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Comment Re:American problem is American (Score 1) 440

Second problem: hanging laundry. It takes a lot of space and you need a relatively low-humidity place to do the drying where people aren't going to steal your stuff.

1. Yes, three hours. Put laundry on, go do other things. Come back later and its done.

2. Most folk in the US have significantly more space than in the UK, yet in the UK it's still common to hang clothes to dry. Apartment blocks typically have shared space for drying clothes. A rotating clothesline takes very little space.

3. The UK frequently has inclement weather. Many folk don't even own tumble dryers and still get clothes clean.

4. That appliance has running costs. Wind is free.

Comment Re:Don't buy this (Score 1) 440

Based on a 50 minute drying time. Assuming you clothes do not take that amount of time then it is not more energy efficient. It also means you can't use gas for your dryer which increases the demand of electricity.

Why on earth would you think that if it halves the time for a load that takes 50 minutes, it wouldn't also shorten the drying time for quicker drying fabrics? I don't think there's anything magic about the 50 minute time suggested, it's just a typical length of time for a dryer to run.

As for using electricity, we're coming up with all manner of renewable sources for electricity. Not so much for natural gas. Gas has cost advantages at present (assuming you have a gas line at your dryer location) but they're less likely to be there in the future.

Comment Sounds about right (Score 5, Insightful) 84

With the Pound now trading at around $1.23, and the UK app store incorporating VAT at 20% while the US store doesn't include sales tax in the list priced, this sounds about right. Certainly the "UK premium" is nothing like the 50-100% that wasn't uncommon a decade or so ago.

Apple look simply to be pricing in the devaluation in Sterling that has occurred since the beginning of Brexit. I'm not sure anyone can find much to fault with that. The real question is how quickly Apple will move to reduce prices if/when the Pound recovers?

Comment Re:A effective attack and defense (Score 4, Insightful) 163

There was a GNU project to create free software for online voting. In 2002, Jason Kitcat the project coordinator abandoned development, pointing to this quote from Bruce Schneier: "a secure Internet voting system is theoretically possible, but it would be the first secure networked application ever created in the history of computers."

I don't see anything having changed in the intervening fourteen years, other than perhaps attackers getting more sophisticated. We may not have internet voting, but the idea that voting machines or those used in the tabulation of votes are connected to the internet is madness.

Comment Re:Would love to see something done (Score 4, Interesting) 236

I still believe that regulators should require that, if a caller ID is to be presented, it should be traceable to an individual in the originating country (with the carrier responsible if it's not). A carrier should be able to warrant this to its interconnects - if it can't, that carrier's calls will all be presented with no caller ID.

Customers can then reject calls without caller ID or from other countries if necessary.,Where caller ID is presented it is then traceable to a person, enabling existing state rules about such calls to be enforced.

There is no good reason that I should be able to buy a VOIP account for a couple of dollars a month and spoof any caller ID.

Comment Re:If you have Amazon echo... (Score 1) 86

Perhaps, but if you read the thread you will recognize that I am referring to the OPs use of purpose.

So, in the alternate, you could say that it's purpose it to intelligently respond to natural language after hearing a wake word. A cynic may go further and suggest that the intelligent response will be determined in part by Amazon's ability to monetize the response.

Nonetheless, the design and intent are for the device to transmit language after hearing a wake word. If it operates outside that design and intent, this should be detectable if your router is secure and able to track outbound usage on a per device basis.

Comment Re:If you have Amazon echo... (Score 1) 86

Actually, its purpose is to listen for a wake word, then send the next sentence to the cloud for processing.

For someone concerned about wiretapping, it would make sense to monitor outbound data use by the echo. Spikes caused by wiretapping should be obvious since it does not normally transmit everything it hears.

Comment Re:What makes Microsoft Exchange so damn special? (Score 1) 87

If somehow you could have gotten all of this done with a client and an IMAP server (at least for individuals without intra-user shared data) maybe a more open client model would have held on to some of the market because the back-end could have been a single system and not a mashup of a half-dozen different services.

Why would a bandwidth heavy standard like IMAP support have saved things? We already have open standards for calendar and contacts, CalDAV and CardDAV respectfully. And there are open source server solutions that implement them, such as Zimbra.

Comment Re: Excited? No. Pleased? Yes. (Score 5, Insightful) 310

I've had the original, the 4S and when 6 came out I decided against it on two reasons and got a 5s - I don't need a door to carry in my pocket and I don't need a snitch that can be read by any passer by. So if they put the innards of whatever 6 or 6s in the SE without removing the NFC I am not going to get one. NFC and wallet and fingerprint reader are bad for security

So let's get this right, you're comfortable with your phone broadcasting over bluetooth, wireless 802.11 a,b,c,g and n, 2g, 3g and LTE wireless signals in CDMA and GSM etc. But when it comes to NFC you draw a line? That makes perfect sense.

Comment Re:Can't wait for the FBI to demand a kill switch (Score 1) 199

I tend to agree. Car recalls are nothing new. I can only imagine the reaction here if Apple announced that you'd have to take your iPhone back to the Apple Store for OS upgrades or security patches.

Cars have a lot more computer than in the past. It makes them more efficient and it makes them safer. The entertainment system is massively more complex than an old fashioned tape deck, and that lets us have a more enjoyable drive. With all that code, there are going to be things that can be improved or which need fixed, and therefore software updates are inevitable. Given many cars now have 10,000 mile service windows, I for one would rather not wait a year until the dealer installs it at the next oil change.

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