Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×

Submission + - Wired says Google's Pixel is the best phone on the market

swillden writes: The reviews on Google's Pixel phones are coming in, and they're overwhelmingly positive. Most call them the best Android phones available, and at least one says they're the best phones available, period.

Wired's reviewer says he used to recommend the iPhone to people, but now he says "You should get a Pixel." The Verge, says "these are easily the best Android phones you can buy." The Wall Street Journal calls the Pixel "the Android iPhone you've been waiting for." ComputerWorld says "It's Android at its best."

AndroidPolice is more restrained, calling it "A very good phone by Google." The NY Times broke from the rest, saying "the Pixel is, relatively speaking, mediocre", but I'm a little skeptical of a reviewer who can't figure out how to use a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner without using both hands. It makes me wonder if he's actually held one.

Comment Re: Irony (Score 1) 70

They obviously know, but are legally forbidden from commenting.


I think people often forget that corporations are about the furthest thing possible from monolithic. It's entirely possible for one organization within a corporation to receive a request that is within its own ability and authority and to handle it without bothering to tell anyone else, or with only brief consultations with legal, who may not have kept any records. Given government secrecy requests/demands, that possibility grows even more likely. Further, corporations aren't static. They're constantly reorganized and even without reorgs people move around a lot, and even leave the company. There are some records of what people and organizations do, but they're usually scattered and almost never comprehensive.

It's entirely possible that they did something like this, that the system was installed and later removed, and that the only people who know about it have left the company or aren't speaking up because they were told at the time that they could never speak about it, and that the organization that was responsible for doing it and/or undoing it no longer even exists. It's possible that Yahoo's leadership's only option for finding out whether it happened is to scan old email to see if anyone discussed it via email (which may not have happened; see "government secrecy requests/demands") or to look in system configuration changleogs to find out if the system was ever deployed (and it may have been hidden under an innocuous-sounding name)... or to ask the government if the request was ever made.

Of course, my supposition here depends on a culture of cooperation with the government. I don't know if that existed at Yahoo. I think most of the major tech corporations at this point have a strong bias towards NON-cooperation, which would cause any request like this to go immediately to legal who would immediately notify the relevant C-level execs. But I have worked for corporations where the scenario I describe is totally plausible.

Comment Re:Disappointed with the Press Conference (Score 3, Interesting) 148

Indeed. I live in Europe, but I find little that's admirable about ESA in comparison to NASA. They're not nearly as open with the public, nor nearly as successful. NASA has its faults, but I'd take a European version of NASA over the ESA any day.

The openness issues don't just stem to press conferences. They also embargo mission data a lot more and have more strict licenses on reuse of ESA products. It's.... let's just say "unfortunate". And it needs to change.

Comment Re:So it appears . . . (Score 2) 148

Quite possibly none of the above; from the description, I think that it's more likely some sort of sensor issue. It used a doppler radar altimeter/velocimeter to estimate its position, with 1 antenna is dedicated to range (points straight down, direct measurement) and 3 to X/Y/Z velocity (angled outward, used to estimate how the landscape is moving with respect to the craft). There's also accelerometers onboard. I'm not sure what sort of priority is given to what data.

A program is only as good as the inputs it receives. It seems to me that it thought it was going "low and slow". I mean, technically it could be a software issue, there could be some sort of "unit conversion" bug or some sort of mistaken sequence specifications or the like. But if I had to guess, I'd go with a sensor data problem rather than software.

Comment Re:I mean... (Score 1) 160

Not personally, but a friend ruined his that way, and I've had some of what would have been "close calls". Likewise, I've never had to replace/send in a phone because of a bad battery. My "had to replace my phone" history is two cracked screens and one defective charge port.

For me, waterproofing is peace of mind - not having to worry about it. And I can do things that people whose phone isn't waterproof wouldn't dream of, like wading out on a beach or sitting in a spring while holding it. I was at a nearby geothermal river with my father this summer and he was sort of freaking out when he saw me in the water, taking pictures, not knowing my phone was waterproof. He had been taking pictures on the hike, but left his phone on the bank because of (reasonable) fear of it getting wet. Waterproofing just gives you something else you don't have to worry about and lets you do things that you probably wouldn't do otherwise.

Comment Re:I mean... (Score 1) 160

You know, I once was really hardcore on the "user-replaceable battery" bandwagon, but I've really softened on the issue. There are some significant advantages to making them not replaceable, including better waterproofing and the savings of both mass and volume. It's not some sort of scheme to make people replace their phones - or, at the very least, not only that.

If someone could make an IP67 phone with a user replaceable battery, I'd consider that a bonus over one that doesn't have a user-replaceable battery. But that's rare, and I'm not going to give up waterproofing for a replaceable battery.

Comment Re:DCMA Fair Use / Parody (Score 1) 160

Indeed. That mod is rather tame compared to some other snarky stuff I've seen out there. I remember after the Toyota "unintended accleration" issues, someone was plugging a "Toyota Simulator" that they made... when you went to the site it was just a continuous first-person video from a drivers' seat, played in fast forward, with the driver screaming in panic ;)

Comment Re:ANYTHING to distract from (Score 1) 372

But he has an impeccable source - James O'Keefe! Because when I'm looking for accurate reporting, and not, you know, selective editing and deliberate misrepresentation to make up a scandal out of whole cloth, I turn to James O'Keefe. Gold standard in reliable information there.

I also turn to Alex Jones for information about the Bilderberg Group, Art Bell for information about cosmology, and David Icke for information about herpetology.

Comment Re:NOTHING HAS CHANGED (Score 1) 196

Uber just arrived in my city.

They have 6 cars working for them from the local community, they have dozens coming into the city from the surrounding areas, with vehicles that don't adhere to the local laws on what is a fit vehicle for a Private Hire car.
We've been descended upon by a swarm of locusts.The safety of passengers has been compromised by Out Of Town cars, some of which have tinted windows (a regulation put in place to raise the safety of passengers), a lot don't have anything on their doors to show they're a cab (the local cars have plates, clearly stating they're pre-booked only for insurance reasons, for passenger safety), and there have been cases of the police pulling these cars over and finding they aren't even legally licensed cab drivers! just Joe Schmoe in a car. I would't want my daughter in that vehicle that doesn't have taxi insurance (if any, isn't there a clause that states "not for hire or reward" on most private policies?).

Then on to the other problem.
These locusts are emptying the pockets of our tourists and some idiots who don't know any better (here, let us hook you in with a free ride!) and taking the money out of the city; out of the county in most cases.
This city's economy is being squeezed by these guys. The local cabbies pay their money into local businesses, shop in local shops, buy local produce.
Where does the Out Of Town driver take our money and spend it?

The local council have opened the floodgates for these pirates. The woman who actually signed the paper has resigned, her boss is passing the buck.
Someone took a payment or they wouldn't have done it.

The police, cabbing community, public, student bodies, local chip wrapper, radio stations and certain branches of the local council are all having a problem now.

Uber isn't the problem here, the OOT cars and unlicensed ones are. Uber are just the stinking turd that is bringing the flies into our city.

Slashdot Top Deals

My mother is a fish. - William Faulkner