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Comment Re:Legally Fuzzy? (Score 2) 90

Because the software doesn't know who is a thief and who is a legitimate user. It only track authentication errors.
It is probably legal but Apple has to be careful before implementing it especially if it is on by default.

For example, imagine you are drunk, you try to unlock your phone and fail (because you are drunk). The phone takes a picture of you and sends it to where you don't want drunk pictures of you to end up. If it is the default behavior, I think you can claim some invasion of privacy.

Comment Not sure Microsoft is to blame (Score 1) 259

There are millions of Windows 10 installations and millions of Kindles. So unless everyone's Kindle crash when they connect it I'd wait a bit before blaming Microsoft.
It can be caused a faulty USB controller, a bug in some driver (which may or may not be by Microsoft) or some kind of coincidence.

What may have happened (it has already happened to me) is that some driver was updated and now make use of a previously unused feature of the hardware. However, there is a batch of hardware where using this feature results in some kind of undefined behavior, causing the crash.

Comment Re:LaTeX (Score 1) 346

In accounting, when you add up the numbers, the result must be exactly zero, not 0.0000000001.
It is not for saving pennies, it is for verification purposes. If there is a penny missing, it means that there is a mistake somewhere. It may be a small rounding error, but it may also be several million dollar mistakes (or fraud...) adding up to one penny.

Comment Re:show me the money $$$$$$$$ (Score 1) 189

Because otherwise a Samsung phone would be like any other Android smartphone.
They don't want that, for two reasons. First, they don't want to compete with similar looking but much cheaper alternatives. Second, they don't want give too much power to Google.
They want people to buy "a Samsung", not an Android phone.
In fact, Samsung seems to be ready to leave Android at any time, probably as a way to keep Google in check. They have their own OS, their own app store, replacement apps for most of Google offerings and a dedicated userbase.

Comment Re:Does "not feeling old" mean minimalized? (Score 1) 189

That's why I finally bit the bullet and went Nexus with latest phone. Unlocking bootloader done within twenty minutes of getting it. No need for hacks to enable tethering. Root without having to use an exploit.

Like most Android phones as long as you don't buy them from your carrier.

Comment Re:How do you ban someone from passing on this cos (Score 2) 445

They can't really ban them from passing on this cost. Unregulated taxi companies like Uber are free to set their price, which is part of what make them different from actual taxis.
What they don't want is the tax to appear anywhere in the bill or driver contract. It is a form of consumer and driver protection, they don't want the ride to become a confusing "$10 + tax", but I don't see how they can't prevent the price from being "$10.20". And for the drivers, Uber can't just add 0.20$ per trip to the commission without first renegotiating the contracts, something that the drivers can probably refuse to do since "because taxes" cannot be used as a reason.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 85

I use much more than 20% of what I learned at school, indirectly.
College-level education is not about learning keywords, it is about getting the appropriate mindset so that you don't need training each time the keywords change. If you rely on these "code bootcamps" for your education, you will be no better than cheap offshore workers (and worse than less cheap, better trained offshore workers).

The only good thing about these bootcamps is if they can land you a job that allows you to get paid and get proper education at the same time. So that when the "full stack web dev" you are doing falls out of fashion, you are already prepared for the next thing and the one after it without needing another bootcamp. They may look good on your resume too, even if you don't really need them.

Comment Re:Solve the damn problem already! (Score 1) 148

Believe me they try.
- Universal id number : you have one on your passport... so what
- PIN code : aka very weak password
- Biometry : mostly useless online, useful for physical access checking only
- Cell phone : SMS second factor is very common with banks
- NFC : see key fob
- key fob : used a lot, including its mechanical counterpart called a key, can be stolen

None of these techs can replace passwords, but they can complement them.

Comment Re:Good to hear. (Score 4, Interesting) 188

In fact it was more like they took advantage of the P4 fiasco.
The NetBurst architecture was a failure, it could barely compete with Intel's own previous generation. They made a few bad design decisions. Perhaps they were blinded by the MHz race, perhaps they really thought long pipelines were the future, I don't know. However, they learned from their mistakes and their next generation (Core) was a success.
At the same time, AMD took a more sensible approach and the K7/Athlon was a worthy "next-gen" CPU. But maybe the lack or craziness also caused them to stand still when Intel advanced. Intel's commercial practices probably didn't help either...

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