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Comment Re:In other news. scrambling eggs creates chickens (Score 1) 288

Of course, after rereading the /. summary and title again, I can see how people might misinterpret the findings of this study, since the linked article is much more careful not to jump to grand conclusions, and explicitly mentions that they don't believe the psychedelic experience to necessarily be a "better" state of consciousness. But expecting anyone to actually RTFA instead of basing their opinions on the /. title is silly, I guess.

Once shouldn't expect anyone to RTFA. A study, not dissimilar to the one linked in the summary, deals entirely with an activity called RTFS. It clearly demonstrated that merely reading a couple of sentences will significantly increase activity in the area of the brain responsible for omniscience.

Comment Re:Shouldn't the title read.... (Score 1) 191

It's scary because "OK Google" isn't necessarily the only trigger word. The attacker only needs to convince the trigger algorithm. If they discover a sound or sounds that are innocuous but trigger it then they can trigger devices without being obvious about it.

I feel the solution is to fingerprint each voice that says OK Google. If the voice is not recognized, or if the device has been rebooted or even if a certain amount of time has passed, the device should ask the user to supply their passphrase before proceeding. All of these things should be stored and processed locally.

That would effectively stop this form of attack, while giving me the opportunity to finally unlock a device with "Solent Green is People"

Comment Re:Far worse... (Score 5, Informative) 230

So the sirens sound, and presumably the North Koreans have a nuclear strike on the way. And what do the good citizens do? _nothing_. Only 4400 actually tried to figure out what was wrong; the rest simply ignored it.

You might as well get rid of the entire system, nobody cares about it anyway...

Considering that the sirens are to get people indoors in the event of Severe Weather and that most people were probably indoors when they went off, it's not surprising they did _nothing_ apart from what they are supposed to do - monitor radio and television.

Dallas outdoor warning sirens.

Comment Re:Appeal (Score 1) 215

I don't know what dingy backwater you live in, but in places where people wear shoes, taxis are inspected and regulated.

And yet, in my neck of the woods, it's rare to get in a cab that doesn't have a check engine light on. And this isn't a dingy backwater.

Comment Re:Consider why they moved to Intel in th first pl (Score 1) 267

You mean, once it was shown that there was no more headroom in it and it wouldn't scale past about 400 MHz? What a bargain! Meanwhile, AMD also got the only interesting part of Alpha, the bus. That was almost as good a buy as when Intel bought an ARM core (XScale) and then ironically couldn't get it to "scale" down; it was the fastest ARM core, but it was also the most power-hungry by far.

Not sure where you're going with that. The EV9 was (Well would have been) 2Ghz IIRC, the EV6 was 1Ghz, and it was the first past the 1Ghz finish line. But I wasn't alluding to the Alpha itself, but the patent portfolio that came with it, for example, the bits of the EV8 that made it into Intel's 64-bit processor design.

Comment Re:Marketshare? (Score 1) 406

> Much like there's no real "tablet market", just an iPad market.

Nonsense, Android sold more units. Just like the phone market is really an Android market.

Who did what?

Android didn't move a single thing. Android is an operating system. You could drill down further and say "Linux sold more units" which is still as apt a comparison.

iPad on the other hand is a product, the vendor is Apple. Did Samsung move more tablets? LG? Google? They are all competitors so lumping them together is hardly a valid argument. But you would still need to pick any two other vendors to align with Apple's share.

Comment Re:Perspective. (Score 1) 406

Apple seems to be laying it on thick today.

It's the most popular, best selling smart watch... Well, yeah, it's also pretty much the only choice for iOS users, where as Android users have a wide variety to choose from and thus sales of individual models are diluted. Apple only does one model per year too, because even with the various straps and colours they all count as "Apple Watch 1" sales.

There is Android Wear support for iOS. Same with Pebble and FitBit, etc. etc. Apple Watch is an additional option for iPhone users, not the only one.

Comment Re:Perspective. (Score 1) 406

I feel like it's just a matter of perspective. The watch market as whole has never really been as significant as the phone or PC market, thus comparing the apples watch compared to iPhone or Mac sales makes it look like a failure, but within it's sector it is a strong competitor. It certainly hasn't take then world by storm the way that the iPad and iPhone have been able to, but at least hast been a strong contender for watches. So I'd say the watch has been a viable product, but no great success.

According to TFA, Sales estimates put the Apple Watch on par with Mac sales for the same quarter. If true that is very significant. Of course that likely has a lot to do with Apple almost completely ignoring its desktops...

Comment Re:If it's a sucess, nobody is required to admit (Score 1) 406

If it's a success, nobody is required to admit, we'll see it everywhere and in the press, like iPods (in the past) or iPhones today.

Fair enough, but the claim comes from their Q1 quarterly earnings call. I'd say they would be remiss in NOT admitting it were a success, given the target audience is investors.

Comment Re:So they didn't enable cheat mode (Score 1) 246

By not disabling the cache Safari will just reload the web page from disk, instead of downloading it all over wifi. In normal use you don't sit around reloading the same page all day, you surf to different web sites, so caching extends battery life to unrealistic levels.

Really? In normal use, people visit a very small subset of sites very frequently. I'd wager the majority just waste the day on facebook alone.

You, in all likelihood, visited this site twice already, once for the home page, and once to get to this article. Not to mention whatever happens after you submitted your post. Turning off cache would be far *less* realistic

Besides, it's not like Apple invented web caching just to inflate their battery performance. It exists in all browsers for a very good reason. And, the cause of the battery drain wasn't turning off the cache, it was the bug introduced by turning it off...

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