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Comment The entire paradigm is backwards (Score 1) 325

I want a watch which is my phone and data connection. I want to see basic comm functionality I can use - bluetooth for audio if need be - all the time. I want a mini- or regular sized tablet I can carry with my when I think I'll need to interact with the data - but I want to be instant. When I pull up my tablet (whether it be a 5" Android or Apple handset, or a Surface Pro or iPad Pro), I want the low power BT to kickstart the connection and then ramp up to max LTE speeds (or at least hit the 25Mbps BT 4 spec) without me ever having to manually connect; and roll to wifi gracefully (where available) for data while maintaining the data link with the watch for notification and content sync.

Comment Re: Legal? (Score 2) 283

Surely it is very clearly marked "will release noxious gas if cut" and is therefore not a boobytrap? As far as I'm aware you can, e.g., electrify a fence, you just have to put up appropriate signage. It is cheaper and more effective to deter thieves from trying the lock in the first place than to actually release the gas.

Comment Quite the insider job - just a setup? (Score 1) 105

So the person who hacked the email also knew this guys (nominally unpublished) cell phone number and went to the effort of calling Verizon in person to move his number to an entirely different SIM with apparently zero authorization? I mean - it could happen - but that's a shit-ton of human time to go after a single mark, with a pretty low likelihood of working. It just smells like a set up.

Comment Re:Copyright law is a bitch; Fair Use is not a rig (Score 1) 219

You can do anything you like, but you might be sued for it. IIRC, the current condition allowing the photographing of buildings in Europe (yes, they are designs of an architect and carry copyright protection) are only temporary (or, perhaps were as of last year). Copyright is out of control.

Comment Copyright law is a bitch; Fair Use is not a right (Score 1) 219

The design of the Note 7 is copyrighted, just as any other product. To reproduce a likeness of a piece of "art" without permission is infringing (just ask the US Post Office). How accurate was it? Could it be identified as a Note 7? If so, then it's a by right thing - it IS infringing.

Now, Hitman Niko can absolutely pursue this in court by re-publishing on a non-common carrier platform and having Samsung sue him. He may then, and only then, proffer his defense that the use falls under one of the Fair Use sections of copyright law. If the judge/jury concludes, based on the evidence, that it meets the test of fair use, then he will win the case. But he can't claim Fair Use as a right, only as a positive defense to an infringement claim. Copyright law is a bitch.

Comment Re:Every single gag order and NDA ever. (Score 1) 122

Seriously - this is SOP for settlements of all kinds. The press was bad on the Note 7, and they wanted to make the problem go away. They offered to cover the cost of damage/repair, no questions (or few questions) asked in return for not publicizing the event with photos/video. Typical corporate culture.

Comment How much is standard for butthurt? (Score 1, Interesting) 42

'Cause there's a lot of butthurt going around on the Note 7 forums. Jesus - it's a phone. A nice one, but still just a phone. I get it if you were one of those weird edge cases where you got stuck in Bora Bora after the recall but before you had to fly home. Or you traded your Note 4 for $200 to get it and now you can't get your original phone back. That sucks - no doubt. Or you tried to save $100 by buying one off of Craigslist and now it's hard to return. I'm going to call that a "learning experience," but I digress...

I had two of them, they were great. I was sad to hear of the full recall because there's nothing out there like it in functionality. But, in the end, I'm basically in the same position I would have been if the Note 7 had never come along. If I'd wanted a replacement I could have, like 90% of the people out there, called up my rep and had them ship me a different phone, and send my N7 back in. In fact, after the second one, I did. And it will take an entire month for them to credit me for the phones I sent in. But in the end I pretty much used a Note 7 for free, and got a $25 "we're sorry" credit and a $225 "please choose one of our other phones" discount ($75 from Samsung, $150 from the seller). If you can't tell, I'm finding it hard to see the value in such a suit, and I kind of hope the judge tells them to go pound sand because the lawyers are the only ones who are going to make any money in the deal.

Comment Re:Sounds just like Samsung and ISIS. (Score 1) 284

It probably became Samsung Pay, which happens to work exceptionally well. Of course, if you root the phone it won't work as the system presumes that a compromised OS may have compromised the secure transaction chain. But in general it works better than anything out there because it works with the old-fashioned swipe terminals - no NFC needed (though it can work with those to, I believe).

Comment Simple choices (Score 2) 212

If you what something that's 95% of a Note 7, you're going to get a S7 Edge. Same great camera, same IP68, nearly the same UX (and nearly identical after Nougat), same edge functionality, uSD storage, same great battery life, and works with the 2-3 bonus gifts you got (Active watch, uSD card, Gear VR).

If you are pissed as Samsung and don't want to "reward them," you'll be getting either a Pixel or an LG V20. Both are fresh off the line (not some "old, tired" model from 6 months ago, like the S7E), come with cool gifts, and promise to be great phones.

If you were an iPhone user the switched to the Note 7, you're probably going to go back to iOS, because ain't nobody got time of dis sheit [exploding Android phones] and everybody you told you were switching has ribbed you endlessly about your poor judgement. Plus, the baristas have promised that they'll let you back in to get your PSL as long as you switch back.

Comment Re:Li Fe P04 (Score 3, Insightful) 99

4X more expensive *and* 25% lower energy density is a pretty big hit. The whole push is to get more time out of a battery, and taking the space of a 10Wh battery and throwing in a 7.5Wh battery isn't going to make users happy. I agree that thinness is a stupid-ass metric for companies to compete on, but we're kind of stuck with it until all-powerful Apple tells us that it's not the in-thing anymore.

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