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Comment Re:Why is Amazon/Alexa even saving recordings? (Score 1) 116

The heart of Amazon’s claim is that Alexa devices could provide insights into a person’s entire life, and having two days worth of audio would be an unreasonable invasion of that privacy. Knowing that law enforcement has the ability to request data from these devices and peruse them at will would have a chilling effect on people using the services—which clearly would be bad news for Amazon’s business.

Yes, it's bad for business, but it's also just not fundamentally right, correct?

I know that doesn't seem to matter to anyone anymore, but we have things like wiretap warrants for a reason. It keeps the US from turning into the countries that we complain about.

Otherwise it is literally like 1984. And we decided this was a bad idea in 1967.

Comment Re:Natural selection at play (Score 1) 74

The lesson here is that returning beached whales to sea just returns them to the gene pool, harming the whale population at large.

If you want to save the whales, you must let the beach-weak whales die. If we keep returning them to the sea, we'll simply have a whale population that's dependent on humans to survive!

Your hypothesis assumes implicitly assumes that a survivable portion of the whale population can evolve to handle beaching events or not beach themselves.

This may not be possible. Especially when you factor in that humans may be causing them to beach themselves.

Some people believe that the whales are beaching themselves in response to human-induced stimulus (sonar, etc) that is literally driving them from the ocean because remaining in the water is causing them sufficient pain that they do not believe they can survive there.

So what you really may end up with is no remaining whale population.

Comment Re:Who would sink a nuclear ship? (Score 1) 203

You have to admit... what army/navy/etc. would sink a nuclear ship in their own waters during war? You'd have to think twice about that - it could be a good deterrent to being attacked. If sunk, it could be a major issue in your region for generations to come.

You sink the ship, then accuse the country that owned the ship of attacking you with a nuclear capability.

There you go, you now have given yourself approval for a nuclear retaliation.

Seems like crazy logic, but let's see if it happens in the South China Sea soon.

Comment Re:Verizon is going to get in trouble (Score 4, Insightful) 139

I have a coworker who's holding on to his Note 7. He's been staying on top of all of this. It appears that after a recall, a company cannot require nor continue requiring payment for a recalled device. Some may argue that he has a loan he still owes Verizon, but it appears also that Samsung bought out all those loans.

Verizon doesn't want the liability of your coworker suing them after his house burns down. Or to be sued by someone else after he burns someone elses house down, or a bus, or a plane.

If they completely discontinue service to the phones, they have a justifiable legal basis for saying that they did all that they could to prevent the phone fmor being used. They have likely decided that alienating a small portion of their customer base is worth avoiding such liability.

Also, your colleague sounds a bit daft.

Comment Re:Threshold (Score 1) 409

What is the unemployment threshold going to be?
When unemployment caused by automation, robotics, etc reaches 10%?

In the coming decades more and more people worldwide will become unemployable, and they will have nothing to do or any way to make a living?

How are governments and communities going to respond?

The unemployment threshold will be quite low and people will not really respond at all.

Haven't you see the Matrix?

Comment Re:Conclusion: (Score 1) 375

Let's see - I have gigabit internet, satellite TV, 4G cell service, acres of land and a house that would cost you millions, and no traffic or crime in this rural American lifestyle as you call it.

I actually know my neighbors, the mayor of the town, the sheriff, and I participate in my community. My kids go to decent schools with normal people and not the psychotics that live in major cities. Despite the article above we have good health care and actually know our doctors who even make house calls. We grow a lot of our own food and have easy access to hunting. When the shit hits the fan you will be starving.

So no thanks. Keep your city lifestyle.

Keep in mind that if everyone in the city decided to move to the country, your rural house would indeed cost millions, traffic and crime would increase, school quality would decrease, and hunting would go away.

So maybe the rural/urban populations are more symbiotic than you realize.

Comment Re:Sorely needed in the US (Score 1) 234

I'm in IT and not a teacher and I work K-12 and in my (red) state the legislature completely gutted the teacher's unions but people think they're amazing and that teachers barely work get summers off and have hot tubs in the lounge; couldn't be further from the truth.

The benefits get worse every year and it's standard operating procedure to keep people in fear for their jobs and to expect plenty of unpaid OT.

Teachers get shit on and everyone who supports them gets shit on worse (except managers, of course). The only thing their union does at this point that's worth anything at all is maintains legal counsel and usually they're toothless since the laws are.

