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Submission + - Cory Doctorow on the next iPhone's missing headphone jack (

harrymcc writes: It now seems all but certain that the next iPhones, to be announced next month, will ditch the standard headphone jack. Fast Company's Mark Sullivan talked about the switch with author and EFF adviser Cory Doctorow, who thinks it could lead to music companies leveraging DRM to exert more control over what consumers can do with their music.

Comment Well it is critical but (Score 1) 279

It is critical but

The big "but" is what laws would they enforce that are not well served today.

Voter fraud has yet to be shown to be a real problem.
Perhaps because all the metrics are measured by German VW engineering services.

The current laws on computer hacking make the breaches of HC and the DNC servers
totally illegal. But wait the hackers were from off shore and the US has no jurisdiction.

Flaws in systems and applications are not getting fixed because TLAs at times see their
knowledge of flaws a bits of power and are unwilling to disclose to vendors for repair.
Flaws that are seen as power by domestic TLAs are in fact national risks that need
prompt and aggressive repair. To some degree the Win10 roll out seems to be
a strong move to fix some issues but the anniversary update is changing some rules
that are effective contract issue from a year ago perhaps managed by John Deer and CAT.

In some cases the allegations are more politics than anything.

Comment Re:Time to release OS/X to OEM's? (Score 1) 472

Perhaps it is flamebait, but it brings up an interesting (to me) question. At this stage of the game, Apple makes most of its money off of its mobile devices. Sure, it still sells Macs - and people still like and buy them. But .....

Yep a bit of flamebait but the truth is a very large numbers of web developers
work on a Mac and the result is a Mac is a very pleasurable device for web content.
The current versions have AC WiFi and a GigE hard wire network links that
allow developers to push or pull source as fast as any.

Same is true for consumer web surfing where MAC retina seems to be
the touchstone for content.

I have a modern HiDPI display with a 6th Generation Intel® Core i7 Processor and
darn nice graphics driving 3200 x 1800 IPS but applications and font rendering flat out suck
at times on Win10. I should note that Win10 has improvements but... it ain't all soup yet.
Applications I need and want are on the naughty list for HiDPI, you can see one such
list here:
I looked at the history and many of these applications also fell flat when Apple came out
with retina displays and a year+ later fixed thing.

I did try a modest Intel® Core i7 system as a server and sent it back because it kept dying.
One would have thought that Intel could make a motherboard that ran fine with a new i7
but for many months it was a mystery. I will grab another in a couple months -- while it
worked it was fast as stink so I still want one but I want one that works. BTW: The fix sounds real
so I am shopping again.

Windows 10 is another consideration. Win10 revived a couple old laptops where graphics
drivers and thermal power management stunk on Linux.

Then there is the secret sauce in all new generation BIOS to boot 6th generation processors.

Yes I want an update but there are more moving parts being juggled than is easy to count.
I wonder if others can see any clues in macO sSierra (now in beta).

I forgot the FBI and other TLA's out there.... I wonder what secret demands have been made
if any.

Comment Re:Conspiracy Theory Coming (Score 1) 195

They also have low specific energy, poor charge retention, and high cost of manufacture. And, indeed, are very heavy.

They might be worth considering for some specific solutions, but it's clear it won't do for most of them (e.g., car-batteries).

Exactly so.
Not portable that is sure however as a local to home storage filled from roof/ carport solar
or charged off peak at a discount off peak rate.
The high cost of manufacture could be resolved with demand and manufacturing patents.

The very heavy aspect makes them less desirable for theft especially when installed in an underground vault.

There does seem to be a need for distributed storage on the grid and there does
seem to be a need for better host to host cross sectional distributed routing for networking.
The notion of centralized everything is driven by cash and greed of those owning component
parts of the infrastructure. These components are coveted and need to be challenged.

Submission + - Microsoft Starts Rolling out Windows 10 Anniversary Update

SmartAboutThings writes: Microsoft has just started rolling out the second major update for Windows 10, the Anniversary Update to all eligible users. After numerous Preview builds, and more than six months of testing, regular users now can finally install the commercial version of the update. As Microsoft previously stated, the company is going to push the Anniversary Update in waves. This means that not everyone is going to get the update at the same time, because there are more than 350 million Windows 10 computers eligible for the upgrade. So, in order to avoid server overloads, and provide the best possible upgrade experience to users, Microsoft decided to deliver the update gradually.

Comment Re:Conspiracy Theory Coming (Score 1) 195

And 20 years later when the patent expires and no one wants a functioning, researched, unencumbered technology? How does your conspiracy handle that scenario?

