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Comment Re:Article is 95% herp Derp (Score 1) 330

Apple could have doubled the battery life, Samsung could have doubled battery life.... nope, they are all stuck in the "ZOMG THINNER!" stupidity.

That has almost everything to do with display technology differences and almost nothing to do with form factor. eInk sips power, but looks terrible next to a good OLED.

Comment Re:WhatsApp (Score 1) 55

Why continue to develop what you already have with developers you already employ? Why not spend billions of dollars acquiring software and engineers you don't need? You have to think like an executive. If they aren't "buying" stuff they aren't important. There is a reason that Facebook has 13,000 employees now. It has nothing to do with the business.

I doubt they cared very much about the software or the developers in the valuation. In that respect I think we agree; they didn't really need those things. What they needed and what they bought was 1 billion active users.

Comment Re:Corporations have no rights (Score 1) 123

Can you elaborate? SCOTUS does not control who sues whom. Any individual can sue the government in district court, and if they lose there they can appeal to the appellate court, and then if they lose there as well they can appeal to the SCOTUS, who could either hear the case or kick it back down the ladder.

Comment Re:Big freakin whoopdie doo (Score 1) 157

Yup. I don't think I've ever owned a car that hasn't had a recall notice. It's a fair point, though, that Tesla is a young, relatively small company that may have more difficulty handling the financial impact of a large-scale recall than some of the more established players. But when I say that, I'm thinking of something more like VW's diesel issues rather than the more mundane type of thing we typically see.

Comment Re:It's simple. (Score 1) 301

The ipad doesn't offer a superior experience anymore. it offers a much higher price that people are now unwilling to pay for a device that will likely only be relevant for a year. If they want to stay in the market, they need to cut the price significantly and actually start competing.

It's not very easy to find something as good as an iPad, much less better. The issues Android seems to be having with a good tablet UI aside, who is making a superior hardware platform right now? Personally I use a Surface, so I'm fully aware that Microsoft is having a lot of trouble figuring out how to develop a platform, as opposed to just a bunch of software and hardware guys that happen to all work for the same company and check in with each other from time to time.

Comment Re:Will she pardon here self and him once she gets (Score 1) 592

Spot on. Demonstrating that accountability exists when law enforcement agencies and government officials break the law is the only way they can restore public confidence. Right now, their attempts to wrap themselves in the flag while shitting on the Constitution it represents isn't doing them (or us) any good.

Comment Re:How common is this? (Score 1) 230

Is there any data on how much of an issue this is? Even in a war zone? It seems like in an area of active engagement, stray bullets from a distance would be on the low end of things that cause collateral damage. I mean, we have bombs getting dropped from aircraft and missiles being shot from drones. I'd be willing to bet that even a tiny increase in the specificity of those types of weapons would save far more lives than limiting the lethal range of bullets.

My first thought is this has some interesting applications for things like CQB where not everyone in there is going to be the enemy. Like hostage rescue teams.

Comment Re:Can someone explain why the FBI needs Apple? (Score 1) 339

The FBI has the hardware. At the software level it should be game-over. So what is stopping them from copying the phone's memory, putting it in an emulator or another phone, and brute forcing the 5-digit PIN. Every time it self destructs, they load up another copy and continue until the correct PIN is found. What am I missing here?

Apple has stated that anything with an A7 or newer CPU has a unique code embedded in the hardware that is combined with the PIN to serve as the encryption key. Apple doesn't record the hardware key, and they are the only ones that possess the keys for the software used by the secured enclave in which it resides. So without Apple's help, the DOJ would have to first break into the secure enclave, which I presume is so difficult as to be impractical, and only then could they try the brute-force method you described, which would be much easier.

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