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Comment Re: Ineffective (Score 1) 330

The alternative is to have a different default password for each unit. The challenge there is that it complicates manufacturing since now you need to set it and also print out and label each unit individually. Then again, if each unit already knows about its serial number, then the overhead is probably low?

Comment Re: Every single gag order and NDA ever. (Score 1) 120

The issue is the phone would have been under warranty, so they would have had to replace the phone anyhow. They can't say they wouldn't replace the phone if the person published the video. Doing business again with the person is another matter.

The real thing that here is that apparent no one at Samsung Korea or Samsung China had heard about the Streisand Effect?

BTW does anyone know the percentage of catastrophic Note 7 events there were, related to number of sales?

Comment Re: You gotta fight for your right to (Score 1) 212

Only broadcast to US IPs? Ok, my VPN endpoint is in the US, why block it then?

Because that is what the content owners ask of them. Netflix needs to balance providing content to people who want it, with the ability to get the content in the first place. Netflix is in a delicate position and has to compromise. It doesn't need to make sense, but it does need to fulfill the criteria of the contract signed.

Comment Re: You gotta fight for your right to (Score 1, Flamebait) 212

It is less about fighting the right to access Netflix and more about being able to access an equivalent service, providing content to your region. In many regions either a particular movie/series is not available or there is no suitable legal way to watch any recent content.

Comment Sapphire crystal lens cover (Score 5, Insightful) 111

If you check their website Apple states 'Sapphire crystal lens cover' in the specs of their phones: , so if you are trying to scratch the underside claiming sapphire, then you are probably doing something wrong?

Is this a non-story or did I miss something?

Comment Re:I'm Confused (Score 1) 111

Indeed, if we are talking about untrustworthy countries, most places are looking kinda bad these days. The US has some really bad laws (DMCA etc.) and registrars based there are likely infiltrated by or actively cooperating with the NSA. UK registrars have similar issues withe GCHQ.

The other issue, is related to privacy and whether your 'trusted' registrar chain is sharing information with other entities, for which you did not explicitly agree to, in a clear and understandable contract?

Comment Re:I'm Confused (Score 2) 111

Why in the hell would anyone trust certificates signed by a Chinese CA to begin with?

Maybe ask the question differently: Why would you trust any company? In the end it comes down to the chain of trust, for which due diligence is part of, along with the fact no flags have been raised at any point. The flag here is that there is behaviour to create doubt, but why should it just be 'because it is Chinese'?

Comment Re:Allow opt-out (Score 2) 194

Nothing should *ever* be opt-out. The default should always be to opt-in. If you can't make that enabling process easy to do and successfully sell the idea to your prospective end users (AKA "source of data" - because they are absolutely going to be saving all your DNS queries as "metadata"), then maybe it wasn't such a good idea to start with.

I won't argue with that, though I was more thinking about the alternative of not having a choice (opt-in or opt-out), as to having this imposed. I just don't want to see a 'Great Moat of Britain', being imposed. There are enough right wing isolationist attitudes at play, in the country today, that we don't need another one added to the fray.

Comment Re:Legally logical -- but leads to certain things (Score 1) 238

I would also argue that when they present the product they present it as a "computer with MS Windows installed", so it is clear from the outset what is being offered. If the person doesn't want that configuration, then they should look elsewhere. There are plenty of alternatives, and based on the opinions of the /. readership, better ones.

At the same time, then could also include a refund cost of $0 and charge $100 admin and support fee as part of the small print?

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