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Comment Bad for the UK, but good for the world (Score 5, Insightful) 394

I think this is something that will ultimately hurt a lot of innocent people in the UK over the coming years.

However, it will also help the Internet mature with new encryption and canary protocols, and more ubiquitous deployment of them, to ensure privacy and protection from all threats.

Comment Re:Here's a thought (Score 1) 161

People buy expensive cars for the same reason people have perfect lawns and fancy driveways: to compensate for a lack of self esteem.

That's a little unfair.

Power (20-way adjustable) seats, heated steering wheel, tight, well tuned suspension, advanced safety and control systems, low road noise... there are plenty of reasons people buy expensive cars that have nothing to do with vanity.

Similarly, a nice lawn/driveway may well raise the perceived value of a home.

Comment Re:Samsung should learn from this experience (Score 1) 158

Except that this has nothing to do with sealing in the batteries.

What, do you work for Samsung or something?

This has everything to do with sealing in batteries.

1. Removable batteries have significant armor as they may spend time out of the device. This armor would have protected the battery from localized temperature spikes.

2. Removable batteries contain internal thermal and current protection, and often fusible links. The connectors cannot be tightly spaced because they must allow for movement. Even if a battery short were somehow possible, the battery would have protected itself rather than igniting.

3. If there are problems with the battery, it can be returned and exchanged without the device. Samsung, could have, in fact, simply sent replacements when they learned of the problem.

4. If it turns out the device is defective, it can be easily shipped without the battery and the battery saved or recycled separately. This cuts down on recall costs dramatically.

I mean talk about disingenuous.

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