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Comment NES Classic 2 (Score 5, Interesting) 104

I'm guessing Nintendo stopped manufacturing the NES Classic BECAUSE it was such a huge hit. They were probably expecting modest sales far lower than what they were, so they outsourced as much as they could, half-assing the device. Thus why it's not (officially) expandable, has no internet connectivity etc.

So they're ending production now in preparation of an improved version, likely with longer controller cables, internet connectivity that lets you purchase additional games, and improved DRM (e.g. Nintendo-signed ROM files tied to your device hardware ID.) Perhaps it'll even support Super Nintendo games, or access to games already purchased for Virtual Console. If they kept selling units up to the day they introduce an improved version at the same price, people will be peeved they got the older model; however, pulling it for 6+ months before the new one is out will make it feel more like a 'new generation' and reduce buyer's remorse for those who got the old ones. I'm kind of surprised by the implication this won't be released for holiday '17, though, maybe they're too busy with the Switch.

Comment Translation Please? (Score 1) 79

I know a bit about wire transfers but have no idea what a 'correspondent bank' is, or how funds can be locked up without being frozen. What exactly is the problem here? Furthermore, why is an injunction being sought? Is it an 'affirmative action' type injunction, to compel Wells Fargo to process the transfers? I could read the article but the summary shouldn't be so impenetrable.

Comment Re:Wireless Worm (Score 1) 154

A wifi driver exploit wouldn't be necessary. The wifi chip hack could send/modify packets of data to the device which leads to a malware infection via a different vector. Say, a HTML redirect to a website that contains a jailbreak malware hack. Or whatever other iOS exploit. It can go right through the wifi driver, if packets are expected to be received (and who wants to bet a daemon is always listening). May not work for SSL connections, but it can just wait patiently for an unencrypted connection.

Comment Robotic Pickers (Score 1) 56

My understanding is that the main job for humans in Amazon warehouses is for 'pickers', that these machines are claimed to be able to replace (no word on accuracy, however). The article mentions that packing items in boxes is still done by hand, and I imagine loading/unloading trucks is still done with humans. However I can foresee completely-automated Amazon warehouses in the near future. With self-driving trucks, and completely-automated factories, there will likely soon be some products whose packaging are unseen by a human until they reach a consumer's doorstep. Completely-automated retail. From what I could find here, at least 10.1 million Americans work jobs that'd be replaced with automated retail. The American Trucking Association claims 3.4 million American truck drivers. So that adds up to 13.5 million jobs between retail and trucking, add in other driving jobs and it'd be 10% of all jobs.

For comparison, about 2.5 million new jobs are created in the US each year. In the unlikely event every driver and retail supply chain worker were laid off at once, it'd take ~5 years for new jobs to be created to absorb them (assuming an equal number of vacancies.) That's ignoring the fact that many of these 'new jobs' are in the driving and retail sectors. Another 5.4 million Americans work as food preparers/waiters; as minimum wage increases I wonder how many restaurants will increase automation. I know many restaurants won't fully-automate due to tradition or being high-class, but most restaurants aren't too high-class and will automate if it's either that or go out of business.

Comment Wireless Worm (Score 4, Insightful) 154

I recall years ago, reading about a study which found that unpatched Win XP systems would get pwned in an average of ~5 seconds, once connected to the internet. This was due to old, long-since-patched worms like Blaster and Sasser, that still lived on in unpatchable systems. I imagine in the near future there will be a worm where every pwned device activates its wifi (even if the official wifi setting is set to 'off') and attacks every nearby device. EOL phones will be permanently vulnerable (how many iphones use this Broadcom chip yet are ineligible for iOS 10.3.1?), just like those permanently unpatched WinXP systems. It's an even worse situation on Android devices that are supported for a few months on average.

Ironically people will have to enable wifi in order to download the firmware update to patch this bug, if their OS only allows OS updates via wifi.

Comment Re:public domain benefit (Score 1) 106

Look at how much Freud and Jung live on in pop psychology. Dark Matter/Energy aren't going anywhere in the public consciousness, even if they are fully debunked tomorrow. That said, they don't have much presence in the public consciousness, and there's always the good-old fallback explanation: aliens.

Comment RISE (Score 1) 20

I'm not sure I want to support a robotics company named RISE. Particularly if said robots are specifically designed to kill things.
Oh wait, this is actually a Waldo and not a robot, with a human operator consciously deciding to do the mass fish-killing? Carry on.
(Can't decide if I mean that sarcastically.)

Comment Browsers Killed Flash (Score 4, Insightful) 230

Let's be real, the 'death of Flash' is only being talked about because the major web browsers are cutting support for it. An opinion posted by Jobs in 2010 related to a decision not to support Flash in iOS is supposedly the reason browser makers are cutting support for Flash in 2017? I'm not buying it. HTML5 video has everything to do with the death of Flash, as most usage of Flash was simply for audiovisual playback. Webgames and webapps used to use Flash, but how many people use those nowadays compared to mobile apps? Even on Android, which supports Flash? Youtube moving over to HTML5 video by default was the death knell of Flash. The constant drumbeat of 'more critical Flash vulnerabilities found and exploited in the wild, uninstall it already' didn't help, either. I wonder how Flash would've done if it were a) secure, and b) not a resource hog.

Comment Zeitgeist (Score 1) 88

Copying Snapchat's key gimmick, that photos/etc. are ephemeral, is missing the point. People join Snapchat to communicate with their friends that're already on Snapchat. Also, Snapchat is 'the hot new thing' while Facebook is yesterday's news. Facebook is so big it resembles a corporate behemoth, rather than something coded in someone's spare time in their bedroom that only a few people know about. Key word 'resembles', I know Snapchat is no longer actually that.

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