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Comment Re:How were crimes solved before cell phones? (Score 2) 251

Many law enforcement leaders are acting as if no crimes can be solved unless all cell phones are made more vulnerable.

There are a couple glaring problems that come to mind immediately when I read statements like the one the DA made:

1) They are claiming that having access to the phones would let them solve the crimes. While that may be true in some cases, it's certainly not a given. Look at the San Diego shooter's phone - when they finally got in, there was nothing worthwhile on it.

2) They are implying this is their only recourse. But if they have enough evidence to get a warrant, they can lock up the suspect if he/she doesn't comply with giving them access. Sure, the crime may be still technically "unsolved"... but the perp is in jail, regardless.

Comment Re:5.38 hours per day (Score 2) 174

I doubt this figure; this is an absurd amount of TV to watch on a daily basis on average.

Well cable subscribers trend older, right?

When I grew up in the 70s, the TV was always on, all evening. Now my wife and I don't do that; but I've noticed both my mom and my wife's folks still have the TV on pretty much from dinner time until bed time. And even with some of my friends (in their 40s and 50s), the TV is on a LOT. It actually is rather annoying.

Now they aren't camped out on the couch in front of it all that time... but it is playing and has a modicum of their focus.

And from what I've seen of college kids now, while they're not watching television per se - they do seem to spend an inordinate amount of time watching stuff like YouTube and swapping SnapChat videos (they don't seem to actually chat much on SnapChat, which seems weird but them I'm old). It wouldn't surprise me if the total amount of time they spend on new media rivals what their parents and grandparents spend in front of the boob tube.

Comment Re:"What Difference Does It Make?!?!?!" (Score 1) 690

To be fair, the Republicans managed to toss the Democrats the most easily defeatable opponent ever in someone who is consistently offensive to nearly everyone including most of the party he is nominated for and the Democrats still couldn't actually field someone who could soundly beat him.

That's a valid point. If the Republicans had nominated anyone other than Trump or (probably) Cruz, I guarantee I would've voted for them come November.

One nice thing about living in Washington state - you're not forced to vote party-line in the general elections.

Comment Re:"What Difference Does It Make?!?!?!" (Score 5, Insightful) 690

Who cares who hacked them. This is just a deflection.

This is spot on.

I'm likely still going to vote for Hillary (as opposed to not voting) because the alternative is President Trump - but I really don't care who brought the emails to light, since it's obvious they're not phony.

On a side note - the Republicans had the most winnable presidential race in decades, handed to them on a silver platter. So they decided to nominate just about the most unelectable candidate imaginable. Unbelievable.
 

Comment Re:Day job (Score 3, Informative) 346

The current generally has virtually no historical awareness for anything pre-2005.

Don't use such a broad brush. It's not "the millennials" who are doing this - it's just a tiny subset of millennials who are trying to turn their blogs and/or their unknown websites (e.g. qz.com) into a paying gig.

I'm in my 50s, and while I tend to view "millennials" as rather self absorbed and lacking in perspective... I don't think they're any more so than my generation was, back when we were in our early 20s.

Comment Re: Bluetooth simply doesn't work in most metro ar (Score 1) 532

I take transit (or occasionally drive) from 40 miles south of Seattle, back and forth to UW. My old Sony DR-BT101 Bluetooth headphones work very reliably with my iPhone for the entire trip, including in downtown and at the U.

However those headphones are "old" Bluetooth... when I've tried out various Bluetooth 4 devices, I've run into frequent problems (usually audio that's noticeably lagging the source - not so much disconnections). I'm not particularly enamoured with what I've experienced from newer revisions of the spec.

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 3, Insightful) 532

I've never had that problem in 40+ years of using headphone jacks and plugs.

Actually, I have had this problem before - but not for the past 20-30 years. Back in the days when cheap transistor radios were a thing, I semi-regularly had earphone/headphone jacks break on me. Usually you could easily re-solder them, unless the manufacturer did something evil like encase it in rubber.

But with computers, iPods, and smartphones? Never had an issue.

Comment Here's an idea (Score 5, Insightful) 117

A Google software engineer explains that this technique "only animates things that are visible on the screen," and throttles animation to fewer frames per second for weaker devices -- or disables the animations altogether.

Here's an idea - how about disabling animation by default, and regardless of device? Annoying animated ads are what drove me to completely block them in the first place.

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