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Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 3, Interesting) 527

So what's the objection to everyone using BT headsets? People hate wires today.

In no particular order:

  • Hitting pause on NetFlix, then hitting play again, and having no sound for the first two seconds, thus missing half a line of dialog
  • Relatively poor sound quality
  • Having a radio transmitter basically in my ear
  • Having another device to charge every day, and possibly more than once per day

That first one by itself is a showstopper for me. The rest just add more reasons to question the sanity of Apple's upper management. Not that I needed more reasons to question their sanity given that they're still trying to make the d**n things thinner even after they were forced to reengineer parts of the iPhone 6 Plus to fix bending problems....

I've used about 10 BT headsets over the years. The best ones for latency of response are my LG HBS 730's (not the newer ones) and those were really good (100 milliseconds, no sound delay) However, I don't wear BT headphones because they strain my neck, fall off, or (in the case of those cheap Amazon eel-looking ones - simply didn't hold in my ear too well.

They're really convenient, but there's a reason I don't use them anymore (other than they wore out). I use Apple Earpods (don't buy those on Amazon either - too many knockoffs and AZ doesn't care if you get scammed) - they're essentially sweatproof, they stay in nicely, don't tangle, and are relatively cheap for decent sound quality ($30).

Comment Forget Fleshlight - time for sexbots (Score 1) 36

OK... I know what I'm having nightmares about tonight.

Just the use of the word "face-arm" was creepy and should have been a hint, but I went ahead and watched it dance for a few minutes to let it really sink in.

(Joking aside, that looks like a crazy fun project to work on!)

That video was disturbing - in a few ways - for me.

Comment Counterexamples (Score 1) 97

Not until they are facing losing said IP.

No corporation has ever given anything except at gunpoint.

Think about all the open source that is released by good-willed corporations. Even IP is given away Tesla's "All our patent are belong to you". [1]
There are corporations who believe in the commons. Even Apple, who legislates on design patents contributes to open source.

That said, the gist of what you said is true, and the only fix is to demolish the "corporations are people" legal construct (mostly because it's bullshit - corporations live forever and have no morals by default - it's simply legally convenient).

Fight against our corporate overlords!

[1] https://www.teslamotors.com/bl...

Comment Sorry, that's a shit sandwich (Score 1) 306

(and he has no other option)

Yes they do. This level of tracking requires location services, something which you can disable and doing so only affects a minority of applications for which the service can be enabled at specific cases.

It's not anywhere near as bad as you make it out to be.

Turning on and off location services globally just so specific apps can give you directions? So much for all that fun geo-fencing, or even persistent map applications. Google Now location based cards are disrupted completely.

As it stands, on Android, Facebook might even be able to use wifi AP point details address to guess your location. That information, IIRC, is not visible from iOS.

Comment Re:That's okay (Score 1) 742

In 2016, 8 years after he was no longer president, the "It's Bush's fault" is getting a little worn-thin, particularly when she was part of the government that sent us to war.

Oh, and Clinton's speech supporting her vote in favor:

Who knows, maybe Clinton's "indictment" could lead to war crimes charges for the Bush cabal? There is no statute of limitations on war crimes, IIRC.

Comment Re:Amazon gets away with lots of crazy stuff (Score 1) 202

I really wish that Amazon would do away with the other sellers. Put them off on another domain where they can be searched separately for those people who still want to use them. It's very disingenuous to show all the stuff that comes on the slow boat from China from some random manufacturer mixed in with the stuff that's sold directly from Amazon and usually delivered within 3.

Doesn't matter - the earpods I saw on Amazon were "prime one-day" deliverable - doubt that's coming from some slow-boat. It's being held in-state for delivery to me (through Amazon's fulfillment centers). It's so close to actually being retailed by Amazon that it's ridiculous they get to just say they're "other vendors". IN fact, those are being resold by being on Amazon's site.

Comment Doesn't matter if it's "sold by Amazon" (Score 1) 202

Are they actually sold by Amazon or are you simply seeing listing on the Amazon Marketplace? Most of the time when I see stuff like that on Amazon, the items are listed and sold by a marketplace seller - not Amazon directly.

Almost anyone can setup an Amazon Marketplace account and list almost anything they want for sale (much like eBay's Buy It Now option). Marketplace sellers can put up new listings at almost any time.

If Amazon receives enough complaints for a particular marketplace seller (selling counterfeit goods for example) they have been known to disable the seller's account and pull all of their items from sale. The problem is, new sellers often pop up faster than they can be removed.

I have a hard time seeing how fraudulently labeled "Amazon Marketplace" is different from say, Walmart putting same items on their retail shelves. In both cases, the retailer (Amazon/Walmart) is collecting the cash before the vendor/seller is actually getting the payment for the product.

Essentially, Amazon gets to poison the well for stuff they can't directly compete with, and compete unfairly with their own vendors (see Rain Design).

In both cases, it's unclear what Rain Design or Apple could do to prevent the highway robbery.

Comment Re:Great News (Score 4, Interesting) 165

This effectively means it's settled. Comcast et al could still request an en banc hearing from the full Court of Appeals, but that's unlikely to succeed. They could appeal to the US Supreme Court, but with the current 4-4 split on the court, the best they could hope for is that the USSC would split and leave the Appeals Court ruling standing as is, at the same time they'd risk a 5-3 decision affirming net neutrality depending on how Kennedy swings.

Of course, this could still be overturned if Trump wins and gets to override the pick for the next Justice, nevermind that a GOP congress plus Trump would be free to pass whatever anti-net neutrality legislation they want, or to replace the pro-neutrality majority of the FCC commissioners with a Republican one.

It's really pretty staggering, considering that Democrats were supposed to be the "party of RIAA" back in the Clinton days (see Hollings, Senator from Disney). Sure, Lamar Alexander (R-Asshole) has been pretty good at picking up all of Hollings business once Hollings left Congress, but it's pretty interesting that the anti-free-internet banner has been picked up so thoroughly by the Republicans.

Comment Amazon gets away with lots of crazy stuff (Score 1) 202

Try buying a pair of Apple Earpods - something like 90-100% of the items listed when I searched for "Apple Earpods" are knockoff brands that fall apart or have horrible dynamic range (even compared to the mediocre performance earpods). I'm surprised Apple hasn't (or can't) come down on Amazon like a ton of bricks for enabling such fraudulent listings/sales.

I sure as hell don't buy Apple stuff on Amazon anymore; I wonder if some of the other stuff I bought was really branded or a knock off.

Comment Re:the shifting definition of "innovation" (Score 1) 63

Steve Wozniak was praising Samsung for its innovation ... with a Samsung camera that takes a picture whenever you say "smile".

20th century innovation: The solid state transistor. The integrated circuit. Laser. Space travel. The internet.

21st century innovation: A "camera that takes a picture whenever you say smile". Selfies. Facebook. The "selfie-stick".

Good thing we have 4-score+ years left in this century...

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