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Comment Re:What salvageable hardware is in there? (Score 1) 137

Stripping it for parts? Well, there's a HD and a BluRay, of course, and a fan, and some cables; those would be worth a few bucks put together.

Beyond that there's a couple of circuit boards with lots of chips soldered to them. If you have a BGA rework station and a steady hand, you could recover the ICs. But if you're looking for a graphics card, a socketable CPU, memory DIMMs... you're out of luck. There's no reason for MS to make the xbone a PC on the inside, and every reason for them not to.

Comment Re:And if the EU doesn't play along? (Score 1) 194

Zero-risk is kind of a weird strategy for someone holding stock, but okay, whatever. So the stock price finds a lower equilibrium, because people feel that 5G's gonna be an overall negative for the carriers. So what? The carriers still have to deal with it. Whichever one finds the right balance between ramp-up costs and early-mover benefits will do the best, meaning they all have a strong incentive to be that one.

I cannot believe I'm explaining the invisible hand of the market to someone who's arguing *against* government regulation.

Comment Re:And if the EU doesn't play along? (Score 1) 194

As an investor, you're going to support a 5G rollout because if your competitors do and you don't, your portfolio will be well and truly screwed in a few years. Maybe you think the early-mover bonus is going to cover the costs and maybe you don't, but either way you clearly can't afford to hang back. The only real question is what effect it'll have on the rollout *schedule*.

Comment Re:And if the EU doesn't play along? (Score 1) 194

Heh, no they aren't. 4G data plans in the EU don't even come *close* to $70/month. Vodafone Germany's most expensive data-only plan, for instance, is only 30 euro.

More importantly, though, nobody's making distinctions between 3G and 4G anymore. Early on, 4G was only offered by some of the providers, and at a hefty premium. As more providers followed suit to maintain feature parity, that premium shrank and disappeared. So the market rewarded the early movers, incentivised the industry as a whole to roll out 4G, and kept prices fair. And this was was accomplished without any significant zero-rating or usurious peering charges.

What makes you think it'd be any different this time?

Comment Re:No liberal bias? (Score 1) 206

This season, we're seeing more of an intellectual/anti-intellectual split... or perhaps a technocrat/populist split. The idea that any group of people in Silicon Valley wouldn't fall pretty squarely on the former categories, compared to the population of the country as a whole, is laughable; but if Facebook was looking for a paleoconventional liberal bias, I can see why they wouldn't necessarily find one. The prevailing economic libertarianism in geek circles covers up a lot of social progressivism if you're looking for a traditional red/blue categorization.

Comment Re:Abandonware? (Score 2) 230

Because that's what they agreed to. They signed a contract saying "We'll pay you X amount of dollars, and use the software for Y amount of years, and then stop using the software. We understand that you're under no obligation to allow us to renew the license, for any amount of dollars." Which was certainly a really, really stupid contract for them to have signed, but hey, here we are.

Comment Re:Well, that sounded extremely patronizing. (Score 0) 317

So what, aid organizations should only help the most needy country? "Screw you, Kenya, you'll get yours AFTER Somalia has been thoroughly chickened"?

I don't think that offering livestock aid to the rural poor is necessarily insulting. Certainly I don't think the intended recipients would reject it as an insult. As for the government, well, they're overseeing consistently strong trade surpluses thanks to an abundance of natural resources; and as you pointed out, they already have the production capabilities. If they don't want foreign aid organizations to be feeding their people, they can damn well do it themselves.

Comment Re:You know... (Score 1) 77

But if the security auditors are only looking for code that gets signals from the microphone, they might miss code that gets signals from the vibrator.

Sure, but this is a "requires physical access" hack, meaning the attacker could instead just tee the microphone into whatever ADC they were planning to wire the vibration motor into.

Motors, piezo buzzers, etc. make decent microphones. *Microphones* make even better microphones. And there's one right there.

Comment WWSD (Score 1) 133

If one were Satoshi and found at this stage that he was "not strong enough to out himself", the logical course of action would be to backpedal and call the whole thing a hoax. After all, if the thing you were not strong enough to do was reveal your identity, continuing to assert that identity -- regardless of willingness to provide proof -- would be pretty silly.

This isn't the "not strong enough to do the right thing" move. It's the "got called on his BS and looking for a way to save face" move.

Comment Re:Terrifying stupidity (Score 1) 1116

India, China, and Turkey, just like right now. It's time for the US to wake up to the fact that they aren't primarily a producer of raw goods, like they were in the nineteenth century. Every time someone in Belgium buys an iPhone, China makes a little bit of money, and the US makes considerably more money.

The consequences of the entire world not working are fairly straightforward to predict, but that's not the issue here. The issue is a mismatch between the country's -global economic positioning and its local economic policies.

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