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Comment Don't ask why. Ask how. (Score 1) 205

You will fail if only because there is always some other Chinese company ready to give people what they want.

Will they fail?

Apple dropped the headphone jack.
Samsung dropped the headphone jack.
HTC drops headphone jack.
Moto Z and Moto Z Force lack jacks.
Google Pixel, however, has the jack.
LG V20 has the jack too.

How did so many of these corps arrive at the same decision at the same time? Possibilities:
#1. Each corp sees the same need for this.
#2. Each corp is watching the others and copying their moves.
#3. Collusion.

#1 is unlikely. Dropping the headphone jack adds user expense and eats battery life for a trivial space savings.

#2 is unlikely because more corps would have broken ranks to keep the headphone jack and scoop up the segment of the market that wants one.

So, how did so many of these corps. manage to do the same thing at the same time?

Comment Re:having more money (Score 0) 126

Mod parent up.

One thing that buying a premium phone will get you is features that the base phone doesn't have. Just knowing that you have something* that your neighbor doesn't will make you happier. Heck, your neighbor's jealousy of your shiny new toy will make you happier, all by itself.

*Even if the something is, rationally, not very different. e.g., 24.2GB of usable storage compared to 22.8GB.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 126

You've got it. People want not to have been wrong.

They want not to have gotten a lemon when they paid premium $$$.
They want not to be stuck in a job/career they now despise.
They want not to have screwed up their children's lives.
They want not to have voted for a bozo.

The longer you listen to people talking about choices they now cannot unmake, the more it all sounds the same.

Comment Metaphor? I dont' know what it's for. (Score 1) 90

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Thinks [a cheap* heavy launch infrastructure] Can Be the New Internet

There, fixed that for you. What Bezos is saying is that Amazon's rise was possible because some one had already deployed a long distance phone network and a postal system, and had already invented the Internet and the web. He is proposing to invent*/deploy the systems that will make startup companies for applications in space feasible.

*This is the step of his proposal, where a miracle occurs, is not going to be as hard as jumping from a long distance phone network to the Internet was. It is going to be as hard as jumping from hide drums to the Internet was.

Submission + - SPAM: Faithful Energy Customers Overpaying by £5.4bn per year

vswitchusave writes: Recent inspection regarding energy comparison sites revealed that those customers who stays loyal with their supplier for years. They paid some £5.4bn a year to the energy companies. Even, a third of UK households who stuck to the same supplier for more than five years, have spent £18.7bn more than required. Just because of this, media talks a lot about the broken trust between faithful customers and energy suppliers.
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Submission + - VeraCrypt Security Audit Reveals Many Flaws, Some Already Patched (helpnetsecurity.com) 1

Orome1 writes: VeraCrypt, the free, open source disk encryption software based on TrueCrypt, has been audited by experts from cybersecurity company Quarkslab. The researchers found 8 critical, 3 medium, and 15 low-severity vulnerabilities, and some of them have already been addressed in version 1.19 of the software, which was released on the same day as the audit report.

Submission + - Quantum Research Achieves 10-Fold Boost In Superposition Stability

An anonymous reader writes: A team of Australian researchers has developed a qubit offering ten times the stability of existing technologies. The computer scientists claim that the new innovation could significantly increase the reliability of quantum computing calculations. The new technology, developed at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), has been named a ‘dressed’ quantum bit as it combines a single atom with an electromagnetic field. This process allows the qubit to remain in a superposition state for ten times longer than has previously been achieved. The researchers argue that this extra time in superposition could boost the performance stability of quantum computing calculations. Previously fragile and short-lived, retaining a state of superposition has been one of the major barriers to the development of quantum computing. The ability to remain in two states simultaneously is the key to scaling and strengthening the technology further.

