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Comment: Re:Solving the problem backwards... (Score 1) 97

by Xenx (#48133653) Attached to: Smart Battery Tells You When It's About To Explode
People will always do stupid things. Some, more than others. I think leaving it up the customer is a good choice, because it doesn't prevent immediate usage. Yes, you need to take responsibility and get the battery replaced. But, you can continue to function in the short term. Ultimately, if the battery is sending a trouble signal it can be interpreted at any step in the chain. The battery manufacturer could put a kill switch in. The hardware manufacturer using the battery could put a kill switch in. The software vendor can put in code to shutdown when the trouble state is detected.

Comment: Re:Thank GOD (Score 1) 96

by Xenx (#47673531) Attached to: Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets
I used my office as an extreme. One that I knew the bounds of. Sure, I support thousands of people as well at work. Lots of them user iPads or android tablets. I don't have numbers for them. But, a lot of the ones I actually talk to... prefer it over their computer. It's people like you that actually make it worse. You intentionally recommend people buy inferior products, worsening their opinion of the form factor as a whole. Also, making fun of people tends to piss people off regardless of whether you're right or not. Tablets aren't for everyone, not everyone needs one. Tablets also don't need to be purchased every year. So yes, sales should decline with market saturation. It should, however, stabilize at a level that covers a normal upgrade cycle.

Comment: Re:Thank GOD (Score 1) 96

by Xenx (#47655667) Attached to: Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets
Because your anecdotal evidence shows how everyone experience is. Out of an office of 11 employees, 8 have tablets. 7 of us use them regularly. The 8th person is waiting for the next Nexus tablet as his old one's usb port isn't working correctly and won't reliably charge. Personally I think we might be an above average sample, but I somehow think you might be a below average sample.

Comment: Re:Are the *sure* they got the right guy? (Score 1) 790

by Xenx (#47596999) Attached to: Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police
It's not an issue unique to google. It's there for any of the email providers. I randomly get email for other people in my hotmail and yahoo accounts. The issue is that people make mistakes, or are just mistaken about their email account. Now, that could still potentially leave you on the hook if someone starts sending you crap. At that point you just have to hope to be able to prove that.

Comment: Re:Well at least they saved the children! (Score 0) 790

by Xenx (#47596903) Attached to: Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police
They're using automated software to scan against hashes of known child porn. They're not just up and viewing peoples email here. Child porn is a serious enough problem, and there is no legal reason for you to have child porn. The situation would be different if the legality of the files themselves would be questionable.

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