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Comment Well duh (Score 1) 134

Things like robots and self driving cars are represent new opportunities for griefing. Of course they're going to be attacked, keyed, have boxes tossed in front of them, gum stuck on their cameras etc. If devices had better be designed to prevent/mitigate these attacks or they're not going to last long.

Comment That't what they want you to think. (Score 1) 130

They want you to think that they think they can trick you to using what's app by saying they can decrypt it when they can so that you will think they are saying they can decrypt it so you will think they can't because they are saying they can.. And yes that also makes no sense, just like your post.

Comment Clicked the link, didn't see a building (Score 1) 62

The robot managed to build a giant letter C in expanding foam. It is FAR from being a habitable building built in a day. It has no poured concrete (or steel reinforcers), no floor, no roof, no internal / external rendering, no windows, no plumbing, wiring, no damp seal, no partitions etc.

All of that implies a team of builders turning up to finish what the robot started. And that kind of begs the question how much benefit was derived from hauling out a giant robot arm and tanker of foam in the first place. Building techniques such as insulated concrete formwork is already a thing and does more or less the same thing except to any shape and to a better finish.

Comment Re:Drive them into the sea! (Score 3, Informative) 57

Qualcomm's patents are for CDMA, its competitor to the GSM standard. The two operate so differently it's hard to imagine Qualcomm owns any patent in the GSM pool.

LTE is built upon the GSM standard, which appears to be free of Qualcomm's CMDA grip.

Devices on the Verizon and Sprint networks fail back to CDMA when LTE isn't available... and that means Qualcomm can demand its licensing fees.

GSM-only phones (like AT&T, T-Mobile, and most of the rest of planet Earth) don't need to worry about Qualcomm licenses.

Comment Re:Not just Apple (Score 1) 57

There is a reason why Samsung phones use Samsung chips in most countries, but Qualcomm chips in North America, and that's Qualcomm's patent abuse.

The reason is that the United States is one of the very few countries that allows CDMA cell networks. Virtually every other country on the planet uses GSM exclusively. (Russia allegedly does use CDMA, but I doubt they care about Qualcomm and its American patent).

Verizon, Sprint, and a couple others using CDMA (most of which is heavily patented by Qualcomm), while AT&T & T-Mobile use GSM (which is a global FRAND standard).

So if you make a device that uses CDMA, you have to pay Qualcomm license fees; since America is one of the only places that uses CDMA for cell phones, it makes it a uniquely American problem.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 372

There is absolutely no merit in claiming COBOL is "easier to learn" and I supplied valid examples. What COBOL may or may not have done 30 or 40 years ago is an irrelevance now. That masochists might be able to make it do is an irrelevance too. I could probably write a web application in Brainfuck, not that I want to.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 2) 372

COBOL is an arcane, baroque and verbose language which serves a very singular purpose in business - processing records. I fail to see how it's "easier to learn" unless all you ever wish to learn in computing is how to process records on mainframe computers.

If you learn computing because you want to write a game, or a website, or an application, or manage a database. i.e. if you learn for the reasons that 99.99% of people learn for then COBOL is unsuitable. Any general purpose language would be more suitable than COBOL for learning. If Java doesn't float your boat then there are the likes of C#, Python, Go, Dart, C++, Ruby etc.

It's hard to see how you think OO has "failed" given that virtually every piece of modern software uses it implicitly or explicitly.

Comment Re:Boycott (Score 1) 89

Yes because UEFA controls the police operation doesn't it? And UEFA is really going to put its foot down on tech that is there to weed out people convicted of violent crimes, fans with match bans, suspected terrorists etc. from attending the game. Because it's not like Europe has a general problem with football match violence or terrorism to be concerned about is it?

Back in the real world, the police plan the operation and they are going to bring all the tools to bear that the law allows for.

Comment Re:It's not just money (Score 1) 201

Actually you can. The use of power tools doesn't eliminate the possibility of precision. Anyone that's been forcibly subjected to shop class can attest to this.

It's pretty easy to isolate different requirements for different class of operators.

Not that I buy for a minute that any part of a Trump administration gives a sh*t about "the little guy".

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