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Comment Re:What does THAT have to do with anything? (Score 2) 41

The fact that they ask only women implies there is some reason to do that,
Yet we are left to guess at what that reason is.
The most obvious is that women have a better opinion.
How is that supportable? Why would they?

Why are we left to guess at the reason? It is explicitly discussed in the source article.

[Women] account for less than 20 percent of computer science graduates in 34 OECD countries
...
One issue sometimes cited for the dearth of women in computing fields is the lack of professional role models who could inspire girls to pursue their STEM dreams. We've attempted to counteract this by asking 17 women within Microsoft's global research organization their views on what's likely to occur in their fields in 2017.

No, it's not that they think that women's opinions are better than those of men. Nor is it some direct attack against men. Since that idea came from your imagination, there is no need to get hot under the collar about it and attribute bad motives for to the authors of the study.

So remember the next time you feel that the world is out to get you and that the media hides the "obvious conclusions", that it is all in your head. Your own feelings of persecution have coloured your view of the world.

Comment Re:-1 Overrated (Score 2) 272

Yet they fail to state why they can't simply use a smaller battery, or a battery with higher tolerances, or more aggressive thermal throttling in the charging circuitry or even in the phone's SoC.

You really showed me up as the one who didn't read the article! Oh wait, what's this I am reading from the report:

A smaller battery using standard manufacturing parameters would have solved the explosion issue and the swell issue. But, a smaller battery would have reduced the system's battery life below the level of its predecessor, the Note 5, as well as its biggest competitor, the iPhone 7 Plus. Either way, it's now clear to us that there was no competitive salvageable design.

So despite what you claim, they did indeed state that they could use a smaller battery, and gave reasons why it would not be a competitive solution. But what about what you said regarding aggressive thermal throttling etc? It seems that catching fire was only one symptom of the problem:

If the Galaxy Note 7 wasn't recalled for exploding batteries, Sam and I believe that a few years down the road these phones would be slowly pushed apart by mechanical battery swell.
...
When batteries are charged and discharged, chemical processes cause the lithium to migrate and the battery will mechanically swell. Any battery engineer will tell you that it's necessary to leave some percentage of ceiling above the battery, 10% is a rough rule-of-thumb, and over time the battery will expand into that space. Our two-month old unit had no ceiling: the battery and adhesive was 5.2 mm thick, resting in a 5.2 mm deep pocket. There should have been a 0.5 mm ceiling. This is what mechanical engineers call line-to-line -- and since it breaks such a basic rule, it must have been intentional.

So yes, they may have been able to find other solutions, but that still would not have fixed all the problems. And even if there was some software or hardware fix, it doesn't matter because that was beyond the scope of the article. They were not trying to fix the problem, they were just trying to explain why the fires happened in the first place. The title of the report was "Aggressive design caused Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery explosions". I do agree with you that it is obvious why Samsung cut their losses and deleted the product; it was because nobody had any faith in the phone anymore. But that doesn't alter the findings of this report. It is perfectly valid because they were not looking at the problem from a business point of view, just a mechanical engineering point of view.

If you spent 5 fucking seconds thinking about the issue after the "fixed" phones started Samsunging, you'd know this.

I think I see your problem here. Perhaps if you spent more than 5 fucking seconds thinking about things then you would write better posts. Oh, and read the articles.

Comment Re:-1 Overrated (Score 2) 272

I don't give a damn whether you like the report, because once again what you said has absolutely NOTHING to do with what I wrote. What exactly did I say in my original post that was actually incorrect and showed that I hadn't read the article? The original poster claimed that since Samsung had tried and failed to fix the problem by replacing the batteries that this analysis of the problem was wrong. That assumes that 1) there was only one possible reason for the fires and that Samsung and these engineers must have come to the same conclusions, and 2) the authors were unaware of this revelation. I pointed to the parts of the article that showed that this was wrong. So what is your evidence that I hadn't read the article that I had quoted? Let's see:

the engineers in question didn't do a damn thing

Apart from opening up the phone and using their expertise and experience.

didn't draw any meaningful conclusion

Apart from postulating a reason why the phone caught fire.

looked at a grand total of 1 unit

Do you think that they would have found larger gaps around the batteries in other phones?

and only did so to write a blog post to pimp their startup.

