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Comment It's cool. It's also going to be a while. (Score 2) 41

I want flying cars as badly as any kid that grew up watching The Jetsons. Problem is, you can't let Joe Sixpack drive - regardless of what everyone saw in Star Wars.

So you do it with a local AI and sensors. Sorta like a self-driving car. Great. Let me know when it's bulletproof in a 2D environment and I'll consider the 3D version. Let's remember that a groundcar can reasonably be operated manually by most people. Letting untrained pilots fly higher than three feet off the ground will require the addition of a new category to the Darwin awards.

Too bad. I really wanted a flying car.

Comment The consumer market needs military-grade security. (Score 1) 346

I think we need two things:

(1): Some form of secure (preferably cloud-stored) backup/restore mechanism with appropriate encryption and access protection mechanisms, and

(2): A convenient, easy to trigger yet unlikely to be accidentally triggered mechanism to locally wipe the hardware. Factory reset plus cache clear should do the trick.

Comment Re:Something's missing (Score 1) 151

Agreed and seconded. Don't get me wrong - I was pretty unhappy when I spotted the throttling clause (and they described it as being throttled back to "modem speed" IIRC. Actually an overstatement on their part in my experience; even throttled, the connection is usable for basic network functionality).

Comment Still a necessary activity. (Score 2) 42

I'm quite certain there are multiple engineers within Samsung's organization who must have an understanding of Lithium battery technology. They must have been aware of just how hard they were "pushing the envelope" for a consumer-grade device.

I'll wager there were emails requesting that customers at least be exhorted to "use only Samsung manufactured and approved chargers" - and since we've all known certain Android apps to eat battery like candy, I'll wager there were more than a few internal emails warning that certain apps could be dangerous as well.

The Bene Gesserit understand the correct response. The courts need to tell Samsung: "You will pay."

Comment Man, I hate to defend MS . . . BUT . . . (Score 1) 185

I more than half suspect that the problem is coaches such as Mr. Belichick (not having grown up on a continuous diet of technology) either don't know how to effectively use the technology or (more likely) expect the technology to do a better job of implementing the "dwiw()"* function.


* dwiw() - Do What I Want (null function - a return code should be unnecessary)

Comment Sounds just like Samsung and ISIS. (Score 1) 283

I can remember not too long ago when Google Wallet wouldn't run on my Samsung Note, only ISIS. Flashing the phone didn't make a difference because Google Wallet wouldn't run on anything but manufacturer installed OS (security, which makes perfect sense. If the phone is rooted or the OS has been modified in any way it becomes harder to assert the system is secure).

I note that nowadays, ISIS refers to something else. I wonder what ever happened to Samsung's ISIS?

Comment I regulated Comcast. (Score 3, Interesting) 86

I bought (not rented, not paid for via installments, bought) a Comcast-branded cable router (to ensure physical layer compatibility with Comcast's cable network offering). I turned off the wifi and attached my own wifi router via 1G copper. No XFINITY free hotspot.

But you know, just when I thought it was safe to go back in the internet, Comcast flashed my router. Suddenly, even with wifi explicitly turned "off", there was the XFINITY free hotspot, just advertising that any wardrivers with a valid or hacked Comcast account should park near my place.

Anybody ever see what the built-in (internal) antenna on an Arris cable modem/router looks like? It's just a little green piece of circuit board, and the connector just comes right off without any excess tugging or pulling. I do think Comcast misses me, though - they seem to send hits downstream to my cable modem/router several times a day. It's vaguely frustrating to hit these forty to fifty second network outages from them because they just can't believe nobody is using my free wifi SSID.

But I regulated Comcast.

Comment Sounds suspiciously like Socialism to me . . . (Score 2) 889

At the very least, yet another utopian ideal doomed to be shredded on the jagged rocks of reality. The only way the UBI can work is if there's some magical way to get everyone to "give according to his abilities" while being satisfied with "getting according to his needs".

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