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Comment Re:I believe you've already found the problem. (Score 3, Insightful) 467

You are apparently unaware that, to date, the only phones which have shipped without headphone jacks are Android phones...

No, I'm very aware of that -- it's kinda the point of TFA. There are already devices with this design decision, and there seems to be no positive in it (for the consumer), it just saves the manufacturer a few cents a unit and makes locking music playback down easier. All the ways people could listen to music on their phone without using the 3.5mm headphone jack were available before the change, so removing the port only stands to remove that other option for the user. It adds zilch to the customer experience.

The issue here is, unlike the Android platform, the customer can't just say "Well, if Apple is going to get rid of the headphone jack on the next iPhone, I'll just get another manufacturer's iOS smartphone". That's why this is a bigger deal.

Comment I believe you've already found tge problem. (Score 5, Interesting) 467

The headphone jack has worked for 50 years and it can work for another 50 more because it's universal. Headphones I plug into my iPhone work in an Android phone, in a BlackBerry, in my computer, in my PS4 controller, in my tablet, in any speaker with audio-out, and so on.

This is the problem with your analog headphone jack -- there's no vendor lock-in possible! This grievous error must be stopped.

Apple almost had this going on with the original iPhone, they just sank the jack down a couple millimeters into the phone so most headphones couldn't plug in properly because their plug was too large. But soon headphone makers started slimming down the plug diameter, and those crafty Chinese made little dongles for existing phones to connect. And what could Apple do? They couldn't copyright a certain diameter hole. But now, oh, but now... we have digital audio transmission possible and decoding chips so small they can literally be inside the headphones themselves, or even just the plug you hook into the device. So now we can just encrypt everything and make headphone producers pay the device manufacturer for a license to be allowed to make third-party accessories. Apple can make money without lifting a finger now. And you wont be able to use your nice $300 earphones your got for your android device or laptop on your iPhone as well. No, now your get to buy two pairs of headphones for twice the price instead.

Seriously, though. I can't wait to hear how Apple spins this as being a good thing at the next iPhone announcement in a few months here.

Comment Seem to be contradicting.... (Score 2) 199

"I think BlackBerry, like any company, should have a basic civil responsibility. If the world is in danger, we should be able to help out." ...
Chen also warned that mandatory back doors aren't a good idea either.

I'd like to hear Chen's idea of how he can accomplish access to encrypted data without the user's consent while not having a back door.
I suppose he doesn't count the vendor having the user's key and using it without permission as "unauthorized access".

Comment Re:People with hundreds of tapes? Recording for du (Score 1) 130

but Disney is an important exception. 50 Disney movies isn't cheap.

And Disney VHS cassettes come with DRM, so you can't always convert them to DVD yourself.

I would argue it's not worth the effort. Most of Disney's high-profile movies are available restored on blu-ray now. The increase in picture and audio quality is worth rebuying instead of converting an analog SD format to a newer medium.

Comment Re:Well, I _wanted_ to like her. (Score 1) 175

Pardon Snowden... Stein got off on the right foot there. Sounds good so far...

Unfortunately, she shoved the other one in her mouth. She's in favor of "homeopathic medicine", and says that nuclear energy is, "dirty, dangerous and expensive, and should be precluded on all of those counts", when the actual data shows just the opposite.

She's running with the Green Party. What else would you expect from someone on a platform with a bunch of naturalists?

Comment Re:Poor Microsoft... (Score 1) 104

I didn't realize we only measured 'success' based upon what Wall Street thinks.

For large corporations we do. If you don't make that crowd happy you'll find yourself subject to takeover attempts, boardroom shakeups, and activist investors.

Life is really easier for a privately held company, because they can just say "because it's our business, fuck you" to their critics.

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