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Comment Re:without any factual evidence and in criminal ca (Score 2) 57

If you are prosecuted for a crime and found innocent the government doesn't pay your legal fees, ever. There is no cause of action in a criminal trial for compensation for costs by the defendant. These types of damages are only awarded in civil cases.

You have to bring a separate civil suit against the government for compensation. It's the whole criminal vs. civil trial thing - a criminal trial is one the state brings to you with you being free (not guilty) or jailed (guilty). A civil trial outcome is usually just monetary to make whole.

As we believe jailing an innocent is very bad, that's why a criminal trial standard is "beyond a reasonable doubt" whereas a civil trial is either "preponderance of evidence" or "reasonable belief" (basically who made the more convincing argument)

But it's perfectly fine to bring a civil trial to get damages caused by a criminal trial. It's how OJ Simpson was both guilty and not-guilty.

Comment Re:What camera to buy? (Score 2) 51

I'd like to buy an IP camera, but I haven't been able to find any that are as open/secure/clearly* supported than a raspberry pi with a camera board (and motion software). I'd rather buy a complete solution than put it together myself though.

Check out the UBNT UniFi cameras. They can work standalone, but work much better when you connect them to their DVR software (which runs on Java, so works on Linux, Windows, OS X ,etc). Better yet, all you use to view and configure it is... a web browser.

So the camera is the camera, and you can access its IP directly, but you can have your Pi run the DVR software and then extends it into a much more powerful surveillance system.

Comment Re:Not flame bait (Score 1) 67

Now with PS4 being the winner of this generation, developer focus is primarily on them.

Problem is, Sony is reverting back to their previous ways.

Sony "lost" the previous generation which turned them into a leaner, meaner competitor this time around. Just like how Microsoft "won" and became complacent. Now that the roles have switched, Microsoft's offering has gotten better, while Sony's starting to rest on their laurels. (In fact, The xbone has begun outselling the ps4).

One of the biggest things was the incremental improvement called the PS4 Pro - yes 4K is a thing, but they then omit a 4K UHD drive (present in the much cheaper Xbone S units). Given how aggressive the movie studios are about pushing UHD, it's got really strong sales. (And the Zbone S is considered to be the reason why the standalone UHD players have plummeted from $500 on release early this year to $200 or so now given Microsoft's aggressive pricing).

Hell, PS Plus games have gotten pretty shitty the past year, while Xbox Games with Gold have tended to be fairly decent. PS Plus is really becoming a joke - it used to offer really good stuff, now it's really more of an afterthought. Heck, the PS Plus section has gone down the tubes.

That, and the fact the price has gone up ...

Comment Re: Yeah but... (Score 1) 196

People with DVRs aren't thiefs some how. Or people who mute their tv while ads are playing?

They aren't. People who skip ads simply are marked as not watching the ad. Not watching the ad reduces a programs "C" rating, which means the program's ad rates go down (less eyeballs == less money). Programming budget is a fraction of the ad money it makes so it has to adapt.

Ratings you see and hear on the news about a program are one of three - SD (same day), SD+3 (Same Day + 3 days later) or SD+7. These are basically the program and ad ratings averaged through the entire program. But TV networks don't care for these numbers - eyeballs watching programming is not considered important. So instead, they pay for the C numbers, also available in same day, +3 and +7 days. This is the ratings minus program ratings - so they simply take the ratings during the commercial breaks.

So if you don't watch the commercials, you don't contribute to the C numbers. Studios, TV networks and everyone else airing ad-paid programming use the C numbers to determine the show's budget, and whether it will see any more showings, whether it gets another season, and what timeslot it will get. So DVR users, downloaders, etc, they simply aren't counted in the end.

It's something to remember when your favorite show gets cancelled. Just because millions watch it, if most of them are downloads and very few are ad driven, the practical audience may be in the hundreds of thousands.

That's why DVR users aren't thieves - in the end, the programming they like gets cancelled, so in the end they just hurt themselves in the long run.

Comment Re:Recruiting (Score 3, Insightful) 25

Smart move from Apple - even if it was to replace a previous dumb move.

Apple can do fine living in isolation developing hardware enclosures and user interfaces, but the world of AI is much bigger than Apple and it's where the majority of progress in the computing world is going to happen now.

I'm happy Apple has realised this. Apple vs "the rest of the world" in developing AI was not going to end well for them.

Well, Apple still has a handicap that's self-imposed - they may be able to do AI research, but they can't get at the data sets they need. Amazon and Google have no problems using information gathered for other purposes in furthering their AI products. Heck, Google even enabled full sharing of information among all of Alphabet's companies so your "OK Google" responses can now include all the webpages you visited with advertising. Or that you blocked DoubleClick's popups.

