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Facebook Is Testing Autoplaying Video With Sound (thenextweb.com) 151

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook is testing a "feature" that autoplays video clips on your feed with sound. It's not a very big test, but there's a possibility the company could roll it out to a larger group of users. The Next Web reports: "The company is currently trying two methods of getting people to watch video with sound in Australia: the aforementioned autoplaying, and an unmute button on the lower right corner of videos, like Vine videos on a desktop. The latter certainly sounds more reasonable; the last thing you want is to be checking Facebook quickly during a meeting or class, and suddenly have your phone blaring out an advert because you happened to stop on a video. Thankfully, you can disable the 'feature' from your settings, but the point is there's nothing wrong with the current opt-in approach, especially considering how many companies are embracing video captioning, and that Facebook even has its own auto-caption tool for advertisers." "We're running a small test in News Feed where people can choose whether they want to watch videos with sound on from the start," a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable Australia. "For people in this test who do not want sound to play, they can switch it off in Settings or directly on the video itself. This is one of several tests we're running as we work to improve the video experience for people on Facebook."

Comment Re:Oh please. (Score 1) 675

This was a debit card I was using rather than credit, so it was pin rather than signature.
As to the sequence, it depends. some indeed do let you do that, but many still require you to wait for the cashier. In some cases that's for extra steps required, like a signature for a prescription medication or entering your birth date as a cross check that the prescription is going to the right person.

In many cases, it's probably just the processing company that wrote/customized the software (or the store itself in the case of larger retailers) saying: "But that's the way it's always been done."

Comment Re:Oh please. (Score 1) 675

Gee... A bit defensive aren't you?

All I said was that performance was in fact slower and repeatedly clarified this was by my own observation and that I could only comment on the locations I'd been in.

And yes, I haven't read the EMV spec or done coding on newer systems. But that hardly interferes with noticing time from card presentation to printout. Notice that I specifically said "back end system" and didn't specify where in that chain the problem was. It could be in the portion of the system that the retailer itself fielded. It's not like most customers are really going to care.

But, I do have to ask: Why is saying a technical rollout of a new system is at least perceived to not be going perfectly smoothly (whether that's true, or just the customers deluding themselves) greeted with that kind of response?

It's not like I kicked your dog. Or did I?

Comment Re:Oh please. (Score 1) 675

"It's really not that bad. It takes exactly the same amount of time"

That's not true, at least at many of the locations I've been to. It should be true, but isn't.

I used to work for a credit card processor and had to test the systems for grocery stores with 20 or so lanes before they were installed. One of the things I was watching for was slow performance (way back in the day of X.25 links. Get offa my lawn. ;) ), so I still pick that up regardless of the swipe versus insert dichotomy.

Based on what I've seen, and I've only been using a chip card instead of a debit for about a month, the backend changes weren't done well before roll out. It's not the end of the world, as pointed out, but it is slower, at least where I'm at. The town doesn't have fios, but it's still pretty well connected, so I doubt communications speed or system loading is the problem (else, that would slow down transactions in general, not just chip cards.)

Android

Android Nougat Won't Boot If Your Phone's Software Is Corrupt Or Has Malware (androidauthority.com) 163

An anonymous reader shares a report on Android Authority: In a bid to increase the security of the Android operating system, Google has introduced a new check for malware as part of the boot process in all Android devices. Until Marshmallow, Android devices ran the check as part of the boot process and in Marshmallow, the phone would warn you that it was compromised but would continue to let the phone boot up. In Nougat however, Google is taking this security check to the next level. On the Android Developer's blog, the company explains that Android Nougat strictly enforces that boot check, giving you far more than a warning. The good news is that if your phone is infected with types of malware, it will refuse to boot or will boot in a limited capacity mode (presumably akin to safe mode). The bad news however, is that some non-malicious corruption of data could also mean that your phone will refuse to boot up. Considering that corrupted data may not always be malicious -- even a single-byte error could cause your phone to refuse to boot up -- Android Nougat brings additional code to guard against corruption.

Comment Sweet new military job: (Score 1) 173

I can just imagine all the people vying to be the official classified Pokemon catcher to nullify this clear and present danger to the Chinese military.

Sgt.: "Private Chang, why didn't you report for KP?"

Pvt.: "I had to catch a Ratata that was in the nuclear launch communications center."

Sgt.: "Very well. Carry on."

Comment Re: How people stayed cool before a/c (Score 1) 117

Exactly. The original AC said he grew up in Phoenix. I was visiting there in 1974 (I was 12)and noted how many of the houses had these weird looking brown boxes on top of them. I asked what they were and got the explanation.

Oddly enough, I have seen a large one installed here in Urbana, Illinois in the old make up air system for a restaurant. Nearly useless and hadn't been maintained for decades. (I was working on the attached gas fired heating unit at the time. Was really odd seeing a swamp cooler here. ;) )

Android

Google Reveals What N In Android N Stands For -- Nougat 115

We finally know what N in Android N stands for: Nougat. Google made the announcement on Thursday. The Android maker always names smartphone operating system updates after candies and other sweet treats. The past few versions, for instances, are named Marshmallow, Eclair, Lollipop, and Marshmallow. Naming aside, Android N brings with it a range of interesting features such as multi-window support, better battery efficiency, and the ability to reply to messages straight from the notification. Enthusiasts who own a Nexus 6 or a newer Nexus device, can give a whirl to the preview of Android N on their device. The final version of Android N will be made available later this year.

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