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Comment Re:Bribes in the tax returns? (Score 1) 46

And it's no mystery that if their numbers go down sufficiently they will lose their seats.

Actually, it's the very definition of a mystery, since this has never happened in recorded history. For you to claim the results of an experiment that has never been undertaken seems rather foolish.

Comment Re: Removable battery? Nah... (Score 1) 86

The Note series is designed to be a serious workhorse. A lot of the people who own them need the battery to last, so they replace it when the battery life drops below an acceptable level (for them). This is likely well before the battery "dies".

The non user replaceable battery and the curved screen are keeping me off the Note 7, not the exploding battery. I need a replaceable battery for the reasons above, and flat screen so I can add a case that protects the screen adequately. Both of these are about device lifetime.

Samsung is opening up an opportunity for another supplier. Hopefully one takes up that opportunity.


YouTube Gets Its Own Social Network With Launch of YouTube Community (techcrunch.com) 73

The earlier reports were right when they said YouTube was working on launching its own social networking service for content creators. Instead of the "YouTube Backstage" branding, YouTube has decided to call their social networking service "YouTube Community," which allows content creators to use text, GIFs, and images to better engage viewers. Given the controversy surrounding YouTube in regard to demonetizing videos that are not deemed "friendly to advertisers," many YouTube creators have been or are thinking about leaving the site and joining competing services. These new tools are designed to help keep creators from departing to competing platforms. TechCrunch reports: YouTube has been testing the new service over the past several months with a handful of creators in order to gain feedback. It's launching the service into public beta with this group of early testers, and will make it available to a wider group of creators in the "month's ahead," it says. Access to this expanded feature set is made available to the creators and their viewers by way of a new "Community" tab on their channels. From here, creators can share things like text posts, images, GIFs and other content, which the audience can thumbs up and down, like the videos themselves, as well as comment on. Viewers will see these posts in their "Subscriptions" feed in the YouTube mobile application, and can also choose to receive push notifications on these posts from their favorite creators, YouTube says." Only time will tell whether or not this new move will be better received than YouTube's Google+ integration...

Comment Security through obscurity (Score 1) 95

It's radio. Anybody in the vicinity can listen in all they like. Back in the bad old days this was Industry Canada's position, that cellphones were not private and there was nothing anybody could do about it.

Unlike AMPS, the communications are digital. So what. If you are sufficiently determined you can decode the data you have captured.


Comment Re:Anyone surprised (Score 3, Funny) 117

I suppose you must live in a world where clumsy people do things like "shoot themselves in the back of the head" and "drop barbells on their own necks",

Pretty much. I live below the Mason-Dixon line. The above 2 examples wouldn't even make a top ten of "Dumbest Ways Floridians Killed Themselves in 2016".

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