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Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 440

by mccrew (#48611425) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

I'm a little surprised that the recent ruling about being pulled over for a tail light out and the subsequent drug bust, when it was not illegal to have a tail light out, hasn't also fallen into the same category, actually

A broken tail light constitutes probable cause to pull the car over, and then if the officer can either see anything incriminating or get the occupants' permission to search ("You don't have any drugs in there? No, good. So then you wouldn't if mind if I had a look?") then he's in and it's constitutionally kosher.

Comment: Re:Easy solution... (Score 1) 604

by mccrew (#48604097) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

The real issue in Los Angeles though is that the population density is too high.

You've got that backwards. As others have mentioned, the problem is that there is so much sprawl and its resulting low population density severely reduce the viability of mass transit. Trips are longer and along more congested pathways than they would otherwise be in a region with higher density.

Comment: Re:Mobile payments (Score 1) 76

by mccrew (#48509895) Attached to: Big Banks Will Vie For Your Attention With Cardless ATMs and VR

Never ever link a credit card or a bank account to a mobile phone. Not until they are subject to the same rules and regulations as the banks and the Credit Card companies.

Amen, brother. As an illustration of the problem, look at the ongoing issue with "slamming," where a shady company somehow gets ahold of your phone number and tells, er lies to, the phone company that you signed up for some dubious "information service." Shady operator collects fees, and can effectively intimidate customers because they stand on top of massive carrier billing and collections machine.

I will never, ever link any payment to my phone bill.

Comment: Re:huh? (Score 1) 269

by mccrew (#48003209) Attached to: 2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

This wouldn't be any different from putting hidden cameras in your house when the babysitter is over. You're not in a public place, so you should have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Nope, wrong. It's your house. You can put all the cameras you want inside of it. There are no restrictions..

So to take that argument to its conclusion, then it is OK to place a hidden camera in a bathroom where babysitter might be bathing, changing, or other state of partial undress?

Comment: Re:Battery Life (Score 1) 253

by mccrew (#47974307) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

That's the only thing people care about. Get it to work for more than 10hours

If only that were true then people would still be using Blackberries, which are famously stingy in their battery consumption and could go days between charges. If anything, the market has said overwhelmingly that battery life doesn't matter a whit, and customers continue to snap up whatever is the must-have phone of the day. Carriers are not necessarily motivated to push for better battery life, as they like the revenue bump that comes with upselling an extra desk charger and a car charger to get the phone through the day.

Battery life is one of those things. Everyone says they want Mary Anne, but they always pick Ginger.

Comment: Re:Ecch ... (Score 1) 74

by mccrew (#47967741) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet focus on building awesome hardware. delivering an android phone with slightly different UI elements isn't going to differentiate you from your competitor.

Problem is that the hardware isn't really all that different. Look at phones and tablets - they're converging to pretty much the same look - thin mostly-black slabs, with rounded edges and big touch screen. Most platforms have the same sensors (accelerometers, GPS, etc.), similar screens, etc. That's not enough differentiation.

Why do people buy iPhones or Androids? It's all about the apps, the community, the experience, making a fashion statement. Pretty much everything other than hardware. The hardware's just something that's expected to be there to facilitate all the rest.

Comment: Don't you mean 4x the resolution? (Score 1) 140

by mccrew (#47655535) Attached to: Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space
Ok, nitpicking here, but whatever. If you go from 50 cm to 25 cm resolution, yes, that's double the resolution. But an image exists 2 dimensions, so it's double in the x direction and double in the y direction for a total improvement of 4 times. What used to be one pixel is now four.

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