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Comment Re:Plex never *required* a subscription (Score 1) 81

Yep. I've been using Plex for years without a subscription. I don't use the feature for viewing outside my house, so I just never really had a need to subscribe. Using a VPN to connect into your home network would be the perfect way to avoid the whole Plex Cloud for authenticating to get access to your own stuff.

Comment Re:Realistic (Score 1) 89

That is a very big possibility. Personally, I think the problem with smart watches and fitness devices is that while they are useful, most people don't actually need the features they offer. For a smartwatch to be useful, you already have to have a phone along side it. But everything you can do on your smart watch can already be done by your phones. That is, apart from the heart rate and movement tracking, which I'm sure only a small number of people are actually interested in.

Everybody used to carry around paper agendas and briefcases with their important files. Now you can completely replace that entire thing with your smartphone. Rarely do I see people carrying around briefcases anymore. Even laptops seem to be losing their purpose as many people just plug them into full sized peripherals and use them as a stationary computer at home or work. In 5 years, you'll probably see that becoming common with a phone using something like Continuum. A tablet could simply be a dumb screen that you dock your phone to.

Looking at things like the Surface book, it's definitely possible to even give your phone extra processing and memory capability when you plug it into the dock. All your important stuff can still come with you, but if you want to do some photoshop work or other intensive work, you're going to need more resources than you can get out of a phone, at least in the near future.

Comment Re:I smell a law suit here (Score 1) 118

Personally, I don't really fault the makers of the Tesla app very much. Even if they had encrypted the OAuth token and taken more security measures, once the phone is rooted by some rogue app, there's only so much you can do.

It's similar to the problem of Filezilla storing FTP passwords in plaintext. Once you have malware on your machine, encrypting the passwords is going to do very little to protect them, since there are so many other ways to attack the system to get the passwords. There's also a simple fix. If you don't like how Filezilla handles passwords, use a program then use a dedicated password storage program such as KeePass or PasswordSafe to store your passwords. Similarly, if you don't like the security offered by the Tesla Android app, then you simply don't have to use the feature at all.

Comment Re:Second to announce being first. (Score 2, Interesting) 248

Ontario has already shut down all the coal power plants. Québec is almost entirely on hydro, with no coal plants. BC also has no coal power plants. So that covers 75% of the Canadian population. We probably get less than 5% from coal. It was 10% in 2013, but that was before Ontario stopped using coal. Add in the amount of forest land in Canada, and I'm pretty sure Canada qualifies as a carbon sink.

Comment Re:Works for California DMV offices (Score 1) 64

They can still tell your position using other information. My kids don't have GPS on their iPod Touch devices, but they can still play Pokemon Go. It approximates their position using WiFi signals. It can guess the distance you are from known WiFi routers based on signal strength and triangulate your position using distances from multiple routers. It's surprisingly accurate. Gets your location within about 50 feet.

Comment Re:Brought to you by excessive tracking (Score 1) 64

In that case the girl already knew she was pregnant. But it would be interesting if a computer could tell you were pregnant based on changing habits even before the person themselves was aware. Perhaps by using a smart watch or fitness band looking at changing sleep schedules, changes in heart rate and blood pressure, or other changes in habits could reveal information that nobody was aware of .

Also, does anybody think it's kind of creepy that they were tracking and processing the data is such a way that could figure out such personal information about a person. I find it funny that the dad apologized, because even if his daughter was pregnant, the fact that they were tracking so much data on a minor (I assume) just makes me cringe. Makes me wonder if I should just always buy in cash.

Comment Re:Maybe we should mimic civil engineering (Score 1) 280

What I'm saying is that that is the false comparison people make. Like you said, the software equivalent of the construction crew is the compiler. When building a bridge, only the engineers can make or change the blue prints. If you use this methodology on software, everybody doing any amount of coding should be a software engineer. But if you have a project with 20 developers on it, you now need to hire 20 engineers. This makes things prohibitively expensive.

Comment Licensing (Score 1) 77

I'd like to know how they expect to pay for licensing all of this sports content without severely impacting the price. Currently if you want to watch hockey online, your only option is NHL Center Ice. It costs $220 for the season ($18 per month), and you don't get playoff or locally broadcast (including cable) games. To add something like a major pro sport onto the pricing that people expect from Amazon Prime, the league owners would have to drastically change the way they do things. Not to mention that there are existing licensing deals in place which would make it impossible for Amazon to secure rights to pro sports within the next 5 years.

Comment Re:Maybe we should mimic civil engineering (Score 1) 280

I think the problem of comparing software to civil engineering is that a civil engineer (or team of them) can design let's say a bridge with full specifications and expect that it's build according to that spec. Such and such grade of steel will be used. There will be support structures here, and here. It will be expected to carry X tons of cars. Then you get skilled workers to assemble the bridge.

Compare that to software engineering. It's really hard to explain how software should actually be constructed without actually doing all the coding yourself. You can set guidelines for people to follow, but writing code isn't really as close to following instructions as following plans for assembling a bridge. There aren't really any low level jobs when it comes to building software. Each and every person writing code on the software project must be basically a software engineer. At best you could have a software engineer review the code written and send it back if it doesn't comply with the specification. But by the time you read the code and verify that it actually fits the spec and executes properly you probably could have written the code yourself. There isn't really any software equivalent of welding the beams together or driving a steamroller.

Comment Re:Not at all true (Score 1) 186

Because when you end up on the news or other media outlet because of your personally stated views it can reflect badly on the employer. We constantly see this happening where somebody will say something racist/offensive, and the first thing the reporter will do is mention who they work for. Who they work for might have nothing to do with the story, but if it's a big enough company with a recognizable name, you can bet that the employer is going to be mentioned.

Comment Re:Pokemon Go? (Score 1) 95

It's not really the fault of the device manufacturer, but it sure detracts from the user experience of of the device. I'd sure love to have a mobile device where the apps crash less often. It seems like for some reason we are repeating all the same mistakes we made on desktop operating systems years ago. Maybe in another 20 years we'll be at the point where the mobile platforms are mature enough to not crash all the time.

Comment Re:Secret ballot is important (Score 1) 209

I've very much in support of the secret ballot, but I don't see spousal coercion being a relevant argument about why we should keep the secret ballot. I'm much more worried about the current government in power being able to determine who I vote for for than other individual entities like my boss or my spouse. Things like that have a much more likely scenario of changing the result.

Comment Re: Best solution I ever heard (Score 1) 209

An abusive spouse who requires proof of who their spouse voted for.

If you're in this sort of relationship, the least of your worries is which of the two candidates becomes the president. It's a terrible thing for anybody that it happens to, but I don't think there's enough to sway the vote one way or the other.

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