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Comment Re:So leave (Score 2) 379

That's really what it comes down to. You have to make a decision on employment not just based on the size of your paycheck. Quality of life, proximity to activities/transportation, cost of housing, general cost of living all play into the equation.

It's as if nobody every taught these kids any sort of financial management or business skills, or even analytical thinking to work out the finances themselves. This is not, as they say, rocket science.

Comment Re:Kill Code will get you busted in USA (Score 1) 259

This is the real danger of using a kill or wipe code.

Still better than handing over your phone. The first rule of criminal law if that you never, ever talk to police without your lawyer present. Never. No matter how innocent or how innocuous the situation is, if you are being questioned you must have your lawyer. Personally, I have nothing to hide, but I'd still wipe my phone if I were detained by TSA or law enforcement.

Comment Self Destruct PINs already exist (Score 1) 259

For those worried about hackers remotely wiping your phone - such a mechanism already exists. If you mis-enter your pin X times, most phones will automatically lock or wipe as an anti-theft protection. If you're concerted about a hacker entering your wipe code, you should be more concerned about the same hacker entering 5/10/12 incorrect PINs and locking you out or using the iOS or Android Find My Phone functionality to remotely wipe the phone.

Comment Witness Immunization from Procurement of Evidence (Score 1) 259

Total destruction seems excessive. If your phone is (properly) encrypted, a simple deletion of the key is sufficient. I think a WIPE (Witness Immunization from Procurement of Evidence) PIN would be a fabulous addition to both Android and iOS.

If nothing else, the existence of such a PIN would stop law enforcement from requesting/requiring your PIN, as they could receive the wrong one.

Comment Re:Backups? (Score 1) 259

There are a number of automatic backup apps which can run on a schedule. Many applications themselves have options to back up to cloud services. For those paranoid, several android phones have removable uSD cards which can be set to be the default location for application storage. If you're travelling and don't have the necessary network for backups, you can remove the uSD and store it somewhere unlikely to be found or searched - or just drop it in the mail to yourself on the way to the airport.

When interdictions at the airport became news, my first thought was to having a kill PIN. That would be better than a wipe and reset, as the whole process of re-downloading my apps from a fresh install, having to re-set some of my personal ringtones, custom keyboard, and logging back into apps can take close to an hour (Even if most of it is unattended).

What you're looking for is a dd-like mirror of the device which, afaik, does not exist for either platform. It's unlikely for iOS and most Android simply because you're talking about a backup which, for the barest devices, is going to be north of 12GB. Even on good WiFi to a local server that's going to be a long process, likely taking over an hour - easily three or more if you want to do a verification of the transfer (which you'd better do if you're about to wipe your phone). Phones with removable storage are an option, but even then you're talking multiple hours for backup and verification based on even the fastest cards.

Comment Re:Less Power?? (Score 1) 39

Not really. You can easily get 5-6 hours of screen-on time if your not processing much. Put it into game mode where you're driving the CPU/GPU at the edge of its thermal envelope and you'll be lucky to get 90 minutes.

In fact, for amoled screens, that on-time can be pushed to 9+ hours if you use a dark theme. After reading online using a dark background and light screen font, with ~20-25% brightness, my Note 7 (God rest it's fiery soul) showed a predicted 16 hours of remaining battery life after three hours of reading (after starting nearly fully charged). Pop that baby into a GearVR, though, and 2 hours was more than you would likely get before having to recharge.

Comment Perfect is the enemy of good (Score 2, Insightful) 113

No matter how good v3 is going to be in 2 years, v4, in 4 years will be much, much better. With this logic, there's really no reason to release. Ever.

Unless, of course, the team really has just been surfing the internet and going to to lunch and then straight to the bar afterwards for the past 2 years instead of working on product.

Comment Re:Are we now linking contentless articles? (Score 1) 218

That's because it's in a form that does not allow for the rapid release of electrical power. This will be in a form that is specifically designed to release power, or it's going to be pretty useless as a high capacity/high draw battery.

You might say the same about gasoline - you can spill it, but it's certainly not "safe." And if it should spill while actively producing power (aka on fire), it's going to get messy really fast.

Comment Are we now linking contentless articles? (Score 1, Offtopic) 218

Anything that doesn't have enough energy to go boom if the contents are spilled/mixed/come in contact while charged won't have enough energy to power whatever portable device I'm likely to be using. I would check to see that the energy density is low, but there isn't a single link to the actual research in the article, nor to even the researchers name, just "Harvard Researchers." This article would get a failing grade in a 3th grade science fair. It's no wonder people believe lies when you can just post anything in an article on the internet and not bother with even a single source.

Comment Re:He should not have had a NASA phone in Chile (Score 1) 627

True (well, I suppose - I never did international travel with NASA when I was there), but JPL is not NASA - it is a government contractor. Note that Sidd Bikkannavar was not identified as a government employee working for NASA, but rather that he worked at JPL. The only people NASA has in Pasadena are, essentially, contract managers. All the work is done by Cal Tech and outside contractors, if I remember my contracts correctly. The line is very blurred there from a public perspective, but from a contract one it is clear. It may have been NASA hardware, or it may have been CalTech hardware, or it may be hardware of another contractor.

It does make me wonder if Android should add a "PIN to Wipe" to their "PIN to Unlock" screen.

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