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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

This.

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.

Comment Probably Illegal (Score 4, Informative) 371

Wow. I'm not on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram, but I do have a twitter account. Which I only use for following porn stars and for trolling. Guess I won't be renting via any agency that uses this service ;).

In all honesty, I highly doubt this will stand up. In connection with employers asking for social media passwords of employees;

A spokesman for the ICO [Information Commissioner's Office] said: "The UK Data Protection Act clearly says that organisations shouldn't hold excessive information about individuals, and it's questionable why they would need that information in the first place." [...] "In the UK, however, it would potentially put employers in breach of the Data Protection Act because it would constitute "excessive" information about an individual, the ICO indicated. "We would have very serious concerns if this practice was to become the norm in the UK," (article).

If that's true for employers, I'd say it's way more true for landlords and letting agencies, so I'd expect the ICO to have a few things to say on this. Seems like a probable violation of the Data Protection Act.

Comment Re:uh, what? (Score 2) 55

In the same way that some successful musicians have tried crowd-funding albums and projects, it's more of a marketing gimmick than a way of funding it per se. You get a whole bunch of people interested in the thing, and mostly committed to buying it, you create buzz as people follow the status of the crowd-funding campaign, and if you're particularly successful with the campaign and blow past your funding target in no time, that creates yet more hype. And in this case it sounds like you need to install their app to take part in the crowdfunding, which may be part of their goal in itself.

Comment Re:Duh. (Score 1) 82

The news isn't that facebook is monitoring people's reactions to serve ads, the news is that a police force is warning people to not use the reaction buttons. That is worth of some comment and discussion; whether you approve of behavioural advertising or not, no crime is being committed or prevented here. So why is a police force even getting involved? It seems downright strange to me. Are the Belgian police going to start warning people to avoid other sites and apps that use behavioural advertising? What legal pretext do they have for giving this warning?

Comment Re:Much more interesting snippet (Score 2) 87

Yea, it sounds like total bullshit. Why would the software in the planes be copying a bunch of files off of every phone that is plugged in to recharge, and then writing all those files blindly onto every subsequent phone that was plugged in? That would obviously be utterly insane, but I don't see any other way to read that paragraph, and I find it hard to believe.

Comment Re:Neat (Score 1) 97

Props to him for being a little unsafe, to be honest. I get really fed up of all these shows where they try to give the impression of risk for dramatic effect, while in actual fact they have eliminated pretty much all risk; on mainstream TV, this is pretty much always the case, because lawyers. When Mr Furze does something risky however, it's probably risky for real, and he has the burn scars to prove it. He could tone down the presentation style just a notch IMHO, it gets a bit much for me, but he does cool stuff.

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