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Comment Re:Damnit (Score 5, Interesting) 203

So what's your problem? There's no reason to believe that other than changing the branding, there's going to be any major change in direction. They probably want to drive some slightly more interesting hardware designs, as the Nexus phones have become a little boring.

I had a Nexus S back in the day (still in a drawer somewhere actually), with the contoured Super AMOLED screen; that was an interesting and distinctive phone at the time. By comparison, there's not much exciting about my Nexus 5, it's a good phone at a decent price, but that's as exciting as it gets. So if they're going to make things more interesting again with the hardware, I'm all for it.

Comment Re:This can't possibly go wrong... (Score 1) 203

I don't think this will be of any interest or make any difference to impatient drivers, who already use the obvious ways of knowing when the light is about to go green.

On the other hand, all the slow-witted people who seem to fall asleep when the light turns red, and then take forever to start moving when it goes green, might well benefit from this. It would benefit further from a loud alarm at the 5 second mark, and maybe a flashing red display on the dash saying "FOCUS!", but maybe that's asking too much.

Comment Re:I'm not a company (Score 2) 208

There's nothing to stop non-British websites from being rated by a UK body, and blocked by British ISPs if necessary; they already block non-UK pirate sites for example. They could easily set criteria such as revenue or visitors per day, so sites with say more than 500 visitors per day, or sites with a certain amount of traffic per day would need to be rated, or whatever.

That's not to say the whole idea isn't incredibly dumb and impractical, but there's no technical barrier to those parts, other than scale. The bottleneck would be actually doing the rating, which would be pretty much impossible unless you're talking an incredibly small subset of websites.

Comment This again (Score 2) 298

I've heard something similar proposed several times, for example Airbus Patent Shows Modular, Removable Aircraft Cabins, and the same issues are discussed every time.

The primary driving factor in the design of passenger aircraft in recent decades has been getting the cost per passenger down, so a solution against which can be said "the whole obsolete airport and airline infrastructure must be rebuilt" has pretty much zero chance of happening, since that would be somewhat expensive.

As far as the safety aspect, the idea of having a detachable passenger compartment that can separately parachute-land in the event of a disaster is also not new, and the obvious issues mentioned in that article seem to apply here also. Big increase in cost to achieve a questionable and at best marginal overall safety improvement in what is already the safest for of transport is just dumb.

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to see people working on this kind of thing, and I don't want to be that guy that dismisses every futuristic conceptbecause of a few practical obstacles, but I do wish tech journalists would present such things in a more realistic way. Lines like "... and his team are preparing to build a small-scale Clip-Air prototype. They have already initiated some contacts with the aerospace industry" tries to make it sound like this is something on the path to possibly being implemented, whereas the reality is "contacts with the aerospace industry" might not mean much at all.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 4, Informative) 307

But the reality is that incidents like this are almost an everyday occurrence. We're averaging about one terrorist incident per day this year (see a month-by-month breakdown), including shootings, suicide bombings, and vehicular attacks. Several a month have comparable death tolls to this latest Istanbul attack. It just isn't a big enough event to warrant it being on slashdot; non-tech "stuff that matters" can't be stuff that happens every day. If the death toll was in the hundreds, then maybe.

Comment Re:whining (Score 1) 122

What you seem to not understand is that when we say "non-removable battery", it generally doesn't mean that you can't replace it when it's failed. It means it takes five minutes to replace, and probably requires some tools, as opposed to just unclipping a cover by hand and pulling it out, that's all. Few phones have batteries so glued in or whatever that it actually can't be replaced. Certainly with my Nexus 5 "non-removable" battery, you only have to pop off the back cover with a pry tool and the battery is accessible, you could probably swap it out in two minutes if you were in a hurry.

Comment Re:Money from people who want to sell? (Score 2) 241

Could someone wrap up in a few words how you could scam money from people who want to SELL something?

I was wondering that. There's probably a lot of different scams, but a commonly documented one seems to be that the "buyer" will send you a fake cheque for a larger value than what you are selling the item for under some pretext or other, and ask you to cash it and send them the difference via various hard to trace means. Often banks will cash the cheque and not discover the fraud until later, when you will be on he hook to pay the bank back the full value of the cheque.

Comment Video format? (Score 1) 260

Interestingly, Chrome was the first to kill the laptop in the video streaming test at 4 hours and 19 minutes. Firefox closely followed its rival at 5 hours and 9 minutes, while Opera (running on the same tech as Chrome) managed to hit 6 hours and 18 minutes. In Microsoft's tests, it was found that Edge was best of the bunch when it came to enjoying a video online, lasting for 7 hours and 22 minutes.

Was this an HTML5 video, or was it playing in Flash player or some other plugin? It doesn't seem to say in the article, unless I missed it (I only skimmed), but I'm thinking that would make a big difference.

Comment Re: The ego... (Score 4, Insightful) 428

I do go to youtube for music (I don't use any streaming service, so if I want to check out some artist that's not in my collection, youtube is a pretty good way to check out a few songs), and 99% of the time it's the artist's VEVO or whatever official channel. TBH I'm not really aware of having heard any unlicensed music on youtube, although I guess there will have been background music that I wouldn't particularly know or notice if it was licensed or not.

To be honest, the "I think any free-tiered service is not fair." quote gives the game away here; it's not stolen content Reznor is concerned about, it's free content. The moaning about stolen content is just a red herring. What they really want is for all free sources of music to start charging, or otherwise increase monetization, and give them a nice fat cut.

Comment Re:Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (Score 1) 231

I have one, and it's great, but it sure isn't the "rugged 16GB RAM / 1TB Storage / 20-hour battery tablet" that the submitter is asking for. But I think the submitter needs to explain why he thinks he needs those specs, because the fact is tablet specs actually don't suck, since they're good enough for the task most people use them for, and I can't see how most people would benefit from the specs he's asking for.

Comment Re:people want cheap (Score 4, Insightful) 231

apparently these days cheap is all that matters - quality doesn't


Nobody is interested in making a good product, only a cheap product.

The issue is that nobody is willing to pay for high-end tablets. A few years ago, there were more premium tablets around, and they didn't sell.

The fact is that high end phones sell because a) many people get them on contract with low up-front cost, and b) people carry their phones around and use them a lot every single day, so it's easier to justify. By constrast, you mostly have to pay up-front for a tablet, and for many people it's used a lot less than a phone, and so for the majority, a cheap tablet is just fine, especially since today's premium tablet will be outperformed by budget tablets in less than two years.

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