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Comment Hey Siri! Be more like how you used to be (Score 1) 82

So they're finally opening it up to developers. Maybe they'll regain some of the features that they already had, but subsequently lost after they acquired Siri.
Meanwhile the original developers of siri have moved on to viv.

But the real issue is that Apple have hobbled the usefulness of Siri by not letting it gather all the information on you like Google Now (Google Assistant) so it will never be as personal or as useful.

I'm predicting that they will make it, it will be good but not a best in class, it will integrate with apple tv and air play, and will only be bought by dyed in the wool apple fans. Other than that it will fall flat when compared to Google Home and Amazon Echo. Time will tell, and I don't have a horse in this race, I just feel like Apple could have, and should have been WAY out in front of this when they bought Siri, but they crippled its usefulness.

Comment Wont somebody please think of the children (Score 1) 822

Perhaps we could regulate the access to pornography with some kind of oauth which maintains an age in the identity? But then this will just be faked and we will end up back where we started.

I don't have kids so its hard to see what the problem is. I hold this opinion due to the fact that when I was growing up porn was EASY to access.. I mean dads sock drawer isn't exactly a secure vault. And from the early days of bulletin boards before we had the current implementation of the internet, porn has ALWAYS been prevalent. I remember downloading CGI porn line at a time hoping that she was standing on her head at to get the beaver in view quicker.

Comment Re:how cool/innovative is that (Score 1) 160

Agreed.. you could modify the attachment method from a bayonet to mag-lock or some other clip in/snap out and avoid prosecution. I think this patent is well within the rights to be patented due to the slightly novel ways of detatching to prevent damage and the way it recesses into the body. I wanted to scream at the screen and rant.. but reading saved me the stress.

Comment Re:Completely Foolproof (Score 1) 162

yeah, you'd notice..

but Im guessing the goal here that C0R1D4N was getting at was getting the data and not letting you believe that no one had tampered with your phone

if the goal was steal it and get access to the contents of the phone by accessing the underlying hardware directly.. then this seems (at least on the surface) like a suitable approach. As stated in the short description 'Any attempt to disassemble the device would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable,". So if the goal is data retrieval.. don't use the screws.. simply dremmel out everywhere you can while not damaging the SOC then remove that from the pcb and then break it out to some predetermined jig and read the contents of all memory on the device.

Comment Sounds like a job for self swarms of drones (Score 1) 867

So why not take the man out of the equations and get everyone to install a package dock on their roof?
the self organising drone swarm acts as the on foot postman and ferries the packages/letters from the central depo to your house.
24/7, returning to base to charge and only taking breaks when there weather contitions prevent the drones from flying..


Deploy the flying monkeys!

Continue the research.

Comment Re:No specs? (Score 1) 177

Sorry, I should have read the subject line of your post rather than just the content

I responded to the doc folder being empty, which in no way answers your point about the "Specification" being completely MIA.

you sir, make a valid point :D

Comment Re:Welcome to reality (Score 1) 146

dubbreak nailed it here.
I've been in a similar company in the past and seen this happen first hand. The short term gain is what they get rewarded for, they move up the company while riding on their high before the effects of their poor decision making is felt and then transfer to another company on an even higher position and proceed to make the same poor calls.

The second paragraph is where the truth of the matter lies. The money men drive the company even though the R&D is the engine room, with this kind of Mr Magoo shortsightedness expect a fatal car crash for your company within 3 years.

Comment All your eggs in one basket (Score 0, Flamebait) 226

What a truly stupid post.

Enterprise Google Services are a paid service which has awesome support (the free ad driven versions do not) and as such come with a level of availability.. if they are going do discontinue a service that is truly an enterprise service they offer an export of your data so that you can migrate to another service.

Far reaching projects with one eye on the future which are truly pioneering and revolutionary are best developed with the full expectation that they might fail. Failure is the risk of any ambitious project.. managing that risk by diversifying your future direction based on expanding into areas where your current strengths lie is just sensible! to put all your eggs in one basket with the knowledge that your one idea could fail is a sure fire way to become extinct and also to go out of business.

