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Comment Re:Agrument in favor of modularity (Score 1) 80

I'm not quite down there, but I started carrying Palm Pilots back in the late nineties, and those devices were used for address/contacts lists, some light-duty spreadsheet or document viewing and editing, some maps, some PDFs from time to time, some early ebook stuff.

I do look for the technology like a good web browser and other stuff, but I do not expect a phone to be a VR device or honestly, even a good camera. I need it for its ability to retrieve or display information.

Comment Re:Agrument in favor of modularity (Score 1) 80

And if the phone is modular and was sold through a carrier that has a brick-and-mortar presence, you start by having the carrier send notifications to the handsets on its network to come in and exchange the battery. After that first round, you start being more insistent about it and you possibly disable a feature like high-speed data until they bring it in. For those that continue to ignore it, you brick the phone. You set up a means for the clerk to note that a particular phone's battery has been swapped so to exempt them from the various actions.

Comment Re:Next up dead (Score 2) 356

I watched Avatar on a friend's system. It admittedly was pretty badass, but as I understand it, Avatar is possibly one of the best 3D movies ever made, where 3D wasn't cobbled-in for just a few effects scenes (thinking of the snake in one of the Harry Potter films sort of thing) or where as you state, looking like cardboard cutouts placed at various intervals.

If they could get 3D TV to work without requiring glasses then perhaps they'd really have something. Until then it's just too cumbersome to be more than an interesting toy.

Comment Re:Next up dead (Score 1) 356

Now also having worked with SCADA systems for a long time. Most are rather poorly done. The software is usually bubblegum and duct tape with a shiny coat of gloss to make it look nice.

I supported several of these devices for about 10 years. Guess how many are supported now? None. They sit out there waiting for someone to exploit them. They will never see another patch. Ever.

But those older SCADA devices were not dependent on being cloud-connected, were they? There are probably a thousand SCADA devices on the network I deal with and they're all internal-only. They don't reach out to the Internet nor can the Internet reach into them. There's no need, so they don't get the option. Even if they are vulnerable to exploitation, the vectors that would allow for exploit are far fewer.

Comment Agrument in favor of modularity (Score 4, Insightful) 80

Well this is definitely an argument in favor of having some modular components inside of compact electronics like phones. It's understandable that the old PC model with sockets for the electronic parts like memory and microprocessors is not practical in miniaturized devices this small, but it definitely makes sense for devices like batteries, which are not nearly so integrated into the electronics as many other devices, to be removable.

Had the batteries been removable, Samsung could have recalled these units by correcting battery manufacturing problems and then shipping batteries to the carriers to distribute via store, or directly to consumers in cases where the store might not be an option.

A couple of coworkers had these phones and basically used them until they were bricked, they loved them so much. A lot of people would have been much less unhappy if a simple battery swap had been an option.

Comment Re:Um, duh? (Score 1) 304

Colleges began as a place for the people that were going to run the country to get educations that enabled them to learn from the greater body of human knowledge in a multitude of fields. That's why there's an emphasis on humanities and other social aspects that seem out-of-step with the technical aspects, to try to instill a degree of social responsibility to those whose later decisions may have societal impacts far beyond their own households.

Comment Re:Next up dead (Score 1) 356

That's exactly what I mean by not understanding it. It's relatively easy to follow checklists to get something to operate. It's another matter entirely to get something into a secured network segment with only limited access to the rest of the internal network and basically no access to or from the outside network except where relevant.

Comment Re:Next up dead (Score 4, Interesting) 356

To my view, much of IoT is a solution looking for a problem, and is compounded by ignorance on all levels. Corporations that are seeking it thinking it's the future don't understand Information Technology or Information Security. Developers have proven time and again that they're terrible at policing their own code for exploitation (and tech companies already have a hard enough time with this, non-IT firms won't have a chance) and consumers don't have any idea how it works by and large either.

Most of the "IoT" market that's actually relevant is already addressed through SCADA and other building management or energy management systems, and these systems usually don't require connections outside of the building or outside of the organization in order to work, and there's a better chance that the organization using them has staff responsible to maintain them, and that staff usually understands the ramifications of not maintaining them. Most of the new buzzword bingo stuff is fluff and will probably cause a lot of long-term problems when appliance manufacturers don't want to spend the money to patch security vulnerabilities in software for durable goods.

Comment Re:Um, duh? (Score 1) 304

I took AP Calc in high school but I'm not usually all that good at standardized tests, my results on the AP exam were poor enough that I took it in college again the following year. Even what theoretically was the same curriculum was challenging, they're definitely not exactly the same. I can see how a kid that assumes that he or she did learn everything would be in trouble if they skipped the first-semester class.

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