Keep your eye on the ball:
Lower teacher salary = worse teaching = less well educated students = a less-intelligent population = an easier future constituency to manipulate

With that logic, why WOULD any legislature invest in teaching?

Comment Re:I don't see why they would change (Score 1) 268

What exactly does Consumer Reports have to lose by a re-test?

Time. If they start giving some companies special attention, then everyone else will start demanding that, too. If, on the other hand, they stick to the "We give you one chance and that's that" they can actually get a lot more work done.

Also, there will be a re-test. When Apple refreshes the MacBook Pro model... which I bet will be a little sooner than they had originally intended!

Comment Re:Consumer Reports I trust more than Apple (Score 1) 268

The problem is not "over inflated battery life" - and actually, Apple has (in the past) gotten kudos for being one of the few companies that consistently provided reasonably accurate battery numbers for their products.

No, the issue is there's something as-yet-unexplained which, under some circumstances, causes the battery life of the newest MacBook Pros to plummet to ridiculously low levels. Consumer Reports saw it in their testing; but, even before that, some customers were experiencing it (and justifiably complaining).

Apple also used to include convenient feature like headphone jacks in its phones, value the Pro side of their equipment lineup more than the profit percentage that it generated, and put several years of development into each iteration of OS X.

I think the issue is that the iOS side of the company is winning and far fewer resources (money, time, and good developers) are being devoted to the intelligent design and quality products that Apple was known for.

I keep telling myself that its a temporary dip in Apple's Pro-lineup performance, but think that I secretly know they've switched to the darkside of trying to extract excessive amounts of profit from their captive user base while no longer trying excessively to provide the quality product that got them that user base.

Comment Re:I'm not like most people. (Score 2) 111

Similar here. I have a good job, but am not independently wealthy or any of that horse pucky (though saving like mad to get there). I rarely set an alarm, and mostly wake up before it goes off when I do.

I prioritize going to bed at a reasonable time, and avoid alcohol and especially sugar for at least 2-3 hours before bedtime. We do a crossword before lights out to give a guaranteed 15-30 minutes of non-screen time before lights out and tend to sleep much better than when I did ipad time up to lights out.

I have a smart phone, but choose to avoid getting hooked on it. My work would let me get email on it but they then have the right to wipe it at will if I get terminated, which is a deal breaker for me. If I REALLY am expecting something important I have a work laptop I can fire up. Mainly I use to to double check our German colleagues have not canceled a 7AM meeting before I ride my bike in.

The 2nd level parent comment is a complainy pants and needs to start taking control of his effing life. Get a better job, go to bed earlier, or similar adjustments.

At the risk of breaking the smarmy-fest, I find that my life experience is completely different.

I have young children and a busy workload. I do not have time to ride a bike into work, to avoid eating 2-3 hours before bed, or to sleep more than 6 hours a night. Really, it's more like 4-5.

So I use my phone as an alarm clock. Then, immediately after it wakes me up, I use it to deal with any timely emails while I am sitting on the toilet and waiting for the shower to warm up. I do this because I am aware that my colleagues may need that information to proceed before I arrive at work and it is the only time I will get to spend on email until I have gotten the kids up, kids fed, kitchen cleaned, kids to school, and myself to work. My spouse works too, so there is no homemaker to do these wonderful responsibilities for me.

I expect that most people in my life situation follow the same routine.

Now, while you are contemplating your indignant reply to restate how I should "taking control of my effing life," please keep in mind that some people actually like to work harder than you, for longer than you. And that others may not have the opportunities that you had to "get a better job, go to bed earlier, or (make) similar adjustments." Maybe you can use some of that bountiful time you have in your monk-like day to think about how arrogant and elitist your post comes across as, and how to restate your opinion more considerately in the future so the other 99% of us don't blow you off.

Comment Re:laptops sell more (Score 2) 230

I dunno... it certainly seems that way, especially when you consider that Macs (or rather, OSX-running stuff) represent what, 10-20% of their revenue nowadays, when compared to iPads and etc?

But here's the real imact, I use a Mac Pro for work. Which also led me to buy a MacBook Pro, an iPad and an iPhone.

If I have to switch from the Mac Pro to Linux, I am definitely going to move away from a MacBook.

Suddenly, I will also care a lot less about the iPad and iPhone too, in favor of Android or other options.

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