How does that mean that they are wrong?

And once again, how are any of things related to what I said, and prove that I didn't read the article? Who should I trust; some trained mechanical engineers or you? You, who claims that others have comprehension issues and yet who can't follow the links that proved you wrong on the page that you posted in your rush to belittle the report by attacking the credibility of the authors. You, who claims that others haven't read the article, but never once specifically refers to any passage written in the article and who only makes wishy-washy statements about their conclusions. You, who thinks that only examining one phone is a problem, even though that is probably one more than you have examined.

Anna Shedletsky and Samuel Weiss have made some plausible, credible arguments. You have just spouted fluff that is absolutely unworthy of discussion.

Comment Re:-1 Overrated (Score 3, Informative) 272

None of what you said has ANYTHING to do with what I wrote, nor what was in the article. Did YOU read the article, or did you just jump straight to the TEAM link at the top to "play the man, not the ball"?

This is the company in question. https://www.instrumental.ai/te...

It's a small startup of 9 people with no history. None of the people are even listed as mechanical engineers. They're all software engineers (which isn't a recognized profession, by the way) and business people. Not a one among them has the authority to make any claims about the Note 7.

Thanks for the link. Very helpful. If you read the article, you know that it says in the second paragraph (why don't I have to read beyond the first screen?):

As hardware engineers ourselves, Sam and I followed the story closely.

We can use the link you provided to find out who "Sam and I" are, and with its helpful embedded linkedin links, find out what just how unqualified they are to comment on the Samsung phone:

Anna Shedletsky

  • Nearly 6 years experience as a System Product Design Engineer at Apple, including Apple Watch System Product Design Lead.
  • Key specialties: mechanical design for mass production, in-factory implementation, data-based decision making, and rising to challenges.
  • Stanford University Mechanical Engineering Bachelors and Masters. Continued education in Chinese.
  • Apple Watch System Product Design Lead and Manager, October 2012 - February 2015
  • iPod Product Design Engineer, July 2009 - October 2012

Samuel Weiss

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology BS Mechanical Engineering; Mathematics
  • Stanford University Mechanical Engineering Masters
  • Product Design Engineer - Apple Watch, July 2012 - June 2015

Oh dear. I certainly hope that those two experienced mechanical engineers spent more time examining the Note 7 problem than you spent attempting to trash their reputations. I guess Slashdot pest isn't a recognised profession either.

Comment Re:Hey Slashdot: (Score 1) 129

The paywalled sites are monetizing the news, and that almost always makes for biased reporting.

I agree that it is a waste of time linking to a paywalled site, but what evidence do you have that a paywall almost always makes for biased reporting. To me that sounds like a very biased claim.

If you wanted to push an agenda by making biased claims, wouldn't you be more likely to make your reporting available to more people by publishing it for free? If you wanted to make a news site that was less reliant on keeping advertisers happy (which might then colour your reporting) wouldn't charging to view the articles keep you more independent?

Comment -1 Overrated (Score 2) 272

If this was the case then a slightly physically smaller battery would have solved the problem. They could have achieved this quite easily, even if it meant sacrificing capacity. And given they started by recalling the phones and replacing the batteries but there were still problems I would suggest they are wrong.

Did you even look at the linked report? These engineers have the benefit of hindsight. They knew that the initial attempts to fix the problem failed; it's mentioned in the very first paragraph of the linked report. They said that sources from within Samsung had various theories as to the cause, so whatever fix that Samsung did it was the wrong theory. Just because Samsung got it wrong (twice) doesn't mean that these engineers were wrong.

Your post mirrors what was in the second paragraph of the report:

But, if it was only a battery part issue and could have been salvaged by a re-spin of the battery, why cancel the product line and cede several quarters of revenue to competitors? We believe that there was more in play: that there was a fundamental problem with the design of the phone itself.

