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Comment Bullshit (Score 4, Interesting) 98

Predictions are not worth the toilet paper they are printed on.

Apple has suffered from a lack of progress ever since Jobs died. They are treading water... it took them 5 years to update the MacBook, and what we got was lackluster. 'Predicting' that they will succeed and Microsoft will falter is dubious.

The only real winner is Google, with Over 3/4 of the market for device operating systems.

Comment Useful (Score 5, Insightful) 43

This sounds more practical that the typical announcement about 'breakthrough in carbon shaped like a sheet/tube/ball'. It doesn't require ultra-pure, pristine, 1cm by 1cm by 1 atom, made-from-the-ashes-of-the one-pure-angel type graphene. It's boring 'let's have the undergrads play around with carbon so they feel like their doing real science' quality graphene. That's pretty awesome, and makes this far more likely to go from a lab experiment to a practical invention with patents, profits, and benefits to daily life.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 4, Insightful) 68

You misunderstand. You often can't change the password on the telnet / ssh ports. Per Krebs:


Several readers have pointed out that while advising IoT users to change the password via the device’s Web interface is a nice security precaution, it may or may not address the fundamental threat. That’s because Mirai spreads via communications services called “telnet” and “SSH,” which are command-line, text-based interfaces [...]

The trouble is, even if one changes the password on the device’s Web interface, the same default credentials may still allow remote users to log in to the device using telnet and/or SSH.

Comment Better (Score 4, Informative) 210

Stephen Hawking's initial comments about AI and the future were taken out of context pretty badly. This is a much better quote that more accurately (I believe) summarizes the opinion many smart people have about AI: that it'll induce change, probably radical change, and change is only sometimes good... and it often gets worse before it gets better.

Comment Different Target Market (Score 4, Interesting) 269

I like how Nintendo isn't even attempting to compete with the other two still. Totally different demographics, different use case, different technology.

It is a little depressing to see Nintendo release a console on a different cadence than the other two, and even two years later their hardware is less powerful. I guarantee this thing won't be running any 4k resolutions or VR framerates.

But that's not their target. They have always emphasized simpler games with unique gameplay. I think the trade off will be a bit easier to swallow this time, with the mobile-tablet form factor.

I'm concerned about those tiny-ass half-controllers though. Not sure how that'll play out with adult sized hands.

Comment Equivalent (Score 1) 204

This is equivalent to getting out a blacklight and looking for bloodstains. As far as I'm aware it does not require a warrant to check an individuals belongings for marks invisible to the naked eye.

While I am, in general, against the significant overreach of police powers without a corresponding increase in their accountability, I don't think this is an example of that. This is simple application of existing laws in a new context. I don't think playing a CD or cassette tape counts as 'search' either.

Comment Re:FTC? (Score 3) 86

Because AT&T is a communications company... and it sells phones, and is an employer, it pays taxes, and it owns shares of other companies.

The FCC regulates AT&T's use of spectrum and communications.
The FTC regulates their sale of physical goods and other trade.
OSHA regulates their employee safety.
The IRS regulates their tax payments.
And the SEC regulates their purchase and sale of stocks.

Just because they are a telecommunication company doesn't mean that nobody but the FCC has any jurisdiction, ever.

Comment Re:Still trying... (Score 0) 124

I would have killed for a good free Alarm clock app years ago. I only had a desktop (next to my bed). No phone. No tablet. There are still millions of people who only have one device... no reason that a basic function like that shouldn't be included in the OS, so you don't have to resort to running media files via the scheduling system as a workaround.

That, and Windows 10 also runs on ultra-portal laptops and tablets, where this is more useful even to the richer first-worlders who have alternate devices they can use to alarm with.

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