Apple prohibits that - information gathered for one purpose cannot be used for another purpose. So if you want to try to use Apple Maps location and search data for Siri, that's not allowed. You have to guess based on the current location of the user, because location searches are not allowed to be part of Siri's data set as they are covered under different privacy policies.

Apple can try to hire the best, but they'll need to start raping user data if they want to try to catch up with Google.

Comment Re:So it begs(?) the question (Score 2) 100

The final amount Samsung pays Apple will be far less than $1 billion. The amount that Apple already paid Samsung in higher part prices because of "unforeseen litigation" will continue to have been $1 billion. This is already a Pyrrhic victory for Apple, and will become more so when it goes back to the lower courts and the amount is reduced even more.

It's also getting rather silly, because the phones involved are no longer for sale, Samsung no longer uses the version of TouchWiz that looks like the iPhone (courtesy of Google and others that have made the Android UI more standardized across Android devices, so working like an iPhone makes things feel odd). I mean, even the phones themselves are probably sitting in drawers and landfills by now (Samsung Galaxy S2, anyone? I think that was the LATEST phone involved).

In the end, it will probably all end up for naught - though there may be regulatory changes for the worst - if a patent lawsuit takes years to resolve, by the time it is resolved, the infringement is no longer valid because the products are long obsolete. This may mean the way around it is to simply a war on attrition - violate the patent now, then just argue and argue until the whole issue is moot.

Heck, I think even the patent behind it has expired by now - (it's a design patent, which only have a short 5 year lifespan).

Comment Re:too much segmentation (Score 1) 159

The fragmentation is intentional, on the part of the content owners. Believe me, everyone knows that a lot of people want a single streaming service with all content. It's just not what copyright owners and ISPs want.

Actually, it's because of monopsony. (Monopsony is the lesser-known opposite of monopoly. In a monopoly, there is one supplier that every customer has to buy from. In a monopsony, there are many suppliers, but one customer who will buy it. It's rarer, but it has happened before.

Most well known would be iTunes. The music industry feared Apple because they were the top dog in digital music sales. Apple enforced 99 cents per track (and I think $9.99 per album) regardless, the 30/70 split, etc. There was no other music store that could compete.

That is, until they were forced to swallow a bitter pill and that was DRM-free, which allowed Amazon to chip away at the monopsony and force Apple to offer flexible pricing (69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29) and better terms (to the record labels).

Movie and TV studios took note, and vowed they would never be controlled like that so they are ensuring that no one service will become dominant and be forced to acquiesce to whatever terms they provide.

In the end, it's why Netflix gets the older stuff (unlimited streaming, basically for a very low per-stream fee which is basically bonus cash), Hulu and Amazon get first cut, CinemaNow and others get early releases, etc.

Comment Re:New Apple spx: Donald Trump (Score 1) 108

As Donald would say "Wrong!!!" Apple borrows massively in the US to fund expansion as it is pretty US cash poor. All its Cash is sitting in Ireland waiting for a Tax Amnesty President to get elected so they can bring it back without paying taxes. Now that Donald's been elected Apple can bring back its 200 Billion.

Or consider it this way. Tax laws are such that it is CHEAPER TO BORROW MONEY than to repatriate the cash.

Borrowing billions of dollars at 5% costs LESS than bringing in a billion dollars.

That's why they want the tax holiday. The real debate though is whether or not a tax holiday will bring benefit to the US - will Apple and others be using the new-found cash to spend inside the US or just horde it?

Comment Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 367

Door lock doesn't make any difference if the car is in water. You cannot open the door against the water pressure, locked or not.

That's why, if you're in a car that falls into water it's essential that you open the windows before the electrics short out

No, it's essential to open the window before water pressure holds the window shut (the same that holds the door shut). It doesn't matter if it's electric or manual - once water reaches the window, if you don't open it, you're not opening it. Doesn't matter that the electrics don't short out - water pressure alone will hold the windows shut.

Comment Re:Yes.... (Score 0) 379

Folks, we live in an age where programmers declare integers that are going to count from 1...10 as LONG INTEGERS, eating 8 bytes of RAM, where only 1 byte is needed.

Well, does it matter? On a modern system, RAM is allocated in chunks of 4kiB in most architectures. Your variable is going to be either on the stack or BSS section, and really, unless you're really using that page up, using 1 byte or 8 bytes is going to matter not at all because you're really using 4096 bytes and if you're not using it all, it makes zilch of a difference. Loading 1 byte of 8 bytes from RAM to registers still causes a cache line of bytes to be read (16 bytes on a lot of architectures) and fitted into a while 8-byte wide register in the end.

Depending on your needs, using a 64-bit variable to hold 4 bits of data may be more efficient if using 1 byte access causes significant slowdowns because of misalignment.

