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Comment: Re:Not need, but useful (Score 1) 273

by gnasher719 (#48928423) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

That might depend on how you define people. Nobody who takes themselves seriously is going to use an iPad as a phone in public.

Not planned, but given the choice of making an important phone call and looking like an idiot, or suffering some big disadvantage because that phone call cannot be made, most people would prefer looking like an idiot for five minutes.

Comment: Re:Fifth amendment zone of lawlessness (Score 1) 404

Providing the password to potential evidence that is encrypted is self-incrimination.

That's what you say, but it is clearly established that you are wrong. The only exception is a situation where your ability to give them the password incriminates you. Let's say someone got his head smashed in with a portable hard drive. The hard drive is encrypted. The contents of the hard drive is of no interest whatsoever, but if you are the one who has the password, then it is quite likely that you were the one who used the drive to kill someone. That's when giving the password is self-incrimination.

Comment: Re:Fifth amendment zone of lawlessness (Score 1) 404

Solution: include a confession in your password itself. And then hope it was properly stored...

That wouldn't work, because it would just be a password, not a valid confession. You could use the GPS coordinates where you buried your murder victim; that might work.

The usual exception is when the fact that you know the password is evidence in itself. Let's say there is a hard drive with absolutely vile child porn. It's encrypted and password protected, but the encryption is weak. and has been cracked. All the porn has been found, but there is not the slightest evidence who put it there. If the police asked you for the password, then they cannot use it to find any data on the drive that they haven't got yet, but they can use the fact that you knew the password to nail you. So in that case, giving the the password would be self-incrimination.

Comment: Re: iCult (Score 1) 500

by gnasher719 (#48924667) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

But only 12% worldwide. Android rules the rest of the planet.

Is that a reflex answer? "Half the US smartphone buyers" absolutely forces you to post world wide market share? Don't you think that is evidence that you belong to the cult of Android?

Let's just say that what my post was about was that it is utter rubbish to claim that Apple brainwashed 50% of US smartphone buyers, just as it is utter rubbish to claim that Apple brainwashed 12% of world wide smartphone buyers.

Your statement that "Android rules the rest of the planet" is nonsense. There are many places in the world where the average person cannot afford an iPhone. So they buy the cheapest phone that they can afford. The cheap Android phone is a sign of poverty. It doesn't "rule" anything.

Comment: Re:to apple fan boys (Score 1) 500

by gnasher719 (#48924571) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Contrast that with Android phones. They only promise support for 18 months, even on Nexus devices (though they MAY support them longer than that). There are dozens of phones that have fallen by the wayside.

I was told that in California, Apple was required to support (be able to repair) their devices for 7 years. I'd think that would apply to Android companies as well?

Comment: Re: iCult (Score 1) 500

by gnasher719 (#48922259) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

So now a "cult" is half of US smart phone buyers?

The people screaming that kind of nonsense are those who see how successful Apple is, who _should_ see why Apple is so successful (because there is no secret about this), and even though everything that Apple does to get that success is totally out in the open, they just don't get it.

So because they just can't figure out why a rational person would buy an Apple product, they come with their ridiculous interpretations that there must be a "cult", or that people must be "sheep", or that an iPhone is "fashion" (without trying to figure out _why_ it is fashion), or that Apple has brainwashed for example half the US smartphone buyers (how would Apple have done that? )

Comment: Re:18B on 75B (Score 1) 500

by gnasher719 (#48922211) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

And some people don't think Apple is overpriced.

74 million phone buyers, 21 million tablet buyers, and 5.5 million computer buyers didn't think Apple products are overpriced. By definition, if you pay the money for a product willingly (not under duress) then it isn't overpriced.

Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 1) 461

In the UK, you should have kept your invoice when you bought the game on holiday, and then you can go to a small claims court and ask them for damages. Obviously you can't complain to the retailer who may be thousands of miles away.

However, on my last holiday I saw fake products in such huge amounts, you might have a hard time convincing anyone that your product was an original and not a fake.

Comment: Re:Anyone think it's about 'sex w/o a condom'? (Score 1) 194

by gnasher719 (#48904661) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

By all means lets have an investigation. The Swedish authorities want to question him. They can do that in the UK, or by video link. He offered, repeatedly, and it's been done before. Then they can decide what they want to do next, and we can hear some charges and legal arguments.

Since when does a prosecutor go to a foreign country to interview someone? Either they have enough to ask for an extradition, then they ask for an extradition, or they don't have enough, in which case an interview would be pointless.

Comment: Re: What did you expect? (Score 4, Insightful) 194

by gnasher719 (#48903441) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

You mean they were just following orders?

They responded to a search warrant. The only thing that makes this search warrant different from other search warrants is that for some reason you think that emails of the accused person shouldn't be searched in this case. Your justification seems to be purely political. I don't think Google should fight specific search warrants on purely political reasons, Google itself might not have your political views and might not want to fight these search warrants at all, and last Google doesn't actually have any standing to fight these warrants. If there is something wrong with the search warrants, someone's lawyers will bring it up in court.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 2) 211

Insurance companies just need to start dropping anyone who drives for Uber and create a new category of insurance for them (which would most likely be the most expensive bracket there is, considering they're driving around customers professionally all day long with no special training whatsoever).

They have that. It's called "commercial insurance". Same as other taxi drivers. The reason Uber doesn't like this is that they are not competitive when they have to compete on even terms.

Comment: Re:Absolutely fair.. (Score 1) 114

by gnasher719 (#48882921) Attached to: Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

"Security Audits" - In other words, making sure these governments have a way to access secure information stored on confiscated iPhones from activists, dissidents, journalists, and other troublemakers.

How would a security audit achieve this? Just curious. I'm sure you know a lot more about this than I do.

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