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Comment Re:Analogue vs Digital, and DRM (Score 1) 281

USB Type-C allows for analog out to a pair of dumb headphones. You can either connect a pair of native Type-C dumb headphones (dumbphones?) or a 3.5mm set of dumbphones to a $3 adapter.
There will also be digital headphones and powered dumphones, but USB Type-C can totally be used to pass an analog signal from inside the phone, directly to a tiny set of speakers strapped to your head. There's no DRM in analog audio signals.

Comment It's about the battery backpack, stupid. (Score 2) 34

The clip on backpack battery represents a throwback to the old StarTac (pre-RAZR) days where you could get a slimline battery (which was for chumps) or this mutant cancer battery bulge, which gave you something like a week worth of standby. It was ugly, but holy wow it was an official manufacturer-built battery backpack, not unlike what they're making now.
Being able to buy a phone with a first party batter backpack puts Motorola on the radar of a lot of people who crave a true all-day phone. I'm certainly looking at it now.
I have a Nexus 5x which while having an average battery life, I went on a company offsite outing today and had to bring a USB battery bank to keep it from running out of juice. I suspect there are other people out here that demand more battery life than the average phone is capable of giving.
Nobody actually cares about the pico projector or... whatever the other one was. Everyone paying attention to this as a positive attribute is totally focused on the first party battery backpack. If I bought a Moto Z, I'd buy three backpacks, one for current use, one for the office (on a charger) and one at my house as a backup, all ready to hot-swap. I can live with a thicker phone, but using ride share services as often as I do, I can't function without my phone these days.

Comment Re: Collision avoidance, not autopilot (Score 1) 219

Tesla's autopilot is as much an autopilot at plane autopilot is. Plane autopilots require two human pilots in the cockpit, and they aren't allowed to just sit around and play Pokemon the whole time.

Autopilots don't mean you're allowed to stop paying attention, they just removed some of the drudgework of maintaining distance and emergency braking.

Comment Re:Nice to see. . . (Score 1) 409

If they change the terms you can just walk without any early termination fees, that's also in the contract.
I barely use 1GB a month as a power user, although I have a home data connection. Over the past three years DD-WRT tells me I'm using between 80 and 150 GB per month, peaking to ~250 once or twice. I have a hard time believing that those people using > 100GB/mo aren't within wifi range ever, and also won't invest in a land line to better meet their needs.

Comment Re:I'm not here to test your OS. (Score 1) 148

More people definitely doesn't mean a better product.

I've worked on projects where they turn the people-hose on near the end, and it 100% does not work. It tends to make things worse, in fact.

For testing purposes, what they'd have to do is hire people to...go out and use their phones like they're normal people in the world using their phones. Why not leverage the users that want early access to the software? They've done enough testing to make sure it's mostly stable and won't destroy your data, may as well release it on the world. It leads to better products faster. I'm not sure why anyone objects to that. Nobody's making us use the beta.

Comment Re:My PCP has a "scribe!" (Score 4, Informative) 322

I had to get my hand looked at after a bicycle accident about 2 years ago that could have impacted my range of movement. The doctor turned on a recorder that had a foot pedal as a sort of "push to talk/record" system. Every time he put his foot down it would start recording, and stop when he let off. This tape then got labeled with my case number and sent off to a transcriptionist/service. I don't know why you need the scribe in the room but whatever. The transcription cost gets passed along to the insurance company. No big deal.
The big bonus here is that me, the patient, gets to hear exactly what is going in to the doctor's notes, not getting the sanitized version. Also the doctor doesn't have to mentally repeat themself hours after the appointment.

Comment Re:This is Their Explanation?! (Score 1) 61

Apple itself DID know better. I mean, they had a whole service based around fingerprinting and metadata.

So you can't snarkily make a comment about how they're incompetent "at every level". (And they really, obviously aren't. They're making a lot of money at it--if they were as incompetent as you'd like to believe, they would've gone out of business long ago. It's not like there aren't other options.)

That said, it's not clear why they rolled out a meta-data match with Apple Music. That WAS obviously a bad decision, but it was also a deliberate decision. In my experience, Apple makes seemingly bad decisions often, but they're almost always deliberate. You may not agree with them, or they may be objectively bad, but there was someone that actually sat down and considered it (and eventually got it wrong, unfortunately). It may be that meta-data matches are faster or easier or it was something they were contractually obligated to try for DRM-ish reasons, which the industry always loves trying to impose. I honestly don't know.

Either way, I'm glad it's done with. I avoided adding my home library to Apple Music because I didn't want a zillion mismatched files. iTunes Match worked great for me for the years that I had it, so I'm sure this update will work fine.

Comment Re:CFAA? (Score 0) 61

Uh, the key word in each one of those points is about knowing and intentional damage of data. Apple didn't code something up with the express intention of destroying data. No matter what you think of Apple, they don't code in little bombs to ruin your day just for the hell of it. It was a bug. If we start looking at all bugs as intentional damage, we're going to have a lot fewer programmers willing to release software.

Comment Yes. iOS betas going back to 7 (Score 0) 148

I only have one phone, and I install new OSes on it.

I used to install the developer previews, but I don't actually do any development (I was paying the $99 for the dev account because I really was going to write something and submit it...eventually) and frankly, those were too buggy even for me.

Now I do the public betas. I love the new features (I love patch notes day for OSes and games like WoW or Diablo 3) and they're stable enough that I'm not going insane. Battery life is markedly worse, and there are some times that mobile data will be flaky and get chewed up really quickly. I'm okay with those things.

I also get a chance to submit feedback on bugs that I've had issues with for a long time, not just new bugs.

These are betas, not alphas. I keep good backups, but I've never needed them.

Comment Re:I'm not here to test your OS. (Score 1) 148

There are too many use cases to accurately cover them all. App interactions with the system on top of new APIs--no company could afford to hire that many people to test all the possibilities.

The developer and public betas are a good compromise. They're opt in. I get a chance to use stuff first and play with it, which is something that I like (I'm the guy that always loved patch notes day in WoW or Diablo 3), and you get a less buggy OS. I think we can all win here.

Comment Re:The bottome line (Score 1) 269

Yeah that's the Trillion Dollar question a lot of very smart people are working on. Once city or time-zone scale batteries (or equivilent) are invented, you just need to scale wind/solar at the continental level to about 250%.
Obviously, someone will invent that solution. If it's simply moving billions of tons of rock up a mountain, and then rolling it back down the mountain, then so be it. Emergencies like this will highlight the problem, and someone will solve it. Coal and oil burning plants are not long for this world. 50-60 years, tops.
People will look back at your post and laugh at it's short-sightedness.

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