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Comment Re:"clear" is an exaggeration (Score 3, Interesting) 127

They're skirting the bottom edge of comprehensibility, the voice in the samples is by no means "clear". You have to focus very closely to understand that is being said much of the time, and even then, repeated listenings are sometimes necessary.

In other words, it's being efficient.

The brain has a very powerful voice and audio decoder. (In fact, the brain's wetware is so powerful to compensate for relatively poor sensors - but coupled with the power of the brain, they become much more powerful detection devices. The downside to the economy in hardware with powerful software combination is artifacting - though we usually call those things illusions).

So the codec basically saves transmission bytes by making the brain do a lot of the signal recovery work.

Of course, in Amateur Radio, SSB can be really bad and you have to do a lot of deciphering anyhow.

Comment Re:Not really a big deal. (Score 1) 270

The real story here is that Giuliani is now a goddamn cybersecurity advisor, not that this personal site is crap. The guy was hired not because of competence but because he spent the entire campaign kissing Trump's ass.

It's not a "personal website". It's the website to his Infosec company.

That's why he was hired as cybersecurity czar - he owns a computing security company!

Comment Re:"Super Cheap"? (Score 1) 369

With the coupon they're $9.99 and no company is going to sell this stuff under the cost of production. The only reason they're still $100+ is because the original EpiPen is $600 and because they have no competition. Soon the EpiPen will be $100 too, at CVS at least, but until it's generally available for $100, you won't see the price drop.

The cost of the drug inside is under $1. The autoinjector is mass produced and probably costs another $1 to make.

Epi Pens were under $150 each before Mylan saw they had a monopoly and jacked the price up like many other drug companies. Because you cannot substitute other autoinjectors in a prescription, if you are prescribed an epi-pen (and who isn't, they're well known) you can only get one.

They can sell the things for $10 and still make an easy profit because it doesn't cost very much to make. The drug's generic, and the rest of it is plastic.

Comment Re:Does it really violate net nuetrality? (Score 1) 74

I've always considered net neutrality to be more considered with how traffic is treated/shaped rather than how it is billed. I don't want service providers to change traffic priority that would benefit one content provider over another. But zero-rating, as far as I can tell, does not change traffic priority or speeds.

But it changes behavior. If you have to choose between DirecTV and Netflix, which would you pick? Netflix would count against your bandwidth limit, so maybe you can watch 1 hour a day without going over. DirecTV is zero-rated, so you can watch it 24 hours a day and it counts as 0 bytes transferred.

It's a realty sneaky way of getting around throttling - you implement network controls across the board (fairly), But for those providers that pay, you can zero-rate them so it doesn't count against their limit.and thus be unlimited.

Imagine you have an Android phone and Apple cuts a deal - all iOS traffic is zero-rated. Is this not a technical violation?

Comment Re:A fix? (Score 1) 62

Possibly, except the batteries were likely not designed to be easily replaced to start with. They certainly weren't made to be user-replaceable. In new forced-obsolescence style, I'm sure their plan was for customers to just buy a new phone by the time the battery ran out. Replacing the batteries would mean collecting the handsets, keeping track of whose was whose, going through the labor of replacing the battery, and shipping them back to the consumer, all on Samsung's dime.

Just collecting all the phones in a big box and disposing them was probably a more palatable solution.

Just because something is not "user replaceable" doesn't mean it isn't replacable. iPod batteries aren't user-replaceable. iPhone batteries aren't, either. And yet you can change them, with requisite skill. Or pay Apple $100 for a new battery and installation. (This applies to their laptops, too, which generally are fairly easy to change).

And if it was a battery problem, it's easy to change as well. Samsung would just collect the phones, replace the batteries and send them back out. They won't worry about whose phone is whose phone - they'd just replace the battery, reflash them and send them back.

The problem is likely far bigger than just a battery problem - it could be battery expansion causing damage to the battery, a charging circuit problem or other issue. After all, the replacement phones also failed, too.

Comment Re:Still no competition (Score 1) 91

Its not 25% of the price though. Not sure where you got that from. The benchmark Intel cpu that AMD is competing against is the I7-7700K, which is $350 on Amazon. It will be the AMD 6-core against that one.

AMD will also be able to compete against Intel's i3's. An unlocked Ryzen *anything* (say, the 4-core ryzen) will be the hands-down winner against any Intel i3 chip on the low-end. Intel will have to either unlock the multipliers on all of its chips to compete, or pump up what they offer in their i3-* series.

The AMD 8-core is probably not going to be a competitive consumer chip.


Comment Re:Congrats! Apple screwed you to sell more headho (Score 1) 252

In case no one noticed Apple bought Beats audio, who controls pretty much the entire wireless headphone market. Fast forward a year or so and now Apple ONLY sells devices that can use wireless headphones in their most popular product.

Do any of you Apple fanatics NOT see that Apple screwed you by removing a port and FORCING you into the wireless headphone market they own most of? Personally t's this kind of CRAP from Apple that made me completely abandon that entire eco-system years ago.

TFS said Apple was #1 in sales with the wireless AirPods at 26^% of new sales. Followed by Bose at #2 in wireless headphones. Beats fell to #3 spot after Bose.

And last I checked, Apple gave you a set of wired headphones in the box, and an adapter to use your own headphones. So you don't have to support Apple's conspiracy. They include two options right in the box.

