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Comment Re:Thin sucks (Score 2) 103

I'm 50 years old and have owned 3.5mm jack devices for about 40 of those years, starting with a Radio Shack pocket AM/FM radio, a good half dozen or more Walkman-style cassette players, most iPhone models, 3 iPods, and various PCs and laptops. Possibly 2 dozen devices added up.

I think I've had problems with 1-2 of the cassette Walkman devices and the headphone jacks getting static problems, but the others have been fine and never developed problems. The Walkmans mostly likely became problems because they just got used hard, jammed into pockets with stress on the jacks.

But I also wouldn't write off general improvements in construction of the jacks since then. We call it the 3.5mm jack like it hasn't changed, but over time everything about it has probably improved. Superior metallurgy means superior contacts with more durable spring force, more resistance to corrosion, engineering improvements in mounting such as tighter, closer tolerance mounting resulting in strain transferred to the housing and not the PCB.

IMHO, Bluetooth hasn't improved at all other than perhaps slightly on the audio quality side. Pairing is still a PITA, source devices are prone to wandering and shifting to other devices -- I've lost connections on my phone when the headphones in my car were still on, causing my phone to shift to my car headset despite me actively using a headset in the house.

Then there's Bluetooth's general limitations -- I've yet to see simultaneous pairing with a BT headset where you can get simultaneous mixed audio from two devices -- ie, why can't I pair my PC and phone at the same time and get audio from both in my headphones at the same time? Why do I have to fuck around disabling BT on one to shift the device to the other?

Comment Thin sucks (Score 4, Insightful) 103

I'm sitting here looking at my nice Nexus 5x phone, that has a perfectly good 3.5mm jack on it. If I lose my earbuds, I can walk into most any store and buy absolutely adequate replacements for $10 or less. The Nexus 5 is already so thin that it felt funny in my hand and I had to buy a case for it that makes it thicker.

You think USB-C headphones that "will feature special multi-function processing units (MPUs)" are ever going to be $10?

Comment How secure is Apple itself? (Score 3, Insightful) 31

Given the FBI complaining about its encryption, this bug bounty, etc, the general impression (and yes, it might be wrong) is that the iOS platform is pretty secure.

So how secure is Apple in terms of physical security, employee security, etc?

You would think the next level of attack would be the HQ itself -- getting somebody inside, either secret agent style or compromising an Apple employee somehow.

Are people who work on iOS device security watched 24/7 by security themselves? Do they work in some kind of high security vault? Is the guy pushing the mail cart actually a deep cover FSB agent?

If you work for Apple on iOS security do you think twice when some pretty girl at the bar starts talking to you, especially if she says her name is Natasha?

Comment Re:Most rich people's houses aren't in very... (Score 1) 303

The only real long-term survival platform is an isolated farm where you can grow your own food.

Nomadic is fine, but the cannibals they encountered on their trip would have eaten even the homeless guy with the shopping cart.

And nomadic has certain risks -- uncertain access to food or water, crossing paths with other dangerous nomads, crossing into territory held by hostiles, exposure to weather and so on.

It's amusing to think about survivalism but really, things go south without a community structure pretty fast. Even a very isolated bunker has a limited timeline without access to outside resources -- 5 years, 10 at the outside for a large quantity of food stuffs amenable to long term storage? This also assumes you have no energy needs, dependence on anything that might wear out or need repairs unless you have multiple replacements which don't age in storage.

I suppose someone could treat a bunker like a long-haul space ship and provide it with a nuclear power source, a water recycling system, air filtration and the necessary parts and replacement equipment to keep it running but even that becomes a challenge past a certain timeline and requires extensive skills and a large community, and the community itself can become a liability as people aren't totally dependable.

Comment Re:Fear is a good thing for business (Score 1) 303

The wealthy own the mechanisms of the market, and they use this advantage to bleed everyone else dry. They own the politicians, too, so forget about being accountable to regulations or even having meaningful sets of regulations. And market accountability...? Too Big To Fail!

The disparity in wealth upsets the wealthy, too. So they inflame other kinds of conflict (among the working classes) to draw unwanted attention away from themselves.

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