These two things are completely unrelated. Their current offerings of enterprise services is a separate part of their business to their horizon projects.

Comment Re:version control (Score 1) 480

Have to agree with the parent suggesting version control.

If you are able to recall your timestamped version with your name in the code from the interview room on any web connected device, you're golden...
But still, it doesnt change the fact that the person maintaining your work is fraudulently claiming cedit for creation rather than adding their name into a list of maintainers and what their changes were like a normal change log. Not sure what you can do about that to be honest...

Comment Re:Too Late (Score 1) 213

Actually you raise a very good point in the following line

"let's not even get into the fact that you often don't licence the patents individually and instead pay for them collectively when you purchase an off the shelf part for your device"

that is 100% accurate as usually it is the component manufacturer that will pay for the fact that their component operates according to the accepted standard of which the FRAND patent applies. So (forgive my ignorance on this one as I'm guessing) wouldn't apple have bought the components off (lets say) Samsung? and hence have already paid for the use of that patent?

I mean obviously this isn't the case otherwise this patent wouldn't be in the suit.. So perhaps its that apple have built their own component which has not paid for the use of the essential patent? in which case it becomes fair game.

In any case I agree with you 100% that the value of a patent should be a fixed cost per use and not as a % of a device. That's just ludicrous. I wasn't aware that was what Samsung were claiming.


There is however one point I disagree with..
"Apple absolutely wants to pay a fair rate, as they do for every other frand patent they licence."

Im not sold on this point, as lets face it, there seem to be a hell of a lot of FRAND patents being thrown at Apple in these patent suits. If they really were committed to paying whats fair, then this wouldn't come up so often. And the amount of effort it takes to develop a standards essential patent is a LOT greater than the design and trade dress of a product. Hence that effort should be rewarded through the appropriate payment of licencing. Who are apple to say how much is fair rate for a technology they didn't develop? if thats the cost, and its shown to be that for every vendor, then so be it.. suck it up, or develop your own standard and try and get everyone else to adopt it.

Comment Re:Too Late (Score 1) 213

"There's no financial losses to Samsung from Apple using this patent, other than the licencing fees, since it's in the pool."

This is part of the penalty I was referring to.. it doesnt matter whether its FRAND or not.. if you don't pay the licencing fee of a FRAND patent then you're in violation of the terms of use of the patent.

"They're asking too much money for this" on one side and "They don't want to pay, we believe x is a fair price" on the other."

unfortunately the only things that really count here is that the licencing is Fair.. Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory.. hence unless Apple can prove that Samsungs rates to them are discriminatory, then they need to just shut up and pay the licensing fee

I was just saying that banning the old products does nothing, and the court should be forcing apple to pay the cost of licencing per product (as you state either as agreed by the court, which in my opinion is ridiculous as the court doesn't know the value of technology, or they pay the rates which samsung requested, which is the same fee that everyone else using that essential patent pays.) plus a slight penalty as they quite blatantly decided not to pay the licencing for the FRAND patent.

Quite frankly without some kind of extra penalty why not employ this as a standard mode of operation. Use all frand patents without licence and then only pay the licence after being forced to by a court with no extra penalty.. thats not in the spirit of patent law.

Comment Too Late (Score 1) 213

Is it just me, or is an import ban on a 3 year old iPhone 4 and a 3 year old iPad 2 really going to make much difference to Apple? Those products are winding down anyway? So banning them now is a bit too little too late. When you compare this to the billion dollar lawsuit from a year ago, this is not much of a punishment at all. They should also impose a penalty for every single unit of these makes that has been sold within the U.S. and make apple pay that to Samsung. That's only fair. Also I agree with an earlier poster who said that if Obama can overturn this ruling, what is the point of the whole system in the first place.

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