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Comment Re:This is going to get worse with USB-C (Score 1) 120

I second this, after having done considerable research on this over the past week. Be careful guys, many well reviewed chargers with 4+ star rating on amazon by lay people (like me) were tested and shown to be outright dangerous.

It's a weird situation too. Because USB-C can charge a phone as well as a laptop, some people might give rave reviews for a charger that is built to charge phones. But some idiot copy/pasted firmware that advertises the tiny charger can deliver 3A at 14,5V or something like that, and the first person who hooks up a laptop will have a red-hot charger.

Comment Re:This is going to get worse with USB-C (Score 1) 120

Why will it get worse? Unlike the lightning connector, USB C is an open standard, so anybody - Belkin, Retrack, et al can make perfectly good USB C connectors, w/o having to pay anything to Apple

Well, on one hand it's a much better situation. We get much more choice in what we can buy. There's really good examples too, like this Innergie charger. It's made by Delta (which makes lab-grade benchtop power supplies) and it shows; that charger was very well tested.

However exactly because everybody can make a charger, we'll also get the worst possible stuff for sale.

Comment This is going to get worse with USB-C (Score 4, Interesting) 120

With USB-C, this is going to get much, much worse. Apple, Google and HP now have laptops that can get juice from every charger.

However, the protocol for that (USB-PD, Power Delivery) is a digital protocol. So companies that used to build purely electronic chargers will now have to build or more likely buy firmware for their chargers. There's bound to be bugs in there, but we're talking about chargers that can supply up to a 100W of direct current.

I dare not guess how much houses are going to burn down because of crazy power supplies.

Personally, I'm only buying cables and chargers that have been tested thoroughly. You can't trust Amazon reviews, you can't trust big brands, you can only trust guys like Benson Leung and Nathan K., who whip out the protocol analyzer and the benchtop electronic loads.

This is a real good source:

And this is the Google Plus page, where they post an analysis every so often:

Comment Re:Pay attention. (Score 2, Interesting) 153

This allows the government to hack AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF COMPUTERS if they have a rubber stampped warrant from a judge who has no understanding of what they are signing.

I would assume that a judge would have some common sense. A warrant might say "All computers own by XXX person" or "all computers at XXX location." I doubt that a judge will sign a warrant for "all computers in Utah."

What is the alternative? "Whoops, we got a warrant to search five computers, but all of the illegal stuff is on computer #6, so we have to let this criminal go?"

Judges had to go through law school -- they are generally not stupid. I bet that most of them even own a computer or two.

Comment Re:Lead? (Score 1) 105

Coincidentally, I was just mulling over the lead thing this morning before I saw this. My pet theory/wishful thinking is that just as we saw reduction in petty crime rate as the "leaded generation" moved out from that age group (teens-30), we will see reduction in "big" crime as the leaded generation moves out of positions of power and influence. Most politicians and business leaders of influence are 50-70 range. It's possible that even at levels that don't cause a measurable decrease in IQ, lead may affect decision making and long term planning in ways that, on the average across the population, are detrimental to society. (In D&D terms, if everyone took a -1 to WIS penalty across the population, individual effects might be small, but the population effects would be large.)

I also speculate (or it's my wishful thinking that) the general "I got mine FU" attitude and anti-science denialism also stems from this.

Comment Didn't reveal much (Score 4, Informative) 74

It didn't reveal much? Guessed the number of CPU cores wrong (says four, I've got two but perhaps it counts hyperthreading?). Using Firefox with an adblocker, on a Mac.

It could've done OS and browser fingerprinting, show possible location based on IP, shown a number of social networks that I usually log into, etc.

Somewhat disappointed actually :) Or perhaps relieved :)

Comment Re:The opposite is true (Score 1) 531

Editorial bias is one thing, blatantly burying a major news story(WikiLeaks) because it doesn't fit the agenda is equal to being "fake news site". Oh sure, they ran a one or two minute piece once, but TRUMP IS A RACIST runs for 38 minutes every night.

There is bias (accidental unintentional) and then there is rigged reporting. Calling it bias is ... cute..

Accurate reporting on the sayings and doings of deplorable people tend to make them seem deplorable. It's not the fault of news outlets, mainstream or otherwise, that the right chose to rally behind a racist demagogue.

Comment Re:Precisely (Score 1) 531

When people decide they're only going to trust news from sources that we know make up stories (and repeat stories from similar sites), how do you prove anything to be a lie?

You can't cure wilful self-deception, but reality will, once the problem gets bad enough. Of course, since we now have nukes it could well be there's nobody left to dig themselves out of the ashes.

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