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Comment Re:Easy to do with an iPhone (Score 1) 238

oh, fuck it. just stay home. it's better. really.

No, you don't need to go to that extreme. If you're a non-American, it's simple: there's dozens of civilized, developed nations that you can travel to without worrying about Nazi-like interrogations at the airport. Just go to any of those for your vacation.

Comment Re:Cash trumps your privacy (Score 1) 68

Get a Mazda; there's nothing there spying on you as far as I can tell. The infotainment systems in the latest models do not have cellular modems, so they have no way to communicate with the outside world unless you pair it to your phone, which is entirely optional. These systems are also easily hacked into, and enthusiasts have done this and made all kinds of changes; if there were spying going on, someone would have noticed by now.

There is a downside, however: the biggest complaint people have about Mazda's system is that it does not support CarPlay or Android Auto. (There is an unofficial mod to add AA to the system, but it's very buggy and of course not at all supported by the mfgr; if it bricks your system they won't fix it under warranty.)

So while the likes of GM probably are spying on you and selling that data somewhere, not every car company is. But Mazda doesn't even bother advertising this, probably because, as you pointed out, very few people give half a shit about it.

Comment Re:Why is my car any different than my phone? (Score 2) 68

Google owns both Google Maps and Waze. They're getting data from other users of these services. On Waze, it'll even show little icons on the map to indicate other Waze users, so of course they're getting traffic data from other users.

Obviously, this is much more useful in denser locales.

Comment Re: Unnecessary (Score 1) 70

The discussion in this thread is about users protecting themselves. Work computers are irrelevant: if your work computer is taken over by hackers, so what? If you were putting your personal info on there, that's your own dumb fault. It's not your computer, it's your employer's. The only thing that should happen when your employer's computer gets hacked is your employer suffers data loss and other problems, not you. You only need to notify the IT department that your computer isn't working right and let them fix it for you.

Comment Re:just like lightbulbs in a transition economy (Score 1) 290

Why would you hate your LED flashlight? As you said, it's very bright. It's also extremely energy-efficient, something very important in a flashlight. It sounds like you don't like the color spectrum that some LEDs have, but while that is an understandable complaint with LED room lighting, who cares about the color spectrum of a flashlight? All that's important is that it's bright and lasts a long time on a battery.

There's good LED bulbs out there for lamps and other room lighting; you probably picked cheap, crappy ones.

Comment Re:If you have "travel mode" on (Score 2) 143

Because Travel Mode is an indicator that you've got something to hide, and thus, must be using social media to send encoded terrorist messages.

Sometimes I think terrorists are just nature's way of weeding out the violent and stupid- especially suicide bombers.

For one thing, there has to be something for them to see, so they don't see a blank slate and, on that basis, assume you have something to hide and probe you ever more deeply.

Clearly if there were going to be a 'Travel Mode' it would have to be very very well hidden.

When I'm travelling I wipe the phone, factory reset it, and then set it up with my work account instead of personal. That way there are contacts and emails etc but its only work related. My work isn't sensitive so I don't care. But it looks like it has stuff on it so it gives the security guys a nice satisfying experience.

Comment Re:It's Math but how (Score 1) 129

affordable smartphones had been around for years before apple made a smartphone.

furthermore, it never was even a market leader in quantities.
what was needed for the apple version, inventionwise, was nothing.

entirely evolutionary.

what was necessary from apples side was screen costs to go down enough and component costs to go down enough so they could sell you a 200 dollar device for 1200 dollars on a contract. that was the real magic of the first generation iPhone - selling a smartphone that lacked actual natively running apps, that had a lackluster resolution screen even for the time, for about 1200 dollars unsubsidized(yes thats how much a launch iPhone cost the people making 2 year contracts at the time).

a long rant about the american/global phones market at the time and how reading forbes ruins your global market leader company:

the american phone market was always twisted, especially in smartphone category - as for years yanks had been buying smartphones(palm treos, windows mobiles. blackberries) with price tags north of 1000$ without knowing that they were that expensive due to the network contracts hiding the costs of the devices(incidentally smartphone adoption in usa was low due to high costs of data plans and still is). rest of the world was dominated by symbian/nokia which provided smartphones with multitasking, web, etc. with phones in the 100 to 600 dollar price range.

