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Comment Re:Yep (Score 1) 199

It wasn't recording. I had it configured to send me an e-mail when it detected motion (requiring an internet connection) but it wasn't saving anything to the "cloud". (Aside from the still image included in the e-mail).

As for using homegrown solutions, I used to have time for that, I don't anymore. It's just not a fun or valuable use of my time. That doesn't mean I don't protect my privacy, Nest cam allows you to control whether it stores data in the cloud.

Given that the camera can be turned on from the iOS app, I'm not surprised that it doesn't power down (it's also turned off from the app, there's no switch on the device). It still needs a working Wi-Fi connection in order to be turned on again.

Comment Re:Yep (Score 1) 199

You say "cool", I say useful.

I used my Dropcam (back when it was still called that) to catch my landlord entering my apartment illegally. I complained to the management company and got $500 back, more than the cost of the camera. It was ridiculously easy, given that I had an e-mail with a picture of the guy's face walking into my apartment.

There might well be a cheaper solution, but I've found this to work well.

And I don't agree that it's going to get worse, the first versions of these devices will have flaws, but they'll get fixed.

Comment Re:Budget (Score 1) 63

They really should reverse the change in World Service funding. It should absolutely be funded by the FCO. Plenty of places around the world depend on BBC for real coverage when their own local news is just government propaganda. BBC Farsi comes to mind.

Granted, the Intercept found some disturbing information about the BBC recently in relation to remarks by a Saudi official, but I've found the quality of the reporting to be much better than US news sources. I'm American, been reading BBC for at least 10 years (back then U.S. readers would see the "World Service" branding on, and I'd happily pay for it.

Having the Foreign and Commonwealth Office fund World Service was a stroke of brilliance, what better way to bolster the world's view of Britain than to broadcast "the British Point of View" all over the world? I don't understand why the U.S. doesn't do the same thing. It's good, solid diplomacy.

Oh, and the North Korean people will find some way to listen/watch. In Iran people get their hands on illegal satellite dishes. Somebody will figure out something.

Comment Re:Integrated very well (Score 1) 814

I guess I would agree with this. Somewhere in the range of $5K-15K is probably appropriate. However, his father raised as much hell about his son's civil rights, and it really does sound like the son was offered the move to Qatar (and allowed to bring his family along) as a sort of PR stunt by Qatar.

Meanwhile, slaves are still dying in the construction of their new stadium. I find his decision disgusting, he obviously has no problem with racism when it's to his benefit.

Comment Re:Integrated very well (Score 4, Insightful) 814

Well, he's moving to Qatar, so apparently he doesn't like the idea of being American anymore. I can't blame him for that, but I have no sympathy for someone who complains their civil rights have been violated and then moves to a country that still practices slavery.

He shouldn't get a cent.

Comment NYT is clueless (Score 4, Interesting) 89

Once again a dead-tree newspaper demonstrates total lack of technical awareness.

Though they do mention how Binge On actually works (implement the technical requirements, fill out a form, and it works) they try to imply that T-Mobile will choose to exclude services based on their own non-technical criteria.

T-Mobile so far has shown they're not going to exclude competitor's services, and said that they won't exclude services based on content. Of course, NYT's editorial staff probably can't understand the technical aspects of the service, and what they know of the business doesn't fit their narrative. While the NYT might think so, "Binge On" does not appear to be designed to steer user's content choices.

This reminds me of the Washington Post claiming that technical companies could come up with a "golden key" for law enforcement to break encryption and somehow magically prevent criminals from using it (and then accusing tech companies of lying about it). It's just technical illiteracy mixed with contempt for the industry they see as "destroying journalism".

Comment Re:So, they're not fully tested yet? (Score 5, Informative) 350

These prototypes may not be ready for prime time. Personally, I wouldn't buy a car that can't cross the Bay Bridge.

However, other "Google Cars" (like the modified Lexus) are capable of full highway speed. There are several autonomous vehicles that are being tested at highway speed.

Comment Re:Additional "features" (Score 1) 123

You're absolutely certain it was a Verizon store and not a "premium reseller" (which often use the Verizon branding)? And you're sure Verizon themselves don't sell your information?

Practically any company you've given your number to in the past 14 years might have decided to sell it to some scummy company, but it's extremely unlikely that it was Apple.

The various Apple license agreements are at , I'd be interested to see what clause you think Apple has that would allow them to sell your phone number.

Comment Re:It's all a matter of perspective (Score 1) 212

Argh, second to last paragraph is supposed to say:

The only problem I can see is when the network status isn't visible, like when the "< Back to App" display is on, or when the app is fullscreen. Apple should probably make sure the network display shows up for a few seconds when the network switches for any reason.

Comment Re:It's all a matter of perspective (Score 1) 212

One solution that comes to mind is a nag-screen-like alert

God that would be annoying. Maybe Apple should have made WiFi Assist opt-in rather than opt-out, but I really don't see the problem with this feature. It's limited to foreground applications, and respects settings that various apps (like Netflix) shouldn't use cellular data. The network status display also changes when the feature turns on.

On the other hand, I've had countless cases where I had to switch off WiFi to get off a weak or extremely slow network and switch to LTE, it always seemed stupid the OS couldn't do this for me. Of course, if you then tried to open a map application, it would try to get you to switch WiFi back on.

The only problem I can see is when the network status isn't visible, like when the "

Of course, my carrier doesn't charge if I go over the cap, just slows down the connection.

Comment Re:People still don't know? (Score 1) 342

Do you seriously think the Interstate Highway System didn't create jobs? Or diverted money and labor to unproductive activity? I'll bet the ROI on it has been way higher than the cost.

Similarly, without an efficient way to move passengers, the state will end up spending more than the cost of the railroad on airport and highway expansion.

Comment Re:Good (Score 2) 372

Are you speaking from the perspective of the cop or the suspect? I guess the difference is the cops are *definitely* armed.

Interesting how the FBI's argument could also be used to stop the use of body cameras. The argument is also based on supposition, the directors "feelings", whereas recent events have proven that cops use excessive force, even to the point of murdering people, and lie about it. I'm not saying it's all cops, or that the other side is blameless. Within minutes of Darren Wilson's death, people started gathering around and lying about what they had seen so that they could "get" a cop. The low crime rates we had up until now would seem to be based on a system of injustice and lies that, in the plain light of day, is unacceptable to the vast majority of the population.

Yes, there's been an uptick in crime, but the director's argument basically boils down to certain neighborhoods having a naturally high murder rate, kept down only by police with no fear of being held responsible for their actions. I'd be more interested to see why those murders are happening in the first place, and tackling that, rather than having large swathes of the population walking around every day with the fear that the next cop they see will beat them to death or shoot them.

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