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Comment "...said to be interested as much in the data" (Score 4, Funny) 65

Do they mean the data generated by the estimated 20 million fake twitter accounts? Maybe they can use that data to feed the fake bots that are reported to be the next big thing. The utopian internet is emerging to be a huge pile of fake data moving back and forth for the sole purpose of generating fake ad revenue.

Comment Confusing summary from CNET article (Score 4, Informative) 49

Taken at face value the CNET summary would imply that they were actually correctly stating views since their methodology was excluding shorter views. The full explanation from Facebook makes it clearer:

We had previously *defined* the Average Duration of Video Viewed as "total time spent watching a video divided by the total number of people who have played the video." But we erroneously had *calculated* the Average Duration of Video Viewed as "the total time spent watching a video divided by *only* the number of people who have viewed a video for three or more seconds."

Comment Regarding cost, FBI already released the figure (Score 1) 49

In a roundabout but easy calculable way - it came to about $1.3M.

"Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Thursday the agency paid more to get into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters than he will make in the remaining seven years and four months he has in his job. According to figures from the FBI and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Comey's annual salary as of January 2015 was $183,300. Without a raise or bonus, Comey will make $1.34 million over the remainder of his job."

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article...

Comment Re:Maybe disease behind iPhone 6 - 7 free upgrade (Score 1) 204

This was when the industry still used phone subsidies to attract customers. They stopped that a few years ago. It was replaced with paid-for upgrade plans like AT&T's Next and Apple's "Upgrade Program", where the user pays a perpetual monthly equipment fee for the right to upgrade.

Comment Maybe disease behind iPhone 6 - 7 free upgrade (Score 5, Interesting) 204

If you've been following the news, pre-order demand for the iPhone 7 has been exceeding all expectations. Originally most analysts believed demand for the iPhone 7 would be tepid because by all measures it's a marginal update over the 6s/6+. Then the day after the iPhone 7 was announced T-Mobile launched a free upgrade program that allowed iPhone 6 users to upgrade their phones to a 7 simply by turning their 6 in...along with committing to service for 2-years. This is the first time such a huge subsidy has been offered on a single phone purchase ever since subsidies were discontinued in the USA market (ironically by T-Mobile with their "uncarrier" promotion). On the same day T-Mobile announced the free upgrade, Verizon and AT&T followed as well.

It might just be that the carriers are using this promotion as way to compete and steal customers from each other, how they used to do before phone subsidies were stopped, and will eat the upgrade cost themselves. On the other hand, it might just be a sneaky way for Apple to get a bunch of these future-diseased iPhone 6's out of circulation, to allow them to avoid a massive recall. Apple kills two birds with one stone with this strategy - they take back the 6, which they can fix and resell into overseas markets that can't afford brand-new iPhones anyway and where Apple has been killed by lower-priced Android offerings - and they goose domestic demand for an otherwise-tepid release of the iPhone 7. The strategy may be working - Apple's stock price is up over 15% since T-Mobile and others announced the upgrade program.

Comment Re:This bothers me (Score 1) 48

Actually the government understands statistics very well when it comes to evaluating the cost/benefit of product safety issues vs the potential risk to human life. In fact the government uses a risk model that requires them to place a monetary value on an individual life - right now that value is $9.1M for the EPA, $7.9M for the FDA, and $6M for the DOT.

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