Comment Re:One more thing to charge (Score 1) 252

An iPhone is not on my wish list, so this doesn't affect me. Hopefully Android phone manufacturers will not follow suit, and instead will use this as an easy way to generate more sales for themselves and gain even more market share for themselves. Because Apple has dropped a basic feature from their phones, all Android phones automatically have a feature to offer that Apple doesn't, making the Android offering more feature rich and a better deal for the consumer.

Apple wasn't the first to ditch the 3.5mm jack. LeEco was the first, followed by Lenovo/Motorola to release phones months ahead of Apple. So technically, Android innovated here.

And rumors have it that Samsung is going to do the same as well.

Comment Re:Wireless headset with wired option? (Score 1) 252

Has anyone figured this out yet?

It seems like it would be kind of obvious, a 3.5mm female jack on the headset itself and a M-M 3.5mm cable to use with devices without bluetooth. The jack would just bypass all the BT electronics and go direct to the speakers.

That way when the battery quit or you had something without a BT option, you could just plug in. Might even be useful for crudely mixing a BT source and an analog source simultaneously.

There's quite a few headphones that support wired and wireless. Usually they're more upscale, but the Bose QC35 has both wireless and wired support, as do many Sony wireless headphones.

They're not hard to find. Maybe not on your cheap $50 bluetooth headphones, but the quality ones have wired options. Some are even multi-wired. Wireless (Bluetooth), Wired (3.5mm) and Wired USB (not just for charging, but for audio data as well).

Comment Re:By commenting, I'm part of the problem (Score 1) 123

We bought the pokemon version of the game for my son. I played it when I was a kid and we thought it would be neat to revive it in some way. After playing a couple of games I realized that if you get Boardwalk and Parkplace (renamed Nidoking and Nidoqueen) in the pokemon version there is no way you can lose. Once you put hotels on these things you basically bankrupt anyone. I never realized how unbalanced such a mature game was. Anyway, to your point, it is a horrible game but the premise is good.

No, that requires a lot of cash.

You want the cheapest block first (the ones right after Go). You then build 4 houses on each, and use that to buy the next street over and exhaust the entire housing supply. At this point, no one else can build. When you acquire more properties on the second street, you build hotels on the cheap street and use the freed up houses to build. Repeat.

The cheap streets are where it's at. Park Place/Boardwalk can bankrupt you, but it's far easier to take the long strategy and buy up the cheap street as buildings are cheap.

If the statistics are right, Boardwalk/Park Place also don't generally get many visitors.

Comment Re:They are full of shit (Score 1) 389

BTW yes, there were employees who would 'accidentally' stumble on risque photos and things like that. Never heard of any of them downloading them to another device nor reporting to authorities though, I'm pretty certain that's not a company or store policy, but rather something specific to the manager & employees in the case.

Could you imagine if the oil change shops had drug dogs? This kind of feels like that.
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It's well documented that Geek Squad goes through people's files, actually.

First, there's the common sense part. They're going to get your computer working, and they're human, so they're going to access your files, like it or not. Some Geek Squad people have been caught collecting customer's files into a giant shared drive, too.

Second, if they stumble across child porn on your computer, no warrant is actually required. In fact, NOT reporting the discovery could put Best Buy in trouble! So the techs, if they find it on your computer, WILL report you. (This applies to child porn only. Regular porn they may just rifle through your files, but reporting is not required and not done. They may copy them though).

You may not believe it, but if you have illegal stuff and a third party finds it, warrants may not be required anymore. If you put your drugs in a secret compartment and the mechanic triggers it, it's no longer secret and if the authorities seize your haul, it's actually NOT illegal. It's warrantless, but that's because a warrant wasn't erquired.

Comment Re:as a language designer (Score 1) 336

I don't know if that's what they're referring to. Grand Central Dispatch sounds similar to C#'s ThreadPool.QueueUserWorkItem() or the await task language features in newer versions of the .NET runtime. It's just a way to basically create some unit of work that conforms to a particular interface that can be queued up and then the language run-time can determine how to create threads, processes, etc. in whatever manner is deems best to execute those pieces of work.

Grand Central Dispatch is actually an OS level threading tool. Applications queue up work using it and the OS dispatches it - picking the appropriate number of threads based on your system configuration. The magic comes into play when multiple programs do the same thing - the OS keeps the processors busy dispatching all the work, and without thrashing the system - its not like Photoshop will issue a block of work, then your video encoder issues a block of work, and the two simply assume they have full control of the machine and thus your processors switch between the two tasks. No, the OS schedules the work - half the processors are working on Photoshop, while the other half are working on your video encoder, and they're solidly working on them, not multi-tasking. It's as if they magically picked the right number of threads to ensure the processors stay busy without interfering with each other. If you have a third app do the same thing, they adjust again.

Comment "Improvements" (Score 4, Insightful) 156

The newly-minted update changes are just one part of the improvements added to Windows 10 with the build released Monday.

Nice Newspeak(TM) spin there.

It's not an improvement. It's a fix, to a facility they broke in Windows 10 -- namely, the ability to control the update system.

And if we're being perfectly honest here, it's not even a fix. It's a workaround to a facility that never fscking worked in the first place , i.e. installing device drivers through Windows Update. Never. Worked.

And deploying this workaround serves as tacit admission by Microsoft that they they haven't the remotest clue how to fix it. Even after locking out those terribly pesky, annoying users and arrogating all administrative control to themselves with Windows 10, it STILL. DOESN'T. WORK.

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