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Comment: Re:Opens the door to BS stops (Score 1) 324

by gnasher719 (#46824765) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Law enforcement (being allowed to lie) already uses the "we've had noise complaints" or "there was a X crime in the area" bullshit to harass people they have a "hunch" are up to no good.

"Being allowed to lie" means something different. Let's say you plan to smash in a car window. A person you don't know is watching you. The prudent person that you are, you ask them "are you a cop"? The answer is "No", you smash the car window, and the cop arrests you. That's the kind of lie a cop is allowed to make. Now let's say he turned his back on you, and you smashed the window without him seeing you, but he heard you, and there was nobody else who could have done it. Later in court the judge asks him "did you see this man smashing the car window" and he says "Yes". That's the kind of lie he isn't allowed to make.

Comment: Re:This is wrong! (Score 1) 324

by gnasher719 (#46824557) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Hmm, is there any proof of this smell? If not, it is equivalent to hearsay, wouldn't you say?

Hearsay is different. Hearsay happens when I say something outside the court, and obviously I'm allowed to talk a lot of nonsense outside the court, so when someone says in court what they heard me say, that may be evidence that I said it, but it isn't evidence that it is true. Here, the fact that the officer says "I smelled drugs" isn't evidence that there were drugs, but it is evidence that he indeed smelled drugs. And that is all he needs to search the car.

Comment: Re:Does it also apply to homes? (Score 1) 324

by gnasher719 (#46824463) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

As for her continued anonymity, they could certainly retrieve that information, and use voiceprints to confirm that it was indeed her making the phone call. Did they? I dunno, you'd need the transcripts of the trial.

Whether she said the truth or not would only be relevant if (a) the police tried to convict the driver for running her off the road or (b) the police tried to convict her for making a false accusation of a crime. It is _not_ relevant to whether the police should have stopped the car or not. What would be relevant to _this_ case is whether her accusation was believable or not.

Comment: Re:Toot little too late (Score 1) 139

by gnasher719 (#46824367) Attached to: You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

wanna try again? you seem to think apple is a computer company

Let me think. Article headline: "You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X-For Free". OS X (or more properly MacOS X) is Apple's computer operating system. The whole article is about computers. So clearly your initial post must have been about how well Apple is doing or not doing in the computer market. Unless you are an imbecile with the attention span of a gnat who cannot read a simple headline.

We are discussing computers here. We are not discussing what percentage of Apple's profits and revenue come from computer. We are discussing how big the computer selling part of Apple is in the computer market. Somewhere else we could be discussing how big Apple is in the ever shrinking market for portable music players (hint: Amazon doesn't sell any new music players with more than 32 GB capacity that are not made by Apple). We could discuss what percentage of set top boxes are made by Apple in yet another place. But here we are discussing computers.

Comment: Re:New OS X is free* (Score 1) 139

by gnasher719 (#46824231) Attached to: You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

I am one of those who would be willing to purchase an OS X license to install on a non-Apple PC. Yet they don't even give the option to do so. I have heard the explanation that they don't want to be on the hook for support on the matter, and I'm fine with that - just let us buy a license with no support and be done with it.

I've heard that explanation as well, and it is pure speculation and most likely wrong. The reason why Apple doesn't sell licenses for MacOS X is that MacOS X is basically used as advertisements for the sale of Apple hardware, and that's where the profit is. They don't even care about getting money from upgrades anymore (10.9 was a free upgrade). If you think about buying a Mac today, you know that you will get at least two or three OS updates for free, which costs Apple nothing but increases the value of the Mac compared to a PC.

Comment: Re:We'd need a common hardware interface (Score 1) 121

by gnasher719 (#46823393) Attached to: Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

Something that already exists on the PC. You can trivially boot up any operating system you want on any PC and the basic things like the display and the input devices will just work.

iPhone users can trivially boot up any operating system they want; it's called iOS. Android phone users can trivially boot up any operating system they want; it's called Android. How many people want to boot up two operating systems?

Comment: Re:Toot little too late (Score 1) 139

by gnasher719 (#46823237) Attached to: You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

apart from that your figure of 45% is nonsense

Published on theregister.com. Estimated profits 45% Apple, 13% Dell, 7% Lenovo, the rest - very little. Consider this: In the USA, Apple sells about 90% of all laptops over $1,000. Not "45% of Apple's profit". "45% of all profits made from selling laptop and desktop hardware". By the way, the market share of iPhones in the phone market has been growing every year, but that would be too boring to report. It's just that feature phones are more and more replaced by cheap smart phones. You think Apple cares if millions in China buy the cheapest smartphone they can find?

Comment: Re:Does it also apply to homes? (Score 0) 324

by gnasher719 (#46822973) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

If someone who doesn't like me makes an "anonymous" call to 911 to report that I'm running meth lab in my garage, does that also give the cops the right to ransack my house looking for a meth lab?

A meth lab is quite big, so I don't think there is any justification for ransacking your house to find it. Just open every door and have a look into every room. And a call saying you're running a meth lab in your garage should clearly give them a warrant for the garage only.

Comment: Re:Not what the masses want. (Score 2) 121

by gnasher719 (#46821195) Attached to: Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

I love how Apple has shown time and time again what the majority of customers want... except of course that the iPhone market share is a fraction what Android's is.

Apple doesn't want market share. If customer A buys a $600 iPhone, and customers B, C, D, E, F and G buy a $100 Android phone, Android has a six times higher market share. But both have the same revenue, and you may make a guess who makes a ton more profit.

Comment: Re:It's about time (Score 1) 177

by gnasher719 (#46821177) Attached to: How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

It's surprising that Apple didn't do this a long time ago. Checkout scanners have had sapphire-coated glass for a decade or more. I pointed this out a few years ago, and the Apple fanboys immediately replied that Gorilla Glass was good enough and sapphire was unnecessary.

Here's another example how Apple is often accused of two exactly diametrical faults. You accuse them of using cheap Gorilla Glass which isn't good enough according to you and say they should have switched to Sapphire glass ages ago, while the whole thread started with others saying how stupid it is of Apple to use Sapphire glass, when Gorilla glass is much better.

Guys, can you make up your minds, please?

Comment: Re:It's a design problem, not materials. (Score 1) 177

by gnasher719 (#46821143) Attached to: How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

It seems like most of the IPhones I see have broken screens, but other phones only rarely. It's just a shitty design. Excuse me, I now have to go underground before the Apple fanboys catch up with me.

So here is the meme that iPhones often have broken screens. There is the other meme that people throw away their iPhones for the slightest reason and buy a new one. Clearly, both memes are contradicting each other. If people keep iPhones with broken screens, then clearly these iPhones haven't been thrown away.

What actually seems to happen is that iPhone screens sometimes break, just like other screens, but you'll always find someone who is happy taking an iPhone with a broken screen. Which indicates to me that the rest of the phone must be bloody good.

Comment: Re:Good to hear there are reasonable parents left. (Score 2) 82

Well, knowing that amount of information about the children extends well to the parents.

The organization response does appear to be tone-deaf. I wouldn't care if they had perfect security. I care about what they're going to do with the information.

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