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Comment Re:26 out of how many? (Score 1) 106

How many reports were there? Showing me that 26 are likely false doesn't mean much if there were over 100 to begin with whereas if there are 30 then it's likely that there's no problem with the phone. Numbers are only useful when taken in context.

These are independent things. There are phones that start burning. And there are phone owners who are lying (or not even phone owners, you don't need to own a phone to make a false claim). I think the statement isn't "there are much less burning phones then you'd think", but "there is a huge number of liars". Which surely doesn't come as a surprise to anyone.

Comment Re:Like suing McDonald's for hot coffee (Score 0) 102

Ok, so explain to me. Heat takes money to produce. How can serving a beverage at a hotter temperature be cheaper?

I'll explain it to you. As slowly as required.

At the time, McDonald's offered free coffee refills in the USA. So if you sit in the restaurant and drink your coffee, and finish it, you go to the counter and get another one for free. Which costs about twice as much as one coffee.

To avoid this, McDonald's served the coffee so that it was undrinkable hot. So now you eat your food waiting for your coffee to cool down, wait a bit because it is still too hot, then you drink it and now you have spend so much time in a "fast food" restaurant that you don't have time to get another coffee and repeat the waiting game. No free second coffee = money saved for McDonalds.

About the temperature: A woman suffered instant third degree burns by pouring coffee on her trousers. If you drank that coffee, you would suffer instant third degree burns in your mouth. If I walked through the restaurant with a coffee and by accident stumbled over my own feet and dropped the coffee on a child, the child would suffer third degree burns. McDonald's was aware of this because they had settled over 700 cases out of court. But they told their staff to make the coffee so hot, so they could claim to offer free refills without anyone taking them up on that offer.

Comment Re:Other than Brother... (Score 1) 386

My Brother laserjet (HL-L2360D) has a "setting" which will override the "cartridge is empty" message. That is to say, it will warn that the cartridge is empty, but it will keep printing forever.

Got a Brother laserprinter and figured that out when I bought a new cartridge. Apparently they have a counter and stop after X pages. Putting in a new cartridge doesn't change that. Found some free advice on the internet to reset the counter :-) Also bought a replacement pack with two black and one of each colour cartridge because you use more of the black, so I had a full black and quarter filled color cartridges, and needed to reset all the counters.

Comment Re: Other than Brother... (Score 2) 386

Sounds like HP owes them a fix or a new printer anyway. EU warranty is s mandatory two years. Can't be broken by third party cartridges unless those carts actually damage the printer. If firmware bricked it, the shop that sold it must either prove it was the customer's fault, fix it, replace it or refund it.

Not quite. HP doesn't owe anything, the seller does. For six month, the seller has to fix the problem unless they can show it's the customer's fault, after that the customr has to show the defect was present when the printer was sold. Which shouldn't be a problem if thousands of printers start failing on the same day. And importantly, this is _consumer law_. It applies to printers bought by consumers, not printers bought by companies. (And I'm sure that there are contracts between HP and dealers where HP promises to refund that cost).

Comment Re:Water damage covered now? (Score 1) 248

Does all this waterproofing mean warranty will now cover water damage as well?

No. That was a mistake that Samsung made, covering water damage under warranty, and obviously they had a large number of idiots who needed to figure out where the limits are and then went to the store and demanded a new phone.

Warrany does _not_ cover water damage. The changes are there to make sure that fewer people will come to the store with water damage and get disappointed.

Comment Re:So in other words it's used and is useful (Score 1) 248

I've worked with barometers in embedded devices in the past. They're shitty at measuring all but the largest elevation changes. There are many environmental factors that could trick the device into thinking the elevation has changed. Ever go into a building and hear air rushing past the doors? That's because there is a pressure differential between the inside and outside of the building. Just walking inside could make the phone think it has changed altitude by several hundred feet.

But if the software isn't written by a total moron, it won't make the phone think that you just run several hundred feet up the stairs in 2.0 seconds.

Comment Re:So in other words it's used and is useful (Score 1) 248

Using a barometer to measure altitude is retarded to the point of it being a cliche physics exam question (measuring the height of a building with a barometer). Are you rapidly climbing stairs or is there a storm a comin'?

Imagine you get a phone call from Tim Cook: "Hi, we have this great barometer chip in the iPhone that measures atmospheric pressure with high precision, but now we need some software that uses this information to figure out whether the user is climbing up or down the stairs. BTW. We also have an acceleration sensor. Can you write that software for us? "

Is your answer (a) "Cook, you're stupid, every child knows that can't be done", (b) "Sorry, Cook, you need to find someone more clever than me to do that", or (c) "Cook, that's great, when can I start?".

Comment Re:So in other words it's used and is useful (Score 1) 248

Isn't the GPS receiver already doing a better job of that?

You may not realise that, but GPS was invented to find out the locations of boats on the sea, where the elevation level is zero. GPS isn't very good at vertical precision. If a typical phone GPS has horizontal precision of 5 meters, vertical precision is more like 10 meters.

That barometer has a much better precision to measure change in elevation (not for absolute elevation, because the weather has a much bigger long term effect). And importantly, it works indoors. The applications are for people walking on foot. You don't care much about the elevation when you're in your car. And when you are walking on foot, you're quite likely in a building where GPS doesn't work at all.

Comment Re:As an iPhone buyer (Score 0) 248

You absolutely need to know how high you are.

Fucking idiot not getting that lots of people use their iPhone to keep track of how much exercise they have (anything from 5s upward does that out of the box), and while the iPhone 5s counts your steps, newer iPhones use that barometer to find when you are walking up and down steps.

Comment Exploding or going up in flames (Score 5, Insightful) 202

To me, "exploding" and "going up in flames" is not the same thing. If I hold a phone in my hands and it goes up in flames, I drop it and might have some burns if I'm unlucky. If I hold a phone in my hands and it explodes, good bye hands.

Is there any reliable information what actually happens?

Comment Re:Why is this even a thing? (Score 1) 294

Don't want LEDs shining on you in the night? Turn the router so the LEDs aren't facing you. LEDs too bright? Use white tape/masking tape over the LED to reduce and diffuse the light. Don't want LEDs at all? Use duct tape.

You are clueless. Turning the router doesn't help because the light is so bright, the reflection of it lightens up the room. Masking tape? I don't have masking tape in my bedroom. I definitely wouldn't have masking tape in a hospital. And it lets the light true, and it goes through the smallest gap that isn't covered.

Comment Re:Can you say... (Score 4, Interesting) 85

False positive? What is the rate of misidentifying two people who look alike as being the same? How do they plan to deal with this? It could be seriously problematic for the victims of such a mistake, worse than erroneously being on the no-fly list.

There was a report of twins applying for a learner's permit at the same time running into problems, so this can happen.

Applying for a second license under a false name seems to happen when the first license has lots of unpaid fines and/or the license is revoked. So if A has a perfectly fine license, and B applies for a license and happens to look exactly like A, this would look a lot less suspicious. Should be fine to give B his license and then investigate. On the other hand, if A's license is revoked, then this is more suspicious and more risky. The first idea would be to contact both A and B, and if they can both be contacted, it should be possibly to prove they are different. If A cannot be contacted, that makes it a bit tougher. You would ask B for evidence that he has existed for some time.

There's a difference to the no-fly list: That gets people into trouble at the airport, with very little time to sort out any problems.

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