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Comment Yet another reason... (Score 1) 374

... why Microsoft has used malware-like tactics to trick people into installing the unwanted upgrade to Windows 10.

Microsoft needs a Windows10-only world in order for its strategy to succeed.

Microsoft knows it will not succeed through competing, so it has to try to succeed through control

Comment Re:Apple's on the wrong road (Score 2) 134

They occasionally undercut their competitors. The first flash iPods were cheaper than any other consumer device (including USB flash drives) with that much flash because Apple anticipated the demand and bought up an entire year's flash production capacity from several suppliers, getting a reasonable discount. No one else could get flash chips at close to the rate that Apple was paying for a while. More recently, they've used their cash reserves to build factories for suppliers in exchange for the first year of output from them. They end up paying less for chips than anyone else, and the suppliers then get to keep operating the factory and selling the output after Apple has moved on to wanting the newer process.

Comment Re:Cheesy 80's movie excuse (Score 1) 763

I believe "editing" in this context meant "Deciding what emails to publish", not "Changing the content of the published emails", so the DNC releasing the originals wouldn't help.

Wikileaks have made it clear they haven't altered the content of the emails, and the fact real phone numbers and blameless people's names appear in the emails would seem to confirm that (If it turned out they were altered, but Wikileaks left in people's phone numbers, that'd be a spectacular PR own-goal on WL's behalf.)

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Comment Re:Cheesy 80's movie excuse (Score 1) 763

WikiLeaks has shown great interest in anti-US material, and comparatively very little interest in anything that disparages Russia

I agree with much of what you say but this line is just silly. We all know that Putin's Russia is a corrupt, barely democratic regime with a autocratic strongman in charge (an ex-KGB boss no less.)

Leaking evidence that they're terrible would be a waste of time.

Also add to this that Assange is Wikileaks, and Assange has spent the last few years holed up on an embassy in an environment which would be stressful and intimidating even for someone not considered persona-non-Grata by some of the most powerful countries in the world. It's not hard to believe he'd be far more interested in the machinations of a political party whose leadership currently holds the Presidency of the country most likely to lock him in a dungeon for the rest of his life, than memos at a poisoned tip umbrella company owned by Vladimir Putin.

Comment Evidence vs searching (Score 1) 222

...Fingerprints, in contrast, have traditionally been viewed as 'real or physical evidence,' meaning that police are entitled to take them without permission....

Historically, fingerprints have had value only as evidence. That is quite different than the biometric security usage that fingerprints also enjoy nowadays. Biometric security has morphed fingerprints from being only evidence to also being security passcodes.

imo, fingerprints, when used purely as evidence (i.e, as they have been used historically), should not require a search warrant.

However, when fingerprints are used for a security purpose (i.e.are not evidence, but a security key), then they should be treated as being part of a search that the security key enables.

It will be interesting to see how the Supreme Court eventually rules on this.

Comment Re:Analogue vs Digital, and DRM (Score 1) 525

... I'm also curious how you think the media industries will re-introduce DRM in the billions of DRM-free songs... DRM is about control. It is all about control. The media industry won't lock-down all those DRM-free songs that are "out there" now, but what is to prevent them from, say, locking down a higher resolution version that you may want to buy in the future? Or what is to prevent them from stop selling DRM-free songs?

Comment Re:It can be fine... (Score 1) 525

Whew! For a minute there, I thought Slashdot, which was full of cutting-edge techies when I joined something-teen years ago, had become the domain of crotchety old curmudgeons. Glad to see someone still acknowledging that progress can exist.

Plenty of other technologies have given way to newer ones in the time this site has been around, and in most of those cases, there's been a period where technology B didn't work well with technology A and wasn't universal, and then after a bit manufacturers supported it and life went on.

If this sort of wailing and gnashing of teeth happened every time - and was actually successful - we'd still be using 5.25-inch floppies, MFM/RLL drives, keyboards with "AT" connectors, EGA graphics, token-ring networking over coax, long-distance communications through DB-9/DB-25 serial ports limited to 56K, and so on.

Even if a new standard is developed, there's a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem, in that somebody has to be the first to adopt it, and during the transitional period there's less motivation for industry to make things for it. Just look at USB in the '90s. That was a standard, developed by IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Compaq and others, which should have had enough weight in the PC world, but rather embarrassingly the first mainstream product to use it was the iMac - and Apple wasn't even involved in creating the standard.

Five, ten years from now, I anticipate we'll all have USB-C headphones (except Apple users, who might have something non-standard), and there will be USB-C ports everywhere, and we'll look back at this thread and laugh.

Comment It can be fine... (Score 2, Informative) 525

...but they need to create a standard for the replacement jack first. And no, Bluetooth is not it.

I don't think the 3.5mm jack is actually a panacea. It's limited to a single stereo output, and numerous incompatible hacks have been grafted on to allow it be used for microphone input and for phone or music controls.

But you can't just get rid of it without an adequate replacement at the ready, with cheap adapters available that you can easily just slot onto the end of a 3.5mm jack.

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