you know what started the fall of Nokia really? it wasn't iPhone directly - it was iPhone being featured again and again on american magazines which made the board of Nokia think that they had lost the race and decided to aggressively "focus" on the american market - at this point symbian smartphone sales were still growing. as part of that strategy they decided to hire an american CEO, that american CEO then thought that symbian didn't matter and made a public speech declaring it dead at THE SAME TIME THE YEARLY SHIPMENTS WERE AT AN ALL TIME HIGH. the shipments had not even started to decline before the ceo publicly announced to not buy them anymore. the very same month they were at an all time high - moar money than ever from smartphone shipments for them! so why did he do it?

the board believed forbes more than they believed their own numbers of what people were actually buying globally. Nokia had put huge amounts of developer resources to pleasing american operators for no practical reason at all - as if at&t would have known what the phone needed to have in order to sell(they didn't know). hiring elop came during this focus on american market and american operators, because the light heads in the board thought that the american market was important for them(it wasn't, really).

thats such a huge amounts of fail that it's almost impossible to comprehend and bordering on sabotage, unless you look at the mindset at the people in charge: they were reading american business magazines and believing what was being written in them so they burnt about 20 billion dollars worth of company to ground and put a global brand leader name into an icebox for years.

iPhone as a device was more of a disaster for blackberry as blackberry was also a 1000 dollar device manufacturer that sold on the same markets to the same people, those markets being markets where people bought the phones along with the contract subsidized so that they never knew the real price of the device vs. service.

the biggest trick with the launch of the iPhone was selling it such a high price successfully - that was jobs magic with it.

the biggest trick with getting developers on board iPhone was deceptively simple: offer them a decent cut of the sales of the apps and ask _only_ 100 bucks to be a developer. simple.

but wait, for nokia you could develop and publish for free! well, kind of. if you wanted the app to be sold on operator sales channels and the like, you paid up your arse for it. if you wanted to use any of the more interesting api's you paid 700 bucks for signing - per update. if you wanted the even more interesting api's you paid nokia developer "club" fee, gave drinks to a bunch of people for a year and HOPED you would get the permissions.

then they were apis nokia gave only to middle management best buddies in exchange of bri.. personal parachutes(wifi sharing was built into the platform but the user interface for it was a 3rd party application. nokia ever gave the api to use to that one 3rd party developer, who asked money if you wanted to enable crypto. asking money of something that nokia built into the operating system already.).

so yes, the share of the profits of the apps that apple was willing to give the developers was a very fair one when compared to the general market at the time and the 100 bucks entrance fee was peanuts compared to general market(operator sales channels, mobile payment/licensing providers) at the time. they made being a developer being super cheap whilst they made buying the devices five times more expensive than an average smartphone.

also nokia could just as well have just hopped into the low cost android market - well, they actually did! they sold the nokia x line of phones very successfully in asia and emerging markets before microsoft put a stop to that. nokia x was the best - and cheapest - nokia I ever had - and due to various reasons I've had access to almost all nokia smartphones made between 2003 and 2013. it's not a matter of IF nokia could have made an android phone and went with that route: they successfully proved that they could make one very cheaply and that it would sell very well.. some people think thats why MS bought nokia, to prolong the windows phone by just 2 years.

Comment Re:Are people still using that? (Score 1) 135

No, you seem to not get it. The "real" women are American, and hence are overwhelmingly obese. The trannies aren't.

If you guys find obesity attractive, then more power to you, but obesity is extremely unhealthy so from an evolutionary biology viewpoint, it's perfectly normal for a man to not be attracted to obese women.

Comment Re:Bad for the economy (Score 1) 193

I'm a Canadian who I used to travel to the USA for vacations/tourism at least once a year for the past 10 years.
But I turned down a trip with friends to Pittsburgh last weekend, and plan on avoiding all future travel to the USA until I know my rights will be respected.
If I'm being honest, I don't really anticipate that happening, so i doubt I'll be returning to USA ever again.
I'll just take my vacations in Canada or the Caribbean instead.
I'm boycotting, and I'm white..... I imagine there are many non-white tourists who are rethinking their plans too.

Can you get from Canada to the Caribbean without traversing US airspace?

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