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Comment Catch-22 (Score 1) 49

Realistically, doing so would create a catch-22 lose-lose situation for American corporations.

Don't give information to US authorities from foreign servers: they're violation of US law and you get penalised

DO give away information to US authorities from foreign servers: (often) they're in violation of the privacy/access/etc laws in said foreign country, and they get penalised

I'm not American, and certainly not a fan of some of the international shenanigans perpetrated by US corporations, but allowing a law like this would be a *huge* disadvantage for US companies and possibly even a death sentence for some. As it is, many companies (including many I've worked at) have rules against doing business with US entities that store data outside of the service country, due to laws protecting customer information and privacy. So entities like Amazon, Google, etc are basically on the no-go list for vendors when it comes to any RFP that involves customer info.

  The government was arrogant and idiotic for even thinking to try pushing this through the courts. They might as well run a razor across their own throat.

Comment International plans (Score 1) 100

International plans are only useful if they let you receive calls from your domestic number for emergencies.

In almost any case I've seen, grabbing a cheap local SIM is much better. In Asia, you can usually buy one right at the airport (at a special short-term rate only available for tourists, even). It does require an unlocked phone but that's getting simpler these days as well.

Comment Re:People also put cases on thicker smartphones (Score 1) 80

It's still going to end up thinner than a thick phone with a case, right

Most rugged cases I've seen haven't decreased any if at all with the new "thinner" phones. They're not being made to thicken phones, but as phones get thinner it can also mean more easily breakable (especially if they get thin to the point of being "bendy") and the cases need to compensate for that.

Comment Class action? (Score 1) 113

Now that they've been fined by gov't, I wonder if we're likely to see a class-action follow by all the people that've been victims of WU's pandering to fraudsters? One doesn't exclude the other, after all (actually, I'd imagine a regulatory fine might be useful to a lawyer in a class-action).

Comment Glass back, really? (Score 3, Insightful) 80

You effectively can't do a glass-back anymore (which is great for rigidity).

Why not? In most cases phones are glass-backed over top of something else anyhow.
However, glass-back on phones is STUPID. Why? Because phones inevitably get dropped, and it's enough of a pain worrying about breaking the screen without this.

So what do most smart people do after buying a new phone? They buy a case or bumper to ensure that the screen and/or glass back don't get destroyed the first time the damn thing falls out of your pocket. It also renders the whole "thinner is better" thing rather stupid for similar reasons, as that "life proof" or "otter box" case is adding a hella whole lot more thickness to the phone than either a headphone jack or thicker battery.

Comment But it's "free" (except when it's not) (Score 4, Insightful) 171

For quite awhile, a lot of people seemed to have the "whatever, deal with it, that's the cost of a 'free' OS upgrade"

Except it was not a free upgrade for many people. More of a "I turned my computer on one day and WTF is this sh** where did my normal windows go and how do I get it back!"

And of course, on new PC's it comes with the cost of the PC, and some people also bought codes to install Win10 on home-built machine (which now anyone has to do if they want windows - as they've shelved Win7/8 - and the 'free' upgrade period is over).

So yeah, people paying hundreds of bucks for software that rams ads down their throat, direct from the manufacturer.

Comment Alternatives (Score 1) 147

Yeah, but it's a lot easier to offer alternative digital offerings on the internet than it is with something that requires a dedicated physical connection/hardware to customers' house (cable/satellite).

That, and the "piracy" alternative is always there too.

Competition - whether legal or otherwise - can help prevent bad behavior.

Comment Re: This will never happen, even if I want it to. (Score 1) 273

There is an implicit admission of guilt in accepting a pardon

Well, he is guilty of releasing classified information. The pardon would be because it was the only way to do so (reporting structure shown to be a fail) and it was in the interest of the people to do so.

Given that el presidente just allowed even more spy powers on his way out the door, Snoden has a snowball's chance in hell of getting a pardon.

Comment Well yeah (Score 1) 67

Usually having your expensive equipment explode massively will have a fairly severe financial impact. I'd hope that this sort of thing is something they'd planned for, given the risks in this industry. Even small mistakes = big consequences, and there's a lot of room for unknowns.

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