room for a secret exchange. Or even if every foot is being watched, there's still the possibility of paying someone off to look the other way.

So yes, your x-ray itself would be hard to defeat. But that does not make the method foolproof.

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