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Verizon To Force 'AppFlash' Spyware On Android Phones 118 writes: Verizon is joining with the creators of a tool called "Evie Launcher" to make a new app search/launcher tool called AppFlash, which will be installed on all Verizon phones running Android. The app provides no functionality to users beyond what Google Search does. It does, however, give Verizon a steady stream of metrics on your app usage and searches. A quick glance at the AppFlash privacy policy confirms this is the real purpose behind it: "We collect information about your device and your use of the AppFlash services. This information includes your mobile number, device identifiers, device type and operating system, and information about the AppFlash features and services you use and your interactions with them. We also access information about the list of apps you have on your device. [...] AppFlash information may be shared within the Verizon family of companies, including companies like AOL who may use it to help provide more relevant advertising within the AppFlash experiences and in other places, including non-Verizon sites, services and devices."

Comment Re:Only viable if all planes land themselves (Score 1) 331

A computer doesn't give a shit if the runway is straight or curved, because it can handle a little more left (or whatever) while it's managing dozens of other things. But a human can't do that. You want to make pilots have to account for bank and curvature in addition to everything else? That's obviously a shit idea.

I don't think it is that hard. Then again I am not a pilot, and I am guessing you are neither, but I know of a few mountain airports where some fine navigation is required to land safely, and that appears to work.

Comment Re:Netflix News (Score 1) 312

Yeah, that's one of the gaps. I'd love to see local news and weather without the commercials. Though, even Netflix couldn't do much about the news/weather people acting like idiots. :p

I would just love to be able to get the 5 minute headlines on demand, instead of waiting for it on a news network, and then be able to choose which story to hear about in detail.

Comment Re:Catch? (Score 1) 181

Ext4 doesn't have user data checksums, only metadata:

I think it is an option. Journaled metadata is the default, but you can choose journaled data too. It is just not very well performing. The B-tree structure of writing new entries and switching atomically works much better that way.

Comment Re:solid state cache for a hard drive? (Score 1) 109

So far having solid state cache for a hard drive is an idea which looks great on a paper, but practically everything that has been offered shows the performance - and we're talking about the real workload and the real user experiences - closer to the hard drive than to the solid state device. IMHO, since, apparently, we have a fairly large number of cache misses or some other anomalies, having the solid state cache which is 1000 faster than the traditional NAN-based one won't make too much difference.

You can get SSD-like boot times, but that is about it, the rest is HDD like

Data Storage

With Optane Memory, Intel Claims To Make Hard Drives Faster Than SSDs ( 109

SSDs are generally faster than hard drives. However, they are also usually more expensive. Intel wants to change that with its new Optane Memory lineup, which it claims is faster and better performing than SSDs while not requiring customers to break their banks. From a report on PCWorld: Announced Monday morning, these first consumer Optane-based devices will be available April 24 in two M.2 trims: A 16GB model for $44 and a 32GB Optane Memory device for $77. Both are rated for crazy-fast read speeds of 1.2GBps and writes of 280MBps. [...] When the price of a 128GB SATA SSD is roughly $50 to $60 today, you may rightly wonder why Optane Memory would be worth the bother. Intel says most consumers just don't want to give up the capacity for their photos and videos. PC configurations with a hard drive and an SSD, while standard for higher-end PC users, isn't popular for the newbies. Think of the times you've had friends or family fill up the boot drive with cat pictures, but the secondary drive is nearly empty. Intel Optane Memory would give that mainstream user the same or better performance as an SSD, with the capacity advantage of the 1TB or 2TB drive they're used to. Intel claims Optane Memory performance is as good or better than an SSD's, offering better latency by magnitudes and the ability to peak at much lower queue depths.

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