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Comment There's an upside to this (Score 1) 1028

When it happens, it will hopefully be over very quickly.

That said, I live in Switzerland and my apartment-building has bunker in the basement, complete with steel-enforced concrete door, ventilation and chemical toilet.

Out of reflex, I'ld probably flee there and survive a couple of days until the fallout brings me an agonizing death.

Maybe evolution is smarter next time.

Comment Good (Score 1) 289

I pay almost everything in cash here (where I live, it' still a cash-world, thank god, with almost no limit on the amount you can pay cash) and Apple Pay has only recently been introduced anyway - but if I would use Apple Pay, I'd be thankful that random apps can't access the secure enclave and access that payment data.

Comment Re:Will it work as a subscription model? (Score 1) 316

The agony would be shorter. ;-)

I use it to post the occasional picture from one of my bike-rides.

As I said, one of the plus-sides is that I don't need a FB login.
The moment they're sold to FB, I'm out.

Ah - well, it was nice while it lasted (given I follow very few people and as such see very few drivel in my newsfeed - can't imagine what it's like following somebody with a million followers).

Somebody pointed out some time ago that WhatsApp "serves" a billion customers with 50-ish people (and around 50 (very, very big) servers), while Twitter needs 5000-ish people and much more servers to serve 100 million (or 200 million, I have no idea) - a bit of a skewed comparison, due to the underlying mechanics of the different services (also pointed out in the same tweet that WhatsApp runs Erlang on FreeBSD while Twitter runs Java on Linux...) - but the underlying argument is sound, IMO.

Instead of adding features (that people don't use), they should maybe look into cutting it back to the basics and run it with a team of 50 people (and 50-100 servers). They'd probably be profitable in a couple of quarters.

Comment Wouldn't do that, if I were in Obama's shoes. (Score 1) 352

Because, think for a moment: what else could they leak?

There are just too many skeletons in the locker.
They (Russians) probably have a good idea of just how corrupt every single elected official in most of the Western world is.
And there's an election coming up not only in the US, but also in Germany.

Comment Will it work as a subscription model? (Score 1) 316

E.g. people using the client having to pay a monthly fee?
If you see a way of this happening, then there's a future for Twitter. Else, there isn't.
But hey, I can subscribe to newsletters and receive updates there, too. I don't have any kinds of instant notifications set for my Twitter-App, so any updates I only see when I actually open the client.
Which incidentally is the same as with my mail client.

Twitter is great way for companies to communicate with users (especially those that don't want to sign up to Facebook) to escalate stuff around useless L1-support or in case of a total service-breakdown (DDoS or whatever).
I have trouble, though, imagining just how much (or how little) I would actually gladly pay for such a thing - and I can't believe I'm the only one.

Hopefully, Facebook is next.

Comment Re:Non removable battery FTW (Score 1) 150

I know it helps with water resistance ease of manufacturing, but when will phone manufacturers reconsider the whole non removable battery issue?


Elvis has left the building on that one.

Even if my iPhone had a user-replaceable battery, I'd still buy it from Apple.

A computer-magazine I read once ordered twelve replacement-batteries (from twelve different ebay-sellers) for some Samsung-phone. They were all fakes. Some very good, but all fake in the end.

We'd probably have more fires with user-replaceable batteries these days. Not less.

And try suing that Chinese ebay-seller operating from the basement of his aunts flat.

Comment Pft. Earlier... (Score 2) 199

Reagan got the Teheran hostages free by promising to unfreeze some shah-assets.

They were actually released on election day - and that's just a very public example.

Also, it's pretty clear that Russia has sent a little warning in the form of the Shadow Broker files.

That's why the Obama-Administration is so tight-arsed about calling out Putin. The Russians probably know a lot more about a couple of very shady intelligence operations than they could ever have gained from Ed Snowden - and they made it clear that they can leak it anytime.

The Russians basically said:
"We can play this game, too, you know? Don't rock the boat, be happy with your book-contracts, the Nobel-prize and your cushy 50000 USD/gig speaking engagements".

Comment Re:Wrong decision (Score 1) 86

the Allo team .. decided .. was worth giving up privacy benefits

That is not for the dev team to decide. Let the user decide it.

Your idea of the "users" of Google is just wrong. Their users are the companies that pay for the ads. What you think are users are really the products that are sold to the actual users.

Comment Re:Your iPhone knows where you are (Score 2) 395

That data was stored only locally. And an update reduced the size of the local cache significantly.

Also Apple is going to great lengths to keep data they collect locally on the phone or anonymize as much of the data that needs to be sent back to its servers, instead if selling it to the highest bidder like Google.

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