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Comment Re:flawed "research" (Score 1) 152

TFA is a troll, perhaps by a shill. it is a crock of shit, and it stinks.

That's what I would have said before Nest legitimized the assertion by having a PR flack say "when Nest Cam is turned off, it completely stops transmitting video to the cloud, meaning it no longer observes its surroundings". But this is a lie which was spoken in response to this complaint, which tells me that the complaint is dead-nuts accurate.

Comment Re:FUD at least sort of. (Score 1) 152

Even more appropriate might be the hot water recirculating loops you can create with a small pump. The hot water is off, but the pump continuously circulates water through the system so that as soon as you turn the water on, the water out of the tap is hot. It's a convenience for which you pay an energy penalty, and the flip side is almost zero startup time.

That's analogous to power being delivered to the camera, which is always the case. Nobody is switching power off to the module in any context. That would take more hardware that would consume power while the module is active, or which takes up a lot of space. Instead, they are simply telling the driver when to spit out data, and when not to. Nobody is telling the driver to spit out data when they're not using it on a mobile device, because that increases power consumption. I would personally avoid doing it even on a static device because it only increases the chance of exposing some flaw in the driver, but that doesn't mean Nest hasn't done it.

The hot water loops are a good analogy, though; keeping the power on is like having a hot water loop, but water still doesn't come out of the tap unless you actually open it — in this case, by connecting to the driver and retrieving image information from it.

Comment Re:FUD at least sort of. (Score 1) 152

It is good engineering practice that when you "soft" power something down, all unnecessary circuits get switched into low power/standby modes, and you only retain just enough functionality to detect the "power on" signal. It takes some effort to do well but it's not rocket science.

Sounds like they decided their customers would rather have instant on /shrug

Sounds like you don't know what you're talking about. This is not about removing power from the camera. This is about using the functionality built into basically every camera-control IC to turn on a LED when the camera is recording, and turn it off when it isn't. Unless there is something drastically wrong with the camera driver, and that would be their fault since they chose the camera module, that doesn't take any appreciable time. If their customers would like instant on, they can have that and a LED which does what the customer expects at the same time. Your logical fallacy is false dichotomy, but it was probably brought about by ignorance.

Comment Re:video transmission (Score 1) 152

In fairness, the LED may be directly connected to the transmitter, and when the transmitter is on, the LED is on.

If that had been the case they'd have said so, but they didn't. They left us to wonder, which means the truth is uncharitable. People brag on their bragworthy bullet points. We are talking about a PR flack here, they are quoted as a spokesperson. ... correction, she is quoted as "a spokesperson", and in fact is currently a "Senior PR Manager" there. So she's an expert at telling bullshit lies, like "when Nest Cam is turned off, it completely stops transmitting video to the cloud, meaning it no longer observes its surroundings". Well no, that's not that that means, and only an idiot PR flack with no knowledge of the product or even computing in general could believe such idiocy.

The whole argument is that the LED should tell you when the camera has been activated, because an attacker who has compromised your device isn't going to turn the LED on for you when they fire up a program to stream from your camera to their computer. Either she is too stupid to understand that, and should be prevented from making more public statements that demonstrate her stupidity, or she is a lying piece of shit who is deliberately defrauding customers (and others) about the security of the device and the relevance of the LED. Either way, she should be an embarrassment to Nest.

Comment Re:Wonderfully surreal and out-of-the box (Score 1) 11

I'm surprised there isn't more chatter here about this. A good many of these entries are quite clever and creative.

The average slashdotter can't dance and doesn't have a PHd, so it's unclear as to what there is to attract us to this story. This seems like a story for people who claim to love science but can't tell you how the scientific method works.

Comment Re:wtf (Score 1) 130

Lead is poisonous if you ingest it, but working with it on a daily basis when repairing stuff isn't that bad if you don't lick your fingers.
CFC isn't comparable, it's causing atmospheric damage instead.

The problem is that most of the electronics "recycling" is happening in third world countries without adequate pollution controls. Insulation is frequently burned off of wires as a prelude to recycling their copper. Nobody is using fume collectors when they desolder. A lot of the waste is disposed of improperly and then the lead has a chance to enter the water table.

Comment Re:Fail. (Score 1) 130

driving their SUVs while never driving off-road or hauling cargo or carrying lots of passengers and complaining about the price of gas

What Americans lack is foresight, or even fucking hindsight. That's why they buy the SUVs, and do everything else too. When gas prices are low, we buy SUVs. Then when they go up, we complain about gas prices, and forget that it's our fault. It's also why we never seem to learn from our lessons.

Comment Re:angst over old tech . . . (Score 1) 130

It's expensive to enjoy cutting edge tech

Why does this fact belong in a discussion about Apple? Apple has only once had anything like cutting-edge technology. We called it Altivec, and now every processor has one or more vector units. Their advantage lasted about five seconds. Remember, Apple's original "make it big" products are the Apple II, which was little better than kit computers of the day (and for good reason) and the Macintosh, a fully-graphical computer system with no hardware graphics acceleration. The Amiga made it look like a squashed turd all day, and if Commodore had been a real company, today it would be "Apple who?"

Comment Re:How to beat any weird screw (Score 1) 130

Weird screws are nasty, but not impossible to circumvent with this one weird scientific trick that you will never believe actually works...!

I won't believe it because I've taken things apart and I know that they use thread locker. I've destroyed the tips of REAL screwdrivers trying to take screws out of hardware.

Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 1) 130

If you purchase a pre-assembled computer, you have a right to warranty on the way these parts are assembled in on top of the warranty of each single part. You can actually go and claim damages if, e.g. the cooling isn't sufficient and the CPU gets damaged because the fan was improperly installed. This is of course out the window if you open the case because it's no longer possible to determine whether you have tampered with it and hence whose fault it is that the heat sink wasn't properly installed on the CPU.

NOPE. At least, that's not how it works in the US of A, and if that's how it works in your country, you are getting a hard sandpaper fucking. The PC is a modular product made to be upgraded. If they don't want you tampering with stuff inside of it, they need to put a tamper seal on each thing they don't want you touching. And if I need or want to replace it, so long as the replacement item meets specifications, then I can do that without voiding my warranty. Then the issue of what claims were actually made comes into play. The system is sold for example as having PCI slots and a certain CPU socket, so if you install cards which comply with the PCI spec then they can not void your warranty for that.

Cars work the same way, everyone likes an automotive example. As long as I use fluids and parts which meet OE spec, I can interchange them freely without voiding my warranty. If I should replace an engine part (say, the intake manifold) with a part which is outside specifications (like a supercharger) then I'll void the warranty only on parts which are affected by the change, in this case the engine and maybe other powertrain components. But if a switch in the cockpit fails, that's still covered.

TL;DR: No sane warranty system voids warranties on modular products just for opening the case.

Comment Re:Windows 7 (Score 1) 112

Up until right near the end when Microsoft added all the spyware and really baked it in hard, everyone was expecting to go to Windows 10.

Would that be the mild spyware that MS back ported to 7 so every one can take part in the game?

No, that would be the mouse, keylogger, and debugger, which really constitute hardcore spyware. You're right, though; they did backport these features to Windows 7. The critical difference, however, which in fact makes you wrong, is that you can simply refuse the updates to Win7. Since Microsoft isn't doing any more SPs for Win7, that situation should persist.

Vista for all its faults, looking at you douchy ass 'super prefetch' that hammers the hard drive constantly, set the scene and technological platform for Windows 7 and arguably because of Vistas poor reception Win 7 by comparison looks better.

Windows 7 flies on systems that Vista makes unusable. Win7 is provably better than Vista.

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