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Comment: Re: A turd by any other name (Score 1) 317

by spectrum- (#49278823) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand

It may be all apps this and apps that these days but the humble Web browser is still a lucrative business for some. MS are not going to let go easily. Secondly the loss of the Web browser on desktops is seen a slippery slope to depleted control of the desktop itself.

We geeks tend to forget that most home users and businesses tend to just go with what is native to a system OS. Many simply won't bother getting another browser and will just put up with things they may not fully like.

Comment: Power source? (Score 1) 110

by spectrum- (#49160067) Attached to: Ultra-Low Power Radio Transceiver Enables Truly Wireless Earbuds

These may be ultra low power but they still require a power source either wireless or need to be charged. Aside of the power needed to transmit stereo audio data surely the power of moving the tiny speaker diaphragms is significant enough. Especially if you like some music loud or bass heavy.

I would be a fan of the ear bud type design although it's hard enough to get ones these days that sound well. The ones available in the mid 1990s seemed better to me.

Wireless charging would concern me a little if beamed to my ears. I don't worry excessively about such things normally but doesn't that data rate seem high for that proximity to your brain too?

If they're battery powered, it's just another device to be charged daily along with the phone, the tablet, the smart watch watch etc. I'd think I'd prefer the old fashioned wires until batter technology improves improves.

One more thought, something similar was done for a tiny fm radio also in ear based by Sinclair Research in the 1990s. That didn't catch on either.

Comment: Privacy is becoming a complicated mess (Score 2) 101

by spectrum- (#49154895) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

I welcome these steps because it is shocking how little people realise that they have shared unknowingly. Or worse that others have shared on their behalf.
How often do you encounter family or friends or colleagues who proudly boast that they don't have a social media account therefore they have nothing to fear. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Not having an account just makes you ignorant to what has been posted about you or your children or other privacy concerns.

With the advent of smartphones, public cloud storage and various dubious smartphone malware dressed as popular apps, we've all become custodians of each others data to some extent. But few are aware or understand the implications.

I wonder should they be teaching more data security and privacy to kids instead of concentrating their efforts on teaching them all how to be coders.

Comment: Re: Just good ol' fashioned (in)compatibility (Score 1) 136

by spectrum- (#49140847) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?
I think this is where a third platform may have a place logically if perhaps not cocommercially. There's a growing demand for people who want their device to 'just work'. In a way that needs the singular vision of a dictatorship style of leader to ensure it happens without more bloat and without evermore power hungry hardware to achieve much the same goals As I look back from my current Android at some of the old Symbian Nokia phones. Did they have massive issues towards the end? Yes but they were a lot more effective and dependable on meagre hardware. Long battery life, proper multi multitasking, sturdy hardware. Sometimes I wonder are we going forwards or backwards in mobile computing.

Comment: No (Score 3, Insightful) 136

by spectrum- (#49140453) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?
There'll be forks, there'll be distros that die out but ultimately choice is good. Out of all the traditional Linux distributions eventually a status quo develops of some core popular ones. Over time they fall out of favour and the critical mass slowly moves to another. In the medium term maybe some fresh eyes and fresh thinking will solve some of the current issues that plague users now. Will they have vested interests? May they take things down a path that turns out ba? At times, probably but there's a fork for that

Comment: Offside storage (Score 2) 178

by spectrum- (#49001345) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: With Whom Do You Entrust Your Long Term Data?
Things nobody has mentioned here for those not using cloud services are losses due to 'acts of God' for want of a better description. In short if you have RAID on your home NAS you're still at risks from fire or floods or even tornadoes. Fire proof safe not much good if it's been torn into the air and basically lost. It's always a good idea to have a remote backup solution be that a host you pay or a trusted friend. I always think it's a good idea to collaborate. You mind your friends data and they mind yours. You both have a vested interest in safeguarding each other's data. Encryption still good of course but geography and mother earth are foolish to ignore.

Comment: Re: Is Sapphire Glass Supposed to be Shatter Resis (Score 1) 207

by spectrum- (#47903355) Attached to: Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports
Agree on this, sapphire crystal (crystal rather than glass) is something I've always seen on mid and above range watches. I have it on one of mine (an Eternal which I bought in the 90s which were briefly affordable) I suspect the sapphire works better at smaller size whereas the engineered glass products like Corning Gorilla glass work better at larger size where risk of shattering from bending or pressure outweighs the risk of sharps scraping the surface.

Comment: Re:The real headline... (Score 2) 123

by spectrum- (#45915621) Attached to: Intel Challenges Manufacturers To Avoid "Conflict Metals"
First adopters of a new "method" like this may not have any economic benefits now, as they offset investment in R&D overheads etc. But in time with economies of scale it'll probably make for cheaper/quicker/easier production. They'll probably re-licence their conflict free production methods to other brands as social pressure grows and then that's where they'll likely make a profit. Money drives these things ultimately in big businesses even if it's being sold to the consumer with a warm fuzzy feeling of doing the right thing.

Comment: Some phone handsets almost perfect for the task (Score 1) 273

Two that spring to mind are the Nokia N900 which already runs a format of *nix, Maemo. Probably pick one up on ebay pretty cheap. But slow and not much graphics ability, but has Web server ports of all sorts available via a nice easy apt-get. Possibly more useful for many would be the Nokia N8, complete with hdmi out and apps like 'Big screen' and both dnla serving and client software etc. You can even hook up a wiimote with official Nokia and Noka beta labs software without any hacking or soldering. The power consumption on these devices is tiny, there's definitely phone devices that will do a lot of what a pi can, on original firmware.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.