Some do want encumbered tech -- it allows profit.

Consider Tesla's home storage battery.
It is small dense and profitable for Tesla. It allows of peak slurping
and off peak time delivery to the auto, home or grid.

However there are some quite old and well tested iron chemistry batteries.
They are environmentally safer and can be disposed of in common land fills.
They are heavy as all heck but once installed need never be moved.
They can be installed in man hole covered cylindrical or other vaults in driveways
or under front lawns. Yes, below the frost line in the north if need be.
They endure deep charge-discharge cycles for decades and have a life beyond 20 years.

On the modern side technology allows power control for grid control, charge and use and even
easy conversion to AC if needed.

Comment Re:And the carbon monoxide? (Score 1) 195

CO is usable and can be 'burned' which results in CO2 (oxidation.)

Yes and in fact it (CO) is explosive and poisonous.
Converting to a more portable and safer fuel would be a good idea.

Carbon monoxide is the key reactant in reducing iron and other metallic ore to metal.
This could move some smelting and refining to a locations in the sunny south west
and sub saharan Africa.
Specialty smelting and recycling comes to mind as an early adopter.

Submission + - Google Street map of 1800s/1900s New York City (

schwit1 writes: New York City has a long and sprawling history, but looking at the city today, it’s hard to tell what it looked like in the past. Luckily, an enterprising coder has solved that problem by creating a Google Street View map for New York City for the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Developer Dan Vanderkam collaborated with the New York Public Library to plot all the old photos from the Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s collection on an interactive map.

The project, called OldNYC, lets you browse 19th-century New York as easily as you would click around on Google Maps. The collection contains over 80,000 original photographs.

Comment Re:Beacons? (Score 1) 134

Rather than wait until someone notices a large margin of error, why not install immobile beacons in key locations that constantly monitor their locations and report back any differences?

They do.

With regional to local corrections accuracy to 10cm is almost easy.
A number of auto GPS devices have an additional receiver for exactly this.

Surveyors can gather high quality data with the assistance of a recording
stationary receiver (one or more) and post process measurements made
by the moving instrument.

Follow the links to Augmentation

Of interest three linked devices on the distal wings of aircraft allow some cool data...

Comment Re:Infinitesimally precise (Score 1) 134

Australia is moving about 2 nanometers per second. Fingernails grow at a rate of about 1 nanometer per second. So Australia is moving pretty fast.

Yes but the truth is that Australia is not moving. All the other land masses are moving!
And if I recall one of the sea level references that "proves" sea level is rising is in Australia.
It is possible assuming this observation is true that the sea level is constant and Australia is sinking.
But since sea level is rising along with the number political solutions to extract carbon taxes I want to know

More data please. It is obvious that India and Asia are colliding and crashing into each other but
some of the oldest land masses known are in Australia and it makes sense to me that the 0,0,0 datum
reference should be in Australia.

Comment Only Nougat? (Score 1) 1

Some things need patching in historic Android releases.
One of the Dumb things about Smart phones is the lack of software
support and maintenance. The hardware cycle is vastly quicker
than the software support. Sam has stung me by failing to update
the software on otherwise marvelous hardware. I have motored
on to other venders and providers.

Comment Please define assault. (Score 1) 1

Failure to comply
      -- results in immediate corporal punishment no judge no jury.

To my knowledge, we do not allow or prescribe corporal punishment (with the exception of executions)
for any crime.

Should we bring back 20 lashes? We have banned the switch from schools.

In a number of failure to comply videos I see an officer body slamming the suspect in
a way that guarantees the suspect's head will hit the pavement or sidewalk. Citizen
to citizen such an assault would be an assault with a deadly weapon.

If such action is proscribed in departmental policy but not supported in the
law the author of that policy needs to have a taste of it. Not just written
policy but second order natural consequences and result of proscribed training.

Comment Re:Good solution (Score 1) 983

"If a shooter is holed up and alone, can they be qualified as an imminent threat to life?"

In this case, definitely yes. Obviously a blanket judgement cannot be made for all cases. Each situation is entirely different.

We need to more clear about why "definitely" yes applies.
One report was that he had hidden IEDs in public and near public places
that he could control via cell phone or otherwise remotely. That assertion
seems to have no truth behind it and waiting and watching for days if need be
might have been possible.

RF jammers and cell phone jammers are easy to build.

A drone with a bomb is an escalation. I do not want to see this
type of judge, jury, executioner type of murder repeated.

I fear we have imported training, tactics and weapons from foreign
war zones and are deploying them via policy that is external to
and absent in the law. Extralegal vengeance is an evil we do not
want to allow.

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