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Comment Re:Welcome to the Hotel EuroUnion... (Score 4, Insightful) 315

Angela Merkel, arguably the most powerful of the EU leaders, said there's no need to be nasty to the UK in response to Brexit (i.e. punish them, as you're suggesting). The reality is that the UK will be punishing itself, because it's leaving the club (the EU) and losing the benefits, including free trade with the rest of the EU. This fact alone is enough for any company which had its EU headquarters in the UK to realize they probably need to move to the continent. That's a lot of jobs leaving the country.

Comment Re:My old phone had a replaceable battery (Score 4, Insightful) 210

People complained about the bulk and weight of having a removable cover and another layer of hard plastic around the battery.

No, they didn't. I've never heard one actual person using a cell phone in the real world make that complaint. It's strictly an issue for the gadget review press. And besides, what are you talking about? Extra plastic? A non-removable battery is still covered by the phone case. There's no extra layer of hard plastic, just the small tabs or whatever mechanism keeps the cover attached.

Mod parent up. And I'd like to add: A non-removable battery is an issue, or shall we say plan, for the manufacturers who want to ensure obsolescence.

Comment Re: Buying not needed (Score 1) 207

I've long used the bootable utility MHDD and its "erase" command (followed by "scan" with erase delays, and then scan with "remap"). It's a low-level diagnostic tool, and apparently erases remapped sectors (hence the need for the following scans). I've never established with certainty whether the erase command is using the ATA secure erase method or not, but it's certainly faster than using DBAN and with the added bonus of erasing remapped sectors. It's been a great tool for extending the life of old hard drives which go in computers for Craigslist or donation.

Comment This makes so much sense for developing countries (Score 4, Insightful) 33

Outside of urban areas in many developing countries (India being a great example), internet speeds can slow to a crawl during waking hours as everyone is doing their online thing and traffic is going through a single connection from that town or village, often through a repeater to a repeater to a repeater that might get you 1.0 Mbps when congestion isn't an issue (during the middle of the night).

Given that video takes huge bandwidth, and YouTube is the single largest provider of free video content, this tactic is actually long overdue. Not only will it make people's YouTube experience more pleasant, but it will also likely make the internet experience of everyone in that village/town/region/country much less frustrating.

Comment Re:It's obvious Youtube is abusive (Score 2) 246

If Google was uploading these works, they would be violating copyright. They aren't (users are) and they have an effective system for removing videos that are copyright violations -- a system so effective it has also been abused by copyright owners to takedown videos which are not in violation of copyright (their use falls under "fair use").

Your seem to be claiming that Google is making tons of money off of videos that are genuine copyright violations, but you're not offering anything to back that up.

As said above, this seems like nothing more than an attempted money grab by the usual suspects.

Comment Not just the FTC, but a partnership with the FCC (Score 1) 74

The FCC launched an inquiry in partnership with the FTC. I submitted a story to slashdot on the FCC inquiry, yet somehow this is what we get.

Regardless, this is a big story, as the way security patches have been handled -- or more preciesly ignored by the carriers and manufacturers -- has become a huge problem. We're talking millions of vulnerable internet-connected mobile devices out there which, the way things are now, will never get patches for severe exploits like Stagefright.

Submission + - SPAM: FCC makes inquiry into mobile security patches (or the lack thereof)

gaiageek writes: Endgadget is reporting that the FCC is inquiring of wireless carriers and eight mobile device manufacturers as to what the process is for releasing patches once a security flaw is discovered — a step in the right direction toward doing something about the fact that many Android devices, even ones sold within the last 2 years, have not gotten any security patches to prevent exploits such as Stagefright, leaving millions of devices vulnerable.

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