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Comment This is going to get worse with USB-C (Score 2) 62

With USB-C, this is going to get much, much worse. Apple, Google and HP now have laptops that can get juice from every charger.

However, the protocol for that (USB-PD, Power Delivery) is a digital protocol. So companies that used to build purely electronic chargers will now have to build or more likely buy firmware for their chargers. There's bound to be bugs in there, but we're talking about chargers that can supply up to a 100W of direct current.

I dare not guess how much houses are going to burn down because of crazy power supplies.

Personally, I'm only buying cables and chargers that have been tested thoroughly. You can't trust Amazon reviews, you can't trust big brands, you can only trust guys like Benson Leung and Nathan K., who whip out the protocol analyzer and the benchtop electronic loads.

This is a real good source:
https://docs.google.com/spread...

And this is the Google Plus page, where they post an analysis every so often:
https://plus.google.com/collec...

Comment Re:Calculated values can always be hacked. (Score 1) 204

Normally most businesses are too lazy to go that far. If you abuse the system too much you will probably get caught. However minor tweaks. Such as closing the ticket then follow up, and complete the job. You probably will not get noticed.

Comment Re:Don't give him ideas (Score 0) 547

Well I would quit about all this doom and gloom. Trump is set to be a horrible administration, and I am still POed at all those people who got hooked on Clinton's Emails (After he look to hire someone who leaked information to a journalist he was sleeping with)

But I besides his big mouth I doubt he is going to use the American Alert system as his personal toy. He has so many more ways to address people then abusing the alert system.

Comment Calculated values can always be hacked. (Score 2) 204

I am sure for all of you who work in an organization with some sort of performance monitoring method can tell. It is rather easy to hack the system. Where people are paying more attention to beating the numbers then actually trying to achieve the goals these metrics are meant to measure.
Lines of code: short lines, with blank comments and a lot of extra line breaks.
Time to close ticket: Get a ticket do the most basic fix and close it without verification.
Time to respond to a call. Pick up the phone then hang up.

Metrics can be hacked so people are working on the metrics. Causing the system to break down.

Comment Re:Good for bad internet connection (Score 3, Interesting) 104

It isn't about not having internet connection but expensive internet connection. Cell Data is still wicked expensive, and access to free or cheap Wi-Fi is easy to find, but isn't always available.

The point on a mobile device is rather easy to see.
If you are at home you will have a network connection. While if you are traveling you may not have one. And if it on a PC it is way to easy to pirate the movie. If there is wide pirating of netflix movies then studios will drop netflix like a brick and they will not have any good content.

Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 2) 552

There had been many bad arguments for most things, with saying illegal item is safer than legal item so illegal item should be legal.

Too much of anything is bad for you. How much is too much varies on what it is. Is the Reward for smoking pop, worth the risk of its side effects should be the real debate.
Not people saying it is going to kill you or it is perfectly safe.

Comment Re:Hey, just drive Lyft!!! (Score 4, Informative) 304

Uber and Air B&B really had turned into something different than their initial business.
These were for people who wanted to do some Parttime work. Rent out their home when they are away. Drive additional people when commuting to work. The the Recession hit, and this became more of a source of income, vs just getting extra spending changes. It didn't help with these companies changing their buisness structure to compete against Hotels and Taxis.

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