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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why can't anyone make the perfect phone?

An anonymous reader writes: It's coming up to new flagship phone season and once again disappointment looms. Okay, ideal size and aesthetic appeal vary from person to person, but that's what multiple models and cases are for. Why can't anyone offer perfect specs?

The camera lacks image stabilisation or sucks in low light. The OS has an ugly, annoying skin and lack of updates. The battery is small to make the phone 0.2mm thinner. No wireless charging, no headphone jack, no SD card, or an astronomical price tag. There's always something, and often it's just one or two things that could easily be fixed. Why is it so hard to get right?

Comment Re:Free time (Score 1) 237

Perhaps they should have known, but what is the alternative? Without a degree it's very hard to get into many jobs, if not impossible. You either take that gamble and hope it pays off, or just give up and accept low pay.

Yeah, if you are lucky there are some well paid jobs that don't need education, but they are few and far between and things like houses are much more expensive now anyway. As it is you had better hope you find someone else with a good job because you need two incomes to raise a family.

Seriously, what vocation provides a good income these days?

Comment Re:Free time (Score 5, Insightful) 237

Fuck you.

For decades they have been telling kids to work hard and achieve all they can. To get a good job you need a degree, they said. And she enough, all the good jobs list a degree as a requirement.

Degrees used to be free of course, or at least quite cheap. And there were good jobs that paid the debt off.

Millennials made the decision to get an education based on the advice they had at the time. They were 18, younger even. And it worked out well for their parents.

But oh, sorry, we broke the economy and well, someone's gotta pay... And it won't be us, we've got ours.

Comment Re:Cheesy 80's movie excuse (Score 1) 719

I believe "editing" in this context meant "Deciding what emails to publish", not "Changing the content of the published emails", so the DNC releasing the originals wouldn't help.

Wikileaks have made it clear they haven't altered the content of the emails, and the fact real phone numbers and blameless people's names appear in the emails would seem to confirm that (If it turned out they were altered, but Wikileaks left in people's phone numbers, that'd be a spectacular PR own-goal on WL's behalf.)

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Comment Re:Cheesy 80's movie excuse (Score 1) 719

WikiLeaks has shown great interest in anti-US material, and comparatively very little interest in anything that disparages Russia

I agree with much of what you say but this line is just silly. We all know that Putin's Russia is a corrupt, barely democratic regime with a autocratic strongman in charge (an ex-KGB boss no less.)

Leaking evidence that they're terrible would be a waste of time.

Also add to this that Assange is Wikileaks, and Assange has spent the last few years holed up on an embassy in an environment which would be stressful and intimidating even for someone not considered persona-non-Grata by some of the most powerful countries in the world. It's not hard to believe he'd be far more interested in the machinations of a political party whose leadership currently holds the Presidency of the country most likely to lock him in a dungeon for the rest of his life, than memos at a poisoned tip umbrella company owned by Vladimir Putin.

Comment Re:Slashvertisements (Score 2) 228

Windows 8.1 is my current favourite. 7 is getting a bit long in the tooth now, and 8.1 has some nice security enhancements. Bitlocker with SSD self-encryption is really nice too, no performance loss and pretty good security. 8.1 also handles monitors with different DPIs and apps that don't support DPI settings much better.

With Classic Start Menu installed it's my new default choice.

Comment Re:thats (Score 2) 180

But have you bothered to look up how many businesses Trump owns and/or runs? The answer is over 500.

"Owns" and "runs" are two very different things, as are "bought a going concern", "rescued a failing business" and "started something from scratch". If the ones that went bankrupt where the ones he started and ran personally, and the others were just ones he owns a stake in but doesn't have much to do with the day-to-day operation of...

I'm just sayin', I don't actually have the figures or anything.

It's also worth looking at the number of other transactions that have failed, like real-estate purchases that lost money or failed to deliver anything. His university seems like a massive scam too, which makes me think calling Hilary a crook is a bit rich, pardon the pun.

Comment Re:Really Meyers thinks she is staying? (Score 0) 180

(BTW, this is not an anti-fem rant; plenty of good female and bad male bosses out there, and while I'm here let me extend a hearty "fuck you" to all the SJWs trying to ruin /.)

Don't drink the kool aid, there is no need to preemptively defend yourself. You aren't under attack and the only people who might post something nasty are MRAs and other assorted trolls who are trying to create another fake victim.

Comment Re:Seen it a hundred times at least. (Score 1) 76

This claim is from their guide for law enforcement, page 8, 5th paragraph. They claim that once deleted they cannot produce messages for law enforcement, even if presented with a valid warrant.

It seems that is inaccurate. So either they were lying to law enforcement, or they fabricated the messages, or they tried extra hard and found a way to do it which will now be subjected to rigorous scrutiny by the defence.

It's not a get-out-of-jail-free card but someone from Yahoo will have to explain what happened here and why these recovered messages should be taken at face value.

Comment Re:Cheesy 80's movie excuse (Score 1) 719

What kind of editing would they do to these emails to make them seem worse than they are?

With the Collateral Murder video the extra footage doesn't really change anything. There is more context but the same conclusions about the legality of the soldier's actions and their general attitude towards Iraqi civilians remain the same. If anything the longer video makes it a bit worse, as it shows that they had even more opportunities to avoid killing those people or to assist them when the mistake was discovered.

Comment Re:Encryption (Score 5, Interesting) 309

At the UK border they can demand you power on your electronics. In theory it's to prove that they are real. It's not clear how far they can demand you go... Full boot up or just to the encryption key prompt.

I've taken to simply wiping the whole machine, installing a dummy OS and then restoring from an image when I get to my destination. The image is stored encrypted on a server and I don't have access to the password. Ditto with my phone.

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