Hell, the most constrained I've been was using an ARM microcnotroller. It's quite a strange feeling working with 8K of RAM and 16k of flash and yet having full 32-bit pointers and integers

Comment Re:Maybe I'm more anal-retentive than most (Score 1) 168

(1) You're getting on a 6am flight, so you're going through security at 5am and haven't had a cup of coffee yet because the TSA won't allow you to carry one. So you're just in a "haze."

(2) You have small children or are accompanying a person who can't take care of their own stuff for some reason, so you're juggling a huge number of bins and bags and trying not to forget anything, while also trying not to hold up the line.

For (1), you realize you should be at the airport around 2 hours ahead of the flight (domestic) or 3 hours ahead (international) to make time. If you need a coffee to be awake, you make sure you get one before reaching the airport. Yes, it this means a 6AM flight has you waking up at 2AM or so so you can get your coffee, shower, check out, taxi, etc and make it to the airport at 4AM. If you can't do it, book a later flight. International flights would basically mean midnight wakeup.

For (2), you hold up the line. No matter what they say, you take your time getting y ourself sorted. Now, you move to the end of the ramp and onto the tables if you can, but you sort yourself out and make sure all those bins are empty before putting them back.

Which brings me to my #1 pet peeve. Why don't they have longer ramps both before and after security? A lot of the places, you have to be the next in line for the scanner before you can pick up a tote and start unpacking your laptop and tablet and all the other stuff, which holds up the line. Let 4-5 people in line get their totes and start getting themselves sorted out so by the time they reach the head of the line they're all ready.

Likewise, have long ramps so lots of people can pack themselves up after scanning. What holds up the security line is not the scanning, it's all the preparation you have to do. So let people do it while they wait in line rather than force a mad scramble. Hell, the line would probably move faster too.

Comment Re:Confused (Score 1) 203

Question 1: Why would anyone who thought that they might not be paying all their US taxes use an exchange based in the USA? Is it something to do with needing to convert the Bitcoins to Dollars so that you can actually spend them?

Question 2: Given that one of the main selling points of Bitcoin is anonymity, why would someone operating an exchange keep any but the barest records? I appreciate that they can't destroy the information now they have been asked for it, but I am trying to grasp why they would put themselves at risk of being in that position by retaining it in the first place?
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Easy, Coinbase is one of the least sketchiest exchanges around. Given the amount of personal information required (see below) you generally want one that won't go bankrupt overnight (like a certain Magic the Gathering Online Exchange).

Also, they are one of the easier ones to use.

As for your second question - well, you need quite a bit of personal information - at least a name and address if you want to be able to pay someone, banking information if you want to electronically transfer funds. And I believe you can even use debit to buy bitcoins, which requires a bit more information to ensure it isn't fraudulent.

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 76

A company produced and sold a product that a considerable number of those who purchased it found to be substantially different to what they thought they were buying. Maybe some jumped on the bandwagon. Maybe some fooled themselves. That happens with a lot of games. This was on a different scale.

The problem is, the only thing they can go after is what is represented and what is actually available.

They were told the Steam Store Page of the game was misleading.

Chance are, it wasn't - it represents the game as it exists now, give that's what was sold.

But everyone is butthurt over the fact that the game wasn't as it was hyped to be over the past 3 years. But guess what? None of that counts because the game wasn't for sale then.

And that's the real thing - what was hyped and what is actually offered for sale can differ. If your must-have feature was hyped 2 years ago and isn't listed on the steam page, guess what? It means the game doesn't have your feature, and there's no fault in its omission because its sales page lacks any representation of it.

At best maybe you can go after the bullshots, but even then that can be a stretch unless it's obvious you're using pre-rendered FMVs for your screenshots instead of actual gameplay.

Comment Re:Will EV work outside cities and suburbs? (Score 1) 72

I really can't see EVs catching on. Early car pioneers carried cans of spare fuel but you can't do that with a pure EV. And 30 mins to charge? And how long is the queue for the charge point even if you manage to find one? I've read reports of UK public chargers being unreliable.

EVs are probably a good thing but range anxiety will take a lot of overcoming.

Tesla owners seem pretty happy going cross country. 20 minutes to 80% isn't that bad when you realize two things - a rest stop takes around 20 minutes anyways (more if you have kids/pets). And Tesla often situates the charging stations around locations where people spend a little time anyways so often park for much longer than 20 minutes.

Long range EVs suit a lot of typical use cases. The only ones they don't are those marathoners who will do a 20+ hour car trip driving straight through only stopping for gas. Most other people typically run into bladder limits or muscle fatigue that require them to stop and stretch out. 200 miles is generally a good interval - around 3 hours or so.

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