Submission + - Orbital ATK Returns To Flight With Successful Antares Launch To Space Station (techcrunch.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Orbital ATK Antares rocket – the same rocket that exploded on its way to the International Space Station two years ago – returned to flight today with a much-anticipated launch. Lifting off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, the Antares rocket is now on its way to deliver the Cygnus spacecraft filled with over 5,000 pounds of cargo to crew members aboard the ISS. Today’s launch was particularly special for Orbital ATK, a company contracted by NASA to deliver 66,000 pounds of cargo to the ISS through 2018. After their Antares rocket exploded during a launch in 2014, destroying thousands of pounds of experiments and cargo bound for the space station, Orbital ATK worked for two years to upgrade that rocket and prepare for its return to flight. Today, the Orbital ATK was finally able to fly Cygnus on top of their own rocket again. The RD-181-equipped Antares rocket carried Cygnus, which housed science experiments and supplies for the ISS crew, for their fifth operational cargo resupply mission for NASA. Along with crew supplies, spacewalk equipment and computer resources, Cygnus will bring over 1,000 pounds of science investigations to the five crew members on the ISS. One of those experiments is Saffire-II, the second Saffire experiment to be conducted inside Cygnus in order to study realistic flame propagation in space. Cygnus will spend over a month attached to the ISS. In late November, the spacecraft will be filled with about 3,000 pounds of trash and then released to begin its descent back to Earth. During reentry through Earth’s atmosphere, the spacecraft, along with trash and Saffire-II, will be destroyed.

Submission + - Julian Assange Under Investigation For Grooming Of 8-Year-Old Girl? (yahoo.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: While details are only beginning to trickle out, it appears that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is accused of (Google Cache) having groomed an 8-year-old girl for sex while her family was on vacation in the Bahamas, sending lewd images of himself performing oral sex on a camera, and sending "unlawful obscenity materials of a child pornographic nature" to her. The case is stated to be under investigation by the Royal Bahamas Police (RBPF Reference: Sgt Ferguson 1705 RBPF Thompson Boulevard), and relayed to the UN by ToddandClare.com, a dating site running a UN-sponsored project (KATIA) to develop tools for rape screening. Initially having partnered with Assange as a #HeForShe Ambassador, the group severed ties with Assange when the case came to light and filed a brief with the UN requesting that his UNWGAD ruling be overturned (claiming threats of retaliation from Assange for doing so). Days later, the UN site decredentialed ToddandClare.com. So far, Assange has not responded to the claims and no explanation for the delisting has been forthcoming.

Submission + - SPAM: Retired four-star general admits leaking top-secret info to media

Okian Warrior writes: Former vice chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright pled guilty in federal court Monday, admitting he lied to the FBI when questioned about whether he provided two journalists with top secret information in 2012.

While the charge of making false statements to federal investigators carries a five-year maximum sentence, Cartwright's plea agreement states that he should face no more than six months in prison.

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Submission + - Feds Walk Into A Building, Demand Everyone's Fingerprints To Open Phones

An anonymous reader writes: Forbes reports that the Department of Justice was issued a search warrant to gather the fingerprints of all the people present at a California residence, including residents and visitors.
The memorandum included "authorization to depress the fingerprints and thumbprints of every person who is located at the SUBJECT PREMISES during the execution of the search and who is reasonably believed by law enforcement to be the user of a fingerprint sensor-enabled device that is located at the SUBJECT PREMISES and falls within the scope of the warrant."

Submission + - 7 Types of Bugs Plaguing the Web

snydeq writes: From video glitches to memory leaks, today’s browser bugs may be rarer, but they are even harder to pin down, writes InfoWorld's Peter Wayner, in his roundup of the types of bugs troubling today's Web. ' Of course, it used to be worse. The vast differences between browsers have been largely erased by allegiance to W3C web standards. And the differences that remain can be generally ignored, thanks to the proliferation of libraries like jQuery, which not only make JavaScript hacking easier but also paper over the ways that browsers aren’t the same. These libraries have a habit of freezing browser bugs in place. If browser companies fix some of their worst bugs, the new “fixes” can disrupt old patches and work-arounds. Suddenly the “fix” becomes the problem that’s disrupting the old stability we’ve jerry-rigged around the bug. Programmers can’t win.' What hard-to-pin-down browser bugs have given you the most fits?

Submission + - Razer Acquires THX, the Audio Pioneer That George Lucas Started (venturebeat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Most of us know THX as the logo that comes up when we hear that zooming sound at the start of a film in a surround-sound movie theater. The company is a pioneer in audio technology, and today, gamer gear maker Razer is announcing that it has acquired the majority of THX Ltd.’s assets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Irvine, Calif.-based Razer said that it has also hired the management team and employees of THX, which George Lucas started in 1983 to develop audio-visual reproduction standards for movie theaters, screening rooms, home theaters, computer speakers, game consoles, and car audio systems. It will be an interesting match with Razer, which makes laptops and peripherals for game fanatics. THX will operate as an independent startup under its own management and apart from the ongoing business of its parent company. The audio technology business will have discretion to seek agreements with other product makers, service providers and financial partners apart from Razer.

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