It's amazing that you can claim that what these engineers deduced wrong when you haven't even read even the first two paragraphs of what they thought. RTFA.

Comment Re:How about taking the Herring away (Score 1) 331

TFA makes a bold assumption, that the reason for all of the political turmoil in the world is at least somehow related to climate change.

Perhaps you should quote the part where they made this claim, because I can't find it mentioned in the article. At no point does the article state that there is a singular reason behind all the conflicts of the world. At no point does it even say that climate change is a factor in all political turmoil in the world. You made that up.

You claim that ideology is the reason for wars, but where does ideology come from? Will the ideology of some armchair critic, sitting in his comfortable air-conditioned home in some far off affluent country, be the same as a poor, desperate person who has lived a large portion of his life in a crippling drought? If your answer is yes, then that seems to me to be a simplistic, black and white view of the world that has no basis in reality.

You claim that the article makes a bold assumption, but all it does it reports the studies that scientists have made and analyses of high-ranking military figures. You say it is a false assumption, but where is your evidence that it is false? All you have done is counter those claims with assumptions of your own. If you say that the wars in the Middle East had nothing to do with climate change despite what the scientists and military leaders say, that is something that I consider to be an extraordinary claim; and one that requires extraordinary proof. But you have provided none.

Comment Re:It's ok (Score 1) 56

Oh, also, once Trump is in the white house everyone gets a pony too. Little known campaign promise...

That might not be true though. His actual words were:

Hillary would never do it...You all deserve that...I always say that...Ponies...All of you..."

This could be interpreted either as a promise of ponies or that he was having a stroke. Maybe we should call for his medical records, just to see if there is any mention of ponies!

Comment Re:Cold, heartless liberal bean counters (Score 1) 385

Most conservatives don't believe a majority of those things, let alone all of them.

It must just be the loud ones then; like the pundits on TV and radio, and the conservative think-tanks. Either that or you are being idealistic about what conservatives think. But given that the original poster says that conservatives say things like "X% of y are Z", why don't you give us some percentages if you are so sure that you talk for the majority?

You could just as easily make a liberal strawman to show the opposite point.

If it is that easy, why not do it? It only took me a couple of minutes to make my list, so rather than just giving your opinion that it would be easy to do, why not give us the hard facts to prove it. I would be interested to find out what the liberals think that goes against science and other studies.

Of course, even if you can make the most brilliant and insightful list, it would not change my rebuttal of the original notion that conservatives are the realists "who focus much more on the cold, hard facts of how things *are*".

Comment Re:Cold, heartless liberal bean counters (Score 4, Insightful) 385

I have observed that liberals tend to be idealists, conservatives realists.

That's right. That's why the Earth is 6,000 years old, climate change doesn't exist no matter what the science says, evolution is a myth, market forces are the answer to any problem, implementing a minimum wage totally ruined our economy, we are safer if we all have guns despite the statistics from other countries, the government should not try to control our lives and yet somehow gay marriage not only devalues our normal marriages and causes earthquakes.

Comment Re:News at 11 (Score 2) 172

It won't work on any computer but Microsoft Windows computer.

Blind hope that your choice of operating system is safe is the worst form of security. From the article:

PoisonTap emulates an Ethernet device (eg, Ethernet over USB/Thunderbolt) - by default, Windows, OS X and Linux recognize an ethernet device, automatically loading it as a low-priority network device and performing a DHCP request across it, even when the machine is locked or password protected

Comment Re:How to prevent it? Raise taxes! (Score 1) 284

I make the post and it gets modded down, so I quote it again. I got karma, how long are we going to play this game?

Repeating yourself doesn't make the original statement any less moronic. Nobody has ever said that it is taxation itself that cools the system planet, apart from the OP and I suspect it was said because making pertinent arguments is just too hard for some people.

And repeating yourself just because someone nodded you down is just pathetic. If what you said was actually useful to anyone then someone else will mod you back up. But if all you are doing is repeating yourself just to get a rise out of someone then you are being a troll and deserve downwards moderation.

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